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Leeds crushed Aston Villa in the Premier League

Striker Patrick Bamford scored a hat-trick, helping Leeds win 3-0 today, cutting off the winning streak of Aston Villa in the Premier League this season.

Aston Villa is a phenomenon in the Premier League this season, having won all four matches. With only one point behind Everton, being kicked at the earliest in the sixth round and having home advantage, Dean Smith’s teachers and students have the opportunity to extend an impressive start, and at the top of the board for the first time since October 2001.

But Aston Villa only paralleled those dreams until the end of the first half, then collapsed before Leeds’ crazy attacking football. On the lucky night, Bamford scored all three, helping Leeds win all three points away, while himself has six in the Premier League. Away kick, but Bielsa’s students kept the ball 60%, finished 23 shots, cut only 10 shots on the home side.

In the last home game, Villa was like a hungry lion, scoring seven goals against Liverpool, but yesterday, they were just like a kitten against Leeds. The whole game, they had only one dangerous situation, when captain Jack Grealish was knocked down by Helder Costa in the 16m50 area, but both the referee and the VAR team refused to consider the penalty.

Villa played brighter after the break, but Leeds was the team that opened the scoring in the 55th minute. In a counterattack like electricity, the ball was passed into the penalty area for Rodrigo to finish. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez blocked this shot, but was helpless when Bamford kicked in. Bamford doubled his advantage for Leeds in the 67th minute with a nice shot into the top corner from outside the 16m50 area, before making the score 3-0 with another slash in the box.

Towards the end of the game, Villa became more and more depressed, while Leeds continued to create opportunities. Bamford failed to eat with a header that brought the ball into Martinez’s reach, and Pablo Hernandez hit the bar.

In the next round, both played at home, Aston Villa hosted Southampton on November 1, and Leeds played Leicester City on November 3.

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Ansu Fati and Haaland before the chance to win the Golden Boy award 2020

Ansu Fati and Haaland are considered two of the top 4 candidates for the Golden Boy Award 2020 after shortening the list to 20 players.

After 4 months of online survey, there were 200,000 votes for the race to win the Golden Boy Award 2020. From the original 100 candidates, the shortlist of 20 players has just been announced, including all the people. the most talented young face in Europe today.

Tuttosport newspaper is the organizer of this annual award for the best player born after 2000 playing in Europe.

A year ago Joao Felix won, and now, Jadon Sancho and Haaland of Dortmund, Ansu Fati of Barca and Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich are the main candidates. The shortlist includes 6 players in the Premier League, the tournament with the most representation.

Considering the number of goals scored this year, no one can do better than Erling Braut Haand, who scored 27 goals in 27 games in all competitions with both club and team.

“The golden boy” is not “The golden shoe”, which means many factors are considered and not solely based on goals scored.

For example, if you look at the market value, no one at the present time can surpass Sancho. Dortmund valued him 120 million and that is why he refused MU’s 100 million offer.

If you rate the titles won during the year, the winner will be Davies. Bayern’s left-back won the Bundesliga, Champions League, German Cup, European Super Cup and German Super Cup.

In terms of Messi-style magic talent, it is Ansu Fati, the youngest in the quartet (17 years old). Once ranked 6th in the Golden Boy 2019 when he was only 16 years old, this year, he continues to “miraculously perform” on the field, as assessed by Tuttosport.

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When Messi was no longer unique at Barca (Part 2)

Koeman was chosen because he was a former Barca player. He is said to understand the Barca style. But the former Dutch centre-back has also left Barca 25 years from his time as a player, and 20 years on from his time as Louis van Gaal’s assistant.

Koeman has played for Vitesse Arnhem, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton, Everton and the Dutch club. He could understand Barca, but he had enough experience not to be bound to a path, to depend on any individual, including Messi.

Choosing Koeman was also part of a journey to help Barca erase Pep Guardiola’s obsession with football – which brought a lot of success, but then came back to haunt the club for years. And the way Barca tried to play more diversely under the new Dutch manager was testament.

“Barca is going to have to play like this, that…” guardiola’s subjective remarks made managers always compared, despite the fact that the player force each time is different. Barca’s present is also no longer the era of the Xavi and Iniesta.

History proves that Barca’s football, although based on ball control and the original 4-3-3 diagram, developed very diversely and flexibly, rather than relying solely on a certain path. As tactical expert Michael Cox said, when bringing Barca and the 1986 Champions League final, coach Terry Venables used the 4-4-2 diagram, with a solid defence and a line between all the workers. Despite that, the Catalonians have not boycotted their team.

Not to mention barca becoming victims of their own success, when today, the majority of the top teams talk about the way the ball is controlled with the defence rising. Even a team with no tradition with this style of play like Juventus would like to play better with Maurizio Sarri.

Guardiola-style Barca have also become outdated, with last season’s 2-8 Champions League defeat to Bayern an example. It was Bayern who developed Guardiola’s football philosophy, but later developed into a more timely face-to-face football. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are also a representative.

Pushing Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid was an attempt to clean up the dressing room, creating space for young players like Ansu Fati to develop and pave the way for a new football mindset by Koeman. What happened against Vilalrreal suggests koeman is trying to eradicate individualism at Barca and will free Messi to return to the right football he likes the most.

When given the burden of responsibility on his shoulders, most likely, Messi will be even better.

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When Messi was no longer unique at Barca (Part 1)

The win over Villarreal in La Liga showed that Barca were trying to adjust their style of play, and were freed from their dependence on Lionel Messi.

In the first 20 minutes of the Villarreal match, Messi only touched the ball six times, but Barca scored twice thanks to a brace from rising star Ansu Fati, following assists from Jordi Alba and Philippe Coutinho. Ronald Koeman’s reign has started differently from at least three of his predecessors Luis Enrique, Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien. In all three of those periods, Messi scored his first goal.

If you look closely at Fati’s two goals, it can be seen that Messi missed at least once in the first goal. When Alba received the ball at the bottom of the margin, both Fati and Messi moved closer and asked for the ball. Alba did not pass to Messi, just a few steps behind Fati. When the man cushioned the ball into the Goalkeeper Asenjo’s net to open the scoring, Messi jumped slightly as a reflex when he made the shot. Also, he was uncomfortable with his teammate’s pass.

According to statistics firm Opta, messi made only 54 passes, far behind leader Frenkie De Jong (74) and three others, Alba (73), Gerard Pique (69) and Sergio Busquets (60). Coutinho, wearing the number 14 shirt, was in fact free to play at No.10, played a role in organising the game, also passing the ball 44 times, only slightly behind Messi despite playing 20 minutes less than his team-mates.

In theory, Manager Koeman arranged Messi to play the highest in the attacking line in a virtual No.9 role, with the trio behind fati, Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann. But Messi operates wide and regularly plays lower than his three team-mates. The heat map shows that he appears most in the position behind Griezmann, who is on the right wing. Messi is still involved in the opening of attacking phases, but is no longer the one who performs the whole stage of sparking – finishing as usual in previous eras. Very often, Messi seeks to sneak into the penalty area in search of a definitive opportunity.

This was a highlight of the idea that Koeman claimed when he took charge of Barca. Off the pitch, Messi no longer has the privilege of training, resting as required by the individual, but must follow the general plan. On the field, no.10 still carries the captain’s band, and is the leader of the game, but is no longer the center of every line as before. Those moves showed that Koeman wanted Messi to be held accountable, breaking the situation of the team being overly dependent on him as before.

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Hidden number Pirlo in Serie A 2020-2021 (Part 2)

Pirlo is assertive in terms of personnel. Immediately after taking office, he told Higuain that the player has no place in the first team.

After a 5-0 win over Novara, Pirlo also appeared on Sky Sports with a clear statement to the club’s transfer bosses: “I need one more striker, ASAP.”

Juventus has contacted Luis Suarez , and is turning to Edin Dzeko. With Milik almost certainly leaving Napoli for Roma, the possibility of Dzeko coming to Juventus is increasing, while the Suarez case is a bit complicated, even though the player has just taken the exam for Italian citizenship. Because the summer transfer window is about a month away, Pirlo can own Dzeko when Serie A kicks in the second round.

What the fans are waiting for in Pirlo is not only a beautiful style, a new style of football, but above all, victories. Juventus have won just two of the last eight games last season in Serie A. All season, the team under Sarri lost seven games and conceded 43 goals – Juventus’s worst statistic in the era of dominating Italy’s number one league.

Juventus opponents have also been strengthened. Antonio Conte welcomes Achraf Hakimi’s biggest signing since July. Aleksandar Kolarov is another addition to the three-defender system. Conte is waiting for Arturo Vidal and N’golo Kante to increase midfield fighting power. Inter actively did not buy Sandro Tonali to turn to experienced players. All for the sake of toppling Juve right this season.

Lazio, Atalanta, and Milan are also potential champions. Before the social gap, Lazio lost only one point to Juve. The form of Ciro Immobile will determine the competitiveness of this team. Atalanta also led Juve 2-1 away, before receiving a penalty and being equalized. Papu Gomez’s refusal to move to Al-Nassr kept the Atalanta forces safe. They had no regrettable loss, other than letting Timothy Castagne go to Leicester. It is also impossible to ignore Napoli, after they bought Victor Osimhen with the highest price in club history.

Meanwhile, Milan won 30 points in 12 matches after Serie A returned from translation. The presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes them formidable opponents. The appearance of Tonali (20 years old), makes Milan the most young midfield. With Franck Kessi (23) and Ismael Bennacer (22), they are not bored with any opponent.

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Hidden number Pirlo in Serie A 2020-2021 (Part 1)

Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the focus when Juventus marches to Serie A today, because his coach, Andrea Pirlo, will have his first professional military match.

Pirlo leading Juventus is like a schoolboy and starts the new school year. When students in Italy returned to school on Monday, Pirlo also recently completed his UEFA Pro degree course. At Coverciano , he successfully defended his graduate thesis, titled “My Football”. It will soon be kept in the library of the Center , and is considered the birthplace of Pirlo’s professional military career.

The appointment of Pirlo as coach has remained a controversial decision for Juventus. Just nine days after announcing he was U23 manager, Juventus unexpectedly promoted Pirlo as first-team manager, after sacking Maurizio Sarri for his Champions League defeat.

Pirlo is compared to Zinedine Zidane, and Juventus is expecting the appearance of a “new Zidane” in Italy. But at least, the original Zidane spent two years leading Real Madrid B before taking over the first team. On the contrary, Pirlo never held a table before signing a two-year contract with Juventus, and the friendly match with Novara was his first time directing.

The beard, which was once a highlight of Pirlo on the 11-man football field, will now become a highlight on the piste road. Pirlo spoke from an active football perspective, based on a predictable ability to control the ball inspired by Pep Guardiola. But how the specific game is deployed is still curious, in a Juventus too many personality stars. Recently, Sarri up Corriere della Sera described Juventus as a “untrained” team.

Pirlo used two systems of three and four defenders alternately in a 5-0 win over Novara. It is an implication for flexible thinking of this military rulers. 11 names in the main lineup are still unknown, but surely Juve’s force is not weaker. The departures of Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain were quickly filled by Arthur, Weston McKennie, and Dejan Kulusevski. Experts in Italy are waiting to see how Pirlo will exploit Kulusevski, after the player made a strong impression at Parma last season. Statistics show that the Swedish midfielder’s third-most active range in Serie A last season – a sign that he can provide much help playing behind Ronaldo.

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Top 20 most expensive U18 players in the world including Ronaldo

Wolves bought Fabio Silva from Porto to turn this 2002-born striker into the most expensive U18 player ever in the world.

Wolves surprised many people when they spent 35 million pounds (40 million euros) to buy 18-year-old player Fabio Silva.

It is worth mentioning, the Portuguese striker only kicked one game in Primeira Liga last season, making this deal considered a gamble of “Wolves”.

Now, Fabio Silva is the third most expensive U18 player in history after the Real Madrid duo. At the beginning of the 2019/20 season, Los Blanco made a cult deal of up to 45 million euros for striker Rodrygo from Santos.

A year earlier, Real Madrid also paid the same amount to Flamengo for Vinicius Jr, who is likened to the new Neymar.

Within a decade, MU made two expensive contracts for the U18 player. In the 2004/05 season, Wayne Rooney from Everton for 37 million euros, while Luke Shaw for 37.5 million from Southampton in the 2014/15 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the list of the most expensive U18 players. In 2013, he moved from Sporting Lisbon to MU for 19 million euros. However, CR7 is only ranked 17th by many other players with higher prices, including 3 recent 2-season contracts.

This summer, British talent Jude Bellingham moved from Birmingham to Dortmund for 26.5 million euros. A year earlier, Arsenal spent 30 million euros to buy William Saliba from Saint Etienne, and Real Madrid also spent the same amount on Flamengo for Reinier.

20 most expensive U18 players:

1. Rodrygo: from Santos to Real Madrid with 45 million euros (2019/20)

1. Vinicius Jr: from Flamengo to Real Madrid with 45 million (2018/19)

3. Fabio Silva: from Porto to Wolves with 40 million (2020/21)

4. Luke Shaw: from Southampton to MU with 37.5 million (2014/15)

5. Wayne Rooney: from Everton to MU with 37 million (2004/05)

6. Renato Sanches: from Benfica to Bayern Munich with 35 million (2016/17)

7. Alessandro Bastoni: from Atalanta to Inter with 31.1 million (2017/18)

8. Antonio Cassano: from Bari to Rome with 31 million (2001/02)

9. Reinier: from Flamengo to Real Madrid with 30 million (2019/20)

9. William Saliba: from Saint Etienne to Arsenal with 30 million (2019/20)

11. Jude Bellingham: from Birmingham to Dortmund with 26.5 million (2020/21)

12. Alexandre Pato: From Internacional to Milan with 24 million (2007/08)

13. Sergio Aguero: from Independiente to Atletico Madrid with 21.7 million (2006/07)

14. Pietro Pellegri: from Genoa to Monaco with 20.9 million (2017/18)

15. Stephan El Shaarawy: from Genoa to Milan with 20.3 million (2011/12)

16. Willem Geubbels: from Lyon to Monaco with 20 million (2018/19)

17. Cristiano Ronaldo: from Sporting Lisbon to MU with 19 million (2003/04)

18. Paulinho: from Vasco da Gama to Leverkusen with 18.5 million (2018/19)

19. Romelu Lukaku: From Anderlecht to Chelsea with 15 million (2011/12)

20. Gareth Bale: from Southampton to Tottenham with 14.7 million (2007/08)

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Havertz studied Messi, putting one foot in Chelsea in an unexpected way

Midfielder Kai Havertz is very close to Chelsea after refusing to have a pre-season fitness check with owner Bayer Leverkusen.

Chelsea ‘s top goal at the moment, midfielder Kai Havertz has taken another step closer than ever to the Stamford Bridge team when he refuses to participate in the new pre-season fitness test of Bayer Leverkusen.

Kai Havertz appeared to have turned his mind to Chelsea as the German star was not present during the pre-season fitness test requested by Bayer Leverkusen. According to Bild, the 21-year-old midfielder completed mandatory Covid-19 tests with the German national team when he was summoned to prepare for the UEFA Nations League campaign.

However, at the latest fitness test of Bayer Leverkusen, Havertz was absent and tacitly sent a message to prepare to leave the German team. This is a move very similar to the way superstar Lionel Messi recently also applied to the Barcelona team.

Of course this action is not a 100% affirmation, but it is clear that Havertz wants to focus on joining Chelsea. According to a reliable source from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the deal is only a matter of time.

It is known that to get Havertz’s signature, Chelsea have to spend up to 70 million pounds with additional fees related to Havertz’s performance after wearing the England team. Before focusing on this deal, “The Blues” successfully recruited a series of recruits including Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

Chelsea’s opening Premier League match will be a trip to Brighton for more than two weeks. It was a pretty short period of time and if Havertz was unable to land at Chelsea this week, the 1999 midfielder was expected to have a difficult time integrating and the necessary preparation for the new season. Maybe that’s why he is straining to put pressure on Leverkusen.

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How much bonus does Bayern get when they win the Champions League?

After beating PSG, Bayern Munich won the Champions League and is waiting for a huge bounty for their success.

UEFA introduced a new income system last season in which Bayern Munich, as well as all the teams participating in the Champions League group stage, were guaranteed a fixed amount of 15.25 million euros.

Kingsley Coman was chosen to start the Bayern Munich squad in the final instead of Ivan Perisic. This decision by coach Hansi Flick received great results when the French winger scored the only goal with his header in the second half.

Both Bayern Munich and PSG created many chances to score in the first half that Lewandowski, Neymar, Mbappe all missed. But in the end, Coman was the one to break the deadlock from Kimmich’s tectonic line.

With this strike, Coman became the fifth French player to score in a Champions League final after Basile Boli (1993), Marcel Desailly (1994), Zinedine Zidane (2002), and Karim Benzema (2018).

Winning the final makes Bayern’s income in the Champions League continue to increase. The Bavarian side earned 82.45 million euros for the results obtained in the tournament and about 32 million euros thanks to the ranking factor. 

Winning the Champions League also means Lewandowski and his teammates will compete for the European Super Cup, guaranteeing an additional 3.5 million euros. In total, Bayern pocketed 117.95 million for success this season.

In terms of bonuses for tournament results, the criteria are the same as last season. For each group stage victory, the team received €2.7 million and €900,000 for a draw.

By the eighth round, they received 9.5 million euros, the quarterfinals 10.5 million and the semi-finals were 12 million. 

In the end, the two teams who won the right to compete in the final received 15 million euros, the champion alone had 4 million more. The winning team will qualify for the European Super Cup, guaranteeing them 3.5 million.

Last season, champions Liverpool pocketed £70 million for the results and a total of 109 million for the awards. 

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Top 5 worst failures in Messi’s career

Barca lost 2-8 shame to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but is this the worst failure of Messi’s career?

Barca 2-8 Bayern Munich, quarter-finals of the Champions League 2019/20

An unbelievable defeat when the quarter-finals of the Champions League this year took place only in one match and the performance of the two teams made few people dare to think about this result before the ball rolled.

In this match, Messi played very poorly and could not score goals or create opportunities for his teammates. He kicked the full 90 minutes, but only had 59 touches of the ball, 38 passes with 71% accuracy and 3 shots toward the opponent’s goal.

Liverpool 4-0 Barca, the second leg of the Champions League semi-final 2018/19

Last season, Barca won 3-0 in the first leg and many people believed that they were sure of the final ticket.

But the subjectivity coupled with Liverpool’s stellar performance has created one of the most spectacular comeback in Champions League history. Messi can only score 2 goals to help Barca win the first leg but is helpless in the second leg.

Roma 3-0 Barca, the second leg of the 2017/18 Champions League quarter-finals

Like the match against Liverpool in the semifinals of the 2018/19 season, Barca also won Roma with a score of 4-1 at home in the first leg. But the Catalan club unexpectedly lost 3 goals without an equalizer in the second leg and had to pity to leave the tournament with the away goal rule.

Notably, Messi was stunned in both matches.

PSG 4-0 Barca, the first round of the 1/8 Champions League 2016/17 round

Unlike the aforementioned pairs, this time Barca lost a lot in the first leg away from home and played the role of a comer in the return leg at home. They lost 4 goals before they won a spectacular 6-1 at the Nou Camp.

In particular, the last 3 goals were scored after the 88th minute and Sergi Roberto’s decision came in only 90 + 5 minutes. In this match, Messi contributed to the score to increase the score to 3-0.

Barca 0-7 Bayern Munich, 2012/13 Champions League semi-finals (2 matches)

Another shameful Barca defeat in the Champions League took place against Bayern Munich in 2013.

They lost 4 goals on away field in the first leg before losing 3 more goals at home. At that time, Messi was only present in the first leg and was absent in the second leg due to injury. Then, Bayern Munich won Dortmund in the final to complete the historic treble. Now, they are aiming for the same goal after winning the Bundesliga and the German Cup.

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