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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Guardiola-style Barca have also become outdated, with last season’s 2-8 Champions League defeat to Bayern an example.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 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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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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Conte angrily criticized the big boss, threatening to leave Inter Milan for what reason?

Coach Antonio Conte had quite harsh words with the threat of resignation to the Inter Milan leadership.

Inter Milan finished Serie A 2019/20 with second place, only 1 point behind champions Juventus. This can be said to be the club’s best performance in a decade in the league and this was thanks to coach Antonio Conte and the help of his assistants and sports director Beppe Marotta.

However, after a 2-0 win at Atalanta, Conte unexpectedly used an interview after the game to express dissatisfaction with the Inter leadership. He said senior team officials should have protected him and the players against the criticism they received when the results were not good at some stage this season.

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“This is a difficult year, I don’t think the players feel their achievements are recognized and I don’t think my own achievements are recognized. We receive very little support from the club. We will have to improve in all aspects and a big club must also protect our players stronger. At the end of the season I will talk to the management about this, but the chairman (Steven Zhang) is in China”, Conte said.

Conte not only that but recalled an old story at the club to talk about the disrespect of the leaders at Inter. “This has been a stressful year but the players have done well, they have isolated themselves from the criticism and created a solidarity in competition. I do not like those who, although theoretically also Inter, but do not share the difficulties of the team”, Conte said.

“This team has been bombarded by outside public opinion for months without anyone protecting it. My colleagues and I have a vision, we see the path we need to go and know what to do to reach our goals. I just watched an interview with Luciano Spalletti in 2017 when he was still here, and so far nothing has changed at Inter Milan”.

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Conte also emphasized that his frustration with Inter’s management has nothing to do with the transfer. “I want to make it clear here that I’m not talking about transfers or players, I’m happy with that aspect. I was brought here to help win, and when the season ends I will say things I am not happy to evaluate and offer solutions”, he said.

Conte rumors have been rife with Inter’s leadership for a few months and his recent statements have led Italian public opinion that he is likely to resign at Inter shortly after the end of the upcoming Europa League. Conte has had conflicts with superiors at Chelsea and this is considered to be nothing new in the career of this military leader.

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Inter shocking can chase Conte before Wednesday, the old teacher Ronaldo replaced?

The Italian press has speculated that Inter Milan will dismiss coach Antonio Conte this week due to severe criticism of the team leadership.

Head coach Antonio Conte can leave Inter Milan after just one season of guidance, the information has appeared on the newspapers in Italy and is causing a stir of public opinion. The reason is thought to be due to a deep disagreement between Conte and the Inter leadership.

After the match against Atalanta to end the season, Conte made angry statements that Inter’s management did not protect him and the players against public opinion. He thinks Inter’s second-place Serie A may be praised by officials at this moment, but in fact they did not have any supportive moves during the team’s performance was not good.

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Conte’s conflict with the Inter leadership was rumored to have been around earlier this year when the Italian leader complained about the club’s transfer, that he and sports director Beppe Marotta were not given enough money to recruit the army. However, after being added Christian Eriksen, Victor Moses and Ashley Young and Achraf Hakimi will join in the following season, Conte has a new reason to complain.

The Inter leadership is said to be feeling Conte’s lack of gratitude and understanding for them, that they have supported him as much as possible with about 200 million euros in investment and even are willing to spend more money because Champions League next season. Conte can threaten to resign but Inter will not go into the water but has found a replacement.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, coach Max Allegri is the No. 1 candidate to replace Conte at Inter. Allegri has been unemployed since leaving Juventus last year due to his unpopular football style despite leading the stars with Cristiano Ronaldo & Paulo Dybala. He was rumored to be going to England to work, but in the end he had yet to find a new club and would probably accept Inter if given the chance.

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Allegri is a former Juventus man but like Conte, the story of a coach working for two rival rivals in Italy happened like a meal. Besides, Allegri has had experience working with Marotta at Juventus and has a good relationship, moreover, Allegri does not have the habit of complaining much to his superiors when he is not given the money or the player.

Although the Serie A season is over, Inter still have a game against Getafe next Wednesday. The Italian press has mentioned the possibility of “crazy” that when the game took place Conte may not have been in the “hot seat”, but the replacement of the champion can not be so quick, unless Inter is not very concerned about the match.

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Lampard demanded justice for Chelsea, wanted to be privileged as MU – Man City

Frank Lampard thinks Chelsea deserve to start the new season just like the European quarter-finals.

Among the English teams that still have to play in the European Cup this season, Chelsea is the team with the least chance to continue. MU and Man City both have the advantage of leading the opponent while Wolves hold and have goals on the court of Olympiacos.

Chelsea, on the other hand, lost 0-3 at home to Bayern Munich. This means that Frank Lampard’s teachers and students need to score at least 3 goals at the Allianz Arena and not concede any goals to expect the opportunity to continue. This is extremely difficult because Bayern Munich is a very strong team.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea are losing heavy forces after a long time playing continuously. Frank Lampard lost up to 3 players in the recent FA Cup final when Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Pedro were unable to leave the pitch.

Besides, Willian, Gilmour or Ruben Loftus-Cheek all attach different injuries and the time of return is unknown. In a recent interview, Lampard also acknowledged that Azpilicueta and Pulisic could hardly attend the match against Bayern Munich.

If they cannot win, Chelsea will have to start the new season like other teams. According to the recent announcement of the Premier League, the 2020/21 season will start on September 12 – meaning Lampard’s teachers and students will have a month of rest.

However, the English teacher still thought that that time was not enough. “I know when we start the new season depends on the match against Bayern Munich. But the Chelsea players need to rest after spending a harsh season.

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In the worst case, we are eliminated early, the 12/9 milestone is still too early to start again. My players are overloaded. That’s why I got 2 hamstring injuries in the same day,

I think the Premier League organizers need to take this issue seriously and Chelsea should be considered a Champions League team to be fair when the new season begins. Earlier, the Premier League organizers had privileged the English teams to play in the Champions League quarter-finals. They may start the season late to have at least 30 days of rest”.

In terms of situations, Lampard’s requests are not necessarily too much but it is difficult to be accepted. Due to the fact, Chelsea only plays one more game (if losing to Bayern Munich), so the extended vacation of this team will cause frustration for other teams. Therefore, Lampard’s teachers and students are given more or less to depend on the match with Bayern Munich.

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3 MU players in the top 10 fastest run in the Premier League

MU are proud to have 3 of the fastest players in the Premier League in this season, including teen striker Mason Greenwood.

In the final round against Chelsea, winger Adama Traore of Wolves reached a maximum speed of 37.78 km/h, but only enough to help him take second place in the top 10 fastest players in the Premier League this season.

Instead, the crown winner is Kyle Walker with the highest speed of 37.80 km/h made in the match against Chelsea. Man City defenders are only 0.02 km/h more than Traore and it is interesting that they all achieve that achievement at Stamford Bridge.

Walker’s teammate young midfielder Phil Foden took 10th place with 37.12 km/h against Aston Villa on October 26. 

However, MU has the most representatives represented in the Top 10, because in addition to Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James known for their strength in speed, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred and Greenwood have officially signed their names. with the best figures.

18-year-old striker Greenwood used his pace to contribute to the team’s success, scoring 17 goals throughout the season. He made the best sprint of 37.59 km/h in the MU match against Everton on 1/3. 

Teammate Wan-Bissaka ranked 5th with 37.78 km/h (against West Ham on November 1) and Fred was 9th with 37.28 km/h (against Everton in December). 

Modern full-backs often trust and encourage the team to participate in the attack and thus maximize their strengths in speed. 

There are four defenders in the top 10 and three of them are wingers including Wan-Bissaka, Walker and Arsenal academy product Ainsley Maitland-Niles. In the match against Man City on December 15, Maitland-Niles reached a speed of 37.44 km/h.

Top 10 fastest Premier League players this season:

1. Kyle Walker (Man City) – 37.80 km/h

2. Adama Traore (Wolves) – 37.78 km/h

3. Mason Greenwood (Man United) – 37.59 km/h

4. Trezeguet (Aston Villa) – 37.78 km/h

5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – 37.78 km/h

6. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester) – 37.54 km/h

7. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) – 37.44 km/h

8. Shane Long (Southampton) – 37.35 km/h

9. Fred (Man United) – 37.28 km/h

10. Phil Foden (Man City) – 37.12 km/h

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Messi surpasses Ronaldo in the statistics of the top 5 leagues in Europe

Lionel Messi has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of personal stats in the top 5 leagues in Europe this season.

Who Scored experts said Lionel Messi was robbed of the 7th Golden Ball when France Football magazine decided not to award this year because of the influence of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In fact, Who Scored experts still score Messi the highest score among the hundreds of players who are playing in the top 5 European championships: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Messi was scored 8.71 points, higher than the second ranked player Kylian Mbappe with only 8.14 points. Robert Lewandowski ranked third with 8.13 points, while Cristiano Ronaldo had only 7.91 points and ranked fourth.

Although Barca could not win La Liga, Messi’s performance was still highly appreciated. He broke the league’s record of assists, becoming La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer and assists. In addition, Messi also became the first player to have at least 20 goals and assists in the same season in the Spanish championship.

Therefore, many people agree with Who Scored’s assessment when choosing Messi as the best player this season. But there are also many opposing the fact that Ronaldo is only ranked the fourth highest despite the Portuguese striker scoring 30 goals in 30 games in Serie A.

In addition, Kylian Mbappe was not given a fair score because Ligue 1 had to end early, while Lewandowski was also very popular to win the Golden Ball after scoring 34 goals in 31 matches in the Bundesliga.

Top 10 best players in Europe’s top 5 leagues according to Who Scored (10 point scale)

Lionel Messi – 8.71

Kylian Mbappe – 8.14

Robert Lewandowski – 8.13

Cristiano Ronaldo – 7.91

Kevin de Bruyne – 7.88 

Angel di Maria – 7.75

Dimitri Payet – 7.73

Josip Ilicic – 7.65

Jadon Sancho – 7.64

Timo Werner – 7.60

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