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The dark art of Ramos

The Andalusian has been one of the best center-backs in the world for more than a decade. This is showing no signs of stopping, with what he has shown this season. Ramos scored, Ramos defended, Ramos did everything to stop the opponent.

A few days before breaking Messi‘s record, Ramos angrily cursed his junior Martin Odegaard in Real Madrid’s defeat to Real Sociedad. “You bastard”, Ramos shouted at Odegaard. The center-back is always very real, and doesn’t lie on the pitch

“In football, there is no room for brotherhood”, Ramos once said in a documentary produced last year. Last season, Real fell into a disaster with total defeats in La Liga and the Champions League, Ramos talked about the embarrassment that he could not take his children to the park.

Football is always a story about results, about winning. And Ramos will do everything to get there. Even if it made him trade. Ramos has conquered every player’s most important collective title. He won the World Cup, then won the Euro twice. He won the Champions League 4 times and countless other titles. However, Ramos will never be able to penetrate the noble individual titles, like the Golden Ball or The Best.

For a simple reason, in the era when football always worshiped beautiful superheroes like Messi or Ronaldo, people did not like to honor butchers like Ramos. Whether he is the best center back, the most stable football world in years.

Even Ramos’s son doesn’t want to be a footballer like his father. In the documentary film about Ramos’s life, it is seen that his son, Sergio Jr, sees Luka Modric as an idol. No child dreamed of being the 1 position villain in superhero movies.

But life is not like movies. There is not always a clear black-and-white boundary, which sometimes appears gray.

Ramos is the perfect symbol for that gray.

Sad part of La Masia under Bartomeu

In the Champions League semi-final of the 2012/13 season, Barca was crushed by Bayern Munich with a total score of 0-7 after 2 matches. A year later, at the 2014 World Cup, the defending champions were eliminated from the group stage. These failures show that tiki-taka shows signs of being caught.

Then, under coach Luis Enrique, Barca changed with quality additions including Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Thanks to that, they stepped up to the top of Europe in the 2014/15 season.

Things have gotten worse since 2016, when Josep Maria Bartomeu became the new president of Barca. Unlike his predecessors Joan Laporta or Sandro Rossell, Bartomeu prefers to bring in blockbuster deals.

In the past 4 seasons, Barca has lost nearly 320 million euros on the transfer market. In return, Bartomeu earned Barca lucrative contracts from Nike or Qatar.

Blockbusters like Philippe Coutinho, Malcom, Ousmane Dembele were not very successful. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann or Frenkie de Jong need more time to assert. In the opposite direction, many promising talents of La Masia such as Gerard, Deulofeu, Cristian Tello … are forced to leave. It is difficult for them to compete with the stars who have become famous in other teams.

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With this policy, Mr. Bartomeu was criticized by former president Laporta: “Mr. Bartomeu is under Qatari control and will destroy La Masia training furnace”. Recently, Bartomeu also made Barca internal waves because of problems outside the pitch. Pique even called the incumbent president “a puppet”.

In 2018, for the first time in 16 years, Barca came out without any mature players from the academy or any indigenous people. That squad includes Ter Stegen, Semedo, Yerry Mina, Thomas Vermaelen, Lucas Digne, Paulinho, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer and Coutinho. At this time, the percentage of La Masia players in the first team Barca is only 36%.

What happened to the player Mesut Oezil?

Mesut Oezil was not even on the reserve list, when Arsenal met Standard Liege in the Champions League on midweek.

Earlier, Mesut Oezil was not included in the list. Meanwhile, Arsenal clashed with M.U in the Premier League. Coach Unai Emery explained: “Ozil has no room because other players deserve better.”

Again, we’re just talking about bench seats. From M.U in the Premier League to Standard Liege in the Europa League, these are different opponents, in different leagues, with completely different nature, requiring different players. Coach Emery has changed to 10 positions in the main team in those two matches. Gabriel Martinelli didn’t play at all in the match against M.U. But he started, scored 2 goals and created one in the match against Standard.

Ozil’s appearances in the Premier League have decreased in the last 5 seasons: 35, 33, 26, 24, 1 (he has only played one match this season). The number of goals also decreased in that order: 25, 17, 12, 7, 0. Obviously, the value of Oezil has decreased. Even when he was at the most brilliant age (28-29 in 2 seasons in the past). The problem here is not about age. In addition, we are not surprised anymore when Oezil is not used by coach Emery this season. The surprise is just: it’s hard to imagine him falling to the point where he no longer has a place on the bench, in a side tournament.

In the situation that the competition density is increasing, the military have to naturally turn around the squad to avoid the risk of tired players. Some football teams like Arsenal will naturally replace almost the entire squad while playing in the League Cup as well as the Europa League.

James Rodriguez is a similar case. Ozil is not even better than Rodriguez as “number 10”. But the Colombian star has struggled over the years because of the general situation: the death of the “number 10” role in modern football. Anyway, Rodriguez is very modest, and he knows how to adjust to survive. Similarly are Isco, Christian Eriksen, Paolo Dybala. They are all more talented than they are. But anyway, they are not completely turned on as Oezil, because they know or subject to change.

Chelsea – Bournemouth: Delicious bait at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will have to win all 3 points in the meeting with Bournemouth in the 17 Premier League to consolidate the 4th position which is starting to waver.

Chelsea’s form has recently started to show signs of decline as they have only won 3 points in the last 4 matches. However, having just officially reached the knockout round of the Champions League in the middle of the week will certainly help Frank Lampard’s army to relieve many burdens to pay full attention to the domestic arena.

Man City’s confrontation with Arsenal in this round is an opportunity for Chelsea to close the gap to occupy the third place of the Etihad home team, especially in the context of Manchester United and Wolves are gradually approaching from the side. following with 5 points less.

Meanwhile, coach Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth is even going through a much worse time when they have lost five matches in a row. Although desperate to end the game, the continuous confrontation with the big guys and the storm of raging injury makes Bournemouth drowned in 15th place with only 1 point more than the relegation group. However, before the match, the boss of “The Blues” was still very cautious after two games of losing to West Ham and Everton.

Lampard is not only the head coach but also the legend of Chelsea with 14 seasons for this team. However, this is the first time in Lampard’s training and playing career against Bournemouth, who have lost to Chelsea 11 times in 15 previous encounters.

The worry is that Bournemouth has won 2 of the last 3 confrontations with Chelsea and collective strength is the most dangerous weapon in front of the Stamford Brigde youth team. But at the moment, Eddie Howe’s army is seriously weakened by the trauma of pillars like Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake and David Brooks.

Once again the visitors were unlucky to encounter Chelsea having almost full mighty generals. The main striker Abraham came back from injury and ready to fire, along with the return of pillar-back Rudiger after 3 months of injury will help Lampard feel more secure in the defensive wall in front of the goalkeeper Kepa.

Although not in good form in the Premier League, Chelsea’s midfield has regained stability in the Champions League match against Lille in the middle of the week thanks to the excellent coordination of Jorginho’s brain and the mobility of the two. shuttle midfielder Kante and Kovacic. Perhaps Lampard will continue to use this trio to maintain stability for “The Blues” because they will have exactly one week to prepare for the Christmas match.

MU ambition to break out the top 4, topping the charts

MU is expected to beat Arsenal in the battle that has an important influence on the top 4 race. Defeating the “Gunners” at Old Trafford, Solskjaer’s army will have the opportunity to squeeze into the Champions League group.

MU did everything possible to defeat Arsenal. However, when the final whistle sounded, the result was that each team only earned 1 point. Solskjaer’s army started a better start, with Scott McTominay’s goal in the 45th minute.

The thought that with the goal at the end of the first half, “Reds” will play better in the second half. But no, the mistake of young player Tuanzebe has ruined the ambition of winning the red half of Manchester. And the score of 1-1 was maintained until the end of the match, in which many times MU seemed to have become a loser.

Hard to leave Old Trafford with 1 point, but that much could be considered a success with Arsenal. Because, after round 7, “Gunners” has 12 points, synonymous with fourth place. Unai Emery’s army is 9 points behind leaders Liverpool, Man City 5 points and third-ranked Leicester is only 2 points.

Meanwhile, MU dropped deeply – forever up to the 10th place – ie in the middle of the rankings. MU’s recent rounds are very bad, earning only 5 points in the last 5 matches. With 9 points after 7 matches, “Reds” are only 4 points lower than the relegation group. Anyway, the gap between MU and Arsenal’s fourth place is only 3 points, and the situation is not so bad with the Old Trafford team.

In the middle of next week, MU will march to the pitch of AZ Alkmaar within the framework of the second round of the Europa League group stage. After that, MU will have 2 very difficult rounds when they march to Newcastle’s stadium in the 8th round, before welcoming Liverpool at Old Trafford in the 9th round. Unless 6 points are won in both rounds, equal to No MU will not be able to return to the top 4 in the Premier League.