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Truthful Tuesday | False nine has changed football as we know it and not for the better
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It started with Nándor Hidegkuti as England were humiliated by a mighty and marvellous Hungarian side at Wembley. The scoreline was written into history and has never ever been forgotten by anyone that has anything to do with football. But it is far from over and it has certainly changed the sport.Because even 65 odd years since Nándor Hidegkuti first did it in front of English football fans, it was already a hundred years old by then. And yet, while there have been various other incarnations from the great Alfrédo di Stéfano to the equally great Johan Cruyff, arguably the most famous, or rather the most rememberable, of them all has to be Lionel Messi. It was called as a master-stroke, the first time Barcelona and Messi executed it, with the world shocked.How dare they take what could be a superb attacker from his preferred position out on the right and place him more centrally? How dare Pep Guardiola, barely a year and a half into his Barcelona tenure, take the club’s best prospect and place him more centrally? But as the history books will tell us, the move turned out to be his greatest move and Real Madrid were swept aside. Lionel Messi became the greatest modern incarnation of the false nine and suddenly world football wanted it.They couldn’t get Messi of course, given how stubborn Barcelona have held onto their best asset, but it didn’t stop many from trying their very best. Robin van Persie did the trick for Arsenal, and later Manchester United, for a while. Cesc Fabregas did it for Barcelona soon after Lionel Messi and the trend has gone on and on and on and on. That, in turn, has led to a complete rehaul and re-shuffle of tactics and formations with managers looking to compete with something a little extra.But what it has really led to is the complete annihilation of a proper striker. Not even a decade ago, football was thriving, and some may say overflowing, with quality strikers of all ages. From the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Filippo Inzaghi, Samuel Eto, Diego Milito and a young Edinson Cavani in Italy to Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Chicharito, Michael Owen and Luis Suarez in England. Even Spain had Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Alvaro Negredo, Aritz Aduriz and others thriving.It was a world filled with players who had only one thing to do on the football field and did they do it well, so well that when the big boys came calling, clubs had no choice but to sell. It’s why Emmanuel Adebayor went from Arsenal to Manchester City to Real Madrid before leaving for Tottenham. He is a talented forward who could do a lot of things but the one thing he did really well at was finding the net.So much so that he only failed to hit double figures for goals in three seasons during his spell in England and that includes an 8 appearance season for Manchester City. It’s an impressive record no doubt but Adebayor could do little else and it’s why in the modern era he finds himself a free-agent. The fact that he is also 36-years old might have a little something to do with that but even that’s beside the point because the false nine changed everything.Suddenly, thanks to Messi’s over-effectiveness in that position, it became the new “sexy” position to play in football and everyone wanted it. Not just that but it saw football become a little weird as Louis van Gaal sent Marouane Fellaini out wide as a target man. Why? People to this date have no clue but Dan Burn was used in a similar-ish position against Liverpool and it worked. How or why? Till date, nobody knows but it did and that just continued to encourage managers across the universe.Suddenly it was the latest trend, with every manager trying new things from Zinedine Zidane figuring at a way to play not one but four attackers in the same formation to Ajax playing Dusan Tadic as their striker in the Champions League. It sent out a wave of ideas and suddenly the world had decided to ignore conventional footballing wisdom for the more eccentric and weird ones, which changed the game.But along the way in that battle to the find the weird or the universal perfect team, the conventional center-forward disappeared. Instead, the world loaded up onto a hype train flew off to some random station without a care in the world as to how it would affect future generations. Because now suddenly, here are a group of young forwards struggling to find their way through in a world where they should be thriving.Not just because of the all-around demands on players but the demands to play deeper. Not the demands to be able to beat the offside trap at ease and score, or the demands to cause chaos with their runs across the defensive line but to be able to move into midfield and allow runners through. That did allow the old fashioned center-forward to thrive with Olivier Giroud, Sebastien Haller and Bas Dost amongst others to thrive and find their moment in the sun.But once football became faster and all about high pressing and quick transitions even they were quickly phased out. It has now led to a present where a quick glance across football and there’s a vacuum of nothingness across it. Because suddenly, out of absolutely nowhere, the lack of quality strikes in world football didn’t just disappear but they dropped completely off the face of the earth. At the moment, beyond Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, there’s nothing but a vacuum between the ages of 24 to 30.There is quite literally nobody else good enough, in that age bracket, to be considered alongside either of the two and it has left teams lacking.  Because while there are claims that modern football could do it all without the striker, the world proves otherwise. Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham wouldn’t be Tottenham without Harry Kane’s incredible numbers and the same applies to Jose Mourinho’s team.While he does, as it has been pointed out quite a many times on the internet, lack the trophies and personal accolades to be considered the best English striker, the 27-year-old is definitely on that list.  Take Lukaku, now at Inter Milan, again much like Kane - his trophy case is also rather bare which is a shock given his spell at Manchester United but such is life. And yet, despite his awkward first touch, the Belgian is arguably in a class of his own having just equalled Ronaldo Nazario's record at Inter Milan. A feat that no other player has managed since the great Brazilian did it more than two decades ago. Then there’s Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero, arguably the greatest outliers in the mixer. The Pole and the Argentine haven’t been considered to be the greatest striker in world football for quite a while when the truth is, that they may be the best the modern generation has seen. Especially when you consider what Aguero has done under Pep Guardiola, a manager well known for his hatred of playing pure center-forwards.So much so that he put Cesc Fabregas into that role during his time at Barcelona but somehow both Aguero and Lewandowski became key parts of his plan at Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively. Nobody knows who but the duo, alongside Edinson Cavani at PSG, have proved that with a striker you can still play the attractive brand of football you want and thrive. Of course, when it comes to being the best center-forward in the modern era, Cristiano Ronaldo might just take that cake.The Portuguese legend’s transformation into a bonafide, goal-scoring machine in his late twenties has transformed the Serie A and given the new generation something to aim at. It’s why the likes of Moise Kean, Jonathan David, Timothy Weah, Silas Wamangituka and co are all doing well across the world. But every group has one talented center-forward who shines the light on everyone else and for this one, they’ve got two.One, built more in the shape of the modern world striker in Kylian Mbappe and the other built-in the mould of the yesteryear legends in Erling Braut Haaland.  Together the duo holds the torch for the future of their position although Haaland’s arrival on the scene as a teenager who did nothing else but to score goals at an absurd rate has seen the world flummoxed. After all, in a world where the false nines thrived, and still continue to, how did one teenager opt to build his game around the legends of yesteryear? Shocking, isn’t it? What it has given though is the world hope that one day soon, a new generation of the Guman or the “Capocannoniere” will grace football with their wonderful ability to send people into raptures of excitement.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Chelsea are back in shape but we need to keep putting pressure on top-four contenders, admits Timo Werner
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Timo Werner has confessed that there was a point where Chelsea’s squad didn’t believe they would make the top four but things have changed and the Blues need to keep their pressure going. Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has turned things around the Stamford Bridge with them winning consecutive league games.With just three wins in their last ten Premier League games under Frank Lampard, many at Chelsea were very concerned about the way the Blues were performing. That saw Lampard lose his job and Thomas Tuchel take over with the changes very obvious despite the German boss being only four games into his latest managerial job. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has, however, won consecutive games for the first time in months.Not only that, it has seen Chelsea climb back up the table with them now only one point behind reigning champions Liverpool in fourth place. It has seen Timo Werner admit that the squad were concerned with how the Blues were moving through the gears under Lampard, especially with a top four place looking unlikely. Werner also added that things have changed now and that Chelsea are “back in shape” and need to keep putting pressure on the other sides.“If we go back three or four matches, when the manager was not yet here, we were nine or ten points behind the top four. We watched the table and were like, ‘oh, it might not be so good at the end of the season’. Now we are really good, back in shape, and I think if we keep going like this we can put more pressure on the other teams,” Werner told Chelsea's 5th Stand app.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Not right moment for Tottenham to discuss new deal with Son Heung-Min, reveals Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has admitted that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not the right time for Tottenham to discuss a new contract for Son Heung-Min but revealed that it will happen. The South Korean has two and a half-years left on his contract with the club but has been linked with a move away. Only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals that Son Heung-Min season with the South Korean tied in second place alongside Harry Kane, Bruno Fernandes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Not only that, the 28-year-old has assisted six league goals with his tally across all competitions hitting 17 goals and 10 assists. That is on par to beat the former Bayer Leverkusen forward’s best tally for Tottenham, with him one short of a personal Premier League best for goals.It has seen Son heavily linked with a move away from North London despite the fact that the forward is tied to Tottenham until 2023. But amidst rumours of a move away, Spurs are looking to hand their superstar a new deal with a wage increase. But in a recent interview, Jose Mourinho admitted that he doesn’t believe it is the “right moment for players and clubs to discuss contracts” especially in light of the pandemic. However, the Spurs boss added that there is no problem with Son and believes the two parties will reach an agreement.“Son is not a problem. He has a contract still for a couple of years if I am not wrong, maybe even three. I believe, just to wait for the right moment to do it. Probably this situation with the world where we are, the Covid situation, I do not think it is the right moment for players and clubs to discuss contracts with so many people losing jobs and not working and difficulties. I believe that when the sun shines again for the world, I believe the club and Sonny they are going to arrive quite easily to a conclusion," Mourinho said, reported Goal.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Reports | Sergio Aguero yet to decide on his Manchester City future amid Barcelona links
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According to the Athletic, Sergio Aguero remains undecided on his Manchester City future despite the fact that he has less than six months left on his contract with the club. The 32-year-old is the Cityzens’ record all-time goal-scorer but has struggled for game-time this term amidst injury issues.Despite a terrible injury history, few players have thrived in the Premier League as much as Sergio Aguero has, with the Argentine netting 180 goals in the English top flight. Not only that, the 32-year-old has won numerous Premier League titles along the way and helped make the Pep Guardiola era even bigger but the forward’s time is coming to an end. With six months left on his current contract with the Manchester giants, Aguero is reportedly considering his options.The Athletic have reported that the Argentine has yet to come to an agreement over a contract-extension and wants to know the club’s plans before he makes a decision. Not only that, the report has further added that the 32-year-old wants to see if either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain act on their interest in his signature. The former Atletico Madrid striker has been linked with a move away with both the La Liga and Ligue 1 giants looking into a move.However, the Athletic has further revealed that Aguero is in no hurry to make a decision but is waiting for Manchester City to make the first move. The Cityzens are also, reportedly, looking at potential replacements with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Southampton’s Danny Ings on their shortlist.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Marcus Rashford is not going to be clinical center-forward like Edinson Cavani, asserts Andy Cole
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Former Manchester United star Andy Cole believes that Marcus Rashford will never be as clinical as Edinson Cavani and won’t be able to hit that 20 to 25 goals mark every season. The 23-year-old has had a good season for the Red Devils this year with sixteen goals in thirty-five appearances so far.After both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford thrived last season, many expected the Red Devils’ front-men to continue that run of form but that hasn’t been the case. While Martial has struggled, Rashford has done relatively well, although not as well as many have expected him to do. The 23-year-old has still managed to net 16 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions with six in the Champions League and eight in the Premier League.But the forward is nowhere close to the likes of Mohamed Salah or Harry Kane which has seen many admit that he could never hit the 25 goals per season mark despite the hype that surrounds him. That was reiterated by Andy Cole as he admitted that Rashford “is not going to be a clinical center-forward like a Cavani”. The former Manchester United star further added that he doesn’t believe Rashford has that clinical side to him.“Marcus is not going to be a clinical centre-forward like a Cavani. Marcus will nick himself a certain amount of goals season in, season out, but he won’t be that individual you’re looking for to score 20 to 25 goals. I don’t think Marcus has got that clinical side in him. If you look at what Man Utd have now with Cavani; you know what you’re going to get [with him], it’s as simple as that,” Cole told talkSPORT.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Manchester United should not be considered as title chasers, asserts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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On the back of a 3-3 draw against Everton, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that while Manchester United have improved, they aren’t and should not be considered as title challengers. The Red Devils currently sit in second place, two points behind leaders Manchester City on the Premier League table.With just one loss in their last fifteen Premier League outings, a run that has seen the club win all but four games, many expected Manchester United to sweep Everton aside. While the Red Devils did exactly that in the first half, things did not exactly go according to plan in the second half. Instead, the club were forced to watch as the Toffees somehow managed to sneak a late equaliser to prevent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from going top of the table.But the Red Devils are still six two points behind Manchester City although they have played two more league games than their cross city rivals. However, it was seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admit that his side “should not even be considered as title chasers” because they’re still a team that’s improving. The United boss further added that while they “have come a long way”, there is still a lot to do. “We are not talking about winning titles. We have come a long way, this team. We should not even be considered as title chasers. That is more talk that you (the media) are saying We need to be better as a team and see where we end up. Going forward, we need to stop conceding easy goals,” Solskjaer said, reported Goal.Manchester United swept to a 2-0 lead in the first half against Carlo Ancelotti’s men thanks to some superb football but struggled in the second half. Instead, they were forced to watch as Everton scored twice in the space of five minutes to level the scores. But a Scott McTominay goal seemed to have won it for the Red Devils until Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late winner sealed the draw. Solskjaer further added that while his side played some “good football” they can’t concede “three goals from three shots on target” and need to improve defensively. "We played some good football in the second half but conceded three goals from three shots on target. When you do that it is disappointing. I wouldn't blame anyone on the goals but we know we could have done better as a team on all of them.  Results create the mood, the last kick of the ball makes us go home really disappointed. We have lost two points on a long thump upfield which we should have defended,” he added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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RB Leipzig v Liverpool to be held in Budapest over Germany’s COVID-19 regulations
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Liverpool will travel to Budapest, in Hungary, in order to play their round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig due to Germany’s coronavirus protocols preventing the game from taking place in Leipzig. The German side revealed that the choices had dropped to either Tottenham’s stadium or Budapest.Earlier this week, it emerged that Liverpool would be unable to play their Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against RB Leipzig in Germany due to the country’s COVID-19 protocols. That saw reports indicate that the fixture could be postponed beyond the February 17 UK travel ban imposed in Germany but that was refuted. However, RB Leipzig’s CEO, Oliver Mintzlaff, confirmed that Tottenham’s stadium and Budapest were in the running to be the replacement arena.Liverpool have now confirmed and revealed that their first-leg tie against RB Leipzig will take place in Budapest at the Puskas Arena on the same date. Nothing else will change, the statement confirmed, with only the location of the game as the Hungarian coronavirus protocols aren’t as strict as Germany’s. The statement also revealed that the return leg will be played, as per usual, at Anfield in March.“Liverpool's Champions League last-16, first-leg tie with RB Leipzig will be played in Budapest. The Hungarian capital will host the meeting between the sides at Puskas Arena on Tuesday February 16 as COVID-19 regulations in Germany prevent the Reds from being able to contest the fixture at the Red Bull Arena. The return leg will be played at Anfield on Wednesday March 10,” reads the statement released by the club’s official website. Our first-leg tie with @RBLeipzig_EN will be played at the Puskas Arena. #LFC | #UCL — Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 7, 2021Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Ryan makes strong debut in Arsenal loss
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan has made his debut for Arsenal, the English Premier League club he supported as a kid, producing a number of classy saves in a loss to Aston Villa. It was a baptism of fire for Ryan as after just 74 seconds he was beaten by a deflected shot from Villa’s Ollie Watkins, the only goal of the match at Villa Park. The goal came after a loose pass by Arsenal’s Cedric Soares, with Watkins’ strike deflecting off Rob Holding to squirm past Ryan. But Ryan went on to make seven saves in a strong debut, including a diving stop to deny Jack Grealish late in the game. He also saved shots from Villa’s Ross Barkley, John McGinn and Watkins in the second half. “On first reflection, I think there were plenty of positives for me and I loved being out there,” Ryan told Optus Sport after the match. “It still hasn’t sunk in that it’s my childhood club that I supported and I just played for them. “I think as it sinks in, post game and I reflect it will be nice. But I wanted the perfect start with the result.” (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) With his debut, Ryan became the first Australian to appear for Arsenal in a competitive game since John Kosmina in 1978. The 28-year-old was signed on loan from Brighton last month and came into Arsenal’s starting side to replace Bernd Leno, who was suspended last week. Villa’s 1-0 win lifted them above Tottenham to eighth on the Premier League table, while Arsenal remained at tenth. Villa keeper Emi Martinez, who was sold by Arsenal in September, was important with several fine saves, especially his effort to stop a Granit Xhaka free kick that was heading into the top corner. In other Premier League clashes on Saturday, a nine-man Newcastle held on to beat Southampton 3-2, while Burnley and Brighton drew 1-1. Newcastle were 2-0 up within 26 minutes against Southampton, who were looking to recover from their 9-0 drubbing at Manchester United. Takumi Minamino, on loan from Liverpool, pulled one back, only for Miguel Almiron to add his second and Newcastle’s third before half-time. Jeff Hendrick was sent off for a second yellow card early in the second half and an injury to Fabian Schar meant Newcastle were down to nine men late in the match, but they held on. The win lifted them to 16th, above Burnley, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Brighton, as Johann Berg Gudmundsson cancelled out Lewis Dunk’s opener. © AAP
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European leagues revealed their concerns about Champions league expansion plans
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In a statement released by the European Leagues, the association revealed that while they welcomed a few of UEFA’s plan to expand the Champions League, the rest concerned them. The UEFA unveiled a plan for a new format from 2024 that would feature a 36-team league replacing the current group stage.With the Champions League, and Europa League’s, current contract expiring in 2024, it has seen reports fly from left, right, and center about the new tournament. That includes a proposal for a European Super League which has been rejected by quite a few clubs, and FIFA, despite support from some of Europe’s biggest sides. However, in light of FIFA’s decision to ban players whose clubs’ participate in the so-called European Super League, UEFA has released their proposal.It is a 36-team league that will replace the current group stage and will see every team plays 10 matches which will be a challenge for many leagues. That saw the statement from the European Leagues, an association of 37 competitions from 30 different countries, concerned about the length of the competition. The statement further revealed concerns on the financial side and regard “financial redistribution”.“The European Leagues have raised strong concerns about more matchdays in such a flexible system in an already very congested calendar. (The European Leagues) also questioned the possible impact of access as well as commercial components on the sporting and financial balance of domestic leagues. Finally, they discussed several options regarding financial redistribution,” the group’s statement read.“The European leagues welcome the consultation process led by UEFA and consider that the vision based on the so-called “Swiss Model” is an improvement compared to the more radical proposals that emerged in 2019,” it added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Liverpool want to be champions but we don’t have that at the moment, admits Jurgen Klopp
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Following a 1-0 loss to Brighton, Jurgen Klopp has confessed that while Liverpool do want to be champions, they aren’t in the title race based on their current form. The Reds have struggled to put their best foot forward over the last few months which has seen them slip behind the chasing pack.While Liverpool started the league season well, excluding their loss to Aston Villa, the Reds’ have lost form over the last few months with their issues with injuries causing problems. It has seen Liverpool fall well behind the chasing pack over the last few weeks with the difference between Manchester City and them now increasing to seven points. That does cause a few problems for the Reds and it has seen many worried about them especially after the loss to Brighton.The loss means that Jurgen Klopp’s side has only won two games out of their last eight matches, a run that includes three losses as well. That has played a part in their drop off and it has seen Klopp admit that the Reds are no longer title contenders based on current form. The German manager further added that the players know that the loss to Brighton “was not enough” and they need to improve their performances going forward.“The gap to City ... I am manager of Liverpool and so I have to say we want to be champions, and of course we do, but you need games for it and we need performances for it and we don’t have that. We will fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday, but we have to play better and we will try,” Klopp said, reported the Guardian.“These gaps are not interesting at the moment. They are the result of the results we had already. What we can influence is the next game. Tonight it was not enough. We know that and we have to change that.”The Seagulls somehow managed to walk away from Anfield with a sensational victory which means that it is now two games on the trot that Liverpool have lost at home. That comes after their incredible unbeaten run that stretched over three years but Klopp admitted that Graham Potter’s side deserved to win the game. He added that his side looked “mentally fatigued” for him and thus they weren’t “good enough to break” down Brighton.“Brighton rightly won the game, deservedly won it. They were fresher than us, they did more good things than we did and we lost too many easy balls. The best way to defend Brighton is to keep the ball and then you have control. We didn’t create a lot, and for me the team looked mentally fatigued tonight.“That leads to not the best play as well. It was a tough week travelling to London and back twice. We were not fresh enough which means we were not good enough to break the formation of Brighton and in the end they scored a goal and had other chances. They deserved to win,” he added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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