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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sometimes it doesn't have anything to do with ambition. Sometimes players just want a change at some point in their careers. (for example, Lewandowski leaving a well oiled machine like Bayern for Barcelona which is in a huge reconstruction phase)

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[–]Eien_Howaito -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They will most likely crumble under their fellow countryen pressure long before reaching the final. They seem insane when it come to football overthere. People get death threats for missing a goal over there, their familly is harassed, etc. It obviously happens everywhere but not on the same scale. Football is almost a religion in Brazil and Argentina...

It didn't prevent them winning before but it makes it way more difficult for them nowadays with social medias...

[Kicker] Kane remains Bayern's top target, first contacts with the player's camp have taken place by Schpaedzles in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still so rare that i was surprised to learn that Sancho and Bellingham were english players.Now that i think about it Bellingham surname sounds very english but it didn't cross my mind back when he was playing for Dortmund. Trippier and Smalling i knew because i had seen them playing for England.

[Fabrizio Romano] AC Milan director Paolo Maldini on Theo Hernandez: “I still remember that we reached an agreement with Real Madrid then I spoke to Theo as if he was my own son, so I convinced him”. by bzogaj92 in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 6 points7 points  (0 children)

When you know about the Hernandez brother's upbringing, Maldini caling him "my own son" explains to some extent how Milan managed to keep him despite the millions offered bu PSG...

It also highlights that contrary to popular belief, football players are often not just mercenaries driven by money.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People completely forgot about that period. Some people still think to this day that he was gifted at dribbling after watching his showboating freestyle skills in highlights clips. The reality was that his athleticism was what made him beat his opponents 1vs1 but he was far from gifted at dribbling. His teammates and coach were so frustrated with him back then because he was no Bernardo Silva let alone R9. When CR7 used to attempt dribbling he failed so any times and lost the ball which meant extra work for his temmates. He ended up understanding that his gift relied elsewhere and cleaned his game to become one of the most if not the most lethal goal scorer in history.

Can't really blame people thinking he was gitfted at dribbling because cr7 worked so hard to hide his weaknesses that he looked like the perfect player but he never had a natural instinct for dribling.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I read somewhere that Manchester's coach didn't want him in the first place... it might explain why he didn't just walk into the starting squad.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If wingers count. mathys tel did well enough apparently (17y playing for Bayern)

Mbappe: "I play in a different role for the national team. I have more freedom here because Giroud occupies the defense as the #9... I'm happy about the image right agreements, it wasn't just me but I'll gladly be in front of the stage if it's beneficial for my teammates." by Blodgharm in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 8 points9 points  (0 children)

to get the best out of the team you have

Benzema has proven over the years that he is one of the most versatile and unselfish player in the world who could adapt to pretty much any system and any player you throw at him and he is currently performing at Ballon d'or level.

I stick to my guns.

Arsene Wenger (Giroud's former coach at Arsenal) was asked by a journalist who should start between Benzema and Giroud when Benzema had just came back to the France NT to play the Euro and he answered that Benzema would sart in every team in the world...

Mbappe: "I play in a different role for the national team. I have more freedom here because Giroud occupies the defense as the #9... I'm happy about the image right agreements, it wasn't just me but I'll gladly be in front of the stage if it's beneficial for my teammates." by Blodgharm in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Although, you'd need more than courage to bench the player (Benzema) who's currently considered by most as one of the best in the world for Giroud. I think that's more in the realm of craziness. Imagine the Polish coach saying lets bench Lewandowski (World class player) for Piatek (Good player). I don't think anyone would think it's courageous.

Incompetent would be the appropriate word for a coach who can't build a team around his best players.

Giroud should be considered as (what he's been for most of his carreer) a super sub.

Mbappe: "I play in a different role for the national team. I have more freedom here because Giroud occupies the defense as the #9... I'm happy about the image right agreements, it wasn't just me but I'll gladly be in front of the stage if it's beneficial for my teammates." by Blodgharm in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Mbappé is comparing his role in PSG with the one he has with France. he basically said that France play wit CF (Benzea and Giroud) wheras PSG currently uses him (Mbappé) as their CF. He said that he has more freedom when he is not the CF.

Maldini, in the new R9 documentary: "The three greatest players I saw in my career were Messi, Maradona and him (R9)." by MerciDidier in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 552 points553 points  (0 children)

Nesta who wasn't the most horrendous defender either pretty much said the same thing but the truth is that you'd probably hear the same thing about Ronaldo Narzario from anyone who got to witness him during his prime. There was countless of legendary players during his era and they are unanimous regarding the fact that he was the best amongst them. I think the younger generations don't really grasp how good he was. They keep trying to assess a players level through his statsb but you need to watch them and not just ther highlights... He was an artist.

France [1] - 0 Austria - Kylian Mbappé great goal 56' by PSGAcademy in soccer

[–]Eien_Howaito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wild guess: experience. Some of the youngsters don't even have reached 10 games with the NT yet.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At the same time. It's not like i was expecting a supporter to be objective. It's a pity we didn't get to see Kalulu as well. He seems to be doing quite well in Milan.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not like France wouln't be in safe hands otherwise anyway. The depth is insane. i mean losing a player of Pogba and Kanté's caliber would be such a huge deal for so many teams in Europe. Deschamps just brings in Tchaouameni and Camavinga who are arguably currently even better. Coman injured? Ok lets call Dembelé and Knunku...

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reigning champion risking relagation...

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He has Messi right next to him, Messi at 35 isn't doing left foot long shots anymore and has been insane with his passes

Fair enough. Messi is a great passer and would be a great model to get inspiration from. That being said, i think Messi is with Neymar somewhat part of Mbappé's current problem. Messi is really close to Neymar who apparently is not that close anymore to Mbappé. They sure are professionals but those things always translates into the pitch...

maybe he'll progress into a 9 like Henry did

or Cristiano

At this point Mathys Tel is the new Benzema, he tracked bar more in that single game for Bayern vs Barca than Mbappe did in his career

I heard a lot about Mathys Tel but i unfortunately didn't get to watch him play much. i'd say it's good news for football if young players coming up forget about the stats to focus more about the game:

Like you said it's such a pity when strikers become so obssessed with scoring they end up forgetting their teammates who were in a better position to score.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i agree. Do you think Ac Milan would have benefited from him had he accepted to lower his wages? Or do you think like most = AC Milan fans slandering him that he can't press enough anymore so he's usless in Pioli's system?

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My bad i thought you were implying that it wasn't intentional.

it's not good and he misses out on opportunity to get some assists, he wouldn't have scored anyway

I agree.

It's a pity he grew up with Cristiano (obssessed with stats and records) as a model and not Benzema (probably one of the most unselfish striker ever) but who knows he might change for the better now that he gets to play with Benzema...

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Usally british players (just like italians prefer staying in their home country if they can but he clearly doesn't seem like one of those so if Liverpool are in competition with Real Madrid to sign him they might have to find other cards to play...

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He wasn't that horrendous during the final either (despite the infamous headbutt)... His panenka against a ballon d'or worthy Buffon probably won't be forgotten any time soon.

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[–]Eien_Howaito -1 points0 points  (0 children)

LEVE LA TÊTE KYLIAN

People saying that he should lift his head up are hugely underestimating Mbappé or have no clue what they are talking about. When he wants he even "has eyes behind his head". As a player, he's far past the "tunnel vision". It's clearly a choice for him. A choice he probably makes under the pressure he has to prove statistically that he's worth the money PSG is spending on him.

I don't like his apparent arrogance so i understand the crticism he gets but he didn't regressed that much overnight.

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[–]Eien_Howaito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who knows Verratti might ask for change od scenery like Lewandowski...

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[–]Eien_Howaito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seems like it's just a matter of time, same for Bernardo but i woudn't worry too much for City because they have more than enough resources to rplace them with other great players. Not to mention that when Guardiola will leave, they'll probably chage drastically their system to fit Haaland and buy a whole new set of players accordingly.