India vs USA : what went wrong with the blues

As much as I am proud and happy that my country got its first appearance In a FIFA world cup finals, I hate to admit it that they could’ve gave a great fight to the u-17 team of United States of America. Here are some points which I think caused a great deal of damage to the winning mentality of the ‘ men in blues ‘.

The formation

Well no doubt that a 4-2-3-1 is not a weak formation and definitely, not the one to go easy on. But sometimes, it can backfire. This formation is good for having possession but it can get you some goals only if you have energetic full backs and midfielders who can cover a lot of ground. In my opinion the Indians should’ve used a 4-5-1 formation if they wanted ‘not to concede’ as it can be varied to 4-3-3 or a 4-4-1-1 if you’re feeling confident. The formation was wrong for the Indians as they didn’t have engines to run on which left the striker isolated and even then, they strived for position. I am not a specialist in the tactics if the beautiful game, but I doubted that the blues carry out the formation from the beginning

The wrong thinking

Football, as we all know it, is an attacking game and more of a physical one. So you try your full force to break through the opposition defence by your speed, physicality or your skills. But there’s a counter thinking of it which often times, lead to digging their own graves. The thinking of ‘if you can’t score, don’t concede’. The damage limitation thing should be done when you know that there’s nothing you can do for this game to be turned around. But not when you’re 1-0 down at 45 minutes and attacking good. Let me say it in one sentence “India defended in numbers and USA attacked in numbers”. I comprehensively hate this thinking of Indian u-17 team coach Luis Norton de Marcos because it sink our players’ thinking and adrenaline to go beyond and do something GLORIOUS. He said he borrowed something from the great Jose Mourinho’s tactical playlist but he didn’t know that he can’t execute it.

The home ‘ disadvantage’

Some ideas in sports are universally accepted but home advantage is one of those unique and somehow non-realistic idea in the field. There was a time when Manchester united was undefeatable (truly undefeatable) at Old Trafford (their home ground) but that was the time when the greatest British manager of all time (perhaps the greatest overall manager) sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. The home advantage is real but sometimes can be turned into a ‘home choke’ which was the case happened at Delhi. The players played but didn’t feel ‘at home’ as they’re were inferior to the opposite players of USA. Because when you’re not ready enough, it doesn’t matter whether you’re at home or away.

Well it’s just the first game of the cup for the team and they proved some good points like they defended quite well in early but they went unlucky when they conceded the harsh penalty given by the referee. So I hope they play well onwards. #BackTheBlue

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Edinson Cavani speaks out after the front three of PSG scores

Edinson Cavani feels it can get even better for PSG and their three attacking stars, despite a remarkable start to the season.

Edinson Cavani believes there is more to come from himself, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, even as PSG’s expensively assembled trio dominate in Ligue 1.

New signing Mbappe made a goalscoring debut, Cavani scored twice and Neymar also found the back of the net in PSG’s 5-1 rout of 10-man Metz on Friday.

It was the first time Cavani, €222million recruit Neymar – who has scored four goals since his arrival from Barcelona – and Mbappe lined up together, helping PSG extend their winning start to the Ligue 1 season to five matches for the first time in their history.

And Cavani – with seven goals in five league matches so far – feels it can get even better for PSG and their three attacking stars.

“I think we played well this evening. We were good in every area of the pitch,” Cavani told Canal

“Of course it’s difficult with 10 against 11, but we deserve the win because we played well. I feel good, despite the trip to play for my country. I always want to play if I can and the coach chose to pick me this evening, which is good for me.

“I always give my best, it’s positive for everyone, and we feel good on the pitch.

“Mbappe and Neymar are great players. We have a good understanding. I hope we’ll continue to improve.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs for Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an Arsenal player no more.

The winger’s six-year spell at the Emirates Stadium came to an end on Thursday as Liverpool concluded a deal that could reach £40m.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.

The move comes after Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the chance to join the Premier League champions, Chelsea.

With one year remaining on his contract at Arsenal, the 24-year-old has been allowed to leave the club, who risked losing him for nothing next summer.

The Gunners can rightfully claim a solid piece of business, commanding a very large fee for a player who has seldom been a guaranteed starter during his time in London.

Liverpool fans will be very excited about their new acquisition, who adds more attacking menace to a side that have already brought in Mohamed Salah this window and clinched an agreement for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta to join next summer.

Liverpool are said to be still pursuing a deal for AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, while the insistence remains that they will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona before the transfer deadline closes on Thursday evening.

However, Mamadou Sakho, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi could all leave the club.

The special one : Jose Mourinho’s tactical Analysis

As football is concerned, I’m not a certified expert or a coach but I love the game and always look for playing and studying it. So I’ve watched many matches of this manager named Jose Mourinho, who, in my opinion, is the best manager in the world after sir Alex Ferguson and Zinedine Zidane. This man Mourinho just have the tactics like a gamer of FIFA 17 like me. Here are some points that’ll help you understanding this manager tactical life from its Internazionale’s trio to its present reign in Manchester united. 

Never have a back 3 – if you watch the lineup of the team under ‘ the special one’ you’ll come to know that the Portuguese never uses a formation which consists of three defenders instead of two centre backs and two full backs. Whether it’s Chelsea, real Madrid, Manchester united or even Inter Milan (where there’s a default tradition of having a back three), he always have a four man defense line. And keep my bet, he always get success (ex. A treble with inter). I think Mourinho really adapts the FIFA 17 video game in real life

Having some OTG musketeers – well to be honest I didn’t know what to headline this part so I gave it the title. Let me explain. Jose Mourinho always have some players in his mind who he always gets for the team wherever he goes. I mean when he was in Chelsea he had Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. Then after few years of coaching when he got to Manchester united, he brought these two players just because he and them have an understanding which can only be possessed by a certain blend of manager and players, even if not the best in the world. This is a strategy I always used in career mode

Substitute after an hour – you can’t just force Jose Mourinho to have a substitution before 60+ mins if there’s no injury occured. Well, this is a strategy I’ve been using for long in FIFA 17 the video game. It has a very good use. After an hour, the opposition defenders and midfielders get tired and fatigued and bringing some Pacey (even with poor technique) forwards, wingers and midfielders is always a plus point if you want to snap some goals from the opposition. As it was showed in the 2017-18 premier league season’s match between Manchester united and Swansea city, he brought on three players (two midfielder and one forward) because he knew to make a scoreline from 1-0 to 4-0, you need to have some fresh and Pacey legs.

The Spaniard signs a new deal with Real Madrid, with a ‘Glorious’ release clause

If sources in Spain are to be believed, Friday beings some good news for Real Madrid fans.

That news? Well AS are reporting that Isco – the man with the silk feet who for so long a transfer target of other clubs – has signed a new deal with the La Liga champions.

AS say it is a four-year deal with the option of extending it by another season

That’s all good but there is another very, very interesting detail in the story. Isco’s buy-out clause has been set at €700m. Yeah, seriously.

Madrid – and presumably lots of other clubs are running scared after what happened with Barcelona and PSG. Indeed, AS add: “There are no players in Madrid’s first-team squad with a clause below 500m … And in Castilla [Real’s ‘B’ team], there are now players with clauses of 300m.”

Wow. Just wow

The Prem trio for Barca if Neymar goes to PSG

The writing, it seems, is on the wall for Neymar, and Barcelona are preparing to react, according to the Mirror.

Philippe Coutinho is a well-documented target, having already seen an offer knocked back by Liverpool. 

Chelsea’sEden Hazard, sidelined until September, would be another ambitious target

The Catalan club has identified a third valued commodity in Tottenham’s Dele Alli.

Armed with more than €200m, assuming Neymar’s buyout clause is triggered, and with the window winding down, Barca will likely need to spend most of their windfall to prize any of the three Premier League stars from their clubs

The biggest question for Real Madrid ? THE FORWARDS

There is only one man (I should say boy) in the discussion here. Yep, you guessed it right. It’s Kylian Mbappé

The very young French lad, who’s been hot since his glorious performance in the UEFA champions league last season is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment and nothing would please Pérez more than to land the latest brightest young star in the footballing galaxy. Benzema is the certain number one at the moment — it says something that his former back-ups, Gonzalo Higuaín and Álvaro Morata, are now two of the most expensive strikers of all time.

Morata’s departure certainly leaves a hole but Ronaldo and Bale can both operate in more traditional striking roles, if required. However, Mbappé’s elite goalscoring instincts and creativity would add a whole other dimension to the Madrid attack. Over to you, Florentino.

Business remaining:
The excellent business conducted on Morata means that Madrid now definitely have the funds to sign Mbappé and stay within the bounds of Financial Fair Play. The Galacticos are reportedly agreed a fee of €145 million for the Monaco’s golden boy. Let’s wait and see where he’ll land after the opening of the transfer window

They will do everything they can to tempt the young Frenchman to the Bernabéu but in the event that they are unsuccessful, Madrid will still probably have to sign another striker to cover for Benzema