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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The one lovely blog award

Hello guys it’s Abhinnshyam and I’m very much delighted to announce I’ve been nominated for my third blog award, the ‘One lovely blog award’ by my dear blogging friend Nishtha Shukla. Thank you so much dear.

I hope I deserve

Rules :

  • Mention and thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you can (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

7 facts about me :

  • I’m a sportsman and a sports fanatic
  • I love WWE and football
  • I’ve some egoism in me
  • I’ve a great presence of mind
  • I’m a fan of Harry Potter
  • I’m a experienced musician
  • I love doing all things ‘technology’

Here are my nominations :

I hope I deserve it. Bye bye

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

Jose Mourinho – “Manchester united failed in Morata bid

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United failed with a bid to bring Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to Old Trafford.

United had been strongly linked with a move for the Spain international before the Premier League club concluded a £75million deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Mourinho indicated Morata had been one of United’s top targets as the club prepares to return to the Champions League, but no agreement could be reached with Madrid.

“I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player. I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid,” Mourinho told reporters.

While United missed out on Morata, the club snapped up Lukaku and made the striker the second most expensive transfer in British football history, behind only Paul Pogba.

Mourinho suggested Lukaku’s Premier League experience and his personal relationship with the player from their time together at Chelsea were the primary reasons United sought to buy the Belgium international, the club also having been strongly linked with a deal for Antoine Griezmann before Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban nixed the Frenchman’s exit.

A child returning home (Wayne Rooney returns to Everton)

Alright, guys. Remember I said a few months ago that I’ll never be prepared for Rooney’s departure? It will be announced any time now, and I feel completely numb.

As I dread for that moment, my mind races back to various Wayne Rooney moments which made beautiful memories. A phenomenon at the age of 18, a living hell for the defenders, and those of us lucky ones who witnessed his prime know the heights of his greatness as a player. Even when he faded away, there was never a game where his commitment level fell a cent below hundred.
I was led into this great football club by him. I celebrated all our victories with him. I lived through the pains of losses with him. Wayne has impacted, and has been a part of every moment of mine at Manchester United. 
It is just a pity that even after being at the club for 13 years, becoming the highest goalscorer and winning every possible trophy in that time, some of us still have to be convinced into admitting the status of this man as a Legend. Many came and many left, many will come and many will go, but there’ll be only one Wayne Rooney. This man, right there, who was here until the end. The keystone to so much of success we’ve had, Wayne should be remembered as nothing less than a legend.
He came a boy, conquered the Old Trafford. He leaves a man, a void too large to fill. Wayne Rooney. Take a bow.
Thanks for making me fall in love with the game, Wayne Rooney. There will never be another you ever again.

A legend. Forever.
“Remember the name, Wayne Rooney.”