Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 3)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 3)

The players were always trying before Cantona arrived, and now they are making a lot of effort.

With Cantona in the squad, Man Utd rose to their first English championship since 1967. The following four seasons, they spent three more titles and two FA Cups until Cantona decided to hang up his shoes in 1998. The day he left the team, Man Utd was in a much higher position than when he arrived. Not only is the goalscorer that Man Utd needs, Cantona also transmits the team of enthusiasm and an unprecedented arrogance. “When Eric was brought in, we knew we had the last piece,” Ince said.

Liverpool have not won England since 1990. At one point, they were very close, but they stumbled. In 2014, under Brendan Rogers, they scored 101 goals and conceded 50 goals. When Jurgen Klopp came to power a year later, he continued to be criticized for two years for his defenseless defense: they could not control the fixed ball, make silly mistakes and play poorly. Klopp always stands out to protect the players, but he must also realize that the team is missing something.

Then Virgil van Dijk arrived from Southampton in December 2017. Klopp tried to buy him the previous summer but then he had to wait until the winter. Liverpool have conceded 23 goals in the first half of the season. The second half they only conceded 15 goals. This season, through the first eight rounds, Liverpool won all eight, conceding just six goals – at least the tournament.

Van Dijk has brought a life not unlike Cantona at Man Utd before. He brings a strong faith: we can win and do great things. Two consecutive years Liverpool reached the Champions League final. And they won the season with Van Dijk. Van Dijk not only kicked, he also raised the person next to him, whether it was Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip.

When facing Liverpool today, looking at the opponent, the Man Utd supporters would wish the home team had a person like Cantona from the past, someone who, although we were weak, lost troops, had crisis, still entered. pitch with your head held high and challenge anyone who dares to despise the reputation of the “Red Devils”!

Man City drew the first match in the Champions League

Man City drew the first match in the Champions League

Due to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo receiving a red card, Man City was held 1-1 by Atalanta in the fourth match of the group stage on 6/11.

Goals: Pasalic 49 ‘- Sterling 7’

Red card: Bravo.

If you win Atalanta, Man City will soon win the right to qualify for the Champions League. That is within the ability of the English team because two weeks ago, they won the opponent 5-1 at home. Raheem Sterling’s opening goal in the seventh minute, right in the first phase, gave the visitors an extra advantage against an Atalanta who lost all three matches. Gabriel Jesus’s backheel-back kick gave Sterling a fifth Champions League goal, equal to Son Heung-min and just two behind Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski.

Doing well the task of creating space and linking attacks but Jesus did not have the opportunity to score. Two minutes before the break, Sterling’s 16m50 penalty kick touched the ball at the edge of the fence by Atalanta. Thanks to VAR, the referee Aleksey Kulbakov gave the visitors a penalty. Jesus took the responsibility, but his low shot went wide of the post.

Outside the line, Coach Guardiola scratched his head regretfully. After the trip to Atalanta, Man City will be a match with Liverpool – the match is like the English Premier League final. The Etihad owners are six points behind Liverpool and they need the most effortless victory against Atalanta, creating a momentum for the battle at the weekend.

And yet sad because of the penalty penalty of Jesus, Guardiola had to welcome two other bad news. Goalkeeper Ederson got hurt, having to make room for Claudio Bravo in the second half. When the Copa America hero of the Chilean team could not warm up, he had to go into the net to pick up the ball. After 49 minutes, Alejandro Gomez hung the ball from the left wing precisely to Mario Pasalic and headed to the near post, leveling the score. It was also the first finishing phase of the home team.

Playing lack of people away, Man City accepted to pinch the match to have a point to bring home the fog. Guardiola wanted to solve his Champions League task neatly, before thinking of a race in the Premier League, but couldn’t. He still has to strain in the next round at the end of this month, in the context of Liverpool waiting ahead and having an advantage over a day off.

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 2)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 2)

One rainy day in November, Ferguson went to see Martin Edwards at the President’s office to discuss recruitment. He tried to contact Alan Shearer (Southampton) and David Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) but failed. Later, he brought in young striker Dion Dublin of Cambridge United, a brilliant talent but soon suffered from abuse.

When Ferguson arrived at the office, Edwards was on the phone with Bill United President Bill Fotherby. Fotherby wants to ask to buy Dennis Irwin. Ferguson immediately saw the opportunity and wrote on his boss’s pad, “Ask him about Eric Cantona.”

Edwards pretended to ask Fotherby about Cantona and learned that the French striker was arguing with coach Howard Wilkinson. Fotherby made an appointment an hour later.

Only cost a million pounds transfer fee, Man Utd bought Cantona and helped the club change its destiny.

As soon as he hung up, Edwards immediately asked Ferguson, “Why Cantona?”

And Ferguson said immediately: Because it is a necessary contract. Cantona has always been known for his complex personality, the rumor he contradicts Wilkinson despite bringing Leeds to the championship has been shady for a long time. But after talking with then-France coach Gerard Houllier, Ferguson realized that Cantona was far from the rumors. But more importantly, at that time, Man Utd desperately needed a top scorer to solve the goal. Cantona is clearly a great option.

Half an hour later, Fotherby called back and announced he was ready to sell Cantona. Wilkinson was fed up with Cantona, and he had no intention of staying. Cantona even applied for a transfer. “The downstream trout will not be able to cross the falls,” wrote the Cantona letter.

The arrival of Cantona gave hope to Old Trafford. But more remarkable is his influence on the team. After the first training session, Cantona asked Ferguson arranged two more players to stay behind to help him practice the volley. Ferguson was surprised that the exercises were designed to be as logical as possible, but Cantona still wanted it to be more challenging. He designated two players to cross the ball with a young goalkeeper in the wooden frame. The other players saw Cantona practice, then gradually they joined him. The additional exercises later became a routine on the training ground of Man Utd.

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

But the high humidity in the summer in New York made Flushing Meadows too harsh for the players, regardless of how hard they worked. Federer left the US Open 2018 with a sweaty shirt after losing to Millman.

Millman himself had to ask to play midway in the quarterfinals with Djokovic to change clothes, because the outfit was soaking wet. On the second day of competition, six players withdrew, including five cases involving heat stroke. The weather is so severe that there is even a “thermal scale” to be used in men’s matches at the beginning of the second week of the US Open.

In 2012, a gust of wind blew the chair away of the player entering the field, and the audience evacuated from the stands of the Flushing Meadows complex. “It was definitely one of the most difficult weather conditions I have ever experienced,” Murray said at the time.

Thanks to the subsequent roof installation, Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong yards are no longer affected by wind and rain. But it is also the roof that makes the atmosphere in the two stadiums become more stuffy and hotter.

Under these volatile conditions, it was difficult for the players to maintain their high level, and so, a lot of surprises happened.

In contrast to the tranquility that has become a tradition in Wimbledon, the US Open always enjoys crazy emotions. The schedule, despite improving over the past few years, still feels like it is designed to drain the energy of exhausted players. The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, and the next day is the final, as the US Open is always the most exciting sporting event on television.

Players must also get used to the chaotic atmosphere that is rarely seen in other Grand Slams, especially in matches that take place at night. The audience walked in the middle of the pitch, ridiculed the players they disliked and talked loudly in matches.

The illustrious champion Djokovic was also booed by the crowd after an injury that forced him to give up in the fourth round match against Wawrinka. Serena Williams incidents also took place in the frenetic atmosphere at Arthur Ashe yard in the evening.

Those are the characteristics of Flushing Meadows, where most predictions go wrong. Nadal finally won the US Open 2019 in the context that all the original championship doors were named Novak Djokovic – who won four of the last five Grand Slams.

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 1)

Man Utd – Liverpool: When Van Dijk reminiscent of Cantona (Part 1)

There are players like those born to change the fate of a club. Eric Cantona was like that at Man Utd before, similar to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Earlier this year, when asked about Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, the player Paul Ince compared the Dutch center-back to Man Cant Utd’s Eric Cantona in the early 1990s. born, besides the indisputable expertise. And their appearance has helped the club rise to a whole new level.

When Ince stated the above opinion, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had just won the first six matches with Man Utd as the head coach. But the former England striker did not appreciate this feat. “I can do the same,” Ince said. But when he talked about Cantona, he changed his voice to the utmost respect. Because more than anyone else, Ince directly witnessed the terrible effect that Cantona brought to Man Utd.

In 1989, Ince was recruited by Alex Ferguson from West Ham. Very quickly, he understood the stature of the club and the monuments here: George Best, Bobby Charlton, Steve Coppell. But Ince could not explain why such a high-class club did not win the big title. since the 1960s. “26 years without a title, that’s a mystery,” Ince said.

Even Ferguson could not break that shove. Since taking office at Old Trafford, he has brought Man Utd in turn to finish in positions 11, 2 and 11. Ince’s first two seasons here, the team finished in 13th and 6th place. 1992 , Man Utd missed a chance to win after losing to three of the last four rounds. Leeds United used the footsteps of “Reds” to take the throne.

In the 1992-1993 season, Man Utd did not seem to be complete and struggled very hard. At the beginning of the season, the team continued to experience disappointing draws against Swansea City, Bristol City, Elfsborg and Lillestrom. They won just five in 15 matches, were knocked out of the league by Aston Villa, and collapsed in a penalty shootout before Torpedo Moscow in the first round of the UEFA Cup. These are long, dark and dark days.

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 3)

But the high humidity in the summer in New York made Flushing Meadows too harsh for the players, regardless of how hard they worked. Federer left the US Open 2018 with a sweaty shirt after losing to Millman. Millman himself had to ask to play midway in the quarterfinals with Djokovic to change clothes, because the outfit was soaking wet.

On the second day of competition, six players withdrew, including five cases involving heat stroke. The weather is so severe that there is even a “thermal scale” to be used in men’s matches at the beginning of the second week of the US Open.

In 2012, a gust of wind blew the chair away of the player entering the field, and the audience evacuated from the stands of the Flushing Meadows complex. “It was definitely one of the most difficult weather conditions I have ever experienced,” Murray said at the time.

Thanks to the subsequent roof installation, Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong yards are no longer affected by wind and rain. But it is also the roof that makes the atmosphere in the two stadiums become more stuffy and hotter.

Under these volatile conditions, it was difficult for the players to maintain their high level, and so, a lot of surprises happened.

In contrast to the tranquility that has become a tradition in Wimbledon, the US Open always enjoys crazy emotions. The schedule, despite improving over the past few years, still feels like it is designed to drain the energy of exhausted players. The semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, and the next day is the final, as the US Open is always the most exciting sporting event on television.

Players must also get used to the chaotic atmosphere that is rarely seen in other Grand Slams, especially in matches that take place at night. The audience walked in the middle of the pitch, ridiculed the players they disliked and talked loudly in matches.

The illustrious champion Djokovic was also booed by the crowd after an injury that forced him to give up in the fourth round match against Wawrinka. Serena Williams incidents also took place in the frenetic atmosphere at Arthur Ashe yard in the evening.

Those are the characteristics of Flushing Meadows, where most predictions go wrong. Nadal finally won the US Open 2019 in the context that all the original championship doors were named Novak Djokovic – who won four of the last five Grand Slams.

Arsenal won by the brace of 18-year-old striker

Arsenal won by the brace of 18-year-old striker

With a young and rich squad, Arsenal won Standard Liege 4-0 in the second round of the Europa League group stage on the evening of October 3.

Arsenal maintained the same Europa League boom as Unai Emery, despite the introduction of seven players aged U23 on the evening of October 3, when receiving Standard Liege. The Europa League runner-up overcame the opponent when holding the ball 61%, launched twice the number of shots (26 vs 12), and had a much higher accuracy rate (90% compared to 79%).

In an overwhelming attack, 18-year-old striker Gabriel Martinelli shone with a brace. In the 13th minute, he ran across the defender’s face, picked up the cross of Kieran Tierney on the left and headed to open the score. Three minutes later, the Brazilian striker seemed to be sticking the ball to his foot, overcoming the two yellow-shirted players’ resistance, before calmly chasing the far post to double the gap.

Martinelli became the youngest Arsenal player to score twice in Europe, helping the team to win two matches in the Europa League, score seven goals, and have yet to concede a goal.

In addition to the double in the first 16 minutes, Martinelli also contributed to Arsenal’s play. He is both the most dedicated player (seven times), and the one who passes the ball to his teammates the most shots (five times), and also has the most tackles (three times). In the 57th minute, the 18-year-old striker caught the speed on the right corner and then hung the ball into the 5m50 area, past the away team’s goalkeeper. Martinelli’s assist line helps Dani Ceballos, the player to cross the ball and pass the most accurate match, just touch the ball to bring home the fourth table.

Before he shone in the Europa League, Martinelli also scored twice in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the League Cup. Before that, the mature player from the Corinthians kiln had just six minutes to play in the Premier League opening round – against Newcastle. The maturity of the 35th striker is a good sign for Emery, in the context of Arsenal’s ability to score in the early stages of the season, relying only on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 2)

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 2)

Another part of the cause comes from the pitch. The “Big Three” domination at Wimbledon and Roland Garros comes from the fact that very few players can meet the specific conditions of grass or clay. The pitch at Wimbledon has always been a nightmare for most young players. Their play is not adapted to the eccentricity of this pitch. After being eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon 2019, both Alexander Zverev and Tsitsipas admitted that the pitch is a difficult challenge to overcome.

Thanks to the experience, the “Big Three” has not encountered the same problems, and has learned to master these pitches over the last 15 to 20 years. Since 2002, no one other than Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray won the championship. At Roland Garros, Nadal’s superiority on clay court compared to the rest made the French Open become the exclusive stage for the Spanish tennis player, and earned him the nickname “The Clay King of Clay”.

Hard courts – the surface of the US Open and the Australian Open – are completely different. Basically, hard courts are the default court surface in tennis, because all players are comfortable playing. It became popular also because there were many other sports that could be played on hard courts. Therefore, many players are likely to cause “earthquakes” in the US Open and the Australian Open. But in Melbourne Park, there are still fewer surprises, as the Australian Open is the opening tournament for the new season, so the players are more energetic.

During the last six visits to Flushing Meadows, Federer has fallen one after another at the hands of Tommy Robredo, Marin Cilic, Del Potro, John Millman and the latest Dimitrov.

Of the four Grand Slams, the US Open takes place in the most difficult climates. Melbourne was very hot in January, but the humidity was not high, and the Australian Open organizers did well in dealing with the effects of the weather.

Andreescu wins the US Open 2019 (Part 2)

Andreescu wins the US Open 2019 (Part 2)

Andreescu entered game 11 with heavy pressure but had three good serves to lead 40-15. Serena’s backhand error helped Canadian juniors win the game and lead 6-5. Andreescu screamed again and entered Serena’s final game with a lot of hope.

Young Canadian talent won the first point after the outward finishing phase of the upperclassman, before handing over the winner and leading Serena 30-15 in game 12. Serena hit backhand out the next point, after the situation The ball hits the net. Andreescu has two more match-points, and this time, the Canadian player decided to match the match neatly. From Serena’s second serve, Andreescu returned the winner to win 6-3, 7-5 and win the championship.

Overall, Andreescu’s youth is still more prominent than Serena’s experience. Canadian players move better than their senior, more stable shot in the series of durable balls and make fewer mistakes. Andreescu has 17 winners and 19 self-defeating errors, while Serena has 33 winners and 33 self-fouls. The eight errors which come from bad serves. In the second set, it was the double faults that were the main cause of Serena’s dismay and the rapid loss of games leading the set.

Andreescu, after winning the battle, sobbed in happiness. The 19-year-old girl is the first Canadian player in the history of winning the Grand Slam. Andreescu is also the first person to be crowned in the US Open for the first time attending. She won all eight times against the top 10 players. Andreescu himself will rise to fifth on the updated WTA score table next week.

Serena could not hide her sadness of failure. The 37-year-old aspires to champion to keep up with Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam, but has yet to do so. After giving birth, Serena returned to competition and reached the final of four Grand Slams. She failed twice in Wimbledon and also lost in the US Open in the last two years.

“Bianca Andreescu played an incredible game,” Serena commented. “We played great tennis here today. I wish we could play better.”

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 1)

Why is the US Open always unpredictable? (Part 1)

The unpredictability of the men’s singles is becoming the feature of the final Grand Slam of the year.

In the past 11 years, Wimbledon has witnessed two cases of successfully defending the championship (Djokovic in 2014-2015 and 2018-2019), Roland Garros five times (Nadal in the period 2010-2014) and Australia Open four. times (Djokovic the years 2010-2013). At those Grand Slam tournaments, there has always been a dominant player for more than a decade. But since Roger Federer in 2008, no one has won it twice in the US Open.

The most obvious reason is the schedule. Due to being the last Grand Slam of the year, the players who arrived at Flushing Meadows brought with them all the fatigue from the tournaments they had attended earlier. US Open is also an important turning point of the ATP ordering table.

In New York, Djokovic withdrew from a shoulder injury, before Federer lost a match in which he had to seek medical care for his neck and back. Other candidates like Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas also did not have the sharpness to compete, while last year’s runner-up Del Potro was absent. Del Potro has not been an isolated case in recent years. In fact, the fact that the players who made it to the finals of the previous year failed to retain their fitness for the following year has always been a recurring theme.

Last year, Nadal failed to defend the title when he gave up against Del Potro in the semi-finals. 12 months earlier, both players who were present in the 2016 US Open finals were Wawrinka and Djokovic dropped out of the tournament and ended the season early due to injury. Federer also had a similar situation in the US Open 2016. Meanwhile, the rickety body also forced Nadal to skip the 2012 and 2014 tournaments, although the Spanish tennis player was crowned in 2013.

Those facts show that the US Open has become a physical nightmare for players. The fear of getting injured before coming to Flushing Meadows became chronic, and caused the “Big Three” to adjust the schedule. They had to miss one of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and Montreal.