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Remember the 2015/16 season when Leicester shocked the world football with the Premier League championship, despite the odds of 1/5000, but that season also saw the top performance of Mesut Ozil, the most creative midfielder in the top five European leagues in this decade.
According to TruMedia’s data, Mesut Oezil created 146 chances to score in 35 Premier League matches in the 2015/16 season – 20 times more than any other player since 2010. The German midfielder carried out 19 assists – a Premier League record in this decade, as well as creating 28 clear chances (Big Chances). From September 26 to November 21, he scored assists in seven consecutive matches – an achievement that no Premier League player has ever done before and even after that. In fact, only 18 other players scored 7 assists in the whole 2015/16 season.
Despite leading the expectations score (xG) and losing expectations (xGA), Arsenal finished the season in second place, behind Leicester. If Arsenal’s results are consistent with their performances, perhaps Arsene Wenger and his coaches have won the championship and Mesut Oezil could win the ‘Best Player of the Year’ award. But even the German midfielder did not appear in the ‘Typical squad’ voted by PFA. Instead of being remembered as an achievement of top creativity, Mesut Oezil’s 2015/16 season gave another indication: Player and his position will never be important.
Mesut Oezil’s position will never be important again
Think about the best teams in the world. Not many of them are built around classic “number 10” gameplay. Man City turned both their “10s” – Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva – into traditional midfielders. Bayern Munich did the same with James Rodriguez, while their top-class footer was Joshua Kimmich, a full-back. Liverpool did so, depending on the creativity in the two wing corridors, and they won the Champions League in 2019 after selling “No. 10” Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The 27-year-old midfielder struggled in Spain, when Barcelona built a play around Leo Messi – the world’s top superstar. Meanwhile, in Italy, the Juventus squad doesn’t have any players scoring more than 10 assists in the last season of 2018/19.
After a week of competition, the Copa America 2019 gave the audience a lot of emotion with the top matches. Here are 3 worth-noticing things about this tournament.
1. The team plays the worst
Ecuador is the worst team to date, with five yellow cards of Mendez, Angel Mena, Arboleda, Carlos Gruezo, Velasco and two red cards of Babriel Achilier and Quinteros after two matches.
Not stopping there, Ecuador also has a number of pretty big mistakes (34 times). This turned Ecuador into the ugliest Copa America 2019 team and it would be disadvantageous to consider the Fair-play score to enter the inner round.
2. The most surprising team
Argentina is the top name in the surprise category in Copa this year. Despite being a candidate for the championship, Argentina showed a weak face after losing to Colombia in the first game and struggling to get a draw against Japan.
After 2 turns of matches, Argentina ranked at the bottom of Group B with 1 point obtained and the goal coefficient is -2. This makes Messi and his teammates unable to take over their own decisions but has to wait for the result after the final round and the condition is enough to win against Qatar with a strong score.
3. The best team
Colombia is the team that shows the cohesion as well as the very good form in the Copa America 2019. After surpassing the champion candidate Argentina in the first leg, Colombia continues to defeat defending champion Asia, Qatar to “the main road” is the first team to enter the 2019 Copa America quarterfinal early 1 round.
Coach Carlos Queiroz expressed his confidence as well as confirmed not to be bored with any team and will close the group stage with 3 wins, to declare his ambition to win the tournament.
3. AC Milan
AC Milan is the most successful club in Italian football history. Juventus won more domestic titles but the San Siro team is the best in the European arena. The team was honored 7 times to improve the Champions League silver cup and became one of the many times the champion of the old continental top league.
AC Milan started to flourish under coach Arrigo Sacchi. Strategist Italy has made the club a real force in both Serie A and Europe. Within 5 years, they won 3 times in the league and Champions League.
Then in the 2000s, AC Milan once again converged the superstar star: Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo, Andriy Shevchenko, Kaka and Clarence Seedorf. They went to the C1 king 2 more times.
Barcelona is a major force in Spain and even Europe. The Catalan team has won the Champions League five times, 25 times to rise to the La Liga throne and won 30 trophies. In the 1950s, the “Blaugrana” constantly had to hide the rivalry of Real Madrid in every way.
Only when Johan Cruyff appeared, Barca’s era of success officially began. The former Dutch player focused on young players and promoted the La Masia training kiln. At that time, the bull’s great man owned the “dream team” and stormed La Liga and the C1 arena. The home team 6 times won the domestic league and once won the Champions League in the 1990s.
5. Real Madrid
Real Madrid is known as the “king of clubs”. In terms of reputation, title, not a team in the world comparable to “Los Blancos”. So far, White Vultures have won 13 Champions League titles, 33 times to lift the La Liga trophy and own 19 King trophies.
The golden age of Real began in the 1950s. The club has five consecutive steps to the C1 king. Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Jose Santamaria and Raymond Kopa have turned “Los Blancos” into the No. 1 force in soccer.
For the first time in history, four powerful Premier League teams are Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in Europe’s most prestigious finals, Champions League, and Europa League.
Arsenal and Chelsea have just signed their names on the final match in the Europa League, helping England to dominate the old continent in the 2018 season after Liverpool and Tottenham put their hands together to play in the final of C1.
It is even more impressive when both Liverpool and Tottenham created the “blockbuster” movies, causing the football world to be stunned and admired, leaving the high-level division in Madrid on the sixth night.
Two pairs of Europa League semi-finals this morning also closed with full joy for brothers into London, Arsenal, and Chelsea. The history of English football’s most successful week in the European Cup.
It is the fierce competition, strangely enough, to suffocate in the Premier League, which is the foundation for the foggy representatives to explode strongly when entering Europe.
While Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus went into a recession period, the Premier League teams have been relentless thanks to reasonable strategy.
Not many people think that Liverpool will overthrow Barcelona‘s “pal” after losing 0-3 at the Nou Camp and without the services of Salah and Firmino in the return leg. However, with determination, courage, and a bit of luck, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers did a miracle, with a 4-0 reversal that shook the bridge world.
Only 24 hours later, Tottenham is almost desperate when Ajax lead 3-0 final. However, the “rooster” has risen unbelievably, with the superhero image Lucas Moura launching 3 left foot bullets knocking down young Dutch strikers.
11 years after MU and Chelsea disturbed Moscow, English football had two teams in the Champions League final. While Tottenham headed for the first European Cup in history, The Kop hoped for the sixth time to take the throne, following the 2005 Istanbul feat.
The year 2018 has been over with lots of big football events around the world. In 2019, there are not many big events like World Cup or Euro. However, there are still some interesting football events to wait for. Let’s check out the great events of the football in 2019.
Champions League final (June 1st in Spain)
The Champions League final is always an important event of world football. This year, this match will be held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1st. In the past 3 years, Real Madrid has dominated the Champions League when winning 3 consecutive championships. However, this year promises to change when other clubs have grown much stronger.
UEFA Nations League Finals (June 5th to June 9th in Portugal)
In the first organization, the UEFA Nations League created a good effect with many competitive matches. After qualifying, it was determined that four semi-finals for the Nations League were Dutch, Swiss, Portuguese and English. They will play in Portugal from June 5th to June 9th to determine the championship. In the first semi-finals, Portugal encountered Switzerland. Meanwhile, Britain and the Netherlands will clash in the other semi-final.
America Copa 2019 (from June 14th to July 7th in Brazil)
The performance of Brazil at 2018 World Cup was not really successful. However, Brazil is determined to win the 2019 Copa America, the tournament that they are going to host. However, it seems like a difficult task since there are many strong teams competing in this event such as Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, etc. In addition to 10 South American teams, this year’s tournament also has the presence of two guest teams, Japan and Qatar.
There are certainly many interesting things to expect from these biggest world football events. Let’s wait to see!