Euro 2020 Preview:

Finally after a few delays and date changes Euro 2020 is finally round the corner and its time for us  to take a look at the Euro’s:

TOP DOGS:

FRANCE:

France are in a good shape. Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe is not a shape and Didier Deschamps are in all great shape and knows how to hold onto two great prizes, world cup and now onto Euro and are looking in great form. They have great team depth in all positions although in the same group as Germany and Portugal might  have them  falling early if any last ditch miracles take place.

PORTUGAL:

The talent Portugal have across all positions specially their front line. They have the last two European championships, The Nation’s League and Euro 2016. With talent such as Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix and a great defence in Ruben Dias and Pepe. They can very well be on their way to their 2nd European title.

ENGLAND:

Ohh, the three lions are in an excellent form. The amount of team depth they have is greater than any other nations and in every position as well. Gareth Southgate is going to have a hard time selecting the England squad and playing 11, although few players are essential in their team such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Mason Mount , in defence John Stones looks perfect to start and probably Maguire or Dier to partner him. Dean Henderson, Nick Pope are the contenders for the position between the sticks. If all goes well, England can go all the way.

BELGIUM:

Kevin De Bruyne & company have a simple enough group (Denmark, Finland and Russia) and should reach the quarters. From then on, the golden generation to finally come good. In the aforementioned Manchester City midfielder, Belgium have the best creator in Europe and, in Romelu Lukaku, a supreme goal scorer in top form. Eden Hazard’s fitness is a concern ,a good goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois between the sticks . Defence seems to be concern for Belgium but not too much too worry about. A good manager in Roberto Martínez is also a key to their side.

DARK HORSES:

TURKEY:

Turkey could be brilliant or bloody awful, if results over the last year or two are anything to go by. Their dismantling of the Dutch was highly impressive; much less so a 3-3 draw against

Latvia that followed. Still, three of their top players have been in form for a brilliant Lille side this season.

POLAND:

They have the ultimate goal machine Robert Lewandowski (Lewangoalski). The Polish striker has been unstoppable from the past few seasons and not just scoring goals but creating them as well. Although they have a tough group to clear including Spain and Sweden however they may clear the group stage.

ITALY:

There’s a thing with Italy either their campaign can go exciting as hell or horribly wrong or no one can tell accurately what’s going to be. Although under Roberto Mancini they are unbeaten in 25 matches and this may well be the redemption point for Italy.

DENMARK:

While repeating their surprise Euro 92 success is unlikely, They are in  fairly easy group, they play their first three games in Copenhagen and have been revitalised under a new coach – Belgium are the only nation to beat them in their last 26 internationals. Mixing an experienced spine Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and Christian Eriksen with a dash of exciting youth.

BIGGEST FLOPS:

GERMANY:

Germany can have an awful campaign or an equally wonderful one. Joachim Low’s long tenure is coming to an end after the Euro’s and recent results are not satisfactory at all. They have probably the most difficult group of the Euro 2020 facing former champions Portugal and World Cup champions France.

NETHERLANDS:

The Dutch campaign has been fairly plain this season with losses and wins equally balanced. Frank De Boer can lead them out of group stage but going any further than Round of 16 seems a bit too far. Virgil Van Dijk is out of the squad and the Dutch are missing a major pillar in the defense and an excellent leader and caption and an fairly young team at the hands of an unexperienced manager.

SPAIN:

The Euro 2008 and 2012 winners first face three sides (Poland, Sweden, Slovakia) that will sit deep and deny them space. Having their three group matches moved from Bilbao’s San Mames to Seville’s La Cartuja might prove a blessing – as Germany were shellacked 6-0 there last November – but stumbling to second place could lead to a tricky tussle against Croatia, and early exit.

GOLDEN BOOT:

KYLIAN MBAPPE:

The 22 year old has scored over 35 goals this season and remains injury free and in this form can bang many goals and very well take the Golden Boot subject to France going far enough.

ROMELU LUKAKU:

Banging an impressive 28 goals and 10 assists this season and winning the Scudetto after only his second year in Italy is pretty impressive. Considering Belgium have an easy group in hand Lukaku can bang many goals in the group stage itself and Belgium have an excellent distributer in Kevin De Bruyne in midfield as well.

HARRY KANE:

If Kane finds his  old form and start banging goals he can also contend for the golden boot although England have many impressive goal scorers in their team and a fairly tough group to navigate . 

BEST PLAYER:

KYLIAN MBAPPE:

An impressive goal scorer and provider as well, Mbappe can bang the best player of the tournament title. The 22 year old has impressing everyone so far, already winning the World Cup with France at such a young age and might as well win the Euro.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE:

A truly magical player, Kevin can lead Belgium to the Euro finals creating chances and scoring some as well when the team needs. A perfect player for player of the tournament.

BEST YOUNGSTER:

PHIL FODEN:

The youngster is very impressive this season scoring goals, creating chances .A player who has shown every sign this season of being ready to step up to the biggest stage of all already bagging the Premier League title and  on way to Manchester City’s first Champion’s League Final.

KYLIAN MBAPPE:

Again , if all goes well then Mbappe can be coming home with not one but three titles. Nothing more too say.

Why is Bayern Munich so Dominating in Bundesliga?

So this Saturday Bayern lifted their 9th consecutive Meisterschale or Bundesliga title as people call their 14th title since 2001-2002 season. So we ask why Bayern dominating Bundesliga for is so long and why haven’t anyone challenged them yet.

This year RB Leipzig came pretty close to winning the Bundesliga however were left in turmoil after Bayern claimed yet another title under their belt.

Well Bayern isn’t just winning silverware after completing a successful sextuple only after FC Barcelona but their monopoly is also demonstrated in their transfer stories. Bayern believe in developing young players to world class stars and particularly German players in fact. Every German player dreams to play for Bayern because of their popularity in Germany.

Money plays an important role in their success. Bayern is the fourth most famous club in the world losing out to just Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United above. In 2021 Deloitte list Bayern ranked 3rd in their annual revenue estimating to be 634.1 Million Euros with Real and Barcelona ahead. Dortmund were placed 12th and Schalke and Eintract Frankfurt just in top 20.

One more important factor is Bundesliga Broadcasting Contract. Only 25% is distributed equally with majority being distributed on the basics of their performances both domestic and European and a further being given to the clubs for their production of U23 players. So technically Bayern are getting more revenue than a newly promoted side.

Administration also plays an important part in their success and Bayern are pretty good at it. Bayern are running debt from past few years. Bayern took a loan to build Allianz Arena super massive stadium and cleared the loan way ahead of the time given.  Till 1998  all German clubs were run as nonprofit organization and after 1998 the country allowed clubs to run as Public Limited Companies but until 2002 Bayern didn’t launch their until 2002. Also all German clubs must also abide by the 50+1 rule popular in the Bundesliga, meaning that the majority of the voting rights must remain with its original voting members hostile to a potential takeover from any potential businessmen. Bayern have 75% of their original voting rights with Adidas, Audi and Allianz all with 8.5% voting rights. Bayern also have a worldwide audience with the rest of the Bundesliga team’s lack. Bayern have set up many academies in Asia and look to continue their approach and are targeting North America viewership now. 

Bayern also an exceptionally talented and well organized higher hierarchy with club still being run by former players.                

So what’s the most likely solution to the problems?

 Distributing Broadcasting Money in a different way might be a solution with the lower ranked clubs getting more than those at the top.

Reinforcing some basic principles such as slightly modifying the 50+1 rule and distribution of sponsorship money equally might be the possible solution.

Moreover the clubs must be corrected at an individual level and money and resources must be redirected towards one goal.

What’s Wrong at Arsenal!!

Arsenal currently sit 9th  in the Premier with the hopes Champions League gone long before and Europa League also out of reach with Leeds United behind them with 2 points to catch up their 9th place currently under fire. Although the owners have shown faith in Mikel Arteta but nothing seems to work so far.

 Well, to put it in very simple terms: they don’t score enough goals.  They have scored 49 goals this season scoring an average of 1.40 goals per 90. They have conceded 38 goals conceding 1.09 goals per 90. Their shot accuracy is also to blame. Their shot accuracy currently stands at 33%. They have taken 432 shots this season and only 142 shots on target. Possession is not a problem with Arsenal ranking 5th in passes with 18,589 averaging 531.11 passes per 90.

Finishing is a major issue for Arsenal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lacking form with each passing season. Arsenal have hit the woodwork 17 times this season and rank 6th . They have also missed 32 big chances.

Not in the “which position should he play?” kind of way (there are pros and cons of playing him both up-front and left-wing) but in the sense that Aubameyang simply isn’t scoring goals anymore.

The Gabon international has scored consistently since the moment he arrived in England. He bagged 10 in 13 appearances during his first half-season, then 22 in 36 in both his first and second full seasons (sharing the Golden Boot in the former). He only went more than three games without a goal once, and that was the first four games after the Premier League’s hiatus earlier this year. Well, all summer the raging issue for Arsenal, almost more than any new signings, was whether Aubameyang would renew his contract with Arsenal or not. “Pierre sign the ting” became the meme, and who could argue with Arsenal’s desperation? Aubemeyang had been a proven quantity for the Gunners, was their captain and, despite his age, a key part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Then, three days after the opening day win against Fulham, Pierre did indeed sign the ting, committing his future to Arsenal. Since then, he has taken 15 shots, hitting the target 6 times and scoring just that lone penalty.

Defence is not a problem this season with them only conceding 38 goals this season normally defence was a problem from past season but this problem is gone this season.

Arsenal need to shake up things a bit with them aimlessly putting crosses across the field and them not working. They have just 1 goal from counter attack and just 46 goals from inside the box and 3 from outside.

Clearly Arteta has got some tactics wrong at Arsenal and they need to reorganise a bit.

SBK percentage odds for Premier League top-four finish:

  • Man City: 90.09%
  • Liverpool: 89.29%
  • Chelsea: 68.97%
  • Spurs: 64.52%
  • Man Utd: 36.50%
  • Arsenal: 11.11%

The problem with Arsenal is that they aren’t a creative side, but this has been the case for a long time, taking superb shots from average chances, or just creating his own shots, and finishing with unerring accuracy. And this lifted and inspired other Arsenal players to do the same.

Midfield is not a problem for Arsenal with new academy prodigy Emile Smith Rowe both creating chances and scoring at the same time and new loan signing Martin Odegaard
looking set of sign permanently. A new striker is definitely needed and Arsenal should be looking to offload players not in their program and selling Aubemeyang can make way for a new striker to come.

5 Potential Managers to replace as the boss at Tottenham Hotspurs:

Spurs looking for a new manager following the departure of Jose Mourinho mid-season after completing 17 months. Former player Ryan Mason has been appointed as interim coach as Club Chief Daniel Levy is looking for a long term replacement trying to bring the success their desire brining the first trophy in many years.

Spurs were looking towards Julian Nagelsmann but the latter opting for FC Bayern following the departure of Hansi Flick. So  we are looking at potential candidates to replace him:

1.Maurizio Sarri:

The former Juventus man is currently out of the work after been sacked by the Old Lady and is rumoured that Levy is interested in appointing Sarri to the position.

2. Ralf Rangnick:

Former Red Bull chief was previously considered for the job after Harry Redknapp departed in 2012 but lost out to Andre Villas-Boas and this time he is being seriously considered for the job.

3. Massimiliano Allegri:

Allegri has been out of job ever since he left the job at left at Juventus in 2019 after having won 5 Serie’A’s and reaching 2 Champion’s League finals. According to Football London, Allegri is highly thought of at Spurs but his lack of English is said to be a concern.

4. Rafael Benitez:

The former Newcastle boss is also on the list of Levy to replace Jose. According to  reports, Benitez is keen on taking up a job at Premier League Club and Spurs are topping the list.

5. Brendan Rodgers:

The Leicester City Boss has been doing a fabulous job at Leicester and is a potentially candidate  to replace Jose. However negotiating with Leicester City Board can be a tricky battle with the club in no intention of letting him go

 

The likes of Graham Potter, Scott Parker, Eddie Howe and Nuno Espirito Santos are also being considered but their experience at the top level can play the difference.

Top 15 Current Best Managers in World Football:

Managing a team can be challenging specially if you do not have the right players at your dispense.  However few of men have changed the way we look at managing:

15. Nuno Espirito Santo:

 The Wolves Boss is doing a solid job at Molineux finishing a whooping 7th but lagging behind currently.

14. Brendon Rodgers:

The former Liverpool boss doing an awesome job at Leicester City taking them to 3rd place in Premier League and a FA cup final  to be played against Chelsea.

13.  Stefano Pioli:

He has apparently rejuvenated AC Milan with the likes of Ibrahimović, Donnarumma and Sandro Tonali all have upped their potential.

11. Julen Lopetegui:

The former Real Madrid coach who was appointed as Sevilla boss took them to a Europa League victory over Inter. He also managed Spain during the 2018 World Cup but had to quit his job following his Real Madrid offer.

10. Gian Piero Gasperini:

The Manager of Atalanta Club was pretty close on Juventus past season but managed to just miss by however bagged the top soccer’s spot in Serie A with 98 goals. Surely Atalanta are amazing to watch applying Gasperini’s tactics.

9. Carlo Ancelotti:

The former Champions League winner currently at Everton is doing a good job there. After a super start to the premier league season Everton are currently lagging behind with a Champions League spot out of reach but can capitalize on Europa League.

8. Diego Simeone:

The Argentinian currently at Atletico Madrid is doing a good job at Atletico as they sit top of the Laliga table with only Madrid and Barcelona behind. He has guided them to a few Champions League Semi Finals but the trophy seems a bit far.

7. Zinedine Zidane:

3 times Champions League winner with Real Madrid is doing well at the Spanish capital, reaching Champions League Semi-Finals and currently just 2 points behind Laliga table toppers Atletico.

6. Marcelo Bielsa:

El Loco as people call him has turned the  tides around at Leeds taking them to Premier League after only 2 seasons and coming very close in his first season. Currently in 11th place not too bad for a newly promoted side.

5. Antonio Conte:

Ahh had to come up at some point. He has taken Inter Milan to win their Scudetto after 11 years and also ending Juventus long dominating form. However no European success has taken place.

4. Erik Tan Hag:

The Ajax head took them to an impressive Champion’s League semifinals during the 2018-19 season just losing on brisk. This year giving them their 35 Eredivise title. 

3. Jurgen Klopp:

Crisis is what describes Liverpool best this season with many of their star players injured but we must not forget how good a manager Klopp is winning Premier League with Liverpool after 29 years of drought and the Champions League as well.

2. Hans Dieter Flick:

The Champions of Europe all thanks to one man Flick. Taking them to their 8th straight Bundesliga title and DFB Pokal as well. Further more completing a sextuple  only after Barcelona in 2009 . His achievements this season are too much to list down.

1.Pep Guardiola:

The greatest coach of modern football history as sited by many after Sir Alex Ferguson. A tactical magician and an extremely talented manager he has taken Manchester City to their first Champions League final and what looks to be another Premier League title.