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El día de Duván Zapata

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El delantero colombiano vive un momento de ensueño. Y su nivel ya es suficiente para arrebatar la titularidad a Falcao.

Ante Catar, Carlos Queiroz apostó por la titularidad (más que justificada) de Duván Zapata. El momento del atacante del Atalanta coincide con un bajón natural en la figura de Radamel. Por ende, el cambio no presentaba mayor polémica o desacuerdo.

El “experimento” funcionó. De hecho, Zapata fue quien marcó el 1-0 definitivo (¡al minuto 85!) para darle la victoria a Colombia. ¿Cómo? Por medio de un cabezazo… como también los marcaba el “Tigre”.

Colombia y un lindo debate

La actual generación de futbolistas colombianos, al igual que con Zapata y Falcao, abre un sinfín de debates que muchas selecciones quisieran tener en estos momentos. Sin embargo, el de los delanteros es uno de los mejores, pues es el que alberga más nivel.

Evaluemos las tres posibilidades con estas figuras:

  • Duván Zapata como titular

Ya vista y con buenos resultados. El ex Udinese tiene todo para ser el referente, el “9”.

Y es que Zapata no es indescifrable, pues sus movimientos o intenciones son muy notables, pero todo lo ejecuta con una potencia que resulta “imposible” a los defensores. Ellos ven venir al tren.

Tiene buen juego de espaldas y juego aéreo. Ataca espacios, se asocia. Es, a día de hoy, lo mejor que tiene Colombia en el frente de ataque.

¿Titularidad? Hasta como deber.

  • Radamel Falcao como titular

El “Tigre” todavía ofrece garantías en la selección colombiana, aunque menos de las que ofrece su competidor. Sin embargo, su titularidad podría darse por el guardar esa mejor carta (Zapata), la más explosiva y peligrosa, para los minutos finales.

Y sabiendo lo estratega e innovador que puede llegar a ser Queiroz…

Falcao, por otro lado, tiene el “plus” del juego directo que desarrolló en el Atlético. Allí encontró escenarios similares a los que hoy busca el técnico.

  • Ambos como titulares

Coincidieron algunos minutos ante Catar… Y es algo que queremos ver más.

Por sobre el deseo, el movimiento tendría algo de lógica. En el papel, ambos pueden coincidir sin mayor adaptación a su juego. En la práctica, habrá que verlo.

Uno fija centrales, el otro retrocede. Movimientos en “V”. Pases al espacio entre ellos, porque sí, ambos tienen visión.

Este junte podría darse trayendo consigo grandes resultados. Es el lindo debate colombiano.

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Liverpool initiate pre-season with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers

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The European Champions are back in action! On this Thursday, Liverpool with mostly their reserves, made their first preseason friendly, ending up thrashing Tranmere Rovers 6-0.

The highlight of the match was young striker Rhian Brewster who showed up his “classic number nine” skills and scored twice in the small Prenton Park stadium in Merseyside. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring in the six minutes and Brewster scored at 38 and 45. With 11 changes in the second half, Liverpool scored three more through Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, and Bobby Duncan.

As expected, coach Jurgen Klopp used all 23 players at his disposal, among recently promoted youngsters and some reserves, as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Adam Lallana, striker Divock Origi and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who returned to the fields at the end of last season after a year recovering from a serious knee injury.

Among the holders of the last season, the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip, who were called only in the second half, and midfielder James Milner, who played in the opening stages, were already in the first friendly.

At the end of the match, a good part of the supporters invaded the pitch to take pictures with the players. The most requested one was the UEFA Champions League hero, Divock Origi, who recently agreed his contract extension with the Reds. I’m excited to see Rhian Brewster in action for the main team. I also think that Jurgen Klopp needs to give some chances to Ryan Kent, and Harry Wilson to be at least backup pieces to this squad. It’s hard to say only based on a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but it’s undeniable that the Reds keep on fire. Will Liverpool and Klopp repeat last season, and maybe finally conquer the so dreamed Premier League this season? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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The Retirement of a Giant!

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Everything comes to an end… And on this Friday morning, notorious English striker Peter Crouch announced his retirement from football. At the age of 38, the 2.01m giant used his official Twitter account to inform fans of his decision.

The former Liverpool player said he got it all thanks to football and still made a point of thanking everyone who helped him out during his career in the sport.

“After much consideration this summer, I decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game gave me everything. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to get there and to keep me for so long.” He wrote.

Crouch was revealed by Tottenham back in 1998 and had also played for clubs like QPR, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke City, and Burnley. However, a two-meter giant needed a club with his proportions… And he found everything he was looking for at Liverpool, as he played important roles, scored decisive goals, and even disputed a UEFA Champions League. Also, it was playing for the Reds that Crouch was called to defend England National Team back in the World Cups of 2006, and 2010.

“If you told me, when I was 17, that I would play in World Cups, reach a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 goals in the English Championship, I would not believe. It was absolutely a dream come true.” Added the player.

In his last season, Peter Crouch began playing in the second division, with the shirt of Stoke City. He then went to Burnley, where he played six games in the English Premier League and did not score goals. He’s a very nice guy, and almost everyone likes him. He’s always making fun of himself due to his big size, and even compare him to a giraffe. I’m pretty sure Liverpool fans will always remember him.

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Griezmann signs for Barcelona!

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Finally, the Griezmann conundrum is solved! After over a year of rumors and speculations, Barcelona announced today the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann. The confirmation of the transfer occurred with the payment of the fine of 120 million euros to Atletico Madrid, held at the headquarters of the Spanish League.

In a statement, the Catalan team reported that Griezmann signed for five years, until June 30, 2024. Also, the Catalans have set a buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of about 800 million euros.

Griezmann had the opportunity of joining the Catalans a year ago, but he opted for staying at Atleti. However, something made him change his mind up, as he joins Ernesto Valverde’s side. Griezmann will “steal” Philippe Coutinho’s number 7, as the Brazilian midfielder is currently numberless, and dignity-less as well at the Catalan club.

If Barcelona and Griezmann are happy, apparently the other side, Atletico, is not. The club from Madrid is arguing that Barça should pay 200 million euros instead of 120, as the agreement for the French player was sealed back in March when the fee to sign Griezmann was higher. Atletico is also complaining about the “Barça-way” of approaching their targets, as they seem to forget about etic values and fair play to the other clubs.

But let’s be honest… 120 million euros for Antoine Griezmann is such a joke. He’s a very good player, maybe he’s been world-class at his prime, but he is a merely good player nowadays. Not to mention average season last season with Atleti.

In my opinion, the Griezman arrival in Barcelona is one more problem for Ernesto Valverde to solve. He’s got into such a situation where he needs to figure out how to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, and maybe Neymar together at the same time. What a squad Barça is building up by the way. They’ve got everything to become the new “Galacticos” maybe? Yeah, who knows… Only time will say!

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