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Lucas Moura puts Tottenham into the Champions League Final



After what happened yesterday, when Liverpool reversed a 3-0 deficit into an epic 4-0 win at Anfield against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, no one really thought that this could happen again in only one-day time. But guess what? It happened again. And it came from a very unexpected side. Who would have thought? Who would have said? Tottenham Hotspurs in the UEFA Champions League Final. How did it happen?

Well, simple…

They struggled at their brand new stadium against the very good youth side of Ajax. In my opinion, Ajax and Liverpool would make it to the Final. I have even written an article about it, and you can check it out here. As I was saying, the Spurs lost 1-0 to Ajax last week. Ajax were extremely superior. It was really the most enchanting team in Europe at this time. The Dutch side seemed to be inspired by the old times when the legendary Johan Cruyff used to deliver a glance of his magic in Amsterdam.

Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic, David Neres, Mathjiis De Ligt, Andre Onana, Nicolas Tagliafico, Lasse Schone, and mainly, the responsible for everything. The manager Erik Ten Hag. What a team, really. They knocked out Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, and almost did the same to Tottenham. It’s sad that many – if not everyone I mentioned – will leave Ajax in the next season due to the high-level of Football they displayed.

About the Match

The Spurs started in the worst way possible. In a corner from the left, Schone found De Ligt, who arouse higher than anyone, and headed home past Hugo Lloris. 1-0 Ajax. Furthermore, on 35 minutes, Tadic robbed the ball in the middle, combined a give-and-go with Dolberg, and fed Ziyech, who found the back of the net of Lloris in a pretty finish.

Then, Mauricio Pochettino decided to introduce Fernando Llorente into the team. The Argentine manager couldn’t be more accurate, as the Spaniard striker gave more mobility and freedom for Lucas to attack in behind him. At 55, the Spurs pulled a goal back. Danny Rose played with Dele Alli, who played it in the feet of Lucas, as the Brazilian beat Onana for the first time in the match. 2-1 Ajax.

Four minutes later, after a cross, Llorente almost scored, but Onana made almost a miraculous save. However, the goalkeeper was poor to clear it, as Lucas got the rebound. The Brazilian showed great footwork skills to round half defense of Ajax in a short space and fired home past Onana. 2-2.

The ‘almost impossible’ got closer once again.

One goal. It was it separated the Spurs from their 1st UCL Final ever. Onana was giant. Saving impossible balls, and Ziyech always a danger on counters. The Marocco International even hit the post.

The referee gave five minutes of stoppage time. At the 95, when the Ajax supporters were already celebrating, and maybe even booking flights to Madrid, Lucas Moura stepped up once again. The Brazilian capitalized on a loose ball and slotted home from the edge of the box. Wow.

Every Spurs player celebrating with the Brazilian, Pochettino crying on the pitch, and even the injured Harry Kane showed up. While the Ajax players were all down to the ground. It was indeed really hard to believe what we just witnessed.

Lucky Spurs? Maybe… Unlucky Ajax? Probably…

One thing is for sure. Both teams have acquired the respect from all the world. They were always against all odds. Ajax were always the underdogs versus both Real and Juve. Tottenham also. Struggled to make it to the Knockout Stages. Eliminated Dortmund, and Man City, in a great match. Both of you are already winners. See you in Madrid, Spurs!


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



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!



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!



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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