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Best Summer Signings 2018-19 (Outside of the Premier League)
Giovani Lo Celso (PSG →Real Betis) Many were surprised to the news that Lo Celso was going to be loaned. He was coming off a good season with PSG, and people were expecting him to have an even better one this year. Nevertheless, the Betis loan seems to have worked in his favor. He has become a key part of the Betis attack and is one of the main reasons for the Los Verdiblancos’s great season, which explains why they recently signed him on a permanent basis. Personally, I think staying at Betis will allow him to continue his development. He’s playing consistently in a club with big ambitions and with other quality players (Canales, Joaquin, Carvalho). He’s currently in a great situation and with constant progression, he’ll become a starter in the Argentinian national team.
Best Premier League Signings of 2018-19 so Far
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City → Manchester City) The Algerian winger has been an integral member for the Citizens. Despite a slow start at the beginning of the season, he seems to have found his place in Guardiola’s system, especially on the defensive side. Pressing and ball recovery are parts of his game that were always underrated but he has massively improved this season. According to Skysports, Mahrez is recovering possession of the ball on average, 7 times per 90 minutes which makes him the number 1 player in this category among City players. Offensively, he looks to have regained to confidence from his Leicester City days, although that was to be expected. With an in-form Mahrez, the Citizens can expect great things this season.
My Top 3 Candidates for the U.S. Men's National Team Coach
Since the failure of 2018, there has been a long debate as to who should be the new manager of the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT). The current interim coach, Dave Sarachan, has done a great job of introducing young talents to the group. He might deserve a chance to be considered among the candidates. With that being said, here are my top three candidates for the USMNT coach.
MLS Playoffs Predictions
Knockout Round By now, the knockout round will have already taken place. Safe to say they did not disappoint. I expected NYCFC to come out on top against Philly, mainly because of Philly’s backline inexperience in the playoffs. I also picked Portland over Dallas because they always disappointed me in the postseason. However, here’s where I was wrong. I had picked the in-form DC United over the Columbus Crew to make it to the conference semi-final. Both teams had their moments, and the game was pretty even overall, but things started to open up in overtime and Columbus were the first to take advantage of the open space. Who other than Federico Higuain to deliver the fatal blow for the Crew on a great header from Harrison’s Afful’s delivery in the box. DC struggled to find an equalizer until Nick DeLeon delivered his team late in overtime. Then came the penalty kicks, or should I say the “Zack Steffen show.” The young US international, who was at fault for DC’s opening goal, put his team on his back, stopping two crucial penalty kicks from DC’s top players: Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta. With this victory, Columbus gets ready to face the New York Red Bulls with lots of momentum.
Why Borussia Dortmund Will Be This Season’s Bundesliga Champions
Coach The hire of Lucien Favre showed a real desire to change the philosophy in the squad. I became a fan of his style of play during his time in OGC Nice (French Ligue 1). His ball possession system led Nice to having its best season in nearly 40 years. Taking over Dortmund after a disastrous season is definitely a challenge. So far, I believe that he has proven that he is the right man for the job.
Frenkie de Jong, a Future Star in the Making
The name Frenkie de Jong may not sound familiar for most people. The Eredivisie (Dutch 1st division) is not a highly televised league like the Premier League or La Liga, but it’s a league with lots of young talent. One of them is de Jong. The young Ajax midfielder has been displaying his passing and dribbling abilities for the past 2 seasons but really came to his own during the 2017-18 season. Last year, he had the best passing accuracy and dribble success rate in the Eredivisie with 91.5 percent and 90.3 percent respectively and that was while playing as a centre-back in a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 system during a large part of the season.