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“The best team lost”

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho told Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that “The best team lost” at Anfield in the Premier League on Wednesday night, and statistics say he could be right.

Spurs visited the reigning champions in a game that would determine who would rank first in the Premier League table, but it was Liverpool who finished at the top of the division after Roberto Firmino headed home with a goal from victory in the 89th minute.

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Mourinho to Klopp

Mourinho was seen disappointed in the 2-1 loss after the final whistle. Besides telling Klopp directly that his Spurs team was the best team, he later insisted to reporters that he wouldn’t even be happy with a draw.

I don’t think even a draw would have left us with the best taste because we had them there to win

– Jose Mourinho to reporters post-match

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has already responded to the claim on his Instagram account, captioning an image of the Reds celebrating Firmino’s late goal with the message “Best team won.”

And a quick look at the starting statistics suggests that Liverpool were the best team at Anfield. They had 17 shots to the Spurs eight, enjoyed 76% possession versus 24% of the visitors, completed a higher percentage of their passes, dribbled more, won more headers, and took more corners.

However, more detailed statistics paint a slightly different story. While Spurs only had eight Liverpool goal attempts, four of them were categorized as “great chances” compared to none of the Reds.

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Nonetheless, they certainly give genuine content to Mourinho’s statement that his team should have won, proving that Liverpool had a bit of luck taking all three points on Wednesday night.

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A pic from Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspurs

However, there is only one stat that really matters: the score, which ultimately favored Liverpool.

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With only four matches left in the remaining fixtures of league stages of IPL, only Mumbai Indians have cemented a place in the playoffs and one team(CSK) has been knocked out. The other six teams are still in the battle to enter the playoffs.

Delhi Capitals:

Four huge defeats consecutively have put DC into huge trouble. After seeming to be a title contender in the 1st half of the tour, they’ve put them into huge trouble. All they need is a win against RCB and RCB does need the same. This has put the match tomorrow into a cracker of a night. They need at least 2 of 3 scenarios given below to place a birth on the playoffs.

  • KXIP to lose against CSK, so that KXIP finishes with 12 points.
  • SRH to lose against MI and finish with 12 points.(Note: SRH has the second best better NRR).
  • KKR-RR result doesn’t affect much but their NRR must not overtake DC’s NRR.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Like Delhi Capitals, RCB must also win their remaining match against DC. If they win against DC they will seal their playoffs birth. If they lose tomorrow, they are going to depend on other results for their qualification as their NRR is below KXIP and SRH.

  • KXIP to lose against CSK in today’s fixture.
  • Sunrisers to lose against Mumbai Indians and finish with 12 points.
  • Winner of KKR vs RR must not overtake RCB’s NRR.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

Sunrisers are back on track after their two wins against DC and RCB and increasing their NRR to +0.555 and had a great leap to the 4th spot. They have the second-best NRR at present. Surprisingly they are the only team who need not depend on the other teams for their qualification and have their fate in their own hands.

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Their job is simply to get a win in their next fixture, but the problem is they are going to face the mighty Mumbai Indians. So it’s a big fixture for them against MI in Sharjah. Win and get in or lose to be eliminated is what their task ahead.

Kings XI Punjab:

After coming back strongly with five wins in a row, RR’s fighting chase had brought them down. Their next match is against CSK today. If they win today, they will finish with 14 points and with an NRR better than the loser of RCB vs DC which is going to play tomorrow. Even if they win today against CSK, they have to depend on either of the two scenarios.

  • SRH to lose against MI (or)
  • RR vs KKR, the winning team must not win with a bigger margin.
  • If Punjab loses to CSK they will be eliminated.

Rajasthan Royals:

They are coming back with two good fighting wins against MI and KXIP. The direct way for RR getting into the playoffs is to win against KKR today and Punjab to lose against CSK and Sunrisers lose to Mumbai Indians. Some long story is needed for RR to qualify for the playoffs. Even if they win today, they can get knocked if Punjab and SRH win as they have a better NRR than RR. If they lose they are eliminated today.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Their defeat against CSK is a huge blow for them at a crucial juncture. Since KKR has the second-lowest NRR(-0.467) and has the least qualification chances but they can qualify if they secure a win today.

The best they can do is to beat RR today and wait for KXIP and SRH to lose in their fixtures. In a clear picture, KKR and RR need a win with a big margin so that they can go in with a better NRR than KXIP and the loser of RCB vs DC.

The loser of KKR vs RR will be eliminated.

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El Classico 2020

The term El Classico refers to a fiery rivalry between Spanish LaLiga giants – Real Madrid and Barcelona. These matchups always create a hype in the footballing world and almost every football fan waits for it to happen. Yesterday was one of them!!

Team Changes

Zinedine Zidane was able to reintroduce Sergio Ramos in the starting lineup after missing the Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk. Marco Asensio also started and Luka Modric fell to the bench.

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Barca’s Coach Koeman and his Madrid counterpart Zidane

Ronald Koeman named three teens to his starting eleven – Pedri, 17, Ansu Fati, 17, and Sergio Dest, 19, on the team. Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele fell to the bench, but Jordi Alba was ready to start.

Drama in the first 10 minutes

After a nightmare week for Zinedine Zidane, Real started the game in the best possible way. Karim Benzema’s pass was perfect for Valverde, who took advantage of the reluctance of the Barça defense and finished over Neto.

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Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde scores in the 5th minute

But that joy did not last long when Barça cut Real’s defense with their first attack. Jordi Alba doubled his career to perfection to beat the offside trap and put the ball into the area, where he yielded to Fati who finished off with ease.

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Barca’s Ansu Fati after scoring in the 8th minute

Rivalry continues

Philippe Coutinho and Messi had already tried their luck from a distance when Messi saw Courtois produce a magical moment in the 24th minute. The Argentine used his left foot to beat Ramos in the area and shot the near post with his right foot. Courtois was alert and approached the goal to push the ball.

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The game was played at a steady pace and Real came straight from the other end to create an opportunity of their own. Benzema saw his low effort repulsed by Neto after Kroos found him 15 meters from goal.

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Ramos in challenge against Pedri

It was Barça who seemed more willing to move on after the break. Fati dragged a low shot past Courtois’ right post before Coutinho missed with a header off the back post. Fati again the creator of the hosts.

VAR intervenes

Barca were forced to pay for those errors in the timestamp. Ramos fell theatrically to the ground in the penalty area when a Kroos free-kick was converted into a penalty kick. It looked like a real-time dive, but replays showed that Clement Lenglet had pulled his jersey.

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Real Madrid FC Captain Sergio Ramos after scoring the penalty!

After consulting the VAR and the side screen of the field of play, referee Juan Martínez Munuera changed his decision and signaled the point. Ramos didn’t make a mistake from 12 yards.

90th minute stunner

Modric secured the three points with the calmest of the goals in the last minute of injury time. Neto smothered the ball at Vinicius’ feet but fell to replace Rodrygo, who passed to Modric. The Croatian surrounded Neto, before taking his time and finishing between two defenders who were guarding the line with the outside of his boot.

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Real Madrid FC players celebrate their victory

It was a deserved victory for Real, who put their struggles against Cádiz and Shakhtar Donestk behind them to produce a perfect away display. Barca were brilliant in the spells, but you will wonder about Ronald Koeman’s reluctance to make changes earlier.

Next up

It’s the Champions League for both teams, with Barcelona traveling to a Ronaldo-less Juventus on Wednesday and Real Madrid facing a trip to Borussia Monchengladbach 24 hours earlier. Next up in La Liga is a trip to Alavés for Barça next Saturday night, while Real host Huesca earlier in the day.

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THFC All or Nothing

A team that achieves unprecedented success (Manchester City, the all-or-nothing ‘football theme’ from the previous season), a great team struggling to get out of a tough spot (Amazon Prime series Take Us Home: Leeds United ), or a team that always fights on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but remains an integral part of the city and local culture (Sunderland ‘Til I Die on Netflix) – there is enough drama on each of these tracks that a viewer the time you need more compulsion to tune will be wasted.

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New coach Jose Mourinho is seen spending time with his players

The storyline

Basically, odds against All or Nothing – Tottenham Hotspur is their theme. What about the Spurs, after a year of average performances and not living up to expectations once again, is it worth being documented? This is where José Mourinho takes center stage.

In all likelihood, Spurs would have signed the deal with Amazon after a spectacular run to the UEFA Champions League final in 2019. Yet very few expected the club to implode at the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season which caused the departure of coach Mauricio Pochettino in mid-November of last year.

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Documentary’s focus

Pochettino appears for about twenty-five minutes in episode one of the series, and that sets the narrative. The focus will be on the club’s resurgence with a new manager, the controversial José Mourinho, although we now know that it didn’t go as expected by President Daniel Levy. The team showed some struggle and hesitated before stuttering across the finish line.

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This documentary also shows the rise of Japhet Tanganga who was their academy recruit!

The Spurs have a team full of superstar players, none more so than England captain Harry Kane. However, it is José Mourinho whose presence looms like a specter. The Portuguese coach is a cult figure of personality. We have loved and hated him in equal measure, but we never shy away from reading about him. In short, José Mourinho is today the same informant that he was when he arrived in England in 2004 and was given the name – ‘The Special One’.

About the episodes

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur is a disappointment because we are presented with superficial documentation of Mourinho. The drama is missing. One of the most successful coaches of his generation, we see little of Mourinho’s tactical mind, not even in the game where we see Spurs with five goals against an unfortunate Burnley Team FC.

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Dele Alli’s cover

With that said, we see the everyday side of Mourinho: the downright cheeky and foul-mouthed coach who is sincere about wanting Harry Kane to “blow up” and calls out Dele Alli for being lazy in practice.

However, there is a more than acceptable reference to community outreach programs; the only downside is that the series doesn’t stop at him either. Even though the series shows glimpses of how the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium was built and turns Levy into some sort of messiah, it would have been a bit better had they focused on how the sacking of Pochettino happened. 

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Here we got a glimpse of everything : From Kane’s and Son’s injury to their rise and how THFC made it to the Europa League!

What we felt!?

We must remember that this show is supported by a multinational company that is desperate to get into the Premier League broadcasting game. Amazon loves the drama and they gladly show us plenty — but there are many more secrets under the Spurs rock that haven’t been revealed. Honestly, we would have needed the rise of Spurs as a Champions League finalists or at least Pochettino’s tactics and strategy but all that we got was of The Special One Mourinho’s.

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France vs Portugal 2020

Facing each other for the first time since Eder proved himself Portugal’s unlikely hero in the Euro 2016 final in the same venue, a pair of stellar attacks found no way to take on similar elite defenses.

Euro 2016 hangover

Didier Deschamps’ hosts, backed by 1,000 socially separated fans within the cavernous arena, were unable to reposition the form of free goals that saw them demolish Ukraine 7-1 in a weeknight-friendly.

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UEFA Nations League 2016 winners – Portugal FC

Summary of the match

Portugal followed their 0-0 draw against Spain with another draw, though Pepe thought he had headed in a winning goal in the 74th minute, only to see the offside flag fly. Lucas Hernández made a final block to deny Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of Bernardo Silva’s skillful play in the 24th minute; The initial exchanges were easy on the eyes without giving much in scoring action.

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Kylian Mbappe goes past Portugal FC’s defence

Antoine Griezmann stepped between Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro clung to Paul Pogba’s floating pass and shot Hugo Lloris, while Joao Félix provoked the ire of Ronaldo on the other end by launching on a Bruno Fernandes free-kick to deflect it from the Juventus. Superstar. This was the best chance for Portugal to gain upper hand in the scoreline. Joao Felix instead of throwing a leg to it should have seen who was there to cover the ball. This became a costly mistake as there were no close chances thereafter!

France and Portugal in a goalless stalemate | FR24 News English
Challenge against Joao Felix

Kylian Mbappé sought to open the match early in the second half, beating Danilo Pereira with brilliant skill, but Rui Patricio saved his effort well. Interestingly, Ronaldo misjudged a half-volley attempt from Guerreiro’s search center and it was an infallible set-piece delivery from the Borussia Dortmund man who chose a hunched-over Pepe, whose celebrations were correctly interrupted.

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A more familiar match-winner almost appeared in injury time, but Lloris came down sharply to repel Ronaldo at his first post. All to play in the second leg Despite the lack of a decisive moment, this was a high-class encounter with some of Europe’s best talent that attracted attention. Portugal and France have seven points from their three games and expect them to add three more each before meeting again next month.

Fanboy moment

Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe exchange leaves fans excited in 'passing of the torch' moment | Daily Mail Online
Mbappe shared a light moment with his idol Cristiano Ronaldo

Most of the France players posted a picture with the G.O.A.T Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe, who is currently rated as the best young player shared a moment with Ronaldo before the start of the second half. Raphael Varane and many other stars shared their best moment of the match with Cristiano. However, Pogba has deleted the post and this made fans go crazy!!

Koeman’s Barca

The Koeman era has started. No one knows how long it will last, yes, but it has started relatively well. Two impressive victories were followed by a somewhat frustrating draw at home, against a well-trained Sevilla.

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Some of Barça’s recurring problems did begin to manifest themselves in that match, especially their nervousness to close a match, and their dependence on Lionel Messi to initiate attacks. However, it has been promising. While Barca failed to attract all of their transfer targets to the club in a timely manner, the team is in a decent position in terms of depth and tactics.

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FC Barcelona Coach – Ronald Koeman

Coach’s strategy

Ronald Koeman has persisted with his tiered build and 4-2-3-1 has sought to focus on more direct playing opportunities, compared to the slower build under Quique Setien. Additionally, he seems to emphasize close man-to-man pressure with an emphasis on closing the gap between individual players. The key to this press has been the double pivot, along with the two attacking central.

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Wonderkid Ansu Fati

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Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho have often functioned as central press triggers, with Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong often cleaning up and doubling down the resulting receivers. This pressure is really key to Koeman’s game, which focuses on quick losses and moving attacks against the progress of the game. There is less emphasis on absolute possession, but closer positioning between players means that the line is as high as usual.

This slight shift towards frankness, and the seemingly permanent addition of Ansu Fati, has made the team seem more cohesive and less closed. This, in turn, has led to early signs of independence from the Messi-based attacking game.

Bar vs Sev

This was especially evident in the first two games, where the collective game was better and less so in the draw against Sevilla. In the Sevilla match, Barça panicked when they couldn’t score and started kicking the ball to Messi. It shows that there is still work to be done. Koeman is making progress, but there are significant shortcomings on the list, many of which are beyond the coach’s reach.

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FCB players Coutinho and Pique against Sevilla FC

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For the fans :

The important thing for the culés is to temper the expectations. This is a team in transition and is patient. Koeman himself should seek blood in young people while maintaining a healthy balance between progress and results. That would be more than ideal. Just remember, 8-2 wasn’t that long ago.

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Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi

What happened in the transfer window!?

Francisco Trincão, Pedri, Sergino Dest, and Miralem Pjanić are all new. Coutinho also seems ready for a bigger role. It is about patience, and the culés do not usually have that.

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CSK vs SRH: With 13 matches over till now, this season of IPL made sure all the teams had faced a loss within a span of 12 matches in this season. It’s getting to so tough to predict who will sit on the top 4.

CSK vs SRH

With so much happening around this season, the Super Kings have been kept quiet in their last 2 matches. Not only by losing it, but they also looked they’ve lost it in the halfway of the match. They are still looking for a perfect playing11 in this season. With MS Dhoni hinting about the sixth bowling option for his team in the post-match presentation against DC, fans are eager to see the changes in the team.

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With Rayudu and Bravo have recovered from their injury, they have a good chance to bring back them into the 11. Especially Rayudu at the top playing Watson. Bringing Bravo into the 11 can create chaos in the overseas quota. But Bravo with his tons of experience can always be helpful for CSK with the ball as well as with the bat.

On the other hand, SRH has rejuvenated themselves by registering their first win of this against DC after starting with two losses. They have brought in Kane again and made the batting look better than before and Natarajan bowling those yorkers towards the end to Pant and Stoinis, seems like SRH has got some positive vibes before this match.

Stats and Strategies to look for:

Teams won the toss had chosen 36 out of 55 times to bowl first in Dubai since 2018, but batting first teams has a slight edge winning 29 out of 55. Even in this year of IPL, bowling 1st team has only won twice but the captains are opting to bowl first.

Looking forward to this game, the Watson-Bhuvneshwar contest will be a key one. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Watson 3 times with just a strike rate of 94. But Shane Watson has an incredible record against SRH scoring two fifties and a century against them.

MS Dhoni needs two more sixes to cross 300 sixes in T20s.

Natarajan has bowled 16 yorkers in his three games this year and made his team win against DC with 6 of them came in that match.

Manish Pandey need 69 more runs to get pass 3000 IPL runs to become 12th Indian batsmen to do do.

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Likely playing 11 of both the teams:

Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, R Gaikwad/N Jagadheesan, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

David Warner(c), Johnny Bairstow(wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.

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Luis Suarez

Suárez entered the Atlético de Madrid vs Granada match just in the 70th minute, replacing Diego Costa. At this point, Atlético de Madrid were already heading towards a comfortable victory. The former Barcelona superstar took just two minutes to make his impact on the pitch as he set Marcos Llorente up for the fourth goal of the night.

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Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente

Suarez drama

Then it seemed that Suárez had won a penalty for Simeone. However, the decision was reversed by the video assistant referee (VAR). However, it did not take long to reach the minutes, finishing at home. He then went on to double his score for the night in injury time after a splendid one-two with Vitolo.

Atlético Madrid vs. Granada - Game Report - September 27, 2020 | La Pelotita
The Uruguayan celebrating with his teammates.

Records galore on debut

With his double in the Atlético de Madrid-Granada clash, Suárez accumulates sensational records in his name. Now he has become the first Atlético de Madrid player to score and assist in his debut in the 21st century. In addition, he is also the first player to score two goals in his Atlético debut since the turn of the century.

Editors Pick :

Suárez has arrived with great enthusiasm to help us compete as we do. Hopefully, we can maintain our balance and prepare for our next game with humility. Players like him have the gift of scoring goals without effort, his movements open up so many possibilities in the attack, in addition to scoring two goals he also prepared Llorente, he has many characteristics that will help us improve.

Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid FC Coach

Transfer rumours

The farewell of Luis Suárez: "I will be eternally grateful to Barça"
Suarez’ farewell

He had a brilliant six-season stint with Barcelona that saw him emerge as the third top scorer in the club’s history. Ronald Koeman’s appointment at the Camp Nou forced him to lower the curtain on his time at the Catalan giants. After a failed move to defending Serie A champion Juventus, he finally agreed to a two-season contract with team Wanda Metropolitano.

In the last match both the teams played, they managed to score above 200 thanks to Samson for RR and Rahul for KXIP, especially Rahul with an end flourish to make a record-breaking 100 by an Indian Batsman and an Indian Captain.

RR vs KXIP:

The Royals will be seen boosted today after their previous match performance especially their opener Jos Buttler returning to their team. Some dangerous power-hitting can be seen today if they fire together.

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But Buttler playing at the middle order will give them some solidity in place of David Miller so that their top-order will remain untouched after a good performance against CSK.

With RR’s top order looking strong, Shami can be the key bowler for KXIP today with the new ball along with Cottrell. These two has been threatening in both of the matches and can be helpful to get a good start with the ball.

Kings XI has held Gayle on the bench so far. With the grounds are smaller, will he be given a chance? Seeing the conditions Pooran will be given another chance it seems. But looking at the two leggies at RR, Gayle will also be a good option. It also seems too harsh to drop Pooran after two matches.

Stats and Strategy to look for:

Samson needs two more sixes to get passed 100 sixes in IPL and Maxwell with nine more to get passed the landmark.

Jos Buttler needs 97 runs to get an astonishing 6000 T20 runs.

Jofra Archer’s best figures of 3 for 15 comes against KXIP in 2019.

KXIP’s opening pair has an average of 50.8 which is the highest by any team since 2019 in IPL.

Likely 11s of both the teams:

Rajasthan Royals:

Steven Smith (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jodra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.

Kings XI Punjab:

KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, N Pooran/C Gayle, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, M Ashwin.

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UEFA Super Cup 2020

Bayern Munich opened the trophy account this season on Thursday. The Bavarians had to work hard to bring the UEFA Super Cup 2020 to Munich, as Sevilla had a great performance in Budapest. The German champions finally did enough to pull off a 2-1 win in extra time to win the match against the Europa League champions.

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Sevilla’s tactical gameplay

Sevilla FC started the game strong, creating problems for Bayern’s defense. The Spanish team was finally rewarded for a good start when David Alaba brought down Ivan Rakitic in the penalty area. Lucas Ocampos went ahead to score the penalty against Manuel Neuer.

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Sevilla FC players celebrate after scoring a penalty

Bayern finally won the game and scored the tie through a neat move in the final third. Robert Lewandowski showed great awareness to head the ball off a Thomas Muller cross into Leon Goretzka’s path. The German midfielder slammed the ball over the goalkeeper to score in the second straight game.

Lewandowski had few chances to score the winning goal in regulation time, while Sevilla had a chance to clinch victory late in the game, but no one could break the deadlock before the final whistle. Javi Martínez entered the first half of extra time to score the winning goal. It was a narrow win to the Bavarians.

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Bayern’s Goretzka celebrates after their first goal.

Victory off the extra time

Javi Martinez’s goal came off the ball from a set-piece as he cleverly placed his header in the upper corner after a shot from David Alaba was parried into the danger zone by the Sevilla goalkeeper. Martinez is still expected to leave the club before the deadline, but he is ending time in the successful stint in Bavaria in the best possible way rather than leaving the club through the back door. He goes to his next club as Mr. Supercup for the Bavarians.

Bayern Coach – Flick’s improvement over the season

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FC Bayern coach Hansi Flick.

At the beginning of his term in Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick was not proactive with substitutions. He often stayed with his first-team for much longer before bringing in players at the end of the game. Like the team’s steady progress on the field, Flick has also improved on the touchline.

On Thursday, all the Flick changes had a positive impact on the game. Leroy Sane had a quiet game compared to his performance against Schalke last weekend. The German coach removed Sane in the 69th minute for Corentin Tolisso. The introduction of French allowed Bayern to have more control in midfield. Tolisso also provided a goal threat from the center of the ground.

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As the game was ready to go in overtime, Flick decided to add a lot more pace in attack by bringing in Alphonso Davies for Lucas Hernandez. In addition, the French defender received a yellow card. With fatigue about to start, there was always the risk of a second yellow card.

Flick also brought in Javi Martinez to fire him and also provide defensive stability, as Davies was expected to do loitering runs in the last third from the left side, which could make room at the rear. The Spaniard ended up scoring Bayern’s winning goal.

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Bayern coach celebrates!

The final change was Jerome Boateng for David Alaba. Given that Bayern were leading the game and Alaba had a yellow card, having fresh legs in central defense made sense. Boateng helped the team watch the game. Flick is improving with the management of the game, and the victory over Sevilla was a good example to show his improvement.

Replacement for Thiago Alcantara!?

Despite the victory, Flick will look for a solution to this problem in this season’s Champions League matches. Thiago’s best performances came in the biggest games in Europe last season. Kimmich may have to improve his passing while beating the press, as the club is unlikely to look for a midfielder in the market. It will be interesting to see how Flick overcomes this tactical challenge.

FC Bayern Munich Quadruple

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The Bavarians celebrate their Uefa Super Cup win!

If you haven’t read our post on Bayern winning the treble for the second time in the history of football, here’s the link to check out :

Double Treble as attacking FC Bayern clinch yet another UCL – 2020

The Bavarians went one step further by clinching yet another title – UEFA Super Cup 2020 – to increase their trophy count to 4 this season!!