How Barcelona will beat Man Utd

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They might be favourites to win the tie over two legs, but there’s no way that Barcelona will be taking Manchester United lightly, particularly at Old Trafford.

Playing at the Camp Nou for the second leg may seem to afford the Catalans an advantage of sorts, but Ernesto Valverde and his team will want to make that a formality.

In order to do so, they’ll need to take the game to the Red Devils and quieten the expected 75,000 crowd.

But just how are they going to manage it?

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How many Manchester United players would get in Manchester City’s matchday squad?

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One of the biggest matches of the 2018-19 Premier League season so far takes place on Sunday when Manchester United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho’s United have had a resurgence of late but their tally of 20 points from 11 games is still below expectations, while Pep Guardiola’s table-topping City have continued their fine form from last season and remain unbeaten in the league.

Every time two of the Premier League’s elite go head-to-head, you can expect to see people comparing the teams by putting together a combined XI from both squads.

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How many Manchester United players have actually improved under Jose Mourinho?

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Jose Mourinho’s third-season crisis has kicked into gear extra early in 2018-19, with Manchester United currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table after losing three of their first seven games of the new campaign.

The club’s below-par start to the season, which has included defeats against Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham, as well as a League Cup exit on penalties to Derby, has led to intense speculation about Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford.

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David De Gea deserves more appreciation and gratitude from Manchester United

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Unlike the old days under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United do not have a large number of world-class players within the squad compared to the likes Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. However, if there is one individual within Jose Mourinho’s team that stands out the most and is always there for when his side need him the most, its goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard has been at Old Trafford for seven years and counting. And in that time, he has gone from a player with huge prospect and potential to one of the best goalkeepers within the world. Without his brilliance between the goalposts, it is more than fair to say that the side would struggle to finish in the top four of the Premier League as well as seriously challenge in any competition.

Despite his rise from being an error prone goalkeeper to one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe, his early days at the club were moments to forget for De Gea and the Manchester United supporters, as he was seen as a weak individual when up against physical strikers that were dominant in the air. He started to lose confidence in himself and it unfortunately led to a number of fans turning on him.

In his second season at the club, he started to work harder off the pitch in terms of improving his physicality and strength which allowed him to become effective and superior in the air. On top of that, he ended the 2012/13 campaign in incredible fashion as he played a crucial role in the side winning their 20th English league title whilst being nominated as the Goalkeeper of the Season.

Furthermore, the 27-year-old finished the same season on 11 clean sheets and 84 saves produced in 28 league appearances, clearly showing that he was consistently there in the right place and at the right time. Although the end of the campaign was more focused towards the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and how Manchester United cope, the rise of De Gea was slept on for quite a while.

The new and short era under the likes of David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal did not end well, as both managers did not have the mindset and the style of play that was required to manage of one of the most successful clubs in England and Europe. Also, if it was not for the influence and presence of the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper in net, then the club would have suffered an unfortunate decline.

Not only that, but De Gea was seconds away from joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2015, when all of a sudden the paperwork was not submitted before the transfer window had closed due to a fax machine that was playing up at a surprising time. However, since that moment, the Manchester United supporters had learnt to cherish and treasure the devotion and loyalty of the player.

Looking back at the last couple of years, the defence and most importantly the club have been more or less saved by the brilliance of the Spaniard, someone who has never complained about the managerial changes that happened in the past or asked about the direction of which way the club is heading. One simply cannot imagine the situation of the club without Spain’s number one in goal.

Overall, David De Gea has been at the club through thick and thin. His dominant displays on the pitch alongside his pure loyalty and professionalism off it should be rewarded with a huge wage rise that allows him to be paid a figure similar to what the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba earns.

Lucas and Spurs Provide a Feast For Fantasy Managers

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Our match of the weekend goes to a weekday game at Old Trafford which featured Tottenham Hotspur slipping into an interesting dimension of youthful spirit and togetherness waltzing with mature English grit and determination that has many Lillywhite loyalists dismissing the perception of a two-legged title race. A back four of Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, and Rose did the job as well as was needed, keeping a clean sheet away from home and earning a boatload of points between them.

Further up in the midfield, buyers of Christian Eriksen will rejoice as he puts some much needed returns on the board, assisting the first of Lucas Moura’s goals. Dembele rejoined the starting 11, seeing his stock increase with the first clean sheet of Spur’s season. Elsewhere,  Dele Alli’s number of goal celebration finger displays has now outpaced his goal tally, even though he had a few chances of his own, including a gilt-edge one on one with De Gea who was out of goal.

However the real winners of this week’s Fantasy EPL round were the owners of a diminutive and unproven Brazilian, unto whom the always-vindicated manager of Tottenham Hotspur granted a third consecutive start. Lucas repaid his manager’s trust by taking some of the strain off the shoulders of the normal star man, letting Kane know there would be no need to stay late at the office that night.

He put the poorly-constructed United back line to the sword and finished with a brace. If you haven’t watched his second goal, do yourself a favor; it hearkens back to a time of static center-halves stumbling over their feet trying to stop the speedy superstars of years gone by. More importantly however, it hearkens back to a time when a select group of fantasy managers spent 7 million on an unproven goal-scorer, and were rewarded with a point haul which places the young Brazilian among the best in the league so far.

On the other side, one noticed some obvious and much needed changes from the Brighton game among Manchester United’s starting lineup. Jose opted not to stick with what he bought, but rather what was there when he arrived – replacing Lindelof and Bailly  with Jones and Smalling. I’ll admit I thought Smalling did a good job of marshaling the obvious threat of Kane during what was a resilient first half for United, who looked on the whole, from Smalling, through Pogba, and up to Lukaku as if they were really trying to turn the ship around.

Unfortunately for those who picked the ladder, he missed or was denied every opportunity the enterprising United left-flank provided him. Owners of Luke Shaw, who started brightly at Leicester on the opening weekend, might be puzzled to see the lack of points he accumulated during his third consecutive ninety minute spell. But as unfortunate as the United attack proved, woe unto those who selected the ragged defensive unit which Mourinho trotted out onto the field, who were bested and bullied for most of the second half by the aforementioned tactful and mature Lost Boys of north London.

Manchester United in the meanwhile seem rooted as firmly as ever in the post-Ferguson limbo they’ve been in for years now. Jose Mourinho, who once had players breaking down walls for him, can’t quite get the best from a group  who shouldn’t look this mediocre. I don’t blame Jose for anything more than the football, but even concerning that, it must be an immense challenge when such a giant chunk of world football fans are wondering whether or not you will get the sack before Christmas.

Navigating the waters of the Manchester United squad in relation to lineups and who might score or provide from here on out is above my pay-grade you understand, so I can’t offer much advice for those looking to try. Away from home at Burnley is not an ideal place to start silencing the already enormous amount of critics, but the Special One needs some results to get the fan’s support back – and the quicker the better.

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Play EPL Fantasy: Aguero, De Bruyne, Salah, Kane, De Gea & more Stars!

The English Premier League season kicks-off on Friday with Manchester United hosting Leicester City at Old Trafford. The 2018/19 EPL season will offer a number of intriguing plots starting with whether Manchester City will repeat as champions, how will Man United cope with the mounting pressure on Jose Mourinho to deliver one of the big trophies (League or Champions League) and more.

Mourinho’s relationship with French midfielder Paul Pogba will be one to keep an eye on, but on a more positive note Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was the star player last season. He finished as top scorer in the Premier League and in doing so helped Liverpool finish in the top 4 to qualify for the Champions League. It will be interesting to see whether Salah can duplicate his great form from last season, or at least come close to those remarkable numbers, including a record-breaking tally of 32 league goals.

Beyond Man City,fueled by coach Pep Guardiola’s philosophy & his desire to win more trophies, and United or Liverpool, there will be other interesting story-lines to follow. Will new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri outdo his fired compatriot Antonio Conte? Conte and the previous Italian manager at Chelsea- Carlo Ancelotti- suffered a similar fate. Both were let go after the end of their season season despite winning the Premier League crown in their first year in charge. Will Sarri share the same fate? Can he even challenge for the league title? Chelsea lost Thibaut Courtois but immediately replaced him with the most expensive goalkeeper in the world Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Will the pressure of the massive transfer fee get to Kepa? Chelsea did get Real Madrid’s midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan for the season as part of the deal which saw Courtois head to Spain. Will a midfield of summer signing Jorginho, Kovacic and France’s N’Golo Kanté prove enough to carry the London side to the EPL title? Chelsea also still have Eden Hazard on the books.

Tottenham did not sign anyone but still have Harry Kane and the likes of Christian Eriksen. It is likely difficult for Spurs to compete on multiple fronts and the European commitment may take its toll on the relatively smaller squad when compared to the likes of City.

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Should Real Madrid sell Keylor Navas and sign Thibaut Courtois?

courtoisReports are emerging that Real Madrid have made a breakthrough in their efforts to bring in a new goalkeeper this summer, with French media outlet RMC claiming that a deal has been struck with Premier League side Chelsea for the capture of their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The 6ft 6in goalkeeper is said to be on his way to the Bernabeu for around £31m, but that deal would throw a spanner into the works regarding to future of incumbent custodian Keylor Navas at Los Blancos. Navas joined Real back in 2014 from Levante and has gone on to make 94 appearances, but Courtois’ potential arrival could bring an end to a tenure at the Spanish giants that didn’t seem in too much doubt.

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Pepe remains Portugal’s weakest link

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As opening group games go, Spain vs Portugal will be hard to match, with Cristiano Ronaldo, as expected, writing the narrative.

The captain and talisman for his team was unplayable at times, and he deservedly bagged his hat-trick with an unstoppable free-kick that David De Gea didn’t even move for, so good was the quality of the strike.

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USA, Canada & Mexico to Host World Cup 2026!

With all eyes on World Cup 2018 hosted by Russia, the world was shocked by Spain sacking coach Julen Lopetegui. While the sacking of Lopetegui remains a major talking point, the United States, Canada and Mexico have just been confirmed as join hosts for World Cup 2026.

More to follow on both the sacking of Spain’s coach and on the US, Canada & Mexico earning the right to host the World Cup in eight years. In the meantime, remember you can still join for Free our Fantasy World Cup game here: www.fantasy-worldcup.com!

Prove to your friends, family & coworkers that you have the most knowledge about world football by creating your team & challenging some of the best fantasy football managers! Again, Register now for free at www.fantasy-worldcup.com and pick your star players from Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to David de Gea and Kevin de Bruyne!

 

Eurofantasyleague.com launches Fantasy World Cup game!

We are happy to announce the launch of our new Fantasy World Cup 2018 game! You will be able to register for Free, invite your friends and coworkers, and above all compete against some of the best Fantasy Football Managers.

If you think you have the knowledge and want to prove yourself, then join now for Free at www.fantasy-worldcup.com and remember to invite your friends and relatives to play in your league!

One of the most anticipated clashes in the early days of the World Cup will be between Portugal and Spain- click here for more on that match. Many will be looking forward to watching the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but there are other worthy stars such as Spain’s & Manchester United’s goalkeeper David de Gea, France & Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann as well as Belgium & Manchester City midfield hero Kevin de Bruyne!

Spain, France, Germany and Brazil will be among the favorites but in a World Cup, anything can happen and it would be unwise to bet against an Argentine team led by a Messi desperate to conclude his international career with glory in Russia 2018. France will rely heavily on an exciting and younger core while Spain have proven winners in the squad. You can get more information on France’s & Spain’s ambitions here.

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