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Champions League hits and misses: Jude Bellingham shows Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard's skill set | Football News

Harland does what others can’t

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland scored his team’s second goal against Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland’s finish to Manchester City’s winning goal against Borussia Dortmund is reminiscent of Barcelona’s famous Johan Cruyff goal against Atletico Madrid in 1973.

Modern audiences may remember Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Not only is his head and shoulders superior to those around him, but Harland literally shares his acrobatic ability to contort his limbs and establish angles like a martial arts expert and establish angles others can’t.

What is certain is that few players in the history of the game can match the moment this young man continues to create. On this night they were the victims.

Haaland now has 13 goals in his last eight games for Manchester City. It’s a whimsical return, but his brilliance nonetheless leaves us wondering if such high output is sustainable. I haven’t even been able to do it.

This was an unconvincing performance by a team he was starving for service all along. I was. Once City clicked, he could really enjoy himself.

That’s enough for now. Dortmund have done well. City struggled. Still, what was freshest on their minds as the supporters walked away from the stadium was the stunning ending. But Erling Haaland he is only one.
Adam Bate

Bellingham: The perfect combination of Lampard and Gerrard?

Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham impressed in Dortmund vs Manchester City – should England build around him?

The bigger the stage. Played by a bigger Jude Bellingham. Gareth Southgate must have been thinking about that before the World Cup.

For Bellingham, who has matured beyond his years, the call for a more prominent role within England’s organization looks set to grow as Qatar approaches. The debate now is not whether he is on the plane, but whether he can be ruled out for England-Iran on 21 November. Southgate has seen his talents up close when he was deployed in the aggressive midfield role supporting the striker.

He was named Man of the Match after his excellent performance in a friendly against Ivory Coast earlier this year. Calvin then came off just four minutes from the bench in this clash, as he replaced Phillips and dominated midfield. summer.

Inexperience is no longer a valid argument. Bellingham has already completed a full season in the Championship, in the Bundesliga he has spent almost three of his seasons, and in the Champions League he has made 18 appearances and in the competition he has scored four goals. It goes without saying. Once again, he was Dortmund’s most prolific and creative player, up against City’s midfield that usually eats up to entertain his 19-year-old. The England man had already drawn Rodri into the booking before beating him in midfield in the 53rd minute and showing his eye for goal was growing every time he played. His reading of the situation to beat a City defender to a Marco Reus cross was just like Frank Lampard. His movement with the ball is very similar to Steven Gerrard.

Gone are the days of arguing over whether Lampard and Gerrard could play together. But England may have found someone who combined the skill sets of both former greats.

Can you shove him somewhere? Heck, England needs to build a midfield around him.
Lewis Jones

Losing streak continues, but there’s still plenty to cheer for Rangers

Rangers' John Lundstram looks disappointed in UEFA Champions League clash with Napoli
Rangers’ John Lundstram looks disappointed in UEFA Champions League clash with Napoli

Rangers entered the clash with in-form Napoli, who had lost 4-0 to Celtic and Ajax in the previous two games. As a result, manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst did a lot of soul searching.

The Dutch’s response was to double down, arguing that although it was a painful reversal, they were not going to change their football philosophy simply based on these two reasons.

His side lost again scoreless to the Serie A leaders at Ibrox, but it was only the second time they had lost their opening two Champions League group stage games, but the performances of the hosts improved significantly.

In fact, the Rangers were unlucky not to take the lead at halftime. Even though he had to play with 10 players for most of the second half, they still collected 10 shots in the match. That’s six more than he did against Ajax in the first group. stage match.

All that’s left now is to find the back of the net at the next group competition at Anfield on October 4th.
Richard Morgan

another day, same problem

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Chelsea’s new manager, Graham Potter, was pleased with the attitude and effort of his players in the first game to lead his side.

It is clear that Graham Potter inherited a team of disjointed and disenfranchised players.

From Thiago Silva’s reckless challenge to the isolated, almost non-existent figures of Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, there is important work to be done.

Potter simply cannot wield a magic wand. If fans had hoped to get an idea of ​​what kind of team Chelsea would be under Thomas Tuchel’s successor, their performance against Salzburg hardly provided a good enough answer.

Many have questioned and even scrutinized Chelsea’s transfer policy over the summer. It was something

Perhaps it was a senseless raid? Time will tell.

Chelsea have held Salzburg in their own half for a long time but never believed the former Barcelona striker could make a measurable difference. and evaded the target hint, Aubameyang casually past the 18-yard line before the ball dangerously flew over the front of the goal.

Revealed one of Chelsea’s many shortcomings. Raheem Sterling indeed has scored his 25 goals in his league of Champions. This is his second highest number among English players.

Chelsea are desperate for focus and if Aubameyang’s form fails to inspire, they are given little precious time to impress. There are off-the-shelf replacements waiting in line – expect them to be used if he can’t reach the mark.
Laura Hunter

Celtic dominance needs to translate into goals

Celtic manager Anju Postecoglou reveals frustration on touchline
Celtic manager Anju Postecoglou reveals frustration on touchline

Ange Postecoglou vowed to never change from the fast and attacking football Celtic play week after week.

They had a lot of chances, just like they did against Real Madrid.

Despite being one point out of Group F, Celtic fans will be frustrated. Their team was dynamic and, most importantly, leading. It was hard to see Shakhtar score in the first half, but they showed why they are Europe’s elite with their quick counter-attacks.

This group will be a three-way battle for second place, with Real not expected to reach the top.

Postecoglou said his players have to be calmer before the game and will demand that they do the right thing against RB Leipzig in the next match. They had a good chance of defeating the Ukrainians.

If Celtic want to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, they will have to take their dominance into account.
Allison Conroy