Fantastic matches, legends leaving the podium, legends rising to him, stars trying to make up for what is left of their careers and impressive individual performances that overcome the most precise and detailed tactical plans, welcome to Champions League 2020 -2021.
This is perhaps the only advantage of the chaos caused by the pandemic in past and current seasons.Everyone felt they had a chance in the competition to take advantage of this chaos: Paris Saint-Germain have reached the second consecutive semi-final, clubs like Leipzig and Atalanta begin their first steps, and a logical end to the domination of the Spaniards after years of stagnation.
In this report, we take a look at some of the best singles performances the tournament has seen in recent years. What we failed in was their best-to-worst arrangement because all of them are wonderful, all of them are effective, aside from the fact that they took place in different contexts and circumstances, which makes the comparison between them impossible. (1 2)
Before Lewandowski joined Dortmund, the Polish superstar – who was no longer a superstar – was set to join Blackburn for € 4million. Leva had already made the deal and cut his ticket to England, but the eruption of the Polish volcano Ijäjääläköl canceled his flight, leaving a few more hours in which Dortmund made a late offer, which the Poles immediately accepted. .
In 2013, Blackburn coach Sam Allardyce was asked in 2010 how he felt watching Lewandowski shine with Dortmund, how he said: “I feel bitterness every time I watch him play.” (3)
Of course, that makes sense, because in 2013 the Pole put in one of the most incredible performances in the Champions League, when his right foot fired 4 shots which all landed at Real Madrid, the historic champion of the competition, which was about to win. four of the next five copies.
Mourinho started the game with Paramus at right-back, with Varane and Pepe both at the center of defense. Lewandowski clearly leaned towards the latter despite his well-known quality at censorship and encirclement, and managed to outdo him in most of the dichotomies that brought them together. Three of Lewandowski’s four goals came in extremely tight spaces, with record reaction time and with a touch of skill the Poles rarely showed, and each time Bibi was late. The fourth goal came from a penalty.
To be fair, two of the four goals were the result of unwarranted distraction attempts by the Merengue defense, which surprised Pepe and the entire Real Madrid defense when the ball hit Lewandowski, but the advantage of the night is that the Pole did not miss several. opportunities before scoring his goals, as usual, but it seemed like he was leading everyone by a step or two, like he had practiced in these situations before and knew exactly what he was going to do. to do, which is of course impossible, and this is what makes it the most exceptional and unique night of the Polish career; His handling and record speed of response improved despite the difficulty of taming the ball with at least two goals. (4)
If we were Allardyce, we would be really bitter.
Of course, it’s hard to choose a special night for Ronaldo in the Champions League, especially when it comes to the 2016-2017 season, the best singles season for any striker in the history of the tournament in general, with a clear difference. compared to the best seasons of the names of Ronaldo de Lima (Brazilian Ronaldo), Andrei Shevchenko and others.
Ronaldo and Benzema are in their best Champions League singles season since this duo started to take shape, a brace that gave Ronaldo an additional advantage over his own; The constant ability to slide into the blind side of defenders and take top positions to score unattended. Why? Because the original striker was doing the opposite. Publicity
That night, Ronaldo scored what is called the Perfect Trilogy; One goal with his death’s head, another with his left foot, and last with the right, and almost every time Neuer found him almost alone in front of the goal, whenever the control came in late or not at all, and each time that of Ronaldo. The behavior on the ball was the best possible behavior compared to On his condition. (5)
In fact, this match is an example of two qualities that Ronaldo possesses incomparably: The complete ability to focus throughout the match, driven by an endless hunger and thirst to score, and the ability to read the movements of defenders and to find the right place for the next shot. Indeed, we believe that these two traits do not have the right to speak of Ronaldo.
Everyone is in awe and believes that Ronaldo scores this way every time because he’s Ronaldo, because there is magic in him, but the truth is, it’s the product of hard work, concentration, training and diligence that doesn’t stop. Forwards don’t take bullets like that all the time just because they’re world stars.
In the first goal, for example, Ronaldo was positioned in the space between Boateng and right-back Philip Lam, and you can see Lam’s desperate attempt to grab Ronaldo’s head as he exits, and in the second Ronaldo was in the opposite. position, between Hummels and Alaba, and also the same shot in which Alaba tries to save the Portuguese shot is repeated at the last moment. Ronaldo is perhaps the best player who can take advantage of the overload on one side of the pitch to launch into the blind side of defenders, and that’s what happened in both shots.
Barcelona have been one of the prominent faces of the competition for over a decade, and a number of extraordinary performances have been associated with his name, both for him and against him. In this context we have three main examples: What Messi did against Arsenal in 2010, what Neymar presented against Paris in the famous La Remontada game, and of course Mbappe’s legendary surge at Camp Nou this season.
Two of the three performances came under different difficult circumstances, and if we could organize them from the hardest to the easiest, Neymar would undoubtedly come in front, followed by the Bulga Quad in Arsenal’s net, and finally the defense of Barcelona’s Mbappe himself in a game that was the most prominent star.
Everything about the Neymar duo was difficult. The starting scenario is self-explanatory, as is the return scenario. Cavani had just scored his fatal goal and everyone was starting to bow their heads, feeling their early luck had run out. Barcelona were very lucky and managed at least two of the first three goals, but Neymar, exceptionally, had no intention of giving up, and that night he presented himself to the world as one of his best players and stepped onto the podium. remove Messi for seven minutes, which may be the most astonishing seven minutes presented. Any player in the history of the tournament.
A miraculous free kick, then one of the toughest shots on goal in tournament history given its importance and seriousness, then a fairy pass that made the sixth goal, a pass similar to the one that made Marquinhos’ goal at Bayern Munich a week ago, and at that point it was enough to regard Neymar’s game as a fairy tale.
It is precisely for this reason that the Neymar duo are the only double on this list. Under normal circumstances scoring two goals wouldn’t be impressive, especially when one of them came from a penalty, but with Neymar that night everything was different.
What is unique about Messi’s quartet is that he also came under difficult circumstances. Not as difficult as the Paris night, of course, not even halfway, but Arsenal 2010 was different from Arsenal, who you know now, and managed to draw with Barsa Pep, the strongest team ever. this season by a clear difference with the then, with two goals to be scored.
The extraordinary thing about Messi’s quartet was their versatility. All the goals were with his left foot except one, but three of them were from balls he received in the staging areas, three of them Messi led their attacks and participated in their preparation, one of them was a shot from outside the area, and two involved dribbling at least one player. (7) (8)
Never before have we seen a player who combines all of these skills and scores so profusely at the same time. Of course, it was Messi who had the luxury of playing alongside Xavi, Iniesta, Alves and others, the luxury of devoting himself to the last third and settling for a specific zone of movement, but what is remarkable this night is that none of these have reached their usual level. Messi looked better than all of them in one noticeable difference, and it was the night that Messi presented himself as Barcelona’s undisputed best player, not just a star of a star group. h
As for Mbappe, his match started like any regular match he fought in the Champions League before tonight; Fast, dangerous, he gives the impression that he is close to achieving what he desires, but the end product is often below expectations, lower than his own abilities will allow.
The moment for release came when Mbappe decided to rebel against the mold he had been placed in for the past few years as a fast forward who only shines in open matches in which he gets large areas, and in the heart of Barcelona’s penalty area and among his defensive staff, he received Verratti’s magic reverse pass from a cross after moving for her previously, then dodged Longlee into an area no larger than one square meter , before clearing the ball for himself, knocking out Pique, then sending a powerful shot into the ceiling of the goal that Stegen only saw when she was in the net.
This moment is the most important of all, as it was not only the moment of Mbappe’s release, but the Paris team freed from the burden of confrontation, especially without Neymar and Maria. A moment that allowed Pochettino, who had not been in charge for a single month, to implement his plan for the rest of the match; Waiting for the crumbling Barcelona squad in their areas, then bouncing back into the vast spaces left by their forward defense line.
After that moment, both blocks collapsed in defense and were given opportunities one after the other, unlike at the start of the match, which saw an individual double oblivion all the time on the young French striker, as for Mbappe himself, he responded to the tactical change. and started descending into deeper spaces to receive the ball and bypass Barcelona’s backpressure then start.For spaces, and his colleagues rewarded him with two golden chances to complete his triple, the triple the most important of his career to date.
Really, we don’t know where to start. Does this mean that Gerrard’s performance on Istanbul Night is the best ever for a captain in tournament history? Best for any midfielder? Is there a midfielder you know who can score a header, then cause a penalty for his team, then finish the game as a right-back to neutralize a winger as dangerous as Serginho? And if there’s a name that comes to your mind now, was that name playing against the terrible Milan Ancelotti, three goals behind? Was he next to names like Haman and Smitcher and Traore, with their full respect, as opposed to Kaka, Crespo, Pirlo and Maldini? This is something you will never find no matter what you are looking for. (9)
Istanbul Night for Gerard is one of the nights football fans will never tire of talking about. One of the nights she will never succeed.
It is said that an inflated sense of self makes a good striker. It makes you fresher in front of goal, better able to contemplate moments of hysteria, and calmer before a storm, before the pitch is about to explode.
This only happens if you are able to isolate yourself from everyone else, and you will not isolate yourself unless you believe that you are the best, that you will accomplish your mission no matter what, and that the number of defenders around you, the skill of the goalkeeper or the difficulty of the situation are things that you can face.
It is said to be the difference between a good attacker and a bad one, and not the ability to hit the ball with a certain area of the foot as anyone can perform exhibition moves in training, not the movement. because many move intelligently, but the ability to mix between arrogance and seriousness, to believe with certainty that you will score, At the same time, it does not lead you to recklessness.
Ronaldo de Lima’s phenomenal story doesn’t include many great nights in the Champions League. In fact, it was a mystery throughout the man’s career; Because less talented players than him have managed to rack up more numbers, and have been more influential with their teams in this tournament, and despite that, tonight has been his night.
Contrary to what was expected, Real Madrid did not deliver a big game at the time, but rather the opposite. He came under overwhelming pressure from United at Old Trafford, whose players created the most and dangerous chances to score, and Meringue’s players were unable to physically match them at all times, and for this reason precisely why Ronaldo was an outstanding star at the time. (ten)
Not because he eluded so many United players, in fact Nistelrooy was immeasurably more active and involved in the game than Ronaldo, scoring one goal and provoking another, and he kept asking for the ball and trying all the time, but Ronaldo’s greatness that night was revealed in that he managed to pull off a hat-trick despite the scarcity of opportunities available to him.
The first was with a quick longitudinal kick, he shot it straight to Barthez’s corner near the corner, and the second was an easy cross that Roberto Carlos scored and scored into the empty goal, and the third, which qualified Real Madrid for the next round, was a long shot from outside the box, and in two of the three goals, Ronaldo shot with power and precision at the same time, two things rarely combined for a striker throughout of the game’s history. https://www.youtube.com/embed/WR5NOOUh52I?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=ar&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
Of course, there are a lot of other big matches for Champions League champions; Roy Keane against Juventus, for example, the same season, which is the second time a midfielder can appear on this list after Gerrard, and there is surely the miracle of Petr Cech against Bayern Munich in 2012, and Ronaldo’s goals in 2009 and 2017 semi-finals respectively against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, and three Mora against Ajax in 2019, Messi’s five against Leverkusen in 2012, Shevchenko’s hat-trick against Barcelona at Camp Nou 1997, Gnabry’s four against Tottenham in 2020 and Gareth Bale’s hat-trick against Inter in 2010, and we may have the opportunity in the future to look at each of these offers in more detail.