Irrespective of where you go in Germany, starting from the dense forest of Freiburg to the icy harbor of Flensburg, you are going to come across mad German football fans who are always too willing to talk about this sport. However, with two matches in a year, this fanaticism might reach its peak with the oldest and storied rivals of football come head to head.
Forget about Dortmund versus Bayern Munich or others against RB Leipzig. The biggest rivalry in German football is Schalke versus Borussia Dortmund in Revierderby. Schalke hosting Dortmund in ninety-third Revierderby by the era of Bundesliga. Even though these days the matches come with friendly banter instead of hooliganism and fights like years before, there isn’t any love lost in between the biggest clubs of German football.
Still just 22 years old, Leroy Sane has the footballing world at his feet. The Manchester City man, famously left out of Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad by manager Joachim Low, has been simply sublime in 2018/19, and he has quickly matured into one of Pep Guardiola’s most effective weapons. Blessed with blistering speed and creative ideas in the final third, Sane can be City’s difference maker in the business end of the season and beyond.
According to football statistics website WhoScored, Sane has been directly involved in 11 goals in 13 Premier League appearances in 2018/19. With six goals scored and five created for teammates, Sane has shown how important he is to City on a weekly basis. Five of those goals and three assists have come in their last eight Premier League outings – punters will be backing the young German to retain the PFA Young Player Of The Year award after such a strong first half of the campaign. Continue reading
Former Arsenal defender Mathew Upson has said that Gunners boss Unai Emery took a bold step to bench Mesut Ozil for the weekend Premier League triumph at Bournemouth. The north London side were expecting a tough trip to the South Coast on Sunday and in order to curb the attacking threat, Emery went with a 3-4-3 formation which worked with good effect.
However, with that setup, it meant that one of the attackers had to be dropped and the Spaniard revealed after the game that Ozil was excluded from the starting XI as he would not have been able to match to the physical demands on the day. In a report by The Star, Upson happened to praise Emery for the decision but also suggested that the manager has provided a big statement by doing so.