Top 5 weekend matches not to be missed
After an incendiary segment of the matches of national teams in the UEFA League of Nations, the fans are again divided according to their club tastes to the army of the apologists of their teams. The main matches of the week will begin tomorrow, but football fans here and now have to prepare for the central fights fully armed. Go!
Locomotive “-” Rostov ”
The Russian Championship is gaining momentum, the teams have already played a third of the league games and now for many clubs the final spring-winter segment will show what position their favorite clubs will continue to fight and which tasks will become irrelevant.
Gained a move “Rostov” under the direction of Valery Karpin now successfully holds third place in the league, gaining 18 points. Valery Georgievich is currently overtaking his former club “Spartak”, built a very powerful defensive line, conceding only 4 (!) Balls in 10 matches, which is the best indicator in the league. At the same time Karpin, following the traditions of the former Italian coach of Leicester Claudio Ranieri, constantly insists only on the saving number of points needed for his club.
″ … “The third place” Rostov “? You need another 20 points to avoid flying “… ″
In the last match, the Rostov team lost to Orenburg at home with a score of 0: 1. Do not forget that the guests now, despite the status of a “newcomer” RPL, are by no means such. The current coach Vladimir Fedotov is well versed in all the tactical trends of Western European football. The defeat did not break the persistence of Karpin. About Orenburg, many clubs have stumbled, including the current rival Southerners – Moscow Lokomotiv. To the defeat of his club, the Rostov head coach reacted very calmly and correctly.
Top 5 weekend matches not to be missed
Moscow “Locomotive”, on the contrary, in the final round made a mini-sensation and beat CSKA in the minority. At the last minute of the match, the club’s newcomer scored the winning goal – German defender Benedict Höwedes. At the same time, the main topic of discussion after the match was the referee – Alexey Matiunin, whose work caused a flurry of criticism and outrage from the head coach of the “railroad” – Yuri Semin.
The match is very important in terms of competition for a place in the UEFA Champions League. Now RPL has three quotas in the main European tournament. With high probability, one of these places will be in the “tenacious hands” of St. Petersburg “Zenith”, which broke away from the nearest pursuer by 6 points. Let me remind you that last year’s champion of Russia – Lokomotiv is now experiencing serious problems on two fronts. Only the last two victories over CSKA (1: 0) and Akhmat (2: 0) somehow pulled the red-greens into the top seven contenders for the European Cups, reducing the backlog of Rostov in third place to three points.
Now you understand that the victory of Lokomotiv will further increase the backlog of Valery Karpin’s wards from the leader, and all further talk about the required 20 points will turn into a real task, not a flattering game with journalists.
+ “Rostov” – the best defense in the league (only 4 missed)
– “Rostov” is a problem with implementation (in the last match, yellow-blue had twice as many points to take the goal of Orenburg, but professionalism and composure in the final action is not enough.
“Lokomotiv” is a game at the home stadium, the presence of very high-quality players in the middle and defensive line (Kryhovyak, Hövedes, Fernandes), who alone can decide the fate of the match.
– “Lokomotiv” – the absence of the attacker. Injuries to Fedor Smolov and Jefferson Farfan, as well as Eder’s disqualification. Yuri Semin has already responded to this problem after the match with CSKA.
Chelsea – Manchester United
The trouble of the “red cardinal” Mourinho
Manchester United mentor Jose Mourinho is in a very difficult situation. There is no unity in the team, there is no collective power, which the Portuguese have always been famous for, covering their club failures with their authority. The story of the lead star, Field Pogba, is only one small spark of a huge catastrophe and war that is eating away at the Red Devils. Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia – this is just a small list of those players who frankly “surrendered” in the times of Mourinho. In the near-football camp of the Manchester fans, two coalitions also formed. Some, led by “Old Manchester” players – Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, frankly declare that “Era Jose” is coming to an end. Mourinho was “baked out”, he has no new ideas, as the coach he has exhausted himself and has long remained soaring in the clouds of his “golden” zero years. The other side, to which Jose’s colleagues (for example, Zlatan Ibrahimovic) are hooked, claims that the problem lies not in the coach, but in spoiled players who violate the club’s hierarchy, not following the instructions of the chief specialist, thereby destroying “Sir Alex Ferguson’s system “.