Neymar shines as Brazil thump Austria before the FIFA World Cup 2018
Neymar can make a huge difference to any team, and he proved that once again. After dancing past several defenders against Croatia to score his goal from an injury comeback, Neymar made a mockery of the Austrian defence as his close control and dribbling made two defenders lose their ground before Neymar slotted past Lindner. Tite’s Brazil looked a tad bland with Neymar on the bench against Croatia. However, against Austria, Neymar’s presence spoke volume of his significance to the team.
Tite went for his favourite 4-3-3 formation with Jesus up front and Willian on the right-hand side. This allowed Coutinho to drop deep and collect deliveries before combining effortlessly with Marcelo and Neymar on the left-hand side. There were a few bad challenges from the Austrian team but no players were injured on either side. Jesus scored the second goal following a Marcelo shot deflected before Coutinho slotted in comfortable after collecting a neat Firmino through ball.
Deulofeu confirms a permanent move to Watford
Watford has confirmed their pre-season signee Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £13 million. Lack of first team games saw Deulofeu opt for a loan move after Barcelona had exercised their buyback clause considering the Spaniard’s excellent form for the Italian giants’ AC Milan. However, the arrival of Coutinho and Valverde’s lack of belief in him saw Deulofeu leave for English club Watford.
The arrival of Felipe Arthur from Gremio was a final nail on the Deulofeu saga as Barcelona lose yet another La Masia product. Deulofeu is a left footed player who excels in playing as a winger or an attacking midfielder. Blessed with amazing technique and skills, Deulofeuwas also earmarked as a player who could emulate Messi’s success with Barcelona. However, Watford will be delighted to have secured his services as he performed well in his debut season in England.
Cristiano Ronaldo saga continues
Just a couple of days before the biggest footballing event to kickstart, the Ronaldo transfer saga is still making headlines. Ronaldo’s comments post their 13th Champions League victory saw his fans and critics draw many conclusions but none of them seem to be rock solid. With a potential move to United been on the cards since 2014, Ronaldo has had the habit of hogging the limelight. However, the 33-year old’s recent comments cannot be taken lightly after the departure of Zinedine Zidane.
His compatriot Manuel Fernandes believes Ronaldo is more focused on playing in the World Cup and working on ways to win it. The Portuguese became the people’s hero back in Portugal after winning the Euro 2016, but World Cup is on another level and that will require immense concentration and dedication, things Ronaldo is well aware of.