Manchester City in the Guardian’s Top 100 Best Football Players in the World 2012
- Y. Toure (9), S. Aguero (11), D. Silva (18), V. Kompany (23), C. Tevez (48), J. Hart (65), M. Balotelli (67), S. Nasri (93)
- All quotes from link.
MENEZ He unlocks the game thanks to some of his dribbling even after having wasted a lot.
PYATOV A save on Benzema, ruined by the sloppiness of his mates.
VORONIN He should follow the example of Shevchenko, given his great qualities, but he can never do it.
NASRI He plays attacking midfielder but is the less effective.
When a group of four will soon face the two best teams, the pair is quite likely eventuality. France-England is no exception to what is often a rule. Nell’afa 1-1 draw in Donetsk, after the game far longer blocked view of Euro 2012. Result set by two episodes in the first half and no longer changes from a poor recovery of emotions. Neither side gives the idea of being a terrible customer. Not England, which was bereft of Rooney (back to the last with Ukraine), and the injured Frank Lampard, Barry and Cahill, receives purely defensive approach by Roy Hodgson, with two lines very close and with the Young license to invent behind Welbeck. And even France, which rarely fails to involve Benzema and Nasri and Ribery to live on inspiration, not a man of order between and behind seems to be pierced. Blanc offers Alou Diarra for the injured M’Vila and training type, Hodgson shows courage by choosing Oxlade-Chamberlain to Downing on the left. The first steps are monotonous, because the British defend well and France has no major issues. The first thrill it gives Young, who comes between the lines and cut the fishing area by James Milner, Lloris but not good at jumping to the conclusion. First is the protagonist of the episode Joleon Lescott used to unblock a frozen race. Diarra loses marking the stopper on the punishment of Gerrard: tested 1-0 served. Ribery Nasri invites the conclusion, Gerrard is a slight delay in output on the shooter, who seduces a very unresponsive Hart at his near post. 1-1 and all to rest.
As Italy, also France wants to take revenge of the bad competition in the world cup in 2010. The team now is completely now: has very great players with a lot of experience like Ribery or Benzema, and some very interesting youngs like M’Vila. Menez, Nasri (or Gourcuff) and Ribery are a mixture of fantasy and Benzema is back to his perfect condition.
Its module is the same of the most of team: two midfielders esecially with tasks of interdiction, and three playmakers behind the scorer. The team forward is very strong but we can’t say the same for the defense. The goalkeeper is not so reliable and the defensers are so great.
THE STAR: Frank Ribery
Ribéry primarily plays as a winger and is described as a player who is “fast, tricky, and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at his feet”. Despite being predominantly right-footed and utilized as a right-sided midfielder during his development years in France, since establishing himself as an international and at Bayern, Ribéry has personally admitted that his preference is to play on the left wing. Ribéry has been described as a provocateur on the field of play with UEFA describing him as “a crowd-pleaser – one of those rare breed of footballer capable of enjoying his talents while expressing them”. The wish of the supporters is to have the great condition shown with Bayern also during the Euros. In that way it will simply unstoppable.