The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria qualified from Group B of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil where they got Six points from 3 games.
Manu Garba led boys will face one of Europe giants the Netherlands in the round of sixteen after finishing atop group B above Ecuador and Australia.
The team so far so good have been one of the teams of the tournament winning their first two games coming from behind. Their performances have generated a lot of criticism from fans back home but this if what we have picked up from their outings.
Manu Garba Is All Attack No Defence
Like some world-renowned managers say, the best form of defense is to attack, it seems Manu Garba only picked up the attacking part and forgot that there is something called defense in football.
The Eaglets have scored 9 goals in 3 games, an average of 3 goals per match but unfortunately, the team has also conceded as much as they have scored. Two goals each against all opponents in the group means the aim is to outscore the opponents.
In 2013, Manu Garba’s team led by Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success scored 14 goals and conceded 4 in the group stage, 3 of them coming in one game against Sweden. An attack-minded coach is a tactical genius, isn’t it?
Team’s Tactics Not Clear Yet.
So far so good, the team’s setup has not been clear but frequent long balls in the first and second game against Hungary and Ecuador is unusual from the tiki-taka style that Manu Garba has been known for.
Also, the players have been selfish and individualistic in their play so far, misplaced passes have been rampant as well.
Midfield Is The Only Stable And Working Department
Irrespective of the team’s inadequacies and shortcomings, there is one place where the coach has gotten it right, it’s the midfield.
More than 50% of the team’s goals have been scored by midfielder, Ibrahim Said with three, skipper Samson Tijani with two making it five goals from the 8 goals scored so far.
Unfortunately, the midfield stands alone rather than connect with the attack and defense which it has struggled to do as there has been little to no smooth transition in play.
The “Stars” And Strikers Have Flopped
Despite the lack of connection from the midfield to the attack, it must be said that the strikers and players who shone at the CAF U17 AFCON have failed to impress.
Wisdom Ubani, Olakunle Olusugen, and Ibrahim Jabaar have all been underwhelming so far even though Ibraheem Jabaar have not had much playtime compared to the first two.
Akinkunmi Amoo looked like the missing piece of the puzzle after impressing in a substitute appearance in the first two games but the third where he started he struggled to perform.
Team Has Talented Players and Are Hungry For Glory
Despite unconvincing displays, the team has shown it is filled with potential stars who are hungry for success.
Their resilience showed in the two opening games where the team came from behind to win 4-2 and 3-2, the same resilience was shown in the third game but the team was unlucky against Australia to stage a comeback as well.
Crucial to both results have been Ibrahim Said and Captain Samson Tijani who has scored a hattrick against Ecuador and a brace against Hungary respectively. These are players that can grow into world-beaters in the nearest future, every single one of them
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.