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We question the motivation behind Mesut Ozil’s outstanding display against Tottenham, discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued struggles and Zlatan’s unbelievable arrogance – all in this week’s Monday Verdict….
OZIL’S MAGNIFICIENCE MORE FOR MAN UTD THAN ARSENAL
Mesut Ozil was simply outstanding in the north London derby win over Tottenham on Saturday but the question has to be asked – just who was that performance for?
To say the German has been poor this season would be a massive understatement so where did a display like that come from and if he really is that good then why can he not turn it on more often?
That’s three questions, so here’s answer.
Sorry Gunners fans but he was not displaying his footballing genius or an ability to close down that he has hidden for the past four years for you, it was almost certainly for Jose Mourinho at Man Utd or Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.
Ozil’s contract situation is common knowledge to all, along with the admiration that Mourinho has for the gifted playmaker, but just how can a player be so bad one week and so good the next – it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
The 29-year-old was literally everywhere at The Emirates in a high-profile game that Arsenal’s bitter rivals were being heavily backed to win. What better occasion for Ozil to remind everyone that he is still an amazing footballer – when he can be bothered that is.
Ozil’s next contract will more than likely be his last big pay day, unless he fancies a trip to China in his mid-30s, so at some point he had to make people sit up and take notice and an injury-hit Spurs were his perfect fodder.
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It does make you wonder just how Arsenal fans who savoured every minute of their first league win over Tottenham in three years were actually lulled into actually believing Ozil’s Lazarus-type performance.
He probably did enough in one game to be able to take a breather until the festive programme, so watch out Crystal Palace on December 28 you may just find yourselves up against the real Mesut Ozil again.
IS CRISTIANO RONALDO LOSING HIS GOLDEN TOUCH?
Cristiano Ronaldo endured another frustrating evening as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The match represented the seventh time in eight La Liga games this season that Ronaldo has failed to score as Real’s early season struggles continue.
Ronaldo made headlines in the week when defender Sergio Ramos defended the strength of Real’s squad as his team-mate had appeared to suggest after the Champions League defeat to Tottenham that it had been weakened by the summer departures of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and James Rodriguez.
Manager Zinedine Zidane had played down talk of a rift between his two senior players, and apart from venting his frustration when a Toni Kroos cross went straight out of play, there was no sign of animosity between Ronaldo and his team-mates.
But just how well did Ronaldo play on Saturday night, let’s take a look…
Talk of the former Manchester United star waning has largely centred on whether he has lost a yard of pace. In his only footrace of the evening, Ronaldo was comfortably beaten to the ball by Atletico defender Juanfran when played through in the first half.
Having only scored once this season in LaLiga, it proved to be another frustrating evening in front of goal for the 32-year-old.
He did force two routine saves from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from free-kicks, but dragged a second-half effort wide of the target and spurned the best chance of the match late on.
Having hesitated eight yards out, Hernandez Lucas was able to block Ronaldo’s effort when a first-time shot would have taken the defender out of the equation.
A performance that will do little to end talk about Ronaldo’s lack of form – the Ballon D’or winner cut a peripheral figure for much of the contest against a well-drilled Atletico defence.
The fact that both his pace and killer instinct in front of goal let him down will have done little for the Portugal star’s confidence.
ZLATAN BANG OUT OF ORDER FOR SWEDEN TWEET
This probably applies to millions but sometimes, just sometimes you really should think before you tweet, but guess what some people just don’t care that what they may say might cause some offence.
Take Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example. A phenomenal talent who has had a remarkable career, while his comeback from a serious knee injury at 36 years of age has to be thoroughly applauded. But why is he so bloody arrogant?
Not long after his Swedish countrymen booked their place at a first World Cup finals in 12 years with an incredible play-off win over Italy, Zlatan appeared to take some of the glory for himself – despite retiring from international duty after Euro 2016.
He posted the following tweet replacing the S in Sweden for a Z, which immediately sparked rumours that he was looking to come out of retirement for one last swansong in Russia and automatically took some of the gloss off what the Swedish national team had achieved.
We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017
There is absolutely no doubt that he was out of order – you only have to look at what Sweden coach Janne Andersson said when he was asked about a potential return for Zlatan in the aftermath of an history victory. Let’s remember they had just denied Italy a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958!
Andersson said: “We have a team that has [accomplished a triumph] during these qualifications. For crying out loud, talk about the players who did this.”
You really can’t blame him from being angry.
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Of course there is probably no doubt that Sweden will be a better team with Zlatan leading the line – he did score 62 goals in 116 appearances after all – but try telling that to the forward players who replaced him during qualifying, while he was earning a fortune strutting his admittedly brilliant stuff at Old Trafford or recuperating from that nasty injury.
Zlatan has since been quoted that he has no intention of boarding a plan to Moscow – unless he has a media job lined up – but the damage was done but a selfish act that was ill-considered and arrogant beyond belief, but hey that’s Zlatan!
ANOTHER RUDE AWAKENING FOR MOYES
If David Moyes hadn’t done “due diligence” when he took the Sunderland job, it would be interesting to know his thoughts after witnessing those first 90 minutes as West Ham manager.
The Hammers travelled to Watford with the circumstances looking fairly favourable for them to at least secure a positive result; the cliched ‘new manager syndrome’ coupled with Watford’s poor run of form made it an interesting litmus test for the side rooted in the bottom three.
With just two wins all season, Moyes has clearly inherited a squad low on confidence. That was plain to see in the first half as Watford started on the front foot, constantly being allowed to find overlapping runners and wreak havoc down the flanks. When Will Hughes sweetly struck the hosts in front inside 10 minutes, few could begrudge them a lead.
Cheikou Kouyate had two really good chances to draw the visitors level; but when your lucks out, it’s out. If Moyes’ face was grimacing at those misses, goodness knows what his expression was when Richarlison was found in yards of space before being allowed a free run at the full-back before slotting one past Joe Hart.
Chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” could be heard from the away end at one point during the match, and this is a fanbase which appears to be turning very quickly on the men at the top.
While Moyes racked up his 500th game as a Premier League manager, Marco Silva amassed his 251st game as a manager in any game. One must be impressed at how Silva set his side up to take advantage of a side that is looking for a way to a) score goals and b) keep them out.
Silva once again failed to rule out a move to Everton in his post-match comments, but you have to question why he would even consider it. A bigger club yes, but he is putting his stamp upon the Hertfordshire side, and his stock is constantly rising. His counterpart however is struggling to keep his reputation afloat.
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Chris Coleman felt the chance to try to turn around Sunderland’s fortunes was an opportunity he could not turn down.
The 47-year-old surprised many in football by ending a hugely successful stint as Wales manager to join the Championship’s bottom side on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Coleman is Sunderland’s ninth manager in the last six seasons and takes over after they set an unwanted record on Saturday by failing to win for the 20th home game in succession.
Coleman admitted the task in front of him is daunting, but said in an interview with Sunderland’s website: “Someone’s going to turn this club around.
“Whether it’s me or whether it’s the next one, sooner or later this club will start climbing again, start playing in front of a full house again, get the city rocking and rolling. I want that to be me, of course.
”You can go through your career as a manager and never manage a big club. I always wanted to have that experience of managing a big club, and here I am.
”All right, we’re bottom of the league. Deal with it, get on with it. It is going to be a big challenge and I haven’t got a magic idea that’s going to turn it around like (clicking your fingers).
”I’m going to need all the supporters, all the staff, the players, everybody to come with me. It’s such a big club that, when we gather momentum, it’s pretty hard to slow it down, but the start’s always the toughest part.
”I’ll find out pretty quickly I think who’s really in and who’s not, and whoever’s not needs to go and play football somewhere else. It’s a little bit daunting, but that keeps you on your toes.”
Coleman led his first training session on Sunday morning and will be in charge of the side for the first time for Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa.
After guiding Wales to the semi-finals of the European Championship last summer, he stepped down from the post earlier this week after missing out on qualification for the World Cup.
He revealed a disagreement with the Welsh hierarchy led to his departure, saying: “Having achieved what we’d achieved, I thought to take it on to the next level I needed to work slightly differently.
“And the powers that be in Wales saw it differently to me. In my experience it was the right time for me to say, ‘OK, that’s as far as I’m going to take it’. Pretty quickly really the opportunity came about with Sunderland.”
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The former Wales boss becomes the Black Cats’ ninth manager in the last six seasons and replaces Simon Grayson, who was sacked at the end of last month.
A club statement read: “Sunderland AFC are delighted to announce Chris Coleman as the club’s new manager.
“The Welshman has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Stadium of Light and arrives on the back of six memorable years as Wales boss, during which time he managed his country into the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings and an incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
“The 47-year-old was highly sought-after but chose Sunderland as the fifth club of his managerial career, following spells with Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry and AEL.”
Coleman takes over a club in crisis with Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Millwall giving them an unwanted English record of 20 consecutive home games without a win.
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The Football Association of Wales confirmed Coleman’s departure on Friday night, with the 47-year-old expected to be appointed Sunderland manager in the next 48 hours.
FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end.”
The former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss struggled at first and Wales’ 6-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Serbia led to some fans calling for his dismissal.
But Coleman was to lead Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years and took them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
Ford said: “The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as national team manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.
“We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.”
Assistant manager Kit Symons has also resigned and is expected to join Coleman at the Stadium of Light.
Wales’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup triggered a break clause in Coleman’s contract that Sunderland were able to take advantage of.
The Black Cats parted company with Simon Grayson 18 days ago and had been linked with several candidates in that time.
There was speculation that Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill had turned down an opportunity to manage the club and Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom had also been heavily linked with the vacancy.
Heckingbottom was a trainee at Sunderland, but it emerged on Friday that he was not in consideration.
Coleman will inherit a club in a state if flux on and off the pitch with financial constraints having severely hampered predecessors David Moyes and Grayson and the Black Cats in danger of suffering successive relegations.
They lie at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of Saturday’s clash with Millwall, for which Robbie Stockdale will be in charge, and have not won a league game on their own pitch since December last year.
Taking the Sunderland job will mean a return to club management for the first time in five years for Coleman.
Coleman took his first job when 33, managing Fulham after retiring early due to injury.
He took them to ninth in the Premier League but lost his job in 2007 and moved to Real Sociedad.
Coleman spent six months in Spain before returning to England with Coventry but left two years later before a short spell with Greek side AEL.
He took over Wales at a dark period in their history but led the nation to its greatest-ever success.
Coleman signed a two-year deal prior to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and said it would be his last campaign.
But he had considered backtracking on that promise before Sunderland persuaded him to head to the north-east.
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Sunderland have released a special edition home shirt in memory of Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Black Cats fan who lost his battle with neuroblastoma in July.
The Championship club have launched ‘For Bradley’, a fundraising campaign aimed at creating a holiday home for sick children and their families.
Sunderland players will wear the shirt – which features the words ‘For Bradley, For Everyone’ on the front – for the game against Millwall at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
The players’ shirts will be auctioned off while replicas will be sold in the club shop and online, with all proceeds going towards the campaign.
Bradley’s mother Gemma said: “One of our favourite memories is taking Bradley on holiday to Scarborough.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Sunderland AFC suggested that we could create similar memories for other families.
“Since Bradley’s sad passing in July we have worked tirelessly to ensure a positive legacy will come from his personal fight and I’m sure Bradley will be watching over everyone and be very proud that his legacy will now help others.”
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