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- Morata And Mbappe Are Not Only Two Players But Two Stories, One Became A Hero With The Taunts Of The World, The Other Is Unable To Manage His Ego.
New DelhiOne hour agoAuthor: Sundar Saktawat
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Frustrated France’s Mbappe after missing a penalty and Spain’s Morata celebrates after winning.
Two sensational matches in one day. A total of 14 goals were scored in both. In both, one team took the lead, then the other counterattacked, scoring three goals, in response to which a few minutes before the end of the game, two goals were equalized in both matches, both matches went into extra time. One of them went into a penalty shootout, and world champions France crashed out of the round of 16 in the tournament’s first major upset, while Spain and Switzerland made it to the quarterfinals.
But in the midst of all these incidents, two football stories have emerged, which are interesting and tell a lot about the game. One story is named Alvaro Morata, the other is Kielian Mbappe. First of all a great comment on Mbappe.
Some four years ago, Mbappe caught everyone’s eye after playing an exciting Champions League season for Monaco. Paris Saint-Germain picked him up at exorbitant prices and he also found a place in the French team, which won the World Cup in 2018. Within two years he became one of the most talked about young footballers in the world and he was compared to the young Pele.
He was quick and his control of the ball was amazing. But by the time Euro 2020 approached, his luster was starting to fade. His team Paris was knocked out of the Champions League for the second time in a row and could not even win the league in the last season. With a strange sense of desperation, frustration, hurt pride, he walked into the Euros and was determined to be with the team’s senior striker, Olivier Girou.
It was written in the newspapers that it was proving difficult for French coach Didier Deshan to manage Mbappe’s ego. This culminated in a match played on Monday night, in which not only did he look lackluster throughout, but he also lost the deciding penalty, which knocked France out of the tournament. The French team, adorned with talented stars, has not only lost because of Mbappe, but his presence in the team during this competition was not very positive and bright. It seemed as if the French team was internally struggling with a horrific rhythm.
The story of Spain’s centre-forward Alvaro Morata is quite the opposite. While Mbappe was the star of fans and critics alike, Morata was ridiculed by his own fans. The efficiency and opportunism expected of a striker in front of the goalpost was not considered to be up to him. Limits were crossed on social media. Internet-abuse caused Morata a great deal of heartache. He missed a penalty in the match against Slovakia and angry fans and trolls couldn’t deter him and his family from badmouthing him and his family.
But when Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in the knockout match played on Monday night, it was Alvaro Morata who scored the deciding goal in extra time. It was a fine striker’s goal, and his touch in the goal was transparent and blasphemous, despite playing more than ninety minutes.
Daniele Olmo’s inch-perfect cross from the right flank was handled by Morata with a straight-footed first touch and a masterful left-footed touch to hand the ball over to the goalpost. In football a good player is known by his first touch, just as a good writer is known by his well-organized sentence arrangement or a sitar player or singer is known by his soft accents. If you are a connoisseur, you can tell in a blink that how much water is in which skill.
Morata’s performance must have made him a favorite of many football fans at home and abroad. There will be no place to hide today for the idiots who troll and abuse her. Morata has been playing for over a decade and has changed six clubs so far. Mbappe’s experience is only half compared to his. Mbappe had not tasted a failure like Morata before, but has tasted it now. In both these Euro-Cup matches on Monday, the two players met at a crossroads – Morata was running from defeat to victory, Mbappe from victory to defeat. How many and what kind of lanes, culverts and squares will this crossroads create in his personality – only time will tell.
Another story from the Spain-Croatia match concerns Spain’s goalie Unai Simán, whose horrific mistake saw Spain trailing by a goal in the first half. A mistake of this level in such a big tournament could break the morale of any player, but Unai Simmon kept up the spirit and saved two or three very good goals in the game after that.
His persistence proved decisive in the final conclusion. A third story is that of Spanish coach Louis Enrique himself, who some time ago suffered a traumatic family tragedy. When he was the coach of Barcelona, he used to watch a lot of chaotic kind of matches, which would be full of goals. Louis gets his teams to play attacking football. The high-press misses places in the defense, which entices the opposing team’s forwards. The result is that there are fast-paced box-to-box games and the audience does not get a chance to breathe. The match played on Monday was also a typical “Louis Enrique Spectacle”. Louis Enrique has come under criticism in the Spanish capital for not including a single Real Madrid player in his Euro squad, but he has revived the team by taking Spain to the quarterfinals.
Call it the achievement of the tournament for world champions France – Paul Pogba’s musical rhythm midfield play and Karim Benzema’s heroic feats in the attacking line. The world doesn’t end with a defeat in the Euro Cup, hopefully this talented team will come up with better preparation for next year’s World Cup and handle individual-management woes better by then. The passing of such teams to the last round of the tournament is very important for football.