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Ødegaard to get a chance under Ancelotti
There’s this article over at Marca, highlighting Martin’s similarities to James Rodriguez - a player Carlo Ancelotti loved to coach wherever he was. Both players are primarily attacking midfielders, both are left-footed and their set piece deliveries are red hot. Sure, the Ø is not a copy of James and their styles often differ - for instance, James is more of a goalscorer - yet one cannot deny the similarities, as well as the fact that Carlo Ancelotti likes to utilise AMs. It will be interesting to see how The Eyebrow uses Ødegaard, whose caliber is certain, as it was reported earlier this week by the man himself, that Los Merengues asked for his return (and yes, we have heard that before). Do you think Martin will get his chances under the new coach?
EURO Knockouts Day 2
So plenty of you - likely to everyone’s surprise - predicted that Wales would win this edition of EURO 2020. That didn’t go too well now did it. Wales were embarrased by possible dark horses Denmark who beat them 4 goals to nill. Bale didn’t do much to say the least, which is a disappointment. Welsh star Ramsey was also largely anonymous.
Anyway, today’s another day to enjoy football! The matches in store for us are:
- Netherlands VS Czech Republic
- Belgium VS Portugal
While both games ought to be fun, the second one, which will see the legendary white talisman Cristiano Ronaldo’s star-studded Portugal NT take on a strong Belgiun team boasting his successors to the No 7 shirt, Eden Hazard and his bum. This is a match most madridistas will be beyond eager to watch.
Speaking of Ronaldo...
ℹ️ | On this day, 12 years ago Real Madrid & Manchester United officially confirmed the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Los Blancos.— Blancos Central (@BlancosCentral) June 26, 2021
15 days after Manchester United had accepted the offer, Real Madrid announced an agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo himself. pic.twitter.com/N21yYDND21
What do you think? Who’s edging this one?
The obligatory you-know-who news
It seems that, according to Cadena SER, Real Madrid have ruled out a move for their No1 target for this summer.
Real Madrid have given up on signing Kylian Mbappé from PSG this summer. The Frenchman's contract runs out in 2022 and Los Blancos have admitted they can't compete with PSG financially. (Source: Cadena SER) pic.twitter.com/Tup8VO8mpS— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 26, 2021
Join the discussion regarding the games in our open thread and have fun chatting. Have a great day and may the madridismo be with you.