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23.02.2019 04:50
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You and your mate are in charge of assembling two all-star teams. It is a good old-fashioned draft just like in the school playground; a bunch of players waiting to be picked for a game of 11 on 11. Yet, these are no ordinary players. For this exercise, all the squad members of Chelsea and Manchester City are standing right in front of you. You are given the first overall pick. Who do you take? The draft starts now and you are on the clock… Multiple thoughts run through your head at once. You think about how your starting XI could be built. Goalkeeper? No. That can wait. Defender? Vincent Kompany, John Terry, Gary Cahill….all suitable defenders but not yet. Midfield? Okay, now its getting interesting. Cesc Fabregas? Yes, you say, lets go with Cesc. Hold on! What about the steel and tactical intelligence of Nemanja Matic? Hes been brilliant this season. Oh, look Yaya Toure is standing over there; forgot about him. May need a word with him to see how he is feeling. He doesnt look like he is too interested in talking, though. Eden Hazard? Has been better this season, is progressing well, but what about in big games? Did well against Arsenal but disappeared at the World Cup. Perhaps, Im being a bit harsh. A better playmaker? David Silva. The ultimate space invader -- never has a bad game. Time is running out. Tick. Tick. Tick. Strikers? Oh yes, should take one first - the hardest thing in the game to do is to score and cant let the other team have two good ones. Diego Costa? Okay, thats a no-brainer. He has nine goals already in seven Premier League starts. Scores different kinds of goals, holds the ball up well, exceptional link-up play, and finds space. But what of Sergio Aguero? Scorer of four goals against Tottenham on Saturday, now also with nine goals in the Premier League through eight games. Finally healthy, he has all of the qualities you can ask for in a complete centre-forward. Magnificent movement, strong, exceptional close control with the ball at his feet, quick and a rocket of a shot to cap it all off. Aguero vs Costa. In a battle to become the next Premier League champions, their teams, the two supreme genuine heavyweights in a division of light-punching cruiserweights, at best, may well have to win that individual battle if they want to become the last men standing come May. Much has been written about Jose Mourinhos evolution at Stamford Bridge this summer and it is clear the additions of Fabregas and Costa, coupled with a full season of Matic, have made them far more dangerous than last campaign. There is no reliable sabermetric statistic in this sport that shows ones value over another like in Major League Baseball, for example, but you dont have to be into analytics to understand that Chelsea are much stronger this season and will absolutely finish it with more than the 82 points they ended with in 2013-14. Reigning champions Manchester City didnt go through the same overhaul as Chelsea. After all, they felt less inclined to make changes after winning the title with 86 points. However, the continued rise of Mourinhos men suggest City need to be better than last season if they want to regain the Premier League title for the first time. Simply put, 86 points wont get it done and this years team needs to find a way to be better than the one that scored 102 goals last season. Its a formidable task set by the deep pockets of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. So how do City improve from last season? One obvious area is in goal. Last season, City would have had more points if it wasnt for the individual errors that plagued Joe Hart, particularly the one at Chelsea in the final minute which handed Chelsea two more points and took away one from themselves. A three point swing that would have meant they beat Chelsea by seven points last season and not four. This season, Hart seems a little must self-assured and so far hasnt cost his team points. City, however, are far from their best at the moment. The form of Toure has rightfully been questioned but the overall balance of the midfield has yet to be found with manager Manuel Pellegrini trying a number of different combinations so far. Slow starts are not unusual from champion teams. The transfer window and two international windows being open through the first two and a half months of the season can lead to disjointed performances. It happened to City last season; gaining just 16 points through the first eight matches (two points per game) before going to raise that average to a far more impressive 2.33 PPG for the final 30 matches. This season they are on 17 points through the first eight games having already played Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham -- four of the top six from last season. Last year they had only played one of the previous seasons top six through eight games (a vastly underperforming Manchester United), despite only reaching 16 points. It is clear, then, that City are on a path of improvement and the main reason for that has been Aguero, who against Tottenham on Saturday showed that he has the ability to swing the momentum their way in matches. A crucial trait in a winning team is to have the ability to dig deep when the opposition is having their moment in the match and when a difference maker like Aguero is fit he can do that with goals out of nothing, much like he did with goals number one and four against Spurs. When he is fit, City are a different side and he also gives them tactical versatility because he is equally dangerous in a front two or leading the line by himself. This season he now has nine Premier League goals in 527 PL minutes. That is a goal every 58.5 minutes. He has played the best part of 110 hours of Premier League football in his career and now has 61 goals. That gives him a goal every 108 minutes at that level, the best in the 22-year history of the Premier League. Yet we still want more. The goal scoring numbers are incredibly impressive but one number that is concerning when it comes to Aguero is the amount of games started. In his first season at the Etihad, he started 31 games and scored 23 goals. In 2012-13 he started just 22, scoring 12, and last season he started 20, scoring 17. Starting 42 games in the last two seasons combined is not enough and some of those matches came when he was far from healthy. Whenever the Argentine is seen grimacing on the field, City fans rightfully get very concerned. Just think how much better Argentina would have been at the World Cup had he been himself. Man City may have some consistency issues with Toure and their midfield at the moment but they do have their real talisman back. If they can keep their 26-year-old star striker on the field to start more than 30 league games this season then that will be the biggest contributor to their improvement. A healthy Aguero can be the difference City need to stop the Chelsea juggernaut. He is a player the Premier League is lucky to have, their best of all when truly himself. A dream of a player who you couldnt say no to if you had the choice. Wholesale Shirts .Leicester won 25-21 in a heated European Rugby Champions Cup group match on Sunday.Toulon said on its website on Wednesday that it decided to open an investigation after Leicester complained about the behaviour of prop Martin Castrogiovanni and fullback Delon Armitage. NFL Shirts Outlet .com) - Stephen Currys jumper with 3. His chance at winning a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia is over. Same with Jeff Carter. And Brian Boucher. Throw in Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo. Cheap Authentic Shirts . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Shirts For Sale . New Zealand brushed aside England 26-7 to win the event and reclaim top spot in the overall standings. The All Blacks, the defending World Series champions, won their third tournament this season in style, running four tries past England to claim their 11th Cup championship in Hong Kong and first since 2011.LONDON -- Real Madrids 6-1 thrashing of Schalke followed by its 2-2 draw with La Liga title rival Atletico Madrid sent it to the top of this weeks Associated Press global football poll. Madrid edged Bayern Munich by three points to take team of the week honours for the second time this season. It was even closer in the player poll, where Munichs Arjen Robben beat Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo by two votes. Robben scored a hat trick in Bayerns 5-1 Bundesliga victory, also against Schalke, and runner-up Ronaldo managed a brace against Schalke in the Champions League. "Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten for an incredible 48 Bundesliga games and dont just beat opponents: They hammer them," Richard Jolly of ESPN said. Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sympathized with Schalkes tough week. "What in the name of soccer did Schalke 04 have to do to get a schedule where it played Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in a span of four days? Thats inhumane," Timmermann said. "And Schalkes in fourth place in the Bundesliga." Manchester City was third in the team vote after coming from behind to win the League Cup final against Sunderland 3-1. Yaya Toure, who levelled for City in the second half at Wembley wiith a curling long-range strike, was sixth in the poll, tied with Carlos Tevez.dddddddddddd Tevez led fourth-place Juventus to a 2-0 away win over AC Milan. "It was impressive the way Carlos Tevez played this game: He was everywhere, showing a real fighting spirit, working hard for the team and scoring an amazing goal," panellist Aurelio Capldi of RAI Sport in Italy said. "He is now the Serie A top scorer." Chelsea was fifth after its 4-1 victory against Fulham saw it move four points ahead at the top of the Premier League, after Arsenal lost to Stoke 1-0. Germany attacker Andre Schurrle scored a second-half hat trick for Chelsea and enters the poll for the first time this season in third position. Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund was fourth, and Luis Suarez fifth after scoring on his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool as it won 3-0 away at Southampton to rise to second in the league. "The Uruguayan international striker creates, performs and leads his team higher and higher," Manos Staramopoulos of Eleftheros Typos in Greece said. After Tevez and Toure, the rest of the top 10 were Lionel Messi, Aritz Aduriz of Athletic Bilbao, and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid. ' ' '

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