|The Fury said:
I laughed my ass off at Pepe flying across the pitch when Benatia slapped him on the shoulder near the end of the match!
Martin Keone was co commentator on BBC, he laughed at it and said if he did that back in the day with someone like Shearer, he'd be laughed at and walked over.
Game wasn't the best. Portugal's aging central defence needs to change. Fonte isn't the footballer he was when he was with Saints, he's playing in China now and Pepe is old. The need to get some youth in, build on on the left back and Cedric, get Periera and Rui in there for the future.
Yeah, Argentina has the same issue with CB's as well, old or slow or both. Germany has the best defenders all in all imo, Hümmels and Boateng are very technical and can play absurdly long passes with precision, starting the play from their own third, Süle is a tank, unstoppable when he's in form. Kimmich doesn't even need descriptions, he's a complete RB. Their weakness may be on the left side. Spain has really good defense as well, but Ramos is slow and is often forced to resort to martial arts or other tricks and is prone to getting warnings, Pique is nowhere near Ramos' level at reading the play. Jordi Alba is terrific in attack, not so much defending.
Many of the great teams have rather aging squads, many central players are in the twilight of their careers, I think a lot of managers rely too much on routine and too little on talent and youthful energy. That's what I like about France at the moment; their starting 11 is usually quite young and full of energy, but they need more precision in their play than they're currently showing.
All in all, I'm really enjoying the competition, I love the surprises and underdogs and VAR has been a resounding success in my opinion!