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Top 5 Premier League strikers to look out for this season

From Ronaldo to Haaland, every striker to look out for this season.

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By Utkarsh Tripathi

With August 6 heralding a new Premier League season, the fortunes of the 20 teams in the League will rest on their players, to be precise, their strikers. Here are the boots to look out for this season:

1.    Erling Haaland

The prodigal wonderkid, who has already made his mark in the Bundesliga by averaging a goal per game in the 2021 Bundesliga season, is expected to be an eyecatcher for Manchester City fans as well as for Premier League fans.

Haaland signed for 51 million Euros for a 5-year contract with Manchester City. This was surprisingly quite a low bargain for someone with his potential and talent. However, the 22-year-old had followed the footsteps of his father Alf-ine Haaland, a former City player, by signing this deal.

The Norwegian striker has maintained a streak of breaking records in his career. In his former stint in Borussia Dortmund, he beat the record of being the fastest as well as being the youngest player to reach the 50 goals mark in the Bundesliga.

The striker is already being compared to the greats, since he became the fastest player to reach 100 career goals beating fellow Phenomenon, Kylian Mbappe. What took Kylian 180 games to achieve; Haaland did it in only 146.

The only doubt that should haunt City fans is how he will fit in with Pep Guardiola’s system, considering his former team.

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2.    Darwin Nunez

Darvin Nunez is a well-built striker, who will pose a problem for defenders in the Premier League. The new Liverpool signing had caught the attention of Klopp when he played and scored against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final, scoring against them in both legs.

The Benfica star was signed for a whopping 85 million Euros for a six-year deal. The Uruguayan is anticipated to be worth the price the club has signed him for. He has shown in his career that he is a man of character and hardwork considering his humble beginnings.

In the 2021 season with Benfica, Nunez had a slow start in which he was only able to score 14 goals in 44 appearances. After picking up an injury in May, he underwent surgery. However, after his comeback, Nunez managed to score a total 26 goals and 4 assists in just 24 appearances.

Nunez left his mark in the Portuguese Primera Liga with his performance in the 2021 season and was awarded the golden boot. The 23-year-old Liverpool star is expected to be the missing piece in Klopp’s system after Sadio Mane’s exit to Bayern Munich. He is already impressing the manager and his fans with his sharpness inside the box in pre-season games.

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3.    Gabriel Jesus

At 25, Gabriel Jesus, the former Manchester city striker, is one of the most unpredictable strikers in the competition. At City, he adapted and flourished under Pep Guardiola’s complex system, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in his previous season.

The Brazilian signed a long-term $ 54 million deal with the Gunners. Coach Mikel Arteta hopes Jesus’s presence could get Arsenal higher up the table.

Jesus has turned heads with his performance in the pre-season tour and the fans high hopes’ will be another pressure factor.

4.    Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling, former Manchester City star, has consistently tallied up double figures, crossing the 20 goal mark every season from 2017 to 2020. He has scored 131 goals for Manchester City, finding place on the team’s all-time top scorer’s list.

The 27-year-old veteran signed a five-year deal for 45 million Euros with Chelsea this year. The English striker and winger was on the Blues’ top priority list as the transfer window opened. He is going to be part of the Chelsea attacking trio, making him a significant part of the team’s plan. With Thomas Tuchel as the manager, it is imagined it won’t be an issue for Sterling to settle.

5.    Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future was uncertain after the lacklustre Manchester United performance the previous season, which made Ronaldo want to leave. Despite the unsatisfactory performance by the club, Ronaldo still managed to find the net 24 times in 34 appearances which made him the recipient of Manchester United’s player of the year award.

The five-time men’s Ballon d’Or award winner shouldn’t be counted out just yet. He is still amongst the top strikers in the world. His return to Manchester United last season made headlines across the world, inspiring fans to attend more matches to support United and also to watch one of the greatest play.

After the Ronaldo’s decision to stay at United was finalized, it is quite possible that he and Erik ten Hag can bring United back to its prime. Ten Hag has time and again told the press how vital Ronaldo is for the system he has planned.

With players coming back from loan such as Antony Martial and Van De Beek and Christian Eriksen as a new signing, it is fitting to say Manchester United are on the right track to atone for their past season. Ronaldo’s stay will compliment the team but “will he press” will continue to plague the Portuguese star.

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Why Brazil won’t win the World Cup

The quarterfinals are anticipated to be among the most competitive in the history of the World Cup. This assumption comes in the light of England and France scheduled clash. France will be locking horns with England to qualify for the semifinals.

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As the Round of 16 ended, showcasing some unexpected performances by numerous underdogs, as well as the marquee names in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The teams in the quarterfinals are Croatia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Argentina, Morocco, Portugal, England, and France.

The quarterfinals are anticipated to be among the most competitive in the history of the World Cup. This assumption comes in the light of England and France scheduled clash. France will be locking horns with England to qualify for the semifinals. Tournament favourites Brazil will be locking horns with Croatia, who ended Japan’s dream in penalties. Leo Messi and company will be taking on the Netherlands in their fixture.

Underdogs Morocco will be hoping to pull off another act similar to what they did with Spain against their Iberian neighbours Portugal. The quarter-final fixture for all the countries can’t be termed a mismatch as each team will be contesting to snatch a win.

But are Brazil that invincible? Some have claimed the Selecao is being credited for more than what it deserves as many saw gaps in the Thiago Silva-led team.

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Problems Brazil can face

The Brazilian football team, who are famous for their easy style as opposed to modern football’s press-press-and-press, has shown its gaps. Despite having big names like Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Thiago Silva, and Casemiro, the team still seems to lack in many aspects of the game.

Despite the big names, it lacks depth in the squad especially owing to Neymar being among the most vulnerable players in the squad. Neymar recently suffered an ankle injury against Cameroon which put a question mark on his return in the World Cup. However, Neymar returned to find space on the scoresheet against South Korea. Hence, if Brazil loses Neymar likely due to injury issues, they would fail to fill that void.

Not only Neymar but also the gaps in Brazil’s midfield and defence have been clearly visible. The defence solely relies on captain Thiago Silva as his teammates, at best, are not known for their consistency namely Militao and Alex Sandro, and even Danilo.

The midfield’s lack of consistency is also prone to questions. A seasoned Casemiro is not enough to cover up Fred’s sloppiness and won’t help against big teams such as France or England.

The only thing that Brazil has found till now is a reliable conveyor of the ball into the net, Richarlisson. But can he foil the defence of better managed teams like France or even the Netherlands under Van Gaal, provided the Dutch escape the Messi trap?

Fixtures for FIFA World Cup and where can you see it?

Croatia will face Brazil on December 9 at 8:30 pm; the Netherlands will clash with Argentina on December 10 at 12:30 am; followed by Portugal locking horns with Morocco; a much-anticipated clash between England and France will be played on December 11 at 12:30 am. The matches will be streamed on Jio Cinema app and Sports 18.

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Cristiano Ronaldo shares his struggles after his newborn son’s demise, here’s what he said | Watch

Ronaldo also alleged that his club, Manchester United, didn’t believe him after he told the administration that his daughter was sick which led to him not going up to the president of the club and talking about it.

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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with Journalist Piers Morgan opened up about the unfortunate demise of his newborn son. The football star in his interview stated that it was the most difficult time of his life and further added the struggle of channeling emotions.

In the video snippet of the interview, Cristiano opened up about the death of his newborn boy after he and his partner Georgina Rodriguez announced that they were expecting twins back in October. The football star stated that it was one of the worst moments that he went through since his father’s death. Ronaldo further added that he and his wife failed to find a rationale behind what happened.

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Ronaldo, in his interview, also expounded on the juxtaposition of the situation where he was mourning the death of his newborn son while also welcoming his daughter into his house. Ronaldo also alleged that his club, Manchester United, didn’t believe him after he told the administration that his daughter was sick which led to him not going up to the president of the club and talking about it.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and his wife Georgina Rodriguez announced the death of their newborn boy back in April after reports of the couple expecting twins surfaced back in October 2021.

Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

Ronaldo has recently made the headlines after he appeared for a Piers Morgan interview where the Portuguese star added his takes on the inadequate functioning of the club. Ronaldo recently also added to his targeted attack on the administration of Manchester United where he stated that the American owners of the club do not care for it.

The Portuguese star also targeted his former teammate, Wayne Rooney, for his criticism about him and added that his sentiments stem from jealousy.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be leading the Portugal side in the Fifa 2022 World which is being hosted in Dubai. Portugal is in Group H along with Ghana, Uruguay, and Korea and will first start their campaign against Ghana on 24th November.

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Premier League 2022: Week 16 fixtures saw Garnacho saving the Red Devils, Brentford surprising City, and Odegaard continuing Arsenal’s winning streak

Premier League giants, Manchester City, were startled by the Brentford side as Ivan Toney stung again, after scoring one, in the closing minutes of the match which led to Brentford’s victory as the match concluded in a 2-1 win for Brentford.

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Week 16 was the last week of the Premier League until the English teams meet again after the World Cup. The match week, therefore, lived up to its expectations as each match ended up being a nail-biting fixture which saw City being stung by Brentford at the last minute and leading to City’s upset. Whereas, Manchester United was able to pull away from Fulham in the closing minutes of the game with super substitute Garnacho.

The Premier League week 16 saw Manchester City clash with Brentford, Liverpool head-to-head with Southampton, Bournemouth vs Everton, West Ham vs Leicester City, Newcastle clash with Chelsea, Wolves going the distance with Arsenal, Brighton clashing with Aston Villa and Fulham clashing with Manchester United.

Premier League giants, Manchester City, were startled by the Brentford side as Ivan Toney stung again, after scoring one, in the closing minutes of the match which led to Brentford’s victory as the match concluded in a 2-1 win for Brentford. Liverpool vs Southampton became a riveting match-up as the reds drew first blood in the opening minutes. Southampton answered back to the first goal, however, failed to contain the reds as Nunez went on to score 2 more which concluded in a 3-1 victory for Liverpool.

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Bournemouth dominated Everton’s side as the game concluded in a 3-0 win for Everton, Leicester followed suit and came out as victors with a 2-0 win against West Ham. Tottenham and Leeds United fixture became a spectacle to watch as both sides put up a good show as Leeds took a 3-1 lead in the first half, however, Bentacur and Ben Davies won the match for the Spurs as the match concluded in a 4-3 win for Tottenham.

Nottingham Forest was a stale fixture as Forest’s side won against Crystal Palace with a goal lead which concluded a 1-0 win for Nottingham Forest. Newcastle also followed suit with a goal while Chelsea failed to find any end product which led to a 1-0 win for Newcastle. Arsenal continued their winning bout with Martin Odegaard coming alive and scoring 2 goals which led the Wolves to lose 2-0 against Arsenal.

Brighton despite drawing first blood failed to contain Danny Ings as the latter went to score two goals which led Brighton’s 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa. On the contrary, Manchester United faced Fulham which put up a good fight. The defensive midfielder, J. Paulinha became a bother for United to pull ahead of the Fulham side, however, Garnacho turned out to be a super substitute as the match resulted in a 2-1 win for United.

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