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German boss tips Neuer for Ballon d’Or ahead of Lewandowski

German boss tips Neuer for Ballon d’Or ahead of Lewandowski

first_imgJoachim Low believes Manuel Neuer’s Champions League final performance shows he would have deserved the 2020 Ballon d’Or ahead of Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski. France Football announced it would not present its annual award for the world’s best player this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which halted some domestic competitions in 2019-20, including Ligue 1. The decision has prompted suggestions Lewandowski has been harshly treated, having appeared the standout candidate to succeed Lionel Messi after his 55 goals fired Bayern to a stunning treble. The striker, who was named Germany’s Footballer of the Year, last week agreed he deserved the global honour. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed earlier in August hope was not lost as FIFA had promised there would be a vote for the world’s best player. But Low, the Germany head coach, claims Bayern captain Neuer should pip Lewandowski to any award. The goalkeeper was outstanding in the 1-0 Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain, keeping Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at bay.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? “Manu was in great shape throughout the 2019-20 season,” Low told Kicker. “Manu is in a class of his own. Crazy, unbelievable. “I have nothing against Robert Lewandowski – he is a top-class goalscorer – but, for me, the world’s best footballer this year would be Manuel Neuer. “What he has just done in this final round in Lisbon… He kept the door closed at the back. Joachim Loew Read Also: Barcelona table strange condition to let Messi leave for free “He had a very large role in winning the Champions League. Manuel was on hand in difficult situations against Lyon and Paris, otherwise it might be 0-1 or 1-1. “You have the feeling that he is omnipresent.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Eriksen strike keeps Spurs on track for Champions League spot

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Eriksen strike keeps Spurs on track for Champions League spot

first_img Source: talkSPORT Christian Eriksen struck with two minutes remaining to boost Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.Despite dominating possession and enjoying the best chances of the game, Spurs could not find a way past Brighton and Hove Albion.However, with two minutes left to play, Eriksen was not closed down on the right-hand side of the box and drove the ball into the corner past the despairing dive of Mat Ryan.The victory moves Mauricio Pochettino’s third-place side three points clear of Chelsea after their draw against Burnley on Monday night.As for the visitors, Chris Hughton set his side out not to lose and perhaps were unlucky not to nick a point for their sterling defensive efforts.The Seagulls remain 17th in the table, just three points above Cardiff, who are one place below them, with three matches left of the season.It was clear that Brighton had not come to play an expansive game and with Spurs starting all of their fit and available big guns it soon became an exercise in home attack versus away defence.But the hosts were never going to find it easy to search for a way through the 11 Brighton men behind the ball and clear-cut chances were proving difficult to come by in the opening 45 minutes.They were denied by some heroic defending in the 20th minute as Lewis Dunk blocked Jan Vertonghen’s low shot, with a goalmouth scramble ensuing while they peppered Mat Ryan’s goal with long-distance efforts as Vertonghen, Eriksen and Lucas Moura all teed off.Spurs did find themselves susceptible to a rare Brighton counter attack as Florin Andone charged down Toby Alderweireld’s attempted pass just outside his own penalty area and raced the entire length of the pitch only to be stopped by a fine Danny Rose tackle.Pochettino’s men could have gone at half-time in front had it not been for a great Ryan save.Alli superbly controlled Kieran Trippier’s clever ball in but Ryan got fingertips to his instinctive left-footed shot, with Shane Duffy in the right place to clear things off the line.Spurs upped the ante after the restart and set up camp in Brighton’s half as the search for the opener resumed.Again clear opportunities proved elusive as Brighton defended for their lives and it was long-distance efforts that provided the most threat.Eriksen sent a curling effort rising just over the crossbar while Ryan superbly clawed Rose’s vicious effort.It was incessant Tottenham attacking and they finally began to get closer as the woodwork denied Alderweireld as he shot on the turn from a corner before Alli blazed over from a good position.Hueng-min Son, so often the hero for Spurs when they need a goal, then screwed an effort just wide as there was no let-up for Brighton.Alderweireld had another effort deflected while Eriksen tested Ryan as it looked like Spurs were going to be held to their first goalless draw in 68 games.last_img read more