Monaco vs PSG cup final

In the recent Coupe De La Ligue match between Monaco and PSG, something interesting happened.

In recent years French football has been dominated by PSG, and prior to that Lyon reigned supreme, but challengers fell away without much resistance.

This created a system where the best players from the French league either all went to the best domestic team, or more likely, left the league altogether.

Due to this, the French league suffered, and is not considered among the English, Spanish, German or Italian leagues in terms of quality.

The French cup final however showed us something we’ve become more familiar with in other leagues.

When AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan clashed in the past we’d all sit up and take notice of footballs elite.

When Arsenal and Manchester United went to battle in the early 2000’s we’d watch in awe as the trend setters of the world’s favourite game showed where the future of football was headed.

In more recent years, the likes of Real Madrid vs Barcelona has given us this incite, and for a few brief years, between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

 

With no real leading team in this years Champions league, and questions being asked of the world’s elite in 2017, Monaco Vs PSG showed us what we’re used to seeing from the biggest teams in the world in the past.

You’d once sit down to watch Man United Vs Chelsea and you’d know that it would be a fine display of attacking football with players at the top of their game playing at the highest level.

Some of the El Classico matches in the last 8 years also drew that kind of attention. You knew the games would excite you and display some of the greatest talent alive doing what they do best.

The champions league final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund a few years ago proved that German football was the elite force.

Monaco Vs PSG appeared to be a repeat of that game.

In recent years football has become a little bit safe. Many players are afraid to lose the ball and more technical “pass it sideways” players dominate the frame.

Both Monaco and PSG forgot this rule in their clash, and brought back a time that resembled something football is currently missing, and it’s no surprise because we’ve seen signs of this from both teams very recently.

Although Barcelona eventually knocked out PSG in the Champions League this year, PSG really exposed some holes in their outdated style, a little bit like Bayern Munich did a few years ago. Monaco also did something similar, by knocking out Man City with sheer speed and attacking intent.

 

There was a time when Henry was gliding past defenders like they were statues. Brazilian Ronaldo was scoring goals by running the length of the pitch and Roberto Carlos was charging up the left flank without a single care in the world.

It actually looked like players wanted to win. In the modern era it all feels a little bit like players are afraid to lose, receive a bad review or get replaced by a big money signing. Very few risks are being taken.

Monaco Vs PSG displayed that old school mentality of win at all costs. There was a return to raw pace. Every player on that field looked like an athlete, someone who could break with the ball, beat a man and gallop after a pass played behind the defence.

This kind of speed, combined with a willingness to take risks, is how great matches are formed.

When Borussia Dortmund faced Bayern in the Champions league final, players like Gundogan, Robben, Ribery and Lewandowski graced the field, all individuals who aren’t afraid to pick the ball up and do something exciting every now and then.

Real Madrid vs Athletico Madrid produced similar results in the previous Champions League final. Both teams had elusive individuals such as Carrasco, Griezmann, Ronaldo, Di Maria and Marcelo. These players excite, they see a gap they march into it and open games up. Most modern players don’t have this trait, but it seems to be the formula to success wherever it happens.

Monaco vs PSG saw Verratti, Di Maria, Mendy, Mbappe, Draxler, Aurrier, Kurzawa, Rabiot, Cavani and more who are all risk takers on the same field.

These players don’t know the meaning of safe and it showed. This kind of end to end basketball style, fast break match, has not been seen regularly enough in recent years. I remember how refreshing it was to see Gundogan against Real Madrid a few years ago, and how he’d break from center midfield and leave 2 opponents behind which opened up the entire game.

This type of mobile midfielder was once the norm. The likes of Zidane, Nedved, Figo, Gerrard and others made careers from beating players. Now it seems as though players just want to keep possession.

Possession is of course an important part of the game, but football was built on winding runs, raw speed, gladiators like Gattuso going head to head with someone like Vieira. This is what excited us and got us all gripped in the first place.

 

We can draw two conclusions from the recent French cup final. Firstly a big thank you from the football community.

Secondly, if both teams can hold onto their players, then the rest of the world should be concerned. This game showed us the future. For too long teams have been happy with 70% possession and a last minute headed goal from a cross.

It’s time to get back to epic midfield battles, such as Italy Vs France in the world cup final in 2006.

Makelele, Zidane, Vieira, Malouda and Ribery, went toe to toe with Gattuso, Pirlo, Camoranesi, Totti and Perrotta, not to mention the overlapping fullbacks Grosso, Zambrotta, Abidal and Sagnol who also got involved. Even Cannavaro spent half the game charging out of center back with the ball. We still haven’t even mentioned the fact that Henry was also on the field.

Football needs this kind of flair. Bring back the era of Joga Bonita, Ronaldinho and Nike videos, everything’s become a little regimental, we need to be entertained like we were when Monaco and PSG faced off more often.

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In the recent Coupe De La Ligue match between Monaco and PSG, something interesting happened.

In recent years French football has been dominated by PSG, and prior to that Lyon reigned supreme, but challengers fell away without much resistance.

This created a system where the best players from the French league either all went to the best domestic team, or more likely, left the league altogether.

Due to this, the French league suffered, and is not considered among the English, Spanish, German or Italian leagues in terms of quality.

The French cup final however showed us something we’ve become more familiar with in other leagues.

When AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan clashed in the past we’d all sit up and take notice of footballs elite.

When Arsenal and Manchester United went to battle in the early 2000’s we’d watch in awe as the trend setters of the world’s favourite game showed where the future of football was headed.

In more recent years, the likes of Real Madrid vs Barcelona has given us this incite, and for a few brief years, between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

 

With no real leading team in this years Champions league, and questions being asked of the world’s elite in 2017, Monaco Vs PSG showed us what we’re used to seeing from the biggest teams in the world in the past.

You’d once sit down to watch Man United Vs Chelsea and you’d know that it would be a fine display of attacking football with players at the top of their game playing at the highest level.

Some of the El Classico matches in the last 8 years also drew that kind of attention. You knew the games would excite you and display some of the greatest talent alive doing what they do best.

The champions league final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund a few years ago proved that German football was the elite force.

Monaco Vs PSG appeared to be a repeat of that game.

In recent years football has become a little bit safe. Many players are afraid to lose the ball and more technical “pass it sideways” players dominate the frame.

Both Monaco and PSG forgot this rule in their clash, and brought back a time that resembled something football is currently missing, and it’s no surprise because we’ve seen signs of this from both teams very recently.

Although Barcelona eventually knocked out PSG in the Champions League this year, PSG really exposed some holes in their outdated style, a little bit like Bayern Munich did a few years ago. Monaco also did something similar, by knocking out Man City with sheer speed and attacking intent.

 

There was a time when Henry was gliding past defenders like they were statues. Brazilian Ronaldo was scoring goals by running the length of the pitch and Roberto Carlos was charging up the left flank without a single care in the world.

It actually looked like players wanted to win. In the modern era it all feels a little bit like players are afraid to lose, receive a bad review or get replaced by a big money signing. Very few risks are being taken.

Monaco Vs PSG displayed that old school mentality of win at all costs. There was a return to raw pace. Every player on that field looked like an athlete, someone who could break with the ball, beat a man and gallop after a pass played behind the defence.

This kind of speed, combined with a willingness to take risks, is how great matches are formed.

When Borussia Dortmund faced Bayern in the Champions league final, players like Gundogan, Robben, Ribery and Lewandowski graced the field, all individuals who aren’t afraid to pick the ball up and do something exciting every now and then.

Real Madrid vs Athletico Madrid produced similar results in the previous Champions League final. Both teams had elusive individuals such as Carrasco, Griezmann, Ronaldo, Di Maria and Marcelo. These players excite, they see a gap they march into it and open games up. Most modern players don’t have this trait, but it seems to be the formula to success wherever it happens.

Monaco vs PSG saw Verratti, Di Maria, Mendy, Mbappe, Draxler, Aurrier, Kurzawa, Rabiot, Cavani and more who are all risk takers on the same field.

These players don’t know the meaning of safe and it showed. This kind of end to end basketball style, fast break match, has not been seen regularly enough in recent years. I remember how refreshing it was to see Gundogan against Real Madrid a few years ago, and how he’d break from center midfield and leave 2 opponents behind which opened up the entire game.

This type of mobile midfielder was once the norm. The likes of Zidane, Nedved, Figo, Gerrard and others made careers from beating players. Now it seems as though players just want to keep possession.

Possession is of course an important part of the game, but football was built on winding runs, raw speed, gladiators like Gattuso going head to head with someone like Vieira. This is what excited us and got us all gripped in the first place.

 

We can draw two conclusions from the recent French cup final. Firstly a big thank you from the football community.

Secondly, if both teams can hold onto their players, then the rest of the world should be concerned. This game showed us the future. For too long teams have been happy with 70% possession and a last minute headed goal from a cross.

It’s time to get back to epic midfield battles, such as Italy Vs France in the world cup final in 2006.

Makelele, Zidane, Vieira, Malouda and Ribery, went toe to toe with Gattuso, Pirlo, Camoranesi, Totti and Perrotta, not to mention the overlapping fullbacks Grosso, Zambrotta, Abidal and Sagnol who also got involved. Even Cannavaro spent half the game charging out of center back with the ball. We still haven’t even mentioned the fact that Henry was also on the field.

Football needs this kind of flair. Bring back the era of Joga Bonita, Ronaldinho and Nike videos, everything’s become a little regimental, we need to be entertained like we were when Monaco and PSG faced off more often.