Lionel Messi and his first 44 days at PSG, still early and no goals

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Lionel Messi made a strange move in the summer joining PSG after his relationship with Barcelona has been a bit of troubled one over the last few years and with the current collaps at Barca a move out looked possible for the Argentinian.

Messi enjoyed his summer winning Copa America with his nation and showed great form with a possible return to Barcelona as an option, but instead the move to PSG happened.

To see him join PSG instead of a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Man City was not really a surprse with a possible Champions League trohpy to hunt for and also a softer league siuation would see him probably had an easier season than being in Premier League and of course would have been in the elegant situation of playing Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposite camp of Manchester.

Messi made his debut for PSG v. Reims, coming on in the 66th minute as a sub for Neymar. PSG were 2-0 up when Messi entered the field and it all ended with the same result.

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We did not see Messi again in the PSG team before his start against Lyon on the 19th of September, being absent with a troubled knee and was also taken off against Lyon, at the time 1-1, seeing PSG as winners in the end with a grand goal from Icardi.

So far PSG are doing well, but yet to see Messi at his best, with him in the team surely the club will be stronger and his presence will of course see the club in a massive battle for a long list of trophies.

So far little to report, and also missing the last winning fixture v. Metz makes it 44 days of questions still to be answerred as the little magician still probably wonders why.

PSG and their manager Mauricio Pochettino do have a job to do as he is seeking that CL trophy and winning it will be the ultimate bite of pleasure, with Messi around, Neymar and Mbappe in there as well, they have done every possible action to get their hands on the most important trophy in club football.

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The rise and fall of giant killers in Premier League

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Leicester played Brighton away this weekend and the giant killer expert of recent seasons fell flat. Leicester came close to breaking those top four giants in the two previous seasons winning Premier League and FA Cup titles before.

Leicester are seen above Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton in the ranking of clubs in Premier League at the moment, but so far only picked up six points from their first five games this season. The defeat away to Brighton might have seen a new turn in fortunes for the club that has lived a life above their expectations.

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Leicester managed to keep their best players this summer, something very unusual, but instead they have two of their best players either totally out of form, James Maddison, or reluctant to sign a new long term contract, Youri Tielemans.

This is a probably not a perfect scenario. To have players in your squad that you are very depended on and see them stop performing to the level needed to keep up with their competitors. Today clubs such as Middlesbrough, Derby, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland are clubs with high potential that struggles heavily at present.

Brighton are again impressive. To win four of five in their openers this season with Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck playing a big part, and showing the skills that made them regular England internationals a few years ago.

The talent of Leandro Trossard is massive with the Belgian international playing his best football since joining from Genk in 2019. Marc Cucurella is a new player introduced to Premier League this season arriving from Getafe. He showed against Leicester that he can be a key to actually keep this run going.

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So why are Brighton flying and Leicester falling flat. This is a key question, but all those great and unique minor pieces in a football jigsaw is in place under the management of Graham Potter. He knows exactly how to put it correctly.

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers do chop and change, looks for new ideas as his game plans tend to change. He has also played hazard with his midfield icon James Maddison. Another major minus is the use of Jonny Evans, being probably used a bit too early again missing action with his troubled toe.

The act to take your team out of a constant transition might be difficult. To both change your style of play and also have a player rotation mostly to cover for injured players can often give you headaches and problems you would rather be without.

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Interesting to watch from distance as Brighton are taking steps few would imagine, with other clubs such as Leicester not really finding their momentum.

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Ajax, TIPS model, a unique and special approach in football

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Ajax are still very special in football, not only because they fifty years ago dominated Europe and won the major titles with a very special team of players, and of course the total football revolution build by Rinus Michels and a certain Johan Cruyff among their fantastic group of players.

They have their own system on how to find the best young players based on four special factors. The TIPS model is a traditional method of spotting talent among young players. The TIPS model developed by the Ajax youth academy stands for technique, insight, personality and speed. This method proves to be a way of choosing the perfect player for your competitive team.

So if you fail in one of these four key areas you will not get into the Ajax academy. You need a bit of all, and without them you will not be a player of the highest standards, basically not being able to win a place in the Ajax first team and from there exhale and move on to bigger and better.

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The club from Amsterdam was originally formed 121 years ago, in the year of 1900. Current manager is Erik ten Hag and he has been in this position since 2017. To see a manager at this post of more than four years is unusual as they also tend to be attracted by the bigger and better.

The club used a model of starting their own clubs in different parts of the World, but in present time instead moved on to build affiliates with other clubs and today they do have Palmeiras and Cruzeiro in Brazil as major partners, and also working closely with Barcelona and Cape Town Spurs.

The number 14 shirt is a retired number at the club, once in the use of Johan Cruyff, and from 2007, the 60th birthday of the man himself it’s never been used.

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Looking back and in the early years of the club, managers did come thick and fast, most of them British. The first of them was an Irish man named Jack Kirwan, he had the manager post for five years, from 2010 to 2015. And after that a great group of British born was chosen for the post, the last Brit to be in charge was Vic Buckingham (64-65) who had also coached the side on an earlier occasion (59-61).

They are this season the holding champions and are of course in the Champions League group stages with the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas, starting the festival with a grand win and are current leaders.

Despite being seen as a selling club in Europe, they also attract masses of talent, being in those affiliates pushing players in and out, and always seeing talent that often flourish and finds the road to the next step being sold for monumental fees to majestic teams.

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They are also clever to find experienced players that can hold on to the culture, be part of the club for a number of seasons and help younger players through. Over the years you have also seen players return to the club after successful periods at higher places. One grand example of today is Davy Klaassen who has returned after spells at Everton and Werder Bremen in Premier League and Bundesliga.

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Maarten Stekelenburg and Dusan Tadic are two other players with a long and grand career in football, both enjoying their football with Ajax at present being in their thirtees. A number of their present players are also given high attention from other clubs. Ryan Gravenberch is one player that is seen as a massive selling object, only 19 years of age, and will probably bag in a solid fee.

Watching on as Ajax are just following their grand modell, selling players, building their club stronger and competing at the highest level possible, just a great example to follow.

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