O 20,624 Posted August 15, 2020 Report Share Posted August 15, 2020 (edited) It's almost the end of an era. Messi and Ronaldo won't contest the semi-finals of The Champions League for the 1st time since 2005. The dominance of Spain's two Giants is coming to an end also. Barcelona are a spent force and Real are still transitioning away from their latest great team. When you look at the state of the current crop of centre backs, it pales in comparison to the position 10 years ago. van Dijk the clear standout. Ramos is also coming to the end. As for goalkeepers, has there ever been a more error prone period from the game's top goalkeepers? De Gea, Lloris, Ederson, Karius, etc. I think higher lines and playing out from the back are big factors here. More is expected of the modern goalkeeper. They're all having Barthez moments now. Apart from this current Bayern side, there's no other obvious elite team around at present. It looks like The Champions League and Balon d'Or will have multiple winners moving forward, which was the norm 20 years ago. That might be a good thing, actually. Less predictable. Football is headed for a cloud of mystery. Edited August 15, 2020 by O JaimeL, hdcantona and Burns92 3 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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