On a night where Justin Rose jostled for position and Tyson Fury was putting on a boxing show in Vegas, Argentina were on the receiving end of yet another major tournament defeat. A team plagued with the pressure of not winning a major trophy since 1993 were beaten 2-0 by Colombia. They're just not good enough unfortunately. Simple as that. The players aren't good enough. They have some star players but as an all round team, they're poor. Messi isn't capable of dragging a team through these types of games on his own. He may be technically the best player in the world, but without a team built for him and players working for him, he can't make a difference. And that's the difference between Messi and Ronaldo. But this isn't about Messi. This is about Argentina. Lo Celso was very impressive and if Spurs can clinch that signing, they'd be pleased. De Paul was very good when he came on too. But overall there's a severe lack of balance which has been the problem for a number of years. Aguero has never been good in an Argentina shirt too. On the other hand, the Colombians will be delighted and played very well with some clinical finishing late on. In a tournament full of weak teams, they'll fancy their chances.
Arsenal are confident of signing Alexis Claude-Maurice from Ligue 2 side Lorient. I don't know much about him but it says a lot that they have to fish for players in these types of leagues now. He may be amazing and may be a superstar, but it just doesn't fill me with confidence. Missing out on Champions League football was a huge blow for them. A deal for Carrasco is looking in doubt now too as they're unwilling to pay the 30 million due to a lack of funds. I say this about United, but I really worry about Arsenal. It is beginning to look like the top 3 will pull away from the rest in the Premier League.
Mats Hummels is set for a return to Borussia Dortmund in a very strange move. Started his career at Bayern, he moved to Dortmund back to Bayern and now Dortmund again. He's only 30 too so he's not exactly finished yet. However, after Bayern's okay season by their standards, they will be looking to revamp their team and replace a lot of the old players with younger one, which would explain this move. And for Hummels, a move back to Dortmund would make sense, especially if he has no interest in leaving Germany.
That's that for today's post. See you tomorrow.