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Hkibou

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  1. The Primera Liga Thread

    Messi is the best n°10 in the world. After that there's a match between him and Eden.
  2. 10. Eden Hazard

    Sorry for the long post again Next step in my english improvement : being thorough AND synthetic in my answers
  3. 10. Eden Hazard

    We have just recently been compelled to change the club strategy (basically we're broke) and try and get young talented players on loan. Before that we would rely priorly on our own players, and use loan to fill gaps on the bench with experienced players (recently Joe Cole, David Rozenhal, Ricardo Costa). I remembered lots of Lille fans (I was among them) were disgusted that our club didn't negotiate a deal to get De Bruyne on loan when selling Eden Hazard to CFC. It seemed so... obvious. But it was not in the club development strategy. So actually Lopes is the first young promising player to be loaned to Lille, since 2005. His season has been good, could have been a lot better without injuries that kept him out of form for 3 months. But Lille is without a doubt a great destination for young promising loanees. We have one of the best (and costly) training center in the world (not a joke, google domaine de luchin for more details), same for the stadium. We have specialized in our youth academy and developped a very efficient post-formation strategy (getting them between the age 16 and 20 and make them good players). I think we are second or third in Europe in terms of millions won by selling players from the youth academy (but I expect Anderlecht would be ahead if they were able to keep them longer). Also, a good loanee is guaranteed lots of playing time, as the competition level is clearly decreasing since a few years. Our coach gives lots of chances to youngsters, he is known for it (ex U20 and U21 coach). So yeah, great destination. So spread the word ! Especially if you happen to cross path with Ruben Loftus Cheek, Charly Musonda, Nathan Ake, Marco van Ginkel or Lucas Piazon. We will desperately need two like them next season !
  4. 10. Eden Hazard

    Nabil Fekir is very promising, but very hard to read. The thing is nobody had seen him coming, not by youth national teams (algerian and french), not by the press, not even by Lyon's staff. Before Laurent Fournier arrived last summer, previous coach gave more opportunities to the likes of Benzia and Ghezal who are approximately the same age, and were considered more promising talents. It seems impossible that no-one had seen him coming given the talent he has displayed this season. Something just ticked in him and he found all the keys to unleash his game. And I'm not really for overhyping and all, but I think we've found our number 10 for quite a long time in France, he will be perfect with Lacazette, Griezmann, Pogba and Schneiderlin for the years to come ! If he finishes the season with more goals and assists, he may well win best player of the year award which would make him the second youngest to win it after Hazard (of course ) What's really admirable is that he has been really consistent this season, a bit like Hazard who has spread his goals and assists thoughout a large number of games. Fekir was directly involved in a goal in 17 matches out of 29 appearances. He is usually consistent during the confrontation, not so many drops in concentration considered his age, sometimes "messiesque" during 90 min like against Montpellier a month ago. He still has off-days where he is completely anonymous of course but not so much when you think about it. His fitness is real good, his pace in the first 15 meters is admirable, with his low center of gravity makes him very similar to Hazard in that aspect. His technique is quite exquisite also, very quick feet, quite agile with his right foot for a lefty, does not fear to use at least and seems to be a very fast learner. His vision of the game is very promising but it is undeniable that he is helped by the fact that he and Lacazette understand each other like brothers, it's impressing to see (less than the trio Hazard-Sow-Gervinho of course but they're unbeatable ). Needs to be confirmed in a different environment, different players, tactics... I think he is very similar to Eden Hazard but lefty and more goal driven. A lot like Messi in in fact but less talented. The players he reminds me the most is Marcos Lopes of Manchester City, currently loaned at Lille. He's 3 years younger than Fekir but I expect him to reach his level very soon. Both may well be in the Hazard bracket or hit their ceiling before that, but the talent is there. As well as the class and attitude, these little things difficult to explain that makes you know this is something serious. Ultimately it doesn't matter how late the talent shines if it's there. Didn't prevent Ribéry to compete with the very best, and he was completely anonymous before his 22. But there's a lot to be done, let's see next year if he confirms. We can also have found our new Ben Arfa.
  5. 10. Eden Hazard

    Any time ! My fee is 100£ every 5000 characters
  6. 10. Eden Hazard

    It's fun because the last "next Zidane" (before Nabil Fekir) was actually supposed to replace Hazard in the team I support in Ligue 1. He is Marvin Martin, just broke the assist record of the league history, scored two goals for his first appearance in the NT just like Zidane... He's been in Lille for 3 years now, still hasn't scored any for us, spent most of the time injured, has lost all his market value
  7. 10. Eden Hazard

    Fact 1 : Hazard and Neymar are both incredibly gifted players. Fact 2 : It seems that none of them has reached his ceiling yet. Fact 3 : Hazard and Neymar, while playing in the same area (left-wing), endorse a completely different role for their respective teams. In fact, they could very well play in the same team without treading on each other's toes. Fact 4 and the most important one : not only it is impossible to figure out which one is better than the other, it is completely nonsensical. I will say this though, I only know Neymar, the player. But I know Eden Hazard, the person. And I daresay, who you are as a person is as important for a competent coach, as who you are as a player. In the case of Hazard, he has everything as a human being to be the perfect team partner. He is humble, joyful, forgiving, hard-working, loyal and generous. He is mature, and a loving husband and father, and never drinks or party too much despite his young age and luxury wages. He doesn't think he is above anyone in the team despite being its obvious best player. He is not a diva, even if some media would have liked him to be. That's why on the pitch, he doesn't cheat. Doesn't get angry, doesn't try to take justice into his own hands and always respect the referee (as well as the opponent) however mistaken/unfair he may be in his decisions. Also, he would never place his personal interests above the team or the club's interests. That is what makes me think that Hazard has something more than other players of similar talent. This and the fact that Hazard never gets injured, despite being constantly fouled. I don't say that Neymar is not like Hazard in that way, maybe he is I don't know him as a human being. But as long as I won't have proofs that Neymar is as great a human being Hazard is, I would choose Hazard over Neymar in a heart beat, no matter how many goals Neymar scored his last season.
  8. 10. Eden Hazard

    Mata was in charge of all free-kicks and corners, Hazard is not.
  9. 10. Eden Hazard

    Being a huge fan of Hazard, I have to agree with this. Football is a very complicated game, even if constantly being falsely simplified by our dumb medias. Which leads our simple minds to sum up players to their easiest things to understand : number of goals and assists. Forgetting so many things (mainly that football is a collective sport and can be played, as a team, in very different manners and there's no consensus over one particularly better manner), our dumb brains still want to hierarchize, individualize and say who's better than the other. Whereas the plain truth is that it is impossible to claim categorically that Hazard is better than Sanchez or Bale or Neymar. It depends so much on the players they would play with, and the kind of football the team plays. In Barcelona, Hazard would fit right in and I actually think he would be better than Neymar. In a counter-attacking team, i'd rather have Bale than Hazard. It depends on what criteria you favor for a player, which depends on the way you'd ideally want to play football. Claiming that someone is better is an ideological statement, and it always will be. There's just Messi as obvious number 1, because it's so blatant that he is above everybody else in almost every aspect of the game. Then you got Ronaldo which is a very complete player with outrageous stats. After that, you can decide any hierarchy you want between Hazard, Robben, Neymar, Bale, Suarez, Aguero, Reus, Silva... Each hierarchy would have solid arguments depending on what characteristics you value the most.
  10. 10. Eden Hazard

    It's not confidence it's just caution. Once you have tricked the GK there is no need to risk missing the target. Actually two GKs in Ligue 1 thought they had found the key to Hazard's pens. Memo Ochoa after Eden already got him with a panenka earlier in the season, decided not to move until after the shot. The idea was to unsettle Hazard during his run, make him improvise and then miss. You'll see in this video what was Hazard's answer to this strategy. Watch the two penalties in this video at 3:56 and at 4:22, you'll be less worried about Hazard being outsmart at the penalty game
  11. 10. Eden Hazard

    What a shame, such a beautiful goal forever associated with these terrible commentators
  12. 10. Eden Hazard

    In fact I didn't ruin nore the fun nore the sarcasm, my rational answer giving you the perfect opportunity to make fun with sarcasm of my supposed inability to recognize sarcasm. Just kidding
  13. 10. Eden Hazard

    Even in that perspective, it's idiotic. With his talent (and opponents this weak), he just has to put in the effort the first 25 minutes and it's 3-0 already. And then, you can rest as much as you want. As long as it stays 0-1, it can be 1-1 at any moment, and there comes the effort and loss of energy.
  14. 10. Eden Hazard

    Eden looks like he's bored tonight, weird.
  15. 10. Eden Hazard

    I'd really like Chelsea to give a second chance for Gervinho to express his talent in the Premier League. They know each other very well and are kind on the same wave length, with different profiles of course but very compatible. In Ligue 1 they were unbelievably good in some matches. Both being young they struggled to be consistent, but when they were in top conditions both at the same time, you could see the tremendous potential of their companionship.
  16. 10. Eden Hazard

    I have a particularly good feeling about Eden's end of season. I feel his new signature will somehow relieve him and he will be even more mesmerizing on the pitch from now on. With Fabregas and Costa coming back and Willian keeping up the good form, I expect lots of goals and assists from Eden in the next months.
  17. Juan Cuadrado

    Good initiative, thank you. It is refreshing to see people wanting to actually know what they're talking about before talking. Last time I've checked, it takes millions to put up a properly running recruiting cell, and dozens of highly qualified people working full-time on the scouting. Even then, failure is still a probability for each new recruit. Knowing that, I really don't get how people feel they know enough to make a judgement of what player he is and will be, based on the few youtube videos and statistics they have seen.
  18. 22. Willian

    I'd gladly debate with you about the importance of pre-assist, and hence the importance of measuring, at least noticing, them. But I can't if you give nothing to debate on. Have you got any argument for this disdain of pre-assists ?
  19. Thorgan Hazard

    Saint Etienne is not the best youth academy in France alongside Lyon, far from it. First, Lyon is clearly the best, way above all youth academy in the country. But Saint Etienne is not second, not even third or fourth. In the last 10 years, they have trained very few good players that reached the international level : Bafé Gomis, Faouzhi Ghoulam, Joshua Guilavogui, Loïc Perrin, Kurt Zouma... and that's all. Zouma is the only very good/excellent player (but still have to confirm), all the rest are just avrage/good players. No one is a star, that's for sure. I can see several clubs that have a better youth academy in the last ten years, with better players coming out of it. Lille : Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Divock Origi (belgian internationals), without forgetting Bernard Malanda who would have quickly become one ; Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Franck Ribéry (french internationals). Lens : Raphaël Varane, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Assou-Ekotto, Serge Aurier, Thorgan Hazard Monaco : Stéphane Ruffier, Layvin Kurzawa, Nicolas N'koulou, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Jaroslav Plasil...
  20. 22. Willian

    This is one of the goals I was talking about, we can't see in the video who did the pre-assist, I myself didn't remember it and was unable to find highlights of Leicester's game which revealed it. I trust your memory, so I edited the post. Thanks !
  21. 22. Willian

    You're welcome ! I'm also not surprised to see Hazard at the top. But I thought Oscar and Matic, and to some extent Fabregas (only 2 pre-assists from open play) would have more. This just shows how Hazard has been paramount to Chelsea's results so far. If we take into account pre-assists, he has been the most decisive player ahead of Fabregas and Costa !
  22. 22. Willian

    I was very circonspect when I read your assumption, so I decided to do the research and verify it. First of all, I dont see where you count two pre-assists for Wilian vs Swans. First goal, no pre-assist ; second goal Oscar's pre-assist (Wilian's pass is pre-pre-assist ^^) ; third goal no pre-assist ; fourth goal Willian pre-assist ; fifth goal Hazard's pre-assist. So as for my research, I based it on the video below + Highlights against Tottenham, Watford, Newcastle and finally Swansea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyu-PD-nnHs The research is a bit incomplete because in the first video one can't always see who made the pre-assist. For some I looked at a highlight video of the game, but couldn't find some of them. But I dare say that 90% of the pre-assists are taken into account in my research. As for the methodology, I counted as pre-assist every last pass before an assist EXCEPT when it is clear that the last pass before the assist had nothing to do whatsoever with the make-up of the goal. For example I considered that Terry giving an easy 5 yards pass to Fabregas in midfield, then followed by a 40 yards pass from Fabregas who spotted Costa's run does not count as pre-assist from Terry. It's all thanks to Fabregas imo. Also, I counted a pre-assist even when the pre-assister is also the scorer. For example Hazard's goal against Tottenham, with a beautiful one-two with Fabregas : Hazard is credited one pre-assist, even though he also scored. Seemed fair to me. So here are the results : Hazard : 14 pre-assists Fabregas : 6 pre-assists (four of them are from corners : Fabregas takes the corner, someone heads the ball toward the far-post, and another one pushes the ball in the net) Costa : 4 pre-assists Ivanovic : 3 pre-assists Wilian : 3 pre-assists (one against Maribor, the quick corner against Newcastle, one against Swansea... and that's all) Oscar : 2 pre-assists Luis : 1 pre-assist Cahill : 1 pre-assist So, your assumption is wrong, Willian is nowhere near leading the "pre-assist competition", Hazard is by far the leader. And I have been quite gentle with Willian, because I counted a pre-assist against Maribor where it shouldn't have been counted. It's a pre-assist for Filipe Luis, who crosses for Hazard, and it ended up with an own goal of a Maribor's defender : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pB2OXKAGFA 2m10 in this video you can see the goal I'm talking about, I thought he deserved to be credited a pre-assist because he helped set-up the goal very much, but technically it is not a pre-assist. Some observations from this research : Oscar has only two pre-assist (the one against Swansea for Fabregas' assist), and Matic has none ! I really didn't expect these results from both these players.
  23. Paul Pogba

    To be fair, what the talk was about was the transfer fee of David Luiz to PSG. So no, it was not about an English team that operates in England, but about an english team selling a player to a french team. And France is using euros. And international transfers are done in euros I'm pretty sure. But anyway, what's most ridiculous in this whole story, is still being debating on such a trivial matter imo.
  24. 10. Eden Hazard

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjyUQsGCCg Poor game from him I thought, very average when he could do so much better, especially against such a mediocre defense. Should have turned on the "killer mode" and it would have been 8-0 !
  25. 10. Eden Hazard

    Modric + 50 millions ?? As much as I love Eden, Madrid would be foolish to make such an offer. Modric is crucial to the team. They need more Modric than Hazard imo. Also, if Eden says he's committed to the club (as he did multiple times) you can trust him that he really is. Eden is not a liar, and is a loyal person. I'm 99% sure he will remain at Chelsea until he has won big trophies with the club, such as the Champion's League.