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Saturday’s performance at Upton Park, where Fernando scored two goals giving Liverpool another 3 points, was just another demonstration of how well the Spanish guy’s adapted himself to the Premier League.
His first goal against West Ham United was wonderful – it reminded me of his first goal in England, at Anfield against Chelsea, more than two years ago. From the moment he got the ball before getting inside the area, till he netted past Robert Green, he showed most of his innate skills (such as speed or decisiveness when having spaces up front), but he also showed us how he’s developed another skills during the time he’s been with Gerrard, Benayoun and company, e.g. short moves in short spaces that let rivals behind his back in a matter of hundredths.
Considering that British football certainly enhances his playing style, since his performances with Spanish National Team are not as good as they are with Liverpool, would you say he’s the best centre forward in the world these days?
4-0 in 40 minutes in a Spanish clásico against a team that’s currently playing in UEFA Champions League, just like they did last year in a similar situation – overwhelming, extraordinary, superb,…you can pick the adjective, it will fit perfectly.
However, there’s a difference with last year’s match in Camp Nou (which finished 6-1 for Barça): on that day, blaugranas were more like an avalanche, today, though, they won 3 points by walking around on the field – they didn’t even need to hit the gas in order to beat their rivals. It was humiliating for Atlético fans. Even more for Abel, who said they were “already losing 2-0 before the match started”.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Benzema, Ibrahimovic and Ribéry’s shattered signing – 4 world-class players that would have been 5 if the French man had joined Real Madrid.
How many times have they said that Premier League and Serie A got seriously affected by those sales to Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively? Lots.
Here in this blog, we even said that Franck Ribéry was the last ace the Spanish League needed to leave European giants like Manchester United, Chelsea or Inter with no available stars to sign, at least no one valued at more than €60m.
What about Wayne Rooney? What if he came to Spain to play in La Liga? Yes, that would be certainly hard, I’d say almost impossible. Alex Ferguson wouldn’t let him go after seeing the Portuguese winger leaving England to play in the Bernabéu. Though, we all were entirely sure that the Scotch man wouldn’t allow him to take his bags and say goodbye to the Old Trafford crew. But he did.