International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup- the cup we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. The top teams in the world are all competing, and this year most of the teams are playing in the United States. However, which team will prove itself to be the best and therefore win this all important contest? Here are my predictions regarding the standings and why I ranked some teams higher than others.
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Real Madrid
- Paris Saint Germain (PSG)
- AS Roma
2. Manchester United(2nd place / runner up)
3. Tottenham Hotspur(3rd place)
4. Real Madrid
6. Manchester City
When you think of Barcelona, what reaches your mind first? I think we all know its the players which build up a strong foundation for the team. Messi, Neymar, Suarez, and other players like Gerrard Pique are star players in their international team, and therefore when put together in the same team, Barcelona is sure to be a tough challenge to beat. Barcelona is currently ranked at number 3 in the whole soccer league just short of real madrid and bayern munich, however Barcelona will soon reach the top for it is a superteam with exquisite players, and they have experienced and famous coaches who will help and aid the players at all times. For sure, Barcelona will do the best in this tournament.
Manchester United, the winner almost everytime of the Barclay’s premier league and a usual winner of the Europa league will be in my opinion the runner up of the International Champion’s Cup. Manchester has a great sense of teamwork, and can go miles with their fascinating goalkeeper David De Gea. Along with that, forward Anthony Martial has great soccer skills, and therefore can dribble around many defenders. Paul Pogba and Marouane Felani add speed and experience into the Manchester United team; therefore thats why I think Manchester will be the runners up in the International Champions Cup.
Every must be thinking why I would rank Tottenham an average soccer team before the many famous classy and strongest teams in the world — like Real Madrid, PSG, and Juventus. However, Tottenham proves to be a lot more than what everyone thinks of it. Lets first start of by talking about the Hotspur’s defensive lineup. French goalie Hugo Lloris is considered one of the best goalie’s currently. Accurately, he is ranked the 6th best goalie of all time. Regarding defenders, Keiran Tripper and Eric Dier can get it done for Tottenham. Eric Deir’s aggressiveness on the field always proves helpful for the hotspurs, and along with that Ben Davies technical skills always causes much needed possesion for the team. Now lets talk about their midfield. Christian Eriksen, Delle Alli, and Sissoko have stamina and agility. They can easily take the ball away and can pass accurately to turn beautiful defense into the best offense. Sissoko is also very fast at his feet and is very tough to take the ball away from. Lastly, Tottenham Hotspurs forwards must be acknowledged. I am pretty sure you all know Harry Kane, the teams star player. He’s very hard to steal the ball especially from since he has the best technical skills according to me in the team.Along with that, he is one the teams leading goal scorer since he puts pressure on the defense frequently. He is also very good at volleying, therefore allowing him to convert set pieces like free kicks into goals. Tottenham’s other forward South Korean Son Heung-min is very fast and agile. He has a strong foot and therefore can take long shots. His ability to have these qualities also allows him to sometimes play winger or left mid when needed. And just like that, Tottenham will rise as a great team and will be 3rd place in the International Champion’s Cup according to me. They have already shocked PSG in this tournament, so lets see how far they can go.
Yes, I have not ranked Real Madrid in the top 3. Everyone must be wondering why did he do that since Real Madrid currently is the number 1 team in the world. However I have a significant reason for that. We all know, that Christiano Ronaldo is a fantastic soccer player. He is agile, fast, has good technical skills, is aggressive, and puts pressure on the players with the ball. Chrsitiano Ronaldo is heavily depended by Real Madrid however and without him, Real Madrid’s strength declines. Christiano Ronaldo has decided not to play in this years cup, and therefore Real Madrid will not do that well. They have lost to Manchester United already, so lets see who else they will lose to, and how much Ronaldo’s contribution means to them.
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