It’s been a rough couple of months for Christian Pulisic. There was of course the failure of the U.S. to qualify for the 2018 Word Cup. And his club team Borussia Dortmund have been in miserable form of late, so much so that manager Peter Bosz was fired only a couple of months into his tenure. Pulisic helped turn things around at Dortmund this weekend, scoring a late winner over Hoffenheim. He took a through ball and managed to pop the ball over the onrushing goalie, before putting the ball in the net with his other foot. Hopefully this is the spark Pulisic and Dortmund need to have a turn around in 2018.
In a season that has been as successful as Manchester City’s has been so far, one of the few problems your teams can encounter is keeping everyone happy, especially when it comes to playing time. Sergio Aguero has been the star man at Manchester City for a long time now. But with the improvement of Gabriel Jesus, Aguero is no longer an every minute of every game player. When Aguero was substituted in City’s win over Tottenham, he was none too pleased, and had a visible reaction about it. Pep Guardiola downplayed the incident though, expressing his understanding of his player’s reactions, and their desire to play every game. It is certainly understandable that Aguero would be annoyed at leaving the game, most top players are unhappy when they are substituted early. Pep Guardiola has experience managing top level teams though, so this is surely an issue he is accustomed to.
Real Madrid won the Club World Cup this weekend, retaining that title and capturing their 5th title of the year. They had previously captured La Liga, The Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup, and the Uefa Super cup earlier this year. This capped off a Real Madrid team that played some sensational football n 2017. Though their form has dipped some in the last few months of 2017, they have had a tremendous year on the whole.
Earlier in the year Kaká announced that this was his last year at Orlando City. Now he’s announced that this was his last year in professional soccer. Kaká is the last person who won the Ballon D’or not named Ronaldo or Messi. He won Serie A titles and the Champions League with AC Milan, and won a La Liga title with Real Madrid. Internationally Kaka had 92 caps, 29 goals, and won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil. Kaká is one of the great players of his generation, and it is sad to see him go.
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