Players more comfortable with their national team than with their club
Sometimes, for whatever reason, a player is more comfortable playing for his national team than for his club.
It’s true: national teams may only have a handful of games a year, compared to the endless cycle of club football. However, the national team may come up with changes in style, formation and teammates which may have a positive impact on some players.
With the 2022 World Cup on the horizon, there is concern that a lack of minutes or comfort within a club could affect a player’s chances of making a good impression in Qatar. But in the case of these six players, there is nothing to fear: everything seems to indicate that they will perform better when wearing the shirts of their respective teams.
The USA captain, who was so brilliant on his debut for Chelsea (scoring nine goals in his debut Premier League campaign), seems to have slowed down his development when it comes to his club footballing career. . After being largely ignored by Thomas Tuchel last season (he never managed to enjoy an extended spell in his favored role on the left flank of midfield), the arrival of new manager Graham Porter could end by being a new start or the beginning of the end of his career at Chelsea.
However, Pulisic has always managed to add some good performances (adding 21 goals and 12 assists in 51 games, despite some still expecting more from him), his best recent moment being the hat trick against the Panamanian side in of a match last played. March. There are some concerns about his current level so far this Premier League season (he hasn’t managed to play more than an hour in any competition); however, he is expected to retain his position as the leader of Team USA at the upcoming World Cup.
Although he never became an indispensable part of the Manchester United squad, Fred remains an integral part of the midfield for Tite’s Brazilian team. The left-handed defensive midfielder, currently in his fifth season in the Premier League and with over 100 appearances to his name, has rarely shown a consistent level beyond the occasional flash that showcases his undeniable talent. The 29-year-old, who often looks clumsy or one-dimensional in possession and reluctant to push for his club, appears to be playing with much more confidence in a Brazil shirt.
Usually deployed at the back alongside new team-mate Casemiro, Fred tends to be more direct in his international play, generally creating a stable and balanced presence with license to venture up front at times. Although he never lacks courage, he sometimes seems to lack ideas when receiving the ball in United games (despite some signs of improvement in his attacking contributions in the second half of last season), while managing to shine with his national team assuming a clearer role.
Even during his hard times with Chelsea, Werner continued to contribute to the cause of the German national team. Although he never lacked movement, courage and energy, Werner’s consistency in front of goal was called into question during his unsuccessful spell in London, scoring just 10 chances in 56 league appearances. However, with the German national team, his goalscoring record is on par with some of the best players on the international scene, with 24 goals in 53 appearances.
After returning to the Bundesliga to join RB Leipzig for €30m this summer, Werner struggled to finish at club level in the most mysterious way: his current output is down to just one goal in six league appearances. championship (although he did add a hat-trick in a German Cup match). Primarily a movement-based striker who shines in open spaces, it’s no surprise his managers at Chelsea have been tempted to play him on the wing (away from the area), albeit in the Hansi Flick’s team, he usually plays as a centre-forward, being the most consistent goalscoring threat there.
Although his minutes at Real Madrid (currently totaling 98 in three games) seem to be diminishing as the months go by, the former Chelsea striker remains ready to play a major role for the Belgium side at the World Cup. Indeed, manager Roberto Martinez seems content to field Hazard as one of two ’10s (along with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne) despite frequent injuries, going so far as to use him constantly in a tight schedule. Nations League matches played by Belgium in June).
Although he has been used sporadically in club football, Hazard (who has 33 goals in 120 international appearances to his name) was instrumental in Real Madrid’s cause recently when his inclusion in the second half against Celtic s ended with a goal and an assist for the European champions. His creativity, his experience and his quality of ball possession could be a decisive factor for the Belgian team in Qatar.
Depay not only maintained an excellent level with the Dutch national team despite a period of personal uncertainty with Barcelona, he could also be considered his team’s best player throughout the World Cup qualifying campaign. With nine goals in as many games, Memphis’ contributions helped secure the Dutch ticket to the World Cup, as well as being an inspirational figure when they entered the Nations League last June.
The player is likely to have regained some confidence from culé coach Xavi after a transfer deal ended in which he decided to stay at Camp Nou despite multiple offers from other teams; However, given the Blaugrana’s willingness to let him go during the summer market, everything seems to indicate that he will rack up most of his minutes with his national side. As the only Dutch national team player to produce double-digit goals (a respectable 42 goals in 80 appearances), his experience and attacking skills will be essential in keeping his country’s hopes alive.
Previously one of Serie A’s most productive midfielders for Udinese (34 goals and 36 assists in 184 games), De Paul is no longer in the headlines after joining Atlético Madrid for €35m. Euros in 2021. Although he continues to show a good mix of skill and creativity, he has failed to find consistency this season, adding just one goal and one assist in eight games.
However, De Paul’s tenure with the Argentina national team does not appear to be in question (despite the fact that a legal battle with his ex-wife complicates his situation, as Qatar reserves the right to allow entry in the country of individuals immersed in legal controversies). From a more forward position in the Albiceleste midfield, De Paul has the freedom to make his signature runs and dare in opportune positions to score.
The Mexican player has not achieved the expected continuity with Napoli this season, in addition to the fact that since his arrival he has suffered injuries that have left him absent for several periods, but with the Mexican team he remains the one of the practically immovable elements.
Lozano, who has 58 games with the Habs in which he scored 15 goals, has been a constant in manager Gerardo Martino’s calls, he has been with the representative in both Copa qualifying matches world, as well as in friendly matches and alternative tournaments. . Now facing the Qatar 2022 World Cup, he is among those who will make the final Tri list, after his absences were mainly due to the injuries he suffered.
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