In addition to being the European Championship that catches the biggest attention from the international football scene, the Premier League is certainly one of the most exciting national competitions. A tournament with an outcome never taken for granted, enigmatic from the starting months ‘till the last gameweeks of spring. The top-flight English category welcomes new top players every year, in order to ensure a constant quality level to its spectators. England, in fact, is one of the favorite destinations for the best players of this historical moment. A very interesting mix of samples that involves a considerable number of young talents and champions trained in the past, purchased for many millions from championships abroad. In recent years, moreover, the tactical aspect has improved dramatically with the arrival of experienced managers and recognized everywhere for the great talent that distinguishes them. Just think of Pep Guardiola, coach of Manchester City, and Marcelo Bielsa, coach of Leeds considered as one of the revolutionaries of modern football.
The defensive phase was also clearly improved, an aspect that received greater consideration through the arrival of experts from historically more prepared nations. Not surprisingly, the best Italian legendary victories in the United Kingdom are remembered especially for the tactical organizations of the main players. The Leicester of Claudio Ranieri and the Chelsea of Antonio Conte are the perfect example of constant application in the non-possession phase. However, a considerable help to managers came from the clubs through the great economic effort in the transfermarket factor that for several years distinguishes the English football clubs.
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is currently the eighth-most expensive purchase in the history of the competition. Transfer of EUR 87 million to the former Foxes center back. A similar story for Virgil Van Dijk, a real giant purchased by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in 2017 for a price close to ninety million. In short, the huge expenses of the great presidents of the Premier League do not concern only and exclusively strikers and midfielders of high quality but also defenders.
Euroleghe, the new era of the classic fantasy football
Arrived for the first time in Italy thanks to the great intuition of Riccardo Albini, Fantasy football is a game that allows participants to play the role of a real president of a football team through the purchase of real players for a fantasy competition that usually involves a fairly large number of challengers. According to the latest statistics, the number of fanata managers, a term attributed to those who field their formation each week, has even exceeded the one concerning the real athletes who practice football on the pitches Each season, about six million people compete in public or private leagues for personal glory against friends or mere strangers from the same league. This mass phenomenon has expanded its borders, uniting several nations in a single competition entitled Euroleghe A great innovation that has collected the best stars of the football firmament in the same fantasy sport game.
Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo, Guardiola’s Portuguese guarantees
Purchased in the summer of 2020 by Benfica for a price close to seventy-five million euros, Ruben Dias represents a real point of reference for the Manchester City defensive department of Pep Guardiola, the current leader of the Premier League. The Portuguese class of 1997 has already collected twenty appearances in the league with two appearances on the scoreboard and as many assists. Four, however, the yellow cards. In short, satisfactory numbers for a center back. Similar situation for Joao Cancelo, who landed at Etihad Stadium in 2019 after a good season with the first Juventus of Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Inter can play both left and right in the role of full-back.
Alexander-Arnold, the bonus king
Impressive statistics during this season for Trent Alexander-Arnold, right back of Liverpool led by German coach Jurgen Klopp. Seventeen appearances in the Premier League with two goals and even eight assists with a percentage of participation to the goals of 20%. “Music for the ears” of the fantallenatori, the talent of the Reds represents an incredible chance to get bonuses. Very loyal to the former coach of Borussia Dortmund, the class 1998 has all the cards in order to offer a remarkable contribution to the Euroleague teams.
Antonio Rudiger, a certainty for Chelsea
Born in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart and exploded in Italy with the Roma shirt, Antonio Rudiger is one of the irremovable players of Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel. He is a center back with an incredible physical structure accompanied by an exceptional speed that allows the German to cover the role of right-back if necessary without any kind of problem. Statistics identical to those ones of Ruben Dias from the point of view of goals and assists, a real certainty from the point of view of regularity. With the exception of a match between the Blues and Brentford, Dias was always on the starting line-up in the Premier League matches.
From the “province with fury”
Several players who play in clubs less listed in the highest English division could give great satisfaction considering their cost in fantasy credit. Roman Saiss of Wolverhampton, in fact, boasts a convincing minutaggio by a Fantasy Football view with two goals scored in the season. A similar situation for Tyrick Mitchell of Crystal Palace, not a great contribution from the point of view of bonuses but a certainty in terms of regularity. Similar scenario for Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton and Marc Cuccurella of Brighton & Hove Albion, names known for the constant presence in the initial formations of their respective teams.
By Giovanni Maggio