Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea: How does Frenchman compare to departing star?

first_img The French international looks nailed on to replace the outgoing Nemanja Matic With Tiemoue Bakayoko seemingly set to complete a £40million move to Chelsea from Monaco, some space needs to be created in the Blues midfield.The French international looks nailed on to replace the outgoing Nemanja Matic as the 28-year-old prepares to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.But who offers more in the engine room of their side’s midfield?Bakayoko starred for Monaco en route to his side’s memorable run to the semi-finals of the Champions League and their first Ligue 1 triumph in 17 years.Matic, meanwhile, helped the Blues reclaim their Premier League crown and went some way to restoring his previously soaring reputation at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.Antonio Conte is likely to wave goodbye to Matic after a single season working together, but will Bakayoko prove to be an upgrade on the Serbian?Style of playBoth players could be defined as midfield destroyers, but it would be doing the pair a disservice to limit their capabilities to simply being a dependable tackler.The flair of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva captured the imaginations of fans across Europe, but the Monegasque side’s offensive style was built on the solid foundations that Bakayoko and Fabinho provided in Leonardo Jardim’s 4-4-2 formation.The combative and athletic duo offered protection to the backline and were tenacious in their stifling duties, allowing the gifted attackers to shine further up the pitch.Chelsea’s preference to play an adaptable 3-4-3 system allowed them to dominate their opponents and secure the Premier League title with relative ease.PFA Players’ Player of the Year, N’Golo Kante, almost singlehandedly broke up play before allowing the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa to flourish.And despite not earning rave reviews, Matic proved to be a nearly ever present member of the Chelsea midfield, making 35 appearances for the champions across the season.Matic was tidy if not spectacular in possession, picking out a teammate with 87.7 per cent of his passes, a slightly better average than Bakayoko’s 87.3 per cent in Ligue 1.However, the more youthful Bakayoko proved he was more capable in terms of covering ground and breaking up play, with his average of 2.8 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per 90 minutes, compared to the Chelsea man’s 1.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions.But it was Matic who proved to be more of a threat in the attacking-third, with the Serbian completing more key passes per 90 minutes in league action (0.9 to 0.6) which led to him registering seven assists to Bakayoko’s one.However, Bakayoko outscored the man he is set to replace after scoring two goals compared to Matic’s solitary effort. And despite standing 10cm shorter than Matic, Bakayoko displayed superior aerial capability, winning 2.6 per 90 minutes compared to Matic’s 1.3.Show us your medalsWhile the two midfielders are pretty similar, in terms of style, when it comes to honours there is no contest.Matic has a host of trophies to his name – two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, one Primeira Liga title, one Portuguese League Cup and one Slovak Cup.To save you counting, that’s seven club trophies earned during his career with Chelsea, Benfica and Kosice.Meanwhile, Bakayoko lifted his one and only piece of silverware in the form of the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in May.So when it comes down to out-and-out winners – Matic is on top by a mile.International pedigreeWith Bakayoko embarking on what looks to be a promising career on both domestic and international stages, the 22-year-old can expect to prosper for the French national team.But despite enjoying a breakthrough season with Monaco, Bakayoko has managed only a single appearance for Didier Deschamp’s side, in comparison to Matic’s 32.The Chelsea midfielder missed out on representing his country at a major tournament after seeing his name chalked off the list for the final squad at the 2010 World Cup. But the 28-year-old has featured prominently in his side’s qualification campaign for next year’s edition in Russia.Bakayoko, meanwhile, is likely to face a tougher task of confirming his place in Les Bleus’ squad, considering he is directly competing with future teammate N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot.Should Bakayoko be given the opportunity to shine, he could end the summer of 2018 with football’s biggest prize in his hands.Statistics courtesy of The Sun 1last_img read more

What we learned in the Warriors’ beatdown of the Suns

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — It shouldn’t come as any surprise, but the defending champion Golden State Warriors are significantly better than the Phoenix Suns, who had the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft.Despite playing the second game of a two-city back-to-back, the Warriors rolled to a 123-103 win over Phoenix Monday night, only needing three quarters to discard the young team from Arizona. It was Golden State’s 16th …last_img

Madiba magic for Bafana Bafana

first_img4 June 2010 Nelson Mandela met Bafana Bafana’s World Cup team at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg on Thursday to wish the team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Mandela Day “We hope that all South Africans will wear their football shirts tomorrow for the last official Football Friday,” said International Marketing Council of South Africa marketing manager Sophie Masipa. This is in honour of the 67 years that Mandela sacrificed to make South Africa and the world a better place. ‘No one like you’ Introducing 1.98 metre-tall defender Matthew Booth to chants of Boooooth, Mokoena told Mandela, who stands an impressive 1.94 meters himself: “This is the tallest man in the building”. Captain Aaron Mokoena introduced Mandela to all the team members, including coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and the technical and management teams. Mandela will be 92 years old on 18 July. His birthday has been endorsed by the United Nations as International Nelson Mandela Day. On the day, people throughout the world are encouraged to give at 67 minutes of their time to do good work. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports South Africa’s Football Fridays and Fly the Flag campaigns, which are aimed at building national unity and generating excitement ahead of the Football World. “Nelson Mandela, there is no one like you,” sang the audience as he entered the room. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Wearing a Bafana Bafana jersey carrying the captain’s number “4”, Mandela arrived to cheers and song from the team, members of his family and his staff.last_img read more

Meggie Ochoa settles for bronze due to technicality in World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carving her name in the sport with a gold medal in the previous world championships, Ochoa grappled with Amber Rymartz Freitas of Team Gracie Barra in a winning position that could have sent her to another finals’ appearance.But with 10 seconds left, Ochoa was disqualified due to technicality, bidding the title in the -48.5kg brown belt rooster weight division adieu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was trying to submit the foot and we rolled into an illegal position,” said Ochoa, who defeated Luna Barea of Spain and Japan’s Iori Echigo in the preliminaries to set up a semifinal clash with Freitas.Ochoa, seeking for a possible qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the sport will make its debut, is focused on winning the gold medal in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa came within a step closer to another trip atop the podium only to lose her footing through a technical miscue. Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge PLAY LIST 01:42Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge01:43Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Up next for the Asian Games bronze medalist is the JJAU Asian Championship in Mongolia next month.Ochoa ruled the 49kg women’s seniors class in the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in Malmo, Sweden in November last year apart from capturing the gold in the Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in London last March. MOST READ The face of the country’s promising jiujitsu program eventually settled for the bronze medal in the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PVL: PetroGazz stays unbeaten, handily beats BaliPure Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more