Four Takeaways From The International Break So Far.


There has been so many matches played across the world in the first international break of the 2019/2020 season.

Izuchukwu Okosi highlights the major talking points from the matches we have witnessed so far.

(1)- The Injury Scare To Players

Whenever the international break comes around clubs around the world especially in Europe are scared stiff about the safety and fitness of their players.

Some clubs are embittered seeing players they pay handsomely return from national team duties crocked and ostensibly that has necessitated the call for the reduction of matches players are supposed to play per season to 60 matches for club and countries.

(2)- Teemu Pukki Won’t Stop Scoring

Norwich City’s striker Teemu Pukki has scored five goals in four Premier League matches already this season and he continued that form at the international stage with goals against Greece and Italy in Finland’s 1-0 win and 2-1 defeat to both teams in their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

That form shows that Pukki is not a striker that is awed by the quality of opposition he is facing.

A smart bet will be on the striker to score this weekend as the English Premier League restarts.

(3) -Guendouzi Is Morocco’s Loss

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is originally from Morocco but was raised in France like most Francophone and north African footballers.

Morocco showed promise at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and even though they didn’t make it to the knockout stages like other African countries they impressed the world with their repertoire of skills and technical ability.

Guendouzi was never capped by the French senior national team despite being an U-21 international for the French.

The Moroccan FA could have lashed on the fact that Guendouzi was never considered for the France’s senior side to convince him to dump the idea of representing his adopted country.

Rather the Atlas Lions were denied of the talent of the Arsenal midfielder and it had to take the injury to Paul Pogba ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers for Guendouzi to be remembered.

Morocco denied themselves and Africa of such a gifted footballer who might not even make the Les Blues squad if Manchester United’s Pogba and Tottenham Hotspur’s Tonguy Ndombele were fit.

(4)- Time For Low To Go

Germany were defeated 4-2 by a resurgent Netherlands in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier and that seems to solidify the call for the head coach Joachim Low to be relieved of his job as the fortunes of the Manschaaf has nosedived after their 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.

There is a new generation of players in the German ranks and perhaps they need a new voice in the dressing room.

Low had top European clubs like Real Madrid scrambling for Low’s services after the World Cup victory but he elected to stick with Germany.

There seems to be some stagnation and Low must weigh his options.

By Izuchukwu Okosi

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