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The Importance of Alphonso Davies

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Just now, WestHamCanadianinOxford said:

The assist and the other runs were amazing but when he caught and eased Mount off the ball for a goal kick early on - that is what you need your left back to do, first and foremost.  And Mount is not a slow player but he looked like he was standing still. 

He straight up manhandled him off the ball 

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3 minutes ago, WestHamCanadianinOxford said:

The assist and the other runs were amazing but when he caught and eased Mount off the ball for a goal kick early on - that is what you need your left back to do, first and foremost.  And Mount is not a slow player but he looked like he was standing still. 

There was another one early in the second half where he ran Mount down when he'd gotten in behind. He held him off for Neuer to come collect, but he didn't come and it became a bit messy. Phonz's recovery and defensive shield were magnificent, though.

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If Bayern can get Man City in the next round, he can pocket Phil Foden to nearly complete his English wunderkind set. He's already got Sancho, Mount, and James in there. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the hardest piece of that particular collection to get hold of, though. 😄 

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I only was able to follow the game in the Guardian minute-by-minute https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2020/feb/25/chelsea-v-bayern-munich-champions-league-last-16-live .  This was one of the many comments about Davies that stood out (italics on sensational are the Guardian, not me!):

87 min: Davies scampers down the left yet again and finds Lewandowski on the edge of the box. Not for the first time tonight, a great chance is passed by as a Bayern striker can’t sort out his feet. They’ve earned the right to make a few mistakes, to be fair. Davies has been sensational, a star in the making.

 

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From BBC sports: "..And in 19-year-old Alphonso Davies they have a glorious young talent who has it all, raiding from left-back with pace, composure and end product."

Man of the match - Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

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Alphonso Davies was influential at both ends as he assisted Lewandowski's goal and outpaced Mason Mount twice to cover in defence

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I watched in Spanish on Movistar the first half, TNT the second (I think, in English), and the praises were coming for him from all sides, even before the goal. I think from that play where he pressured up high in the 1st half and fed in a little pass into the box that was closed down. 

It's rather odd for me to not watch Barça ( I peeked), but we are playing so drably lately and I get little pleasure from having to wait for the odd bit of genious. Bayern is more entertaining.

Also, thought this during the match: compare Davies with his rival left back, Alonso had nightmares all day although the red was soft, he was being picked apart and did not compare well.

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33 minutes ago, Acid-Tone said:

"Alphonso Davies" is the number 4 trending topic on twiiter in the US.   That's crazy.

CNN World Sport has just given Phonz some well-deserved verbal fellatio, as well!

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I have a feeling the CSA will have no excuses when booking friendlies now.... If they use Davies and David right the CSA should be able to actually develop an international brand. What a gift this kid is. Not to mention the gift to the Canpl... People across the world just realized Canada can actually play, and we actually have a league full of young talents to showcase. 

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2 hours ago, bwilly11 said:

Making this look so simple lol

https://streamja.com/7ZLW

 

"My dad has always been a big Chelsea fan, and I was a fan of Didier Drogba," the 19-year-old told Germany's leading sports specialist magazine, kicker. "But I'm pretty sure he loves me more than he does Chelsea (laughs)."

I've had this playing on loop for the last hour!

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Toronto Sports Network should for once help the cause here. Tons of bs crap on their landing page until you scroll way down to find one article on the game. This is just ridiculous 

Its not like this is some kid who's been buried in a European academy since he was young and can barely find Canada on a map. He made history playing here in Canada before he left and proudly flies the flag always. C'mon Canadian, get your **** together

This kid has more charisma than Bianca, McDavid, Shapa, RJBarret whoever combined

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The only thing that would have made it better would have been Pulisic getting shut down by Phonzie all game. 

He’s so good every time he goes forward, other than the fast breaks he also dangled a few defenders in a tight space a couple of times. This game actually reminded me of 17 year old Davies vs MLS defenders. 

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1 hour ago, SpursFlu said:

This kid has more charisma than Bianca, McDavid, Shapa, RJBarret whoever combined

Yes, but he still doesn't have half the charisma of Lanny McDonald's moustache! Then again, who does?

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4 hours ago, Obinna said:

I love how Gnabry scored 2 goals, but it was Phonzy who the Bayern fans called back as they cheer their team off the field!

The fans adore him and the players love him..... his personality is infectious. He is  an asset for Bayern  on and off the field. I wonder what impact he will have on club merchandising, especially with their International fans. I bet  sales of his #16 jersey are moving up with each match.

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