"I don't know how Barcelona can arrange Messi, Neymar and Suarez to play together," Cruyff wrote in the summer of 2014. "These three are all individualistic players. Sign Suarez. Coming over, it means that the club management has begun to lean more on relying on the stars instead of creating a beautiful football based on the team."
Cruyff's view of Barcelona's signing of Suarez from Liverpool was due to some extent because he was dissatisfied with the then club chairman Russell. However, his views have been endorsed by many Camp Nou personnel, who believe that the MSN striker will jeopardize the basis of Barcelona's success-initiated by Cruyff and carried forward by Guardiola's midfield-centric model.
But the next season (14/15 season), everyone is very satisfied. The Trident scored a total of 122 goals (Messi 58, Neymar 39, Suarez 25) and also contributed 66 assists (Messi 31, Suarez 24, Neymar 11) . Enrique led the team to achieve what his former teammate Pep Guardiola achieved-the first season of coaching made the team the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble.
Considering that Neymar didn't play very smoothly next to Messi in his first season, Suarez's arrival and his outgoing character became the key to the smooth integration of the Trident in the frontcourt. When he first arrived in Barcelona, Messi invited Suarez to have a barbecue in his garden. They often stick together to play Parchis (a game) on the way to the away game. Neymar was not involved, but would be happy with Suarez's humor.
Suarez said in 2016: “Neymar is always happy, he laughs easily. I like to be with him, even though he doesn’t like others touching his hair. He also laughs when we eat burgers, he Tell me I'm fat."
In addition, Neymar and Suarez were happy to recognize Messi's status as a "big brother" from the beginning, and they believe that Messi is the best player in the team and in the world. This also helps the trident to live in harmony.
In 2015, Neymar said: "Friendship and humility are the secrets of MSN's success. Messi and Suarez are two of my good friends in football. We don’t distinguish each other, we just want to get along happily and seriously. Really play football. I think the three people standing on the 2015 Golden Globes podium should be Messi, Suarez and me. I really want everyone to stand there together."
Of course, such a harmonious situation will not last. After the first season of the fit, MSN has never reached the level of the Triple Crown. Xavi's departure and Iniesta's decline are also problems facing Barcelona. However, they still won 9 major championship trophies in three years. Then in the summer of 2017, the desire to become the top card in the team made Neymar switch to Paris.
The MSN trio still remember their outstanding performance when they worked together. Messi has been pushing the club to re-sign Neymar as much as possible so that they can win the Champions League together again when they are still capable of each other.
The chemistry of MSN on and off the court will undoubtedly be compared with their biggest rival-Real Madrid's BBC combination: Bell, Benzema and Ronaldo. In the five seasons of the BBC’s existence, it’s hard to imagine that Bell would fiddle with Ronaldo’s hair, or Benzema would share a burger with Ronaldo or Bell.
Ronaldo said in 2016: "I don't have to have dinner with Benzema or invite Bell to my house. The hugs and face-up gifts on the court are precious. The important thing is that we win on the court. "
Benzema seems to like to use his witty running and passing to create scoring opportunities for Ronaldo. But unlike Neymar's respect for Messi after arriving at Barcelona, Bell came to Real Madrid from Tottenham in the summer of 2013, but he didn't intend to live in the shadow of Ronaldo. As a result, Bale left Ronaldo helplessly after his "selfish" shot. This picture has become a common cover in the Spanish media and a problem faced by all Real Madrid coaches during this period.
In 2015, Bell obviously refused to pass the ball to Ronaldo who had a chance to run in a game. Ancelotti said: "When faced with an opportunity, all forwards want to try to shoot. Needless to say, it is important for teammates to help each other on the court. If someone is selfish, we have to raise it."
However, the statement that the BBC never passed the ball between each other is obviously wrong. In 157 games, Ronaldo and Bell assisted each other 41 times. A typical example is in the national derby at the Nou Camp in April 2016, Bell found Cristiano Ronaldo in a perfect cross, who scored a goal to kill Barcelona. Benzema also scored a goal that night. It was the first time that the BBC team combined in a national derby. Cruyff died a few days before that game, and both sides paid a silent tribute to him before the game.
但是，有关BBC从未在对方之间传球的说法显然是错误的。在157场比赛中，罗纳尔多和贝尔互助41次。一个典型的例子是2016年4月在诺坎普（Nou Camp）国家德比赛中，贝尔在完美的十字架上找到了克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多（Cristiano Ronaldo），后者攻入了杀死巴塞罗那的进球。本泽马当天晚上也攻入一球。这是BBC团队第一次参加全国德比大赛。克鲁伊夫在那场比赛前几天去世了，双方在比赛前默默地向他致敬。
The Dutch questioned that the offensive trident would disrupt the team's midfield balance, which was also endorsed by many Bernabeu personnel. In the 4-3-3 formation, Modric and Kroos took on a heavier task. At that time, Isco and Ronaldo would often not play.
In 2014, Isco admitted: “Sometimes the team is really not a whole. Everyone must work together in defense. Some people will do more than others. But we have three goal monsters in the frontcourt, and they almost every time. You can score goals in the game."
This statement does not match the performance of the domestic arena: the BBC has only won 1 La Liga title in five seasons. However, four Champions League titles in five years are phenomenal. This is because in major matches, there is always one person in the BBC who will turn on the personal performance mode, then solve the problem and help the team win the game.
The competition between MSN and BBC may be the fiercest striker combination competition in La Liga history, but there have been many other excellent striker combinations in La Liga in the past 20 years.
It is worth mentioning that Atletico Madrid's striker double evil: Costa and Villa. They are naturally inferior to Barcelona Real Madrid's Trident in the number of goals, but they can at least share some defensive tasks for their teammates instead of letting their teammates take on more running for them. Therefore, Costa and Villa have overcome numerous difficulties under Simeone to help the team win the league championship in the 13-14 season. Such an achievement can be said to be comparable to the BBC or MSN.
The tricky way is the key to Simeone's success, but in La Liga that season, they were also deadly on the front line. Costa started the runaway mode and scored 19 goals in the first 17 league rounds. Atletico also won the game all the way, including two 5-0 and one 7-0. At the same time, Villa, who has just transferred from Barcelona, has become a good striker partner for Costa. He has made selfless dedication and has repeatedly made contributions at critical moments. In Atletico, players of different personalities and styles can perfectly blend together and work hard for a common goal.
Villa said in 2014: "Costa and I have a very good relationship on and off the court. We think the most important thing is to do our best for the team. There is a tacit understanding between us. This is for the team to score and win. The game is very helpful. Of course, the Atletico Madrid team is also indispensable."
Such a harmonious atmosphere and teamwork are the keys to the success of many striker combinations in La Liga.
For example, it’s not easy for Villa to combine with Messi on and off the field when he was at Barcelona. Others like Henry, Eto’o, Ibrahimovic, Sanchez and most recently Griezmann have faced varying degrees of coexistence with Messi. The problem. Barcelona has won a lot of honors in recent years, but these are often based on Messi's super personal ability, rather than team offense. It is worth mentioning that when Messi was young, he and Henry and Eto'o had coexistence problems after Guardiola took office. Guashuai wondered at the beginning whether they could coexist on the court, and even planned to sell Eto'o when he took over Barcelona in the summer of 2008.
The team later found a solution: Henry played on the left, Eto'o rushed forward, and Messi played on the right. This formation continued until the immortal national derby in May 2009-when Messi was in the pseudo 9th position, Eto'o went to the wing, Barcelona beat Real Madrid 6-2 at the Bernabeu. That season Barcelona became the triple crown (translator added: then won three titles early next, becoming the six crowns in the natural year), Messi, Eto'o and Henry also became the first season goals The trident that reached 100 goals: Messi 38 goals, Eto'o 36 goals, Henry 26 goals.
But the closest MSN goal number in the 2014/15 season is the Real Madrid Trident in the 2011/12 season: Cristiano Ronaldo scored 60 goals, Benzema scored 32 goals, and Higuain scored 26 goals for a total of 118 goals.
Looking at the earlier period, there are also some excellent striker combinations. In the 2002/03 season, it was Ronaldo and Raul's outstanding performance that helped Real Madrid win the league championship: Ronaldo scored 23 goals in the league and Raul harvested 16 goals. In the Bernabéu’s league national derby, Raul made a header to Ronaldo and assisted the latter to break his former club’s goal, which shows that they can cooperate. However, in the relationship between the two, people are even more impressed by Ronaldo's evaluation of Raul, although Ronaldo has always denied that-Ronaldo once said that Raul is a "spoiled child".
There are also Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Giuly in the 05/06 season. Their outstanding performance helped Barcelona win the league and the Champions League; Atletico’s Forlan and Aguero are not so well-known, but they were each in May 2009. Scoring two goals against Barcelona, which was in full swing at the time, is also a highlight; in the first two years of the 21st century, Ma Kai and Tristan also played well in Deportivo.
Any evaluation is subjective, and everyone has their own best combination of strikers, which is related to the fans' personal preferences, home team and memory of watching the game. But it doesn't matter, after all, Cruyff will also be affected by his emotions when he chooses the best striker. So, which combination do you think is the best La Liga striker?
Original excerpt: MSN
“I can’t see how Barca intends to continue playing the same combination play, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in the team,” wrote Johan Cruyff in the summer of 2014. “All three are individualists. By signing Suarez, the club
“我看不到巴萨打算如何继续与莱昂内尔·梅西（Lionel Messi），内马尔和路易斯·苏亚雷斯（Luis Suarez）一起参加同一组合比赛，”约翰·克鲁伊夫（Johan Cruyff）在2014年夏天写道。通过签署苏亚雷斯，俱乐部
Cruyff’s thoughts on the arrival of Suarez from Liverpool that summer were partly motivated by personal
Most at the Camp Nou were happy enough by the end of the following season. The trio between them scored 122 goals (58 for Messi, 39 for Neymar and 25 for Suarez), while sharing out 66 assists (31 by Messi, 24 by Suarez and 11 by Neymar). The team coached by arch
Suarez’s outgoing personality was key in blending the new front trio together, as Neymar’s first season alongside Messi in the team had not gone so well. Even before his Barca debut, Suarez was being invited to barbecues in Messi’s garden. They also bonded playing the board game Parchis on away trips. Neymar did not sit in for that, but did enjoy his team-mate’s infectious sense of humour.
“Neymar is a very happy person, he laughs at everything,” Suarez said in 2016. “I enjoy being with him, although he doesn’t like anyone to touch his hair. He laughs about the burgers we eat. He tells me I’m fat.”
It also helped that, from the start, both Suarez and Neymar were more than happy to accept that Messi was top dog, both in the team, and in the world.
All three still remember how good they were together, with Messi continuing to quite obviously nudge Barca’s board into doing everything possible to re-sign the Brazilian so they can all win another Champions League together before it is too late.
IELTS word recommendation:
1. hierarchy[ˈhaɪərɑːrki]n. management, ruling group, hierarchy
2. animus[ˈænɪməs]n. hostility, hatred, dissatisfaction
2. animus [ˈænɪməs] n。敌对，仇恨，不满
3. pragmatist[ˈpræɡmətɪst]n. pragmatist
4. humility[hjuːˈmɪləti]n. humble, modest
5. harmony[ˈhɑːməni]n. harmony, harmony, harmony
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