Danilo, José Izquierdo, Rúben Neves & a weekend of Thierry H

Danilo, José Izquierdo, Rúben Neves & a weekend of Thierry H

Сообщение chanoudom » 05 фев 2018, 10:46

Danilo, José Izquierdo, Rúben Neves & a weekend of Thierry Henry homages


sbo333 Whether or not you supported Arsenal, it was hard not to enjoy watching Thierry Henry curl in a trademark goal. And this weekend, Manchester City, Wolves and Brighton players all paid homage to the great man.

Six years ago this week, Thierry Henry scored his final goal in English football.

While that winner at Sunderland took the form of a simple close-range finish, the Frenchman’s time at Arsenal was characterised by a certain type of goal, one which he replicated with his comeback winner against Leeds United having produced the same genre of strike countless times in North London.

It’s unlikely that Danilo, José Izquierdo or Ruben Neves was aware of the upcoming anniversary – and, frankly, why would they be? – but each one of the three scored their own take on the Henry goal on Saturday. sbo333

And, fittingly, each one of the trio of strikes gave their respective teams the lead.

Much like with Arjen Robben’s inverse, there’s something inherently satisfying about watching a player cut inside onto his stronger foot and curl beyond the goalkeeper.

Henry was the master from the left-hand side, pitching the ball low and wide beyond the goalkeeper before commanding it to curl inside the far post, but there’s a lot to be said for the top-corner strike.

Take this New York Red Bulls goal, for example.

With the clock running down and an opportunity to take it to the corner, he instead hits a first-time shot that’s half-chip, half-curler.

I’m not saying goalkeeper Freddy Hall gave up attempting a save so he could instead stand and admire the quality, but few could blame him if he did.


You could have forgiven Nick Pope for doing the same with Danilo’s goal, too.

The Manchester City defender might have scored just once for the club before travelling to Turf Moor, but he finished with the confidence of someone who knew he was scoring – and knew exactly how the goal would look – before even striking the ball.

When he receives the pass from Bernardo Silva, he sees the endpoint before even moving the ball out of his feet. The intervening step is close enough to autopilot, and while this gives Pope an idea of what’s coming, that idea is not enough for him to prevent the inevitable.

It’s like a quarterback throwing a touchdown pass in a perfect arc over an opponent’s head: he knows before setting off that he won’t be able to intercept – years and years of finding himself in the same position have taught him as much – but maybe this time it will be different.

That’s what makes these finishes so beautiful to watch. It’s one thing for a goalkeeper to guess the direction of a shot and not quite get near; it’s another to figure out where the shooter is placing it and still fail to reach it.

But the beauty of Danilo’s goal comes from the fact that it’s telegraphed one touch earlier and still all that achieves is a closer call, as if the keeper is being conducted as much as the ball.

We see the same with Neves and his early opener against Sheffield United…well, sort of.

Like with Danilo’s goal, the movement inside is subtler than we might see with an archetypal Robben or Henry strike.

However, while the Manchester City player almost controls and scores in one fluid motion, like the snapping of an elastic band, the Wolves man defies physics to both start slower and finish faster.

There’s a sense with Neves’ shot of ‘fine, if you’re really going to let me do this then it’s on you’. It’s almost as much a swept crossfield pass from a 90 degree angle as it is a shot, but the end result is no different.

As with Pope a few hours before him, Simon Moore could have been told before the game not just the nature and exact placement of the strike but also the minute of the game in which the shot was going to arrive, the place where the player would hit it from and where on the pitch he’d receive it.
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