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Gianluigi Donnarumma v Jordan Pickford: Goalkeeper Battle | Euro 2020


SThe one-day Wembley final is midday between the goal posts: England’s Jordan Pickford vs. Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. Craig Liddle, Pickford’s former coach at Darlington, believes the Everton player is potentially the best goalkeeper in the world. I wouldn’t go that far, but really Pickford is among the best. But so is his Italian rival, and his name sounds like Verdi’s opera.

How do they compare? On the line, Pickford definitely has the upper hand. He moves smoothly, like a jaguar, is extremely quick on his feet, and has amazing reflexes. No wonder he was called “Speedy” at school. He is not as tall as Donnarumma, rather small for a modern goalkeeper at 1.85m, a fraction of more than 6ft. The Italian is 1.96m, 6ft 4in, but he doesn’t have the same reaction speed. Pickford lead, 1-0.

In terms of reach, the 11cm of physical advantage translates into greater reach and better control of the area and incoming high balls. The Azzurri The goalkeeper looks like an octopus that reaches even seemingly impossible balls. Donnarumma Advantage, 1-1.

In terms of technical skills, Pickford is arguably the strongest player with the ball at his feet. Demonstrate complete control of the ball, with both feet. Donnarumma’s abilities are satisfactory but he is not at the same level. Pickford advantage, 2-1.

Pickford is 27, Donnarumma only 22, but in terms of coolness and composure, the youngest goalkeeper has the upper hand. Donnarumma is a product of the Milan goalkeeping school. He was top-notch from the start, just 17 years old when he replaced the legendary Gigi Buffon on the national team.

Today he looks like a 35-year-old player when he organizes his defensive line and sometimes he even reminds me of the German Manuel Neuer. Donnarumma also has two incredible central defenders playing in front of him: Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are world-class players. Donnarumma Advantage, 2: 2.

As for the numbers, Pickford has set a record for an England goalkeeper for the most consecutive minutes without conceding, topping Gordon Banks’ 720 minutes set in 1966. So it’s understandable that he’s a Gloves contender. of Gold in these Euros. With five in a row, he achieved the highest clean sheet of the tournament. Pickford seems stronger than ever to me.

After his confrontation with Virgil van Dijk, he received death threats from Liverpool fans and even saw a sports psychologist. “He can help me develop my thinking … and learn to deal with various things and get through difficult times.” This guy did a great job.

In the final we will see how stable Pickford has become when the pressure becomes almost unbearable. He has the talent and ability to become a hero to England fans. Imagine a penalty shoot-out and Pickford saves the decisive shot. Gareth Southgate would probably adopt him immediately.

That said, at the other end of the field, Donnarumma has even greater potential. Not only is he a giant physically, his mental strength is also outstanding for a player of his age.

My final judgment is a boring draw. I hope we go to a shootout, and then for the sake of history I hope Pickford is the hero and leads the homeland of the game to a desperate victory in a major tournament.

I love drama and a good story. And Donnarumma’s moment will definitely come in the future. “Donnarumma is mobile”- maybe someone will honor the young man from the Gulf of Naples in the future with an opera.

Sunday’s Wembley final is noon between the goal posts: England’s Jordan Pickford vs. Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. Craig Liddle, Pickford’s former coach at Darlington, believes the Everton player is potentially the best goalkeeper in the world. I wouldn’t go that far, but really Pickford is among the best. But so is his Italian rival, and his name sounds like Verdi’s opera.

How do they compare? Down the line, Pickford definitely has the upper hand. He moves smoothly, like a jaguar, is extremely quick on his feet, and has amazing reflexes. No wonder he was called “Speedy” at school. He is not as tall as Donnarumma, rather small for a modern goalkeeper at 1.85m, a fraction of more than 6ft. The Italian is 1.96m, 6ft 4in, but he doesn’t have the same reaction speed. Pickford lead, 1-0.

In terms of reach, the 11cm of physical advantage translates into greater reach and better control of the area and incoming high balls. The azzurri goalkeeper looks like an octopus that reaches even seemingly impossible balls. Donnarumma Advantage, 1-1.

In terms of technical skills, Pickford is arguably the strongest player with the ball at his feet. Demonstrate complete control of the ball, with both feet. Donnarumma’s abilities are satisfactory but he is not at the same level. Pickford advantage, 2-1.

Pickford is 27, Donnarumma only 22, but in terms of coolness and composure, the youngest goalkeeper has the upper hand. Donnarumma is a product of the Milan goalkeeping school. He was top-notch from the start, just 17 years old when he replaced the legendary Gigi Buffon on the national team.

Today he looks like a 35-year-old player when he organizes his defensive line and sometimes he even reminds me of the German Manuel Neuer. Donnarumma also has two incredible central defenders playing in front of him: Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are world-class players. Donnarumma Advantage, 2: 2.

As for the numbers, Pickford has set a record for an England goalkeeper for the most consecutive minutes without conceding, topping Gordon Banks’ 720 minutes set in 1966. So it’s understandable that he’s a Gloves contender. of Gold in these Euros. With five in a row, he achieved the highest clean sheet of the tournament. Pickford seems stronger than ever to me.

After his confrontation with Virgil van Dijk, he received death threats from Liverpool fans and even saw a sports psychologist. “He can help me develop my thinking … and learn to deal with various things and get through difficult times.” This guy did a great job.

In the final we will see how stable Pickford has become when the pressure becomes almost unbearable. He has the talent and ability to become a hero to England fans. Imagine a penalty shoot-out and Pickford saves the decisive shot. Gareth Southgate would probably adopt him immediately.

That said, at the other end of the field, Donnarumma has even greater potential. Not only is he a giant physically, his mental strength is also outstanding for a player of his age.

My final judgment is a boring draw. I hope we go to a shootout, and then for the sake of the story I hope Pickford is the hero and leads the homeland of the game to a much-desired grand tournament victory.

I love drama and a good story. And Donnarumma’s moment will definitely come in the future. “Donnarumma é mobile”: perhaps someone will honor the young man from the Gulf of Naples in the future with an opera.

Lutz Pfannenstiel is the only footballer to have played professionally for each of the six recognized continental associations. Previously he was sporting director at Hoffenheim and Fortuna Düsseldorf, now he has the same position at St Louis City SC


www.theguardian.com

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