The Goalkeepers of Spain and Germany accurately predicted what FIFA World Cup 2018 will be like and they have been proven correct as soon as the competition commenced.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The 2 goalkeepers of Spain; David de Gea and Pepe Reina had complained about the ball which is being used in the FIFA World Cup 2018. The German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also agreed to their views and commented about the ball being used.
A few months ago in March 2018, the three prolific footballers criticised the ball made by Adidas for the FIFA World Cup. The ball has been recreated by the company with the aim of recalling the edition used in 1970 and 1974.
Pepe Reina led the rant of the Adidas Telstar 18. The Napoli player also had advised changing the ball before the World Cup commenced but all in vain. Pepe claimed there will be a lot of goals scored from outside the box.
“I bet you as much as you like that we’ll see at least 35 goals from long range [in Russia], because it’s impossible to work out, and it’s covered in a plastic film that makes it difficult to hold on to. Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball. They should change it – there’s still time.”
The teammate of Pepe Reina and the first choice goalkeeper of Spain, David de Gea also affirmed the claims of Pepe by adding his opinion. The Manchester United player believed there was a lot of scope for improvement.
“It’s (ball) really strange. It could have been made a lot better.”
The German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also contributed in the critique of the ball being used in World Cup. The Barcelona man was upset with the product and added that there is nothing that the goalkeepers can do about it.
“The ball could be better; it moves a lot, but I think we’re just going to have to get used to working with it, and try to get to grips with it as quickly as possible before the World Cup starts. We’ve got no other option.”
The goalkeepers have already been proven right with their prediction of the ball. The opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia saw 5 goals and two of them being from long range. Similarly in Portugal vs Spain game where there were 4 goals scored from outside the box. David de Gea in the game also struggled in gripping the ball and that played an advantage for the second goal of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the other games also the air pressure of balls has been a bit of hassle for the players and likes of Lionel Messi were seen asking for a different ball in between the game due to the air pressure.
After listening to the old plight of goalkeepers it does really feel bad to see a goal being scored with less for the goalkeeper to do. As they take the blame in such competition where the whole country’s expectations are carried by 11 players.