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Essien draws Madrid praise after excelling in left-back position

Essien draws Madrid praise after excelling in left-back position

Essien was at his versitility best against Celta de Vigo

By Ameenu Shardow

Midfielder Michael Essien has drawn praise from Real Madrid’s technical team after excelling in a make-shift left-back position.

The Spanish champions were very solid at the back despite missing some key players notably Marcelo in the 2-0 win over Celta de Vigo on Saturday.

Essien was brought in on loan on transfer deadline day mainly on his reputation as a utility player of which he displayed efficiently in the win over the Primera Liga minnows.

The 29-year-old’s eye-catching performance did not go unnoticed by Madrid’s assistant coach Aitor Karanka.

“The back four played very well. Celta only had one header at the end of the match,” Karanka declared to reporters after the match.

“Ramos knew his position, Varane fulfilled his role and Pepe played like he always does.

“We signed Essien because he is a player that the manager knows very well, and because of the various positions he can play in, which he fulfilled well tonight too.

“Today was an important match after the international break and the response of the team as a whole is what we expected.”

The Ghana international has fitted in perfectly since joining Los Blancos following his barren run of games at Chelsea.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Dr Who says:

    Shame on Di Matteo!

  2. Kaygee says:

    In full what he said about Essien’s play

    With regard to how he viewed the performance of Essien on the wing, Karanka stated that he is a footballer in which he has a lot of confidence and that has a lot of experience: “We signed Essien because he is a player that the manager knows very well and the various positions he can play in, and in all of those positions he fulfils his role. Today was an important match after the international break and the response of Essien and the team as a whole is what we expected”.

  3. Bediako Asare says:

    Who cares. This COCKSUCKER doesn’t even play for his national team.

  4. zambians are pigs says:

    l don’t know if AKWASI APPIAH watches any of this top leagues.We are always worrying about the so called taged problematic right and left back.
    Here is Essien tasked to play left back.
    I have seen Kwadwo Asamoah play left back for ‘JUVE’.
    I can’t see why John Boye cannot fit the right back role and keep VORSAH and JONATHAN in the centre back positions.
    There is no need changing players like An Italian ”burger” showing off in Ghana.
    We have a good team but l dread how we will fare against tactical decipline teams like spain,Italy etc.

  5. Nii Kwatei says:

    He’s our answer for the Right Back position. Did you know he played as RIght Back in the Champions League with Chelsea all the time. Even in the final against Man U in Moscow. We have enough midfielders so let him defend for the Black Stars. This is also less demanding for his knees.

  6. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    TO THOSE ASKING AA TO PLAY ASAMIAH IR ESSIEN AS A LEFT BACK. SHAME ON YOU INDEED. RETARDS, THE COACHES AT THESE CLUBS ARE USING THESE GH PLAYERS AS UTILITY PLAYERS. THIS IS WAT U HAVE TO DO SOMETIMES AS A FOREIGN/BLACK PLAYER SOMETIMES IN ORDER TO GET A PAYCHECK. ASK ESSIEN OR ASAMOAH IF THEY IDEALLY WANT TO PLAY SUCH POSITIONS? HELL NO!
    APPIAH SHOULD ADOPT THE 5.3.2. ESSIEN AND ASAMOAH ARE BOTH MIDFIELDERS

    • zambians are pigs says:

      @GH FUO—l don’t know whether you get the point raised.Nobody is asking AA to play ESSIEN LEFT OR RIGHT BACK.He the best midfielder we have by mile.
      The point is instead of disappointing figures like OPARE AND INKOOM,why not play the likes of John Boye at right looking at some decent tackles he some cut at the right.
      Most of our midfielders are left footers and can easily take care of bussiness at the left expecially at times when we some of them have be dropped meanwhile they may be in tip-top form.
      Did Rajavac not play INKOOM IN RIGHT MIDFIELD?
      It is this kind of versatalities that AA should ADAPT instead of the rijid formation.

      • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

        ZAMBIANS, U ARE CONFUSED. GO BACK N READ UR EARLIER POST. OPARE IS NOT A DISAPPOINTING PLAYER. HE IS A RIGHT BACK AND MUST ALWAYS BE USED AS A RIGHT BACK. CAN PAINSTIL EVEN ATTEMPT TO TRY OUT FOR STANDARD LIEGE? OPARE HASNT HAD THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES IN A GBSTAR JERSEY LIKE PAINSTIL OR EVEN INKOOM, BUT YET PPL LIKE U CALL HIM DISAPPOINTING. OPARE IS A RIGHT FOOTER BUT IDIOTIC COACHES USE HIM ON THE LEFT. WAT DO EXPECT, A MIRACLE? HE STARTED AT THE RIGHT BACK AGAINST MALAWI AND WE WON 2 NIL. BOYE IS NOT A RIGHT BACK, IM SORRY. HE CANT EVEN OVERLAP. SOME VERSATILES ARE USELESS. MILO’ USING INKOOM AND EVEN TAGOE AS WINGERS WAS THE MOST USELESS THING HE COULD EVER HAVE DONE. WAT DID THAT ACCOMPLISH?

        • zambians are pigs says:

          @GHANA FUO-I am surprised you are still sticking to your guns on this issue.
          Milo used INKOOM AND TAGOE as wingers that got us to the quarter finals of the WC.
          If it had not been for ARABIAN NIGHT GYAN,we would have cruised to the semis.
          The way AA keeps changing players,l think a little bit of makeshift will help.

          • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

            zambians, dont let me disGRACE U ON THIS FORUM. WE ALL SAW HOW USELESS TAGOE AND INKKOM WERE ON THE RIGHT WING. HAVE U FORGOTTEN SO SOON? WHY DO U THINK PPL WERE CALLING FOR THE DISMISSAL OF INKOOM AND ESP TAGOE AFTER THE WCUP? WE WON BCOS KWADWO ASAMOAH FED GYAN ON THE COUNTER AND DAT WAS WHEN GYAN SCORED WITH HIS LEFT FOOT AGAINST THE US. WHO DO U THINK U ARE FOOLING. TWEA, INKOOM AND TAGIE ON THE WONG WERE USELESS. THEY CLDNT EVEN CROSS THE BALL FROM THE RIGHT WING. INKOOM WAS BACK TO HIS OLD SELF AT AFCON 2012. AGAIN, STILL CULDNT CROSS THE BALL FROM THE RIGHT WING. INKOOM WAS EVEN AFRAID OF GETING INSIDE THE 18YRAD BOX. AND U SAY APPIAH SHOULD PUT PLAYERS IN DIFFERENT MAKESSHIFT POSITIONS? ARE U HIGH? INKOOM IS A RIGHTBACK, PLAY HIM THERE. SO IS AFFUL AND OPARE. DONT PLAY DAVID ADDY ON THE RIGHT, ITS DUMB. VERY SOON, U WILL SUGGEST WE PLAY KWARASAY AS STRIKER AND ESSIEN, KWADWO ASAMOAH AS DEFENDERS. ARE U CONFUSED OR WAT?

  7. texas says:

    You are right ” Zambians are pigs.” In this 21st century professionals are flexible and must be ready for change and ready to adapt to career changes especially in the West. This also applies to footballers so please come again GH FUO. A player being used at different is good thing which means that player will always have job. This has nothing to do with being foreign player or because of ones race or skin color.

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      U ARE CONFUSED TECAS. WHY DONT U GO AND DO FRAUD WITH THE NAIJA PPL OVER THERE IN TEXAS AND LEAVE SOCCER TO THOSE WHO EAT N SLEEP THE SPORT. U DONT EVEN KNOW WAT U ARE TALKING ABOUT. U ARE A FOLLOWER. GBSTAR IS NOT A JOB. WE PICK SEASONED PLAYERS OR PLAYERS WHO ARE BEST AT THEIR RESPECTIVE POSITIONS. FYI: GBSTAR IS NOT A JOB!

  8. D Light says:

    When talking abt Utility and how players can adjust perfectly at different positions, den talk abt RAHIM AYEW- an essienlike player who is very clever like The ‘Cat’, Tiredless like the ‘Ant’, Brave like the ‘Lion’ n Very Strong like the ‘BULL’. He is very hard to beat on a ONE ON ONE situations n very difficult to Disposses wen going forward. His passes r so inventive like a Like the ‘Weever’s’ Brain… N his crosses r too deadly like the Butchers Knife.
    He is the BEST Right Full-Back at the moment. AMBIDEXTROUS like Pablo Zabaleta and is Power-shooting like Roberto Carlos. He’s the modern example of a full-back-
    He makes the DISCOMFORT positions COMFORTABLE…beit LB-RB or LW-RW or AM-DM, The RAMSHAKER just shakes everyone. I’m in Luv wit Lierse Sk b’cos of him. U wanna Bet?

    • MUSAH FIFA says:

      you are right D Light,but this tribal Black Stars will never invite him to the team,and not because of anything but because of his father,you know this people has problems with his father so the problem touched all of them, i mean his children,JORDAN, DEDE, and RAHIM AYEW, this people do not like them, they know that the boy can solve this problem easy, but they will never do that just because of their father.

      • Ghanaman says:

        How is that tribal then IDIOT??? Kwasea! Most people don’t even know what tribe Abedi Pele is! Is he Dagomba or Gonja? In the Black Stars the team is based on MERIT FULL STOP! Plavi never called him!!!! Let him earn his spot if he wants to play LASTLY YOU SON OF WHORE! Choose your words carefully or ELSE! FILTHY DIRTY ANIMAL!!

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      WHERE IS RAHIM? I WAS IMPRESSED ITH HIS PERFORMNCE AT AFCON ANGOLA, BUT WE HAVNT HEARD FROM HIM SINCE. WHY HASNT AA CALLED HIM TO GBSTAR FOR ANY FRIENDLIES OR GAMES. INSTEAD WASTING TIME ON THIESE HALF COOKED, HALF BAKED PLAYERS LIKE WARRIS, SOLOMON ASANTE, COFFIE, ….PAINSTIL, DEEK BOATENG…OH LORD. AA PREFERS BRIBES TO TROPHIES. NOT SMART. CALL ABEYIE, YIADOM, AFFUM, OPARE, WAKASSO,

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      WHERE IS RAHIM? I WAS IMPRESSED ITH HIS PERFORMNCE AT AFCON ANGOLA, BUT WE HAVNT HEARD FROM HIM SINCE. WHY HASNT AA CALLED HIM TO GBSTAR FOR ANY FRIENDLIES OR GAMES. INSTEAD WASTING TIME ON THIESE HALF COOKED, HALF BAKED PLAYERS LIKE WARRIS, SOLOMON ASANTE, COFFIE, ….PAINSTIL, DEEK BOATENG…OH LORD. AA PREFERS BRIBES TO TROPHIES. NOT SMART. CALL ABEYIE, YIADOM, AFFUM, OPARE, WAKASSO, RAHIM AYEW AS UTILITY….

    • zambians are pigs says:

      good rap @dlight

    • Ghanaman says:

      Go look at his performance vs. Ivory Coast in 2010 and come back!!

  9. Mwansa says:

    Ghanians, Now that Zambians have left your site, can you please tell this confused Ghanian with the name “zambians are pigs” to change his name?

    Or we link his comment to all Zambian sites and when they see it, they will come back and they insult you and shut you up on your own site. Choose.

  10. Blow says:

    D Light you are spot on. At this point in time, we need the likes of Rahim in the team considering the fact that most of our defensive players are only skillful but can’t match the STRENGTH of the Drobgas, Victor Moses and the Christopher Katongos. Akwesi,your balls are in your court.

  11. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    IF RAHIM IS IN FORM, HE SHOULD GO TO AFCON. I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH HIM AT AFCON ANGOLA. PLS CALL HIM OVER PLAYERS LIKE PAINSTIL, HALF FIT MUNTARI AND BADU. IF U ALL REMMEBER, RAHIM WAS VERY GOOD IN DEFENCE AGAINST EGYPT. INFACT, IT WASNT UNTIL MILO TOOK HIM OUT AND BROUGHT IN THAT USELESS GUY ERIC ADDO, THAT GEDO WAS ABLE TO SCORE. MILO WAS TACTICALLY INEPT AT THAT POINT. SHEHATA BRING IN GEDO, WHO WAS VERY HOT IN THAT TOURNAMNT, AND WAT DOES MILO DO IN RETURN. THE FOOL TAKES OUT GYAN, UR MOST PROLIFIC SCORER, TAKES OUT RAHIM,YOUR BEST LEFT BACK, AND BRING IN CRIPPLING ERIC ADDO. EVEN A MIRACLE WOULDNT HAVE SAVED GH ST THAT POINT. TALK ABOUT A VERY STUPID MOVE. IM SURE MILO PROLLY SOLD THE GAME TO THE EGYPTIANS. AFTERALL, LOOK AT WHERE HE ENDED UP AFTER THE WCUP? IN AN ARAB COUNTRY…

  12. Senseless Ape Ghanaians says:

    @ GH FUO,THINK BIG!! , Apparentently this burnt black GH FUO,THINK BIG dude is a slowpoke senseless Ape. U see why I say u Ghana Must Go guys are slowpoke. When I think of Ghana, I see the definition of ugliness… It seems the beautiful ones are yet born over there! Thanks to mullatoes, it would have been a “dark”, sorry “black” future for you guys. Seriously, you guys should consider the domain name “ugg”. What ugly charcoal ape Ghanaians suffer here is typical low mentality sydrome and is incurable ok, so sorry. Visit Totheharm in UK and see useless lovepeddlers and drug pushers ugly charcoal ghanaians. As small as de r, Ghana is becoming modern day sodom and gomorah. Nigeria can’t be compared with your nitwit country called Ghana. TROKOSI ( Ewe tribe), criminal sakawa ( Ashanti tribe) and Land mediocre stuffs ( Ga tribe). Shut up and be my shoe shiner boy as usual or a cleaner in my Glo network in Ghana that sponsoring ur Black Juju Stars and Ghana Useless local league or casher in Nigeria 10 big banks in Ghana. Ghanaians will forever be

  13. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    UR NAME SAYS A LOT ABOUT U. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A SENSELESS APE, U HEAR. U CALL A BLACKMAN SLOWPOKE? REALLY? LAST I CHECKED, A BLACKMAN WAS THE FASTEST AND HAVE BEEN SINCE BLACKS WERE ALLOWED TO RACE FAIRLY AGAINST WHITES, ABI? WHO CREATED YOUR WARPED DEFINITION OF UGLINESS U CALL GH OR THE BEAUTIFUL, BLACK PPL LIVING THERE? GOD OR A WHITEMAN WHOM U WORSHIP? U SOUND LIKE A NIGERIAN..LOL GH PPL TAUGHT U SMELLY NAIJA PPL HOW TO HAVE DIGNITY IN YOURSELVES. SHUT UP AND GO TAKE A SHOWER, U FILTHY ANIMAL! KWASIA, IF YOUR NATION WAS CONDUCIVE FOR BUSINESS, WOULDNT U HAVE STAYED OVER THERE? U HAVE ALL THESE NUMBERS/POPULATION TO MAKE BUSINESS MONEY BUT UR PPL ARE SO STUPID, RESPONSIBLE PPL HAVE TO LEAVE NAIJA TO HAVE PEACE OF MIND. U CANT BUY PEACE OF MIND WITH NAIRA. U DUMB DUMMY. CONTINUE DOING 419. EVERYDAY FOR THIEF, 1 DAY FOR MASSA. WHEN U ARE GRABBED, U WILL SEE HOW NAIJA MAN WILL GET FUCKED IN THE ASS WITH HOT IRON ROD FOR SCOTLAND YARD…