Is Michael Essien a defender? His starring role in Madrid-Dortmund Thriller!

Michael Essien is now a right-back at Real Madrid.

Michael Essien is now a right-back at Real Madrid.

For a long time now it has been abundantly clear that European coaches do not view African players European clubs as capable of offering anything creative. 

It is therefore not surprising to see Michael Essien shunted to a periodic right-back role at Real Madrid, where he has not disappointed especially against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Second Leg Semi-Final Match.

Essien played the full 90 minutes, which was a surprise, as Jose Mourinho, the Real Madrid coach almost always dispenses with his right back and adds more firepower when he has to chase a game.

Michael Essien proved his worth through consistent overlapping on the right although his crosses were not all that telling.

His body block in the 78th minute ensured that Real Madrid remained with a ray of hope.

The injury to Dortmund’s Goetze also helped as the deadly Reus, who could have been a handful for Essien, moved into a central role.

The substitute Grosskreutz did not ask the questions that Reus would have posed to Essien.

In the result, the Ghanaian midfield dynamo had free rein on the right flanks and excelled in a right back role.

He was caught off position on a number of occasions when he overlapped and could only track back slowly.

Essien is clearly no longer the spring chicken that he was at Chelsea when Mourinho was in charge; it therefore is surprising that he is given a role that requires sporadic sprints the duration of the game!

The defensive duties he has been tasked with at Madrid come as a surprise because Essien is at his best in a midfield role.

Before perennial injuries started to get the better of him, Essien shone for Ghana in an attacking midfield role at the 2006 World Cup.

Chelsea subsequently employed him in some sort of holding role playing second fiddle to a-not-so-creative Frank Lampard.

Essien’s story mirrors that of his fellow Black Star, Kwadwo Asamoah who is deployed in a left back role at Juventus yet it was because of his inventive midfield play for both Ghana and Udinese that thrust him into global spotlight.

It is no longer a puzzle why African players are given roles that require use of muscle-power.

Aside Steven Pienaar at Everton, few African players even with proven flair and guile are ever trusted with creative roles in European clubs.

It appears the issue has more to do with skin-colour than anything else.

By Gilbert Phiri

READERS COMMENTS

  1. King says:

    Micheal Essien is a juju frustrated Ape!! He is 31 and he Gay!
    OH Ghana a country of Homosexual and Gays
    OH. Ghana a Failed state
    OH Ghana a trophyless country
    OH Ghana a country of dwarfs and apes
    OH Ghana a Useless Country
    Oh Ghana a Country full of underachievers
    OH Ghana a country of Charcoals and Gorrilas
    OH Ghana a country of Black monkeys
    OH Ghana a country I wish I never. Useless filthy Country

    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..
    Gayna are homo.Gayna or Ghana is Useless for EVER……………..

  2. Dr Who says:

    Essien played for Ghana at Newzealand during U17 in central defence so dont be surprise.

  3. King says:

    @DR WHORE!! Shut the F up.Essien is a Gay mercenary

  4. Samedge says:

    And ur mom’s vagina excretes sea sand.

  5. yes i agree..if they wouldn’t tell it to your face racially with verbals,they would tell you “hey you dont deserve this,your’s is all about bull’s work”with the roles you would be assigned for in football.That why i have always advised Kevin-prince Boateng not pay much attention with this “racism ministerial” here and focus on his career.

  6. Samedge says:

    Samedge the executioner is here to inflict pains into the body of any kangaroo who insult Ghanaians. Hahaaa. Agraaadaaa!!

  7. King says:

    I fucked your mom! Samedge molested her breast and fucked her hard!!then siezed her cloths and threw her out of my house.she is returning to ur fathers house naked u will see her soon.hahahaha

  8. Prince says:

    This idiotic lunatic who is on here talking trash should just take his shit elsewhere. He is an obvious illiterate with too much time on his hands and an obvious fixation on Ghana. Wherever u come from, ur stupidity and ignorance is eminent and evident. We Ghanaians are a proud people and do not banter with ignoramooses such as u. Come again, genocidal idiotic moron!!!

  9. Samedge says:

    @king, i am equally using ur mom’s vagina for business. Peoples comes & fuck ur mom on credit, dogs comes & lick her vagina after every one round,fowls comes to peck ur mom’s vagina when it is itching her. Hahahaha..

  10. King says:

    @samedge is she back??or maybe she hooked up with another client on her way back?don’t worry samedge ur mother will be back.but why did ur father marry that animal-like human being.her vagina looks lkie that of a lizard !.anyway what is the meaning of this ur name SAMEDGE

  11. Samedge says:

    @king, i have 1million men who are quing to fuck ur mom on credit, 1million dogs about to lick ur mom’s vagina after every single sex & 1million fowls about to peck ur mom’s vagina incase her vagina is itching her.in short ur mom’s smelling vagina will dimish today. Hahahaha,

  12. Samedge says:

    @king, i’ve kept the meaning of my name SAMEDGE in that smelling vagina of ur mom, just excuse ur useless dad & insert that ur donkey penis inside ur mom’s vagina to bring out the meaning of my name “SAMEDGE”. Fucking ur own mom. Cattle. Hahahaha!

  13. Samedge says:

    @king of the jungle, don’t runaway. U coward! Ur mother! ur mother! Ur mother! How dare u insult Ghanaians. Fuck ur mom, fuck ur dad’ fuck ur siblings & fuck ur family head.

  14. Collynzo says:

    Samedge the mad man, keep barking. Hahaha

  15. Samedge says:

    @collynzo, ur mother/father nyass. Aboa bi ba. Ur family head is a street begger.stupid fool! I always want to meet stinking armpit people like u.

  16. Collynzo says:

    samedge the mad man, bark for me one more time now, will you

  17. benny says:

    FOOLS,GROW UP.TWO YEAR OLDS WILL NOT BEHAVE THE WAY YOU ARE BEHAVING.INSULTING YOUR PARENTS.MUST IT COME TO THIS.YOU PEOPLE ARE A DISGRACE.MAY GOD FORGIVE YOUR SINS.AMEN

  18. Collynzo says:

    Samedge the mad man, bark for me one more time now, will you.

  19. King says:

    @benny samedge mothers vagina is a sucker well buhahahahaha

  20. Jay-Jay 10 says:

    Samegbe or whatever u call urself, i percieve that you are a bye product of a broken home..you need rehabilitation!!!!

  21. King says:

    Hahaha the ape samedge is inside the bush now.raping animals

  22. benny: says:

    @king what about your mother’s vagina? Fool

  23. The truth says:

    @king, why are you soo obsess with ghanaians? Get a life and stop annoying us

  24. Job says:

    Supposedly humans

  25. Blakroze GH says:

    Hahaha @ job, could you give them a piece of your name? Cos it seems these “self acclaimed” humans(who have not yet made a sensible comment to prove they are sentient beings) badly need your name if not a piece of it…hmm…supposedly humans indeed,lol

  26. King says:

    @benny you are a filthy Ape! Get out of here!

  27. Collynzo says:

    King please continue giving this Gaynaians grief, you are a good ambassador of Nigeria.

  28. Collynzo says:

    @king i mean u are a fool stop it.

  29. Isaac says:

    King or what ever is your name.stop this rubbish you are talking about ghanians,and focus on life.Boko aram,is at your father door step,go and rescue and let them bomb you together and stop stupid of yours.Go to hell.9ja 419



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