Forget Man U’s failed ‘MD7’… First goal against Man City, bang! ATM No. 9 DeFi

July 30, 2023 | by

Memphis Depay, Atletico Madrid’s new No. 9 and not Manchester United’s failed No. 7, dazzled.

Atletico defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the second leg of the Coupang Play Series at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Oct. 30. The match was delayed for 40 minutes due to heavy rain, but the 60,000+ fans in attendance were treated to a prestigious match.

The first half ended in a tightly contested 0-0 tie. Despite the lack of a goal, the nerves and offense were on full display. Usually, the majority of the players in a friendly are substituted at the start of the second half. Not so for Man City and Atletico. They kept their goalkeepers on the bench and continued to battle in the second half. Atletico made a major substitution in the ninth minute of the second half, while City made a major substitution in the 16th minute of the second half.

Defai came on. Depay was dubbed the Dutch Cristiano Ronaldo when he played for SV Eindhoven. He was highly touted after his incredible performances and joined Manchester United. At United, he failed miserably. He was dropped and headed to Lyon, where he made a perfect comeback. With 76 goals and 55 assists in 178 official games, he became one of the top strikers in the French Ligue 1.

After being released by Lyon, Depay headed to Barcelona. With the departure of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, Depay immediately stepped into the starting lineup to lead the Barcelona offense. Even at their worst offensive moments, Depay did his job. However, an injury sidelined him for a while, and with the arrival of Peran Torres and other strikers, Depay’s place in the lineup became ambiguous.

Ahead of this season, Robert Lewandowski and Hapinha have joined him. Add to that the return of Ansou Faye from injury and the resurgence of Ousmane Dembele, and Depay’s place in the side was completely lost. Depay, who was expected to leave in the winter transfer window, ended up at Atletico, where his interests aligned. Barcelona had surplus resources at their disposal, albeit to a league rival.

Depay never really took off at Barcelona and was shipped off to Atletico. He played only the second half of the season, scoring four goals in eight Spanish La Liga games. His purity was high, but his frequent injuries left a lot to be desired. There were doubts about whether he would play next season, but he showed what he could do against Man City.

Depay 꽁머니 made an immediate impact with his fiery bursts and razor-sharp shots, sending the Seoul World Cup stadium into a frenzy in the 21st minute of the second half.

Depay continued to play up front and on the flanks. Defoe’s performance helped Atletico to a 2-1 victory over traveling team Man City. Depay’s competitiveness was evident. Going into the upcoming season, Atletico have a lot of offensive concerns. João Felix has been discredited by controversy and his future is unclear. The same goes for their leading striker, Alvaro Morata. They can’t rely on Griezmann alone. In this situation, Defoe’s performance is encouraging. It makes me excited for the upcoming season.


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