On the football fields of the 7x and 8x generations, there are two numbers reserved only for the best, namely the number 9 and number 10. The number 9 and number 10 shirt is not only present in the games. childhood football field, but also an epic story in football about classic 9s and classic 10s. Until one day those shirt numbers died. They died twice. For the first time when the likes of Makelele appeared, and the defensive midfield position was developed to its own height. These people will not only recover the ball and tackle the ball, but also attack the “conductors” who lead the game, playing the role of the soul of every team: the number 10s. Since then, the 10s have died down (like Riquelme), or retreated deep to escape the Makeleles (like Pirlo). The second time the number 10 died was the day Jose Mourinho handed it over to Lass Diarra, who was a purely defensive midfielder. It was a defamatory detail to the number 10. Since then, the shirt number has been just a shirt number. There is no longer the story of “seeing the shirt to know it”.
Yesterday morning, when De Bruyne scored twice with perfect solo performances from dribbling, dribbling, finishing. And on the other hand, Haaland with his wall plays, self-created chances, and brave goals with a flash of opportunity has nostalgic football fans nostalgic. Remembering the good years of Liverpool’s G8-T9 in 2008-2009. Gerrard and Torres then were like De Bruyne and Haaland last night. Just two people is enough to play fair with every team in Europe. The way De Bruyne and Haaland took turns scoring assists, the way these two players transitioned from defense to attack for Manchester City, or the way The Citizens needed just two of them to rock the game. Arsenal’s defence, everything is almost identical.
But why just say “almost”? Well, because Gerrard is still a pure “8”. So the G8-T9 story is still unique to Liverpool fans. So maybe the classic 9 and 10? It’s also not entirely true. Because the classic 9 and the classic 10 were quite selfish in the past. Everyone has different egos, and is very arrogant on the field. For example, Rivaldo and Ronaldo in Brazil. And the fact that Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland took turns shining as a team. Still, it’s these two guys who make people slap their thighs: here it is, the old 10s and 9s are here.
Yes, Manchester City is an up-and-coming team, 20th century history doesn’t have them, but today’s era is talking about The Citizens at its best, and even with the most historic nostalgia.