The mystery that has plagued minds for decades has been disrobed. The Bermuda or Devil’s Triangle is an urban myth that resides in expansive watery tomb of the western part of the North Atlantic ocean where a triangle is formed by the Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the coast of Miami.
It has been a graveyard for disappearing aircraft and ships. The disappearance under mysterious circumstances has generated a conspiratorial legacy which has often been used to attest similar inexplicable menace in different areas of popular culture. Of course, football has not been left out.
However, football fans seems to have at least found and successfully solved it on twitter. The term has been coined and minted for a triangle constituted by the devastation of creative and attacking football.
A place so dark where even the light of hope is afraid to descend when it comes to goals and assists. A funeral procession of football flair, flamboyance and finesse.
A ponderous, pernicious and permanent death of footballing genius. It has mechanical, unimaginative and uninspiring mediocre players at its vertices.
This unfortunate moniker has been ascribed to the much maligned trio of ex Chelsea players Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and seemingly departing Conor Gallagher.
The trifecta of tedious monotony when it comes to footballing ingenuity they have labeled the kryptonite to the likes of Enzo Fernandez and João Félix.
The Blues supporters have welcomed the prospect of a complete deliverance from the three and equated to solving the fable of Bermuda Triangle of forbidden soul destroying attritional football.
Mason mount has moved to the green pastures of Old Trafford and is yet to show any kind of justification for his hefty price tag whereas Havertz has fared relatively better for his new club Arsenal with couple of goals on their pre-season tour.
For every yin there’s a yang and so to balance every doomsday treble for attacking sterility there’s a defensive triumvirate of disaster.
Here, we mention the Barca’s Bermuda triangle of defensive woes. The unflattering dishonor goes to the trio of defenders Alonso, Eric Garcia and goalkeeper Iñaki Peña .
Recently, Barcelona’s defence was ripped to shreds against rampant Arsenal and the seething Nou Campers were quick to consecrate the above trinity as the Devil’s triangle when it comes to the team’s abyssal defensive woes.
Against the Gunners, Iñaki Peña conceded three times in the second half. At least two of them were savable. Marcos Alonso was rag-dolled and dominated by Saka throughout the game and lacked physical dexterity for for the second goal.
Furthermore, most of Arsenal’s attacks came down his flank. Coming to the forlorn and flummoxed figure of Eric Garcia, dealing with high balls was too herculean a task for the centre back.
To make things worse, he consistently backed off Arsenal players allowing them time on the ball and freedom of the 18 yard box.
Previously, the exact adjective has been used in a more appreciative and enamored tone, it was Carlo Ancelotti who dubbed the Real Madrid’s midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro as “the Bermuda Triangle”.
He did so because their opponents were left hankering for the invisible ball as if it had vanished. The midfield trio perfected both winning possession and retaining it. Maybe the likes of Jude Bellingham, Camavinga and Tchouaméni might usher in another such triangle of footballing mastery.