Pep Guardiola. Everybody knows him as a sucker for perfection; some even dislike him for it, his players inclusive. And it never really mattered in the end.
The results were there and a legend grew out of him. Prior to being promoted from Barcelona’s feeder team, La Masia, Guardiola was practically unknown to the football world.
Fast forward to four years after his Barca appointment and the Santpedor-born had done enough to warrant being tagged ‘the best coaching mind of the 21stcentury.’
His achievement at the Catalan side triggered a chase for his signature between ambitious clubs in Europe. He opted to however join Bayern Munich after taking a one year sabbatical at a time the Bavarians were just partying on their treble success of the Jupp Heynckes-led campaign.
That very achievement made the Spaniard’s metric of success tougher. His best however could only take the Bavarians to three consecutive UCL semi-final appearances and 3 domestic league titles. It felt like a failure, despite the amazing stats. Continue reading GUARDIOLA MUST DELIVER NEXT SEASON
Liverpool have not given up on their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who has become one of the sort of the players in the last few months following impressive performances for the Bundesliga club.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be keen on strengthening the forward line-up, which is likely to see Daniel Sturridge depart. The England international is unhappy with a place on the bench and he is excited to be one of the first needs to leave Anfield in the summer. This would weaken an offence that struggled to create much opportunities when Sadio Mane was at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Even though Liverpool have scored the most number of goals (60) in the Premier League, Klopp thinks that the forward positions can be improved with some strength in depth. Werner would be a great addition, and the player recently spoke highly about Liverpool fans and the possibility of playing at Anfield. Continue reading Liverpool Move After German Forward to Replace Sturridge
Tottenham only managed to draw against West Bromwich Albion where a win would have helped them cut down their deficit on Leicester.
Leicester is currently 7 points clear of Tottenham and could win the title by defeating Manchester United on Sunday. Spurs will be downhearted that they could not score with the many occasions that they received during the game.
Tottenham started the match well and caused all kind of troubles to West Brom. The first occasion came to Eriksen on a free-kick which the West Brom goalkeeper diverted into a corner. Continue reading Tottenham title hopes dented by a draw against West Brom
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes that star striker Jamie Vardy is expected to be fit for the league match against Tottenham. This match comes just days after the two teams met at White Hart Lane for an FA Cup fixture. The match finished as a 2-2 draw, which meant that Leicester have not won in the last four matches of all competitions.
This is a significant drop in form and one that threatens the club’s top four position. Leicester have been considered as title challengers in the last few weeks after they went past Christmas while maintaining their position near the top.
However, failure to win four matches in succession is likely to take the confidence out of the team. It becomes harder to win games in the future and the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham are primed to take over the second spot from Leicester. Ranieri has been able to get the best out of the players so far, but even he has struggled to cope with the absence ofVardy. The 29-year-old is the top scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals in 20 appearances. However, he has missed the last couple of matches due to an injury, but he is set to return for this crucial away trip against Spurs. Continue reading Claudio Ranieri believes that star striker Jamie Vardy is expected to be fit
Harry Kane has been unable to get the ball into the net in the 3 matches that he has appeared in so far in the Premier League 2015-16, but, his boss Mauricio Pochettino is not concerned.
As per Pochettino, Kane is putting a lot in his preparations and it will not take long before he starts reaping the rewards of his hard work.
However, Pochettino is quite gutted about the fact that the Spurs couldn’t maintain their lead against two comparatively weaker teams that they played on 15th and 22nd respectively i.e. Stoke City and Leicester City.
While it could easily have been two wins and 6 points for them from those two games, it turned out to be two draws and two points.
Tottenham had actually had a lead of 2-0 in the Stoke game, but, out of the blue, they conceded two back to back goals in a space of 5 minutes in the latter parts of the second half and what was looking like a certain victory for them ended up in a draw. Continue reading Harry Kane has been unable to get the ball into the net in the 3 matches