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
Mauricio Pochettino believes that there is a perception about Premiership in the other countries that it is not a great league.
The games are not as tactical as in the other leagues and a majority part of the games involve only long balls like the old times. So, to succeed in it is not a big deal.
Because of this perception, a manager of a different nationality coming to UK may come thinking that he has taken up an easy job, but, that is a wrong mentality to come with because he is not going to find the Premiership like what he would have heard. If he has to succeed, he will have to show some humility towards the competition.
The perception that the competition lacks quality is actually a false perception in the eyes of Pochettino and that he says with conviction because he has spent a decent amount of time coaching in the competition and knows what kind of challenges a coach come across when he comes into it first up. Continue reading Mauricio Pochettino Worried about Perception in other Countries
Serge Gnabry, once a former midfielder in the Gunner’s team under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, has credited his recent rise to prominence to his former boss.
This came on the heels of the midfielder’s inclusion and debut at the national level for Germany.
In his debut for Joachim Low’s side on Saturday against San Marino, the 21-year old was able to come off with a hat trick in the game that ended in an 8-0 thrashing of the underdog opponents.
A shock move recently this summer had seen the German midfielder head off to Werder Bremen despite having agreed to a new deal with the Emirates dwellers. The new deal, however, could not hold him back at Arsenal as at the end of a successful Olympics tournament with his country, he felt it was time to move to first team football.
The fans of the club were quite displeased that he had to leave for a fee of just £5.5 million but Gnabry has come out to say that without the time spent at the club and the manager, Arsene Wenger, he would have not been where he is today. Continue reading GNABRY CREDITS WENGER WITH RISE TO PROMINENCE
Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is very much looking forward to be back amongst the action after the international break.
The former Aston Villa man moved to the Etihad stadium in the summer against the advice of many. Delph was seen as a spare man who would fill up the home grown spots in the squad. His signing was compared to the arrivals of players like Adam Johnson in previous years. However, Delph went with confidence and started only five league matches. He has been out with an injury since the end of January, which have prevented his impact in the team. Continue reading Fabian Delph to be back soon after International Break
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