THERE was more than a hint of arrogance about the way Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola approached the UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea. Some might call it a lack of respect, others might consider it a sign of great … Continue reading Chelsea v Manchester City: When the smarter man won
How long does not take to construct a football team – as the UEFA Champions League final approaches, we look at how the squads of Chelsea and Manchester City have been assembled. Continue reading Building Chelsea & Manchester City’s Champions League teams
THERE ARE some managers who get praised on a weekly basis by pundits, fans and the media, such as the hipsters’ favourite Marcelo Bielsa, gritty Sean Dyche and the monastic Nuno Espirito Santo. And there are others, such as pantomime … Continue reading Guardiola is the best – and here’s why
IT’S a strange and often confusing football world we live in, one in which Manchester United, the dominant force in English football from 1992 through to 2013, are now considered comparative underdogs. United have surprised everyone with their recovery after … Continue reading Now watch Manchester City and Pep take control
HOW do you sack managers like Pep Guardiola, or replace parts of the furniture like Frank Lampard? There’s an assumption that clubs will not fire people who are football luminaries or club “legends”. But it would be wrong to believe … Continue reading Lampard and Guardiola are not immune to criticism or even the sack
THE GUARD continues to change. No Messi, no CR7 and now, Pep Guardiola has to step aside. It’s France v Germany in the semi-finals, the league that was supposed to be lagging the other “big five” has two representatives. Admittedly … Continue reading Manchester City v Lyon: Does Pep’s brick wall need therapy?