June 17, 2010
I'll be surprised in either Germany or Argentina win the World Cup. A strange statement I know. There isn't a team in the world that can sustain excellent football for seven games in a row. There will always be at least one game where the team isn't clicking in their play. When would you rather have that off game? During the group stage when you only have to generate enough points to get through to the next phase or in the knockout stage where one bad game gets you sent home?
June 15, 2010
Great coaches and managers are those that get the best out of their players. Mourinho inspires. His tactical acumen is second to none, but it is that specific talent to get his players to excel that singles out the new Real Madrid manager as the best in the world. I was reminded of this watching tonight's Brazil vs. North Korea World Cup match. If ever there was one sentence that stands as a complete indictment of everything that was wrong with Mark Hughes it is "Robinho to Elano... 2-0."
June 13, 2010
There's an interesting trend appearing in a number of the rumours associated with the club. That is of players been traded as part of potential deals. Such deals are not unheard of, Keith Gillespie's move from United to Newcastle in the Andy Cole transfer might be the most well known from the Premiership seeing that it represented the largest English transfer deal at the time and just last year Samuel Eto'o was added to a 46 million Euro deal that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move from Inter to Barcelona. However it certainly isn't the norm.