Tributes flow for Louis van Gaal (who may or may not have retired), while Arsene is blamed again, and Chelsea contemplate signings.
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Tributes to Louis
Louis van Gaal had a quirky, arrogant way about him during his time at Manchester United and that endeared him to me. In the end though, it all turned out to be smoke and mirrors and he was eventually found out. Playing a patient possession game simply doesn’t work in the Premier League, something that Pep is also learning the hard way.
In the end we have to put Van Gaal down as one of the best coaches of his generation. He won 16 major trophies across four countries. Won the Eredivisie, La Liga, and Bundesliga while developing precocious young talents like Robben, Xavi, Iniesta, Kluivert, Martial, Schweinsteiger, Badstuber, Muller etc.
A strict disciplinarian and a bit of an oddball really. I won’t forget his “long ball dossier” anytime soon.
Sad to see him retire.
Unfortunately his philosophy for Man Utd was wrong. The football was clearly “boring” with no attacking intent.We still have to thank him for the emergence of Rashford.
He also brought legend Bastian to the club. Shame that the latter is not in Mourinho plans for this season. He will indeed be considered as one of the best coaches in Europe with all the titles won!
Matip worth the risk?
Looks like a lot of the kids are going to be used again tonight coupled with some experience. From what Klopp has said could be a team along the lines of:
Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Wijnaldum, Sturridge, Ojo, Woodburn.
Big question marks over whether Matip will play for obvious reasons. Young Wilson destined to get game time too.
I’d be worried to play Matip. believe me, nothing would please me more than to tell them where to go but if we open ourselves up to potential disqualification and points deductions, then I think we’re maybe better off seeing what we can do legally. FIFA are being incredibly unhelpful about a very important problem for us that is potentially their doing.
I don’t know the law and I only have a very basic understanding about what bodies supercede what in sport but I think this is disgraceful and something must be done about it. If there is a way for us to get justice, we MUST go after it.
Now as for the match at hand, I really hope these youngsters take the opportunity that they’ve been given and reward themselves and the club with a good performance and result. I don’t know how I feel about Coutinho traveling, they’ll be at home and playing for their lives.
I can’t imagine their pitch will be in fantastic shape either so even though Coutinho may need the sharpness, he doesn’t need a wayward tackle to turn on his ankle. I guess he’s a good option to have on the bench to come on for Ejaria if we want to get a morale-boosting win.
Wenger at fault (again)
I really want to see him try another formation. The two deep-lying mids works great when Cazorla is fit, but we’ve got no one to fill his boots when he’s injured, so why the f*** doesn’t Wenger try another formation, instead of persisting with the same sh**, week in, week out?
He’s always, always done this – sticks rigidly to one plan for season after season. His early successes made his ego massive and now, if things go wrong, I think he honestly believes it’s nothing to do with him. I think he looks back at the ’98-’04 period and convinces himself that because he was successful once, any lack of success since must surely be down to outside factors.
It all comes back to the same issue for me: Arsene Wenger.
He bought ALL these players, he CHOSE them so he needs to find the right system and tactics to get the best out of them. We have so many good players yet often they look so average; Ozil, even Sanchez, not played to their strengths…this squad with Pep or Mourinho or Conte in charge would be 10+points clear this year.
Chelsea doing an Arsenal?
With the new stadium plan, I don’t think we’ll have a good budget for transfer. Look at Arsenal at that time. I think it’s best to try our best to retain our current players (who are good, they were champions 2 years ago) and to develop our youngsters. Transfers are important, but we can’t expect a complete restructuring of the team or too expensive players if we want to buy a new stadium.
Bernadeschi of Fiorentina is who I would like to have to challenge Pedro/Hazard/Willain on either side of the striker. Conte gave him his debut for Italy and knows him well. Unfortunately I read somewhere he is a Viola fan and it would take €40-50m to secure him.
At 23, he consistently scores goals or assists in a top six team. We’ve been linked a bit before the window but nothing in the last two weeks.
That said with Hazard starting every game, Willian/Pedro on the other side and then Ruben Loftus-Cheek / Musonda to challenge – a big money buy for that position could hinder progression…