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‘Not much respect for Arsenal…’ – Pep Guardiola

Watching Pep Guardiola on the sideline against Arsenal in their FA Cup clash was sad. He was clearly shocked at what he was witnessing. His team, full of superstars, were failing to penetrate Arsenal’s double-decker London bus.

Yesterday Pep Guardiola came out with a statement saying he doesn’t respect Arsenal… “off the pitch” 

“The opponents always deserve my respect and credit, and Arsenal, they have it..

“I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch – not much off the pitch, but on the pitch a lot. So I congratulate them and good luck against Chelsea in the final.”

Pep Guardiola and City reportedly believe Arsenal are one of a number of clubs to have previously called on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) not to agree to any delay to their two-year European ban, which has since been overturned.


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UEFA had accused City of breaking their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. They apparently overstated sponsorship revenue in their accounts and in the break-even information submitted between 2012 and 2016. They also failed to co-operate with its investigation.

It’s funny how Pep could take aim at Arsenal when managers like Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho have been the loudest in their criticism of the decision by CAS to overturn City’s ban.

Guardiola is mad. Mad at the fact he lost to an Arsenal side who his team should be beating 9 times out of 10. He is made Arsenal snatched Arteta from him. He is mad Arteta went on to knock him out of the FA Cup.

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Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2019.

Frank Lampard’s spending would go over R3.2b if he secures Kai Havertz

Frank Lampard has been on a post-lockdown spending spree. I guess he is one of the very few people who can afford to break the bank in times like these. I, on the other hand, have been ignoring my landlord’s phones calls. Enough about me and my pending eviction. Frank Lampard began his series of purchases with £50m (R950m) forward Timo Werner and midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who joined from Ajax for £37m (R570m), with the probable arrival of Kai Havertz taking spending to over £170million (R3.2b).

The fee, according to the Sun, would cost the London club £63million (R1.2b) upfront, with add ons taking the overall cost to over £90million (R1.7b).

After their transfer ban, Chelsea would have finally blown through the £150million (R2.8b) they received from Real Madrid for the sale of Eden Hazard.

Frank Lampard has done a good job for a rookie manager. He had to make do with a squad of talented but green youngsters, a few top-quality players, and older players who are past their prime. 


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Lampard’s team is currently third on the EPL log. With only a couple of games left, they are only four points away from a guaranteed champions league spot. The squad, with their new exciting talented young signings, is only going to get better.

However…

All three signings are attackers. Chelsea hasn’t had problems scoring goals. They have issues with keeping them out. Their current crew of centre backs of Antonio Rüdiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are good but not great. Frank may have been best suited to purchase two to three backline players. 

The transfer window isn’t closing anytime soon. But the Chelsea board won’t be eager to hand Lampard their credit card after he already put R3.2b on it.

Even though they are probably out of this year’s champions league, I’m confident Chelsea will qualify for next season’s competition. They are in the final of the FA Cup against a below-average Arsenal so I’m pretty sure they will win that trophy too. That would be a very good first year for a first-time manager in the EPL. Next year though, his Chelsea side needs to compete for league honours and go deep in the champions league. There will be no excuses of a transfer ban or being an inexperienced manager at this level. 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worried after loss to Chelsea in FA Cup semi-final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘It didn’t work today…’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side got beat by 3 goals to 1 against Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup last night. His team was trash.

Solskjaer made five changes from the team that had won 0-2 against Crystal Palace during the week.

Not only did he make alterations to the team, he decided to make adjustments to the setup too. Abandoning the 4-2-3-1 formation and starting with a 5-3-2.

After claiming “We picked a team to give us a best possible opportunity to go through in the cup…” He admitted that his team selection “didn’t work”


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“We picked a team to give us a best possible opportunity to go through in the cup and be ready for Wednesday [against West Ham]. It didn’t work today. We had to change things at half-time when Eric came off but that will stand us in good stead for Wednesday. I picked the team today to go through.”

Before this loss, Manchester United shit didn’t stink. They were 19 games unbeaten and played their best football post-lockdown. Going on a run of 6 wins, 2 draws, and 0 defeats. Apart from the first game back against Spurs and an FA Cup quarterfinal game versus Norwich City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played with the same eleven.

The team was free-flowing and scoring goals for fun. This is why it came as a surprise to many when Ole changed the team and system so drastically for such a big game.

“Everyone has to perform and everyone has a chance to stake a claim,” Solskjaer said defending his decision to field his B team. 

The B Team

Manchester United’s first team has been brilliant but things most often fall apart once the substitutes are introduced. Players like Fred, Williams, and McTominay, who all have had great seasons pre-lockdown, now look like they should be playing for Norwich. And their goalkeeper…. Don’t get me started on David De Gea…

“David knows he should have saved the second goal, but that’s done now. It’s hard for a goalkeeper to make amends. It’s so much easier for outfield players. He showed in the rest of the game that he made a few good saves but David knows he should have saved that one.”

 

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David De Gea was at fault for the first two goals and should have done better on the third. De Gea has been bad for a couple of years now. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to make difficult decisions on the goalkeeping position.

United may have been overhyped. Chelsea were the first decent team they played against post-lockdown and they made them look average. Manchester United supporters should keep faith in their attacking talent. But their manager, defence, and goalkeeper shouldn’t inspire much confidence going forward.

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What Should Be Considered A Less Than Crappy First Season For Jose Mourinho?

Breakups are never easy. I remember when I got dumped by my girlfriend, it was one of the saddest days of my life, I was 10. She found a new boyfriend the next week, the guy happened to be my best friend. I got over it, but I’ve been wishing death on that prick ever since (you’ll be glad to know he is still alive, according to Facebook). Tottenham did the same thing my girl did to me when they parted ways with their manager of five years Mauricio Pochettino. But, instead of waiting a week, they waited around 12 hours to show off their new lover: Jose Mourinho

In fairness, Tottenham stank over the past 12 months. Spurs had won just six of their 24 Premier League matches this calendar year.  It was time for Poch to go. Manchester United legend and now talking head on Sky Sports described the Tottenham and Jose Mourinho union as a “marriage of convenience” saying, “Mourinho needed to get back into the Premier League to re-establish himself. Levy needed someone who could get the football club quickly back up to a level that is acceptable and into the Champions League. This is a marriage of convenience.”

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Jobless Jose Mourinho has Unai Emery Looking Over His Shoulder

I don’t know if the supporters of the Gunners should be flattered or should be worried. Unemployed Jose Mourinho is said to be interested in the Arsenal job if they decided to axe Unai Emery. The Spanish manager has been under pressure due to his team’s below-par start to the season.

Unai Emery has a problem. A defence problem. David Luiz and Sokratis are, to put it mildly, shite. Does Unai Emery know how to coach defence? from what we’ve seen this season so far it seems as though a. he doesn’t care, b. he doesn’t know, or c. all of the above.

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