I can’t play the games the media play. I watched the Liverpool game yesterday and I saw no tactical master play. I didn’t see the second coming of the Herbert Chapman. All I saw was a miserable unimaginative game of football decide the title.
I was staggered to read and listen to the outpouring of admiration for Jose Mourinho after the game. Shearer said, in astonishment,
‘Look here, they’ve got 7 players behind the ball. Fantastic discipline.
Excuse me? Am I hearing this right?
Firstly, let’s delve into the Jose game plan. He spent the whole week souring the run in by declaring he was going to play a weakened side. Straight up, this sort of comment shouldn’t be tolerated. It so out of touch with the spirit of the game. It’s standard Jose, but whatever. Then he turns up to the game and looks like he’s been on 3 day coke binge. He rolls his team out to play like they’re a League 2 side playing Liverpool.
What’s up with that?
Now look, I marvel at his practical view of football. He didn’t do what Arsene did and turn up pants down ready for a good Rodgering. However, to show up with the most expensively assembled squad in the league and play like Stoke is shambolic. It’s embarrassing. Sure, we all love winning. Sure I’d like some of his trophies, but for me, deliver it like Pep or Klopp over the monstrosity that is a Mourinho shame train.
‘Tactical master class’
Please spare the bullshit. He lined up with a bank of ten and stifled the game. He sent his players out to time waste… in the first half! Imagine that. £190m wage bill, a £14m a year manager and that’s what he serves up to the world… and our press think that’s masterful? Give me a break.
Now, Brendan Rodgers played a duff hand. All he needed was a point to keep the match in his hand. Simple fact is Liverpool, much like Arsenal of yesteryear don’t possess the players to play like Brand Allardyce. So he couldn’t. But I still feel his open play flunked it. Stevie G slipping. That’ll molest him in his sleep for the rest of eternity.
Anyway, Jose has a brilliant record against the top teams this year. Better than anyone. Where has that got him? He’s unlikely to win a trophy this year. Where was his tactical brilliance against Sunderland, Palace and Villa. All that money, all that talent… and Liverpool are ahead of him. He’s a fading star. 2 years without a trophy. No £200m spend available this summer. Nasty negative vibe that permeates Chelsea and everyone around him. He’s going to find it tough.
Horrible man. Horrible manager. Hopefully, a horrible trophyless season for the chosen one.
In other news, let’s hope Arsene is looking at what all the teams above us have that we don’t. Size, energy and rapid pace. If Arsene is to stay on over the next two years, the one place we can hope he improves on is the squad. It’s the simplest most effective way to change what we do.
You have to put paid to the idea that he’ll change anything else. He’s beyond owning up to the fact he gets it wrong. He’s to experienced and long in the tooth to bring in new staff and new training methods. The best we can hope for is a better squad. We need Wenger to go back to his roots. We need him to sign players that made him great. Big, powerful players who had pace by the bucket load.
Sign a winger like Theo. He’ll not be back until gone September. So we’ll need to replace his pace. Bring in a striker with outrageous pace and strength. Immediately, you have a forward line that is scary. What can’t you do against pace that can get in behind your backline? Press. No one will press up high giving our midfield more space to pick out the passes. Pace in the forward line also means players like Santi and Ozil can play balls into space rather than feet. Immediately those two have a different dimension to their option box.
We’ll also need to focus on building out our squad in other areas. It’s not looking good for Sagna staying on. That’s a shame. He’s a great player and he has a lot of experience. If he does go, let’s get serious about the replacement. Seamus Coleman would sit high on my priority list for sure. 6 goals, 2 assists, buckets loads of pace, a good cross and excellent discipline. At 25 years old, he has his best years ahead of him, he’d also fit with our British core, in the sense that London has a massive Irish community and it’s always a pretty good mix. Maybe it’ll inspire us to look deeper into Ireland for talent. An area we don’t seem to exploit like other clubs.
We’ll also need to bring in some extra energy into the middle of the park. We need a monster midfielder in my opinion, but one who has skill meshed in with the power. Ideally, I’d love Pogba or Vidal. I’d also take someone like Bender from Levurkusen. I think we should also be looking at squad players who can come in and do a job in certain types of games. Crystal Palace don’t have a team of world class players. What they have is a group of players who are absolute monsters. They can take out big team on their day because of their ability to get into players. I’m not saying go and sign Crystal Palace players, I’m saying that when it comes to the squad, we don’t necessarily need world class, we need attributes that stretch teams. United had Darren Fletcher. A long way off world class, yet he always caused us massive problems when he played against us because he could cover a lot of ground and he was hugely aggressive. Our squad outside the starting 11 doesn’t have enough bite or grit to it. We need to back that in this summer.
… I’d still love it if we moved for Diego Costa. His attitude is so good. He wants to win at all costs on the pitch. It’s inspiring to watch, I can’t imagine what it’s like to play against. Or what it’s like to play for.
Next season, if we make the right changes and bring in a deeper squad of players that are more suited to the battles we’ll face, we’ll might be able to counter the obvious deficiencies the manager has.
Gotta pray that scouting department pulls its finger out…
P.S. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Dani Alves response to having a banana thrown at him, but it’s excellent if you haven’t. He picks it up and he eats it. The aftermath on Twitter was pretty amusing as well, Neymar with his kid eating a banana with the hashtag #Weareallmonkeys. Love that attitude. Take on the muppets by making a joke of their behaviour. Reminds me of the story of Superman taking down the KKK in the 1940s. The real KKK had accrued a lot of power and their memberships were swelling. A guy called Stetson Kennedy had infiltrated the group and tried to expose them to the police. When that failed, he went to guys making the Superman radio show. They pulled together a 16 episode where superman took on men in white hoods… the show exposed all the KKKs secrets and killed the mystique of the group, making a mockery of it in the process.
I think these embarrassing acts need putting in perspective. They’re a joke. Make a joke of it. Make a spectacle of the people. Nationally humiliate them. Outrage just fuels the fire and more copycat behaviour.
Good on Danni Alves. Shame on Spain, yet again letting itself down.