Well, the nasty one has landed in Salford and he’s already talking like a monster.
“I prefer to be more aggressive and say we want to win. What is playing well? It is scoring more goals than the opponents, conceding less, making your fans proud because you give everything and you win. It is everything at the same time. It is an aggressive approach by myself. I want everything. Of course we are not going to get everything but we want to.”
Mourinho is looking at next season as a potential championship winning opportunity. He’d be right, I mean, if he lands Pogba, they’d be looking very good. Van Gaal didn’t have a terrible squad over there. They’ve invested a bucket load of cash into the side, they just played terribly under a manager well past his prime. They also don’t have the Champions League to worry about. Jose also had jibes at the ready for Arsene Wenger.
“There are some managers … the last time they won a title was 10 years ago. Some of them, the last time they won a title was never. The last time I won a title was one year ago [with Chelsea], not 10 years ago or 15 years ago, so if I have a lot to prove, imagine the others. But the reality is that was never important for me. I play against myself. That is my feeling many times.
“I feel I have to prove not to the others but to myself. I would never be able to work without success. That is my nature and I have always to find the reasons why I have always many questions towards myself and the people working with me. That is my nature. I could approach this job in a defensive point of view by saying the last three years the best we did was fourth. I can’t go – it is my nature.”
Thing is, like before, you might find the comments in poor taste, but it’s hard to disagree with them. Mourinho has a pot of money to spend this summer. You know he’ll spend it. He’ll address the weaknesses, he’ll work out a way to pour gold onto the strengths and he’ll probably make some sort of odd power play… like selling Rooney to Derby, just to show the squad who the boss is. He’ll do all of that pretty rapidly as well.
Wenger won’t. We’re over a month into the transfer window and we’ve signed a striker with a pretty average goal scoring record in pretty bang average league, and we’ve landed a Xhaka. Don’t get me wrong, the Swiss looks like an excellent signing, but be fair here, we are way more than one signing away from being able to mount any sort of challenge.
There are no rumours swirling around Arsenal, which usually means there’s not a lot going on. We’ve lost out on Vardy and Mikki who turned their noses us at us. Now what? Are we in a tough spot? Are we truly going to bust the bank for Morata? Or are we sharking the prime meat cuts that drop out of the big clubs after they splurge… or in Madrid’s case, before they splurge?
All I know is that we’re not powering through our summer. As usual. The aggressive ‘get it done quickly’ stance has not come to bear fruit again. Then you read around what other managers are saying, how they’re rallying the troops… and then you see Arsene Wenger is on French TV talking about Brexit. No seriously, that’s what happened…
“I spoke with a lot of financial analysts and not a single one of them knows exactly where we are headed. From a political perspective, England has lost its leader and at the moment she does not have another. This instability is worrying. Today, the English are in the dark on a political level. Europe could also falter.”
“But, in my opinion, it is overwhelmingly in the long-term that there are questions to be answered. The way in which England will leave the European Union will dictate the future of the Premier League. If the league becomes less attractive, the broadcasters will offer less money for the rights, club revenues will decrease and the Premier League will suffer the consequences. There lies the problem.”
There will be those that purr about ‘how wonderful it is to have a football manager who can follow the news and ask pertinent questions about the future of our economic wellbeing’… and there’s me, who wishes he’d focus on the task at hand, get his arse back to London and start acting like an elite manager.
Talking of elite managers, *cough*, Claudio Ranieri might be bringing Robin Van Persie back to the UK in a shock move. I mean, it’d be great to see what he could do, he’s what, 32 years old? I mean, same age as me and I can still run the 100m in 10seconds. I still wonder what Robin could have done for Arsenal last season when we were in that goal scoring hole?
The player I cleverly scouted yesterday for you all, Gabriel of Palmeiras, has decided he wants to stay in Brazil for one more year. His agent has done his job, raised his boys profile, so expect a BIG money move next year… that likely won’t be to Arsenal.
New Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches is facing Kanu like questions around his age. Ex coach Guy Roux reckons he’s more like 24 / 25 years old as his birth certificate was dropped years after his birth. That’s funny if true. The most expensive teen of all time is actually not a teen.
Don Balon, famous for absolutely nothing, reckon Arsenal are going to offer Morata at £144k a week. We might also be able to offer him Premier League tax breaks now we’re on the march to Brexit. I do wonder, much like Wenger, whether players agents consider the issues the pound is facing over the foreseeable when negotiating with their players?
Milan are being sold to Chinese investors for about £350m. So expect them to start dishing out PSG like sums of money to become one of the greats again.
… and that’s about all I have today? Have a great day and good luck to the Welsh this afternoon!