A lot of people moaning that Alan Shearer said Alexis Sanchez won’t be classed as world class until he’s won a league. Intriguing comment coming from a man who won it for a team that bought the title, then retired to Newcastle for a pretty bland existence. I mean, assuming he’s calling himself world class, maybe you could throw it back at him and say you can’t be classed as world-class if you’ve never won an international tournament… or you can’t be classed as world-class if you’ve only played in one country.
I think it’s pretty hard to call a player who is dropping numbers like Alexis anything other than world-class. 17 games, 13 goals, 6 assists. He’s a fucking monster. He can’t be held accountable for what Wenger gets up to over the next few months.
… also, can someone ask him to sign da ting? Or #FÍRMALO? Can we do that? I’d imagine now he’s all central and a striker he’ll have every megaclub in the land looking at him. He’d be more attuned to Pep’s style and basically anyone who wants a nutter up top who can bang in 25+ goals.
Someone who certainly doesn’t have the air of world-class about him these days is Jose Mourinho. His team dropped another abject performance. Stunningly, he’s not won a game against a top half of the table side since Arsenal in Sept 2015 (LOL it would be us). It’s just not looking good for him. Paul Pogba looks totally lost on the pitch, Mourinho seemingly has no idea how to get the best out of him, watching a player of that talent dropping 71% pass completion rates is pretty sad going.
But look, I can take it if Mourinho is suffering. Watching him reveal his insecurities in the papers and basically tell everyone his personal life is a shit show because of where he lives is kind of the rich comeuppance he deserves… and jeez, how about that little tax evasion thing with CR7? Wow. Who’d have guessed he’s be on that list!
Another leveler happened yesterday as Liverpool spunked a 2 goal lead in 20minutes to little old Bournemouth. Jack Wilshere was in the mix for this, but the young Scot lad, Fraser, was the man who sank Liverpool. Their keeper Karius didn’t help, he looked desperately poor even in comparison to Mignolet. Klopp was pragmatic after, the jist of his excuse was…
‘We were proper pony last year. Now we’re doing well, people are judging us through the wrong lens. We are only good when we’re at 100%’
It was only a matter of time before they dropped points, Klopp is a very good manager, but it’d be a f*cking miracle to get a team that ambitious moving forward, and that dim at the back, to win the league.
Chelsea looks the favourites at the moment, but look, it’s only December. I still think we have to wait to see how Pep’s team looks when they finally start adapting to his super intense / complicated philosophies about the game. I think it’ll be a 4 way joust between Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and City. I mean, I think if we had another manager in charge, we could go all the way, I’m just not sure Wenger is capable of traversing this side past February… but I’d be happy to be proved wrong.
Everything is rosy at the moment, but it only takes an injury and 3 bad results to be looking down the barrel of a nearly season mashed up with a dollop of glorious failure when we pip Spurs to 4th last game of the season.
Our City hopes are certainly looking much improved… not only do we have a longer rest period of 5 days before we play them (they have 4 days), we also have the added bonus of not having to face Fernandinho (who’d played every minute under Pep) and Aguerro (he good guys, real good). So the ball is in our court a little. I mean, it’s a bit shite that we have to go up there, but I’d fancy us to turn them over if we can avoid conceding during their customary 20minute phase of getting it… and our players turn up and harrass the hell out of their backline.
RIGHT, I am in Alaska this week shooting #AuthenticContent in the wilderness, so I have no idea how connected I’ll be. So BEAR with me, it’ll all be ok.
Have a terrific week, see you when I can!