Great coaching outshines talent as Klopp destroys Barca

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The folk bizarrely pushing the idea that coaching isn’t an effective tool for progress had to cancel all future opinions going live in public.

Liverpool crushed the MIGHTY Barcelona in a 4-0 drubbing for the ages.

Yes, Shaqiri, Wijnaldum, Origi, and Henderson all featured and starred in an absolute masterclass at Anfield, showing that a strong vision, a defined footballing philosophy, and good old fashioned coaching can trump individual talent… even when that talent is Lionel Messi.

As Tr7 said perfectly the comments, ‘It was heavy metal football that rattled Barca, not the quality of players Liverpool has.’ They still delivered without their best players. An incredible achievement, even if it does make me pig sick… our biggest mistake of the last ten years was passing on Klopp and Pep.

MORE MONEY

MORE PLAYERS

MORE MONEY

MORE PLAYERS

… really doesn’t rub when you see Jordan Henderson as a regular in their side. Origi proving pivotal at the highest level. Low budget signings like Robertson game changing all season. Trent Arnold breaking through from the youth team and playing like a superstar. They lost Salah and still manage to compete. Arsenal lose Ramsey and the whole thing falls apart. Unai picked up a squad in better shape than Klopp, spent more money in his first transfer window than the German did in 2 years and managed to make things worse.

There’s no real way to compare the two managers. As I pointed out yesterday, Klopp finished a lowly 8th in his first season, but he also picked up a dreck squad that was deflated and 10th. He had no preseason to work with, and in his final 13 games, his team scored 31 goals. His coaching had him finish stronger than he started, you could see what he was doing on the pitch, not in hopeful translated text on Marca.

Their stadium was absolutely rocking. You know why? Because the football courses through the veins. It’s electric. The energy on the pitch translates to the stands. If you think that has been standard at Liverpool over the last ten years, you have never met a season ticket holder there.

I am jealous of what they have, Klopp has been a sensation. He was my original managerial crush way back when, I had my doubts about his rebirth at Liverpool, oh how wrong I was. Elite of the elite. Can you believe we let him sit without a job while Wenger paraded deal after new deal?

Just read these words Klopp had after the game.

“It was overwhelming … I actually … I said to the boys before the game that it’s impossible, but because it’s you we have a chance. I have watched in my life so many football games, but to play the best team in the world … look, winning is already difficult, but to win with a clean sheet … It’s 10.10pm and the children are probably in bed so I’m sorry about the language but can I say these boys are fucking talented giants. It’s all about the players.”

Employing an inspiring coach that knows how to develop players is so important. If you don’t have that, why persist? Charisma, passion, energy… that’s what makes a club rock. But again, I can’t hammer home how utterly bat shit it is to excuse this season because our players aren’t coachable. Think about that statement and how weak it is.

Pep Guardiola, the chequebook manager everyone slates, took a journeyman central midfielder called Fabian Delph and turned him into a regular left-back in a team that will go down as one of the all times greats in Premier League history. World class managers make average players great. They make collections of them work as a unit. They organise, inspire and equip them with the tools they need to succeed.

How about we talk about a really shite team, like, say, Southampton? They were in a mess before they played us at Christmas. Ralph Hassenhutl, an interest of Le Grove a few years ago came in and reshaped them. Ryan Bertrand had this to say on what he’s done.

“The manager has came in and has given us an identity,”

“He has given us a clear style of play and leaves no stone unturned.

“It is a real pleasure to go on the field like that and not have people questioning each other.”

“If you asked 100 people what Southampton’s style of play was, you would get similar answers,” he added.

“It would be that we are a high pressing team, very competitive and play good football.

“That may have been adrift before.”

If you asked 100 people about Arsenal’s identity, what would you get?

“Catch Kola on the overlap’

We are still there a year on.

Better players give you better results, no doubt, but whether it’s the highest level or the lowest, the clearer the vision, the better the outcome. Look at Mourinho over the years, his Champions League win with Inter Milan was genius. That squad was a ragtag bunch of pros that he turned into a formidable unit. Look at how Jardim toppled the mighty PSG. Look at what Ajax are doing, win or lose tonight.

Arsenal has conceded 52 goals so far this season. Some flag that Holding and Bellerin would have made things better… reality is, we were on for conceding 50+ goals with them in the side. Poor organisation is always going to leave you exposed regardless of who is playing. The game is far too competitive now to be able to get away with good players simply bailing you out. Everyone is of a high technical standard now, you will be destroyed if you aren’t organised and that’s exactly what’s been going on.

Sam Allardyce has always known this. He goes into clubs on fire, organises them and makes them competitive. He takes shite defences, with shite defenders and he makes them better. That’s good coaching even if the football causes an eye infection.

Anyway, time to move on. I think we all know where I stand on our bland on toast manager.

Tonight, we are ALL Ajax fans. Finally, something we can agree on.

However, I do fear that Spurs power will be a big problem for them and we’ll have to suffer a Champions League final where we want neither side to win.

I’m just going to be thinking about Vermaelen, Bergkamp, Kanu and Overmars all day today… then I’m going to pray to the footballing gods.

Spurs making a final would be too much.

If they lose this evening… that’ll be the 20th game of the season. They’ll have limped into top 4. They won’t have won a trophy, AGAIN.

How funny would that be?

Very.

See you in the comments. x

 

1,198 Responses to “Great coaching outshines talent as Klopp destroys Barca”

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  1. Bob N16

    Graham, we probably all agree that the FA cup doesn’t have the same kudos as it once did but it’s tradition as the oldest national cup competition in the world does count for something. The EC all be it with CL qualification is as I’m sure you’ll agree is the second rate European trophy.
    I’m happy for Arsenal to win either.

    Bloody hell, Spurs could do it.

  2. Ishola70

    Every time Spurs attack Ajax shit themselves.

    They have stage fright against the wibbly wobblies

  3. salpardisenyc

    Ajax have looked incredibly casual since the opening, and its come back to fuck them potentially.

    Lads its on you or football is dead, put wolf on the white walkers wont know what hit em.

  4. Champagne charlie

    Un naa

    Have a word mate, fucking ‘wooo’ to Spurs? No. Put the St.Georges flag away ya melt

  5. Radio Raheem

    Ajax still in the dressing room.

    All that Poch sauce reduced to lump it to the big man upfront

  6. Ishola70

    These fuckers think their name is on the trophy because of how they got through the group stages.

  7. Un na naai

    CC

    Get fucked. I’ll cheer for who I want. Just because there’s fuck all to cheer for arsenal wise, don’t try to transfer your frustrations into me.

  8. Samesong

    Liverpool will beat whoever goes through tonight.

    It’s a one off game. Wouldn’t put it past them to get a jammy win against Liverpool if they qualify.

  9. Ishola70

    At least the game looks to have settled down a bit.

    Ajax now look a bit better like a boxer who has had to take a count on the floor but has stood up and cleared their head.

  10. Un na naai

    Uniting Legrove, Unai….quite a feat of trolling!

    Bob
    Worse….United Marko and Champagne Charlie!! The odd couple

  11. Un na naai

    Rh

    Made my feeling clear from the off mate. Great to see not only English clubs with English players back at the summit of world football but clubs who’ve done it the right way, organically. It’s a win for the English game and a win for football. The thing is I’d be happy to see ajax win the trophy too so it’s no steam off my piss at this stage. All the clubs I abhore are already say at home like us.

  12. Un na naai

    Samesong

    He was shite last week. Ran down blind alleys and gave the ball away. He’ll go down as a legend if they nick it tonight though. I still have a sneaky felling Ajax will deliver a sucker punch. Be great to have an all English final though faster a decade (pretty much) of Barca and real monopolising the trophy:

  13. Marc

    “Be great to have an all English final”

    Unless Arsenal are in the final it’s terrible to have one team in it.

    Bollocks to “it’s great for English football”

  14. Un na naai

    Fuck me. Some game
    Best champions league semi finals I’ve ever seen. Just fantasy stuff all round. It’s re-ignited my love of the game. Fuck all else to stoke the passions of arsenal fans these days.

  15. Champagne charlie

    Un

    You’re cheerleading Spurs to reach the CL final, as an Arsenal fan, on an Arsenal blog. There’s no frustration at play, you’re just being dim

  16. Samesong

    Thomas

    Mate either answer the question or do 1 I’m watching the game with the volume down.

  17. Un na naai

    CC

    Why is it dim? It’s not like I’m in a pub surrounded by glass wielding maniacal gooners . I’m watching a game of football and enjoying the English side’s performance.

  18. Thomas

    @Samesong

    What does watching the game with the volume down have to do with anything? If you know the result of the first leg you would know the answer to your question.

  19. Receding Hairline

    You are cheering on four English players playing for your bitter rivals Un nai..don’t make it sound like you are cheering on the English national team who happen to be wearing Spurs jerseys

    No spurs fan will be caught dead cheering on an arsenal team even if we fielded 11 Englishmen least of all on a spurs blog.

  20. Un na naai

    Rh

    I wouldn’t exactly say I was cheering for spurs
    Won’t bother me one iota when they crash out in the next two mins

  21. London gunner

    Spurs are winning cl had this gut feeling this is like the chelsea campaign all over again

  22. Champagne charlie

    Fuck me sideways. The last two games have been painful as fuck, but unreal.

    Well done dickheads who tempted fate by saying Spurs won’t get near the CL.

  23. Un na naai

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more dramatic than last night….
    Fuck me.
    Can’t be any doubts over poch now can there boys?

    I expect Gambon and tr7 to weigh in soon

  24. Chris

    Have to hope beyond hope that Liverpool maul then in the final.

    If they win it I’m done with football

  25. salpardisenyc

    Last kick of the ball, madness.

    The ultimate banter has found us with Spurs in a Champions league final and Arsenal in the Europa league final (if we make it).

  26. TheLegendaryDB10

    Fuck. That second half was mental. Shame that Ajax switched off.

    Now we have to watch the spuds play in the final.

    Well I’ll have only one thing to say: I sure hope they don’t win the CL cos otherwise the spud cunts are going to banter us forever.

  27. Champagne charlie

    This season is a fucking nightmare. We’re going to win the Europa League and Spurs are going to trump it.

  28. DaleDaGooner

    This can be depressing, i am 100% behind the scouse…..won’t be nice if spuds win…already depressing that they are in the final….

  29. Ishola70

    Liverpool favoured but you just never know with these fuckers the way have been getting through matches since the group stages.

  30. Un na naai

    Hahaha

    You lot need to get a grip man. Don’t worry anyway. Liverpool will do them no sweat. This is as far as it goes for them.
    Half to have an English final though

  31. DaleDaGooner

    Champagne charlieMay 8, 2019 22:02:50
    This season is a fucking nightmare. We’re going to win the Europa League and Spurs are going to trump it.

    Are we??????????

  32. Kamp

    This Ajax team is done. They’ll all move on. They won’t WANT to play together again. Too painful.

    Arsenal should be ashamed . The character and heart shown by two English clubs is something we couldn’t dream of mustering.

  33. ddkingz

    best days in football in the last 13yrs…

    an all English final…

    spurds about winning the CL just merely 2month after moving into the new world class stadia….

    13yrs after asene Wenger moved unto the biggest library in the world, I’m not ever sure arsenal have featured in the quarter final of the CL

  34. Champagne charlie

    Dale

    nah probably not, but if we do you know that shits happening to make a cunt of it

  35. Receding Hairline

    Two teams bottling it. Barca and Ajax throwing away leads. I daresay Ajax was worse, three goals up in the tie at half time and you somehow mess it up with the last kick of the game.

  36. Jay

    Spurs supporters will be insufferable till the end of time and there’s a cunt on here cheering them on.
    Fucking pathetic.

  37. London gunner

    Yeah people predicting easy victory for liverpool have to be joking right.

    People on this blog keep saying spurs will lose against dortmund rm ajax each time they jammy their way to a win.

    Spurs will have the jammiest of all kane back for the final.

  38. salpardisenyc

    “best days in football in the last 13yrs…”

    Wrong blog brother, that English side that just advanced with two fucking Ajax center halves Erikson pulling the strings and Davinson Sánchez. Ya ok.

  39. DaleDaGooner

    Valencia will be licking their chops at the prospect of turning over the 1-3 deficit against us and our form

  40. Ishola70

    Leftsidesanch
    “Ajax, total capitulation.”

    It was distressing to see how they just melted away defensively.

    Spurs bringing on the extra forward Llorente just totally freaked them out. Moura running off him.

  41. Paulinho

    I fucking knew Spurs would go through. I feel physically sick.

    “Well done dickheads who tempted fate by saying Spurs won’t get near the CL”

    Radio Raheem take a bow.

  42. Alexanderhenry

    I feel very very uncomfortable about spurs in a CL final.
    Brings back horrible memories of the early 80s.

  43. Un na naai

    Kamp

    Spot on. Two clubs showing us up. Blame kroenke. Blame emery. Blame wenger. Blame Gazidis. Both these teams couldn’t get near us for the longest time and now they are beating the best in the game.

    I kept hearing for the last ten years how all arsenal fans deserve nights like this for not protesting outside the ground over wenger. Well wenger has gone and we are as bad as ever

    Let’s see you ladies
    Get your banners out and see you down the emirates….

  44. Leftsidesanch

    I still haven’t got over Belottis winner against us in 2006.

    I haven’t got over Chelsea winning the CL.

    A Spurs win would be too much, fuck football if that happens.

    Firmino and Klopp can blind me with their veneers as long as that side stops Spurs winning the CL.

  45. London gunner

    God days like this make me hate wenger for how he has held us back.

    We should have started are rebuild job eons ago unfortunately for us the mad dictator hung in far to long.

  46. DaleDaGooner

    ddkingzMay 8, 2019 22:05:00
    best days in football in the last 13yrs…an all English final… spurds about winning the CL just merely 2month after moving into the new world class stadia….13yrs after asene Wenger moved unto the biggest library in the world, I’m not ever sure arsenal have featured in the quarter final of the CL

    Ah look at the clueless twat…

  47. ddkingz

    SPURDS ALL THE WAY….

    WHEN YOU FINALLY REALISED WENGER COULDN’T GET INTO THE QUARTER FINAL FOR A FULL DECADE AND SPURDS JUST GOT TO THE FINAL IN THEIR FOURTH ATTEMPT…

    ARSENE MY ASS…

    FYCKING LOVING THIS SEASON.

    PEDRO HOPE YOU HAVE A DOCTOR AROUND. BECAUSE THERE’S GONNA BE SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL MELTDOWN ON YOUR BLOG.

  48. Alex James

    Second dark night in a row, and still tomorrow to come!

    Their name is on the cup. VAR against City, and now 5.5 minutes into stoppage time. Worst night of my life for a long time.

  49. London gunner

    This is a fuckong disaster.

    If spurs win im going to have to watch fucking basketball basketball is awful lol