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NFT: Congratulations Manchester City...

bw in dc : 4/15/2018 3:51 pm
The Chosen One really had United ready to play table dweller West Brom. An inconceivable 1-0 defeat to West Brom gives City their 3rd EPL crown in seven years. Watching United play attack is the complete opposite to watching rival City play. One style is beautiful and free flowing. The other "style" is a cure for insomnia.

Want to win a title? Call the Pep Man...
Good for them  
Go Terps : 4/15/2018 4:01 pm : link
People will knock them (and Barcelona) for the Champions League, but winning the domestic league is still the bigger achievement and a better reflection on the actual quality of the team.
I agree...  
bw in dc : 4/15/2018 5:00 pm : link
Barca hasnít lost a league game in over a year. They are running away with the league in total style, and on the heels of losing Neymar. Plus, the first half of the season Messi had to carry the team because Suarez was doing his best impression of Benzema.

There is always somewhat of a fluke element to UEFA with a random draw and no seeding. You need a lot of things to go right - limited injuries, good fortune, and the right draw.

Look at Madrid. They have had a very disappointing year in La Liga. Basically, they packed it in well over a month ago in terms of winning the league title. Itís been all about winning UEFA. So Zindane is managing down to one goal - save the season, and maybe his job, by winning UEFA.
Mourinho is still a good manager  
moespree : 4/15/2018 9:40 pm : link
But the system that brought him so much success has now betrayed him. It doesn't work as well anymore. You can still win playing a defensive game, but it's not as easy anymore because men like Pep and Klopp came around and created very different attacking systems that can both get around it. And those two guys influence is still present in their old countries, which means more and more teams are running something similar around Europe now as compared to 10 years ago. He needs to change with the times, and to be honest he can, because he played an attacking open game while at Real Madrid. He's just very stubborn and set in his ways.

His best managing job remains Inter in my opinion. That was a good team that he made truly great. Plus he seemed happiest there. Maybe he will return one day.
RE: Mourinho is still a good manager  
bw in dc : 4/15/2018 10:05 pm : link
In comment 13915264 moespree said:
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He needs to change with the times, and to be honest he can, because he played an attacking open game while at Real Madrid. He's just very stubborn and set in his ways.


Let's be honest - Madrid had way too much talent for Jose to try and harness them with his counter punch style.

CR7 was in his physical prime and averaged 58 goals per year while Jose was there. He couldn't tell DiMaria, Kaka, Higuain, Ozil, Benz, etc to sit back and wait... ;)
That's fair  
moespree : 4/15/2018 10:17 pm : link
I still believe he has the ability to be a more aggressive manager if he wanted to be. He's clearly misusing players though. Pogba being the biggest example. I don't know why you would buy Pogba if your intention was to turn him into a defensive midfielder and have him sit back for 2/3 of the game.

I have no doubt Pogba would look like the world class player he is if he were on Man City or Liverpool. Probably even Tottenham too.
RE: That's fair  
bw in dc : 4/16/2018 12:28 am : link
In comment 13915298 moespree said:
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I still believe he has the ability to be a more aggressive manager if he wanted to be. He's clearly misusing players though. Pogba being the biggest example. I don't know why you would buy Pogba if your intention was to turn him into a defensive midfielder and have him sit back for 2/3 of the game.

I have no doubt Pogba would look like the world class player he is if he were on Man City or Liverpool. Probably even Tottenham too.


Jose has done a number on Pogbaís confidence for sure. He looks nothing like his days at Juve where he was given the freedom to create. I canít help but think Pogba and United are headed for a divorce.

I feel bad for Sanchez, too. Heís older but he can still put real pressure on the defense with his creativity and quickness. But he has no one on United who can work with him in tight spaces like he did with Barca and Arsenal. Heís always had a good work rate but itís all going for naught under Mourinho.

I know money talks, and United have a fortune, but who wants to play in a style so prohibitive under Mourinho? The Theatre of Dreams is now the Theatre of Doldrums.

Hell, if Iím United Iíd rather pry Pochettino away from Tottenham at his point...
MU  
AcidTest : 4/16/2018 8:50 am : link
loses to WBA at home. Unreal, but MU on offense is like the Giants last year. Nothing to see.
RE: RE: That's fair  
moespree : 4/16/2018 12:49 pm : link
In comment 13915378 bw in dc said:
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Hell, if Iím United Iíd rather pry Pochettino away from Tottenham at his point...


I have been of the opinion for a while that this is exactly what will happen one day. It's not Madrid or PSG that Tottenham need to worry about it's Man United. Pochettino seems the perfect longterm manager for Man United. He plays an aggressive attack, aggressive defense, demands accountability or ships you out, and has no issue playing youth or molding youth into good longeterm players. It's because of all that that he has been compared to a young Sir Alex. And the reporting has been that Sir Alex and the old guard over the all love him too.

I wouldn't be shocked at all if he's the manager there one day.
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