Stories about Pep Guardiola

Had Arsenal signed Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani they might have won

For an average Arsenal fan, this season is characterised by a number of vacillations. Cautious optimism in September followed by a false sense of superiority over other teams in January that was swiftly followed by a cruel realisation of another season of ‘what-ifs’ and regrets over what could have been but didn’t materialise in the month of April. It appears that the team doesn’t have the winning mentality, no real leaders in the squad, too many injuries at crucial stages, no adequate investment in the transfer window, a manager who is past his sell-by date, and the list goes on ...

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Has Manchester United fallen from grace?

The great Manchester United, a club which has won a record; 13 titles in the Premier League era that hasn’t been equalled by any other team to date,  achieved under the managerial reign of the imperious Alex Ferguson, who arguably is, the best manager in the history of professional sports. In the title run-in, his teams were always competing if not winning the Barclays Premier League (BPL) crown. Photo: Reuters When he announced his retirement in 2013, the football world was left in shock and knew one of the greatest football minds would be bidding farewell to the club he transformed ...

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Can Zizou prove to be a saviour for the Galacticos?

Zinedine Zidane is arguably the best player of his generation – watching him glide on the football field was like watching a painter perfect his art. Unstoppable with the ball at his feet, he was truly one of the most gifted players to grace us with his presence on the field. When the Spanish press revealed that Rafa Benitez’s days are numbered as head coach of Real Madrid, rumours had it that Zidane would replace him as the manager of his former club. Instinctively, the fans and the media began to reminisce about the man whose sublime volley won them the Champions League, and the fact that ...

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Seven candidates who could become Manchester United’s next manager

On December 19, 2015, Manchester United displayed a humiliating 2-1 loss to Norwich City, followed by another miserable loss of 2-0 to Stoke City this week. It seems like Louis Van Gaal (LVG) is losing the plot with his team’s poor results. However it’s not the result alone, it’s the dull style of United’s performance that has caused immense distress amongst the fans. It has been witnessed that LVG’s side enjoys tremendous amount of possession throughout the matches, but they seem to lack the cutting edge or creativity to find the end product. Unfortunately, United has struggled in the last ...

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How these four managers changed modern day football

Joachim Leow managed to win Coach of the Year Award in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards. He guided the Germans to their historical World Cup win, which easily tells us the importance of managers in modern football. Therefore, let’s have a look at the four best managers of modern era, who were selected on the basis of managing successful clubs in different leagues, the resources they had, and their achievements in Europe and internationally. 1. Sir Alex Ferguson Sir Alex is regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game. A disciplinary and a dictator, he was famous for playing mind games ...

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UEFA Champions League returns with a thrill of emotions

It’s the mid of February, which means the knockout stages of the Champions League, and the ride to the final match – which will be held in Berlin on June 6th – is just round the corner. And I am sure that it would be nothing less than thrilling. Before the league officially begins, I think it would be a good idea to look at all the teams and assess their chances at winning. So here goes: Schalke 04 versus Real Madrid Schalke got a run for their money when they played Real Madrid the round of 16 ties last season, losing 6-1 ...

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Van Gaal – Testing patience and losing balance with 3-5-2

New year – same old story. Manchester United may have improved their league position under Louis Van Gaal in 2015 but the performance in the defeat to Southampton was eerily similar to the ones put up during the early part of last year in the ill-fated era of David Moyes. While United fans have warmly embraced Van Gaal as a significant upgrade on the inept Moyes, the former’s persistence with the 3-5-2 formation is testing their patience. Tellingly, his opposite number, Ronald Koeman, said in his post-match interview that harassing United’s three centre-backs was part of his game-plan. [caption id="" align="alignnone" ...

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Will Spain be able to recover from the 2014 World Cup debacle?

How ironic is it that Spain had a new king just hours after the country’s football team relinquished their crown in Brazil? And how symbolic is it that it happened at the Maracana Stadium? Oh the Maracana. While Brazil still sees ghosts of 1950 and Uruguay, there will be new skeletons in the closet for Spain for years to come at this iconic venue, for this is the ground that finally saw the end of Spain’s glorious era. All great teams have a cycle. And alas, Spain’s has ended. It was Chile, one of the teams Spain defeated on the way to World Cup glory four ...

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