perhaps they began to play better when an enthusiastic english gaffer(mclaren.pfft....) that know how english should play began to take the helm. I hate how Capello tried to emulate his Juve side to the England national squad.his style suit them slow italian,not the lightning-speed english
The EPL is built on counter-attacking football. That whole squad has played on the counter for most of their professional lives. And Pearce, being an anointed genius, let the Dutch play on the counter instead. Just like Capello did. And Eriksson. And McLaren. At under-21 level most of that squad received a solid drubbing from the Dutch and German u21 teams, who are visibly, qualitively and quantitively superior. Just like the senior team, really. Any team with any serious ambition would never dream of letting Arjen Robben run at them from his own half, and score.
Thinking last nights team is any sort of renaissance for English football is classic, delusionary English thinking. We're Tier 2, and we damn well need to accept that. And to ask the FA exactly, with its millions upon millions, why that exactly is.
For all the industry of the new kids on the block, the absence of Rooney was absolutely massive. The French will be very, very happy.
Arsenal beats Liverpool and remains 4th! Good for them, they deserve more than the harsh criticism they ve recevied recently.
I absolutely love the new jersey of our National team, very very classy and reminds me of the very first football jersey that were actually polos:
Armand Penverne, who passed away today.
Olivier Giroud impresses me every day, he's a clever guy, far from the Ribery-Evra mindset, he's intelligent and incredibly efficient in front of a goalkeeper. A future great striker. He will apprently join Premiere League next year, even though I'd like to stay in the french championship and sign for PSG.
To be fair, it was probably easier at Benfica (or was it Porto? Damned if I can remember). Same country, league he's grown up learning. Coming to a place like Chelsea, they dream above their ability, and you have some ageing, average players with huge egos to match. He didn't seem to have the dressing room from Day 1. Poor acquisitions like Luiz and Torres aren't going to help none either. Although Mata looks like a very good player.
about AVB,i don't mind if he become the next United manager
unlike chelsea,United(from the fans up to the boardroom) prefers long term success
and i like him too,he's tactically versatile,able to build a squad and has cool persona
Yea but for long term success at a club like United, you need a really good coach too. AVB hasn't really proven that. So, bringing him over to United at this poing is a bit premature. Even if he comes to United (which is unlikely), you don't just keep him because you value long term success; you keep him because you believe he's got the quality you are looking for and he's showing it in games with his management. Going by that criteria, he didn't show his quality in Chelsea, and he hasn't had sustained success as a manager (albeit because he's just starting out). He learned about the English press the hard way, Chelsea and the EPL in general is not the best place for a young inexperienced coach. That said, he'll be fine financially and otherwise. Chelsea is on the hook for some 25-35 million pounds over the next four years regarding his contract.