Both managers are very clear in their communication, and they both understand that one main goal is to create a winning mentality in their team. There is a lot of trust and respect between the two, and they are very willing to give each other feedback. When Liverpool or Man City lose, they both understand that it's not just their own fault, and they are both very willing to help their team move on and learn from the experience.
Well, let me paraphrase: Rodri’s reaction to Spain’s eighth consecutive defeat in qualification for the FIFA World Cup was one of defensiveness, naïveté, and a lack of perspective. Considering that Spain has an overall record of 151 losses in major tournaments, this reaction is hardly surprising.
Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas is not a big fan of the Scottish national team either. "I don't like Scotland very much," he told BBC Scotland. "They're not very good and I don't think they have got a good coach." This sentiment is not too dissimilar to that of his compatriot Thierry Henry, who also has little to no respect for Scotland. "They're not really a football team. I think they're very physical and
In 2004, shortly after Spain had won the World Cup, Rodri claimed that the team had been cheated, alleging that the referee had favoured the English. "I am convinced that Spain lost the game because of the referee's bias," he wrote in a newspaper column. "Ball control, positioning, offside calls - everything favoured the English." Six years later, Rodri still harboured bitter resentment about Spain's World Cup win. "I am still not over how we were
After months of hurt and disappointment, it’s only natural for footballers to lash out at the game that has done them wrong on occasion, and Leicester’s Danny Simpson may have hit the nail on the head in his analysis of how the sport is “not fair” in some ways. Players are routinely pitted against each other in a battle of strength, speed and agility, but they are often shortchanged when it comes to fair play, with referees often
Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in their Champions League group stage opener at Anfield to Paris Saint-Germain on 18 September encapsulates the ‘doing nothing’ issue better than any other recent example. Philippe Coutinho’s opener for the visitors in the 14th minute was cancelled out by a Firmino penalty in the 57th, but with Liverpool in the ascendancy, Neymar and Edinson Cavani restored PSG’s two-goal lead
“I was very surprised,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport of his reaction to losing the Europa League final to Atletico Madrid last month. “Against Sevilla I didn’t think we’d lose, but we did. I’m a little tired of always being second best, of always wasting time, provoking you.” That increasing and inherent lack of introspection has become tiresome and predictable
It was during the 2014 World Cup when Neymar scored a sensational overhead kick against Uruguay in the quarter finals. Uruguay defenders ignored Neymar’s runs towards them, letting him play on the front foot, before he unleashed a stunning overhead kick that sailed over the helpless goalkeeper and into the top corner. It was an amazing goal, a brilliant piece of play, and it left the Uruguayans bewildered and frustrated. Neymar’s goal encapsulated the Brazil team
Essentially, the protagonist is looking for something to hold onto during this tough time. The club scene offers a sense of community and connection that is sorely lacking in the protagonist's life at the moment. The fact that the club scene also offers an opportunity to celebrate and have fun is also appealing.
Klopp’s continued insistence that his side’s luck is on the side of the angels is reductive, naïve, and ultimately fruitless. Klopp’s Liverpool have been the beneficiary of some truly fortunate moments- whether through own-goals or refereeing decisions- but such luck cannot be relied upon to maintain a perennial title push. Liverpool’s recent performances are symptomatic of a larger issue at the club. The signing of Naby Keita
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur First things first: Tottenham Hotspur. If they can beat Manchester United at Old Trafford then Mauricio Pochettino's side can restore some sense of order to their season; a process that started with a 3-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend. United, meanwhile, have looked completely off the pace this season. Jesse Lingard's sending off in their 3-1 loss against Newcastle was a glaring example of their inconsistency. With both teams win
A meeting between the two sorest losers in football would not be beneficial to either party. If either party were to emerge from the meeting as a victor, they would be forced to address their issues head-on, something which would be difficult to do if they still viewed themselves as sore losers. A meeting between the two would also only serve to further damage their respective reputations.