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Guardiola’s golden image already tarnished at Munich

… The 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Allianz Arena bestowed another, altogether tinier treble of three friendly titles on the team and their new manager, Pep Guardiola, but the 42-year-old was on the defensive in the subsequent TV interview with the local broadcaster. Are you – despite the team’s problems – optimistic for the new […]

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Guardiola attacks Barcelona to hide Thiago’s signing ?

Read a summary of how Barca supporter Francesc Tomas feels about the recent war of words between Pep Guardiola and FC Barcelona. . …In what many initially considered a surprising move, he decided to join the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena.  Recently, Bayern Munich directors Hoeness and Rummenigge explained that their first contact with Guardiola took […]

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Has Messi’s Goal-Scoring Obsession Hurt Rather Than Helped?

It was the cruelest of blows. Lionel Messi’s recent muscle injury has left Barcelona hamstrung at the worst possible time and seemingly contributed to the Catalans downfall in the Champions League semi-finals after a half-fit Leo failed to help his team in the Blaugrana’s brutal battering at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. It looked like extremely […]

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I don’t need Guardiola’s advice – Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said he will not ask former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola for advice ahead of their Champions League semi-final with the Spanish giants. Guardiola will take over from Heynckes at the German champions next season, having led Barcelona to 14 trophies in four seasons before taking time out and signing for […]

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Crisis? What crisis?

“Until now, English football was only going through an identity crisis,” I said, shamelessly stealing a line from Michael Cox. “Now it also has a results crisis.” I looked up, probably wearing a smug expression, happy that after close to two hours of incoherent ramblings and a good deal of clueless stammering I’d finally delivered what […]

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Outflanked – How Barca’s Pep Revolution Was Based On Width

Part of the fun of watching FC Barcelona over the last four and a half years has been watching them tinkering with the norms of football tactics and formations.  For their fans, and for neutrals who simply enjoy watching individual or group displays of extreme technique applied at high speed, there has been plenty to […]

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Jupp Heynckes tightens the screw on his Bayern Munich machine

Jupp Heynckes was not happy. The Bayern Munich manager had seen something he found unacceptable. Weisse Socken. White socks. Unbelievable. Had he not told the entire squad to wear black socks for this particular training session in Qatar? And yet there were Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos in white socks. “We have a joint goal we are working […]

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Debunking the myths of the “Wenger Out brigade”

@cheema10 writes on “Debunking the myths of the “Wenger Out brigade” …I’ve deduced three incorrect notions which they all rely on in order to come to the conclusion that Arsene Wenger should be sacked. I will now explain these three notions and happily debunk them. 1)      “Wenger the Seller” One of the reasons Arsenal haven’t […]

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Guardiola to Munich – Pep decides Bayern is the place to be

So, after confirming a few weeks ago that he would return to coaching in the summer, and then seemingly implying that he would pick an English Premier League club, Pep’s future has been revealed. As confirmed by the club themselves, Guardiola will join German giants Bayern Munich this summer on a deal that will keep […]

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Guardiola wants to manage a Premier League club

Pep Guardiola has set out why he wants to manage in the Premier League after returning from his sabbatical next season, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all monitoring his position and the former Barcelona coach speaking publicly for the first time about what attracts him to English football. “I’ve always found English football […]

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