Showing posts from July, 2016

Deadweight: Who needs to go this summer?

After the departure of Louis van Gaal, the players will all be eager to try and impress new manager, Jose Mourinho. The manager has made it no secret that he will only settle for the best. We are carrying lots of deadweight in our squad at the moment and after our new signings, it is clear that the manager will want to cut down the first team squad. Nobody has a secure place in the squad and everyone will have to work for their place. 
Marcos Rojo – After signing last summer, we are still unsure as to what his best position is; left back or centre back? He has been given the chance to shine in both positions but he has shown that he is not Manchester United material. Always looking uneasy on the ball and backing out of tackles; this is not what we want in a defender. To be perfectly honest, I would much prefer Borthwick-Jackson in left back as Rojo is nothing but a liability. There is only one solution: SELL

Daley Blind – Despite his obvious lack of pace, Daley Blind is arguably our …

Manchester United v Dortmund: What did we learn?

Manchester United succumbed to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. It was a disappointing performance from Jose Mourinho's team who were second best to a Dortmund team who had already played 5 friendly games prior to this match and were therefore miles ahead of United in their preparation and fitness. For Jose this game was about building up the players' fitness and enabling them to take his methods onto the pitch from the training ground. Jose will have learnt many things about his squad and a lot of those things will deeply concern him and in the case of Phil Jones will scare him deeply. So, what did we learn from this game?

Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are not good enough:

Despite his new hair colour it is more of the same old rubbish from Phil Jones. His positional play was frankly horrific at times with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leaving him chasing shadows in the first half. A liability throughout and uncomfortable on the ball Dortmund were swarming all over Phil…

France vs Portugal - 2016 UEFA European Championship Final

What an occasion, a month ago today I sat in my front room preparing for the opening game of the tournemant against Romania, excited to see what all of the competitors had on offer. What players could light up the Euro's this year, what match defining moment, even career defining would light up our television screens.

Les Blues have grown in the footballing world, whilst unconvincing in the groups, the resilience of their budding stars became ever present. Clinching last minute wins, a great characteristic show for such a young side.

Portugal have been on the other side of the spectrum, quite the opposite in performances having been branded "The Ugly Side" by their home nation media outlets. It is working though, new ruling allowed third place to take an extra shot at progressing and they took it, and here they are.

In their respective semi finals, both picked up on the oppositions mistakes and clinically dealt blows as the both ran out 2-0 victors. Most will say Franc…

Germany v France Match Analysis

Before this mouthwatering clash between two genuine European football heavyweights, most of the speculation amongst the German fans centred on which players would replace the injured Khedira and Gomez, and the suspended Hummels. Also, after switching to a back three against Italy, would Joachim Löw be tempted to stick with that formation in a bid to stifle a very effective Griezmann - Giroud strike partnership?
For the French, Deschamps had a full squad to choose from, so most of the questions from the fans related to whether he would start with the team that looked so impressive against Iceland, or revert to the lacklustre lineup that started the tournament.
With kick off approaching, the teamsheets were in. Germany went with a back four with Höwedes replacing Hummels, Schweinsteiger and Can came into midfield, the former for experience and the latter for his legs. Deschamps bravely stuck with the same 11 that started against Iceland, resisting the temptation to bring Kanté back int…

Wales v Portugal Match Analysis

It was a cagey first half to say the least. Although it was a very intriguing tactical battle with Wales arguably facing their toughest challenge yet, keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet. It was noticeable that the defence of Wales was incredibly compact not allowing any of the tricky Portuguese players any time or space on the ball. This resulted in the wide players and midfield players of Portugal lumping long balls into the box for Ronaldo to get on the end of. It was a job well done for Wales in terms of their plan for dealing with the threats of Portugal. Wales will also have been pleased that the loss of Ben Davies to suspension wasn't having any impact with James Collins showing to be an excellent stand in.

It was a half of very few chances. The best move from either team was when Gareth Bale picked up the ball and surged forward on a 40 yard run leaving Portugal left back Raphael Guerriero chasing his shadow but Bale couldn't get enough power on the shot and it was hit str…

Germany v Italy Match Analysis

A match like this needs no introduction, but I'm going to try to give it one anyway. Germany versus Italy in a major football tournament is one of those 'must watch' games, irrespective of your nationality. There are many reasons why this is the case, one of the main ones being the number of trophies won by both teams, another is the fact that Italy are Germany's bogey side, having never lost to them in a competitive fixture. Would today be the day that the Germans finally broke the 54 year hoodoo?

Before the game, Antonio Conte had been engaging in mind games to take the focus away from his squad and pile all the pressure on his opponents, insisting that Germany are "the most complete team" in the world. The Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, also got in on the act, labelling his German counterpart, Manuel Neuer, the "better" of the two. Under normal circumstances, this would have little or no effect on the German football psyche, however, give…

Wales v Belgium Match Analysis

Given the dazzling array of creative talent on show, it was perhaps rather surprising that all the pre-match talk surrounded the defensive personnel that each manager might employ. With Jan Vertonghen injured and Thomas Vermaelen suspended, Marc Wilmots had a small and inexperienced pool of replacements to choose from. Wales, meanwhile, were sweating on the fitness of defensive rock Ashley Williams. Although Chris Coleman insisted that he had trained all week and would be ready, there were worries that the shoulder injury he picked up against Northern Ireland might hamper his performance.

As expected, Wilmots brought Jason Denayer and Jordan Lukaku into the back four, which was good news for the Welsh, as before tonight they only had 11 caps between them. Chris Coleman, meanwhile, opted to start with Robson-Kanu up front, with Vokes dropping to the bench after an ineffective display in the last round.

The game kicked-off amid the pouring rain, as the expectant fans in the Lille Métro…