Tagged: Jurgen Klopp

Premier League Chaos Has Claimed the Elite: Can Incoming Bosses Rise Above It? | Bleacher Report

Premier League Chaos Has Claimed the Elite: Can Incoming Bosses Rise Above It? | Bleacher Report

Really good piece here. Next season will be really interesting and at first glance one would think the incoming high-profile managers will be key and basically restore order. We’ve already seen what Jurgen Klopp can do without a full preseason. Mauricio Pochettino is setting himself apart as well while Wenger is declining at Arsenal. There are other good managers and teams throughout the league but with the resources they have the big clubs look likely to return to the top.

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool remind English football what it is good at | Football | The Guardian

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool remind English football what it is good at | Football | The Guardian

You would think that English teams would be better at an organized pressing game. Given the glimpses we’ve seen from Liverpool since Klopp’s arrival one can only imagine how good they might be with a full preseason and some ore players to Klopp’s liking. They may even be in the Champions League next week season if he can somehow pull of a Europa League win.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool project continues to take shape

Without Klopp, can the Bundesliga progress under Bayern’s iron grip? | Squawka News

Without Klopp, can the Bundesliga progress under Bayern’s iron grip? | Squawka News.

The simple answer is no.

Even with Jurgen Klopp the last few seasons Bayern Munich tightened its grip pretty quickly. Not really certain that German football will go all the way of the Scottish Premier League, and the author fails to mention that normality for Scottish football is actually a Rangers/Celtic duopoly that’s only changed duo to Rangers recent enforced relegation.

Manager Focus: Does Jürgen Klopp Deserve to Walk Into a Top Job After Dortmund?

Manager Focus: Does Jürgen Klopp Deserve to Walk Into a Top Job After Dortmund?.

Two sides to that coin. At Dortmund he got the time he needed to mold players like Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa into stars and get them to buy into his philosophy. He got them to buy-in because they were young and hadn’t won anything yet.

The author makes a good point about Klopp being a cyclical manager like Marcelo Bielsa. Will a top, and I mean really top team be okay with that and will he be able to get a team of winners to buy-in to his philosophy?

It’s Jurgen Klopp Day Apparently

I was going to post something else to end the day but Jurgen Klopp decided to announce that he’d be leaving Borussia Dortmund and keyboards everywhere started pounding.

Not that it isn’t big news that the charismatic German is leaving the team that dethroned Bayern Munich for a few short years but the fact that there was such a big response was kind of amusing. It’ll be interesting to see where Dortmund turn next and as my chosen German team(I have one team in each big league in case you were wondering) I hope they choose wisely. It would be weird to see Rafa Benitez on that bench or Manuel Pellegrini but who knows. It’s even to sadder to know that the likelihood of Dortmund playing in Europe next season is very slim.

Still, Klopp’s announcement was the talk of the day and the big question was where he would end up and if he was taking time of etc and, of course, why he’s leaving Dortmund now and if he was right and so on. I think judging by how things have gone on the past few seasons, and especially this season, Klopp was going to leave in the summer. I wasn’t expecting an announcement at this point but, hey. I was hoping for some magical second half of the season turn around as well but that’s obviously down the drain. I wonder how the players respond for the rest of the season though.

As always, here are some great articles on Jurgen Klopp Day.


Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund exit a shock but makes sense for everyone

Would Jurgen Klopp suit Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City?

Five reasons Jurgen Klopp is leaving Borussia Dortmund

Where Next for Outgoing Borussia Dortmund Manager Jurgen Klopp?

Jurgen Klopp’s Best Quotes as Borussia Dortmund Boss

So why won’t Manchester City go for Jürgen Klopp as their manager?

The Wenger successors that weren’t | FourFourTwo

The Wenger successors that weren’t | FourFourTwo.

I had a chuckle at some of these suggestions myself so I can definitely understand the authors statements. I’d disagree with a few on his list though, and I’m sure they’re obvious. It will happen eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later, but a lot of these candidates would never have seriously been in the running.


David Moyes

Moyes is a good manager but I don’t think that many would’ve liked his playing style, or ever really wanted him.

Tony Adams

As a coach or assistant, maybe. Manager? No. I hope nobody was serious about this one.

Owen Coyle

I was intrigued by Could as a possible candidate but never thought it would be serious or if he could handle a bigger club.

Pep Guardiola

Sure. If pigs could fly or if Guardiola ever decides he wants a real challenge then that could happen. Probably never going to though.

Harry Redknapp

Ha. No. He’s good where he is and has been but I never considered Redknapp. It’s strange that anybody did.

Michael Laudrup

Not sure how I would’ve felt about this. I’m inclined to agree with the author.

Jurgen Klopp

I’m sure there’s been some skepticism about Klopp given Borussia Dortmund’s recent struggles but the chorus could come back even stronger if he leads them to a magical second half of the season. I’d be fine if he’s in charge but I think he needs to show some tactical variety.

Dennis Bergkamp

Coach and nothing more. Not even sure why he was even considered.

Paul Clement


Martin O’Neill


Roberto Martinez

My favorite candidate even with the defensive issues. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog. Young, tactically flexible, youth development and good football. That’s what Martinez would bring.

Thierry Henry

I just don’t see it. Seems like a weird fit but who knows. I think he prefers to be a pundit but anything could happen.

Five realistic replacements for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger | Squawka News

Five realistic replacements for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger | Squawka News.

Not sure how this got lost in all the Arsenal kerfuffle earlier but it’s a fitting way to end the day.

First question. Are these all realistic replacements for Arsene Wenger? Yes, and no.

Are any of them attainable anytime soon? No. Scratch that, we never know but with Arsene Wenger in charge it’s effectively a no.

Jurgen Klopp: Everybody’s on the Klopp bandwagon but this season is a bit of a red flag for me. Injuries aside, Klopp has shown no real plan “B” to curtail his team’s poor run of form even though it’s likely they’ll still end up where they are expected at the end of the season. Sound familiar? This tidbit here on Talksport sums up my thoughts on Klopp joining.

Rudi Garcia: A safe, unexciting but, perhaps, shrewd addition if it happens. Garcia got Gervinho to play well(twice, in two different leagues) Maybe it’s the league, maybe it’s the manager, who knows.

Ronald Koeman: Eh. Over Southampton’s dead body. Would Koeman even have been considered for that list, or Arsenal’s fans thoughts, if he hadn’t moved to the Premier League?

Roger Schmidt: A bit out of left field this one. Would need to have a lot more than less than half a season on Bayer Leverkusen’s payroll to be considered. They may be playing some attacking football but aren’t threatening Bayern Munich like other teams. We’ll see how his first season ends.

Roberto Martinez: This is my guy. Young, Premier League experience, good football, tactical flexibility, youth development. As the article states, Martinez ticks a lot of boxes. I’ve admired his work at Wigan, and now Everton, and I really hope his next step is Arsenal. He’s good enough.

Until next time.

Team Focus: How Dortmund Have Regressed Since Their 2012 Title Win

Team Focus: How Dortmund Have Regressed Since Their 2012 Title Win.

This article, courtesy of WhoScored.Com’s Ben McAleer, takes a good look at why Borussia Dortmund has disappointed so much since back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12. The article’s been out for a week or so now but is even more interesting to look at as the club’s woeful domestic form continued this weekend.

Here’s some of my thoughts on the issue.

While I’d agree with the overall premise of teams going through cycles, it’s still a bit baffling with this particular team. Looking at, say, Barcelona recently or Manchester United currently, both club also endured multiple personnel changes on and off the pitch. For Dortmund it has ultimately been just two pieces gone, and lots of replacements.

It definitely can’t be that the loss of two players, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, has affected the club so much. Sure, there would be disappointment from all around, especially their former teammates and coach, but they are professionals. Obviously their quality has been hard to replace but now the club has the likes of Henrik Mkhitaryan and the return of Shinji Kagawa to help in Gotze’s stead, and Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos for Lewandowski. There’s also Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

The only question mark I had for that quintet was Immobile, as I stated in my transfer roundups way back when. He showed good talent last season but that was just one season. He’s really done little else apart from his goal against Arsenal. As McAleer mentions, though, the defending from the front has probably been the biggest problem so far.

Immobile and Ramos are the two newest additions, Lewandowski the newest big departure, and they need time to adapt. It is still early in the season yet but we are seeing just how important that part of Jurgen Klopp’s plan is.

Some blame has to go to Klopp too. He hasn’t really introduced a “plan B” a la a certain Arsene Wenger, and should be just as upset with himself as he is with his squad. Injuries have played their part as well, again down to the style of play, but everybody team deals with that. Again, just ask Arsenal.

The winter break can’t come soon enough, and if Dortmund can muster some semblance of form they should return to the usual position in the top 3 by the end of the season. The title is, unfortunately, well out of range at this stage.