That’s all I have to say about that. Well, except that I hope we don’t get to the eye-gouging level again.
It’s definitely a weird ending to Guardiola’s reign at Bayern. Of course, he will still be ambitious and want to go out with a win but it feels like nobody, bar fans and his most ardent critics, will really care about him winning or losing the Cup final. Everybody’s already either looking at what Carlo Ancelotti will bring and the two new signings, Hummels and his awkward scenario playing vs soon-to-be teammates and how Guardiola will fare at Manchester City.
I do want Dortmund to win though to cap off a great season. Hope for a good game regardless. One of a few cup finals tomorrow, with the French Cup, FA Cup and Coppa Italia as well. Copa del Rey on Sunday. Still a nice weekend for club football.
Really good read here and some great points throughout. I don’t think Guardiola is in danger of harming his legacy though. Those who are his critics will remain so and his fans will remain his fans. I don’t think he’s so obsessed with outsmarting his opponents or playing the perfect game that he doesn’t care about the result. The three semifinals were definitely slip-ups and could have all resulted in at least an appearance in the finals but in two cases they met the eventual winner. (Maybe it will be three with Atletico)
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.
It will be such a fascinating tactical battle between these two sides. Atletico may even be favorites considering what they did to Barcelona. It will be a tight tie from start to finish.
God piece here. Carlo Ancelotti the type of manager who won’t rock the boat and will keep things ticking over in, hopefully, a successful fashion.
Pep Guardiola seems to like mid-season appointments. It didn’t affect Bayern Munich last time and doesn’t seem to be doing so this time, probably because his departure was expected. It definitely seems to be affecting Manchester City, though. What I don’t get is why the announcement has to be made during the season in his case. Could Bayern and Manchester City not wait until near the end of the season, or the summer, to make the announcement? I guess all the media speculation doesn’t help but then they start speculating on the future even more after the announcement.
I agree with the author that such an announcement makes sense with Chelsea due to the interim manager situation. Otherwise it’s hard to fathom how such early announcements are helpfully. We’ll see if it’s a trend that continues.
I think we’ve touched on this before. This may be Pep Guardiola’s biggest job yet. I think he can improve certain players so an overhaul isn’t really required but he certainly will look to upgrade the midfield and possibly the fullbacks as well.
Really great read here. I like Martinez a lot and Rodgers is okay but both are flawed. Martinez should be doing a lot better with this Everton side and maybe he’ll put some of his new billionaire money towards more defensive signings. Or maybe he’ll find time to be pragmatic.
He wouldn’t have much of a choice but to relish such a campaign if it’s the hand he’s dealt. I think he would ultimately view it as another challenge in his career, one that would come with almost unfathomable expectations though. I actually kind of want this to happen now. Just to see what happens.