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When your goalkeeper is your best player..

Super de Gea Courtesy Skysports
Super de Gea
Courtesy Skysports

It is bound to catch up with you at some point, so I will let Jose and his boys enjoy their escape at the Emirates yesterday, thanks to the heroics of de Gea. The Arsenal-Manchester United game was a typical Arsenal performance; present the opposition with gifts from calamitous defending, outplay the opposition, Keeper has a blinder, get back to within 1 then be stupid enough to concede even though there was a considerable time to equalise and no need to over-commit players forward. My mate over in the middle east was giving me live commentaries via WhatsApp and got excited when Lacazette scored but I wasn’t moved this is Arsenal we are talking about and they were true to type,  they should never have been 2 goals down in the first place. While I am still on Arsenal I honestly think Sanchez more often than not impedes the team’s style of play, holding on to the ball for too long and losing the ball as often as he gets it. I would think having played at Arsenal for this long he would understand the need to pass the ball as quick as possible which makes his team’s all-round play more effective. Anyways he will be somebody else’s problem or solution come the end of the season.

The wheels on the Spurs wagon has come off! In fact, there is no longer a wagon after watching them escaping with a draw at Watford yesterday. I don’t know what has happened there but it seems like beating Real Madrid is going to be the highlight of their season with the way things are looking.
Liverpool back in the top 4 after yesterday’s win taking Brighton apart at the Amex, things seem to be looking up on that side of Merseyside for now, the only unusual thing about the game was that Salah didn’t score. It’s the Merseyside derby next week, Big Sam now at the helm over at Everton started his reign with a home win over Huddersfield, I am thinking it’s going to be an interesting watch. Allardici against Klopp…. Huddersfield have definitely been brought back down to earth…
Chelsea notch up another win in a bid to cement their top four status, routine win not much to take from that game.

Pep and his boys take on Moyes and West Ham today I can’t say I am holding out much hope for West Ham but stranger things have happened in football.  Talking about Pep I will never understand the Pundits and Journalists who have never played the game trying to dictate how professionals who have played the game should channel their passion. Back to WestHam still scratching my head wondering what the West Ham Owners were drinking or smoking when they appointed Moyes. Must interview well or just be very good at hypnotising interview panels my only explanation for him still getting jobs.

City wanted Arsenal to do them a favour yesterday but I guess it was a case of sending boys to do a man’s job. Another derby to look forward to next week, one team’s run is going to end.

By the time of posting this City ran out 2 1 winners with a late winner from Silva. Moyes still seeking his first win with his team who are one place from the bottom. If I was a betting man I will bet they are still there or thereabouts 23 games from now.

Catch you all next week if I am not too hung over to post as I have two Christmas parties next week.

Pogba and Jose the right fit?

Paul-Pogba

Pep drew first blood in an exciting Manchester Derby and I am still bemused by people who continue to doubt his management credentials and ability to win things playing the Pep way in the Premier League. So far it’s 4 in 4 and he has been to Stoke on a rainy day and Old Trafford too without the compliment of his full squad if I may add.

I was surprised to see Pogba playing in the CDM role in the derby a role he struggles with if i go by his performances there at the Euros.  Fellaini alongside Pogba in midfield in my opinion negates all the attacking attributes Pogba possesses, he is better in an advanced position where he is not shackled with too much defensive responsibilities. For Pogba to be all he can be he needs to know that he can play how he likes to play and not be berated when he makes errors, herein lies the problem with Jose as his manager.
Jose does well with finished attacking articles and makes the most of defensive talent/potential , but he is not the man to make the most of young promising attacking talents as his go to mantras are defence and discipline.  John Terry was 23 going on  24 when Jose took over at Chelsea, Michael Essien was 23 going on 24 when Jose got him from Lyon,  these two are just examples of young defensive minded potential that developed to be great at it under Jose. I also remember Varane who everyone raves about now was given his first team opportunity at Real by Jose although Zidane was responsible for his recruitment. Contrast that with Mikel Obi who broke out in the same youth tournament as Messi and was second only to Messi at that tournament. I wonder what would have happened to Mikel if he had opted to stay at United under Fergie instead of going to Chelsea where his attacking instincts were curbed under Jose as a 19 year old. I look at Arjen Robben who did well under Jose but struggled with the defensive work ethic at Chelsea but thrived at Bayern. Then you have Hazard who did well initially then lost his zeal under Jose but looks like a new player under Conte because Kante and Matic are dealing with the defensive side of things.

Paul Pogba has talent although not 89 million pounds worth of it, time will tell if the choice to go back to Old Trafford being managed by Jose  in his bid to someday win the ballon d’or is the right one.