When Roberto Mancini joined Manchester City, he initially targeted a domestic cup, preferably the FA Cup, and a top four finish. He felt that a bit of silverware would make an assault on the Premier League title easier the next season.
The Citizens won the FA cup and finished third in his maiden season then went on to win the league the next season. It might a bit rich to tell Arsene Wenger to take lessons from Mancini given that he’s won considerably more trophies in English football, but perhaps can take a leaf from that book. read more »
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos says it is “no secret” that a move to the Premier League could be on the cards for him.
The Germany international’s contract talks with the European champions are currently at a standstill and he has been widely linked with a move to Manchester United. read more »
Steven Gerrard initially broke into the senior team at Liverpool as a right-back and then a holding midfield. He spent his best years as a second striker or an attacking midfielder. He was very effective in the role as he spread the ball well, used his great passing range to provide a lot of assists and scored a variety of different kinds of goals.
Now he in the twilight of his career and has gradually dropped from being a box-to-box midfielder to a defensive midfielder.
Like an experienced elder statesmen, he is going about his business quietly and efficiently. read more »
There are a couple of things that Manuel Pellegrini needs to take from yesterday’s defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup.
Martin Demichelis and Samir Nasri are players he must either improve or improve upon.
There are certain flaws that a manger cannot improve in a player, for instance, the lack of pace when a defender like Demichelis gets older, but there are a lot of ageing defenders, like John Terry, who are much more efficient. read more »