Pep Guardiola is finishing 2017 leaving a certain section of English Premier League fans and followers red-faced, even before winning anything yet! Years of self-praising – calling EPL the best, most competitive, toughest, physical league etc – is now in tatters. … Continue reading Pep Talk 8: Who’s the best manager in Europe this season – Pep Guardiola or Ernesto Valverde?
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to become the sixth team in UEFA Champions League history to finish the Group Stage with 18 points ie perfect record. In pursuit of that, he has also messaged his friend (and biggest benefactor … Continue reading Pep Talk 7: Guardiola must sacrifice obsession than risk Man City’s season
The Manchester Derby (read: Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho showdown) will be nothing less than a Justice League or Thor Ragnarok blockbuster. Entire English Premier League ecosystem is looking up to this game. If Sane and co triumph, it will turn the … Continue reading Pep Talk 6: Can Guardiolismo tame ‘rich West Brom’ at the Manchester Derby?
Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City have won nothing so far. Yet the list of eulogies continue to shower in for a team playing a brand of football seldom seen in the history of the game. Here’s ranking the best eleven quotes … Continue reading Pep Talk 5: Top XI quotes hailing Guardiola’s ManCity in 100 days of 2017-18 season
I tell you, one key match ManCity get a referee decision in their favour and critics will come out accusing the Blue half of Manchester for favouritism. It happens to all great sides and managers. Sir Alex Ferguson was often accused … Continue reading Pep Talk 4: List of ManCity bad refereeing decisions 2017-18
Manchester City’s record-matching start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign has just been bettered! The 28 points garnered off 10 games – a record set by Chelsea in 2005/6, emulated by Manchester City before in 2011/12 – had been matched … Continue reading Pep Talk 3: Napoli’s form & Guardiola’s shock record make ManCity underdogs at Naples
Trivia: Name the team which had maximum ball possession stats vs the rampant Manchester City this season? Ans: Shakhtar Donetsk (46% … ahem ahem!) Manchester City vs Napoli Welcome to European (UEFA) Champions League Football where only the continental style … Continue reading Pep Talk 2: How Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al-Mubarak got #SharkTeam fans salivating
It’s nearing close to a decade since I have been admiring current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Studying his moves, mannerisms, values and etiquettes, trying to slim down like him (difficult for a foodie like me!) and keep that bald shiny look … Continue reading Pep Talk 1: My Guardiola Fascination
Just so you didn’t know yet, Frenchman Benjamin Mendy, is the most expensive football defender at 23 yrs old, after winning just one major trophy (Ligue 1 2016-17), being selected in Team of the year Ligue 1 2016-17 and costing £52 million … Continue reading Football: The curious case of Benjamin Mendy
When we entered Nou Camp stadium 14 April 2017, we were welcomed by a new intimidating 30ft by 20ft billboard. It was Messi’s clenched fist pumping up crowds after the historic 6-1 win over Paris St Germain. The crowd photographer … Continue reading Football: The image which justifies Neymar’s departure from Barcelona FC