Pep Talk 23: Observations from ManCity’s comfortable 1-0 win away on a bad Wembley pitch

TOT 0-1 MCI Twelve Observations 1. The NFL game affected Wembley pitch played ordinary yet Manchester City still managed their beautiful game on that awkward surface. The tram lines were confusing even for me as viewer, so sure the players … Continue reading Pep Talk 23: Observations from ManCity’s comfortable 1-0 win away on a bad Wembley pitch

Pep Talk 22: Six Goals made in South America give El Clasico a Guardiolaesque scoreline

Ten observations from the El Clasico. Scoreline: FCB 5-1 White Jersey team Six goals made in South America give a Guardiolaesque scoreline but men of the match are Spain’s discarded wing backs – Jordi Alba & Sergi Roberto. 2. Before … Continue reading Pep Talk 22: Six Goals made in South America give El Clasico a Guardiolaesque scoreline

Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football

Courtesy a 14inch black & white Sonodyne television and live coverage from Mexico, three decades ago, I got attracted to football thanks to one Diego Armando Maradona and his Argentinian team. They won the World Cup that year, 1986, and … Continue reading Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football

Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from the book ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga’ – El Clasico diaries by Sid Lowe. While the book covers the entire history of Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry, I have only chosen the post-2000s … Continue reading Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries

Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!

Over five years ago, in a pre-match press meet, the then Borrusia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp first time christened his brand of football. “I think he (Arsene Wenger) likes having the ball, playing good football. It is like an orchestra. … Continue reading Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!

Pep Talk 18: Five EPL Records Guardiola’s ManCity must chase for making it ‘Untouchables’ Season 2017-18

Manchester City have achieved their first ever utterly convincing and dominating Premier League season, under Pep Guardiola. They have won the joint fastest EPL title  – record set by Manchester United in 2000-2001 – and this time it didn’t involve … Continue reading Pep Talk 18: Five EPL Records Guardiola’s ManCity must chase for making it ‘Untouchables’ Season 2017-18