After securing a 1-1 draw yesterday night, Manchester City have topped their Champions League Group H with a match to spare. They got the job done at the Etihad stadium despite not being their best. However what I fail to understand is head coach Pep Guardiola’s reluctance to play youngsters despite the long list of ManCity injuries and fragility. Continue reading Pep Talk 31: Guardiola’s reluctance to starting Phil Foden & Eric Garcia is not helping Manchester City
For fans of club football, the international break comes as a big irritant. It’s like you have ordered for the delicious biriyani, midway through your meal and that dish takes ages to arrive. The season ahead stays extremely exciting with … Continue reading Pep Talk 29: Top 10 moments & images of the Football Season 2018/19 so far
INT 1-1 BAR Eleven observations 1. Barca’s record vs Italian teams since start of 2017 has been (first home, then away) vs Juve: Drew 0-0, Lost 0-3 vs Juve: Beat 3-0, Drew 0-0 vs Roma: Beat 3-1, Lost 0-3 vs … Continue reading Football: FC Barcelona comfortably sit atop CL Group after draw at San Siro
I cut off all my football channels once the domestic league season got over. I didn’t see any point waiting for two weeks to see the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final to be played out between the third placed team … Continue reading Pep Talk 20: Champions missing on Champions League decider night
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’!
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
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will finish season 2017-18 with a resounding domestic league title win, the Carabao Cup and eliminations at quarterfinal of Champions League and pre-quarters of FA cup. At the start of the season had this been offered … Continue reading Pep Talk 17: How long will referees be deciding Manchester City’s season?
After the Barcelona players returned from the warm-up, they were surprised to find a Pep Guardiola assistant refusing them entry into the Stadio Olimpico dressing room. Xavi got a tad irritated. After all, a Champions League final was less than … Continue reading Pep Talk 13: The ‘Gladiator’ video Pep Guardiola used to motivate FC Barcelona before the Champions League 2009 Final
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