PEP GUARDIOLA and the noisy neighbours are making an terrible lot of individuals fall silent this season.
Final summer season after Manchester Metropolis did not win the title, the supervisor was dismissed as a busted flush on numerous radio phone-ins that I hosted.
Guardiola’s earlier accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been derided and the Premier League saluted for having uncovered the Spaniard as a coach who was OK in a league the place the title is handed to you on a plate.
Hmmmm. Doesn’t fairly look that means now. In actual fact, it’s truthful to say that the Premier League wants Guardiola proper now — as a result of he and his rampant squad are the one staff delivering constant Hollywood-style leisure.
Manchester United and Chelsea are sensible and no frills.
Profitable however you hardly want to come back down from the adrenaline rush of watching them.
Arsenal and Liverpool speak a superb recreation and play one every now and then.
However there is just one facet that’s doing it and doing it in model week-in, week-out — that’s Manchester Metropolis.
And that’s the reason I’m not in in the slightest degree shocked that Metropolis are able to open talks with Guardiola a couple of new contract. Just some months in the past there was widespread perception that Guardiola won’t even see out his preliminary contract. That he had bitten off greater than he might chew by daring to come back to England the place the league actually is a bear pit.
Now the membership is raring to tie him right down to an extended deal.
They’re determined to maintain the supervisor who’s proving everyone improper with the work he’s doing this season by ripping his rivals to items.
The well-worn argument towards somebody like Pep is to ask the query whether or not he would be capable to do what he’s doing at a membership like Crystal Palace, Everton or West Ham?
That it’s simple when you could have a staff of superstars otherwise you inherit the world’s finest gamers in your dressing room.
Nicely, Guardiola is a greater coach than Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and David Moyes.
He might do what these guys have performed at these golf equipment.
In every single place he has been he has improved his gamers.
Whether or not it’s Lionel Messi, Mats Hummels or Kevin De Bruyne.
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If something, it’s tougher with a bunch of A-listers, having to juggle their egos and ambitions.
However he’s doing it and so far as we all know holding everyone moderately pleased on the identical time. The issue that Metropolis have of their favour, in terms of negotiations with their supervisor, is that there actually are usually not many locations left for him to go.
Italy? Naah. AC Milan is just not for him, nor Juventus. Guardiola has moved on from them already.
Realistically, Paris Saint-Germain can be the one believable outlet for a supervisor of his standing now.
And there’s no means Metropolis’s Arab homeowners are going to let that occur and permit their finest supervisor enterprise throughout the Channel into the arms of considered one of their main rivals.
Metropolis are going about issues in the fitting means this season on and off the sector. They’ve a staff which leaves a path of stardust after each match.
They’ve a supervisor who’s fulfilling every part required of him and extra.
If something, I’m just a bit shocked that the membership has waited this lengthy to start out speaking a couple of new contract.
He has 18 months left on a £12million-a-year deal. That’s simply inside attain to a membership like PSG.
France can be the one place left for Guardiola to overcome however England is offering him with the most important and most fun problem of his profession.
Ozil’s a Gunner goner
MESUT OZIL is lastly turning into the participant everyone hoped he can be from day one at Arsenal.
Certain, it’s nice to see in the mean time however it additionally makes me really feel that there’s just one cause for it — he’s gearing as much as depart.
It’s no coincidence that Ozil turns it on simply as January is looming within the ultimate yr of his deal when he turns into free to speak to different golf equipment.
I hope I’m improper however I worry I’m proper, proper, proper.
Given the timing of his sudden enchancment I’d be shocked if Ozil indicators a brand new deal and stays at Arsenal.
SORRY Liverpool however it’s bye-bye Philippe Coutinho.
The higher this Brazilian performs, the tougher it is going to be for them to maintain him out of the clutches of Barcelona.
Double his cash? Double no matter Barcelona supply him? It gained’t matter a jot.
Coutinho desires to go and desires to go to one of many greatest golf equipment on the earth.
Liverpool couldn’t supply him sufficient cash to get him to remain. Philippe, show me improper.