“When they copy us, we think it’s something new” – Brazilian manager criticizes Pep Guardiola’s tatics

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has numerous fans in the sport of football due to his playing style. However, one manager in Brazil isn’t entirely impressed with the Spaniard’s ‘tiki-taka’ considering that manager coaches have been doing that in the South American country. 

In an interview with the program Resenha de Primeira (via ESPN Brazil) on YouTube, former Brazilian manager Celso Roth spoke about the Manchester City manager’s style of play and stated that Brazilian coaches have already done the ‘tiki-taka’ in the past, even before Guardiola.

“Guardiola started with a way of playing for Barcelona, ??the “tik-tok,” “tok-tik” (sic), which was originally Brazilian. Everyone thought it was new. We copy others, but when they copy us, We think it’s something new. With all due respect to Guardiola, he left Barcelona, ??went to Germany, and had a problem. He arrived at Manchester (City), had a problem,” Roth said.

Report: Koeman has four games to prove himself

An emergency meeting held immediately after the 3-0 hammering to Bayern Munich did not bring any radical changes in the team or on the sidelines.

Ronald Koeman’s continuity was a topic extensively discussed by Rafa Yuste, Mateu Alemany, and Joan Laporta in the meeting, but the consensus reached was that it was too early to jump to any decisions.

Javi Miguel from AS reports that Koeman will have four games to prove himself at the Catalan club. The games against Granada, Cadiz, Levante, and Benfica will be crucial in deciding if the Dutchman continues or not. Any slip-up in these games will jeopardize his position.

Moreover, the clash against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano will not count in deciding his continuity. A defeat against Los Rojiblancos is considered acceptable under the notion of the growth or transition of the team.

That said, the coming month becomes altho more important … Read the rest

Former Colombian national team player explains why Everton ace didn’t move to Italy

This summer was terrible for Everton midfielder James Rodríguez considering that the Colombia national team left him off their Copa America squad and didn’t depart from the English club. 

Rodríguez had hoped to depart the Premier League side, but no move occurred. Former Colombian national team player Faustino Asprilla stated to ESPN Colombia (via AS) the reason that no Italian club wanted the 30-year-old.

“This person who has many contacts told me that James was offered in all the teams in Italy, in all, but that the real reason … Read the rest

Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: Match Review

On a highly-anticipated Tuesday evening, Barcelona took on Bayern Munich in their own backyard for the first time after their humbling defeat in Rome. The opening Champions League clash promised to be a cracker, and needless to say, lived up to its hype.

Much speculation surrounded Ronald Koeman’s starting lineup on the night, especially because of the injuries in the side. The Dutchmen went for a 5-3-2 as predicted by multiple outlets with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, and Eric Garcia in the defensive wall.

Sergino Dest was not fit to start, which meant that Sergi Roberto took on wingback duties with Jordi Alba. Luuk de Jong received his debut and started alongside Memphis Depay.

First half

The game started off on a balanced note. Neither side dominated the opening period of the game, with both teams having their moments.

In just under five minutes, Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich was … Read the rest

Everton ace named to Colombia national team all-time dream starting eleven

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics published the ideal eleven of several world national teams. One of the countries that the media outlet decided to put together the ideal starting eleven was the Colombia National Team. 

Of course, these stories usually generate controversies and debates, but not so much for this South American country since most of the included players were the best in their position.

This ideal starting eleven for Colombia is a mix of players from different eras, but the majority come from the country’s golden generation, which was the … Read the rest

Report: Barcelona closely following former academy goalkeeper

It seems like Dani Olmo might not be the only former La Masia prospect that Barcelona are looking to sign. According to reputed journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Catalans are keeping a close watch on AFC Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The 25-year-old started out at the academy of former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o in his homeland, Cameroon, before making his way to La Masia in 2010. Onana spent more than four years on the club’s books before eventually moving on to Ajax in January 2015.

Having made his debut a year later, Onana went on to establish himself as the first-choice for the Dutch giants, making 204 appearances, in which he has 83 clean sheets.

Onana, however, has not featured for the Eredivisie outfit since January earlier this year after having been hit with a doping ban which runs till November. And with his contract set to … Read the rest

Pep Guardiola keen on bringing another England international to Manchester City

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has landed himself on Manchester City’s transfer radar, according to Fichajes.

Phillips was playing Championship football less than two years ago – he’s now the reigning England player of the year, having starred in the Three Lions’ memorable Euro 2020 run.

The 25-year-old has all the makings of a top-class midfielder, should he be able to sustain this performance level long-term.

What Phillips needs to decide is whether he’s happy spending the best years of his career at a club like Leeds, or would prefer to be competing for major honours.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is reportedly wanted by Manchester City

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Report: Premier League on Barcelona radar as contract nears expiration date

According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is interested in Leicester City’s midfielder Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian international’s physical presence and technical characteristics are highly valued by Barcelona’s board, and the club is keeping tabs on the player. However, his signing is not seen as a priority for the club as of today.

Last season, Tielemans started 37 of Leicester’s 38 games in the Premier League, scoring six goals and providing four assists in the process. He averaged over two tackles and an interception per game. Moreover, he was responsible for 1.4 key passes every game.

That said, Barcelona is not the only European giant interested in the Belgian’s signing. Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Liverpool are also lining up for the player’s signature, and the race could get heated. It barely comes as a surprise, though, after his brilliant 2020/21 season.

Tielemans’ current contract ends in 2023, … Read the rest

Video: “I arrived!” – David Luiz speaks for the first time following signing with South American giant

After going all summer without a club, former Arsenal FC defender David Luiz is heading home to Brazil following offers from European clubs that didn’t suit him. 

David Luiz and Flamengo had weeks of flirting with one another, and finally, the South American club announced the addition of the veteran defender. The 34-year-old brings plenty of experience, having spent over the last decade in Europe playing for clubs like Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea FC.

Ajax director open to Barcelona return: “My family would choose Spain”

Marc Overmars, the Ajax sports director, opened up about some information regarding his future during an interview with Ajax Life, relayed by Mundo Deportivo.

During the interview, the Dutchman was asked to shed some light on his future plans, and he responded by briefly giving Barcelona the green light. Amongst his previous teams in Barcelona and Arsenal, the legendary player said that he would opt for the Spanish side over the English side for any future plans.

“At a certain point the thing is simple: either I continue and I stay here in Ajax or we go abroad again as a family. I have let that train pass six times.”

He continued, “They are both [Barcelona and Arsenal] interesting. I think my family would choose Spain. We live there very comfortably. And I think they would also choose Barcelona.”

The report becomes more significant when the fact that he was … Read the rest