“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.

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

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

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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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.

‘Clearly a guy that we count on’ – Thomas Tuchel on star who could be a ‘good fit’ alongside Chelsea summer signing

Thomas Tuchel is ‘sure’ that Chelsea will have the opportunity to start Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner together for the Blues, insisting that the duo can be a ‘good fit together’.

The Chelsea manager was asked whether he could see Werner lining up alongside Lukaku in the lineup, with the journalist asking whether the summer signing can ‘complement’ the German’s game.

Tuchel is certainly sold on the prospect of the big-money forwards starting up top together when the situation calls for it, which could be slightly difficult to arrange given the side’s current formation.

Chelsea sit in a 3-4-2-1 system under Tuchel, so the only way that Werner and Lukaku could start together in this formation would be if Werner featured as one of the two inside forwards.

The Blues forward enjoyed an identically dominant international break, with Werner and Lukaku both contributing three goals and an assist each for … Read the rest

Romelu Lukaku speaks out on Chelsea transfer and being in a “deep hole” at Manchester United

Chelsea new-boy Romelu Lukaku has spoken with great honesty about how his transfer back to Stamford Bridge came about this summer.

The Belgium international admits he found it difficult to leave Inter Milan and didn’t want to go behind their backs after they rescued him from a “deep hole” at Manchester United a few years ago.

Lukaku struggled in his two years at Old Trafford but now looks one of the signings of the summer after moving back to the Premier League with Chelsea.

Blues fans will no doubt be intrigued to hear more from Lukaku about how this all came about.

“I only realized that Chelsea were serious when they made their third offer,” Lukaku told HLN.

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“First they offered €100m (£85m). Then €105m (£90m), €105m plus [Marcos] Alonso. Then they offered €110m (£94.2m) plus [Davide] Zappacosta, but Inter said no.… Read the rest

Arsenal set to miss out on £19.8m transfer windfall next summer

Arsenal could be set to lose out on receiving a fee for goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The German keeper has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium following the signing of Aaron Ramsdale.

Ramsdale joined the Gunners on a deal worth £30million, as noted by the Mirror, with Arsenal placing plenty of stock in the now former Sheffield United star’s talent.

Still only 23, it’s hoped Ramsdale can be Arsenal’s number one for years to come, though he hasn’t started in the league just yet with Leno still preferred.

As things stand, Leno is out of contract after this season, and having not been sold in the summer transfer window, it seems he will now leave for free.

According to TuttosSport via the Mirror, Leno does actually intend to leave, reluctant to sign a new deal with the Gunners.

Agreement reached: Barcelona let another huge transfer mistake go as they confirm loan deal for outcast

The current financial situation in football means most teams won’t have had a great transfer window, but it’s hard to think of many who’ve come out of this worse than Barcelona.

Losing Lionel Messi was a disaster when you consider it looked like it had all turned around and he would finally be staying, while they also took a monumental loss on Antoine Griezmann as he returns to Atletico Madrid with a reported option that will see Barcelona receive over £60m less than what they paid for him.

The embarrassment keeps coming as they’ve now officially confirmed that Miralem Pjanic will be going on loan to Besiktas, but the numbers don’t make for positive reading here either.

The Evening Standard reported that Barca paid a whopping €60m to take the then 30-year-old from Juventus, while he also arrived before Ronald Koeman did and it immediately became clear that he didn’t … Read the rest

Manchester United transfer target expected to change clubs next summer

Manchester United could reportedly be in luck as Declan Rice is expected to seal a transfer away from West Ham next summer.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this is also when Man Utd will likely be stepping up their pursuit of a defensive midfielder, so that suggests Rice could be a realistic option for them.

This is despite the MEN insisting that, for this summer at least, Rice was more interested in joining the Red Devils than they were in signing him, though it’s worth noting that he’s also been linked with a move to Old Trafford by the Times and others.

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Rice has shone at West Ham and seems ideal as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic at United, while some fans will likely feel he’d be an upgrade on Fred, and perhaps even Scott … Read the rest