Showing posts with label European clubs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label European clubs. Show all posts

9/28/2019

Guardiola struggles with strikers
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Keeping strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy is proving a challenge for Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it is almost impossible to keep strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy.
Guardiola's preferred system has space for just one out-and-out striker which means he regularly has to leave one of Aguero or Jesus on the bench.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park, Argentina forward Aguero has eight goals in six Premier League outings.
Brazil international Jesus has netted three goals in five appearances with one each in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.
Despite the obvious quality of both players, Guardiola suggested he is loath to revert to a different formation which means one - most likely Jesus - looks likely miss out against the Toffees.
Guardiola said: "Both guys are incredible. It's difficult for me. I try to move them and play both.
"Never any player will be happy if they don't play regularly. He plays he will happy, he does not play he will not be happy. 
"But I try to let them both play as much as possible. Sometimes when they're injured, Gabriel or Sergio, the other one plays.
"In some games Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot give us. And the other games, Sergio gives us what Gabriel cannot. That is the quality.
"Normally I don't play with two strikers. I played with two against Norwich, in the last minutes, and it wasn't good. Our control isn't the best, we're not solid enough."
Guardiola acknowledged he has to handle the striking dilemma sensitively, especially when both players are fit and in good form, and often finds himself apologising to one of the pair.
"They're upset if they don't play, of course," he added.
"You play a Champions League game, a semi-final or a quarter-final, and they are fit and they are strong. 
"They want to play, and the manager says, 'You don't play'. How can they be happy? It's impossible. All I can say with the players is I'm sorry - I have to choose 11. 
"Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel the last game against Preston could have scored three or four. 
"We have many, many games, four competitions and of course everyone is necessary".
Meanwhile, Guardiola dismissed suggestions of strained relations between himself and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The 28-year-old was left on the bench for City's 3-2 defeat at Norwich and responded with a commanding display in their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.
Guardiola said in the aftermath of the win over the Hornets he was "frustrated" with aspects of De Bruyne's game but subsequently dismissed any notion the player had an attitude problem.
"When he's happy, his performance is incredible," Guardiola said. 
"Like when I do my job, I'm happier so my job I do it better. I communicate better to my players. 
"Sometimes I'm a bit down, I speak few words because not all the days I'm good. Sometimes I'm a little bit sad. It happens to me, it happens to you."
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
Callum Hudson-Odoi should follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to use Raheem Sterling as a role model to aid his development.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, re-signed with the Premier League club earlier this month, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until 2024.
A two-time England international, the attacker scored five goals last season and netted in Wednesday's thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.
Lampard wants the teenager to follow in the footsteps of Sterling, who has developed into a star for England and Manchester City.
"I know Callum's talent and he has got huge talent, hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up. We're all delighted with that, but there's a lot of work for Callum to do, lots of work," he told UK newspapers.
"You can look around and look at fantastic examples and not even at this club.
"I don't like to talk about other club's players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.
"He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day – ways that he can improve.
"He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us."
Sitting 11th in the Premier League, Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
Barcelona is gearing up for a game that could potentially make or break the season against Getafe this Saturday. The Catalans need to impose their strength and prove once and for all that their latest poor performances away from home were the exception and not the rule. Now facing another injury from team star Lionel Messi, Ernesto Valverde will put his Griezmann, Suarez and Dembele trident to the test in the hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis.

Enersto Valverde's tough start to the season has seen him face harsh criticism for Barcelona's away form. Indeed, Barcelona has at times looked like a mere shadow of the team that just last season had been pinned to win the treble. 
The Catalans are their usual imposing selves when at the Camp Nou, but as soon as they leave the Camp Nou, Valverde's men lose their ability to perform as a well-jointed team. 
Losses against Atlethic Bilbao and Granada, as well as a draw against Osasuna - all games which Barcelona was expected to win, and do so comfortably - have meant that the pressure is mounting for a team that needs to react accordingly this weekend. 
Barcelona's rival Getafe is no easy team, especially when at home in the Alfonso Perez Coliseum, but the desperate need for a win means Barcelona should do everything to stay afloat. 
Anything other than adding the three points will amplify a crisis that is already of considerable size. For this reason, Valverde will undoubtedly do everything in his power to avoid this, including forming a new trident with some of Barcelona's biggest names. 
According to 'Sport', the Blaugrana coach will come out to Getafe with an offensive trio formed by Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Dembele in the absence of Leo Messi and Ansu Fati.
The three players will also seek to vindicate themselves on a personal level, as they all their personal reasons for wanting to succeed and please the fans. 
The former Atletico Madrid player wants to remove the bad taste from fans' mouths after less than impressive performances in Granada and Dortmund (in the Champions League) and show that he can lead Barça in the absence of their biggest star. 
For his part, Luis Suarez wants those whistles received in the last duel against Villarreal to disappear, which will only happen if the Uruguayan recovers his best form. 
Meanwhile, 'Dembouz' will try to make it clear that his good performance in the few minutes awarded against Villarreal as a replacement for Messi were not the exception but the norm and that, when healthy, he is an essential footballer in the team.
The 'gsd'. Or the 'dsg'. In short, a trio of circumstances that must lead Barcelona to put an end to a long ordeal away from home.
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE

Zinedine Zidane appeared before the media on the eve of the visit to Osasuna. The Real Madrid coach highlighted the attitude of his players against Sevilla, but did not want to concentrate on the win.

"Solidity is the key to success. Beyond the game in Seville, what stands out is that we play as a team. To win games you have to play like this. There are no easy games. When you are together you can fight better. We have to continue in this line," said the coach in the press room of the Ciudad Real Madrid.
In this sense, Zinedine Zidane stressed the difficulty of La Liga: "I don't know how many teams there are to win. It costs a lot to win games. In this league everything can happen. La Liga is very good. To beat all the teams you have to demand it. "
In regards to the injuries, the Frenchman commented: "I am not worried, but it's annoying. I don't want players injured, but it's a part of football that we don't control very well. Those who work here are very good, but you have to accept from time to time that an injury can happen. The calendar with many matches also affects it".
"Our preparation has not changed much. All physical trainers think of the team and are great professionals. What happens next, everyone thinks. What I have to say is that we need a little respect for them. We work very well in preseason, but many factors come into play with injuries," he added.
Meanwhile, Zidane was on the fence regarding Leo Messi's FIFA award: "If I think the 'The Best' is fair? I neither saw it nor found out. I'm glad for my players. I'm not going to tell you if I think they deserve it or not, but when a player is good he always is, for a lifetime".
In addition, the French coach does not fear media noise or the word 'crisis': "It is always like this and will continue like this. What happened, happened. The next game is the important one. What moves me is what happens Wednesday. We have to play a great game, with the same attitude and intensity".
"Football is like this. When I lose, I am out; when I win, I can stay. The game against Osasuna is the only thing that interests me right now. I feel strong. Same as a month ago. I try to give my best, like when I was a player. It is in the difficult times that you learn a lot" he added.
Also, the Real Madrid coach did not want to assess the problems of FC Barcelona: "We can lose ourselves, everyone... The most important thing is that my players give it their all. If you lose giving it everything, then nothing happens. You can only win one, but you have to give everything," he added.