A football manager is listened to in a way that actually makes you wonder about the intelligence of the human race. I recently met a famous brain surgeon in New York and in his brain, when it comes to intelligence, there are definitely 80% more light bulbs alight than in mine. But what happens? He started to stutter because he is crazy about football and this person from LFC was suddenly standing in front of him.
I don’t pose in underwear. I hate the red carpet. I prefer green grass and being on the pitch, trying to improve.
~ Manuel Neuer
Neuer is the consummate professional and arguably the best goalkeeper in the game right now. He changed the position at Bayern and handles the ball at his feat as well as many outfield players. His dedication to the game is his greatest strength.
Have we enough talent? I believe so, yes. And the expectations are very high. You cannot win the Cup and finish third in the league and then say: ‘Look, next year we want to do nothing.
~ Arsene Wenger
Expectations are high and patience from the fans is low. Seems like a team ripe for implosion. The 2014-2015 season was largely anti-climatic because Arsenal and Manchester City were unable to sustain their title challenge toward the end of the season. This year, Wenger believes that his team has the best combination of talent and experience since the Invincibles team that last brought Arsenal a League Championship. However, Manchester United and Manchester City have both strengthened their squads considerably.
My Arsenal-fan friends mostly remain adamant that Wenger is the right man still, though their patience is wearing thin and while this is an admittedly small sample size, Arseblog seems to confirm this sentiment as well. Fans of the team are almost as committed to the philosophy of youth development as Wenger. Citing past successes of Manchester United and Barcelona as support of that method. The reality is that Arsenal, like other teams owned by billionaires, is a buying team. They spend time developing youth players and those players largely end up playing somewhere else because Mezut Ozil or Santi Cazorla was purchased instead. It’s the cold, hard reality of the modern Premier League. Teams want to develop internally, but nowadays, even Barcelona is shipping out it’s youth products and buying success.
The other unmentioned aspect of the upcoming season is that the European players had a real holiday this summer, meaning that there was ample to rest and heal. No World Cup or European Championship to distract everyone. Having said that, the North and South Americans may not feel as rested as they would like, but on the whole, players are coming back from a nice summer break and good off-season.
This upcoming season will remain Chelsea’s to lose. Until someone can prove that they can win a Mourinho style war of attrition (boring, boring Chelsea), I would put Chelsea at the top.
When Raheem Sterling is a $76 Million Man, it’s time to sell your stock in the Premier League. Has the new TV contract really inflated the value of an unproven 20 year old that much? Yet, there it is.
I’ve just had to learn to take it all in my stride but I never imagined I’d be at this point at the age I am now and breaking a British transfer record fee … the world-class players that are here and a squad that are capable of winning things year in, year out. The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started and play alongside them.
The Guardian had a great article about cheaper, better European options than Sterling. The list included Memphis Depay, who now plays for Manchester United. It will be easy to compare the two. Depay was a mere $39 Million. Still a crazy sum to pay for a potential.
At this point, the sky seems to be the limit on what teams will pay. Even mid-table teams are getting in on the action as Crystal Palace was able to convince Yohan Cabaye to come back from PSG, and are now looking to grab Loic Remy from Chelsea. If the money is the same and you can play more, why not?
Transfer madness is in full swing and it pays to play in England.