Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man full of confidence, he’s probably more arrogant than Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho, and so it’s fair to say many rival fans are hoping they’ll both be failures come the end of the campaign.
That doesn’t look likely at the moment though, with Ibrahimovic scoring with an overhead kick inside the first five minutes of the match. He celebrated the way Zlatan always does, mutedly. The 5-2 win over Galatasaray proves United have really kicked on with their pre-season training, and they certainly dominated the match, but there were a couple of defensive errors which led to goals. It’s difficult to say how Manchester United will shape up for the first game of the premier league season, but some big names will be dropped, but if they can stick together and play like a team of old, they’ll have a very good season.
Sadio Mane was phenomenal for Southampton last season, scoring many goals in the premier league, taking the Saints to new heights. So why is it most Liverpool fans you speak too aren’t that excited about what he’ll be bringing to the team? Well he is a Southampton player, and Liverpool haven’t had huge success when buying from Southampton in the past. Lallana, Lovren, Lambert, Mignolet and Clyne haven’t exactly set the football world alight, but perhaps Mane can. He’s one of the fastest players in the league and he’s likely to play on the wing or through the middle, cutting defences apart. We know there are bigger names out there, but Liverpool fans should appreciate the talent that Mane is and give him the backing he deserves.
It looked set to be Kopp’s first marquee signing as Liverpool manager. Gotze made it clear he wasn’t happy sitting on the bench last season at Bayern Munich but with Carlo Ancelotti coming in he’s committed his future to them. It’s a big blow for Liverpool because he was the only high profile player on their radar. It’s a bit of a worry too because if Liverpool can’t attract top stars, which is very likely considering they’re not in any European competition next season, they could be ready for another step down in the table. It will be interesting to see who they’re linked with over the coming months, but there you have it, it certainly won’t be Mario Gotze. Let us know who you think Liverpool need to sign this summer.
If you read my last post you’ll probably be laughing at how wrong I was. Leicester has officially overcome the odds to become the Premier League Champions for 2015-16. Okay, so I won’t take all my words back. On paper, for me, they’re still a fairly average side. They’ve got goals in their game, I’ll give them that, and they can defend, and as we can see with three games to go, that’s all they needed. They of course had teamwork on their side too, and every one of their players deserves a massive mention. Vardy will probably get most of the plaudits because his goals have been extremely important, but the question now is how many players will they lose in the summer, and can they push on again next year?
I’ve watched a lot of Leicester city games this season, and I still can’t work out how they keep winning. They don’t have the best players in the league, they don’t have the best support, and with Ranieri as their manager, they certainly don’t have the best boss.
They tend to get by with relatively simple tactics, and they stick to what they’re good at. Of course having Vardy and Mahrez scoring goals important, but at the back Robert Huth is becoming one of the best centrebacks in the league. I know for a fact half of their players won’t cut it at a club like Liverpool, Man City or Manchester Unites, but they play as a team and that’s the difference between them and the other so called ‘big 4’.