Category Archives: Football

Roy Hodgson failed tactically and showed no invention

I found the game against Iceland very frustrating. Why he chose to go 4-3-3 completely changing the shape from the previous games I have no idea. Players didn’t seem to know their roles, we didn’t stretch the midfield and the attacking fallbacks didn’t overlap.

Hodgson changed the shape of the way we generally play and it didn’t suit the team. Why he doesn’t start with Vardy who is the best inform striker and he chose not to pick a single winger when English football is all about wing play.

So Roy Hodgson has just stepped down from his role. It’s time to change and freshen up the English coaching staff, someone younger who knows the game and won’t experiment in a major tournament.

Gurban Gurbanov a man to watch

Wiki Commons: Nicat49

In this years Europa league I watched Tottenham at home to Qarabagh of Azerbaijan and I was very impressed with how Qarabagh approached the game.

They were tactically very good, very well disciplined and I saw some very nice football from the team. This was against a hungry Tottenham who didn’t make it easy for Qarabagh to play the game they wanted.

And again in the reply, although I watched the short highlights I was still impressed with how they play.

A team playing at their best and who were top of their league last season and are still strong. A lot of this is down to the manager of Gurban Gurbanov, I haven’t seen many teams perform like Gurbanov has instructed his team too. I am of the belief this man can go places. If the bigger clubs in Europe actually watch and take notes of the Azerbaijani league and notice how well Gurbanov’s effort and effect I am sure we should be seeing him in the future at some of the bigger clubs.

Had Jürgen Klopp agreed to join Liverpool months ago?

After reading Chris Bascombe’s (Liverpool get their man) article in today’s Daily Telegraph I get the impression a deal was probably negotiated a few months ago.

One part of his article really stuck out where he write “Despite suggestions that Klopp had already been appointed prior to Rodger’s dismissal…”

Bascombe is fairly well connected with Liverpool football club having friends who work for the club he receives a lot of insider knowledge. And I am sure he is used by the club to control part of what gets printed in the papers.

Liverpool wanted Klopp a year ago, so it was always on the cards, it was just a question of when. Obviously a contract had to be drawn up and that can very often take time to get right. So it’s obvious to me that was sorted out and near completion allowing Liverpool the freedom to fire Rogers and sign Klopp.

Is BT going to kill football?

I just realised that unless BT Sport goes bankrupt for heavily over paying for Champions League football I might not ever watch it live on TV again. At least I got some highlights on ITV. However I feel rather upset by the outcome. 

I don’t want to pay for Sky Sports as I think it’s far too much, then unless you’re a BT Internet customer, and extra £12.99 a month from BT to add it too Sky! Ugg, these companies are just ripping off the customers!!

Kane got his debut goal. (England 4 – 0 Lithuania)

For those that don’t me, I am a Tottenham Hotspur supporter and was looking forward to seeing our top player Harry Kane start. However Roy Hodgson didn’t start with Kane but instead with Rooney and Welbeck up front. I was very disappointed at this, although England started brightly they seemed to peter out and let Lithuania play. In the second half it seemed mediocre although some nice plays and one very good save from the Lithuanian goalkeeper Arlauskis. Then on the 70th minute mark, Kane came on and scored in 80 seconds on his debut.

Now that’s not bad going, can’t wait to see if he starts against Italy now.