Jose Mourinho has spent a lot of time trying to keep up appearances in his press conferences. Throughout the season, he has put together these mind games in order to (according to most) deflect pressure from his team: Things like calling Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure, downplaying his team's title hopes, and in general, discussing other teams.
CandlesÂ may have beenÂ lit, and there may even have been hushed talk of a silent vigil outside
of White Hart Lane. Meanwhile, on social media platforms such as TwitterÂ men grown men -Â threw
around comments which indicated thatÂ many of themÂ had jumped straight to the second stage of the
KÃ¼bler-Ross Model five stages of grief anger having scarcely had the opportunity to feel the
transient and illusory feeling of denial.
The final Premier League games of the season this weekend, which means two things: 1. The title
race, battle for survival and Champions League qualification will be sorted out 2. All we have to
look forward to is Euro2012, which will consist of criticising Roy Hodgson's squad selection,
tactics, team selection, substitutions, press conferences and [.
Saturday's El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid put Barcelona on the verge of losing their domestic
crown and after watching Chelsea also knock them off their Champions League throne last night,
manager Pep Guardiola feels that luck evaded the Catalans this season.
Guardiola, typically known for showing humility in his post-match press conferences, lost his
cool earlier this week as the Spanish media sought explanation for his usage of youngster Cristian
Tello during such a decisive stretch of matches.
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At last we hear that AVB has an angry side with his players aswell as the media!. Up till now we
have only seen his angered response to some lines of questioning during pre or post match press
conferences when speaking to the media or the written press. It seems as though he let the players
see the exact same side after defeat to United on Sunday.
AVB hasn't exactly had it easy since he has come to Chelsea has he?. He came into the club as a
breath of fresh air speaking of motivation, fine tuning the team and with his technical staff
getting the best out of everyone.
Chelsea sit fourth just ahead of the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal and a whopping 12
points behind United and Man City and more importantly seven points and four goals behind Spurs.
As you probably know, Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp is currently been investigated for tax
evasion offenses committed over 3 years ago and things got interesting yesterday when in tape
recordings presented to the court, Redknapp said that he could not have fiddled his tax returns
because he is illetrate.
Arsene Wenger followed Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Blackburn with one of the grumpiest press conferences of his 16-year tenure at Arsenal. The Gunners boss was visibly angry during the pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. He took exception to just about any line of questioning the assembled journalists [.
During moments of escalated distress in football, writers often find it helpful to take some
distance from the kvetch-fest and start on their scrolls after some time has passed. Stretching
both the words â€˜football' and â€˜writer' to their very limits, I'm writing this the morning after
a twitter-fuelled air raid was made in the club's direction; when even the most balanced and
supportive fan's radar went off-kilter; when Arsenal's London locals and global diaspora were
worryingly, and maybe justifiably, united in their condemnation.
"We do not want to sell our players - so all the players who have contracts will stay here
unless we decide otherwise. We want to keep our best players. We have answered that in nearly 80%
of our press conferences and at some stage it has to stop, because the past has shown that this
question is useless.
Jose Mourinho's press conferences are often hilarious, but it's usually more to do with his dry wit than slapstick humour. After last night's 1-1 draw with Manchester City it was very much the latter. The Special One first performed an excellent mime of a man who can't find something (perhaps a bin for his water [.
Remember five years ago when Chelsea post EPL game press conferences revolved around Jose
Mourinho complaining that Joe Cole dribbled too much? The Blues would have just ground out a 1-0
win over a lower level team, conceded zero shots on frame, and edged possession by 55% to 45%.
Still, we held our breath and waited for Mou to furl his eyebrow and toss subtle barbs at Joe
Cole's selfish decision to dribble at a defender.
Sir Alex Ferguson is famously very picky about who can and can't attend his press conferences, so
it was a tad hypocritical of him to turn up unannounced at tennis star Andy Murray's post-match
presser following his US Open semi-final victory. In a veritable Who's Who (Scotland Edition),
Fergie and James Bond star Sean Connery [.
An old enemy gives Man Utd the gift they crave. Yes, Arsenal untitled for the last seven years
bequeaths Utd, their almost certain 13th Premiership accolade. Isaac Newton predicted this many
centuries ago. It's also called the law of gravity in minor circles.
Some say that you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. When Luis Suarez
refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra at Old Trafford yesterday however, you sensed the
significance of the moment would shape the longevity of the memory. Relations between England's two
most most successful clubs - who have not exchanged a player since 1964 - continue to sour, both on
and off the pitch.
"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not
die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" William Shakespeare.
Forget what you think you know about revenge. Sometimes, it's all you've got left. And considering
the sorry state in which Arsenal currently finds itself, I would maintain that revenge may just
prove to be the last, best option.
In his last two press conferences Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been asked about what's
happening in the transfer market. Alan Pardew - we are there looking at the market In theÂ pressÂ
conference on Tuesday afternoon, before the Manchester United game, Alan was asked whetherÂ
NewcastleÂ had made any progress in the transfer market at all.
Pre-season previews used to be easy.Â Analyse the players, add the manager's likely tactics,
stir in a liberal dose of unsubstantiated optimism masquerading as hitherto unfilled potential and
there you have it. Swift appraisal of a few rivals, think of a possible final finishing position
then go two places higher and pretend you know what you are talking about.
I think we all agree that being the Chelsea Manager is one of the most difficult jobs to take in
the game at the moment. It's right up there with the England Manager's job for me. When you agree
to take over the club you are aware of the pressure that comes with it. You know the levels of
expectation from the owner, the board and the supporters and if things aren't going your way, the
press and media will be on your back constantly.
Having leaked Sunderland's starting line-up player-for-player well ahead of their game against Liverpool last week, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet suspected foul play and subsequently saw that The Sun newspaper be banned from attending his press conferences and from the club in general for the rest of the season.
I keep saying it but you can never ever underestimate the influence of Mourinho! Whether it's in the dressing room, on the training ground, during games in that technical area or in his press conferences, there is a reason why he is the best in the world!
I was watching SkySports Monday Night Football last night and the post match analysis and for me Gary Neville got it spot on.
Napoli owner and producer of awful movies Aurelio De Laurentiis has a history of conducting
press conferences the odd way he goes about the rest of his existence. Last year, he unveiled
Gokhan Inler to the press by having the player wear a lion mask. And now, on the final day of the
summer transfer window, he decided to have a bit more fun with the media in a press conference
about Edinson Cavani's future.
A little more than a month after leaving Flamengo over unpaid wages, Ronaldinho is the one being
accused of breaching contracts as Coca-Cola ends his lucrative sponsorship deal less than a year
after it was signed. The breaking point for the R$1.5M ($737,400) a year deal that was to run
through the 2014 World Cup in BrazilÂ was apparently that Ronaldinho appeared with cans of Pepsi, a
sponsor of his new club Atletico Mineiro, at press conferences.
To many die-hard soccer fans the increase of sponsorship is a sign of growth and acceptance of
the sport.Â They also know that it is this additional revenue that is necessary for clubs to have
the funds to bring in better talent and improve the teams success on the field. So it's with that
we look at a few of the key sponsorship deals the Silverbacks have made this off season.
The U.S. WNT held its pre-game training for an hour today at Yurtec Stadium and it rained --
pretty hard -- for almost the entire session. That was the first real rain for the U.S. team has
experienced in Sendai and there is a 40% chance of rain at kickoff tomorrow, which will be 7:30
p.m. local / 6:30 a.
Scuba Steve Bould Ep.26 Wheeler Dealin' by Off The Post on Mixcloud Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. A
weekend when we all remember the glory days of football. Hazy, sepia-tinged days when plucky
minnows would score ludicrous own goals at Anfield and take it on the chin with good grace and a
I had my rant after the game here which created a bit of a stir (rightly so, and
have had some time to think. As a result, I want to focus on the ONLY positive that came out of the
defeat at Everton and that was AVB's admission he got it wrong.
Now like I said in my rant, I have been a supporter of AVB from the moment we was announced as our
manager right up to the game yesterday, but as we all know, what I witnessed has changed my
Generation 2022: Al-Kass Under-17 International Cup Scouting Report is a post from: Just
Always on the lookout for new talent here at Just Football, we sent our man
in Qatar to check out the inaugural Al-Kass International Under-17 tournament. A warm welcome to
Raphael Nawari, who reports on a competition full of promising youngsters:
In a small secluded part of the world, the new stars of tomorrow are taking part in a newly
formed tournament, which in years to come will be considered as one of the better known youth
tournaments, rivalling the Milk Cup and others where the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ronaldinho and
Lionel Messi have graced us with their precocious talents.