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A life long lover of football whether playing, watching or writing about the game. Tactics, history, culture, and how they all intertwine throughout the world game is one of sport's greatest stories.

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AC Milan back to square one

Italian giants AC Milan have endured a shocking start to the 2012/2013 season. They lie in 11th place in Serie A, some nine points off the pace in the race for the Scudetto and five points adrift of rivals Internazionale in the race for Champions League qualification.

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AC Milan go back to Square One

Italian giants AC Milan have endured a shocking start to the 2012/2013 season. They lie in 11th place in Serie A, some nine points off the pace in the race for the Scudetto and five points adrift of rivals Internazionale in the race for Champions League qualification.

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Sydney must continue attacking in finals

The Round 21 2011 MCG clash against the Tigers will go down as one of the most insipid displays from the proud Bloods in a long time. Out-muscled, out-enthused, outwitted and outplayed, an inspired Richmond ran riot in a stunning performance against the much more fancied Swans.

Certainly agree there with the sentiment of being patient in the modern game. I think gone are the days where conte can just come in with a limited budget and fix his predecessors mess and turn 10th into 1st in 1 season. Klopp and Guardiola have been at their clubs for nearly 4 and 3 years respectively and that seems like a lifetime compared to the typical tenure period at other clubs. Genuine rebuilding with a solid mid to long term plan seems like a prerequisite for future competitiveness if not success. It is so tight at the top now and there is so much at stake it is taking remarkable quality, endurance and consistency (as evidenced by this seasons record breaking title race) to ensure success these days.

How does Manchester United rebuild?

That is a bloody long time! I am not a Manchester United fan by any stretch of the imagination but I certainly acknowledge that they are among only a handful of clubs in the world who are bounded by unique expectations and a colorful history which is underpinned largely by tragedy. Much like Liverpool and hillsborough and the emotion attached to the club and its supporters, I’ve always felt that with the Munich air disaster and the remarkable story of the 1968 European cup triumph under sir Matt Busby was a seminal moment in United’s history with all the raw emotion surrounding the subsequent years post the busby babes. That has largely helped shape the expectations and requirements of United players and managers where that narrative was further strengthened by Ferguson and United’s fearsome domination of England for such a long time. It is very interesting to find the local manchester lads and the wider English contingent at United such as rashford, lingard, smalling, Jones, Shaw and even pogba who came through the youth system are struggling to live up to United standards in their fight and endeavor. Bryan Robson and Roy Keaneto have been the iconic heartbeats of past United teams and when he is up and about I can see Paul pogba being a natural modern day incarnation of that inspirational, tenacious and charismatic midfield general but unfortunately those moments of stirring optimism have been far to fleeting.

How does Manchester United rebuild?

I think Klopp would have made a fantastic United manager. His charisma, charm and sense of fearlessness and adventure in his tactics and mentality would have suited United down to a tee. Can only imagine how different the fortunes of Liverpool and man United would be today if such an appointment materialized.

How does Manchester United rebuild?

I think the United board will look back on the permanent appointment of OGS with considerable regret given what has transpired. There was nothing stopping them from making a decision at the conclusion of the summer. The questions of whether the permanent appointment has had any effect on United’s performances or it has just been a very badly timed coincidence is still a mystery.

How does Manchester United rebuild?

Chelsea appealed on April 11th, still awaiting a final verdict. Ban could be pushed back pending further investigation or the ban could stand. Ban would be for two windows so would last until European summer 2020. Interesting times ahead.

Chelsea's top five Eden Hazard replacements

Yep can’t disagree there. Bale is the biggest gamble out of the lot but when you lose a player like Hazard its vitally important to get a big name in so you couldn’t quite rule out Coutinho or Dybala (even if its unlikely, i personally feel pursuing him would demonstrate real ambition from Chelsea).

Could do a lot worse out there than Insigne and Zaha. Players like Coman, Martial, Lemar and Douglas Costa are out there but can’t imagine Chelsea going for them if they’re being serious about finding a worthy replacement.

Chelsea's top five Eden Hazard replacements

No worries mate. Tottenham really are a formidable force under potchettino a total departure from their flaky and soft centered history of coming up short over the last 30 or so years. Now they’re a physically robust and tactically astute team that can defend very by even modern standards and a player like Christian eriksen really gives them fantastic quality on the counter or in possession in the final third with his all round passing and vision. Certainly one of my favorite teams to watch.

It’s amazing how ole has transformed united into a totally different team…..I’m sure it’s not just been as simple as encouraging the players with kind words and an arm around the shoulder. Recent performances certainly prove that mourinho failed to get through to the players with his abrasive and dated approach to man management. They have some top drawer players who have the ability to dominate games and importantly for united entertain the fans. Pogba’s always been the key player- the guy who can carry the ball and deliver the killer pass in transition as well as making late runs into the box to create or score. The understanding that is developing between him and rashford is one of the most exciting prospects for united now that there is pace, dynamism and adventure to United’s approach. Mourinho needed to harness more of this potential and balance it with his game management and defensive stability which have been his traditional strengths.

Why Mourinho is in decline

I absolutely agree with you. There are two sides to the game and sometimes people forget that because defending and organisation is boring and unglamorous. The tactical one off results that Mourinho used to get by packing the midfield or putting a defender into midfield or playing with a compactness that makes it so difficult for the opposition (think Liverpool 2014, Barcelona 2010 etc), at the end of the day is an art. People don’t find that aesthetically pleasing but there has to be a balance and a check to all the graceful attacking aesethics. I believe you need to appreciate this aspect of the game to appreciate the whole game and specifically how hard it is to do what a Guardiola does.

Ultimately for Mourinho his approach to attempting to turn United into a force again was not effective because he is losing touch with what makes a player tick. Players are not perfect they’re people. Their professionalism especially in modern times are going to fluctuate as the player holds so much more power these days. It comes down to compromise and sacrifice and unfortunately Mourinho did none of that to get the best out of his players.

Why Mourinho is in decline

The decline is most painfully a tactical and ideological decline more than anything else. The toothless and abject display against Sevilla is a low point that simply spelled the end for him as far as i was concerned last season. Its one thing to fall out with a couple of players or suffer from an archaic man management style, but if your sending out your team to play ultra reactive , if not negative football with no fluidity or freedom within a very limited and dour tactical framework its going to be a disaster at Man united. His time at Madrid certainly seems to have poisoned his soul as far as his attempts to get one back over Barcelona over his 2008 managerial snubbing is concerned.

Why Mourinho is in decline

I’d like to think that given Real Madrid’s predicament at the moment it may be the most suitable destination. Mourinho will probably find Madrid to be more tactically and ideologically malleable given their lack of a true identity under Zidane. He may just get the best out of Madrid as they need to evolve post Ronaldo and Perez may just give him the time to do so given the unbelievable recent success they had in recen years.

Why Mourinho is in decline

There’s no doubting the monumental achievements over his body of work. But st some point in everyone’s careers the lingering threat of decline and regression looms large. Its going to be fascinating how he responds to this period of underachievement and ignominy. I hope I’m 20 years we don’t reflect on the second half of his career in a similar light to arsene wenger.

Why Mourinho is in decline

Im a chelsea supporter and even i have to admit hazard shouldnt be number 1. Certainly lived up to the billing right from the get go but has fizzled out since. i guess his still young and adapting to the league so its expected. Michu should certainly be one and rvp must be a close 2nd he has been a matchwinner all season so far.

The top five EPL signings of the season

He certainly would be but i don’t think he will. I remember watching that game thinking City were gonna cause a real upset and set off a warning shot to the rest of the teams in the competition but obviously the class shone through with the late goals from benzema and ronaldo. I completely agree that if they had won that game at the bernabeu, then they would certainly have laid down the foundations for progression into the knockout rounds with the belief that would have been gained. Silva and Nasri have been transformed into inverted wingers at city and being that pirlo type pillar in midfield whose always available and whose able to direct traffic is not something that comes naturally to them. At valencia and at arsenal/marseille respectively, silva and nasri were very much crafty and tricky wingers with pace, flair and an eye for goal but they just seam to be too loaded in attack with attacking players up top especially with tevez and aguero dropping so deep al the time which i feel unsettles the balance of the team. It’s almost as if sometimes theres no midfield at all and just the defence and attack with no linkage. Gareth barry seems to be the closest conductor city have at their disposal at the moment. Javi Garcia could potentially play that role but he has hardly played. perhaps going for a toni kroos or nuri sahin would give city greater balance in midfield who are able to control the tempo of the game.

Mancini not the man for City to become Euro powerhouses

With the astronomical transfer fees paid to land some of the stars they have on their squad and the pay packets that continue to eat into the owner’s wallets Manchester City are a completely different case altogether. Arsenal took time to make an impact in the champions league simply because the premier league was overshadowed by the strength of Serie A and La Liga during the late 80s and throughout the 90s. Arsenal were never buying trophies. Mancini has an awful european record that cannot be overlooked. Tough groups they may have been over the last two seasons, however they should have made a better fist of it at the very least instead exiting so meekly. I mean qualifying for the europa league is out of their hands for crying out loud. Just look at Chelsea. As soon as they had the money to build a squad that could compete at the top, in the 2003-2004 season they made it all the way to the semi-finals in the first go. It has not taken Chelsea anytime to settle into the champions league arena having consistently gone deep. Manchester City’s progress is alarming to say the least with the quality in that side.

Mancini not the man for City to become Euro powerhouses

I had a justification for why some players were not on the list but must have been edited out. My criteria was very intricate and perhaps very picky. Although the title suggests a very simple criteria, i paid greater heed to factors such as heartache (finals lost semi finals lost), the calibre of the player, the age (the older the better chance of being on the list as a suarez, benzema as some have suggested are still quite young and may well win it in the future). Id say huntelaar, rvp, robben, zlatan and buffon are nearing the end of their prime and therefore a chance of winning it in the near future would be limited. Chiellini was very close but he hasn’t even played a lot of champions league games let alone go deep on any occasion. Huntelaar for me having been at madrid and milan. should have won one by now. His excellent scoring record for the national team and form for schalke since moving from milan has set him apart. Falcao as well has not even played in the champions league’s knockout rounds in his career so he has not even had a legitimate chance to win it

Best current players never to have won UCL

Its probably the beginning of the phasing out of “mourinho’s chelsea” i think give it a year or two and Cech will be the only player who is an automatic starter.

Deja vu for Chelsea as veteran players are ditched

Of course. He epitomises what Chelsea are all about: Power, determination and skill. When Drogba is on the ball and firing Chelsea look like…..well chelsea. Without him, the blues look less threatening. It will be a very sad day when he leaves the bridge.

Chelsea suffering from an identity crisis

yeh i think your pretty much right on the money there. As for nando i dont necessarily think he would be any better anywhere else, i believe he is genuinely lacking confidence with his own ability, particularly his finishing as evidenced by the numerous layoffs and lack of courage to have a ping even from the penalty area. If he cant even score with the best team in the world with some of the best distributors in the game today in the Spanish national team, theres really nothing else thats the problem other than his mind. His movement and workrate is outstanding and is really world class just that he is not fulfilling his primary duty to score.

Chelsea suffering from an identity crisis

As much as the adoption of a system, it is the philosophy that ultimately picks the system. You mention barca and their 4-3-3 which is a perfect example of their approach to the game where they value possession and interchanging of positions where the likes of Villa,pedro and messi as well as iniesta all find themselves in different positions of the front and middle 3 which is part of their philosophy. A team such as Inter who play with a number 10 in an advance postion in Sneijder with 2 out and out strikers in Eto’o and Pazzini and milito playing without much width but a narrow direct style will mean they will play a christmas tree or 4-3-1-2. As for the Aussies if we want to play with a burley target man, sure play that 4-5-1 or 4-1-1 but if we aim to play with fluidity and a bit of sophistication whether we succeed or not then we play 4-3-3. Its rather simple, but managers these days are too afraid of the chop and are way too pragmatic to stick to one formation

Which tactical system is best for Australia?

with a few more pre seasons under their belts this team can achieve anything in the near future. I would be inclined to giving pykey,LRt and bevo the tap on the shoulder. Possibly lrt to richmond for brad miller so syd have an experienced forward to free up goodes and give reid,white and johnston a mentor. Bevan is a tough nut p player and uncompromising footballer but lacks the overall quality and would be taking another more talented kids spot. Pykey looks like he would be wasting his career honestly should go back to rugby, not because his bad he has adapted really well but syd have plenty of options. I would be have a crack at kozzi or if the hungers still there a mooney because the attack lacks experience and a goalsquare presence. Jesse white has to step up when he gets an opportunity. The team this year has been whooped once by the hawks and have mixed it with the very best without winning. Its a learning curve and they will become better for it next yr and beyond.

Swans on the cusp of a Golden Generation

i really dont see the relevancy of your comment to this article

Swans on the cusp of a Golden Generation

just noticed so much has been edited out of the original piece omg.

Swans on the cusp of a Golden Generation

oh crap read the other blue text with mrs kussy max

Where does Adam Goodes stand among the game's greats?

mrs kussy i agree with u that he is not there right at the top with ur locketts and what not but the pav and mcleod as u say have played for clubs in was and sa afl is life and death in those regions so of course its not gona hurt their status its an afl state. Brown is a special case as a triple p player his gona be remembered no matter what and he pav, mcleod with all due respect have never been the best 2 or 3 players in the comp at any time, as forwards yes and mcleod although very good his been overshadowed by roo mostly throughout his career so its sorta hard but goodes is totally different. There is no doubt him playing for syd has made him a peripheral figure, to what extent is up for debate.

Where does Adam Goodes stand among the game's greats?

look this piece is just something off the top of my head and was not articulated as well as i would have liked. The main issue im trying to bring to the fore is whether playing outside of melbourne in a non afl orientated city such as sydney has sort of taken away the gloss on a stellar career. Good players are good players and will be universally hailed. However when talking about the absolute best today, he is not in the spotlight making press conferences everyday and thus people forget adam goodes even still exists to be frank. His lack of exposure in sydney where the media blowtorch is not as candescent is exacerbated by the fact that he has been part of a team percieved as blue collar and dour,thus his impact is not amplified or recognised as much. He obiviously belies that perception personally but i also think the whole issue about his worst and best being too big a gap is not fair bast on b and f finishes. With him and with most players its not all about the numbers. His duel brownlows is not a true indication or a tool of elevation to greatness because it is not a totally accurate measure of how great a player is but rather a demonstration of good ones peak is. Longevity wise he has to be now considered a great who is still playing good footy not a superstar mixing it with the best because as people have already stated the game has changed and he is passed the point where he has to prove things and should be celebrated and admired for what he has done for the club. A time of retrospective examination. Simon black is a veteran playing great footy but he does not have all this pressure to continue to mix it with the best but is rather saluted for his career. Scotty west lastly in 06 was within a whisker of winning the brownlow but at 32 he had nothing to prove and nobody was comparing him to stars of that period such as judd, goodes,cousins etc so its important now people begin to appreciate just how much he has done for syd and start pencilling him in for how he should be remembered.

Where does Adam Goodes stand among the game's greats?