Partly “embarrassed” with the way Man United leaders once treated him, coach Jose Mourinho could not hide the jealousy of Juergen Klopp and Pep Guardiola when he said that these two colleagues were created by the management teams. favorable conditions for success.
“Klopp has been in Liverpool for 3.5 years and has not won any titles but still receives the support of the team leader. In order to have faith, confidence and conditions to keep trying, steadily moving forward, there must be support from many sides.
Looking at Liverpool’s starting line-up, how many people are there when Juergen comes? Only two! ”, The Portuguese military officer proved very jealous of what Klopp is receiving in Liverpool.
Talking about Pep, the Special One can’t stop … please because the Spanish strategist is also creating too many conditions at Etihad.
“Pep was not happy with the full-backs in the 2016/17 season, he was immediately given money to buy 4 defenders he liked. He bought goalkeeper Claudio Bravo but was dissatisfied, the following season had money to buy Ederson immediately … At the next stop, I would not talk without knowing exactly what the Club wanted and what conditions would be provided to me. work, ”Mourinho stressed.
In fact at M.U, before the start of the 2018/19 season, Mourinho asked to add at least one high-class center-back but was not met by the Reds. And so the Old Trafford team has very poor defense, conceding 51 times, their sad record in the Premier League.
“I wish to work with a team that Juergen and Pep are enjoying. At that time, I will be able to show my military skills, ”Mourinho said.
Mourinho protects the gameplay he built
Besides talking about Klopp and Pep, Mourinho also did not forget to mention the gameplay he built. He thought he was being treated unfairly. Because according to the special person, while he and Antonio Conte used the same play (defensive counterattack) to win the Premier League, but Mourinho alone was criticized, while the Italian military did not.
Xavi, the center of the football universe
In 1814, French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace published a controversial doctrine, that we can predict everything that happens in the universe, including human behavior and future, if we know all the state of existence of the universe at some point.
On Thursday, Xavi announced his retirement from his career at the end of this season, after giving 17 years to Barcelona and 4 years to Al-Sadd. Nobody in football history is good at controlling the game like the little Spanish midfielder; nor does anyone easily see through the path of the ball like him. Xavi played as if he foresaw the future, as if he were reincarnated Laplace.
Xavi is central, both figuratively and literally, of the two teams that dominate the world in the 21st century. He and not Thierry Henry, Gerard Pique or even genius Lionel Messi are the commanders Barca and Spain are playing their way: controlling the ball with short passes in a narrow range, disturbing and exhausting the enemy lineup with clever and complex moves. Xavi can find very small gaps to attack. From 2008 to 2012, he won 2 Champions League, 3 La Liga, 2 EURO and 1 World Cup, all the best things a player can dream of.
However, because what Xavi does seems simple, it takes years for him to be recognized properly. Even after winning the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year award and experiencing the most dominant season in football history with Pep Guardiola’s Barca, the Daily Mail still posted the headline “The best players in the world ( and Xavi) ”to illustrate the five candidates for FIFA’s World Player of the Year award. Despite what he had, he was still underestimated. FourFourTwo saw it more fair when he ranked him 50th in the list of the best players of all time in 2017, although that rank still seems too ridiculous.
Perhaps those reviews come from the fact that Xavi is too different from the idol midfield before him. Accustomed guests of wars without end on grass Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira; Endless creative players like Kaka and Pavel Nedved. Xavi is a stark contrast to the 2006 World Cup player Zinedine Zidane. At the age of 34, Zidane still dominates the game, shining brightly like a movie star with his pompous play. You always watch over him, waiting for a surge in him, including the headstorm that has gone down in history.
Xavi is different. He was a transfer station, leading the match but not too rushed. Not always do you pay attention to him, partly because he moves very wide. Suddenly, Xavi can launch a 1 touch pass through two enemy defenses. His incredible passes will show us how narrow our knowledge of football is. He found plans to pass the ball faster than anyone.
Xavi’s contribution is multiplication instead of addition to all teams. He makes the whole team play better. He helped Barcelona and Spain create a winning era. Following Spain’s victory at the 2010 World Cup, the way to play tiqui-taca has swept the world. Brendan Rodgers shines in Swansea with a tiqui-taca-inspired play that was then appointed by Liverpool. Juergen Klinsmann was contracted by the US in 2011 after promising a ball-control game: “If you meet Brazil or Argentina, you may have to play differently when you meet a CONCACAF team, but we want to control the ball. We want to regulate the pace of the game, want players to hone their skills to keep the ball. That will be a start. ”
Jose Mourinho’s teams like Inter Milan have opened up a tiqui-taca solution by creating confusing bunkers to prevent Xavi and Andres Iniesta, before pressing and counter pressing play appear as the highlights of tiqui-taca. Wikipedia’s Tiqui-taca page lists the longest part as a list of teams that tried to beat Spain and Barca, starting with America winning the 2009 Confed Cup semi-final, La’s first defeat. Roja after 36 games.
When age caught up with Xavi, tiqui-taca also collapsed. It was quickly realized that, instead of being a tactical revolution, tiqui-taca was simply a play that was “measured for shoes” for the genius of the Spaniards. No longer the little pilot at his peak, tiqui-taca became a machine that could easily be knocked down. Spanish football was eliminated early in the 2014 World Cup group stage.
Barcelona had to evolve by speeding up the game, and winning four La Liga titles in the last five years. La Roja is more difficult to adapt and was defeated by the Russian host in the 2018 World Cup. Even Guardiola did not choose to repeat the style he used to build in Barca when he came to City, because he understood no Xavi, tiqui-taca Can guarantee for success.
Xavi’s future, perhaps without the theory of Laplace to guess, would be training. He can start in Qatar, even at Al-Sadd, or the national team before the 2022 World Cup takes place at home. Or other terminals. But the last place he wanted to return was only one: Barcelona.
Not a Barcelona person with a Catalan culture like Xavi. Although in Qatar, he still carries the full philosophy of the club, was interviewed whenever he needed to consult about the old team, or the departure of Neymar to PSG. The day he announced his retirement from the football field, he stated, very Barca: “I like watching football teams take the initiative on the pitch, playing soccer attacking and controlling the ball, that’s what we love. likes from a young age ”.
One day, when returning to Barcelona, Xavi’s philosophy will be repeated. Will he change his mind over time because of the harshness of the coaching career? Or will he be the first to find the answer to the difficult topic: How to play tiqui-taca without Xavi?