Monday, 17 October 2016

Liverpool's Klopp host Jose's United


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
: "Apart from the table, it's a very important game. I know about the history, I like the special stories. The whole world will watch this game, it's a big honour to be part of it.

"At the end, it's up to us to perform to our best. You cannot and should not ignore the special circumstance of a game like this. You have to be ready.

"They have big quality and we have to respect this, as we do. But this is Anfield. We have to show this. We have had a few nice atmospheres but I'm open for the best atmosphere. We need everybody in a Liverpool shirt in this game."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
on concerns over disrespectful chanting at the game: "In football we have some football tragedies, if you can say that, which is a big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did, this kind of thing, and you can make fun of it in a positive way.

"But the human tragedy is something much more serious. It's the last thing somebody should use in a football pitch because they were really big tragedies, not to forget but to respect.

"I will be really sad in such a big football match if that was a negative point."

Jose was also asked if he agreed Wayne Rooney is a “big-game player” after his exploits in the same fixture last season.
“The records are not important for me. A match is an isolated event,” He said. “There is no relation to what you did in the past; no relation to what you do in the future. That is why I don’t like much the statistics of previous matches and previous results and this kind of thing.”

MATCH FACTS Liverpool vs Manchester United

**A defeat for Liverpool will be the first time they have lost three straight home league games to Manchester United since January 2005.
**United have won their last four league games against Liverpool and seven of the last nine.
**That run of four defeats for Liverpool is their worst since losing five consecutive matches to United in March 2008.
**Liverpool have lost 67 league matches against Manchester United - more than against any other opponent.
**There hasn't been a draw between the two sides domestically since a 1-1 league stalemate at Anfield in October 2011.
**Steven Gerrard, with eight goals, is the top scorer in this fixture in the Premier League era. Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler both have six.


**Liverpool are going for a fifth league win on the trot which would be their best run since March 2015.
**Since Jurgen Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015 they have scored a league high 73 goals and have the highest average possession figure of 58.8%.
**The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games.
**Klopp has lost just one of his five meetings with Jose Mourinho, winning three and drawing one.
**James Milner has been involved in 21 Premier League goals since the start of last season - nine goals and 12 assists - more than any other Liverpool player.


**Jose Mourinho's men have won only twice in their last five league games, conceding seven goals.
**Wayne Rooney currently has 87 Premier League away goals, the joint-most in the competition alongside Alan Shearer.
**Manchester United had three points more at this stage last season under Louis Van Gaal (16).
**Marcus Rashford has scored 12 goals since his debut for Manchester United on 25 February 2016, four more than any other United player.

Results this weekend in the English Premier League make this fixture of paramount importance for both teams. I laugh at the pundits suggestions that the home side has a 53% change of winning and they give the away side 24% with a draw lagging behind with 23%.
I agree with Jose when he says form goes out the window, especially in a derby,  I also agree with Klopp the whole world will be watching and that could be telling, it is massive a game for Liverpool and everyone expects United to come short. That's why my money is on the 'so-called' underdogs. Manchester United to win it by the odd goal or two!!

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Derby Day 1 - Managers and Clubs

I’ve watch many a Manchester Derby with loads of good, sometimes bad memories, Rooney, Kanchelskis, Cantona, RVP, Fletcher come to mind, heck even took off my jersey in a screening venue when Owen slammed in that famous winner but today for the 172nd Derby I have to say I’m more excited than ever.
It’s a Derby that as years go by has an increase in significance, gone are the days that Manchester United just pitch up and walk away with the points. It’s global appeal this season with the acquisition of the new managers has people licking their lips in excitement. None more so than tomorrow.
Mourinho's nemesis, has a favourable record against the new United boss and he would like to keep it like that. The good news for the hosts is that Marouane Felliaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit but Mourinho reiterates the latter might not be able to do 90 minutes (but illudes to the fact whether he will start). We know Fellaini starts and Luke Shaw too.
For Pep we know Sergio Aguero will sit this one out, though I agree with Mourinho that his omission does give United more questions than answers though I feel the blues boss would rather he start than catch this one from the stands.
Just three weeks into the English Premier League season and both Manchester clubs boast a perfect record making this fixture all the more of a spectacle and some say their biggest ever derby.
Lets not forget these two managers have drawn 7 fixtures between them and that does say something about their knowledge of each other’s managerial nuances.
Guardiola might have won everything there is to win in Spain but he is in England now and Jose’s record in England isn’t something he needs reminding of. The Portuguese has won three Premier League titles, one in which he set the points record still standing today, three League Cups, an FA Cup and the Community Shield with United.
I’m all for Manchester United having the upper hand with City restricted on the Aguero front but the history between these two managers says anything can happen. I do think this Derby Day has come too soon for both clubs but it sure will put one of these Manchester clubs on a wave they will ride until they meet in Manchester again this season. To early, to tight, to much of a toss up to call but what I say is win, lose or draw this will not be a peaceful Saturday stroll in the park, it will be epic!!!

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Bleacher Report
Route 37 Design

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

JCBA is back from hiatus!!

New and improved tooo, just watch this space. Two posts before the weekend. 

The Manchester Derby and my first Major League Soccer post. 

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Monday, 23 May 2016


Louis van Gaal issued the following statement at 20:30 BST(21:30 CAT) this evening (Monday 23 May)...
Sourced by pictures various sources.
It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.
I am immensely proud to have helped United win the FA Cup for the 12th time in the club's history. I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success.

I hope that winning the FA Cup will give the club a platform to build upon next season to restore the success that this passionate set of fans desire.

Having managed in Holland, Spain and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture. Both of these experiences have lived up to expectations and been fantastic.
I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.

Thank you to the owners and board of Manchester United for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the amazing United supporters. They are truly the best fans in the world.

I am indebted to my support and coaching staff, who have given me their all during their time at the club.

I am deeply grateful to each and every member of the club’s staff - the sports science team, the medical team, the kit and laundry department, club administration, the press office, the manager's team, the Academy team, ground staff and the catering team, both at Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground, all of whom have given me their unwavering support in my time at United. Never in my 25 years as a manager have I been so well supported in my role.
Finally, my special thanks go to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton for always making me and my family feel so welcome throughout my time as Manchester United manager.

Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries). He has behaved with great professionalism and dignity throughout his time here. He leaves us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best in the future."

A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

So Liverpool wins the Europa league, Then what?

If Liverpool win the Europa League, what then happens to fourth spot in the Premier League?
Well the answer is a resounding NOTHING!!!
Winning the Europa League would afford the Premier League a fifth place in the Uefa Champions League and not affect the Champions League place the fourth spot team would receive.
Manchester United supporters will be pleased to know that, as they find themselves in the fortunate position of having fourth place in the Premier League in their hands. Should they win away at West Ham United tomorrow they would find themselves a point above their cross city rivals and each would then have a game remaining. So should they win their two last fixtures Manchester United would get that fourth spot no matter what City does at Swansea of the Final Day.

The scenario is that first Manchester United have to win and though it pains me to say it has been a season that the Red Devils have struggled to win back to back away fixtures.
What I will say though is if they should go into the final weekend one point ahead I don't see them ending anywhere other than that fourth spot. Lets rack up a win, LVG!!

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

FA Cup Semi could see both managers get the sack.

Manchester United face Everton in the first FA Cup semifinal today, a massive match as not only will the two clubs compete for a coveted berth in the final but many believe both managers jobs will hang on the result.
In all honesty though, more so than Louis Van Gaal (LVG) the axe has been hovering over Roberto Martinez head for a while now. Roberto has won the FA Cup before as manager of Wigan. Since taking over at Everton it has been a case of two steps forward and three steps back from Moyes Everton era's shadow. The Merseyside club now sit 11th on the Premier League and they come into this semifinal off a 4-0 slaughtering by their Merseyside rivals Liverpool in mid week and the confidence is lacking right through the squad.
For LVG it may not be so clear cut that a loss today will see him hanging up his managerial boots, in fact he could win the FA Cup and still that wont be enough to finish out his final year of his 3 year contract. Especially because champions league qualification lays in others hands not his own teams.
*** This is the third time Everton have met Manchester United in the semi-final.
*** They've been paired together 11 times in the cup, with Everton winning six of those games, and United winning five.
*** Under LVG they have faced Everton four times with LVG winning three.
*** Everton have won 6 of their last seven FA Cup semi-finals but have needed extra time and penalties in four.
*** Manchester United have only scored once in their last four Wembley games vs Everton.
*** Manchester United last 5 fixtures 5 wins in 6 (W W L W W W)
*** Everton last 5 fixtures no wins in the last 6 (L L D D D L)
Everton face defensive problems for their FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United at Wembley.
Ramiro Funes Mori is suspended following his derby red card while full-back Seamus Coleman is definitely out and captain Phil Jagielka a likely absentee.
Roberto Martinez is optimistic John Stones will have recovered from illness but Gareth Barry (groin) faces a late fitness test. Defender Matthew Pennington has been recalled from a loan spell at Walsall to provide cover.
Possible squads: Robles, Oviedo, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Cleverley, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Howard, Connolly, Davis, Pienaar, Kone, Osman, Mirallas, Niasse, Pennington.
Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj are Manchester United's only absentees.
Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger (knee) is unlikely to play again this season but left-back Shaw (leg) is working with a physio as he steps up his rehabilitation.
Januzaj is building his fitness before featuring for the first team but Chris Smalling is fit to play at Wembley after a late knock in the midweek win against Crystal Palace.
Possible squads: De Gea, Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Jones, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah, McNair, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Mata, Depay, Young, Rashford, Rooney
It is going to be a long day at the office for a certain blue manager and  #JCBAlikeThat. It won't be a goal-fest because with LVG's Manchester United it never is but I can't see anything but a red win.

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