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Man City will not win CL in Messi/Ronaldo era…

You know what to do – watch Tottenham and then mail us at theeditor@football365.com   City cannot win Champions League without Messi Couple of mails criticizing PSG earlier and they have a point but aren’t Man City pretty much the same? PSG have a Neymar, Man City have a Guardiola but beyond these two their teams have lots of money but very little experience in the latter stages of the Champions League. They will both always get knocked out once they meet an actual big dog like Barca, Real or even Bayern regardless of the players they have. PSG and City can both burn through cash every season and they will win domestic titles but never the CL until the Ronaldo/Messi era is over. Guardiola in my view will never win the CL without Messi leading his team. For all the possession stats and pretty passing Messi was always the catalyst for Guardiola’s CL wins as he could unlock any defence and put the ball in the net like De Bruyne or Aguero (although fine players themselves) can only dream of. Guardiola’s tactics have a ceiling of effectiveness and as we saw during his time with Bayern (They had a better squad than Man City have now) that ceiling is a CL semi-finals exit without Messi to make the difference. If anybody other than Barca and Real want to win the CL this season they have to stop either Messi or Ronaldo scoring which especially in respect to the latter seems impossible in this competition right now. My money is on Real to claim a third crown in a row. William, Leicester   Can Man City hold onto their stars? Thought I’d bring up the topic of transfer hierarchy among European clubs. Liverpool, United and Arsenal have in recent times been put in their place when Real Madrid or Barcelona wanted someone from these clubs. You have your Ronaldo, Suarez, Alonso, Fabregas, Henry etc. You can also add Tottenham’s Bale and Modric for good measure. And from my limited knowledge, I think Italian clubs used to do that before their financial might took a hit. AFAIK English clubs have never had that kind of power when it comes to player acquisition. Obviously as a pessimistic Utd fan, I seem to be spending more and more time thinking up new ways in which City will humiliate us for the foreseeable future. And it occurred to me that they could potentially be the kind of club Real and Barcelona are right now. And they might be facing a big test in the coming seasons. Because right now in their ranks they have the sort of players the two giants will want when it’s time for them to rebuild. One could argue Real will start at the end of this season coz of their league performance. And surely Barcelona will struggle once Messi retires or his formidable powers begin to wane. And City have in De Bruyne, Sane and maybe Jesus, Mendy and Ederson the sort of Superstars the super-clubs crave. Whether they manage to keep these players or not will probably decide if they can hit the footballing heights of Barcelona and Real and the Juventus and AC Milan of old. Also has Chelsea ever lost a top, top player against their will in the Abramovich era? Aditya (I have a lot of free time, what can I say), MUFC   Could this be a record? A fun Wednesday fact for you: From reading ‘The Knowledge’ in the Guardian (great column) I learnt the record points difference between first and last in the English top flight is 76, a gap that has twice been seen, both times in the Premier League era. The first was 2006, between Chelsea and Sunderland and the second in 2008 with Manchester United ahead of the famed Derby side. That got me thinking about this season. Taking Manchester City’s performance so far and extending it over 38 games takes them to 102 points. Doing the same with West Brom takes them to 26, a gap of the magical number of 76 points. If West Brom can be slightly worse than they’ve averaged or City can be slightly better, there’s a chance for them to do something special together. We’ll await the end of the season with baited breath… Mike, LFC, Dubai   PSG – what’s the point really? James, Liverpool has a point about PSG not being in a competitive league but it’s not that their league isn’t competitive, it’s that they don’t even have one challenger. For years, Barca and Real have been playing in league that wasn’t competitive, fighting it out against one another in their domestic league with little or no competition from the rest. Sure they lost the odd game/title here or there but since the turn of the century they have cleaned up on the domestic front. Their rivalry has of course always been present but I feel that this has pushed the players on to stay competitive and focused at all times, even when they are coming up against a lowly La Liga team. They always have to be wary about what each other is doing and this form has carried into the Champions League. In Germany, Dortmund closed the gap a few years ago and this pushed Bayern to be better domestically and then they started getting to finals of the Champions League again, having not done for around a decade. In the 90’s, United barely did anything in Europe, then Arsenal won the league, and United won the treble the next year. Then they won three leagues in a row, did nothing in Europe and then Chelsea (domestically) and Liverpool (in Europe) started to become more successful and United upped their game and started reaching and winning on the European front. Of course, it’s not all that simple and maybe it just comes down to superior teams winning over two legs based on players, tactics, managers, weather, luck, form and hundreds over other factors, regardless of their domestic competition. Paul, LFC, Sydney   Give it a rest on Mitrovic Saw Mitrovic mentioned in the first few lines of a mail this morning and despite not reading the entire thing I think I have a pretty good idea of what was said and who said it. The Mitro argument is the single most tedious thing about supporting Newcastle United. Rafa has repeatedly said why he doesn’t get a game under him and that’s because he doesn’t follow instructions. He doesn’t...

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Published By: Fottball 365 - Wednesday, 7 March, 2018







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