Can Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho walk the talk in the Premier League?

first_imgAfter three weeks of the Premier League and with the international break, teams will look to make the most of this time off to correct the wrongs and make a comeback before it’s too late. While Arsenal and Tottenham have had a very poor start to the Premier League and with the champions, Leicester City languishing at ninth,  the Premier League in its early stages this year has already lived up to its expectations of being the most hardest in the recent times.The signs were clearly there when a newly-promoted and depleted Hull City beat the current champions of England Leicester and then Liverpool got the better of last year’s runners-up Arsenal only to lose to an impressive Burnley side a week later. Even Tottenham, a side that looked so exciting last season had a shaky start managing draws against Everton and Liverpool and a narrow win over fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. The Premier League this season was supposed to be a lot more competitive after the new T.V. deals kicked in which saw even smaller clubs flexing their muscles in the transfer market and by early signs it has lived up to it.THE THREE HORSEMENHowever, amidst the early struggles and flat displays from the impressive teams last season, three teams have clearly done their job perfectly and surprisingly, all the teams have had huge backroom changes. After three weeks of football, the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea are tied on nine points on top of the table with United sitting on third behind leaders City and Chelsea on goal difference. All three clubs have had new managers coming in out of which City and Chelsea have two managers with zero Premier League experience in Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte while United have a broken man who is desperate for redemption after last season’s debacle with Chelsea in Jose Mourinho.advertisementMASTER PEPCity, who finished level on points with United were equally bad towards the end of last season as their rivals but somehow clung onto the fourth position due to a better goal difference than United. But this City side is looking the most dangerous under the much doubted Guardiola style of football. People were very apprehensive about Pep’s ‘tiki-taka’ working in England and how the Spaniard is going to take time to adapt to the physical and much stricter tests but the two-time Champions League winner has come out with a perfect answer as they lead the table going into the international break.Guardiola’s City look the most transformed side in the Premier League with more pace, direct football and a resurgent Raheem Sterling, who has recovered his scoring touch under the bald genius. One can see the difference as the full backs come inside the field, increasing numbers in the midfield and forcing their opponents to go wide when they are attacking. This is clearly affecting City’s play as the forwards are playing with more freedom  and running at defenders. This Manchester City has pace, the passing ability and a deep lying playmaker in Fernandinho, who is making the side tick by sitting right in front of the back four and they don’t even have Ilkay Gundogan available for selection yet. This side, led by Pep is ticking all the boxes and if they continue their form and can sort their defence up, this City side are clear contenders for the title. However, with Aguero out for the next three matches, it is going to be interesting how the 45 year old Spaniard lines his side especially with Bony now leaving for Stoke on a season-long loan and Kelechi Iheanacho lacking the big-match experience that a Manchester derby requires when they travel to Old Trafford next weekend. (Also read: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero charged by FA with violent conduct)THE SPECIAL ONEOn the Red half of Manchester, we haven’t seen much of the tactical genius that Mourinho is. His opponents have not demanded so, yes, as United have steered through Bournemouth and Southampton easily before somehow managing to break a resolute Hull defence in the 92nd minute but the sense of determination and an improvement in football has clearly been there up for display. The dull side passing of United has gone and one can see a direct approach to the game. But a thing that every United fan is surprised about is how Mourinho has made such good use of Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian was touted to leave Old Trafford but now he has become the spine of the United midfield that is allowing Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player the free role that he desires. Fellaini is holding off players, his touch has improved and he is committing less mistakes, thus, proving that a phone call can indeed change a lot of things. This United side is certainly not ready as they still lack the teeth in attack that was quite prominent at the KC Stadium last weekend but it’s a side that is improving and it will be interesting to see what tactics the ‘Special One’ uses come September 10 when he comes up against his nemesis Pep Guardiola and the two sides go head-to-head against each other to earn the bragging rights in Manchester. (Also read: Marcus Rashford scores late, earns Man United 1-0 win at Hull)advertisementTHE ITALIAN JOBBut, the most improved side among the three has to be Chelsea. Winning the league in 2014 and then finishing tenth a year later, the worst finish by the champions in England, was certainly a grave offence. At least Roman Abramovich believed so. He sacked Mourinho in the middle of the season and brought in Guus Hiddink. Although the Dutch improved the Londoners but Abramovich went ahead with Antonio Conte in the new season in the hope of the ‘Italian Job’. Conte came in and was perhaps the least talked about during pre-season as Mourinho and Guardiola grabbed all the headlines but the former Juventus and Italy coach has been going on with his work quietly. Chelsea bought N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuyai and Eduardo after spending around 65 million pounds and have done the job thus far. Costa looks much better than what he was last season, Batshuyai has made an impact and Kante has been running tirelessly as well. Most importantly for Chelsea, Eden Hazard, who was struggling last season, is enjoying a redemption of sorts under the Italian. Conte, a passionate and sly customer doesn’t talk much but he certainly knows how to get the best out of his players and what it takes to be on the podium come May. (Also read: Chelsea continue perfect start to Premier League)It’s too early to call it a ‘Three horse race’ but the new managers have certainly pulled the right strings and have been getting their acts together. While the early form will not worry the veterans like Claudio Ranieri and Arsene Wenger much or even the exciting Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino for that matter but they will certainly have this in mind that if their teams fail to deliver soon, they might well be forced to start planning for the next season well in advance.last_img read more

Grand Bahama Island power shutdown due to winds from Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Grand Bahama Power Company Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 11, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama Island is currently on an island-wide shutdown of power and the Grand Bahama Power Company has put out this statement on social media:While we fought to maintain power to customers throughout the storm, moments ago worsening storm conditions and sustained wind gust in excess of 64 MPH resulted in our system shutting down to protect itself.At this moment the entire island is without power. We will begin restoration efforts at first light tomorrow morning.We ask that residents stay safe and report all downed poles and power lines.Press release from Grand Bahama Power Company.last_img read more

Newsweek Redesign on the Way

first_imgDays after Newsweek and the Daily Beast officially merged, reports come that a redesigned Newsweek is about to make the rounds among ad buyers. The magazine is offering deep discounts according to Adweek, which quotes one anonymous ad buyer as saying, “I can’t fall off the floor with my rates.” Newsweek and The Daily Beast completed their merger on Feb. 1, creating a company called The Newsweek/Daily Beast Co. that is led by four directors: Newsweek buyer Sidney Harman as executive chairman, Daily Beast owner Barry Diller and two others-one appointed from each side. Tina Brown is editor-in-chief of both properties while former Daily Beast president Stephen Colvin is CEO.Ad pages fell 19.8 percent to 895 in Newsweek in 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Former owner Washington Post Co. said the magazine lost $30 million in 2009 before selling to Harman.last_img read more

Inquisitive koala goes for midnight stroll around Australia hospital

first_imgClose A koala has been caught on camera going for a night-time stroll around a hospital in Australia, checking out the waiting room and emergency department.The koala, who has been named Blinky Bill, was picked up by the CCTV at Western District Health Service hospital in western Victoria.Rohan Fitzgerald told ABC the animal appeared very casual and relaxed as he did the rounds: He seemed to know exactly what he was doing.After about three minutes, at about 3:30am, he investigated sufficiently and made sure everything was in order and then decided to exit the building.Blinky Bill was filmed on 20 April and the hospital has now posted the footage on its website. The film has become an overnight sensation with thousands of views from across the world.Hospital staff saw the koala but decided to leave him alone. He went through a number of automatic doors, but could not gain access to one so wandered into another room before leaving the hospital.Normally we dont have people come into our emergency department that are less than a foot tall, Fitzgerald said.He wasnt that obvious to begin with. He entered the doors and theyve opened automatically for him and thats come into our waiting room.Ive heard there have been koalas visiting local homes in the area for a number of years now.This is the first instance Ive seen a koala come into our hospital. You never know who youre going to see when you come to Western District Health Service.last_img read more

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