Wenger laughs at England
June 19, 2010
Capello is clearly not an International team manager, proven Club manager, but certainly not an International manager.
We were fooled into thinking he maybe knew what he was doing during the qualifying rounds, alas, sweeping aside the likes of Andorra and Kazakhstan was no measure of his capabilities.
I applaud the man for his incredible achievements at the likes of Milan and Roma, but he has shown he does not have the ability to get the best out of the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Lampard et al.
I heard a Radio 5 Live interview after the match last night with David James, if you can get on iTunes and download the World Cup daily report, it’s on there, to say it reveals exactly what is wrong is an understatement.
James shows a clears disdain, and insinuates the rest of the squad feel the same, for the Italians insistence of naming the team “just before we get on the coach”
For crying out loud, this is the World Cup, a billion viewers worldwide, not an annual event like the FA Cup, but maybe a once in a lifetime chance for a footballer to leave his everlasting mark on the game of global football. The players need to be ready mentally far more than physically, and how do you that if you have no clue if you are playing or not up until a couple of hours before kick-off.
We are certainly not down and out, I’m sure we will scrape past Slovenia in true English style, but equally I’m sure no matter what the outcome of this World Cup, Capello will not be the England manager come the start of the new Premiership season. Guaranteed.
The players fear him, obviously they respect him, but the fear is overriding and its being translated onto the pitch with fear filled football, there is no joy, no laughter, they are not enjoying the game.
Look at the teams doing well, Argentina have Diego with his antics of kissing and cuddling of his players on the sidelines, score a goal and you will get a big kiss and cuddle, have a bad game and you will get a big kiss and cuddle.
Capello? You better put a performance in or you’ll get 1000 lines from the headmaster, or worse!
Wenger speaking on French TV came up with the following beauty of a quote, which sums up England under Capello at World Cup 2010.
“I’m surprised England fans booed… I thought they were asleep”
Surely dropping a player like Walcott, has bitten the manager on the arse?
In games like last night what you need is a spark off the bench, I concurred with many that Theo was not ready to start for England, but football brain or not, he pulls defences out of shape with his movement as they fear his pace getting clean in behind them, this clearly has helped to open space for other England attackers.
Shaun-Wright Phillips was a laughable inclusion, I think a lot of the squad also feel that it was a mistake, as Theo may not have helped his own cause, but his off the ball movement certainly helped the cause of players like Gerrard and Rooney to have more time and space in the final third.
Did we even have a proper chance last night?
I don’t care about Algeria playing 10 behind the ball… it was Algeria for crying out loud, not Argentina.
Going to remain as upbeat as I can until Wednesday afternoon, but bloody hell, we were given the easiest group in the entire competition and we have stuffed it up.