Good morning, quick post here.
I didn’t really get to watch much of the Tottenham-Man U match but on occasional glimpses I got to see Man U overrun in what I consider their now “typical” fashion. Mourinho has become a parody of himself, or maybe he’s become an imitation of himself.
What I mean is that Mourinho’s old teams were well organized and strong in defense. They could spend hours just defending but typically didn’t do that because they had such a potent attack that they took the game to the opponents. Every once in a while in a season, Mourinho would whip his team up into a frenzy and have them park the bus, defend for their lives, and usually pull off a win.
But now his teams are a parody of his other once-great sides, and he’s parking the bus 12 to 15 times a season. The players seem to have lost the flavor for it. His “organization” which was once his strong suit seems to have evaporated and he’s got players like Pogba running around thinking they are the next Aaron Ramsey.
The great organizer’s team is disorganized. The man who abhors errors has a team which makes errors constantly. And his team is now saved by the smallest sliver of de Gea. Mourinho spent nearly £300m on last night’s team and they look disorganized and unbalanced.
One last thing, Man U have been the poster child for agent’s excesses. One report had Pogba’s agent earning £40m for his role in the transfer of Paul Pogba to Man U. But there are reports now that UEFA and FIFA, along with the Premier League, want to limit agent’s fees and make their jobs more transparent.
Writing in the Guardian, David Conn said two things that I think were important:
“Ceferin said clubs tell him the approach of some agents is: “Look, you will pay me 50% of the transfer or the player goes somewhere else.””
“They can have greater influence over where a player ends up than the player or the clubs,” he said. “Their interest is not only where a player goes but which club will pay them the highest fee.”
We here at 7amkickoff have been saying these things for years and have been told that we are stupid or ill informed. It’s good to have these two facts confirmed: agents decide where a player will go and are extracting bribes to make transfers happen.
I’m not hopeful that FIFA and UEFA will actually stand up to corruption and bribes. They don’t really have much of a positive track record there.