Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mourinho Turns Academic while Pep Goes Gangster


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Some years back, Rafa vented out his now famous "Mr. Ferguson rant" (gotta love the way he says 'Meesterh Feirghusohn'): which pretty much sounded like a pre-emptive or perhaps a reactive strike at Alex Ferguson's famous mind games to rattle Liverpool. The critics came out in droves after Rafa's now-famous rant and many of them concluded that Meesterh Feirghusohn's mind games might have already taken effect in Liverpool. Liverpool soon 'bottled it' as most have concluded, stumbling towards the end of that season to second place leading many to conclude that perhaps Fergie's mind games did indeed get under Liverpool's skin.
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Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho made a pretty comical comment re: Pep Guardiola:
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"Up until now we've had two groups of coaches," Mourinho said. "[There's] a very small group who didn't talk about referees. Then there's a larger group, of which I'm included, of coaches that criticises referees when they make big mistakes... And with Pep's statements we've come to a third group, which is a one-person group, who criticises good decisions made by the referee. I've never seen this before."
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It was a hilarious jab at Pep Guardiola which was followed by some off-color comments in his comical attempt at being academic:
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"I told my players there was someone called Albert, Albert Einstein, who said that there is a force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy - will. And this guy Albert was not stupid.''
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He even goes on to a shocking attempt at level-headed humility:
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"They (Barca) are a top team with a top coach and everything is possible," Mourinho said. "I am exactly the same coach who lost 5-0 to Barcelona and I don't have any magic potion....These are two teams that know each other well, with tradition, with players who know success and what it means to play important games. My opinion is that there are no favourites. In a semi-final with two legs there are no favourites."
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"I don't have a magic potion to beat Barcelona. I work very hard and very seriously, and I spend many hours trying to help the people around, but a few months ago we lost 5-0 (at the Nou Camp) and I was the manager then,'' he said.
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"We played a good match (against Barca) at the Bernabeu in the league and we also played a good match in Valencia (6-3 win on Saturday), but tomorrow we are facing a top opponent with a top coach.''
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I had in my last blog post talked about having been able to detect (as I'm sure many have simlarly found out) a change in Pep Guardiola's demeanour and outlook in the last games: from his outrageous labelling of Barca as underdogs to his first attempt at talking about refereeing. The shock came however this morning:
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What has happened to this world gone mad? Mourinho turning academic and Pep going gangster...
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"In this room [press room], he's the fucking chief, the fucking man, the person who knows everything about the world and I don't want to compete with him at all. It's a type of game I'm not going to play because I don't know how." he said.
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He added: "If you think that his allegation that I always complain about the referees is true after you've all heard from me over the last three years, well, there's nothing I can do. Off the pitch, there's nothing we can do to fight that."
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I don't recall that Mourinho ever called you out for ALWAYS complaining Pep - he was just saying that you complained about weird things (i.e. criticizing the ref for making the right call). AS reports that the players applauded their coach when he rejoined their squad. We will have to see tonight (and I await with trepidation) how this 'explosion' of Pep will affect his team out there on the pitch: will the Blaugrana explode onto the pitch all guns blazing? Or is this Pep's 'Mr. Ferguson Moment'? The premonition that begins the process where they choke in all the blood and vomit that's been rushing up and stirring up inside them all this time (i.e. They Choke or as the English like to say 'Bottle it')...
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One thing's for sure... In my book at least... "Meesterh Feirghusohn" is still funnier.

3 comments:

  1. Nothing that we didn't know about Guardiola.

    That friendly face of the last seasons was only a mask maintained by the good results of his team.

    Now, in the first hard situation that he has to live as a coach, we begin to see a Pep more like that one of his player years: one of the palyers with more red cards in Barcelona's history.

    But we don't have to hear him. We all know what we are able to do and how to do it.

    Read you at

    http://mibufanda.blogspot.com

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  2. Too bad it's been a lame moment for them. They are so close to understanding it, regards to them anyways.

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