Is there football on today?
Yes! This is one of those odd days where you walk into a tasty fixture in the middle of the afternoon without having had to do much of anything at all. And so at 2:45 PM EST, we’ve got Man Utd vs Liverpool for the Capital One Cup, in addition to Newcastle vs Leeds at the same time. And a few more besides.
And there’s more! Lots of European football on the continent, Valenciennes take on PSG in Ligue 1 at 1:00 PM EST, Elche vs Real Madrid at 4:00 PM EST, and much more besides in Serie A and the Eredivisie as well.
What’s the big story?
Breaking! That rando link we published yesterday turns out to have been legit. Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski has confirmed he will sign a “pre contract agreement” with Bayern Munich in the January transfer window. Presumably he has already let Juergen Klopp know. The machine rolls on…
And David Moyes made the enormous mistake of coming to an honest assessment of his club’s fortunes after acknowledging that while the team he has is excellent, it lacks depth. From the Independent:
But Moyes insisted there may be more punishment to follow Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to City. “Yes, it does mean I may have to take a few more blows, definitely,” he said. “Maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I have to take a few blows. But I knew this was going to be the case because I was taking over from a great manager and it was always going to take time for me to get my own ways and change things round a little bit. It doesn’t mean big jobs but there are some things … So we have to make sure we are right and get ready for the next game.”
It was a meandering presser in all honesty. He has a “squad of champions” that won last season on the back of everyone else being terrible, according to Moyes. It sounds to me as if he’s distancing himself from the summer debacle, or at least attributing it to “Act of god” rather than wilful incompetence.
Any other more interesting news?
Gennaro Gattuso has been sacked by Palermo after six (6) games. The former AC Milan beardo hadn’t even fared that poorly, with two wins and two losses in his tenure, but the notoriously short-minded club president Maurizio Zamparini had other ideas.
Fatih Terim has up and quit Gala:
Huge news from yesterday (always happens on a day off) was Fatih Terim's abrupt departure from Galatasaray http://t.co/EQ7cQYsCpi
— Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) September 25, 2013
It’s difficult to say but it looks like a game of chicken gone awry over a two-year contract extension. So about that Sunderland replacement…nah just kidding, looks like Poyet’s got that job.
And Santi Cazorla has had some interesting things to say about the state of Spanish football:
“Many players want to try their luck outside of Spain because it gets montonous with just Barca and Real Madrid. Outside of Spain there are more opportunities to win titles, in Spain, with the duopoly, there isn’t. In addition, there are economic problems the country is facing.
“I don’t think La Liga has taken a step back, but it’s also true that great players like Negredo, Soldado, Navas, who are very important players in the league, have all left to the English Premier League and I think in that regard La Liga has lowered it’s quality.”
Any cool GIFs and stuff?
This one’s been making the rounds, Jan Vertonghen being kind of a jerk and pulling down Aston Villa’s Helenius’ shorts:
Any cool reads?
You might like this in the Daily Mail on Big Sam’s use of analytics with West Ham. It appears Allardyce believes knock downs and second balls are the most important thing in the world, which likely are if you employ the long ball.