Which games should I watch this weekend?
What games should you watch TODAY would be the better question. Though there’s only one. Borussia ‘Gladbach vs Bayern to hail the return of the Bundesliga today at 2:30 PM EST.
On Saturday, it’s FA Cup day, so…um. Let;s see. Um. Well, have a look yourselves.
Elsewhere, there’s stuff. Lazio Juve at 2:45 PM should be fun in Serie A
On Sunday, Monaco plays Marseille in Ligue 1 at 3:00 PM, and Hellas Verona minus Luca Toni faces Roma at 6:30 AM. And…well, yeah. Some other games on too. Barca vs Malaga at 3:00 PM in La Liga?
What’s the big story?
Arsene Wenger believes things. He believes that Chelsea’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Man United is maybe not cool:
“He [Mourinho] sums up what Chelsea’s thinking is,” Wenger said, with regard to Mata. Wenger stressed that Chelsea had done nothing wrong but it was clear that he felt they had sought to manipulate the market.
“I am surprised because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent,” Wenger said. “It opens [up] again a little bit the opportunity of this transfer market because Chelsea had already played twice against Man United so they don’t play again. They could have sold him last week [before the United game].
“It opens, at least, the opportunity of the dates of this transfer window. Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others, not. If you want to respect the fairness for everybody exactly in the game, that should not happen. I just think you would want everybody on the same level. I can understand completely what Chelsea is doing. They do not do the rules but, maybe, the rules should be a bit more adapted to more fairness.”
I’m not sure whether it’s more strange Chelsea sold a winger to an ostensible rival, or that more clubs don’t take advantage of the arbitrary nature of the January window. But this notion of ‘gentleman’s agreements’ in a business involving hundreds of millions, if not billions of pounds, is disingenuous. Crowing in another club’s transfer business to make an argument about an allotted period for transfer business smacks of…voyeurism? Jk.
Any other news?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers still believes, somehow, the Chelsea bound Mohamed Salah will still go to Liverpool.
Juan Mata gets ready for his United medical today, so we’re to believe that rumours of a Chelsea stall are false? Okay.
Sandro Rosell resigns as Barca president, and there are theories as to why and what’s next amid a court hearing over the Neymar transfer which might have been a giant embezzlement scheme.
Wes Brown feels no sympathy for Man United after League Cup loss to Sunderland. Why would he? He doesn’t play for them anymore, dummies.
Any fun stuff?
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Any good reads?
Kristian Jack is great on Man United’s ‘biggest test’:
Hung in the Stretford End of Old Trafford is a large banner with the face of David Moyes on it saying ‘The Chosen One.’ The appointment of Moyes came via the approval of Sir Alex Ferguson and that was supposed to be enough for United and their fans. However, no matter how much patience United fans show Moyes it will always come with a caveat; just how good a manager is he?
Having won nothing, it is a legitimate question. Manchester United may well be proven right in not hiring a Jose Mourinho or Guus Hiddink, for example, last summer but had they hired a manager with a track record of success, their current failures would have solely been attributed to the players.