Tag: José Mourinho

The key to Manchester City’s success is…

An energized, lean, mean-looking Manchester City outfit has come to the party this season. Undefeated so far, they have shattered records with an incredible 55 points in 19 games. That’s 58 points from a possible 60. Such form has never been seen before in the league and the credit has gone to Josep “Pep” Guardiola for proving to his doubters that he can indeed succeed in the Premier League.

Manchester City: The heroes the Premier League deserve

Last season Pep Guardiola finally arrived at Manchester City. The club chased him for almost a decade as they looked to cement themselves as a true world footballing giant. The thought was that Pep would come in and take the team to new heights. City had already won the league and multiple cups. Now City wanted to play with panache and contend with the big boys, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Manchester United: Is Nemanja Matic the answer?

For a while, United seemed to be focusing on replacing the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic with one (or maybe two) of Alvaro Morata, Andrea Belotti or Romelu Lukaku. So far, United haven’t been able to push a striker through the door. As a result, Mourinho is now focusing on central midfield. If reports are to be believed Jose will be reunited with his former Chelsea charge Nemanja Matic. Let’s dive right in and analyze this potential transfer.

MUFC 2016/17 Season Review: Don’t dare call it a Treble…

While I admire the Mourinho mentality that says, “if we’re in a competition, we’ll try to win it”, I don’t think any United fan will look back on 2016/17 as another treble season. With all apologies to Liverpool and what some dubbed the ‘Mickey Mouse treble’, this campaign is just barely a double. I mean, the Community Shield isn’t a major trophy, is it?

Pep, Mou & the battle for equality

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Plenty of sugar without Kane

Louis van Gaal wanted “virtual reality” training for United last season. Rooney was one step ahead for once, he has been living in a virtual reality for about 18 months, one where he is still a good player. Still, it was Rooney who was once again summoned from the bench to miskick the ball to a United player and claim it as an assist. Jose has it sussed now, give him ten minutes here and there and the damage should be minimal.

TFTTF: Mourinho’s career begins to crumble

It is saying something when United fans are starting to reminisce misty eyed over the glory day of David Moyes. I mean, even Van Gaal didn’t manage to spend this much money and lose three games in a week. Not that it is all Mourinho’s fault, of course. The referees are to blame, as is Watford’s “luck” in making Rooney, Fellaini and Zlatan look somewhat average.

Quadruple? What the f*ck!

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 6! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. Another week, another Coshcast. On this episode: Watford spank Manchester United whose squad is starting to look like a luxury yacht – hideously expensive and all at […]

All Hail the Klopp!

Based on the reaction among fans on Twitter, it is quite humorous to find people judging Klopp of his first few weeks, when in reality it has been the players’ performance and individual errors that have lead to the frustration with losing leads, missing crucial goal-scoring opportunities and defensive errors.

Coshcast Season 3 Ep 1: The Super Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 of the new Season! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Coshcast, and this episode is more delicious than a meal cooked by Rafa Benitez’s wife. This week we review the Community Shield in which Mourinho accuses Wenger of parking l’autobus, Cech […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 48: Blatter better have my money

Welcome to Episode 48! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Too hot? Goddamn. Phillipe Mexes beat Inter Milan. Too hot? Goddamn. TFC come back from 3-0 down. When it’s Saturday and you want a game to watch, watch the Emirates Cup, come on. That’s quite enough of that. In addition we’ve […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 45: Red, White, and Blue – Chile/U.S.A

Welcome to Episode 45! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 In Chile, red and white fireworks were sparked on the fourth of July. Argentine dreams of glory may be lost for ever due to Banega and Higuain’s attempt to reach the sky. England beat Germany thanks to a penalty. It’s not just the […]

Chelsea: Someone Turan Box-to-Box

The rumours that Chelsea are one of three Premier League clubs talking to Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan got me thinking about the potential tactical ramifications for the Blues next season. Does this spell the end for Oscar? Or at least the beginning of a more bit-part role? We […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 44: Analising the Copa, WWC and TFC

Welcome to Episode 44! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 This week on the Coshcast, we probe into the Copa America as Uruguay get a bum deal, Guerrero and his team mates Peruve themselves, and Ospina nearly saves the day as Colombia fall to Argentina. Elsewhere, the  USA makes up for […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 41: Barcelona Turn Up the Treble

Welcome to Episode 41! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valke, the FBI will sort you out, Jack Warner in a corner Prince Ali got murked, Platini’s wet dream, Putin bursting at the seams, Migrant workers in Qatar, they’re not getting very far. Meanwhile on the continent, Barcelona are content, winners of […]

Liverpool: Season Review

As we discussed on our most recent podcast, it’s been one of the most bizarre seasons in Liverpool’s recent history. After blowing the Premiership away last time around, the Reds and Brendan Rodgers have struggled for consistency and togetherness in a season punctuated by flashpoints. Balotelli being dropped, […]

Coshcast Season 2 Ep 39: EPL Team of the Year

Welcome to Episode 39! Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/under-the-cosh-coshcast/id767743946 The season may be over but this Coshcast is just beginning. Today, it’s a Premier League bonanza, and we’ve got prizes to award. Best manager, for example. Will it be Bruce, or will it be Sherwood? Keep listening to find out. […]

Matchday 37: The Penultimate Game

The penultimate game of the season is upon us and things have settled down. The Champions of almost every league in Europe have been decided. La Liga, as well, is all but decided. Rumours have been circulating of managerial and player movements. A worthy note must be made […]

Matchday 36: Is it over yet?

So, Chelsea ended up winning the league in unspectacular fashion last weekend, and now there is not much else to play for. Or is there? After dramatic finishes in the past couple of years, it is a bit underwhelming when a season finishes without any real surprises. Nonetheless, […]