I just heard the good news, Arsene Wenger will be one of the analysts in Aljazeera Sports Channel’s Euro 2008 coverage. I heard that some other big names might be there too, but for now this is the biggest name that I heard so far, it will be very interesting in hearing his say on the matches. And yet again Aljazeera Sports keeps surprising us. From now on I will expect anything, the sky is the limit.
Fabio Capello arrived to London yesterday and held talks with the English FA. The FA communication director have described the talks as positive and without any problems. The discussions lasted for 3 hours where after Capello traveled back to Milan and left his lawyers to finalize the deal. It is being said that Capello will be getting £4.5 Million per year where the contract will mostly last til the end of the World Cup 2010.
Capello said yesterday that he thinks the problem with England players is mostly psychological. He is amazed how England was not able to qualify to Euro 2008 and he thinks the players have a mental block!
Here what he had to say : "There is tremendous difference in the attitude they show from one game to the next. How can players of the level of Beckham or Owen have performances so different when they play for their national team?" questioned Capello. “It’s clear the shirt is very heavy even for those great champions."
"It’s clear there is a mental block, otherwise how can you explain their elimination from Euro 2008? We managers ask ourselves how can England, with the players they have, not qualify for the 2008 European Championships? The English team, much like the Spanish team, wins very little despite having some very good players."
"I’ve watched some of the games of the English, in the match against Russia in Moscow they played defensively. They sat right outside their own 18-yard box for 90 minutes despite having the advantage after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. Against Croatia at Wembley they were all playing up front. They lost 2-3 when a draw at home would have been enough for them to qualify.”
In my opinion Capello is better than Maurinho for England, and I know he will make huge changes to the squad, and some of those might not be so happily accepted by England fans, but that’s how he works. I wont be surprised if he does not choose Beckham for example, I wont be amazed if he does not choose to keep Terry as captain. Change is on the way, is it good change? bad change? who know, but you will see a totally different England team.
The first match Capello will play will be a home game played in Wembley stadium against Switzerland in Feb. 2008.
As usual Mancini just cant hold a score to the end of the match, this is just him, this isn’t the first time and wont be the last, Inter Milan played well during most of the match but Juventus was a powerful rival, they caused Inter Milan some trouble from time to time, and to be honest they deserved a draw, but that’s because our man here is so eager to keep the score 1-0 he just quickly go to defend where he gives the opposition the chance to slip through the lines and score. Se what he said after the match “We should have been more clinical, with a Juve that will never give up. It will serve as a lesson.” Believe me Mancini this isn’t your first lesson, this is so typical of you and your tactics, please try to learn for once in your life.
Anyway Inter Milan is still top of the table but you know even if we won the league a match between Juve and Inter just has a different taste. Its as if you are playing in a separate cup of something.