I’m not going to apologize for him. I don’t know that I’d necessarily agree with his reasons. I think Oscar is definitely a good player and a guy that I don’t have a problem with the Chelsea team running through but I think when you have a dialogue with Juan Mata, you’re disposed you need to use them. I think it’s foolishness. It probably is a bit of his ego towards not just Juan Mata but I think also towards Spanish players. We have yet to Cesar Azpilicueta this year. That’s one that I’ve been clamoring for since the beginning of the season. He continues to use Branislav Ivanovic at right back. Again Ivanovic had a very good game against Fulhamd but you got to remember, it was against Fulham.
Ivanovic is not the long term right back at this club. Cesar Azpilicueta is the future right back at this club and I think that if this, I guess you could say, phasing out of the Spanish players of a team continues then they’re going to be in a lot of trouble I think. They’re going to have a lot more issues this season where as it could just be so much easier if he would just come in and maybe compromise a little bit and start using these guys. As we know, Jose Mourinho is not the biggest when it comes to compromise.
Speaker 1: Compromise, yes.
Speaker 4: I’ve heard just one quick theory about this which I don’t necessarily buy but I heard a Chelsea supporter in the last 48 hours tell me or last 24 hours tell me that he thinks it’s because Jose got such grief from the Spanish media. Got such grief from supporters in Spain, has trashed Spanish football but he decided once he got to Chelsea that the three Spanish players were expendable to him because he had such a grief about that now about how he was treated in Spain, which it’s human psychology. If that’s the case, if it’s true, you can condemn Mourinho for not being bigger than it but we’re all humans. Maybe he has some degree of resentment and perhaps a lot of it’s justified because Madrid supporters are ridiculous.
Speaker 1: I find it hard to continue that but, yes, I guess there’s the school of thought. I’m not part of that though …
Speaker 3: No, I’m not part of that school of thought either but I’m just say that that’s out there now. People are saying …
Speaker 1: Yes and it’s wearing rainbow laces. Incidentally, maybe if we want to support internationalism we should be encouraging some sort of UNICEF flag. Surely the laces can become some sort of great advertising campaign in general anyway, with or without Paddy Power. I’m just wondering, laces, it’s the next big thing. Maybe some of the footballers wouldn’t do it because they have those ones that tie themselves, you know. Did ever you have those when you were a kid?
Speaker 3: No I didn’t have money when I was a child.
Speaker 1: Right.
Speaker 3: It must be nice. What’s it like living out there with the top 1%, Lawrence?
Speaker 1: I tell you what Morgan, it’s great looking down on you [inaudible 01:02:38].
Speaker 3: Yes, you must mean Velcro laces.
Speaker 1: No I don’t mean Velcro laces. I mean those laces which literally they just kind of they tighten. Like they just…
Speaker 4: Yes, they’re the ones where he clap his hands and one of his maids would come out and tighten his laces.
Speaker 3: Yes.
Speaker 1: Exactly and I wouldn’t have to look down.
Speaker 4: Back to the Future 2, those shoes. Okay, yes.
Speaker 1: Exactly.
Speaker 2: Lawrence took the advice don’t look down on people too literally. That’s why they were self tying. He never saw the staff get in and do it for him.
Speaker 1: I thank gentle, gentle, Magda for that. In the final part of the EPL Talk Podcast, on the World Soccer Talk, we’re going to be talking breaking news, Breaking bad possibly for Paolo Di Canio.
Speaker 1: Not an accusation that he is some sort of a meth dealer. I would imagine if he didn’t get work sometimes soon things can get a little tricky. After the three nil mawling away from home to West Brom. Matt, the [inaudible 01:03:44] has been tapped.
Speaker 2: Yes, yes he has.
Speaker 1: Initial thoughts?
Speaker 2: I’m there, I’m going to take you behind – no. If you saw the reaction [inaudible 01:03:59] on Saturday after the game, it’s more of a party. Honestly, I’m not sure, I’m still processing it. I’m still – it sounds quite emotional. I just think that, on one hand, he’s not been over very long. He’s bought in a load of new players and been given a kick five games into the new season and it just seems a bit short, a bit silly. On the other hand, there’s the fact that we have 13 games, he’s won two of them. He’s got one point from five games this season and things have not been going well and his behavior just in general has been a bit odd [inaudible 01:04:50]
Speaker 1: For someone in such a position of responsibility.
Speaker 2: Yes, I think when he came there was – I honestly believe and I know this [inaudible 01:05:02] as well that [inaudible 01:05:02] last season. Part of the [inaudible 01:05:09] comes in does an excellent-ish kind of job and motivated the players and we [inaudible 01:05:17] and they stay up, excellent job done. To then bring all this new players, they restructured the club [inaudible 01:05:24] huge, huge cultural changes at the club. This isn’t just a change of manager, this was a change of culture within the club. It’s really important that the people understand that. Then things just go – well it didn’t go wrong, it just never get going.
The performances have been a bit lacking in something, there’s been moments where they look very good but then there have been overwhelming moments were things have gone very badly. The defense [inaudible 01:05:56] stupid goals after looking secure for large parts of games and going forward they haven’t looked threatening enough. They’ve created sort of decent half chances [inaudible 01:06:08] but they’ve never really gone and been able to completely take the game to teams. Year after that the stuff about criticizing players in public and then just the bizarre nature of what he did in the end of the game yesterday and going over to the fans. He was just sort of trying to let them know that he understands that they’re angry and it’s his fault and stuff. It just never seemed to work and I just don’t think that some of the fans quite took to him. As soon as the things started to go a little bit sort of haywire and wrong, that was it. They turned very quickly, very, very quickly.
Speaker 1: Kris you’ve been quite vocal about your – well just after the sacking on the Sunday on a Sunday as you say, how selfish. Just in general, the overall situation at the club has been a little bit bizarre. What’s it been like to be covering that?
Speaker 2: Exactly as you said, it’s been bizarre. I think I’ve said that the tactics were his perhaps biggest failing because playing a loose 4-4-2 with so many new faces was always going to be a recipe for disaster. I can help but feel that his consistently inconsistent management was also a problem, and not just to say but also it’s actually witness. I mean Cabral is probably the best embodiment of that, he signed – I spoke to someone who covers Barsel and he said “Look, he’s very basic in the field. Can stop the ball, pass it five yards brilliant.” He starts [inaudible 01:07:43] in central midfield but actually plays really well and Di Canio justifies letting him [inaudible 01:07:47] go because he says Cabral’s his top midfielder.
Really confusingly after about two games he drops Cabral and then proceeds to say that Cabral is now bottom choice behind even Ced Lossner in central midfield. Lossner obviously had been a right midfielder. It’s things like that you think well where is the consistency. I know it was described as management by hand grenade but I think it was just management without forethought was a better way of putting because…
Speaker 1: The worst combination of hand grenade and the lack of full thought.
Speaker 2: I just never saw any kind of consistent strategy with what he was doing. Hanging players out to dry and things like this in public. We’ve seen with Mourinho in particular, he forges this also against the world mentality with his squads. I fell like there was an us and them mentality in some the squad but the us was Di Canio and his coaching staff and to them was the players. When you’ve got language barriers and these kind of issues. He talked about that as well. The fact that players couldn’t really understand even very basic phrases like “squeeze up” and they had to be simplified to just up. You think that if anything, he wouldn’t want to criticize his [inaudible 01:09:09] in there because you’re trying to fester a unity and a harmony between those players. Yet I fell like in criticizing John O’Shane, even Criticizing Cabral, it just fractured the squad off into little pieces.
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