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was easy to lapse into cynicism glancing at the statement, published on Chelsea��s website, that announced Michael Emenalo��s decision to stand down. The quotes detailed regret, board and owner having attempted to persuade him to stay, with the penultimate paragraph drawn from Antonio Conte. ��I am very sorry to see Michael leave,�� said the Italian, who expressed thanks for all the support offered up by the technical director since arriving at the club. ��I have enjoyed http://www.officialauthenticseahawksstores.com/bryan+walters+super+bowl+jersey.html working with him very much.��
This club have always been prone to political intrigue and power grabs, so it would be easy to raise an eyebrow at the head coach��s eulogy. Conte, after all, had scowled through the summer, firing off text messages seeking updates on transfer business from his Mediterranean beach retreat, apparently livid at the champions�� inability to secure the players on his wishlist, from Alex Sandro to Romelu Lukaku, Rick Porcello Jersey either early in the window or at all. Recruitment came under the remit of Emenalo and the director, Marina Granovskaia. Now one of those figures has departed, his decision apparently taken when relationships were most strained. Instinct might suggest Conte��s position might, in fact, be bolstered.
Yet in the days that follow it may become clearer how Emenalo will actually be missed, in boardroom and dugout alike. Granovskaia has taken on his day-to-day duties until a replacement is found, with figures such as Eddie Newton, the loan technical coach, and Scott McLachlan, head of international scouting, reporting directly to her while a potentially busy January window edges ever closer. The workload is onerous. Conte, meanwhile, will hardly be able to persuade Roman Abramovich to appoint one of his own associates as a replacement and, in many ways, he would look to have lost an ally in Emenalo.
There may have been flashpoints over the the start of the season Gerard Piqu�� admitted that for the first time he felt ��inferior��. Barcelona had just lost the Super Cup: Real Madrid had scored five, Barcelona just one �C and that was a penalty. Neymar had gone, 11 days after Piqu�� announced he was staying and 16 days since the vice-president said he was ��200% sure�� he wouldn��t leave. Coutinho hadn��t come yet and wouldn��t come at all. And nor had Marco Verratti, H��ctor Beller��n, or even ��ngel Di Mar��a. I?igo Mart��nez was done then undone and in Nice, where ��the walls shook��, Jean Micha?l Seri ��exploded��. In the editor��s office at El Mundo Deportivo, walls shook too, phones rang and, near midnight, presses stopped, a front page hurriedly changed from ��Seri Day�� to ��No to Seri��. Seri said his ��dream�� had been ��broken��; for Bar?a, the nightmare seemed never-ending.
The former president went to jail and the players call the current president Nobito, after a timid, naive and hapless cartoon character whose friend is a robot cat. When, that is, they don��t call him worse. Neymar called the board a ��joke�� and threatened to take them to court; the feeling is mutual. That very day, he was back in Barcelona posing, all smiles, with the team-mates and best mates he had left behindsummer but, despite the head coach blanking his technical director on the touchline on Sunday as he departed the pitch still pumped up and punching the air in triumph, the tension had apparently eased in that relationship. Emenalo had been generally supportive as the frustration simmered behind the scenes over a title defence Conte has regularly described as in a state of ��emergency��. The 52-year-old clearly offered some stability over a decade where upheaval has been common but he also provided an element http://www.canucksofficialauthentic.com/Christopher_Tanev_Jersey_Adidas of calm in an emotive boardroom. When others in the hierarchy might be railing �C say, perhaps, when it comes to a manager under pressure �C he would be the one arguing for patience, for a pause for breath, for simple common senseThe outside world will be drawn to the interview given to the club��s internal television channel back in December 2015 when he pointed to ��palpable discord�� between manager and players as justification for Jos�� Mourinho��s dismissal, and never mentioned the Portuguese by name. That was toeing the party line in the extreme, yet most around the club were startled that a figure who has generally shied from the limelight should offer such an explosive soundbite. It did not seem to be his style.
He was also a lightning rod. A disgruntled support poured their scorn on him over that interview and the show of disrespect for Mourinho at a time when their own frustrations were being taken out on underachieving players. They had been just as aghast when he replaced Ray Wilkins as an assistant under Carlo Ancelotti back in the Italian��s ��difficult moment�� in the autumn of 2010, pointing to Emenalo��s patchy and unspectacular coaching career. When transfers failed to materialise, Lukaku joined Manchester United or Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had second thoughts, it was invariably Emenalo who bore the brunt. He may have played a part in those failures, or the purchase of other players who have not made the grade, but he invariably drew the bulk of the criticism. Now the board��s safety net has gonePerhaps all the abuse ground him down in the end. Emenalo has three young children, boys of 11, nine and seven, and the last decade must have drained him. ��It is entirely my decision and it has come about for very simple reasons,�� he told Chelsea TV. ��I need an opportunity to get to see my young kids grow and also to step back and reflect on the work I have done here. This is not a knee-jerk decision. It has been on my mind and it has been thoroughly discussed among friends and colleagues. At my age and after 10 years of demanding and gruelling and all-encompassing work, [this] is very necessary.��
It was also appropriate in the timing. England��s senior squad joined up at St George��s Park on Monday with its Chelsea representatives, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both young players of considerable promise on Emenalo��s list of loanees. He would point to their progress as evidence that the plan instigated over the last six years is reaping rewards, with a glance at the significant contingent of Chelsea players in England��s hugely successful junior teams an Rick Porcello Jersey indication that there is plenty more to come. He certainly helped make the whole process self-sustainable.
Maligned as he was from the outside, those http://www.officialwinnipegjets.com/Adidas-Bryan-Little-Jersey within the club truly valued Emenalo. Those tributes may just have been heartfelt after allmemories of Manchester United in 1985-86 and Newcastle United in 1995-96 serve always as caveats, but already it feels that it would take something outlandish for Manchester City not to be named as champions this season. Perhaps their slick cogs and gears will somehow stick or grind, but at the moment none of the chasing pack are applying pressure. The gap already is eight points and, once again, on Sunday, it was hard to avoid the thought that there has been something meek in the way Jos�� Mourinho has presented the initiative to his rivals.
When United defeated Ajax to win the Europa League, Mourinho spoke of it as a victory for pragmatism. It is a term that is frequently applied to his football, and football generally has a tendency to use pragmatic as a synonym for defensive. But they are not the same: a pragmatist does what is necessary to win; Mourinho insists on reactive football again and again, even when it means losing ground. The three games in the past month against top-six sides were always likely to represent a decisive phase of the season. In them United totalled six shots on target �C and that suggests an approach that is not pragmatic, but is rather stubbornly dogmatic.
Yes, this was Chelsea and, yes, they are the defending champions. But City came to Stamford Bridge, dominated the game and won 1-0. United, frankly, never looked like winning. They were not as defensive as they had been in the FA Cup tie here last season when they fielded a back six, but nor was there ever a thought of them taking the game to Chelsea as Pep Guardiola had, of trying to expose a defence that had been given such a tough time in recent games by Roma (twice) and Watford.
Chelsea with N��Golo Kant��, admittedly, are a different proposition to Chelsea without him, and there was no question that Antonio Conte��s side improved with his return after injury. But still, it was hard to see how United ever planned to hurt Chelsea.
Early on, as Ander Herrera was lured towards Eden Hazard, Ti��mou�� Bakayoko, playing on the left of Chelsea��s midfield triangle, kept finding space to charge into. Which might in itself have been decisive had he not been Ti��mou�� Bakayoko and therefore lacking the composure that might have turned those opportunities into goals. That avenue, though, was soon closed down, with Phil Jones and, particularly, Eric Bailly stepping out to close down Hazard, leaving Herrera to block the channel Bakayoko had been exploitingThe use of a back three gave United the option of pushing one of the central defenders out to deal with Hazard and preventing just that problem, but the issues that had cropped up against Tottenham Hotspur last week recurred. Much was played long to the two forwards, which effectively diminished Henrikh Mkhitaryan��s role to the point that he may as well not have been there. The Armenian��s 62 minutes on the pitch yielded just 29 touches �C although that was at least five more than an isolated Romelu Lukaku managed in a full game.
And then there was the issue of the midfield. Even excluding Hazard, who occasionally dropped deep, Chelsea had three central midfielders there. United had two plus Mkhitaryan, which meant they were occasionally overmanned, a problem exacerbated by the fact that Chelsea��s wing-backs were, understandably, more aggressive. That was what led to the first Bakayoko chance, as Davide Zappacosta got in behind Ashley Young, and it was a shortfall on that flank that led Rick Porcello Jersey to the goal. Young was forced deep to prevent Zappacosta making a similar run behind him and as Chelsea switched the ball quickly from their left to right, C��sar Azpilicueta was able to stride forward into space and measure his cross for ��lvaro Morata.
Mourinho almost immediately changed tack, went to a 4-3-3, and United became more threatening as a result, while suddenly becoming vulnerable again to those Bakayoko surges. Marouane Fellaini, back after a knee injury, spread the kind of chaos he always does, and nearly equalised. But, whatever absentees United have �C Mourinho once again reluctantly listed the injured Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo �C it remains bewildering that United can seem so reliant on the Belgian bag of elbows for anything approximating to creativity.
United, in fairness, were probably more proactive here than they had been against either Liverpool or Tottenham. But in the context of dropped points against Liverpool and Huddersfield, it was not enough
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