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El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
OPINIÓN: Josep Pedrerol: El Madrid quiere tapar bocas
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
OPINIÓN: Josep Pedrerol: El Madrid quiere tapar bocas
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
OPINIÓN: Josep Pedrerol: El Madrid quiere tapar bocas
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
OPINIÓN: Josep Pedrerol: El Madrid quiere tapar bocas
El Madrid siente que está obligado a ganar la Champions League, sus futbolistas tienen sangre en los ojos y una figura emerge entre todos ellos: ‘The Best’, el MEJOR, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final (AFP Photo/OSCAR DEL POZO)
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final (AFP Photo/OSCAR DEL POZO)
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid's run to another Champions League final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane attend a training session during Real Madrid's Media Open Day ahead of their UEFA Champions league final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Soccer Football - Champions League - Liverpool Training - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - May 21, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during training REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Champions League - Liverpool Training
Soccer Football - Champions League - Liverpool Training - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - May 21, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during training REUTERS/Andrew Yates
FILE PHOTO: Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after a teammate scores. REUTERS/Phil Noble//File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
FILE PHOTO: Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after a teammate scores. REUTERS/Phil Noble//File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after a teammate scores. REUTERS/Phil Noble//File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
FILE PHOTO: Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after a teammate scores. REUTERS/Phil Noble//File Photo
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Rising star: Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping to get the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's Champions League final
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery says he will get 'fearless' Arsenal back on top
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Unai Emery says he will get 'fearless' Arsenal back on top
Unai Emery has promised that his Arsenal team will be fearless in their pursuit of restoring the club to the top of English football, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis warning fans to be patient. Arsenal have handed Emery a three-year contract to succeed Arsene Wenger and the Spaniard will have to work with a strict £50 million transfer budget. Emery has admitted there is unlikely to be an overhaul of the squad which finished 37 points and five places behind Premier League champions Manchester City, but he is confident he can turn them into trophy hunters again. Asked whether Arsenal could catch City next season, Emery said: “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity, and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe. It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. “What we want to do is not fear any team, neither here in the Premier League nor in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is important for the club after two years outside of the Champions League to work this way. We need to be in the best club in the Premier League and in the world.” Gazidis is confident he has the right man to reunite the club and bring success but is aware progress may be slow. “I think we need to understand that success isn’t instant,” said Gazidis. “So, this is going to be a process. As Unai said, day after day you try to improve a little bit, you try to move forward. That’s what we have to do. “We have to work hard, we have to work well together and take this step by step. There are so many stories in sport of people who achieve things that were not believed possible at the beginning of the journey, because they focused on that process of just getting a little better every day. “It’s not going to be instant. So, this kind of significant change in a club doesn’t deliver instant success, nobody is naive enough to think that. But I do think the new way of working, the new energy, stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive. I could not possibly feel better about this appointment.” Emery with Ivan Gazidis at the Emirates Credit: Getty images Handed the title of head coach, rather than manager, Emery will have to work closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat over transfers, but he is not expecting to make big changes to the squad. “We think we need change, very little, a little bit with the players,” said Emery. “I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to be with them. But I want to speak to them individually and to speak with them face to face. “I think it is about having belief in the players. We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit. We do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus, if you like. “I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is. “I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can and must improve in the future.” Unai Emery: what style can Arsenal expect from their new manager? Emery wasted no time in conveying his message within the club, as he addressed his new staff for the first time over a conference call. Ahead of his first press conference, Emery, together with Gazidis, told members of staff that he wanted to create a new history and a great future for Arsenal. Expanding on that point in front of the media, Emery said: “I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships. Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. “So, it’s really important to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. I’m a coach that has come from the second division, gone through to the first division, coached at Paris Saint-Germain and now at Arsenal. And, really, the essence of it all is people.”
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
Zinedine Zidane deserves more credit, says Steve McManaman
Zinedine Zidane will eclipse the greatest managers in history if he wins a third consecutive Champions League, but a sneering campaign has shadowed his Real Madrid reign. Only two managers, Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, have won the European Cup three times, but not in successive years. Despite Zidane being on the threshold of unprecedented success, cynics continue to damn him with faint praise. The Frenchman is often portrayed as the fortunate recipient of an expensively assembled squad, rather than the architect of ­mesmerising performances. For those who know him, the withering assessments of his work are fed by jealousy and ignorance. “He doesn’t get enough credit. He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team,” says Steve McManaman, Zidane’s former team-mate at the start of the glorious Galactico era at the turn of the century. “The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops. “He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful. McManaman used to play with Zidane Credit: getty images “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch. “I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach. “On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders. “The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them. “I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.” McManaman won the European Cup twice with Real, having joined from Liverpool in 1999, two clubs whose identity is defined by the competition. Zidane is chasing yet another trophy Credit: AP “It was not a huge difference for me moving from Liverpool to Madrid because, at Liverpool, we were obsessed with the titles we had won and the European Cups. It was exactly the same at Madrid,” says McManaman, who will be a BT Sport pundit covering the final. “They wanted to win everything, but in terms of importance, yes, the European Cup was always a major target. “When I joined, I was immediately made aware of the ethos of Madrid. I was given a book – more of a pamphlet if you like – chartering the history of Real Madrid and the values of the club. It was all about winning with grace, but also being graceful in defeat. They told me, ‘At Real Madrid we do not want to win with arrogance’, and they gave me a shirt of Alfredo Di Stefano [five-time European Cup winner]. “Di Stefano was the symbol of the club, his name is always in the background. He was honorary president at that time and you see him around the stadium or his image on the walls. “To be honest, I had a lot of these values instilled in me coming through at Liverpool. These were the same as those Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans bred in all Liverpool’s players. “These are world-renowned clubs. No disrespect to those who have won the European Cup once, but there is a list of teams who are at the top, those who you remember. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “You always think of the games when they won and you know the players who did it. That sets these clubs apart. If you mention Istanbul to anyone in the world, they will immediately think about Steven Gerrard.” McManaman was also a scorer in the final, a spectacular volley in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Valencia in 2000. “It was a massive moment in my career. In terms of relevance you are defined by the Champions League,” he says. But despite the affection for his old side, McManaman says his former colleagues in Madrid understand he is not emotionally torn ahead of the final. “When Liverpool got to the final, my friends in Spain were texting saying, ‘Congratulations for getting there’,” he says. “I think they understand where my loyalties are.” Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD from 6pm on Saturday. For more info visit BT.com/sport.
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