Mourinho will be a success at Manchester United, says De Gea

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is excited about the new era that is about to begin at his club with coach Jose Mourinho.The former Chelsea manager last week signed a contract until June 2019 with the record 20-times English champions.”To speak of Jose Mourinho is to talk about a winning coach and that is United’s philosophy and mine,” De Gea told Marca on Friday.”With that idea in mind, I’m certain we can build a great team. I welcome him.”Titles have been scarce for De Gea since the Spaniard moved to Manchester from Atletico Madrid in 2011.He won the Premier League in 2012-13, Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of the team. David Moyes was then sacked 10 months after replacing Ferguson and his successor was Louis Van Gaal.United finished fourth in the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign and were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages this season.They were fifth in the league and must settle for the Europa League, but they did lift the FA Cup last month.’WINNING IS EVERYTHING AT UNITED'”When you speak of United nothing is enough if you don’t win every title,” De Gea said.”Not qualifying to the Champions League was a big blow but we have won the FA Cup after 12 years, and after three years without lifting a trophy.”We must value this because it’s a very important trophy for the fans. This FA Cup should be the launchpad for the club to win important titles.”advertisementDe Gea, 25, was close to leaving Manchester last year for Real Madrid but the clubs did not complete the deal before the transfer deadline.He signed a new contract with United until 2019 but speculation about his future has continued.”There’s a lot of talk but little is known,” De Gea said. “I understand how things work but what I feel is disrespectful is for someone to speak on my behalf. I have three further years left on my contract with United and I’m enthusiastic to win titles there.”De Gea is training with the Spain squad in preparation for Euro 2016.last_img read more

Pep relationship was not easy, admits Gotze

first_imgBayern München ‘It was not easy for me’ – Gotze opens up on complicated Pep relationship Goal 06:01 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mario Gotze & Pep Guardiola Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund The young Dortmund talent was one of Pep’s first signings at the Allianz Arena, but their partnership failed to follow through on early promise Mario Gotze has expressed his admiration for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, while admitting that the pair did not enjoy a fluid relationship at Bayern Munich. Guardiola swooped for the Dortmund star in 2013, to make Gotze one of his first signings at the Allianz Arena. But despite winning three consecutive Bundesliga titles together, the forward struggled to replicate his best form while under Pep’s wing.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Now he has revealed that despite his deep respect for Guardiola’s track record, they did not click on a personal level. “Pep Guardiola was technically one of the best coaches, a tremendous enrichment. But I had the feeling that he thinks only in the grid and leaves out the people and the outside,” Gotze explained during the DAZN documentary ‘ Being Mario Gotze’. “The empathy was not that big. It was not easy for me, just because I came from Kloppo, who was like a footballing father.”Pep was a complete difference. A world-class coach needs empathy, every athlete is also human and you should combine both. “Gotze, who is now back at Dortmund in his second spell with the club, nevertheless has no regrets over his decision to leave in 2013 or his time at Bayern.”I did not think so far, on what it meant and how people react on it. When I look back, it can be said that it was selfish, but in the end it is also a competitive sport,” he added. MARIO GOTZE BAYERN MUNICHBayern’s Matthias Sammer believes that Gotze deserves more credit for his Bayern spell, while admitting that the club could have done more to make him feel at home as a young talent.”Mario has received too little love and recognition at Bayern. Young, sensitive people need rhythm in their lives,” Sammer told DAZN.”That was taken from him. Mario and I had a close relationship, but I was not the coach. Mario with his deep way of thinking must feel love and trust, he must be untouchable.”At the same time Pep Guardiola: Full of ambition. That’s why he sometimes had too little calmness and independence in his decisions. It was logical for me to comfort Mario. The club was not able to do that. You have to be able to read people and meet their characteristics and abilities. Unfortunately, not many people recognize that.”last_img read more