France Under-21s played Croatia on Thursday night.
And Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was exceptional in a 2-2 draw.
L’Equipe reported that : “Guendouzi gave the impression of being, at 19, the boss.”
The athletic midfielder talks as confidently as he plays. He said, “At Arsenal, as with FC Lorient or with Les Espoirs, (the 21s), I will not change, my attitude on the pitch is like that, I always want to win.
“My team-mates put me at ease, they made things easier today. I did not feel any particular pressure, I play as I know how to.”
Off the pitch, U.S. owners of of EPL clubs would prefer a cartel. And I can see why.
The USA, like, the UK and most other countries, is owned and run by very wealthy and ruthless people who want to keep all their land, property, shares and cash in the family.
In today’s Times, Gary Jacob quotes Raul Sanllehi saying that Arsenal and Barcelona wanted to be in the driving seat if radical changes were ever made to European club football as we know it.
Sanllehi said, “We need to at least be aware and decide in a responsible way whether that is the direction to take or not. We need to be there. The momentum for change is a constant in that we always have to work for the improvement of the status quo.”
At that time Sanllehi was a Director of Football at Barcelona and he’d got to know Ivan Gazidis by serving with him on Uefa and Fifa committees. Over the years they became close friends.
Barca have a 12-man board of technocrats, who are experts in every area of business, like property, marketing, finance, and so on.
Sanllehi denied these were secret meetings. There were talks, there was only a draft document, and nothing was signed by any club.
Sanllehi also said, “We know the competition we have here in England: it is extremely exciting, extremely competitive, and it is something we will value, always.”
Thanks, Gary, for letting me know that.