TRUE OR FALSE – OUR REGULAR FEATURE WERE 90 MINUTE CYNIC CONTEMPLATES RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL AND GATHER THE OPINION OF THE CYNICS. OUR QUESTIONNAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE IS LOUIS MCCAFFREY AND THE MEN BEHIND THE ANSWERS THIS WEEK ARE BRYAN MCMANUS, CHRIS GALLAGHER, AND MARTIN FRIEL.
1. LEIGH GRIFFITHS HAS MORE TO HIS GAME THAN JOHN GUIDETTI AND
CELTIC SHOULD NOT BE MADE TO WAIT BY A PLAYER WHO HAS FAILED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT. LET GUIDETTI GO AFTER HIS LOAN AND PLAY GRIFFITHS AS FIRST CHOICE FORWARD.
Bryan McManus: TRUE (kinda) – Guidetti went off the boil and was rightly benched and if he is not prepared to commit to the club then there is little point in playing him therefore I would prefer Deila to play others. I like Griffiths and his work rate is tremendous but I would like to see Scepovic given a run of games as I think he brings more as an out and out centre forward.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE/FALSE – I wouldn’t say that Griffiths has more to his game but he is definitely more adaptable in terms of positioning. He had bided his time well and deserves his shot. Guidetti is a good player but he doesn’t seem interested and it appears that when things aren’t going his way he tends to drop his head. If we don’t sign Guidetti I’d still like another striker brought in.
Martin Friel: TRUE – Guidetti is too inconsistent to merit being one of our top earners. I’m not sure if Griffiths is the answer to Celtic’s striker woes, but you have to admire the effort he’s put in over the last few months. If he keeps it up then Griffiths could prove a really valuable member of the squad.
2. RONNY DEILA THIS WEEK SET HIS CELTIC SIDE THAT TARGET OF WINNING ALL OF THEIR REMAINING LEAGUE GAMES THIS SEASON. MAKING TARGETS PUBLIC PUTS UNNECESSARY PRESSURE AND ATTENTION ON PLAYERS, AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – Celtic are expected to win every league game so it makes no difference at all. Celtic players are at a level where they need to be able to deal with pressure. Ronny has worked the media well this season despite them trying to crucify him at every opportunity.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE – I criticised Lennon for doing the same last year and would be a fool to back another man on the same subject. Statements like that are made to be rubbed in the face of he manager players. I’m all for targets but that should be in terms of trophies. Do your talking on the pitch Ronnie.
Martin Friel: FALSE – The media would find some other way to undermine Deila and the squad so it makes no difference what he says in public. Hopefully guys like Sutton and Hartson will give it a rest soon, as I think most Celtic fans are fed up of their petty pops at the current management team.
3. LOUIS VAN GALL HAS SPOKEN THIS WEEK ABOUT HIS UNEASE AT USING A 442 FORMATION, WHILE DEFENDING HIS OWN 352 SETUP. USING FORMATIONS AS A WAY OF CRITICISING TEAMS AND MANAGERS IS GIVING THEM TOO MUCH SIGNIFICANCE WHEN THEY ARE MERELY A STARTING POINT FOR A TEAM, AS WHEN THE WHISTLE GOES, FORMATIONS CHANGE.
Bryan McManus: TRUE – The Man Utd fans chanting “4-4-2” last week was cringeworthy. Any football fan who still believes a rigid 4-4-2 formation is the way to play is an imbecile.
Chris Gallagher: FALSE – Managers should be judged on the formation they play and how their players fit into those formations. Sure there are many different factors in a game but ultimately the more organised the better. Just look at Celtics victory over Barcelona.
Martin Friel: TRUE – Formations mean nothing if the guys on the pitch don’t win their individual battles. Work rate, discipline and enterprise win matches, good managers are able to get these attributes out of their players on a regular basis regardless of their formation. Van Gall bores me, I see nothing new or intriguing with his side. Looks to me a guy milking a great last pay cheque.
4. THEO WALCOTT HAS THIS WEEK CLAIMED THAT THE CURRENT ATTACKING PLAYERS AT ARSENAL, SUCH AS, SANCHEZ, GIROUD, SELLBACK, CARZOLA, AND CHAMBERLAIN, ARE BETTER THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS FROM THE ARSENAL SIDE OF 2006 WHICH INCLUDED HENRY, PIRES, RVP, REYES AND BERGKAMP. WALCOTT IS OFF HIS T***.
Bryan McManus: TRUE – Sanchez and Carzola are the only two who would come close to being considered good enough to be in the 2006 side.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE – For a guy that’s done fuck all in football, Walcott is taking a lot of shite.
Martin Friel: TRUE – Bergkamp trumps all. Wake up Theo
5. MARTIN ODEGAARDE’S MOVE TO REAL MADRID AT THE AGE OF 16, WHERE HE WILL EARN A REPORTED 80K A WEEK, HIGHLIGHTS EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH MODERN FOOTBALL.
Bryan McManus: TRUE – Fair play to the youngster for focussing on his football instead of hanging about shops asking older folk to go in and get him a bottle of MD 20/20 however the money he is being paid is obscene. From what I’ve heard the boy is very level headed and I hope he maintains his ambition and desire to get to the top and does not turn into the Norwegian Islam Feruz.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE – Football has jumped the shark and what’s worst of all we have allowed it to happen. We all have digital television, we all pay through the nose for tickets and buy the tops. The transfer of another wonder kid for an absorbent amount of money should come as no surprise. I don’t blame the players or the club’s, I blame the fans. We sat back and allowed this ti happen.
Martin Friel: TRUE – Unfortunately football is reflecting society, with the gap between rich and poor growing. Whilst it’s not the lads fault he’s being paid a ridiculous wage, it just doesn’t sit right that a 16 year old is earning so much in a country that is crippled with high unemployment, particularly for the under 35s. UEFA and FIFA are milking the rich for all their worth so I don’t see any light at end of tunnel. Quick shout out for the little clubs though. I thought Hamilton were outstanding the other week when they played the hoops. Might not have been a great performance on the pitch but that’s a club with community at its core, a real credit to the league.
6. FILLIPPO INZAGHI HAS SPOKEN RECENTLY ABOUT THE FACT HE BELIEVES AC MILAN ARE NO LONGER A “BIG CLUB”. DESPITE THE RECENT DECLINE OF BOTH MILAN SIDES THEY ARE STILL “BIG CLUBS” IN WORLD FOOTBALL.
Bryan McManus: TRUE – The stature and history of AC Milan allows them to be considered a big club and are rightly recognised throughout Europe for their achievements. Right now they cant be considered a real challenger either domestically or on the European stage but I’m sure they’ll be back among the top clubs soon enough.
Chris Gallagher: FALSE – Both Milan clubs are struggling at the moment but that is just the result in poor financial management. Both AC and Inter are huge clubs with distinguished histories, they’ll be back at the top in no time…..but not this season, thanks Inter for your cooperation
Martin Friel: TRUE – Both these teams are still big, sounds to me Inzaghi is just looking for excuses for the current squad being pish. Both clubs have made poor signings and managerial decisions in the last few years. If they get their act together off the pitch both Milan teams could easily challenge in Europe again in the near future.
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