Originally Posted by LET'S GO RAPTORS!!!!!
AVB didn't do enough with the squad that was assembled.
Also - damn Arsenal vs Bayern and City vs Barca. Real got a "decent" draw vs Schalke. Even though Atletico should beat Milan, they haven't been in the UCL rounds in a while. Big first test.
But come on mate, when does that judgement get made? After 16 games? Not for me. If they finished 5th or 6th with him this season I don't think the board could demand better than that. Yeah, they wanted champs league but the reality is they lost their best player (like arsenal have in recent years and struggled,) and replaced them with tons of new players. And of course there are some very strong teams out there. They needed to wait till next season and those players would be ready to go. Now they're starting again.
Originally Posted by fancylad
I guess it depends on who they bring in, but managerial changes seem to go 50-50. Wouldn't surprise me to see them have a harder time adjusting to a new manager with a different style. Yes they have been blown out a couple times, but they have also been pretty decent this season. It's not like they're in the bottom half of the table or anything.
Whatever, i can't say i'm dissapointed to see them scrambling like this. After their massive offseason and having to listen to certain tottenham fans hype up their title hopes....
50-50 on how the manager does, I agree. But usually, even if the manager isn't great, has dodgy tactics or other issues, just the fresh broom sweeping clean makes a huge difference. Psychology is huge in football I think, in all sports and a new manager often gives a morale boost, players play with freedom. I'm only talking 4 or 5 games, then the new regime starts to define itself.