Visions of Greatness


While it’s no secret that players often overestimate their skills and mangers build up their teams a little too much, today’s headlines are overflowing with self-confidence. Maybe it’s the start of the knockout phase of the Champions League that has clouded the thoughts of some, or for others, it could be the disappointment of a season gown awry. Whatever the reasons, today’s headlines are full of bluster. It’s good to be confident, but some of these people are just plain delusional.

Apparently, making a string of goalkeeping blunders and being dropped to number two hasn’t dampened Heurelho Gomes’ confidence. The bumbling Brazilian says that he isn’t concerned about Spurs purchasing Carlo Cudicini and that Harry Redknapp must play him or let him go. The former seeming to be the way Harry was leaning in the first place.

On the other side of London, Petr Cech sees no divisions in the Chelsea dressing room. Apparently the numerous media reports of players ripping ex-coach Phil Scolari and the indifferent form on the pitch were the rest of us just seeing things. Or, maybe, he was pointing out that the entire team was united against Big Phil. Stay tuned for clarification.

Rafa’s back at it. On the heels of Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, Benitez has declared that Liverpool’s title chances aren’t over. In other news that proves the jellybean has lost the plot, he also apparently turned down a fourth draft of his contract. He must be banking on the fact that another BPL title collapse and decent Champions League run will prove how invaluable he really his.

No one’s ever accused Jose Mourinho of undervaluing himself. While we all give him credit for leading Chelsea to back-to-back BPL trophies, apparently his most impressive job was turning Manchester United around. And people are impressed by Guus Hiddink coaching two teams at once.

The Special One’s counterpart in Tuesday night’s Champions League showdown, Alex Ferguson, is another manager who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. While United may be facing Inter Milan, Fergie has offered his take on Real Madrid. Claiming that Madrid lack pace and are too slow to win the Champions League, Sir Alex just can’t seem to resist a dig at his least favorite club in the world. In other news, Fergie seems to have some other tricks up his sleeve.

We end today’s column with a rare moment of honesty from Mr. Paranoia himself, Arsene Wenger. On the heels of this weekend’s 0-0 home draw against Sunderland, Wenger admitted that his team is a little nervous. Of course that rare moment of introspection was brief at best as he accused Ricky Sbragia’s side of ‘not playing football.’ Well, you just have to take those moments of honesty from the floundering Frenchman when the chance presents itself.

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