What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger

“The technical level has regressed a little bit. Barcelona today is not as good as before. Real Madrid is the same. Bayern Munich is not as good as it was when it had [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery on full power. The teamwork is of a high standard, but individually the level has gone down. Physique has taken over, and the creative players have been kicked out. You want to see players like [Diego] Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff, [Michel] Platini, [Zinedine] Zidane. But since we measure the physical performances, these players are suffering.”

-- Arsene Wenger, who stepped down as Arsenal's manager in 2018 and is now FIFA's chief of global football development, on elite soccer growing too homogeneous and running the risk of “losing local characteristics.” (New York Times)
3 comments about "What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger".
  1. Wooden Ships, November 15, 2020 at 10:20 a.m.

    Absolutely agree with Arsene. So many teams and players look the same. It's like we're trying to dispel the tenet, that the ball will always be faster than the man. It's nowhere near as enjoyable a watch today. 

    Pirlo's MLS comment was prophetic, less running-more playing. What was once opera is becoming 90 minutes of frenzy. 

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, November 15, 2020 at 2:52 p.m.

    Agreed, WS. Commentators and coaches praise "energy" instead of skill. Our game won't improve until development coaches change their view of the game.

  3. Kevin Leahy, November 15, 2020 at 7:32 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more. Organization on steroids. It is joyless!

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