Erik ten Hag says he can break the Premier League monopoly of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp after he was officially introduced as Manchester United’s new boss.
Newly-crowned champions City and Liverpool have shared the last five Premier League titles, but ten Hag said he is convinced he can lead United to success and end their era of dominance.
“I admire them both, Manchester City and Liverpool,” said ten Hag. “They both play fantastic football. But you will always see an era come to an end.I’ve already met big coaches and big teams in the Premier League and I know how to deal with that. But it’s clear, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world I think and I’m looking forward to battling with them.”
Asked if he felt their dominance can be ended before Guardiola or Klopp leave their respective clubs, ten Hag said: “Yes, I think so.
“We have to set clear purposes, you need people who have a positive attitude. Players dictate the way of play, when I have the idea, I will line-up my best team and get the best out of them to make them feel comfortable. It is about getting success together.
“We are in the process before the season starts. I am still in the process of observing and analysing, I will set conclusions, but I keep it for myself. The confidence is that I have a good feeling with the people around and the meetings.
“We have a plan and now it is to co-operate and achieve the success we want to. The plan is huge, you will see.”
Ten Hag backed up his bold claim by pointing out he made Ajax the dominant side in Holland, toppling PSV Eindhoven and winning three titles in his time there.
“What we did in Ajax, we wanted to be back on top in Holland,” said ten Hag. “When I started, PSV were on top and we changed it.
“In the last four years, we were number one continually. I’m happy and satisfied that we achieved that purpose. It was important also to finish in my last season as number one. There was PSV and also Feyenoord who were huge competitors, but finally we won the battle.”
Ten Hag refused to confirm if current United skipper Harry Maguire will keep the armband under him, but said he was looking forward to working with Cristiano Ronaldo. United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League raised doubts over whether Ronaldo will stay, but ten Hag said he wants the 37-year-old icon – who scored 24 goals this season – to stay.
“Of course,” said ten Hag. “What does Ronaldo bring? Goals! But I will talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you.”
UEFA Super Cup final: Ancelotti names strong squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt [Full list]
Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong squad that includes the likes of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final.
Ancelotti released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday.
Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League last season, while Frankfurt won the Europa League.
The UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Frankfurt will take place at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium and the kick-off time is 8 pm.
Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Frankfurt:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger, F. Mendy.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Camavinga.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano.
Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival
Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.
The midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.
Isco has now put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.
He becomes the LaLiga side’s third summer signing after Brazilian defender, Marcao came from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.
Isco will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.
The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for Real last season, only starting three matches.
Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga last season and will play in the Champions League this campaign.
Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.
Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.
The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.
In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”
But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.
“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.
“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.
“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.
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