Luis Enrique’s gripping analogy, Solskjaer speaks of last season’s issues at Manchester United and more


The returning Spain boss remains optimistic that football will slowly return back to normal, although he conceded that playing in empty stadiums is perhaps a necessity but may not be the most appealing alternative.

Luis Enrique interestingly stated that playing football behind closed doors is ‘worse than going to the dance with your sister’ as he believes that the atmosphere the fans help create is incomparable.

Football across Europe’s top 5 leagues has been at a standstill ever since the coronavirus pandemic called a halt on proceedings, but the Bundesliga broke the ice last week, returning to play, albeit with stern safety and health protocols in place.

Many footballing experts and fans across the world are unsatisfied, as they feel that the sport cannot exist without its followers on the stadium, and the former Barcelona boss seems to share that opinion: “This solution is far from ideal, but we all have to understand that this sport is also a business, and it will help pass the time at home as well,” he told Colgados del Aro.

Luis Enrique thinks football will be boring without the fans
The Spain boss had to leave his post in June last year due to personal reasons, but returned a few months later in November. Copyright: imago images / Alterphotos

Top News 2: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks about last season's 'personal agendas' in Manchester United squad

Solskjaer spoke about internal issues at Manchester United
The former Norwegian forward took the Old Trafford hotseat in December 2018. Copyright: imago images / GEPA pictures

The Norwegian coach spoke candidly about his side’s achievements last year, saying that a good atmosphere within the team is crucial to their efforts, while he also praised the progress that Manchester United have made this season.

Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford at the end of 2018. A sensational start immediately followed up, as the Red Devils went on to win six consecutive league games. However, things slowly began to unravel and the Premier League giants finished the season on a low.

Speaking to United We Standthe former Molde and Cardiff manager revealed that negativity and egos were threatening to ruin his work at the club.

“Team work is so important in this sport. You play within a group so you have to understand each other. I’d rather have a hole in my team than an asshole. Last year, for example, there were a lot of things that I didn’t like. A lot of negative thinking, personal agendas, and we managed to sort it all out in the summer. This group is looking a lot different and fresher than before.”

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Top News 3: Ruben Loftus-Cheek holds Chelsea title ambitions as he battles to overcome injury problems

Loftus-Cheek believes Chelsea can challenge for title
The combative England midfielder had been stuck on the sidelines for 12 months. Copyright: imago images / Action Plus

The 24-year old has reinstated his belief in the current Chelsea squad as he also voiced his admiration for current coach Frank Lampard, insisting that he is the right man to lead the club in the chase for trophies.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek revealed his excitement at the Chelsea‘s young group and he thinks they have what it takes to challenge for major trophies next season, while he also intends to play a key part in those endeavors. The talented English midfielder has been spending time away from first-team action since May 12, 2019, with a number of fitness issues limiting his contributions.

As Chelsea and the rest of the Premier League seek to resume with football activities on the pitch, Loftus-Cheek is also hoping to play a part as he nears a return to full fitness.

“I’ve done a lot of preparation already, during the lockdown I’ve been mainly follow club recommendations and fitness programmes so I feel pretty good, I just need to manage to avoid any further injuries,” he revealed to Chelsea’s official channel.

On the rest of the team and their progress, he added: “Credit to the boys, they’ve gone ahead and made great strides this season. They are young and full of potential and they have been performing really well. I believe this team is well placed to fight for all the big trophies next season.”

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