Thònh ruled out for football season with injury Peps Way can work in England too
HAØ NOÄI V. League 1 side HCM City will have to do without midfielder Vuõ Ngoïc Thònh for the rest of this season, the club announced yesterday.
Thònh was injured during HCM Citys 3-1 win over Nam Ñònh on Sunday.
The 25-year-old went down after a tackle in the 62th minute and was forced to leave the game held at Thieân Tröôøng Stadium.
According to doctors, Thònh tore knee ligaments and will be out at least eight months to recover.
I am very sad as I cant contribute any more to the team. Now I have to stop competing, said Thònh, who was last capped for the national side in 2016.
The northern port city of Haiû Phonø gborn player Thònh scored the only goal to help HCM beat Ñoàng Thaùp 1-0 in the qualifying round of National Cup on April 9. MANCHESTER During Pep Guardiolas first season in England there were plenty of pundits wondering if the Spaniard could translate his success in Spain and Germany to the more physical demands of the Premier League without diluting his football philosophy.
On Sunday, Guardiolas Manchester City won the Premier League title with five games remaining, having built up a 16-point lead and scored 93 goals but the numbers tell only part of the story.
City may be different to his Barcelona and his Bayern Munich but the style with which they won the title was the proof that Guardiola could indeed do it his way in England.
His first season at City ended with the club finishing 15 points behind champions Chelsea and with a number of question marks over his team.
But his success in turning his team into the best in the country was not purely down to some astute moves in the transfer market, generously backed by the clubs Abu Dhabi owners.
Guardiolas commitment to a style of play based not only on exceptional ball-retention but also a sophisticated understanding of space and timing took time to embed in the habits of the players.
An approach to the game which has a lineage back to the Dutch total football of the early 1970s, taken to Barcelona by Johann Cruyff and which Guardiola has adapted and evolved, requires not only a top skillset from the players but a change of mentality.
Guardiola believes that topquality footballers can play anywhere on the field, whatever their formal role, and expects his defenders to be comfortable on the ball and his forwards to be able to work hard off it in order to be in the right places for an eventual transition.
This season, the Spaniard has gone beyond encouraging defenders to pass the ball out of defence rather than launch long balls by bringing his goalkeeper Ederson into the passing game, transforming City into an 11-man passing machine, playing with precision over the full length of the pitch.
One of his summer signings, Kyle Walker, was already a proven attacking wing-back when Guardiola brought him from Tottenham, but he now looks at home playing as a more central defender and in Guardiolas clever approach of moving fullbacks into holding midfield roles when the team is in possession.
One of the Premier League managers who has had to take on Guardiola this season, Huddersfield Towns German David Wagner, admires the way the City manager has convinced his players to change.
As well as finding the players you also have to explain to them how to do it and they have to commit and follow. It isnt as easy as it looks its not just get the best players and then they do it. He has done something exceptional, he said.
In my point of view its more difficult to explain to attackers how to defend than to explain to defenders how to attack, he said.
Attackers are individuals and defensive players feel more part of a team. They feel more responsibility for everything and its easier to explain how to attack and how to play out from the back, he added. REUTERS
Mastermind: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his side are proving playing in the same style as Barcelona can work in England after they won for a Premier League record 14th successive game. Photo wsj.com