The man who should have managed Real Madrid is now moulding his Sunderland team in the style of Juventus.
Yes, our old friend Sam Allardyce is playing it for laughs again…although of course he is being totally serious.
When you have intimate knowledge of just how bad it is having had Sam Allardyce at your club, it gives a whole extra dimension to the nonsense he comes out with.
He is what he is, a very limited manager who plays with a very defensive formation and tries to sneak wins.
However, he has such an inflated sense of his own importance, he tries to dress things up amid grand claims of it being something so more than what it is.
After their fortunate win at Crystal Palace when the home side had over two thirds of the possession but failed to score, Sam Allardyce says that his crap negative tactics are simply misunderstood and in England people aren’t appreciative enough of a managerial genuis like himself.
Allardyce reckons that what he is doing at Sunderland is exactly the same as how Juventus play, the Italians having won the last four Serie A titles and got to the final of the Champions League.
Yes Sam, the similarities are uncanny…
“You win games away from home by having less possession than the opposition, you suck them in and hit them in the spaces they leave.
“We have not got to be sucked into that scenario when we play at the Stadium of Light.
“Attacking Stoke is what we want to do, but attack with caution because they have the type of players that can hurt you an awful lot if you leave too many spaces. We have to get that balance right.
“We have to be careful we don’t get sucked in and get hit by the punch.
“There is a huge pressure to win the home games and entertain your fans. People pay good money and want to be entertained and want goals. That pressure on players at home is getting greater and their capabilities dealing with that is important.
“If you are coming with fear and trepidation it is difficult to perform.
“I didn’t want to let it (the team) out, even to Sky. Normally I give them the team, but I rolled all the way through to keep them guessing!
“I watched Juventus play, at home, the same system and beat Manchester City.
“If there is a negative force about that system, which tends to be in this country; ‘Ooh! Playing five at the back! Too defensive!’….Juventus are winning the league and getting to the final of the Champions League with it.”