So my ideal Premier League summer had Thomas Tuchel coming over to take over at Southampton and Roger Schmidt arriving to take charge at some solidly midtable club in need of a change at the top. (I’m looking at you, Stoke City.) That would have taken what was already the best Premier League ever in terms of managerial talent and pushed it to a new level by adding arguably the best young manager in the world (Tuchel), German Marcelo Bielsea (Schmidt), plus a former Champions League winner who is jumping to the top flight via promotion (Rafa Benitez).
Alas, at least one of those two dreams will not be happening: The Mad German is set to manage in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan, a side currently trying to chase down a team managed by Manuel Pellegrini for the final Asian Champions League place.
On the plus side, Schmidt totally owned Poche both times we faced Leverkusen in last year’s Champions League so as far as Tottenham are concerned, no Schmidt in the EPL is probably good.
In other news, Fabio Capello may also be moving to the CSL.
The Bundesliga looks set to be dominated by Bayern for the foreseeable future, as there is no credible title challenger to the Bavarians with Thomas Tuchel having left Dortmund.
Reports are trickling out saying that Liverpool have agreed to terms with Roma winger Mohamed Salah.
This goal from Michael Bradley is sick: