good morning everyone.
Some of you may have noticed this lately, but it’s kinda hot in [insert almost any place in the world here] right now.
There are some managers out there who adapt their attire to the climate. Take Antonio Conte, for example, wearing a short-sleeve polo shirt sans baseball cap:
He looks relatively comfortable here (the 4-1 win helps) in trousers and dressed-up sneakers - though I probably wouldn’t do the buttons on the polo.
Then there are managers who determine that the beginning of August is the ideal time to wear a sweater. Like Mikel Arteta, wearing black on dark gray on black. I will give him some credit for rolling up his sleeves, and Arsenal’s match against Palace was during the evening. I love a good sweater, I really do. But I can barely wear a t-shirt during these temperatures, let along a thick jumper!
Then there are managers who see that it’s 31C (88F) outside and determine it’s a good time to wear a sweater. Lets take Pep Guardiola, who didn’t just wear a jumper in the middle of the day in the sunshine, but he wore two layers.
You don’t think Pep got a little warm? Look at those pit stains! Pep’s had some great looks over the years - his hoodie, the thousand-pocketed trousers - and by all means he should wear a sweater when autumn comes. But August seems a little too soon.
And Steve Cooper is wearing a zip up with a collar? The mad man!
Jesse Marsch seemed to have gone for the ol’ in-between look. Rolled-up sleeves a la Arteta, and a gray that’s lighter than Pep’s. It’s unclear if he wore a second layer. I don’t know why he’s wearing jeans, though.
Again, I understand why jumpers are great. And I could imagine someone wearing one in a cinema, grocery store or somewhere cool. But outside, on a football pitch? That’s a recipe for discomfort.
Fitzie’s track of the day: The Hampstead Incident, by Donovan
And now for your links:
Ryan Sessegnon on what Ivan Perisic told him ahead of Spurs’ match against Southampton
Alasdair Gold’s latest video on Destiny Udogie, Dejan Kulusevksi’s performance and more
Watford’s Ismaila Sarr scores inside his own half but misses crucial penalty against West Brom
Prosecutors say Ryan Giggs subjected former partner to ‘litany’ of abuse (trigger warning)
The Athletic ($$): Barca threaten legal action over Frenkie De Jong contract