Wednesday's soccer news starts with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho letting everybody know what he doesn't like to see with the game well in hand. Up two goals in an eventual 3-0 Champions League win over FC Basel, Mourinho took issue with his club's approach.
"We were playing fantasy football, PlayStation football. I don't like it - flicks and tricks," he said. "We gambled and you have to respect your opponent. I don't know if goal difference will play a part."
Neither does anybody else, underlining the point in early group stage games. Taken nothing as a given is part of the approach. In Group B, Bayern Munich shutout Anderlecht 3-0 but PSG beat Celtic 5-0. That takes some of the gloss off of Bayern's win, putting more pressure on them when they're the ones playing Celtic. That's how it's supposed to work in groups allotted to be competitive. In other words, Mourinho has a point.
Also in the soccer news, Crystal Palace officially has a new manager with the hiring of Roy Hodgson. "This is very much the club of my boyhood and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories....," he said. "It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential. We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals."
Twohundredpercent looks at what Crystal Palace tried to do with the Frank de Boer hiring. World Soccer's Brian Glanville takes issue with how Palace operates. BBC Sport Wales' Dafydd Pritchard on Swansea's American ownership.
The Daily Mail's Andrew Warren talks to Dom Dwyer. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney interviews Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin. The Washington Post's Steven Goff talks to potential US Soccer Federation presidential candidate Steve Gans.
Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw reports that FIFA denied a request from the British parliament to hear testimony from former ethics investigator Cornel Borbely over confidentiality issues.
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