Bouncing around the MLS site, I stumbled upon this video interview with Thierry Henry (embedded below) that promised in its description that “candid is an understatement.”
It delivered, but not in an enrapturing and entertaining way. Rather it was an intense, sometimes uncomfortable ride that Ingmar Bergman might appreciate.
After watching the 20-plus minute video, here’s what I gleaned:
1) Henry’s dad sounds like his parenting philosophy was half-Royal Tenenbaum, half-Daniel Plainview.
“The hardest thing I ever had to do in my sports life was to put a smile on my dad’s face, because the guy was never happy. You can see me when I play, I’m never happy. I took it from him. If I missed one control and scored four goals, he would’ve talked to me about the control that I missed.”
2) Henry expects success like fish expect more water.
“At times I can be a pain in the neck on the field because I always want more and more and more, especially being very demanding on myself, you can imagine… how I can be with others. I know it’s not easy at times but what I used to love about Michael Jordan is not the points that he scored or the ESPN highlights for his career… even when he scored a basket in the dying minute of the game, or he when he was about to win a title, his attitude. I rarely saw Michael Jordan smile. Even when he won at the buzzer, he wanted it all so when the season was over he still had that fighting face on him.”
Henry also discusses the challenges that come with breaking into a first team dressing room at age 17, the harsh reality for young talented players who flame-out and his decision to come to America to “see if I can help make this sport progress here.”
As always with Henry, it’s a varied trip through a pretty unique mind.
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).