Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Success of Pep

Pep Guardiola has proven successful wherever he’s managed –he led Barcelona to multiple titles, including three La Ligas and two Champions Leagues. With a team full of superstars like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, it’s hardly surprising that Guardiola was so successful at the Nou Camp.

Following four hugely successful years at Barcelona, Guardiola took a year out in order to rest. His psychological battles with Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid had finally taken their toll on him. He returned to management a season later to take over at German heavyweights Bayern Munich.

There, he continued success on a domestic level, winning three Bundesliga titles. However, he was unable to reproduce the success he experienced in continental competitions, with the club losing in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of his three seasons at the club.

With Manchester City, Pep started slowly, encountering his first trophy-less season in his debut season at the club. However, last seasonproved to be a monumental success, as City won both the League Cup and the Premier League, the latter of which they stormed to success in, breaking multiple records. City will be coming up against an underwhelming Southampton side in early November, a team that this season are one of the favourites in Premier League relegation odds at a price of 4/1. Having failed to score in their last 5 league matches, it is no surprise that the Saints find themselves in a relegation battle. Mark Hughes may want to learn from Guardiola’s Manchester City if he is to guide Southampton to safety.

Last season, City won the highest number of points in Premier League history, with 100, while they also broke the record for the highest numbers of goals scored in a Premier League season, finding the back of the net 106 times.

Pep has proven that he isn’t just successful on the pitch, as he has been able to secure some top players at reasonable prices. The most obvious example being Gerard Pique, who Guardiola brought back to Barcelona in 2008 for just £5 million from Manchester United.

With such an impressive CV already behind him, the following infographic illustrates just how good Pep has been so far.

What is on My DVR?

My husband and I do not agree on a lot of the same television shows. He likes to watch a lot of sports like skateboarding and running distance races that also have things like swimming and bike riding in the same race. He also loves modified and stock car races in addition to a lot of the Formula One races as well. I could care less about that active stuff, I like the reality shows here and there and I do only like about seven shows that are on. The ones that I do like have been on for many years. I do not like a lot of the new shows that are coming out, I think that they lack a light heartiness. I wanted to make sure that there was a few shows coming out this fall that I would give a try to reach out my interests but there was not a lot of things that I was interested in.

My husband and I always joke around that if we had to fill out a questionnaire about what we liked to do and what we were looking for in a partner for life that we would never have been matched up with one another. We are really the proof that there can be two totally different people with different interests and they can make things work if they are open to working on things together. No marriages are perfect and it could be really hard to make it work if two people are not in it to work things out. I am so glad that we made it through the hard times because now my marriage is stronger than ever, but we do have our moments and that is allowed because we both love one another until the very end.

What Makes Monaco F1’s Most Interesting Race?

Even those who aren’t fans of motorsport will have heard of the Monaco Grand Prix. This prestigious sporting event is every bit as popular with the drivers as it is with the fans; it’s the race they want to win just as much as their own home race.

Image Credit: ‘https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Hamilton#/media/File:Hamilton_-_2016_Monaco_GP_02.jpg

It is also a notoriously difficult course that provides a challenge for even the most skilled drivers, which only adds to the appeal.

History

Since the first Monaco Grand Prix back in 1929, there have been few changes to the circuit. It has seen fewer updates than any other F1 tracks. The route retains all the twists and turns it’s famous for. Safety has been improved with the addition of crash barriers, but the course is only 160 metres longer than the original circuit. For the best view of the race, seek out hospitality from groups like the F1 Paddock Club Monaco.

Ayrton Senna has won the Monaco Grand Prix more times than anyone else at six times, one more than Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher.

Technical Driving

Racing through the streets of Monte Carlo is exciting to watch. It is extremely difficult to overtake another car in the race, partly because of the short straights, but it is not impossible and the prospect makes it even more exciting. The smallest error can be very costly.

Image Credit: ‘https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Hamilton#/media/File:Max_Verstappen_overtaking_Lewis_Hamilton_2017_Malaysia_2.jpg

The number of tight corners means that drivers have to cope with a lot of gear changes. With a lap time of only 80 seconds, the driving skills and gear changes are nearly constant.

Party Town

The setting is spectacular, squeezed in between the Maritime Alps and the blue Mediterranean Sea, so whichever way you look, there is something stunning to look at. That might include celebrities and their yachts as much as mountains, and there is plenty of opportunity for hospitality.

For more information about the sport’s most famous race, visit the Monaco website and imagine yourself at the F1 Paddock Club Monaco. The benefit of being right in the heart of the city is that the bars and restaurants are all there, and there is little distance to travel back to your accommodation.

With its spectacular setting, the after-hours parties and the race’s history, it’s no wonder the event has such enduring appeal.