Wright Movie Rating: 4 / 5
Steve Bruce has claimed that his primary ambition this season is to reach the group stages of the Europa league. Hull City are in with a shout to reach the latter stages of this Europa league competition after reaching the FA Cup final last season. Even though they were defeated by Arsenal in the final, the prospect of European football to a club that were promoted to the Premier league only last summer sounds enticing to the manager. It would clearly be one of the biggest matches for Bruce if he was to take the club to the group stages of the Europa league.
Recognising that the club and his career are on the brink of something great, Bruce has revealed that he will be putting his entire focus on the upcoming play-off matches. Their third qualifying round will see them take on AS Trencin from Slovakia. Bruce has been openly admitting that he does not know the opponents he will be up against. This is largely because European football is new to the former Manchester United defender. Hull City have been used to playing in the domestic leagues only.
Reaching the stage of the competition will provide the club with a lot of finances. They may not be rewarding to top clubs, but for a club like Hull, progression means a lot.
“Our goal is to get into the group stage, where we could face some of the big names in European football. That is the carrot for us, in terms of why we need to make sure we get through both qualifying rounds if at all possible. That is what I will tell the players. This tie is a step into the unknown in a lot of ways, we will just have to wait and see. That, to me, is the beauty of Europe anyway. It isn’t all about Spain, Italy or Germany,” said Bruce.
Wright Movie Ranking: 5 / 5
Arsenal legend Ian Wright says that manager Arsene Wenger can definitely bring success to the club, but only if he is able to compete with the rest of the top clubs in terms of money to spend. After a long period, Wenger decided to splash the cash on a midfielder. The club brought in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £ 42 million, which is right now the club’s transfer record. The German midfielder may have suffered from a drop in form in the second half of the season, but the quality of the team has improved massively this campaign.
There in contention to end the trophy drought, which has plagued the club since 2005. After Arsenal reached the FA Cup finals following their 4-2 win over Wigan on penalties, Wright said that he is confident that Wenger may eventually lead the club to glory once again. However, he is concerned that the club may not be able to compete for trophies regularly if they are not in the same playing field as a club like Chelsea and Manchester city in terms of transfer money. Even Manchester United are expected to open the wallet in the summer with more than £ 100 million set aside for new signings.
“I’ve never been one to call for the manager. But what I want him to do is to spend the kind of money that’s going to get Arsenal to compete properly with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, who are emerging. If Arsene can get the money and get those players, they can get to that level. All I want Arsenal to do is go in for the same players that Man City and Chelsea or Liverpool might get,” said Wright, was critical of Wenger only a couple of months ago after the team were knocked out of the league and Champions League.
Wright Movie Rating: five / five