Gary Neville has been on the Tweet today - getting involved in a mini spat with a follower who questioned an earlier statement about Robin van Persie.
He suggested the Dutch international striker needed to ‘run around like a madman’ in order to placate fans worried over his recent dip in form and apparent unhappiness under David Moyes.
Which received a response from one fan asking on which coaching badge module it covered ‘running around like a madman’?
Now perhaps Neville could have worded it better - but what he was apparently referring to was the high-press now visible at some of the best clubs in world football.
Borussia Dortmund do it, Atletico Madrid do it and Bayern Munich have done it under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola - who also instilled it into the Barcelona philosophy.
So Neville defended himself over the response - and here is how it went:
Last RT! The module that Suarez/ Cavani/ tevez/ Lewan/ barca under pep when not on ball/!BD under Klopp and BM under Heynckes and pep!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 8, 2014
The teams that we regard as the best are good on the ball but work tirelessly without it! Pep just plays football- yeh right!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 8, 2014
Mourinho at Chelsea now is building an exciting / fast / hard working / defensively solid team!Englishman says work hard we are prehistoric!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 8, 2014
Mourinho challenges Hazard to work back at Ch. Heynckes / Pep challenging Rob/Rib the same. Are they all wrong? It's not their game! Haha!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 8, 2014
He seems to suggest that Chelsea also now play in a similar way and that has now made them a much better team.
It also goes a long way to suggest why he has preferred the likes of Willian, Oscar and Hazard to the more immobile Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata.
It is a changing philosophy - that all 11 men on the pitch should be closing down empty space as fast as possible - and it is clearly something Robin van Persie does not do enough of.
And it certainly seems to be working well enough for table-topping Chelsea.
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