Chat with Janusz Michallik
Janusz played 44 games with the US National Team from 1991 to 1994 and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991 and US Cup in 1992. He won indoor National Championships with Louisville and Canton in 1986 and '87 respectively before enjoying a career in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution.
Janusz holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' coaching license and coaches with Connecticut's Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Youth Player Development Program (YPDP). He is currently the National Director of SoccerPlus FieldPlayer Academy, the Director of Coaching for FSASoccerPlus Premier Football Club, a soccer analyst for ESPN and serves on the Board of Directors for the US Soccer Foundation. A member of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame, he is married to Marzena and has a son, Daniel.
Janusz won't be stopping by until 2pm BST (9am EST) on Friday but you can send your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.
Hi everyone. It's nice to be here. Let's chat.
Janusz, you need to stand up for yourself more on the Press Pass TV show! You're obviously a nice guy, but there's no room for that when Tommy's being a bully. You don't have to let him push you around!
Roey, I am glad you think I am a nice guy and believe me, I try to stand up for myself. Honestly, though, we are just two different people and I respect Tommy. However, I tend to deal with questions in a much calmer way.
Which of the four sides will in the Champions League?
I predicted before the Champions League started that AC Milan would win the trophy. I will stand by it as AC Milan has the quality and depth to do it. I will tell you this, however...that watching PSV throughout this season, I have gained a lot of respect for Guus Hiddink and the way he has the team organized. They are tactically sound and do not give up many goals. At this stage of the competition, it would not surprise me in the least if PSV upset the mighty Milan. It's unlikely, but quite possible.
Do you think EPL teams like Tottenham, Bolton, and Everton can take their solid league form and get results in Europe? Are EPL teams better placed for European success than in past years?
Absolutely. I am not sure if they will claim the ultimate trophy but if they strenghten themselves, they could get results similar to what Monaco and PSV have achieved. You have to say that a team like Spurs is no worse than the Monaco team of last year. I think that playing for trophies like the Champions League or UEFA Cup is just as much about mentality as it is about skill. And English teams certainly have the proper mentality.
Hi,Janusz.Do u think Liverpool are better without Steven Gerrard.They perform better without him and actually win more matches without him.Against Juventus i think Xabi Alonso(not even match fit) outplayed Emerson with his tackling and distribution and role playing(just to sit in front of the back 4) and i don't think Gerrard can do that.Don't get me wrong,Gerrard is a quality player, has scored million dollar goals for liverpool, but i feel something,--Liverpool can be the same, or even better without him. If i was the manager, i'll sell him,even to chelsea (for a lot of money of course) and sign a playmaker and a central defender.Liverpool will look good upfront(with Cisse fit next season)), so no need to add anything there.And secondly, what's your verdict on pool next season,title challenger,better than this season,or worse than this season. ps:im a RED DEVIL, just curious and looking for opinion.
Ken, Don't think for a second that Liverpool are better off without Gerrard. Just because he has been out of form and suspended the last couple of months does not mean that he no longer fits at Liverpool. For me, he is still the heart and soul of what Liverpool is all about. There is something to be said about players that come through from the system and there are certainly not that many left. No player is irreplaceable, we all know that. But for me, if Gerrard leaves, this will be a huge loss.
Hi Janusz, quick question. Senderos has been performing for Arsenal, he has proven himself that he is an able deputy for Sol, if not a partner. Do you think Mr Wenger will go and buy a more experienced central defender in the summer?
Jaii, I am glad that you asked this question because just like you, I have been very impressed with the way Senderos has been playing. Although young, it seems that he understands the game very well and more importantly, plays the game without fear. I think that Arsene Wenger will still be looknig for another central defender, but the bigger question in my mind is not about Senderos being capable, but if Sol Campbell is the right partner for him. I know that this might be shocking to many, but I have never been convinced about Sol Campbell.
Janusz Z., Sammamish, WA
Janusz, what to do you attribute the goal drought that Man U's high-priced talent is currently experiencing?
Well, aside from the injury problems that they have had this year with van Nistelrooy, Saha, and Alan Smith being unavailable, you have to look at the lack of service to the frontrunners. I do think that they miss David Beckham. Ryan Giggs in not the same player as he was and I am shocked that Sir Alex is even considering signing Giggs for more than a year. Although Cristiano Ronaldo is growing on me with every game, I do not consider him a traditional winger as he at times complicates the game. If you add sub-standard performances from Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, you will see why goals have been hard to come by for Man. United this year.
Isaac Williams, Monrovia, Liberia
Who is the best miderfield in the premierleauge and also the best team the Premierleauge
I won't be original if I pick Frank Lampard as the best midfielder. He was a very good player while at West Ham but this year has been a revelation and a break-through season for him not only at Chelsea, but also on the International scene. As far as the best team, all you have to do is look at the table. Chelsea has proven throughout the season that they are virtually untouchable. For all of you Arsenal supporters, I have to tell you that with a few changes in the off-season and the quality of young players that are on the team, there is definitely something to look forward to for next season.
Who's better looking Tommy or Derek?
They are both ugly buggers. (Sorry I couldn't help myself with this one.)
Muntazir, United Kingdom
Janusz, Hope ur doing great ! Who, according to you is the BEST defender in the world ??
I went on record in the past that Alessandro Nesta was my favorite defender. I will stand by it, but must tell you that John Terry is as close, if not better, at this point. I must admit that in the past I was not very complimentary of English football and especially of English defenders as I thought they were not very sophisticated. If you follow this program, you will know that my views about that have changed. John Terry is not only a great defender, but also a tremendous leader and a good goal-scorer. He has the full package.
Brad Ackles Oceanside, CA.
Hi Janusz. At the risk of 'beating a dead horse', do you think Reyes will be leaving Arsenal? Sometimes his work ethics as well as his skills seems to leave a lot to be desired. He is a gifted player, but at times he plays as if he were already somewhere else.
Even though all indications are that he is not happy at Arsenal, I think that he has got a lot to offer. I remember him playing tremendous football very early on in the season so I know tha he has got potential. If he does leave, you would have to think that there is a player, namely van Persie, that could do the job. With the rumors of David Trezeguet possibly joining the Gunners, you may say that Reyes will not be missed.
How do you see ibrahimovic compared to the rising stars of today.I think he is very good.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be as good as he wants to be. Considering how big he is, he's incredibly gifted with the ball and I am sure no defenders are looking forward to playing against him. He's very unpredictable in his movements and can score from just about anywhere. If you need an example of how good a player he is, just ask Ronald Koeman and Ajax as their season pretty much collapsed after he left.
Paul, New Zealand
How do you rate Liverpool's chances of beating Chelsea in the champions league semi?
For Liverpool to have a chance of beating Chelsea, they will have to avoid playing a typical Premiership game of high tempo and non-stop attacking. It may go against what the supporters want to see but at the end of the day, it will be down to the tactical part of the game in deciding who goes through. Player for player, I feel that Chelsea has a little bit more quality, but if Liverpool plays more of a continental football like they did against Juventus, I think that they have a very legitimate chance of advancing.
Muntazir, United Kingdom
Hi. How do you rate Franceso Totti ? Is he upthere among the best with Ronaldinho and Kaka ? Or his attitude really puts him down ? And do you think he should quit Roma and move on to AC Milan or Real Madrid ?
One thing for sure, I admire his love for Roma and his willingness to stay with them through good and bad as he is always in the rumor mill to go to some bigger clubs in the world. Maybe it is because Roma is having a bad season, but I think at this point I cannot say he is at a level to play with the big clubs you mentioned. I suppose if he was surrounded by better players, he could step up to that level. But in the end, I am not sure if he has the quality to be in the class with Ronaldo, Shevchenko, or Thierry Henry. I may regret this statement as he has shown glimpses of how good he can be in the past but this is just a personal feeling that I have about Totti as a player.
Nitesh (Suva, Fiji)
Who do you think will win the FA cup? Is it Arsenal or Manchester United?
Once again, isn't this going to be a special game. With Chelsea and Liverpool taking the spotlight as of late everyone has forgotten about Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger. Arsenal will win the FA Cup simply because in my mind they are a better team at the moment. Arsenal has been quietly playing very well and with Senderos doing well in the center of defense and the all-important return of Gilberto Silva in the midfield, Arsenal possesses quality all over the pitch.
Okay everyone, thanks for all of your questions. I wish I could answer them all. I will speak with you in a couple of weeks so keep the questions coming.