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Champions League group stage draw

Today saw the group stage of this seasons Champions League drawn. Liverpool have replaced mainstays Manchester United, joining Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City as England’s representatives.

 

Five time winners Liverpool will be confident of qualification from their group. However, they will have to tackle the tournament holders, Real Madrid, on the way. Chelsea will be even more confident though. While no Champions League games are easy, they have some…well…easy games. Despite the difficulty Celtic had, The Blues shouldn’t struggle against Maribor. They have potentially tough trips to Germany and Portugal though, they will still be expected to top their group.

 

Arsenal’s progression will be more of a challenge. Borussia Dortmund await the Gunners, as well as a tough trip to Turkey to face Galatasaray. It’s Manchester City, however, who have it hardest out of the English sides. They have two ties against European superpower Bayern Munich to negotiate… Continue reading →

Lampard’s move to Man City wasn’t a shock. It was predictable

EARLIER this week Manchester City confirmed the signing of Frank Lampard on a short-loan deal from New York City Football Club.
The new Major League Soccer side are currently recruiting players ahead of their debut season in US Soccer in January 2015. Last month they announced that the former Chelsea ace would be their second international signing after Spanish striker David Villa joined earlier in the summer.

However over the past few days there has been much debate as to why Lampard has gone to City, with many questioning his decision and others stating that Chelsea fans will feel betrayed.
That notion is completely ludicrous with many people missing a valuable point: Manchester City owns New York City FC and so can transfer whoever they please to each other thus monitoring the fitness of their own players.

A ‘Shock’ move many newspapers called it. Really? How is it so? Man… Continue reading →

What next for Liverpool and Luis Suarez

Following the fall out of the latest Luis Suarez incident, Liverpool are facing having their star striker on the side-lines once more. On Thursday afternoon, FIFA’s disciplinary committee announced that Suarez would be banned for 4 months from all football related activities. Despite the incident taking place whist on international duty with Uruguay, Liverpool are the ones who are really being punished. For the second time, they are facing the prospect of starting their Premier League campaign without the 27-year-old due to a ban from biting an opponent.

His time at the Merseyside club has been littered with controversy. The Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, along with the then manager Kenny Dalglish, supported Suarez strongly after a racist incident with Patrice Evra. The manner in which they supported him was widely criticised. John Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the chairman, felt they put themselves on the… Continue reading →

Is the Bridge closed for Lukaku?

As Chelsea close in on the big money signing of Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku could once again find himself surplus to requirements. The 6’3” striker joined the Blues in 2011 after making a name from himself at R.S.C Anderlecht. Since then he’s only managed to make ten appearances for his parent club and has found himself out on loan for the last two years.

The powerful forward made his professional debut for Anderlecht at just 16. He went on to spend four years at the Jupiler Pro League side, with the highlight being the 2009/10 season. His 15 goals helped Les Mauves et Blancs to win the league title and on a personal level saw him be crowned as the top goal scorer. The young striker continued to impress the following season, and was rewarded with a move to the West London Club.

After one season in the Premier League,… Continue reading →

United on red alert as Muller seeks Bayern talks

Thomas Muller and Louis Van Gaal have a strong friendship

WHEN ROBERT Lewandowski agreed to move to German giants Bayern Munich in January it not only surprised his old club Borussia Dortmund and German football, but it also caught one of his new team-mates by surprise.

Thomas Muller has been a key figure in Bayern’s side over the last six years and has gone on to make 256 appearances for the club which he grew up with. Regarded as one of the best players to come through the clubs ranks over the past decade or so he now wants clarification over his future at the Allianz Arena after only 25 starts last season and now a new team-mate to contend with.

Lewandowski’s arrival not only threatens the position of strike partner Mario Mandzukic, but is also throws Muller’s status up in the air. When appointed Bayern coach in 2013 Josep… Continue reading →

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