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Sherwood/Mel leaving… Saints exodus to begin?

Manchester City won the title after beating West Ham 2-0

THE 2013/2014 Premier League season has come to a close and already the fall-out and transfer merry-go-round has begun.

Just under 24 hours have passed since Manchester City were crowned Champions for the second time in three years, Norwich City’s relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship was confirmed and Tottenham Hotspur sealed the final UEFA Europa League spot for next season.

Unlike in previous seasons the drama and excitement of last-day football in the top flight failed to materialise as City and Spurs sealed victories fairly early in their games and Norwich never threatened a great escape as Arsenal swept them aside with relatively no fuss.

Instead the main talking points of the day happened just after the final whistle with the curtain seemingly coming down on the careers of Adam Lallana, Pepe Mel, Maurico Pochettino, Luke Shaw, and Tim Sherwood… Continue reading →

Wenger calls for harsher penalties on FFP as City get fine

Manchester City are one of nine cases under review

ARSENE WENGER has called on UEFA to come out and clarify its position on the Financial Fair Play ruling as he feels that those who fall foul of the rules should be handed stiffer penalties.

And I agree with him.

When UEFA set out on their mandate to improve the game in June 2012 they did so without fully explaining just what the punishments would be. However just under two years later the first cases has been published and it is that of Manchester City and Paris St Germain.

Surprised? No me neither.

After spending heaps of cash on player wages and transfer fees it is no surprise that City and PSG have broken the rules that UEFA set out with both teams’ now boasting squads of world-class players that managers like Wenger can only dream about. Even those who play… Continue reading →

Champions League preview- Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid

After Real Madrid’s emphatic win in Munich last night, the focus is now on Stamford Bridge to see who will join Carlo Ancelotti’s men in Lisbon. Jose Mourinho produced a tactically astute performance in the first leg against Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish side limited to a number of half chances as Chelsea’s defence stood strong.

 

In that match, both John Terry and Petr Cech were forced to be substituted due to injury. Cech’s knock was the biggest concern as it was a suspected dislocated shoulder but surprisingly he made a swift return to training on Tuesday. Despite his rapid recovery, the Czech is not expected to feature in tonight’s game, meaning the veteran Mark Schwarzer will feature in goal once more.

 

In other areas of the pitch, there is more encouraging news for the West London side. John Terry is in contention to start after recovering from… Continue reading →

Alves bites back

Daniel Alves eating the banana which was thrown onto the pitch

THERE WERE no slip-ups at the top of LA Liga this weekend as the top three all won their respective games. However the biggest talking point of the weekend wasn’t to do with the football.

Racism has been an issue in Spanish football for a number of years now and on Saturday night Barcelona’s Daniel Alves was subjected to it by a Villarreal fan at the El Madrigal.
In the 76th minute Barca found themselves 2-1 down but were awarded a corner. As he was preparing to take it a fan through a banana onto the pitch right next to the Brazilian. Instead of letting it get to him Alves calmly picked up the soft fruit and took a bite before sending in the corner. It was a remarkable few seconds and Alves has received worldwide applause from fans,… Continue reading →

Rodgers shows sour grapes in defeat

Brendan Rodgers frustrated by loss to Chelsea

LIVERPOOL have won many admirers this season which has seen them come out from behind the shadows to challenge for the Barclays Premier League trophy.
With there never say die attitude, all-out attacking philosophy and a young British manager, rival fans and pundits up and down the country have been raving about the Reds.

Last weekend however the same people who have been so impressed with Liverpool this season, were left disappointed by the sour grapes attitude of Rodgers, after his side were beaten by fellow title rivals Chelsea.

Going into the match on 11 straight wins, scoring goals for fun, and boasting the best home record in the Premier League, Liverpool were upstaged by Jose Mourinho’s side who were party poopers as they won 2-0, whilst playing the kind of football, which isn’t easy on the eye.

However it was effective, and… Continue reading →

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