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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 →

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 →

Hugo Lloris in damning assessment of Spurs’ season

Hugo Lloris criticises his teams performances this season

“It will be difficult to do worse”. Those are the words of Hugo Lloris on Tottenham Hotspur’s season with the club missing out once again on Champions League football.

The French goalkeeper has launched a scathing assessment on his sides Premier League campaign and stated that this season hasn’t been good enough for them.

With a new manager being sought at White Hart Lane ahead of the 2014-2015 season there have been calls for Lloris to be handed the captaincy in North London, as the club looks to build for a renewed assault next season on the top-four.

The France number one is a popular figure at Spurs and is currently captain of Les Bleus heading into the 2014 World Cup this summer. Now the Tottenham faithful want to see him take control of the club armband and could be a major… Continue reading →

La Liga Round-up: Barca lose ground as Atletico and Real win

Granada shocked Barcelona and dealt the champions another blow

TITO MARTINO was left frustrated after Barcelona lost ground on the leaders in La Liga at the weekend.
Heading into their away match with relegation threatened Granada; many people were expecting three points for a team wounded by UEFA Champions League heartache in midweek.
However football tends to throw up surprises every now and then.

Yacine Brahimi scored the only goal of the game after 15 minutes to leave Barca playing catch up. The Algerian raced through an unsettled back line to score the only goal of the game and Martino knows his side need to rely on others to do them favours: “We no longer depend on ourselves to win the league. We shouldn’t confuse sadness after a defeat with us giving up on the title race. I will give up when there is no mathematical chance”.
Barca went into… Continue reading →

Official: Spurs are better than Arsenal and Manchester duo

Five English clubs have ranked in the top 200 club teams in the world. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all ranked in the top 50.

 

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics have released their World Club Rankings today.

The biggest talking point is Manchester United’s monumental drop down to 46th. The remaining four teams all dropped, but remain in the top 20. Chelsea dropped one place to 4th, behind European heavyweights Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Tottenham fell out of the top ten, to 11th and Arsenal dropped from 12th the 13th. Manchester City dropped two places into 18th.

The rankings clearly take in to account both league and continental results, with Liverpool not being placed despite sitting in 2nd in the Premier League. But the question is, how exactly are the results calculated?

 

I understand that Spurs have won… Continue reading →

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