Premiership Review – 24th-26th August 2013

The second weekend of the 2013/14 Premiership Season saw a few surprises and clash of two of the favourites - so how did it pan out ? On Saturday at a damp at gloomy Craven Cottage Arsenal soon established their superiority with a goal from Giroud followed by a brace from Podolski . Fulham's sole response was a goal from new signing Darren Bent giving the Gunners a relatively straightforward … [Read more...]

Premier League 2013/14 – First Weekend Review

A few years ago it would have been appropriate to review the opening day of the Season - nowadays with the demands of the TV companies and of course the armchair fans the first foray of the new season lasts three days with games taking place on Saturday , Sunday and Monday. So after the first three days of the new season what have we learnt so far ? From the Saturday games perhaps the stand … [Read more...]

Champions League – The Germans Are Coming

When it comes to the Champions League this season has clearly belonged to Germany with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund set to fight it out in the final at Wembley on May 25th. Clearly, it’s a fine achievement especially after knocking out Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Semi-Finals. But it’s important to be careful how much we praise such achievement. In England, praising a … [Read more...]

Pressure piles on Mourinho to deliver supreme prize

City's 3-2 defeat away to Real Madrid reflect how times have changed. Ten years ago no one would have seen Real Madrid v Manchester City as a clash of equals. Madrid were European champions and City had just returned to the Premier League. Since then, their Abu Dhabi investors have bought City and invested £1 billion on players and facilities. Madrid is still arguably the best in the world and the … [Read more...]

Entire dynasties line up against Wigan

Alex Ferguson has every right to feel satisfied , although United's goals only came in the second half, it was a victory achieved without Wayne Rooney, with Robin van Persie involved only for the last 20 minutes and Shinji Kagawa on the bench the entire game. Hernandez missed a penalty early on but by the time the game had finished no one remembered, and it didn't matter. In the first half … [Read more...]

City will have to do better than last season

In the Champions League there are moments when you simply have to win. City's failure to progress through the Champions League group stage last season was down to defeats against Napoli and Bayern Munich. Strong teams in every game will not make this year's dream of becoming European Champions any easier and the sheer scale of their spending last season (a deficit of £197 million) will also mean a … [Read more...]

Saints gunned down

Whenever Arsenal put their foot on the gas, they scored a goal. This was a very one sided affair. The Saints belatedly brought on the talented Uruguayan, Gaston Ramirez, but it was not enough to even up a game that saw Arsenal give The Saints a mighty good thrashing (6-1) at the Emirates. Even without Robin van Persie, the score was well impressive, with Lukas Podolski's left-footed free kick - … [Read more...]

England Fixtures pose worries

England fixtures coming up include Oct 12, San Marino (h); Oct 16, Poland (a); and Mar 22, 2013, San Mariono (a).  The question is: does Wembley inhibit England players? Although Hodgson thinks that the players got hold of the ball and played well, it took Frank lampard's late penalty in the last fixture (England 1, Ukraine 1) at Wembley, to transform the match that so nearly dashed England's … [Read more...]

Is Hazard the best foreign Chelsea player ever?

So, okay, it's only one game out of 38, yet Eden Hazard's display against Wigan in the Barclay's Premier League on Sunday  justified the £32 Million signing from Lille. Although in some ways the exact opposite to Drogba with his slight frame, the Belgium forward shows remarkable creativity, fleetness of foot and poise as he goes down the side of people and on either side, with his great, quick … [Read more...]

Which manager will be sacked first?

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble...The season's only just begun yet, of course, the whispers are starting already about which manager will get the chop first. Some of the scare-mongering becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because players refuse to join a club as they feel it's got a black cloud over it with relegation looming and the manager for the chop. That doesn't help either. The witch of … [Read more...]

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