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A dramatic day of Football

Saturday, February 27, 2010

It was a dramatic day of football, to say the least. 5 fixtures, but most people would have been looking at the mouth-watering tie between Man City and Chelsea, those who went certainly got their moneys worth.

Chelsea have had it tough recently, losing to Inter Milan and two key players surrounded by the media for the wrong reasons. Today they were looking to keep title ambitions alive. City however through a massive spanner in the work with a 4-2 victory, two goals each for Bellamy and Tevez. The talking point however, was the the pre-match handshakes where people were eager to see what would happen between Wayne Bridge and John Terry. Bridge skipped Terry in the handshakes, but that was it really. Great victory for City.

Now to Stoke v Arsenal. Arsenal haven't fared well at the Britannia stadium, losing 3-1 in the FA Cup this year and 2-1 in the League last year. Today they got a 1-3 victory courtesy of Bentdner, Fabregas and Vermaelen, but a fantastic victory which saw them move to 3 points behind Chelsea was overshadowed by a horrific injury. Aaron Ramsey went in for a 50-50 ball with Ryan Shawcross, and the young Welshman came out of it in a very bad. A broken leg for sure, such a shame considering what a terrific talent he is.

There were also wins for Birmingham, Bolton and Portsmouth, but I'm sure the Ramsey injury and the handshake affair will make the back pages come tomorrow morning.

Wayne Bridge won't be going to the World Cup

Thursday, February 25, 2010

It hasn't even started yet, but already there is trouble in the England squad. Everyone has heard about John Terry's affair with Wayne Bridge's wife, and it has now caused Wayne Bridge to quit the English international team.

Terry has a tough couple of weeks, axed as England captain and off form, not to mention slated in the papers nearly every day. Well, I think he deserves it but there is a further consequences of his actions. Not only does it make Wayne Bridge feel so uncomfortable that he does not want to even be in England squad, it could also prove a headache for Fabio Capello. If Ashley Cole doesn't not recover in time, which is unlikely, England will be short on left backs. Speaking of Ashley Cole, he is officially the biggest twat of all time. Cheating on your wife is bad enough, but when its Cheryl Cole, that's just criminal. Back to Bridge, here is what he had to say on the subject.

"It has always been an honour to play for England. However, after careful thought I believe my position in the squad is now untenable and potentially divisive''.

I don't blame Bridge for not wanting to play, he would probably end up tackling John Terry. However, I don't why he is turning down the chance to play in the World Cup, more than likely his last one, especially when England have such a good chance to win it.

The race for fourth place

Monday, February 22, 2010
My last post was all about Manchester City and Liverpool battling it out for the top four, and basically that they were the only contenders. I was wrong. It truly is a four horse race for fourth place.

Liverpool have a great chance of making amends for a horrible season. It was bad enough that they were knocked out of the Champions League, but the prospect of not even making it next year was sickening. However, they do now have a chance to seal that fourth spot, especially considering the players they have coming back into the team, e.g Torres, Benayoun.

You can't rule out City though. There is no doubt they have a good team, they ought to have with all the money they spent. However, I think they are missing a few quality players which I'm sure will be added in the future, but I can just see them falling short next year.

If I could choose one team to get the fourth spot, it would be Aston Villa. They are wonderful to watch and have many exciting players e.g Agbonlahor, Young, Milner and Downing. A great attacking side who in my opinion would deserve their spot in next years Champions League.

The final team keen on that Champions League spot in Tottenham. A good team yes, but the other are better it has to be said. Four or five very good players, but if you ask me the rest are just filling in

Man City v Liverpool - The winner will be in top four come end of the season

Saturday, February 20, 2010

To say the least, it's been a disappointing season for Liverpool, but at least their recent form has given them the chance to salvage 4th spot and make the Champions League next year. However, their game tomorrow against Man City will, in my opinion, be make or break for both sides in their chances of making the top four.

I fancy Liverpool to go on and win this game, and make the top four. Sure they had a very poor start to the season, but they have picked themselves up and with so many key players to come back things can only get better. I'm not anti-Manchester City, but I personally would hate to see them make the top four.

With all the money Manchester City have, they could ruin the beautiful game as we know. In my opinion, no team should splash out hundreds of millions just because they got lucky that some rich bastard decided to give them a blank check to sign any player they want. Already City have signed some players they don't even need e.g Santa Cruz, Viera. I admired City before they became the richest club in the World, now I'm hoping they won't succeed.

Milan ready to offer Huntelaar + cash for Vidic

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Italian giants AC Milan are preparing to offer Manchester United Jan Klaas Huntelaar + a sum of money in order to sign Nemanja Vidic. Vidic is apparently not happy with life at United and Milan are ready to fight with Real Madrid for his signature.

According to The Mirror, Milan see Vidic as an excellent replacement for the ageing Alessandro Nesta. The Serbian centre half's wife is also apparently not happy with life in Manchester. Huntelaar only moved to AC Milan 12 months for £14 million from Real Madrid, but they would be willing to let the Dutch striker move on in order to secure Vidic.

One man who would be keen to see Huntelaar at Old Trafford is Edwin Van Der Sar. He expressed his admiration for his international colleague.

"I played with Klaas for two or three years with the national team and he's a great goalscorer.''

I worry about Huntelaar's future should he move to United. He has great talent, no doubt but he would find it hard to get into the United first 11. I mean, with Rooney playing so well, along with Berbatov would Huntelaar be a first team regular, probably not.

5 reasons why I think Spain will win the World Cup

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Yes I know, its too early to make prediction on the World Cup, but I'm going to do it anyway. Personally, I can't see anyone else winning it other than Spain, and I have 5 reasons why.

One of the quickest teams you will see. Torres, Villa, Navas, David Silva are all lightening quick. Of course pace isn't everything, but it certainly help when you know your to strikers and wingers will be quick enough to win one on one battle and chase down lost causes.

Best international midfielders in the world by far. The amount of chances Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso and Fabregas will create is mouth-watering. There is no doubt that they will create chances and they certainly have the strikers to finish them.
A good goalkeeper
A good goalkeeper is essential for success. Iker Casillas is without a doubt the one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Captain for country and club, he will definitely be key in Spain's success.

Some people are going to disagree with this one, but Spain do actually have a good defense. If you think that Puyol, Pique, Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos all play for the top two teams in Spain the defense must be good. Along with Albiol, Marchena and Capdevilla the Spanish defense doesn't actually look too bad.

Fernando Torres
I'm Irish, so I won't be supporting anyone at the World Cup, especially the French for obvious reason. In saying that, I'm praying that Fernando Torres is fit and in good form for the World Cup. One of the best striker in the world, no doubt. Pace, strength, good shot, good header, he pretty much has it all and is a joy to watch.

Of course, I'm only stating my opinion, I could be completely wrong and obviously, things don't always work out the way we want in football. What if a key player gets injured, what if the team doesn't gel? Both very real possibilities, but aside from them Spain are my pick for the World Cup.

Arsenal can't lose Fabregas

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Another year, another rumour about Cesc Fabregas' future. The young Spaniard has been linked yet again with a move away from The Emirites, with Barcelona apparently leading the chase for Arsenal's key player.

Fabregas, Arsenal's top scorer this season, has always been subject to speculation, with Real Madrid and Barcelona never hiding their interest in the player. However, Fabregas has usually denied rumours that he will be leaving Arsenal in the near future.

His Dad, however, claims that Fabregas' dream is a move back to Barcelona, where he started his career. If Fabregas was to move, it would probably be as big a loss to Arsenal as losing Ronaldo was to United. OK, Fabregas isn't as prolific as Ronaldo, but he is the key to Arsenal's success. The best passer in the Premier League without a doubt, as well as probably one of the cleverest footballs on earth.

Who would step in for Fabregas would he to leave? Nasri, a very good player but doesn't have the 'Fabregas effect'. Ramsey a terrific talent with massive potential, but one for the future not now. Diaby possibly, but yet to prove himself as a great player. Every other midfielder e.g Denilson and Song, are too defensive and will not create much. So basically, what I'm trying to say is that if Arsenal lose Fabregas, their screwed.

Chamakh wants Arsenal move

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has stated today that his dream is to play in the Premier League at Arsenal. The Moroccan international has been subject to speculation in recent times, with Arsenal, Liverpool and a host of other European clubs interested, but a move never materialised.

However, Chamakh said if he is to leave Bordeaux, Arsenal is his preferred destination. Chamakh's contract runs out at the end of June and both Arsenal and Liverpool have made pre-contract offers for the player. Liverpool are reported to have made a £50,000 a week contract plus a huge signing on fee for Chamakh but Arsenal remain confident of singing him, especially with him declaring his interest in signing for them.

"My choice is to join a Premier League club and, if I could choose, I will go to Arsenal.''

This is obviously good news for Arsenal fans and indeed Arsene Wenger. Now, I'll admit I haven't seen enough of Chamakh to say whether he will be a success at Arsenal, but usually Arsene Wenger is very clever about who he signs and usually its a good buy. Arsenal are also is desperate need of a striker, but now they can only sign Chamakh in the summer transfer window.

I was wrong

Saturday, February 6, 2010

At the very start of the season, I said that Manchester United didn't have a chance of winning the league this year, but reluctantly I have to admit, I was wrong.

United still look a very very strong team this year even with the departures of Ronaldo and Tevez. They are currently top of the league after a great 5-0 victory today against Portsmouth. I'm sure most people ruled out United to win four in a row after Ronaldo and then Tevez left but in truth they are just as strong as last year.

One reason why this is so is because of the form of one man, Wayne Rooney. By far United's best player this season, as he has showed on many occasions. Even Nani, a player who was living in Ronaldo's shadow, is starting to come of age. You also have to admire how United have coped with injuries this season. Several defensive problems, which has seen the likes of Park, Carrick and Fletcher fill in in defense.

Things certainly are looking peachy for United. Will their good form last? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, any team with Wayne Rooney the way he's playing now in it can do anything.

Who should be England captain

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I know I said a few days ago I didn't care about the whole John Terry fiasco but everyone is talking about it and to be honest I'm keen to see what happens. Should Terry lose the England captaincy? If so who should take over.

Personally I think he should be stripped of the captaincy. And if hes not stripped, he should just give up the captains armband up. Going behind your international teammate and sleeping with their wife was a very cheap shot. Not to mention Bridge used to play at Chelsea alongside Terry and now even more girls have claimed to shacking up with the Chelsea captain.

But who should take over as England captain. Rio Ferdinand will certainly feel like he deserves a shot, and I'm sure most England fans wouldn't mind seeing the commanding centre back as captain. Another possibility for captain would be Wayne Rooney, especially considering his terrific form this season. My vote is for Wayne Bridge. Wouldn't that be excellent.

Whatever happens, Fabio Capello couldn't have wished for worse. Conflict between teammates could ruin the World Cup for England.

Arsenal pretty much ut of the tittle race

Monday, February 1, 2010

Maybe a bit early to say this, but I firmly believe the Premiership is now a two horse race. Manchester United put in a fantastic display yesterday to beat Arsenal 1-3, at The Emirates, and it really showed there is a gulf in class between Arsenal and the top two.

I could be being harsh. There is no doubt Arsenal are a very good team but they are lacking in some areas. For example, a new goalkeeper is badly needed. Almunia just isn't up to scratch. Even though looking at the defence, it look fairly solid but it definitely needs some work. A commanding centre back is needed. Gallas is good on the ground but in the air not so much.

Midfield is the only place where Arsenal are good to go. Song, Nasri, Walcott, Rosicky and not to mention the golden boy Fabregas are all very good players. It's up front that's the problem. Without Van Persie, they never seem to pose much of a threat. Eduardo hasn't been the same since his injury, and Bendtner has yet to prove himself. Playing Arshavin up front isn't the solution, for me he was far more effective on the left wing.

So basically, Arsenal have to win against Chelsea next weekend to have any chance of being back in the running for the Premier League. This won't be easy though, Chelsea already beat them 0-3 at The Emirates earlier this season and are rarely beaten at home. Is Arsenal's Premier League dream this season over? In my opinion yes, but only time will tell.