So it would seem everyone’s agreed then? Andre Villas-Boas should be first sacked, second dragged through along the Kings Road by horse and cart and then fired from a cannon, at a wall, from a very short distance. Of course the British media are never ones to under-react to the slightest whiff of crisis, but the only way the young Chelsea manager is going to put these irksome stories to bed – particularly with club and Abramovich favourite, Guus Hiddink’s recent availability – with some victories and points.
Back to back home defeats, losses against their perceived main competitors, a blunt edge at the business end of their supposed attacking formation; all of these things have led to the departure of, amongst others, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti in recent seasons. So what can the Portuguese do to arrest his side’s slump?
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Welcome to the Headers & Volleys Bucket List. World football is a big place and sometimes there seems almost too much to see. In this series we will be looking at the top things to see and do, before you pop your clogs. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section below, or contact us here and we will feature the best entries on the site.
Ryan Leverton of SportsLeviathan.com concludes his journey through his own Bucket List with today’s final instalment. Here, Ryan looks at one of the world’s most prestigious club competitions, the Champions League.
Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, Tevez upset after bench row, Out of the frying pan, into… another frying pan, Lost in translation, Warnock’s finger on the pulse, Three defenders does not a back-four make and Follow the Ewood Park Road….
by Edar Mullan
This article was originally penned on September 16 as a way to keep myself out of the pub on a Friday night. However, two lunchtimes later the subject of this piece managed to out-do himself completely in a fantastic game against Manchester United, whilst simultaneously usurping ‘Rosenthal’ as a by-word for how-the-hell-did-he-miss-that-open-goal in playgrounds up and down the country. I had been gambling on the fact that, in the red half of Manchester, amid a record breaking start to the season and with Wayne Rooney gunning for a third hat-trick in as many games, Oh Fernando wouldn’t get so much as a sniff. Then the goal happened. Then that miss happened.
Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, Geographically speaking, The Perfect Game, He killed them with their love, What’s in a striker?, Efficiency not productivity the key and of course, the latest instalment of Who is Martin Jol?
Tune in later today for our window watch where we will probably watch a window.
Here’s the next installment of Headers & Volleys alternative look at the Premier League table. This week, You can’t win anything with kids…, Kick a man whilst he’s down why don’t ya?, Just don’t tell Roman, What week is this? along with the latest installment of Just who is… Martin Jol?
Chrometophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of money. Sufferers experience anxiety, despite the realization their fear is irrational, and worry they may mismanage money.
“In Arsene We Trust” the Arsenal fans have always sung. As the singing subsides to be replaced by jeers, fans of theNorth Londonteam are left in disgruntled resignation, hoping their manager, so successful in the past, manages to reinvent himself and his faltering young team. The travails of the team from the Emirates stadium have been widely reported and analyzed as key players have left, and squad players who the manager finally appears to have lost faith in, simply can’t be shifted. Whilst the loss of captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Premier League rivals Manchester City are indeed body blows, more prevalent would seem the lack of willingness of the manager to engage in spending the money that, according to the board of directors, is available. Has Wenger lost confidence in his ability to sign a player who is ready for action now, rather than in five years time? Or is he simply too stubborn to pay over the odds, in an over-inflated market?
Welcome to our new weekly Premier League table update. We’ll be posting the team standings each Wednesday and also imparting some really thorough insight into what is going on behind, in front and to the side of the scenes at each of England’s top clubs. This week; ‘Aguero in ‘can play football’ shocker‘, ‘Military Intervention-on-Trent’, ‘Liverpool’s Tactical Revolution’, ‘Wenger Sees’ and ‘The Steve Bruce Whispers… Episode 1’.
by Dean Mears
It’s been quite a summer of change at Stamford Bridge this season, even though in terms of playing staff nothing much has changed at all. There’s a change in direction, a shift in focus, a realisation, especially by Roman Abramovich that he had got it all wrong. You see, since 2003 Roman’s aim has been to win the Champions League at any cost. Managers have come and gone, players bought and sold, all of which has made a dent in his bank balance that was bigger than his divorce The club now however has a young manager and are targeting a different style of player. The future could be very bright indeed for Chelsea, if only they could sign someone.
Tonight at Stamford Bridge last season’s Premier League Champions and runners-up go head to head in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg, in a re-run of the 2008 final. That night in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium United edged out their compatriots in a nervy penalty shoot-out, Chelsea captain John Terry’s miss handing the Red Devils the victory and securing Sir Alex Ferguson his second crown as Champion of Europe.