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Friday , April 11, 2014

Time for Chelsea to risk it all in Premier League and Champions League

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A 3-1 loss at the hands of PSG last week meant Chelsea needed to overturn a two-goal deficit on Tuesday night to advance to the Champions League semi-finals for a seventh time in 11 years. And they did that in some style thanks to some tactical masterclass by the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho. Chelsea beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in the second leg of the quarter-final tie courtesy goals from Andre Schurrle and striker Demba Ba in the dying stages of the match. So with Champions League semi-final spot sealed, Mourinho will now surely turn his focus to Premier League, where Chelsea are second, two points behind Liverpool and two points ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in the hand. So surely in the EPL, Chelsea's fate is not just in their own hands. But for Mourinho, his ambition is quite simple: he....

Tuesday , March 18, 2014

Theatre of Nightmares: Manchester United are in complete mess

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Manchester United boardroom figures have now finally turned against David Moyes, as the idea of sacking the manager has been mooted for the first time, if reports are to be believed. Man United's dramatic fall this season has shocked millions of fans around the world and they have started raising their voices to show David Moyes the exit door; hence, the pressure on owners and board members is increasing day by day. Manchester United's latest 3-0 defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford has led pundits, critics and even United faithfuls to believe that managerial change is needed. You almost get the feeling now that Moyes could be gone by the start of the next week if Red Devils are not able to turn their 2-0 deficit at home in Champions League against Olympiacos and later get battered in EPL against title favourites Manchester City.....

Monday , January 06, 2014

Time has come for Manchester United to sack David Moyes

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It's called the 'Theatre of dreams' but for David Moyes and Manchester United fans it's turning to be the 'Theatre of Nightmares.' Man United have lost for the fifth time this season at home following their loss against Swansea City on Sunday, which puts them out of the FA Cup. When Sir Alex Ferguson finally called time on his career, he stood on the Old Trafford pitch and ordered Manchester United fans to support his successor by remembering the dark times as well as the good. "I'd also like to remind you that when we had bad times here, the club stood by me, all my staff stood by me, the players stood by me," he said in May, urging them to get behind David Moyes. "Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important." But eight months later, United fans' patience is....

Monday , September 23, 2013

Manchester Derby: Reality check for United manager David Moyes

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Everybody knew taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson was not going to be easy for David Moyes, and the loss against Manchester City has made his task even more difficult this season. With just one point out of nine against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, knives are already out and the former Everton boss is under a lot of pressure. Under Ferguson, it was all about the winning mentality - United will never give up till the final whistle is blown, and that attitude made the world call them 'Comeback Kings'. But on Sunday, it was completely the opposite. United were not only outplayed, out-thought and outworked by City, the team lacked self-belief and character. It was just too easy for the blue team from Manchester. In the first half in particular, United offered nothing going forward, with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia....

Tuesday , August 06, 2013

Nobody is bigger than Manchester United, not even Wayne Rooney

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In 2010, Wayne Rooney threatened to leave Manchester United by saying that the club does not match his ambition and should sign top players. When he publicly questioned the club's ambitions it was widely thought that his time was finally coming to end at Old Trafford. But Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of things and the problem was solved in just over a week's time with Rooney signing a new contract and getting a hefty pay hike. Fast forward to 2013, the club having won a second league title in three years, and this time Rooney demands to leave because those top players are keeping him out of the team. A few eyebrows were raised when Ferguson claimed that Rooney had made an official transfer request on a live telecast, though according to reports United now accept this did not occur. As we all know Fergie never....

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A tribute to Alex Ferguson the legend

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When Sir Alex Ferguson first arrived at Manchester United in 1986, it was a very different club, one tempered by low morale and struggling performances. Now, 13 English Premier League titles, two Champions League medals, five FA Cups and a host of iconic players later, the man known as Fergie is arguably one of the most successful managers in football history. On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Ferguson shocked the football world and fans all around the world when he announced his retirement. Where do I even begin writing a tribute to a person who has been in charge for 26 years when I've been alive for 27? Fergie has always been compared to Sir Matt Busby - though many United fans will argue as to who was the better manager - and surely my vote will go to Fergie as I was not even born when Sir Matt started....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Manchester United finally get their trophy back

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Love them or hate them but one thing is certain - you cannot deny that this Manchester United team was cut above the rest and that they deserve the English Premier League title more than any other team. With four matches to go, United wrapped up the title following their 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Monday. All the power shift talk from the Red half of Manchester to the Blue appears to be once again premature. When Sergio Aguero broke the hearts of Man United and their supporters in the dying seconds of last season following a historic goal in 93.20 minutes to crown City the kings of England, the bragging rights shifted. All the talk was of how City would dominate English football for years to come and that United's and Alex Ferguson's hunger for trophies was over. If one had any doubts about the manager's....

Friday , March 15, 2013

English Premier League teams not in decline in Europe yet

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For the first time in 17 years there will be no English Premier League side involved in the Champions League quarter-finals following Arsenal's exit from the tournament on Wednesday. Does this imply that there has been a decline in domination of English clubs on Europe's biggest stage? This season and last, only one EPL team reached the quarters, with Chelsea miraculously going on to win the tournament last May. If we see the larger size of the picture then five of the last ten finalists have been from England, two from Spain, two from Germany and one from Italy. Above that, three of the last eight winners have been from England - Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. In comparison to others, three have been from Spain (all Barcelona) and two have been from Italy (AC Milan and Inter Milan). So if we go by these stats then for....

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Manchester United's Busby Babes - Never forgotten

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February 6, 1958, 3:04 p.m. a day and time no Manchester United supporter or any football lover will forget. This was the day when Manchester United stopped being just another football club. Plane carrying them home from Belgrade after their Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade crashed after a refuelling stop at Munich. Sir Matt Busby's young team, champions of England in 1956 and 1957, met with the ill-fate in Munich after their aircraft crashed on a third take-off attempt. 23 out of the 44 people on the flight passed away, including eight players and three staff members from Man United and eight journalists including former England and Manchester City goalkeeper Frank Swift in addition to the flight crew members and couple of other passengers. The young players who died were England international and club captain Roger Byrne, 28, Eddie Colman, 21, England's centre-forward Tommy Taylor,....

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stamford Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down

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The inevitable has happened again. What's common between Luiz Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas Boas and Roberto Di Matteo? The answer is that none of them were able to complete even 300 days as Chelsea manager. The big-budget club's and Roman Abramovich's madness continued on Wednesday when it was announced that Di Matteo, the man who helped them win the FA Cup and their first ever Champions League title last season, had been sacked. Winning Europe's elite club competition had been a burning desire for Abramovich since the Russian billionaire took over as the owner at Stamford Bridge in 2003. Though the Italian coach helped him win the 'Holy Grail' against all odds in May, Tuesday's defeat at the hands of Juventus at Turin has left Chelsea on the brink of Champions League elimination. Thus, Abramovich was prompted to terminate the reign of his eighth manager in less than nine....


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Not a sports enthusiast by choice, Abhishek has been brought up with the passion as playing turned into scribbling.


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