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Written on 22 Oct 2014 | One Comment

“A shadow of last season’s team” is probably the most used description of the current Liverpool team. It would be easy to blame this on the integration of 10 new signings and the loss of arguably the third best player in the world but in truth the problems lay far deeper and will be far more difficult to iron out.
The problem is confidence. Watching Liverpool lumber to a very lucky victory at Loftus Road yesterday, the body language of some of the players sums up what the current mood is …

Written on 19 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Following the seven undefeated matches in La Liga with an equal number of clean sheets , Barcelona are now set to face their eternal rivals Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu. The match seems to be a clash of titans as both teams have been in terrific form in the recent weeks. Barcelona haven’t conceded any goals in the league so far making a new record of clean sheets by Claudio Bravo.While Real Madrid have recovered very well from the earlier defeats they faced against Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid while …

Written on 13 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments

Following the controversial decision of Raheem Sterling to declare himself ‘too tired’ to start in England’s recent 1-0 victory over Estonia on Sunday evening. Is this another case of too much, too young?
In the past 18 months, the 19 year old Liverpool sensation has been making all kinds of headlines, for his remarkable performances for both club and country. Sterling was a vital part of Brendan Rodgers exciting Liverpool team which in many people’s eyes should have claimed their first league title since the 1989/90 season. By all means, playing …

Written on 13 Oct 2014 | No Comments

With ‘toto’ reaching the end of his career, in fact retiring at the end of the season, an Udinese, Serie A legend scoring more than 23 goals in Serie A for the last 4 years, it is shocking that the 36 year old is still undisguised. The magician age has shown this season with only 11 goals so far, but that should not hide form the fact that from 2009 to 2013 only Messi and Ronaldo have scored league more goals that him. Bagging more than 100 goals in four years …

Written on 6 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Who can deny Chelsea have been mighty impressive this season? Not only have they look good both going forward and defensively but in all their matches there seems to be a sense of control. You might argue that City seemed to boss them at the Etihad. However even in that game it really didn’t seem like Chelsea were going to lose, and lets face it they really should have come away with three points. I said before about the control they seem to have but its more than that its …

Written on 5 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Football is a cruel mistress, it can take you to the highest of highs and plunge you into the deepest depths of despair. At least, that is how supporting Liverpool makes me feel. Until this season, that is. I know I should be rejoicing, or at least breathing a huge sigh of relief following our narrow victory against West Bromwich Albion today. However, all the win achieved was to further highlight the defensive frailties of the team as a whole, and a lack of cohesion and options in midfield and …

Written on 2 Oct 2014 | One Comment

On the day after Arsene Wenger’s 18th anniversary as Arsenal manager, I have begun to explore into past and present of the Frenchman’s love affair with the north London giants. 1996, the premiership era still in it’s early stages. A new league system in which would ultimately transformed the English League into the most watched league on the planet. A French idealist swaggered through Highbury’s doors, full of new ideas with a clear path on what he wanted from this underachieving club.
Wenger led Arsenal to new heights. 9 Seasons of …

Written on 2 Oct 2014 | No Comments

For Liverpool parallels to the 09/10 season are all too galling. For Suarez read Xavi Alonso, the player of last year who has departed. Like then they finished second above Chelsea the year before, and Chelsea rather than they made the changes that propelled them to title favourites of the following year.
What makes this the most testing time of Rodger’s Liverpool career is that he has to motivate a team with diminished expectations. Only six games into the League, there is an unbearable sense that they will not be as …

Written on 29 Sep 2014 | No Comments

What started off with an air of optimism to the new season, with the arrival of 9 new signings during the summer, including the likes of De Jong, Cabella and Rivieire, has turned into an all familiar debacle at St James’ Park.
Although defeated by the champions in our first game, we still left in high spirits following what was a promising performance, which seen the men in black and white dominate for large periods of the game, only to be outdone by 2 goals from the Manchester City counter attack.
A …

Written on 29 Sep 2014 | One Comment

As a disgruntled Wayne Rooney left the Old Trafford field 14 minutes into the second half, after an upbeat dynamic first half from both Rooney himself but also his ‘Galactico’ teammates. Rooney’s rash challenge of course hit the headlines and took the shine away from an important home victory, in which resulted in the England and Manchester United captain receiving a straight red which could of cost his team dearly. That few seconds of madness has opened up the same old questions regarding the temperate of Rooney. Yes, it might of …