At long last our first game of the season is here and it’s an away fixture against Burnley to kick off our 2014/15 campaign. An easy one considering the Betfair betting odds for the game, you might think? Well there’s no such thing as an easy game when it’s the first one of the season, even more so against the new arrivals who’ll undoubtedly want to make their mark on the Premier League given the opportunity.
Our Premier League campaign might not kick-off until Monday but in yesterday’s press conference, Jose Mourinho sounded more than ready for the new season. Our first XI might be a different matter, with the Chelsea boss confirming “Probably the first two or three matches will be more about the team that is ready than what I have in my mind as a first-team choice,” but that doesn’t seem to be bothering him unnecessarily. Read more »
Remember this time last year when United were making lame comparisons between their Chosen One and The Special One? Of course, that initial and as it turned out, naive crowing only added to the hilarity as the season progressed – although theirs didn’t really, did it?
Whilst Jose Mourinho walked us through the season, always with a focus on building for the future, for David Moyes, a future with Manchester United was harder to see with every passing game. So while Mourinho was able to finish the season having achieved his overall objective of a Champions League spot and some progression made in the development of his little horse into the thoroughbred he wants, the Chosen One had been withdrawn from the race (apparently lame) long before the finish line. Some might suggest SAF would have done better recommending the Rock of Gibraltar in the first place.
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From the stagnation that is closed season, pre-season proper is a time for speculation, excitation and potentially even ejaculation, or at least pre-season on Twitter is. With testosterone levels increasing on an almost tweet by tweet basis, shoulders are squared, chests puffed out and keyboards undoubtedly hammered as one-upmanship starts in earnest.
Widespread pictures of Frank Lampard in a Manchester City shirt made my heart ache a little yesterday. In fact more than that, I actually winced at the sight. Why? He left Chelsea this summer after 13 years of service, so it’s entirely up to him where he plays out the remainder of his career. Realistically though, whilst it was inevitable he’d leave I don’t think any of us expected to see him end up at another Premier League club – or at least not one that would be in a title race anyway. Read more »
Surprising how quickly you can warm to a player isn’t it?
When JT and Costa squared up to each other in the Champions League, I could have kicked his arse myself (Costa’s not JT’s obviously). Fast forward a few months and it’s all hand holding and back slapping for the new team mates. What a difference a few goals and several well chosen words make.
If there’d been any lingering doubt, Diego Costa had already shown us pre-season he’ll score goals at Chelsea but ahead of his home debut against Real Sociedad last night, our new striker made his intentions clear, saying “Now I can say I’m really sorry for the part I played in the game we won at Stamford Bridge. I remember the atmosphere and the passion of the supporters. They stayed right until the end, getting behind their team, even though it was unlikely they could win after we scored two quick goals. I liked that.
I hope my actions on the pitch and my feet will do the talking and then people can decide if I’m a good player or not, if I’m improving or not. All I can say is I love playing hard and fairly. Joining was an easy decision for me. We have some of the best players in the world, the best manager in the world and it’s a club with great history. Read more »
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It’s 2014 and football has finally lost it’s way.
Ok, not necessarily the game itself because we’ve seen some lovely stuff during the 2014 World Cup, but everything else that surrounds it. From the supporters, managers and players, through to the pundits, journalists and governing bodies, the plot has become well and truly lost. Or at least that seems to be the only explanation I can come up with to account for the whole Luis Suarez debacle.
Well, Mourinho promised us nothing this season and after our midweek defeat to Atletico in the Champions League and City’s win against Everton yesterday, it seems that nothing is exactly what we’ll be getting.
There’s still points to play for though and we need at least one more to guarantee a top three finish, so with Norwich desperate to claw points together now we can’t afford to take this game lightly.
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Having clearly upset the media and pundits alike with our ‘shock’ win over Liverpool at the weekend, unlike the league leaders (who prefer to take it easy midweek) it’s back to Europe for us with our Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid.
Make no bones about it, we got a decent result against them in the first leg because not many sides have stopped the Spanish side from scoring at home this season – a season in which they are currently just 2 wins away from winning La Liga for the first time since 1996.
Of course, the fact we held them to a 0-0 at home will mean nothing if we fail to stop them scoring away from home tonight as well – so we have our work well and truly cut out if we’re to meet Real Madrid in Lisbon. Read more »