Lucky Number 7

After going without a gaffer for some time Chelsea unveiled Andre Villas – Boas as their seventh coach…Of from winning a treble with Porto many people are left to wonder. Is he the right man for the Stamford bridge hot seat, what has he achieved and why him!

Other than having worked as a member of the back room staff to Jose Mourinho’s not much can be said about him. For starters he is only 33, more than half the age of Sir Alex and younger than Frank Lampard.  Despite the fact that Chelsea paid £13.2million just to activate the release clause in his contract signifies that there is something Abramovich must have seen in this lad. After how Carlo was fired I bet no respectable name in soccer wants the same to happen to him hence the reason many of them deciding to keep off.

I hope that he will take control of the dressing room known to have “super ego’s” in players such as Drogba, Lampard and John Terry.  He is expected to make some changes here and there, expect to see Malouda, Anelka, Lampard and Terry or even Drogba to seek greener pastures. There is talk of him signing top striker Falcao and Joao Moutinho Porto’s equivalent of Xavi who I believe can make Torres shine again. Many are still waiting to see whether or not Luka modric, Neymar, Lukaku will join Chelsea.

The Chelsea job is rumored to be more difficult than that of the Prime Minister, It is hoped that he will be given time to build and gel this team. There should be no immediate pressure on wining all the 4 trophies this season. Good luck on your appointment Mr. Boas!

See you all in August when the EPL resumes…Sir Alex watch out Chelsea is coming back for their Tittle!.

Massacred at Wembley

Flash back: A while back I did a piece on who I thought were worthy enough to be Champions league contender’s, I left out Manchester United and yes fans were (Insert curse word) Bitching saying this and that, I was accused of being  biased and all sorts of bull.

Saturday May 28 Barcelona finally proved why from the get go I thought of the red devils as pretenders and not contender’s  to the throne, after simple…no easy victories against Schalke and Chelsea the United army for some reason thought they could win at Wembley.  What happened in the next 90 minutes was a massacre.

The duo of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi had an easy night watching UTD fall into their hands slowly by slowly. Xavi the mid-field general kept strolling goal wards and after a number of unchallenged touches found Pedro who smashed the ball past hopeless 40 year old Van der Sar.  Next was Messi who also unleashed a shot from approx. 25 yards to catch the defense off guard once more.

Barcelona clearly broke down United with their accurate passing, and it was amazing to see how composed and relaxed the Barca lads are with the ball. Watching Xavi school Carrick in the art of midfield domination was another fine moment in soccer too.  He touched the ball 163 times while the poor lad Carrick could only manage a mere 54 touches. The champions made a total of 148 passes, 141 of those completed with a success rate of 95%, showing why he is the mid field master Xavi ran a total of 8 miles while Carrick only managed 5 miles, a lesson indeed.

After a lesson well learnt I expect Sir Alex to tinker with his squad a little bit, like any other coach who has dreams of mounting a serious challenge in Europe come next season.

United were clearly out done in every way possible, the thrashing they got should be enough to shut up the red devils brigade for a while.

Verdict: Barcelona deserve to be champions of Europe. How about united…un worthy contenders I guess.

DR readers: Its  been a nice first season being a writer see you all next season, watch out for Copa America from July 2011. Lets look forward to Miami Heat heat giving Dallas a lesson or two on winning champions ships.

End of the Road

As many would have expected Chelsea parted ways with Coach Carlo Anceloti yesterday after their loss to Everton in the last match of the season. It came as no surprise as many people including the coach himself, clearly knew that he was facing the sack. He now joins the long list of managers who have come and gone, after failing to win the converted Champions league.

For a man who has won the Cup twice with AC-Milan this has no been no fairy tale ride, he has been treated badly at Chelsea. For starters he has been undermined by the owner, sidelined in the club transfers dealings. It is clearly known that all the players signed recently had not been requested by him rather than the owner himself. He started the season well and then suddenly Chelsea started to drop some easy points along the way, there was also the case of injuries to his key players along the season too.

There has been a host of names that have been lined up for the hot seat at the bridge, most notably would the duo of Guss Hiddink as Director of football and Marco Van Basten as coach. With all due respect Van Basten does not have what it takes to survive at Chelsea.  There is also talk of Rafa Benitiez: – The tournament expert having won it with Liverpool in 2005 and reaching the final in 2007. How about the return of Jose Mourihnio the fans favorite, or Porto’s Villa- Boas. There is also Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp though I doubt either of them will want the Chelsea job.

The new manger should also be aware that he will have to make some changes to the team ASAP, players like Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Terry are past their prime and replacements are needed. Players such as Essien, Malouda and Kalou performances have been erratic the whole season. For a change it would be nice to see new players such as Neymar, Lukaku and Hulk or Porto in the team. The players on loan such as Daniel Sturridge, Gael Kakuta are also expected back.

Whoever decides to take the Chelsea hot seat should know that a lot is being expected from him, in terms of winning everything that is there to win.  I would prefer to see Louis Van Gaal or Guss Hiddink at the hot seat; people who don’t take (insert curse word here) from no one.  The funny thing is that Arsene Wenger has not brought a trophy in almost 8 years and he still has a job, funny how this world is.

Good week to all DR readers out there!

El Nino Finally Scores


This past weekend soccer fans from all over the globe were treated to some great matches. In England all the top three teams Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were scheduled to play over the weekend.

League leaders Man United made it through narrowly with a 1-0 win over Everton a win that puts them 6 points ahead of the nearest rivals Chelsea who also had a very entertaining game at relegation bound West ham United.

The good news being that 50 Million Torres finally found the net after coming on a substitute with roughly 8 minutes to go. His 15 hour (731 minutes) goal drought finally came to an end.  He clearly was in danger of being one if not the most expensive flops in the history of the beautiful game. His goal made Stamford bride erupt as well as sparkling jubilant celebrations scenes in which he got mobbed by his entire team mates.

Next game for them is against Tottenham and it will be interesting to see how him and Drogba will play as Drog is still in fine form at the moment.

Lastly Arsenal did what they do best! Playing mediocre if not horrible soccer. In their previous match against Spurs they were leading 3-1 only to surrender the lead and tie the game at 3-3.  Today they actually surrendered the game at 90 minutes to Bolton. One would wonder WTF is wrong with this team something needs to be done, from word that is going round Wenger may this time need to get rid of some of his flops if he hopes to challenge for the tittle next season.

More to come in the Champions league edition tomorrow DR readers!

The Final Four UCL Contenders?

This has been a very long season and many teams have fallen by the wayside while the stronger ones have continued to progress forward.

Manchester United saw off England rivals Chelsea and booked a date with Schalke of Germany in the Semi-finals. The other two teams that will meet in the other Semi-final are Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain. At this stage the Championship is still wide open with each of the four remaining teams strong contenders.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Schalke will end Man U’s run for another Champions League trophy and whether or not Jose Mourinho will emerge victorious again and win the cup for the third time with three different clubs. Every team here has a chance to win the cup provided they play their cards right, a question to all the DR readers out there is who will emerge the winner this time round is it going to be Sir Alex, Guardiola, Jose or Ralf Rangnick?

UEFA Champions League Contenders

The dust has finally settled after last weeks champions league draw and there is a palpable sense of excitement in the air as the current Champions league offers so many heart-stopping football clashes.  Picture a final between Chelsea and Real Madrid or Man United coming to Wembley after 43 years! For now though, the fans will have to be content with a must-see duels pitting Anceloti against Sir Alex and Redknapp against Mourinho.

Here is a brief run down on some of the serious contenders in the last eight and what sort of danger they pose.

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