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!

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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Premier League Teams – Hit or Miss?

Now that we’ve had some time to digest this past week’s action-packed EPL encounters, I figured this is a good time to share my thoughts with you on some of the key teams:

Manchester City:

After many months of speculation as to whether he would join Chelsea, Madrid, Juventus or Manchester United, City finally have landed their man Edin Dzeko who they have been pursuing for quite some time.

Initially expected to cost £50m he came quite fairly priced at £27m, he now joins Carlos Tevez and Super Mario in sharpening City’s forward line. After watching City rely too much on Tevez the whole season, it is hoped that he will be the major determinant whether or not City can win the EPL and Qualify for the Champions league. His arrival clearly hastens the departures of Adebayor, Santa Cruz and Jo. This is a very good purchase made by Mancini if not the best that we have seen since his arrival.

Verdict: Hit or Miss? Big if not super hit.

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