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!.

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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Of New Beginnings: Fernando Torres, Luis Suárez & Andy Carroll

Here’s my quick two cents on the recent happenings in the English Premier League.

Chelsea

After many seasons of waiting “The Special one” has finally arrived at Stamford Bridge.  Fernando Torres finally made the move to London to join Chelsea. He cost the club a massive 50 million pounds and will proudly wear the number 9 jersey; if I were you I’d stop reading this right now and go place an order for this epic jersey. So it seems the management has finally realized the need to bring in some new blood and also went for the young Brazilian defender Luiz. As for Mr. Torres, he has signed a five and a half year deal that will see him take home every week a cool £175,000 a week! It is hoped that he deliver the goal-scoring punch that the club urgently needs. It still remains to be seen how Carlo Anceloti will play these forwards: Will he go for a 4-3-3 with Torres, Drogba and Anelka? or will he opt for the 4-3-2-1 formation?

Verdict: A good investment by Roman Abramovich to boost the weary legs of Drogba and Anelka. The million Pound question is whether FT will deliver or is he also Drogba’s successor at the Bridge?

Liverpool


After losing Torres to Chelsea, there is still light at the end of the tunnel for Liverpool. They have secured the services of Andy Carol for £ 35 million as well as the young talented Luis Suarez of Uruguay. It makes no point to keep an unhappy player, the decision to let him seems a wise one now that they have some extra money to spend on new players.

Verdict: Daglish has brought in two good players; let’s see how they will adjust at Liverpool. Currently placed 7th a top 5 finish would be a realistic goal. 

That’s it for me. Your thoughts? comments?

Is Chelsea Back On Track?

Drogba Celebrates the 1st of 4 Chelsea Goals against Bolton

After Ray Wilkins got unexpectedly booted from being the cornerstone and unofficial mascot for The Pride of London, the club’s performance dwindled dramatically. The 3 strikers all seemed to gain 10 years in age and 10 tons in weight, the midfield was a lethargic mess and the boys in the back were just flat out depressing. The Blues had lost their steam.

They spent close to a month and a half drawing and losing – mostly losing – and after being reamed royally by their fellow Londoners and then bested by the relatively useless Wolves, they finally woke up.

The Ipswich Town 7-0 thrashing seemed a little wanting for celebration. It began to gain validity after the same little team from a littler town beat Arsenal in their Carling Cup fixture. Then they went and hammered 2 goals, conceding none, against the Rovers and the skeptics still maintained smug indifference and arched eyebrows. I admit, I too was uncertain – in my super-fandom and all.

But this changed after seeing the whipping the Wanderers received tonight.

Four nil, with a few very near additions(including that last minute thump by Anelka), it almost feels like they’ve gotten back into their lane. Continue reading