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!.

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!

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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