Pochettino's side crashed to another home defeat

Mauricio Pochettino: Is he another one season manager?

It is a known fact that teams with a consistent manager have always accomplished better results in the league as compared to teams where there have been constant changes. Tottenham too in the recent past were consistent when under the managership of Harry Redknapp, but after and before that, Tottenham have never given any manager a reasonable amount of time (more than 3 seasons) to settle, acclimatize to the players and the league in order to produce some concrete results. Will Mauricio Pochettino also be a one season manager or is he going to stay and help Spurs improve. Pre-Pochettino Tottenham had just ended a brilliant run under the English Manager Harry Redknapp. Qualifying for two champions league’s back to back, playing one and conceding one to Chelsea who finished 5th but won the competition, Spurs were left manager-less after just few games of the 2012 season after failing to agree to personal terms. In the next two years Spurs […] Read more »

Chelsea v Sunderland

Analysis: Champions Chelsea Paint The Town Blue; Say Goodbye to Departing Legends

As the clock struck 28 minutes, captain for the day Didier Drogba’s number came up on the fourth official’s board indicating a somewhat subdued end to a glorious career with the Blues. He was carried off the pitch by his teammates being applauded by everyone, including the travelling Sunderland fans and players. At the time of his substitution, Sunderland had gone 1-0 up thanks to an opportunistic finish with the head by Steven Fletcher. It was never in doubt though, Chelsea came back with 3 goals from their two main strikers, Loic Remy bagging a well deserved brace. In the end, it wasnt about the sccoreline or the nature of the victory today, it was all about John Terry lifting that Barclays Premier League trophy to officially begin the Blues’ reign as champions of England. It had a typical end-of-season feel to it, but the game was anything but a dull affair. The visitors picked a strong side to begin […] Read more »

Liverpool FC Vs. Newcastle United FC

Can Brendan Rodgers Pull The Reverse Switcheroo?

It has been a mixed bag for Brendan Rodgers in his Liverpool career so far, and after a poor season, he faces his biggest test yet, finding solutions for complicated problems this summer. Rewind to this time last season, Liverpool had agonizingly fallen short, for the title and finished runners-up to Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers was hailed as the best thing that could happen for Liverpool, and the Northern Irishman would have loved to kick on from last season`s title assault. What followed is a disaster by any standard. First Luis Suarez was off to Barcelona, and then the cash splurge on unproven players who were simply not up to the mark. Raheem Sterling`s uncertain future at the club, failure to finish in the top four, Steven Gerrard`s departure from the club all adds up to his woes, and Brendan Rodgers will sure have a tough time convincing the owners that he is the right man for the job. The […] Read more »

Juventus vs Napoli

Analysis: Juventus Beat Napoli To Cap Serie A Triumph In Turin

Juventus dealt Napoli’s Champions League hopes a near fatal blow with a 3-1 victory in Turin on Saturday evening. Roberto Pereyra put them ahead at half-time but a David Lopez effort had the visitors level before Stefano Sturaro and Simone Pepe secured the win that now puts Napoli’s hopes of competing in Europe’s premier competition out of their hands. The home side underwent a pre-match lap of honour, parading their newly won Coppa Italia, accompanied by their children as a party atmosphere enveloped the ground. The Bianconeri staged their Double Party to celebrate the last home game of the season, the Scudetto and Wednesday’s Coppa Italia triumph in extra time over Lazio. Napoli needed precious points to keep their Champions League qualification dreams alive. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kalidou Koulibaly were suspended, but Kwadwo Asamoah made his first appearance since sustaining knee tendon damage in November. Dries Mertens and Lopez had early efforts saved for Napoli but they fell behind in […] Read more »

FC Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona: The Legend Of Xavi Hernandez And His Three Possible Successors

No single player in the world football in past one decade has made his mark on the game in the manner FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has done it. The midfield maestro is set to bid adieu to the club where he spent 24 glorious years, to play in Qatar. The likes of Paul Pogba, Koke and Ilkay Gundogan are regarded as his possible replacements. Read more »

Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Three Potential European Destinations For Petr Cech

Managers rarely find themselves in the luxurious position of having two top quality goalkeepers to choose from, but Jose Mourinho may have to accept that veteran Petr Cech deserves to be given regular first-team action elsewhere. The 32-year-old has been a wonderful servant for Chelsea since arriving in 2004, with Cech playing a pivotal role in the considerable success that the club have enjoyed throughout the last decade. Mourinho holds Cech in high regard and would prefer to keep him at Stamford Bridge, but with Thibault Courtois establishing himself as the club’s number one this season, it has forced the Czech Republic international to consider moving on to pastures new. There will be no shortage of takers during the summer transfer market, with Bookies already naming a number of clubs across Europe who are lining up to secure his services. It would certainly within Chelsea’s best interests not to let Cech go to a Premier League rival and boost their […] Read more »

Hull City FC Vs. Arsenal FC

Francis Coquelin: A Case Of Defensive Sophistication And Offensive Abstinence

“Wazzat?” I suddenly awoke on one of the many flights I’ve had to take recently, sleep-mask askew and drool plastered on headset. After adjusting my bearings, I looked over to see an unnaturally happy flight attendant looming over me, jawbones stretched till the lands of infinity. “Would sir like something to drink?” I thought and decided that sir *would* like something to drink. “We have orange juice and pineapple juice, sir,” the attendant tittered, maw still parted in an admirable Grand Canyon imitation. “Alright, I’ll have an orange juice.” “Here is your pineapple juice, sir.” I mouthed wordlessly but the attendant was already off, an ephemeral wood-sprite of confusing hospitality. I checked around to see if the flight doubled up as a set of a Coen Brothers movie, shrugged, and proceeded to attack the pineapple juice. *** Hardly the most gripping of stories, I know, but it does in this case serve as a mediocre segue into the domain of […] Read more »

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5 Possible Destinations For Unsettled Liverpool Star Raheem Sterling

Liverpool FC are jolted by the news that their youth sensation Raheem Sterling has decided to move out of the club after the current season concludes. Sterling was roped in by Liverpool in the year 2010 from the academy of Queens Park Rangers. He grew up as a promising young talent and got his first major break in the senior side in 2012. Under manager Brendan Rodgers, the English youngster came into prominence in the 2013-14 season. He performed impressively in that season and grabbed many eyeballs with eye catching performances in big matches. His stellar role at Liverpool earned him a call from the English national team manager Roy Hodgson and Sterling performed exceptionally well for the national side in the FIFA World Cup. In the 2014-15 season, after Luis Suarez left the club, Sterling became one of the big names in the side and was expected to fill the big shoes of the Uruguayan. Unfortunately, Raheem Sterling was […] Read more »