Nov 022015
 

imagesThe fact that his team is not performing well seems not to be the only problem Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is facing. The Portuguese coach has been handed a one match stadium ban by the English FA for his misconduct during their 2-1 loss against West Ham 2 weeks back. Mourinho was provoked by the dismissal of his player, Nemanja Matic and his first team assistant coach Louro. During the half time break, the Portuguese approach the official in his changing room and refused to leave when asked to. He even made reference to the fact that Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger had referred to the  referee John Moss as being weak.

This would be the second ban that the Chelsea boss would be facing. The first which is also a stadium ban and a £50,000 fine is still being appealed and has not even been settled. This ban comes at a very wrong time for the Chelsea boss. Team doctor Eva Caneiro who was dismissed last two months after her rift with the coach, has taken the matter to court and the Chelsea boss is supposed to appear before an employment tribunal later this week. Chelsea currently seat at third position in their Champions League group and would host Dynamo in Wednesday. The match and Saturday’s match which Mourinho’s is supposed to miss following his ban are two important matches that could either buy him more time or lead to his sack.

Oct 312015
 

leagues_badgesThis weekend was nervy as the first match was a vital one for the teams involved. It was the staggering Chelsea FC vs Rejuvenating Liverpool. As much as the crucial match was a vital time for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to turn things around for themselves, it was also Liverpoool’s chance to show that their new coach was making progress with the team.

Chelsea vs Liverpool 

With just four minutes into the match, Brazilian midfielder Ramires headed Chelsea into the lead following a cross from left back Azplicueta. Liverpool didn’t back down from this, they kept pushing for a goal which finally came in the dying period of the first half from Coutinho. He added to his tally to make it 2-1 in the second half before Benteke ended any hopes for Chelsea with a third goal.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

United headed into this fixture with two draws in their last two fixtures without goals. The red devils were hoping to change their fortune with this game but it was Crystal Palace who had the better chances of the game and United were sure lucky to have escape with a draw.

Swansea City vs Arsenal.

Although beaten in the midweek by Sheffield United, Arsene Wenger so men showed their title race wasn’t affected by their cup loss. The game started out quite balanced with both teams having equal shares of the ball but the swans were lacking in their final touches. Oliver Giroud broke the deadlock for the gunners in the 49th minute of the game and then a controversial Koscielny goal and one from Campbell gave them a deserved 3-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Manchester City needed a penalty to restore their lead in the 86th minute of the game after Norwich City had drawn level. Leicester City came from behind to beat West Bromwich 3-2 while Newcastle had a goalless draw with Stoke City. Newly promoted side, Watford got a 2-0 victory over West Ham and that ended the day in the Premier League today.

Oct 252015
 

leagues_badgesThe Barclays Premier League resumed this weekend with so much to look forward to. Would Chelsea continue their path to redemption, would arsenal top the league for a few hours and who would win the Manchester derby, those were questions we all wanted to be answered this weekend. Well we got the all the answers just in time.

Arsenal continued their winning streak in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates stadium on Saturday while Liverpool and Southampton shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Vardy was the man again as he scored the only goal for Leicester City in their win over Crystal Palace, the goal makes him the top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals in 10 matches for Leicester City. Andrew Ayew completed Swansea’s comeback against Aston Villa after going down by one goal thanks to a goal from his brother Jordan Ayew.

Tottenham Hotspur were the highest winners in the Premier League in match day 10 with a 5-1 victory over newly promoted side Bournemouth. Sunderland also got a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United while new promoted side Watford got a sweet 2-0 victory over Stoke City.

The Manchester derby which was scheduled for sunday ended up in goalless stalemate and there has been suggestions that this has been the worst ever derby in a long time.

Following the results, there is a lot to be said about the Premier League, just stay glued on here for updates as they roll out.

Oct 222015
 

The European Champions League was back in action with a lot of expectations from fans around the world. With lots of Europe’s elite teams going head to head it was sure to be an eye catching encounter in the match day 3 of the competition.

Barcelona were away against BATE club and it required the magic of croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic to break the deadlock for the team. He was in terrific form scoring two goals as they ran out winners in the game that ended 2-0. Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was to blame as the team drew 4-4. Arsenal hosted Bayern Munich at the Emirates stadium and although they did go into the match as the underdogs they came on top with goals from Oliver Giroud and Mesut Ozil. Elsewhere in group F Olympiakos got a goal over Dinamo Zagreb which meant Arsene Wenger’s team remain bottom of the table.

After a 2-0 win over West Ham this weekend, Chelsea couldn’t muster much against Dynamo Kiev in Sweden and they shared the spoils in a goalless draw. Hulk continued his scintillating form for Zenit as they trashed Olympique Lyon 3-1, this means the Russian team has now won all three of their Champions League matches. PSG stars were below par against a weak Madrid team with the later having the better chances of the game though they couldn’t covert it to goals. Anthony Martial scored his first Champions League goal sparing the blushes for team captain Wayne Rooney who had missed a couple of chances to put the team ahead. The young french striker made up for his errors that gave CSKA Moscow the lead after conceding a penalty with a hand ball. Athletico Madrid were the highest winners beating Astana 4-0 while Manchester City got a 2-1 victory over Sevilla. This match day made a change to the fact that the big teams smash their way past through the group stages, now they have to work to earn it.

Oct 182015
 

premier leagueA lot was expected as all the leagues returned to action following the long international break but the Premier League just had so much going on for it. Chelsea were expected to have gotten the break needed to get them back to winning ways, Liverpool fans couldn’t wait to see the effects of their new coach, Arsenal longed to see their good run continue and Manchester United just wanted to be over their heavy lose at the Emirates.

Chelsea seemed to have found their rhythm in the absence of their main talisman Eden Hazard as they capitalised on Aston Villa’s defensive errors to win the game by 2 goals to nil. Manchester City were on fire, thrashing AC Bournemouth 5-1 with Raheem Sterling scoring three of those goals. Meanwhile United got the better of the game at Goodison park by winning 3-0, captain Wayne Rooney rounded off the scoring when he picked up a superb pass from Ander Herrera and lifted the ball over the on rushing keeper. Liverpool played harder, faster and with more enthusiasm but ended up sharing the spoils at White Hart Lane.

Southampton gave away a two goal lead as Vardy lead Leicester City to a great comeback to draw level with the second goal coming-in in the 90th minute. Late goals from Lazzini and Payet helped West Ham secure a vital win over Crystal Palace. Hot sensation Alexis Sanchez lead the rout as Arsenal came in strong in the second half to win newly promoted side Watford. Berahino was the man to burst Sunderland’s bubble as faced West Bromwich later in the day.

Earlier today, Wijnaldum scored a staggering four goals as Newcastle trashed Norwich City at St James Park. The Netherlands international scored twice in both halves of the game. And that leaves us with the last match of this round, which is Swansea vs Stoke City and that would be played tomorrow night.

Oct 072015
 

Ravel Morrison at the United standsRavel Morrison admits he wasted his opportunity to become an Old Trafford great. Morrison rose through the youth team at united and was tipped as being the next big thing at Old Trafford but he couldn’t keep his cool and eventually left the club in 2013 to join fellow Premier League club West Ham. He left West Ham United at the end of last season on a free transfer to join Italian club Lazio where he impressed during the preseason. It is likely that he would be given the opportunity to prove himself at Lazio this season and that what the 22 years old is looking forward to as he looks to rebuild his career again.

Morrison admitted that while he was at United, United head coach, Sir Alex Ferguson advised him to take his career very serious. Even fellow England international Rio Ferdinand had a discussion with him where he advised Morrison to put in more efforts in training rather than hanging out with friends and chilling but he didn’t heed to that advice and now he is left to pick up from where he left off. Sir Alex Ferguson in his recently released book titled “leading” described Morrison as the best prospects United ever had, stating that he was as good as any player Manchester United ever signed.

Morrison in a recent interview admitted that he had off the pitch problems which seemed to have his attention and that affected his time on the pitch and in training. Well he is still young and he is willing to learn so maybe Lazio is the beginning of something great in his life.

Sep 272015
 

With five games into the Premier League, Manchester City were the only team in the English top flight to have secured a perfect start to the season given that they had won all their matches and they did so without conceding a single goal. But all that gloss was dimmed after their 2-1 defeat against West Ham last weekend. The loss was followed by a 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland in the league cup which suggested that they were back to winning ways only to be pegged down in London by the same score line against Tottenham. City’s early season form has dropped and has seen them lose three matches in their last four games allowing their city rivals Manchester United to claim top spot in the Table.

Manchester City drew first blood after Kevin De Bruyne who appeared to be in an offside position gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half with beautiful strike. But that offside call was just the first of many to come as three of Totteham’s goals were also scored from an offside position. Manuel Pellegrini gave a good press conference after his team’s loss, he praised his opponents for a wonderful display and didn’t seem to care about the poor officiating that saw his side concede three goals from offside positions. Manchester city must shake off the effects of this loss and get back to winning ways as they travel to Germany to face Borrusia Monchengladbach on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Sep 262015
 

Manchester City has a total of seven players sidelined through injury as they travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur later today. The long queue of injured players for the club includes play maker David Silva, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony who are expected to return in the first week of October. While Gael Clichy and Mangala, would be returning later that month. Summer signing Fabian Delph is yet to make an appearance for the team this season due to a hamstring injury. Manchester City appears to be the only Premier League club that can have this much star players on the sidelines and still have so much to offer and that is because of the depth of their squad. Manchester City has a lot of options in different roles but their match against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup required that the club need do with the available squad. City went on to win the match 4-1 with Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all on the score sheet.

City’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Samir Nasir, Pablo Zabeleta and his team captain Vincent Kompany would be available for selection today against Sunderland. With Aguero who missed most of the match against Juventus due to injury back to fitness, the manager is hoping the team could move on from their last week’s defeat to West Ham and win in London. Summer signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are also available, with the later impressing against West Ham. Though they lost that match, his performance shows that he doesn’t need a whole season to adapt to the Premier League he left a season ago and that’s one reason why City spent so much on him.