Saturday, April 28, 2012

Most important Manchester Derby

The most important Manchester derby? To me, yea, no other match between these two Manchester teams has been so anticipated because of what's at stake, the English Premier league, three points between them and a six goal advantage to City. Mancini's men would be looking to get all three points while United might be content with a draw but bringing to mind the humiliation suffered against City earlier in the season United might go all out for this. Both clubs are banking on winning the English league after a disappointing season in various ways. Disappointing for United for the fact that they crashed out of Europe, league cup and FA cup and for City in that they were on top of the league for so long only to slump and drop to second at the closing stages.

In honesty United should have wrapped the league by now if not for the loss to Wigan Athletic a team which has also defeated Arsenal in a bid for survival. City need this league or rather Mancini if he is to continue in the club after the heavy investment made in the summer. The return of Tevez has given the squad a boost which was shown in the thumping of Norwich City. Man City's form of recent has been better than that of their city rival and that might be a crucial factor which might come to play. Also with United injury problems it might seem this is City's best and final chance to close up the lead on the league with just four games left. I am looking forward to watching what i think might be one the most important derby Manchester is yet to witness come Monday night. Would United succumb to pressure? Does City have what it takes to beat an experienced side? We shall see...please make your comments

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pep leaves Barca, Tito Vilanova replaces him

Reports are emerging that Pep Guardiola is set to leave Barcelona FC when he's contract expires at the end of the season. It is said that he would go on a sabbatical rather than join another club according to Guillem Balague

Early favorites to replace him were Marcelo Bielsa of Bilbao, Luis Enrique of Roma and Arsene Wenger. But news is out now that the assistant manager has taken over, Tito Vilanova. Do you think he's able to continue what Pep had started or it is the Barcelona Era truly over? Please make your comments.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Barca era over?

Before you think am just another Barca hater lemme tell you that am not (though am smirking) because I enjoy good football and they are the epitome of that. Last night they drew against a Chelsea side that they have not defeated in their last six games, in the weekend's el Classico they lost home to Real Mardid something I didn't see coming (maybe I should).

For three seasons now they have totally dominated European football. Their youth system has been superb along with their great coach, Pep Guardiola. So when a squad that has been constantly winning trophies is threatened by the prospect of a barren European season there should be cause for concern. To me Pep has been quite cocky this season especially in the league testing/using a 3-4-3 formation often that is yet to convince. Also putting a player of Pedro's quality on the bench and preferring youth talent Tello. Against Madrid if Pedro had started maybe the league chase would have still been on and also against Chelsea last night surely he would have done more than Isaac Cuenca.

Am I being too quick to judge? Maybe Madrid's squad depth is evident and Chelsea are having all the luck in the world? Messi is human also so is Iniesta and could be suffering from fatigue. Please share your ideas.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

El Classico - Mardid beat Barca away

Mourinho's side come out victorious in a crucial match against their main (only) rivals in la liga. It was a very entertaining game with Madrid showing their class in end product and Barca dominating as always. Messi and Iniesta where subdued for most of the game and would have hoped the chances that fell Tello's way came theirs. Ronaldo was classy for the first time in an El classico, making runs and showing good composure in his goal.

The league is officially over in my opinion, Barca would have to fight for the Champions League a competition in which Mardid have craved so long to win. Can Barca still win the league? Is Madrid capable of upsetting them in the UCL assuming they meet in the finals? Please share your opinions.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Barca feeling the Blues

Messi huffed and danced and puffed only for him to be poofed. Barcelona tried all they could, had most of possession throughout the match but couldn't break down a resilient Chelsea side at Stanford Bridge. It was an entertaining game with plenty of goal mouth action as expected but in the end the team who won deserved it. They were superb at the back with exception of some periods when they lacked concentration and allow Cesc have a chance at goal.

To me its just a one goal victory and I still believe Barca would overturn the deficit at Camp Nou. I might be wrong and surprised again, what do you think?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Resurgent Wigan

Tonight's win against Football's Team (Arsenal) has seen Wigan climb up to 16th in the league three points ahead of QPR in 17th. They have beaten two top three sides away now something which few would believe could happen especially at Old Trafford with Man United edging closer to a league win.

Personally i believe Wigan are not of Premiership standards and should have been regulated last season. The club just has a way of leaving the best for the last. Survival looked bleak for Wigan Athletic some months ago but now there is this desire and willingness to stay in the league.

Would Wigan survive relegation again? Please drop your comments

Thursday, April 5, 2012

el Spanish dominion de Europe

Mind my poor Spanish (the title). Tonight saw all the Spanish side in the Europa league qualify for the semi's. Also last two day in the Champions league we witnessed the same dominance. What has propelled Spanish teams into so much success this season, a league which is constantly and rightly said to be dominated by two teams has seen other clubs in the league performing well in Europe.

Athletic Bilbao crushed Manchester United which was supposedly a contender for the cup on their way to the semi's resoundingly. They took apart a resilient Schalke side also in what was to me the fixture of the round over both legs.
Valencia and Athletico Madrid have also impressed in this competition and would now battle each other out in the next round.

Could it be that the Spanish league is becoming the strongest in the world? Emmm I like the EPL and would argue about the competitiveness among the teams in it but in Europe they have failed to perform. This season could very like see an all Spanish finals in both the Europa league and Champions league. Also on the back of being world champions it is quite clear that Spain is taking the world of football by storm.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Runaway Champions?

With the victory at Blackburn Manchester united seem to have the title wrapped up (in my view). The point difference between the two Manchester clubs stand at five with the possibility of it been stretched further if City don't get a result against Football club (Arsenal) this weekend.

From my years of watching the EPL I have noticed that Football club keeps doing Man United favours so the league might be done with this season.

Please drop your comments