Iniesta: So wonderful that even Madridistas liked him…

May 10, 2018 0 Comments

Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou may have had little riding on it in terms of the league table, but the game itself did not lack any of the intensity, vitriol, controversy or brilliance we have come to expect from any meeting between these two eternal enemies. What was unusual, …

Pochettino: FA Cup triumph ‘won’t change Tottenham’

April 20, 2018 0 Comments

Tottenham will not get to the next level by winning the FA Cup, boss Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated. Spurs head into this weekend’s semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley aiming to go one step closer to winning a first trophy since 2008. Pochettino has masterminded an improvement at the club, finishing second in last season’s …

Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal

April 20, 2018 0 Comments

Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal in the summer, saying “it is the right time for me to step down”. The club released a statement from the manager: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. “I …

Rodgers gushes over ‘Celtic’s version of Philipp Lahm’

April 20, 2018 0 Comments

Callum McGregor is Celtic’s version of former Germany skipper Philipp Lahm, according to boss Brendan Rodgers. The Hoops utility player is having the season of his life with 10 goals to date – his most recent in the 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday – and has …

Spurs boss denies Wembley advantage over Man Utd

April 20, 2018 0 Comments

Mauricio Pochettino does not believe Tottenham hold an advantage over Manchester United ahead of their Wembley meeting in the FA Cup semi-final. Spurs take on the Red Devils at a ground they have played at all season, but which this weekend is classed as a neutral venue. The north London side have made Wembley their …

Gossip: Zielinski to Liverpool, Maguire to Man United

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

LIVERPOOL BACK FOR ZIELINSKI We do not usually give too much credence to Tutto Mercato Web but it is Monday morning and these are desperate times. They claim that Liverpool are once again interested in Napoli central midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who was a Liverpool target before he moved to Napoli in 2016 for about £14m. They …

Mourinho offers explanation for premature Pogba removal

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to substitute Paul Pogba against West Brom. Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by the Baggies on Sunday in a result that confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions. Pogba, the hero in the comeback derby victory over City the previous week, was as ineffective as the rest of his …

Chelsea star has ‘no idea’ why he was dropped by Conte

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

Antonio Rudiger confessed that he has “no idea” why Chelsea manager Antonio Conte dropped him against Southampton. Chelsea beat Saints 3-2 after coming from two goals down to keep their slim chances of finishing in the top four alive. Rudiger was not even named in the squad for the trip to St Mary’s, with Gary …

The referee is forever a w*nker…and that stinks

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

This column was going to be about the phenomenon of the fan-coach. You’ll see him at every football match you will ever attend, no matter what the level. He’s the one who seems to think he’s actually the manager and instructs the team from the stand and shouts at the referee. He’s usually on his …

Millwall: How on earth has this happened?

April 12, 2018 0 Comments

Millwall eh? Thought they were in League One? Well then you haven’t been paying attention to the Championship, the greatest league in the world. Millwall were promoted last season after finishing sixth in League One and going up via the play-offs, and they are threatening to do exactly the same thing again this year. Yet …