Sunday, 19 April 2015

Messi, Suarez and Neymar the best attack in the world - Adriano

Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez
The versatile Barcelona man is convinced no other front three in world football can hold a candle to the South American trio he plays with

Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is better than any other attack-force in football, according to Camp Nou utility man Adriano.

The trio have a whopping 93 goals between them in 2014-15 and have been especially excellent since the turn of the year as the Catalans have given themselves an opportunity to win the treble.

Liverpool are paying the price for a dreadful recruitment policy

Aston Villa v Liverpool, FA Cup semi-final - Five things we learned as Tim Sherwood's side triumphed at Wembley

Rodgers is now the first Liverpool manager not to win a trophy inside his first three seasons since the 1950s and will face renewed scrutiny after this defeat. How he must wish he could turn the clock back to pre-season so he could spend the £75million received from Luis Suarez’s sale properly. For such a crucial game in the club’s season the pressure was on the likes of Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli to perform but they struggled once again and the finger has to be pointed at Rodgers and his recruitment team. After last season’s achievements Rodgers deserves more time but he will face a renewed examination over his signings this summer.

Aston Villa are the sleeping giant that has woken up

Aston Villa are still battling relegation
Roy Keane once famously claimed Aston Villa were not merely sleeping, “but in a coma”.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits 50 again

Cristiano Ronaldo
An insatiable warrior but, above all, one who was committed to the cause. This was Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Málaga, despite his pursuit of a personal milestone.

Ronaldo began the game knowing he might get his 50th goal of the season, and he tried to score it in every way he could: from a free kick; from inside the area; from a penalty; with his right foot; with his left foot... but that elusive goal stayed that way. Unlike in other matches, though, he did not give way to despair. Even though he had missed a penalty. His spot-kick bounced off the post, and it was his sixth penalty miss at Real Madrid.

Rodgers: The better team won at Wembley

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers admitted that the better team won after Aston Villa ruined Liverpool's hopes of lifting the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory at Wembley.
The Reds gained an advantage with a third of the semi-final played in London as Philippe Coutinho bounded into the area and looped a shot over Shay Given.
But from there it all went wrong. Within six minutes, the score was level when Fabian Delph crossed into the middle for Christian Benteke to beat compatriot Simon Mignolet.

Ronaldo: I’d Love To Play With Cristiano

Ronaldo Admits His Desire To Play With Cristiano Ronaldo
Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo
Legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo has said that he would love to play alongside Real Madrid attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 38-year-old was asked which player in the modern game that he would like to share a locker room with and his namesake was the player that he chose.

“If I could play anywhere today, though? I’d love to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo,” he told AS.

Cristiano Ronaldo is phenomenal, spare a thought for Adam Federici

It’s only a matter of time before Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy, while it’s hard not to feel for Adam Federici. It’s 7 truths…

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matic celebrate at the end of the game
1) It’s (nearly) official: Chelsea have won the league

It was pretty uninspiring stuff at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, but there can be no denying that Chelsea will lift the Premier League trophy barring the craziest of capitulations. Their ability to grind out results is unmatched in the Premier League at present and even if their fans are fearful of what next season holds, they can relax in the knowledge that more silverware is heading their way this campaign after edging Manchester United 1-0.

Chelsea: Man United's key players 'in our pockets' - Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said Manchester United's important players were "in our pockets" in a match that went "exactly" as they wanted.

The Blues boss says his side have "almost" won the Premier League title after their 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge moved them 10 points clear at the top.

United dominated possession and had more chances than the league leaders.

Mourinho said: "We prepared for it to be like this. It was the game we wanted and expected."

Chelsea will be champions if they win at Arsenal and Leicester in their next two matches, having beaten third-placed United with a first-half goal from Eden Hazard.

Match Stats
Visiting manager Louis van Gaal said it was his side's "best display of the season" but Mourinho insists it was part of the game plan.

"It was difficult, but less than you think," he said. "Control their direct football to Marouane Fellaini and control the wingers from making crosses on the inside foot.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard sinks Manchester United to bring title closer

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (right) wheels away to celebrate after giving his side the lead against Manchester United in the Premier League. Photograph: Nigel French/PA
There really can be no doubt now that when the ribbons are attached to the Premier League trophy the light blue of Manchester City will be replaced by a darker shade. José Mourinho’s team are ticking off the challenges and their lead is now 10 points. With only half a dozen games to go, the residents of Fulham can expect a letter soon advising them of plans for an open-top bus parade.

Manchester United transfer gossip: Higuain and Ings on MUFC radar, plus update on De Gea future

Manchester United have again been linked with moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Danny Ings and there's more speculation about David De Gea.

David De Gea 
Saturday's papers have got Manchester United chasing two strikers.

The Telegraph are reporting that Louis van Gaal has instructed Ed Woodward to sort out a deal for Burnley's Danny Ings, who's out of contract in the summer. They say the 22-year-old caught Van Gaal's eye during Burnley's game at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Meanwhile, TalkSport say United are hoping to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

They believe Van Gaal has turned his attention to the 27-year-old Argentinian as he prepares to off-load Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

And finally, there are reports in Spain that David De Gea has committed his future to Real Madrid. However, the Mirror say the two clubs are yet to agree a deal to allow the transfer to go through.

Chelsea 1-0 Man United: 5 things we learned as Eden Hazard extends Blues' lead at the top of the table

Star man: Eden Hazard in action with Wayne Rooney
Chelsea tightened their grip on top spot thanks to Eden Hazard's first-half winner.

The Blues star helped his side move 10 points clear of second-place Arsenal with a narrow win over Manchester United.

Hazard scored the only goal of the game before the break when he burst into the box to cooly slot home.

The forward missed the chance to wrap up victory in the second half when he hit the woodwork from close range, but Jose Mourinho's men held on.

Here's five things we learned: