The potential to establish to crowning glory in what would surely be the greatest ever send-off in football management?
After a season in which his Bayern side have been utterly dominant, the demand of coach Jupp Heynckes to go out on a high has raised the club to a level they have never previously raised. In the Bundesliga, no team has ever won the title so early, with as many points or by conceding so few goals, and in the Champions League Bayern’s swatting aside of Barcelona was almost unfathomable in it’s ease. read more »
Should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League this weekend, there will undoubtedly be a stream of bullsh*t dictating that darling ‘Arry did a better job to get fourth last season.
However, just look at it like this. Should Spurs beat Sunderland on Sunday (like that, alliteration fans?) they will have their highest ever Premier League points total. That’s despite losing Luka Modric and Ledley King and having 1.5 strikers in the squad for most of the season. In any other season since 1995 Spurs would have enough points to have made the top four, and have had significant injury problems. read more »
Win or bust? In the Premier League, City have regressed in almost every area. They have less points, have scored fewer goals and conceded more. Pablo Zabaleta is perhaps the only player who has played better than last season.
The Champions League was nothing more than a disgrace. Montpellier, Dinamo Zagreb and Nordsjaelland were the only other winless teams in this season’s group stage, and all three are operating in different financial spheres to City. Roberto Mancini has moaned that his season has been made difficult by a lack of activity last summer, but the club still shelled out £54million, and Mancini has now spent £292m at Eastlands. read more »
An incredibly awful week. Going into their home game against Liverpool last weekend, Newcastle knew that one victory would see them safe. But they did not just lose. They did not just lose badly. They lost to such an extreme that it threatened to force the manager out of the club, generated reports of disharmony and unrest in the squad and caused the club to ban one the national newspapers over reports of a nationality split between the players. read more »
Last week’s game at West Ham went by without picking up points, and although Wigan created the odd chance, they deserved to get nothing from the game. The problem with everyone stating that Wigan “always pick up points at the end of the season” is that it actually has to happen. read more »