The world is watching. A huge weekend for…
Roberto Di Matteo
Rather like Steve Kean at Blackburn earlier in the season, you rather feel for Di Matteo. Although he is woefully under-qualified for the position he currently holds, that is through no fault of his own. Mr Abramovich has trusted him in the hotseat at the Bridge, and there is nothing Bobby can do other than do his best, which may or may not be good enough for his Russian boss.
One thing is for sure, RDM certainly has a job on his hands in terms of Premier League form. Chelsea have won one of their last six in the league, and only three of their last twelve stretching back to early December.
Clearly some of the experienced players need to look long and hard at themselves, but whether or not Di Matteo is simply another puppet for such characters remains to be seen.
If nothing else, it should make for fascinating viewing.
Yes, Liverpool have won the League Cup, but have the owners really backed Kenny with £100million in order to beat a Championship side on penalties in the final of the least important trophy available to them? A top for finish was the clear aim, and last week’s defeat to Arsenal has left Liverpool further away from the top four as they are from Aston Villa in 15th place.
In their last eight games, ‘Pool have taken the same number of points as Blackburn (8), and that has to change. This weekend they travel to Sunderland, another side they failed to beat at home. Liverpool must win if they are to have any chance of Champions League football next season.
The problem with being the media’s choice to be the next England manager is that it tends to bring a great deal of spotlight onto a man. So when that man’s team then concedes eight goals in two games to two rivals , one close in geography and one in position, questions are inevitably asked.
In truth, Spurs’ run in is easier than many of their opponents in the battle for a top four finish, and it would take an impressive cock-up of retro-Spurs proportions to miss out. But it can do funny things, media pressure. Harry would do well to keep his eyes on the prize and ensure that his squad does the same.
At what point does an admiration for a belief in a philosophy become an assumption of blind faith? Wigan have now won just three of their last 26 games, and have slipped to ¼ for the drop. Against Swansea last week, his side were beaten at their own game by a side that have struggled immensely on the road.
Wigan now must resort to needing results at places like Carrow Road, and such victories don’t come easily. Dave Whelan has had patience with his man, but if they lose again this weekend, is he not essentially flying the white flag of surrender?
If you keep not winning, you stay on the list.
Hughes has now won one of his eight league games in charge. Probably need to take something from a game against the worst home team in the Premier League.
After Bayern Munich’s defeat to Leverkusen last weekend, Dortmund sit seven points clear at the top of the league.
It is sixteen years since a team other than Bayern won consecutive Bundesliga titles. Keep up their form and Dortmund may just repeat their feat of 1994-6.