Tag: Champions League

Liverpool in BIG TROUBLE as they come up against Real Madrid?

‘I couldn’t think of a Liverpool player who performed well against QPR’.

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Jamie Carragher is unimpressed! Are you?

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has recently taken a swipe it his own beloved club by suggesting the performances of all the team were not up to standard against QPR.

“Liverpool were awful,” Carragher reflected. “Even when they were winning 1-0 I was thinking ‘who is going to be man of the match? Who has done well?’

“I couldn’t think of a Liverpool player who performed well. I thought Simon Mignolet made a couple of very good saves but he’s also conceded a couple of goals; he could have done better with the last one.

“I can’t think of a single Liverpool player who can be really pleased with his performance. They were very poor and as Stevie [Gerrard] said afterwards, they were very lucky.

“But at times you get that in a season; the flip side to that is you can play well and be unlucky.

“The problem is that Liverpool have probably only played well in one game this season and that’s the big worry.

“In the first half Liverpool looked like QPR have performed in away games – there was a lack of intensity.  They were bullied – they couldn’t cope with an old-fashioned 4-4-2.”

 

Not ready for Real Madrid?

It could possibly be the worse time for Liverpool to face off against the Champions League holders with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and JamesRodriguez ready to step on the field at Anfield. Liverpool fans will be happy to discover that Wales starlet Gareth Bale is not available for selection!

 

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Jose Mourinho – Is he a clueless manager or a genius manager?

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Some of you may be thinking the title of this post is complete nonsense. But, is he an clueless manager who does not know what he’s doing? Of course he is not! He is blatantly a tactical genius with outstanding man-management skills! Jose Mourinho is certainly a master of his craft. Having studied the game he has adopted a number of great skills that have allowed him to achieve what he has in the game – including 2 champions league winning medals with Porto and Inter Milan. These achievements would go well on any of our CV’s.

The two-time Chelsea manager is one that loves to play mind games. Sometimes he attempts to disrupt the morale of opposition managers, players or teams with his mischievous messages in the press. An example can be found in his supposed attempts to sign Wayne Rooney at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season from the champions Manchester United, which led to disruption of the Manchester United camp.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side will come up against a  fired up Paris Saint German (PSG) side on the 2nd April 2014 in the quater finals of the Champions League 2013/2014 season and Mourinho has decided to approach the game in a respectful manner by praising his former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Perhaps the unavailability of key on-form players such as Nemanja Matic and Samuel Etoo have added to Mourinho feeling slightly wary of the threat of the opposition. We predict a cautious Chelsea side to feature against PSG. They will attempt to grab a goal and keep  the game tight as Jose Mourinho loves to do, however with an attacking combination of Edison Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic it may be difficult for Chelsea to hold on to a draw against them.

 

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Invincible Man City?

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As as we are now well into the second half of the Premier League season one can only question Manchester City’s Phenomenal strength. Once again today the blue half of Manchester strolled to yet another convincing win, beating Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium. Edin Dzeko scored the opener on the 10th minute which marked their 100th Goal this season.  Other Goal Scorers included new summer recruit Jesus Navas, as well as the Powerhouse in midfield Yaya Toure and “Mr. Reliable” Sergio Agüero. Vincent Kompany recently stated that it would only be “A Matter Of Time” before Manchester City win the Quadruple and that they believe they can do it this year.

The only problem in the way of Manchester City at the moment is in February when they have to Face Barcelona in the Champions League Last 16. With Lionel Messi and other Star Quality Players such as Neymar, Manchester City will have to be on their Extreme Best to Knock Out the Catalan Giants.

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