Firstly happy new year to one and all. It’s been a minute. Hope you had a great one and enjoyed the festivities. I’m still trying to get through the left overs (trust me there’s plenty to eat). Not sure how much more turkey sandwiches I can stomach but I’ll give it a good go.

It certainly feels like a lot has transpired over the past few weeks. Ancelotti’s now the Manager of Eveton and his presence has begun to influence the players judging by recent results to lift the spirit of Evertonians (it’s been a while since they had a grade A manager, if ever). Moyes is back at West Ham after the club sacked Pellegrini due to a poor run of results. I can’t help but wonder whether David Moyes will survive till the end of the season. His track record in recent memory is nothing to write home about.

Nigel Pearson is back in the Premier League having taken over the reigns at Watford. The ex Leicester Manager was given the top job at Watford with a clear objective of keeping the Hornets in the league come May. Pearson (if my memory serves me well) was sacked as Leicester’s manager before Claudio Ranieri took over and the rest is history as they say. Of all the managerial appointments, Arsenal’s acquisition of former player Mikel Arteta came as the biggest surprise in my opinion.

It is well documented that Arteta had ambitions of one day becoming a manager/head coach having been Pep Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester City. However, his appointment at Arsenal can be viewed as being a little to early in his managerial career. One thing is certain and that is the Arsenal have taken in the hope of getting their season back on track and to future glory.

Is Arteta the man to lead Arsenal forward? A question that can only be answered by results. His first game in charge didn’t quite go according to plan in the London derby game against Chelsea. The Gunners threw away a possible and well needed 3 points in the last ten minutes of the match and lost 2-1 at the Emirates. Some say Arsenal fans can be very delusional and at times that statement does ring truth. Clearly Arteta has some work to do provided he is given sufficient time to do so.

Fast forward 3 days and into the new year. Arteta’s second game in charge is against old foes Manchester United (who by the way seem to have found their rhythm). The home side had one thing in mind, attack the United back line at all cost and they did just that. Mesut Ozil seems to have been re-instated into the first team and his influence when on song is second to none. However it was Arsenal’s record signing Pepe who stole the show. The midfielder was a constant threat all game long and full of creative imagination.

He found the net in the first 8 minutes of the match after Kolasonic pulled the ball back for Pepe to neatly finish sending the United keeper the wrong way. Arsenal looked very impressive in the opening stages of the match and continued to mount assault on Manchester United. Pepe could have added a second in the 37th minute after striking the ball from 25 yards only to be denied by the post. Sokratis made it 2 nil to the Arsenal slotting in a loose ball from a Pepe corner.

All in all this was a much better performance from Arsenal and the atmosphere at the Emirates was electric. The supporters and fans alike were full of singing and cheers not seen at the Emirates for almost a decade hahaha!! If anything, Arteta’s appointment may have breathed new energy into the Gunners and he will need all the tools he has acquired from Guardiola to steer Arsenal in the right direction. Personally, I was enjoying seeing and looking forward to the gunners in a relegation dog fight but Arteta may have yet scarpered those plans for now at least.

The Premier League is back in full effect (not that it went anywhere) and the January window is also open so you know there’ll be plenty of action taking place. Liverpool are formidable and are certain to be crowned champions. Spurs seem to be faltering under Mourinho but I’m sure will bounce back in the new year and Leicester will probably be in the champions league next season. Lets see what the new year brings, happy new year once again.


Hot Pepe!!!! 


Relegation Form

I don’t care what anyone says but as far as performances go, that’s got to be one of the worst Arsenal displays I’ve witnessed for a while (that was relegation form). If this group of players don’t get their act together then they will find themselves in what could be a relegation dog fight and may lose the illustrious Premier League holding.

I know it seems like a wild statement to make but I call a spade a spade and the gunners were absolutely dreadful. I thought they’d turned a corner after finally getting a win but it turns out the corner was a very long corner (if Sunday’s game is anything to go by). Arsenal hosted City at the Emirates and were hoping to put in the same level of commitment as they did in their last outing but that’s not what awaited their supporters.

They seemed to have taken a step back as they were outgunned and outclassed by the more dominant and assured Manchester City team (who, might I remind you have had their own issues in recent weeks). Arsenal had a great chance in the first 33 seconds of the game and didn’t have another shot on goal (I turned the TV off in the 66 minute and they hadn’t shot at the City goal then either).

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the 2nd minute before Sterling added a second in the 15th minute. City controlled the game from the beginning right to the end and Arsenal had no answer for them. De Bruyne got his second goal of the game in the 40th minute to make the game 3-0 to the away side. The gunners can also forget about hiring Ancelotti as their next manager as it is rumoured that the Italian has signed with Everton in principle.

In the other Premier League games, Tottenham are now within 3 points off the top 4 spot having defeated Wolves with a 2-1 victory. Lucas Moura opened the scoring in the 8th minute before the impressive Traore leveled for Wolves in the 67th minute. Wolves definitely deserved more out of the game but the day belonged to Tottenham who snatched a late winner through a Vertonghen header in injury time. The win moves Spurs to 5th in the league and Mourinho’s impact is starting to show through.

Leicester dropped points at home having drawn 1-1 against Norwich, whilst Liverpool extend their lead at the top of the summit with a comfortable 2-0 win against Watford (Mo Salah grabbing both goals for the Reds). Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at home to Bournemouth and will face Spurs in their next outing. Lampard will need to pray his players can get out of their current slump or their ambition for finishing in the top four will quickly evaporate.

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Salah Magic!!!!!!!

Rashford Makes Manchester Red Again

United win derby

Manchester United seem to have hit form at the right time spearheaded by Rashford, he is definitely leading the charge for the reds. They made it two Premier League wins in succession after registering an away win against local rivals Manchester City. The result came as a shock to many given the fact that City have been the more dominant team for some years.

Man of the moment Rashford, opened the scoring via a penalty in the 23rd minute after he was brought down in the box by Bernado Silva. He calmly dispatched the penalty sending the City keeper the wrong way. Martial then added a second after a neat play with James to slot the ball home. City with all their richly resources managed to grab a late consolation goal through defender Otamendi in the 80th minute (some are saying City’s bubble has now burst but I’m sure they’ll be taking advantage of the window in January).

Duncan Ferguson has made a positive start to life as the interim boss of Everton and his players responded well with a fine display against Chelsea.  Richarlison leapt up to score a powerful header (I’m sure Ferguson had flash backs) in the 5th minute to give the home side the lead. Calvert-Lewin added a second in the 49th minute before Kovacic pulled one back for Chelsea in the 52nd minute. However Everton were not to be denied and sure enough wrapped up all 3 points when Calvert-Lewin scored his second goal of the game in the 84th minute to give Everton a 3-1 win.

Big Duncan Ferguson got the result his team deserved and will hope they can build from this going forward. Talking of new Managers, Mourinho got Spurs back on track after their blip against Manchester United in their last outing. Tottenham were out of the blocks against Burnley as they fought to make a statement. Spurs took 5 minutes to find the net after captain Harry Kane unleashed a screamer from 25 yards. Burnley goal keeper Pope had absolutely no chance.

Lucas Moura added a second in the 9th minute with a tap in that Lineker himself would be proud of (as long as the ball crosses the line right!!). Tottenham could have and should have had more goals as the game progressed but squandered some great opportunities. Son, who is in no doubt Tottenham’s best player and the current Asia player of the season scored what is being regarded as the best goal of the season thus far. He picked up the ball from his own half, evaded challenges from the on rushing Burnley defenders before coolly slotting the ball past Pope.

Son’s goal was absolutely breathtaking (the man is simply world class) and everyone in the stadium admired the effort for a good two minutes (even the ref hahaha!). Kane added a second in the 54th minute before Sissoko made it 5-0 to Spurs in the 74th minute. Meanwhile, North London neighbours Arsenal have finally got their act together and managed to get a win (what took you so long?). Club record signing Pepe was instrumental in the game against West Ham at the London Stadium. However it was the home team who took the lead through Ogbonna in the 38th minute and all seemed doom and gloom for Arsenal.

Arsenal kept pressing and were rewarded when Brazilian Martinelli equalised in the 60th minute (I know that goal meant a lot to all the Arsenal fans for sure). Pepe put the gunners ahead 6 minutes later with a precise curler into the top corner before setting up Aubameyang in the 69th minute to give Arsenal a 3-1 victory and a positive step in the right direction.

There were wins also for Liverpool who defeated Bournemouth 3-1 and Leicester who comfortably made light work of Aston Villa with a 4-1 victory (Jamie Vardy grabbing two goals). The leading pair are making this campaign a two horse race although many still fancy Liverpool to win it. Watford are rooted to the bottom of the table after drawing 0-0 with Crystal Palace whilst Norwich City lost to Sheffield United. There’s still quite a bit to go before the season ends but I think the pattern that’s starting to emerge will see both Norwich City and Crystal Palace relegated from the Premier League.

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Catch me if you can, how bout that!!!!!

Liverpool several classes above Everton in derby

Merseyside is Red

To say Liverpool are several classes above Everton is an understatement. The truth of the matter is that Liverpool are several decades if not centuries ahead of their local rivals and their recent display in the merseyside derby pretty much confirmed their status and the gulf between the two sides (not that Liverpool fans don’t already know this). They were absolutely relentless and went full throttle.

The home side wasted little time in finding the net thanks to a goal from Origi in the 6th minute. Shaqiri added another in the 17th before Keane pulled one back for Everton in the 21st minute. It was always going to be a one way traffic and Liverpool played some scintillating football that could not be ignored. They were rewarded for their endeavour again when Origi lobbed the ball over the Everton keeper’s head to give the Reds a comfortable 3-1 lead.

Mane was in the mood for action and he didn’t disappoint the Liverpool faithful. He was instrumental in creating a goal for Origi and deserved a goal himself. He found the back of the net in the 45th sending the crowd into jubilation. Richarlison did score for Everton before the break but even he knew it would only be a consolation. Liverpool came out in the second half in the same fashion as the first and bombarded the Everton defence. They actually did well to keep the Reds at bay otherwise the scoreline would have been a lot worse than how it ended.

The game finished 5-2 with Wijnaldum grabbing the last goal in the 90th minute for Liverpool sending them 8 points clear at the top of the League. Whilst the Red half of Merseyside are singing, dancing and anticipating their first premier league title, the blue half have a lot of contemplation and rebuilding to do. And Everton did just that. In no less than 24 hours after the derby match, Everton announced that they would be parting company with their Manager Marco Silva with immediate effect. He is the fourth Manager to get the sack within 3 weeks and I’m sure he won’t be the last (they’re sacking these managers like it’s nothing).

Leicester continued their impressive season under Brendan Rodgers with another fine display. They were victorious in their match against Watford thanks to goals from Vardy and Maddison. It’s hard not to see Leicester as genuine top four contenders especially leading up to Christmas. You just never know, if Liverpool should stumble (and we’ve seen them do that on a couple of occasions haven’t we hahaha!!) I am pretty certain that Leicester will be the team to capitalise and possibly……possibly be crowned champions for the second time in their history.

In the other midweek games Jose Mourinho made his return to Old Trafford 11 months after being sacked by Manchester United. This game was always going to be tough for Spurs because I could see the United players stepped up and played like they had something to prove. Marcus Rashford personified the United attitude with his man of the match performance. He gave Aurier a torrid time on the flanks and looked every bit the player we know he his.

He put United ahead in the 6th minute before his goal was cancelled out by the brilliance of the now rejuvenated Dele Alli who leveled for Spurs with a great finished in the 39th minute. Spurs in recent games under Mourinho have been brilliant but against United they were lacking that quality and virtually put in a sub-standard performance (I hope this was just a blip boys!!). The day belong to Rashford who scored the winner via a spot kick in the 49th minute to lift United into 6th place (some say the result saved Solskjaer’s job, I say football is a crazy game where anything can happen).

There were wins for Chelsea who beat Aston Villa 2-1 and Wolves who beat West Ham 2-0. Manchester City also registered a 4-1 victory against Burnley and will need to hope and pray that Liverpool have a bad phase in the league at some point but I cannot see that happening anytime soon. Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 1-0 and Southampton beat Norwich City 2-1.


Here’s another one…..Silva axed!!!!!

More Managers given the boot

Casualty Race

Before we delve into the weekend’s Premier League action I just want to address the big elephant in the room. The open season on managerial sackings. I said it, once Tottenham sacked Pochettino it was only a matter before other heads started rolling. To be honest it’s actually come sooner than I thought it would.

Step forward Unai Emery, the Arsenal manager was given the boot last Friday after a string of disappointing results. He took over from the long standing Wenger in 2018 and was set to revitalise Arsenal to challenge for top honours (or so they thought!). His achievement for Arsenal was reaching the Europa League final so there are no surprises that Arsenal parted way with him.

Whilst ex gunner Freddie Ljungberg has stepped up to the plate on an interim basis, the question on everyone’s lips is who will be the next man for the job at the Emirates. A 12 man shortlist is rumoured to include the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ancelotti and Max Allegri. Whoever gets the job will have a tough task ahead in helping get Arsenal back into the top four and competing for major honours again. Is it impossible? No, but a lot of hard work is required.

Watford also sacked Manager Quique Flores on Sunday after they lost yet another league game in the 2-1 defeat away to Southampton leaving them bottom of the table. Sarr had put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute before Ings leveled in the 78th minute and Ward-Prowse grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute. That was the 8th defeat this term and the result was the catalyst for Flores’s sacking.

New Spurs Manager Mourinho enjoyed his second premier league win as Tottenham Manager after master minding a home victory against Bournemouth. Dele Alli who seems to have found his mojo again opened the scoring in the 21st minute before adding another shortly after the break. Tottenham outclassed Bournemouth and could have added more to their tally but squandered some good opportunities in front of goal.

Sissoko eventually made it 3 nil in the 69th minute and Spurs were in cruise control. Credit to Bournemouth who managed to claw back two goals through midfielder Harry Wilson. The game ended 3-2 and Spurs are now just 6 points off the top four albeit 20 points behind the leaders (I don’t think anyone’s catching them).

Defending champions Manchester City could only manage a draw against Newcastle United as the game ended 2-2. Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 away with Zaha and Schlupp getting the goals. Liverpool maintain their winning run with a 2-1 win over Brighton with nearest rivals Leicester beating Everton by the same score.  Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa and I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Solskjaer keeps the boot too (probably won’t make it till the end of the season).

emery out

Another bites the dust!!!!!


Mour of the same Jose

Love him or loathe him, Mourinho never fails to disappoint in any capacity as far as the charisma and charm goes. It was great to see the special one back in the dug out where he belongs and back to see him in the Premier League. Mourinho has this aura that attracts so many to him which is probably why the league never quite feels right without him.

Having managed both Chelsea and Manchester United respectively and been very successful (contrary to what some might say), Mourinho embarked on his new journey as the Head Coach of Tottenham. Here stands the man ready for another challenge and renewed ambitions of dominating arguably the hardest and most competitive league in the world.

West Ham hosted Mourinho and Spurs and let’s face it, they have been a bogey team for Tottenham in recent times so where better to start right? Tottenham began the game on the offensive and looked like a team on a mission. The energetic display (a far cry from their previous lack luster performances) was breathtaking. Alli had a brilliant first half and played in a fashion that was reminiscent of his early days at Spurs.

Son opened the scoring in the 36th minute with an excellent finish into the bottom corner before Moura added a second in the 43rd minute to put Tottenham 2-0 up in the first half after a great bit of skill from Alli and Son’s delivery created the opportunity for the Brazilian to finish. Mourinho was back to his celebrating best as he gestured on the touchline much to the annoyance of the West Ham fans (hey give him a break it’s his first game back).

The introduction of Antonio gave some spark to West Ham’s attack as he constantly posed a threat to the Tottenham defence. Spurs captain, Kane made it 3 goals to nil with a headed goal and you just knew it would be Tottenham and Mourinho’s day. Antonio pulled one back for the Hammers in the 73rd minute which was well deserved for his spirited endeavour. West Ham scored another through Rice but was ruled as offside by VAR before Ogbonna’s injury time effort in the 96th minute to end the game 3-2 in Spur’s favour.

The verdict is Mourinho is back and ready to fight on all fronts and it seems from first glance that the players have responded and will play for him. How long will the love affair with Spurs last? Well your guess is as good as mine but we are all here for the ride and look forward to the future.

Mourinho may have had all the headlines this past week but the game of the weekend was between Sheffield United and Manchester United. Sheffield United had been two goals up thanks to efforts from Flecck (19th minute) and Mousset (52nd minute) and looked certain for all 3 points. However, Man Utd clawed their way back and had a very very very productive output between the 72nd and 79th minute where they managed to score 3 goals thaks to Willams (72nd minute), Greenwood (77 minute) and Rashford (79th minute).

United thought they’d done the impossible when Rashford scored only to be denied the 3 points thanks to McBurnie’s controversial equaliser in the 90th minute. There are suggestions that the ball hit his hand before he struck the ball. However, the goal stood after VAR checks and Sheffield United will be satisfied with the draw.

Liverpool continued their unbeaten run having overcome Crystal Palace away. Mane put the leaders ahead in the 49th minute before Firmino got the winner in the 85th minute to cancel out Zaha’s 82nd minute equaliser. Leicester also, staked further claim to the top 4 with a convincing 2-0 win over Brighton. Vardy and Perez providing the goals. There were also wins for Manchester City who beat Chelsea 2-1 and Wolves who beat Bournemouth by the same margin.

Arsenal could only manage a 2-2 draw against Southampton as the pressure mounts on Manager Emery. Will he be the next manager to get the sack or will another under performing manager be axed. The expectations in the modern game are very high and fans and supporters alike demand success. When this cries aren’t fulfilled it’s usually the manager’s head that rolls.

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First of many!!!!!

Pochettino Out, Mourinho In……

Drama at the Lane

Wednesday the 20 November will forever live long in the memory of Tottenham supporters. It was the day Jose Mourinho (the self proclaimed special one) was officially unveiled as the new Head Coach at Tottenham after chairman Daniel Levy sacked long standing Mananger Mauricio Pochettino only a few hours earlier.

Everything felt like it happened so rapidly that Spurs fans weren’t even able to drown their sorrows in the disappointment of losing Pochettino. However, that’s the ruthlessness of Spurs’s chairman Levy (that man is ice cold). One thing I did know was  that the Tottenham hierarchy aren’t one to make hasty and rash decisions and would have thought long and hard before going ahead with this surprising but decisive action.

When I found out Pochettino had been sacked I was in great shock and didn’t know what to say. My heart was skipping many beats (I started having flashbacks to the 90s). The news literally caught everyone by surprise and before I could dunk my hobnobs in my hot chocolate to console myself the unimaginable occurred……The special one was named as the man in charge of the mighty Spurs.

Where it went wrong for Poch

Now, Pochettino is and will always be loved at Spurs there’s no doubts about that but where did it all go wrong for the Argentine. Firstly, he deserves a lot of respect and credit for the great work he did with the club in helping them transition into a genuine top for team and also providing some of the greatest nights in the clubs history.

Many will argue that in his 5 years at Tottenham, whilst producing attractive attacking football, legacy is based on results and accolades. This is rather unfortunate because Spurs did not win any honours under Pochettino. Yes there’s great admiration for the style of play he embraced but trophies secure and build legacy. Till this day Juande Ramos has a better legacy (I’m just saying) having won the Football League cup in 2008 for Spurs and that’s football in nutshell.

Tottenham’s results in the league have been awful in the past few weeks and if you dig deeper into the rabbit hole you will find that the results have been poor sine January. The players should be made accountable but sometimes it doesn’t happen. Although they are only 3 points adrift from 5th placed Sheffield United whilst currently 14th in the table, I believe Pochettino had taken this crop of players as far as he could and changes needed to be made. I am certain that if Jose wasn’t lined up as his replacement that the board wouldn’t have sacked Pochettino.

The reality is that results matter and trophy cabinets need filling (there’s a lot of dust building up at the Tottenham Stadium too) one way or the other and he did not deliver this. He came close but never quite made it possible. No Premier League titles, no Champions League titles, no FA cups, no League cups, no Europa League cups, nothing absolutely nothing, nada. Adios Mauricio, thanks for the memories, our Champion League story of 2019 will be one to cherish for a life time.

Long live the special one

He slipped into the lane like a thief in the night. I’d rather see Jose at Spurs than at Arsenal. The man is an absolute legend and a proven winner. He doesn’t lose many finals either and I can guarantee you that had it been Mourinho managing Spurs in the champions league final, Tottenham would have bagged their first tropy and that’s a fact.

He has won silverware everywhere he’s been and although often criticised  for his style of play and controversial demeanour, he is in no doubt one of the greatest managers of all time. His records speak great success and a trophy collection many admire. The man has won it all. He has 25 major trophies, including 3 Premier League titles, won league titles in 4 countries and 2 champions league trophies with two different clubs (need I say more).

Tottenham expect and Mourinho will deliver. Embrace yourself for what truly will be some amazing times ahead for Spurs (the football will be less attractive but the trophy cabinet will be pregnant).

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Interesting times!!!