Thursday, 30 September 2010

clean sweep for the english???!!!!

yes it is true!!!! all english teams have been triumphant this week in the european competitions.....even rangers!!!!
so tonight its liverpool travelling to holland to play fc utrect, and man city host juventus in a mouthwatering tie!!
my veiw for the liverpool game is this, torres plays should = liverpool win, although i think roy hodgson since joining liverpool is gradually finding out the pressures of managing one of the most succesful sides in england, he is starting to play more and more defensive in fear that they may be beaten and he will have to take responsibility for the short falls, tonight though i totally expect liverpool to win and pretty comfortably at that, i say torres to finally hit form and joe cole to star in a reds 3-1 victory.
man city host the european giants juventus at eastlands, this being city's big test against a mixture of age and experience in the italian team, there will be doubts over team selection as mancini is somehow in the same mindset as hodgson whereas he is playing 'spoil' football, although chelsea never moaned and groaned when they were winning 1-0 every week under jose 'the special one' were they??!!
i do expect city with home advantage to run out winners but the italians will give them a game and if city do not get their advantage in early the crowd may turn on mancini and the team, ill go for a tight 2-1 home win for the sky blues.
ill leave you with this final thought......the haggis isnt actually does that mean sir alex isnt actually god????

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

are english teams good enough???

I watched a bit of the champions league games last night including the arsenal, chelsea, real madrid, ac milan, and it really got me thinking.....are the english teams as good as we here in england believe they are?
the four teams in there from england : chelsea (champions of england) beaten last time in the final but for debatable decisions by the referee and a united side that took full advantage of the situation, manchester united (runners up) beat chelsea in that final but should they have won more european cups whilst under the control of sir alex??? arsenal (beaten finalists vs barca) play the most attractive football apart from barca, have the best young side in the world but do they have the muscle? and this year a new entity....spurs. the unknown team from england in this years competition, which i think can only help themas they prepare for their 1st home game in the biggest cup competition arguably in the world......fc twente have made huge in-roads over the last year since steve maclaren took the reigns and guided them to the title and instilled belief into their players that is still blatently evident and so close to the surface that they will test spurs tonight but in my opinion i think spurs in front of thier own fans will beat them fairly comfortably 3-1 as twent are not the strongest at the back and in europe top strikers will punish this, ruiz up top will test the spurs backline and will pose the biggest threat and i wouldnt be suprised if we saw him in the premiership in the near future either!!
as for united, they travel to the mighty valencia to take on the team sitting above barca and real madrid at the top of the prem in spain, even without the now world renownd david villa putting the ball in the net for them.
united are conceding goals and have let 2 goals in on to many occasions for sir alex or the united faithful to be happy with, but with this in mind i predict a scoreline of 2-1 to the spanish league leaders, no scholes, no rooney
 and ferdinand back but with a dodgy back i dont think they'll be able to hold off valencia in their own back yard.
so bottom line is......sir alex......nearly 20 years at the helm for united.....2 european cups......should he have won more given the time and money he has had and the calibre of players that have graced the pitch for united over these years? i am not questioning his record domestically because this cant be questioned, but as a football fan and being english i just feel he should have steered them to more european success????
is this a fair point???

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

why do we do it??!!

as this is my first ever post i shall keep it short, sweet and to the point......i walkedinto work on monday, as i do every(well most) mondays, to the unpresidented barrage of abuse that comes as part and parcel of supporting a football club.My team had not only failed to win but struggled to secure a measley point from without sounding to harsh, a lower club than that of ourselves.......or so we think.
we think this because no matter what club you may support/follow, the fact of the matter is is that club is the best club in the world to each and every individual, blind to the fact that there are other teams considerably better or have more financial clout than yours, yet your club remains strong and proudly in your heart and for the vast majority of football fans will remain till death do you part.
results, managers, leagues and cups come and go, but you remain strong and instilled in the belief that your club will once again be great or suprise you and surpass your every expectations.....or we can all hope at least.

so i pose this question to you all.....why do we stay so loyal and faithful to our teams yet survive the constant barrage of abuse, knowing all well and good that you have no bearing on any results anytime anywhere!!!!!

ill leave it at that for now....responses will be greatly received and guesses at which team is mine will also be interesting :)