Sir Alex Ferguson: Real Stuff Starts On Sunday

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared last week’s Community Shield as the start of a phoney war for Premier League supremacy. Manchester United sent out a real message of intent at Wembley. Dominant in the first-half against Manchester City, United nevertheless found themselves two goals down. It was not until the interval introductions of Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans that the Red Devils really cut loose, scoring three times…

August 12, 2011

Ancelotti Casts Doubt On Chelsea Future

Carlo Ancelotti has expressed uncertainty over his future at Chelsea by claiming he would not “want to train a team that is not in the Champions League”. The club resumes its involvement in the competition on Tuesday with a last-16 tie against FC Copenhagen but, unless they win the final in May, they may not be involved next year given their struggles to secure a qualification place via the Premier…

February 19, 2011

Former Tottenham star Jamie Redknapp criticises Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, lavishes praise on Arsenal’s Johan Djourou

In the aftermath of Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, several Blues players have come under heavy criticism. Former Tottenham and England star Jamie Redknapp has pointed to Chelsea’s midfield as the problematic area in the team, particularly singling John Obi Mikel as an under-performer. In his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp blames Obi Mikel for allowing Arsenal to dominate the middle of the park during last night’s…

December 29, 2010

Lampard And Van Der Vaart Missing

Chelsea will not risk England midfielder Frank Lampard against Tottenham in their Barclays Premier League clash on Sunday because he is not match fit. The England international midfielder is back in training after groin and tendon injuries but requires match practice. Right-back Jose Bosingwa is out with a torn hamstring but left-back Ashley Cole is fit after recovering from a slight ankle knock. Rafael van der Vaart will miss out…

December 11, 2010

Chelsea v Wolves-Preview

For Chelsea and Carlo Ancelotti, Saturday’s game against Wolves is just another opportunity to acquire three points and continue their 100 per cent home record. The Blues will be slightly wary of a European hangover, after their comfortable 2-0 win following a long trip to Moscow — but know they should still have more than enough to beat one of the divisions strugglers. Indeed, if Ancelotti was worried about the…

October 22, 2010

Fernando Torres leads list of Premier League shirt sales

Fernando Torres was once again the most popular name to feature on replica Premier League shirts printed worldwide last season. The Liverpool and World Cup winning striker won the title last year as well. The figures are based on official club shirts sold domestically and internationally. His team-mate Steven Gerrard was second in the top 10 list compiled by SportingiD. Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also made it. Manchester United’s Nani…

August 18, 2010