Andres Villas-Boas Targets European Glory

Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas has vowed to bring Champions League glory to Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich is determined to witness Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy under his ownership after seeing Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti all fail. The Blues came closest to being crowned kings of Europe under Grant when they reached the final in 2008, only to be defeated on penalties…

July 18, 2011

Abramovich Should Avoid Sacking Ancelotti

The mandarins who serve Roman Abramovich at Chelsea say there are two sides to the Russian billionaire. There is the pragmatist; the man who believes in strategy and planning – then there is the emotional Abramovich; the man who acts on instinct, often in direct conflict to the original plan. They say that, with Abramovich, you always have to prepare for the illogical. At the time they thought it utterly…

April 14, 2011

FA Cup preview: Arsenal v Leeds United

Premier League giants Arsenal host Leeds United at the Emirates in the showpiece fixture of Saturday’s FA Cup third round action. Championship club Leeds, desperately fighting to make their way back into the top flight, endured a torrid run throughout December and took just three of a possible 12 points to fall two points adrift of the promotion places. Their struggle mirrors that of Arsenal, who have fallen four points…

January 6, 2011