José Mourinho Criticises Barcelona

José Mourinho effectively accused Uefa of fixing it for Barcelona to reach the Champions League final after his Real Madrid team were beaten 2-0 at home by their fiercest rivals in an ugly and controversy-filled first leg of their semi-final. Mourinho claimed it was “impossible” for Madrid to defeat the dark forces lined up against them after a night on which he and his defender Pepe were sent off. Two…

April 28, 2011

Arsenal Shock Barcelona

If you tell a football team often enough that they are the best in the world, by which you really mean that their attacking players win matches by scoring goals more beautifully than anyone else around, there is a chance their defenders may believe it applies to them, too. Then they may fall into the sort of trap sprung by Arsenal last night at the pulsating, heart-in-mouth climax of a…

February 17, 2011

Arsenal Must End Barren Spell, Says Wenger After Cup Victory

Arséne Wenger said Arsenal showed they were hungry to end their trophyless run after they cruised past Leeds United in the FA Cup third-round replay. Wenger, who dismissed suggestions of a rift between the captain Cesc Fábregas and Denilson after reports that the Brazilian questioned his team-mate’s leadership qualities, said his team had learned the lessons from the 1-1 draw 10 days ago. Arsenal, whose last silverware was in 2005,…

January 19, 2011