Petr Cech: ‘Abramovich didnt want to see me in an Arsenal shirt’

The keeper on being in a coma, not watching back his greatest moment and the prospect of facing Chelsea in his final game Petr Cech begins at the end. The hope is a playing career that has spanned two decades will extend for another fortnight, that Arsenal progress beyond Valencia and, in far-flung Baku, their veteran goalkeeper is 3-1 advantage from the first leg, but there would be something splendidly appropriate about Cech bringing down the curtain with a 15th winners medal after a collision with Chelsea at the Olympic stadium. After all, he had moved to Arsenal in 2015 intent upon guiding the club to European success, emulating in part what he had achieved over that glittering 11-season stint …

The Premier League teams ineptitude index 2018-19

Its awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who cant take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards Welcome to the Guardians fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor. As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed. So here is a (not always serious) commemoration of cackhandedness: heres where to cheer goalkeepers who help the opposition, those who cant score from 12 yards, players given cards for removing their shirts, and professionals who cant even …

Mohamed Salah downs Chelsea and keeps Liverpool ahead of City

Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah scored second-half goals as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 to stay two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League It was an arrow into the top corner of Chelseas goal and potentially the hearts of Manchester City from Mohamed Salah. The great players rise with pressure and the striker chose his moment and his spot to perfection to drive Liverpool over the most daunting hurdle remaining in their pursuit of the title. We can finally close the slipping book, Jrgen Klopp reflected. A greater sense of closure is tantalisingly within reach should City falter now. Parallels with the Chelsea visit that derailed Liverpools title pursuit in 2014 ran only as far …

Liverpools title charge driven by Champions League pain, says Klopp

Jrgen Klopp believes his Liverpool team are fired by their Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season rather than a league slip-up against Chelsea five years ago Liverpool are driven in their pursuit of the Premier League title by the pain of last seasons 2-0 defeat derailed the title ambitions of Brendan Rodgers team. Klopp admits a determination to make amends is a factor in Liverpools challenge this season but cited defeat by Real Madrid last May as the source, not a different team under a different manager falling into Jos Mourinhos trap. It is not important to talk about what happened. It is too long ago, the Liverpool manager said. We have enough reasons to be positive …

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action

Neil Warnock cuts out the moaning, Jordan Henderson scythes through Chelsea and injuries may leave Spurs midfield blunted 1) Henderson relishing his licence to roam After 76 minutes, when he was withdrawn to a deafening ovation, Jordan Hendersons work was done. A lung-busting display by the Liverpool captain set the tone for a vital victory, a relentless performance typified by the moment when he burst to the byline and supplied a hanging cross for Sadio Man to convert. Henderson asked Jrgen Klopp if he could play further forward in a more natural No 8 role one he has impressed in for his country and he flourished there against Chelsea. Mohamed Salahs rocket, another peerless defensive display by Virgil van Dijk …

Jrgen Klopp blown away by Mohamed Salahs thunderbolt against Chelsea

The Liverpool manager said Mohamed Salahs goal was an outstanding finish Jrgen Klopp was blown away by the brilliance of Mohamed Salahs strike against Chelsea as he urged Liverpool to produce a flawless finish to the Premier League title race. Salah struck an astounding goal 142 seconds after Sadio Man opened the scoring at Anfield as Liverpool retook a two-point lead over Manchester City with Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

Tottenham and Manchester Citys Champions League quarter-final is the latest in a line of intrigue-filled English derbies in Europes top competition A new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when the first European game at Tottenhams scored three goals in a stunning 20-minute burst at Anfield. City did not play badly in either leg but ended up losing them both. After The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Terrys miss sent the shootout into sudden death, where Edwin van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka to secure a 6-5 win. Avram Grants Chelsea came second in the league to Manchester United that year, …

Eden Hazard determined to join Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidanes return

Real Madrid have finally formalised their pursuit of Eden Hazard by lodging a proposal with Chelsea Eden Hazards resolve to move to Real Madrid at the end of the season has been strengthened by two-window transfer ban for breaches relating to the recruitment of minors. The case is expected to be heard before the summer, giving the club time, if the appeal is rejected, to seek an interim ruling at the court of arbitration for sport to allow them to continue trading until Cass judgment is passed. That uncertainty will influence Chelseas policy towards returning loanees such as Kurt Zouma, Tiemou Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi, and the futures of younger players such as Reece James, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, …

Chelsea defend themselves over Uefa charge of antisemitic chanting

Chelsea have sprung to the defence of their chairman, Bruce Buck, who had been critical of Uefas handling of its charge of alleged antisemitic chanting Chelsea have moved to clarify comments by their chairman, Bruce Buck, in which he suggested Uefas decision to charge the club over alleged antisemitic chanting during a Europa League group game against Vidi had been a waste of time. Uefa confirmed on Thursday that the charges would not be pursued, apparently because of a lack of evidence. That decision was reached despite Chelsea having released a statement immediately after the game in Budapest last December condemning those who had shamed the club and questioning the brainpower of anyone who had engaged in the chants, which …