Chelsea Crashes Arsenal’s Hopes Of Silverware

By Daniel Chokoe

The Gunners started their hard schedule on a back foot, by losing 2-0 to Chelsea at home. Chelsea punished the Gunners for their  defensive errors. The goals came from G A and Juan Mata which ensured that the Blues book a place and the Quaterfinals. The result also meant that Jose Mourinho continues his unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger.

Below is the video highlights of the goals:

Arsenal’s schedule get even more tougher as they face Liverpool, Borrusia Dortmound and Manchester United.

 

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Juventus boss Conte refuses to address the media

By Daniel Chokoe

Antonio Conte will not speak to the media ahead of Juventus’ game against Catania on Wednesday evening.

The tactician usually holds a Press conference on the eve of a Serie A tie, but he’s decided to stay quiet tonight.

Conte hit out at sections of the media on Sunday in reaction to claims that there has been a rift between himself and director general Beppe Marotta.
“Stick to talking about football and how the team plays,” the former midfielder noted after the 2-0 win over Genoa
“Don’t go inventing things about the relationship between myself and the club.”

This is not the first time a manager criticizes the Italian media, Jose Mourinho was very vocal about how unimpressed he was with the media in Italian football.

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Platini Calls For A World Cup Expansion

By Daniel Chokoe

Uefa president Michel Platini has called for the World Cup to be expanded from 32 to 40 teams, saying it would ensure better representation for non-European confederations.

Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter recently spoke about Africa and Asia’s under-representation at the showpiece.
Blatter backs more African slots for World Cup But rather than reduce Europe’s finals quota of 13 teams, Platini feels expansion is the way to go.
“It’s good for everybody,” Platini told The Times. “I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams in the World Cup.
“We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American and one from Europe. I support this idea totally.”
He continued: “Football is changing and now we have 209 associations. There are more countries so why reduce? Forty is not so bad.
“You have three days more of competition and you make more people happy.”

It would be a great idea but it favours Europe more, the whole concept of having more Europe nations is the fact that they provide better quality and competition however I think that is not really true. South Africa beat France 2-1 in the last world cup, bring on Russia,Portugal, Poland or even England they can still be defeated by an African or Asian nation.

Football has evolved worldwide the fact that Europe has more than double the advantage as oppossed to other federation bears proof to the list of achievers of the cup. It is most likely for a European team to win the World cup more than any other confederation, I suggest they reduce 13 nations to 9; and increase Africa, Asia, North and South America confederation with an additional one more spot respectively in the world cup. That way we do not change the format of the tournament but maintain a slightly better balancer between all continents.

Platini and Blatter have different views on the World Cup

Platini and Blatter have different views on the World Cup

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Chelsea could perform a January Jumbo sale of Players

Mata and Jose in training

Mata and Jose in training

By Daniel Chokoe

Jose Mourinho’s fringe players.
The People says question marks remain over Juan Mata’s future while Demba Ba, Gary Cahill, Kevin De Bruyne, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertrand.

Napoli and Atletico Madrid are monitoring Mata’s situation, Arsenal tried to sign Ba on loan and there is interest from Germany in De Bruyne.
A Stamford Bridge source said: “A lot of the lads are in the same boat and are unsure over their places.

“It doesn’t look like Jose has settled on his best team and he is changing things around a lot.”

I can understand the reasons for selling certain players, but it does not seem logical to sell the club’s two-time season player of the year. Juan Mata has been nothing but excellent for the London based club and to be fair he was never given enough chance to prove himself. It seems Jose simply doesn’t like Juan Mata, but it would be painful to Blues fans if he leaves for any of their League rivals.

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Contenders for the Ballon d’Or announced

By Daniel Chokoe

Current World player of the year Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery are among the favourites for the 2013 Ballon d’Or, with the 23-man shortlist for the award released by Fifa on Monday.
Africa’s sole representative Yaya Toure, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are also among the nominees, while there are notably six players from Bayern Munich in contention.

Barcelona’s Messi, Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Bayern’s Ribery, however, are widely regarded as the main contenders for the top individual prize in world football.

My view is that Ribery is more deserving of the award than any of the 23-man however it will be hard for him to shield off competition from favourites Lionel Messi. Looking at the past season Ribery guided a clinical Bayern side to a treble thus making him a deserving winner of the Ballon d’Or award.

23-MEN SHORTLIST:
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich France
Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Netherlands
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich Germany
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Germany
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich Germany
Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina
Andres Iniesta Barcelona Spain
Xavi Barcelona Spain
Neymar Barcelona Brazil
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain Sweden
Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain Uruguay
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain Brazil
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portugal
Gareth Bale Real Madrid Wales
Mesut Ozil Arsenal Germany
Robin van Persie Manchester United Netherlands
Yaya Toure Manchester City Cote d’Ivoire
Luis Suarez Liverpool Uruguay
Andrea Pirlo Juventus Italy
Radamel Falcao Monaco Colombia
Eden Hazard Chelsea Belgium
Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund Poland

Do you agree with the nominations, who do you think has been unfortunately excluded?

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EPL Saterday Matches Reviews

By Daniel Chokoe

Liverpool dominated as Gerrard scores a ton of goals:

Liverpool slipped to third after a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United with skipper Steven Gerrard scoring his 100th league goal from a penalty.

Newcastle played for the whole of the second half with 10 men after French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off shortly before halftime. Although they trailed twice, Liverpool dominated the depleted home side and deserved more than a point.

Chelsea continues the 4-1 London lessons to go 2nd:

Chelsea, who started the day in third place, fell behind to Cardiff City after some woeful defending by David Luiz who allowed Jordan Mutch to score after 10 minutes.

Eden Hazard equalised in the 33rd minute after Samuel Eto’o nipped in to steal the ball from goalkeeper David Marshall as he was bouncing it up and down. Eto’o, Oscar and Hazard put the issue beyond doubt with goals in the second half.

Red Devils held by Southampton:

Manchester United slipped up at Old Trafford, held to a 1-1 draw by fourth-placed Southampton.

Robin van Persie scored for United in the 26th minute before Dejan Lovren equalised for the Saints a minute from the end of normal time. 

David Moyes continues to find out how hard it is to be at the helm of a top team, as he struggles to find his feet at Manchester United.

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Orlando Pirates Are Through To The Finals

By Daniel Chokoe

Orlando Pirates had a huge task ahead of their 2nd leg Semi-final game against Espearance having drawn their home leg 0-0.

The Bucs showed their serious intend from the word go and always threatened the Tunisian team goals. The game went to half-time with the teams tied at 0-0, but within 10 minutes of the 2nd half both teams managed to find the back of the net. Rooi Mahamutsa(52 mins) opened the scoring for the Bucanneers with his head from a Segolela corner kick but within 3 minutes Espearance equalised from the box with a simple tap in.

Pirates had tons of other chances to reclaim the lead but they scuppered all the opportunities, but they managed to hold on to book a place in the final through an away goal advantage.

Orlando Pirates will face either Coton Sports/ Al Ahly in the CAF champions league final.

Who do you think will face Orlando Pirates in the final?

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