10 Years Ago – A 10 Goal Thriller

There have been some truly absorbing games since the Premier League began. Whether it be a crucial six-pointer or a cagey, tight title clincher, we have all experienced highs, lows and extraordinary matches.

One such match that fits the bill took place 10 years ago today. Oh, how time flies.

White Hart Lane was the venue for Tottenham Vs Reading. A premier League encounter that gave us a result nobody could have predicted. I doubt anybody put money on it. If you did, please give me a call and share your incredible knowledge/luck.

The first half was relatively tame. Well, compared to the 2nd half goalfest that was to come anyway. Spurs took the lead after only 7 minutes through Dimitar Berbatov with a tap-in.

Within 10 minutes Kalifa Cisse had levelled for Reading, and that was it for the first half. A seemingly routine Premier League clash that looked as if it could go either way.

Only 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Ivar Ingimarsson headed the Royals ahead, only to see Berbatov fire home an equaliser after 63 minutes.

The floodgates were well and truly open. Reading recaptured the lead on 69 minutes with Dave Kitson heading home a Nicky Shorey corner. The lead was again short-lived as Berbatov completely his hat-trick 4 minutes later.

Surely we wouldn’t see too many more goals? Oh, yes we would. Straight from the restart, Kitson added his 2nd and Reading were back in the lead for the 3rd time.

Into the final quarter of an hour and Tottenham refused to lie down. Steed Malbranque was next on the scoresheet to make it 4-4.

79 minutes on the clock and the home side were awarded a penalty. Yet more drama was to ensue as Robbie Keane saw his penalty saved, only for Jermaine Defoe to head in the rebound……… 5-4!

How would this astonishing game end?

That man Berbatov completed his man of the match performance by adding his 4th and Spurs 6th to give us a final score of Tottenham Hotspur 6 Reading 4.

Not one for those of us that like to see good defending, and I’m sure both managers joined fans in tearing their hair out at times.

Steve Coppell: It was great entertainment and if you were impartial it would have been a magnificent game to watch.

Gus Poyet: It was a great game for Match Of The Day, but not a great game if you were one of the managers

One thing is for sure is it was a game that offered entertainment of the highest level. Two teams refusing to lie down and fight till the bitter end. There have been others and maybe, just maybe we might see something similar this coming weekend. 


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Attention! Chelsea Fans –  A New Rumour Mill Has Officially Started

We’re not even quite at the end of the calandar year, and barely half way through the season, but already rumours of how our heroes will look as they take to the field NEXT season are making there way onto social media.

And first up is Chelsea. I’m sure other clubs will follow suit in the new year. 

Now, if it’s real, there’ll be a hint of red on the new shirt. Not something that tends to go down well with blues fans. However, I for one quite like the design. In truth though… It does look as if somebody has simply added a few red and white bits to the current shirt.

As for the away kit… I do like the idea of returning to a yellow shirt. It looks like quite a simple design, but it doesn’t need to be too fancy in my opinion.

Source: Footy Headlines 

Stay tuned for the next batch of… ‘Is This Chelsea’s New Shirt’ Coming soon I expect.

Chelsea Team News – Carabao Cup V Bournemouth 



Antonio Conte has revealed his plans for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarter final during this afternoon’s press conference, as Bournemouth visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening.
The Italian has vowed to mix things up as games come thick and fast over the busy Christmas period.

On the injury front David Luiz remains sidelined and Charly Musonda also has a knock that has kept him out recently. Morata was described as “working very well” following his recent absence due to a back problem. Marcos Alonso will miss out due to suspension.
Conte did confirm that Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy will definitely start, and also hinted that youngsters Dujon Sterling, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu may well be involved.. “These players could be involved, why not” added the blues boss. “These players are the future for Chelsea” 

Ampadu looks the most likely having already featured in competition this season.

It’s fair to say Conte is keen to use this competition to give squad players a chance, but there is obviously still a huge desire to progress to the next round, as explained by the former Juventus coach…

“Every competition is serious and our task is to try and win the game, to reach the semi-finals. It’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players that aren’t playing with regularity. This is very important”

It remains to be seen what the starting XI will be at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, but one thing is for certain that Chelsea cannot take their opponents for granted. Eddie Howe is without Daniels and King due to injury, and hinted at changes. Especially as the cherries travel to the Etihad at the weekend. However, two blues old boys, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic may well be involved against their the club they left last summer.

Luiz In Conte Talks?



Out of favour Chelsea defender David Luiz is in talks with blues boss Antonio Conte over his future according to reports this morning.

Re-signed from PSG last summer in a £30m deal, the Brazilian played a huge part in Chelsea’s title success last season, but has found regular appearances hard to come by of late, with youngster Andreas Christensen proving a perfect replacement. 

Luiz originally lost his place in the team after being sent off against Arsenal. He has also suffered with injury problems of late, making a total of 13 appearances of which 8 have been in the Premier League.

A huge character and personality within the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, the man known for his trademark curly locks may well be seeking some answers about his future with Bayern Munich reportedly showing an interest. 

Whether the no nonsense Conte will give him the answers he wants to hear remains to be seen. 

With the transfer window reopening in just over two weeks, this story could run for some time as their are bound to be other suitors for the 30 year olds signature.

Should David Luiz look for pastures new? Or should Antonio Conte restore him to the starting line up?

Comment below with your thoughts..

Have United Fans Had Enough Of The Mourinho Mentality? 

Manchester United seemingly bounced back from Sunday’s Manchester derby defeat last night with a win at Old Trafford against Bournemouth

However, not everybody that supports the red half of Manchester was satisfied with the overall performance. Romelu Lukaku’s first half goal clinched the 3 points, but the lack of attacking prowess, as United only managed 2 shots on target thoughout the 90 minutes has left some with an axe to grind. 

It’s not the first time the Portuguese tactician has been called into question during his time in the Old Trafford hotseat. 

Many have questioned they are not ‘Playing the United way’… Eeking out odd goal victories amid a ‘backs to the wall’ performance is a million miles away from the free flowing entertaining title winning football served up under the tender of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Mourinho out brigade are slowly starting to rear their heads, but it’s fair to say that with the size of United’s worldwide fan base, what might seem like a vocal section of discontent is actually just a small minority of keyboard warriors. 

Or is there more to it? What is the mood like on the Stretford End? Many may share the notion that all in all it’s the points that matter. Even if we do want to be entertained we can’t always get the wish to be engrossed in a free flowing comfortable victories. On the other hand some would argue they pay enough money and would expect a certain level of entertainment.

Overall, is the criticism unfair or does Jose need to change things? 

United do sit 2nd in the premier and have scored 37 goals. Which is the 2nd most. It’s hard to use Manchester City’s form as a yardstick as their season has been extraordinary so far. 

There have been games where United have convincingly dispatched teams and scored 3 or 4 goals. However the Mourinho out camp would argue there have been more games where United have sat back and negatively held on by the skin of their teeth or approached games from the off with the plan to ‘shut up shop’

So what’s it to be? Happy to scrap for the points by whatever means? Or the need to be satisfyingly entertained? 

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The Oddest Football Shirts Of All Time 

 Recently  I embarked on selling some of my old shirts. Difficult decisions being made as many have memories and sentimental value that stops me even considering parting with them. One such shirt that I did sell is this Chelsea Away Shirt circa 1994-96. Yes, that odd tangerine and graphite number donned by the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes amongst others.

  

With this in mind it got me thinking about some of the odd looking shirts that have been available over the years. Whether it be the colour or the design, there have certainly been some, well, unusual to put it politely creations

Here are a few others that have sparked debate. Iconic or eyesore?

Just what were Arsenal thinking with this creation in 1991? I suppose as League Champions they were allowed to do what they like.

 Stoke City may have upstaged that with this 1993 away shirt. Tie dye was popular back then, but not a football field surely.

Next up is a quite well known and often mentioned in these type of discussions. Yes! It’s Norwich City. Kind of looks like a dress your grandmother would wesr. But to be fair to the boys from East Anglia, I always think of Jeremy Goss in Munich when I see this.

Finally an eyesore before it’s time. Yes it’s Coventry City’s somewhat famous brown kit from 1979 to 1981. Bourbon biscuit springs to mind.

There are plenty of other eyesores. Comment below and send us your pics.

Morata Answers His Critics And Why Costa Won’t Be Missed

It’s been a big week for Chelsea Football Club as the Diego Costa saga finally looks to be coming to an end. I won’t go into the whole episode as it’s dragged on for some time now and most Chelsea fans are pleased that it is coming to an end

Diego played a huge part in securing two League titles in three years and for that I, like most blues fans will be eternally grateful. However, it’s been obvious he doesn’t want to be at Stamford Bridge and his petulance was often his Achilles heel as well as being what made him his snarling best at times.  so it’s ‘Adios Amigo’ and best of luck.

Now there’s a new kid on the block…Alvaro Morata. The fellow spaniard has made a decent start for Chelsea with 3 goals in his opening 5 games in the Premier League. Following the Costa sale many pundits and experts asked the question as to the whether the former Real Madrid man could emulate his predecessor? It was also noticeable that he had scored all 3 goals with his head. 

Well, yesterday at Stoke City’s Bet 365 Stadium he answered those uncertainties with a display that even the staunch Morata backers wouldn’t have expected. A fine hatrick that showed his finishing ability is of the highest order and all 3 with his feet I must add. It brings his total for the season to 6 in 6 games and shows he has settled into the Stamford Bridge fold perfectly.

Costa gave passion and power and some will argue the Brazilian born striker is a better finisher. Morata on the other hand still needs to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League. He’s a very different player to Costa and if I had to liken him to anybody, it would be another famous Spanish striker who donned the number 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge… Fernando Torres. Now before you shout “What you on about?” Despite the obvious link, I’m talking more about the Torres that graced Anfield. Pace and a great finishing ability as shown by Alvaro’s 2nd goal yesterday.

It’s still early days as to whether Morata will turn out to be a prize asset and a suitable replacement, but for now it looks a great bit of business as reports suggest Chelsea are making around £58m on the sale of Costa. Which is pretty much the down payment made for Morata. Add-ons being subject to his success could make the fee rise to £70m. So potentially the blues have sold a player 4 years older and replaced him with a fresh young player full of experience but still with plenty of potential who could lead the line for a good few years to come at potentially the paultry difference of £12m. A great bit of business and well done to the powers that be at Stamford Bridge for not giving in to the reported demands of Costa and the fees offered by Atletico.

What do you think… Will Morata prove to be a great bit of business and a perfect replacement? 

Comment below with your thoughts…