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Quick Hits – 2

Posted in Ancelotti, Brees, Favre, Kaymer, Kirilenko, Leonardo, Manning, Murray, Ronaldinho, Sanchez, Weld, Wenger on January 24, 2010 by Ronan O'Keeffe
  1. Got it wrong v Stoke

    After Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke today in the FA Cup 4th Round it looks as if its Chelsea’s trophy to lose again this year, with the Blues being the only member of the so-called Big Four left in the competition. The holders dispatched Preston with ease on Saturday and the absence of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien has not slowed Carlo Ancelotti’s men in their tracks. Arsenal fans will be wondering why Arsene Wenger saw fit to field a second string side in a game that was very winnable if he’d gone with his first eleven, and in a competition that gave the Gunners a reasonable shot at success. With their next four league games coming against Aston Villa, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool Wenger obviously took the long view. He’s clearly prioritised league success, but with United and Liverpool already gone this seasons FA Cup is an easier shot than usual and its Carlo Ancelotti, rather than the man in charge at the Emirates, who’s wised up to that fact. Continue reading

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Football round up

Posted in Barca, Benitez, Borriello, Bramble, Dindane, Eto'o, Gerrard, Harry Redknapp, Higuain, Hughes, Keita, Leonardo, Man City, Man United, Melchiot, Milito, Mourinho, Pique, Torres on November 2, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Rafa

Under serious pressure

1 – Another false dawn for Liverpool after a shambolic defeat at Craven Cottage. Two red cards, 3 goals conceded, Torres a major doubt for Wednesday’s crunch game at Lyon and Gerrard definitely out. How much worse can things get for Rafa Benitez? His power base within the club is secure after he saw off Rick Parry and negotiated a huge contract with the American owners last season. But Benitez knows the sack won’t be as distant as it appears now if a majority of Liverpool fans decide enough is enough. When that line is crossed Rafa will most definitely start to hear the Fat Lady clearing her throat. Continue reading

AC Milan: The team that time forgot

Posted in Baresi, Leonardo, Nesta, Onyewu, Pato, Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Seedorf on October 1, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
A side in decline?

A side in decline?

Another mundane week of Champions League group stage fixtures has passed and for the most part the natural order has been maintained. Powerhouses like Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal all won. Continental rivals Bayern Munich and Juventus played out an entertaining draw at the Allianz Arena. Liverpool were humbled by an impressive Fiorentina but La Viola are formidable at home. There was one result from Game Week Two though that really stood out. It came from the San Siro where seven times champions AC Milan were beaten 1-0 by the minnows of FC Zurich. Continue reading