Yes, you did read that right and it’s not something I thought I’d ever write. Arsene Wenger thinks his arch rival Alex Ferguson should be manager of the year: ‘I feel this year Sir Alex Ferguson, because he’s in a position to fight on every front,’ Wenger told www.leaguemanagers.com. ‘â€¦And Steve Coppell, who is in a position where nobody expected him to be and he has a team who do not play negatively – they have a positive attitude everywhere they go.’
A few transfer bits and bobs doing the rounds todayâ€¦
With one leg down, we have two beautifully poised Champions League semi finals. Man Utd have the slight edge against Milan, in as much as they’re leading the tie, but Milan have two precious away goals and so a 1-0 win at the San Siro is all they need. Thing is, I can’t see Man U not scoring in Milan, so the Italians would need to score at least two goals to succeed.
A predictably defensive affair with lots of long balls, lots of falling over by Didier Drogba and the odd chant of ‘Fuck off Mourinho!’ by Liverpool fans. Liverpool were strangely muted but without an away goal I’d have to favour Chelsea to reach the final now.
As he promised before the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Valencia, Jose Mourinho spent Tuesday night at the WWE wrestling event at Earls Court with his kid. And as Pies pointed out at the time, contrary to his pre-match mind games, he was also able to attend last night’s Champions League semi-final with Liverpool.
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Jose Mourinho has once again been showing off his revolutionary approach to pre-match press conferences, so it is probably as good a time as any to invest in this Che Guevera-style t-shirt.
Chelsea trio Sean Wright-Phillips, Carlo Cudicini and Jon-Obi Mikel muck about during training before tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Liverpool. [Photo: Getty Images]
Simple really – who’s the worst Lamps lookalike (Justin Eason on the left, in Chelsea shirt; Eric Yabsley on right, in England shirt)? Yes, we know they’re both really shit.
Michael Essien was arrested for drink-driving as he left a nightclub at 5am yesterday. The Chelsea midfielder/defender/goalie/physio etc. was driving his black Range Rover when he was stopped by police. Essien was breathalysed on the spot and nicked when the result proved positive. He was held for several hours then freed on bail at 10am. He must report back to police in July.
Daniel Craig might be the current incumbent, but next time the hunt is on for a new James Bond Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho might just be in the frame. Details have emerged today of the Special One’s daring escape from Stamford Bridge as he defied a Uefa touchline ban. Mourinho is alleged to have escaped from the dressing room in a laundry basket after giving an illicit half-time team-talk.
John Barnesâ€¦ Chris Waddleâ€¦ Gazzaâ€¦ and now Didier Drogba. News reaches us from The Sun that P Diddier is set to release a rap album under the (crap) alias Drogbacite. DD said: ‘Drogbacite is about me and my success.’ Well, he certainly has the ego to make it in the rap game.
The most lovable man in football, Chelsea chief exec Peter Kenyon, has revealed the club will NOT sack boss Jose Mourinho this summer. Kenyon told Chelsea TV: ‘Jose’s got a contract until 2010 and we’re not going to sack him. He’s got the full support of the board, that’s really importantâ€¦ We’ve been linked with something like 14 managers now I think, but we’ve not got a list and we’re not looking.’
Frank Lampard has admitted it would be ‘a great experience’ to play for Barcelona, again prompting speculation that he could be set for a move to the Nou Camp in the summer. Lamps is yet to sign a new Chelsea contract and is known to be an admirer of the Spanish giants
It looked like boys against men at Upton Park last night. West Ham’s defeat means they are virtual certs to be relegated, while Chelsea just won’t let Man U relax at the top. This was a very impressive, very powerful performance by the champions, who remind me of the German team in Escape to Victory â€“ loads of power and athleticism, but not much in the way of charisma or personality.
This one’s pretty simple. If West Ham lose, they’re down (not mathematically, but there’s no way I can see them escaping); if Chelsea lose, Man Utd win the title (see above). In other words, it’s a crucial game, or, if you like cliches, a massive six-pointer.
Following Sunday’s reconciliatory hugs and kisses, rumours of Jose Mourinho’s imminent exit from Chelsea have started again today. Jurgen Klinsmann is the latest name to be mentioned with the Chelsea post. Who is the best man to spend Roman’s roubles? Should the Blues stand by the Special One? Only the Pies public can decide! Blog [...]
JT never knew what hit himâ€¦ [Via Chelsea Blog]
So the FA will be happier than Larry this morning. They got the showpiece final they wanted for the new Wembley. No surprise that Watford couldn’t match Man U’s firepower (although they put up a good fight), but Blackburn really made Chelsea sweat; the Blues won out after extra time, causing Roman Abramovich to fall [...]
The FA must be dying to see England’s two best teams (Man Utd and Chelsea) grace the new Wembley, and I wasn’t surprised to see the semi-final draw keep the pair apart. Scott Murray, writing in today’s Guardian sports blog, claims that he wants nothing more than a gloriously unfashionable Blackburn v Watford final. It’s [...]
Watford are reported to still have 1,500 unsold tickets for Saturday’s semi-final against Man Utd at Villa Park, whilst Blackburn and Chelsea, who meet at Old Trafford on Sunday at 4pm, have both failed to sell 8,000 tickets of their allocations. The FA has come in for criticism for its choice of venue, but, as [...]
With a Chelsea-Liverpool Champions League now confirmed, time for a spot of deja vu. Here is Luis Garcia’s goal which decided the 2005 semi-final between the two sides. All of the ball over all of the line? Hmm. [Rob Parker]
Improbably, the quadruple is still on after Chelsea overpowered Valencia last night. The English champions’ second-half performance was not pretty (compared with events at Old Trafford, at least) but it was an awesome display of power, stamina and mental strength. Valencia are very strong at home and it takes a very strong team to go [...]