Category: Chelsea

Dude Perfect, Oscar and Lamela: Football v Football Challenge

Dude Perfect does it again. I wonder if Erik Lamela or Oscar even knew who these guys were before agreeing to film this.

Also, I started browsing Soccer AM’s YouTube channel after I watched this video and they are putting out a lot of quality videos. I’m going to have to keep an eye on them.

 

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I am Back!So is the Premier League!

Good evening all! After a brief hiatus chasing the ever elusive perfect GMAT score, I am officially BACK! AAAAAAAND so is the premier league! (Try not to contain yourselves too much, I know you missed me more). So many important events have occurred while I was on “holiday”, so I would like to begin my comeback by giving to you basically a tweet preview (120 characters….ish) of each Top Flight english squad to help kick off the 2015/2016 campaign! Should be easy…right?

Lets start with the easiest team to dissect:

ARSENAL

WIll Petr Cech be the high-caliber keeper that turns the gunners from choke-artists to proper contenders?Will Wenger sign another striker…Benzema?

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 

1899: Inaugural season; 1997:Club almost folds due to more than 7 million pounds of debt and unable to pay its players, supporters raise 1.4 million pounds; 2015: 1st EVER BPL season. #Moneyball

ASTON VILLA

No Benteke, delph, or Cissokho. Lets see what Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew can do. Brad Guzan… better be ready for action. Adama Traore?????

CHELSEA

Will the deadly Fabregras, Matic, , Oscaar, Hazard combo troll the BPL again and win the League? Is Douglas Costa more injury-prone than the glass-kneed RVP? Is John Stones the Batman to John Terry’s Bane?

MANCHESTER CITY 

Bye-Bye Dzeko. Is Sterling Liverpool’s or ManCity’s reckoning? Is he a selfish, underdeveloped youngin that will crack under pressure faster than batman’s back smashing on Bane’s Knee. Pellegrini out? Pep in? (Lots of Batman analogies today, huh?) 

MANCHESTER UNITED

No RVP. No Di Maria. LVG vs De Gea. LVG vs. the Glazers. LVG vs. Wayne Rooney. LVG vs. BPL. Rooney, Schweini and Schneiderlin to lead the way.

LIVERPOOL

RODGERS’ LAST CHANCE. No more Stevie G., Onto the Henderson Captaincy era. Will Benteke or Ings become the Luigi or Bowser to Super Mario. Millner earned this contract and will become a fast leader of the team. 

SWANSEA CITY

The Succesful Monk philosophy for 3 more years. Couple new faces…ahem Eder. Season opener vs. returning champs Chelsea is a tough draw.

SUNDERLAND

Coates, Kaboul, M’Vila in. Veringi, Wickford out. Giacherini stay.  Adam Henderson’s off-field woes postponed to next year. Will they be in the vyng for relegation. 

SOUTHHAMPTON

Big shoes to fill from Schneiderlin loss. Will the Stingiest defence in the BPL last season returrn to its surprising form. No Osvaldo and possibly no Fonte. Can Graziano Pelle score at the same rate this season. Lots of questions.

TOTTENHAM

Mo Po has his hands full. Spurs need a return to consistency. Lloris is looking for UCL football, will he convince the talented shot-stopper to stay. Is Harry Kane truly the next Bale? Sell Lamela?

LEICESTER CITY

Bad Choice in hiring Ranieri (Roma fan here). Already lost your best player in Esteban Cambiasso, who’s next? Son of Schmeichel?

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Steve McClaren has arrived. He now works for the worlds Stingiest Owner. Good Luck. Atleast you resigned Coloccini… lets hope for less reds this year.

CRYSTAL PALACE

My dark horse of this years BPL. Yohan Cabaye? What a steal! An influx of talent will only help solidiy a young and scary XI. Cabaye, Bolasie connection will be nice.

Norwich City

Fighting to not be relegated right back down to the Championship. 

WEST HAM UNITED

Farewell big Sam. Farewell Upton park? The era of Bilic is already in shambles by “sacrificing”Europa League. Andy Carroll may be healthy for once. Valencia injured. Downing was sold to his hometown club. Will Payet actually make the hammers better?

WATFORD

The signings of decent players like Behrami, Berghuis, Nyom and Britos will help this team produce some surprising results. Let’s hope they can remain afloat and stay in the top flight.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Ricky Lambert + Saido Behrani connection may be a match made in heaven. The 22 year-old is loooking to build on last year’s successful campaign that was filled with 20 solid goals.

EVERTON

Tim Howard looks like he enjoyed his off season, possibly too much. Let’s hope he wwill come into the season strong and in top form.  Romelu Lukaku will look to net many more with the help of new-boy Tom Cleverly.  May be a contender. 

STOKE CITY

May be a surprising contender as well to finish close to the top of the table.  What they lost in Asmir Begovic, Stoke gained with Shay Given. Look to Marco Van Ginkle to shine and push this young team throughout this season. Xherdan Shaqiri could definitely help!

Do you agree? disagree? please lets us know what you think! Thats all for now folks. 

Diego Costa Faces 3-Match Ban, Quickly Becoming The New “Luis Suarez” Of the EPL

From BBC.com:

Diego Costa has been charged for violent conduct after an alleged stamp following the Capital One Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Chelsea striker, 26, faces a three-match ban for his challenge on defender Emre Can during the 1-0 victory.
The Spaniard could miss Saturday’s league match with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge if he is found guilty.
He has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond to the Football Association’s charge.

Take a look at that picture of Diego Costa stomping on Emre Can during the Capital One Cup semi-final clash between Liverpool and Chelsea. It is evident in that picture he is trying to injure Emre Can. That’s not the only time he stomped on a Liverpool player during the game either. It is just the only one he is being charged for. There was also the below stomp of Martin Skrtel:

It could be argued that Martin Skrtel also kicked out against him but wouldn’t you too if you were being stomped on? This behavior is unacceptable and it is nice to see that the English FA isn’t allowing it to go unpunished. However, this behavior is nothing new for Diego Costa. He has long had a reputation for being a dirty player and after less than a year in the physical English Premier League he is beginning to show his true colors.

With the vacuum left by Suarez’s departure there needed to be someone to claim the throne of the “bad boy” of the English Premier League. If Diego Costa continues to dive and act violently then he should expect the same vitriol Luis Suarez was subjected to.

Jose Mourinho Full Length Christmas Interview – England Job, Sir Alex Ferguson & Mario Balotelli

Jose Mourinho’s full length Christmas day interview
He talks about England job, Sir Alex Ferguson & Mario Balotelli

I’ve never liked Jose Mourinho. In my personal opinion he complains too much and is always blaming the refs. Before this season I also thought his defensive, counterattacking style of play was boring. However, just because I don’t like him as a person doesn’t mean I don’t respect him as a coach. There is too much evidence out there from former players and fellow coaches to support how great of a coach is. Therefore, when he sits down for an interview like this you have to listen because his opinions can be eye-opening.

Alexis Sanchez Punched Branislav Ivanovic In The Side Of The Head

The ref missed this but it definitely looks like Alexis Sanchez punched Branislav Ivanovic in the side of the head. Ivanovic doesn’t even seem to flinch but I’d be surprised if the FA didn’t hand down a punishment. It is apparent Arsene Wenger’s players have learned his aggressive ways after seeing Arsene Wenger’s push of Mourinho during the same game.

See How Much British Transfer Fees Have Soared

It is one thing to overpay for a 48 oz steak or for an intricate woven sock comprised of the finest silk in the world. It is another to overpay for a footballer whose only guaranteed return is increased jersey sales and maybe a few more season ticket holders. Check out the article below to see some landmarks of the British transfer fee over the past 125 years. Something tells me that the last two record breakers have not exactly achieved the way they were expected to. *Cough*Cough* Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll. I hope Di Maria can break the English curse on the most expensive man in the league!

Check out the infographic below and click it to check out the full article courtesy of BBC Sport.
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Fernando Torres Misses Easy Shot On Net

This shot is such an easy goal to make that it actually seems more surprising that Fernando Torres missed it. He is so skillful at being bad that he has reached new heights of awfulness. After having such a successful career at Liverpool it is saddening to see how far he fallen after his big transfer to Chelsea. Injuries are partially to blame for this regression but there also has to be a psychological element to it as well. He used to be automatic with when he was inside the 18 yard box. Now it’s a big deal if he even scores.