Jumpers For Goalposts http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk The Football Blog Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:35:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Willian hands Chelsea and Mourinho a lifeline as stunning free-kick secures win over Dynamo Kiev http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/willian-hands-chelsea-and-mourinho-a-lifeline-as-stunning-free-kick-secures-win-over-dynamo-kiev/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/willian-hands-chelsea-and-mourinho-a-lifeline-as-stunning-free-kick-secures-win-over-dynamo-kiev/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:57:06 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=242 2E1D431F00000578-3304095-image-a-78_1446674366488

Chelsea hotshot Willian wheels away to celebrate after scoring a stunning 83rd minute free-kick that edged the Blues past Dynamo Kiev

Chelsea Football Club and their troubles have been one of the biggest stories of the entire season. Their curious case is so big, that we here at j4goalposts.co.uk have been covering their ups and downs for the past month. The Blue’s season has mostly been about downs but on Wednesday night, they managed to record a very rare and much needed up. Chelsea finally managed to bag a positive result as they beat Dynamo Kiev by two goals to one. The win came at a crucial time for the team and their manager because anything less than three points from this game would have left them struggling for their Champions League survival.


Aleksandr Dragovic celebrates scoring Dynamo Kiev’s equaliser in the 77th minute of the match

While Chelsea deserve credit for winning the game, a lot of praise must be given to their influential midfielder, Willian. In fact, had it not been for the Brazilian, chances are that Jose Mourinho would have been sunbathing on a beach in Mallorca right around this time. That is exactly how close the Special One was from the sack. It is a well-known fact that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich considers the Champions League as the holy grail. Numerous managers have bit the dust for failing to deliver on the continental stage and there was no reason why Jose Mourinho, possibly their best ever manager, would be handed a different fate.

Coming to the game itself, one can’t help but deem Chelsea to be very lucky after seeing the manner in which the game progressed. The match got off to a decent start for the home side as Aleksandar Dragović managed to put the ball in the back of his own net on the 34-minute mark. Credit must be given to Willian though for getting in a good position before knocking in a dangerous cross that gave Dragovic no option but to take a chance to clear it. The ball from Willian was fantastic and like any other cross that has been placed in between the last defender and the goalkeeper, Dragovic simply had to make an attempt to play it even though he was facing his own net.


Brazilian international Willian exhibits the perfect body stance as he whips in a 28-yard free-kick straight into the back of the net

Chelsea were the better of the two teams and it would be fair to say that they did deserve the lead even though it wasn’t one of their own who got the goal. It seemed as if Chelsea were finally getting the rub of the green but just when you started to think that, their disastrous form managed to hit them again. In the 77th minute of the game, just 13 minutes from time, Dynamo Kiev equalised and it was Dragovic again who made amends for his own goal in the first half of the match. The Blues were shell shocked but once again, they only had themselves to blame. Their ‘keeper, Asmir Begovic came out to claim a corner-kick but all he could find was John Terry. Both of these Chelsea lads took each other out in rather comical fashion as the ball, undisturbed from its trajectory, landed at the feet of the Kiev defender who wasted no time in smashing the ball into the back of the net.


The entire Chelsea team gather together to celebrate Willian’s late winner

Their lead was squandered and once again, Chelsea were seeing their hopes of qualification get snuffed out. Just as things were getting a bit desperate, up stepped Willian again as he arrowed in a fantastic free-kick from 28 yards out. This winner from Willian meant the world to the Chelsea fans and their manager and this fact was proven by the raucous celebrations that Mourinho broke into as soon as the ball hit the back of the net.

The game ended without any more drama and the Blues managed to climb to second place in the group, giving their hopes of qualification and their manager’s employment status a lifeline.

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Chelsea in crisis as Mourinho’s men are thrashed at home by Klopp’s Reds http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-in-crisis-as-mourinhos-men-are-thrashed-at-home-by-klopps-reds/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-in-crisis-as-mourinhos-men-are-thrashed-at-home-by-klopps-reds/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:31:08 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=236 2DF8EBF100000578-3298018-image-m-74_1446299174942iChelsea Football Club are in crisis and there are no two ways about it.  Jose Mourinho looks like a 15-year-old whose playing FIFA 16 on his Playstation. He looks dejected, forlorn and resembles a brat whose throwing a tantrum because he lost a match on his own console. The Blues are enduring a nightmare and this is not a place that anyone could have imagined them being in. Chelsea are currently in 15th place in the League after having picked up only 11 points from their first 11 games.

Many football pundits were billing the Blues to end up as Premier League top dogs yet again but forget about being title contenders, Mourinho’s men do not look likely to even make Europe! Some of the biggest names in the game are scratching their heads and trying to figure out why on Earth the Blues are playing so miserably. Things looked bleak for Mourinho’s men even before their game against Liverpool began and by the time it got over, the alarm bells at the Bridge were blaring as Jurgen Klopp’s legions cantered away with three points after scoring three goals.

2DF8EDBD00000578-3298018-image-a-86_1446299619553Chelsea were poor throughout the game although it is hard to believe that they actually began very strongly. Ramires put the champions in the lead extremely early on after some poor defending in the Liverpool box lead to the home team scoring. The tide quickly turned however as the Reds got a really good foothold in the match. They ended up being the better team by the time the first half was coming to an end and just when you thought that the Blues were going to be heading into the break with a lead, Philippe Coutinho pulled a rabbit out of the hat and equalised with a superb goal.

Liverpool had scored at one of the best times in the match and any momentum that Chelsea had gained was now lost. We all know how hard it is to regain momentum once you’ve lost it and that’s exactly what happened here. The second half began and Liverpool started it like they ended the first. Coutinho managed to score once again to put the Reds above the Blues. Chelsea looked stunned as they failed to make any headway in the match. They failed to make any clear cut chances and as they hunted desperately for an equaliser, Liverpool new boy Christian Benteke came off the bench to score a third past a hapless Chelsea defence.

The game was over by now and even before the home side could string together a few passes to create an out and out chance, the game had passed them by. The true gravity of the situation was felt during the post match press conference as an under-fire Mourinho refused to cooperate as he replied to every question with. “I have nothing to say”. Seeing his Chelsea side in this deep a mess, I’m sure that he is actually correct.

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Under fire Mourinho on the verge of cracking after ruthless rant following Saints defeat http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/under-fire-mourinho-on-the-verge-of-cracking-after-ruthless-rant-following-saints-defeat/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/under-fire-mourinho-on-the-verge-of-cracking-after-ruthless-rant-following-saints-defeat/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:17:37 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=226 1443893989232_lc_galleryImage_Chelsea_s_Portuguese_mana

A seething Jose Mourinho looks on as Chelsea get drubbed in their own backyard by Southampton

When Graziano Pelle fired home Southampton’s third, Jose Mourinho was seen with a smirk. He was laughing at his own team’s current incapability of playing football. When Chelsea do score, he sits there, on the bench, stone-faced. His assistants shout and scream for joy as they should, but he just sits there, almost unhappy at his team scoring!

And to prove a point (only God and Jose know what that point was), he took off Nemanja Matic, 25 minutes after the poor chap went on to the pitch as a substitute. The commentators confirmed that he was not, in any way, the worst player on the field wearing a Chelsea shirt. Call it pressure from the board or the Oligarchy, Eden Hazard remained on the pitch, which is a decision that cannot be explained by us mortals. Only ‘Special Ones’ can take these extraordinary decisions.


Graziano Pelle celebrates after scoring the Saint’s third goal of the night in the 72nd minute of the match

Asmir Begovic, Willian and Pedro must be thinking why they are giving their all when the manager isn’t even taking any interest in their hard work. Why was Branislav Ivanovic STILL in the starting lineup with Kurt Zouma on the bench? That’s like selecting your worst photograph as your Display Picture on Facebook!

Remember this is a team that won the league easily last season. At the start of this campaign they were hot favourites with most bookmakers and punters to win it again. Millions of pounds were bet on them to finish champions, and yet they find themselves firmly in the bottom half. Even the club’s new betting partner, Bet Victor, now has them as huge outsiders (sign up with them if you want to bet on Chelsea at much longer odds) because even at this stage of the season there is simply too much ground for them to make up on the leaders.

Watching Mourinho for the past few weeks has made us believe that he does not know what he is talking about. All that changed however with the post Southampton interview that was aired on live television for the entire world to see as millions of fans now understood exactly what was going on within the Chelsea management. Before we dissect that interview, let us read some of the more important statements that Jose made in it.

Mourinho said,“…. clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea”.

More importantly though, he went on to say, “I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club wants TO SACK ME, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility and my team. ….because if the club sacks me, they sack the best manager that this club has.”

Radamel Falcao went down in the box but a penalty was not awarded by referee Robert Madley

Radamel Falcao went down in the box after some contact with the Saints ‘keeper but a penalty was not awarded by referee Robert Madley

The most obvious conclusions that we can draw from this interview are that Jose is facing immense pressure from the Chelsea board. He is under massive pressure and I feel that a sacking ultimatum has been given. Similarly, Jose looked wrecked, nervous and almost pleaded with the media to show him, his players, and Chelsea in a better light. He would not have acted in that manner had he not been under pressure.

He also blamed his team’s tough times on refereeing decisions and a supposed FA bias against Chelsea because of course, the “Special One” can never blame himself. He said in the interview too that he has a “big ego” which was showcased when Jose subtly issued the board a warning that they will lose their best manager ever if they were to sack him. Quite frankly though, nobody can argue with that fact.

Yes, he is under pressure and is overseeing bad results at the moment, but let’s not forget that whatever reputation Chelsea FC have built up over the years, is mostly because of him.  What we can guarantee though in these uncertain times is that an intriguing period lies ahead of us as the drama unfolds at Stamford Bridge after the international break. Will Jose normalise in time and save his and Chelsea FC’s blushes or is this the beginning of the end of his second stint at the Bridge?


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Chelsea crumble yet again as Porto take advantage of hapless Blues in the Champions League http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-crumble-yet-again-as-porto-take-advantage-of-hapless-blues-in-the-champions-league/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-crumble-yet-again-as-porto-take-advantage-of-hapless-blues-in-the-champions-league/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:53:44 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=220 2CE9344D00000578-3253985-image-a-86_1443558765061

Jose Mourinho looks dispirited as his side lose yet again in what is turning out to be a tormentuous season

“Hell hath no fury like a Woman scorned!”  is what we all are thinking about right now. Ever since Jose uttered the choicest of words for Dr. Eva Carneiro, every tabloid in the media is laden with stories of how Eva’s curse has caused Chelsea to play underwhelmingly. Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are prime examples of the Blues massive dip in form. The latter has been relegated to the bench but the former, rather surprisingly, has not followed him there and only Jose can explain that kind of sorcery.

Chelsea’s loss to Porto earlier in the week was a chastising experience. Mourinho would’ve loved to get a win over his former side, but his current side’s predicament, left them open for counter-attacking exploitation. And boy did Porto exploit it! Andre Andre latched onto a rebound to open the scoring on the 40th minute mark to compound misery on their boss. Willian though, gave Jose’s men a ray of hope, as he has been doing for the past few weeks, by converting a brilliant free kick that sailed past a frozen Iker Casillas. After the break however, the Portuguese team took Chelsea to task with swift passing and incisive counters. And these attacks resulted in a goal from captain Maicon who directed a firm header past Asmir Begovic from a corner. Chelsea tried every trick in the book to get back on terms once again, but to no avail.


Porto skipper Maicon wheels away to celebrate after putting the hosts back into the lead

The usual suspects could be blamed for this humiliation at Jose’s native land. Branislav Ivanovic again, defended woefully as he was run ragged by Brahimi on the left flank. How he still finds a place in the starting line-up, and how he has been promoted to captaincy, is a mystery even for the most ardent of Blues fans. Cesc Fabregas too, just can’t seem to track back and defend.

True, he is one of the most creative footballers in Europe at the moment, but his task list includes helping his defence too, which he has conveniently forgotten it seems. Diego Costa did hit the crossbar once and gave a hard time to the opposition defence once in a while, but that’s about it. John Obi Mikel was as usual, clueless.


The Chelsea players rush to celebrate as Willian equalises the game from a fantastic free-kick just before half time

The bright lights for Chelsea this season, have been Willian, Begovic and Ramires. These three players have worked their socks off for the Blue cause, though in vain. Eden Hazard has been astonishingly below par this season and it looks like Jose’s alleviation of him above Cristiano Ronaldo made him lose his bearings. Pedro has had a good start to his Premier League career and is playing good football all around. Yet, Chelsea’s machinery lacks the normally sound defence and the midfield supremacy of old.  Also, their strikers are frustratingly barren in front of goal, and bringing Falcao into that kind of mix was, in my humble opinion, nothing short of suicide.

On a more serious note, what is going on at Stamford Bridge? More importantly, what is Jose thinking? We all know that had it not been Jose, the manager would’ve been sacked by now as per Chelsea customs. Since it is Jose, he has to prove why he is the self-proclaimed “Special One” and turn Chelsea Football Club’s fortunes around, before Roman pulls the plug.

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Sunderland victory sees United climb to the top of the pile for the first time in two years http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/sunderland-victory-sees-united-climb-to-the-top-of-the-pile-for-the-first-time-in-two-years/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/sunderland-victory-sees-united-climb-to-the-top-of-the-pile-for-the-first-time-in-two-years/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:08:56 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=213 2CC9EC5200000578-3250091-image-a-37_1443280755568

Manchester United players celebrate with their Captain, Wayne Rooney after he scored his first League goal in over 1000 minutes of football

770 Days. Manchester United are back on top of the Barclays Premier League table, after a gap of seven hundred and seventy days! Quite a long time for modern day United fans who had become so used to on-field success when a certain Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm of the club’s affairs. Nevertheless, Louis van Gaal has managed to do what he has been promising since day one of his reign at Old Trafford, i.e., to bring back the glory days of Manchester United Football Club, albeit using his own patient and often frustrating style of play.

The match against Sunderland showed the influence of van Gaal’s tactics, and was justified on the players’ part by the commentator when he informed the viewers that any player who does not follow the van Gaal philosophy, gets benched, so that fear alone sets the ball rolling in van Gaal’s favour.


United skipper Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal of the afternoon

The first half, up till the 44th minute, was, for lack of a better word, uninspiring when suddenly, Daley Blind showed amazing vision (what an irony!) and picked out Juan Mata at the far post, from just in front of the halfway line. The delightful ball flew over the defence’s collective heads, and Mata, being the good Samaritan that he is, cut it back for Memphis Depay to score his first League goal as United went into the break, leading by 1 goal to nil.

The United players emerged for the 2nd half visibly motivated, none more so than Depay who was showcasing his pace brilliantly. Juan Mata was working his magic well and Anthony Martial was coming up with the ball everywhere! And just as they ended the first half, United scored began the second.  Right after the 2nd half started, Martial’s trickery on the right wing bamboozled the defence as his pass found Rooney’s knee, resulting in the ball rolling inside the net past a hapless Costel Pantilimon. That was Wayne Rooney’s first goal in over 1000 minutes of Premier League football, the longest goal draught for the United captain.


Memphis Depay put Manchester United in the lead as he scored his first Premier League goal in first half stoppage time

The introduction of Bastian Schweinsteiger for Michael Carrick in the 68th minute brought new life in the midfield. The German captain showed why he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park. Later on, a knock to Daley Blind allowed Phil Jones to get some minutes under his belt as he came on in the 74th minute. Memphis Depay was replaced by Ashley Young who lit up the match with his usual bold runs and cut ins. De Gea had to make a couple of routine stops with his feet to keep his clean sheet with Jeremain Lens being a positive attacking outlet for the Sunderland team.

Sunderland’s defensive strategy was dealt a final blow in the 90th minute when Young smashed the ball across the goal, which was calmly controlled by Mata who then duly banged it in with elan.

Chris Smalling was rock solid at the back, with Valencia surprising everyone with his seemingly newfound ability to cross! Jokes aside, some clinical finishing from the Manchester side gave them a  well  deserved three points that also saw them secure the position as the current leaders of the Premier League, and now what remains to be seen is how long they can last there.


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Unlucky Arsenal doomed to defeat as disgraceful Mike Dean’s howlers let Diego Costa off the hook http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/unlucky-arsenal-doomed-to-defeat-as-disgraceful-mike-deans-howlers-let-diego-costa-off-the-hook/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/unlucky-arsenal-doomed-to-defeat-as-disgraceful-mike-deans-howlers-let-diego-costa-off-the-hook/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:09:57 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=208 2C86E81800000578-3241547-image-a-33_1442703127534

Diego Costa and Gabriel Paulista had a nasty coming together where the latter was sent off while the former should also have been giving his marching orders in a match where controversy took centre stage

Chelsea finally seem to have found their long lost form after they notched up two consecutive wins; the first being a mid-week Champions League match while the second was a 2-0 win over visitors Arsenal just yesterday. The game however, saw way more than what the result suggests. This match was the epitome of drama and Chelsea, who were looking for their first League win in a while, looked like they would do anything to grab a result, and they did. In a way, the Blues lured Wenger’s men into self-destructing thereby leaving them with just 9-men to see off the game.

In the early minutes of the clash, the Gunners were looking to make hay while the sun was up and shining at Stamford Bridge until an overtly grateful Diego Costa decided to be the sunglasses in order to turn the match in their favor. In fact, a few minutes before half-time, he blinded opposition defender Koscielny, an incident that spurred a lengthy brawl and saw the first sending off in the form of Gabriel Paulista while Costa surprisingly avoided a red card. Even though this was a legitimate decision, yet not a complete one, this was definitely not the end to the unjustified events that occurred next.

Eight minutes into the second half, Chelsea managed to draw first blood from a clean free kick by Fabregas that was headed past Petr Cech by 20-year-old Kurt Zouma, leaving the 10-men with a difficult state to recover from. Indeed, things were falling in place for the hosts and especially Diego Costa, who kept on with his rough physical game until Remy replaced him as a substitute in the 82nd minute. While Arsene Wenger thinks Costa should have been sent off as well, according to Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, Costa was the Man of the Match.


Diego Costa flailed out his arms into the face of Arsenal centre half Laurent Koscielny

As the game progressed Arsenal were looking for a fightback with the limited resources at their disposal. Oliver Giroud and Oxlade Chamberlain were also introduced to bolster their attack and get something out of the game when they were hit with yet another setback. Santi Cazorla, who was already in the book, caught Fabregas with a mistimed sliding tackle and was issued marching orders by referee Mike Dean. Arsenal immediately shifted to a 4-3-1 formation but quite evidently the back four were facing a hard time against the incessant Chelsea attacks. Even though the Arsenal manager just wanted them to keep possession and kill the remaining minutes, the home crowd jeered every time there was a defensive strategy on show. Any remaining hopes of an Arsenal come back were ruined by Eden Hazard, who struck the final blow to double the lead for the Blues. Cech was beaten for the second time when a deflection from his fellow defender, Callum Chambers, saw the ball take the opposite trajectory.

Well, Chelsea supporters would definitely be happy as majority of the decisions did go their way and most importantly the three points saw their team climb their way to the 13th spot. The proceedings at the end of the match also kept things alive for the next Chelsea vs. Arsenal fixture as the managers never shook hands. Arsene Wenger walked into the tunnel undoubtedly unhappy while Jose Mourinho stayed back congratulating his players which was quite a rare sight. The next fixture promises to be as eventful as this and it would be interesting to see how fortune plans to square things off.

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Chelsea continue woeful start to the season after Everton smash them for three http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-continue-woeful-start-to-the-season-after-everton-smash-them-for-three/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/chelsea-continue-woeful-start-to-the-season-after-everton-smash-them-for-three/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:32:43 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=201 2C3820F000000578-3231833-image-a-126_1442061222649

Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat-trick as Everton beat Chelsea by three goals to one at Goodison Park

Chelsea Football Club lost yet another Premier League match to continue the unbelievably poor start that they’ve had to this campaign. Jose Mourinho’s boys headed into their game against Roberto Martinez’ legions on the back of a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Crystal Palace on the other side of the international break.

They had two weeks to of free time before they could seize the first chance to make up for that defeat, but what ultimately happened was simply not in the script. Nobody expected Chelsea to walk away with three points from Everton’s stronghold, but getting drubbed 3-1 was surely not foreseen by too many individuals.


Steven Naismith puts Everton two up in the 22nd minute of the match after pumping in a smashing drive from long range

The game came at a very ironic time when you consider that the Blues did everything they could to sign Everton centre-half, John Stones. Ironically enough, Chelsea’s first game after the transfer window slammed shut was against the Toffees. That is not however, where the irony ended. Stones and his partners went on to have a fantastic game as if to show Mourinho what he missed out on. Everton forward Steven Naismith opened the scoring in the 17th minute after powering home a terrific header from Brendan Galloway, the only Brendan in the world of football residing in Merseyside who knows what he’s doing.

God only knows how the Scotsman got so much room in the heart of the Chelsea penalty box and I’m sure this is something that will be picked on by the meticulous Mourinho. Five minutes later however, Naismith did not need anyone to provide for him as he smacked in a brilliant left footed drive from outside the area that Asmir Begovic could do nothing about. This time around, Branislav Ivanovic can be blamed for allowing Naismith too much time to line up his drive. The Serbian tank is losing his impregnability and this point was made evident with just this one snafu.


Nemanja Matic scored a stunning long-range drive in the 36th minute, but even that failed to get Chelsea back into the game

While one Serb was losing his reputation, another was not only maintaining his own, but was also trying everything he could to save his team. Midfield marshal Nemanja Matic was the only Chelsea man who could walk away from the game with his head held high. A 36th minute stunner from long range brought Chelsea back into the game. The goal was one to steal the limelight from any game, but unfortunately for Matic, it failed to serve that purpose as Chelsea failed to land another telling punch.

The game carried on with the home side in the lead till the last ten minutes or so until Steven Naismith bagged his third to round off  a perfect hat-trick. The forward who only featured in the game due to an early injury to Mo Besic, put Everton 3-1 up after he had the confidence to smash the ball with his right foot between the legs of Begovic from a very acute angle. Thus came to an end a day that every Chelsea player and fan will want to forget, but the truth is that there’s no waking up from this nightmare. This is now the Blues worst start to a league campaign since 1988 and also Mourinho’s worst start to any league. “You’re getting sacked in the morning” yelled the home crowd to see off Mourinho and while they may not be correct already, the truth is that more of this may very well see him off.

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United and Real continue mudslinging as deadline day horror show leaves De Gea stranded http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/united-and-real-continue-mudslinging-as-deadline-day-horror-show-leaves-de-gea-stranded/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/united-and-real-continue-mudslinging-as-deadline-day-horror-show-leaves-de-gea-stranded/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 10:25:17 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=196 267B041700000578-3223645-image-a-54_1441493684476

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has seen his dream Real Madrid move fall apart during the last minutes of the summer transfer window

When the last season drew to a close, there was one transfer saga already simmering under the lid that had the potential to be the biggest deal of the coming summer. The David De Gea transfer saga has definitely got to be one of the longest running transfer sagas ever. It began ages ago, soon after the season drew to a close and has actually managed to survive longer than just the one transfer window because the player is still a Manchester United servant.

Not too many people would have seen that coming and personally, I thought there was no chance in the world that De Gea would remain a United man by the time the transfer window slammed shut. It was anyway the saga of the summer and chances were high that it would be one of the most expensive transfers of the summer as well. And in my eyes, I believed that it could have also been the deal of the summer because signing David De Gea would have to be a massive coup for any football team in the world.


Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has come under heavy scrutiny after the De Gea deal fell through at the last minute

The former Atletico man single-handedly pulled United through many situations last season, and having him in a team as regal as Los Galacticos could make them almost invincible. Unfortunately for Real, the deal will only  be discussed using terms like could and would because they have failed to sign their number one target of the window. Exactly why that happened is still a mystery because all we have to believe are accounts from  the United and the Real camp.

There is, of course, no guarantee that either party is speaking a word of truth as numerous allegations have been launched against the administrators of both the massive football clubs by their counterparts. While Real have labelled the United big wigs as “naive”, United have claimed that the deal fell through due to errors on Real’s part. This whole mess is therefore no different from a kindergarten scuffle between two toddlers who are childishly pointing the finger at each other.


Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has also courted controversy as numerous sources have claimed that he is the one at fault for the botched De Gea deal

Amidst all the pandemonium, there is one party whose demands and needs have been almost forgotten. Not too many people are paying much heed to De Gea himself and exactly how he could be feeling. The first thing that we have to remember is that no matter who says what, it is certain that the player himself wanted the move to happen. He had his eyes set on being a Real Madrid player, which could be why United boss Van Gaal chose to keep him away from the first team.

As things stand, it will be at least six months before De Gea can complete his move to Real but even then, a move will not be too possible. The earliest opportunity that De Gea would get to move to Real would have to be the summer transfer window of the coming season, which means that he would have to spend one whole year in a place he does not want to be. While both the clubs continue to bicker, I only imagine what the player must be going through right now.



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Woeful Chelsea lose at home against Palace to pile pressure on awestruck Mourinho http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/woeful-chelsea-lose-at-home-against-palace-to-pile-pressure-on-awestruck-mourinho/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/woeful-chelsea-lose-at-home-against-palace-to-pile-pressure-on-awestruck-mourinho/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:55:12 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=190 2BC65D3000000578-3215342-image-a-106_1440864909357

Joel Ward scored the winner for Palace in the 81st minute of the match after converting an exquisite diving header

The latest edition of the Barclays Premier League is well and truly underway after the teams took part in their fourth set of fixtures. A lot of predictions were made even before a ball was kicked and most football fans saw Chelsea to be the favourites for the title once again. However, now that the competition has truly kicked off, the most surprising point about the season till now has to be Chelsea’s woefully poor start.

Jose Mourinho’s side headed into their home game against Crystal Palace after notching up only four points from a possible 9 and the pressure was on them to deliver a victory against Alan Pardew’s men. Reality, as they say, is sometimes stranger than fiction, and this was one game that proved this adage correct.


Bakary Sako gave the visitors the lead in the 65th minute of the game after blasting the ball past Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea ended up losing for the second time this season to un-fancied Crystal Palace. If Mourinho was disappointed with his legions for their performances in the first three games of the season, then he will be raging with the display that he saw in their fourth game. A hapless Blues side, adorned with some of the biggest football stars on the planet, put in a shameful performance that led to the visitors running out winners by two goals to one. Bakary Sako gave Palace the lead in the 65th minute of the match after converting a Yannick Bolasie cross at the second time of asking. The well-built winger joined Pardew’s men on a free transfer from Wolves over the summer and two goals in two games has got to make him their signing of the season.

Reigning champions Chelsea did well to claw themselves back into the game despite not playing nearly as well as they’d want to. Radamel Falcao got his first goal for Chelsea and what a goal it was! A brilliantly executed diving header that just about managed to creep in past opposition ‘keeper McCarthy at the near post is some way to introduce yourself to a new crowd. Falcao’s 79th-minute equaliser had the home support believing that they could actually manage to grab a sneaky win from the game, but how mistaken they were.


Jose Mourinho lost his 100th Premier League game, which was only his second League loss at Stamford Bridge

Just moments after the restart, Sako played the role of provider as he superbly cut the ball back into the path of Joel Ward who aced another exquisite diving header past three Chelsea players and into the back of the net. Any hopes of a Chelsea come back did not come to fruition and it turned out to be another bad day at the office for Jose Mourinho, who celebrated his 100th Premier League game by recording only his second ever loss at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese manager will be extremely worried to see the manner in which his champions have crumbled against weaker opposition. A loss against Manchester City at the Etihad can be accepted, but there is no way that a loss against Crystal Palace at the Bridge will go down well with either the owners or the fans and while Mourinho is arguably the best manager in the world, his past accolades will not be able to protect him if things carry on the way they are.

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Pedro slips from LVG’s grasp as United fail to land yet another transfer target http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/pedro-slips-from-lvgs-grasp-as-united-fail-to-land-yet-another-transfer-target/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/pedro-slips-from-lvgs-grasp-as-united-fail-to-land-yet-another-transfer-target/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:10:10 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=185 Pedro-oo-Durba-Tababarkii-la-Bilaabay-Chelsea-1

Chelsea Football Club pipped Manchester United at the last minute to confirm the signing of Pedro from Barcelona

Manchester United have had a very eventful summer this time around as a host of exciting new faces made their way into the club. Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero all signed for the most successful club in English football.

The Red Devils have also had a large number of players leaving the club for pastures anew. Angel Di Maria, Robin Van Persie, Tom Cleverley, Rafael and Nani left United for reasons that are beyond the scope of this article. Despite the super eventful summer that United have had, this transfer window will not be remembered for the superstars that they signed and nor will it be remembered for the former superstars that they let go.


Nicolas Otamendi signed for Manchester City earlier this week even though he was scouted intensely by United over the summer

The 2015 summer transfer window shall be remembered for years to come for the players United missed out on. Pedro is of course the latest player who got away from the grasp of Manchester United, but if we step back in time and traverse back through the summer, we can note down a mammoth list of footballers who the English giants failed to sign. Nicolas Otamendi, Sergio Ramos, Nathaniel Clyne, Seamus Coleman, Thomas Muller, Ilkay Gundogan, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Edinson Cavani and of course Pedro, constitute the unbelievably long list of players who Manchester United failed to lure. Now this is where the United fans will start to argue that they did not really attempt to make a move for most of these players.

To them, I say this. Manchester United made concrete attempts to sign at least 6 of the above mentioned stars. Otamendi, Ramos, Clyne, Muller, Kane and Pedro all received some proper interest from United, and when I mean proper interest, I mean that there was contact between United and the representatives of the players and their present employers. Now I’m saying all this after going through the resources that we average people have access to. God knows how many more players United failed to attract without having the media glare on it.


United boss Louis Van Gaal may have signed some big names during the summer, but he surely must be frustrated with the number of superstars he’s missed out on

After taking this matter into consideration, the simple conclusion that we can come to is that Manchester United are no longer the force that they used to be. Yes, they did  beat off competition to sign Memphis Depay, but who else made desperate attempts to sign Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin or Romero? Otamendi and Clyne and Pedro attracted interest from some of United’s biggest rivals, and just look at where they’ve landed up.

Same is the case with Muller and Ramos. Van Gaal’s side may have been the only team looking to make a transfer attempt for them, but the real competition in these cases came from the player’s clubs who had enough on offer to get them to stay on. If I were a fan or an employee of  Manchester United Football Club, I would be really worried about the current state that they find themselves and they need to make sure to stop this rot as soon as possible.

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Disgracefeul Mourinho must apologize after unforgivable rant at colleagues Carneiro and Fearn http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/disgracefeul-mourinho-must-apologize-after-unforgivable-rant-at-colleagues-carneiro-and-fearn/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/disgracefeul-mourinho-must-apologize-after-unforgivable-rant-at-colleagues-carneiro-and-fearn/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:49:11 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=171 2B5C56B200000578-3198607-image-a-2_1439580938733

Jose Mourinho finds himself under a landslide of pressure after he abused two members of his team’s backroom staff during last week’s draw against Swansea

As the dust settled over Chelsea’s disappointing home draw against Swansea City on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League, the spotlight was drawn away from the poor Chelsea performance and also from the splendid Swansea performance, onto a disgusting piece of news that has proved to be the talk of the town since that fateful day.

Who could have thought that the opening weekend of the new Premier League season would be marred by such an atrocious incident from one of the biggest megalomaniacs that the world has ever come across? The fashion in which Jose Mourinho blasted his own team’s physio for running on to the pitch to attend to the stricken Eden Hazard was one of the most repugnant sights that I have ever seen in the game.


The Chelsea boss cut a very subdued figure as he faced the media for the first time since the incident

The way Mourinho reacted against one of his own, was truly shocking and it is absolutely unbelievable to see that he is still swaggering about his business, unreprimanded. Only that he’s not. The Portuguese manager cut a subdued figure in his most recent press conference, on which he was accompanied by the club’s communications officer, Steve Atkins. Mourinho was clearly on the back foot and was intent to bat away any questions that were asked to him about the incident that occurred at the Bridge last week. But so poor is his standing in the world right now that none of the journalists at the event took his threats of walking out any seriously.

The self-proclaimed Special One did get off his chair though before making his way to the door, but any plans he had of exiting the place where quashed by Atkins who sent Mourinho back to his seat like a school boy who had been scolded. Ever since the Swansea game, Dr. Eva Carneiro and her assistant, Jon Fearn have received tremendous support from all over the world. But questions about Mourinho’s behaviour are still unanswered. How could he use such filthy language at two of his colleagues on live television? Who gave him the right to rebuke Carneiro and Fearn on live television once again during the post-match conference? And finally, how could he demote these two individuals and strip them of their duties?


The self-proclaimed Special One launched an unbelievable tirade against Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn as they rushed on to the pitch to tend to Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s draw against Swansea last week

While we are still unaware as to how this event may play out, one thing is for certain. And that is the fact that Chelsea Football Club are extremely displeased with their manager’s antics. Roman Abramovich has never been a person who has approved of controversy so all the media hype that is surrounding his club at the moment will not be accepted. Carneiro on the other hand, has taken this issue up with her own legal team and it is understood that she is seeking a public apology.

An apology would be the least that the two deserve and I feel that Chelsea’s higher authorities should take the matter in their own hands and rebuke the hypocrite that they call their boss. If you and I were to abuse our colleagues, we’d be sacked the very next day, so why should Mourinho not get cut down to size?

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United 1 Spurs 0: Red Devils lucky to begin with a win after poor home performance http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/united-1-spurs-0-red-devils-lucky-to-begin-with-a-win-after-poor-home-performance/ http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/united-1-spurs-0-red-devils-lucky-to-begin-with-a-win-after-poor-home-performance/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 17:18:18 +0000 http://www.j4goalposts.co.uk/?p=164 2B330E1F00000578-3190258-image-a-3_1439038063867

Kyle Walker scores the first goal of the new season after putting the ball past his own goalkeeper early on in the game

The 2015/2016 Barclays Premier League season got off to a rather uninspiring start at Old Trafford where Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur by a goal to nil. A first half own goal from Kyle Walker made the difference as Mauricio Pochetino’s men were made to head back to London with nothing to show for their efforts. For Manchester United though, the three points that they won were undoubtedly much more than what they deserved. Van Gaal’s boys had a bad day at the office and they can consider themselves to be really lucky to have walked away from this with a win.

United started the game on the back foot while Spurs made a good start. Danish attacker Christian Eriksen had the first real chance of the new season but the delicate lob that he put past on-rushing United ‘keeper Sergio Romero landed on the roof of the net. United failed to get a proper foothold on the game but they somehow managed to find themselves in the lead against the run of play. Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb’s horrendous pass was intercepted by Juan Mata on the half way line, and a swift counter saw the ball land at the feet of Wayne Rooney on the edge of the six yard box.


Christian Eriksen could have put Spurs in the lead within the opening few minutes of the match but the Dane’s lob was slightly over hit

The England forward did not put the ball in the back of the net though as this honour was carried out by his countryman, Kyle Walker. The defender inadvertently played the ball past his goalkeeper and into the back of the net as he made a last ditch attempt to prevent Rooney from scoring. These two fortuitous incidents ultimately helped Van Gaal register his first win of the new campaign, but the Dutch manager had no emotions to show for their narrow escape. United were so poor in fact, that their first shot on target came in the 65th minute of the match when Ashley Young shot at Spurs custodian, Michel Vorm.


Italian right back Matteo Darmian had an impressive debut after putting in a man of the match display

The Red Devil’s gave League debuts to Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Four of these lads had average displays, but one of them stole the show with a man of the match display. Italian right back Darmian is that man and the composure that he displayed was truly remarkable. The commentators rightfully pointed out that he barely misplaced a pass for as long as he was on the pitch. In addition to this, what was refreshing to see was the fact that the former Torino star looked equally comfortable attacking as he did while defending.

His prowess was even better understood after he was replaced by Antonio Valencia with 10 minutes to go. The Ecuador international failed to play as well as the man he replaced and the game concluded with a relentless stream of Spurs pressure attacking the United goal. Ultimately, all their effort went in vain as Tottenham failed to get on the score sheet, but Pochettino’s boys will take a lot of heart from the valiant display that they put in. United on the other hand will hope to play much better next time around after realizing that this time, they just got lucky.

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