Inconsistency came back to hit the Blues as they stumbled to a shock loss after grabbing two good wins. From a situation where Chelsea were about to double their lead, the opposite happened in the scores becoming 1-1. The defending to concede that goal was dire like the result of the match. It was as depressing as seeing this baby elephant stuck in a drain:
Chelsea fans would have felt even more sick about their situation in the midfield pivot after yesterday’s game.
A midfield of Ramires and Mikel had absolutely no passing ability. The sad thing is that our next best option Marco Van Ginkel is injured. Does this mean that we give Josh McEachran a chance? It would only benefit his development which in turn benefits us. Or are we a club that doesn’t put much faith in its youngsters?
Ramires action in the game (via FourFourTwo)
Ramires completed 30 out of 41 passes
The above graphic doesn’t make you want to start comparing Ramires passing ability with let’s say Pirlo. Unless you’re trying to compare something similar to dystopia with eutopia. Ramires is a player loved by Chelsea fans, his enormous amount of energy is the greatest part of his armoury but his weakness is when he’s in possession of the ball and trying to pass it around. Continue reading
At the end of the storm, there is a golden sky, walk on, till you can for You ‘Shall’ Never Never Walk Alone. The famous Shankly Gates, the Iconic ‘vociferous’ Kop resemble an eerie silence at the lush green Anfield. Not so long ago, a new darling of the ‘Home Faithful’ lunged to his right to thwart away a 88th minute penalty which meant three points were safe and in the bag. New hope, refreshed inspirations, and a bright new beginning beckons the club once called “Giants of European Football”.
In a ‘satisfying’ victory, a new Belgian recruit became God amongst mere mortals as Liverpool held on to a sublime Daniel Sturridge’s strike in the first half to usher an opening match win in five seasons.
Debutants and summer signings Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure didn’t disappoint but the limelight certainly belonged to new keeper Simon Mingolet. Continue reading
The departure of Tony Pulis from Stoke City means another one of the longest-serving managers in English football has now gone. After being appointed for a second spell, he took the Potters back to the Premier League and kept them in mid-table in every top flight season, despite flirting with relegation this campaign.
Another Welshman has emerged as a contender to take his place at the Britannia Stadium and his name is Mark Hughes. The former international striker has played for the some of the best clubs and has managed in the top flight too.
Question is though, is he the right man to carry on what Pulis started?
In some ways, yes. Firstly, he built a side around physical and strong players such as Craig Bellamy, Robbie Savage and Andy Todd at Blackburn. While Rovers did well in the league, it led to accusations of them being a dirty team by managers such as Arsene Wenger. However if this is his style still, it would suit Stoke perfectly to have someone who knows how to work that kind of game. Continue reading