Andre Villas-Boas’ time in England won’t be looked back on too fondly by many. Seen by some as the next top manager in world football, the Portuguese manager is currently working for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG. That’s quite the fall from grace for a man both Chelsea and Tottenham saw as being a top manager.
Whilst some of his problems could be blamed on sheer bad luck and naivety, there were many times when he didn’t help himself with his outlandish ideas. This was the subject of discussion on a BBC Radio interview with ex-Spurs man Jermaine Jenas.
The now-retired midfielder turned pundit had some interesting things to say about his ex-manager. Perhaps the most amusing revelation came when he mentioned that Villas-Boas didn’t let players work out in the gym at all, a decree that had a profound effect on a former Spurs striker.
Check out a portion of Jenas’ radio interview here:
Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday in what promises to be a cagey affair for both sides.
United have won just one of their last eight league outings leaving them
nine points adrift off the top four and six points off Tottenham who sit fifth.
Both sides have had subdued seasons so far and victory for either could spark life into each of their seasons.
Spurs are slight favourites for the tie owing to their recent form. And it’s reflected in the combined starting 11 based on this season’s Whoscored ratings. The lineup sees Pochettino’s side favorably represented compared to that of Mourinho’s men.
Check out who made in the combined 11 prepared by uMAXit Football below:
Matchday 15 of the Premier League will see Liverpool host West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds will be looking to bounce back from their bizarre collapse against Bournemouth- but the opposition do not incite fond memories for the Kop.
West Ham completed their first league double over the Reds in half a century last season, with their last trip to Anfield ending 3-0 to the Hammers. However, Liverpool face a completely changed West Ham this year; a club which has been shipping goals left and right, and is flirting with the relegation zone.
Things look hopeful for Liverpool with the return of Joel Matip and Adam Lallana. However, Bilic and his Hammers have the potential to spring a surprise, and be Liverpool’s Kryptonite.
Check out the pictures from Liverpool’s training session below!
Brighton cemented their place in the automatic promotion places of the Championship, as they notched a 2-0 win over high-flying Leeds. The Seagulls came into the match on a thirteen-match unbeaten run, and moved up to the top of the League with the win.
The loss left a bitter aftertaste for many of the Leeds’ fans in attendance, as they saw Kalvin Phillips get sent off in the first quarter of the match, and two penalties being awarded to their opposition.
The fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure, especially over the willingness of Brighton players to go down at the slightest contact.
Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert took most of the flak, for his constant, and sometimes even comical lunges. The Frenchman has a history of theatrics, and here he was found to be the butt of the Leeds fans’ frustrations.
Check out the reactions from the Leeds fans below!
The growth of Twitter in social media has given people on the internet a unique way of sharing their views. Nowadays, every football team big or small is on the microblogging platform to share official news regarding transfers, ticket information and other such things.
Manchester United, despite being one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of its massive global fanbase, was quite late to the party. They only joined the social media site in 2012 and were the last Premier League club to join the platform. However, they have since become one of the most followed clubs.
Things might not have been as good on the pitch in the last few seasons, but off the field Manchester United have only improved with new, creative sponsorship deals and the growth in social media presence
No clubs including rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea gained more followers than the Red Devils this season. So whilst their form might be up and down, it’s safe to say their fanbase remains as strong as ever.
See the Twitter follower growth chart for all Premier League clubs here:
To say Chelsea have surpassed all expectations so far this season would be an understatement. Having finished a lowly tenth last season, the prime aim for Antonio Conte would have been to get a top 4 finish this season.
However, it’s already December and the London side currently sit atop the Premier League standings. They’re also managing to get the job done off the field with sponsorship deals with Nike, Beats by Dre and many more such brands.
Beats has a number of top sportspeople as their brand ambassadors, many of who feature in an excellent new advertisement. Titled “Be Heard”, it is a passion inducing minute-long video that features sporting heavyweights like Connor McGregor, Serena Williams, LeBron James along with the new Chelsea boss & some of the players.
Former Liverpool stars Brad Jones, Dirk Kuyt and Martin Skrtel enjoyed a reunion of sorts as the trio posed for pictures together after the crucial Group A Europa League encounter between Feyenoord and Fenerbahce on Thursday.
Skrtel’s Fenerbahce eventually went on to the match 1-0 courtesy of a Moussa Sow goal that saw them finish as group leaders ahead of Man United who won also won 2-0 at Zorya.
Former Liverpool keeper Jones who joined Feyenoord this summer took to Twitter after the match to post the photo with his former Liverpool mates and despite his disappointment at being knocked out of the Europa League wished his former Liverpool comrades good luck for the future.