TalkSport reporter Ian Abrahams’ bizarre comments about why he doesn’t want Leeds United to get promoted to the Premier League has prompted Phil Hay to come up with some absolutely destructive counter arguments in favor of the Elland Road side.
Despite the Yorkshire club’s dominating performances on the field since the appointment of their highly regarded manager Marcelo Bielsa at the start of the season, Abrahams commented that their promotion to the top tier along with Norwich City- who’re a point ahead of Leeds at the summit- will be bad for English football.
“It will be bad for English football if Norwich and Leeds get promoted to the Premier League”#NCFC and #LUFC fans will want to hear this from @BroadcastMoose… 👀
The Talksport man then went on to give his reasons saying that he’d rather see teams with English coaches get promoted and not the Whites or the Canaries as they’ve brought in foreign managers as their progress will hinder the country’s football.
Thankfully, Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has done his bit to restore some sanity and has come up with 5 brilliant points that destroy Abrahams’ odd case.
Check out the reasons why Leeds United’s promotion might actually be good:
Tottenham have quite a daunting task on their hands tonight when they take on mighty Barcelona in their own den.
Harry Kane and co. had only accumulated a solitary point from their opening 3 Champions League group fixtures but fighting wins in their last two matches against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan have propelled them to second spot behind the Spanish giants, who have already qualified to the knockout stages.
If Spurs manage to conquer Messi and co, and Inter beat their Russian opponents- which they are expected to-, both the teams will have the same number of points but it’ll be the North London club which will progress due to a superior head-to-head record.
With so much at stake, Tottenham will need their talismanic striker Kane to put in a special performance in order to stun their formidable hosts.
Their fans who’ve travelled to Barcelona already seem quite charged up despite the enormity of the task and were spotted dishing out a Harry Kane chant in front of a restaurant called “Kane Room”.
Check out a clip of Spurs supporters singing in unison:
They’re leading the Premier League charts and are the only unbeaten team left in the competition, but Liverpool’s exceptional season so far will be in danger of turning a little sour when Napoli come calling on Tuesday for their final Champions League group stage fixture.
Having lost all 3 of their away group matches, the Reds’ hopes of qualification to the knockout stages hang by a thread and anything other than a win- that too by either a 1-0 margin or by two clear goals- against Carlo Ancelotti’s men will spell calamity for Jurgen Klopp’s men unless Red Star Belgrade somehow manage to upset PSG.
Despite the enormous pressure, what will help last year’s European finalists believe is the fact that they’re playing the game at their fortress Anfield, where some great teams have been swept aside in the past.
There’s no doubt that we’re in for another glorious European night at the iconic ground as fans are expected to turn up in numbers and create the kind of electric atmosphere that has been known to intimidate numerous visiting players over the years.
And to charge Liverpool fans up further, a goosebumps-inducing promo for the upcoming fixture has been uploaded by RLFComps online.
After their exploits in the last few matches (except the NLD), the mood in the Tottenham camp appears to be quite buoyant. The North London team is on a brilliant run at the moment, having won 8 out of their last 9 matches in all competitions.
That impressive run includes hard-fought Champions League triumphs against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan that ensured their hopes of qualification to the knockout stages stay alive ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Barcelona.
Even the derby loss to Arsenal couldn’t derail their growing momentum, and Spurs have now propelled themselves to 3rd spot after defeating Southampton and Leicester City in their last 2 matches.
The comfortable 2-0 win against Leicester on Saturday showed the growing confidence in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad as it was achieved with 2 of their star players, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, starting on the bench.
A moment that we all missed during the Foxes’ game but which is a testament of the kind of team spirit that prevails in the team was when the players got together and pulled off their famous “Uno” celebration, which was made famous by Dele Alli’s Instagram clip last month.
Check out the moment below, comes in around the 12 minute mark in the vlog below:
Liverpool fans are all set to be treated with an absolutely jaw-dropping blackout kit by New Balance, similar to the limited edition pitch black elite jersey they unveiled during the 2017-18 season in celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary.
While last year’s shirts were designed with v-necks, this time the kit supplier has gone in with the classic collar based on the design of the current season’s home kit.
The logos- Standard Chartered, Liverpool and New Balance as well as the iconic Liver Bird- are all black too and the front of the shirt is said to be inspired by retro patterns of the 1990s that are a lighter shade of the same color, while the back looks to have been kept clean again.
However, the players are not expected to don them on the pitch during games.
Let’s hope the price of this absolute stunner is not too steep whenever it is released. Check out how it looks below:
Leeds United came from behind to defeat QPR 2-1 and retain their second spot in the Championship table.
While Marcelo Bielsa’s men largely dominated proceedings at Elland Road, they were given quite a scare when Nahki Wells put the visitors ahead against the run of play with a wonderful left-footed shot from the centre of the box.
Thankfully, the hosts had a certain Kemar Roofe at hand. The 25-year-old striker first equalized from close range at the stroke of half-time and then completed the comeback by successfully slotting in a spot-kick a few minutes after the interval.
Apart from the victory, Leeds fans might be excited by a moment shared by the two goalscorers.
As the teams were about to restart after the penalty, Wells was spotted congratulating Roofe for his efforts.
Just good sportsmanship by the Bermudian striker or is it a sign that we might well see him turning up for the Whites in the future?
One thing’s for sure though, the Burnley loanee would certainly be a handy addition to Bielsa’s squad judging from his performance on Saturday.
A Manchester United fan who recently got the chance to interact with Jordan Henderson, the captain of United’s rivals Liverpool, has uploaded a short clip on Twitter revealing the friendly banter she directed at the footballer during the meeting.
In the video, @MUnitedGirl can be seen telling a smiling Hendo to not let it “slip” this year, referring to the infamous Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea in April 2014.
The girl then goes on to say that she’s actually a huge United fan, which prompts the 28-year-old to mockingly shake his head in disappointment at the camera.
Quite a composed reaction there by the midfielder, who appears to be quite a sport.
Proving what a nice guy he is, Hendo still posed for a picture with her even after getting trolled.
When Philippe Coutinho gave in to the lure of Barcelona in January 2018, Liverpool fans were left quite worried about the kind of adverse impact losing such a world class player could have on Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Thankfully, the huge void left by Coutinho’s departure was seamlessly filled by a marauding Mohamed Salah, whose record-breaking exploits in only his first season with the Reds made sure fans wouldn’t miss their Brazilian magician much.
And the 26-year-old seems to have found his groove in the ongoing campaign too as he demonstrated on Saturday by scoring a brilliant hat-trick during the 4-0 win over Bournemouth that propelled the Anfield side to the top of the tree.
Having scored 10 goals from 16 matches so far (joint highest), the former Roma forward took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself with the match ball, which prompted an appreciative response from none other than Coutinho!
Salah too acknowledged the Brazilian with a reply of his own.
Check out the interaction between the two that’s bound to make fans quite emotional:
After Steven Gerrard’s Rangers failed to get over the line against 10-man Dundee United last night, former footballer and Celtic fan Stan Collymore couldn’t stop himself from taking shots at his club’s Old Firm rivals on Twitter.
Gerrard’s men had an opportunity to draw level with the Hoops at the top of the table but they got off on the wrong foot, falling behind when ex Gers striker Kenny Miller scored for the hosts early in the first-half.
The visitors were given a chance to come back in the match as Nathan Ralph got himself sent off for a foul at the edge of the area, which also led to Andy Halliday equalizing from the resultant free-kick.
But the Ibrox side were unable to find a winner in the face of some dogged defending by the Terrors and had to settle for a point.
The 1-1 draw seemed to have quite an effect on some Rangers fans, who had some harsh words to say about their manager on social media.
However, some of those comments were captured by Collymore and he shared a screenshot of them in a tweet to have a go at his rival fans- much to the delight of Celtic supporters.
Check out the post below –
In other news, they're stirring again 🇬🇧
These fuckers change from messiah to sack within days 🤣
Leeds United extended their winning run to four consecutive matches on Saturday afternoon with a hard-fought victory over Queens Park Rangers (QPR) at Elland Road.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Marcelo Bielsa’s men however as Nahki Wells scored against the run of play to give Steve McClaren’s side the lead after 26 minutes.
But Leeds kept going and in-form Kemar Roofe scored from close range moments before the half-time whistle to send the teams into the break on level terms.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, something not seen around Elland Road for a long time took place as the home team’s 14 month long wait for a penalty finally ended when referee Peter Bankes pointed to the spot for a handball against Toni Leistner.
After some deliberations with Pablo Hernandez, Roofe stepped up to take the much awaited penalty and slotted away the spot kick to nab his second of the afternoon to take the Peacocks into the lead.
After not witnessing their team win a penalty for 59 games straight, the home crowd was sure to make a ruckus when they finally got the decision in their favor and boy they did just that.
Mixed emotions were running through the crowd at Elland Road as they experienced both joy and surprise at being given the decision after such a long time and came up with a brilliant x-rated chant to remind everyone of just how long it has been since they got to witness a penalty for their team.
Brilliantly sarcastic! Check out the chant after the 02.10 mark in this lovely vlog from the game below :