When a 29-year-old Gaetano Berardi left Italy to arrive at Elland Road in 2014, a great deal of expectations were placed on him by eager fans.
Over the course of these three years, the Swiss full-back has emerged not only as a respected senior player, but also as a cult figure Peacocks supporters admire greatly.
Berardi drew plaudits from fans yet again when, during a recent interview, he accepted criticism over his dipping form lately.
The 29-year-old claimed that the team probably needed a better left-back than him as he was better suited on the right flank, but he will still continue to give his best as long as his manager demands.
This honest admission earned him a lot of praises, but the best tribute came from team-mate Pontus Jansson, who took to Twitter to call Berardi “Un vero leone” (a real lion) for expressing his frank opinion.
Read Jansson’s appreciation post for Gaetano Berardi below –
The rise of social media completely revolutionized mankind’s quest of free speech, but it has also contributed to the menace of online trolling that seems rampant these days.
The latest victim of this problem was forward Leigh Griffiths, who was attacked with a filthy message by Twitter user @DavotelliKAT following Celtic’s 4-0 loss to Hearts on Sunday.
When the player expressed disgust towards the troll for stooping so low, even several Rangers supporters stood firmly in support of the Celtic striker.
The police are reportedly probing this Twitter user, as it appears that just before his rant against Griffiths, he had also lashed out that the match referee Willie Collum, saying: “I will personally torch your son alive.”
Check out Leigh Griffiths’ reaction to the sickening tweet below –
Ever since Andrea Radrizzani took over as owner of Leeds United this year, the club has seen massive overhaul on many fronts.
Apart from infusing a fresh lease of life into the club’s functioning with monetary support, Radrizzani has invested a lot in making Leeds tech savvy as well.
The Peacocks announced last week that they have now become the first club in UK to introduce virtual hybrid perimeter technology at Elland Road.
This ground-breaking technology, which was launched during last week’s encounter against Norwich City, uses massive LED displays along all four sides of the pitch.
These screens will be used to display advertisements, game stats, live match feed and social messages addressed to fans.
Not only will this augment the stadium’s looks, but it will also present a large commercial opportunity for the club to sell advertisements with global reach.
Check out a visual representation of how the LED displays will look –
Jay-Roy Grot’s involvement in yesterday’s encounter between Leeds United and Norwich City lasted barely ten minutes, but it came at the expense of criticism from fans watching the game.
The 19-year-old replaced Samu Saiz in the 81st minute with Leeds clinging on to their 1-0 lead. The striker didn’t exactly lit up the stadium and a section of supporters lashed out by jeering at his efforts for the rest of the match.
Their contempt was so harsh that even manager Thomas Christiansen condemned it during a post-match interview, calling it a “problem” for fans to treat their own players like this.
Check out what Christiansen had to say about the fans’ behaviour towards Grot below –
A lot more than just three points will be on Arsenal’s agenda when they will try to get back to winning ways during their home encounter against Newcastle United tomorrow.
The Gunners faced demoralizing back-to-back draws ever since their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United a fortnight ago, which has now dragged them down to the seventh position on the table.
Assuring fans that the team is all set to bounce back was midfield maestro Mesut Ozil, who used Instagram to post a positive message following a training session today.
Doubts on the player’s future at the club are being fueled by rumours stating that he could leave next month, with Barcelona and Man United emerging as possible destinations.
But with such displays of commitment, Arsenal fans can at least rest assured that he will be a true Gunner through and through as long as he’s here.
Check out Ozil’s message to fans below –
Few teams would want to face the juggernaut that is Manchester City, but it looks like Mauricio Pochettino is willing to accept that challenge head-on.
The Tottenham manager appeared very positive when questioned about the daunting trip he will undertake with his boys to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs have been unbeaten in their last four matches against Pep Guardiola’s men. They had even managed to bring an end to City’s winning streak with a memorable 2-0 victory last season.
But, there are no two opinions about the fact that Guardiola’s boys are clear favourites to win the title this time around. Given their consistent onslaught, they might even replicate Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincible Season’ of 2003-04.
Tottenham’s record against big English and European teams this season, however, suggests that if anybody can stop the Citizens, it’s them.
And for Spurs fans who needed some confidence boost ahead of the game, here’s Pochettino assuring them that the team won’t pull any punches come Saturday –
Watford’s dramatic 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last night must have definitely left fans disappointed, but it came at a much greater expense for Troy Deeney.
The Watford skipper was subjected to some grade-A trolling courtesy of Arsenal fans after he botched up a ridiculously simple tap-in on the face of Palace’s goal.
Gunners fans thoroughly enjoyed the moment due to animosity towards Deeney, as he had previously accused them of lacking “cojones” after beating them at Vicarage Road earlier this season.
Incidentally, Deeney has managed to score just one goal in six games (which was also from a penalty) ever since he ranted out against Arsenal.
The striker’s poor form peaked with his miss of the season last night, and it was only expected of Gooners to have a ball (pun intended) hitting back at him for it.
Check out the video of the miss and some of the best reactions by Arsenal fans below –
After being left out of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against BATE Borisov, new boy Alexandre Lacazette decided to finally take some time out to run errands on Wednesday.
The Frenchman was seen shopping for groceries at Tesco Express in Hampstead along with an unknown lady, rumoured to be his girlfriend.
The striker, who became a Gunner following a £52 million transfer from Lyon this summer, is said to be Arsenal’s highest paid player after netting a weekly wage in the range of a cool £200,000.
And that clearly reflected in his choice of vehicle. After shopping, Lacazette was seen hopping in a stunning red Ferrari 488 that is said to cost a whopping £250,000.
Check out the picture below –
Celtic won their first match in the last 16 European group games with a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht midweek.
Although Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair stole the show with their goals, one man who had a brilliant game himself was Dedryck Boyata.
The defender, who has recently returned from a knee injury that kept him out for three months, was called up by manager Brendan Rodgers to play in front of his family in his home town of Brussels.
And the Belgian did not disappoint and even pulled off extreme skills such as the one shown in the video below. Absolutely mad tekkers from Boyata –
Chelsea maintained their momentum in the Champions League group stages with a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
New boy Morata first cancelled out Griezmann’s opener in the second half and then Michy Batshuayi struck a dramatic 94th minute winner to secure all three points.
Forwards stole the show eventually for the Blues, but one player who was responsible for running the show from the backstage was N’Golo Kante.
The brilliant midfielder was at his usual best, keeping possession of the ball and controlling the pace of the game.
The Frenchman’s performance can be summed up in a quality adjective that the commentator used to describe him when he was taking on two defenders at once: Human Dynamo!
Check out the moment below –