The FA Cup fixture last night provided Spurs a chance for them to get their form back on track with a visit to fellow London club Fulham and as many expected, they saw them off quite comfortably.
The 3-0 win saw Harry Kane shine again, as the England man netted a hat-trick to ensure his side made it through to the quarterfinals of the tournament. However, whilst the striker stole the headlines, it must be noted that it was an all-round good performance from the side.
A large part of Spurs good play was down to Harry Winks, who kept things tidy in midfield. The young Englishman has done well whenever he has gotten a chance to play this season and was also involved in the build-up to Spurs’ second goal yesterday.
The youngster who has been heavily compared with former Spurs man Luka Modric controlled the temp of the play with a neat little turn and turned on the attack with a neat pass to free Kieran Tripper on the right wing.
Check out the moment below:
Chelsea’s good run of form continued with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. The Blues have looked like a well-oiled machine under Antonio Conte this season and will now take on Manchester United in the quarterfinals in what is an eagerly anticipated match.
The match against Wolves also marked the 100th Chelsea start for one Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard hasn’t featured as regularly as he might have liked this season, but he’s still been an integral player whenever called upon, doing his best to aid the cause of the team.
A large part of this is down to the fact that he clearly cares about the club and a quick look at his social media activity is enough to convey that as well.
See the proof of Cesc’s commitment to Chelsea here:
Chelsea continued their march towards FA Cup glory with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. The home side did put up plenty of resistance and it made life hard for the Blues, particularly in the first half. However, goals from Pedro and Diego Costa were enough to get the job done.
Antonio Conte was quick to dismiss talks of a double post the win but it still remains a real possibility. Whilst players like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have gotten a lot of credit for Chelsea’s renaissance this season, Pedro has been an integral part of the side too with his goals and consistent work-rate.
His work-rate was on display in the build up to Chelsea’s opening goal, scored by the Spaniard himself. For the move, the winger had to make up a lot of ground in a very short span of time. Not only did he do that, he also capped off the move with a cool finish that gave Chelsea the lead.
See an MOTF graphic highlighting Pedro’s (number 11) impressive work for the opener here:
They might be 6th in the Premier League standings right now, but Manchester United still remains the biggest club in English football by quite a margin. This is evident from the number of sponsorship deals they are able to ink despite their turbulent post-Sir Alex Ferguson years that have seen their stock drop a bit.
The latest of these deals came alongside the luxury watch brand TAG Heuer. The deal is a pretty big one for both the club and the company; United get to add yet another top sponsorship deal to their already-impressive list and TAG Heuer get another high profile deal to go with their deal with Red Bull Racing.
To commemorate the coming together of the two powerhouses, TAG Heuer launched two new models that feature the Manchester United logo in some way. Named the Carrera Heuer-01 and the Formula 1 Chronograph, they provide the club with some perfect branding as well as two stunning watches to sell to their fans.
See the amazing watch designs below:
Manchester United’s 3-0 win over St. Etienne in the Europa League round of 32 game was nothing less than the Zlatan Ibrahimovic Show. The Swede international scored his first hat-trick in United red and all but ensured their passage into the next round, giving United fans some midweek cheer.
The fact that their side so easily outclassed the French team was enough to ensure that United fans were in a celebratory mood throughout the game, chanting and singing away on various occasions. Amusingly, one such instance of fan chanting that occurred was purely for banter, at the expense of St. Etienne’s medic.
The medic, surprisingly dressed in chinos and a black jacket, got a bit of stick from United fans, who loudly chanted “Chinos” at his direction.
See United fans serenading the medic with “Chinos” chants here:
Despite being in sublime goal-scoring form for Chelsea, the biggest narrative around Diego Costa is the fact that he’s supposedly discontent with life in London and looking for a big money move to China. The situation was bad enough to warrant him getting a telling off from Antonio Conte.
Whilst the winter transfer window arrived and went, there is still speculation that a deal could be reached in the summer. The fact that he was given a speaking to by his manager and his subsequent but temporary dropping meant he did at least find himself distracted by the offer.
However, to claim the striker is unhappy is a bit of a stretch, especially considering the recent evidence made available. Chelsea’s official Twitter account recently posted a video of the squad in training. Costa was front and centre of the video, dancing around like the lovable goofball that he can be.
See Costa’s hilarious dance moves below:
Whilst the Europa League isn’t exactly the ideal place to be for a club like Manchester United, they haven’t exactly been complacent during the tournament. Jose Mourinho does rotate his squad due to the rigours of playing on Thursday’s, but by and large the Red Devils seemingly take the tournament seriously enough.
This was evident during their Round of 32 match against St. Etienne. United cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over the French side on the back of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first hat-trick for the club. However, the Swedish striker showed his class in a slightly different manner towards the end of the match.
Receiving the ball inside the penalty area, he pulled off a sick scoop turn to not only engineer a change in direction but also left a defender almost for dead. What’s even more amazing is that he pulled it off with little effort, proving that class is indeed permanent, at least in his case.
See his lovely bit of skill below: