Chelsea’s rich vein of form continued against Manchester United as a 1-0 win saw them reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Aside from a loss against Tottenham, the Blues have not lost a single encounter in 22 games. As fate would have it, Spurs are the team Chelsea must get past to make it to the finals.
Meanwhile, on Chelsea’s official website, the form of the blogger who penned their match previews also continued. After an absolute zinger of a line poking fun at Manchester United before the FA Cup clash, he’s back at it again – only this time, it’s with a witty line of praise for one of their own.
N’Golo Kante has been an integral part of Chelsea’s midfield this season with his relentless energy and ball-winning ability. The Frenchman – whose goal sent Chelsea to the semi-finals of the FA Cup – was praised for his ability to constantly be around the ball with a hilarious yet metaphorically true line.
Check out the line on Kante highlighted in the screenshot of the preview below:
As their profile keeps growing in the world of football, it only makes sense that Tottenham will look to capitalise on their popularity. One of the major ways they intend doing so is by coming up with a new stadium. The Northumberland Development Project will see the side get a new, world-class stadium soon.
The design as well as many other pictures regarding the stadium has already hit the internet and the reviews have been largely positive. An account on Twitter dedicated to the stadium recently tweeted out more pictures of the stadium.
The pictures show the construction work taking place in the stadium as well as new mock images of what the new ground of Tottenham will look like. If the stadium looks anything like the pictures, it will be a massive improvement over White Hart Lane.
See the pictures below:
Being a squad player in a side like Manchester United isn’t an easy task. Due to the sheer amount of top notch talent the club possesses, it is extremely hard for non-regulars to get a look in to the side. This is true even with the inclusion of tough away Europa League or domestic cup games.
Sergio Romero has it worse at Manchester United. Being a second choice goalkeeper often means little to no game time; it is even harder to get a regular look in when the first choice goalie is David De Gea, easily amongst the best in the world. However, Romero showed his quality against Rostov in the Europa League last night.
The Argentine shot stopper managed to pull off a spectacular save to deny Rostov from a free-kick. The shot was hit with perfect accuracy and seemed destined for the top corner but Romero successfully covered enough ground and pulled off a blinder that would make even De Gea proud.
See Romero’s spectacular save below:
When Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United was completed in the summer, Manchester United fans were sent into a tizzy. The prodigious Frenchman had left the club under acrimonious circumstances and made himself one of the best in the world. Therefore, the excitement was understandable.
Things didn’t quite work out to plan, however; at least not at first. Despite costing the club a pretty penny, his initial performances left a lot to be desired. And whilst he has found his feet of late, he is yet to have that defining performance in a big game that is the hallmark of greats. As a result, he has come in for a lot of criticism from pundits and fans alike.
Jose Mourinho, who is understandably tired of hearing this criticism, put up quite the defence for the young man during his pre-Rostov presser. Claiming that a lot of the hate for Pogba stems from jealousy, he then went on to state that both he and the club are happy with how Pogba has done so far.
Check out Mourinho defending his star man below:
Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter finals saw Jose Mourinho get defeated by his successor at the London club for the 2ndtime this season. Given the kind of manager Mourinho is, another loss to a man who has quickly won over the Stamford Bridge faithful would undoubtedly be hard to take.
And whilst Mourinho has largely avoided taking pot shots at Conte in public, he has not stopped talking about Chelsea, even taking a few veiled digs at them. Conte himself isn’t the type who says much in public, but it would undoubtedly have bothered him that a rival manager was taking shots at his club.
Thus, the speculation that the two had to be kept apart by players in the tunnel post the FA Cup fixture shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Both are fiery and passionate individuals and it’s easier to get lost in the moment after a game.
Check out the tweet detailing out what supposedly went down between the managers below:
Chelsea continued their good form in the Emirates FA Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the quarter finals of the tournament. A sole N’Golo Kante goal was enough to give Antonio Conte’s men the victory, which was made all the sweeter for Blues fans due to the fact that Jose Mourinho was on the losing end once again.
During the Special One’s tumultuous final season at the club, the manager had managed to alienate most of the dressing room. Two of the players who seemingly lost faith in the manager and his ways were Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, and their sharp downturn in form directly affected the fortunes of the club as well.
Both have rediscovered their form under Antonio Conte this season and it was therefore a nice moment for Chelsea fans to see the two of them celebrate together at the end of the game. Laughing and sharing a joke after a small handshake, the two are clearly happy again and it is easily reflected in form as well.
See their little moment after the United game here:
Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final might have been a game that saw two relatively evenly matched sides, but it produced a game that wasn’t easy on the eye for the most part. Still, Chelsea fans will undoubtedly be happy over the upcoming Wembley trip as well as getting one over ex-manager Jose Mourinho.
The game was decided by an unlikely goal-scorer in N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman might be one of the best midfielders in the world right now, but he isn’t exactly renowned for smashing them in from 30 yards out. Amazingly, both of his club goals for Chelsea have come against Manchester United.
He did have another little highlight during the game. Receiving the ball from Willian, Kante was up against Marouane Fellaini when he pretended to shoot but quickly moved the ball to the other side. The dummy was so well-executed that all Fellaini could do was slide into a tackle before realising that Kante had sold him dreams.
See Kante’s superb bit of skill here:
Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) is the hardcore alternative to the popular FIFA, which is manufactured by EA Sports. PES is often touted as being the more realistic and smoother game between the two, but can’t directly compete with FIFA because of the license agreements the game has.
However, that doesn’t mean the game doesn’t have its takers. Its fanbase is a loyal one and the game is popular enough to have featured superstars like Lionel Messi on the cover of the game, despite being an unlicensed game. The latest version of the game has also focused even more on the attention to detail.
One such example of this is the celebration of Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic. The striker scored a goal in a Newcastle’s 6-2 thrashing of Norwich back in 2015 and his unique celebration – a knee slide followed by an arm flourish – is perfectly mimicked by the game developers of PES.
See the video comparison of the real and reel celebrations here:
The Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic was a highly anticipated fixture and despite the gulf in class between both sides this season, the game did not disappoint one bit.
Rangers managed to scrape a last minute draw with a Clint Hill goal, giving the fanbase something to celebrate.
Incidentally, one Rangers fan was so overjoyed he celebrated the win by paying tribute to caretaker manager Graeme Murty’s infamous backwards head roll by pulling off the same in the middle of a street.
See the hilarious tribute act below:
It’s been a week of ups and downs for Gooners. After a humiliating 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, the club bounced back with a predictable 5-0 win over minnows Lincoln in the FA Cup. Nevertheless, fan unrest is at an all time high.
The calls for Arsene Wenger to go have grown louder over the past week, with some fans even planning to fly a plane over the Hawthorns next week in protest. Whatever one’s personal views on the manager, it must undoubtedly be tough for him to go on with his job in the face of this pressure.
That’s what makes it all the more amusing that he managed to come up with a rather hilarious response when he was asked by a reporter whether he’d be saying goodbye to the Arsenal fans this season. The witty response is not one that is normally expected from the non-flippant Wenger, making it all the more amusing.
Check out Le Professeur’s response here: