Diego Costa has been a controversial figure in football ever since he joined Chelsea. The Brazil-born Spanish international has always possessed a penchant for taking things too far, and as such is constantly in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons. His controversial reputation often overshadows his significant talent on the pitch.
However, the striker is known amongst his inner circle to possess a softer side, one that isn’t highlighted by the media as often. Whilst he is a warrior on the field, after the game is over he is the type of individual who likes having fun. This side of him was on full display during a recent training session at Cobham.
During some routine training, the ball came to Costa, who just happened to be in front of a small goal. The joint top-scorer in the Premier League then proceeded to score a goal in the empty net using nothing but his back-side as he sat down on the ground, letting his rear end skim the ball to send it into goal.
See the hilarious video that Chelsea posted on their Facebook page here:
Manchester City’s season didn’t end up taking much of a turn for the better after their 2-2 draw against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on the weekend. Pep Guardiola has been coming under much fire for the side’s form and his critics would have gotten even more ammo after City let a two goal lead slip at home.
However, the result eventually turned out to be a good one for Spurs, who maintained their position amongst the Champions League spots and got yet another good result against a side that are considered title contenders.
Whilst most would be happy with a draw against a club like City, it’s safe to say Christian Eriksen isn’t most people.
Fan footage of Son Heung-min’s late equaliser recently surfaced on social media and it captured something not seen during the game’s live broadcast.
As Spurs’ players ran up to celebrate the goal, Eriksen displayed his winning mentality as he quietly sprinted to the goal and picked the ball out of the net, determined to get play started and maybe grab a winner.
See the footage here:
After the horror show that was last season, Chelsea have amazed most fans and rebounded spectacularly to the top of the Premier League standings this season.
A large part of this is down to how solid they have been in defence; a strong back-line has always been important to win the League, and it shows with this current Chelsea side.
Of the three defenders that make up the heart of the defence, Cesar Azpilicueta is the one who gets mentioned the least. David Luiz has amazed everyone since his return and Gary Cahill has been his solid self this season.
Despite being the least mentioned, Azpilicueta always puts in a shift and is a favourite among Chelsea fans for his dedication to the cause.
A recent bit of social media activity from the Spaniard showed just that. During an Instagram live story being hosted by Blues youngster Ola Aina, Azpilicueta posted a comment that once again reaffirmed just how seriously he takes his profession, showing the kind of dedication that might earn him the Chelsea armband one day.
See the comment he posted below:
Despite a rocky start to the season, Manchester United have found their form in recent times, with their star players in particular beginning to play to the best of their abilities. However, for all intents and purposes, Jose Mourinho’s side are still a work in progress – there are certain areas of the squad that could use improvement.
One of those areas is the defensive midfield position. Michael Carrick has done well in that role but he is aging. One player whose name has been linked to the Red Devils amongst other Premier League clubs is Porto’s Danilo Pereira.
The Portuguese midfielder has been a key player for both club and country of late, and a recent video released by Porto’s official Twitter account shows that he’d fit in just fine with the fast-paced Premier League. The video focuses on how quickly the midfielder runs the length of the field when Porto lose possession, something that will no doubt impress Mourinho.
Check out the video here:
A reason to be cheery as far as the future is concerned for Rangers fans, as the youth side coasted to the semi-finals on the back of a convincing 5-1 win over Falkirk, with Jamie Barjonas the clear star of the game.
The young midfielder scored two goals on the night, with one of them in particular standing out as a top notch effort. When the ball rebounded off the post and came to him outside the penalty area, Barjonas took control of the situation and let off a fierce strike into the top corner, after taking just one touch to set up the shot.
See a video of the goal below:
Wayne Rooney recently made football history by surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record for Manchester United.
Whilst the United captain has seen some hard times lately, no one can begrudge him this record; he’s earned it.
He also earned the right to celebrate his achievement and he did just that by purchasing a new car for himself.
The England striker has a number of cars in his fleet, but his latest addition, a bright orange Bentley, might be the most eye-catching yet.
See pictures of it below:
Newcastle United have been a rocky outfit to support in recent years. However, the club have a vast and loyal fanbase that has stuck with them through thick & thin and currently seem likely to make their presence felt in the Premier League next season again.
Despite being overshadowed by the Premier League giants in England, Newcastle United still has a hardcore fanbase outside of the country.
The recent heart-warming story of a South Korean Toon fan who traveled more than 5000 miles to watch a couple of the recent home games just shows the global fan support for Newcastle United.
Amusingly, the same fan also revealed a rather hilarious anecdote about why South Korean fans like Jonjo Shelvey.
According to him, the Newcastle midfielder is a favourite among many South Korean football fans and is nicknamed “Mr. President” because he bears more than a passing resemblance to ex-President Lee Myung-bak !
Check out the interview below:
Given the global reach of the Premier League, it isn’t surprising to hear many big-name celebrities come out and declare their support for an English club in the top flight.
However, amongst the crowd in Anfield to witness the game between Liverpool and Swansea was actor Will Ferrell, someone who has previously professed his support for Liverpool’s main title rivals Chelsea.
According to the grapevine, the Anchorman star was invited to watch game by Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, who is apparently a good friend of the actor.
And it looks like the actor wasn’t very thrilled with the football on display from the home side yesterday. Check out the picture below:
The fact that Alexis Sanchez is a world class player is quite well known. It’s the main reason Arsenal fans are so jittery that he is yet to sign a new contract extension, despite having only a year and a half left on his existing deal. The man also has a psyche that is unique in modern football.
In the footballing world where fitness and fatigue training is constantly gaining importance, Sanchez seemingly takes pride in pushing his body to the limit at all times. How beneficial this may be in the long run is up for debate, but it’s the way the Chilean international operates.
This mentality is something confirmed by Ian Lynam, a sports lawyer based in London. Taking to Twitter, the man shared an amusing story about how Alexis enjoys his training. It is a story that once again highlights just how committed to his craft the forward is.
Check out the almost unbelievable story here:
Liverpool have the distinction of being one of the most cohesive sides in the Premier League. They amount of miles they clock whilst on the field is testament to that.
Adam Lallana signifies this approach perhaps better than anyone. The English international has been a revelation as an advanced midfielder; not only has he scored and assisted on a regular basis, he’s done a lot of running around this season.
Amazingly, a graphic flashed before the Liverpool-Swansea game showed that whilst Lallana doesn’t have the record of most distance covered in a league game this season, he occupies every other position in the top 5. The person who ruined his near-perfect is Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling.
Check out the somewhat ironic graphic below: