When Andre Villas Boas arrived in England back in 2011, he was seen by some as the next coming of Jose Mourinho. But by the time he finally left England, he was considered a tactical fraud by most fans.
His stints at both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur showed a manager who had potential but never seemed to learn from his mistakes which was perhaps due to a stubborn belief in himself. And whilst fans of both clubs don’t miss the manager too much, a recent Instagram post shows which club the man himself preferred.
In a throwback shot, he posted a picture of himself posing in front of the Spurs crest and spoke about how he couldn’t say no to a club like Tottenham. It’s a touching tribute to a club that were willing to give him a chance after the debacle at Chelsea, and successful or not, the Portuguese clearly appreciated his time there.
See the Instagram post in question below:
Leeds United’s 2-0 win over Brighton ensured they remained in the hunt for that spot in the play-offs come the end of this season. The competition for those spots is currently a tight one and so Leeds’ win came at a valuable time when they could ill afford to drop any points.
A lot of credit must be given to the way Garry Monk has worked his magic behind the scenes. The club have floundered for years but a slew of clever signings and youth promotions have brought them closer to achieving a dream that remained elusive for years: promotion to the Premier League.
One of those youngsters is Ronaldo Vieira. The young midfielder is a highly rated prospect and showed just why with an amazing bit of work-rate during the Brighton win.
With some clever & rugged tackling skills, Vieira fought doggedly to win back possession and kick start an attack during an instance in the game on Saturday. Check out his moment of hard work below:
Leeds United’s chances of making the play-offs come the end of the season went significantly high with a 2-0 win over second placed Brighton. The move ensures they remain in fourth place for at least the time being, with just two points separating them from fifth paced Reading and a few more games to play.
The win at Elland Road was an easy one for Garry Monk’s men as a Chris Wood double saw the hosts run away with all three points. For Brighton it was an afternoon where nothing seemed to go their way, as a result of which they now sit a point behind league leaders Newcastle United in second place.
And it wasn’t only in the pitch that they lost. One unfortunate Brighton player found himself right in the middle of the Leeds fans due to momentum carrying him over the ad boards and into the seating section. He received an angry earful from the fans as well as a hard shove before he made his way out of there.
See the video of the incident here:
It’s been a season of constant highs for Newcastle United. The Toon were relegated to the Championship only last season yet have made massive strides under Rafael Benitez; as a result, they are currently top of the league and are the clear favourites to gain automatic promotion next season.
For the first time in ages, they look like they’re under secure long-term management with Benitez in charge. They also have a few good players out on loan and one of those loanees is Siem De Jong, who is currently on loan to PSV.
The Dutchman hasn’t had the best of careers in a Newcastle shirt so far, but his recent goal against Vitesse shows he’s still a top notch player. Receiving a cut-back just inside the box, De Jong hit a wonderful first touch shot to score the opening goal.
See the footage of the goal below:
To say that Arsenal are a club in crisis would be something of an understatement. Having been knocked out of Europe in humiliating fashion, they are currently struggling for form in the Premier League as well. Their poor form continued this week as they suffered a convincing 3-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion.
The poor form is clearly getting to the players as well, as was all too evident in their body language during the game. No one seemed to try and step up and maybe change the game in some way; most just hung their heads, dejected at the fact that the side weren’t able to experience a turnaround.
This was especially evident after West Brom scored their 3rd goal. Most Arsenal players simply trudged back to the centre line, waiting for play to kick off again. The only one who seemed willing to maybe try something was Nacho Monreal, who actually took the ball to the centre to get play restarted.
See the video of the incident below:
The game between Stoke and Chelsea might not have had too much goal mouth action but it certainly did not lack in drama. From disallowed goals to soft penalties and a late winner to boot, it was one of those games where you dared not take your eyes of the action just in case you missed something important.
Whilst Chelsea’s win was a hard-fought one, it was definitely the kind of win that separates potential title winners from the rest of the pack. This was something that even Antonio Conte seemed to know as he celebrated Gary Cahill’s 87th minute winner in the most outlandish way possible, even by his own standards.
Conte is no stranger to maniacal celebrations when his team score, but this time he was so overjoyed that he ran straight to the dugout and climbed it, attempting some kind of an improvised pull up in the process. It was yet another passion-filled moment from one of the most passionate managers in the game.
See his crazy celebration here:
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: