The derby between Manchester United and Liverpool was one that was highly anticipated but never looked likely to overshadow the “Manchester vs. Merseyside” encounter that preceded it. Both the Reds and the Red Devils came armed with tactics and it showed in the result as they cancelled each other out.
Despite being the away side, Liverpool would have felt hard done by considering they led the game for so long. These sentiments were echoed by Dejan Lovren during his post-match interview, after which he was awarded the Man of the Match. Hilariously, he also made a small but noticeable gaff during the interview.
Whilst discussing United’s long-ball tactics in the second half, the centre back was talking about how the game changed and then forgot the name of the player whose arrival signaled the tactical change: Marouane Fellaini. This was made funnier by the fact that the interviewer mentioned his name seconds prior.
Check out the moment below:
It’s been a strange week for West Ham United fans. They were greeted with the shocking revelation from Slaven Bilic that star man Dimitri Payet wanted out of the club and was refusing to play for the club again. And as expected the news was not at all received well by Hammers fans.
However, the weekend saw them garner a much-needed win over fellow bottom of the table strugglers Crystal Palace. It was a welcome respite in many ways, as the Irons looked primed for a relegation battle. Amazingly, it wasn’t the only thing to bring some joy to Hammers fans over the weekend.
Alvaro Arbeloa hasn’t featured all that much this season and this weekend was no different. In a move that is sure to earn him plenty of goodwill with the fans, the Spanish right back decided to watch the game not from the stadium, but in a local bar that was packed with West Ham fans.
See a picture of Arbeloa enjoying a pint in a bar with Hammers fans & Batman below:
Arsenal’s 4-0 demolition of relegation candidates Swansea City was just what the doctor ordered for the London side. The thoroughly convincing manner in which they dispatched the Welsh club showed that as things stand, they might be able to at least get a better league spot if not challenge for the title.
Star player Alexis Sanchez scored his 14th goal of the season at the Liberty Stadium and his flair game was on point too. A moment particularly stood out when he received the ball on the left wing with his back to goal.
With just one touch, he flicked it beyond Kyle Naughton and left him for dead, then turned around and ran into space.
Check out the moment Sanchez wrecked the ex-Spurs man here:
Leeds United’s recent 1-0 win over fellow playoff and promotion hopefuls Derby County was enough to propel Garry Monk’s men into third place. Not only does this win continue their upward momentum in terms of form, it even gives them an outside chance of making the top 2 and earning direct promotion to the Premier League.
It must, however, be noted that the score-line doesn’t quite showcase just how well Leeds played throughout the game. Whilst Derby County certainly had their moments throughout the game, the night belonged to Leeds, both in terms of the score-line and the way they played.
Once such instance of Leeds’ domination can be seen in a beautiful passage of play in the 37th minute of the game, with both Pablo Hernandez and Ronaldo Viera involved. Whilst Hernandez decided to make Derby’s defence look hopeless, Viera was at his with some flashy inter-play with the Spaniard.
Check out the moments when both Hernandez and Viera turned up the heat on Derby’s defence here:
Celtic have always been one of two premier clubs in Scottish football; the other club being their Old Firm rivals Rangers. However, the Hoops have risen to a whole different level this season under Brendan Rodgers. Not only have they absolutely dominated in Scotland, but they’ve done well in Europe too.
Given how impressive the club have been in recent times, it’s safe to say they would be a decent destination for any player young or old. Top prospects like Moussa Dembele have made Celtic their home, and according to the words of a former Celtic player, other players should follow suit.
Former Swiss defender Ramon Vega recently stated that he would encourage players to join the club. Citing the amazing environment created by fans and the great time he had at the club, he felt it would be a good place for anyone to ply their trade.
Check out a clip from his bit during Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club show below:
Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation has been a constant source of worry for Arsenal fans this season. The Chilean has been something of a revelation at the centre-forward role; however, his current contract is up in 18 months and there is still no progress on getting the star to put pen to paper on a new deal.
And it seems fans have decided to take the matter in their own hands to ensure their star player remains at the Emirates.
The Chilean superstar has two beloved pet dogs named Atom and Humber whom he has discussed in interviews before; amazingly, they are central to a fan clubs’ plan to keep him at the club.
REDaction, an Arsenal supporters group, started an online campaign to raise £500 to make a banner in tribute to his dogs – amazingly, they surpassed their target.
The story was so out of the ordinary that it made the newspapers, something which will no doubt amuse a great number of fans. Check out screengrab of the news story here:
Mauricio Pochettino’s done an amazing job of making Spurs a legitimate top 4 contender during his time at the club; the fact that they so effortlessly ended Chelsea’s winning streak is proof of that. His tactics and man management have generally been well-received and he is a well-respected figure at the club.
However, the Argentine has garnered some online notoriety for something entirely different: the Pochettino Pose. In pictures taken alongside a Spurs player who is signing a contract extension, the manager is always captured with his right arm over the players’ shoulder. Amusingly, he’s also worn the same suit in all those pictures.
Spurs left-back Danny Rose was recently interviewed alongside fellow full-back Kyle Walker; inevitably, he was asked about the Pochettino Pose. The England international had a laugh about it and even went on to reveal a hilarious tidbit about the pictures being taken.
Check out a snippet of the interview below: