When Arsenal drew Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, the general feeling amongst Gooners was one of cynicism. Having drawn and being knocked out by the Bavarian giants in previous years, there was little hope of things changing this time around.
As it turns out, the fans were right to be cynical because a 5-1 thrashing in the first leg of the competition has left the London side with a near impossible deficit to overcome should they want to make it to the next round. And whilst many expected it, the result has hit Arsenal fans hard.
The grief found an unexpected outlet lately: the message board of the Transport for London. The “thought for the day”, which normally features something that can either motivate or provoke some introspection, instead featured a hilarious yet somewhat true message on it, seemingly written by a depressed Arsenal fan.
Check out the message in all its glory below:
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur saw them look like a side that could have given Chelsea a run for the League title come May. However, 2017 has not been kind to the Reds so far as the Spurs win was their first PL win this year.
Given their exit from the FA Cup, the Reds have a good two weeks in their hands before their next fixture. In order to get away from the rigmaroles of the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp has taken the entire first team to La Manga in Spain.
It’s a tactic the German manager has used in the past with Borussia Dortmund, although how successful this will prove with Liverpool is something that only time will tell. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s official account recently revealed some beautiful pictures of the squad training in the seaside region of Spain.
Check out the images below:
When Jose Mourinho was first appointed this summer, many were quick to see the writing being on the wall for Juan Mata. The Spanish playmaker had been sold from Chelsea to United under Mourinho’s watch due to a clash of styles, and nothing much had changed in the time between the two.
However, not only has Mata played games on a frequent basis, he’s also been a regular goal-scorer and assister. The creative maestro is finally looking like the player he was during his time at Stamford Bridge and was at one point favoured over Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a typical “Mourinho player” and high-profile summer signing.
One could say that Juan Mata has been invaluable for United this season, and the stats also back up that claim. A recent set of stats released by a WhoScored reveals something rather amazing: whenever Mata starts, Manchester United are yet to lose this season.
See the stats that highlight Mata’s necessity in this United side here:
When Jan Vertonghen was diagnosed with damage to his ankle ligaments in the middle of January during a Premier League game against West Brom, many were rightfully anxious. The Belgian defender had formed something of a proper partnership with Toby Alderweireld; however, Vertonghen’s injury looked long-term.
Despite his injury, Tottenham looked fine for the most part, winning games and even climbing to second on the table. However, a recent loss to Liverpool in which they were completely outplayed by Jurgen Klopp’s men shows that Vertonghen might be needed back sooner than expected.
Thankfully for Spurs fans, that seems to be the case as Vertonghen was pictured in training alongside the rest of his team-mates. In fact, Mauricio Pochettino said that the defender might just be in line to make his comeback during Spurs’ FA Cup tie against Fulham.
Check out picture of Vertonghen in training below:
Leeds United’s hopes of making the Championship play-offs this season remained steady thanks to their recent 2-1 win over Championship strugglers Bristol City. The score-line doesn’t quite tell the whole story of the game; Leeds were dominant for most of it, with Bristol’s goal being a late stoppage time consolation.
Leading the way for Garry Monk’s side was Pablo Hernandez. The winger had a short stint at Swansea a few years ago but his move to Leeds has seemingly rejuvenated the Spaniard after spending some time in the Middle East at Al-Arabi. Indeed, he’s become a key player at Elland Road in a relatively short span of time.
He played a role in both goals scored, assisting one and scoring the other. However, those stats aren’t enough to describe just how dominant Hernandez was; a Leeds fan account gave a detailed account of exactly how much influence he had on the game based on other stats as well.
See the numbers racked up by the Spaniard below:
Given how football as a sport is almost a natural part of the English way of life, it isn’t at all surprising that the media in the country dedicates a lot of time to the beautiful game. Every newspaper, TV channel and website has special sections dedicated to football rumours, analysis and the like.
However, too much coverage isn’t necessarily all good. In fact, many a media outlet has been taken to task for reporting something wrong. However, absolutely nothing can beat the gaffe made by daily English newspaper “Metro” made recently, who seemed to have a case of stolen identity play out on their back pages.
Newcastle got a valuable point against Norwich recently thanks to a fantastic Jamaal Lascelles equalizer. However, the Metro published a photograph of Dwight Gayle and captioned it with Lascelles name, forgetting the first basic rule of journalism: always double check your facts and figures.
See the embarrassing gaffe in all its glory here:
Football, like any competitive sport, is built on healthy rivalries. The best matches are often those that have a little edge for whatever reason; it’s the way it has always been and the way things will remain. Even the most run of the mill match has a competitive edge to it; it’s why we love sports to begin with.
However, many have seen that sport can bring the world together like few things can. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, if not the most popular; beneath all the rivalries, there are sure to be some respectful ones as well. A recent social media post brought another respectful rivalry back in the minds of people.
A Liverpool fan recently posted a video of the time when Liverpool and Barcelona fans took turns to serenade each others’ fanbases nearly a decade ago. If nothing else, it is a good reminder of the fact that fanbases can respect one another whilst being competitive.
The moment occurred during the second leg of the Round of 16 match between the two sides at Anfield. Liverpool lost the match 1-0 but went through to the next round courtesy of two away goals.
See the video below: