Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte – two managers markedly different in their demeanour. Mourinho is more calculating and likely to vent his emotions through jibes in the post-match, while Conte wears his heart on his sleeve and likes to focus on matters on the pitch.
However, like all successful managers, they are both born winners who know the importance of big results.
On the face of it, Chelsea’s 2-1 away victory over Stoke may seem a routine win – but it was a match won by character as much as anything. It was a true test of champion’s grit as Conte’s men came through with flying colours – a game the likes of which define title-winning seasons.
Any proof required of the importance of the result can be found in footage of Mourinho and his Chelsea team engaging in similarly charged celebrations after a 1-0 victory at Ewood Park in 2005. The Portuguese knew exactly what it meant and showed it in his exuberance.
Chelsea would go on to win the title that season – in Mourinho’s first season in charge. History repeating itself at Stamford Bridge this year? One certainly wouldn’t bet against it.
“You are Co-Co the Clown”. That was one Twitter user’s assessment of journalist Ian Abrahams after he left out Championship Top Scorer Chris Woods from his Team of the Year.
The TalkSPORT broadcast program turned into an impromptu roast of the man who goes by the Twitter handle @BroadcastMoose as livid Leeds United fans let Abrahams know exactly what they thought of his opinion. Their responses were hilarious to say the least, and the man himself was left without much to defend himself.
Woods has scored 26 goals to put him at the top of the goals heap, so his omission would certainly raise eyebrows. Wonder what the striker himself would make up for it.
Check out the snippet featuring the choicest tweets below:
Goalscorer, Captain, Owner of one of the best goal celebrations in the modern era – Robbie Keane has found fame and affection wherever he has gone. His contribution to the game and his undoubted talent has led to his being inducted into the Irish Hall of Fame – and it could not have been any more deserved.
Amongst the tributes, one of the most endearing and entertaining has to be a video message from Keane’s former Spurs strike partner Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian maverick said that the only partnership more fitting than Keane and the Hall of Fame was the duo’s own as they “made fun of defenders” in their time at White Hart Lane.
Berbatov’s message is straight from the heart as he thanks Keane for his tireless work ethic, his team-centric attitude and for even making him a better player. His sincere delight at his friend’s being honoured is a joy to behold in itself.
Well played, Berba!
Check out his message below:
Dimitar Berbatov congratulating former Spurs team-mate Robbie Keane on his induction into the Irish Hall of Fame. Love this! 👏 #COYSpic.twitter.com/trjCaWcis8
Cesar Azpilicueta hit an absolute belter straight into the top corner during a training session for Spain. The sweetness of his strike was pure – a first time shot that looked effortless in execution but gave the keeper absolutely no chance.
The keeper in question? Only David De Gea, one of the best in his position in the world at the moment. Super Dave has been clawing out save of the season contenders for a few seasons now, but even he could do little more than watch as the ball zipped right past him.
Getting a goal is always nice, and there’s nothing sweeter for a defender than showing he can do a job on either end of the pitch. Preview of more to come from the Chelsea man? Screamers like this one are always welcome.
The media can be a cruel mistress. It can raise the status of a player to that of a legend; it can attempt to kill a career if it so pleases. Gross exaggeration is no stranger to football reporting, nor is wilful extrapolation at times.
The Times seemed to make the most of their ‘journalistic license’ in their depiction of Adam Lallana’s shocking miss in the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City.
It was a glaring error, but the graphic seems to defy the laws of ball physics. Indeed the “trajectory” of Lallana’s shot would not look out of place in a toddler’s drawing book.
The England midfielder will probably not be renewing his subscription to the newspaper any time soon.
Check out the ‘Artistic Impression of a Miss’ here:
Pablo Hernandez is an incredibly gifted footballer. The Spaniard is technically-blessed and has a great predilection for nutmegs. Naturally, this would not make him very popular with opponents.
The ex-Swansea City star was reminded of just how much the players would appreciate if didn’t make them look daft – and not in a very polite way.
Hernandez had the ball at his feet on the edge of the penalty area before side-stepping a marker and nutmegging an onrushing player. Beram Kayal, the aggrieved party, chose to show a neat trick of his own by leaving his standing foot in the way as Hernandez took a tumble. Malicious, but defenders will tell you not completely unjustified!
Leeds went on to pick up a 2-0 victory thanks to Chris Wood brace, while Hernandez also probably took away a nasty little bruise.
“El único fracaso Es No intentarlo” or “The only failure is not to try” – a caption accompanying a philosophical Alexis Sanchez Instagram post with a picture of the Chilean leaving the defence in tatters – as he is wont to do. Inspiration at any other time, but as with most things associated with a troubled Arsenal at the moment, fans are attempting to read between the lines.
Sanchez has been at the eye of the storm as stories about contract disputes, the Wenger situation and frustration at his team’s performances seem to hint at a move away from London.
Supporters on social media implored Sanchez to stay with the Gunners’ – but a message as cryptic as this is bound to churn the rumour mill into over-drive. The ex-Barcelona man is sure to have his fans hanging on his every word from now on.
While many might feel that Wayne Rooney’s exclusion from the England Squad might be a regular, if not permanent, situation soon, two people who must be absolutely delighted that he will be spending time at home during the international break would be the Manchester United skipper’s sons Kit and Kai.
The adorable twosome were charming social media through a video posted by mum Coleen as younger sibling Kit attempted a wobbly amble. Big Bro Kit catches him just as he falls over – while wearing a West Ham goalkeeping jersey!
Viewers were quick to perceive Kai Rooney’s choice of shirt – maybe a healthy split loyalty in the family? Rooney’s next club?
The Internet is a wonderful thing. It’s a place for football fans to relive amazing moments – stunning goals and feats of skill that will have us remembering them for years to come. The legacy of the players will live on in the videos we can see online – unfortunately, it also means that some of the more embarrassing moments that can occur are also preserved and shared. Cue Eboue Kouassi.
Celtic’s newest recruit seemed ready to go as he was receiving his instructions to go on in the game against Dundee United. He was focused and in the Zone – evident from the way he reacted to what happened next.
Asked to take a place on the bench momentarily, the Ivorian slipped into a seat which promptly decided to slip right from under him!
As he was helped up by staff and players who saw the funny side, Kouassi betrayed only an initial moment of surprise before settling back into an expression of utmost concentration. Unfazed and unruffled – definitely a player for the crunch situations.
Not his choice of best highlight from his team’s 2-1 victory though, surely.
Manchester City’s fans were on the receiving end of a witty riposte from one of the most popular football-related parody accounts in ‘Boring James Milner‘.
The fans at the Etihad Stadium were not shy in expressing their dislike for Milner, an ex-City player himself. As the boos reigned down upon the England man, twitter user @BoringMilner remarked on how vocal the home crowd was before making an allusion to City’s reported lack of local fans – an allegation rooted in sparse attendance records and a lack of fervent support for the blue half of Manchester.
While that would have undoubtedly irked the City supporters, Milner managed to net the first goal from the penalty spot as well – and the spoof Twitter user was quick to remind the City faithful of his name – well, not his name exactly.
A goal on the night and some decent banter off the pitch – busy night for James Milner indeed.