With March drawing to an end, the Premier League title race might not be over in mathematical terms, but no one expects any other side except Chelsea to win the title. Such has been the dominance of Antonio Conte’s men that even 2nd placed Tottenham are 10 points behind them.
However, it speaks to the quality present in the Premier League sides that in WhoScored’s recently released “Premier League Team of 2017” that not a single Chelsea player is in the side, despite how dominant they have been as a unit. Rather, the team is filled with players from clubs outside the top 4 as well.
Aside from the presence of Calum Chambers, Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Kolarov, the team is dominated by players from three sides: Spurs, Everton and Manchester United. Amazingly, it is Everton who have the most number of representations with three whilst United and Spurs have two each.
See the full team of the new calendar year so far here:
In a world where social media is more omnipresent in our lives than ever before, it is no surprise that it has affected even the world of football. Players, clubs, managers and even fanbases getting trolled by attention-seeking is the norm in today’s times, rather than the exception.
Thus, when Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was trolled about his recent injury with some jibes at his chequered history with his philandering ways, no one was surprised. The fact that it was a Rangers fan doing the trolling was even less shocking. What was amazing, though, was his comeback.
Rather than make any personal remarks, the striker simply brushed it off with a laugh and made a simple statement that showcased two things: his underrated trolling ability as well as the gulf in class between the two Old Firm rivals this season, something that sticks in the craw of Rangers fans.
Sometimes in football, the only thing that betters a goal is a memorable celebration. Not many people remember Roger Milla’s scoring statistics but nearly everyone celebrates his famous ‘snake hips’ routine from the 1990 World Cup. The great and the good have all marked their best moments with iconic moves – some patent, some improvised – and it’s always a sight to see.
Hibernian’s Efe Ambrose seems set to join the list of players with spectacular celebrations after he scored in his side’s 2-1 victory over Falkirk in the Scottish League. The Nigerian, on loan from Celtic, has hit the ground running at Hibs and showed that he’s pretty skilled aerially as well with a picture-perfect backflip. You can understand his exuberance considering he is a defender and not pegged to score too many.
Ambrose has had a hot streak of late as he collected yet another Man of the Match accolade for his performance yesterday. Here’s to seeing more amazing acrobatics from the big man soon.
Check out this amazing mid-celebration picture here:
It seems that Premier League defenders are not the only ones who have a problem with Alexis Sanchez’s searing pace.
The Arsenal forward was issued a ticket by the Carabineros – the Chilean National Police – for speeding in the commune of Buin on his day off following training with the national squad. He was believed to have been going at an incredible 155 km/hr when he was pulled over. Sanchez was fined and has even been handed a court summons at the Local Police Court.
The ex-Barcelona forward is having an incredibly difficult time staying out of the spotlight as rumours of discontentment with Arsenal and a desire to move away from London continuously swirl about. An escape from the pressures of England was also shot after Chile lost to Argentina in World Cup Qualifying by a single goal.
Fans of the Chilean will be thankful that neither the player nor anyone else was harmed and will probably hope that issues surrounding his club status are resolved soon so that the only focus on his acceleration would concern the football pitch exclusively.
Check out the pictures of the ticket Sanchez received and his driving license from emol.com below:
The international break is a time for even club managers to unwind a little. Whilst they will continue to take regular training alongside the players who aren’t away on international duty, they can afford to take it a little easy because there is no game to build to, at least not on this weekend.
However, when Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was spotted in the Croatian city of Zagreb, many thought he was there to get a head start on any summer transfer dealings for his side. The fact that he was spotted constantly talking on his mobile phone only added fuel to the fire.
But the man himself spoke to the Croatian press recently and he clearly stated that he not there for any transfer dealings. Rather he wanted to some time off from his schedule, meet some of his friends and simply enjoy the sunny weather of Croatia as he preferred it to the rainy weather of Manchester.
See the translated quotes from the man himself here:
I do not have a hidden objective, I came here to enjoy the time off. Visit some good friends like Mijatovic and Suker. I know everyone thinks that I came just to look at some players, but in today’s football you do not need to travel somewhere to see some players, I know them all already. I’m just here as someone who wants to relax in the sunshine, not rain as in Manchester
In recent seasons, Tottenham’s form has largely been dependent on how well Harry Kane has done for them upfront. And whilst the side is collectively much better now, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still reliant on the goals of the England frontman to get them out of a few tight spots sometimes.
His recent rise in form has seen him shoot up the Premier League goal-scoring charts and he’s currently behind only Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot. Which makes his recent injury, suffered a few days ago, all the harder to bear. He’s also set to miss out on international duty this week.
But Spurs fans can take a sigh of relief and hope for a quick comeback after Kane was spotted in his full training kit, watching his national team-mates train at Spurs’ training facilities.
It’s been a stellar season for Newcastle United in the second division of English football. Currently sitting atop the table of the Championship, the Toon are primed to win the tournament and make the jump back to the Premier League, a place that their fans feel they truly belong to.
In an effort to give back to the fans, the club recently sent some players to read questions for a quiz hosted by Gallowgate Flags, a Newcastle fan club run exclusively by the fans, which is a good way to get in touch with fans. However, what should have been a regular task turned into a massive comedy of errors.
A number of Newcastle players, including the likes of Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Achraf Lazaar struggled to pronounce the names of the teams, players and even the show itself in Lazaar’s case. Still, the event did provide a nice way for fans to see their idols in a more light hearted setting.
See the video posted by Newcastle’s official Twitter account below:
When your name is Ronaldo Vieira and you play football, you have a lot to live up to. Some players crack under the pressure of being compared to the greats, so when you actually bear a sobriquet comprising two of the greatest to grace the pitch in modern times, chances are you have to give the extra effort every time to stand out as your own man.
It seems that the Leeds United player is made of stern stuff however, as he is flourishing instead of wilting under the pressure. The midfielder from Guinea Bisseau has made an incredible 62 successful tackles in the Championship this season – the highest number in this regard for players under the age of 21. Given that Vieira is just 18 years of age makes his feat absolutely spectacular.
Ronaldo Vieira has won MORE TACKLES (62) than any other @SkybetChamp player aged under 21 this season.
Leeds are currently on strong run towards finishing in the Promotion Play-offs on the back of Chris Woods run as top scorer as well as one of the best defensive records in the League – credit for which can be greatly bestowed on the fabulously named wonderkid.
If the reports in Turkish media is to be believed, it seems that Lucas Leiva’s Anfield career is coming to an end.
Turkey’s most visited news site Milliyet are claiming that Liverpool have already agreed a fee in the region of €2.5m for the Brazilian. This agreement with Galatasaray will see him join the Turkish giants at the end of the season.
This is the 10th season with Liverpool for the Brazilian and needless to say Anfield faithfuls would be expecting a testimonial for one of their favorites if the reports are true.
A midfield destroyer by nature, Lucas has accumulated 334 appearances for Liverpool. The Brazilian has scored seven goals for the Reds, which includes a goal in the FA Cup against Plymouth back in January. It was his first goal in six years which put Liverpool into the fourth round.
Galatasaray almost acquired the services of the Brazilian during the last summer transfer window but the talks broke down after Jurgen Klopp felt that he needed the midfielder for another season.
Maybe it’s time the senior pros picked up a thing or two from the young guns.
England’s Under-19 team sealed their participation in the next edition of the Euro Championships in style as they hammered 7-time champions Spain 3-0 at St. George’s Park.
Leading the charge for the Three Lions was Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold who opened the scoring within 10 ten minutes before doubling the lead from the penalty spot just after the hour mark – not a bad haul for a defender.
An impressive performance was rounded off by Chris Willock’s fantastic goal, as the Arsenal winger capped off a memorable win for the hosts. The result ensured that England will finish top of qualifying group 3 with just one game to play.
Willock and Arnold-Alexander would have impressed many with their displays – maybe enough to see some game time with their respective club’s first teams? We’ll have to wait and see, but England fans can look forward to some promising talents coming through in the future.
Check out these sweet strikes from the game below: