Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mourinho's United host Klopp's Liverpool

Manchester United play Liverpool in what is the first real title shaping fixture of this seasons quite intriguing Premier League.
The visitors won't need reminding that Old Trafford is a ground they find the least joy at in recent times (since 99/00) out of a possible 51 points available at the Theatre of Dreams they could only muster up a measly 16 points.
Granted the Klopp Effect has taken to his squad and they look a better side than his predecessor even though Suarez and Gerrard graced their squad then. It does look like the mentality of the squad and as a team they look far better than they I expected they would.
Mourinho's Effect seems to be taking to his squad as well, I mean Klopp's chargers are facing the form team in the Premier League on their home patch and Jose would hope to make in 10 straight wins in all competitions come full time.
As always in big derby's form goes out the window and you couldn't put your money on a definite winner but you can strap yourself in and grab a beer, crisps (chips) and a burger and enjoy what is billed as Super Sunday's Match of the Day even before kick off.

Extract from www.manutd.com (Team News paraphrased)
Manchester United team news.
As confirmed by Mourinho in the post-match press conference following the 2-0 success against Hull City, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be available after illness forced him to miss the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday. United will still be without Eric Bailly, who’s about to start the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast (he’ll face Togo on Monday), and there are question marks surrounding Marcos Rojo’s fitness. The Argentinian defender was rested for the Hull game to recover from a muscular problem, but he’s still a doubt ahead of this clash.
What about the opposition?
Jurgen Klopp will have to cope with the absence of top scorer Saido Mane, who is currently on international duty representing Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. However, Philippe Coutinho could start for the first time since 26 November, after the Brazilian playmaker returned to action as a substitute at Southampton on Wednesday night. Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson didn’t travel to the South Coast but only the latter, Liverpool’s captain, is likely to play against United.
Prediction
I predict goals, I also foresee Mane's absence as a huge loss for Klopp not just for his presence in the middle and his goals, he is the clubs leading goal scorer, yes Coutinho is back and had a good 30 minutes midweek but other than that man to man Manchester United, in the form they in, should have the better of Liverpool and win by two. In doing so put themselves back in the hat for the title come May, in my humble opinion that is.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Ronaldo keeps on winning - Fifa Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal.
2016 was quite a year for Ronaldo.

As well as scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout to win the Champions League, rescuing Real with a hat-trick in the final of the Club World Cup, captaining Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and being recognised with a fourth Ballon d'Or, he now has something Messi does not - the honour of being named best Fifa men's player.

The former Manchester United forward had been the favourite for the award, following a year in which he continued to deliver.

The stats don’t lie:
44 games, 42 goals, 14 assists.
The third best minutes-per-goal rate (83.68) of anyone scoring a minimum of 10 goals across Europe's top five leagues during 2016, behind Luis Suarez (82.57) and Radamel Falcao (59.6).
Finishing top scorer in the Champions League in 2015-16 with 16 goals, seven more than second-placed Robert Lewandowski.

"It was my best year so far," said Ronaldo. "The trophy for Portugal was amazing. I was so happy and of course I cannot forget the Champions League and the Club World Cup. We ended the year in the best way. I'm so glad to win a lot of trophies, collective and individual. I'm so, so proud."

Results
Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54% of total votes
Lionel Messi: 26.42%
Antoine Griezmann: 7.53%

BEST FIFA WOMANS PLAYER

Despite the United States failing to finish on an Olympic podium for the first time, co-captain Carli Lloyd has continued her exceptional form both for her club, Houston Dash, and country.The 34-year-old saw off competition from Germany's Olympic gold medallist Melanie Behringer and five-time winner Marta of Brazil. "I honestly was not expecting this," said Lloyd. "I know Melanie did fantastic in the 2016 Olympics."

Results
Carli Lloyd: 20.68% of total votes
Marta: 16.60%
Melanie Behringer: 12.34%

BEST FIFA MENS COACH

From 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League champions. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who has also led his side to the last 16 of the Champions League this season, won the award ahead of Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane, who lifted the Champions League in his first season in charge, and Portugal's Fernando Santos, who led his team to an unexpected success at Euro 2016.

Results
Claudio Ranieri: 22.6% of total votes
Zinédine Zidane: 16.56%
Fernando Santos: 16.24%

BEST FIFA WOMANS COACH

Germany's Silvia Neid retired in 2016 after capping an 11-year spell in charge of the national team by guiding them to Olympic gold for the first time. Success in Rio added to her extensive trophy collection, which includes the World Cup and two European Championships.

Results
Silvia Neid: 29.99% of total votes
Jill Ellis: 16.68%
Pia Sundhage: 16.47%
Puskas award (best goal)

The BEST GOAL of 2016 was, officially, scored by Penang's Mohd Faiz Subri.

It came in the Malaysia Super League, the forward converting a superb, swirling free-kick from 35 yards which started out heading towards the top left corner but ended up in the top right.
Results
Mohd Faiz Subri: 59.46% of total votes
Marlone: 22.86%
Daniuska Rodriguez: 10.01%
Others: 7.68%


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Friday, 2 December 2016

Rosberg retires - Facebook Statement

Writing in a statement issued on Facebook, Rosberg said: “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.
“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.
“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.
“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.
“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

JCBA's two cents
Nothing ... and that says a lot in fact its a statement,The Formula One World Champion retires and I will refrain from commenting.


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UNITED'S THOUGHTS WITH CHAPECOENSE


Text via manutd.com
The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with Chapecoense Football Club and all those affected by the tragedy in Colombia.

A plane carrying 81 people, including 22 members of the Brazilian team, crashed en route to Medellin airport on Monday night. Police say 76 people were killed and five survived.

The plane was carrying the Chapecoense squad from Brazil to Medellin, where they were due to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional.

United captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: "Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends."

#ForçaChapecoense





Saturday, 19 November 2016

Arsene Wenger v Jose Mourinho: The history of their rivalry in quotes

A must read by Adams Bate of Skysports news,
The war of words between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger goes on and on.

While the Manchester United boss has generally had the upper hand on the pitch over the years, both managers have had stern words for each other in the press room.
Here we recall their rivalry in quotes, dating back to Mourinho's first season in English football...

"I don't see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry." - Wenger in 2005 when quizzed on Arsenal's all-foreign line-up.
At the beginning of the following season in August 2005, Wenger also expressed concerns over Chelsea's tactics: "I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger."
Mourinho was unimpressed. "Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. Wenger must be one of them - it is a sickness. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."

Wenger responded with a put-down of his own. "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

And more from Mourinho... "At Stamford Bridge, we have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea Football Club in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages."
When Mourinho departed Chelsea in September 2007, the rivalry was put on hold but that didn't stop the pair trading criticism of each other from further afield.
"The English like statistics a lot," said Mourinho in 2008. "Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?"
When Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid and Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos got booked for tactical reasons against Galatasaray in order to serve suspensions for a comfortable second leg rather than risk missing important games later in the tournament, Wenger had plenty to say.
"When you see how it looks on television, it is the best demonstration to think: 'Never do that again'. It looks, frankly, horrible. It's a pity to see that from a big club."

Again, it only succeeded in sparking a fiery response from Mourinho... "Instead of speaking about Real Madrid, Mr Wenger should speak about Arsenal and explain how he lost 2-0 against a team in the Champions League for the first time. The history about the young kids is getting old now. Sagna, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song, Nasri, Van Persie, Arshavin are not kids. They are all top players."
After a cordial start upon Mourinho's return Chelsea, Wenger was unimpressed when Juan Mata was sold to Manchester United - a move that he argued could distort the league table given that the Blues had played their final game against United the previous week while rivals still had to play them.
"Chelsea have already played twice against Man United, they could have sold him last week. I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen."

And the response... "Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play."

In February 2014, just a few weeks later, Wenger was asked why some of Arsenal's fellow title hopefuls were so keen to downplay their ambitions. "It is fear to fail," he said.
Mourinho delivered a memorable monologue in reply. "Am I afraid of failure? He is a specialist in failure. I'm not. So if one supposes he's right and I'm afraid of failure, it's because I don't fail many times. So maybe he's right. I'm not used to failing. But the reality is he's a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure."
After a decade of verbal insults, the rivalry finally escalated physically in October 2014 when Wenger shoved Mourinho during an argument on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.

"In hindsight, I think I should not have reacted at all," said Wenger. "It's not a way to behave on a football field. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea's technical area."

And when it was suggested to Mourinho that his Arsenal counterpart could be charged... "Charged? If it was me, it would have been a stadium ban."
Wenger passed up the opportunity to shake Mourinho's hand after finally getting the better of his rival in the Community Shield in August 2015 - but it was the Portuguese delivering the next public jibes.

After a fiercely-contested match at Stamford Bridge, which included Gabriel being sent off after a clash with Diego Costa, Wenger criticised referee Mike Dean and went unpunished by the FA, leading to this outpouring from Mourinho:
"In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. There is one outside that list, but good for him. You know who.

"The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens. He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. In the rule book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees.
As Chelsea's woeful start to their title defence saw them lose 3-1 at home to Southampton, Mourinho launched into another tirade, this time lasting seven minutes and including: "referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea." The comments earned Mourinho a £50,000 fine and suspended one game stadium ban.

After receiving clarification on why he'd been fined, Mourinho adopted the words Wenger was allowed to use to criticise referee Mike Dean. In his post match assessment of Champions League officials after a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev he said: "The referee was weak and naive."
Following Mourinho's move to Manchester United, he wasted little time before apparently aiming another dig at his French rival. Questioned about his poor 2015/16 season at Chelsea and what that had done to his reputation, Mourinho said: "There are some managers, the last time they won a title was 10 years ago, the last time I won was a year ago. If I have something to prove, imagine the others! To finish 4th is not the aim."
Mourinho was also less than impressed by Wenger's criticism of the world record transfer fee United paid for Paul Pogba. The Arsenal boss had called the £89m outlay "completely crazy". Mourinho hit back: "When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don't think they ever have this problem because to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. At Manchester United, it can happen."

A biography of the Portuguese, quoting Mourinho as saying, "I'll break his face," in reference to Wenger's comments on Juan Mata's January 2014 switch from Chelsea to Manchester United has also stoked the fires of the rivalry this season.
There are sure to be more cutting comments from both men, ahead of their eagerly anticipated meeting at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Prediction
The form team is undoubtedly the away side, free scoring and dangerous all season but I cant see them defeating Jose at home. Whether United will win is another post on its own.
Everyone has his nemesis and if we honest Wenger has his one and I don't see it changing now, in all competitions I see Jose extending his 15-1 record to 16-1.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Liverpool's Klopp host Jose's United


WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
: "Apart from the table, it's a very important game. I know about the history, I like the special stories. The whole world will watch this game, it's a big honour to be part of it.

"At the end, it's up to us to perform to our best. You cannot and should not ignore the special circumstance of a game like this. You have to be ready.

"They have big quality and we have to respect this, as we do. But this is Anfield. We have to show this. We have had a few nice atmospheres but I'm open for the best atmosphere. We need everybody in a Liverpool shirt in this game."

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
on concerns over disrespectful chanting at the game: "In football we have some football tragedies, if you can say that, which is a big match that you lost, the mistake that some player did, this kind of thing, and you can make fun of it in a positive way.

"But the human tragedy is something much more serious. It's the last thing somebody should use in a football pitch because they were really big tragedies, not to forget but to respect.

"I will be really sad in such a big football match if that was a negative point."

Jose was also asked if he agreed Wayne Rooney is a “big-game player” after his exploits in the same fixture last season.
“The records are not important for me. A match is an isolated event,” He said. “There is no relation to what you did in the past; no relation to what you do in the future. That is why I don’t like much the statistics of previous matches and previous results and this kind of thing.”

MATCH FACTS Liverpool vs Manchester United

**A defeat for Liverpool will be the first time they have lost three straight home league games to Manchester United since January 2005.
**United have won their last four league games against Liverpool and seven of the last nine.
**That run of four defeats for Liverpool is their worst since losing five consecutive matches to United in March 2008.
**Liverpool have lost 67 league matches against Manchester United - more than against any other opponent.
**There hasn't been a draw between the two sides domestically since a 1-1 league stalemate at Anfield in October 2011.
**Steven Gerrard, with eight goals, is the top scorer in this fixture in the Premier League era. Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler both have six.

LIVERPOOL'S FORM (DWWWW)

**Liverpool are going for a fifth league win on the trot which would be their best run since March 2015.
**Since Jurgen Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015 they have scored a league high 73 goals and have the highest average possession figure of 58.8%.
**The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games.
**Klopp has lost just one of his five meetings with Jose Mourinho, winning three and drawing one.
**James Milner has been involved in 21 Premier League goals since the start of last season - nine goals and 12 assists - more than any other Liverpool player.

MANCHESTER UNITED'S FORM (WLLWD)


**Jose Mourinho's men have won only twice in their last five league games, conceding seven goals.
**Wayne Rooney currently has 87 Premier League away goals, the joint-most in the competition alongside Alan Shearer.
**Manchester United had three points more at this stage last season under Louis Van Gaal (16).
**Marcus Rashford has scored 12 goals since his debut for Manchester United on 25 February 2016, four more than any other United player.

PREDICTION
Results this weekend in the English Premier League make this fixture of paramount importance for both teams. I laugh at the pundits suggestions that the home side has a 53% change of winning and they give the away side 24% with a draw lagging behind with 23%.
I agree with Jose when he says form goes out the window, especially in a derby,  I also agree with Klopp the whole world will be watching and that could be telling, it is massive a game for Liverpool and everyone expects United to come short. That's why my money is on the 'so-called' underdogs. Manchester United to win it by the odd goal or two!!

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