We Have Moved

September 22, 2007

Our new site is at www.soccerspecs.net

http://soccerspecs.co.uk  will still link there though, so no need to come to this site as it is dead.

Tevez at West Ham was world class. Tevez at West Ham gave the West Ham Fans something they had missed for years; he excited them and made them feel like they had a diamond every other team wanted.

Tevez at Man Utd is not world class. He is average. But then again he is only 6 games into his Man Utd career. He will come good, but not as good as he was at West Ham. Carlos is a player that shines in a team where he is the best player, at West Ham he was this. He was better than any of their players. He controlled their attacking play and he made every goal. At Man Utd, Rooney, Ronaldo and Scholes are better. Giggs is ageing but he is on par with Tevez. Therefore Tevez isn’t noticed as much.

However, for me to sit here at 17.30 in my work office and say Tevez is rubbish is obviously not true. I have not said Tevez is no good. I said he isn’t noticed as much. This is because he is being played out of position. I know, it’s ludicrous, a striker is being played out position, yet he is still being played as a striker. How does that work? Because now strikers have different categories; there are attacking midfielders, fox in the box, a player that plays behind the striker and a striker that does all of them. Tevez is the fox in the box at the moment because United are in an injury crisis, but in truth he is the player that does it all.

Rooney coming back will make Carlos smile; Carlos doesn’t understand how to be a fox in the box. He cannot do that job. He picks the ball up from the midfielders and plays it off to the other striker, without Rooney, Carlos had to do all that PLUS get in the box to score. Carlos doesn’t usually do that, he usually either a. shoots from long distance b. sets another player up. He is a headless chicken when the wingers cross to him, he is hopeless from crosses.

Mourinho once wanted Tevez but had a bid rejected; Corinthians wanted £60m. After Chelsea’s current goal scoring record, the last player they need is Tevez, because Tevez and Drogba will not work. On paper, Sheva and Drogba should have worked but it hasn’t. In reality, Tevez and Drogba won’t work. Drogba and Villa will though… let’s leave it at that.

Ramin

Sorry wrong audience! Champions league has started, and all the excitement has come back. The talk with friends all week has pretty much been about the Champions League, better known as the trophy Chelsea have failed to win even after spending £350m+, but that’s another debate. Who will win this year’s champions league? 

My friend Darren said- ‘Chelsea… Mourinho knows he needs it so he will do his best to win it’

My friend Pete said- ‘Man Utd… Fergie wants to win it one more time before he retires’

And my friend Behfar said- ‘Real Madrid… they have bought sensibly for once and it will come to aid them this year in the champions league’ 

The truth is, nowadays no-one knows. Apart from me. This year no ‘surprise package’ will win it… either Real Madrid or Chelsea will win it. Why? Because they will. More seriously, Mourinho is edging closer to being sacked by Roman. Roman has done something this season we have never seen him do; walk out after Chelsea let in a goal. This was done after Villa scored their second goal at Villa Park a few weeks ago. Read the rest of this entry »

The groans and moans of fans – all except Chelsea’s – have been imminently expressed over the past couple of years since Roman took over. As the man in black sits down in his corporate box to watch ‘boring boring’ Chelsea, he has yet to prize his hands on the trophy he wanted the most when he joined – the Champions League.

Yet there is an air of unforgiveness in Roman’s stance that prides questions to whether Mourinho will be sacked if they fail to land the European trophy for a fourth consecutive season. Evidently Ranieri was only given one season in charge, and in that one season did he not only have to impress Roman, he also had to land one of the big two trophies; either the Premiership title or the European Cup. He failed, and as the facts stand, he was unsympathetically sacked. Read the rest of this entry »

When fans of the English Premier League refer to the ‘top four’, they are generally talking about Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. However with the influx of the new TV money there appears to be a tide of contenders threatening to break the dominance of the big four.Ever since Rafa Benitez joined and started reshaping a Liverpool side that often failed to deceive into genuine contenders for honours and Roman Abromovich came in and gave Mourinho so much money to spend that they could afford to buy £21 million bench players like Shaun Wright Phillips, the top four places in the league table have generally been filled by those teams each season. Finishing in one of the top four places gains qualification for the Champions League- the two top automatically enter the group stages while the teams that finish third and fourth play a two legged tie against often substandard European opponents.

The last time the stranglehold on the top four was broken was by a spirited Everton side in 2004/05, who finished three points ahead of a Liverpool team distracted by the Champions League – but the Toffees then failed to advance in either the Champions League or the UEFA Cup, losing to Villareal and then getting thrashed by Dinamo Bucharesti. Liverpool still qualified for the Champions League the next season by virtue of them picking up the trophy and being allowed back in by UEFA. Other than Everton, the closest a side has come spoiling the party was the Tottenham Hotspur team of 2005/06, who led a struggling Arsenal side for large parts of the season before succumbing on the last day of the season to West Ham United and thus gifting Arsenal their place in the Champions League qualifiers. While most do not think that another team will break into the top four very soon, with the amount of big spending and the types of players being brought into the Premier League, anything is possible. Here, I will take a look at the four teams that I feel are the most capable of doing so.

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