Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea – Creativity Stifled

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By Jonathan Carroll

It was a game that Liverpool needed only a point from. A game that Chelsea really needed to win in order to stay in the title race. Brendan Rodgers didn’t back in down in trying to go straight at Chelsea from the off and take the game by the scruff of the neck. His Liverpool side did face two resilient lines of four as Chelsea camped out twenty yards from goal. Demba Ba and Willian capitalized on two Liverpool mistakes to hand the title initiative back to Manchester City. Continue reading

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Liverpool v Chelsea: The Power of Negative Thinking

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By Séamus Leonard

In a season chock-full of big games, Liverpool faces yet another huge test of its Premier League title credentials when fellow contenders Chelsea visit Anfield for what could be a monumental occasion at the famous venue. Continue reading

Rafa’s Return to the Premier League: New Chelsea manager puts fandom in a hard spot

By John Dutton

My mate Jason is a Chelsea fan. He runs my local pub and when I watched the Chelsea vs. Liverpool match there two weeks ago he made a joke with my 9-year-old son: “Do you know where Rafa [Benitez] is now?” he asked. “Working in a restaurant somewhere in Spain,” was the answer. Har, har, har.

But who’s laughing now? Rafael Benítez has been appointed interim Chelsea manager until the end of the season and Jason just admitted that his head is about to explode trying to come to terms with the nightmare. He and a lot of other Chelsea fans simply refer to Rafa as the FSW (Fat Spanish Waiter), but now there he is, taking the reins at Stamford Bridge.

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By The Numbers: Why Dalglish Had To Go

Did Kenny Dalglish deserve another year? Personally, I would have given him one but if you look at the numbers, which we know here in Boston is what John Henry and the FSG are all about, then it’s so apparent just how awful we have been this past year and so this decision is not without merit or reasoning. Personally, I think Liverpool should have given King Kenny another season — he saved us last year and while some of his signings have yet to repay him for the amount of money he spent to get them, I believe in time he would have gotten it right and restored Liverpool back to the top, where we belong. Continue reading

Kenny Dalglish parts company with Liverpool Football Club

By Tim Treacy

Kenny Dalglish has left Liverpool Football Club after just 16 months in charge by having his contract terminated by LFC.

Dalglish’s departure follows hot on the heels of the departures of Damien Camoli and former Head of Communications for Liverpool FC, Ian Cotton. Liverpool football club now has three major positions to fill this summer but foremost on fans minds will be the question of just who will become the new Liverpool manager. Continue reading

Inter v. United – Mourinho v. Ferguson

Lovers of the Premier League miss the brooding presence of Jose Mourinho. Even if you are no Chelsea supporter, you can admit the league is lacking something since the Special One’s departure. Imagine watching the Stars Wars films sans Darth Vader. It’s a lot less fun without the super-villain. Like facing Thierry Henry, one fears the threat Mourinho posed, but it was still sad to see him leave the EPL.

Anyone who agrees with me can relive the old days in a couple of hours. Inter host Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League knock-out round at 7:45 GMT.

Sir Alex Ferguson claims he is going to attack today, but a draw would suffice with the leg at Old Trafford still to come. With Wayne Rooney back in action and scoring, United will have a great chance to secure the coveted away goal. Lately, United have had many close (arguably unconvincing) wins, but these have largely come against sides who have parked behind the ball, trying to draw with the English giants. There were few chances to be had. Inter will be expected to attack in their home ground, and the visiting title defenders should have more space and create more opportunities than they’ve had against sides like Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

With much experience playing against top English sides, Mourinho the tactician will no doubt have schemes to gain a serious advantage over United at San Siro. If Mourinho can come to Old Trafford with a goal or two ahead, he may feel this round will be his to win. Especially if Inter can maintain a clean sheet today. A tall order against United who are, despite their close matches, bursting with momentum. The English teams have been hard to beat in Europe in recent years, but Mourinho’s strategic brilliance and Premier League experience could give Inter the advantage.

Among others, Inter will be without Vieira, who has been left from the squad, and Materazzi, who is with injury. Look to Ibrahimovich, hailed by many to be one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment, to continue his great season. Adriano will also be a serious threat on goal.

Apart from Rooney, Man U will be looking to Cristiano Ronaldo and probably young Nani to exploit the space Inter leave in the wake of their attacks. With Vidic suspended, Rio Ferdinand will be the pivotal defender, warding off Inter’s in-form strikers.

No matter the result, it should prove a tense, exciting contest between two European giants.