Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Last week's football


Wow. The last week of football in England has been extraordinary to say the least. Capello deciding £6 million a year managing a team of clowns isn't worth it. We have the never ending racism argument between Evra and Suarez and the handshake / non-handshake nonsense ending with a whole lot of apologies from everyone at Liverpool (yes, even suarez, i know, madness!) and to add to that, a whole lot of mental results from the weekend as well.

In my opinion, Capello's got it right. The nonsense which is International football in ENG-ER-LAND is much more trouble than it's worth. Managing a team of personalities thinking they are bigger than the team (see your Lampard's and Terry's) getting payed more a week to cause controversy and put in a poor performance at that and all the blame being put on your shoulders is just not worth it. Yes he stepped own for the wrong reason, the FA correctly stripping Terry of the captaincy for maybe racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, but he knew he was in a sinking ship and jumped before he went down.

Onto the Evra/Suarez saga now and in this case, the Uraguian has again got it wrong. No matter how bitter he may be about his 8 game ban for being found guilty of racially abusing Evra, he should have shook his hand. Here was the chance to put behind him and Liverpool Football Club all of the incidents which had taken place to make both's reputations be, in many people's minds, tattered. But he did not. He walked straight past the outsretched arm of Evra and proceeded to shake the rest of the teams hands. The whole thing has become a nonsense which has lead to Sir Alex Ferguson to say that he 'should never play for Liverpool again.' All at Liverpool Football Club, including the owner John Henry, have sinced apologised and both clubs have drawn a line underneath it but the scars run deep and will be remembered for a while to come.

On a brighter note, there were some outstanding games this weekend including Harry Redknapp's Tottenham hammering the year's suprise outfit Newcastle 5-0 with Loanee Adebayor being a key piece with 4 assists and a goal to finish. West Brom's 5-1 demolition of Wolves leading to the sacking of poor  old Mick McCarthy. Another suprise this weekend was Everton's win against Chelsea 2-0, heaping the pressure on manager Andre Villas Boas. Meanwhile, Manchester City keep up their consistent rise at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over the league's most boring side Aston Villa. Of course there was the 2-1 win for Mancester United over Liverpool, with Rooney getting the two United goals and You know who scoring for Liverpool. Also the two promoted sides Swansea and Norwich produced a cracker with Norwich winning 3-2 and making themselves only the second side to win at the Liberty Stadium. Blackburn's game against QPR ended 3-2 and Thierry Henry ended his second legacy at Aresnal with the winning goal to beat Sunderland 2-1.

My first update. Here's hoping you all enjoy it and my future football musings.
Dan

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