Monday, November 14, 2005

Some answers, lots of questions!

For people who have not been following football for the last week, England beat Argentina 3-2. It was a friendly but the match was anything but that. While the result would give joy to all English supporters and Sven's going 'I told you so' what did this match really tell us?

1. No Rooney? Can't play. He's like the Tendulkar of the side. Without him, the team becomes rudderless - do great teams behave like that? What if you took out a Ronaldo or a Riquelme? Brazil and Argentina still have enough to destroy any given team. Can the same be said of England. I have my doubts.

2. Gerrard - An abundance of riches. Anyone who has seen him play can tell you he is a magician in his Reds shirt while in his Whites he is just a mere mortal! Where does he play nowadays? He is not a holding mid-fielder, so thats a no-no. Up ahead and shooting pile-drivers? Erm, what is Lampard's role then? Going up on the right and sending across sharp passes to Owen and Rooney? What is the role of Becks then? Sven's got a headache - he might have to bench him as a substitute.

3. Left winger. Joe Cole fills in this role but is he a Giggs or a Duff? No. So would Downing be a better choice there? Maybe. Headache here too.

4. Full backs. While Luke Young's been a perfect cover for Neville there is no one in sight for Ashley Cole - Bridge has been wasted at Chelsea and he's been very poor lately (could be because of lack of match fitness).

England is like the Indian cricket team. On paper, there are one of the star-studded teams ever. Unfortunately that comes a cropper on the pitch where they fail to click as a team. On their given day, they can thrash any team. On their worst anyone could defeat them. Northern Ireland/Denmark were lessons that will not be forgotten easily and soon.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Red Devils do it again!

ManUtd won 1-0 against Chelsea - after a horror of a week. Last year they broke Arsenal's unbeaten record, this year they did the same to Chelsea (ending their 40 games unbeaten record). More to come.

Where did this performance come from? Is this the same team that lost to Middlesbrough and Lille in the last week? What was different?

What I saw immediately was the effort and the desire, to win balls, to close and keep pressing, keeping it tight. Then the shape - ManUtd changed from their 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 where everyone was familiar in their roles - O'Shea and Brown as left and right full backs - places they have played earlier, Smith was just smashing with Scholes a poor cousin - but both went up and down tirelessly, Fletch was on the right and Ronaldo was on the left (where he plays for Portugal) with Nistelrooy up front with Rooney just behind him. ManUtd's midfield played well and as such they were more effective. They did look a little hassled and disoriented in the second half but it was still a way better performance than the last couple of weeks. Ferdinand and Smith had been abused and criticised and they made up for it with a superb effort; Fletch answered Keano's comments with the only goal of the match. Even Keano stood up to applaud the same! I wish Keano fires them up even more if these are the results we would get as a result! Fergie was a pleased and a much relieved man after the game I'm sure! ManUtd sprung new hope in the premiership - the league champions might not be decided by Christmas after all!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Haha! Funny Link...

Someone forwarded this to me, funny shit, this.... the dude doing the Mourinho voice is hilarious. It's a link to another web-board sort of thing.

Part One

Part Two

Caption it!

If pics could tell a thousand words! Is Fergie thinking about 1986, when the club was as poor as right now? I wish I could tell.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Shake it baby.....shake shake shake!

That's what Djibril Cisse seems to be saying, and doing(!) even before he puts the ball into the net in Tuesday's Champions League match against Anderlecht. Liverpool 3-0 Anderlecht. Yay. Me biased! Go Liverpool go!!!