I write this article after the Club World Cup final where Chelsea lost 1-0 to Corinthians. Although as a Chelsea fan I’ll accept that Corinthians were the better side and were evidently more clinical, what I won’t accept is the diving that the Corinthians players undertook throughout the whole game. Diving and falling to the ground easily is something that angers me so much and just makes me feel sick.
So many times I’ve seen games ruined by players falling to the ground so easily in order to gain free-kicks and the referees falling for it, while I find myself frustrated and tempted to switch over. It’s the worst part about football, and quite frankly it’s enough to make me fall out of love with the beautiful game.
After Sunday’s Club World Cup final, the post-mortem over what went wrong begun on twitter. Many people faulted Benitez’ starting line-up which had 4 changes from the side that won so impressively in the semi-final on Thursday. Many talked about Torres’ missed chances, especially the one in the dying minutes which would have taken it to extra-time. Also pointed out was the fact that Lampard looked like a fish out of water in the deep lying midfield role, giving the ball away at times and being put under pressure often. That isn’t Lampard’s best position, and even though he performed so well there under Di Matteo last season, it’s clear it doesn’t work.
It’s no real fault of Frank’s, as he’s been put in a position that he’s not familiar with. Under this new Chelsea side there isn’t a role for Lampard, with the pace and skills of Oscar, Mata & Hazard the obvious choices for the 3 positions behind the striker. But I think perhaps maybe Lampard was deployed there to add some leadership for a side still without their leader and inspiration, John Terry.
Radamel Falcao is arguably the hottest striker in the whole of Europe right now, scoring 19 goals in 15 games, including 5 goals in one match against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend. His name has been on the tips of everyone’s lips when people talk about the potential big deals that will get done in the January transfer window. With interest coming from both Real Madrid & Chelsea, and with Chelsea looking to bring in a second striker to challenge Fernando Torres for the lone striker role, many believe that a deal will get done in January, rather than waiting for the summer. As it stands, Falcao’s release clause stands at €48 million, which would seem like a great deal at this time considering the vain of form he’s been in over the last few seasons, proving that he wasn’t just a one season wonder at Porto.
I know what you’re thinking. How is it that the farce of a team that is the NY Jets, can be in touching distance of the play-offs? After the season they’ve had, with most of the controversy coming around the media circus that is Tim Tebow, and the hype that comes around every time the guy makes a snap, how are the Jets in touching distance of a wildcard place.
Well one look at the Jets’ schedule this season will give you a clue as to how the Jets are at 6-7. Out of their 6 wins, only the Colts actually have a winning record, with wins against the Bills, Dolphins, Rams, Cardinals & Jaguars making up the numbers. Not to mention the fact that 4 of these wins came against rookie QBs (Lindley played for the Cardinals, who are on a 9 game losing streak), it’s no lie that with a tougher schedule, the Jets would be nowhere near these play-offs.
I’m writing this article, as a Chelsea fan, let me tell you that from the start. But, in no way do I think that affects my judgement or makes this article any more biased. But quite frankly, after Ferguson’s comments today, I’ve had enough and decided to write this piece.
With the Manchester derby coming up on Sunday, in what many are saying is the biggest game of the season so far, with the two Manchester clubs facing each other for the first time since that famous climax at the end of the 2011/12 season. There’s no doubts that this is going to be a grudge match of the highest order, with United seemingly wanting revenge after missing out on their 20th league title.