Japan name squad for New Zealand friendly

 

TOKYO – Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has named Milan's Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for subsequent week's World Cup warm-up against New Zealand.

Shinji Kagawa was named to Japan's roster for the tune up towards New Zealand.

Honda and Kagawa were amongst 11 Europe-primarily based gamers named for the match in opposition to New Zealand; Japan's first as they prepares for his or her fifth-straight World Cup appearance.

"New Zealand are a physical workforce so this will likely be a good problem," Zaccheroni stated. "I want to examine on varied issues we've been working on for the final three years."

Defender Yuto Nagatomo of Inter Milan and ahead Shinji Okazaki of German side Mainz were additionally named.

Japan face New Zealand on March 5 at Tokyo's National Stadium within the final match on the venue earlier than it is demolished and rebuilt for the 2020 Olympics.

The reigning Asian champions are drawn in Group C for this summer's World Cup to face Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast.

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Customary Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Masato Kudo (Kashiwa Reysol), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

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Panel rejects proposal to alter triple punishment

 

Football's rules-making panel has rejected UEFA's proposal to remove red cards from the so-known as "triple punishment" for penalty-space fouls which deny a purpose-scoring opportunity.

Michel Platini attends a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bilbao.

UEFA president Michel Platini is not happy with the present triple-punishment scenario.

 

At the moment a participant can concede a penalty, obtain a red card for preventing a goalscoring alternative and then be suspended for a single incident.

UEFA president Michel Platini known as it a "stupid rule" this week after Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis each misplaced gamers to red cards whereas conceding penalties during Champions League matches.

But the International FA Board (IFAB) was unmoved by the criticism, and Scotland FA chief government Stewart Regan mentioned the panel needed to keep away from a "flip-flop" of reverting to the outdated rule which allowed defenders to keep away from a red card for intentionally preventing a clear scoring chance.

Wojciech Szczesny received his marching orders for fouling Arjen Robben in the Gunners' 2-0 dwelling defeat to Bayern Munich, whereas Martin Demichelis was dismissed for conceding a penalty to Lionel Messi in Barcelona's 2-0 victory at the Etihad, with each Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini criticising the rule.

IFAB will return yet again to the IFAB agenda at its 2015 meeting, after several failed attempts to change it since being launched after the 1990 World Cup.

IFAB's new football and technical advisory panels will discuss the issue, and oversee trials of rugby-kind "sin-bins" where players are sidelined for several minutes for some yellow-card offences.

A European proposal to experiment with sin-bins will continue in youth football, after Platini steered discovering different ways to punish offenders who were already proven a yellow card.

Trials in England urged a 10-minute interval on the sidelines was too long, and prompted groups to be excessively defensive after losing a player.

"It did have some unforeseen penalties on the flow of the sport,'' stated IFAB member Alex Horne, common secretary of England's FA.

Data from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Qatar ‘could lose 2022 World Cup’

 

A high-rating FIFA worker offers been quoted as informing the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that getting the 2022 World Mug away from Qatar is really a “serious option.”

The worker, who was not really named by the papers, said the final conference of FIFA's Executive Committee this 12 months would be decisive within determining whether normally it takes place within the Gulf condition, adding: “That could allow plenty of time for the tournament to become reassigned.”

Your choice this year 2010 to award the World Mug to Qatar offers provoked substantial controversy.

A “employees’ charter” was introduced in recent days to safeguard migrant employees who've been brought in to develop infrastructure, but The Observer released an editorial on Sunday that stated “at least 400 labourers have passed away on Qatar's building websites as the nation's prepares to sponsor the World Mug” and that is “just a fraction of the correct number of lives dropped.”

There possess also been serious issues raised over the temps in the Gulf condition. FIFA offers insisted no choice has yet been produced as to whether the Globe Mug will be relocated to the winter season, but the organisation’s secretary common, Jerome Valcke, has stated you won't be performed in June-July and president Sepp Blatter furthermore favours a big change in schedule.

moving the tournament presents numerous obstacles Yet, including disruption to household leagues, a clash with the 2022 Winter season Olympics and possible objections from Television broadcasters.

The FIFA worker added: “We possess our backs against the walls in terms of choosing the best day. There isn’t a answer in sight, if the tournament does not take place in the summer even.”

Die Welt am Sonntag provides that a statement into potential corruption on the planet Cup voting procedure is due to become released this year. Qatar offers firmly denied any wrongdoing.

Regardless of the issues, the chairman of FIFA's healthcare committee, Michel D'Hooghe, informed the German newspaper that “all problems will undoubtedly be solved” and stated: “We still possess eight years remaining.”

That, based on the article, is the common feeling among many users of FIFA’s Executive Committee, and D'Hooghe additional: “The 2022 World Mug is really a huge opportunity for Qatar.”

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Blatter wants video used to punish divers

 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter desires players who dive, fake injuries or waste materials time to be punished using video evidence retrospectively.

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Sepp Blatter desires retrospective video proof to be used even more frequently.

 

The guidelines already allow such actions to be used, but Blatter believes disciplinary bodies are usually not really applying them when "severe breaches of the theory of fair have fun with" have been skipped by referees.

In FIFA's every week magazine, Blatter wrote: "I am not really talking about a fresh technological help to be utilized during matches, but about applying a tool consistently."

While not really advocating video proof to be utilized during video games, Blatter says it must be used later on to punish "brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, the faking of injuries, intentional time-wasting or diving."

 

Curitiba stays 2014 World Cup venue

 

FIFA has introduced on Tuesday that Curitiba will keep on the listing of host cities for the World Cup despite delays in building of the Arena de Baixada stadium.

The Arena de Baixada in Curitiba was just a shell of a ground when pictured on Jan. 21.

The Enviornment de Baixada in Curitiba was only a shell of a ground when pictured on Jan. 21.

Curitiba had lengthy been the venue which has concerned the FIFA Organising Committee more than every other, and with less than 4 months to go till Iran are responsibility to take on Nigeria on June sixteen little appeared to have modified to counsel the constructing work – which ought to have been completed by December – shall be completed at the forty two,500-capability arena. However FIFA secretary common Jerome Valcke has given his backing to the city.

Valcke and his inspection group are again in Brazil for another tour of the World Cup venues, whereas representatives of all 32 qualifying international locations have landed in Brazil for a workshop forward of the finals and he tweeted:

Last week Valcke stated those involved within the city's preparations "are seeking and finding solutions to assist them catch up and hopefully be certain that" the stadium will be able to host its four matches at the World Cup.

Valcke added in his FIFA column last week that the Brazilian authorities and officials in Curitiba and the state of Parana have been working with FIFA and the local World Cup committee to make sure "a particular metropolis when it comes to sustainability and passion for football will remain part of the FIFA World Cup lineup."

Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte had all been mentioned as potential various venues for Curitiba's four matches. The opposite three video games as a result of be held in the city are Honduras v Ecuador (June 20), Australia v Spain (June 23) and Algeria v Russia (June 26). It does not have any video games in the knockout rounds.

Development has but to be accomplished on 5 of the 12 stadiums in Brazil. Arena de Sao Paulo, where the hosts will take on Croatia in the World Cup curtain-raiser on June 12, won't be completed until April.

England coach Roy Hodgson – on a tour of the venues through which his team will play – believes FIFA will ensure all the pieces is true by the time the event begins.

"FIFA and the Brazilian government has put in numerous work," Hodgson stated. "So I don't see any reasons for us technicians to doubt them."

England will tackle Italy in the heat of the Amazon in Manaus, but Hodgson rejected strategies it might be overly problematic.

"It's hot here, however World Cups are played in the summertime," he advised BBC Sport. "It was hot in South Africa [for the 2010 World Cup] and it was very hot in America in '94.

"Will probably be scorching here however that's one thing you have to come to phrases with. What we are interested in now could be getting a really feel for the slightly extra completely different, more tropical climate within the north of Brazil vis-a-vis Rio, the place we have now been and played."

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Pellegrini: Referee was not impartial

 

A furious Manuel Pellegrini accused referee Jonas Eriksson of being biased and deciding the game as 10-man Manchester City lost 2-0 to Barcelona.

Lionel Messi penalty Man City vs Barcelona

Lionel Messi stroked home the resulting penalty to send Barcelona into the lead.

 

And the City supervisor claimed the official ought to by no means have been appointed for the sport – because he is from Sweden.

Pellegrini was indignant that Eriksson despatched off Metropolis’s Martin Demichelis and awarded a penalty, which Lionel Messi converted to open the scoring.

“The referee didn't have any control of the sport," Pellegrini stated. "He determined for Barcelona from the start to the tip. I feel it was not a good idea to place a referee from Sweden in such an important match and a referee who made a mistake towards Barcelona in the group levels.”

For suggesting the referee got down to favor Barcelona, Pellegrini is prone to be contacted by UEFA's disciplinary department, and faces a wonderful or touchline-ban.

In 2011, UEFA banned Chelsea supervisor Jose Mourinho for 5 matches, reduced on enchantment to 3, for the same rant when he was at Real Madrid.

The Chilean believed Eriksson ought to have awarded City a free kick for a challenge on Jesus Navas and then felt Demichelis’ challenge on Messi was outside the penalty area.

And Pellegrini complained: “From the beginning I felt the referee was not neutral to both teams. The referee determined the game. Before the penalty, it was a foul on Navas when he was three metres from the play so he could see it. And it was not a penalty, it was outdoors the field."

Really the match Pellegrini was referring to was in March 2012 when Eriksson denied Barcelona two potential penalties in a 0-0 draw towards AC Milan. But the 60-yr-previous felt that officiating within the Swedish league doesn't give Eriksson the gravitas to officiate a Champions League final-sixteen tie.

He added: “An enormous game with two important teams, that sort of game wants a referee with more expertise. This referee whistled the Barcelona-Milan recreation in the group and he made an essential error in opposition to Barcelona. At present he remedied it.”

He elaborated on his belief that it shouldn't have been a spot kick when Demichelis brought Messi down: “The contact was outdoors the box. You cannot continue the foul: the primary foul was outdoors the field. Barcelona did not have chances before the objective. It was a pity as a result of that essential action decided the sport.”

Daniel Alves scored Barcelona’s second purpose in the ninetieth minute and Pellegrini added: “Playing forty minutes with one participant less is troublesome towards Barcelona but we performed nicely with one player much less and in the final minute they scored the second aim.”

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Mata: United can compete for top players

 

Juan Mata has advised Canal Plus that Manchester United will at all times be capable of compete for the world’s best gamers despite their Champions League qualification hopes hanging within the steadiness.

Juan Mata rues a missed opportunity.

Juan Mata believes David Moyes will make top signings this summer season to rebuild the Red Devils.

 

The reigning Premier League champions have had a disastrous home campaign under new supervisor David Moyes and path fourth-placed Liverpool by eleven factors after 26 games.

Mata moved from Chelsea to Previous Trafford in January for a club-file 37.1 million pounds, and states that whereas United are in a “state of change” after the departure of long-serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson , the membership can have no issues signing prime expertise in the future.

“I don't know what will happen in the summertime however the supervisor [Moyes] said the other day at a press conference that he'll be signing players,” the Day by day Mail reported Mata as saying.

“I think this club is at a stage of change, however I can tell you that the perfect players on the earth will at all times arrive.”

The Spain star also admitted that United’s hopes of defending their 2012-13 league title are all however gone as they languish 15 points behind leaders Chelsea – and their immediate concern have to be qualifying for the Champions League.

 “The objective is to get to the Champions League spots,” he continued. “It is difficult as a result of Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are taking part in properly and combating for the top four, however I feel now we have a crew who can do it."

Mata additionally backed below-fireplace boss Moyes by suggesting it's inconceivable for anyone to live as much as predecessor Ferguson’s trophy-laden Outdated Trafford record, and challenged his new teammates to enhance results.

“All the pieces Ferguson has achieved is pretty much unattainable. He has received every part doable to win with this club within the final 20-25 years and it's tough to take care of such a level of excellence.

“However on the finish of the day, it was these gamers that received the league final season and the new manager has arrived understanding what this membership is.

“I believe he has an ideal relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and with time every little thing will get better, the results will get higher and we'll get again to being the place this membership deserves to be.

“My relationship with [Moyes] is sweet, pleasant and from the off, he seemed to me to be a great individual.”

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Balotelli: I’d play in goal to win Milan UCL

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he would "play in objective" if it meant winning the Champions League as he prepares for his facet’s final-sixteen conflict with Atletico Madrid.

 

Balotelli has by no means scored in the Champions League knockout stage and is decided to rectify that when the Rossoneri tackle the Rojiblancos within the first leg at the San Siro on Wednesday.

The Italy striker claimed to have by no means tasted victory in opposition to a Spanish side – although he actually scored in Manchester City Champions League win in opposition to Villarreal in 2011 and performed in Inter Milan’s semifinal first leg victory over Barcelona in 2010 – as he mentioned his European hopes ahead of the game.

Mario Balotelli

GettyImagesMario Balotelli is desperate to get his arms on the Champions League trophy with AC Milan.

"Spanish sides are always tough to beat and I've never beaten them, so it wold be nice to begin by beating Atletico," Balotelli said at a information conference. "Perhaps I've not scored in the knockout levels but, however I've not had much of a chance actually, have I?

"I'm a centre ahead, but when to win the Champions League I've received to play in aim, then I will play in aim."

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is trying to find a components to beat the joint-Primera Division leaders in his first Champions League sport, with the Dutchman saying: "They've always been a effectively-organised facet who know what they want and have been at this stage for two years now, so we've great respect for them.

“We're up against a side who are forward of us in every side, however the Champions League is something else. I've seen a number of Champions League video games featuring sides who are having difficulties [domestically], yet they get good results so we do have a bit of faith, though we all know we have to play a terrific recreation.

"Obviously this sport has a distinct significance to different our different games. We've been constructing up to this one. It's extremely special as it's an important membership event in the world. It has one of the best gamers on the field with one of the best golf equipment collaborating. These are the evenings that youngsters dream of being concerned in, either as a participant or a fan.

"We're delighted to be competing for Milan and for Italy, and we want to remain heading in the right direction for the Champions League this season."

Seedorf, who is the one participant to have won the Champions League with three different clubs, admitted Kaka’s participation remained doubtful after the Brazilian was once more unable to train on Tuesday.

"We're evaluating him and hope he will be fit," added Seedorf, who could as a substitute flip to Giampaolo Pazzini to play alongside Balotelli in a partnership which appears to guarantee targets.

"Every time I play with him, both he or I score, and that is a fact," Balotelli said of Pazzini. "But it's as much as the coach [who performs]. Clarence is more or less nonetheless a player anyway. He is still a part of the squad. I wouldn’t call him a father as that may offend him, but he is extra of a brother."

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Pep: Impossible to dominate at Arsenal

 

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is bidding to finish an unwanted personal record on the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night when the European champions deal with Arsenal.

 

A 12 months to the day since a three-1 win at the identical final-16 stage helped secure victory on away goals towards Arsenal – winners of the second leg 2-zero – Guardiola's men return to the London aiming to take a major step towards turning into the first aspect to retain the trophy within the Champions League period.

Former Barcelona boss Guardiola stated: "It's my third time as a coach here to play in opposition to Arsenal. I've never won right here. I learnt which you could't dominate ninety minutes against Arsenal. It is unattainable.

"You may play good, you can dominate during half-time, half-hour, seventy five minutes, however complete ninety minutes it is not possible. At all times you've gotten a problem. We'll try to make a superb sport, as finest as attainable; don't assume an excessive amount of about the second recreation, concentrate on what now we have to do tomorrow. And I hope it goes effectively.

"It is a good test tomorrow to know what is our stage in Europe this 12 months.''

After a Treble-winning marketing campaign and, as comparisons abound between the all-conquering Bayern and Barca, Guardiola was not prepared to enter the debate. The favourites' tag and expectation are acquainted for Guardiola.

"I can not compare with my past, my Barcelona,'' he added. "I have to handle, to accept we're favourites to win.''

Guardiola was full or respect for Arsenal, regardless of their barren eight-12 months run with out a trophy. The Spaniard added: "Arsenal compete with big, enormous groups and, for me, stay a good crew, a good membership. We're going to battle tomorrow against among the best groups in Europe.''

Arsenal said their intent this season with the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid final August. Guardiola is familiar with the threat posed by the Germany playmaker and hopes Bayern can starve Ozil of possession.

"He is a big talent,'' Guardiola stated. "We now have to regulate him. One of the simplest ways to manage him is when Bayern have the ball. That is what we will try to do tomorrow.''

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is from the identical metropolis, attended the identical faculty and has performed in the same teams as Gelsenkirchen native Ozil. He has not spoken to Ozil or the other Germans in Arsenal's team since January, however recognises Arsenal are a stronger opposition than 12 months in the past, when Bayern scored twice in the opening 21 minutes.

The goalkeeper said: "It could be nice if we might have such a start as last yr to repeat what we did then. (However) we all know it will likely be quite tough. They've improved since then.''

Bayern's former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben additionally expects a tricky take a look at towards a Gunners side heading in the right direction to end their search for silverware. He added: "They haven't received a title in a few years. For me they're still a very good workforce. They're up there within the Premier League, they're in the Champions League. I believe they have a good likelihood this yr of profitable one thing.''

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UEFA hands full stadium ban to CSKA Moscow

NYON, Switzerland – UEFA has punished CSKA Moscow, Apollon Limassol and Serbia under-21s for racist behaviour by their fans with full or partial stadium closures.

Fans of CSKA Moscow fans light up the sky at Viktoria Plzen. Their banners led to a full home stadium ban.

Fans of CSKA Moscow fans light up the sky at Viktoria Plzen. Their banners led to a full home stadium ban.

CSKA obtained the heavier punishment of playing their next European dwelling game behind closed doorways, after supporters displayed racist and much-right symbols within the Czech Republic during a 2-1 loss to Viktoria Plzen on Dec. 10 in the Champions League.

The Russian club was also fined 50,000 euros ($sixty eight,000) after being warned previously for fan abuse throughout an October home game towards Manchester Metropolis.

Apollon Limassol acquired a partial dwelling stadium closure for their next UEFA recreation after fans have been caught making monkey chants at Legia Warsaw player Dossa Junior throughout a 2-zero residence loss in the Europa League on Dec. 12.

The Football Association of Serbia was ordered to partially shut its stadium on the next Serbia underneath-21 residence recreation after monkey sounds have been heard during a 2-2 draw with Belgium in 2015 European Underneath-21 Championship qualifying on Nov. 15.

As a result of Serbia had already needed to play two dwelling below-21 games behind closed doors for racial abuse during a home recreation against England under-21s in October 2012, UEFA ordered the Serbia FA on the next beneath-21 home recreation to display a large banner studying "No to Racism" and make the captain stand in the course of the pitch and announce over the PA the opposition to racism by the Serbia FA, the beneath-21 team and their followers.

 

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Free Premier League Picks and Predictions 2014

With the Premier League now in full swing passing the half-way point in the season it is now time for to reflect on early predictions which right now look wide of the tag. We can now see the more powerful and weaker points of each side, and each manager can now work out the tactics needed to get past opponents at the company end of the campaign.

oddly enough, the traditional top four groups battling for glory possess changed this season. In fact, there are presently six teams, if not seven fighting for the trophy, and this claim was supported earlier in the season simply by Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger.

Here are the top 5 Premier League final 2014 end result predictions come end associated with season:
5) Everton I think will make UEFA’s European League this season, nevertheless unfortunately I think they will simply miss out on the Champions little league, but only on good margins one would imagine.

It was meant to be a horror of a season at Goodison recreation area, with David Moyes bouncing ship everyone at the  club was going to have to pull with each other.

But they have surpassed all those expectations thanks to some clever signings by Martinez, along with Belgian starlet of Romelu Lukaku coming in along with a couple of other acquisitions.

All those improvements have played their component so far and an Europa title league target seems very practical for Everton.

Lukaku needs to keep banging in the objectives and the team need to carry on their resolute defending, but with luck and form something can happen.

4) Liverpool- It’s been three seasons now given that we’ve seen Liverpool within Europe’s elite competition, but if I speak truthfully more than that duration they have not particularly deserved it. However , now we are starting to gradually see the Liverpool of before and they’re looking good.

Although the reds have suffered a few unsatisfactory results during this campaign, these types of have been masked by what have been brilliant ones. For example, they could only draw against western Brom but that was after they beat Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool need to qualify to progress and they cannot really go another season without having European football.

Luis Suarez, their star performer, is bound to leave if he does not get what he has wished for such a period.

3) Manchester City- The Citizen’s form cannot continue with regard to much longer, can it? There’s no question at all that the blue part of Manchester has been much better than that of the Red, and when they finish above all of them, they usually do it with design.

I have no doubt that the residents will finish above  United, but I don’t think that they have the credentials in order to win, not this season anyhow. It’s clear that it will be a very close call associated with who wins and that doesn’t, but I think this just won’t be Manchester City’s year.

The accidental injuries picked up by Sergio Aguero may just prove the important factor.

Third place is a target which won’t satisfy all of the ambitions of  City, but will give all of them something to build on with regard to next season. I think the particular cup action, and huge fixture pile-up will just be Manchester City’s downfall in the second half of the strategy.

2) Arsenal- When Arsene Wenger failed to sign during the early stages of the summer moves, the majority of ‘fair weather’ followers were calling for his firing.

But it just got worse for  Wenger, after his side had been drubbed at home to Aston Villa in the opening sport of the Barclays Premier  league.

In a strange twist associated with fate, it needed the particular £42. 4m signing associated with Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to bring Wenger out of the lions den.

Frenchman Olivier Giroud has really walked up to the plate to ease that will pressure, putting Arsenal’s desire for a new striker on the back again foot for now. The former Montelliper striker had previously battled to emulate Robin vehicle Persie, but now he is seen as an unique individual rather than just a replacement.

Ozil has been a wonderful signing, and really has got the toolbox squad looking like a real traveling force this season. But we don’t think they will win the particular title, I think Wenger should have strengthened in January and the fact that he was to only get Kim Kallstrom indicates the Gunners may just be pipped to the post by Chelsea.

1) Chelsea- The come back of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea last summer has been gratefully received. Not just for the London club alone, but for the fans sake, and the rivalry he brings back to the Blues which they didn’t possess during his six many years away from the club.

Mourinho knows what he desires, there’s no denying it, and some of his methods can sometimes be very controversial. Some of their decisions may prove questionable, but there is most certainly method to his madness.

Mourinho’s master-class against Manchester City demonstrated just how good his group are, in their disposal of a team who hadn’t dropped at home all season. these people looked like title winners upon Monday night and once again lived up to their title against Newcastle on sunday. The team look like those who win.

Can they do it? It would arrive as no surprise to me or even many other fans worldwide.

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Martin Skrtel, Liverpool Thrash Aresenal with 4 goals in 20 Minutes

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Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and the rest of the Liverpool put collectively, perhaps, one of the best performance of the Premier League season Saturday vs. Arsenal. Liverpool blitzed the Gunners for 4 objectives within the first 20 minutes of the match, in a display that left American-based mostly supporters of each golf equipment and neutrals rubbing their eyes to examine in the event that they have been still asleep.

Until Arsenal posts a historic comeback, the Gunners may be overtaken for first place within the desk by each Manchester City and Chelsea this week should these two clubs win. Liverpool deserves main credit for coming out and making the primary-place Gunners, quickly, look like a bunch of rank amateurs.

Skrtel began it off, hammering house a Gerrard free kick inside the primary minute.

The terrifying-trying Slovak defender made it 2-zero minutes later with this tremendously-placed header.

Liverpool was already in dreamland when Raheem Sterling added another it make it 3-zero.

Daniel Sturridge finished the onslaught within the twentieth minute, prompting a little dancing.

The craziest half about the recreation’s first half? The highest spotlight of the half may need been Luis Suarez’s rocket that hit the publish.