Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “It’s not just tonight that has cost us. We lost many points earlier in the season as well, and that has influenced things just as much. It is the 37 games that count and have shaped where we are, not one defeat here at Anfield. I thought Liverpool were very good tonight and scored at the right time. They were better than us. We hit the post at 0-0 which could have changed the game a little bit. We know how demanding it has been for us and we played a team fresh and more energetic to give us a better chance. We played every three days in the last eight weeks and only by utilising the squad have we reached the finals and still had a chance of fourth with two games to go.” – Roberto Di Matteo.
Runner-up: “We’ve got a bit of silverware back in the cupboard after six years, we’re back in Europe at the first time of asking, we were near to winning the FA Cup final. Not a bad first season.” – Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool 4 – Chelsea 1
Chelsea and John Terry made to suffer by Andy Carroll as Liverpool turn it on too late in 4-1 victory at Anfield (Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph) “Liverpool will need to strengthen in the summer but there was much to encourage the Kop here, even taking into account Chelsea’s second-string nature. They still had their captain, Terry, who is suspended for Munich yet he endured a wretched night. Talk persists about whether Terry should go to the Euros because of any negative impact he might have on the dressing-room dynamic; on this evidence, there are significant footballing reasons for leaving him behind. Suárez had already nutmegged Terry once even before the goal-rush.”
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish manages a smile after victory over Chelsea but future remains uncertain (Chris Bascombe, Daily Telegraph)
Liverpool exact final revenge thanks to Chelsea errors (Andy Hunter, Guardian)
Will John Terry go to the Euros?
Terry crisis: England boss Hodgson set to ditch Chelsea captain for Euro 2012 (Matt Lawton, Daily Mail) “John Terry is in danger of missing the European Championship as Roy Hodgson agonises over whether he can have both the Chelsea captain and Rio Ferdinand in his squad. The new England manager still plans to speak to the centre backs before naming his squad in a week and only after having those conversations – neither of which have taken place yet – will he decide on the best way forward. But as Sportsmail revealed last week, Hodgson thinks it will be difficult to take both of them when Terry’s trial for a racially aggravated public order offence that involves Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, will not take place until after the tournament.”
Hodgson’s choice: Ferdinand or Terry?(Sam Wallace, Independent) “The new England manager will not take both to the Euros – and the smart money is on the Chelsea captain receiving the dreaded tap on the shoulder.”
Phil Neville for England
‘Roberto Martínez would have been brilliant as England manager so why FA overlooked him I do not know’ (Dave Whelan, Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City close in on the title
Mancini set for mega new deal (Neil Custis, Sun) “Manchester City want to celebrate Premier League glory by handing Roberto Mancini a whopping new £22million contract.Mancini’s four-year deal will make him the country’s best-paid boss, alongside Alex Ferguson. City planned to offer Mancini the £2m-a-year pay rise — taking his salary to £5.5m a year — even if they failed to win the title. But they are even more eager to get the Italian to sign after he masterminded City’s amazing fightback from eight points down to overhaul neighbours United. The two clubs stand level on points but City’s goal difference is eight better.”
Bring it on: Barton “can’t wait” for chance to spoil City’s title party (Neil McLeman, Daily Mirror)
Blackburn Rovers facing their nightmare scenario (David Conn, Guardian) “With increased parachute payments of £48m over four years, clauses which reduce players’ wages on relegation, and some coveted performers, notably Junior Hoilett, who could be sold, Rovers look financially quite able to withstand relegation and, even if crowds plummet, very unlikely to fall into administration.”
It’s a shame for the fans, but don’t stop crazy clubs from failing… (Martin Samuel, Daily Mail)
Owners left Kean to take the flak, sitting in India counting their millions (Alan Shearer, Sun)
The Europa League final
Stand by for Europa final to savour as Spanish sides go for goals (Pete Jenson, Independent)
Europa League finalists typify a tournament that makes Thursdays fun (Kevin McCarra, Guardian)
Wenger wants Vorm to provide competition for Szczesny as Arsenal No 1 (Sami Mokbel, Daily Mail)
Sunderland join race for Hoilett but Bendtner returns to Arsenal (Martin Hardy, Independent)