Friday, April 6th, 2012
Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: ”I told [Mario Balotelli], if you played with me 10 years ago I would give you every day maybe one punch in your head.” – Roberto Mancini.
Runner up: “I’m struggling a bit, to be honest. I got an elbow in the ribs about 20 minutes into the away leg and the doctors feared I’d fractured two of them. I thought it was OK but, later in the second half [on Wednesday], it just seemed to be getting worse and I was struggling to breathe. It was difficult. I have never felt anything like that before. I don’t think it will mean I’m out at all. It’s just a case of managing it, and things like that. I know there are ways around it. With the ribs you can’t really do anything: you can’t treat the injury or massage it to make it better. You just have to let it heal, but I can get through games, definitely. The guys have got a few ideas to get me through them.” – John Terry.
Chelsea vs Barcelona
How can Chelsea beat Barça? Just play the game of their lives … twice (Daniel Taylor, Guardian) Chelsea can take cautious encouragement from the fact that, in between, Barcelona also renew hostilities with Real in the league. There are other little things in their favour, like the fact Chelsea have not lost to Barcelona in their last five meetings and John Terry has played against Lionel Messi six times and the Argentinian has never scored. The unshakeable truth, however, is that Chelsea are going to have to play the match of their lives. Twice.
Manchester City, Mario Balotelli
The EPL dog-fight
Alex McLeish confident Aston Villa will spare him unwanted double (Guardian) Alex McLeish has admitted that Aston Villa are fighting for survival but the Scot remains confident he will avoid the ignominy of back-to-back relegations from the Premier League. Although Villa are five points clear of safety with a game in hand, they have enjoyed only one victory in their last eight league matches and travel to Liverpool on Saturday looking nervously over their shoulders as Bolton, Queens Park Rangers and Wigan all won last weekend.
The England Job
FA act at last! Redknapp and Hodgson set for approach… but Fabio’s mega wages will be slashed(Mail) The Football Association are expected to make an official approach inside the next fortnight to the man they hope will become the new England manager, with Harry Redknapp understood to be at the top of their list… Roy Hodgson is also likely to receive an approach, although the FA have no desire to pay either man the £6million a year received by Capello.
Road To Recovery
Valencia lead the Spanish domination of last four (Independent)