Perhaps the most important element of any team that has ever played a competitive football match, is the midfield. They run everything and literally dictate the game. They will help out the defence when needs be, but also contribute heavily in attack. I know there is no way of definitively which position is most crucial to a team, because it varies depending on the situation. However, without a good midfield your defence becomes weaker and there is no link between the attackers and the rest of the team which which will have repercussions in attack.
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Many people have said that young Ross Barkley of Everton FC reminds them of Wayne Rooney, this includes Frank Lampard who will be battling with Barkley for a place in England’s midfield during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. Barkley possesses a similar physique to that of Rooney as well as the fact that he started off at the same club as the Manchester United forward. Could he become better than Rooney?
The tabloids already seem to be bored with the departure of Frank Lampard and have now turned their attention to replacements for him. There is quite a list developing as each and every publication in Europe is coming up with someone new every other day. Every so often this player is picked up by other tabloids and suddenly a frenzy is created around him. Then a number of other clubs are thrown into the mix to create a really juicy saga.
An awful lot has been said on the Chelsea attack next season with a wide range of stories coming in and linking the Blues with moves for certain players. It's a very frustrating as I need to decipher which ones seem credible. The way that journalists phrase their titles and articles, it all looks very believable which is the problem. Too many fans are drawn to their big and controversial headlines which is where they make their money. The summer and January are the worst times for this, as expected.
Toni Kroos has been flirting with Premier League clubs for a couple of months now with teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City falling for his charm. Chelsea are the latest club to fall victim to his stunning passing abilities and the way he takes charge of a game. The clubs should be ashamed of themselves as Kroos is already in a committed relationship with Bayern Munich, but that hasn't stopped anyone in the past.
Sometimes you get a group of players that are so good at what they do, the fans and the club never want them to leave. Manchester United's treble winning squad and Arsenal's invincibles spring to mind when this topic is up for discussion. However, age and the modern game catches up with these players and they soon start drifting off into their own different directions. It's sad when this happens because you don't quite know how they'll be replaced.
One of the strangest rumours I’ve seen over the past week or two, is the possibility of Wayne Rooney coming across from the newly-crowned Premier League champions.
But looking into it, would it really be that bizarre? The man that has been dubbed ‘Shrek’ by fans of opposing clubs, is more than likely going to leave United in the summer, especially after David Moyes was rubber-stamped for the job.
The instance Hernandez cleverly redirected the ball past Petr Cech, the tingle that surged through me felt all too familiar. Why raise hope for a team that could hardly create a chance against Steaua Bucharesti?
When Rooney scored the second via a freekick with the help of our disjointed defence, the little hope I had left in me swiftly dissipated and I felt the hammering had already begun.
So, we’ve already heard from our Chelsea fans before todays game, and now it is time to head to the away end, and get the thoughts of our two Manchester United fans.
With their bitter rivals Man City sandwiched between us in the league, a win for us could put daylight between us again, but a loss, and it’s a massive 3-way battle between us.
Its been a mixed week for the Chelsea faithful, a fabulous 4-2 victory over Tottenham got us all excited, before a 2-1 defeat away at Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek really sobered us up.
Our man Ashwat (@ashwat) got the result right, as he plumped for a 2-1 Chelsea win, and we welcome him back today, alongside Naunkoo Thekash, to give us some opinions and some insight into the big game this Sunday, as we face Sir Alex Ferguson, and his Manchester United team.
1) Its at the Bridge.
Four wins from four, and eleven goals scored. Its time to turn the Bridge into a fortress again, and what a perfect time to do it, against second placed Man Utd, and make it a fab five wins from five to start the season.
Not a lot of goals at all this weekend, with most teams winning by the odd strike.