Category Archives: UK Football

Kevin de Bruyne picks up knee injury in training

Star Man City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne is set for a stint on the treatment room after injuring his right knee in training. The extent of the injury is unknown, but initial estimates suggest that De Bruyne would probably miss the next two months of City’s season. He is expected to be treated by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona.

If De Bruyne is out for about 2 months, the games he’ll miss (Premier League ones) would be the ones against Huddersfield, Wolves Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff, Brighton, Liverpool and Burnley. Not a very tough set of fixtures- you’d expect City, with their squad depth, to comfortably get through all those fixtures, with the trip to Anfield being the only really testing one for Pep Guardiola’s side. Continue reading Kevin de Bruyne picks up knee injury in training

Transfer failure could cost Jose

As the summer transfer window of 2018 began to draw to a close, Jose Mourinho’s demeanour became ever-more gloomy. The Portuguese has never been a man to enjoy a jovial, light-hearted press conference but the media were given an extra dish of truculence by the ‘Special One’.

The main issue concerned Manchester United’s failure to secure a number of reported transfer targets as the new Premier League season drew closer and based on the club’s opening day win over Leicester, Mourinho’s mood may start to get even darker. Continue reading Transfer failure could cost Jose

Chelsea 1:0 Manchester United | Hazard penalty seals Wembley triumph

Antonio Conte delivered silverware to Chelsea for the second season in succession as the Blues produced a resolute defensive performance to beat Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup final. A defensive error from Phil Jones against Eden Hazard, leading to the centre-back clumsily bringing the Belgian down, saw Michael Oliver point to the spot, and the Chelsea playmaker easily converted his own penalty.

United, for whom Romelu Lukaku was only fit enough for the bench, had their chances, with Rashford’s one and one, and Pogba missing a header when unmarked. However Chelsea were defensively resolute, with the likes of Kante, Rudiger and Courtois all having strong games, and far too many of United’s big name players went missing on a day the Red Devils needed them to perform. There was to be no repeat of the comeback they produced against Spurs at this same venue in the semis.

Hazard

England manager Gary Southgate will be hoping that the Jones-Hazard scenario does not play out in the World Cup next month (the Three Lions are in the same group as Belgium)

The end of the league season- who goes down and who takes the other CL spots?

With Southampton’s win over Swansea at the Liberty last night, two teams are confirmed to go down- Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. The third team will be one of Saints, Huddersfield or the Swans, but it is likely to be the last of the three mentioned, meaning that we will not get to see a Welsh derby next season. Continue reading The end of the league season- who goes down and who takes the other CL spots?