Mourinho hints at Madrid exit to join Chelsea

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has yet again hinted that he will re-join his former club Chelsea at the end of the season.  After watching Madrid getting knocked out of the Champions League in the semifinals for the third year in a row with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund (Madrid lost 4-3 on aggregate), the fifty-year old again cast doubt on his Madrid career.  The Portuguese manager enjoyed a three year term at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, and won the English Premier League, and also reaching the Champions League finals during his reign in England.  Mourinho has already hinted multiple times that he would like to return to the Blues when he leaves Madrid, which will most likely be this summer.
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MOTD- Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund players celebrate the win, which seals them a spot in the Champions League finals

Dortmund players celebrate the loss, which seals them a spot in the Champions League final

Despite Real Madrid scoring two late goals to make life difficult for Borussia Dortmund, the German side have reached the finals of the Champions League for only the second time with a 2-0 win over Madrid.  Although Madrid managed not to lose their third Champions League match in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo also failed to become the first player to score in seven consecutive Champions League matches.

Madrid started the match very brightly, and Gonzalo Higuain almost put Jose Mourinho’s side up within four minutes when Luka Modric’s poor touch on the right fell to Mesut Ozil, who thread an inch-perfect ball to Higuain from the edge of the box.  Higuain’s first touch gave him space on the right side of the box, but his second touch was poor, allowing an oncoming Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to kick away his low shot.  In the thirteenth minute Dortmund almost took the lead after a long ball found a completely unmarked Robert Lewandowski (who scored four goals in the first leg) in the Madrid box.  Lewandowski chested the ball down before acrobatically slamming a volley into the ground from eight yards out, which bounced up into the arms of Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez.  Seconds later Madrid almost went up when Angel Di Maria’s lobbed long-ball from the right found Ronaldo in the center of the box.  Much like Lewandowski, Ronaldo chested down, and at full stretch, volleyed it at Weidenfeller, and it bounced away off the chest of the the German’s chest with out Weidenfeller knowing too much about it.

The hectic and breathless beginning to the match continued, when a lovely flick from Higuain put Ozil in on goal down the right.  Ozil took the ball into the box, but instead of going to the far post or laying it off for Ronaldo, dragged his shot inches wide of the near post.  Continue reading

Monday Match Roundup

Today there have been two top-flight matches, the English Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sunderland, and the Spanish La Liga match between Real Betis and Deportivo La Coruna.  The final scores were Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland, with Villa earning an incredible win to take them five points above the relegation zone (is Di Canio(Sunderland manager)’s fortunes turning?), and Real Betis 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna, with Deportivo earning a crucial point to take them out of the drop zone.

Christian Benteke celebrates his hat-trick in Aston Villa's 6-1 win over Sunderland by kicking a corner flag

Christian Benteke celebrates his hat-trick in Aston Villa’s 6-1 win over Sunderland by kicking a corner flag

Arsene Wenger silences PSG rumors

Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer

Wenger has squashed rumors of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumors that he would move to French club Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.  PSG’s Qatari owners were reported to be confident that they could prise the Frenchman away from Arsenal and the club reportedly offered a £30 million three-year contract to the manager in January, but Wenger has delayed any confirmation of talks with the Parc des Princes club. Continue reading

Gareth Bale scoops PFA Player of the year prizes

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has become the third man to win the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award in the same year, after bagging both 2012/2013 prizes.  The twenty-three-year-old’s fellow professionals voted for the Welshman ahead of Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in the senior competition, and Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere in the young player award.

Bale was favored to win both prizes after his dazzling performance for Tottenham so far this season, almost single-handedly spearheading their bid of Champions League qualification.  He has scored twenty-four goals in forty games for Tottenham so far this season in all competitions, also having ten assists.  Winning the senior prize for the second time in two years, Bale also became part of the prestigious group of two-time winners, which features only Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer. Continue reading

MOTD- Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United hold Arsenal off to a draw at the Emirates

Manchester United hold Arsenal off to a draw at the Emirates

Robin van Persie has broken Arsenal hearts on his first return to the Emirates, after converting from the penalty spot to give United a draw in their Premier League match against Arsenal.  Van Persie, who walked into the home changing room instead of the away as a joke, had the worst possible start to the match, as Arsenal were up within two minutes.  The Dutchman gave away the ball the ball around the halfway line, and Arsenal worked the ball up to Tomas Rosicky.  Rosicky thread a through ball in behind the United defense to Theo Walcott down the right, who was a yard-and-a-half offside.  But no call was given, and Walcott took the ball up to United goalkeeper David De Gea, before powering a shoot across goal which De Gead couldn’t tip wide, allowing the ball to sneak into the bottom corner.  After taking the lead so early Arsenal started to dominate, and Santi Cazorla hit a screaming left-footer from twenty-five yards out in the seventh minute.  De Gea dealt with it well, clawing the shot over the bar. Continue reading