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Arsenal And Chelsea Battle To 0-0 Draw

Mourinho-Wenger2The Emirates erupted in chants of ‘Boring, boring Chelsea‘, but to Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea papers the frustration of the Arsenal fans was music to their ears.

After seeing his side outplayed at home to Manchester United last week, but still winning the game Mourinho said he did not care about preferring substance over style in the win:

“Once you decide to play this way, the statistics don’t matter, only the result does,” he said after the match

Mourinho could have repeated the same quote today as the champions-elect killed the game off in the second half, with a suffocating big blue blanket over the action. U

The-FortThere is something special developing at Gillette Stadium this season, where the New England Revolution are now unbeaten in their last 12 regular-season home games, dating back to last season, tying a club record

With the 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, in front of 17,982 fans, New England moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2-2 record for 14 points.

In any salary cap sport, developing a strong squad is extremely difficult, but the Rev have arguably the deepest squad in MLS with 15 or 16 players challenging for a starting role every week.

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Six Chelsea players have been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Premier League team of the year.

Jose Mourinho’s men are on the brink of a first title since 2010 and their dominance over the past nine months was highlighted by a cluster of blue shirts in the XI announced by the PFA on Sunday.

The entire back four started the season as Blues players, with centre-back pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill joined by Branislav Ivanovic and Ryan Bertrand, the latter of whom signed permanently for Southampton in February having joined on loan last summer.

Everton hand Van Gaal heaviest defeat

Everton-pitchEverton earned a deserved 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park as Roberto Martinez’s tactics outwitted those of Louis van Gaal.

The Everton manager has had to defend himself during a testing second season on Merseyside, but the Spaniard got his tactics spot on to earn a morale-boosting win on Sunday courtesy of goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas.

Heeding the blueprint of Chelsea‘s victory over United last week, Everton sat deep throughout, allowing the visitors to dominate possession before breaking quickly with Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
Everton’s fifth-minute opener came via a swift counter, with McCarthy applying a superb finishing touch to a move that he started.

CAarlo-Ancelotti-NewReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side have a better chance of retaining their Champions League trophy than beating Barcelona to the Spanish La Liga title.

Earlier today, Barcelona opened up a five-point lead over Real Madrid on the league table with their 2-0 derby win over Espanyol.

With six games remaining, Madrid are faced with the task of overturning that five-point league deficit while navigating tricky fixtures against Celta Vigo (away), Sevilla (away) and Valencia (home) over the next two weeks.

Sandwiched between the Sevilla and Valencia matches will be their two-legged Champions League semi-final against Italian champions, Juventus, who Ancelotti who coached Juventus between 1999 and 2001.

Chelsea Put £200m Price Tag On Eden Hazard

eden-hazard2Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid that if they want Blues star Eden Hazard, he will cost them a world record £200 millon.

Hazard is set to be named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night, and Madrid have already started their patented tapping up process through the media,. Last week Zinedine Zidane has talking about the best players in the world and he brought up the Chelsea star:

“I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year. He can still get better too, and I think he’s a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table.”

AC Milan Report Record 91 Million Euro Loss

am-milan-ultrasAC Milan have reported a loss of €91.28 million for 2014, the highest in the history of the soccer club. What has to worry Milan fans is that the continuing to widen significantly.

In 2012 the club lost €6.86 million. In 2013 that loss had grown to €15.7 million and then rocketed to €91.28 million as the performance on the pitch match the financial results off it. Over the last ten years (2005-2014), AC Milan has accumulated net losses of €361 million – posting a profit only one year, in 2006 (€2.48 million).

DDG2Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says the the club have offered David de Gea “a lot of money” in a bid to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford. De Gea is in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a string of fine performances for United.

In January Van Gaal said he expected the 24-year-old to extend his contract, which expires in June 2016, but three months on, there are no signs of progress. That is not due to a lack of willing on United’s part. They have offered the Spaniard a bumper new deal as they are desperate for him to stay, Van Gaal has revealed.

Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League final. Sevilla are bidding to become the first team to lift the trophy four times. They are currently alongside Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool on three.

Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four and have home advantage for the second leg.


The other tie sees Rafael Benitez’s Napoli take on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine for a place in the Warsaw final, which takes place on 27 May. This will be Dnipro’s first UEFA competition semi-final: they lost two previous European Cup quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola will come face-to face with his former club when Bayern Munich meet Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, while holders Real Madrid face Juventus.

To lead Bayern to the final in Berlin, Guardiola will have to overcome the club he achieved so much with as a player and manager. Guardiola’s four-season spell at the Barça helm yielded 14 trophies, including two triumphs in the Champions League – something he will now look to deny them.

Bayern will have home advantage for the second leg of the semi-final, with the winner taking on Serie A giants Juventus or holders Real Madrid in the final.