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Mourinho-ChelseaChelsea are two wins away from winning the Premier League title, but that is not enough for Blues assistant manager Steve Holland, who claims the champions-elect are not getting the praise and respect they deserve.

“They haven’t had the credit they deserve as a group nationally this season in my opinion,” he told Chelsea TV, “We are in the middle of April and have lost just two matches in the Premier League. This League is tough. You’ve just seen what Leicester have done by getting three wins in a row.

podolski-inter-newHas another player ever followed the heights of winning the World Cup in a summer with as disappointing season as Lukas Podolski has had.

Unwanted in Milan, Podolski has confirmed he intends to return to Arsenal in the summer to fight for his first team spot, after a rather miserable spell on loan at Inter Milan.

Podolski burnt a few bridges on his way out of the Emirates in January, but the 290year-old has been a flop in Italy, and will now have to return to Arsene Wenger cap in hand.

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United have agreed a €34 million (£25m) deal for PSV playmaker Memphis Depay.

Depay has scored 20 goals in the Eredivisie this season, more than any other player, and he has also created 54 chances. His superb form has helped PSV to win the title for the first time since 2008 with three games still to play.

Depay is the Eredivisie’s top scorer

The 21-year-old has attracted attention from a number of Europe’s big clubs, but United have always be favored to sign the Dutch international, who was part of Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad last summer where he scored two goals and registered one assist during 177 minutes of action in Brazil.

The data experts at whoscored.com have put together their Major League Soccer Team of the Week for week six of the season.

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The New York Red Bulls had three players in the best XI, defenders Matt Miazga and Kemar Lawrence as well as midfielder Felipe. Also breaking into the team was New England Revolution star Jermaine Jones, but Jones made the team of the week as a central defender and not in hits typical midfield role.

The player of the week award should go to Seattle Sounders midfielder Lamar Neagle, who scored two goals in the aSounders 3-1 at Colorado.

Champions League trophyNerves will be on edge this week as the Champions League quarter-finals conclude on Tuesday and Wednesday with three ties hanging in the balance and some big names threatened with elimination.

Injury riddled Bayern Munich must overcome a two-goal deficit after losing 3-1 at Porto, while holders Real Madrid must do something they have failed to do all season and that is beat city neighbors Atletico following a goalless draw in the first leg. Elsewhere, Juventus hold just a 1-0 lead as they travel to Monaco, while Paris Saint-Germain face an uphill battle as they travel to the Camp Nou having to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit.

Taxi For Brendan Rodgers?

Rodgers-TaxiLiverpool fans around the world were stunned with their clubs performance at Wembley on Sunday. The five time European Champions were outplayed and outcoached by Tim Sherwood. And that is a statement that you don’t read too often!

Reds fans took to Twitter after the game to express their frustration at Brendan Rodgers, who is the first Liverpool manager in over 50 year to not win a trophy in his first three years.

Here are some of their sentiments:
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BR Out 1

Derby della Madonnina Ends Scoreless

Mlan-Derby-TifosiThe Derby della Madonnina used to be one of the biggest games in Europe. But both clubs have lost their way in recent years, and Sunday’s edition was not even the biggest game in Serie A this weekend. That match involved leaders Juventus and second place Lazio.

Still we had a packed San Siro to watch these bitter rivals meet, and both sets of fans will feel that if not for referring decision, they would have won.

Milan were the first to have the ball in the net on the half-hour mark with Alex after a Suso free kick almost turned into a Danilo D’Ambrosio own goal, but the offside flag was raised. A good call by the linesman.

FA Cup Final: Arsenal v Aston Villa

Wembley Stadium Inside Sept 2011Two of the most successive clubs in English football will meet in the FS Cup Final at Wembley on May 30. Holders Arsenal will be appearing in a record 19th FA Cup final, while Aston Villa have won it seven times, but the last time Villa fans celebrated an FA Cup win at Wembley was 58 years ago.

Arsenal reached the final thanks to two goals from Alexis Sanchez as they beat championship side Reading 2-1 in extra time. Villa meanwhile destroyed Steven Gerrard’s hopes of a fairytale Liverpool send-off by beating the heavily favored Reds by the same 2-1 score.

Aston Villa End Liverpool’s FA Cup Dream

Aston Villa FansFabian Delph destroyed Steven Gerrard’s hopes of a fairytale Liverpool send-off by scoring the winner as Aston Villa reached the FA Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

Liverpool captain Gerrard, who turns 35 on the day of the final, had hoped to end his glittering Liverpool career picking up his third FA Cup winner’s medal, but instead it is Tim Sherwood’s Villa who will meet holders Arsenal on 30 May.

It is 15 years since Villa last reached an FA Cup final and 58 years since they last won it, but this club has been transformed since Sherwood succeeded Paul Lambert as manager on Valentine’s Day. A win against Arsenal will see the Villains back in Europe next season.

Oizil-celebratesTwo goals from Alexis Sanchez sent holders Arsenal back to the FA Cup final, but Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici will have nightmares for years about Sanchez’s second goal.

This was a case of deja vu for Arsenal fans as they saw their side struggle also in last season’s semi-final victory, when they needed a penalty shoot-out to see off championship side Wigan.

The Reading game plan was to press Arsenal all over the pitch, not giving the Gunners the time or space to get their passing game going. And it worked for the opening 30 minutes with Federici having to make just one real save, and that was from a Per Mertesacker’s header.