The Six Pointer – Chelsea’s Team Spirit, Eboue’s Stupidity & more…

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That was the weekend that was.

1. Thirteen consecutive clean sheets and counting for Man Utd. Eight wins on the spin. When you concede no goals, one is enough to win the match – eight of the thirteen games have seen a 1-0 scoreline for Fergie’s side. Win at Fulham on Wednesday week and they’ll be five points clear with winnable games against Blackburn and Newcastle to follow. Then on March 14th comes a home game against Liverpool. Win that and it will become a procession for Ronaldo, Berbatov and co.

A preview of this coming May?

A preview of this coming May?

2. Is it now a battle between Arsenal and Chelsea for fourth spot? Chelsea are now too far behind to be in the title mix and the way they have been performing are no guarantee to stay in the Champions League spots. There is something clearly wrong at the Bridge and the once enviable team spirit has seemingly disappeared. Drogba is sulking, Anelka hasn’t scored in two months, all the wingers are consistently inconsistent or injured, Deco and Ballack look like the 30-somethings they are… There were always doubts about Big Phil and his ability at club level. Though he had a couple of successful three year spells at Gremio and Palmeiras,  he’s never achieved anything outside of Brazil. His ideas haven’t been translated on the pitch and despite being typically workmanlike Scolari, Chelsea have struggled to break down many a side. The ironic thing is, they are still top scorers thanks to some early spankings.

 

3. It was inevitable that Tony Adams would be sacked sooner rather than later as Portsmouth manager. In a league this tight, Pompey can ill afford to go down this season with the current debts they have. The owner Alex Gaydamak is trying to sell them and Portsmouth as a Championship team would not attract many suitors, let alone bring in the TV income to keep the bailiffs at bay. Adams has been unlucky in that arguably his two best players in Diarra and Defoe were sold and the replacements brought in are less than adequate to say the least. However even when those two were still around pre January, Portsmouth’s form was pretty poor. He oversaw just two wins in his sixteen games in charge and you felt that he never quite had luck on his side. I’ve always wanted him to succeed but sadly I think he’ll never achieve his goal of becoming Arsenal manager. Based on his managerial career to date I haven’t seen anything to make me think he’ll make it at any level, let alone the highest. Sorry Tone, some people just aren’t cut out for management. 

 

4. Arsenal will probably be more pleased with yesterday’s derby draw than Spurs. Playing for an hour with ten men and no Adebayor, they held Tottenham at bay for the most part and had a couple of decent chances themselves. Modric should have won it late on for Spurs but he fluffed his shot and Arsenal held on. Once again though, Emmanuel Eboue provided the main talking points. Having had a seemingly good goal disallowed for the lightest of taps on Woodgate (not what Mike Dean was thinking there), he then went and got himself stupidly sent off for a silly kick at Modric. Many times this season we have talked about something or other than Eboue has done – either costing his team by giving away silly fouls or hindering his team by being clueless in the final third. Atletico Madrid apparently wanted him in January but were presumably turned down due to the lack of squad depth at the Emirates. You’d have to think that if they came calling again (can’t think why they would) in the summer he’d be on his way. Yesterday’s performance was just another reason why he wouldn’t be missed. 

"Oh no, I made another boo boo."

"Oh no, I made another boo boo."

5. We mentioned how Carlton Cole shouldn’t be judged until after he had played against Arsenal and Man Utd. Although he didn’t score in either match, he caused enough problems to suggest he’s worthy of his place in the England squad. Capello obviously sees him as a backup to Heskey who like Cole, more than makes up for his relative lack of goals with the sheer hard work he puts in each game.

 

6. Sometimes all you need is a bit belief from your manager. Jo scored more in 90 minutes for David Moyes than he did in six months for Mark Hughes.

"Love me, love me, say that you love me."

"Love me, love me, say that you love me."

 

T.

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2 Responses to “The Six Pointer – Chelsea’s Team Spirit, Eboue’s Stupidity & more…”

  1. Football Guy Says:

    Wouldn’t say Arsenal were more happy with a point than Spurs, A point for them is a point further away from relegation, which they aren’t out of! Unlike Arsenal who are chasing others and the fact Arsene left 2 up front for the whole of the game tells me he felt it was 3 points or nothing.

    • thesportboys Says:

      True, in the grand scheme of things Arsenal expect to beat Spurs. But when down to ten men and with Modric’s one on one in the last minute, you could say they got away with it in this game.

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