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There were huge contrasts in the reaction to Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Chelsea manager on Thursday. Fans of Chelsea were understandably disappointed that the man who led the club during last season’s title win had now been removed as club manager. Meanwhile, Mourinho’s detractors – of which he has seen a growing number this season… Continue reading >

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Rafa Benitez is not having much luck in the Champions League. Last year, his first game in the competition after taking over at Chelsea was also his only Champions League game with the club. The result was a 6-1 victory over Rosenborg, but such was the position that Chelsea found themselves in under Roberto Di Matteo,… Continue reading >

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It’s a sign of the modern game that each and every footballing defeat is treated with hysteria and calls for managers to be sacked. So it’s no surprise that the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intensified following their penalty shoot-out defeat to Bradford in the League Cup last night. Arsenal are without a trophy… Continue reading >

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Well, Roberto Di Matteo lasted longer as Chelsea manager than some. The Italian’s 262 days in the job make him the fourth longest-serving of the eight men who have held the Chelsea manager’s job since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003. It doesn’t make the decision to sack him any easier to understand though,… Continue reading >

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Another season of top flight football begins tomorrow, and it’s the time when everyone is out to prove their knowledge of the game by making bold predictions for the next 9 months. However, there is frequently a touch of the unexpected in all sports and football is no  different. How many people would have confidently… Continue reading >

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In the final part of my look back at some of my personal highlights of following Liverpool in the Champions League, the final three matches are from the 2007/8 and 2008/9 seasons. For the rest of the series, click to read part 1, or part 2. 9. Marseille 0-4 Liverpool Midway through the 2007/8 group… Continue reading >

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Continuing the three-part mini-series of my top eleven matches watching Liverpool in the Champions League. Click here for part 1. 4. Liverpool 2-1 Juventus Having progressed to the quarter-final stage of the 2004/5 Champions League, Liverpool were given the toughest possible route to the final. A potential semi-final would involve taking on the runaway league… Continue reading >