DAILYMOAN – The article that is as blunt as Antonio Conte’s attacking prowess.
Man City 1 0 Chelsea – What a waste of money:
In February of this year, BSKYB shelled out an eye-watering £3.579bn for four of the seven packages available, to secure the rights to air 128 live Premier League games per year. The deal is for three seasons, starting with the in 2019/20 season.
After watching this weekends ‘Super Sunday’s’ offering, when current champions Chelsea and champions-elect Manchester City faced off in what should have a mouth-watering clash, Sky bosses will be searching furiously for the receipt.
A clash that should have been a footballing feast, quite simply served up tripe. Jamie Redknapp of SKY Sports stated in his post-match analysis that Chelsea should not have bothered turning up and instead should have just given Manchester City the three points.
It stings, but I must concur with the Marks and Spencer suit wearing noise polluter.
Antonio Conte should hang his head in shame for sending out a Chelsea team without absolutely zero attacking intent. He should apologise to the Chelsea fans that spent a fortune for match tickets, travel and accommodation. He should also apologise to Sky Sports.
However, his biggest apology should go to me, for forcing me to agree with Jamie Redknapp.
Thierry Henry and his never backing down to a challenge:
I mentioned earlier last week that Thierry Henry concocted fake flattery and modesty on his painful tenure as a guest on SKY Sports News last Monday when he was asked by Rob Wotton if the Frenchman was interested in taking the top job at Arsenal.
“Just because I was a player, doesn’t mean I will be the coach” was the gist of Henry’s typical long-winded reply. Although, he certainly gave enough of a hint that he would be interested in taking over from his former boss, in the process.
This week, the former Arsenal captain has not really given a hint, more like a party political broadcast, that he would be interested in managing Arsenal. Henry, of course, mentioning his playing career for the umpteenth time, gave an example as to how he never “backs down from a challenge”.
He continued: “We are talking about shall he quit or not – I can never say that. I am not sitting on the fence, I can never say that.
“If you love a place and they ask – I repeat, they ask – for help, you are always going to say yes. What I am saying to you is again, we are talking about hypothetical thoughts.”
“I have battled with this man, I can never say that. Do you understand what I mean? I can never say that.
“What I don’t want to see is what’s happening to him, and I would like him to have the last word, whatever word it’s going to be.”
All of this while he is on live telly, covering his former team – Stay classy Thierry!
This guy knows sweet FA:
How can the English FA be in such a mess?
Why is the FA fighting controversy and scandal on what now seems like a monthly basis?
Why is it that the FA, seem to be doing their absolute best, to make their Irish counterparts, the FAI come across like an elite professional organisation in comparison?
Simple, when your chief Martin Glenn, gives an explanation (such as the one below), in order to explain the FA’s stance on Pep Guardiola’s wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of Catalonian political prisoners, the above becomes crystal clear.
Glenn explains: “We have re-written Law 4 of the game so that things like a poppy are OK,” Glenn said. “But things that are going to be highly divisive, and that could be strong religious symbols, it could be the Star of David, it could be the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like (Zimbabwe’s former president) Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want.”
Granted, the swastika was originally an ancient symbol used in Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions before being appropriated by the Nazis. However, not many people would be familar with the symbols usage before the Nazi party. Also, taking into consideration that one of the main objections of the Nazi’s during the Second World War, was to wipe out the Jewish population in Europe – Glenn’s comments might seem just a little bit insensitive.
Not to mention the assertion by the FA supremo, that the Star of David has no place in football, which comes days after Prince William, who is FA president, announced plans to visit Israel later this year.