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Manchester United are Europa League Champions

Manchester United’s experienced team defeated Ajax’s juniors to win the Europa League and, ultimately, qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds defeated their opposition 2-0, the goal scorers being Pogba (18′) and Mkhitaryan (48′). Although Mourinho was too skeptical to celebrate the first goal, he definitely raised his hopes of lifting the cup by the time the second goal was netted.

Manchester United might have finished 6th on the Premier League table, but all that is now irrelevant. They will be joining the top four Premier League finishers in the Champions League next season, and that is what they’ll truly be celebrating.

Arsenal now remains the only top English Club to not be participating in the Champions League next season. How times have changed! Nevertheless, we wish all the English clubs the best next year.

Who knows, just like United, the Gunners could gain success outside of the Premier League. The FA Cup Final will be played this weekend, and the only thing we know for sure is that one London club will be walking away with a trophy!

All in all, congratulations Manchester United!

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Bouncing Blues

Last season was a disaster for Chelsea, but they’ve bounced back better than ever. They hit top of the table the week before last and they are still there now. Here’s why…

Thanks to Diego Costa, Chelsea defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 to achieve their sixth straight win in a row without conceding. This took them to first position on the Premier League table, 9 spots higher than where they finished last year. 

They then maintained this lead after defeating Tottenham 2-1 at a Derby game at Stamford Bridge. Although they broke their streak of not conceding, they managed to win three points. That’s the important thing.

Good fortune has befallen the Blues since they’ve been under the management of Conte. The sorrowful fate they suffered under Mourinho is perhaps now being endured by his new team, Manchester United.

Manchester United defeated Feyenoord 4-0 to keep their Europa League hopes alive. However. They couldn’t produce the same result in their weekend Premier League match.

West Ham took the lead against United in the second minute, and the Reds only managed to net one goal to gain a single point from the game. Mourinho got so frustrated that he had to be sent to the stands in the second half of the match! Who knew things were so bad!

Mourinho is doing no better at United than at Chelsea. The Reds are currently sixth position on the Premier League table, 11 points behind the the leaders and eight points away from top four. The Premier League is definitely not theirs this season.

Fortunately, Manchester United was able to get their revenge on West Ham United by defeating them 3-1 in the EFL quarter- final. This is much more than what Arsenal were able to do, as The Gunners lost 0-2 against Southampton.

 But, to be fair, Arsenal were not playing their top 11, unlike United. Clearly they have their eyes firmly focused on the Premier League, the league which Manchester United can’t keep up with.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all won their Premier League matches and are chasing down Chelsea’s top spot. Liverpool also defeated Leeds 2-0 in the English Football League!

It’s dog eat dog. All is still to play for and the race for the PL Cup, or any cup for that matter, is no where near over!

Stuck in a Rut

Mourinho’s team have once again failed to maximise their points in the Premier League. This weekend they played against Burnley, a small team, and still didn’t manage to claim a win.

United drew 0-0 with Burnley. They didn’t score a single goal! They had 72% possession, 37 shots at goal and only a measly point to show for it. The worst part was that Mourinho was forced to watch it all from the director’s box! What an eyesore!

What was perhaps more detrimental was the sending off of Herrera in the 68th minute. Admittedly, it was probably a little bit more difficult to play with 10 men, but, Burnley is a small team. Let’s not forget that.

Manchester United are 8th on the Premier League table. They are definitely not in the title race and they may not even be in the race for top four. They’ve had a rough start to the season; can they get any better from here?

Mourinho Dethroned

Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge to face off against his old team, Chelsea. Although at the start of the match he received a warm welcome from his old fans, Mourinho was too humiliated by the final match result to be comfortable.

Within 30 seconds of gameplay, Pedro gave Chelsea the lead! This early blow tore Man United’s match tactics to shreds. Where were they to go next?

Apparently, not very far. Cahill doubled Chelsea’s lead with a goal in the 21st minute! The Blues were proving to be the better team in every way possible.

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In the second half, Manchester United began to press Chelsea. They wanted to equalise. However, for one reason or another, they weren’t successful.

Hazard netted the third goal for the Blues in the 62nd minute and, in the 70th, Kante netted the fourth. The Blues showed Mourinho that they were a better, stronger and bolder team without him!

The Special One has now become The Broken One. Mourinho’s United has proved to be weaker than Conte’s Chelsea, who denied United a single goal.

Chelsea are 4th on the PL table, only one point away from top spot. Whereas, Manchester United are 7th. There is a growing concern that United might not be among the top four this season.

 

Mortified Mourinho

Manchester United had a fatal blow this weekend as they were defeated by Watford 3-1. This isn’t United’s first defeat and it doesn’t seem as if it will be there last.

Capoue gave Watford the lead with his goal in the 34th minute and they managed to hold this lead over United for the entire first half!  It was only later counteracted by Rashford’s equaliser in the 62nd. However, it wasn’t long before Watford began chowing down on United’s hopes once again.

In the 83rd minute Zuñiga netted the second goal for Watford, giving them the lead once again. Then, all of United’s optimism was truly demolished when Watford were awarded a penalty in extra time, which was converted successfully into a goal by Deeney! Even in the last moments, Watford never stopped looking for ways to dismantle the Reds!

Manchester United lost their Europa League match during the week and now they have lost their Premier League weekend match. Mourinho needs to find a way to inspire a winning spirit in his new team or else they will succumb to the same fate that Chelsea did last season.

The Delighted and The Devestated

A Manchester derby can never end quietly. Two teams with new managers made a racket out of their weekend match and one club came out the loudest.

Manchester City took an early lead against United when De Bruyne netted a goal in the 15th minute. Then, just over 15 minutes later, Iheanacho doubled the scoreline! The absence of Aguero clearly failed to hinder City’s outstanding performance!

Although City were quick to make a name for themselves at Old Trafford, the Reds did not go unannounced. Ibrahimovic netted a goal for United in the 42nd minute. Sadly, no other goals followed.

So, in order to make some more noise, Mourinho lambasted his players after the match and condemned the referee for not sending off the City goalkeeper and awarding his team the penalty he thought they deserved. We can’t always get what we want in life. This applies to football too, Mourinho.

The Derby ended with the Blues beaming and the Reds rusting. Manchester City may have been speechless over their rewarding victor; however, Manchester United have been silenced.

Mourinho Off; Chelsea On

Mourinho has left and Stamford Bridge is blue once again. Chelsea defeated Sunderland 3-1, returning to the Champions that they are!

Mourinho was sacked earlier on this week, after Christmas lunch. Although many fans loved the manager for what he’d done for the club over the years, Mourinho was mutually agreed that he could no longer work with the players.

By the 5th minute the Blues had taken the lead! Ivanovic netted the first goal for the club, which was followed by a goal from Pedro less than 10 minutes later. They wasted no time in making a change!

  
There was great gameplay in the first half and a little less in the second. However, Chelsea still continued to make progress. Oscar converted a penalty in the 50th minute to add yet another goal to the scoreline!

There was a portion of hope for Sunderland but, clearly, not enough. Borini netted a goal just three minutes after the penalty had been scored. But this was only one goal. A Chelsea under Mourinho might have conceded more and scored less; they are no longer that club.

The blue players are now cooperating. It’s evident on the pitch. They are ready to move up the League table and redeem the fans who worshipped Moutinho! The manager is a legend, one that Chelsea can never forget; hut sometimes change can be for the better.

Champions to Chumps

Chelsea had notable success in the previous football season. Year after year they’ve been gaining one trophy after another. However, it might be different this time around.

The Blues surprisingly  had no difficulty in securing their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. They defeated FC Porto 2-0, with one of the goals being an own goal from Marcano Sierra. The other one was from Willian. 

Chelsea might be charging ahead in Europe, but it appears that they’ve left the housework to pile up. Mourinho is in “need” of “pride” after his team hit a new low. Leicester defeated Chelsea 2-1 with goals from Vardy, Mahrez and Remy much later on in the game. Their situation is almost impossible to scrabble up from.

The Blues, believe it or not, are only one point away from the relegation zone. They won the Premier League last season. They dominated English football. The football world knew their name. What has changed?

Forgetting something?

There was a lot missing from the game between Chelsea and stoke. A missing manager, missing hope and the Blues appeared to continually miss the net.

Mourinho served his one match ban today; he was not at the stadium during the match. The fans did attempt to make his presence felt. However, It was down to the players to pull off a performance. They did, at first. Throughout the first half, the Blues dominated and, on many occassions, came close to scoring.

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In the second half, misfortune fell upon them. The game changed. Arnautovic scored the winning goal, not for Chelsea, but for Stoke in the 53rd minute! Home or away, failure is never far from Mourinho! Not this season.

Football has evolved over the years. There’s more money. Teams, large or small, have grown bigger and better. Even the likes of Champions are not immune to losing. Mourinho will need some time to undertand this concept.

Chuffed Chelsea

Chelsea finally got the ball rolling again in their victory against Dynamo Kiev. After several losses this football season, they were able to make minor moves towards recovery in the Champions League. Baby steps, baby steps.

Chelsea claimed the first goal of the match, but it wasn’t their player that scored it. Dragovic netted an own goal in the 34th minute to put the Blues at an advantage. Mourinho may have accepted this with open arms, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that Chelsea rely on the misfortune of others to achieve their own success.

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The Blues continued to hold on to their lead until the 77th minute. Dragovic netted the equaliser to repay his team for the mistake he made previously! It seemed that Chelsea would continue to wollow in their all too familiar pool of woes. Luckily, William recovered what Chelsea once had in the 83rd minute. He had done it again!

There is no denying that Chelsea are flying low in the Premier League and that Mourinho’s job could be on the line. However, their fate is in their hands in the Champions League. Will they hold on to it or will they let it fall from their hands?