Conte travels the short distance to Spurs this weekend with his charges however it remains to be seen whether they remain loyal or has there been a mutiny on the Chelsea deck. A win against Tottenham could go a long way to restoring faith within the players however that will be easier said than done. However a loss may hear the dissenting voices become louder and the season over before it has even begun at the Bridge.
Ousmane Dembele was suspended indefinitely by Borussia Dortmund last weekend as he continues to push for a transfer to Barcelona. The French attacking midfielder has displayed some distasteful character traits in his pursuit of the switch to replace the void left by Neymar’s recent departure to the French capital.
Watching last night’s Supercopa de España Final, we were reminded once again of just how limited a defender Gerard Piqué is. In a 1-3 loss that flattered the Catalans, all three goals came on Piqué’s area of the pitch. The first a terrible own goal by the man himself, the second getting turned inside out by Ronaldo before falling to the ground in defeat, and the third an embarrassing non-attempt to block Asensio’s strike. The former Manchester United player certainly talks a good game but he most definitely can’t back it up on the pitch, you know, where it actually matters.
The new La Liga season is due to commence just a week from now. The Armchair View will attempt to whet the appetite for the resumption of Europe's most glamorous league. There has been plenty of transfer activity over recent weeks and it is sure to only increase further as we approach the August 31st transfer deadline. Here we'll take a look at how the season could pan out in terms of the title race and Champions League positions, and also a brief glance at the opposite end of the table, in attempting to determine who will face the drop to the Segunda Division.
The 2017-2018 English Premier League season is upon us once again. The four Armchairs decided to cast their predictions for the season ahead. The areas we spoke about include: Top Four, Relegated, Top Goalscorer, Golden Glove, Surprise Package, Best Signing, and Most Improved Player. Full disclosure, the four Armchairs' allegiances fall with Ron (Manchester United), Dave (Aston Villa), Nick (Liverpool), and Alan (Lazio).
Let’s be honest, no Welsh team belongs in the top flight. What sort of a side puts a Yank in charge, I mean for the love of Jesus like. They’re only kidding themselves ffs!
The announcement of Robert David Keane’s move to the Indian Super League was met with a chorus of predictable and lazy “boyhood dream” jokes. The Republic of Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorer announced last week that he has penned a deal with Atlético de Kolkata.
Tomorrow Monaco begin the defense of their Ligue 1 title. This side has changed enormously from the one which stormed to a first top-flight championship in 17 years last season. The midfield has been hit badly, with Tiemoué Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva having already headed for the departure lounge, to Chelsea and Man City respectively. Speculation is rife that Thomas Lemar will link up with Arsenal and with the recent opening in the Barcelona holy trinity, Kylian Mbappe has today signaled his intention to depart for pastures new also.
The Old Lady in Turin has dominated the upper echelons of Italian football for the last six years. They’ve been an immovable force winning six Scudettos in a row. When you think of Italian football you think Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale, AS Roma, Napoli et al. Both Milan clubs have seen a marked decline in competitiveness and performance in recent times. Since winning their eighteen Scudetto in 2011, AC Milan have struggled to reach previous heights and glory.
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