Poor Chennaiyin FC paid price for their defensive blunders

Chennaiyin FC were defensively exposed by lethal counter attacking  FC Goa.

The match between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa was held at Marina Arena, Chennai. Chennaiyin’s owner Abhishek Bachchan was present for this season first home match. Chennaiyin had their new manager under John Gregory and had a great hopes coming into this game.

On a night when Chennaiyin FC were expected to perform well in front of their home crowd, they were miserable and in the end they fell 2-3 to FC Goa. Here is the analysis of Chennaiyin FC

Pathetic First Half 

Both teams had a high hope coming into this game but the way chennaiyin played in the first half, it was all over. FC Goa was not so good but chennaiyin FC conceded all the three goals in space of 13 minutes. Goa made the most of chennaiyin’s vulnerability to counter attack. They were also helped by poor goalkeeping from Chennaiyin’s Karanjit Singh. To be frank Chennaiyin goalie Karanjit Singh playing like a street side goalie!!!

He was out of his position for all the three goals. Had he stayed in his position, his defense would have put their bodies on the line and could have avoided FC Goa’s second goal. The third goal he should have saved, he got a hand to it but still ball went past him across the goalline.

Decent second Half

In the second half, Chennaiyin started the match brightly. Chennaiyin pressured FC Goa that saw Jeje and Nelson hit the post twice in space of 2 minutes. Soon the pressured faded away and FC Goa was happy to sit back and defend. Chennaiyin had a good possession and controlled the game from the midfield.

Chennaiyin got the goal they want in the 70th minute through Calderon from a free kick. It was the mistake of Kattimani who failed to gather the ball and fumbled across the goaline.

Chennaiyin got the second goal in the 84th min from penalty scored by Raphael Augusto. Raphael was one of the stars of the night.

Where should chennaiyin need improvement?

Chennaiyin FC played worst football in the first half. To be honest, they were playing like a street side football team. There were no soft touch, no ball control and they failed to retreat when FC Goa countered. In-fact, it was the heavy touch from one of Chennaiyin FC player that gifted FC Goa’s first goal from Chennaiyin’s corner.

Karanjit Singh was better in the second half. There were occasional balls played at him which he collected in a decent manner from his position.

Manager John Gregory might be encouraged from his team’s fighting spirit in the second half but Chennaiyin was exposed frequently down the right wings in the first half. The players lacked stamina and energy while chasing the game in the second half. Though Chennaiyin scored two goals, they seemed like they lacked a striker in front of the goals.

The bottom line is when you are so poor and concedes three goal in quick succession that too in first half, there is no chance of comeback.


Was Wigan Athletics’ decision to sack Joyce & appoint Barrows – Justified?


Was the decision by latics to sack Joyce & to appoint his assistant as a interim manager justified?

Wigan Athletic have sacked Warren Joyce less than four months after he was appointed as the manager, with Graham Barrow to take over until the end of the season. Wigan have become the third club to fire their manager in week after Norwich City axed Alex Neil and Derby County dispensed  Steve McClaren.

Fans back David Sharpe

Wigan, lie at 23rd in the standing with the club four points adrift of safety with only nine fixtures remaining. Considering this form, it is justified enough to sack the former Man United manager less than four months in-charge of the club.

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This was a great move by Sharpe and many fans have backed Sharpe in this decision. The appointment of Joyce successor was eagerly awaited by many latics fans. It is expected from the board of management to appoint someone who possess relegation experience to guide the club to safety. But the decision of board to appoint Barrow as the Interim manager till the end of the season, rises eyebrows and question the board’s decision to sack Joyce.

Question of logic?

If the chairman David Sharpe thinks that Warren Joyce cannot save Wigan Athletic from the drop, yes- he made the right decision to sack Joyce. But what makes David Sharpe & the board to think Graham Barrow is the right man to save the latics?


Barrow was working as a assistant coach under Joyce. He was an integral part of coaching team & if Joyce is responsible for what wigan has acheived today, Barrow should also take equal responsiblity. With the sack of Joyce, he was a failure as a assistant coach and by giving him the interim manager, the board have made a mistake.

So sacking Joyce – Justified?

It is very clear that the board have sacked Joyce without having a potential replacement. Now, they pay the price by appointing Graham Barrow till the end of season. This sack will demoralize the team and it can be seen very clearly from what had happened in the game against Aston Villa where Wigan lost 0-2.


Take Wigan’s relegation rival Blackburn Rovers for example. They had a poor run of results under Owen Coyle, the board decides to sack him and they have appointed Tony Mowbray. Since his appointment they have never lost in 7 league games until now & that is what an experienced manager can bring to a team.


So, with the appointment of Barrow, the club had clearly made a mistake. They have appointed Barrow as an interim manager & have assigned him a daunting task of keeping Wigan in the championship. Its a move that will simply have no progress at all. They are going to finish at the same 23rd position. So, I personally consider this sack on Joyce is unfair.  Wigan will be relegated and will play Championship League 1 at the next season.









Review – West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal

At Hawthorns

The Game-Week 29 kicked off at the Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion hosted Arsenal at 12.30 pm on Saturday. The bookmakers and the odds were in favour of Arsenal to win this fixture.


Team Line-ups

Arsenal starting XI


WBA starting XI


1st half Analysis

The match started by Arsenal kick and it was high intense clash with both the teams showing early sign of intent. It was the Baggies who drew the first blood through Dawson’s goal at the 12th min. Dawson rises above a host of Arsenal defenders to head the ball into the back of the net from Chadli’s corner.


It took only 3 minutes for the gunners to respond and it was their in-form star man Alexis Sanchez who level the scoring at the 15th minute. Sanchez receives the ball from the right, cuts inside and powers a volley beyond Foster from 8 yards.


Turning point

The crucial moment of the match came in 35th min when Arsenal goalie Petr Cech complained about a hamstring problem and Arsene Wenger was forced to sub Cech with the club’s 2nd choice goal keeper David Ospina.


The 1st half ended as 1-1 with Dawson & Sanchez sccoring for their respective teams.

2nd Half Analysis

Darren Fletcher restarts the game and they were attacking the Birmingham Road End. Rondon was subbed at 54th min and in came Robson-Kanu. With-in the minutes of stepping into the pitch, Robson-Kanu gave home side the lead. It was David Ospina’s fault that lead to the goal. Ospina failed to collect Chadli’s ball in and Robson-Kanu made the most of it as he scored the goal from 10 yards.


The Arsenal were chasing the game and in came super-sub Giroud for Theo Walcott at the 65th min. Arsenal forward Welbeck came close to level the scoring but the ball was slashed across the crossbar from a gooner corner with Arsenal trailing at 2-1. At the other end of the pitch it was Chadli who looked liike scoring when his shot was blocked on the line by Mustafi. Robson-Kanu tried to hit the ball from rebound, only for Ospina to save the shot.

It was Chadli in 74th min earned the corner for the Baggies and the shot was taken by McClean. It was met by Craig Dawson who scores through a brilliant header to score his 2nd and West Brom’s 3rd goal of the match.


The game was all but over for Arsenal. Although gunners enjoyed 77% of the possession they cannot find a way to break the baggies wall for the 2nd time. The Baggies played positively & defended the ball without any pressure. At the end, it was a deserved victory for Tony pulis & West Brom Albion.


Man of the Match

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What it means for Wenger

For Arsene Wenger the pressure is mounting on him to leave Emirates at the end of the season. Arsenal fans were in a split mood where majority of the fans want Wenger to walk away after the current season is over, while some backed Wenger to stay. Arsenal fans demonstrated a protesting by flying a wenger out banner.


In-response to the #WeengerOut banner, an another banner was flyed out and it was carrying the backing for Arsene Wenger.


Arsene Wenger or Arsenal Wenger?

Over the years, the atmosphere is toxic at Emirates and the fans were protesting against Wenger’s regime. Arsene have done so much for the Arsenal and the Board of Management will leave it to Arsene Wenger to take the final call on his Emirates Career.


The Contenders to replace Karanka at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough and Altior Karanka have parted company by a mutual consent. The struggling Teesside club who lie second-bottom of the Premier League and without a Premier League win in 2017 have confirmed his departure just 72 hours before they face Manchester United on Sunday.


Who will succeed Karanka

With the Assistant Manager Steve Agnew taking over first-team duties against Manchester United on Sunday we will take a look at the contenders for Karanka’s replacement.

Steve Mclaren

Steve Mclaren was sacked by Derby County recently but the timing of Altior Karanka’s sack may come as blessing in disguise for Mclaren. With Middlesbrough languish second bottom of the table, Steve Gibson knows he needs someone like Mclaren who has plenty of experience to steer the club away from relegation. Gibson knows well that it was Mclaren who led Boro to League Cup glory in 2004. Mclaren would love to return to the top flight of English  Football if a chance is given to him

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Nigel Pearson

The other man who looks to give Mclaren a tough run is none other than Nigel Pearson. Pearson was sacked by Derby County after falling out with the owner. Nigel Pearson may have been out of job for months but he is still widely consider as a top manager, the man who changed the Leicester City’s fortunes. Like Mclaren, Pearson have fought many battles in the relegation and his experience might come in handy for owner Steve Gibson to save Middlesbrough.


Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri, the man behind the success of Leicester City being crowned as the Champions of England is a free agent after being sacked at controversial circumstances. Ranieri have worked across Europe’s most elite clubs but has a little experience when it comes to the relegation battles. Although Ranieri had kept Parma in Serie A a decade ago, the football has changed a lot over a decade.


Alan Pardew

The 55 year old Alan Pardew has been out of work since Palace sacked him in December. He is the manager with most experience among all the contenders. He has faced many relegation battles over the years at Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. He has been reportedly eager to get into the management and he is also linked with a vacancy at Norwich.


Steve Agnew

Steve Agnew was Altior Karanka’s assistant coach and he will in-charge of the club on Sunday’s clash against Manchester United. If Middlesbrough can come up with a draw or a win against Manchester United, then Steve Gibson would consider Steve Agnew as a real contender. Will Steve Agnew do a Craig Shakespeare at Leicester? Only time will provide the answer.


Ryan Giggs

Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs was strongly looked as a contender to replace Francesco Guidolin at Swansea but the swans had the other ideas and overlooked him. Whenever there is a managerial vacancy in the top flight, Giggs named will be linked by the bookmakers but he is yet to land a job. Giggs without any managerial experience, this will be a massive gamble if Steve Gibson appoints him to save Middlesbrough.


FA Cup Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United


Chelsea set to take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup Quarter-final. This will be Jose Mourinho’s second visit to Stamford Bridge after his bizarre sacking last october. Jose Mourinho’s first visit at Stamford Bridge ended up in a 4-0 loss and will be eyeing up for an revenge.

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Team News

United will have to do it without inform striker Zlatan ibrahimovic who is set to serve his first of three match ban. United will also be without star strikers Rooney and Martial due to injury while the youngster Marcus Rashford was left behind due to illness.Without many senior forwards, Mourinho is expected to play Fellani at the center Forward with Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata in the nearest supporting role.

Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad and is considering his options open. Chelsea captain John Terry has played in three  prior FA Cup rounds, but the defender’s place against United in not guaranteed.

United’s record at Bridge

United have set a dismal record against their FA Cup opponents. Chelsea have won 11 of their 20 previous meetings at the Bridge in all competitions, losing only two. They have scored a whopping 33 goals and conceded mere 18. There are six different managers who have acheived this feet for chelsea namely Claudio Ranieri (1), Mourinho (4), Avram Grant (1), Carlo Ancelotti (2), Roberto di Matteo (1), Rafa Benitez (1) and Antonio Conte (1) – have scored home victories against United in this period, with Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal often heading back to Old Trafford empty handed.

The last victory for United came under the helm of Sir Alex Ferguson. He halted the Stamford Bridge rut in 2011. Ever since Fergueson’s retirement in 2013, Chelsea have beaten United at home in three out of four subsequent seasons.



Jose Mourinho: It looks like this season that to be phenomenal defensively and good in counterattack is art

Antonio Conte: I have to tell you one thing. Not only here [at Chelsea] but I never, ever train for the counterattack

Predicted Line-ups

Chelsea Starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

Man United Starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Pogba, Herrera, Carrick, mata, Mkhitaryan, Fellani

Head to Head


Start Time

Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 1:15AM on Monday, March 14.

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