Beckham comes face to face with his spiritual descendents

February 13, 2010

“The last time José Mourinho went to watch Chelsea, he noticed something curious. Though he had been sacked as coach in 2007, hardly anything had changed in his absence. ‘Even the warm-up is the warm-up they did in our time,’ he remarked. He still knew almost all the players. This was still his Chelsea. The Champions League this month will provide us with two reunions: Mourinho and his new club Inter Milan will meet Chelsea, while David Beckham and AC Milan play Beckham’s old team Manchester United.” (FI – Simon Kuper)

To the Playoffs via the Posh?

February 13, 2010

“Hello all, and my apologies for a quiet week. Work commitments took over in the last few days before half-term, unfortunately, leaving your writer a broken husk, a shadow of his former self as he staggered home to Smog Towers each evening. Not that I failed to celebrate our win over Barnsley in midweek. Hardly a classic, but the first half really was excellent, appearing to enforce all the hard working ethic and pressing play that Gordon is trying to instil. A goal from Chris Killen too!” (Smog Blog)

England manager Fabio Capello worries over Wayne Rooney’s huge burden

February 13, 2010

“The subject was Wayne Rooney. ‘Please, rest him sometimes,’ the England manager said to his Manchester United counterpart. ‘He plays every game. I need him more fresh to play in the World Cup.’ Capello’s request carried heightened poignancy after the depressing bulletin from Chelsea earlier on Thursday about Ashley Cole’s injury.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)

AC Milan 3-2 Udinese – Recap and Video Highlights – Italian Serie A – Friday, February 12, 2010

February 13, 2010

“AC Milan hosted Udinese on Friday, February 12, 2010 in the Italian Serie A with a chance to close the gap on leaders Inter Milan (Internazionale). Inter Milan led by eight points before the match but a win from AC Milan would move that down to five. Udinese is just above the relegation zone and in need of points to ensure they stay up in the Serie A. AC Milan 3-2 Udinese – Video Highlights” (The 90th Minute)


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