Summer break to decide Torres’ future with Chelsea

Chelsea_fernando_torresThe immediate future of Spaniard Fernando Torres will be decided by the summer as to whether he will remain at Stamford bridge or move on.

Torres broke the jinx of goal drought since joining Chelsea after transfering from Liverpool and he is back with the bang that made Chelsea pay so much for his signature as he was made the most expensive player ever transfered from one English club to another English club.

Di Matteo promised after taking over from former sacked coach Villas-Boas,to stand by the Spaniard and give him whatever support he would be needing as a launching pad to regain his former form for he believes that Torres can still bounce back.

By this, Torres has so far started four in seven Blues’matches under the tutelage of Di Matteo since playing second shot to Ivorien Didier Drogba who has always been the top man for AVB.

Torres completely lacked confidence during the reign of AVB as he went 24 hours of football without a goal and as it is right now, the Spaniard might not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if his recent form continues.

It could be said from the angle of the players that AVB never gave Fernando Torres a fair chance to bring his game to fore so does Kalou’s situation too, where due to him not signing a new contract,he always was not picked for action but for Di Matteo’s emergence as a temp coach for the club their faiths were restored.

English Premier League most challenging in World Football- Santos

channels_television-arsenal_andre_santosAndre Santos; the Arsenal defender who just returned from the injury table of the Gunners stated his belief that the English Premier League is the best in the World so far and he is also glad that his level of adaption to playing in the league has been amazing.

Signed from Turkish club Fernerbahce August 2011,Santo who is 29 years old has made his presence felt dynamically on the left flank of the club.

After three months hiatus,the Brazillain fullback launched himself back on the pitch in Arsenal’s 3-nil victory against Aston Villa as a substitute.

Santos has been out of action due a broken foot sustained three months ago in the UEFA Chapions Leaguetie against Olympiakos, although it is almost certain that he would be ending a trophyless season with Arsenal but the young lad has made a point of service to elevate the success of Arsenal time to come.

Santos expressed his joy at his acceptance by Gunners fans and club staffs as it made him relax and adapt quickly.

Santos revealed he had been inspired by the messages of support during his time on the sidelines, after being injured in the Champions League group game away to Olympiakos.

Saha warns Arsenal on title run

Tottenham Hotspurs’ famous man Louis Saha blew loud horns over table positioning in the English Premier league stating in clear terms that Arsenal should be careful as Tottenham can still knock off the Gunners to third place on the EPL table.

This came after Tottenham Hotspurs slided into the FA cup semi-final, setting up Chelsea as their opponent as they walloped Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham has not been impressive for a while as it just got a second win in their last eight games,whle Arsenal has clinched unto their third place position with a seven-match winning run which Saha said he is very sure Spurs can make a change and overtake their neighbours.

Saha scored the final goal which sealed the victory for Tottenham Hotspurs against Bolton saying in football, things can happen quickly as he believes that Hotspurs can equal what Arsenal has in a bit.

Although,Saha admitted that the club has been at optimal performance which is responsible for their sharp drop during the past weeks but the club is making progress in terms of performance believing that interms of experince they have got good players like Vander Vaart,Adebayor and Gallas.

Wolves’ Coach Terry Connor hails team spirit

Wolves Coach;Terry ConnorCoach Terry Connor is upbeat concerning his palyers attitude and fighting spirit as they struggle to be above the waters of relegation from the English Premier League.

Presently,Connor’s Wolves are at the bottom of the table as the club is fighting hard to notch up four points so as to be safe from relegation after winning just one game in their last 10 matches.

As Wolves meet Bolton who are also not far away from being relegated on Saturday in a must win-game at Molineux,Connor assured that the attitude his players are carrying has shown that they are hungry to earn victory begining with Saturday’s game.

Connor said all 20 players he has in his kitty to choose from are all fired up as they report for training on time, eager to play and those returning from injuries want to prove that they are worthy of making a change to the squad’s recent performance.

The coach however promised that amidst the trove of players he has who are all willing to play against Bolton come Saturday he would be working really hard to make the best selection to come up against Bolton and score victory against them at Molineux.

Connor could have his options boosted this weekend with Karl Henry, Dave Davis and Stephen Hunt back in training, while Michael Kightly has shaken off the knock which forced him off against Norwich during the 2-1 defeat on Saturday.

Student jailed for inciting racial hatred against Fabrice Muamba

A student who mocked footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after the Bolton Wanderers midfielder collapsed during a match was jailed on Tuesday for inciting racial hatred.

Liam Stacey, 21, provoked revulsion with comments made while the Bolton Wanderers star still lay on the pitch.

The 23-year-old midfielder was left fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on March 17.

Fans in the stadium and those viewing on live television watched in horror as Muamba fell to the ground during the quarter-final clash that was abandoned.

Police were inundated with complaints as members of the public, former soccer player Stan Collymore among them, reported the student’s comments.

Stacey, a Swansea University third-year biology undergraduate, was quickly tracked down and arrested.

Last week he admitted inciting racial hatred when he appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court and on Tuesday he was jailed for 56 days at the same court, the Press Association reported.

The first of Stacey’s messages began with “LOL (laugh out loud) and said Muamba had died.

Several people took him to task for his views and he responded with a string of offensive comments aimed at other Twitter users.

Muamba remains in intensive care in hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Stacey broke down as he was taken away in handcuffs to a holding cell beneath the court.

District Judge John Charles told him: “In my view there is no alternative to an immediate prison sentence.”

The court heard that, when arrested, Stacey admitted his guilt and said he had been drunk at the time.

On the day in question, he had been out watching Wales’s rugby grand slam victory and had drunk up to eight pints of beer.

Gareth Jones, defending, said Stacey was completely ashamed of his behaviour.

“On the night in question his comments were vile – he admits that,” Jones said.

Stacey has ambitions to become a forensic scientist.

That was now very unlikely, Jones said, and he would “pay dearly for the rest of his life” for what he had done.

 

Rooney strike sends United to top of the table

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Wayne Rooney kept Manchester United on course for a record 20th title after hitting the winner in a 1-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday.

Rooney’s 21st top-flight goal of the season, which arrived towards the end of the first half, proved enough to see off spirited mid-table opposition.

The result sent Sir Alex Ferguson’s side,who have won their last six league games, three points clear of neighbours Manchester City at the top of the table with eight games remaining.

It was far from vintage United, but with their next four games against teams in the bottom six, it is difficult to see where United are going to slip up.

Having destroyed struggling Wolves 5-0 in their last outing, United were hoping Fulham would prove equally obliging opponents with the league delicately poised.

The London visitors were looking to avoid a ninth straight Old Trafford defeat, while Fulham’s failure to score a goal at the venue in seven hours of action also filled United with belief they could use this fixture to improve their goal difference.

Fulham spent the opening exchanges penned inside their own half.

But this was a night for patience as United struggled to impose themselves until Rooney struck three minutes before the interval.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs headed an early chance straight at keeper Mark Schwarzer while Patrice Evra proved an unlikely goal threat in the 32nd minute with an overhead kick which flashed narrowly wide.

Rafael Da Silva spurned another chance when he shot straight at Schwarzer following good work by the impressive Antonio Valencia.

But the ruthless finishing which was so evident eight days earlier at Molineux was missing as Fulham created just as many chances as United before the interval.

Not for the first time this season, Clint Dempsey was his team’s main goal threat.

The United States international twice tested David De Gea in the space of a few minutes, his second effort a lovely attempted curler from the edge of the area which had United’s Spanish keeper diving at full stretch to claw away.

Moussa Dembele also proved a handful but the Belgian lacked composure to hurt United.

Yet just when Fulham thought they had survived the opening half without damage, Rooney pounced from close range after Jonny Evans had teed-up the striker from Ashley Young’s 42nd minute cross following a mistake by John Arne-Riise.

The sighs of relief could be heard all around the ground.

United, who meet City in what could be a winner-take-all game on April 30, dominated possession after the interval but were unable to add to their tally.

Schwarzer was forced into action when Giggs played the ball over the top for Valencia, who seemed likely to score, but his shot was straight at the Australian international.

With 15 minutes remaining, United spurned a glorious chance to double their advantage.

Schwarzer, who had an excellent game, twice denied Young before Giggs had a goal-bound effort blocked by Brede Hangeland.

United survived a scare in the 89th minute when Fulham substitute Danny Murphy went crashing inside the penalty area following a Michael Carrick challenge.

But referee Michael Oliver waved away Fulham’s appeals for a penalty as United hung on for their ninth win in 10 league games.