Archive for February, 2012

Manchester City playmaker David Silva who turned 26 this January have taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival from Valencia eighteen months ago. David Silva has received praise from all quarters this season for his performances and rightly so. He has illuminated up the English Premier League with his passing ability which has left many defences flabbergasted.

Such has been his cult status with the premier league leaders at the Ethiad stadium that it comes hardly as a surprise to discover that a t-shirt bearing the slogan that simply reads “Keep calm and give it to Silva” is a best seller. For Manchester City fans as long as David Silva is on the pitch, its impossible to put the ‘The noisy neighbours’ on the back foot.

David Silva has definitely been a better passer as compared any other player in the league. For the sake of stats David Silva has completed a staggering 939 passes with an accuracy of 85%.Shooting accuracy for Silva has been 58%.Tackle success of 65% making astounding number of interceptions so far this season.

He has been a inverted forward who is more of a wing playmaker. He looks to cut inside and thread passes, but is also prone to hitting the by-line to deliver a cross. Lately has transformed himself into increasingly prone to moving into central positions from out wide.Not to forget that this is only his second season in England, a tempting thought for Man City fans must be that there is more to come.

But despite his scintillating performances for his club so far, he has been a victim of his national team’s almost unenviable layout of talent .Lack of a regular starting berth has frustrated him a lot. It is this confusion which looms in the minds of every other fan at the Ethiad stadium, why their little genius isn’t receiving the recognition from his country that he undoubtedly deserves.

Considering the current standing a premier league medal is very much in the hands of David Silva, which would certainly lead to more caps for the national side on his head. As far as Premier league is concerned, he is an integral part of Roberto Manchini’s plan to build up a dynasty of immortals.

Be it the tactically doctored Serie A, combinative ability and  shear nidus of the bundesliga and great possession of flamboyance by the La Liga, but it is the intense rage and furiousness characterized by the English Premier League that makes it the ‘Best league in the world’ .

EPL has a style of football where the stride is galvanic and the teams go at it like ‘ghost and hell dust’. Apart from illustrating a excellent example of football, it is also a mountain money producing beast attracting billion of viewers and companies around the four corners of the world. The revenue derived from the EPL is the highest in any football league only to be surpassed by the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Any team hence the league as a whole as three sources of revenue, merchandise, match day tickets. It has been a criticism that the more money the worse it will get. That simply is not true. In fact the reverse has been the case. There won’t be a single football spectator anywhere who hasn’t watched a minute of an EPL match.

It is pretty hard to call any league competitive where one or two teams can rake in excess of 90 points. The almost certainty of the score line, total points dropped, huge goal margins by some clubs and the outrageous score line between the top teams in the various leagues doesn’t indicate any form of competition.

And then we have EPL where every single goal changes the status of the match, which is a remarkable episode of action.

EPL often introduced as ‘the greatest show in the world’, it is broadcasted to over 600 million viewers worldwide across 211countries much more than any league. The media tending the premiership receives is unbelievable. The media have a bent for blowing things out of proportion, twist any issue and exaggerate its implication even though with a bad taste which has been a key ingredient in the success of the EPL.

A major factor in the success of a league has been in terms of European performance in last couple of decades. Taking into consideration UEFA club coefficient , according to which Manchester United ,Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in top 6 over the last decade. Association coefficient designed by Uefa serves the purpose of establishing which leagues representative to European competitions has been better on a collective level and also the club coefficient which aims to ascertain the best club side in European competitions. It is here where premier league wins in terms of intensity and rhythm.

There really isn’t any ultimate answer and neither should there be ‘The Best League’, but if there is one that comes close then it should without a doubt be the English Premier League.

With only 2 losses and leading by 7 points against their bitter rivals Barcelona ; 2011-12 is turning out Mourinho’s breakthrough season as Los Blancos manager.The Castilian lead is now commanding and, at the rate ‘those’ clubs drop points, almost unassailable.

But along this smooth sail ,an unsuspected question has risen

What does the future hold for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho?
If it is to be believed, answer to this is :’Jose Mourinho is done At Real Madrid’!

The news floated during the same week Barcelona eliminated Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey, the latest in the seemingly endless series of classicos.The cries of the fed up Real Madrid fans asking for a change from the negative tactics often deployed by Mourinho against Barcelona which most of time results in team losing to Catalans also have drastically risen ultimate pinnacle.

There is a real hypothesis that we will see Jose Mourinho pacing the touch-line and celebrating a goal by sliding on his knees in the technical area of a Premier League club next season and not the Bernabeu.So what all major options self-acclaimed ‘Special One’  Jose Mourinho have in the English premier league.

  A Chelsea return: Mourinho, It was him leading the Blues to back-to-back titles in the last decade and could be set for a second stint at Stamford Bridge.He still loves this club and is still loved by the fans.Meanwhile Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea boss is already under pressure at Chelsea, as the club are fourth in the Premier League ladder and 12 points behind Manchester City and United.

Rumours of Mourinho making a comeback to premier league has turned on the heat on AVB, fireball formation won’t take much time with Roman Abramovich on bridgehead.

Mourinho with Gunners : There are rumors in Madrid and London that Real Madrid want Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to replace Mourinho at the Bernabeu.That would leave an opening at the Emirates. Is this swap possible?

A Grand Old Trafford entrance :Mourinho has always shown a great desire to manage the worlds most famous club. But this is only possible if Sir Alex Ferguson chooses to step aside for the ‘Special One‘.

It would appear that the chances of Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down this summer are very limited, since the Scot announced last year that he could see himself remaining in his Old Trafford post for another three years.

On the other side of the pitch ,maybe Mourinho is the man to manage the club(Los Blancos) over an extended period and it would only make sense considering his track record and the amount of money that they invested in the current squad that he wanted tacked together.Time will tell regarding the fate of Real Madrid’s much malefic coach, yet one thing is for certain – Mourinho vs. the world is far from over. This “Special” experiment may show results this summer.

Gary Cahill Exclusive Interview Gary Cahill spoke exclusively to Chelsea TV since signing for the Blues.

Cahill has finally made the move to a bigger and successful club. After years of supposition Gary Cahill has moved on from Bolton, to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around £7million. The fee is nowhere  comparing to the numbers being touted in the gossip columns in the summer. Number of reports suggested clubs seriously considered paying fees of around £20million for the 26 year old.He already have a better  understanding with Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole on the international stage.