Category Archives: Killer Pass

Manchester City Star Still Believes In Title Bid, And So He Should

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany told the Daily Mail that his side will take motivation from their title triumph in 2012. We can all remember the dramatic scenes from two years ago when the red half of Manchester threw away what many saw as an insurmountable lead of the table. City returned to winning ways yesterday with a 3-1 win at home to West Brom and Kompany is right to believe that City can still capture a second crown in three years.

Pressure does strange things to people. It would take a brave man to bet on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea going to Anfield and getting a result. However, on many occasions the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has defied all odds, just like when Chelsea went to the Etihad earlier in the season and claimed an unlikely three points.

Liverpool are firmly in the driving seat and know that glory is on their fingertips. However City and Chelsea will push them all their way.

Should Chelsea win at Anfield on Sunday, the title race would yet take another swing as Manuel Pelligrini’s men would then have the advantage because of their superior goal difference.

The Premier League title is anything but a foregone conclusion. Kompany and the rest of his team still believe they can win it and will know that anything is possible. Expect more twists and turns in the coming weeks.

Sandro Would Be An Effective Addition For Liverpool: Here’s Why

Sandro is fast becoming the forgotten man at White Hart Lane this season – much like Emmanuel Adebayor was in the first half of the campaign. However, the 25-year-old decided to publicise his recent absence from the squad on social network site Twitter at the weekend which left his manager Tim Sherwood admitting: “Sandro is not good enough for my squad at the moment.”

According to Football Direct News, Liverpool are preparing a bid for the midfielder.

Here is how Sandro would fit into Brendan Rodger’s side. Steven Gerrard has found a new lease of life in the holding midfielder role, but both he and Sandro have different qualities. Therefore, this would make them an ideal partnership in supporting the attacking wealth currently on view at Anfield.

Sandro would join fellow Brazilian Lucas Leiva as one of two combative midfielders for the current league leaders. They both break up play and keep their play simple in order to retain possession.

Neither player is able to step in and fill the boots of captain Gerrard. The Liverpool skipper has an incredible passing range and he will be forever seen as his side’s inspiration whilst he is on the playing books at Anfield.

The red half of Merseyside will be looking to add further quality to their squad following what has been a sensational campaign. Sandro has proven Premier League quality and I can see him adding invaluable steel and power to the Liverpool midfield.

Tottenham MUST Keep Hold Of Eriksen – Here’s Why

Tottenham Hotspur must keep hold of Christian Eriksen as Tottenham continue to keep their distant dream of finishing in the top four alive. The 22-year-old has been one of the few signings made in the summer that has gone on to have an excellent debut campaign at White Hart Lane.

The Dutch international has risen to further prominence in April with a string of fine performances which included a man of the match performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Fulham.

Eriksen is the type of player that Tim Sherwood needs to build his team around. He is still young and yet plays with maturity beyond his years.

He appears to be able to lift his game when others are struggling and he has single-handedly turned games on their head this season.

According to his manager, Eriksen has a tremendous work ethic and this will help set an example for others to follow.

Last season’s superstar Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid last summer and Spurs must ensure Eriksen remains in the white shirts of Tottenham next season. Spurs are not going to be short of offers for the attacking midfielder and will no doubt be offered sums of money much higher than the £11.5m that they paid Ajax.

It is imperative that Spurs resist these bids and then rebuild for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

Pellegrini Right To Select Kompany Despite Liverpool Defeat

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Sky Sports that he has no regrets about starting Vincent Kompany at Liverpool on Sunday. The City and Belgium captain played the full ninety minutes despite suffering with a knee injury he had picked up in training.

Kompany is without a doubt one of the most consistent and strongest centre-backs in the top flight, but he had an afternoon to forget on Sunday as the 28-year-old was seen to be at fault for all three of the home side’s goals.

However I back up Pellegrini’s decision to select his captain in the heart of defence. This is the one area where City have struggled this season and Kompany is normally the one man you can rely on to produce a performance when it is most needed.

Barcelona had a similar conundrum last season when they played a visibly unfit Lionel Messi in the first-leg of their Champions League clash with eventual winners Bayern Munich. This also backfired.

If Pellegrini hadn’t of picked Kompany, then many questions would have been raised and many answers sought after. It really is a no-win situation for a manager when one of their star players is not fully fit ahead of a key clash.

It is vital the former Malaga boss invests in another top-class centre-half ahead of next season. Then he can turn a no-win scenario into a win-win situation.

Liverpool: Gerrard Correct To Big Up Noriwch Threat Ahead Of Biggest Tie Of Season

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard once again exemplified his superb leadership with an emotional rallying cry to his team-mates after Sunday’s dramatic victory over title rivals Manchester City. The 33-year-old has told the rest of his team that they must treat their forthcoming trip to Norwich like the 2005 Champions League final in Instanbul.

Rightfully, many saw last Sunday’s victory at Anfield as Liverpool’s biggest statement of intent to date. However in my eyes, the trip to Carrow Road is going to be equally, if not more difficult than taking on the riches of Manchester City.

Norwich are fighting for their lives down at the bottom and will be buoyed on by a capacity crowd, for what will be caretaker manager Neil Adam’s first home game in charge.

On paper the result is a foregone conclusion, but we know how unpredictable the Barclays Premier League is. Who could forget the memorable 2011-2012 season when Manchester United threw away an eight-point lead. This included a shock defeat at Wigan Athletic, who at the time were faced with the dreaded drop to the Championship.

Gerrard knows time is running out on what has been a magnificent career for the midfield maestro, so this is most likely going to be his greatest opportunity at lifting the Premier League trophy. He and the rest of Liverpool will be hoping on Sunday that they do not suffer from a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show.

Why The FA Cup Is More Important To Arsenal Than Qualifying For The Champions League

Another substandard display by Arsenal somehow saw them overcome last year’s FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic, who once again performed admirably when all odds were stacked against them.

The outpour of relief was evident amongst the Arsenal players once Santi Cazorla had converted the winning penalty. You would have thought the Gunners had lifted the trophy such was the exuberance of their celebrations, but this only emphasised the length of time that has elapsed since Arsene Wenger’s side last won a piece of silverware.

Wenger claims that winning the FA Cup this season is more important than finishing in the top four and it would be argue to against this statement. Make no mistake, it will not be easy for the Gunners to defeat Hull, but Arsenal now have an incredible opportunity to bring long awaited success back to the club.

This has to take priority.

The year of 2005 was when Arsenal last won a trophy and their annual collapse in the title race has heightened frustration amongst the fans, who will surely cherish a memorable day out at Wembley over a 17th consecutive appearance in Europe’s top competition.

I am sure you will agree that the latter are remarkable figures by anybody’s standards, but deep down Wenger must know his squad is still not good enough to go all the way in Europe. He needs to concentrate on ensuring the trophy cabinet at the Emirates can once again be opened and further honours added to the club’s illustrious history. Consistency receives the plaudits, but it is winners that take the prizes.

Manchester United MUST Give Ferdinand Another Season At Old Trafford – Here’s Why

The future of Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United still remains a mystery, with the 35-year-old stating that he wants to continue “living the dream” at Old Trafford. Like the rest of his team, Ferdinand has struggled for consistency and has looked well out of his depth in the big games this season. 

Now I am not one for being sentimental, but I think Ferdinand is deserving of another season with the most successful Premier League club in history. 

I have not based this opinion on the dedication and success that the former England star has given to United for what is fast approaching 12 years.

Ferdinand’s experience and leadership could be a vital asset in the next campaign for a squad which at the moment is severely lacking individuals who can inspire others. 

I believe Ferdinand’s days of competing with the cream of Europe and the very best in the Premier League are behind him. However he would still be an excellent squad acquisition and somebody who the younger defenders can approach for advice to help develop their game.

At their peak Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic formed an almost unbreakable partnership which helped lead to a record-breaking run of 14 consecutive clean sheets in Premier League matches. Offloading both of these players in the summer could come back to haunt David Moyes.

Forget Ben Foster: This Is The Goalkeeper Tottenham Need To Be Chasing

The Premier League is blessed with an array of outstanding goalkeepers. Current Tottenham Hotspur number one Hugo Lloris is one of those individuals who can stake claim to being one of the finest in England’s top division.

The 27-year-old may have been on the receiving end of some horrific scorelines this season, but the majority of these have been down to the abysmal defending in front of him, as opposed to unforgivable mistakes by the Spurs number 1.

According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs are reportedly resigned to losing the Frenchman to Paris St-Germain in the summer, with West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster set to be lined up as his replacement.

However I think the White Hart Lane outfit would be better off pursuing the signature of Cardiff City shot-stopper David Marshall, who has been a sensation this season. The 29-year-old has made an incredible 139 saves this season which is more than any other keeper in the Premier League.

The Bluebirds would be well adrift at the foot of the table if it wasn’t for Marshall and the Scottish international will be in high demand should his efforts to keep Cardiff up prove to be in vain.

Marshall has proved he is of the necessary class to perform week in, week out at the top level. Granted he will be far less busy in between the sticks for Tottenham, but Marshall has proved he has the mental capacity to focus until the end.

This was evident late on in Saturday’s 0-1 win at St Mary’s when he made two stunning saves to ensure his side returned to the Welsh capital with maximum points.