‘Ifreke Inyang: Mourinho: Of Betrayal and the Last Supper – the man many see as Jesus Christ 

To many, Jose Mourinho is the modern-day Jesus Christ. An instant miracle worker. Good luck convincing Porto fans, who saw their own lift the Champions League in the 2003/2004 campaign. I dare you to argue with Chelsea fans, who celebrated back-to-back Premier League titles after he arrived. Heck, he even resurrected Inter Milan. They won an unpredecented Treble with 'dead bones'. It...

‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from the Champions League Round of 16 draws

The 16 teams left in the Champions League, have been drawn against each other. There are a few must-see clashes in February/March 2016 and a  few other 'walk-overs'. But what are the five things we learnt after Monday's draws in Nyon? 1. Same ol, same ol Ugh. Doesn't it get too boring for even UEFA. Everybody and their pet knew that Arsenal would...

José Mourinho’s 2015/16: A rival fan view

I’m a really big fan of comedy, especially stand-up. I think there is something really admirable about being able to stand in front of a crowd, talk about stuff and make people laugh. Rather than the money, many comedians thrive off the instant gratification of their listeners' laughter. I routinely listen to and watch albums and specials of the...

SLAKE’S SOLILOQUY: JOSE MOURINHO HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE GIVEN TIME

"If they sack me, they will be sacking the best manager they have ever had…” When Jose Mourinho said these words a few weeks back after another Chelsea defeat, some people felt he was clutching at straws and playing games to try to save his job. That is probably true. What is also true is that he is probably right...

‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Liverpool

The Klopp is running out for Mourinho How much time does Mourinho really have to turn things around at Chelsea? The board came out and publicly backed him - an unprecedented move. There were signs that the team were improving, but losing the last three matches is something to ponder on. One wonders if he will be in the...

Why Arsenal fans should be optimistic about this season.

Football is back folks! Enough of all the half wavering interest in what Lewis Hamilton does on the race tracks and how Serena Williams gets along on the court, the sport that has us all captivated is back! The season ahead is one of epic proportions everywhere in the football hemisphere. In Spain, the biggest club in World football is...

Who are the contenders for the Premier League this season?

With the BPL 2015/2016 season having kicked off with plenty banter and excitement and surprises, we’ll take a quick look at the expected title challengers and the likely order the top four will be come May, 2016. Chelsea After their procession to the title last season, the blues will now look to defend their crown. With José Mourinho at the helm,...

Robert Lewandowski: Making a Case for the Traditional Number 9

If you look across football today, there is something that strikes you immediately! The alarming shortage of top class strikers. At the moment, even world champions Germany start matches without an out and out striker. Five time World champions Brazil have no number nine. Last summer, top clubs around Europe were scrambling for strikers. Manchester United played games early...

‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things to look out for as EPL returns this weekend

Flying without Ings What a welcome Jurgen Klopp has received. But that will count for nothing, if he does not get a positive result at Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday. Already, the former Dortmund boss has to deal with a double injury blow, as Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are both out for the season. Roberto Firmino,...

Slake’s Soliloquy: Second Season Syndrome

Is there anybody that thinks the second season syndrome is a myth? I am not one of them. I don’t exactly think it is real either. I just feel it is one of those things in football. It just happens. It’s like a curse that can hit any player in the wake of an impressive first season. We have...