April 8, 2020

Old friends, new foes

February 20, 2020
Lampard
Frank Lampard has revealed what Jose Mourinho said to him before penalties

This weekend could be termed a reunion weekend in the premiership. Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho leads his Spurs players back to Stamford Bridge where he used to be a demigod.

Mourinho was sacked twice at Chelsea, but the fans still adored him. Although this relationship soured when Jose, then Manchester United’s manager said the Old Trafford crowd was the best set of fans he has ever worked with.

This angered a big section of Chelsea faithfuls and Mourinho was nicknamed “Judas”, because they saw his statement as a betrayal.

When both sides met earlier this season, Chelsea, now led by a Mourinho protege, Frank Lampard, ran away winners.
This time though, the momentum seems to be on Spurs’ side. While Chelsea suffered a controversial and confidence-denting home loss to Manchester United on Monday, Spurs had a confidence-boosting win over hard fighting Aston Villa away.

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However, with injuries keeping Harry Kane and Son out of this match up, Spurs may find it difficult to score goals against Chelsea. This will be a boost for Lampard because as shown in the game against Manchester United, his defence is very dodgy.

One point separates both sides, a draw will be okay for Chelsea but a win will be even better, as it will create a four-point breathing space for them.

Manchester United hosts Watford in a game that will likely reunite Odion Ighalo with his former teammates.
Ighalo had a great time at Watford and his partnership with club captain, Troy Deeney terrorised defenders during his time there.

Now, Odion will be facing his old friends and will be hoping to do damage to them.

United have struggled against the smaller clubs this season because they lack creativity in attack. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that was why he bought Bruno Fernandes to use his skills to break down stubborn defences. Sunday will determine whether this will work against Watford.

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Mikel Arteta was an Everton legend before he moved to Arsenal as a player.

He was the North London’s captain but he never stopped loving Everton.

And from the way Everton fans talk about him, it seems the feeling is mutual. Now, he is Arsenal’s manager and he welcomes his old friends to his new home at the Emirates.

The first game between both sides this season ended in a boring draw. Arteta was already Arsenal’s manager but he watched the game from the stands. This time around, he will be fully in charge.

A weekend of reunion, happy for some, sad for others.

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