As predicted, Ruud is getting his comeuppance and, also following that post and the associated commentary, Football365 has a round-up of the varied press on the Biggest Game of The Season So Far. In response to the commenter who complained that Arsenal had been doing so well because “premiership teams oil themselves up and bend over the table” for them, I have to cite the example of “my” team of mid-table mediocrities, Aston Villa, who piled in and scored a cheeky early goal against them on their own ground just a week ago. They still stuffed us.
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Well, I came away thinking that Utd are two good midfielders short of being well-nigh unbeatable themselves. Someone to replace Roy Keane; someone to replace Scholes in due time. The forward line is good for the next half decade, likewise, suddenly, the defence. And it was the quality of the defence that stopped Arsenal.
Aston Villa – same players, new manager, whole new story. I’m kind of relieved that O’Leary has proved to be the real goods and that Leeds was no one-off. Hendrie for England, anyone?
I classify that as a self-oiling: there is a ‘way’ to play against Arsenal [re: Man United, Bolton, Any Number Of Mediocre European Sides] and that is to be solid from the outset, defend resolutely, focus on nullifying Henry and catching them on the break. That is not what Villa did, early goal or otherwise. Trying to go balls-out attack is akin to footballing hari-kari, analagous to turning up at Infernos in Clapham at 2am wearing a mini-jupe and a tight pink “l’Hip Hop c’est Cool!” crop-top and wondering why, in spite of getting the first kick in, a trip to Charing Cross Hospital is in order.
Christiano Ronaldo showed his cynicism towards the beautiful game with his little wink having provoked Rooney. It was no surprise. His legs give way week in week out as if shot by a machine gunner in the English league. Many, many people now believe Ronaldo is a cheat. Many believe there is no other word for it. That’s fair enough, he is welcome to allegedly cheat in his own league, but he sucks cash out of English fans at the same time. It would be great to have fewer cheats in British football. Maximum 2 foreign players per team in the Premiership, as advocated by Sepp Blatter. Cheating should not be acceptable in Britain. If we let it be acceptable, we will raise a generation with different values from our own,
If we take the money out of British football, it will be less attractive to people like Ronaldo.
Untill people stop paying stupid prices for football tickets etc you will always see money grabbing players in football. Where is the fun and sportsmanship? Is Christiano Ronaldo a sportsman? no – he would not have done that to a team mate, he would have stayed away or tried to calm down the situation. Intead he shown his true colors by “winking” as rooney got sent off .. as to say “mission complete!”. FIFA should look into banning players who show signs of “cheating” or “badsportsmanship”. Why? well I pay good money to see a sport and not fake fouls ( falling over a blade of grass ) It happens to often.
So is Ronaldo a good footballer? well actually no as a good footballer is also a good sportsman …. like Owen.
Why should drastic action be taken? easy answer to that. Its football not a drama. Come on man U dont sell him keep him until his 4 year contract is up, but dont play him. Then flog him to a totally rubbish footie team and let the little boy cry!. Its all he deserves for bad sportsmanship