...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?
A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...
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To Ross LFC Edinburgh,
* I'm sure your a sound bloke and I'd be happy to buy you a beer *
It's you're FFS.
Just wanted to say well played to Ross LFC for his third last paragraph.
To the editor, how many grammar-related emails did you receive about it? My guess is over 20.
Arsene's Getting A Raw Deal
Is it just me that feels that Arsene is getting a bit of a raw deal for this season? Personally I think that having had Ramsey, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil and Wilshere all out for reasonable lengths of time at various points in the season, to finish (assuming all teams at the top win their remaining games) 7 points off the top, having been leading in February, and with a points total that would have given them a top 3 finish in each of the past 4 years, he's done relatively well.
I understand the argument to strengthen, but I can't think of another team in Europe who have had to cope without pretty much all of their first choice midfield at various stages throughout the season. To get reasonable quality replacements would have cost a pretty penny; money which, had they not had the injury crisis they've had, would quite rightly have been derided as wasteful.
Arsenal have a fairly strong defensive unit, and (when fit) a fairly strong midfield. With a decent replacement/support for Giroud, Arsenal could do very well next year. Let's not forget that they put in a bid for Suarez which by all accounts should have been accepted given it met his release clause, and this was at the point where Suarez was a good player, but not stand-out the best in the league. Arsene clearly still has an eye for a good striker, as his track record shows, and if I were an Arsenal supporter I would be looking forward hopefully to next season, given what has been seen in this one.
Mourinho Must Be Stopped
Let me start this mail by insisting that I am in no way being facetious. This is just the thoughts of a concerned citizen.
Mourinho must be stopped. His tactics, the shameless gamesmanship he instills in his team, the time wasting and perhaps worst of all - almost winning another champions league for Chelsea.
I can't be the only one who avoids Chelsea matches, they're more monotonous than anything I can think of and it's all because of Jose's "winning is everything, nothing else matters" approach. It must not be allowed to catch on with younger coaches (such as Rodgers, who people were saying should learn from Mourinho after that Chelsea result at Anfield), as we could see football completely lose it's entertainment value, and this is why Mourinho MUST be stopped.
Football is entertaining and as a result it is a huge part of our lives. It's evolving every year into something even more beautiful. It makes us happy when the best sport in the world is played in a beautiful way. If young managers start to join the cult of Mourinho and embrace his philosophy, less people will want to watch the live spectacle, less people will buy TV subscriptions and football will go backwards. If football goes backwards society will crumble. Mourinho is genuinely overseeing the downfall of humanity with his negativity in a beautiful sport.
When an advanced alien race discovers earth, they will find reclusive cave dwellers weeping in front of their TVs, screaming "WHY HAS FOOTBALL BECOME SO S**T". At that point the aliens will fly off in their spaceships faster than you can say how great a 0-0 draw away from home in europe is. They won't share their secrets of the universe and the meaning of life and the human race will be left to wither and die...but I digress.
The booing of Mourinho on Sunday was an excellent start, but we must do more. Mourinho must be stopped, because the alternative doesn't bear thinking about (although I kind of did).
I was at Goodison Park on Saturday, cheering my team on. Yes, we had an occasional laugh about Stevie Me La "not letting it slip", but the crowd was still pretty good and not wholly focused on our rivals as you've suggested.
CL chance was gone (not mathematically, but Arsenal not getting a point from their 2 fixtures was never going to happen), 5th was secured thanks to Spurs and Utds earlier results. It was nothing but an end of season game. We still tried to win, and we were the better team. Scoring twice and having Hart make two fantastic saves proves this. Plus City are, you know, a bit good.
Admittedly, there were no doubt some with opinions regarding "handing" the title to Liverpool, but it's a 38 game season, not 2. Look at the crowds reaction to Barkley's goal. There's no doubting what the vast majority of home fans were wanting. We dislike Mancs almost as much as your lot.
...Rory, Cork - to put it politely.. F*** off. I was in the lower gwladys Saturday and nobody sung Gerrard songs,clapped city scoring or did anything bar support everton. We knew before kickoff 5th was secured and relied on arsenal not getting a point out of two more games. Pretty sure we lost 3-2 not 5-0.pretty sure Joe Hart made two outstanding saves and we roared Everton on to the end.
Tv clappers like you lap up the bull spouted by a disgraceful Martin Tyler as if it's gospel.
The only embarrassment here is you and your bitterness.
Ian (don't let facts get in the way of propaganda) Cardiff
...Last week it was all handshakes and giggles between Liverpool and Everton fans as the red half gushingly praised Martinez for his brilliant Hillsborough speech and warmly wished Everton well in their obviouly burnt-out quest for 4th place. "It'd be wonderful to have 2 Merseyside teams in the CL!" they proclaimed, "Sincerely good luck for the rest of the season, hope you can get a result on Saturday!". Ahh, peace on Earth.
But uh-oh, what's this? Man City beat Everton at home and suddenly it all turns nasty.
I've seen a lot of remarks from hilariously bitter Liverpool fans on various internet outlets like those from Rory, Cork about Everton fans and their support (or supposed lack of) against Man City on Saturday The word 'disgrace' has been thrown around quite a lot, as has 'ashamed' (as in, of themselves) and, best of all, any 'true' Evertonians would want Liverpool to win the League on the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough if they had anything about them.
It would be sad if it wasn't so bloody hilarious. Their sense of entitlement is a thing of perverse beauty. This lot were telling anyone who would listen that they weren't expecting anything, they were just happy to be up there; to be along for the ride. A couple of bad results later and the trolls and conspiracy theorists are out in force because Goodison Park didn't break into a chorus of You'll Never Walk Alone to spur their team to victory and hand Liverpool the advantage in the title race.
Seriously, what did they expect? Have you ever seen such a set of myopic and self-obsessed fans in your life? It's literally breathtaking that some of them feel affronted by the fact that Everton fans won't shed a tear if they don't win the league. My cousin and uncle are ST holders at Everton and they said the atmosphere was fantastic throughout and that all but a few were completely focused on Everton winning, whatever the consequences for Liverpool. And it was the City fans who were singing about Gerrard slipping, not Everton. Here's hoping it'll make an appearance at the Turf next season when Burnley play them!
Ashley, (Gerrard slip - My moment of 2014 so far) Burnley.
Why Don't Players Beat A Man Anymore?
It occurred to me watching the United game on the weekend how rare it is to see players just run at - and take on - defenders.
When and why did this happen? Whenever a player comes on and starts running at defenders it creates something and generally goes someway to changing the game, appreciate the whole "defenders tire after 60-70 mins" but it still strikes me as wrong.
Sunderland: Not Pointless
Last season someone described Sunderland as the most pointless team in
the Premiership. The contributor said this is so because: they never,
upset the big boys, they never made a decent cup run, they were never
fighting for their lives and were happy to sit in the midtable
mediocrity and they barely have managers who stand out form the crowd.
This season has put paid to such notions. They have had a decent cup
run, they have upset the big boys, fighting tooth and nail against
Congrats to Sunderland for revamping perceptions about them.