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Football News: Review Of The Day 12th November 2018

Review Of The Day 12th November 2018
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Review of the Day


Hughes Calls For VAR

Because it is never his fault when his team does not win, Southampton manager Mark Hughes has put the blame squarely at the feet of referee Simon Hooper, described by Saints' striker Charlie Austin as "a joke". Austin's strike was disallowed for a dubious offside, but Soton got away with a penalty against captain Ryan Bertrand, who was on a yellow card at the time, as their discipline disappeared, which is something that always seems to happen with Hughes' teams when under pressure. Hughes said of VAR: "It needs to come in. I was surprised they didn't introduce it at the beginning of this year (season), I think a lot of people in the game were. A lot of other competitions have introduced it very, very quickly. All the major sports have video reviews and for some reason the Premier League, which is watched all around the world, is still in the dark ages."


Giggs Delight With Brooks Decision

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has expressed his delight that Bournemouth forward David Brooks has opted for Wales at senior international level, after spending his youth career playing for England. Brooks was born and lived his life in England but qualifies for Wales due to his mother, who is Welsh. Giggs said: "It could've been so different with Brooksy and what a disaster that would have been for us. He might have made the England squad had he not come to Wales... he is a talented player who is now scoring goals as well as performing well. He is playing regularly and performing consistently at the highest level and he just needs to carry on doing that. I watched Bournemouth play Cardiff in the first game of the season. I sat next to David's chairman and said you've got a bargain, because he will just get better and better. He's an exciting player and he's at the right club to show what he is capable of. He can play in the number 10 role and also played in midfield at Sheffield United before that. He's an intelligent player who can play in different roles across the front three and even in the deeper role."


Top 3 Set Records

The top 3 in the Premier League have set a new record with it being the first team the entire top 3 have remained unbeaten in the league after 12 matches. Just four points separate Manchester City in first, with two less points than at this stage of last season, and Chelsea in third and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has created his own record after becoming the first manager to stay unbeaten in his first 12 Premier League games, breaking a Premier League record held by Frank Clark of Nottingham Forest. Mark Hughes will have something else to moan about this week, as he sets a club record by failing to win any of Southampton's first six home games for the first time in the club's history and he now has the worst win ratio of any recent Saints' manager with just 20.8%, worse even than Mauricio Pellegrino, who manager 23.53%. Following Barcelona's 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis, Liverpool are also on the longest unbeaten home run in league football in Europe's top 5 leagues, with 27 unbeaten, since a shock defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2017. So far this season the Reds have conceded just one goal at Anfield, with even reigning champions Man City choosing to keep things tight and play for a draw there.


Bayern Duo Doused In Beer

Not only did Bayern Munich's president, Uli Hoeness, and CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, have to suffer the indignity of seeing their side beaten by Borussia Dortmund, they were also given a beer shower by Dortmund fans. The pair had apparently annoyed the Dortmund faithful when Hoeness over-celebrated Bayern's second goal, to pull the game back to 2-2 at the time. When Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund's third, the winner, in the 73rd minute, the pair found themselves getting beer thrown at them. Normally I would feel sorry for them, but it is difficult to have sympathy with such a dislikeable pair.


And Finally....

Former Crystal Palace winger Kieran Cadogan has claimed that now-Chelsea fringe player Victor Moses had amazing skills when he was younger. Cadogan said: "Victor was a bit of a joke. I remember one time when I was still in the youth team he got injured playing for the first team. He was trying to rebuild his fitness so he came to play a youth team game against Charlton. The things the guy was doing were an absolute joke. It showed the confidence level of going away to the first team and then stepping back down to the youth team. He was flicking the ball over people's heads, rolling it through their legs. They took him off after 45 minutes because it was way too easy for him." Having seen him play recently, I can confirm the stuff he is doing is still an absolute joke, at least it made me laugh!

Former Scotland international and Liverpool utility man Steve Nicol, now an ESPN pundit, is a rival for Jason McAteer as one of the less bright former footballers. When he was playing for Liverpool, Alan Hansen once pulled him aside and told him some really bad news when they were on an away trip with the club. Hansen told Nicol that fellow Scot Kenny Dalglish was dying. Nicol was shocked and rushed off to Daglish's hotel room to express his sympathies. While Nicol was en route, Hansen phoned up Dalglish to let him in on the prank and so when Nicol turns up and starts talking about how sorry he is and how unfair it is, Dalglish plays along. Then Nicol says, "this explains it, I've been wondering why you've been playing so bad."

Alex Ferguson was not noted for his long winded speeches, but his team talk prior to facing Tottenham Hotspur, while he was manager of Manchester United takes the biscuit. He just used three words, "lad's it's Tottenham." Considering his record against Spurs, it certainly worked.

Speaking of Spurs, their former striker Darren Bent packed his bags to move to Sunderland after getting upset by a comment made by then-manager Harry Redknapp after Bent missed an absolute sitter which would have given the Londoners victory over Portsmouth. After laying into Bent in the dressing room after the game, in a tirade laden with four-letter words, a still angry Redknapp told the media that his missus could have scored that.

Roma legend Francesco Totti, who rejected the chance to move to Real Madrid and earn obscene money at his peak, and famously donated a portion of the income from his autobiography to Rome for the care of the elderly, has been a voice artist on cartoon show 'The Simpsons'. On the Italian version of one of the episodes, Totti provides the voice of Buck Mitchell, a baseball player.

While Totti may have been a one club man, in the Romanian second division UT Arad sold Marius Cioara to 4th division club Regal Horia for 15kg of meat (not even his own bodyweight!). However Horia were gutted that the player decided to retire almost immediately, fed up with the ribbing from team-mates, he retired from playing. The best thing about it all was the reaction from Regal Horia, when an official from the club said: "We are upset because we lost twice - firstly because we lost a good player and secondly because we lost our team's food for a whole week."

Written by Tris Burke November 12 2018 05:36:34


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