Tag Archives: Wayne Rooney

Fabio Capello on Wayne Rooney

I can’t believe he is considering leaving Wayne Rooney at home. I am sure he is playing. On the other hand, Rooney might be a happy camper to have a nice vacation. Advancing to the next round is not a sure thing. Sitting there and watching three games and then travel home is not that great.

Brassell: Rooney-less England with different sources of versatility – News | FOX Sports on MSN

Brassell: Rooney-less England with different sources of versatility – News | FOX Sports on MSN.

Two good results in friendlies don’t make you the winner of next years Euro 2012. Once the English make it into the 2nd round, they better have Wayne Rooney ready.

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea – Manchester United – Preview

Manchester United and Chelsea face off today in a “super-clash” in the Champions League quarterfinal.

Besides of winning the game, there is much more at stake. For the fans, the usual bragging rights are up for crab. For the clubs there are millions of dollars at stake. Within the Champions League competition, each of the clubs collected already around $45 million. The winner of the two-legged quarterfinal can collect another $15 – $20 million, other millions of marketing income “on the side” not counted.

As far as the game goes, the winner is impossible to predict. Everything can happen and much will depend on how well the players got up this morning. Both teams know each other very well and major tactical inventions are not to expect. Manchester United seems to be the team that displayed more consistency over the season, but at this stage of the competition it is about “win or die” and the past performance is worth as much as the paper it was commented on.

Chelsea is awaiting Fernando Torres’ first goal for the club since his arrival in January. For Chelsea and Torres, it couldn’t be a better day than this event to finally set a tone and value the price tag for the transfer. On the other side, Wayne Rooney is in the spotlight. Rooney is facing a two game ban in the Premier League for a “verbal outburst” in last Saturday’s game in West Ham. He is asked to make up for his poor public display and play his soul out.

Watch the game on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:45pm.

Barclay’s English Premier League – Round 31 review. Manchester United increased lead.

Manchester United was able to increase their lead to seven points in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While Arsenal and Chelsea drew their games and left valuable points on the table, United was able to turn around an already lost game against West Ham. At halftime the Hammers were leading 2-0. Wayne Rooney, with a hattrick, helped United to gain the lead. Hernandez secured the important win with United’s fourth of the game.

Besides United, Manchester City was the only team in the top 5 that could win and make an impact on the table. City passed Chelsea and regained 3rd spot with an impressive 5-0 win against Sunderland. The win also took the pressure of City Manager Mancini.

West Brom and Birmingham City were the winners at the other end of the table. West Brom beat Liverpool and Birmingham City left Bolton with the short stick.

The line for relegation contenders can be drawn at place 13 and West Brom. Everyone from 13 to 20 is in a fierce battle to avoid the drop. West Brom currently shows 36 points as 13th, Wigan on 20th has 31 points. Depending on next weeks results, teams from 12th to 9th can be thrown back into the relegation battle. Sunderland, a few weeks ago was hoping to secure 6th and a chance for European honors, might next week find itself just 3 points from relegation. The bottom part of the table guarantees excitement until the last game.

Magic Rooney

Nice goal, Wayne! And well deserved. Let’s take a step back and reflect on the last 6 month or so. At the World Cup, sent home by the Germans, in a game that actually wasn’t a real competition (at least not in the second half). Back in England, no form, trouble with his wife and taking a seat on the bench and sometimes not even that. For a superstar like Wayne Rooney, that is quite a bummer. While it is tragic to lose form and edge because of being overplayed, the real trouble was self inflicted. Let’s not discus what that exactly was, I think those that read this, will know what I mean (if not, email me and I will explain).

Sir Alex did the right thing and took him out of the line of fire as good as possible. The first half of the season went down, more or less, without Rooney. Yes he played, but it wasn’t the Rooney we all know that was on the field. There was even speculation that he might leave United. Over the past few games however, Rooney clearly found his form back. He ran, fought and tried, no question. He did it in a way that grew confidence that at some point, he will be the Rooney we all knew. After today’s game and the great goal, I think Wayne is back! And, as stated above, he deserves to be back. He messed up, he took the punishment, he tried again and he came back. And I will add, he also found that luck is smiling at him again. Nani’s cross got a little hit by a defender, sailed right into the position he needed and he got the luck you need, when you try such a shot. Wayne is back!

Looking all good for ManU after today’s win. Man City off the back, at least for a while, Wayne is back and confidence is increasing. Let’s forget the “pathetic” performance from last week. Such can happen. If you win a game as the one today, then last week is forgiven. Looking ahead, it all looks good. Yes, there are some difficult games coming up, but that counts for all of the contenders.

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