The Daily Football Diary: Brooklyn to Chelsea
The eldest of the Beckham tribe, Brooklyn 13, trained with Chelsea at their Cobham training ground on Tuesday. An insider for the MailOnline said, ‘Chelsea are one of the strongest academies in the country. The difference is that he is the son of the former England captain and this will draw attention.’ From all reports David Beckham’s son has had a successful trial and will be joining the club’s academy. One might feel sorry for this young lad, he could end up being like Xabi Alonso, Paolo Maldini or Frank Lampard where famous footballing heritages are concerned. On the flip side however, he could end up like Stephen Clemence or Jordi Cruyff, unable to match up to the media hype.
Liverpool fly to Italy for Coutinho
According to Goal.com a delegation from Liverpool led by managing director Ian Ayre, have flown out to Italy to negotiate a transfer of Inter Milan midfielder Philipe Coutinho. The Anfield outfit have already had several setbacks, not least of which was the Brazilian himself stating that he is happy at Milan. This however will not stop Brendan Rodgers’ attempts to rebuild his team with yet more young attacking talent. The Reds are yet to meet the Nerazzurri’s valuation of their Brazilian.
Swansea Relief as Michu Re-signs
Despite Michael Laudrup’s insistence that the free scoring Spaniard is going nowhere this season, Swans fans must be celebrating even before their second-leg cup match against Chelsea tonight. Having arrived in Wales for a mere £2.2 million at the start of the summer, his 16 goals in 28 appearances have led The Jacks’ hierarchy to slap a £30 million price tag on the striker. According to the Mirror, Sir Alex Ferguson hadn’t even heard about the goal-machine. ‘I had never even heard of him before he came to Swansea. In fact, I think I am going to have a word with our scouting department!’ He isn’t the only person to have either not heard of, or passed up on the striker. In fact an amazing seven English Premier League clubs were told about the 26-year-old before he was snapped up by Swansea. They included, Tottenham, Fulham, Stoke, West Brom and Aston Villa, even Championship club Leeds United were made aware of him.
Rafa at it again
It was well known throughout Benitez’s tenure at Liverpool FC that he and Alex Ferguson butted heads regularly. This was in evidence back in 2009, when Rafa claimed Sir Alex put unwanted pressure upon match officials. At the time it was seen as sour grapes from the Spaniard. Well after the Manchester United manager blamed his sides 1-1 draw with Tottenham down to the linesman, even going so far as to say they, ‘never got anything from that side of the pitch’. People are starting to come around to the Chelsea manager’s point of view. This isn’t the first time Ferguson has said something after a match, in fact at the reverse fixture against Tottenham earlier this season he was at it again. Only then he questioned the referee Chris Foy, but he was not sanctioned, yet Foy (referee) himself was demoted for the next round of matches.
Benitez has decided to take this moment to reinforce his stance against Ferguson and risk the Scotsman’s wrath. ‘I could see what was happening from my point of view, and maybe now a lot of people are seeing the same things.’ Will the Football Association sanction the 71-year-old manager this time? Or will he be left to say what he wishes about match officials?
Mourinho to Vilanova: You Win
The enigmatic Portuguese manager has finally given up the chase for the La Liga title. At least that is what he said in an interview with RMC Sport, ‘The La Liga title is impossible now, there is too big a gap. We have to focus on other goals like the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.’ It is sad to see such a great club with a fantastic manager in what can only be deemed as turmoil this season. With Cristiano Ronaldo heavily rumoured to be leaving at the end of the season, Jose Mourinho certain to leave, be it by choice or shown the door is all that’s in question.
League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Swansea 0 – 0 Chelsea (Agg 2 – 0)
English Premier League
Arsenal 5 – 1 West Ham