Category Archives: Capital One Cup

Allardyce’s gamble has backfired and West Ham will pay the consequences

“You can’t keep losing football matches as a manager, that’s for sure. We know the reasons why, but even those reasons will not save you in the end.” Sam Allardyce can be accused of many things, but a lack of … Read more…

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Capital One Cup enjoying a deserved revival

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination,” the late John Lennon once said. For years, the League Cup seemed intent to disprove the former Beatle’s statement, for the reality of the tournament left almost nothing to imagination, with attendances plummeting … Read more…

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Arsenal’s lack of options will cost them

A Capital One Cup would normally be as reliable an indicator of a club’s chances of silverware during the season as a survey on the quality on life in Britain conducted at Whitehall. Last night, however, the often belittled League … Read more…

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Premier League: the TV hype often fails to deliver

Rarely had a League Cup third round match been surrounded by the same hype that coated last night’s clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. Granted, it was Luis Suarez’s firs game since his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, and … Read more…

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Arsenal return is Bendtner’s last chance

Blonde samurais are something of a rarity. Danish samurais even more so. Yet they both somehow coexist in Nicklas Bendtner’s latest look, which would have had Pablo Osvaldo nodding in approval. Bendntner, one can safely assume, is not the last … Read more…

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Swansea: Laudrup’s total football and the right philosophy

By the time Michael Laudrup strolled out with his customary panache onto the Wembley turf to congratulate his players and receive a collective embrace from the jubilant Swansea fans packed behind one of the goals, even the usually humble Dane must have … Read more…

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