February 9th, 2009


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Jamie Carragher today hailed Fernando Torres' latest match winning display and admitted: "His best is still to come."
Torres came off the bench to secure all three points for Liverpool at Portsmouth on Saturday with a stoppage time header, giving the Reds a victory which temporarily took them back to the top of the table.

Having also struck late to seal victory over Chelsea last weekend, Carragher admits the Spanish striker's return to form and fitness has come at an ideal time as Rafael Benitez's men look to sustain their title challenge.

He said: "Fernando is massive to our title challenge. It's credit to the players and the staff that we are where we are considering he's been missing for a long time this season.

"To get him back, the way he's been firing against Chelsea with a couple of great goals and then he's done the damage against Portsmouth has gained us an extra four points in two Premier League games.

"If he can keep doing that for the rest of the season then we'll run whoever it is close for the title.

"At the moment Fernando is just coming back to fitness and he played into extra-time on Wednesday and now he'll be going away with Spain so given the injuries he's had this season the manager is being very careful with him.

"He's doing okay with the goals he's scoring but he's not quite 100 per cent. Given that, if he keeps coming on and scoring then we've got something to look forward to in the coming months when he is fully fit."

Carragher was thrilled with Liverpool's last-gasp victory at Fratton Park and insisted it was important to go into a two week break reflecting on a confidence boosting three points.

He said: "There are small details in football, little things which can change games. Against Everton we were a little bit unlucky that it went against us but against Portsmouth it went for us but that's football.

"It's a massive result for us because the next game is two weeks away. If we'd have gone into that break off a bad result it would have been hanging over us for a couple of weeks. We had an opportunity here a couple of days after the Everton game which was vital for us.

"It wasn't too bad because we got the three points because we didn't want to wait a long time to get a result and the Manchester City game is a couple of weeks away."


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Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed as manager of Chelsea Football Club today (Monday) with immediate effect.

The Chelsea board would like to place on record our gratitude for his time as manager.

Felipe has brought many positives to the club since he joined and we all feel a sense of sadness that our relationship has ended so soon.

Unfortunately the results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season.

In order to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for we felt the only option was to make the change now.

The search for a new manager has already started and we hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.

While that continues Assistant Coach Ray Wilkins will take charge of the team on a temporary basis.



Football Rankings 2/9/09

Still a small edge at the top of the Premiership. Aston Villa jumped to third, but there's no telling how Chelsea will play post-Scolari.

English Premier League
Spanish Primera División
Italian Serie A

Most Points
Barcelona (La Liga) - 59 points
Fewest Points
Reggina (Serie A) - 16 points
Biggest Lead
Barcelona (La Liga) - 12 points
Smallest Lead
Manchester United (Premier League) - 2 points
Closest to Danger
Osasuna (La Liga) - tied with 18th place
Farthest From Safety
Reggina (Serie A) - 6 points fewer than 17th place

Other Leagues:
German Bundesliga
French Ligue 1
Scottish Premier League

talent and/or titles?

I found an interesting article in today's Kicker and thought I'd post it here with a (rough) translation.

Talents and/or Titles?

"The absolute necessitation of success prevents extensive fostering of new talents" - this argument has recently been put forward by Uli Hoeneß (57) in Kicker. How are Europe's other top clubs dealing with the issue?

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