Chelsea have cemented their status as the undisputed champions of Europe by beating Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam tonight. They become the first team to hold both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophies at the same time. An amazing achievement by the London Blues, and who could have predicted it? Maybe Rafa? In any case it’s many many congratulations to Chelsea and all their supporters.
Chelsea icon Frank Lampard has finally been given what he has so long wanted and deserved and that’s a contract extension at the club. The 34 year old English midfielder has agreed a new one year deal at the club, and will probably be handed that from here on out similar to Giggs and Scholes. This will surly be music to the ears of every Chelsea fan and Premier League fans as well. Good job there Roman.
Wigan Athletic have officially been relegated from the Barclays Premier League following eight successful seasons in the top flight. The northwestern side have escaped the drop season after season, but how ironic is it that the first time they win a major trophy in 53 years is the same year they fail to beat the drop? Wigan become the first side to win the FA Cup and get relegated in the same season. What will this mean for Wigan? Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’ll be back anytime soon. And what about Roberto Martinez? The Spaniard is currently one of the most sought after managers in Europe, yes even with a relegation on his CV, and Everton could be his next destination. Though Malaga and Athletic Bilbao are also watching his situation very closely. Stay tuned, and best of luck to Dave Whelan and Wigan in the future.
After news broke last night that Manchester City have sacked manager Roberto Mancini, we all knew who would replace him in the dugout next season and it will be non-other than Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini. The 59 year old Chilean manager is very highly rated both in South America and in Spain, so much so as a matter of fact that Barcelona were even considering taking him in when Pep Guardiola departed the club. In recent years Pellegrini has proved he’s got the eye and experience to make his teams perform to maximum potential as he’s showed with Villareal, Real Madrid and now Malaga.
He’s also got a knack for bringing the best out of players, as he’s coached some top class names like Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Forlan, Juan Pablo Sorin, Santi Cazorla and now Isco. And though some may have doubts about his transition to English football, hey, at least he speaks proper English. And he’ll also be a hit with the media because of his very respectful and calm nature. City officials have told Pellegrini and his people that not only do they want short term success and adding new top names, but also the style of play and more youth development is required from the new boss and his staff. There’s no denying this man has what it takes to succeed in England, but will he be able to face the pressure? After all, he did help Real Madrid get their highest points tally ever in one season (96). But then again, they didn’t win the league that year. It’s all geared to be a very interesting campaign next season at the City of Manchester.
It’s been confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain have rejected an official approach from Spanish giants Real Madrid to speak to their boss Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian mastermind has been heavily tipped to take over the reigns at the Santiago Bernabéu this summer, as current boss Jose Mourinho is expected to make his long awaited return to Stamford Bridge. PSG do not have any intention of letting Ancelotti leave the club, but there are rumors coming out of France that the Italian will speak to the club about letting him move to Madrid. The Parisians have already clinched the Ligue 1 title giving Ancelotti league titles in Italy, England and France. He’s now hoping to get the opportunity to do the same in Spain. There’s still nothing on who may succeed Carlo at PSG if he were to leave, but we do know that the club have already contacted Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has since declined the offer in order to stick with Arsenal. Stay tuned.
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