He’s six foot four and athletic and comes from Peckham.
He played for West Ham and Leeds, then went to Manchester United and won everything.
As we saw last week, United are different team when Rio Ferdinand plays.
United are good enough to beat Chelsea tonight. If not, still good enough to draw.
Last week’s away goal by Wayne Rooney goal gave them a 1-0 victory that’s crucial to their ambitions.
But it’s not over. Nobody I know thinks it’s over.
Despite what Carlo said yesterday, I don’t think Torres will start or should start.
Chelsea’s best game is diagonals, flick-ons and penetration. They’ve lost the rhythm and fluency that once allowed them to play Lampard in for shot after shot after shot.
Their biggest problem, apart from Torres not scoring, is how constipated their midfield has become. Essien and Lampard and Ramires are stodgy and don’t get the ball forward quickly enough.
Chelsea are a big, tough side, so Sir Alex might play both Park and Brazilian bruiser Anderson, who can carry the ball forward at high speeds.
Valencia has been superb since he came back and has revived Rooney.
And Nani could give Bosingwa a rough ride, if he starts. Rooney missed the Fulham game through suspension., so he\’s had six days off and should be fresh. Chelsea will not be able to kick him as often as they did at Stamford Bridge.
It looks like a cracker, a game of thunder and lightning, a dramatic battle for a big prize.
First goal will be vital tonight. May the best team win. And without a storm of controversy.
Best team won last night, no doubt.
Caretaker Kenny\’s Liverpool smashed Manchester City with a vibrant first performance.
Andy Carroll sent a left-foot thunderbolt swerving past Joe Hart in 12, skipper Tevez went off with a hamstring in 14, Kuyt sidefooted across Hart for 2-0 in 34. When Raul Meireles crossed from the left in 35, left back Kolarov headed the ball against Carroll\’s head and it flew in for 3-0.
A tremendous collective effort by a competitive Liverpool side who worked ceaselessly for each other, closing down, giving stuttering City few passing options.
If this is Monday night football, I want more. And if Liverpool play like that on Sunday, Arsenal will get pulverised. Despite the fact that Arsenal keep the ball far better than Man City do.
The other quarter-final?
Barcelona’s Brazilians are clearly superior to Shakhtar’s Brazilians.
They take a 5-1 lead into tonight’s second leg in the mining capital of the Ukraine. Shakhtar finished above Arsenal in the Group stage, had December and January off, and came back to beat Roma 6-2 on aggregate in the Round of 16.
They’re romping away with their own league. Forwards Douglas Costa, Willian and Luis Adriano are as quick as gazelles and capable of electric flashes, and Adriano has far too much pace for Busquets, their emergency centreback, so Victor Valdes will have to come out of his penalty area more than once.
The big keeper is playing well at the moment. Some of his excursions remind me of Bruce Grobbelaar.
Freezing nights are bad news for hamstrings, so Pep might rest Messi. I would.
Shakhtar can win, but not by 4-0. A draw may be the most likely result.
But watch out for 19-year old Thiago, the Italian-born son of Brazilian midfielder Mazinho, who played with Dunga in USA 94.
This kid is much more creative than his father ever was.