Dave Smith

‘Sometimes as a coach you have to take a risk’ – this one paid off big time for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

‘Sometimes as a coach you have to take a risk’ – this one paid off big time for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

UNLIKE Antonio Conte, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino didn’t have a couple of aces up his sleeve when it came to the crunch yesterday. The Chelsea manager’s decision to start without Diego Costa AND Eden Hazard surprised us all – and it...read more »

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a genius: official! Willian and Hazard prove the point

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a genius: official! Willian and Hazard prove the point

  A SERIES of managerial master strokes by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte proved the difference between two evenly-matched sides still going head-to-head in the Premier League. Conte got his team selections and tactics absolutely spot on. Toby Alderweireld and Son-Heung min got...read more »

Chelsea v  Spurs: Eden Hazard and Dele Alli will hold the key, says Ossie Ardiles

Chelsea v  Spurs: Eden Hazard and Dele Alli will hold the key, says Ossie Ardiles

TODAY’S eagerly-anticipated FA Cup semi final between Chelsea and Spurs could be decided by the impact two players might have on the game. That’s the view of ‘Tottingham’ legend Ossie Ardiles as he assesses the qualities of playmakers and game changers...read more »

The whole football family is mourning the sad, early passing away of Ugo Ehiogu

The whole football family is mourning the sad, early passing away of Ugo Ehiogu

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday. A Spurs statement said Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of this morning. Ehiogu,...read more »

Arsene Wenger is still giving nothing away – Arsenal boss is thinking only about Sunday

Arsene Wenger is still giving nothing away – Arsenal boss is thinking only about Sunday

HERE we go again. Another Arsene Wenger press conference; another flat bat in response to questions about his future; another will he stay, will he go story in the papers. Starting to get bored with this now. Someone has to come...read more »

Real Madrid, Monaco and Atletico Madrid will want to avoid Juventus in the semi finals

Real Madrid, Monaco and Atletico Madrid will want to avoid Juventus in the semi finals

  A WELL-drilled Juventus side sent out an MSN message to Barcelona: you are not the force you used to be. Barca needed Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to turn this tie around after a disastrous first leg. But even three of...read more »

Having had a taste of the Champions League high life, Jamie Vardy and Leicester want more of the same

Having had a taste of the Champions League high life, Jamie Vardy and Leicester want more of the same

Leicester deserve every credit for flying the Premier League flag with such distinction in the Champions League - despite their exit last night. The early Atletico goal aside, the Foxes were superb - especially in the second half after Craig Shakespeare...read more »

His wife thinks he’s mad – but Harry Redknapp is up for the Birmingham challenge after Gianfranco Zola calls it quits

His wife thinks he’s mad – but Harry Redknapp is up for the Birmingham challenge after Gianfranco Zola calls it quits

HARRY Redknapp admits he can’t turn Birmingham into Real Madrid – but is confident he will keep them in the Championship. That’s the task facing the oldest manager in the league, and he’s relishing the latest challenge of his colourful career. Zapsportz...read more »

Marcus Rashford has the potential to be Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke rolled in to one

Marcus Rashford has the potential to be Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke rolled in to one

  MANCHESTER United legend Peter Schmeichel was full of praise for Marcus Rashford after his former club’s victory over Chelsea. Rightly so. Rashford was superb and answered a lot of questions about some of his performances of late. Play him in the...read more »

Tottenham are breathing down Chelsea’s necks – and Antonio Conte is starting to feel the heat

Tottenham are breathing down Chelsea’s necks – and Antonio Conte is starting to feel the heat

  FAIR play to Antonio Conte for taking ‘responsibility’ for Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford – but it’s the players who need to shoulder most of the blame for a rare, lame performance. A few chinks in the armour, perhaps? This...read more »