DEAD MAN WALKING II

Has Di Matteo been trapped into a loveless marriage by Chelsea?

The jobs have dried up leaving Italian with little choice but to stay

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If The Spoiler looked good enough in a suit to sample Roberto Di Matteo’s shoes, we’d have darted from Stamford Bridge a fortnight or so after the Champions League final when they still couldn’t decide whether or not he was worthy of remaining in charge.

The Swi-talian’s loyalty to the club – or possibly just [...]

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SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

Mourinho loses to Barcelona, becomes subject of much ridicule

Eric Abidal’s third career goal sees Mourinho viewed as a fraud

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After backing Juventus to win the Champions League a few years ago then watching them flop in the group stage, Whiteboard scribbled a list on that shameful crumpled betting slip of football-related things that he would never do again, storing it in his wallet as an eternal reminder of his idiocy.

First thing down was [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

Guardiola’s 13th Clasico to end like most of the first 12

A tough call for viewers: the second half of Wolves v Brum or this...

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The Catalan press have hired a sports psychologist to label Cristiano Ronaldo allergic to Barcelona and are crowing about having spent far less than Real Madrid since Pep Guardiola Superman-ed his way into the Camp Nou dugout in 2008.

Yeah, that’s right, they’ve had literally years to brag about that, yet waited until they were [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

Liven up your Thursday by taking on the mighty Barcelona

Feeling brave? Excellent, there’s 17/2 to be had on Barca losing...

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Constantly winning silverware can get a bit tiresome after a while it would appear, so Barcelona took a break from that slog earlier this week to pick up some personal honours instead.

Lionel Messi was forced to come up with some fresh material – not easy, believe us – for yet another Ballon d’Or acceptance [...]

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YOUTH NO OBSTACLE

Why Chelsea were right to go young with Roberto Di Matteo

33-year-old boss + 41-year old no.2 = disaster? Don’t be so sure…

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The reaction to Andre Villas Boas’ decision to hire an assistant only eight years older than his 33-year-old self in Roberto Di Matteo has been one of shock that [...]

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The Spoiler Awards – Manager of the Season

No way…

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When The Spoiler was a child its father used to be the manager of its football team.

Getting lifts to all the games and training was absolutely brilliant, but being substituted all the time because The Dad-Coach didn’t want to look biased was rubbish – it’s probably [...]

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