The Andre Villas-Boas detractors in the media have gone silent on the back of Spurs winning four league games in a row. They were ready to pounce had Spurs slipped up at home to Aston Villa especially with the decision to drop Brad Friedel to the bench for the first time in 310 league games. Spurs comfortably beat Villa 2-0 with the added bonus of a clean sheet for the younger and far superior keeper, Hugo Lloris. Spurs have quietly moved into fifth place, on goal difference behind Everton, due to their second best EPL start in the club’s history. After the international break Spurs face Chelsea at White Hart Lane in a game that will provide an indication of how the season will go for both teams. The press will build the game up and tear down the losing manager, but Villas-Boas has already demonstrated that win or lose, his Spurs side will be a top four contender.
In the Aston Villa game Gareth Bale tried to ride a challenge that never came from keeper Brad Guzan. It looked a bad dive no matter what angle it was viewed from. Such dives do the game no favor. The referee should have booked Bale. The Luis Suarez dive for Liverpool against Stoke City was just as bad, if not worse. The Uruguayan has lost all credibility with opposition fans and will lose any benefit of the doubt where officials are concerned. The only way to stomp out blatant diving, or to call it by its real name, cheating, is to punish players retroactively. Bale and Suarez should both be fined and points added to their disciplinary record. It might not have an effect, but we have to start somewhere.
The Classico between Barcelona and Real Madrid lived up to the hype with the two clubs playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Madrid were the better team and it was a chance missed for them to close the gap on league leaders Barca. Cristiano Ronaldo showed why he is the second best player in the world, but unfortunately for him Lionel Messi showed why he is better. Real should have won, but Barca and Messi earned their draw.
The transcript of the Football Association decision in their case against John Terry does not make for good reading. It paints football in a poor light. More to the fact, it places the captain of Chelsea and the former captain of England in a poor light, if he wasn't there already. He is one of the most unpopular players in English football and this case only adds to his infamy. His apologist Ashley Cole is another despicable footballer who represents all that is wrong with the modern game and his Twitter rant only brings further shame on football. In a perfect world John Terry and Ashley Cole will never play for Chelsea and England again. This is not a perfect world, so I expect Chelsea fans to cheer every touch the two imbeciles make. Chelsea fans and John Terry are made for each other.