WHY MANCHESTER CITY ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE PL THIS SEASON

 

Having finished in third place in the league last season and not winning any silverware in his first season in English football, it was evident Pep Guardiola “The Special One” was going make adjustments.

Pep endured a mixed campaign last term with his major problems coming notably from the back and some issues with finding the right players to use, the right formation and the job of rotating the squad and also keeping the players happy.

Manchester City were always a threat going forward last season, as free flowing attacking football is now synonymous with the team. Bearing in mind that German international Ilkay Gundogan was out for most of the season the team was still a real attacking force, now with the addition of fancy feet Bernado Silva and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling to mention a few in their midfield and quality forwards such as Aguero and Jesus Gabriel there’s really no defence that won’t be worried to face them. They have pace, freelance playmakers, physical presence, sharp shooters name it, and they have it all in their arsenal.

Over one hundred million pounds has been spent in bringing in defenders and more importantly a goalkeeper because they had real problems in that department last term with Claudio Bravo not displaying the qualities he showed for Barcelona and the manager is still not convinced Joe Hart is the man for the job and has allowed him to join West Ham on loan. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Soares who continues to develop into one of the best goalkeepers around is going to be the first choice for the season and he seems very capable. The City defence never seem to find their balance without influential skipper Vincent Kompany and injuries have hampered his playing time. John Stones still needs to grow up, Otamendi needs a real commander beside him and age was telling on their full backs who have been released ahead of the new season. Established Premier League full back Kyle Walker was brought in from Tottenham Hotspurs along with Real Madrid’s Danilo who is looking to get more first team football and Benjamin Mendy who was brilliant for Monaco last term and these players can add the much needed quality to that City defence.

Judging by their performances in pre-season, the gaffer seems to have found the right formation to make the team tick. Although, it might affect some players such as Leroy Sane because of the added defensive responsibility but they are looking good at the moment. Samir Nasri who is back from his loan spell at Sevilla could also prove to be a major attacking outlet should he stay because the gaffer has deemed the Frenchman surplus to requirements. If this Manchester City team are firing on all cylinders, there’s no stopping them and they would really be the team to beat.

Enjoy the new season.

 

Cheers.

Ifeoluwa Adenihun.

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Lacazette, Morata or Lukaku Who Will Score More Goals???

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all splashed the cash to bring in these three top class forwards but who will score the most goals in the upcoming season?

The three strikers are well known for their goal scoring abilities and they have some interesting numbers to back them up but it can’t be guaranteed that they will deliver for their new clubs. They have shown us a little bit of what they are capable of in pre-season and in comparison of the three strikers it is Lukaku-3 goals, Lacazette-2 goals and Morata no goal. Not that this matters though.

This is how they rank in ascending order

3. Alvaro Morata

He has a good goals per game ratio but adjusting to life in the premier league and playing for a team like Chelsea might not see him score as many goals as expected. Chelsea is not the most creative team in the world and their strikers are not always supplied because of their “main man” Eden Hazard. There’s a likelihood that Morata will be deployed on the flanks at one point or the other in the season which might affect his goal scoring chances. He will have to take every chance he gets if he is to move up this list anytime soon.

Morata

2. Alexandre Lacazette

The man who just recently scored his first goal for Arsenal at the Emirates has all the cards in his pockets and it’s all left to him to use them. This is a player who is known to be lethal in front of goal as his 37 goals for Lyon last season speak for him. He’s going to have all the supply in the world from players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez (if he stays), Ramsey, Chamberlain and many more. Arsenal is a team that creates a lot of chances every game and manager Arsene Wenger enjoys when the team plays for the striker. It’ll be up to him to make a statement in the league because he has just about everything he needs to do that.

Lacazette

1. Romelu Lukaku

The strong Belgian tops this list mostly because of his vast experience in the league and his goal record in the league also. Looking at the United squad at the moment (bearing the in mind the addition of Nemanja Matic) they are looking stronger everyday. United currently boast a rich vein of attacking talent that can create goals for Lukaku and he has shown that he might not need much time to settle in at OT. With wonderful passes flying in from all angles and Lukaku as the main man, you can be assured of a lot of goals. He still has work to do on his link up play by the way.

Lukaku

It’s going to be an exciting season and be rest assured that these three strikers and many more will light up the Premier League.

 

Cheers,

Ife

IFE’s TOP FOUR PREDICTIONS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE 17/18 SEASON

As the 2017/18 premier league season draws near and the ‘Big Boys’ in the league are strengthening their squads, I’ll be giving a prediction on the teams that will potentially finish in the top four. The teams are arranged in no particular order.

Arsenal

The gunners missed out on Champions league football for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over at the club. They have so far made a statement by breaking the clubs’ transfer record to bring in French striker Alexandre Lacazette for £52 million and got Left back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from the Bundesliga, the club are also negotiating a deal with Monaco for young French winger Thomas Lemar who could really add something to the team. The Arsenal squad seems to have a lot of quality at the moment and that little bit of experience and leadership that they seem to have lacked in recent years, if they can keep hold of their important players [Sanchez] and let go of the squad players who are not needed they should be able to have a real go at the title or at least get a Champions league slot, that is if they don’t win the Europa League.

Chelsea

The defending champions will no doubt have a tough job trying to retain their title but with the top quality additions (Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata) they’ve made to an already strong team, they are pretty much still the team to beat though they are on the verge of letting their top scorer in the past season Diego Costa go.

Manchester United

When you look at the Man Utd team of last season on paper, one would wonder why they finished sixth in the league last term. Moving on, Jose Mourinho has added some much needed steel to the united defence and the team poses a real goal scoring threat in Romelu Lukaku who will have enough to feed on thanks to the wealth of creative midfielders that the Red Devils have in their books. If the gaffer can find the right system and combination of players for the coming season, United will be firing on all cylinders and be rest assured that David De Gea is lying between the sticks  and always ready to save the day.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola endured a difficult first season in charge at Manchester City but still managed to finish third in the league. Looking into the new season, Manchester City are looking as deadly as ever. They have arguably the best attack in the league and can unlock any defence but where the problem lies is in their own defence. Without influential captain Vincent Kompany, the city defence always looked in total shambles. Their defenders tend to focus on attacking rather than stop the opposition from penetrating their own firewall. If Guardiola can find his best team early in the season (which he never did last season), we are in for a treat of beautiful attacking football.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton will also be contenders in the upcoming season but the team from North London don’t seem to have the cutting edge to challenge the big boys next term and they haven’t made any notable signings which will have a negative effect on the team considering their involvement in the UCL. The Reds (Liverpool) on the other hand, have a lot of attacking quality but no security at the back, they always try to outscore teams (which worked to an extent last season) but it won’t do them a lot of good this term as their main rival pose serious goal scoring threats. Everton have always been freelancers and the loss of their talismanic striker will surely be felt so I think they will just settle for a Europa league place.

The teams are still conducting their business in the transfer market which means situations might change at some clubs and as the season unfolds we will see which team emerges as the best team in England.

 

Thank You

Ife

I might just be coming up with my top 4 for the season across the top 5 leagues in Europe soon.

The Other Me (Short Film)

My favourite writers’ favourite writer is back with another monster blockbuster, stay tuned and be entertained. Tomi Adesina never disappoints and this short film is to commiserate with the World Autism Day which is today April 2nd, 2016. Please help support the cause and may the ALMIGHTY continually bless you and yours.                          Synopsis: Olamide, an autistic young man prepares for the biggest day of his life; a date with the love of his life, Sharon. Due to his condition, what seemingly should be his most exciting day becomes a nightmare.        Written and directed by Tomi Adesina, The Other Me is a compelling short film on Autism which raises awareness on the condition and speaks against discriminating people living with it. It was produced by Tomi Adesina and Michael Tayo Babalola’s BlueHouse Films in association with Omobolaji Opakunbi’s Phalanx Pictures. The film stars Taiwo Adeboboye and Adebukola Oladipupo, among others. On World Autism Day, April 2nd, 2016 awareness would be raised by various people on Autism. BlueHouse Films and Phalanx Pictures would be doing same with this project. The date for the official release of the short film is yet to be announced.   For sponsorship; please contact: 08139263829 or 08039446273   Join the conversation on Social Media by using all or any of the following media: Twitter: @bluehousefilms #TheOtherMe #AutismSpeaks Instagram: @bluehousefilms Facebook: facebook.com/bluehousefilms

HOMOPHILE ESCAPE

A friend of mine from my Uni days sent this post to me. It’s his personal experience and he has asked me to share it with my peeps.

Homosexuality has being the main gist about town over the past few days since the bill was passed to law with different people having different opinions about it. So I bet you will know my stand after reading my story…… my experience.

2008 when I was having my youth service, I had an experience that made me admit that Homosexuality exists in our society. I was a Batch A corp member posted to a village in Ogoni land in Rivers State. Just like most corp member in my batch, I registered for the NIM programme and my study center was in Port Harcourt so I had to travel down every weekend for lectures. A few months later, some batch B guys joined us and one of them was a Port Harcourt (PH) based dude who owns a boutique which he claimed he can’t leave in anyone’s trust. This dude walked up to me, we chatted and he asked that I be his eyes in the school we were serving in… no biggie na, normal tin.
Just like in Lagos, there was(is) always sanitation exercise every last Saturday of every month. In order not to miss lectures I decided to crash in PH so I called this my guy and explained my situation to him and he gladly asked me to come over sending his address to me via SMS. It was not difficult locating his boutique on Elekahia road; we spent some time there and closed at about 9pm. His house (a self contain) was not far from the shop so we just strolled home and on getting there, he introduced me to a friend of his. I noticed this guy was acting and talking girl-ish, I just shrugged it off and settled with the bowl of eba and egusi the guy prepared. My guy discharged his friend and he promised to be back early the following morning.
Normal guy parole sharply I tucked my side bag somewhere, and stripped down to my boxers short and t-shirt…I was feeling relaxed. We were both on his bed and gisting into the night about so many things; growing up, school life, games we guys play, career, views about NYSC etc. Few minutes to mid night, I noticed this guy was trying to pull me closer, run his hands all over me, and murmuring some words I could not hear and a lot more. I felt my heart skipping beats, I was startled and I am sure he could feel my body shaking too…a whole lot running through my mind in a split second, feeling another man’s beards next to my cheeks, how do I escape as the apartment has a burglary proof already locked, do I shout for help? What if this gets into a fight or struggle how do I escape? My b*tt hole!!! *sobs*

So I summoned courage, asked him to chill so as to get myself together. I got off the bed and was fumbling with my phone. At about 12:02am I started my mid night call ritual (was more of a normal thing by then as that was how we kept abreast with the civilised world in that village). I talked for hours and before I knew it, I could hear him snore. Faster than Usain Bolt could be, I raced to pick my jean, wore it and belted so hard that I could feel it hurting my tummy. I lay on the rug, could not close my eyes and didn’t have my bath in the morning also; I only washed my face and brushed my teeth (fear of not being busted in the bathroom). The other guy came just few minutes after 6am and I just used that opportunity to leave, at least before sanitation started at 7am. The whole event was on repeat in my memory all through that day….myself and this guy hardly talked afterwards.
Maybe we see this act as a disease in this part of the world as we stigmatise whoever is presumed to be gay/lesbian, won’t blame anyone who try not to associate with homosexuals as we are presumed to have high morals and cultural values but the truth is Homosexuals live amongst us. Maybe we will tolerate them over time but to me it becomes a crime when you try to harass/force/impose your own sexual orientation on others, just like that friend of mine tried to do with me. This can be likened to “Rape” and since this inhuman act is punishable under the laws of our country, I see no reason why homosexuals who harass people of different sexual orientation should not be punished too.

I don’t really care about what anyone does in the confines of his room/house but it’s an eye sore seeing 2 men/women expressing sexual desires in public places and that’s why I am in support of the “Anti Gay law” but again we need to thread this ground carefully, my opinion is that we prosecute those who express this act publicly and those who harass or force other people of different sexual orientation into mating with them….thats RAPE, not that we witch hunt anyone for our own gain.

Thanks for taking out time to read this, comments well appreciated.

FIFA:Federation of International Fraudsters Association

master piece by my bro OshBaby

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FIFA

FIFA as we all know is an international organisation in charge of football or soccer depending on how you call it in your country whether English or American.

In less than a year from now, world attention would be shifting towards Brazil not as a host of BRICS nations discourse on world economy but as a host to the football World Cup which comes up every four years.

Africa(South Africa) had her share of hosting football’s top competition in 2010. As we all know, prior to the world cup is a smaller event called Confederations Cup comprising of continental champions from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania.

Originally wholy hosted by Saudi Arabia and then called King Fahad’s Cup but the mobsters/fraudsters hijacked the competition from the Saudi Monarch and the rest is history.

I’ve watched in days past as Brazillians have taken to the streets of…

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