Peter Osgood

10 Dec 18
Game of the People

AFTER winning the 1969 Football League Championship, Leeds United pursued every trophy possible in the only way they knew how – with intensity, with total focus and with little regard for how the rest of football saw them. They were supremely “professional”, using every trick in the book to gain an advantage over their rivals. […]

09 Dec 18
TODAY NEWS

POP QUIZ. Who wears No 9 for Manchester City and Chelsea?…

08 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
POP QUIZ. Who wears No 9 for Manchester City and Chelsea? No cheating! Give up? Cigar and a coconut if you said. . . NOBODY. Eden Hazard won the battle of the false nines at Stamford Bridge What used to be an iconic jersey at both clubs — think Peter Osgood and Niall Quinn — now belongs to no-one, just as the old-fashioned centre-forward sometimes seems like a thing of the past at the very highest levels of the game. Alvaro Morata gave up Chelsea’s No 9 last summer, opting for the No 29 after his twin sons were born on July 29 — although some suggested it was because the shirt has been cursed since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left West London in 2004. City have not bothered allocating the No  9 since Nolito left in 2017 and he was a bit-part winger, anyway. Sergio Aguero has the goals of an out-and-out frontman but at 5ft 8in he is not your old-school target man, especially under the Pep Guardiola masterplan. The Belgian was instrumental in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Man City [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Chelsea news” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”6″ /] So last night was the battle of the false nines. Eden Hazard versus Raheem Sterling, then Riyad Mahrez, then Gabriel Jesus. And until Hazard teed up N’Golo Kante for the opener, it was a battle City looked likely winners. The main idea behind using a false nine is to draw out opposition centre-backs and create space for wingers or attacking midfielders. Guardiola’s team enjoyed more success in that regard, particularly down their left, and had two good chances before Kante scored. Raheem Sterling started in the same role for City but it did not work out [bc_video video_id=”5977138128001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Raheem Sterling celebrates his birthday by dancing on a train to London ahead of Chelsea clash”] Bernardo Silva’s cross was deflected to Sterling and Sergio Aguero should have put the ball away rather than hit it tamely at Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea’s keeper had to do much better around the half-hour mark when Sterling turned provider, dropping deep and releasing Leroy Sane. At the other end, things in the garden of Eden were not exactly blossoming. Chelsea struggled to gain a foothold and Hazard cut a frustrated figure, mainly thanks to the poor service from his team-mates. With the game compressed into the middle of the pitch, City had the better of the 10-v-10 passing drills. But they struggled to create chances, as the two Silvas were denied space and time to dictate the game. Striker Gabriel Jesus was equally ineffective when he came off the bench [article-rail-section title=”Most Read In Sport” posts_category=”4″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] In that sense, Maurizio Sarri’s plan was working. It was just hard to see where a Chelsea goal was coming from — a thought which might have occurred to Olivier Giroud as he sat, once more, on the bench. It was nearly half time before Hazard found himself facing goal in a dangerous position. And then he failed to control Jorginho’s pass. Yet Chelsea were quickly ahead as Marcos Alonso worked the ball to Hazard who rolled it back for Kante to smash into the net. Ederson pushed away Willian’s free-kick early in the second half and, although Sane seemed to have a knock, it felt like time for Guardiola to try something else. On came Jesus, a more conventional forward, to play in the central role which Mahrez had taken over from Sterling midway through the first half. Sarri was delighted to get his tactics spot-on and inflict a first league defeat of the season on City It was a minor triumph for Sarri to force the great Guardiola into a re-think but the Italian wanted three points, not plaudits. By now, Hazard was playing on his own up front in a 4-5-1. Although he had little chance to show his class, he picked up another assist when David Luiz headed in his corner to seal the game. There was a centre-forward on the pitch when Giroud replaced the Belgian in final minute. And only then did City have their second shot on target of the second half. Sarri, by redeploying his most potent weapon, had spiked the guns of the champions. Hazard has had many more spectacular days. But by going toe-to-toe with City, false nine to false nine, he and Chelsea pulled off their best result of the season.
08 Dec 18
The Irish Sun
POP QUIZ. Who wears No 9 for Manchester City and Chelsea? No cheating! Give up? Cigar and a coconut if you said. . . NOBODY. Eden Hazard won the battle of the false nines at Stamford Bridge What used to be an iconic jersey at both clubs — think Peter Osgood and Niall Quinn — now belongs to no-one, just as the old-fashioned centre-forward sometimes seems like a thing of the past at the very highest levels of the game. Alvaro Morata gave up Chelsea’s No 9 last summer, opting for the No 29 after his twin sons were born on July 29 — although some suggested it was because the shirt has been cursed since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink left West London in 2004. City have not bothered allocating the No  9 since Nolito left in 2017 and he was a bit-part winger, anyway. Sergio Aguero has the goals of an out-and-out frontman but at 5ft 8in he is not your old-school target man, especially under the Pep Guardiola masterplan. The Belgian was instrumental in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Man City [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Chelsea news” term_id=”979″ posts_number=”6″ /] So last night was the battle of the false nines. Eden Hazard versus Raheem Sterling, then Riyad Mahrez, then Gabriel Jesus. And until Hazard teed up N’Golo Kante for the opener, it was a battle City looked likely winners. The main idea behind using a false nine is to draw out opposition centre-backs and create space for wingers or attacking midfielders. Guardiola’s team enjoyed more success in that regard, particularly down their left, and had two good chances before Kante scored. Raheem Sterling started in the same role for City but it did not work out [bc_video video_id=”5977138128001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Raheem Sterling celebrates his birthday by dancing on a train to London ahead of Chelsea clash”] Bernardo Silva’s cross was deflected to Sterling and Sergio Aguero should have put the ball away rather than hit it tamely at Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea’s keeper had to do much better around the half-hour mark when Sterling turned provider, dropping deep and releasing Leroy Sane. At the other end, things in the garden of Eden were not exactly blossoming. Chelsea struggled to gain a foothold and Hazard cut a frustrated figure, mainly thanks to the poor service from his team-mates. With the game compressed into the middle of the pitch, City had the better of the 10-v-10 passing drills. But they struggled to create chances, as the two Silvas were denied space and time to dictate the game. Striker Gabriel Jesus was equally ineffective when he came off the bench [article-rail-section title=”Most Read In Sport” posts_category=”18″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] In that sense, Maurizio Sarri’s plan was working. It was just hard to see where a Chelsea goal was coming from — a thought which might have occurred to Olivier Giroud as he sat, once more, on the bench. It was nearly half time before Hazard found himself facing goal in a dangerous position. And then he failed to control Jorginho’s pass. Yet Chelsea were quickly ahead as Marcos Alonso worked the ball to Hazard who rolled it back for Kante to smash into the net. Ederson pushed away Willian’s free-kick early in the second half and, although Sane seemed to have a knock, it felt like time for Guardiola to try something else. On came Jesus, a more conventional forward, to play in the central role which Mahrez had taken over from Sterling midway through the first half. Sarri was delighted to get his tactics spot-on and inflict a first league defeat of the season on City It was a minor triumph for Sarri to force the great Guardiola into a re-think but the Italian wanted three points, not plaudits. By now, Hazard was playing on his own up front in a 4-5-1. Although he had little chance to show his class, he picked up another assist when David Luiz headed in his corner to seal the game. There was a centre-forward on the pitch when Giroud replaced the Belgian in final minute. And only then did City have their second shot on target of the second half. Sarri, by redeploying his most potent weapon, had spiked the guns of the champions. Hazard has had many more spectacular days. But by going toe-to-toe with City, false nine to false nine, he and Chelsea pulled off their best result of the season.
07 Dec 18
Emily's RA Database

Title: Mrs. Poe Author: Lynn Cullen ISBN: 978-1476702919 Publisher: Gallery Books Copyright Date: 2016 List Price: $26.00 Lynn Cullen’s Website A poet separated from her husband begins an affair with Edgar Allan Poe. Rating: 4Q – Better than most, marred by occasional lapses. 3P – Will appeal with pushing. Plot Summary: Newly separated from her […]

07 Dec 18
The Hundred Club

Cup-Winners Cup: Winners 1963; UEFA Cup: Winners 1972, 1984; Runners-up 1974. Chelsea have won all three of the European competitions. Arsenal have won two and lost the final of all three. But, for me, London European football is still instinctively about Spurs and West Ham. That’s an age thing, of course. Football is love, love […]

07 Dec 18
Game of the People

CHELSEA fans will never forget Peter Osgood and Ian Hutchinson, they were, after all, two of the key figures in the club’s unforgettable 1969-70 FA Cup triumph. These two players helped define an era, a swaggering Chelsea team that was fashionable, exciting, hard as nails at times and confident to the point of arrogance. But […]

06 Dec 18
Apoptosis and cell death

http://eepurl.com/cvmBlv Efferocytosis / Inflammation The Mitochondrial Apoptotic Effectors BAX/BAK Activate Caspase-3 and -7 to Trigger NLRP3 Inflammasome and Caspase-8 Driven IL-1β Activation – James E. Vince, Dominic De Nardo, Wenqing Gao, Angelina J. Vince, Cathrine Hall, Kate McArthur, Daniel Simpson, Swarna Vijayaraj, Lisa M. Lindqvist, Philippe Bouillet, Mark A. Rizzacasa, Si Ming Man, John Silke, […]

01 Dec 18
CHELSEA/esque

Chelsea vs. PAOK : 29 November 2018. As we set off for the game, with PD driving alongside Lord Parky, and yours truly in the backseat, I spoke to my travelling companions. “You have to wonder why we’re going tonight, don’t you? We’re already through. It’s hardly an important game.” PD soon took the bait. […]

01 Dec 18
Bowmer's Blog

The year of 1979 saw the Sahara Desert experience snow for 30 minutes, McDonald’s introduce the Happy Meal and Michael Jackson release his hit album Off the Wall. More important, it also bore witness to a fantastic 2-0 win for Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Little did we know that 39 years later we would have […]

29 Nov 18
Game of the People

THREE suedeheads sat on the London tube train at Tower Hill station chanting: “We’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, from the Lane.” There I was, with a Chelsea scarf tucked into my coat, on my way to Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea play Manchester City on October 10, 1970. I had just […]

23 Nov 18
Mensch und Kino

Mensch Sein  Billy Wilder – The Hollywood Émigré as Outsider   A film opens with a corpse, two bullets in the back and one in the stomach, floating face down in the swimming pool of a faded movie star – and the audience is laughing. Two musicians, Joe and Jerry, escape the mob by joining […]

21 Nov 18
Object Spotlight

By Rosemary Battles Foy, Nichols House Museum Volunteer Researcher As Thanksgiving approaches, an untitled work in the Nichols House Museum collection (1961.367) draws our attention to hunger amidst plenty. The painting depicts a peasant boy biting down on either a sausage or carrot, grasping it in his bare right hand, his left hand clutching a […]