From 'La Decima' to simply dismal. The somewhat pointed decline of Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the 10 months or so since they carried off a 10th European Cup in Lisbon will not be measured by a 4-3 defeat to FC Schalke in the Bernabeu in the last-16 of the Champions League, harrowing though it all was, but by how much Barcelona gorge on the carcass of a season that is rapidly becoming a death rattle.
A 5-4 aggregate win felt like the beginning of the end for Los Blancos. Madrid are in real danger of losing the plot and the lot to Barca. The Spanish economy looks to be in a healthier
Sense of entitlement is rapidly turning into a sense of foreboding for Los Blancos, writes Desmond Kane.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Wed, Mar 11, 2015 08:12 GMT
From 'La Decima' to simply dismal. The somewhat pointed decline of Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the 10 months or so since they carried off a 10th European Cup in Lisbon will not be measured by a 4-3 defeat to FC Schalke in the Bernabeu in the last-16 of the Champions League, harrowing though it all was, but by how much Barcelona gorge on the carcass of a season that is rapidly becoming a death rattle.Read More »from Carlo Ancelotti’s haunted Real Madrid face losing the lot to Barcelona
TV documentary on snooker's world champion Mark Selby was truly inspirational viewing, writes Desmond Kane.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Sat, Mar 7, 2015 13:49 GMT
The image of him clasping snooker's greatest silver pot fails to tell you the real story that Mark Selby was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Far from it. Mark Selby is a world champion who has been battered with greater emotional body blows than a barrage of century breaks. He could easily have quit and disappeared between society's cracks, but Selby has made it through the rain and kept his point of view.
Like the Steve Davis-Dennis Taylor world final from 1985 and a salivating 18.5 million television audience, an engrossing documentary Mark Selby: Life of a World Champion trulyRead More »from Snooker: Mark Selby a working class hero in sport wrongly accused of lacking characters
Chelsea are poised for another glorious period under the Portuguese coach, writes Desmond Kane at Wembley Stadium.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Sun, Mar 1, 2015 22:18 GMT
Is it white and gold? Or is it black and blue? No. The colour is blue. The colour is unmistakably royal blue. At the end of a week when the world appeared to lose the collective plot over the hue of a woman's dress, there was no risk of colour blindness, or any other debatable perceptions, assaulting the senses at a saturated Wembley. "Blue is the colour, football is the game, we're all together and winning is our aim.." as the classic Chelsea song goes. The old tune was rightly belted out with great gusto here.
What just over 89,000 witnessed was blue flags waving before, during and after aRead More »from Blue Is The Colour: League Cup glory just the start of Jose Mourinho’s second coming
Manchester City encountered more tough luck against a Barca side wearing its best poker face, writes Desmond Kane.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Tue, Feb 24, 2015 21:44 GMT
This is what happens when the chips are down. Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué were snapped in a Barcelona casino late on Sunday evening, but there was no sign of Luis Suarez. Judging by the latest breathtaking frolics in the great Champions League wheel of fortune, it was probably of rich benefit to this bejeweled Barca squad.
Wearing a football version of a fluorescent yellow tuxedo, Suarez obviously decided to save his best game of poker for Manchester. The Catalans made off with a 2-1 win to leave City on the verge of Champions League bankruptcy. It was all prompted by the UruguayanRead More »from Luis Suarez's gambling instincts prove golden as Barcelona show why the house always wins
Celtic Park on a grand old European night: £5.136 billion of Premier League TV cash can't buy greatest atmosphere in world football
Nor can the frisson inform some former players. Chris Sutton should know his history. Even if Steve McManaman doesn't, observes Desmond Kane.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Fri, Feb 20, 2015 14:03 GMT
Steve McManaman knows all about revelling in gilded moments in Glasgow. The former Liverpool winger scored a solo goal of the highest order at Celtic Park in the first round of the UEFA Cup back in 1997 when he bounded almost the length of a rocking Glasgow ground's playing surface before sliding the ball into the corner of the net to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw.
It proved to be the equivalent of a dagger to the chest of Celtic as a 0-0 draw in the return leg at Anfield helped the English team progress to the second round of the old knock-out tournament.
McManaman also knows about leaving itRead More »from Celtic Park on a grand old European night: £5.136 billion of Premier League TV cash can't buy greatest atmosphere in world football
Cristiano Ronaldo is Pretty in Pink: The party goes on for Real Madrid icon, a man of all style and all substance
Crisis? What crisis? Desmond Kane on why we should all be Cristiano Ronaldo fans.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Wed, Feb 18, 2015 22:30 GMT
If only every footballer could look this good in a tasty little pink number. No disrespect, but big Karim Benzema doesn't quite carry if off with the same elan. Who does, apart from metrosexual man? In case us footballer lovers didn't know it, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to look down on others from his throne at the summit of the world game.
Judging by the immaculate condition of him against a game and hardly useless lot representing Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke in Madrid's 2-0 win, he is going to take some shifting.
For some barmyRead More »from Cristiano Ronaldo is Pretty in Pink: The party goes on for Real Madrid icon, a man of all style and all substance
Jose Mourinho's 50 Shades of Grey: Chelsea's parked bus is suddenly team's main attacking weapon in Europe
Chelsea ride their luck, but at least they are not left nursing PSG's sense of regret.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Tue, Feb 17, 2015 22:03 GMT
One chance, one goal. Three weeks for Paris Saint-Germain to live with the regret.
In a Champions League contest witnessed by two of Britain's most fabled football explorers in David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson, this was hardly a moment in time to revel in joie de vivre, but the good fortune that clamped itself to Chelsea was akin to the evening that Becks, Fergie and Manchester United got lucky against Bayern Munich in Barcelona some 16 years ago.
Chelsea should crow about the goings on here. They did little or nothing apart from watching Branislav Ivanovic contribute his customary goal.Read More »from Jose Mourinho's 50 Shades of Grey: Chelsea's parked bus is suddenly team's main attacking weapon in Europe
Branislav Ivanovic could face FA action after appearing to try out astonishing headbutt on James McCarthy
Desmond Kane was at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea preserve 21-year unbeaten home league run against Everton amid some ugly scenes.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Wed, Feb 11, 2015 22:34 GMT
The last time Everton won at Stamford Bridge in the league, Bill Clinton was US president, John Major was in Downing Street, Stay Another Day from Walthamstow's East 17 was heading for number one in the UK charts and Tom Cruise's Interview With The Vampire was doing a roaring trade at the box office.
Ah well. After Willian's last-minute goal in Chelsea's frantic but merited 1-0 win over Everton, it seems that some things were meant to last. Even Branislav Ivanovic.
How Ivanovic lasted the full match here remains something of a mystery. The Serbian right-back really was fortunate not to walkRead More »from Branislav Ivanovic could face FA action after appearing to try out astonishing headbutt on James McCarthy
The great Aaron Ramsey mystery: Arsenal's struggle to control injuries provides greatest threat to prosperity
Latest injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez raise question marks over club's approach.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Wed, Feb 11, 2015 13:28 GMT
Hamstrings could yet leave Arsenal hamstrung. The relief of rebounding from the 2-1 defeat at north London foes Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Leicester City last night was somewhat soiled by injuries to Aaron Ramsey, another gripping hamstring strain did for his return to action, and Alexis Sanchez, who sustained a blow to the knee.
Sanchez is a football player who has taken on the form of a packhorse in Arsenal's quest to reach the top four, and all the Champions League goodies that accompany such an exalted positionRead More »from The great Aaron Ramsey mystery: Arsenal's struggle to control injuries provides greatest threat to prosperity
Manchester United manager's treatment of his captain sums up all that is unappealing about his brand of football.By Eurosport | Desmond Kane – Mon, Feb 9, 2015 14:35 GMT
Manchester United travelled to London by train on Saturday. It is fair to assume the tea and sarnie served via Richard Branson was more appetising than the fare the United supporters sampled a day or so later. The train ride was as close as United came to flying high all weekend.
United battled their way out of the Boleyn Ground with a point they barely merited. The poverty of United's performance became commonplace last season under David Moyes and his angst-ridden tenure at the helm, but the malady continues to linger on under a different cast of characters. It must be said, now firmlyRead More »from Wayne Rooney is wasting away under Louis van Gaal - and it's a dismal sight