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CHARLIE CHAPLIN, GRAZIANO’S DRY SPELL, CHELSEA LIFT LEAGUE CUP & LIVERPOOL HIT FORM

They say that Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest and finished second. Wes Brown won the John O’Shea look alike contest at Old Trafford on Saturday, in the eyes of referee Roger East anyway. O’Shea’s foul on Radamel Falcao resulted in sending Brown off during Saturday’s game, much to the bemusement of both players. In fairness to Mr East, Brown was in close proximity to Falcao when he was felled, but clearly never touched the Colombian striker. Irish centre-back O’Shea pleaded with East that it what himself that had committed the foul, but the referee could not be convinced. Maybe he knows how Chaplin felt at failing to convince the judges that he was indeed himself.

What on earth has happened to Graziano Pelle? The Italian striker netted eight goals in his first 17 Premier League appearances. GrazianoPelleHe managed three in three League Cup appearances and managed one on international duty in a European Championship qualifier. Since his last league goal, on December 20th, the 29 year-old has scored just once in 13 games in all competitions for Saints who have managed just one goal in their last five matches. His Premier League goal drought was compounded on Saturday when he fluffed an effort from a yard or so out as Southampton fell to defeat at West Brom. Still, confidence isn’t something the forward is short on; in November he said he was better looking than Cristiano Ronaldo and suggested that George Clooney should play him in a film.

Chelsea won the first silverware of the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday. The Blues didn’t create much in the first 45 minutes, but snatched the lead right on the stroke of half-time through captain John Terry. From then on the Blues controlled the game and scored their second ten minutes into the second half. Kurt Zouma, who has just forced his way into the first team as a centre-back, impressed as a defensive midfielder in place of the suspended Nemanja Matic. Eden Hazard was his usually brilliant and Gary Cahill played well having been recalled to the team. It has been a tough week for Spurs, scrambling to a draw against West Ham last Sunday before being knocked out of Europe by Fiorentina on Thursday night. Their attention must now turn to the race for the top four in the Premier League, but they need a big squad overhaul before that can become a reality.

sm2Similarly to Tottenham, Liverpool had a disappointing night in Europe on Thursday, exiting the Europa League on penalties at Besiktas. Many thought they might struggle against defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, but the Merseysiders victory sends out a clear message that they have high hopes of making the top four. It has taken Pool a while to get going this season. The departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge meant the goals dried up, while the finger was pointed at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for a number of errors which led to the Reds leaking so many at the other end. The Belgian shot stopper looks far more reliable now and a back three of Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren looks likely to plug their defensive frailties. Phillippe Coutinho scored a blinder in Sunday’s win and was named as fans’ Player of the Month for February. Eight wins from their last ten league games has seen Brendan Rodgers’ side move up to 5th, just two points behind rivals Manchester United, who sit fourth.

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