The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 6

This week’s show sees Damon talking about Liverpool and Damian about Tottenham – but for very different reasons! There are aslo surprise packages and a horror tackle that beats all other horror tackles. Click on the links below to find out more on the stories that appear on this week’s show.

The Good

Steven Gerrard, Ryan Babel

Liverpool bury a seven year hoodoo that has seen them unable to beat Manchester United by beating their North-West rivals 2-1 at Anfield with Babel striking in the second half to clinch the points after a dominant display by Alonso and Mascherano in midfield and another indefatigable contribution by Dirk Kuyt. Good for the Reds.

It was also good for some of the so-called ´smaller´teams in the Champions League this week. Romanian side Cluj caused a huge upset by defeating Roma in the Stadio Olimpico while Cypriot side Famagusta drew nil – nil away at Werder Bremen. Though the Cypriot result was more a reflection of poor finishing by the Germans, the Romanian team Cluj may turn out to be the surprise package of the competition, particularly as they have seven Argentinian players in their squad.

The Bad

Chelsea players argue with referee Mark Halsey (R) after John Terry (L) was sent off during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, northern England September 13, 2008. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN).

John Terry’s red card is rescinded. Why? It was a cynical tackle not a professional foul. He rugby tackled Man City’s Jo when he was through on goal. It was a calculated and clumsy tackle that deserved the red and the three match ban. The FA haven’t shown much spine by listening to Chelsea’s appeal. Bad decision.

Luka Modric and Sylvian Petrov

Bad for my team Tottenham as they were beaten at home by Aston Villa and still await their first win of the season. On paper the squad looks talented but it seems boss Juande Ramos is unsure about his best starting eleven. Another bad start for Spurs.

The Ugly

This week’s ugly is Guthrie’s horror tackle on Hull’s Fagan. Fagan was left with a fractured tibia, and will be out of the game for a long time, as the red mist descended and Guthrie hacked at Fagan twice. Ugly and inexcusable.

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