Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

To fear a backlash

This week’s English for football phrase is to fear a backlash which means to be provoked into a reaction after something strange or surprising has taken place. So after their shock defeat at home against Sunderland, the reigning champions Chelsea are hoping to bounce back against Birmingham next weekend. Indeed, the Birmingham side fear a backlash as the wounded Chelsea look to demonstrate to their rivals that last weekend’s game was only a blip. To fear a backlash.

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