In case you hadnÃ¢ÂÂt noticed, Chelsea meet an old friend tonight. EnglandÃ¢ÂÂs football media is so delighted to have an excuse to glory in Jose Mourinho that even the normally acerbic Martin Samuel has felt obliged to remind his readers why the Portuguese coach is the special one.
A wise proverb says that the year in Brazil only starts after Carnival. So anything in January or early February isnÃ¢ÂÂt so important that it canÃ¢ÂÂt wait after Ash Wednesday Ã¢ÂÂ or better still, the following week.
Cunning old goat that he is, Pep Guardiola has lowered expectations to such an extent that a Jens Lehmann hat-trick in a 3-0 defeat against Stuttgart on Tuesday would be a fine result for his Dream Boys.
The UEFA Champions League returned in style last week with some cracking goals, another swirl of controversy surrounding bald Scandinavian referees and a performance by Wayne Rooney that suggested heÃ¢ÂÂs determined to nick the Ballon dÃ¢ÂÂOr off Lionel Messi.
RESULTS Sat Feb 20 Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland, Everton 3-1 Manchester United, Portsmouth 1-2 Stoke, West Ham 3-0 Hull, Wolvers 0-2 Chelsea Sun Feb 21 Aston Villa 5-2 Burnley, Blackburn 3-0 Bolton, Fulham 2-1 Birmingham, Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool, Wigan 0-3 Tottenham
You know the drill: Portuguese side brings in player from South America. South American player impresses - both in domestically and in European competition. Team in more established league signs said player for big bucks.