DeLoreans, sweat, pretence & volleys

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The week began with news that both Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira would be returning to the league – Campbell back to Arsenal, but Vieira rejoining Mancini at Manchester City.

It's like Back to the Future, except it's the past.

Coupled with the chance of Ruud van Nistelrooy returning soon, Sky TV’s constant statements that the Premier League is the greatest league in the world might not be entirely true, except possibly in a Gold Classic version.

Then again, England’s Zinedine Zidane - Emile Heskey - struggles to get a start with Aston Villa.

Which reminds me, time for an update:

As predicted, with their striker Didier Drogba on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, Chelsea are struggling to find the net.

On Saturday, the league leaders were only four up at half-time, adding a paltry three more in the second half.

Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard helped themselves to two goals each, while Florent “I’m just as good as Frank Lampard” Malouda wasn’t quite as good as Lampard and only grabbed one.

Goal of the game was Michael Ballack’s header finishing off a quite brilliant move.

But what stood out most about the goal was during the close-up.

We may be wrong, but it looked as though the effort the German captain made to reach the ball may just have caused him to break out in a sweat.

Now get into that DeLorean car, put your foot to the floor, switch on the Flux capacitor, and travel back to your childhood.

Remember slicing the ball miles wide of a gaping open goal?

If your reaction was the same as The Draw Specialist's, you'd grab hold of your leg and roll around on the ground in “agony” - then spend the rest of the day limping around school.

During Wigan’s win at Molineux this weekend, Paul Scharner missed a chance even Emile Heskey might have tucked away following Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann’s superb penalty save from Hugo Rodallega.

After putting the ball the wrong side of the post, Wigan's Austrian grabbed his knee and re-enacted scenes all over school playgrounds.*


There’s just enough plutonium left, so let’s reach 88mph one more time and  go back to 1970s White Hart Lane.

He may not have “said them things” but what Glenn Hoddle could do was volley a football.

His strike against Manchester United's stagnant Gary Bailey eclipses the wonderfully worked free-kick that created the chance.

Amazingly he did it again that same season against England and Forest keeper Peter Shilton.

Enjoy it Walshey.

*Apologies in advance to Paul Scharner, just in case he has an actual injury.

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