From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.09 :: Feb. 28, 2009
Manchester United is now poised on the cusp of history. For weeks now, the English press has been teeming with allusions to the grand ‘quintuple’, a clean sweep of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carling Cup plus the already snitched World Club title. Is this the greatest Manchester United side ever?
This was a day when Manchester United displayed a sense of vulnerability that would not normally be associated with a team whose parsimonious defending had broken all sorts of records of late, writes Daniel Taylor.
A bit like the old Chelsea
The win at Villa Park served to exorcise some of the trauma of the recent past and settled Hiddink into his part-time role at the club, writes Dominic Fifield.
‘Stop grumbling and start winning’
Chelsea’s new manager, Guus Hiddink, wants his key players to take more responsibility for their own performances, writes Dominic Fifield.
The international picture
The way the English critics donned sackcloth and ashes after the 2-0 defeat by Spain in a friendly match in Seville surely flew in the face of logic, writes Brian Glanville.
While footballers are rarely associated with intelligence, Xavi’s composure and understanding of the game makes him the engine room of Barcelona and Spain, able to split the toughest of defences with his deadly distribution, writes Tim Clement.
WHO REIGNS IN SPAIN
Frustrated by injuries
The majority of Finnan’s Espanyol career to date has been spent watching on from the sidelines, writes Tim Clement.
Test Match wins do not come easily - Strauss
"Obviously when you get so close to winning a Test match and don't make it over the final hurdle it's very difficult to take," said Strauss. "It almost feels like a defeat."
Dhoni’s Midas touch needed
On a personal level, the New Zealand tour can be extremely demanding for Dhoni. He has to stay fresh mentally and physically since he will not get any rest. Besides, this will be the first time that he will be leading in an away series. It has been a long time, too, since India won in New Zealand.
Moving up in the world
Growing up with a cricketing family equipped Stuart Broad with a fierce appetite to succeed. Now Andrew Flintoff’s injury has given the Notts paceman a chance to stake a claim as a frontline bowler.
The game can't live without woods
Tiger Woods's absence through injury has only enforced the belief that he is bigger than the sport.
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