Movie Ranking: four / five
Movie Ranking: four / five
Ronald Koeman knows that Chelsea would be hurting quite a lot after losing their pre quarter final tie in Europe versus Paris Saint-Germain and they would be firing from everywhere this weekend when they take on Southampton at their home ground.
The Chelsea fans are a little annoyed at the moment as they had not expected that Champions League elimination, not at such an early stage for sure. They are having a go at the club management.
Jose Mourinho is being absolutely slammed, but, according to Koeman, the Blues boss does not give a damn to the criticism.
Koeman was Mourinho’s colleague when both of them were working alongside at Barcelona.
There is mutual respect between the two and it was clear from the way Koeman spoke about his counterpart in the pre match press conference.
The Southampton manager was quoted as saying, “The greatness does not come without criticism. If you are world class, you are going to have to deal with negatives as well and knowing Jose, I am sure he would not be flustered a single bit. He does not mind people coming at him”
“And, I don’t think this defeat in Europe has harmed his reputation. He has a lot of achievements to show in his CV and he has also earned respect of the players over the years. Whichever player he has worked with would be impressed with him. You go and ask anyone and you would get the same thing to hear.” (more…)
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Paul Pogba at the age of 21 is making a name for himself at a huge scale as the French midfielder was named as the best young player during the 2014 World Cup and he is regarded to be as one of the best young players in the entire world.
MassimilianoAllegri has even tipped Paul Pogba to one day become the next big thing as a player that is only capable of leading his club but also his country as there has never truly been a French player who can even compare to ZinedineZidane but Pogba could be that player.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the clubs that have seemed to be most interested in signing the French midfielder from Juventus and the coach of the Italian team has already admitted in saying that if a good enough offer is launched for Pogba then he could leave Juventus. (more…)
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Online video Score: four / five
Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo has claimed that the Brazilian national team are slowly evolving under new boss Dunga, who is in charge of the team for a second spell.
The former World Cup winning captain returned to the national team job after the Brazil FA sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari following a very disappointing tournament. Dunga has immediately tried to ring the changes may recalling a number of important players and also youngsters were new to the team. Players like Kaka and Robinho are some of the names who were absent at the World Cup but have featured in the recent squads announced by Dunga. (more…)
Movie Ranking: 4 / five
Frank Lampard has made a huge impact during his loan stay at Manchester City as the veteran midfielder is mostly being used as an impact substitute player but even with the limited amount of time that Lampard has on the pitch; somehow he manages to make the most of it by scoring goals and making noteworthy performances.
The experienced midfielder scored his 174 Premier League goal a few days ago when Manchester City defeated Southampton with a scoreboard of 3-0. One of those goals was netted by Lampard who entered the pitch at the 65th minute.
Lampard is expected to join the MLS side New York City in January but after having gone through such an impressive stay with Manchester City, there are rumors that his contract could be extended as Lampard has been receiving praise from players everywhere.
“For me, what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training. You see him at training: He is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home. He won everything with Chelsea, he’s a legend in football and he’s still playing like he’s 18 years old.” Pablo Zabaleta said as he praised his teammate Frank Lampard.
Sergio Aguero is another player that did not hesitate in expressing just how much of an impact Lampard has made since arriving to the Etihad Stadium a few months as the Argentine forward said:
“He’s been a really important player for us, a key player. Whether he starts the game or comes on in the second half, he’s played a really key role in most of the games he’s featured in. It would be fantastic if he could stay, he’s a Premier League legend and it’s been a real pleasure for me to line up alongside him’’ Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero said.
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Fulham’s new permanent manager Kit Symons says that he wants to take advantage of the poor form at Blackpool to get another three points for his club. Blackpool have become the latest Championship strugglers after losing four games on the bounce. This has seen them part company with José Riga, who lasted just 15 games in charge of the club. They have appointed former Birmingham City manager Lee Clark as his replacement. He lost his first match incharge of the club after a 2-0 defeat against Ipswich Town. Despite this, Blackpool remain defiant that they can get away from relegation trouble even with all the financial problems.
It was only a few years ago that Blackpool were in the Premier league under the management of Ian Holloway. Even though they continue to receive the parachute payments, the club has been slowly slipping down the table. There is real danger of relegation after the rest of the pack have cut off in the last few weeks. Blackpool need to make up eight points just to get level with Bolton Wanderers in the 23rd place. They also have to come up with a further nine in order to catch Fulham, who have done well since the appointment of Symons.
“Good results at home give you a platform to build on and I remember when I was a player, we fancied ourselves against anyone at Craven Cottage. That’s the kind of atmosphere I want to create here again, it’s early days but we are getting there. We want to carry that on on Wednesday, it what will be a very tough game, and we will have to be on top form to do so,” said Symons. “Jacob’s very versatile and he’s got an abundance of pace and great attacking ability,” said Blackpool manager Lee Clark about the club’s new signing, Jacob Murphy, after his first match.