Football would always be a funny business. Claudio Bravo just spent the last few months being taunted by every dick and harry with access to internet data, and all it took for the Chilean to become the most popular man on the internet for the past few hours is three straight penalty saves from the spot kicks of three wimpy Portuguese – with Cristiano Ronaldo waiting to take the final kick that would send them to the final.
In a similar manner a tournament – this time Brazil 2014 – gave him the chance to show the rest of the world of how awesome he can be – except when standing between the sticks in the Etihad – the veteran, after the most testing season of his career reminded everyone following this year’s Confederations Cup of his quality.
He always had it. At Real Sociedad where he played over 200 La Liga games; at Barcelona where he played a bit part role till he got signed by Manchester City on Pep Guardiola’s orders – seriously you don’t get picked by such a coach if you got no special in you.
For some reason that still eludes both Man City, the fans and maybe Bravo himself, the Chilean was every shade of awful at the Etihad as his outings became more of “how many mistakes will he make today?” than the actual role expected of a goal keeper. (more…)
La Liga giant Barcelona seems to have found their mojo again.
They did the greatest upset in Champions League football when they defeated French side Paris St Germain 6-1 in the return leg of the round of 16 clash on Wednesday.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was impressive in the game. He has now scored five goals in five games. He was a bit dull in front of goal last month but he has quickly showed why he could be the best soccer player ever. He converted the last-minute penalty against Leganes in the league, then he scored a crucial goal against Atletico Madrid before increasing his tally in the last two matches.
Manager Luis Enrique is usually not given his due when he gets the big results, as many claim Barca is a well set-up team without an special boss. While the coach may leave at the end of the season, the players are keen on giving him a loud ovation when he does. (more…)
Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery says that he is not bothered by the recent media reports that he could be sacked by the French club after a string of poor form since the start of the campaign.
Emery came to the French capital with a big reputation after having won the Europa League in three successive seasons with one team – Sevilla. His remarkable success with the Spanish outfit in the European competition was really one of the major factors in getting the job at PSG, who have been desperate for European success since new owners came to the club a few years ago.
Even though the club have spent vast sums of money in terms of transfer fees and wages, they have failed to appear in the final of the competition. It has been a very poor record, butEmery was expected to bring success. This has not been the case, as the replacement for Laurent Blanc has struggled since taking over in the summer. (more…)
Paul Pogba is not thinking about the move from Juventus according to the club’s sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.
The Frenchman has become one of the most wanted midfielders in world football. Clubs like Barcelona, Manchester City, and Chelsea have been trying to bring him on board. Juventus remarkably secured him on a free transfer when he was released from Manchester United as a teenager. The 23-year-old is valued in excess of £ 70 million, which makes him accessible only to a handful of clubs across the world. Juventus are aware that they cannot hold onto the player for long without Champions League success.
Pogba will see clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich achieve success in this European competition on a regular basis. However, this has not been the case with the Italian clubs in recent times. In fact, Inter Milan were the last Italian team to win this competition and this was back in 2010. Juventus came close to resetting this record, but they were beaten by Barcelona in the final last season. Pogba was part of the team that suffered a narrow defeat against the Catalan club. Even though he has not publicly acknowledged his desire to leave Juventus, there are plenty of rumours suggesting the same. (more…)
AC Milan recently brought in Andrea Bertolacci from Genoa for around € 20 million and the new signings says that the club should do well in the upcoming season at all costs.
After years of mediocrity, Milan are in danger of losing their reputation as one of the top clubs in the world, according toBertolacci, if they do not act quickly. The club recently sacked manager Filippo Inzaghi after finishing in a disappointing 10th place last season. As a result, the club will have no form of European football to look forward to in the upcoming season.
Bertolacci is one of the several big-money signings made by Milan in the summer. This is unlike in recent years when the club has been largely looking forward to bringing in free transfers or deals. Milan have signed only a few expensive players in their history, andBertolacci becomes one of them. Only the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Ronaldinho, and Rui Costa have cost more than the 24-year-old. Since he is just entering into the prime of his career, Milan will be hoping to see the best fromBertolacci for several years. He made six goals in the 33 appearances over all competitions. (more…)
The 23 year old right-back of Porto, Danilo reached an agreement with Real Madrid as the Brazilian defender will be making a move to the Santiago Bernabeu when his current reaches it’s end.
Carlo Ancelotti is well aware that he needed to reinforce the full-back positions of his team and that’s why Real Madrid did not hesitate in spending around €30 million in order to sign Danilo from Porto and now the next priority of Real Madrid is to strengthen the other full-back position, the left back spot and there are already are possible targets that Carlo Ancelotti has in his watch-list.
Jose Luis Gaya is a 19 year old left-back that is being viewed as the next possible signing of Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti will face stiff competition from Chelsea and Manchester City as both of the Premier League clubs are interested in signing the young defender.
Fabio Coentrao has always been considered to be one of the weakest links in Real Madrid and the Portuguese left-back already stated his desire to join Manchester United. It remains unsure if Coentrao will be moving to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window but nonetheless, Real Madrid is looking around for a reliable player that can perform in that position. (more…)
Jose Mourinho is very good at getting into the skin of the opposition. There are few coaches in the world who are as efficient as him when it comes to playing the mind games.
As an opposition player or manager, you might try to pretend that you don’t care about what he says, but, the thing is that he would somehow be able to get onto you with his statements.
There was an instance the previous season when ahead of a home game versus he Gunners, Mourinho had taken a dig at Wenger by calling him failure specialist.
It was a very courageous thing to do at that point of time as Arsenal was playing some high quality Football and was stationed at the first place in the league table.
It could have led to massive embarrassment for Mourinho if Chelsea had been beaten after what he said, but, no, that didn’t happen and that was never going to happen probably. (more…)