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Many expected that Iker Casillas would be recalled as the first-team goalkeeper after the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti. Casillas was demoted to the bench last season under José Mourinho, but he has been one of the best players for Real Madrid in the last decade. He is also regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Ancelotti, though, has surprised everyone by continuing to start with Diego Lopez in the league matches. The 32-year-old has repaid the faith of the Italian by continuing to perform at an exceptional level.
He has said that he is extremely happy to be challenging for a place in the first team along with a player like Casillas. Lopez was expected to be a benchwarmer when he signed for the club a few years ago, but Mourinho used to say that the decision not to sign Lopez much earlier in his career was a big mistake. Lopez has said that he has been in touch with Casillas for more than 15 years now. He is trying his best to retain the first-team spot that was given to him by Mourinho. Casillas is still used by Ancelotti, but only in the European matches.
Lopez was recently the number one goalkeeper in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad during the weekend.
“I’ve known Iker since I was 18, for about 14 years, and I’ve always had a good relationship with him. It’s wonderful to compete in this team with a keeper like Iker. We’re both after the spot and we both give everything we have to play. It’s the manager that decides the rotation. He decides and we have to try to do our best with it. The most important thing is to be ready every day and train your hardest,” said the 32-year-old to Real Madrid’s official website.
Vincent Kompany might feature for Manchester City in their next Premier League game against West Ham United which is going to be played at Upton Park on Saturday.
Kompany had suffered a thigh injury while playing in the game against Everton 10 days back and initially, it was believed that he would need a month to get back to full fitness, but, his recovery has been fast that what was expected and he is set to be back in action. Continue reading →
The transfer window will be shutting down in less than a month and Reading manager Nigel Adkins has revealed that he wants to add a couple of players to the squad, as he prepares to start a bid for the play-off positions. Reading have so far made three major signings in this transfer window, but manager Atkins has hinted that their transfer activity may not be over for the summer. Reading were relegated from the Premier league last season as they finished just above the bottom of the table. However, they have begun the new season in an impressive fashion following the 2-1 win over Ipswich on the opening day of the campaign.
Adkins said after the match that the squad needs a couple of reinforcements in order to last through the whole season. The former Southampton manager was appointed as the replacement for Brian McDermott, who was sacked a few weeks before the end of the season. Unlike in the Premier league, Championship clubs require around 30 players in order to go through the whole season through aspects like suspensions, poor form, and injuries. Adkins has said that the target for this season will be promotion to the Premier league.
The club will be able to spend some money due to the parachute payments.
“We need competition, a strong squad and we are still in this transfer window. I’d like to think we are going to bring some more players in to bolster the squad we’ve got. We want to win, we want to get back in the Premier League. No one is guaranteed a place but likewise we are not going to achieve anything with just 11 players. I’ve highlighted the fact that 28 to 30 players are going to need to contribute to handle the demands of the season,” said Adkins to the BBC.
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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has a lot of his hands after taking over from Jupp Heynckes at the start of the season. The club managed to win all the three major trophies including the Champions league last season. As a result, Guardiola, who announced that he would become the Bayern manager in January, has to live up to the expectations right from the start. The former Barcelona manager comes to the German club after four extraordinary years with the Catalan club during which time he won more than 15 trophies.
Hence, there is a lot expected from the former Barcelona captain. Even though Bayern managed to win all the three major trophies last season, Guardiola has said that he thinks the team can be improved even further. Bayern had undoubtedly the best squad in Europe last season. They managed to win the Champions league for the fifth time in their history by beating archrivals Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley. The mix of young and experienced players in the squad was utilised to the fullest by Heynckes who employed a direct style football at times.
However, Guardiola managed teams tend to play their football on the ground. A major difference is expected to come in this regard.
“It was our first serious opponent and it was good, but I know it’s going to be hard at the beginning. We still need time. Some important players are still injured. Our system is not the most important thing. Pep is totally satisfied. Bayern always feel at home in Trentino. This is where we laid great foundations for the treble last season and it’s important to come back to such a place,” said Guardiola. The team is expected to dominate the domestic league, thus leaving them with the expectation of being the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles.