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It seems apparent that all is not right with Robin van Persie and Manchester United. Following United’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League, RVP stated that his teammates were “often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.” Although he hasn’t openly criticised his fellow United players, it seems that he isn’t best pleased with them.
This puts David Moyes in a perilous position, does he keep Van Persie or does he try to offload him in the summer.
Goals are RVP’s forte and during his tenure at United has he contributed goals by the barrel load. Last season he scored 26 goals in 38 games, while this season he has netted 11 goals in 15 games, meaning the Dutchman is scoring a goal every 1.4 games. Now as a centre-forward that is a phenomenal goal scoring return and one that can only be bettered by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool. So if Moyes were to get rid of Van Persie it’s kind of like cutting off his nose to spite his face. Can you really afford to get rid of the most prolific strikers in the league? Continue reading →
Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has struggled with injuries since making the move to Bayern Munich in the summer. The midfielder has been able to make only 12 appearances in all competitions, as the injury ravaged season only promises to improve. Apart from these problems, Alcantara says that he feels happy at Bayern Munich and he is also glad that he is now playing for Pep Guardiola. It is understood that the presence of Guardiola was a major factor in Thiago moving to Bayern Munich, as there was some interest from other clubs like Manchester United.
Thiago has also hinted that the inability to win a first-team spot at Barcelona – due to the presence of players like Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi – also contributed to his decision. The 22-year-old has already won numerous titles in his career. This is largely because he managed to come through the youth ranks at Barcelona at just the right stage when the club was going to experience its most prolific period in history. Now, he is on course to lifting more titles with Bayern Munich.
He has already won his second FIFA Club World Cup title, while Bayern Munich are favourites to win the league title due to their 11 point advantage. They have also set 1 foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well.
“To join Bayern Munich was a brilliant decision. I had great years with Barcelona, but the transfer helped me a lot to mature into a better footballer and also to mature as a person. Everything is a perfect fit in every respect. Of course, it is difficult to win a first-team role (at Barcelona) due to the presence of Andres Iniesta and Xavi. They are great players. I have a lot of respect for them. But it was not about winning their place. It was about the whole thing,” said Thiago.
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has chosen to blame fitness as the reason for his strikers firing blank for the second consecutive matches the Premier league. City failed to score for the second consecutive match after a 0-0 draw with Norwich City. This was preceded by a 1-0 defeat – their first home this campaign – against title rivals Chelsea. Many felt that this was a result that would soon be forgotten given City’s attacking nature. However, they were about to face one of the teams struggling against relegation – Norwich. Continue reading →
Juan Mata’s playing time with Chelsea became severely limited on the moment that Jose Mourinho arrived to the Premier League and made his return to the club where he accomplished many things, Chelsea.
Even though the arrival of Mourinho to Chelsea has seen the club locate themselves into the top spots of the Premier League and also qualified into the last 16 teams of the Champions League, some players are unhappy with the Portuguese being at the head of the club.
Juan Mata has already stated his situation in Chelsea as the Spanish midfielder wants to leave the club and the desperate need to a forward that can score goals for the Premier League side; it is quickly becoming likely that Mourinho offloads Mata and make way for a striker.
Atletico Madrid is suspected to be preparing an offer for Mata and reports are already linking Mata with a possible loan deal for the midfielder. Inter Milan and Napoli have also displayed their interest in signing Juan Mata.
When Mourinho was asked about his decision of leaving out Juan Mata for the majority of the season, the Portuguese coach responded by saying:
‘’I try to do my job forgetting that I am a soft heart and pretending that I am a hard heart. With decisions I have to make, many times it hurts me, many times it hurts him. But the best way to do my job is to think that the team is more important than any player. When I have to make decisions, I always try to make it a cold one, icy, analyzing the situation and trying to make the best decision for the team. But yes, it hurts me’’ Mourinho said.
If Juan Mata does decide to stay in Chelsea and having a limited time on the field playing in the main squad, it is very clear and safe to say that his chances to appear in Spain for the 2014 World Cup will take a hit and even though Vicente del Bosque might still add him to the 23 man list, it is likely that Mata will just be going on as a substitute player and nothing more.
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Everton boss, Roberto Martinez, is keen to tie wonderkid, Ross Barkley, down to a new long-term contract at Goodison Park as he attempts to build on what he regards is one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League.
Barkley has also broken into the England team and featured in the recent friendly defeats to Germany and Chile.
The talented youngster signed a four-and-a-half-year deal in December 2011 but is likely to be offered new improved terms, with former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic boss Martinez saying: “You can imagine we are always working behind the scenes to try to reward youngsters who do well at the club, and Ross is clearly that. Continue reading →