For a fee of €90 million, Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain as the Argentine attacker made a move from Napoli to the Italian outfit in a transfer that has shaken the world of football as the transfer fee is incredibly high for a player that is reaching the 29 year old mark.
When it comes to signing new players, the traditional option that clubs like to go with is to add performers who are fairly young. If a club signs a young player it basically secures the services of that youngster for a long period of time as that performer will probably be performing for the next few years of his career with the club.
Juventus on the other hand splashed out €90 million in a player who exploded in the previous season of the Italian League as he scored 36 goals in 35 appearances, which was way more than any other player of the top tier League.
Even though Gonzalo Higuain spent more than 6 seasons as a player of Real Madrid, he never managed to lift the UEFA Champions League which is widely considered as the most prestigious and difficult piece of silverware to acquire but this is exactly what Juventus is hoping that Higuain can help to accomplish.
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Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Liverpool can have a great chance to win the title next season.
He believes that the team will be free from the distraction of European competition and can make a serious push for the title.
Klopp managed to get Liverpool to two cups finals in his first season in charge, and he will be hoping that this time around he will be able to help his team win the title. Rodgers believe that Liverpool will be free to focus on the Premier League and that they will be able to focus their energy and their time to prepare the team for each Premier League game.
Rodgers, who finished second with Liverpool during the 2013-2014 seasons, knows very well the benefit of being without European competition. Indeed during this famous season, Liverpool were out of all European competitions and were free to focus on the Premier League. The former Liverpool manager said that not playing in the European competition will give you plenty of time to prepare the team and to focus on only one game per week. Continue reading Liverpool can win title according to Rodgers
Lionel Messi is no stranger to analysts going into intricate detail regarding his goal scoring form and style of play – there’s just so many goals to analyse!
Despite being one of the most consistent players of our generation and throughout the whole of history there have been concerns regarding this seasons form in comparison to previous. This is largely due to injury but this may be one season where Messi is outscored and outshined by not just Cristiano Ronaldo, but teammate Luis Suarez. So just how does he compare to other seasons?
La Liga goals
Despite not starting as many games as he would have liked in La Liga, Messi has still accumulated 25 goals in 28 games with an impressive 13 assists, more than everyone but Luis Suarez. Compared to last season however this isn’t as impressive. Messi managed to start all but one game in La Liga last season and score 43 goals, making 18 assists. Both are inherently great records to have despite criticism of Messi this season.
Messi featured in every European game leading up to their final win against Juventus last season (13 games) and managed to score 10 goals – not a bad record. This was accompanied by 4 assists. However, before their exit to Atletico Madrid this season Messi only managed 7 games due to injury although he scored 6 goals making full use of his game time in the Champions League – assisting with one goal.
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The America head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reckons it’s high time the match officials, who are on duty on the pitch, should be allowed to take the help of technology if they want, while making marginal decisions especially the ones related to penalties.
The increase in the frequency of errors made in decision making by referees is something which is discussed a lot. But, still, technology, which can solve the problem, has been kept away from playing any part.
Actually, not a lot of sports have this sort of approach regarding technology as Football has. There is ample use of technology in most of the other sports which are popular around the world and it’s logical
If there is something which can help you in getting your decision right and if that decision can ensure a fair result of the game comes out, why would you not like to bring it into play? Why would you necessarily want to rely on naked eye?
One argument against the use of technology in soccer is that with the current system of the referees passing their verdict on their own and that too instantly, it keeps the excitement factor in the game which would go out if the replays dictate the decision making. Continue reading Jurgen Klinsmann backs using Technology for Matches
Mark Noble says that he has not given up hope of featuring for the England national team. The 28-year-old has played in almost every level of youth national team.
However, he has not been able to feature for the senior team even once in his career. This comes as a major surprise given that Noble has been one of the consistent performers for West Ham since his debut in 2004. As one of the experienced Premier League names, Roy Hodgson may decide to call upon the West Ham star for the upcoming Euro 2016. This is due to a number of injuries especially in the midfield.
The latest squad announced by the England manager for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands does not feature Noble once again. However, the West Ham United midfielder is unconcerned about this aspect and says that he still believes that a door will open for him in the future. Time, though, is fast running out for the player at 28. Noble’s inclusion to the national team has been supported by names like Tony Gale, who is a former West Ham star. In the past, England have been able to get performances out of Scott Parker, who is similar in playing style to Noble. Continue reading Mark Noble still trying to Feature in English National Team
Massimiliano Allegri reckons the recent results have brought Juventus in contention for League glory in Italy, but, he has admitted it would not be that straightforward considering the fact that Internazionale is going pretty strong.
According to Allegri, it would require some serious effort to displace Internazionale from the top.
There’s a 6-point gap between Juventus and Internazionale with each team still having 22 games left to play.
So, it’s very much possible to overcome the deficit in the time duration that is there, but, Internazionale is currently looking strong in all the areas and it’s hard to imagine that they would drop any easy points to give a sniff to Juventus.
Juventus, however, needs to be consistent and hovering around the top.
To Juventus’ credit, they have been able to make a good comeback after being slightly patchy in the starting stages of the summer.
They are presently on a bit of a winning run with 6 wins in a row.
They beat Fiorentina 3-1 in Turin the other day and managed to get back in top 4 in the standings for the first time in the season. Continue reading Massimiliano Allegri reckons the recent results have brought Juventus in contention
Leonardo Jardim reckons the recent win that Monaco secured over Bastia showed that the young team was progressing well. Monaco did not seem to be that comfortable in the initial stages of that game, but, did not lose the plot and hung in there to turn it around later on.
A couple of goals by Traore in the 72nd and the 84th minute respectively gave them the decisive lead and they pulled off another three points to manage to move one position up in the table.
In the post game interview, Jardim was quoted as saying, “It’s been going pretty of late. I am happy with the development that the youngsters are showing. A bit of patience was required today. Bastia is a very compact team and they do not give much to the opposition especially when they play at home.”
“First 45 minutes, we were struggling to match their intensity, but, what’s important was that we did not hand them any easy opportunities and kept ourselves in the contest.”
“Winning tough games like these with a fairly inexperienced team, it’s very satisfactory. We hope we remain consistent in the rest of the season.”
Les Rouges had finished the previous Ligue 1 at no. 3. They would want to have a similar sort of finish this season too. Currently, they are at the 4th position with 27 points in 17 games.
They are behind the toppers Paris Saint-Germain by miles as all the other teams are, but, they have every chance to overtake Angers and Caen which are positioned second and third respectively in the table at the moment.
As far as Paris Saint-Germain is concerned, they are presently 15 points clear at the top and are almost guaranteed for the title yet again.
Real Madrid suffered a huge setback ahead of the first El Clasico by suffering a 3-2 defeat against Sevilla. This defeat was surprising considering that Madrid took the lead early in the match through Sergio Ramos. This goal would have propelled the team to a strong position, but it turned out in the opposite direction after Sevilla came back with vengeance.
The home team appeared unstoppable and were leading 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game. This was after goals from the likes of Llorente and Banega. Their defeat increases pressure from manager Rafa Benitez, who admitted that Madrid collapsed after seeing Sevilla equalise through Immobile.
Madrid are up against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend. This defeat makes the situation extremely was considering that the Catalans can afford to come with just a draw in mind. They have opened a three-point advantage to take advantage of Madrid’s slip. After having failed to win the league title in the last few seasons, success in the domestic competition will be the main priority for Benitez. However, he has split opinions since becoming the replacement for Carlo Ancelotti. Madrid have certainly become more solid at the back but they have also been lethargic in attack. Cristiano Ronaldo once again failed to sparkle amidst rumours of unhappiness.
“We played 30 very good minutes, lots of control, in all levels. Then we let them score at a set-piece. That changed the game. From the second goal we started to make mistakes, they took advantage and scored a third. We came back and scored late, but it wasn’t enough. That was the lesson from the game, in the first half a good Real Madrid for a long time, in the second half we were not able to manage the situation. We should have killed the game in the first half, and we didn’t,” said Benitez.
Vicente Del Bosque, the La Roja boss, reckons that the slightly longer 2015-16 La Liga season is going to harm his team’s preparations for Euro Cup.
With Barcelona having had an additional competition to take part in i.e. Club World Cup, some of the games of La Liga have been rescheduled and the league is going to be a week longer this time around.
This hasn’t amused Del Bosque a single bit.
According to the 64-year old, some of the players of the national squad who are playing in the leagues in other parts of Europe will get free of their club duties earlier and then, they will have to wait for the La Liga guys. It means the whole squad would not be able to have that many training sessions together.
In the words of Del Bosque, “It appears nobody bothers to take La Roja’s interests into account.”
“I don’t have the authority to speak on behalf of federation. But, as manager, I must say the way this rescheduling has been done, it concerns me.”
“Nobody came to me and asked for my views. My answer would have been a big no if that had been the case.”
“It’s not just about a week. The players would actually not get as much time as they could have to gel.” Continue reading Vicente Del Bosque reckons La Liga longer bad for his Team