Mexico international Javier Hernandez has paid tribute to Juan Carlos Osorio shortly after it was confirmed that he has stepped down from the managerial role with El Tri. The 57-year-old had been with the national team for the past three years where he produced a number of impressive results including a shock win over Germany at the World Cup. Despite this, Osorio snubbed the prospect of a contract extension with El Tri and he has now decided to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Amidst this, Hernandez has taken his time to praise Osorio via his Instagram account and believes the Mexican was one of the best managers he has worked under during the course of a nine-year international career, he penned: “Thank you for these three years, profe. Thanks for so much. There are mixed feelings. The thankfulness is what sticks out the most because our paths crossed.
Scottish football heavyweights Celtic are reportedly close to completing a deal for Liverpool teen star Rhian Brewster. The Scottish Premiership side are keen on acquiring the services of the teenage sensation.
Brewster is a top rated youngster at Anfield and the Reds are open to allowing him go out for further development. He played a key role as England won the Under-17 World Cup last year and was part of the young players’ former Reds coach and now Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers signed. Rodgers signed Brewster from Chelsea and is keen on working with him again at Parkhead.
With due respect to the current political turbulence between Russia and Ukraine, FIFA boss has declared to keep the two national football teams separate at 2018 World Cup finale- in case Ukraine qualifies & there is no improvement in the relation between the two Balkan nations.
“You could be certain about it”, stated the FIFA President while inquired whether the teams would be placed apart in tune with the latest hostile political climate where Kiev is accusing the Russian capital of supporting Russian separatists along east Ukraine.
Blatter was recently on a trip to the Russian capital to unveil the 2018 World Cup logo and inspect the preparations in Putin’s territory for the mega event. Amidst huge criticisms against Putin from many quarters for hosting the World Cup in a war infested scenario, the FIFA boss extended full support for the Russian head’s decision, asserting that political situations shouldn’t affect sports. There were calls to shift the upcoming World Cup to some other venue given Russia’s declining relation with Ukraine.
“A boycott can’t achieve anything & doesn’t get any positive effect”, emphasized Blatter. “FIFA is in full support of World Cup 2018 in Russia. When we got letters advising shift of the World Cup venue, we said that it’s football. We have full faith in Russia & their government.”
“Mass media must back up here”, continued the FIFA chief.”We had similar experiences in the past during the Sochi Olympic Games. However, during & after the Sochi event, there wasn’t any bad word spread regarding the Games. Being the biggest nation of the world, Russia is always under the influence of world press. Football would not only unite the country but would also prove to the entire world that the sports stand stronger in comparison to any sort of protest movement.”
The start of a new season brings forward new players to a club and in some cases new managers whilst this is not the situation of Real Madrid as they will be sticking around with Carlo Ancelotti, the man that made his debut in charge of the club by winning the Champions League and the Copa del Rey they will be however introducing new players to the pitch as well as a new third kit for this season.
The new kit was designed by Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and features 2 dragons which are supposed to represent: ‘’the power, greatness and glory’’ of the club. This all-black kit will be worn during the Champions League journey that Real Madrid will be going through in this season.
During the unveiling of this new kit, Gareth Bale took the chance to express some of his own and the clubs’ objectives for this new campaign as the Welshman wants to make history with Real Madrid by becoming the first club to protect the Champions League silverware.
Gareth Bale said: “I think for all of us at the club, to win the Champions League was a dream last year and it was one the club has been trying to win for a while. We’re now looking to the future and want to win the Champions League again and win as many trophies as we can. We want to try and make history and be the only club to win the Champions League back-to-back. There’s always pressure at a club like Real Madrid and we love to thrive off that pressure. We’ll be doing that again this season.”
The Welshman is eager on lifting more trophies with Real Madrid but it will be easier said than done as their rivals Barcelona has strengthened their squad by signing players such as: Luis Suarez, Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu. Barcelona is also hungry for titles.
The poor run of form for Barcelona came to an end after they managed a 2-1 defeat of Athletic Bilbao in the league to stay in touch with leaders Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.
Barcelona’s form has been criticised throughout the season, while their style of play has come under increasing pressure from the home supporters. Barcelona have deviated quite a lot from the Guardiola days when they used to play with the ball at the feet of the players. Now, the team is looking for a long pass at every opportunity. Read more
Real Madrid has cemented its place in the semi finals of Nyons and all credit goes to Sanchez who controlled all the men of the opponent’s team in just only 55 minutes which decided the fate of the game. Only 10 men of the Madrid team made a 1-0 victory over the Sant-German team of Paris which visibly struggled to make their way to the nets battling through the Madrid men.
The players of Paris made an excellent start right at the beginning of the match but only after Sanchez’s active take on the match, the Paris men started losing their control over Real Madrid men. Even though lost to play with their fellow players right in the middle of the match after seeing red card for his aggressive moves, the Paris players, could not make its benefit out of this. Saint German players thought of improving their game when the Real’s became 10 from 11, but adroit skills of the Real players left no ground for the Paris men.
Striker Coman also presented an excellent show by putting up a great defense against the opponents, and Ismael Cerro also showed his acrobatic skills on the ground to make his fans happy. However, the Real Madrid men enjoyed the entire support of their thousands of fans cheering the team from the stands. But instead of becoming weak after losing one player from their team, the Real players braced up and gave a tight challenge against the Paris team.
Sanchez’s head from a corner decided the fate of the match immediately proving that performance from great players, no matter, how much they are less in number can fix victory for a match. However, the Paris Sant German team thought that, after making its place into the quarter finals, they will put up a straight battle against the Spanish club, but failed to materialize their plan and gave in to the skill and strategy of the Real Madrid players.
The match called in a great crowd at the stadium that not only cheered for the Real Madrid players but also helped improved the morale of the Spanish men.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has for the first time stated that the decision by the club to sell midfielder Mesut Ozil to Arsenal was a mistake. The German international was sold to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window for a hefty transfer fee of £ 42.5 million. This huge transfer fee helped Real Madrid offset some of the £ 86 million they paid to Gareth Bale. Even though Ozil had a fantastic start to the season, his form has dipped in recent weeks. He was a key player for the Spanish club during the time of Mourinho.
However, there has been bad mouth between the two parties after his departure to Arsenal. Real Madrid have criticised Ozil for not being professional, while the German has claimed that it is almost impossible to make 150 appearances in three years without being professional. Ozil claimed that he did not feel wanted at Madrid when they decided to sell him in order to raise money for Bale’s transfer. Sami Khedira recently revealed that he was the first to be subjected under transfer rumours, but the club later decided to sell Ozil instead.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals in 17 appearances for Arsenal in the league, as they currently top the table after 22 matches. He was recently substituted in the 2-0 win over Fulham after a very poor performance.
“I think we made a mistake when we gave him the possibility to leave the club. However, we have fantastic strikers and don’t need a back-up after Higuain’s departure,” said Ancelotti.
Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the main strikers for Real this season. Ancelotti has said that the Spanish outfit do not plan to sign players in the January transfer window and it does not exist as far as they are concerned.
Barcelona is once again topping the Spanish League, La Liga ahead of everyone else with 37 points claimed and 12 victories out of 13 so far. The Champions League is the same story as they remain undefeated in both tournaments although things might just begin to take a turn for the worst.
The star player of Barcelona Lionel Messi is already confirmed to be injured and not able to play for the remainder of the season in a month that the Argentine will want to forget as he has been facing a dry run of goals and a significant drop in performances during these past few months.
His drop of form has been so noticeable that C.Ronaldo is the favorite on claiming the FIFA Ballon d’Or on January who is enjoying a stellar season with Real Madrid.
Xavi Hernandez is another player that recently picked up an injury and his recovery is still uncertain.
Barcelona’s official website stated:
The club’s medical services have revealed that Xavi Hernandes has a thigh strain in his left leg and over the last few training sessions has been given specific work to help his recovery, which will determine his availability for Saturday’s game against Granada.
This means that the Catalan club might miss out from their 2 most creative and key players for Tata Martino in what is a busy stage of this season, although they should still be able to cope without having Messi or Xavi available as they have a vast amount of players ready to fill in the spots.
Manchester United have shown interest in signing Andres Iniesta but that might just be a little too far-fetched for the English club as the Spanish midfielder is close on extending his current contract with Barcelona.
“We are close to agreeing a new contract with Iniesta,” sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Radio Catalunya.
“I think it could happen before Christmas.”
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi recently suffered an injury that ruled him out of action for up to 3 weeks. Even though the injury blow is softened by the fact that the midweek internationals will take up 15 days of that period, Barcelona will undoubtedly miss him according to midfielder Sergio Busquets.
Even though they are one of the best clubs in the world, the presence of Messi makes a huge difference to their play. Messi has been the best player in the world for the last four years, which has been acknowledged by the four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards he has won in succession. Read more
The manager of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, has expressed his disappointment over his side’s defeat in the recently played match against the local rivals Atletico Madrid.
This was the first occasion in the last 24 years that Atletico secured a win over Real in La Liga.
However, despite that defeat, Real Madrid is still at no. 3 in the La Liga points table. They currently have 16 points which is 5 less than what the table topper Barcelona has got.
Talking to the reporters at the end of the match against Atletico, Ancelotti said, “Our intensity was not quite up there. We were very slow at the start and you can’t do that against a side which has got a great defense. We conceded an early goal and that made things difficult for us. We lost self-belief after that.”
“It’s not that we were slow in this game only. We were the same in the previous game too and that’s something which is not good at all. We need to do something about it.”
“We will have to go out there with an improved approach. We need to focus harder. We just can’t be this slow against top teams.”
Ancelotti is facing a bit of criticism after Real Madrid’s defeat in the Madrid derby, but, his team’s most popular player Cristiano Ronaldo has backed him. According to Ronaldo, it’s the team which is responsible for the defeat and the manager shouldn’t be blamed.
Ronaldo said, “It isn’t manager’s fault. It’s the players who go out there and perform. So, they should be blamed, not the manager.”
Real Madrid’s next match is a Champions League encounter against the Danish club FC Copenhagen. That’s a home game for Los Blancos and will be played on Wednesday.