Portuguese star player Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to UEFA Champions League football this Wednesday as Real Madrid face off with English outfit, Manchester City. The Real Madrid superstar will be encouraged by City’s loss to Southampton in the English premier League this past weekend.
The 31-year old will need no better inspiration to regain his fitness ahead of the clash. Ronaldo who trained on Sunday, will be well aware that Manuel Pellegrini’s big guns will return for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Manchester City. The forward is also aware that City’s boss, Manuel Pellegrini, could yet call on a few of the players that featured in last week’s first leg.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho played the first leg but was hauled off at half time during the weekend encounter. Pellegrini had described the Premier League’s refusal to shift the 4.30pm kick-off to aid City’s Champions League chances as “unbelieveable.”
“Gareth Bale, he’s coming for you!” taunted the gleeful Southampton fans as Dusan Tadic and Shane Long joined Mane in repeatedly racing in behind the City back line. The only standout player for City was 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho who scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season. Continue reading RONALDO SET TO RETURN TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL
James Milner claims that Liverpool are good enough to beat any team on their day.
The midfielder was speaking ahead of the Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund. The first leg will be away from home and Liverpool will be hoping to return with at least an away goal to show for their efforts. After giving up hope of qualifying for the top four, the club aim to reach the Champions League group stages directly by winning the Europa League. The club will have the right to be confident after beating Manchester United comfortably in the previous round.
However, doing the same against Dortmund will be an entirely different proposition since the German club are on a good run of form under the management of Thomas Tuchel. They are only five points from catching Bayern Munich in the German table and this is not a mean feat. Liverpool, meanwhile, are down near the top half of the table struggling to keep up with the clubs like Southampton and Stoke City. Milner, though, says that Liverpool have enough quality within their ranks – and a great manager – to be feeling confident of success against any opposition. The match will mark a return to the Signal Iduna Park for manager Jurgen Klopp, who spent seven seasons at the club. Continue reading James Milner confident on Team’s Performance
Ac.Milan’sSinisaMihajlovic is under pressure in San Siro as his team continue dropping points and are entering the middle section of the Italian League, Serie A standings. There was a point in time, earlier in the season where Ac.Milan had realistic chances of snatching a Champions League qualification spot that would allow them to compete in the European competition in the next season but as the season continues progressing on, this goal seems to be more and more out of their reach.
The 2 latest matches of Ac.Milan has seen them losing against Bologna and more recently, having to settle with a 1-1 draw against As.Roma. Ac.Milan has 3 more matches left to play in January and their opponents are: Fiorentina, Empoli, Internazionale. If the team of SinisaMihajlovic continue playing in their current form then all of these opponents are very likely to claim the win which could see SinisaMihajlovic’s time in San Siro reaching it’s end.
The Serbian manager SinisaMihajlovic took the chance to reveal slight details in relation to the current situation of the club as well as his own future in the Italian club and Sinisa stated that despite all these underwhelming results and performances from his team, he has no plans of resigning.
“Am I risking to be fired? It’s been like this since last summer, it’s part of the game. I am calm, we are improving. Of course we have to score more goals. Our team is fine; there will be some changes because some players are injured. Both Roma and we are doing worse than expected. I know the ambiance in Rome; it’s even more difficult than here in Milan. There is only a solution to get out of this situation: to win”Ac.Milan’s coach said as he disclosed all the rumors that were going on involving him wanting to leave the managerial position of the club. Continue reading SinisaMihajlovic will not resign but he might get sacked
Juventus will not be selling midfielder Paul Pogba in this transfer window after the player reportedly told the club that he does not want a move right now. The French international is seen as one of the potential big-money transfers in this transfer window.
He is valued in excess of £ 80 million by Juventus. At just 22, he has the potential to go on and dominate the centre of midfield in any team for the next 10 years. This, undoubtedly, has been a major reason behind the mammoth transfer fee. The transfer fee itself is thought to be a reason behind clubs not making a concrete offer so far.
Pogba came to Turin as a free transfer from Manchester United back in 2012. Even his former club are reportedly interested in signing him with Manchester City and Real Madrid also leading the pack. After a brilliant campaign with Juventus in which the club won the domestic double and also reached the Champions League final, the performances ofPogba have caught the attention of these clubs. The midfielder made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Italian Serie A team and he scored 10 goals. The box to box midfielder could only improve with experience. Continue reading Juventus will not be selling midfielder Paul Pogba in this transfer window
Manchester United sealed their 4th successive Premier League win on March 22 as the team of Louis van Gaal claimed a 2-1 victory when playing against Liverpool in Anfield.
This recent string of positive results has stopped the pressure and criticism that was building up surrounding Manchester United and Louis van Gaal. The Dutch manager was constantly being placed under heavy fire for some of his tactical decisions but it seems like things are starting to take a turn for the better as the team has shown a significant improvement and it has been showed on the pitch.
MarouaneFellaini believes that his team is playing beautiful football as the Belgian midfielder praised the way that the rest of his teammates have been performing recently.
‘’Our system is based on many good players.We play a beautiful football. We play forward, scoring, putting on pressure. There are great players around.”Fellaini told the media.
Manchester United is fighting for a Champions League spot and is located in the 4th spot of the Premier League having only one point less than Arsenal which is positioned in the 3rd place. Continue reading Manchester United sealed their 4th successive Premier League win
When Mario Balotelli joined Liverpool on August of 2014, fans of the Premier League club had different opinions concerning this transfer as some supporters were happy to see Balotelli making a move to Anfield as he was supposed to fill in the spot that was left by Luis Suarez who had already been sold to Barcelona.
However, things quickly began to fall apart for Balotelli as he could never really manage to adapt to life in Liverpool as he failed to score goals and even though it has not even been 7 months since the transfer was completed there already are rumors being spread around claiming that the future of Mario Balotelli is looking further and further away from Liverpool and now MassimilianoAllegri has praised the player who has not managed to live up to the price tag of €16 million that was spent in order to bring him from Ac.Milan to Liverpool. Continue reading Mario Balotelli transfer a good Decision