Mark Hughes reckons Ryan Shawcross deserves another crack

Mark Hughes, the manager of Stoke City, reckons one of his players; Ryan Shawcross deserves another crack at the international level.

Shawcross had one of the unluckiest international debuts of all time. In his very first game for the Three Lions, he was up against an offensive line which had Zlatan Ibrahimovic in it.

Ibrahimovic succeeded in getting the young man under the pressure of the occasion and made him commit silly mistakes.

Shawcross’ mistakes there in Stockholm cost the Three Lions two goals and the game which was looking like going to be a draw ended in the form of Sweden’s win.

And, Shawcross is finding himself away from the thick of things ever since.

His consistency in the first division has been getting overlooked continuously and the defender even hinted in one of his interviews lately that he has almost given up on a recall anytime soon.

According to Hughes, the England management has been a little harsh on Shawcross.

Speaking about the 27-year old, Hughes said, “You have to feel for Ryan a little bit. He is a far better player than he looked at his debut. The nervousness of the first game, all the pressure and of course, he had a great player taking him on there on the pitch, all those things told on him.”

Manchester City faced Tough Championship League Draw

Manchester City had a tough Champions League draw as they were pitted against Barcelona with a match that kicks off on February 24 at the Etihad Stadium and predictions are already being made as to which team has the upper hand and according to David Villa, the Spanish forward believes that it will be a very close match as both squads have some of the best players in the world but Villa stated that Manchester City is well aware of the weaknesses of Barcelona.

“I think it will be a very close tie. City and Barcelona are two of the best clubs in the world with great players so I’m sure it will be a very good tie to watch. I’m sure that Manuel Pellegrini and all his staff know Barcelona very well. When you face this kind of teams you have to make sure that you make it difficult for them and try to take advantage of their weaknesses.’’ Former Barcelona player, David Villa said.

Before Manuel Pellegrini was selected as the coach of Manchester City on June of 2013, the Chilean manager had already coached a number of clubs including: Real Madrid, Villareal and Malaga just to name a few.

Is the Premier League Race Over?

Just under a third of the Premier League season remains, with each club still slated to play 14 more matches. Typically at this stage, football supporters across England and the rest of the world are gearing up for an exciting finish as the few remaining contenders fight fiercely for the EPL crown. But heading for the home stretch of the 2014/15 campaign, this isn’t the case. In fact, many supporters may already be losing some interest in the Premier League season, simply because the race for the title looks to be all but over.