We are edging closer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and one of the most interesting groups of the tournament is Group D. Argentina will be expected to win this group, although they did make hard work of qualifying, but the second place is up for grabs, and Nigeria should be targeting this position. With Iceland and Croatia in opposition, things will be tough but the group is going to be close, and every point will count.
The Super Eagles showed their strength in the African qualifying section, and a 1-0 victory over Zambia booked their place in this summer’s tournament before any other African club had made it. With this, they carry the weight of a nation on their shoulders, they have a history of performing well at these events, and this summer they will be expected to do the same again. Continue reading Nigeria Should Target Group Success at 2018 World Cup
Chelsea have been able to complete the signing of Danny Drinkwater on transfer deadline day. The Leicester City midfielder has been a transfer target for the last few weeks.
Manager Antonio Conte has been left frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer activity over the last few weeks. After having won the Premier League title last season, Chelsea were expected to strengthen significantly in the summer in order to cope with the presence of Champions League football. However, it has not exactly taken place and the contrary has been happening at Stamford Bridge.
A number of players like Nemanja Matic and Kurt Zouma have left the club either on a permanent or temporary basis. Diego Costa, who was the top scorer last season with 20 goals in the Premier league, is also on the verge of an exit. The club made a poor start to the season with a surprise defeat against only, but have since recovered to win games against Tottenham and Everton. Continue reading Chelsea Sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester
Zinedine Zidane makes it clear that he is not putting any pressure on the hierarchy to make signings and people are just trying to misquote him with regard to whatever he has said in terms of transfers.
There have been reports that Zidane is eager for new signings especially that of a forward as he doesn’t have the services of Alvaro Morata anymore.
But, Zidane denies that he has gone to hierarchy with any sort of demand as far as the playing resources are concerned. He says he is pretty content with the resources which are there for him to utilise.
As per Zidane, whenever he makes a comment, people try to read between the lines and create a meaning of the comment as per their convenience.
So he wants to make a clarification and put it straight that he is not pushing for the addition of any particular player to the squad, but, then because the transfer window is still open and active, he can’t say that there isn’t going to be any addition at all. There might be. Continue reading Zinedine Zidane Clears on Signups for Club
Pep Guardiola. Everybody knows him as a sucker for perfection; some even dislike him for it, his players inclusive. And it never really mattered in the end.
The results were there and a legend grew out of him. Prior to being promoted from Barcelona’s feeder team, La Masia, Guardiola was practically unknown to the football world.
Fast forward to four years after his Barca appointment and the Santpedor-born had done enough to warrant being tagged ‘the best coaching mind of the 21stcentury.’
His achievement at the Catalan side triggered a chase for his signature between ambitious clubs in Europe. He opted to however join Bayern Munich after taking a one year sabbatical at a time the Bavarians were just partying on their treble success of the Jupp Heynckes-led campaign.
That very achievement made the Spaniard’s metric of success tougher. His best however could only take the Bavarians to three consecutive UCL semi-final appearances and 3 domestic league titles. It felt like a failure, despite the amazing stats. Continue reading GUARDIOLA MUST DELIVER NEXT SEASON
Liverpool have not given up on their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who has become one of the sort of the players in the last few months following impressive performances for the Bundesliga club.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be keen on strengthening the forward line-up, which is likely to see Daniel Sturridge depart. The England international is unhappy with a place on the bench and he is excited to be one of the first needs to leave Anfield in the summer. This would weaken an offence that struggled to create much opportunities when Sadio Mane was at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Even though Liverpool have scored the most number of goals (60) in the Premier League, Klopp thinks that the forward positions can be improved with some strength in depth. Werner would be a great addition, and the player recently spoke highly about Liverpool fans and the possibility of playing at Anfield. Continue reading Liverpool Move After German Forward to Replace Sturridge
Mauricio Pochettino believes that there is a perception about Premiership in the other countries that it is not a great league.
The games are not as tactical as in the other leagues and a majority part of the games involve only long balls like the old times. So, to succeed in it is not a big deal.
Because of this perception, a manager of a different nationality coming to UK may come thinking that he has taken up an easy job, but, that is a wrong mentality to come with because he is not going to find the Premiership like what he would have heard. If he has to succeed, he will have to show some humility towards the competition.
The perception that the competition lacks quality is actually a false perception in the eyes of Pochettino and that he says with conviction because he has spent a decent amount of time coaching in the competition and knows what kind of challenges a coach come across when he comes into it first up. Continue reading Mauricio Pochettino Worried about Perception in other Countries