Daily Archives: April 5, 2017
Chelsea chase Real Madrid striker
Chelsea are chasing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. According to Don Balon, the London club head coach Antonio Conte is eyeing Real forward Benzema. Arsenal and Juventus, reportedly, are also following the France international. Benzema is said to have come close to joining the Gunners last summer, while Juve have lodged a bid for the 29-year-old. Conte is reportedly a huge admirer of Benzema and feels he would be a solid addition to his Chelsea squad.
Revealed: United beat Real to land Pogba
Manchester United beat Real Madrid to the signing of Paul Pogba last summer, it has been revealed. According to Radio Cope, the France international midfielder met Real president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane without his agent Mino Raiola. The La Liga side offered the £89m man £5.1m (€6m) per season, half of what United put on the table. Raiola then told Pogba about Real's offer and the midfield maestro decided to make the switch to link up with Jose Mourinho. Ex-Juventus midfielder has been hit and miss since his summer move. He has netted seven goals and chipped in with four assists in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Ibrahimovic: “I didn’t come to Old Trafford to waste time”
The Red Devils striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned Manchester United he did not come to Old Trafford to "waste time" after another frustrating draw against Everton on Tuesday. The Swede scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw, cancelling out Phil Jagielka's first-half strike and taking his goals tally for the season to 27. "A lot of things have to be settled," Ibrahimovic told MUTV after the game. "It's not like I'm 20 and I have another five or 10 years.”
Guardiola to his players: “Changes are coming this summer”
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players that changes are coming this summer. The Premier League side, who are currently fourth in the table, have enjoyed a mixed first season under Guardiola and head into Wednesday night's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge trailing the Premier League leaders by 11 points. "We will think about [making changes], we will discuss with the chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak], Txiki [Begiristain, the director of football], all the bosses," Guardiola said. "Every club wants to improve and, of course, the changes are necessary but we are going to discuss at the end of the season. "At the end, the players decide for themselves through their performances on the pitch."
Clichy: Music improves team’s performance
Manchester City defender Dael Clichy is sure a team's dressing room playlist is capable of improving performance. "I have been announced the official DJ of the dressing room," the full-back told Goal.com. "I think it is very good for me, because I am still learning how to be a DJ and it helps me. I don't have much experience and this way I am learning. "I feel under pressure now, because last week I read an article that the the right music can improve the players' performance by 10% in sports. So before big games I understand that I should play a playlist which is not just for me, because what I like others may dislike," the French international concluded.
Atletico Madrid representatives best in March
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is named the Manager of the Month in Spanish La Liga, while his team's forward Antoine Griezmann takes the Player of the Month award. The Madrid side have won three ut of the four La Liga games in March, recording another draw. This helped them occupy the third position in table. Important to note, that they have accumulated equal amount of points with Sevilla, however they are ranked higher due to tie-breaking rules. Antoine Griezmann, in turn, has scored five goals in four games of the Month. Overall the season in La Liga is effective for the Frenchman, as he has netted 14 goals in 28 games.
Enrique: I’m surprised by Juventus criticism
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique shred his opinion about Juventus, as they preapre to face the Italian side in UEFA Chempions League quarterfinals. “Juventus are a great team and I’ve been surprised by the constant criticism they’ve received,” Enrique told his press-conference. “Juve scored right away through [Sami] Khedira, and then they were no longer able to get the ball of Napoli, who are one of the best teams in the world in possession. “They [Juve] are a tough team and on Wednesday they’ll meet Napoli again in the Coppa Italia where I’m sure we’ll see a different game. “They always criticize in Italy, but Juve picked up an important point.” Let us recall that Juventus will host Barcelona on April 11 for Champions League quarterfinals. The second-leg is planned on April 19.
Conte wants Italian assistant, contrary to Chelsea opinion
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to hire an Italian assistant manager, while Chelsea board insist on English coach in the staff, The Times informs. The manager wants his assistant to be Italian so that he can discuss some tactical plans in his native language, keeping the secrecy. On the other hand, Chelsea want an English coach, so that the managerial continuity in the club is kept in case of head coach dismissal. Antonio Conte's current assistant Steven Holland announced he will be leaving the coaching staff by the end of the season. Important to note that the Italian manager blocked the transfer efforts of the club aimed to acquire Barcelona forward Neymar. He wants Alexis Sanches (Arsenal) and Romelu Lukaku (Everton) instead.