Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Manchester City target hints at transfer switch

The name Edinson Cavani has cropped up inside the Football Transfer Tavern once again, with John Drayton of the Daily Mail reckoning Manchester City and Real Madrid are leading the chase for the forwards signature.
The 26-year-old has managed 29 goals in all competitions for Napoli this season, and has publicly said he is ready to leave the Stadio San Paolo, putting a host of Europe’s top clubs on red alert.
He told La Repubblica: “I’m fine in Naples, but in football there are lots of things to consider.
“I can only say that I will give my all in this shirt until the last day I wear it.
“Second place is not guaranteed, it’s up to us. We have to make it ours in the forthcoming matches.
“Actually, looking at the team above us (Juventus), not even the championship is decided. We will do everything we can.”

The Uruguayan has scored over 100 Serie A goals, during spells with Palermo and Napoli.
Manchester City have long been credited with an interest, with it apparent they are planning a big summer clear out with a top quality striker the number one priority.
Napoli have placed a £50 million price tag on Cavani’s head – a price you feel only City and possibly Chelsea from the Premier League would be willing to match.
But with managerial uncertainty surrounding Stamford Bridge, as well as in Madrid, City will be hopeful of getting in there first with a bid.

Benitez compares Mata to Zola

Rafael Benitez has praised Juan Mata for his incredible season with the Blues and has compared the Spanish playmaker to Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.
I’m not really sure why Mata hasn’t been talked about as a potential Player of the Year contender considering his performances and numbers this season but his manager has hailed his impact and recognises him as a special talent.
Quoted in The Sun, Benitez said:
“Game intelligence, that’s the key. Juan’s very clever, finds space and technically he’s very good. He has good vision and scores goals.
“These players are difficult to find. He likes to play between the lines, behind the midfielders and in front of the centre-backs.
“Gianfranco Zola was this kind of player, not the biggest but he had game intelligence and could get into the box at the right time.”

He added:
“Juan has assists, goals and has played a lot of games.
“When you are playing for a team who only play one game a week you can be good but he has been playing two games a week for months and is doing really well.
“He’s a really good professional and his numbers are fantastic.
“In terms of his performance on the pitch and in training sessions, it’s not a surprise because we knew him.”

Mourinhho confirmed he will be leaving madrid

The Portuguese coach has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain and those rumors will intensify following the latest revelations from Manuel Alvarez

"Mourinho told us that next year he won't be able to come and give a talk to the coaches because he won't be here," the Canillas president told COPE Deportes. "If Mou goes it will be a big loss to Spanish football. I hope Florentino sorts it out." 

in my own opinion, i find it hard to believe tha Jose will leave... your opinions!!!

Ancellotti denies Rooney Rumours

Ancelotti told reporters that Rooney is an idol at Manutd and it will be impossible to buy him!!!

"Wayne Rooney is one of the best attackers in the world," Ancelotti told reporters. "I think it will be impossible for PSG to buy him. He is an idol at Manchester United."

On Sunday, PSG's former adviser Michael Moulin, who owns French sports publication Le 10 Sport, claimed a deal for Rooney to move to the Ligue 1 leaders has already been completed.

“I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be at PSG next season,” he said

I guess Ancelotti is hiding some truth here!!!    your opinions................

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Stephen Keshi in fresh trouble

Trouble is brewing in the senior national team as the coach has been recalled for failing to attend a technical committee meeting while some backroom staff have been sacked
Nigeria Football Federation board member Emeka Inyama has said that Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has a query to answer when he returns on Monday from California after the trainer left the country without attending the meeting of the technical committee.
it has been  gathered that the coach has been ordered back to the country.
"Keshi has been recalled and he must be in Abuja on Monday if he still cares about his job,” Inyama said.

 The Nigeria National League chairman cried foul about the way Keshi abandoned the Technical and Development Committee for holidays in the USA.
"Keshi was formally invited to the Technical and Development Committee meeting [on Tuesday] to discuss, among other issues, the list of players he released for the matches ahead, his back room staff and misunderstanding between him and some of his players.
"But Keshi did not show up and [the NFF] doesn't know why he did not show up. The fact remains that Keshi applied for a leave to see his family and it has not been approved or confirmed and he travelled. The NFF wants him to be part of all the discussions affecting his team with the committee before he would be allowed to proceed to the US for his holiday, but he chose to leave without permission.

"But he had the time to collect his cars from Globacom on Monday and jet out to the US just less than 24 hours before the Technical Committee meeting on Tuesday. We shouldn't condone what is bad. It will only take 120 dollars to change his ticket from going on that Monday and to go the next day. That is what we are saying. The meeting has a lot to do about his team, Fifa Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers," Inyama said.
On pruning of the Super Eagles' backroom staff, Inyama told that as a result of the lean purse of the NFF, the Federation has relieved nine personnel of their posts while eight officials were spared.
Among the Eagles personnel sacked are: the two assistant coaches Sylvanus Okpala &Valerie Houandinuou, team coordinator, camp commandant, the media officer of the team and the psychologist.
Inyama also confirmed the pruning down of Eagles match bonus as a result of the financial crisis facing the Federation.

No Probleem with Terry taking penalty if needed

The Chelsea coach believes the club captain will have no problem about revisiting the site where his missed spot kick handed the 2008 Champions League final to Manchester United

read on .............   

                 "You cannot just say, 'You and you and you'. The first thing, what matters, is that they have to      be convinced they can score," Benitez told reporters.

"We are confident we will not need penalties. But if we do need penalties, we have enough experience and quality.

"I can remember the 2008 Champions League final, but I don't want to talk too much about that. It's not our problem now. Our problem now is Rubin Kazan.
                   Benitez also admitted that it will be challenging trying to combat complacency, a plastic pitch and the fact that the 80,000-capacity stadium is only likely to have as many as 10,000 fans all at once.....  did i hear what!!!! plastic pith!!! wow, players like mata will hav to keep their feet on the ground to perform better!!
  read on.................
He also said.............. "It will be a little strange. We will not get the extra motivation you normally get from a big, full, stadium. In this sort of situation the players can be too relaxed and go out there without the proper approach.

"So we have to send a message across to our players and then hopefully at the beginning of the game they will realise they need to be concentrated.

"But after what happened for Tottenham at Inter and us against Sparta Prague, they have been warned.

"We have to adapt to the pitch, although the new generation of synthetic pitches are better."

                   RAFA, 90 MINS WILL TELL!! 

PSG proud and not defeated!!

The Sweden international feels the Ligue 1 giants should be proud of their performance against Barca and believes they will come back stronger next year
...............YEA HE IS RIGHT, READ ON..............

IBRA believes that his team PsG showed they are a force to be reckoned with in Europe in the Champions League quarter-final tie against barca. 

look at  what he said.................

      "Many expected the Blaugrana to qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of PSG without any noteworthy problems, yet the Liga leaders only narrowly escaped elimination as they progressed on the away-goals rule after a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes and a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

"We put in a great performance and we can be proud of ourselves," Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"The team showed that we have what it takes to compete with the best teams in the world. We put in two superb performances and did not deserve to go out.

"A lot of people thought that we would lose heavily, but we gave a good account of ourselves. We showed that this team is no joke. We earned respect and I hope we come back stronger next year."

Paris Saint-Germain resume Ligue 1 action on Saturday when they take on Troyes.
     i believe he is right