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Playing surface at Stade Pierre-Mauroy going to Changed Completely

July 18, 2016

After coming under serious criticism for its poor condition, the playing surface at Stade Pierre-Mauroy is finally going to be freshly placed in the middle of the on-going Euros.

The Union of the Football Associations in Europe which is the governing body of the Euros is believed to have conveyed the instructions regarding it to the French Football Federation.

A similar situation had arisen in the Euros in Switzerland 8 years back when St. Jakob Park had been resurfaced.

Talking about are convinced that new surface would be all in readiness come the game day.

However, before all that, there is a game still to be played on the same surface, which is the damaged one, tonight and the teams facing off are the Group E leaders Italy and one of the pre quarter final aspirants in the group, Republic of Ireland.

Completely pissed off after visiting the ground yesterday, Antonio Conte, the Azzurri coach declared the conditions, especially the game area, unsuitable and unfit to be used in Europe’s biggest competition and said he had not expected that. read more …

Chris Hughton disappointed after Brighton Failed to Cross Play-Off

June 30, 2016

Chris Hughton was disappointed to see Brighton failed to achieve qualification play-off final after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg.

A 2-0 loss in the first leg meant that his team were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate. The defeat was especially hard to take considering that Brighton missed out on the automatic promotion spots on goal difference, while they also finished 15 points ahead of Wednesday in the league table. Brighton were only two goals behind Middlesbrough in the goal difference stakes after a draw in the final game of the season.

Hughton has received a lot of praise for turning around the fortunes of the seagulls, but his major task comes ahead in the summer. He will have to motivate his players once again in order to fight next campaign. This will be the hardest part especially given that Brighton came so close to getting to the Premier League. Momentum and confidence always plays a major role when it comes to play-offs. Sheffield Wednesday seem to have more of it especially after their win over Cardiff City to secure the final play-off spot. Brighton, meanwhile, had just failed to achieve automatic promotion after having been one of the best teams in the division throughout the campaign. read more …

Claudio Ranieri too confident on Leicester City

May 20, 2016

Claudio Ranieri says that he is unlikely to witness the game between Tottenham and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Leicester City could potentially seal the Premier League title without kicking the ball, as any other result other than the victory for Spurs would see them crowned as champions. Leicester secured a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday. This improved their advantage over Spurs to 8 points with only two games left. Prior to the game, they needed only three points to win the title. Ranieri says that he will be on the plane to Italy while the game goes on.

Earlier, Chelsea fans and players have expressed their desire to see Leicester win the title ahead of Tottenham, who are their big rivals. After the recent 4-1 win over Bournemouth, the blues will come into the game on a positive frame of mind. They have been criticised in recent weeks for their lack of commitment – since there is nothing to play for – but they are expected to step up their game just in time for this match. Ranieri says that he will at least be to follow the result once his plane lands in Italy. Even if the outcome is not a positive one for Ranieri, Leicester City will feel confident about winning the title at home next weekend. read more …

Euro 2016 Preview: Who Goes and Who Stays

May 17, 2016

For months now speculation has been intense among critics and fans alike as to who will go to France and who will unfortunately have to stay home, with most of the focus being on the England team. As expected, there are undoubtedly highs and lows in the latest reports for both the players and spectators; one team member thought to be disappointed is Arsenal midfielder, Theo Walcott.

The 27 year old could find himself without a place in France as it is said that Roy Hodgson is swinging towards picking Newcastle United’s Andros Townsend instead. Despite there being a couple of weeks left until the final team deadline, it is suspected that Hodgson will select a group of 25 before dropping two prior to May 31st. read more …

Roberto Martinez’s managerial position in Everton is at risk

May 4, 2016

Everton was knocked out of the FA Cup after losing against Manchester United and things haven’t been going any better for Everton in the Premier League either as they are consistently dropping points.

Roberto Martinez and his squad has recently suffered a defeat against Liverpool and had to settle with successive draws against Southampton, Crystal Palace and Watford. The future of Roberto Martinez is now under scrutiny as the board of directors of Everton are having discussions in relation to the managerial role of Martinez after this season reaches it’s end.

There is already a list of potential managers who can replace Roberto Martinez and that are rumored to be in the watch-list of Everton, these managers include: Manuel Pellegrini, Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman.

Manuel Pellegrini is currently in charge of Manchester City but he will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season and the Chilean manager is going to become a viable option for Everton in case that they do decide to sack Roberto Martinez. read more …

Toby Alderweireld confident on Club to face Seven Matches

April 28, 2016

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says that the club are ready to face the next seven games as their finals.

There are only seven matches left in the Premier League with Spurs being five points behind Leicester City. Going past the unlikely table leaders will provide them with their first league title since 1964. Further, it would also be seen as the ultimate achievement by an English club considering the face of competition that includes Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea. The last 20 years have witnessed a determination by the rich clubs, but 2015-16 will be seen as the season in which money did not have a role to play.

City have effectively been ruled out of the title after a 1-0 loss against Manchester United recently. Even though Arsenal remain defiant about their title hopes, this season it is effectively seen as a two horse race with Leicester and Tottenham competing for the title. Leicester were in the relegation zone 12 months ago, while Spurs began the campaign with the objective of a top four finish at best.Alderweireld says that trying to focus every game as it comes may sound as a cliche but this is what Tottenham need to follow in order to stand a chance of leapfrogging Leicester City for the title. read more …

Wenger not a fan of Carroll

April 15, 2016

Arsene Wenger does not even want to hear the name of Andy Carroll these days – when the name of West Ham United striker popped up in the press conference of the Gunners boss pre-Crystal Palace match; he was irritated to the bits.

He has just not sunk in the fact yet that Carroll was allowed to carry on in the previous game versus Arsenal in spite of committing that big foul which, in his eyes, should have seen the 27-year old sent off straightaway. read more …

Leicester City managed to remain at the top of the table

March 8, 2016

Leicester City managed to remain at the top of the table following a 2-0 win against Liverpool.

It was one of the impressive results of the season for the surprising team. Leicester were expected to be in a relegation dogfight, but to be leading the table with only two months of action left is rather surprising. Many expected the club’s title challenge to wither after Christmas, but there has been no signs of slowing down now that striker Jamie Vardy is in full swing once again. Despite the positive, manager Claudio Ranieri continued to downplay the title ambitions of the club.

Ranieri says that there are still several of matches left for his team and they are not considering taking a relaxed step just yet. One of the biggest challenges will come in the form of a match against second placed Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on Saturday. Leicester have a three-point advantage over City, but they will be aware of the opposition’s prowess in front of their own supporters. Ranieri downplayed Leicester’s title hopes, but he maintained that Arsenal and Tottenham are strong favourites. The North London outfits occupy the third and fourth positions and are not too far behind. read more …

Antoine Griezmann has long been in the shadows of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

February 26, 2016

Antoine Griezmann has long been in the shadows of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

He continues to do so, but there has been a substantial improvement in the form of the Atletico Madrid forward. The player recently scored his 10th goal of the campaign in the 2-0 victory against Celta de Vigo. His first campaign provided an impressive return of 22 goals in all competitions. It looks like the Frenchman may struggle to match this tally in his second season, but a slight reduction was always on the cards after an impressive debut.

Griezmann now has 10 goals in 19 appearances for the Spanish outfit just in the league. However, fans have been able to witness the best of the 24-year-old in the Champions League. He has scored an impressive four goals in the six group matches. An overall record of 15 goals in 25 appearances for the Spanish outfit is good. His firm may be a reason behind Atletico moving to the top of the table just as the winter break came upon the la Liga. Even though Barcelona have played one game less than Atletico, a two-point advantage will feel like a confidence booster for the team from Madrid. read more …

Raheem Sterling claims that he is watching the videos of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

January 14, 2016

One of Manchester City’s most expensive signings, Raheem Sterling claims that he is watching the videos of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in order to improve his game. The winger finally appeared to come away from the shackles and perform much more freely.

He scored two goals in the recent Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach. It is expected that this performance will be the springboard that could see Sterling back in the headlines once again. The former Liverpool winger was one of the finest players of last season, but he has struggled to hit the same heights at his new club.

His form towards the end of his Liverpool career would not have given the player a lot of happiness, but Sterling says that he has been trying hard to improve. When the former QPR trainee was breaking into the Liverpool first-team, the opposition were not aware about the tactics to adopt in order to stop a player like Sterling. Once the defences got cleverer, the 21-year-old has found the going tough. He has also not been helped by the drop in confidence. Kevin De Bruyne has been getting all the attention this season, but Sterling wants to be a key member of the City team regardless. read more …