Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has confirmed that striker Mauro Icardi will remain as the third choice for the Argentina national team.
It comes as a major blow to the forward, who is the Italian Serie A’s top goal scorer with 14 goals. The Inter Milan forward has been in fine form this season, although it has not helped Inter move up the table much.Icardi has been regarded as one of the talented forward available for the Argentina national team, who also have an incredible array of talent pool that includes Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Angel di Maria amongst others.
Yet, the national team managerBauza sees only three options when it comes to the centre forward role – Gonzalo Higuain,Lucas Pratto, and Icardi. Among these players, the manager has confirmed thatHiguain will be the first choice striker. read more …
The season of 2015-16 was the debut campaign of ZinedineZidane as the head coach of Real Madrid and it was a historic season not only for the Frenchman but for the club itself as they were able to win the Champions League.
Winning the Champions League is something that many top managers who have had an extensive coaching career have not been able to seal but Zidane was somehow able to do it in his debut season and this is one of the reasons of why it was such an important and historic feat when Real Madrid overcame Athletic Madrid on May 28 of 2016 and lifted the European piece of silverware in a dramatic penalty session.
Barcelona won the Spanish League of that season but nonetheless, the UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as the most prestigious and difficult piece of silverware to lift at club level and this is why ZinedineZidane’s debut season in charge of Real Madrid is considered to be as a successful one.
This accomplishment was done around 5 months ago and a new season has kicked off and despite having gone through such an impressive debut season, ZinedineZidane is rumored to be under fire and at risk of losing his managerial position in Real Madrid due to the amount of successive draws that his squad has been sustaining.
Real Madrid went through a streak of 4 successive draws after playing against: Villareal, Las Palmas, Borussia Dortmund and Eibar. All of these games concluded in draws and Real Madrid dropped a number of important points that could have pushed Zidane’s team above Athletic Madrid in the Spanish League standings but both clubs are currently sitting at the top with 18 points being secured after 8 matches. read more …
France international Dimitri Payet is set to make his season start when the Hammers host Watford this weekend in the English Premier League.
The Euro 2016 star has missed the first three games for his club – West Ham United – with the manager Slaven Bilic admitting that his side has missed him. Payet came on as a substitute when West Ham played Chelsea in the opening game, but it was clear he wasn’t back to full fitness.
Payet was in action for his country again, appearing twice as a sub during the international break. An injury-hit West Ham have started slowly in the new term after their brilliant run last season. They would really need the best from Payet as he return to action. The former Marseille forward was critical in their last run, and would have to shake off the thigh strain limitation to impress this term as well.
“Of course we’ve been missing him, like any club is missing their key players. France missed him. I watched the game and France was better when he came on with his quality, with his delivery from set pieces and his quality in open play. read more …
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has claimed that the club now have a transfer target in the form of Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.
The Ivory Coast international is thought to be unhappy at Etihad stadium due to lack of first-team opportunities. He has never come close to replacing Sergio Aguero in the last 18 months at City. Bony had joined the former Premier League champions for close to £ 30 million. Even as he made the move, many expected him to spend much of the season on the bench and this proved to be the case.
At 27,Bony is now keen on getting back on the pitch on a regular basis. West Ham will be a club who can offer him exactly the situation even though they have a forward like Andy Carroll in the ranks. Bilic stated that it was imperative that West Ham had a player who can score 20 goals a season without being injured for most of the time. Even though Carroll has a good scoring record or at least contribute indirectly to the goals, his injury record has been very poor. The £ 15 million signing is likely to be looked down upon if a player likeBony arrives at the Olympic stadium.
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Hull City’s midfielder Tom Huddlestone has signed a new contract with the newly promoted side.
The midfielder’s contract was due to expire on the 1st of July, but he has agreed to stay for a further two years. He said that it was a great achievement to be part of the team that won promotion to the Premier League and that he wants to be part of the adventure again.
Tom Huddlestone believes that Hull City has a great role to play in the Premier League and believes that he can contribute to it. He said that he has enjoyed mixed feelings during his time at Hull City and that he wants to remain as long as he can. Indeed, Tom Huddlestone has enjoyed it all at Hull City. He has been part of the Hull City team that played in Europe; he was part of the team that was relegated from the Premier League, and now he is part of the team that won promotion back to the Premier League.
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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.
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …