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Friday, 31 October 2014

Manchester City Star Yaya Toure Reveals Top Five Summer Transfers: Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli Shock Inclusion

The Ivorian hailed Manchester United duo Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, as well as Real Madrid’s acquisition of James Rodriguez. He also bizarrely included Liverpool’s summer signing Mario Balotelli, despite the controversial Italian striker being widely regarded as something of a flop so far this season.
Balotelli is yet to score a single Premier League goal for his new club, and has been targeted by fans for abuse and criticism following a number of lacklustre performances as well as several spurned chances in front of goal.
31-year-old Yaya Toure’s final pick was former teammate Alvaro Negredo who made the move to Valencia this summer. Another unusual choice from the powerful midfielder, considering Negredo has been injured for the majority of the season.
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Zidane ban suspended

Real Madrid have won their appeal for Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane's three-month ban to be temporarily suspended.
It emerged on Monday that the Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) Competition Committee had suspended Zidane due to the 42-year-old not holding the necessary qualifications for the role.
Real released a statement insisting they would aggressively fight the RFEF's decision on the basis that Zidane had obtained the required qualifications in his homeland, France.
The case reached Spain's Administrative Court for Sport on Friday, with the body agreeing to suspend the punishment while the appeal process took place, opening the door for Zidane to take up his spot in the dugout for Saturday's clash with Rayo Vallecano B.
A statement on Real's website read: "Real Madrid CF communicates that the Administrative Court for Sport has granted the precautionary suspension requested by the club, allowing the manager and assistant manager of Real Madrid Castilla, Santiago Sanchez and Zinedine Zidane respectively, to carry out their professional activity as soon as the Real Madrid's appeal against the decision from the Appeals Committee is resolved."
Zidane joined Castilla in the close season having previously worked under Carlo Ancelotti with the senior team.
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Suspect in court in S Africa over Senzo Meyiwa killing

A suspect has appeared in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.
The man, named as Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, faces charges of murder and armed robbery and will appear again on 11 November. Police had offered a reward for information on the attack.
Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend's house near Johannesburg.
His death has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.
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Wayne Rooney fit but Radamel Falcao out of Manchester derby

Wayne Rooney is fit and will start for Manchester United against Manchester City on Sunday but striker Radamel Falcao remains out through injury.
Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed his captain will play after serving his three-game suspension and said reports he was injured this week were not true.
Colombian Falcao missed the 1-1 draw with Chelsea after receiving a kick in training.
Winger Antonio Valencia is back available after a hamstring injury.
Van Gaal dismissed reports claiming Rooney was a doubt because he had been seen hobbling at a sponsor's event at Old Trafford on Monday.
"The media was writing that but he was never injured," he said.
"Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible. But he was never injured and he shall play. He is my captain.
"He has scored a lot of goals against City, the most of any player, so I am very happy that he can play, and he shall."
Dutchman Van Gaal admitted he was looking forward to his first experience of management in the Manchester derby.
"It is difficult, because in Spain we had only a derby against Espanyol," he added.
"In the Netherlands, we had hardly a derby, or you had to call Ajax and Feyenoord one.
"In Munich, we didn't have a derby because 1860 Munich weren't a first division club, so I think this is the biggest derby that I shall manage.
"It's one of 38 matches, but for the fans it is unbelievably big as a rivalry".
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Why Manchester United will not win at Etihad on Sunday despite Manchester City's current rocky spell

The Manchester derby has become the game in which City’s top stars all come out to play and the one which United’s weaknesses are exposed.

It was once the game that Manchester United never lost, but it has now become the fixture that they cannot win.
When Louis van Gaal’s United travel to Manchester City on Sunday for the 168th Manchester derby, they will make the five-mile journey across town as underdogs - outsiders in a two-horse race that had become an insignificance for the red half of the city.
Despite United’s dramatic late fightback against Chelsea last Sunday and the signs that Van Gaal is beginning to banish the gloom of David Moyes’ disastrous 10-month reign as manager, Sunday offers the true test of United’s progress and the harsh reality is that they are still not ready for the examination they face at the Etihad Stadium.
Regardless of the starting XI selected by Van Gaal, the best he can put out will still come up short against Manuel Pellegrini’s champions.
United’s only hope is that City have another off-day to add to those they have suffered in the Champions League and against the likes of Stoke City and West Ham this season.
City have their off-days. They have those games when Yaya Toure goes missing, when Vincent Kompany dives in once too often, when David Silva fails to have impact, when Joe Hart’s judgement goes awry.
But they tend not to have the bad days against United and City’s dominance of the fixture is perhaps the truest gauge of how far the balance of Mancunian power has shifted to blue.
During the previous 167 derbies, United have come out on top more than City.
The reds have secured 69 victories and suffered 48 defeats, so United are the traditional power in the city and their honours list reflects this.
But gone are the days when United would treat the Manchester derby as an easy way to collect six points, with Old Trafford’s focus fixed firmly on events at Anfield, Highbury and Elland Road rather than Maine Road.
When City inflicted a 5-1 defeat on United at Maine Road in September 1989, rather than trigger a period of blue dominance, it ultimately became the last vestige of pride for City supporters during a traumatic decade defined by the glory of their bitter rivals at Old Trafford.
In the 16 derbies that followed the 5-1, United won 10 and drew six.
As their stranglehold tightened, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team romped to eight successive victories - a run which was only halted by City’s relegation to the Championship and then into the third tier in 1998.
For four-and-a-half years, the Manchester derby went into hibernation, with United playing Juventus and Barcelona as regularly as City played Stockport and Macclesfield.
But with Kevin Keegan’s City finally ending their barren run against United in November 2002, when Shaun Goater’s goals secured a 3-1 home win in the final derby at Maine Road, the tide began to turn for City.
They learned how to win derbies, United began to travel across town with trepidation and the Etihad became a place where Ferguson’s players suffered as many bad days as good.
But City have now gone one further and started to dominate the fixture as United did during the 1990s.
Of the last six league derbies, City have won five and lost just won. They have dished out some hammerings in that time too, as well as winning the title decider in April 2012, when Kompany’s goal tilted the race in City’s favour.
So when United head to the Etihad on Sunday, they will do so having lost the secret to derby success.
Even if Van Gaal has a fit Wayne Rooney and a Michael Carrick able to return to the team, United still appear too frail defensively to worry City.
Yes, United have goals in them, but who will stop Toure’s buccaneering runs or Silva’s threaded passes?
Who will shackle Sergio Aguero and which United defender is good enough to match Edin Dzeko in the air?
The derby has become the game in which City’s top stars all come out to play and the one which United’s weaknesses are exposed.
United now know how it felt to be City when trophies flooded into Old Trafford and, with Van Gaal’s team still a work in progress, there may be more pain ahead on Sunday.
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Keshi to return as Nigeria boss

The Big Boss has seemingly been asked to finish the job he began by leading the Super Eagles in next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa
Stephen Keshi is set to take charge of Nigeria again - less than a fortnight after being sacked.

The 52-year-old was fired on October 16 and replaced by former coach Shaibu Amodu on an interim basis.

However, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) media officer Toyin Ibitoye announced on Thursday that Keshi had accepted an invitation to take his old job back as part of reconciliatory moves ordered by president Goodluck Jonathan.

Consequently, Keshi is now set to take charge of next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa - even though the NFF has yet to release any official statement on the issue.

Nigeria had struggled to win just one in four qualifying matches and fans had begun to call for Keshi's dismissal.

The Super Eagles have four points from their first four games in Group A and currently lie third, behind South Africa (eight points) and Congo (seven points), but ahead of Sudan (three points)
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Chelsea's £50m flop Fernando Torres REVEALS why he left Stamford Bridge for AC Milan

The Spanish international had become accustomed to being the talisman for each of his previous clubs, but couldn't sit idly by and watch Diego Costa eclipse him in West London.
Rumours surfaced around the time Torres left Chelsea claiming Jose Mourinho forced him out, but the 30-year-old roundly rejected such claims.
He said: "Mourinho has always been good to me. The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important.
"Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other."
Torres has subsequently been linked with a move to join former manager Roberto Di Matteo at Schalke.
But dismissed any speculation over a return to the Vicente Calderon, and vowed a switch was never an option.
"There wasn’t a real option to return. They speculated with it and I didn’t like that. I’ve said it many times, I won’t go to Atletico to retire.
"I will go if I have motivation to compete because the Atletico of today is very different than when I was there. I follow them every weekend. It [returning] is an option that isn’t real."
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South African officials call for new gun law after murder of Senzo Meyiwa

South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot and killed this week.
The calls were made at a memorial service to honour three sports figures who died within three days of each other.
South Africa’s sport ministry organised a combined memorial service for fans of Meyiwa, the Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase.
The officials called for a law, in Meyiwa’s name, to reduce the number of illegal firearms. “We must take those guns to the furnace and build a statue for Senzo Meyiwa,” said Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association.
“Senzo’s death must consolidate our resolve as nation to clean our streets of criminals,” said the sports minister Fikile Mbalula, who promised that police would find and arrest Meyiwa’s killers.
Fans wearing club and national jerseys sang hymns as South Africa’s sporting figures and officials gathered at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg. The crowd fell silent as the families of the deceased entered the hall. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Andrew Mlangeni, who was imprisoned along with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, also attended.
Meyiwa was killed in an apparent robbery on Sunday. Mulaudzi, an 800-metre world champion, died in a car crash on Friday while the female boxer Mwelase died on Saturday after two weeks in a coma following a bout.
“We’re here to celebrate their lives,” said South Africa’s national soccer coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba as he invited the crowd to blow their vuvuzelas, the long plastic instruments that South Africans blow during football matches. Boxing supporters raised their gloves and athletics teams wore shirts emblazoned with Mulaudzi’s face.
Meyiwa’s team-mate Lucky Legwathi and some fans broke down crying as a childhood friend of Meyiwa’s delivered the eulogy. “It’s a big loss. I don’t know how we’re going to mend this hole,” said Margaret Buthelezi, a 71-year-old dressed in the black jersey of Meyiwa’s Pirates and who eagerly showed her club membership card.
The yellow jerseys of the Pirates’ fierce rivals, Kaizer Chiefs were also seen among the crowd of mourners while another team, Mamelodi Sundowns, attended the service wearing their official green and yellow kits.
The Olympic medal-winning runner Hezekiel Sepeng made the crowd laugh as he recalled how competitive Mulaudzi was on the track, often challenging his mentor Sepeng.
A man who described himself as Mwelase’s best friend and sparring mate described his shock at the news that she had died after a fight he had watched her train for. The relatives of the deceased athletes remained subdued as fans sang and danced around the arena. All three sporting figures will be buried in their hometowns over the weekend.
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Raul: Real Madrid and Spain legend joins New York Cosmos

Former Real Madrid, Schalke and Spain striker Raul has signed a deal to play for US side New York Cosmos. 
The 37-year-old will join the club on a "multi-year" contract at the start of the 2015 season in April and will be technical adviser to the youth academy.
New York Cosmos play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the division below Major League Soccer.
It reformed in 2013 after the original club, which featured Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, folded in 1985.
Raul, the all-time Champions League record goalscorer with 71,previously retired this summer  after two years in Qatar.
"Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously," he said.
"They helped establish soccer in America and I'm honoured to follow in their footsteps.
"I believe in this club's vision and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Raul won six La Liga titles, four Spanish Super Cups, and three Uefa Champions League titles with Real Madrid in his 16 years at the Bernabeu.
Raul scored 323 goals in 741 matches for Real Madrid, and a record 71 goals in the Champions League.
He spent two years in the Bundesliga with Schalke 04 after leaving Real Madrid in 2010, a further two years at Qatari side Al Sadd before announcing his retirement in March.
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Rooney could miss the upcoming Manchester Derby

Wayne Rooney may not be fit enough to play in the upcoming Manchester Derby on Saturday after he was reportedly seen limping at a promotional event.
The United captain is supposed to be playing his first game after finishing his three-match ban against rivals Manchester City but seems to be a major doubt, according to reports.
His absence will further add to Louis Van Gaal’s woes who is looking to continue his four-match unbeaten run against City on Saturday.
Fellow United striker Radamel Falcao was also absent during Chelsea’s game but the Dutchman believes that the Colombian could feature in the game against their rivals.
Rooney reportedly injured himself during training and later attended a promotional event at Old Trafford. Van Gaal has previously voiced his concern about the club’s promotional events having a negative effect on the players and it seems he does have a point.
However, new signing Luke Shaw appears to be excited about the possibility of Rooney making a surprise return on Saturday.
“It's a massive boost for us to have him back," Shaw said.
"It's something I think he's looking forward to. Wayne hates sitting on the sidelines watching.
"That goal (in 2011) was an unbelievable goal in a match that big. It was something special."
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I rejected Real Madrid and Barcelona

Few dare to say no to world giants like these two Spanish club. Yet, Ayoze Perez did it, later to join Newcastle.
21-year-old from Tenerife arrived to St. James' Park in early June for a €2 million fee. Pardew's team should be happy to have signed the youngster, with a rough start in the league and only two wins from nine matches.
Perez enjoyed Segunda Division in a three-year period with the Canary Islands squad. During that time, the forward scored 17 goals and ensured a mid-table place for the seniors of Tenerife.
‘Yes, there was interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid,’ confirmed the Spaniard.
Some Portuguese pages said there was also a slight interest from Porto, who eventually opted for Vincent Aboubakar.
Obviously, the Spain U21 player was realistic and had known Madrid or Barcelona move would bring reserve team matches or loans.
‘We had to consider the different options and I finally decided to come to Newcastle.’
He only started the last Premier League match from the first minute. And surprise, surprise, the fans were screaming in the 58th with Ayoze d├ębut goal. Newcastle have won their second (in a row) game so far in Sunday versus Tottenham Hotspur.
‘I am very happy. I hope I can play good for Newcastle and score many goals.’
Papiss Cisse is in a serious danger of being benched with Ayoze Perez in form. Was it luck or knowledge and ability? We 'll have to find it out in upcoming clashes.
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Man Utd set to seal first winter signing?

Manchester United are reportedly considered front-runners to secure the services of Trabzonspor forward Abdul Majeed Waris after his agent revealed genuine interest from the former Premier League champions.

The Red Devils assistant Ryan Giggs watched the Ghana international in action for his club last week, with the Welshman believed to have added a positive report on the player's performance.

According to Goal.com, the player's agent Phil Radley is not surprised by United's interest in his client, given the 23-year-old's potential to shine in the biggest stage of English football in seasons to come.

"I wasn't aware of Manchester United travelling to the Europa League fixture - but Premier League interest does not surprise me," Radley said.

"Waris certainly has the qualities for the Premier League - he is very quick and strong. Clearly he is a proven goal threat, but he is also a real fighter who never gives up and will chase down lost causes and put himself in dangerous areas."

Waris, who joined Trabzonspor from Spartak Moscow over the summer, missed out on Ghana's World Cup campaign at Brazil due to a thigh injury.
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FIFA reveal 2018 Russia World Cup logo reflecting 'heart and soul' of the country

The emblem was revealed on board the International Space Stadium with Sepp Blatter insisting the tournament will not be moved due to the unrest in Ukraine.
The logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been revealed - on board the International Space Station.
President Sepp Blatter and Secretary Genera Jerome Valcke launched the emblem in Moscow on Tuesday night, alongside Italy's 2006 winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.
The logo was then projected onto the Bolshoi Theater in the Russian capital as football fans got to see it for the first time.
It is said to 'reflect the heart and soul' of the country, while including the cultural traditions it is recognised for.
There had been doubts over the tournament due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, with calls for the tournament to be moved.
However, Blatter played down such suggestions, insisting such political situations should not impact sport.
"A boycott never achieves anything and does not have a positive effect. FIFA is fully supporting the World Cup in Russia," said Blatter.
"Football cannot only unite Russia, but can also show the whole world that it is stronger than any protest movement
"In comparison with Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup, Russia is well ahead of them with four years to go."
The FIFA president also insisted Russia and Ukraine would be put into different groups - should their relations not improve.
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Blatter: Messi didn't deserve World Cup 2014's Golden Ball

The Swiss footballing chief said it was "incorrect" to give the Argentina forward the award in retrospect, despite his goalscoring heroics in World Cup 2014's group stage
Fifa president Sepp Blatter does not believe Lionel Messi deserved the World Cup 2014 Golden Ball award for being the best player at the tournament.
Quite a few eyebrows were raised when the Argentina forward was handed the award after his team were beaten in the final, despite having had relatively little impact compared to team-mates and opponents after the group stage - in which he had unquestionably starred.
Blatter, who has said in the past that he thought Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had deserved the accolade, slammed the award process only a few hours after Messi was named among the 23-man shortlist for the Fifa Ballon d'Or.
"I think the decision to give Messi the Golden Ball was incorrect," he told reporters at a press event in Moscow, Russia, as he inspected preparations for the next World Cup.
"I was surprised when I received the committee’s decision. They told me they had only looked at 10 of the players who took part in the final."
Messi has won the Ballon d'Or four times in his career, although in the past 18 months his stock has fallen somewhat, despite still being considered one of the greatest players in the world.
A silverware-free season in 2013-14 with Barcelona - aside from the Supercopa, which came more than 12 months ago - and a failure to skipper Argentina to World Cup glory makes a Ballon d'Or 2014 victory unlikely, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben and Neuer among the more favoured candidates.
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward wins three La Liga awards

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named La Liga's best player among a hat-trick of awards he won at the Spanish top flight's annual gala.
It is the first time Ronaldo, 29, has beaten Barcelona's Lionel Messi to La Liga's top prize.
The Portuguese also won prizes for the league's best striker and best goal, for his back-heel against Valencia.
"It is a very good moment in my career," Ronaldo said, later tweeting he was "happy and proud".
The accolade comes as Ronaldo was also named on the shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's best player.
Argentina forward Messi, who also figures on the Ballon d'Or shortlist, had won all five previous La Liga best player awards since the prize was launched in the 2008-09 season.
Ronaldo finished top scorer in La Liga in 2013-14 with 31 goals, but was unable to fire Real Madrid to the title, with city rivals Atletico winning the league.
However, Real dominated the individual awards at the La Liga gala, with Sergio Ramos being named best defender and Luka Modric winning the prize for best defensive midfielder.
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Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale on Fifa world player shortlist

Wales forward Gareth Bale is the only player from the home nations on the 23-man shortlist for the Fifa 2014 men's world footballer of the year award.
Bale, 25, scored 22 goals for Real Madrid last season, as the La Liga side won the Champions League.
Five Premier League players in Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria, Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure have also been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to retain the award.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who has won the award three times in the last four years, is also on the shortlist, alongside team-mate Neymar.
The 23 shortlist will be reduced to three in December before the winners are announced on 12 January, 2015 in Zurich.
There is no place for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who played a crucial role in helping Uruguay qualify for the last 16 in Brazil but was suspended from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Suarez's suspension meant that under Fifa rules, the 27-year-old, who was the Premier League's top scorer with 31 goals in 33 matches for Liverpool last year, was not eligible for the shortlist.
In terms of Premier League clubs, Chelsea have the most players on the list with three - Courtois, Costa and Hazard, with Manchester United (Di Maria) and Manchester City (Toure) each supplying one.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich players dominate the list, with each club supplying six players.
World Cup winners Germany have the most players nominated with six, with Spain and Argentina three apiece and France and Belgium two each.
Wales, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil, Netherlands, Colombia and Ivory Coast each have one of their players in contention.
Carlo Ancelotti, who guided Real Madrid to the Champions League, Super Cup and Copa del Rey last season, has been nominated for the coach of the year award.
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who guided Netherlands to the third place in the World Cup, are also on the 10-man list for the coach award, alongside World Cup winning coach Joachim Low.
Fifa world men's player of the year shortlist: Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Spain, Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Angel Di Maria (Argentina, Manchester United), Mario Gotze (Germany, Bayern Munich), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris St-Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia, Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City).
Fifa coach of the year shortlist: Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Juventus/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klinsmann (USA national team), Joachim Low (Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands national team/Manchester United).
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Radamel Falcao doubtful for Chelsea clash

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that loan signing Radamel Falcao could miss out on the crucial encounter with Chelsea due to a lack of fitness.

The Colombian international joined the Red Devils from AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal over the summer, and has since been an integral part of the first-team setup.

However, in a press conference ahead of the game, Van Gaal has revealed that he could opt to rest Falcao as he is not up to full fitness yet.

"He got a kick in the morning [on Friday] so we have to wait and see if he's fit enough", He said. "It is difficult because we are playing [games] already, that’s difficult but we have played him because I like the way he was playing so we play with two strikers. Now I have to choose between two strikers, even three because [James] Wilson can also play, the younger player"
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Mourinho: Chelsea on right track

Jose Mourinho believes his Premier League leaders have the potential to be even better than the vintage Chelsea of his first spell, but warned his players they have won nothing yet.
Chelsea are certain of topping the table for another week even if Louis van Gaal - Mourinho's one-time mentor - masterminds a victory for Manchester United over the Blues at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mourinho and United endured rare trophyless seasons last term and, while silverware appears a great challenge for Van Gaal, for Chelsea it seems within reach after a scintillating start to the campaign.
"Last time we won a lot," said Mourinho, referring to his two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups from June 2004 to September 2007.
"It's not good for a team that's won nothing to be compared with a team that won everything.
"(But) at the same time I have also to be honest and say that this team is showing great quality in its football and, if we manage to win also titles, it can be better, but let's see."
It is quite a statement from a manager who identified numerous flaws in the first season of his return last term, despite guiding the Blues to within four points of champions Manchester City.
Mourinho has apparently addressed many of those unsatisfactory elements, particularly with the addition of prolific striker Diego Costa - a fitness doubt for Old Trafford - and midfield playmaker Cesc Fabregas.
The most pleasing thing for Mourinho is playing well and getting the rewards.
He added: "If you get results and you are not happy with the quality of the game, it's not perfect. If you play amazingly well, but don't get results, it's not perfect too.
"It's difficult to say that Chelsea are not playing good football.
"It's important for us as a group to have that feeling that we are getting results, but at the same time we are playing well."
Much was made of Mourinho's Chelsea being physical and direct during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but he insists he works with the players at his disposal.
"We are trying to play a football adapted to the qualities of our players," he added.
"This is something people sometimes don't understand. If you are a team that has players that are killers at counter attack, you have to play that style.
"If you have players very strong with a low block (defensive line) and direct football, you have to play that style.
"If you have people like Eden (Hazard) and Oscar and Fabregas, these kind of players, you need the ball.
"You need to control the game by having the ball and by using their intelligence and creativity."
A player like Nemanja Matic has allowed Fabregas to flourish, but Mourinho believes the Serbia midfielder is more than an uncompromising presence.
"They start together the eight Premier League matches and the three Champions League matches - 11 matches together," Mourinho added.
"There are teams and players that don't do that during the whole season. People change a lot and players don't have this situation of the chance to improve together.
"They understand each other very, very, very well. People sometimes can look to a physical guy like Matic and think he's a physical player.
"He's very technical. He plays fantastic football. He thinks very quickly, he executes very well. Together they are playing really well."
Mourinho also has leaders throughout his team, like during his first spell.
He added: "I like all of them to communicate. I like all of them to have a voice. I think communication on the pitch is very, very important."
Didier Drogba's return has, in part, been about facilitating the development of Chelsea's young players.
"Didier was always a fantastic example of a team player, of a club man, of a dressing room man," Mourinho added.
"At the age of 36, after so many years of experience, he has even better conditions to be a key man."
Mourinho learnt from, and by, experience when at Barcelona working as Van Gaal's assistant.
Sunday's match will be the second competitive clash between the pair, the first coming in the 2010 Champions League final which Mourinho's Inter Milan won against Van Gaal's Bayern Munich.
The Portuguese recalled "good memories" of the Catalan Cup win while at Barcelona, when Van Gaal gave him the run of the team.
"I took the team, but he was in the stands," Mourinho added.
"I accept that as a gift for somebody that was giving everything and was working hard.
"He was there to support. He was in the stands. He came down at half-time to the dressing room to listen to my team talk.
"He didn't want to interfere, because probably he thought that was right."
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Luis Suarez happy with 'bittersweet' Barcelona debut

Luis Suarez says it was a "big relief" to make his Barcelona debut in their 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid after sitting out a four-month ban for biting.
The 27-year-old, who signed from Liverpool in July for £75m, set up his new side's goal before being substituted on 69 minutes.
"It was a big relief. I'm very happy with the minutes I had," he said.
"I have a bittersweet sensation because of the result but this team has picked itself up before many times."
Barcelona won their opening eight league games while Suarez served his suspension for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but their defeat in El Clasico leaves them just one point ahead of Real at the top of the table.
Some Madrid-based media had speculated that Suarez had put on weight during his enforced absence, but the Uruguayan insisted he was at full fitness.
"I felt really good. I have been training for a long time with this game in mind and so when the coach made the decision I was in the right shape to play," he added, in an interview with Canal Plus.
"We went from having little control in the first few minutes to taking the lead but they are very good on the counter-attack and they killed off the game."
Suarez's cross-field ball picked out Neymar in space to score the game's first goal on four minutes, but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, Pepe's powerful header and Karim Benzema's cool finish at the end of a slick team move ensured Real saw out the match in comfort.
Barca coach Luis Enrique placed blame for the defeat on his defence, which had not conceded a single goal in their first eight league games but had been reorganised since their Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday.
With Jordi Alba and Marc Bartra left out, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu played together for the first time.
He also defended his decision to play Suarez from the start in the striker's first competitive match since June. 
"I don't regret that he started, he did more than I expected him to do, and I substituted him for fitness reasons," Enrique said of Suarez.
"I was expecting a different type of game, not one in which we would be so unconvincing in defence.
"We have to correct that because if we don't we will really struggle - like we did today."
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