Out of all the opening matches of the Premier League there is little doubt that the most surprising result was Manchester United’s defeat against Swansea City. The pre-season schedule of Louis van Gaal saw the Dutch coach going undefeated with impressive results but when the Premier League kicked off, the squad suffered trying to replicate similar performances.
The squad of guided by Garry Monk could only launch 5 shots throughout the entire match but it was still enough for Swansea City to claim the victory. When the game reached its end, Monk went on praising the work and team effort that his players demonstrated.
Swansea City’s manager, Garry Monk said: “The whole key to it all was us coming together as a group and working together. I made it clear to the players this week to go up here and show exactly what we’re about. We had a game plan to try and work to and to a man they were very, very good. We could have improved in a lot of areas but to come to Old Trafford in the first game of the season with everything going on… it was very good to get that level out of the boys already’’
Even with the surprising triumph from Swansea City over Manchester United, Monk still has plans of signing a few more players before the transfer window ends. According to the 35 years old manager of Swansea City, his squad can be much better than how it currently is and bringing in new players to the team will reinforce help reinforce it further.
Napoli’s Federico Fernandez is one of the summer targets of Garry Monk and a deal is already believed to be on the verge of completion with the Argentine defender only having to complete a series of medical tests before the transfer can be announced and confirmed to the public.
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has stated that he is still in the dark about what the future holds for him especially with regards to becoming the manager at United. Giggs was a surprise appointment after the sacking of David Moyes a few weeks ago. The club also drafted in a number of their older players like Paul Scholes as part of the coaching staff. The tactics appeared to work – for one game – after the club managed a successful 4-0 win over Norwich in which they looked like their old self.
However, the initial euphoria quickly disappeared after United suffered a 1-0 defeat against Sunderland last weekend. This was first defeat of Giggs managerial career, which is only two matches old. Continue reading →
Aston Villa Chief Executive Paul Faulkner has come out with a statement asking the club supporters to get behind their manager Paul Lambert in a bid to avoid relegation trouble for the second consecutive season. Lambert was brought in as the replacement for Alex McLeish at the start of last season. Since his time at the club, he has come under a lot of criticism for taking Villa backwards. After being a team that competed for European places during the time of Martin O’Neill, Villa are now in a position of fighting against relegation at the end of each campaign.
They narrowly avoided relegation last season and it looks to be the case this time around as well after they are just four points above the drop zone with four matches left. The 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park is the latest in a line of poor form, which is threatening to put the fans against manager Lambert. There have already been voices against the manager, but Faulkner says that this is the time to support the team and the staff. Villa are on a run of four consecutive defeats, which have come after the incredible 1-0 win over Chelsea at Villa Park.
“We have suffered four consecutive defeats and that is hard to take. We are hurting. Fans are hurting, players and the manager are hurting. The frustration is shared by everyone who loves Aston Villa. Now more than ever it’s time for us all to pull together – fans, players, the manager, everyone at the club. Our immediate focus and combined efforts need to be concentrated on our game against Southampton this weekend,” said the chief executive. Villa will next be taking on Southampton, who have little to play for in the remainder of the campaign.
Mesut Ozil’s campaign with Arsenal is not one that the German midfielder would like to remember as he has recently been dropped out from a few matches of the Premier League club and his penalty miss against Bayern Munich is still taking a toll on him.
Some days ago, Joachim Loew announced to all the German players that the clock is ticking and he will only take into consideration bringing into Brazil, the performers that are actually playing well with their respective clubs which means that Ozil’s chance to play for Germany for the 2014 World Cup could be in jeopardy.
Loew said: “We need the best players currently available at the World Cup, and not theoretically the best. I’ve told the players: The clock is ticking. And only ones who hear it will have a fighting chance. This is an appeal to all and a wakeup call to many to work on their training, their routine, and their professionalism as now is the optimal time [to work on those things] before the tournament.”
Germany played a friendly match against Chile at the Mercedez-Benz Arena and a lonely goal from Mario Gotze gave the team of Joachim Loew, the edge they needed in order to claim the victory and even though it was a fairly mediocre match for the Germans, Ozil still managed to stand out in some way or another as he provided the assist for Goetze who scored the only goal of the entire match.
Mesut Ozil stated that his lack of a pre-season with Arsenal is one of the main reasons on why his performances have been under-par.
“Nearly every player who is new to Premier League needs time to settle in. Here, you meet other challenges. It was clear that I would endure a difficult spell because I missed all of Arsenal’s pre-season preparation’’. Ozil admitted.
Joachim Loew might take this into consideration and allow Ozil enough time for him to play with the German team and see if his performances do improve and whether or not decide on letting the Arsenal player represent Germany for the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
Juventus are once more at the top of the Serie A with a comfortable lead of 8 points over their nearest rivals As.Roma. Even though they have a competitive squad and have not shown much weaknesses in this season there still are rumors and reports involving a number of players that on the radar of Antonio Conte while some others might be seeing their way out of the club.
The head chiefs of Juventus are believed to be having talks with Tottenham concerning Erik Lamela and Conte is willing to use some of his own players in exchange of Lamela as it could tempt the Premier League side Tottenham on letting him go.
Erik Lamela has not enjoyed the best of times since making his switch to Tottenham and a move could be the best decision he makes for his career.
Andrea Pirlo’s passing abilities have always been the absolute best that the Serie A has to offer which has attracted the interest of many top European clubs and even at his fairly elevated years of age, Pirlo is wanted by some of the best clubs in the world.
Kwadwo Asamoah spoke about his current situation in Juventus and even though some reports and rumors have been linking him with a move to another club, the Ghanaian player stated that he has never even thought about leaving Juventus.
“It has never occurred to me to leave for another club.” Asamoah said.
Frederik Sorensen of Juventus is a big target of Bologna who will now have to pay at least €10 million if they want to have full ownership of the player as Sorensen currently is playing for Bologna but is co-owned by Juventus.
Manchester United’s Luis Nani has fallen out of the pecking order of David Moyes and Juventus seemed to be the more likely destination of the Portuguese winger but his injury might be an obstacle for the transfer as the Italian club is now taking their time before launching an official bid.
Tottenham received good news after hearing from the medical results of Christian Eriksen as his injury was initially thought that it would leave him out from the playing grounds for 3 months after his ankle ligaments were ruptured but now it is believed that he should be back in action after 1 month.
The 21 years old midfielder of Tottenham picked up the injury during Demark’s 2-1 triumph over Norway. The injury was confirmed by the team as they talked about the injury with their twitter account and confirmed that the recovery will not take as long as expected.
Tottenham Hotspurs tweeted: “After an MRI scan it’s been determined that @ChrisEriksen8 suffered a sprain of the lateral ankle ligaments playing for Denmark on Friday.
“Christian’s scan showed no sign of ruptured ligaments which will result in a shorter period of recovery for the attacking midfielder.”
He will however still miss out from Tottenham’s important matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Fulham.
Since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid back in September, the attacking duty has been rested on Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado but the former player of Valencia said that he is not going through the best of times in his career.
Tottenham splashed out £26 million to secure the services of Soldado in August and now with the absence of Gareth Bale, the pressure of scoring goals is being felt by the Spanish striker who says that he has not lived up to his price tag and expectations.
“I’ve scored six but I’d like to score many more,” said Soldado, speaking to Spurs’ in-house TV channel.
“I am a realist and I know that on the pitch I am not happy with everything.
“I am not combining with my team mates how I would like but I know I am very close.