Angel Di Maria reckons Argentina needs a tall man in the attacking line

Angel Di Maria reckons Argentina needs a tall man in the attacking line in order to be more aggressive and win the games by much bigger margins.

There has been a bit of criticism of late that the Argentineans are not able to dictate terms even when they come up against weaker oppositions.

In the currently going Copa America competition in Chile, Argentina took on Paraguay to start their campaign and could only manage a draw.

And, then, versus Jamaica, they won by a slender margin of one goal.

In both those games, they were expected to be more dominant as they have some big names on the paper.

But, according to Di Maria, when the minnow teams face Argentina, they tend to be back most of the times and that makes it difficult for La Albiceleste to score too many no. of goals. If there had been the presence of a tall attacker, playing in the air would have been possible and that would probably have yielded better results. Read more »

Gareth Bale’s injury will keep him out of the playing grounds for up to 3 weeks

On April 18, Real Madrid secured their 25th La Liga victory of this season with a final scoreboard of 3-1 but this victory came at a hefty cost for the team of Carlo Ancelotti as Gareth Bale had to be removed from the pitch at the 5th minute as he was replaced by Javier Hernandez at the early stages of the game.

The medical staff of Real Madrid is now reporting that Bale might have to stay on the sidelines of the team for up to 3 weeks and this will be leaving the Welshman unable to play in the upcoming crucial matches of Real Madrid as they have to play against: Athletic Madrid, Celta de Vigo, Almeria, Sevilla and Valencia in the next 3 weeks.

Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are the regular starters of Ancelotti which have been picking up injuries recently and the Italian coach will have to find a solution to this recent injury wave that has been affecting some of his key figures.

Gareth Bale underwent a series of physical tests and scans in order to find out the length and condition of his injury and Real Madrid released a statement which read:  ”Following tests carried out on Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in his left soleus. His progress will be monitored.” Read more »

Gareth Bale wont Leave Real Madrid

Manchester United target Gareth Bale has confirmed that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid – despite the intense speculation – in this January transfer window or in the summer.

The world record signing has been subjected to intense transfer rumours over the last few months. After having cost £ 85 million, many expected Bale to have an even greater impact than Ronaldo. This has not been the case as the Portuguese superstar has been able to go from strength to strength. After an impressive first season at Madrid where he contributed immensely for the Champions League and the Copa del Rey success, Bale has been finding it difficult to live up to the expectations. Read more »

Carlo Ancelotti shows full confidence on Marcelo

The Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that there is no player in the world who can play better than Marcelo at the full back position.

It completely contradicts the statement that the Selecao manager Dunga had made about Marcelo the other day.

Dunga had said that Marcelo did not have the right kind of approach during the World Cup this year and his recklessness cost Brazil dearly in the all important semi final game against Germany.

According to Dunga, rather than doing his job i.e. to keep  the opposition attackers at bay, Marcelo has the tendency to try and move forward all the time and in order to do so, he leaves a hole at his position.

But, Ancelotti does not think that there is anything wrong with Marcelo’s approach as defender.

The Blancos manager has, in fact, put the 26-year old right up there in the list of full backs.

Speaking about Marcelo last evening, Ancelotti said, “I don’t think Marcelo was the only reason because of which Brazil could not win the World Cup. They made mistakes as a group. To hold any particular player responsible for that is not fair at all.”

“For me, Marcelo is as good as anybody else playing as full back in the professional circuit. This season, he’s been brilliant for us and we would not mind if he is not recalled to the Brazilian side because then he would put all his focus on the club.”

The previous manager of Brazil i.e. Luiz Felipe Scolari had faith in Marcelo and he had started with him in most of the games in the World Cup.

But, since the time Scolari has been replaced by Dunga, Marcelo has not played even one game for his country.

Bale Ability On Artificial Pitch In Doubt

The coach of the Wales national football team, Chris Coleman has cleared up all the rumors that were being launched concerning whether or not Gareth Bale was going to be featured in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Andorra which will take place on September 9.

Not too long ago, Carlo Ancelotti told the public that some of his players cannot perform at the optimal level if they play on an artificial pitch and Gareth Bale was one of those players that he mentioned.

Chris Coleman has gone on saying that if Gareth Bale is fit then he will play against Andorra.

We’ve got to pick our strongest team. He’s Bale has to be in that and Madrid understand that. I always say we look after the players. We make sure we try to send them back in the condition where they’re going to be fit to play. This is a different type of pitch, if this goes ahead, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to pick Gareth. If Gareth’s available he’s going to play in the team.”

When Wales completes their match against Andorra they will also be locking horns with Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus on October. All of these are qualifying matches for the 2016 Euro’s which will be hosted in France.

Along with Gareth Bale, the Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also been selected in Chris Coleman’s 23 man squad that are expected to play from the beginning of the match as they are some of the more recognized players in the team and that are playing in high pressure leagues and clubs such as: Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Wales was pitted in Group B of the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds and the group consists of: Andorra, Cyprus, Israel, Belgium, Wales and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Spurs Has Slow Transfer Season

While some clubs have been going through a really busy transfer window, the same cannot be said for Tottenham who have not sold any of their players and only had Jake Livermore entering the club.

Mauricio Pochettino took over the managerial position at White Hart Lane as he replaced Tim Sherwood but so far it seems like he has had a very quiet transfer window which is disappointing considering that the supporters of the Premier League club want to battle in the European tournaments in the next season as well as make a charge at the top of the English league.

On August of 2013, Tottenham offloaded €26 million in order to sign Roberto Soldado from Valencia but the Spanish forward has failed to live up to his price tag as he only managed on scoring 6 goals in 28 league appearances.

The Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor had a much better campaign as he scored on 11 occasions but even though it’s a larger amount of goals, Tottenham are still in need of a consistent striker that the squad can depend on.

Loic Remy is in the radar of Tottenham but they will face competition from Arsenal as well as having to convince QPR on letting him go to direct rivals in the Premier League.

The defensive division of Tottenham is another segment that has been shown weaknesses throughout the entirety of the previous season as Tim Sherwood had find a make shift left-back position player between Danny Rose who was usually injured and Jan Vertonghen as the Belgium centre-back could never really adjust playing in the left-back position.

A number of other significant problems have stopped Tottenham on reaching for higher spots in the Premier League but with the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, supporters started to believe that there was hope but with such a quiet transfer window, doubts are starting to emerge once more.

Alonso Praises Bale’s Footwork

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has praised the match winner from summer signing Gareth Bale by saying that it was one of the best goals he has seen this season. Gareth Bale was signed by Real Madrid from Tottenham for an astonishing transfer fee of £ 85 million, thus making him the most expensive player in the world. Due to this fee, the media have been constantly comparing him with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. For most of the season, Bale has been overshadowed by Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

However, for the first time, he had the opportunity to step out of the shadows of the Portuguese superstar after being taken up in the starting line-up for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Ronaldo, meanwhile, was missing from the squad due to a hamstring injury and he is expected to be so for the next few matches at least. Bale grabbed the opportunity with both hands after scoring the winner with only a few minutes remaining. Angel di Maria had earlier given Real Madrid the lead with a brilliant counter-attack before Batra equalised for Barcelona in the second half.

However, a bursting run for the entire length of the pitch saw Bale scored incredible goal in the closing minutes of the match to get Madrid the win in the tournament.

“It was incredible, I have never seen anything like it. It looked like the ball was going out, but he kept pushing and ran off the field to get it. It was amazing,” said Alonso after the match. Even opposition manager Martino awards in praise of the goal. “It is difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game. Obviously this is not a good moment. It has been a hard week on all fronts,” said Martino.

SPURS HAVE A CHANCE

The Premier League is being tightly contested with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all separated by a few points and according to Tim Sherwood, the top 4 spots will go down to the wire.

“We are happy we are amongst it and leap-frogged Everton, and now we’re chasing Liverpool,” said Sherwood.

Tottenham claimed a vital 1-0 triumph against Everton with the Togolese forward Adebayor scoring the only goal of the entire encounter but it was just enough for Sherwood’s side to claim all 3 points and get into a higher spot in the English league.

“You won’t win games three or four nil all the time,” said Sherwood after seeing his sixth victory from nine league games in charge. We had to dig in there today. If you want to get where we want to be you’ll have to sometimes win without playing well.”

They are attempting to secure a Champions League spot for the upcoming season and Adebayor is one of the driving forces that is pushing the team ahead and helped placing Tottenham at their current position.

Sherwood will have the support of the French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris by his side after the shot-stopper shut down claims and reports which were linking him to make a move to Arsenal.

According to Olivier Giroud, the player of Arsenal stated that he has talked with Hugo Lloris and the goalkeeper said that he would like to join the club guided by Arsene Wenger but Lloris reacted quickly and said that he is only focused about playing well with Tottenham.

Lloris told Spurs’ official website: “I heard about Giroud’s interview. I think maybe some words were twisted, but it is embarrassing. I don’t think that, I’m very focused on Spurs’ ambition and I am very pleased to play for Spurs’’.

BOSS WANTS MORE

A few days ago, Carlo Ancelotti said that he expected more from Gareth Bale in the coming seasons. The Welsh international was signed from Tottenham for a world record fee of £ 86 million. After initially struggling for form and fitness, the player is starting to come good for Real Madrid in recent months. Despite this, Ancelotti said that Bale is displaying only half of his potential because it is his first season at the club. He is expecting more from the 24-year-old once he settles completely at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The former Tottenham star showed his quality in the recent 5-0 win over Real Betis. He scored the second goal of the game, as Real Madrid managed to move level on points with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The top three teams have 50 points each right now, although Real Madrid have played a game more than their rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 10th minute, while Karim Benzema, Angel di Maria, and Alvaro Morata scored the goals for the club in a convincing victory.

Ancelotti said after the match that he was very happy with the performance of Bale, who not only scored, but also created chances for his teammates. Prior to the match, he confirmed that Morata will not be allowed on loan to Arsenal.

“Bale performed well. But so did everyone else in the team. There was big pressure in the beginning. But everything went well, so we have to be happy. When we scored the first goal, the game changed. We had more spaces – it’s normal that Betis attacked trying to get a draw. All the team played well, we had lots of chances to score – it was a great match from our point of view,” said Ancelotti, whose team are slowly coming back to a good run of form.

HATRICK HERO

Gareth Bale recently scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid in the 4-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Wales international was signed for a world-record £ 86 million in the summer, but he has so far been poor. However, he has been showing signs of returning to the form he showed last season with Tottenham. He came into the match on the back of an impressive scoring run, but he managed to outshine Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since moving to Madrid by scoring a hat-trick in the match. Ronaldo was absent from the team due to a thigh strain.

After the encounter, he said that this was certainly not the best performance he has put in and has said that fans can expect more from him in the coming weeks. Bale has also stated that the reason behind his poor performance at the start of his Madrid career was due to lack of fitness after missing pre-season with Tottenham and Madrid. Bale now has seven league goals, which is significantly better compared to Barcelona’s summer signing Neymar. The Brazilian has only four goals in the league until now.

“I scored three goals but I hope to do better. I want to keep improving and working hard during the matches and training. I’m very happy here. I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season but I’m improving now. Everything I hoped for has come true. The fans and the club are incredible,” said Bale to the official site of Madrid. “He is a very important player for us. I think his period of adaptation is over. He is doing well, he is confident and is very important for us. He did very well,” said Carlo Ancelotti.

Aside from scoring three goals in the match, Bale also provided an assist for Karim Benzema. Madrid still remain three points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.