Welsh star Joe Allen has said that the national team can cope without star forward Gareth Bale as they play a crucial World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Sunday.
The Real Madrid star would miss the game as he is on suspension.
Serbia demolished Wales 6-1 in 2012 with Allen describing that night as his “worst night in a Welsh shirt.” He adds that he believes the memories of that day would help the team mentally as they face the Serbs.
Wales are four points behind them in Group D. Republic of Ireland are ahead of them as well so a victory is needed for their World Cup hopes to remain intact. After their strong display at Euro 2016 the team slumped into poor form which they are trying hard to make up for. Bale’s second yellow card in March against Rep of Ireland means they would not have their playmaker. Continue reading →
Gareth Bale has reportedly reached out to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinhoover the English club’s long time interest in him.
The Welsh star moved to Spanish giant Real Madrid in a £86million record transfer deal from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
Bale was signed by the club chief Florentino Perez. However Spanish source DiarioGol claims that he is now ready to plan his exit from the side as he has continually lived in the shadows of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United have always wanted the player at the club. They were hugely interested when Bale was ready to exit Spurs but he opted to leave England altogether. Mourinho is hunting for a game changer as United struggle to reach expected heights this term.
Another source Don Balon claims that Mourinho wants Bale on his shortlist and he would be delighted to sign another top star.
There are reports in Spain that Bale wants the spotlight now so he is putting pressure on the management to make him the number one player or lose him to Man United. Continue reading →
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’’.
Tottenham faced a huge fight last season with Chelsea in order to keep hold of their star midfielder Luka Modric. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has acknowledged the fact that it will be once again a fight for the Croatian in the summer. The 26-year-old has been in imperious form for Tottenham this season, and has been one of the reasons for them to be challenging at the top four. However, Redknapp reckons that Tottenham may have to sell either Luka Modric or Gareth Bale if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal, and Chelsea are the teams involved in the race for the top four.
Even finishing in the top four will not guarantee Champions League football next season given that the teams will have to play a play-off round against a very strong team from either Italy or Spain. Yet, finishing in the top four is seen as the way to hold the stars according to Harry Redknapp. After suffering a serious dip in form, Tottenham have slipped into the fifth position in the league. At one stage, they had a 10 point advantage over Arsenal and were in the third position.
“When they came to the club, Tottenham weren’t in the Champions League, and were nowhere near getting in the Champions League. They play for Tottenham. They’re at a great club. There’s no reason they should want to leave. If we don’t make it this year, we’ll try again next year. There’s not too many clubs they could go to better than Tottenham. Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have both signed long-term contracts,” he said. Tottenham will be having matches against Bolton away from home and Villa away from home. Arsenal have a relatively easy fixture list and are the favourites to finish in the third position.