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Jurgen Klopp Disappointed with Lack of January Signings So Far

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that the club has been working extremely hard behind-the-scenes in order to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.


However, he has surprisingly claimed that it has been very difficult to attract players to Anfield. It comes as a surprising statement considering that the club are challenging for the league title this season. Liverpool have slipped in recent weeks with goals against the likes of Sunderland and Manchester United before losing against Swansea this weekend, and one of the important reasons appears to be the absence of Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese international is away on international duty at the 2017 African cup of Nations. An early exit from the competition for Senegal would help Mane return back from international duty as soon as possible. Even though it may take him on the couple of weeks in order to hit the ground running, Mane’s return would be a major boost. Aware that the club are too dependent on the £34 million signing, Klopp has admitted that January signings may be possible at Anfield. Read Full Post…

BAYERN STAR BLASTS GUARDIOLA’S MANAGEMENT METHODS

Bayern Munich star Holger Badstuber has blasted his former manager Pep Guardiola for his management style when he was in charge at Allianz Arena.


Badstuber revealed that the Spanish tactician did not show any genuine interest in him during his stay at Bavaria. During the three year reign of Guardiola, Badstuber was mostly injured; the 27-year old says that he is only realizing how he almost felt abandoned by the Catalan when he was the boss.

“Our current coach likes to exchange opinions with the players, and so the conversation goes back and forth. That’s good too. With Pep, it was different. I would have to approach him because if I want to have a discussion then I will go looking for it,” Badstuber told Sky Deutschland.

Badstuber claims that under the current coach at Munich, players are shown more interest unlike when Guardiola was in charge at the club. Guardiola was the manager of Barcelona before his eventual move to Germany. He won honours with the club locally, but couldn’t advance much in European football during his three-year reign. He currently manages Manchester City and has been enjoying a decent run so far.
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Payet staying at West Ham

Dimitri Payet has stated that he will be staying at West Ham next season ending speculations that he might be leaving during the summer.


This will be good news for West Ham as they attempt to build a team that will help them challenge for trophies. Many fans fear that with Payet performance at the Euros there would be plenty of European clubs that might come knocking for him. Indeed, Payet scored 3 beautiful goals at the Euros and was also instrumental in France attack throughout the competition.

Dimitri Payet has stated that he is happy at West Ham and that he wants to continue playing for them. He admitted that there were interests from Real Madrid and Chelsea during the recent weeks, but he said that he prefer to play for West Ham at the moment. He stated that he feels at home here and that he wants to give something back to the fans.

Indeed, with West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium, this season fans will be hoping that they can keep on to their best players. Dimitri Payet said that he feels happy at the moment and that he is excited to play his first match at the Olympic Stadium. He stated that there is no doubt that he will be a West Ham player next season and that fans should trust him. Read Full Post…

Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday

Jon Moss had as poor a day yesterday as a match referee can have on a Football pitch.

It’s safe to say that it was his decisions which drove the match rather than the players’ skills.


But, still, neither of the two managers, whose teams were involved in the game, came up with critical remarks against him.

Claudio Ranieri just avoided commenting on the issue at all and left it upon others to form an opinion.

Slaven Bilic, on the other hand, was vocal in the fact that Moss’s last decision that is to provide the Foxes with a penalty kick snatched the match out of the Hammers’ hands, but, he added that it’s normal for the referees to be influenced by thousands and thousands of public screaming around them demanding a decision in their favour.

According to Bilic, from Moss’s perspective, the fact that some of his earlier calls in the game had displeased the spectators supporting Leicester, he might have looked to balance it out with that penalty to the hosts. But, that’s where one has to go a little easy on match officials as coping with the pressure of the home crowd anywhere in England is hard. Read Full Post…

Don Garber finds it quite unwise of Bruce Arena to come out intensely

Don Garber finds it quite unwise of Bruce Arena to come out intensely taking side of his playmaker Nigel De Jong.

Arena has recently accused the media as well as the administrators in the American League of having an agenda against De Jong.


Arena believes that particular incident which happened in the Timbers match on 10th of April, it was stretched a bit too long and the only reason for that was the involvement of De Jong in it. There was no chance of it receiving as much attention as it did if any other player had been involved.

Terming Arena’s accusation absolutely baseless and absurd, Garber has stressed that all the decisions are made in complete fairness in the Major League Soccer and there is no such thing as partiality. It’s just that the tackle made by De Jong was a bit too rough and it’s only due to it that he was punished.

What is surprising is that Arena himself, being one of the most knowledgeable persons in American Football, has always spoken for the removal of careless tackles and now he has taken a different stand. However, according to Garber, that might be because he is the manager and it’s his duty to back his player. Read Full Post…

Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship

Middlesbrough are only two points behind the table leaders in the Championship. A major factor towards this impressive form has been winger Stewart Downing.

After spending the last couple of years at clubs like Liverpool, Aston Villa, and West Ham, the 31-year-old decided to return to the place where it all began for him – Middlesbrough. Several years ago, the club were in the Premier League and had an exciting winger in the form ofDowning. The player now returns to the club as an experienced professional keen to get the club back to the top division.

He has been such an influence in the results thatmanager Aitor Karanka has termed him as the best player in the division. This is a huge praise but the player has the capability to live up to the expectations.Downing’s form nosedived when he moved to Liverpool but he once again regained the self-confidence when he came to West Ham.Downing was a major part in Sam Allardyce’s successful campaign with West Ham for a couple of years. Winning the championship, though, is an altogether different prospect with competition being intense. This year, the likes of Hull City, Derby County, and Brighton are expected to be in contention for the top spot. Read Full Post…

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal

Abou Diaby has finally made his way away from Arsenal, a club where he spent so many frustrating seasons.

The 29-year old playmaker has joined Olympique de Marseille on free transfer.

While, he is quite excited about the new chapter of his career that’s about to open, he is also quite regretful of the fact that he could not prove himself as a player at the Emirates Stadium.

He stayed over there for quite a long period, but, regular injury setbacks just did not let him settle down.

In 9 years, Diaby just played 125 league games in Arsenal t-shirt.

He had been seen as a potential superstar when he was signed back in 2006 and upon his arrival, it was believed he would turn Arsenal into quite a force, but, not even a single season went by in which Diaby put on the kind of show that was expected off him.

In his first press conference at Marseille, Diaby reflected on his time at Arsenal and expressed his regrets about how it unfolded. Read Full Post…

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation

Neil Lennon has managed to rescue Bolton from the brink of relegation and he has managed to put them into the arms of safety.

Despite this, he is looking for more from his players when they take on Blackpool during the weekend. This will be great opportunity for Bolton to once again confirm their status in the Championship next season. Blackpool have been very poor throughout the campaign and they are on the verge of relegation. It would take nothing short of a miracle to see them in the Championship next season. As a result, the players are likely to be down and dead by the time they take to the field against Bolton.

Lennon wants to take this as an advantage for his team. Since the 2-0 win over Millwall, the club has gone too matches without a victory. Clubs in the relegation zone picking up points mean that there is a slight hint of Bolton being relegated this campaign. Lennon wants to end the doubts once and for all by getting a comfortable victory over Blackpool. The end to the campaign will be a difficult one for the former Premier League outfit, as they are up against the likes of Norwich City and Bournemouth. These clubs are chasing promotion and are on a great run of form. Read Full Post…