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Fernando Torres has, for the first time, admitted that he is certainly not the player that Chelsea signed him for £ 50 million. The striker arrived from Liverpool in this British transfer record, but he has largely struggled during his time with the blues. He has managed just one goal every three league matches. Despite making more than 100 appearances for the club in the last three years, he has been ridiculed in several areas of the field. Torres says that he has even went to great lengths to understand the reason behind his poor form.
According to him, he does not seem to be doing anything different from his Liverpool and Atletico Madrid days. It is just that Chelsea style of play does not help him score the goals at the same frequency. Jose Mourinho said last season that he was happy with the performance of Torres, although in a defensive way. Torres failed to get into double figures for the league goals last season, as he was dominated by the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. The competition is expected to increase in the summer with the expected arrival of Diego Costa.
However, this is not of Torres’ concern as the striker plans to work hard and prove his worth to Mourinho.
“Everyone was a bit lost. Before my arrival, Chelsea played with Anelka and Drogba in attack. I arrived to play alongside Anelka in a system with three midfielders. We played only one match with that system. At the time, David Luiz and myself went to see Ancelotti together because we had been the last arrivals, we were told we would be important, but, in reality, we weren’t playing. They finished by saying to us: ‘We are going to finish the season with the team that started it’,” said Torres.
One of the biggest summer targets of Manchester United has been Toni Kroos and at some point in time it was even believed that a deal was made involving both clubs but unfortunately for the side of Louis van Gaal, the German midfielder will not be making his way to Old Trafford.
“I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season. There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue. At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup’’.
“I know that I have to accept and respect the recent statements of the authorities at Bayern Munich. Still, honestly, I did not expect anything else in that respect after I had turned down the offer of a new contract I received from the club at the start of the current calendar year.” Kroos revealed.
The rumors that were linking Kroos with Manchester United surfaced intensely during David Moyes time in charge of Old Trafford but it has been diminished intensely since the appointment and arrival of Louis van Gaal to United as the new coach.
With the conclusion of the Bundesliga, Pep Guardiola reviewed his debut season in charge of Bayern Munich as the Spanish manager considered the campaign to be successful but he went on saying that there still are things left to be done.
“This was a very difficult year for me; my first in Germany, so four titles is good. We have to keep working. There is much work left to do. I still have not managed to form the team according to my vision. It is, after all, my first year.” Guardiola announced.
During Guardiola’s debut season in charge of Bayern Munich he managed on securing the Bundesliga League, German Cup, UEFA Super and FIFA Club World Cup.
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Brazilian midfielder Diego has been linked with a move to Brazilian outfit Santos in the last few days. The former club of the likes of Pele and Neymar has now confirmed that they are interested in the player. However, the sporting director of the club, Andre Zanotta says that it will be difficult to persuade the player to return to Brazilian football at the peak of his career. The former Juventus and Wolfsburg star is currently playing for Atletico Madrid. He has played a key role in the club’s campaign so far.
They are currently top of the la Liga, while they also have a chance to go to the Champions League final as well. Even though he has been an influential member of the squad, and Diego will be free to leave the club at the end of the season since his contract comes to an end in a few months’ time. Zanotta says that the club has been involved in negotiations with the player for the last few weeks. Continue reading →
Club Tijuana and LA Galaxy seems to be in a mood to battle out to grab young players who seem promising enough and well as to make a mark in the heart and mind of prospective fans. This struggle for popularity seems to be a long one with absolutely no visible end right now.
The 1st competitive meet in between these two parties will offer them a platform to establish and showcase their rights to bragging and highlight their claims to declare themselves superior, and this is definitely one task which LA Galaxy takes most seriously. Landon Donovan, midfielder from LA Galaxy exclaimed stating that the entire team is most excited about this meet, and is very much looking forward to it. He assured that the show is going to be a lot of fun for the supporters and this match is one of the most crucial ones for them. The midfielder along with his teammates seem very positive and hopeful about the game ahead, where they are sure to overthrow Tijuana and bag the position in the semifinal against Sporting Kansas City or Crus Azul.
The side of the Xolos has Joe Corono, Edward Castillo along with Herculez Gomez, nevertheless this team isn’t exactly the same which triumphed 2012 Apertura under the leadership of Antonio Mohammed, who is the current boss of Club America. Club Tijuana went through a low period since the departure of Mohamed last year. Cesar Farias, the ex manager of Venezuela was in charge before Clausura, post the Xolos fell back in the fall and missed out the Liguilla. LA Galaxy got a ray of hope courtesy this adjustment period of Tijuana, however the latter still poses a substantial threat.
Marcelo Bielsa’s last season in charge of Athletic Bilbao was a disappointing one as the club concluded the campaign at the 12th spot and much of this comes as a consequence after selling one of their key midfielders which was Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente was experience problems with the club after experiencing contract disagreements and ultimately it left the Spanish forward out of action for most of the season.
The 58 years old Argentinean former coach was offered the chance of coaching Peru as Marcelo Bielsa already has experience being in charge of national teams as he has coached Argentina and Chile some years ago but Bielsa declined the chance of being at the head of the Peruvian team and they had to select Pablo Bengoechea.
The Peruvian national football squad for a few months had to cope with no one in charge of the team but now Bengoechea will be the designated man in charge of the team until December of 2014 but if he manages on getting good results during his time at the head of the team it is very likely that he will get a contract extension.
Bengoechea already has knowledge of the staff and players around him as he previously was the assistant coach of the team and now will take charge of it after Sergio Markarian resigned. During Bengoechea’s time as a player he managed to win the Copa America in 1987 and 1995 with Uruguay and Peru has failed to reach the World Cup since 1982, the staff of the Peruvian national team is hoping that Bengoechea can achieve success with the team just like he did with Uruguay.
Since the resignation of Sergio Markarian from his role of coaching Peru, the staff has been searching just about everywhere trying to find someone that can fill in the spot and at one time there even was rumors claiming that Diego Maradona would be taken into consideration as their new coach.