There are some players who knock on the door of the national team and then, there are others who just break open that door. Philippe Coutinho seems to be the one belonging to that second category.
The 22-year old Brazilian midfielder who has not been featuring for his national team in the recent times has now made it difficult for the Selecao boss Dunga to ignore him.
He has been showing a bit of a Midas touch for the Reds in the English first division Football this season.
It’s not only the goals that he has scored. A lot of players actually find the net, but, there are only few who catch the eyes.
Those who tend to score on big occasions are spoken about the most.
In pressure situations with whips cracking, Coutinho has lifted his game and has done the job for Liverpool and perhaps, tried to send a message to Dunga that he is ready for a national recall.
When he was given the opportunity to play International Football for the first time back in 2010, he was only 17 at that time and was just learning his art. He was pretty good though, but, perhaps not good enough for that level. Continue reading →
Sergio Markarián was the last coach to be in charge of the Peruvian national football team but ever since his departure from the managerial position in the team in 2013, there has not been anyone else that has officially taken up that spot.
The former Brazil coach Felipe Scolari is currently being viewed as the next possible manager of Peru as they are looking for a coach who has experience playing in some of the biggest teams and competitions from around the world and Scolari definitely does fit the bill as he has been in charge of top teams such as: Chelsea and Brazil as well as has experience coaching clubs which started off as early as 1982. Continue reading →
The 25 years old homegrown player of Manchester United, Tom Cleverley is currently out on a loan deal with Aston Villa. Cleverley has already experienced going through a number of different clubs on temporary contracts some of these clubs have been: Leicester City, Watford, Wigan Athletic and latest one is Aston Villa but according to the English midfielder, he believes that his career with Manchester United is over.
After having signed Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and RadamelFalcao it was going to be extremely difficult for Tom Cleverley to get a consistent spot in the starting XI lineup of Louis van Gaal and other clubs in the Premier League started to get interested in signing Tom Cleverley as the English midfielder had no space left in Manchester United and Aston Villa signed him on a loan deal but it’s now being revealed that Cleverley can join Aston Villa on a permanent deal.
Aston Villa’s head coach Paul Lambert said: “We have an option on Tom. We have not gone into great detail but he has played well. He was the one lad who was busy on Saturday [at Everton]; he has so much to offer’’
“He’s a good guy, a good professional and does everything high tempo even when he trains. Whatever happens in January will happen, the option is there but we still have a couple of months to go. I just want him to play well here and enjoy it and that’s what he is doing which is half the battle. It’s not been an easy start playing at a new club but come January we will see.”
A permanent move to Aston Villa would be the best option for everyone in this case as Cleverley does seem to be playing much more relaxed and better overall in Aston Villa while Manchester United can receive a cash injection by selling a player that they have no plans to use in their immediate future and Aston Villa can sign a young and talented midfielder that can help in their journey of securing an Europa League spot.
Manchester United is in a bad state given the injury issues of Michael Carrick and according to Bryan Robson; their star man’s absence is getting really hurtful for the squad.
Carrick is much applauded for his consistent and steady influence on the team and the lack of it is proving to be damaging for Man U matches.
Even though the star midfielder has recently recovered from his ankle surgery that led him to miss out on the initial 3 months of this season- United legend Bryan Robson feels that it won’t be fair to throw Michael into a hectic Manchester derby so soon. The player has had just 1 run-out for under 21s & is most likely to have his 1st-squad comeback against a match with Crustal Palace which is 6 days post the derby game.
“Michael has been quite a huge miss to our team”, remarked Robson. “Whilst he was down with injury the past season, he’s a bad los for us & this season again. Carrick is a very intelligent footballer who knows how to get into right areas. Being a 6ft 2”, he has his great stature as a fantastic advantage. Moreover he can intercept things extremely well & this is why he is so crucial to us.”
“The sole thing which a manager should be careful about is, in case there’re few footballers getting back from injury issues, you should not place too many on field who’re little rusty since it is a derby match. It would be million miles per hour& demand oodles of pace and passion- thus the boys who’ve been on field regularly carry better potential to keep pace with the heightened speed required.”
Manchester United have lost out on 5 of past 6 Premier League’s derby matches of late.