Antonio Conte works more on Player Mindset

Generally you expect a coach to try and ease the nerves of his boys in the locker room, but, Antonio Conte, at times, himself tries to make some hype around certain matches.

Conte reckons that because of him being a former player himself, he doesn’t have to try too hard to understand how a player’s mind-set tends to be like at different stages. There are moments when the guard of a player just drops down a little bit.

In the opinion of Conte, it generally happens when the opposition is of a small stature and you feel unthreatened by it.

If the big boys are there to battle against, then there is enough hype around the encounter itself and at that time, you actually have to look to ensure that the team doesn’t get too anxious.

But, against a minnow, it’s completely different. There is no such hype and that’s where there is the danger that the sense of complacency may creep in and the players may not approach the game with the right kind of mind-set. Continue reading


Chelsea player Oscar dos Santos Emboaba, commonly referred to as Oscar, is set to complete his switch to China to play for Shanghai SIPG in a £52 million deal.

The Brazilian is set to earn four times his salary in England with the Chinese side. The player currently earns a reported £90,000 a week but will see any time that in China particularly when his image rights deal is sorted.

The image right deal and accommodation are some of the issues holding the deal off but would soon be sorted out, reported say. The 25-year old would join the growing community of Brazilian stars in China. His stats, age, nativity and looks will surely be a plus when he arrives in the Far East.

SIPG, funded by the city’s Port Authority, is not as enthusiastic about signing the player as reports say the government is the one forcing the deal to pull through. The government – a major shareholder in the Port Authority – is persuading the city’s top clubs SIPG and Shenhua to make big singings in a bid to fuel the city. Continue reading

Bruma Unaware of Interest from Arsenal and Tottenham

Galatasaray winger Bruma has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the last few days.

It has been reported that the winger is unhappy with life in Turkish football. Bruma been a major factor in the club managing to stay afloat in the Turkish league table. Galatasaray are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams in the division, but they have not been at their best for the last couple of seasons. After managing to score 3 goals and three assists in just seven league outings, Bruma is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets within Galatasaray’s squad.

Unfortunately, his goals have not been able to lift the team any higher than third place. It is only in the last couple of weeks that they have managed to hit the right note and find some form. Just one draw in the last five games has seen the club progress to 3rd place in the table. Even though they remain only level on points with leaders Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir, it is not seen as a good enough start to the league campaign. In this instance, sudden rumours linking Bruma with a move to either has taken the club by storm.
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Joe Garner expresses his delight in joining Rangers FC

Joe Garner is one of the few attackers that Rangers FC has secured during the summer transfer window.

The Scottish club has mainly been signing midfielders in the current transfer window but one of the forwards that Mark Warbuton did add to his squad in Rangers was the 28 year old English striker Joe Garner who made his way from Preston North End to Rangers FC for a fee of £1.8 million.

The 28 year old attacker announced his excitement in having joined Rangers as Joe Garner said: “I’ve played at massive clubs before like Nottingham Forest but Rangers is the biggest I’ve played for .It would be fair to say that, at 28, I had to grasp this opportunity because I wasn’t sure if I’d get another like it.’’

“When I heard about the club’s interest, it was something my family and I couldn’t turn down. The club has sold 45,000 season tickets, so that says everything about the size of things here and I’m really looking forward to it.”

£1.8 million was the fee that Rangers FC had to offload in order to bring Joe Garner from Preston North End over to the Ibrox Stadium and this is the highest fee that Mark Warbuton has signed for any player during his time in charge of the Scottish club. Continue reading


Veteran Everton defender Leighton Baines says the Everton players all wanted Ronald Koeman to lead them.

Baines himself was in and out of the team in the last campaign as he had ankle injuries but is already back in training at Finch Farm. Baines, who rarely commented on issues at the club, said Koeman was the right deal to move the club forward.

Baines who has been with the club for almost a decade, sharing highs and lows, said he hopes the new boss would ensure the club moved forward. He revealed that the whole team received the appointement well as Koeman was the one “everyone was hoping for.”

He further revealed that the players had given up on the tactics of former coach Roberto Martinez. At half time during the FA Cup semi-final, Baines was heard on the tunnel camera talking about Everton making an already big Wembley pitch, even bigger. There were a lot of reports that when Martinez was sacked, a lot of senior team players and even Martinez’s staff were all up on each other, with players leaving the training. Baines opines that the whole situation would be different with Koeman. Continue reading

Newcastle loss has put a bit of a doubt in the head of Francesco Guidolin

The Newcastle loss has put a bit of a doubt in the head of Francesco Guidolin as he now reckons his team’s current tally of points doesn’t ensure safety.

The victory against the Blues at the Liberty Stadium eight days back had made Guidolin declare his side safe.

With an extremely confident tone that evening, the 60-year old man from Italy had said that the Swans had reached the point where they could believe they were virtually safe.

That was probably not the right statement to make for Guidolin especially at that stage because a manager’s statement always influences the players.

When you, as the team’s boss, come out saying we are safe, it might go down in the change room as the signal that the job is done even if that is not what you are suggesting with your statement.

And, it showed at Newcastle. It was a pretty feeble going from the Swans and one could feel that that they were not playing the game with any real meaning.

The manager probably himself felt the same too and that’s why, he sounded shaken when he talked to media.

Guidolin emphasized how things could change unexpectedly in soccer if a team doesn’t have its foot on the gas all the time. Continue reading

Changes in players at Paris Saint-Germain next season

Paris Saint Germain is preparing themselves for massive changes next season with new players coming in and others going. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing that he will not be staying in Paris, PSG is trying to find a suitable replacement for the Swedish forward.

It is believed that Edison Cavani will be deployed as the central striker and that there will be changes on the wings. It has been suggested that Paris Saint-Germain might be making a bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Despite having made a good start to the season with Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez form has declined over the season especially after his injury. PSG will be hoping that Arsenal will be tempted to sell their forward with the right amount of money.

With Arsenal failing to win any silverware this season, it might be tempting for Alexis Sanchez to make the switch to a team that is almost certain of winning the league each season and who is pushing now to win the Premier League. Continue reading

Rudi Garcia is certain that his squad is inching closer to their best form

As.Roma was able to collect 3 hugely important points on August 30 as the team of Rudi Garcia claimed a 2-1 triumph over the current champions of Italy, Juventus. Goals from Pjanic and Dzeko was enough for As.Roma to secure their first victory of the entire season and this triumph is not only important for the 3 points that the team of Rudi Garcia gained but it was much more important for another reason, they overcame Juventus.

In the previous season of the Serie A, As.Roma locked horns against Juventus and had to settle with 1 draw and 1 defeat but in this early start of the new season things have kicked off in a much better form for Rudi Garcia and his team.

Rudi Garcia was so impressed and pleased by the performance that his team displayed against Juventus that the French manager said that are getting closer to their best form since he arrived to the club on June of 2013. Continue reading

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return

Rumours have been intense thatgoalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was looking at a potential return to the Italian Serie A after he has been linked with clubs like Inter Milan, Napoli, and Roma in the last few weeks. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has been at PSG since 2011.

He has been the club’s number one choice during this period, but there have been suggestions that the French outfit will be looking at an even more capable goalkeeper. PSG have been linked with the likes of Petr Cech and Iker Casillas in recent months. Even though they are yet to make an official offer for these players, their long-standing interest means thatSirigu’s position at the club could come under threat.

Sirigu has started featuring for the national team much more, as it is widely believed that he will be the eventual replacement for Gianluigi Buffon. He played in the 1-0 defeat against Portugal, which was a disappointing result for new manager Antonio Conte.Sirigu has a contract with the French club until the summer of 2018. He has confirmed that there is no potential talk of coming back to Italy right now. After featuring in 34 league games for the French club last season,Sirigu managed to win all four major trophies apart from the Champions League. Continue reading