Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes Salomon Rondon must continue with his scoring ways in order to enhance his chances of cementing a permanent transfer to the club. The Venezuela international joined the Magpies on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion last summer with Dwight Gayle heading into the opposite direction in a similar kind of deal.
Rondon initially struggled to adapt to the club’s style of play with no goals between August and October, but he has since picked up form with regular contributions and has provided nine goals and five assists to the team’s cause in the Premier League. Speaking to Sky Sports, Benitez admitted that he had known the qualities and he was confident that he would be a success with the team.
Basement side Huddersfield grabbed a late goal to condemn Wolves to their 10th defeat of the season. both sides came into the game with different agenda as Wolves were looking to consolidate 7th position in a bid to take the last European spot.
Huddersfield had gone two and the half months without a victory and looked bound for the Championship next season. New Manager Jan Siewert had tasted defeat in all previous matches in charge against Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle.
Former Arsenal player Theo Walcott wants to improve and come back to his best form. He said that he is aware that he can do better and that it is important for him to get back to his best form. He said that he is happy at Everton and that with Marco Silva they have one of the best managers in Europe.
He said that it has been a good start to the season for Everton and that they are gradually improving. He said that in the match against Liverpool they were unlucky to concede a goal in the closing stage of the game and they could have ended up with a point if the match ended earlier.
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has responded to Instagram after criticism from former players. Ozil has scored three goals in all competitions this season, but the midfielder missed Arsenal’s victory over Fulham with backbone and there were reports of a training session bust-up with new manager Unai Emery at the start of the season. There were rumors that Emery told Ozil that he would be on the bench against West Ham, and the Germans responded by going out of training. But, both Ozil and Emery insisted on a disease was the reason for his absence in the Emirates.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown, an incredible critic of Ozil, claimed the midfielder was not missed at Craven Cottage, and ex-Gunner Charlie Nicholas predicted that he would be sold in January and the reason for his not playing could be the same. Ozil, who has returned from his back problem, sent Instagram: “Believe while others doubt # M1Ö #faith.”
So far the Arsenal team has lost two games, both opening under Emery the new manager of the team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil do not fit into the desired system of Unai Emery at Arsenal, says Paul Merson.
On Saturday, in the match of the team against Chelsea Ozil was remain anonymous throughout the game. The team got the defeat with the score 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. Ozil was substituted after an hour by Emery. The reason for the same was Emery wanted the team to play high-press style after following his move to Arsenal.
There are reports that Liverpool are amongst the leading candidates for the signature of Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss is set to exit Stoke City following their relegation from the top flight of English football.
The Merseyside club is looking at activating his £12 million release clause after the player confirmed that he was leaving the club. There are others interested in the signature of the talented player, known for scoring screamers. Mark Hughes, who brought the player to England, is seeking to land the player at Southampton ahead of the pre-season, as per reports. St Mary’s are seeking reinforcements following a bit of an underwhelming season.
Fresh from an underwhelming pre-season West Brom manager Tony Pulis would’ve been desperate for a positive start to the new Premier League season.
faced last season’s revelation Bournemouth in the opening fixture on Saturday and thanks to an Ahmed Hegazi 31st minute powerful header, the West Londoners came away with the full three points in the bag although staying above relegation this season remains their primary benchmark.
Still they will be happy to have lessened the tide of unsatisfaction emanating from the stands, aggravating the removal of the squad coach.
Pulis, especially from his days at Stoke City has built a reputation of favouring substance over style, preferring instead his players stick with the unconventional ugly job of sacrificing entertaining football for the primary safety from the relegation zone; The chief reason why his teams rarely aspire finishing above the mid-table.
Another new signing from Southampton Jay Rodriguez showed a lot of promise on Saturday as he proved that his pace will most certainly add a new and perhaps effective dimension to the Baggies’ attack.
Still it was Hegazi’s powerful drive beyond Asmir Begovic’s line that proved crucial throughout the afternoon encounter. The Egypt international is on loan from Al Ahly and will hope to do enough to convince West Brom to sign him on permanent terms even if that means ditching Jonny Evans. Continue reading
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
Both Olympiakos and Juventus hope to win the match on Wednesday when they come face to face in Piraeus for two consecutive matches. The last time in the Champions league, Juventus lost against Atletico Madrid whereas they again lost against Malmo.
The four teams in group A are in a tie for 3 points and just need a goal to set their positions in the list. The meeting held on Wednesday has the promise of pulling apart the entire thing. Since Ibrahim Afellay moved to Olympiakos from Barcelona on loan, he has rebooted his whole career this season and has a chance to be in a great football team in these few years.
Ibrahim was under the eyes when he played at the Red and whites game that they won by one goal over Atletico and it is hoped that he will live up to his reputation of being the favourite of the team when they host the match against Juventus this Wednesday. Afellay came into the national team with the help of Guus Hiddink but other than him, Barcastuff and Opta Johan have been giving descriptions of the potential the player has and can utilize to stand out on the team.
Olympiakos needs his potential in great amounts while playing against Bianconeri as the champions of Italy have made 3 goals in the A Series competitions so far in the whole campaign. Afellay has a trend of taking up the role of attacking Midfield and gives Kostas Mitroglou enough space to work but this time the Juventus Defense isn’t going to be very easy to be outsmarted.
Carlos Tevez will be sad to see his side sob as they will do not have much chances of making it to week 2 after his European account opens against Malmo with much expected brace in the competition’s first round.