ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:20:00 +0000
Arsenal fans and faithful have good news coming as Arsenal are considering sacking their long-serving and longsuffering manager at the end of the season. This consideration comes after the gunners were thoroughly humiliated at the hands of the cityzens in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday evening.
The Frenchman renewed his contract at the end of last season after Arsenal picked up the FA Cup at the expense of Premier League winners Chelsea, but while the 68 year old is willing to see out his contract in North London, Arsenal have other ideas.
The 2004 English Champions have been blown off course in the league table and will need a miracle to make the top four and failure to win the Europa league could bring an end to Mr.Wenger's 22 year reign.
Arsenal have spent the past 12 months planning for Wenger's replacement and have significantly reduced the Frenchman's influence by appointing a new technical director. Joachim Low, Leonardo Jardim and former captain Mikel Arteta have all been touted as possible replacements but it's former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who is in the leading to replace Mr.Wenger.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000
Manchester United on Sunday evening recorded a second home victory over Chelsea (Mou's off and on ex) in less than a year. It was typical of the Blues who were champions of England to take the game to United and they didn't disappoint as Alvaro Morata rattled the woodwork in the 5th minute. Willian then started and finished off a sweeping counter attack in the 32nd minute.
Mourinho's red devils actually looked toothless in the first thirty minutes of the encounter with much credits going Alexis Sanchez for that. During the opening exchanges against a big rival United were anything but threatening.
The Comeback Manchester United's big Belgian Romelu Lukaku managed to get behind Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen for a typical no.9 finish after a beautiful interplay between Martial six minutes before the break. Lukaku had clearly moved on from the reverse tie in November where he failed to have a touch of the ball in the opposition half. The former Everton marksman could have added more gloss to his performance on the day with a half volley but Thibaut Courtois' fingertip save made sure the scores remained even.
Embed from Getty Images JLings came on for Anthony Martial in the 64th minute to help United complete a rare comeback
Scorer Lukaku turned provider in the 75th minute when he 'danced' two Chelsea defenders to provide a cross which Messi Jesse Lingard nodded home from close range. The red devils held on to seal the victory with an improved second half, but that victory came with more questions than answers for Manchester United.. .
A Misfiring Sanchez
Embed from Getty Images Sanchez had no impact against Chelsea Aside Sanchez's cross for Lukaku's half-volley in the second half, the Chilean was largely anonymous in a game that was his biggest yet as a Manchester United player. Mourinho might be questioning his own decision to sign the two-time South American champion. Sanchez's arrival was supposed to herald 'a new beginning' for the 2013 Champions however the Manchester club have seen their form drop in the league. Sanchez's impact has been close to nothing and once again the signing has not gone Manchester United's way. No Attacking Appetite It is very clear that Jose Mourinho has fashioned his team for predominantly defensive approaches and it is saddening for the football world to see Manchester United play with such lack of belief. Anthony Martial before his substitution was not a threat though he assisted Lukaku in bagging the equalizer. A club like Manchester United should approach games with pride and with attacking mindset which was missing for large parts of the game.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:12:00 +0000
Chelsea is one of the best England clubs who has gone through so much in their history. Since the founding in 1905, Chelsea has changed the name, a couple of owners and many players. The club has become a theme for many songs and movies. Today, we will share with you 10 amazing facts about Chelsea.
1.The Chelsea adventure began on March the 10th in 1095 at the Rising Pub. Those days they were called the Pensioners because of the pensioner's crest and the nickname stuck for years. The first man who removed the crest was
3.On 25th of August in 1928, Chelsea changed the history of football uniforms (with Arsenal). Chelsea was one of the first clubs which had numbers on shirts. It happened during the match against Welsh side Swansea City
4.Chelsea holds many records and one of them dates back in 1971 when Chelsea had won the match against Jeunesse Hautcharage in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. The final score was 21-0 and it was enough for the records in European competition.
5.To prove that it is the best club in England, Chelsea had the record for the longest streak of unbeaten matches at home. The streak was 86 matches and it lasted from 20th March 2004 to 26th October 2008. Embed from Getty Images
6.The best scorer ever in played in Chelsea was Bobby Tambling,
who scored 202 goals in 370 games, in his 11-year career in Chelsea.
7.Frank Lampard is Chelsea's most capped international player because it has amazing 86 caps.
8.What all 2 of UEFA’s major trophies have in common? Chelsea. Yes, Chelsea is one of the first British clubs to win all 3 titles.
9. Chelsea as the best English club was the theme to many Football movies, including “The Great Game” and “The Football Factory”. But, that is not all.
10.Chelsea club is the theme of many songs like the “Blue is the color” which was the no5 in the UK charts in 1972 and later recognized as the club’s song and the song “We’re gonna win” performed by the famous Bryan Adams and dedicated to Chelsea.
Mark is a football fan and a foosball player who has a blog about foosball called the Foosball zone. There he writes everything about foosball, from history to the foosball table rewiews and the reviews of foosball table parts like – the foosball ball.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sat, 06 Jan 2018 16:05:00 +0000
Tottenham Hotspur endured their fifth draw of the season at West Ham on Thursday night. The Lily whites needed an 84th minute stunner from Heung-Min Son to cancel out Pedro Obiang's equally exceptional goal 14 minutes earlier. As much as Tottenham were the bookies favourites going into the game, the hammers had a right to feel two points lost after the final whistle was sounded. A Harry Kane goal could have stolen the points had he managed to score, well he did not neither could any of his teammates find a way past Adrian. Mauricio Pochettino's men now sit 5th in the Premier League table with 16 games left to play. Harry Kane's 18 league goals this season has not been enough to push Tottenham into the top four as we begin a fresh year. It is now due for the England striker to move on and this is why we think so.
1.TROPHIES .. .OBVIOUSLY The past two seasons have seen Spurs push the league leaders 'hard'. Their rewards for this push has been third place (in the 2015/16 season) and Second (in the 2016/17 season). While Tottenham's flair and team set-up was admirable and indeed enviable in both seasons, they never genuinely looked liked they were going to win anything despite the supply of goals from Harry Kane. The former Leicester City attacker should take a cue from the likes of Robin Van Persie (Arsenal To Manchester United 2012) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona 2014) .
A striker of Kane's age should be in a team of 'stars' where there is collective effort and of course these are the ingredients necessary for lifting trophies.
2. FOR LONGEVITY
Football is a physical game and its impact begins to tell as each player approaches the twilight of his career. It's been seen over the years that stress on young players begin to tell on their careers as the near their peak. This is why Harry needs to move to a club where his services wouldn't be solely and highly relied upon.
At a club where a young striker is the principal source of goals without any trophies to show simply adds a lot more pressure to the player as he ages.
3. SILENCE THE CRITICS In the past we have seen players switch clubs and lose their scoring boots in the process. Kane is the focal point of Tottenham's game and it is safe to say most crosses are intended for the no.10. Whether Kane can pull his weight among the 'galacticos' or 'cashiticos' is anybody's guess.
Embed from Getty Images Luis Suarez helped Barcelona to a Treble in his first season in Catalonia after enduring a painful 2013/14 campaign with Liverpool
However, the former Leicester City loanee can do us football lovers a collective favour by leaving Tottenham to a bigger club and actually winning the a trophy.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:07:00 +0000
A Twitter handle was on hand to inform the general public of Michy Batshuayi's decision to come out as gay after secretly coming out to his Chelsea teammates. The twitter account made the world know of this 'false claim' about 16 hours ago but king of twitter bants Batshuayi was on hand to shutdown those claims.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:44:00 +0000
Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz was an absentee in their last league game before the International break as Chelsea were narrow winners against Manchester United. Eden Hazard has stressed the importance of the centre-back in the Chelsea squad following the much talked about fall out with the manager.
Although Conte insisted his decision to pick Andreas Christensen ahead of David Luiz was a tactical one, the Italian said after the game that he was unsure of Luiz's future at Stamford Bridge (is he sure of his own??). The manager-player bust up has been largely linked to Chelsea's game v. Roma about a fortnight ago when the English Champions were drubbed 3-0.
When asked who was the biggest joker in the Chelsea squad Hazard replied to Soccer AM 'Luiz, The geezer, always smiling, so he's in a good mood all the time.
David Luiz has been permitted to train with the group but relationship with the manager is far from getting better since September. In Chelsea's two games against Roma they conceded six goals a slight on Antonio Conte's reputation. The 3-0 loss in Rome was only the third time Conte lost by that score-line which is his joint biggest defeat. Chelsea's victory over United and a clean sheet in Luiz's absence was a political victory for Conte over his player.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:03:00 +0000
According to Mirror Manchester United has told Jose Mourinho that he must sell before he buys and Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be first outta the exit door in January to make way for Jose's dream signing.
The report claims the big Belgian should be on his way out of Old Trafford in seven weeks time as Mourinho plans to further reshape his squad. Fellaini turns 30 in ten days time and is also out of contract in June 2018 and the Old Trafford club is said to have agreed an £8million deal with Besiktas.
Fellaini will not be the last departure from Manchester United as the Portuguese plans to keep his squad in shape in the title race and despite praising the Belgian after United's defeat at Stamford Bridge it appears the manager's mind is made up.
Shaktar Donestk's Fred is the man whom Fellaini is reportedly making way for, the gifted Brazilian midfielder was handed a long term contract last summer after being a stand-out performer for the Ukrainian giants but a number of top European clubs including Manchester United are prepared to test Shaktar's resolve for the 24 year old Brazilian.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:47:00 +0000
Former Super Eagles forward Shola Ameobi has been rewarded for his contributions to Newcastle. The 36-year-old graduated from the Magpies' youth set-up and went on to have a stellar career at the St. James' Park. Ameobi has now been inducted into the Newcastle United's foundation hall of fame as a reward for a stellar career with the Geordies.
In a career that spanned 14 years Ameobi scored 79 goals in 397 appearances across all competitions, he now joins the likes of Alan Shearer, Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby Robson in the prestigious hall of fame.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:13:00 +0000
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still believes The Reds can lift the Premier League title at the end of the season despite their position on the log. Klopp who is currently in South Africa took part in a fans' question and answer session where he said "there are two teams who are owned by a Country in Europe, so it makes it difficult to win the Champions League. But in England, we can win the Premier League, but we need a bit of luck."
The German is adamant Liverpool can be Champions in May despite picking up 19 points from their first 11 games and falling 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
The Reds have managed to put an early season poor form behind them to put together three straight wins but their overall performance this season have been underwhelming. Telling defeats against Manchester City (5-0) and Tottenham (4-1) have been the major talking points of Liverpool's season so far.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:58:00 +0000
Leicester City are in no rush to replace sacked manager Craig Shakespeare and the 2016 Champions are ready to bid their time as they seek a 'big name' replacement. The Sun reprots that Leicester City manager Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wants to make a high profile appointment to replace Craig Shakespeare after his sacking on Monday, but it is understood no immediate successor is lined up and caretaker manager Michael Appleton would not take permanent charge.
Three time UEFA Champions league winner Carlo Ancelotti is the stature of manager the foxes are looking to sign, but the Italian would be likely looking for a bigger job after recently leaving Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Roberto Mancini a former Leicester City player who also led Manchester City to the title in 2012 has distanced himself from the job, Sam Allardyce who has helped Sunderland and Crystal Palace escape relegation in the past two seasons is more interested in the vacant USA national-team job instead of taking over a relegation-threatened team again.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has also been fingered as a possible replacement after Wales failed to qualify for the World Cup. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also been linked to the vacant position at the King Power but the Leicester City chiefs are inclined to look abroad first.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:42:00 +0000
Group E Spartak Moscow v Sevilla
Sevilla sit pretty at the summit in Group E, an opening day draw at Anfield was followed up by a 3-0 victory at NK Maribor, since Sevilla's debut in the competition close to a decade ago they've tried but not with a lot of success to establish themselves as a force in Europe's elite competition. The Spanish club have owned the Europa league for the better part of five years but they will fancy their chances in Russia against Spartak Moscow, Both teams suffer indifferent league forms but it's Sevilla who have the experience on this stage. Should Sevilla and Liverpool both win the Spanish club will need just 4 more points to make the knock out stage.
Sevilla should win this one, not easily
There should be more than 2 goals
Maribor v Liverpool
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp has come under fire recently following Liverpool's questionable performances of late. The Anfield club played out a 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Saturday. Liverpool need inspiration from somewhere and they need it as quickly as possible. They have a great chance against the Slovenian champions who are unbeaten at home in the league this season.
Liverpool to win
Manchester City v SSC Napoli
This game will be Pep Guardiola's second big test of the season. The citizens left the home of English champions Chelsea unscathed thanks to a moment of brilliance from Kevin De Bruyne, but this is a different kind of test. Napoli are unbeaten in the Serie A and deservedly so. An opening day defeat to Shaktar is their only loss this season. Manchester City will need to do a Shaktar at the Etihad on Tuesday evening, meanwhile Hamsik is still in search of that record breaking goal. Manchester City are in a very buoyant mood in front of goal even without Sergio Aguero and so are Napoli So....
Both teams should find the back of the net
Any team can actually win the game
The goals should exceed two
Feyenoord v Shaktar Donestk
Feyenoord has experienced first hand the sting of Manchester City and Napoli but Shaktar managed an opening day victory over Napoli and will look back on that as a driving force as the travel to Feyenoord's home, both teams should realistically be looking at Europa league berths but this is a game both teams will believe they have a chance of winning this one but Shaktar are in a better form overall.
This is not a group of draws so any side can win this
There should be a lot of goals
Monaco v Besiktas
Monaco who are still without a win in this season's competition play hosts to a rejuvenated Besiktas. Besiktas' exploits in the transfer market seems to be paying off at least in Europe, the Kara Katallar sit 8th in the Tukish league but will not be short of confidence when the travel to the Stade Louis II Stadium.
If Monaco want to entertain any hopes of progression in the business end of the group stage this is a game they have to win, a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at Lyon on Friday did not do their confidence any good but we fancy Falcao and company to rise to the occasion.
Both teams to Score
Monaco to win
RB Leipzig v FC Porto
The surprise package of the German Bundesliga last term have had a difficult start to life in Europe with 1 point from a possible 6. They play host to the 2004 winners and RB Leipzig who are fresh from an away victory against Borussia Dortmund are in a 'good place' as they play Porto today.
FC Porto are more seasoned in this competition and will be looking to add to their three points. Domestic form is great for both sides.
Both Teams To Score
Fc Porto To Win Or Draw
APOEL Nicosia V Borussia Dortmund
The two winless clubs in this tough group go head-to-head. Dortmund are a stronger team and have a lot of ground to make up as they chase Real Madrid and Tottenham. Football is not mathematics but this should be a straightforward win for Dortmund.
Dortmund to win
Real Madrid v Tottenham
Tottenham proved against AFC Bournemouth over the weekend that they are not a one man team afterall. Christian Eriksen's goal helped the lily whites to all three points, their first victory at their makeshift home, but this game is different in complexion. This is a game away at the home of the European Champions. Real Madrid are beginning to get their acts together in the Spanish league and should Tottenham push them a little bit there might be cracks for Harry Kane to exploit. The truth is that Spurs are underdogs going into this game and they could use that to their advantage.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:26:00 +0000
Ex Liverpool Rafa Benitez boss could be on his way back to Merseyside, not with Liverpool but with Everton. The Sun reports that if Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri decides to fire Ronald Koeman after a poor start to the season Benitez will be the employer's first choice to replace the Dutchman. Manchester United Plan Another Big Money Transfer
The Sun also reports that Jose Mourinho is willing to splash a whooping £62 million on Lazio star midfielder Sergej Milinkovic. Mourinho scouted the player during the International break when Serbia took on Austia and the player's agent former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman says Manchester United Is willing to launch a bid for the Serb. Arsenal Reaches Conclusion On Alexis And Mesut
Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez who are out of contract by the end of the season could be sold in January. Daily Star reports that Arsenal are ready to sell those two in January to avoid losing them both for free in the summer... .Wait Wenger had the chance that a few months ago right? well Ozil recently turned 29 and Sanchez will celebrate his 29th birthday before the end of the year. It is believed. PSG and Manchester City will be on red alert on Sanchez who can be sold for £20 million in January. Real Madrid Track U-17 Star Amine Gouiri Embed from Getty Images
Real Madrid are continuously turning their attention to French starlet according to Marca. The 17 year old has been in fine form for France who are now in the last 16.
Nigerian Striker Plots Move Back To The Premier League
Reports emerging from Liverpool Echo claim that Anderlecht's Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru has confirmed to have had a meeting with Everton over a possible early return to Merseyside as the striker continued his top form for Anderlecht. The 20 year old is currently on loan at Anderlecht from Everton. Onyekuru was singed in the summer for a fee of around £7m in the summer and quickly sent out on loan to Anderlecht due to UK work permit issues.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:19:00 +0000
Saturday Football Predictions are here.
Brighton should be strong enough at home to see off an Everton side who have been poor lately, maybe due to the rigors of continental engagement. Newcastle travel to the St.Mary's and we fancy Benitez's side being able to get something out of the game.
Inter Milan who have been spectacular this season play 'hosts' to an equally good Milan side, but it's never a good idea to bet against Luciano Spalletti in big games so we fancy Inter for the win or draw.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:49:00 +0000
Club football is back and we couldn't be more excited, below are ziccifoot picks for the weekend. Watchout for our UEFA Champions League #BetTalk on Monday, in the mean time make your pick below 👇👇👇
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:46:00 +0000
Daily Mail reports that Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli is ready to challenge Tottenham's wage structure as talks for a new contracts near. Alli is ready to put himself on a collision course with Tottenham over his proposed new contract.
Alli who is on £50,000-a-week is set to insist on becoming the club's top earner, the 21-year-old's demand will test Spurs' rigid pay structure which has Harry Kane as the best paid player at the club at £100,000-a-week.
Alli will reportedly ask for well over what his compatriot Kane is earning at the club, knowing fully well he can earn £200,000-a-week somewhere else.
It's anybody's guess whether Tottenham will be willing to grant Alli's heart desires, the club are currently building a new stadium and the lack of trophies in the past two seasons (despite performing well) is another factor for the club. The stringent wage bill at Spurs has been well documented in recent seasons with their best players knowing they can actually earn more at other clubs.
Another factor working against the England midfielder is the fact that he is yet to reproduce his great form of the last two seasons and the Tottenham board feel the MK Dons youth player might be distracted by off-field activities.
In August Alli reportedly parted ways with his long-term agent Rob Segal with rumours of a big money switch in the offing and it is reported that super agents Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes want to add the midfielder to their list of players.
Real Madrid who are admirers of the 21 year old are monitoring the whole situation and it is understood the midfielder will welcome a switch to the Bernabeu in the future.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:56:00 +0000
Nigerian Professional football league, NPFL club Abia warriors have announced that they have hired Brazilian Rafael Everton as their new manager.
The Eastern club is yet to divulge much about their new employee for now but the club has high hopes and big dreams for next season.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:39:00 +0000
Tottenham and Manchester City aren't exactly direct rivals but Pep Guardiola's comments about Spurs and Harry Kane did sit very well with Mauricio Pochettino and the Argentine has decided to voice his displeasure.
Guardiola referred to Tottenham as the 'Harry Kane Team' prior to the International break and Pochettino saw those comments as 'disrespectful' despite the Man City boss also considering Spurs legitimate title contenders alongside the citizens, Chelsea and Manchester United (no Liverpool ??).
Well Pochettino did not hesitate to make his unhappiness known in a pre-match interview ahead of the clash against Bournemouth.
"It was funny when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well. When it's exciting after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes (he) can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman.
Pochettino went on "It didn't affect me but it's very disrespectful for many people and it's difficult to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best. I always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola.
"I think everyone deserves to be recognized as part of the success of the team.But I think many people took those words very disrespectful for the club, and for many players here I think it's a strange situation. Personally I didn't take it in a bad way. It wasn't disrespectful for myself. Only I express my feeling that, for a lot of people, it wasn't necessary to say.
"But I think we need to move on. For me, Harry Kane is one of the best strikers - it doesn't change anything. And it's important that our position is clear, to be calm and not to be aggressive with our opponents. Our responsibility is massive. But I think it's important to respect every single opinion.
"I think everyone knows how Tottenham is, how Manchester City, how Barcelona, how Argentina is. It is a collective sport. Everyone needs to do his job. Of course sometimes it's difficult, because in the media the temptation is to be focused on some players." Pochettino concluded.
Tottenham who are yet to win at their makeshift home go into the game against AFC Bournemouth placed third, five points behind the leading Manchester clubs.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:06:00 +0000
Manchester United visit eternal rivals Liverpool in the Premier League's early kick off on Saturday. Club football is back and what a way to welcome back the highly engaging league. The meetings between these two last season lacked a lot of the usual buzz and flair that surrounded it in the past, in January a mysterious Paul Pogba handball in the penalty area that gave Liverpool the lead in the first was the major incident that got pundits busy after the game, well that was nine months ago, this new season has seen both teams begin their campaigns on different gears. Romelu Lukaku has proved to be an inspirational signing for Jose Mourinho and Manchester, Mohammed Salah is attempting to do likewise for Liverpool. The Egyptian has taken to life better at Merseyside than he did in London three years ago, maybe it could be down to the different management styles of Jurgen Klopp and Mourinho. Manchester United have started stronger this season but there are certain factors that can swing the outcome of this game against the red devils or in their favour. Liverpool Should Rely On The Counter
The Liverpool's defence under Klopp is not famed for seeing out games with a clean sheet and on Saturday they will be up against a certain Romelu Lukaku who has been a handful for most defences in the 7 games played so far this season. Considering Manchester United's form and swagger at the moment it is only natural that they take the game to Liverpool and unlike last season this time around it will be Klopp's men who will need to do the 'bus parkin' exercise. Why? Well as much as Liverpool have goal minded players such as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Mohammed Salah and Daniel Sturridge, starting the game with attacks will be ill advised because Liverpool have proved in recent weeks that they do not have a reliable defence and it might come down to a game of who outscores the other.
Southampton Stopped Manchester United From Scoring More Than Once
As mundane as it may sound Klopp may want to realistically consider the option of sitting back and attack the opponents on the counter i.e giving Jose a taste of his own medicine, IF the reds dedicate more bodies to do their defensive duty and also attack in numbers it's not gonna be smiling faces at the end of the day for Manchester United, like in the game against Southampton where United only scrapped through. Liverpool will need to do a Southampton.
Distances Travelled During The International Break And The Injuries
Klopp and Mourinho will be welcoming their players back from International duty, this first task will be for club medics to asses the fitness of these players yeah? but we all know that the final round of the South American qualifiers stretched into Wednesday morning and Coutinho who is a key element of Jurgen Klopp's side played 86 minutes of that game and was replaced by club colleague Roberto Firmino. Mohammed Salah will also be jetting in from Egypt, by the time the game between Liverpool and United kicks of the likes of Coutinho and Firmino of Liverpool and Antonio Valencia of Manchester United would have had exactly 60 hours to travel, rest, train and get ready for the game. This is not a factor to be overlooked as both teams could be forced to play a slow paced game, tired legs will surely count in the second half and it could be down to the club with the most rested players winning the day, Talent and Ability will be hardly count in circumstances like this.
Total Distance Travelled By Liverpool Players - 75,484 miles
Total Distance Travelled By Manchester United Players - 69,691 miles
Manchester United have the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Ashley Young who were not involved in any game these past two weeks so the break puts United slightly at an advantage. The injury blow to Sadio Mane and Marouane Fellaini are both significant at the moment but it has not always been so, this is because Fellaini who hasn't been a fans' favourite has suddenly become prolific in front of goal and gives United the added aerial threat when it's needed. Aside from the other long term absentees from both sides there's no fresh concern, so is it safe to say Fellaini's injury cancels out Mane's?
Manchester United Shouldn't Change The Recipe
It is typical for managers to tamper with their usual formations, name different players in the starting line up and may even go ahead to change their training regimes just to overcome a difficult opponent. The results of Manchester United's games this season prove that things can change quickly in football. The positive thing about Mourinho's second season is that he has managed to turn the draws of the previous season into victories this season. The plan of introducing Anthony Martial in the latter part of games have worked like magic and it is only sensible for the manager to stick to the script knowing that there is European football by midweek.
Anthony Martial Has Scored Three Goals From The Bench This Season
While it is typical of a Mourinho team to park the bus in games like this, It will only make for a boring game as Liverpool will likely accept such an approach from Manchester United and may now search for a mistake that might help them overcome the red devils for the first time since 2014. The key for Manchester United on the day will be to play they way they've played all season.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:47:00 +0000
Gordon Strachan's failure to deliver Scotland a World Cup Berth has officially put a time frame on the Scot's stint as Scotland manager, the Scottish football association (SFA) on Thursday took a unanimous decision to not extend Strachan's contract and this implies that the Scottish National team will have a new manager before the end of the year.
Michael O'Neill and Derek McInnes are early favourites to replace Strachan. The 60 year old's inability to deliver the World Cup signaled the end of his tenure which began in 2013. Strachan has been in charge of three qualifying campaigns and the SFA had a key agreement that most countries would not give their manager a third qualifying campaign as was the case for Strachan.
The Guardian reports that Malky Mackay will be in charge of Scotland when they play a high profile friendly game in November but he (Mackay) is not a candidate to Succeed Strachan. Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill qualified the Country for the Euros last year and has now led Northern Ireland to a play-off place and will be first choice for the SFA.
O'Neill who turned down Sunderland in the summer will surely be a target for many British clubs if he manages to get Northern Ireland to a second major tournament in two years, this will surely make the 46 year old a wanted commodity and here's where the David Moyes Factor comes in.
David Moyes Moyes was listed as the early bookmakers' favourites to succeed Strachan and is thought to be keen on the prospect of managing his Country but the SFA is worried about the direction of Moyes' career since he left Everton.
Embed from Getty Images Moyes has had disappointing spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland since leaving Everton in 2013
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:34:00 +0000
Neymar has shown that there is no love lost between himself and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, while Argentina needed to win Ecuador in Quito on the final day of the CONMEBOL qualifiers they required Brazil to do them the favour of beating South American champions Chile.
There were talks and rumours of bad blood when Neymar seemingly took a €222 million step to PSG all in a bid to be away from Messi's 'shadow', the Brazilian captain repeatedly shutdown those talks but after the final South American qualifying round there's little or nothing to show that Neymar has a problem with Messi. In Neymar's absence Barcelona has made a 100% start to life in the Spanish league this season while Neymar who now has the company of Edinson Cavani and co. has scored eight goals in as many games.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:02:00 +0000
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik is on the verge of equaling Diego Maradona's goalscoring record at the club. There were no games in the top European leagues in the past weekend but club football returns on Friday and Hamsik will have the chance to equal and/or break the record against AS Roma on Saturday.
Napoli have won all of their seven games in the Serie A this season and have scored 25 goals in the process. A trip to Rome to play AS Roma on Saturday will represent the biggest challenge yet for the Naples outfit in the 2017/18 season.
The Slovakian attacking midfielder lags the legendary Maradona by just one goal. Napoli top the Serie A log with 21pts, two points more than Juventus and Inter who are tied on 19pts, but the Partenopei club has played mostly bottom half clubs in the league such as Benevento, Verona, Atalanta, Bologna, SPAL 2013 and Cagliari. AS Roma who play host have played a game less than Napoli but have managed five wins out of six.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:42:00 +0000
The Algerian Football Association FAF has announced a new date for their World Cup qualifier against Nigeria next month . Algeria has chosen November 10. as the new date and the game will be held in Constantine, 400Km east of Capital city Algiers, this is according to FC Naija.
The kick-off is slated for 8:30 pm local time , FAF has said that the changes were made so as to enable the Algerian football body arrange for a friendly game within the FIFA-friendly window.
The game between Nigeria and Algeria is a dead-rubber as Nigeria have already taken the only available World Cup slot in Group B after their 1-0 win over the Chipolopolos of Zambia last week in Uyo,Nigeria.
Alex Iwobi's 73 minute strike was enough to qualify the Super Eagles for their third consecutive World Cup, their sixth overall since making their debut in the competition in 1994 in USA. Egypt is the only other African nation to have qualified (their first finals appearance since 1990).
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:40:00 +0000
Chelsea midfielder suffered a hamstring injury while on International duty. It was in France's World Qualifier that Kante sustained the injury that may rule him out for at least five games. Kante was substituted in the 34th against Bulgaria.
Early predictions put the return date of Kante to 2-3 weeks but Kante will certainly be out of Chelsea's visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The former Leicester City player is now being assessed by Chelsea medics after returning form International duty.
The 26 year old who was in the starting line up in 35 out of 38 league games as Chelsea became champions last term with a record number of wins is certainly going to be on the sidelines for a while although the club doctors are yet to put a time frame on Kante's absence.
Chelsea play Italian club AS Roma twice in October and the English side are bracing themselves to be without their diminutive midfield enforcer for both games. Chelsea also play Crystal Palace (A) , Watford (H) and Bournemouth (A) in the league before the end October.
Antonio Conte will have to make do with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in Kante's absence as Danny Drinkwater is also sidelined and is yet to feature for Chelsea after his £35 million move from Leicester City.
It's not all doom and gloom for Chelsea, David Luiz is available for selection after suspension and is in contention for selection and will go head-to-head with Andreas Christensen after the Danish defender has put in a string of impressive performances. Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Pedro Rodriguez are all unscathed after International duties and can form an attacking troika at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
ziccifoot.blogspot.com | Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:35:00 +0000
England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is considering leaving the club as soon as January so as to boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup next year according to Mirror.
The 25 year old has been restricted to Cup games this season, two Europa League games and one in the EFL Cup. The player now genuinely believes a lack of first team football will hurt his chances of making the World Cup next year. It is believed Southgate is prepared to give Wilshere a chance but has intimated to the player that he must feature regularly for his club to earn a call up.
Wilshere is capped 34 times for the International side but is yet to play a game for England for over a year. It is reported that a whooping 22 clubs were interested in Wilshere last year and should he decide to leave The Emirates in three months time he should expect a similar level of interest.
Arsenal manager has challenged 'repeatedly injured' Wilshere to play 10 consecutive games without getting injured if he wants an extension of his contract which expires at the end of the season.
"Jack Wilshere has struggled historically with repeated injuries and no one could question his talent, no one would question his ability to beat people with the ball, but in this job you need to have health. The requests and demands of the competition, physically, are so high and you can only be at your best if you can at least play 10 games on the trot. That's what's at stake for Jack Wilshere." Arsene Wenger Said.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has disagreed with various suggestions that the injury concerns surrounding Romelu Lukaku and Maroune Fellaini will have a bearing on Saturday's trip to Anfield. Lukaku struggled with an ankle injury heading into the International break and missed the game against Bosnia on Saturday.
The 24-year-old however made a second half cameo appearance in the final qualifying game on Tuesday evening and managed to get on the scoresheet as Belgium ran out 4-0 winners against Cyprus.
Mourinho took a sly dig at Belgium as he told Sky Sports "It's a very important match for them (Belgium) , they need the match to qualify so I just wait". C'mon Jose we all know Belgium qualified a month ago.
Mourinho said of Lukaku's injury concern "if he doesn't play, I will play another one". While Lukaku has a decent chance of featuring against Liverpool, Fellaini will surely miss the encounter at Anfield but Mourinho believes the club cannot use injuries as an excuse.
"we don't cry over injuries, we may cry about the process that leads to the injuries, we just trust the players that are going to help."
The red devils manager claims no game is more important than the other and his preparations will not change because of the trip to Liverpool.
"It is good to prepare without any added pressure or emotion, I have to act in a professional way, there are not any matches that are more important than the others.
It would not be the right example to my players to prepare for Liverpool in a different way to say Huddersfield."