Follow Footballbible on all social media platform to get up to date football related news from the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and other leagues around the World. News From Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Manchester United have appointed a new scout, Piotr Sadowski for Central and Eastern European countries.
Prior to his new role at Manchester United, the talent spotter was the managing director of the academy in Kolejorz, and after the last change – the organizational director at seven-time Polish champions Lech Poznan.
”Thanks to Peter for over two years of cooperation. This was a period of important change in the academy, which with good effect was successful.
”We wish him continued success and we are delighted that the experience he has gathered in Poznan has proved to be of great value to such a recognized brand in the football world as Manchester United,” Lech Poznan said in a statement published by sportowefakty.wp.pl.
In a statement on his official Twitter account, Piotr Sadowski was delighted with his new appointment.
Six players of Nigerian descent Matthew Olosunde, Tosin Kehinde, Mipo Odubeko, Deji Sotona, Michael Elechi and Shola Shoretire play for the youth teams of Manchester United.
Follow Footballbible on all social media platform to get up to date football related news from the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and other leagues around the World.
Marseille are considering a swoop for Liverpool forward Divock Origi, reports claim.
It’s believed Origi, 22, is fearful of losing his place in Belgium’s World Cup squad having been reduced to a bit-part player at Anfield.
And he’s seriously considering his options.
According to Marseille Mercato, Origi is firmly on the Ligue 1 club’s radar with a bid worth £13.8million expected in the coming days.
There’s plenty of time for Origi to rediscover his own form, but consistency rather than impact has been his issue at Anfield up until now and Solanke, along with a fit-again Daniel Sturridge, means there’s extra competition to face.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the finances at the elite clubs in England grow even more astronomical, it was widely assumed that the other clubs would have to scrap for seventh at best. Yet Everton have shocked everyone by shooting for the stars. A flurry of signings has transformed what could have been a preseason bemoaning the loss of Romelu Lukaku into a period of optimism.
Only time will tell if Lukaku has been adequately replaced, but after seasons of inconsistency, there is a burgeoning hope that Everton will be able to sustain a challenge for European places. Last season saw Ronald Koeman begin to stamp his influence on the side. Having conducted so much transfer business early in the window, there is time for the Dutchman to continue gelling a side together that will hold ambitions of defying the odds and breaking the top four.
Manchester City have spent exorbitantly, whilst most of the other leading clubs have made marquee signings. The only exception is Tottenham Hotspur, with chairman Daniel Levy recently speaking out about how the considerable increase in spending is unsustainable. The two Manchester clubs and champions Chelsea are perceived to be the favourites to battle it out for the title, in part because of their willingness to part with vast sums of money.
Arsenal have signed one of the top European strikers in Alexandre Lacazette, but much will depend on their ability to hold onto Alexis Sanchez. Liverpool still have question marks over their defence, with the possibility of Philippe Coutinho heading to Barcelona a spanner in the works. Spurs have been outstanding over the past two seasons, but inevitable concerns will arise over their potential stagnation compared to their rivals.
Those three clubs will be the ones that Everton will be dreaming of overhauling. In the Premier League top four odds, Everton can be found at a price of 10/1 of securing a Champions League berth, and are almost caught in a league of their own between the top six and the rest of the chasing pack. Yet a strong start to the season for Everton would put pressure on Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal – three sides that will be aware of their vulnerable position in the top six. Unfortunately for Everton, they face Chelsea, Tottenham and the Manchester duo in their first five league matches.
Of course, get points on the board in those tricky fixtures and the sky will be the limit. Everton will also have to contend with the balancing act of a domestic charge and Europa League football, but the experience and quality of the new signings should alleviate that burden. Sandro Ramirez arrives on Merseyside on the back of a spectacular breakout season in Spain, although statistical analysis from Paul Riley shows that the Spaniard may struggle to match his level of goalscoring in future seasons.
Yet Sandro will be supported by a strong midfield. Davy Klaasen will bring energy and impact to both ends of the pitch, whilst the returning Wayne Rooney can replace his ageing legs with vision and experience. At the back, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford will add steel, as well as their youth suggesting the foundations of a dynasty. Everton had an exciting squad already, but now they have quality and depth across the board. It will be a tough ask for them to break into the top four, but their business in the transfer market shows that they are up for the challenge.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ottenham are struggling to reach knockout stages in Champions League. Now the trouble become big after they lost 0-1 with Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley, which is their temporary home ground.
This is their second Champions League defeat this season and it adds with six competitive lost matches at same stadium.
Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose are ruled out with injury and it causes big impact on Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
But, Hugo Lloris is expecting a big miracle on their Champions League run and derby clash against Arsenal on Sunday.
He said: “We cannot be in a worse situation. It is difficult to accept that kind of performance from us. It was difficult to recognise the team, very aggressive, very calm under pressure, and that was completely the opposite.
“We need to learn quickly because there is a big game in Sunday. The derby is always important and we need to forget about this disappointment and be ready.”
He believes that injuries of few players will not affect the entire team’s performance.
“We cannot depend on one, two or three players. We need to think as a team.”
“In football there are ups and downs. It is difficult because this game was every important and I did not feel we were aware of that. Leverkusen did not play a great game. They were just well-organised and had some chances because of us, because we made too many mistakes.”
Arsene Wenger believes that 17 years of consistency on group-stage qualification can lift them to further stage in all competition.
Since 1999, Arsenal is securing a place among the group-stage teams and they are still maintaining their quality and results. Now Wenger side is looking forward to finish top of the group still have a game on hand against Paris Saint-Germain.
Mesut Ozil stole the victory from Ludogorets with a world class performance at the right time for the Gunners. Arsenal performed a stunning comeback drama and Ozil netted a cool goal at three minutes before the referee blow the final whistle.
Arsene Wenger said: “Great players make the right decisions.
“They take the optimum solution. To me, [at first] it didn’t look like the optimum solution — you wanted him to take the chance earlier.
“But he had enough skill to prove he was right. When the ball was in the back of the net, it was clear it had been the optimum solution.”
“The most difficult thing is to be consistent at the top level. Hopefully we can go further now.”
Wenger has good results so far, which is resulted with 15 games unbeaten run
“I give credit to the team spirit for that character. For more bets on Arsenal’s champions league go with Bethut’s free bets for football and horse racing
“You get belief with positive results, and this shows a healthy mentality in the group. The two together come out in these kind of games.”
Wenger full post match interview:
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anchester United’s ‘stole victory’ against Everton as per their Manager Louis van Gaal, lift them next to Manchester City with one point down and make them one of the contenders for the next season’s Champions League place.
United’s graph not well since the beginning from this season, but they managed to avoid the Champions League exit from next season. Despite of poor scoring record with this season, they beat Manchester City in a vital match and found young talents on their side.
Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the match and stole the fans at Old Trafford.
Last three months LVG is fighting to secure his job in Old Trafford, which is still under threat by Jose Mourinho.
He said after 1-0 win against Everton:
“We didn’t play so well,”
“We didn’t create many chances.
“Everton are a very good team, much stronger away than at home, and it was a very tight game. We were the lucky team today.” Van Gaal said.
“We want to give entertainment for the fans, but the fans were entertained today because of the tension,”
“If we lose today, the victory against Manchester City is worthless,”
“Now we are still in the race. We have a very important game against Tottenham.”
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter the nail-biting Champions League clash, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola praised the crowd and both teams for the satisfied game.
He said: “To come here and play the way we did against Juventus is one of the most special days of my career,”
“It was a great Champions League game between two excellent teams. I am satisfied with the performance of my players.”
“Arturo played the last two games very well. Physically he is very strong. We needed a player with his characteristics back there. Naturally I was not afraid, because I know his character and it was my decision.
“Juventus had three shots and scored two goals, but you cannot think of coming to this marvellous stadium in Turin and not conceding. We couldn’t think of coming here and dominating or winning 7-0.
“I know people always talk about the result, but Bayern put in a great performance and the result isn’t everything.
“It’s true Juve have a chance of qualifying, but so do we. I complimented Max Allegri after the game, as people enjoyed themselves watching this tonight.”
“If there was a drop in fitness levels, you don’t attack the way we did in the last 15 minutes. Fitness levels are one of the most important things in this country, but it doesn’t matter at all. It’s an individual issue.
“Did you really think we could come here and expect to dominate for 90 minutes against a side with Pogba, Mandzukic, Morata, Bonucci – one of my favourite ever players – Buffon and all these characters?
“There are some regrets considering the way we played that we didn’t win, but this is football. We are a team with many young players and will learn for the future.
“We’ll see how we are in three weeks and play another great game against Juventus.”
The Europa League draw has thrown up some interesting clashes, with a handful of talented teams surely looking at the tournament as a real chance of silverware this term.
Manchester United will be favourites to progress from the round of 32 with aussiebet.com after being pitted against Danish minnows FC Midtylland.
Louis van Gaal’s men will still be rueing not progressing from a manageable Champions League pool, with defeat in their last game against Wolfsburg condemning the Red Devils to Europe’s second-tier tournament.
However, the Dutch trainer has the chance to regain a feel-good factor at Old Trafford by progressing in the Europa League, with the Scandinavians not the most daunting opponent.
Tottenham will come face-to-face with the team that knocked them out of the tournament last season, with a reunion against Fiorentina to take place.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men look more assured and solid this term, but the Italian side have also progressed under Paulo Sousa and are in the higher echelons of Serie A after a good start.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will have mixed emotions as he takes his side to Germany to face Augsburg in a potential banana-skin clash.
The Bundesliga side have been quiet achievers in recent seasons, but the former Borussia Dortmund trainer will know them well from his time at Signal Iduna Park.
Klopp’s former club have been drawn in arguably the most mouth-watering clash of the round, with Dortmund to face up against Porto.
The Portuguese powerhouses dropped down from the Champions League and it is fair to assume that the winner of this clash will be one of the frontrunners to win the entire tournament.
Italian side Lazio will have to storm a volatile reception in their first-leg away clash with Galatasaray, while Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk look evenly matched.
German side Bayer Leverkusen were unlucky to be knocked out of the Champions League and have been handed a very tricky tie in the form of in-form Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.
There could well be a tetchy atmosphere on the terraces as Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow have been paired with Turks Fenerbahce, with their respective host nations at loggerheads politically.
Napoli have put forward a case to be considered as possible Italian champions this term, but their match-up with Villarreal looks set to be very tight.
Sevilla will fancy their chances of ousting Norwegians Molde, while Gary Neville’s Valencia are favourites against Rapid Vienna.
From the remaining fixtures, Olympiakos, Saint-Etienne, Braga and Kuban Krasnodar are likely to progress.
Wayne Rooney has to wait for his 500th appearance due to his “nasty injury” which is described by Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.
30-years-old forward failed to complete the 90 minutes the 1-1 draw at Leicester City. Now it seems his ankle injury become serious issue.
But, England playmaker will miss these two games. Last month LVG said Rooney has to earn his forward position from Anthony Martial, but the injury blows the possibilities to worst.
Van Gaal said: “It’s a nasty injury. He shall not play his 500th game because he is more injured than I thought so we have to wait for that game. His ankle is not good enough. He has to do a lot of exercises to make his ankle stronger. He needs more time.”
“Wayne’s ankle is not good enough and we have to recover that ankle with a lot of strength, so he has to do a lot of exercises to make it stronger. He needs more time.”
United boss also believes giving a break to the player will bring the best form of him again.
Van Gaal is aiming for the January window due to the major injury blows in key players.
“We have a lot of contact injuries and long-lasting injuries. That’s our problem. We are looking but it’s not so easy to buy players in January; it’s more difficult. We are looking but it’s not for sure.”
Bayern Munich, the team which have most of the records in football book, this time travelling to London to expecting a new diamond on their crown. Arsenal’s recent form would bother them definitely.
Pep Guardiola side is sidelined many key players due to injury, but they manage to maintain their success run with the help of individuals performance.
After their record win in Bundesliga, Guardiola said they are in a crucial moment in Champions League games.
Guardiola told: “In this situation, they have the advantage,”
“They have to win. When that happens with these kind of players they are going to make the best performance possible. I cannot expect a team that doesn’t fight for 90 minutes.
“It’s the last chance. In life when you have the last chance you give absolutely everything, and we have to be prepared for that against Arsenal.”
He also has good admiration for Arsene Wenger and appreciated him for his vital role for Arsenal. He believes Wenger can make changes and bring big silverwares for the team.
“Twenty years at one club is now impossible,”
“Nobody has that energy any more. It can get boring for the people; Arsène is an exception, like Ferguson was. Wenger is not only a manager, he is a sporting director. He changed the club. They played defensively before he came. Wenger is more than just a manager for this club. He is almost everything. He can be at a club for longer. Me: no!”
Meantime, Wenger hopes that his side will stop Poland goal machine Robert Lewandowski
Wenger said: “The best way to combat him is for us to have the ball,”
“After that you have to be shrewd with him because inside the box he is outstanding – his technique, his finishing and movement. That’s where we will need the experience of Mertesacker and Koscielny.”