HOW REAL MADRID WILL LINEUP NEXT SEASON

Real Madrid have come underpressure ahead of the new season after their disappointing 7-3 loss to rivals Atletico Madrid the match gave an indication if the problems affecting the Spanish outfit and does not bode well for the club moving forward. However manager ZinedineZidane still has time to decide his first 11. In this article we look at the possible players that could feature in the starting lineup for the club next season.

Belgium stopper ThibautCourtois should be the undisputed number one despite competition from Costa Rica international KeylorNavas. Courtois has endured a difficult start to his Real Madrid career after completing his dream move from Chelsea last summer.

In the defenceCarvajal remains one of the best rightbacks in the business and was one of the few Madrid players that performed well last season. Zidane would also have to take the difficult decision of benching leftback Marcelo for new signing FerlandMendy. Marcelo has been a great servant for the club but his best days appear to be long gone.

In central defence the pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane has been steady in the past few seasons and should begin the season but new signing Militao could break into the first team as heposses quality.

Real Madrid also have to make key decisions in the middle of the park the trio of Casemerio, Tony Kroos and Luca Modric floundered last season. The signing of Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen could bring the much needed energy to the midfield.

Upfront is where Madrid strength lie, Belgium forward Eden Hazard would have to shoulder most of the attacking responsibility after moving from Chelsea.  While French forward KarimBenzema and Luka Jovic could complete an attacking trio in the 4-3-3 formation favoured by manager Zidane. Welsh forward Gareth Bale has an outside chance depending on whether he regains his form.

SARRI BACKS HIGUAIN

Despite Gonzalo Higuain not living up to the expectations at Chelsea after having been roped in on loan in the second half of the ongoing season, Maurizio Sarri has still insisted that he intends to work with the forward in the next season.

According to Sarri, this is the first time Higuain is featuring in the English top tier and it hasn’t been easy for a lot of players to come to England and produce the goods straightaway. Even some of the superstar players had a tough time in England when they first came here.
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FORMER STRIKER OF CHELSEA CASCARINO TONY CRITICIZED EDEN HAZARD FOR ‘UNPROFESSIONALISM’

On Sunday in Final cup of Carabao City of Manchester was defeated by Eden Hazard with an exceptionally high penalty of blues’ fifth in the shootout defeat.

Due to his such performance Hazard was given the label of ‘unprofessional’ for his fruitful penalty of Panenka in the Final cup of Carabao defeat to City of Manchester.
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Matteo Politano speaks after Inter Milan’s Champions League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

Italy international Matteo Politano has said that Inter Milan will focus on winning the final Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven next month following the club’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek. The Nerazzurri had a three-point advantage coming into Wednesday night’s game versus Spurs but that was, however, nullified with the north London side bagging the sole goal through Christian Eriksen off the bench.

Speaking after the game, Politano acknowledged that the club were expecting a difficult encounter against Spurs and they were eventually left disappointed after conceding during the dying stages of the encounter, he said: “We knew that today’s match would be a very difficult one with Tottenham at their best. We played well in the first half when we did not concede much, in the second half it felt like we controlled the game, when all of a sudden their goal came out of the blue.”
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INIESTA SAYS HE’S STILL ADAPTING TO LIFE IN JAPAN

Japan boasts of excellent and mouthwatering cuisines and a colour-laden, vast culture, it’s easy to fall in love with the Asian continent, and Spanish midfielder Andrés Iniesta, like every newcomer has confessed his love and that he’s already drawn to the Japanese culture and norms.

Though he’s enveloped in the beauty of the Asian continent, it is impossible not to spot out that the former Barcelona midfielder is yet to settle down at new Japanese club Vissel Kobe.
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CHELSEA TO PLAY LIVERPOOL TWICE IN FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

Premier League side Chelsea would clash with fierce rivals Liverpool twice within a few days in September.The Blues are currently doing very well under new manager Maurizio Sarri. They have won all three games so far in the league and are geared to do more as they find that balance for the season.

They face Bournemouth on Saturday and then league new boys Cardiff City on 15th of the new month, both home games. Chelsea play struggling West Ham United side away on the 23rdahead of their back to back meetings against the current leaders of the Premier League log.
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We Are Ready To Host 2021 Afcon – Ouattara

The President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara has declared that his country is ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2021. The first gentleman of the West African country during a media interaction insisted they are fully prepared and are capable of hosting the tournament.

Ouattara equally made it known that they were putting appropriate logistics in place in order to meet and satisfy the requirements. Confederation of African Football (CAF) had earlier announced that the date for African Cup of Nationshas been changed from January and February to June and July, and also the number of participants has been increased from 16 countries to 24 countries.

Cameroon are the next and are ready to host the coming edition of the bi-annual tournament. In an attempt to respond to media speculation that the 2019 hosts may not be ready to accommodate the visitors and cope with the bigger tournament, Ouattara told reporters that his country will have everything in place for 2021 version of the tournament.

“We are very much aware of the decision to increase the number of participating teams and also the change in the usually date, in every situation, Ivory Coast has the necessary infrastructure to host the tournament,” the president said. “Some days ago, we staged the Jeux de la Francophonie with 4,000 athletes from 54 countries. So, Ivory Coast has the infrastructure and in any case, we will continue up to 2021,making available the necessary infrastructure to stage the final tournament.”

The 2021 tournament will be the first time Ivory Coast will have staged African football’s showpiece event since 1984 which is the reason Alassane Ouattara is more convinced his country can do it, as Guinea have already been nominated as the 2023 hosts.

EDEN HAZARD IMPRESS AS CHELSEA DEFEAT HUDDERSFIELD

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard was in superb form as the Blues beat Huddersfield on Tuesday. Following the shock loss to West Ham on Saturday, the team responded very well as they returned to winning ways.

Antonio Conte admitted that the Premier League race was over as Manchester City widened the gap to 14 points. The Italian manager was widely condemned for such statement especially as the season was yet to reach halfway. It seems Stamford Bridge is merely seeking a top four finish this term, and possibly any other domestic title. In Europe, they have been drawn against Barcelona and it seems like the end of the road already.
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COSTA ACCUSES CHELSEA OF SABOTAGING ATLETICO MOVE

In a series of recent outbursts that paints frustration in its graphic form, outlaw Diego Costa says Chelsea are deliberately raising the benchmark of his transfer fee in a bid to trigger disinterest from the only club he pressed to end up at – Atletico.


The 28-year old says his contribution at the club is enough to make Chelsea reconsider making it difficult to move to the team of his heart desires. He also admitted that he might look into the possibility of moving to another side if Diego Simeone’s paymasters do not march Chelsea’s asking price.

Diego has spent much of his time in exile reiterating that he will only consider a move to the La Liga side, however, in his latest interview granted at his home in Brazilian town of Largato, the out-of-favour forward admitted for the first time that he might be open to any move that takes him far away from Stamford Bridge. Perhaps at this rate of beyond-the-Rubicon damaged relationships, he might even consider MLS Football.

“I’ve demonstrated I care for Atletico and have interest in playing for them,” he began. “But if Atletico and Chelsea don’t come to an agreement and Atletico don’t make a big effort, I can’t keep on wanting to play for a club that isn’t going to make a bigger effort to try and sign me,” he added. Continue reading COSTA ACCUSES CHELSEA OF SABOTAGING ATLETICO MOVE

BALLOTELLI TO DORTMUND BETTER BE A JOKE

Borussia Dortmund, like Atletico Madrid, is one of the few teams in Europe or that have had the privilege of housing“classic” strikers within their ranks; strikers that deliver both in tactical roles as well as important goals.


Lewandoski started out there during Jurgen Klopp’sreignas the Pole was not shy to show what he could do with his frame and his keen goal poaching sense. It wasn’t long before perennial bundesliga star-poachers him to Munich. That marriage has by the way yielded 77 goals in 96competitive matches over the course of 3 seasons.

The Borussen were however – after initially struggling to fill the hole left behind by the six foot one – able to landShaktarDonesk’sAubameyang. The Gabonese turned out to be another world class poacher in his own right and even topped this season’s bundesliga goal scoring chart with another former Borussia Dortmund player not too far behind in the second spot – Lewandoski. Continue reading BALLOTELLI TO DORTMUND BETTER BE A JOKE