Although Gareth Bale was forced to watch from the bench, his team mates ensured that the Wales international was going to lift his third Champions League trophy four years into his career as a Galatico.
The Welsh joined the star studded Madrid side after his unbelievable transformation from the left full back side of the then Harry Reddknap-led Spurs to an efficient winger and a more rounded one during his last season under an Andre Villas Boas-overseen squad.
In moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee, the prospect of being on the bench was hardly going to cross his head as even the club chief Florentino Perez was a strong opponent to such scenarios.
His injury during the second half of the just concluded season offered a chance for a Spaniard who arrived at the club on the same summer as theWelsh – Isco – to have a consistent run of games. The former Malaga man constantly lacked such and, until Bale’s misfortune opened doors for him, was closer to exiting Santiago Bernabeu than current want-away James Rodriguez.
With James and town prodigy Morata at the verge of freeing up spaces in the star-clustered side, Isco is reportedly said to have extended his stay with Los Meringues. (more…)
Aston Villa has been hit by the financial fair play penalty, and it is believed that the manager will only be given £1million in order to build a team that can push for promotion.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been informed of the decision after a meeting with the owners, and it appears that the club will have to be respecting strict guidelines imposed by the football association.
The club will have to generate cash for transfer by selling current players, and Steve Bruce has been informed of the decision of the owners.
It is believed that the manager will be given a fixed amount of money to secure loan deals only and that the only way he can manage to sign new players will be to sell.
Steve Bruce said that he is disappointed with this situation, but he said that he would need to find a ways to strengthen the team. He said that Aston Villa has been put into this situation because of poor financial management and that they will need to find a solution to this problem. (more…)
Former Premier League side Aston Villa lost their encounter against English Championship side Nottingham Forest 2-1 over the weekend, further denting their chances of regaining top flight status at the end of May.
Villa took the lead first but lost their edge, losing to the hosts with ten men on the pitch. Jonathan Kodjia curled a shot into the home team’s net in the 19th minute. However, the home team ensured they did not end the half without equalizing the scoreline.
Jamie Ward sent in a good effort that Villa shot stopper Sam Johnstone stopped but spilled allowing Britt Assombalonga tap in the equalizer three minutes from the end of the first half.
Villa manager Steve Bruce thought the game would end 1-1 as they held unto the scoreline after losing Jack Grealish in the 78th minute. He was obviously weakened by the late winner for Forest as 17-year-old Ben Brereton scored in injury time. (more…)
Arguably Chelsea’s two most important players, Diego Costa and N’golo Kante will miss Chelsea’s next match which will take place on boxing day because they each picked up their fifth booking of the season.
Cost and Kante picked up their fifth bookings of the season during their last victory over crystal palace, a match that ended in a 1-0 victory in Chelsea’s favor. Chelsea’s Boxing Day match will be against Bournemouth and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will already be having selection headaches ahead of the game.
An option for the manager will be Michy Batshuayi. Bashuayi was signed for £33.2 million from Marseille in the summer. However, he has found premier league appearances hard to come by and has only found solace in EFL cup matches. So, if given the chance, he will most likely grab it with both hands. Though he has netted just once in the premier league this term – in Chelsea’s draw against Watford – he scored 23 goals in 50 matches for Marseille last season.
Another option for Conte is 19-year-old Dominic Solanke – an Englishman. Conte might as well want to try a ‘false nine’ and if he does so, Pedro, Eden Hazard or Cesc Fabregas will be suitable for such a role. (more…)
Aston Villa’s form has dramatically improved after the appointment of Steve Bruce as the replacement for Roberto di Matteo.
The former Hull City manager came to Villa Park after being out of the job since the start of the season. Bruce was the first candidate to replace di Matteo and it has not taken long for him to make an impact. The Championship outfit have been unbeaten since he came to the club in the recently registered a 1-1 draw with arch rivals Birmingham City at the St Andrews. Even though it is only a draw, it is a mightily important result for the team considering that it was against their rivals.
One of the struggles for Villa continue to be defending as they have kept only one clean sheet in the last four games. Still, Gary Gardner is extremely happy with the team has been functioning in the last two matches. He says that Bruce gives a lot of confidence to the players which was simply not existent before. Gardner says that Bruce differentiates himself from the predecessor by instilling believe that wins will eventually come and that defeats are almost impossible.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has stated that his club is on the right track and that they are improving.
He was speaking after the match that saw Aston Villa earn a draw against Derby County. He said that he was pleased with the performance and that it is never easy to play away from home. He admitted that Derby County is a good team and that not many teams will earn a point there. He said that with a bit of luck they could have earned a victory, but he is pleased with the point.
Roberto Di Matteo added that he is pleased with the ways his players performed on the day. They were focused and followed the instructions. He believes that the club is on the right track and that they will be able to win games in the future. (more…)