ROBERTSON TO START AGAINST MAN CITY?

Since summer addition Andrew Robertson joined Liverpool, he has been decent in the role.


The player cost Jurgen Klopp £10 million as he moved from Hull City. He would be switching the role with Alberto Moreno, who remained at Anfield despite speculations that he was set to exit.

Against Crystal Palace, Robertson was one of the most dangerous players in attack especially in the first half. Though the team struggled to scrape past Palace, the left back showed decent quality. He proved that he could play long term in the role James Milner featured in last term.

Liverpool have had a perennial left back problem that many have tried to fill. Many like Paul Konchesky, Andrea Dossena, Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio. The Scot can own the role with performances like that when he gets any chance.

The player still has a lot to learn but he showed he has the basic requirements. He would he sharing the slot with Moreno depending on Klopp’s plans, the game and their fitness levels – the heavy Arsenal victory is the most recentexample as Moreno played. With the quality in attack, Liverpool stand a decent chance at success this term but their defensive record is still woeful. Continue reading “ROBERTSON TO START AGAINST MAN CITY?”

LIVERPOOL CANNOT SETTLE FOR ROBERTSON

Liverpool have made some important strides in the last two years.


The team is widely expected to crown their effort with at least a trophy. This season could be that time for Liverpool. The team’s problems lie in the left back role, central defence and one-touch strike role.

The Reds did very well in attack last year even though injuries seemed to blight their record. As the club desperate tries to add a worthy central defender, the club need not rely on Andy Robertson as the choice for the left back role. While his left foot might be luring, his youth and record might be good enough but the Merseyside outfit needs more!

Liverpool should be really chasing the Premier League, and there’s the Champions League to play aside other commitments. The team needs a proven top player for the role not just someone with good figures for the moment. Continue reading “LIVERPOOL CANNOT SETTLE FOR ROBERTSON”

BIGGEST MADRID DEFEATS IN RECENT HISTORY

After Real Madrid defeated their city rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League, many feel the race is over and that little would change at the Vincente Calderon.


However, there have been big defeats against the Spanish side in history but the issue is if Atletico would be able to rise to the occasion.

The 2009 game against Liverpool in the Champions League Round of 16 easily comes to mind. Former Spurs coach Juande Ramos was in charge as Madrid sought to overturn a 1-0 defeat. Liverpool had Fernando Torres who was in form. He was a threat to the Madrid defence that had Sergio Ramos and Pepe in their prime. Steven Gerrard combined with the Spaniard to punish Fabio Cannavaro and the rest of the team. Andrea Dossena was on the scorers’ list alongside Gerrard who grabbed a brace on the night.

Real are arguably the most consistent side in recent European football history. There was a time not too long ago that Barcelona were the force to reckon with but Real seem to have picked up the baton. The 5-0 loss to their biggest rival in the 2010/2011 season remains one that would not be forgotten in a hurry. Coach Pep Guardiola andJose Mourinho clashed and the Catalan side were the victors in the La Liga game. Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, David Villa and Jefferson combined to humble the mighty Madrid.

Atletico did something similar in the league in 2014/15 as the defending champs defeated Madrid 4-0. Madrid were touted as the La Liga champions in waiting under manager Carlo Ancellotti but that failed to materialize as they crashed to Diego Simeone’s men. Continue reading “BIGGEST MADRID DEFEATS IN RECENT HISTORY”

RED LEGENDS FACE MADRID COUNTERPARTS

Liverpool FC Foundation charity match is set to bring some of the world’s biggest soccer stars together at Anfield on Saturday.


Both sides are two of the most successful in European history – with 16 European Cups and 50 League titles between them.

Both sides have met in different competitions in the past but this occasion is for charity and it is a repeat of the Corazon Classic of 2015. Reports say Steven Gerrard will appear for the first time since his retirement. He would play alongside legends like Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Luis Figo, Roverto Carlos, Jamie Carragher and others.

With the domestic football fixtures suspended for the international break, this offers some of the best excitement over the weekend. Both sides have met a few times in history, on the pitch and during contract talks.

The Reds won the European Cups of 1977 and 1978 but met Madrid in 1981in Paris. Liverpool emerged victors after the sole goal of Alan Kennedy.

Whilst Robbie Fowler was one of the biggest Liverpool stars in the 90s, the 1999 incident surely made his infamous compared to the exploits of McManaman. The highly-talented midfielder left the club controversially though to Madrid after the club allowed his contract run down in its last season. Continue reading “RED LEGENDS FACE MADRID COUNTERPARTS”

Giampiero Ventura comments on Italy Competition Kick-Off Time

Giampiero Ventura reckons that the tier-one competition in Italy this year kicked off a week or two later than it should ideally have.


As per Ventura, the main reason of the defeat at the hands of France in what was his debut game as the Italy coach earlier in the summer was that the players had not had too many top tier games under their belt ahead of that game.

If they had had played some more games, maybe two if not more, for their clubs by that time, they would have handled France better and would not have been beaten as comprehensively as they were.

In the words of Ventura, “The first interaction that I had with the team was a day before the France game, just a day before; I had no interaction before that and we were going to go into that game with not much exposure in the league either. So, you can understand.” Continue reading “Giampiero Ventura comments on Italy Competition Kick-Off Time”

Andrea Dossena praises the former Udinese manager Giuseppe Iachini

Giuseppe Iachini is an Italian football coach who is not such as accomplished or successful in comparison to other well-known managers and his latest coaching position saw him only being able to take charge of Udinese for around 5 months in what was a fairly disappointing spell.


The 52 year old manager became the head coach Udinese as Giuseppe Iachini took charge of Udinese from May 19 until October 2 of 2016 but after losing 4 of his 7 opening matches as the new coach of the Italian team, the pressure quickly was quickly being built and he was swiftly sacked.

Iachini would later be replaced by Luigi Delneri as Udinese is attempting to find someone that can push the club safely away from the bottom relegation zone.

Even though Giuseppe Iachini’s time as the head coach of Udinese was an underwhelming one, Andrea Dossena has come out and defended the experienced manager. Dossena is an Italian footballer who has performed in various Italian clubs including: Napoli, Palermo, Verona, Treviso and Udinese.

Andrea Dossena spent 2 years performing with Udinese and he is aware of how the environment and how things work in that club. The 35 year old player has recently come out and defended Giuseppe Iachini as he said: Continue reading “Andrea Dossena praises the former Udinese manager Giuseppe Iachini”