Atletico Madrid will again be playing in Barcelona this weekend after their defeat the Camp Nou in the Champions League. However, this time, they will be at Cornella-El Prat and might find the opposition a bit easier to handle.
Atletico Madrid, who still has hopes to clinch the Spanish title, will also want to prepare their return match in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid’s manager may have some hard time in finding the right balance in resting key players and fielding a strong team to beat Espanyol.
Atletico Madrid won the reverse fixture at home 1-0 thanks to a Griezmann goal and would want a repeat of this performance. This will be a great way to recover from the defeat at the Nou Camp and prepare their next game.
On the injury front, Atletico Madrid will be without Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez, who are both injured for the game. Oliver Torres is also out of the squad because of injury. Read More
During the 2014-15 season of the Premier League, Emmanuel Adebayor made a total of 8 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and it seems like the Togolese striker will have even less playing time on the pitch than before.
There is no place left for Adebayor neither in Tottenham Hotspur or with his country Togo after the coach of the national team decided to ban Adebayor from playing with Togo for as long as he remains in charge of the national squad.
Emmanuel Adebayor is a player who has always struggled with discipline and behaviour. The Togolese forward was dropped out of Togo back in 2006 due to his attitude and things of that nature and the cycle is repeating itself but only this time, its far worse.
Tom Saintfiet is the manager of the Togolese national squad and he had selected Adebayor to play and represent Togo when they faced off with Djouti back in September 4 of the current year but Adebayor decided to simply not go at all. He didn’t contact Tom Saintfiet to tell him about this decision, the player simply did not go didn’t tell anyone about this decision.
“For me, it is clear that it is a player who does not want to play for his country anymore and he does not want his country to be qualified for the next African Cup of Nations. He has agreed to play against Liberia, and not against Djibouti. For me, it is not the duty of a player to decide against which opponent he will play.” The national coach of Togo, Tom Saintfiet said as he voiced his frustration in relation to Adebayor’s actions and decisions. Read More
John Carver was initially selected as the man to replace Alan Pardew at the managerial role of Newcastle United back in January of the current year as he signed a contract which expired at the end of the season.
The coaching career of John Carver kicked off in a superb form as Newcastle United claimed a 3-0 triumph over Hull City in what was the very first match of John Carver as the manager of Newcastle United.
Things began to fall apart from there on as the club failed to secure a victory until a month later when they faced off with Aston Villa which resulted in a 1-0 triumph for Newcastle United but it took them on month to win 1 league match.
It got even worse later on for John Carver as he was unable to push his team to a victory until the last match of the entire season which was played on May 24 with Newcastle United defeating West Ham United.
From February 28 to May 24, Newcastle United played a total of 11 Premier League matches and only one of those concluded in a triumph for the team of John Carver. Read More
Athletic Madrid concluded the previous season at the 3rd spot of the Spanish League with a total of 78 points. The team of Diego Simeone managed to score 67 goals in 38 matches which is almost half of what Real Madrid and Barcelona scored.
The main attacking figures of Athletic Madrid are Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann with both of them scoring a combined total of 34 goals for the Spanish club in their campaign.
Diego Simeone however, wants to increase his attacking options and this is why one of the priorities of the Argentinean coach is to reinforce the offensive department of his squad.
Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain are some of the top summer targets of Diego Simeone but Higuain might just be out of reach as he is rumored to be on the way of joining Arsenal.
Carlos Tevez on the other hand is a much more accessible player to sign as the Argentine attacker is reaching the last few stages of his contract with Juventus and the Italian club is willing to sell him if the price is right. Read More
Atletico Madrid suffered a major setback in the league title race after a 2-0 defeat against Celta de Vigo.
This was a shock result for the team especially considering that they had beaten table leaders Real Madrid 4-0 only in the previous match. Atletico Madrid expected to build on from this result, which placed them just four points away from the top of the table. As it is, the title looks to be away from them after Barcelona and Real Madrid kept on winning. After the match, manager Diego Simeone says that he was the only person responsible for this defeat.
In their defence, Atletico were without a number of key players like Raul Garcia, Koke, and Turan for this encounter. Garcia and Turan were suspended after receiving five yellow cards so far this campaign, while Koke was absent because of a hamstring injury. The latter has been so much responsible towards creating opportunities in the team and his absence was truly felt against Celta de Vigo, who are struggling with a threat of relegation. This result may shift Atletico to focus on the Champions League and finishing in the top three. Simeone, though, is not the kind of manager to admit defeat in public. Read More