Emmanuel Adebayor’s career is fading away

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

AthleticMadrid’ssummer targets include Carlos Tevez and Filipe Luis

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

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

NOT THE SAME FORCE

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Atletico Madrid have not been the same force that they were last season, as they have struggled to score goals on a regular basis this time around. A lot of it has to do with the numerous personnel changes that have happened in the summer. Star striker Diego Costa, who contributed most of the goals last season is now playing for Chelsea, is being felt since Mario Mandzukic is not exactly the same kind of player. In order to continue getting the results, Atletico have had to modify their style of football in the last few months.

They have been getting more number of goals from set pieces than most of the teams from Spain or Italy. This, in turn, has led to the criticism of the team’s style of football from various quarters. Due to the Spanish league being highly technical, teams do not often resort to physical style of football. Their manager, Diego Simeone, who was recently voted as the best manager in Spain last season, says that he is happy with the threat from set pieces and he finds no in using them to the benefit of his team. Atletico managed a 1-0 win over Getafe in the latest league encounter. Summer signing Mandzukic scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute.

“It happened again today. It’s a tool in football, it seems like it’s a bad thing to score goals like this. It’s normal to have these types of options. After playing three games this week, it’s not an easy thing to score eight goals and keep three clean sheets,” said Atletico manager. They have been finding it difficult to match the exploits of last season. It is not surprising that they are fifth in the table, but they are just two points below Barcelona.