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Now that the January transfer window has finally arrived, managers are getting active and searching around for possible players that could be signed or offloaded from their respective clubs and Arsenal is a side that is consistently being linked with a number of players.
Lukas Podolski has already completed his loan move to Inter Milan as the German forward was not a regular player in this season for Arsene Wenger after only making 9 appearances for Arsenal in the current campaign, Podolski decided to make a move to Inter Milan in order to revive his career.
Morgan Schneiderlin is a 25 year old French midfielder who is currently performing for Southampton but he has attracted the attention of Manchester United and Arsenal. It is believed that an offer in the region of £27million could be made in order to sign the player.
The boss of the Russia national Football team, Fabio Capello, has been slammed by one of his former assistants Christian Panucci.
According to Panucci, he did not receive the kind of backing that he was expecting from Capello on his contractual dispute with the Russian federation.
Panucci’s contract was not extended after World Cup, but, he continued working with the Russian team as an assistant manager. He was hoping that he would get the extension, but, it did not happen and eventually, the 41-year old had to resign earlier this month.
Talking about the circumstances that led to his resignation, Panucci said, “On our arrival at the conclusion of the World Cup campaign, I was told that the deal would be extended soon and I waited for that, but, it turned out to be a fake promise. I had had enough. I could not have waited any longer. I had even rejected a few job offers in the hope of that extension.”
“I don’t think Fabio behaved the way he should have behaved in that whole thing. It was his responsibility to back me and not only me, the other guys as well who have left. We were working under him. Any good manager would have done that. I am surely disappointed with him and I would let him know that whenever I have the chance to have a chat with him in future.”
Capello himself has not got his salary for the last 5 months from the Russian Federation.
There have been reports coming in that the Federation top brass thinks that the manager’s salary can’t be afforded now.
So, Capello’s future as Russia boss is uncertain too.
As far as Russia’s recent showings are concerned, they are struggling in Euro qualifiers. They have got only 2 points in 3 games.
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After a summer of several signings, Barcelona have many new faces in the team. They also have one of the most potent attacks in the world as it features names like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Due to this, Barcelona are expected to be in contention for all major titles this campaign. They have made an excellent start to the season by already having a significant advantage over main title rivals Real Madrid and current champions Atletico Madrid. Midfielder Andres Iniesta, who is now one of the experienced players in the team, says that the presence of Neymar and Messi alone will be able to get Barcelona out of trouble on several occasions.
Barcelona recently struggled to find a way past a stubborn Athletic Bilbao at the camp Nou, but the opposition were finally broken down by the brilliance of Neymar and Messi. Unlike in the last few seasons, Messi turned into the provider against Bilbao with Neymar scoring both goals in the 2-0 win. The Brazilian striker appears to have started where he left off at the World Cup 2014, by scoring goals. Iniesta says that Barcelona should never be ruled out as long as they have players like Messi and Neymar in the team. Suarez is expected to return to the team for the El Clasico against Real Madrid.
“We’re talking about two unique players who have unending talent. We can always expect the very best from both of them. Fortunately we have players of a very high level to compete. Seasons are long and there are many games, and a team who wish to be champions need them all. Every season and every stage is different. In this one, we have new people, a new coach and we’re doing different things. We’re just trying to carry them out on the pitch. The sensations are good,” said Iniesta.
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says that the team has complete faith in new manager Luis Enrique, who was appointed as the replacement for Gerardo Martino. After a trophy less campaign, Barcelona decided to go back to one of the former players. This move was highly successful in 2008, as it led to the revolution under Pep Guardiola. Martino tried to change the style of play at the club and this led to a lot of discontent amongst fans. Keen to win them back, Enrique is expected to play football familiar to Barcelona – possession based.
The team, though, has been looking little disjointed during the pre-season friendly matches. They could only get a 1-1 draw in the first pre-season friendly. This has led to rumours about players not taking in to Enrique’s style of management. Iniesta has dispelled those rumours by saying that the players have complete faith in the former Barcelona captain. Iniesta has grown from being one of the talented players in the squad to be one of the most important. At 29 years of age, he is at the peak of his career and will be expected to take over from Xavi in the next few years.
Iniesta says that it is extremely important that Barcelona return to winning ways from the new campaign. “I think it’s better this way, especially with so many new people. This way we can learn new concepts. It’s the perfect formula for a preseason. Let’s hope it’s right and that we’ll play better for it … Luis Enrique is a demanding manager but almost all the work we do is with the ball. It’s nice to work on tactics that way. The important thing is for the players to believe in the manager, and in that respect, we all have total faith,” said Iniesta.
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