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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has dismissed suggestions that he has managed to overcome his critics after just one victory over Atletico Madrid.
The Catalan club managed a stunning 3-1 victory which seemed to favour the away team given that Barcelona had the best opportunities throughout the match. Their forward line up comprising of Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi all scored against Diego Simeone’s reigning champions.
This has helped take some pressure away fromEnrique. Barcelona have constantly been in the headlines for the last couple of weeks after they returned back from the winter break with a shock 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad. Continue reading →
Chelsea FC became the first club in England to agree to pay all of their workers the living wage of £9.15 an hour. Currently, the minimum wage is of £6.50 an hour. This higher amount of money was established by the Living Wage Foundation in an estimate of what is the amount of cash needed in order to cover the basic needs of living.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: “As a responsible employer we are proud of this significant achievement for the club.We believe the move to the Living Wage underlines our commitment to ensuring that all our employees receive a fair rate of pay for their hard work and dedication.Quite simply it is the right thing to do.”
Giovani Dos Santos regrets his decision of signing for Tottenham Hotspur instead of Chelsea FC in 2008.
Dos Santos stayed at Tottenham for 4 years and during that period; he got only 15 matches to play.
According to the Mexican playmaker, at the time of signing, the Spurs had promised him that he would not lack playing time at the club and that’s the reason, he opted for that move, but, there were changes made in the management there at White Hart Lane soon and the new manager, who came in, did not give him confidence at all.
In an interview the day before yesterday, Dos Santos said, “I got a call from Juande Ramos and he told me that I would be playing on a regular basis and that prompted me take his offer.”
“I could have gone to Chelsea as well which, now I think, I should have done because at Tottenham, things turned out to be pretty different than what I had thought. Juande departed and it was Harry who took over and for some reason, he kept me out continuously.”
“I, sometimes, felt very frustrated to be in that situation. I would train as hard as anyone else and then, on the game days, I would be sitting out. However, one thing that I liked about Tottenham is their fans. The passion that they would bring to the ground, it was wonderful and I had that desire to win games for them, but, unfortunately, I did not have enough opportunities.”
Dos Santos was finally sold by Tottenham to the Spanish club Mallorca in 2012. He played for Mallorca for just one season before leaving for Villarreal.
Presently, the 25-year old appears to be quite settled at Villarreal.
The future of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been intentionally speculated in the last few weeks with reports suggesting that the Argentine may finally look to conclude his career with the Catalan club. Teams like Paris St Germain, Manchester City, and Chelsea are thought to be monitoring the situation. The 27-year-old has been at Barcelona throughout his career and he is on the verge of breaking numerous more records. Messi appears to have fallen from the incredible heights that he hit a few years ago. After scoring close to 100 goals in a calendar year, the Argentine finds himself with only 15 goals from 22 games.
This may seem as an incredible statistics for every other player, but when put against the competition that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, it is rather low. Messi has been signing new contracts with Barcelona almost every season. The Catalan club have been keen to not allow him to leave under any condition, although it is believed that he has a £ 200 million release clause in his contract. Due to the FFP regulations from UEFA, it is highly unlikely that any club will be interested in paying this amount of money for one player. Manager Luis Enrique said ahead of the match with Sevilla that he has not spoken with Messi.
“When I’ve listened to Messi he says he is happy at Barça, I don’t want to talk about speculation, I know that he is very happy here, he’s very proud to defend the Barça and shirt that’s the only thing I care about. I didn’t speak with Leo about his statement, I don’t talk with my players about what they say, I didn’t speak with him about it.For me there’s no Leo Messi case, the fans will congratulate the team as they have done during the season,” said Enrique.
Chelsea Video Score: five / 5
Recently Liverpool had lost a match to Real Madrid in a home game. There has been a lot of disappointment after the match and so has it come from the star Jamie Carragher. He expressed it as it is very difficult to accept that you got beaten up by a better side and that in a home match. You just cannot admit that you were not the best but rather the second best. However, the vice-captain for Liverpool has been clearing all doubts and has said that they were focusing on something totally different. He said that they needed to concentrate on getting a clean sheet in all the upcoming matches. They are focusing in going in the right direction irrespective of the match points. They do not even mind losing or dropping points if circumstances demand so.
Jamie Carragher wants to show his disappointment regarding the same and wants to point this to the team. He is judging the moment and thinks that it is the best time to talk it out. And he thinks that it might be like first stepping stone for the team towards recovery.
The defence of Liverpool had always been a plus point and an advantage for them and scoring goals was not the thing they had to keep in mind. But now that players like Suarez are not in the team you cannot neglect the importance of goals. The defence strategy of Liverpool has also been exposed and everyone knows about it. Most of us would agree with Jamie having said that the team was making simple errors but a lot of them. He believes the team should get back to the basic and simple training and for the season get clean sheets which would benefit them. So, it is time for Liverpool to go back and learn and regain their strengths before time runs out.
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock said that he is extremely unhappy with the refereeing decisions in the recent 2-2 draw with West Brom. Crystal Palace looked set to take three points and return to winning ways after they were leading 2-0 against the club from Midlands. West Brom, however, came back into the match in spectacular fashion after managing their first goal in the 51st minute through former Everton striker Victor Anichebe. Berahino, who has been a sensational hit so far in the Premier League, managed to convert an injury time penalty to give his team a brilliant point.
This was the second consecutive 2-2 draw for Alan Irvine’s team after they managed a similar score against Manchester United last week. However, he will have no reasons to complain after his team produced a stunning response to the opposition. The fact that this match was at home also helped West Brom to some extent. For Crystal Palace, this was yet another disappointing result after they had lost to Chelsea last week. They were hoping to comeback to form with three points, which looked almost certain going into the half-time break. Former Fulham defender Hangeland and Jedinak scored the goals for the Londoners the first half.
“I’m the only guy that can protect him, not the physios. He got smashed, absolutely smashed. I don’t even think he knew he wanted to stay on. If officials can’t see a smash like that then I’ve got to protect my goalkeeper. [West Brom will] think ‘we’ve got away with it once, we’ll do it again’. I’m not prepared to let Julian take two smashes like that. It’s almost an assault. He comes from two or three yards away and smashes him in the face. I don’t understand why at least one of the officials can’t see that,” said Warnock.