Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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East Bengal will be aiming their second successive win when they face Churchill Brothers in a Hero I-League football match on Wednesday.

Club Mohan Bagan is top of the table with nine points from three matches. East Bengal became a draw at 1-1 with Aizawl FC in the opening match of the season, whereas, DSK SHivajians lost at 0-1 against Mumbai FC.

East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan take on a Churchill side bereft of its top players and only Tobago and Trinidad forward Anthony Wolfe to look forward.

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The 60-years-old East Bengal coach said on Tuesday “I think at the moment, all of our games are must win games, if we want to be challenging for the title. We are certainly trying and we are prepared to win the game. We’ve got some more firepower than we had in our first game. In the game against DSK (Shivajians), I thought we looked pretty good going forward.

The East Bengal group have a trip with a 22-man squad; Coach Morgan said that “It is an important game for us. Last week we did not play to our full potential. Last time we trained with just one forward. This time in the training I had four strikers available.”

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When asked who will fill the role of an under-22 in the playing eleven against DSK Shivajians, coach Morgan said that there are two under-22 players in the squad and it will be seen who starts tomorrow.

Churchill is next to being a tie on the back of successive defeats in their first two matches. Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes said that “Of course it is a must-not-lose match for us. We have to come out with at least a point or maximum points. In the last two matches, I was not disappointed with the performance, but even if we did not win the matches, at least we could have come home with a point.”

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Argentina professional footballer Lionel Messi statue has broken in half, with the upper body, arms and head in Buenos Aires. The statue was unveiled in June soon after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile.

The statue was placed on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was cut off at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.

The City Hall said that they do not know who was responsible for the motive for the damage.


As per the reports, the city culture Secretariat said on Tuesday that “It was the victim of an act of vandalism. The city government is already working on repairs.”

Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled the 29-years-old statue in a bid to convince Messi to overturn his decision to retire from the international duty and next to his shocking defeat to Chile in the Copa America.

The Barcelona forward, who has returned to the international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is extensively loved by his homeland.


He does, but, have his critics, particularly those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have missed three major finals in two years, as well as in 2014 World Cup.

The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.

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On Monday, Portuguese professional football player, Cristiano Ronaldo said that he doesn’t see himself “becoming a coach” after picking up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Speaking to FIFA following the presentation of the inaugural, Cristiano Ronaldo awarded as the top male player in football, he also won the Ballon d’Or at the end of 2016, admitted he couldn’t rule anything out.

As per the reports, Ronaldo gave the statement to FIFA’s official website “Very difficult…never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.”


Ronaldo’s stellar 2016 also included a Champions League and Club World Cup name with Real Madrid, and also winning the 2016 Euro with Portugal.

The 31-years-old cheered his team on from the seat in the final after leaving the match early with an injury. Those situations felt against France in the final were very hard to handle. Ronaldo said that despite appearances were lots of nervous after exiting in the 25th minute of his team’s 1-0 extra-time win.

The 35-years-old stated that “It was complicated. I started the game, but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous. I remember that I was in the dressing room. Then I went outside. I think my behavior speaks for me really. I don’t really have anything to say.”

“The images don’t lie. People can see how nervous I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.”


When asked about his skill to control at the highest level of football after lots of years, he said “There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously. I’m playing for a team (Madrid) that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. With Portugal also, I thought it was a sensational Euro.”

“I’ll return to saying again; it was a year of dreams – the collective performance, the individual performance, the team performance and the performance of the national team,” he added.

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On Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino explained Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 wins against league leaders Chelsea as “massive” as he keeps up his record of never having lost a home derby after taking charge of the north London club.

The Argentine, who becomes weaken at the death last season in a first league title since in the year 1961 was an option. Argentine has won eight matches and drawn four of his 12 derbies at White Hart Lane except the latest were arguably the most impressive.

Club Chelsea has won 13 matches in a row and also a joint record in a single Premier League season, and one more would have matched Arsenal’s all-time series of 14 set over two campaigns.


Antonio Conte, the managers of Chelsea side, have been unassailable as the start of October and victory would have placed them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Two Dele Alli headers either side of half-time, both from Christian Eriksen crosses, earned Tottenham a deserved victory that lifted them to third place, seven points behind Chelsea.

According to the sources, Pochettino said that “It is a massive victory, a very important three points to reduce the gap at the top of the table.”

He is more worried about his own team’s title chances than ending Chelsea’s long winning run; he said “It was a very tough game, we were playing one of the best teams in Europe, so the value of the victory is massive. It makes us very proud and we showed character and were competitive. It is one step forward for the team and it is important to keep going. Football is about belief.”



“We have shown we can challenge for the big things. We are in a good position; Chelsea is in a very good position, but we are fighting to get points and to reduce the gap above us.”

He has scored two goals in each of Tottenham’s in the last three matches and also seven in his last four, Pochettino said “He is showing fantastic skills in front of the goal. He is a great player and one who has potential to improve. He was fantastic today again.”

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The Goals from Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch also side of halftime gave Stoke City 2-0 wins over Watford which moved Mark Hughes’s side nine points clear of the relegation zone and above their opponents in the table.

City, they were without a victory in their last five league matches. They receive leading when Charlie Adam’s corner fell nearby the post and Shawcross swept by the left-footed deep into first-half stoppage time.

Four minutes after the game resumed the English professional footballer Crouch followed up his goal against Chelsea on Saturday to score in successive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2015. Stoke moved up to 11th on 24 points, two ahead of 14th place Watford.


It ended an unsatisfactory run for Hughes’s side who had conceded four goals to both Liverpool and Chelsea in their last two games and seemed in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle.

According to the sources, Hughes said that “We have played better and been beaten in recent weeks, we got goals at good times and then saw the game out quite comfortably.”

Watford, however, is now without a victory in their last five league matches, having scored just twice and conceded 10 in those matches.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said “We have to keep going and give everything for the next match. Nothing is going our way, so it is just a period we are not lucky but we need to change this.”


Player Ratings of Stoke City

Johnson (6), Grant (7), M.Indi (7), Shawcross (7), Adam (8), Arnautovic (7), Walters (6), Diouf (7), Crouch (7), Allen (7), Pieters (7)


Affeley (6), Whelen (6)

Player Ratings of Watford

Kaboul (5), Gomes (7), Kabasele (6), Prodl (5), Doucoure (6), Britos (5), Behrami (6), Guedioura (5), Deeney (6), Capoue (6), Holebas (7)


Ighalo (5), Sinclair (6)

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The former footballer of Spanish and current manager of Indian club Bengaluru FC, Albert Raco having endeared himself to the followers after leading Bengaluru FC to the historic AFC Cup final in November. Now, he is ready for the competition in news season.

The winners kick off their name defense against Shillong Lajong in their I-League opener on Saturday, whereas AFC Champions League succeeded round against AI-Wahdat at the end of the month.

According to the sources, Bengaluru FC coach Roca said o0n Tuesday that “It can be a long season with a lot of tough games. We have to be ready for all competitions. I will try to get to the second leg in the Champions League if possible. All our supporters expect the best out of us and we have to be ready for that.”


He said “I don’t like to talk about pressure; I want to talk about a challenge. It’s a challenge. I want to have a good dynamic. A positive one because then one day if we lose, we are still playing good and the team will be always at a level to win.”

When Raco asked by the media about his expectations, he said “Just to be better (than last season). My mission right now is to just push my players to think that it’s possible (to achieve all that we did last year) again. I’ve come here with the idea to get to that (top) level, not in three-four months, but to see that we are moving in that direction.”

“The idea is not just for us to be a good team but to produce players who can play for the Indian national team and help them do better,” he added.


Bengaluru manager said that the former Barcelona assistant manager thinks that the responsibility is only the player to adjust to his passing system. The coach said “We like to follow how we played in the past. It will be difficult because we lost Alvaro Rubio. It’s not going to be easy to keep control of that situation. The players that have come will have to try their best and keep that situation that we want.”

The Bengaluru FC exposed “It’s always a question of being able to adapt and it’s not easy. All the players that have come and all players who were here before, they know that I like to play football. It’s not possible to do that all the time and we need to adapt.”

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The manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho again makes complaints about the Premier League’s festive match smash after his side labored to a 2-0 win at 10-man West Ham United on Monday.

Portuguese coach Fernando Santos blamed to United’s mixed performance on having to play their second game in three days, the tour to London coming hardly 48 hours after a rousing 2-1 return win at home to Middlesbrough.

The United’s manager Mourinho said to the reporters that “It’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances within 48 hours. It’s amazing for the fans around the world, everybody has the Premier League, I’m more than happy to do that but it’s very hard for the players.”


Match referee Mike Dean cruelly sent off West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli in the 15th minutes for challenging Phil Jones. However, United required till the 63rd to open the scoring through Juan Mata.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic becomes offside in scoring the second while United, who got a seventh directly win in all competitions for the first time since in 2010/11, were help out by three saves from David de Gea, who refused Michail Antonio presently before Mata scored.

Manchester United manager said that “It’s not just hard for the team with 10 (players) but hard for the team with 11. When you have one more player you also need to think well. My players were too tired to think well; we had lots of bad decisions. When you are fresh you play simple, when you are not fresh you play complicated. In the first half, everything was complicated. Only when I brought on fresh people, Mata, Rashford, the team was different,” he added.


“We had width with Rashford, an extra player creating, and we deserved to win, but I’m going to be honest, if Antonio scores I don’t think we win when you are tired and losing it’s even harder.”

On Wednesday, United’s manager once more made a complaints tone that league leaders Chelsea have more two days to relax before visiting Tottenham Hotspur, United’s competitors for a top-four finish.

He said “We go step-by-step; we try to win our matches. But in relation to Tottenham v Chelsea, I hope it’s an amazing match, they are two great teams with the privilege nobody else has so they are fresh.”

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Thibaut Courtois the best goalkeeper of Chelsea trust that the key to their dramatic turnaround in shape lies in the defense which has conceded two goals during the club’s 12-game winning line.

The Premier League leaders accept to Stoke City next at Stamford Bridge on Saturday planning to safe a 13th consecutive league win in a run which started in the wake of an embarrassing 3-0 beat at Arsenal.

However, both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa together with the motivating midfielder and N’Golo Kante, have involved most admire in current weeks, the goalkeeper Courtois says that the structure back line has placed the base for the improvement in form.thibaut

He trusts the defense has been distorted by Conte’s decision to control to three following the Arsenal loss; Goalkeeper Courtois said to Chelseafc.com that “Letting in only two goals is amazing. After that Arsenal game we had to bulid a new thing and we did it well, and there is a lot of hard work in training. It was not just that we did a new formation and it will work,” he added.

“As a goalkeeper it doesn’t change much but now we are more solid at the back than at the beginning of the season, it is harder for people to break us down, and when they do try to score a goal I try to save it. Some other teams tried to defeat us as well with that formation but if it is well-worked like we do it, it is hard to break down and every day in training we do it a lot.”


“That is why we have this run at the moment and we just try to keep it going and we will see in few weeks and months where we are standing, and hopefully we will be there in the race for the championship.”

According to the sources, Belgian international footballer Hazard stated that the current team might be better than Chelsea side. The 24-years-old Hazard said that “In the Premier League things go really fast; so we just have to keep the focus on ourselves and play game by game and then we will see. Stoke at home will he hard and then we go to Tottenham, to Leicester, they are all tough games, and after we have Hull, Liverpool and Arsenal,” he added.

“So it is an important moment for us and then we will see where we stand in February.”




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