Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is fearing a lengthy spell on the sidelines for defender Glen Johnson, who had to be stretchered off in the game against Bournemouth.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea defender has been one of the reasons behind Stoke’s massive change in philosophy as far as football style is concerned. Under the regime of Tony Pulis, the club were heavily one dimensional and resorted to playing the long ball style of football to get results. Hughes was given the primary objective of making Stoke attractive to watch and he has achieved this target so far while still managing to get decent set of results.
The club ended a run of five straight defeats in all competitions with the 3-1 victory over relegation threatened Bournemouth. This victory was of massive importance since the club was starting to slip down the table. The club’s last league victory came in the middle of January. The barren run was ended but it came at a major cost to the club. Hughes fears that Johnson may be out for around 10 weeks after damaging his knee ligaments. The injury comes at a time when the club’s starting to think about a potential Europa league place, which is still within the reach. (more…)
Joachim Low is not very happy with how Kevin Grosskreutz has gone about his business in the recent times and he has already ruled the 27-year old out of contention for the upcoming Euros.
According to Low, Grosskreutz has not had enough playing time in the last 18 months for him to be considered for selection in the squad for a big tournament.
Grosskreutz has switched clubs frequently of late.
He left Borussia Durtmund and moved to Galatasaray in September 2015, but, he didn’t get to play any game there in Turkey for the first three months of his tenure because of some registration issues.
However, he was allowed to play from the start of the New Year, but, he decided not to persist there and make his way back to Bundesliga
The defender is currently at VfB Stuttgart.
When asked about Grosskreutz, if he is there in the reckoning or not for Euros, Low replied in negative straightaway.
“No, I don’t think so”, said the Germany boss.
“Kevin’s not been playing on a regular basis.” (more…)
Salomon Kalou has said that the tough words of the manager of Hertha Berlin motivated him and helped him get the old touch back in his game.
Kalou had joined Berlin in the summer of 2014 with a big reputation.
But, playing a total of 27 games the previous season, he only managed to shake the net 6 times which did not please Pal Dardai, the man in charge at the Olympic Stadium.
The boss was critical about his veteran forward in public saying that he did not show as much firepower as he was expecting off him.
But, according to Kalou, whatever came off Pal, he took it in a positive way.
Speaking to a TV presenter recently, Kalou said, “If somebody is telling the truth on my face, that’s honesty and I like it.”
“Pal is that kind of individual. If he sees that you are lacking something in your game, he would not hesitate in letting you know and that’s how, I believe, a coach should operate.”
“As manager, Pal was entitled to say whatever he said and I took a lot of motivation from that.” (more…)
The German champions Bayern Munich have secured the services of the Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal as he made his way from Juventus over to the Allianz Arena for a transfer fee of €37 million.
Bayern Munich won the 2014-15 season of the Bundesliga in stellar form as Pep Guardiola and his players gathered a total of 79 points meanwhile their nearest rivals were Wolfsburg and they could only muster to seal 69 points. A 10 point difference in any league is a huge difference as Bayern Munich didn’t even had to play all their respective domestic league matches but they were still crowned as the champions of Germany.
Arturo Vidal is one of the standout players of the previous Serie A season and many clubs were interested in signing the Chilean midfielder as he is a versatile midfielder who can perform in different positions in any team.
Bayern Munich has been winning the Bundesliga title for the past 3 seasons and it doesn’t seem like there is any other club that is capable of competing against Pep Guardiola and his army of world class players.
Wolfsburg is the club in the Bundesliga which has shown most progress recently. Dieter Hecking is the manager of Wolfsburg and he took charge of the club back in December of 2012. In that time, Wolfsburg was positioned in the middle section of the German league but Hecking has been able to guide them into the top 2 spots of the Bundesliga.
Kevin De Bruyne and Ricardo Rodriguez are the main stars of Wolfsburg as those are the players in the team of Dieter Hecking which have the potential of winning matches with their individual skills but it seems doubtful if it will be enough to cope against the platoon of Pep Guardiola. (more…)
Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne endured a disappointing few years at West London, but he was sold for an impressive transfer fee to Wolfsburg.
Since his return back to the German league, De Bruyne has gone from strength to strength and is regarded as one of the world’s best players now. The 23-year-old managed an astonishing 28 assists in all competitions for the German club, who finished second largely because of his exploits. Aside from those direct involvements in goals, De Bruyne also managed to come up with 15 for his own account.
These good performances have led to a shock link with Chelsea, who are believed to be preparing a € 40 million offer for him in the summer transfer window. However, De Bruyne has ended any speculation about a return to Stamford Bridge for the time being by saying that he will not return as long as Mourinho remains in charge. A number of former players have fallen mode with the Portuguese boss due to his reluctance to explain the reasons for being dropped. In the case of De Bruyne, he rarely featured in the first-team and made only three appearances in the Premier League before being sold to Wolfsburg. (more…)
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Germany continued their journey of making it into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s after claiming a 2-0 victory over Georgia and now the German side is positioned in the 2nd spot of Group D as they have secured 10 points from 5 matches.
Poland still remains in the top spot with 11 points and Scotland has the same amount of points as Germany with 10.
This group is without doubt one of the most competitive and tightly contested ones out of all the 2016 Euro’s and even though Germany are the favorites on making it through, they have to continue getting more victories and snatching more points in order to their hopes alive as any slip up could be enough for the other teams to step it up and snatch the qualification spots into the approaching tournament which is going to be held in France.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is the captain of the German national side and even though he was happy to see his team claim a 2-0 victory over Georgia, the German midfielder stated that they still need to improve.
The 30 year old midfielder spoke after the match was over and he told reporters: “We kept a clean sheet, which was our aim, but it was difficult to find space against them. We made a few mistakes in their half, but we won the game anyway. We need to improve and will now concentrate on the games against Gibraltar and Scotland.”
Thomas Muller was another player of the German side who gave his opinion about their recent victory as he also said that they need to get even better. (more…)
German football is aiming to conquer Europe according to the chairman of Bayern Munich, Karl Heinz-Rummenigge as he wants the Bundesliga to continue growing and showing clubs get higher spots in the Europa League and the Champions League.
Germany was crowned as the champions of the world after the team of Joachim Loew lifted the 2014 World Cup title in Brazil and they truly deserved it after making an impressive run in the latest edition of the international competition.
“This is the proof that the Bundesliga is on a good path internationally. We must continue with this, that is the desire.” Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz-Rummenigge said.
Out of the last 16 teams which are still competing in the Champions League, Germany is well represented with: Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich. That’s a total of 4 clubs which is the highest amount of clubs from a respective country. (more…)