Dalglish sings Doni’s praise before Reina replacement

channels_television_alexander_doniLiverpool Coach Kenny Dalglish has prepared the mind of goalkeeper Alexander Doni who is going to be a stand-in for first choice goalkeeper for Liverpool Pepe Reina by psyching him with praising his attitude towards the task ahead.

Recalling the game between Liverpool and Newcastle, where Reina was suspended for Liverpool’s next three games after he was red carded for unprofessional behaviour on the field of play.

Pepe Reina who has made about 183 successful Premier League appearances will be solely missed by the entire Liverpool team.

Leaving Reina, Alexander Doni; a Brazilian International who will be replacing him for the game he is to miss has garnered experiences from playing days with Roma has only played a friendly back in October for just 57 minutes and has not played any reserve team game this season.

According Dalglish the attitude of the Brazilian International Doni has been tremendous and he is really up for the challenge.

“He’s very experienced and has worked really hard in training since he got here. He has done as much as he can to try to be ready.” Dalglish concluded.

Dalglish admitted that it won’t be easy initially for Doni considering the understanding that has to exist between the keeper and any other player in the squad as it is very hard to get that except you play in first team games, but he knows it will pass.

Man.City will fight back- Mancini

Manchester City Coach, Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini has insisted that Manchester City can still spring up this season as the London club will be having an engagement that will decide their stay in hot contention for the English Premiership title this season or mar their chance this weekend.

Mancini’s boys held the topmost position for five whole months clinching to the number one position thereby making Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal jostle for the top spot, however City lost their opportunity to remain number one as they let Manchester United who are home rivals overtake them on the EPL table few weeks ago with scoring late goals no thanks to Wayne Rooney with seven games remaining to be played.

Mancini admitted earlier in the week that defeat for his team at Arsenal this weekend, coupled with a win for rivals Manchester United over QPR, would all but hand the trophy to Sir Alex Ferguson’s men – who would increase their lead to eight points.

The coach who hails from Italy has said he is no way at all giving up the fight for the title as he believes that his squad can get back to the top spot for they will be fighting to the end, in the hope that United do slip up in their remaining games – which include a trip to the Etihad Stadium.

He also said that seven games is a long way from here as anything can happen in that United can lose points by losing a few games after all they (Man. City) lost four points in two games and that they (United) win all their games then congratulation but for Manchester City the fight is still on for the title.

Dalglish defends disgraced Liverpool squad

channels_television_andy_carrollLiverpool Coach Kenny Dalglish openly stood behind the Liverpool squad that faced Newcastle over the weekend ended the game with a 2-0 defeat.

Dalglish said moving Andy Carroll of the game 11 minutes to fulltime was necessary as Carroll was of really happy with his late substitution as he kept swearing while storming into the tunnel staring the direction of his coach; he was replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

Earlier, goalkeeper Pepe Reina created a drama around himself that has caused him the FA cup semi-final against Everton which will be holding at Wembley as he got a red card for harassing James Perch; a Newcastle defender as it was obvious that Pepe Reina head butted the player.

According to Dalglish; the frustration and disappointment led to what Liverpool fans and management would not have loved to see as the players as whole acted in frustration and disappointment mostly on the part of Pepe and Carroll.

He however asked his players to next time channel their desperation, frustration and the likes into better use not disrupt their games to the extent of being disgraced.

Andy Carroll for one did not channels his desperation well enough as he was desperate to win the day by every means right from the start of the game as in frustration he was booked for diving, he was all the more desperate because he was playing against his former club where he left to play for Liverpool which explains why he wanted to win the day.

Booing was the intent of Newcastle supporters to give to their former player but on studying the event on field but decide against the move as Newcastle got a 2-goal lead against Liverpool.

Carroll’s coach maintained that him getting a yellow card for the clash with Newcastle goalkeeper was not fair enough as he never meant what happened that even if he even he was able to go past the goalkeeper he still would have fallen over because he had no balance at that moment in time.

Papiss Cisse sinks liverpool as Tottenham spanks Swansea

Newcastle further dented Liverpool’s hope of a top four finish and a chance to compete in Europe’s elite competition next season as Tottenham brushed aside a Swansea team I the English Premier League on Sunday.

Papiss Demba Cisse scored both goals as Newcastle inflicted fresh Premier League misery upon 10-man Liverpool with a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.

The Senegal striker made it seven goals in as many Premier League games for Newcastle with a 19th minute header and a close range-finish just shy of the hour mark to boost their challenge for a Champions League place.

Liverpool were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes remaining as goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off after he appeared to headbutt Newcastle’s James Perch.

By then Liverpool had used all their substitutes, so full-back Jose Enrique, one of several former Newcastle players in the visitors’ team, had to go between the posts.

The result condemned Liverpool to a sixth defeat in seven league matches and left them in eighth place, one position below Merseyside rivals Everton – and 11 points adrift of Newcastle.

Cisse’s dislay was in marked contrast to that of Andy Carroll, the former Newcastle striker signed by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish for £35 million in January last year.

Carroll, who has scored only five league goals since arriving at Anfield, was booked for diving when, with the game still goalless, he went to ground after rounding Magpies’ keeper Tim Krul rather than shoot at his old home ground.

Victory left Newcastle in sixth place but level on points with Chelsea (fifth) and just two behind Tottenham Hotspur, currently occuping the fourth and final Champions League place on offer to English clubs.

Tottenham beat Swansea 3-1 at White Hart Lane with goals from Rafael van der Vart and  Emmanuek Adebayor. Sigundsoon restored parity to the game after Van der Vart’s opener before Adebayor’s brace late in the game sealed the points for the north Londoners. Tottenham sits Fourth on the table, level on points with Arsenal sitting on third.

Meanwhile Premier League leaders and reigning champions Manchester United will go five points clear of second-placed local rivals Manchester City, with seven games remaining, if they beat Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on Monday.

 

Chelsea Coach Di Matteo not happy with FA over fixture

Less than 72 hours before a possible clash with Barcelona for the Champions League semi-final,Chelsea Interim boss Di Matteo and the management has been bitter about the fact that the FA slated Sunday 6pm for their FA cup semi-final clash with Tottenham Hotspurs despite knowing of the international clash coming in matter of days.

Di Matteo accuse the FA of not bothering to aid the Stamford Bridge club in terms of seeing to it as the only English club remaining in the competition they get to have time to prepare ahead of the Champions League.

With a possible win over Benfica in the return leg on Wednesday, Chelsea will be facing either AC Milan or Barcelona in the semi-final

Di Matteo said all discussion with the FA to see some sense in re-scheduling the FA tie has not yielded fruit as they are not considering it.

He said “They have their reasons and we have to respect them. We were not much involved in the decision making. Look at the other federations in Europe. They give their teams the best possible preparation, playing even before Saturdays rather than the day after whether European games are on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. It makes a big difference.

Chelsea, who had originally lobbied for the game to be played on the Friday, was yesterday still locked in talks, but the FA was adamant.

Meanwhile Di Matteo, whose team face Aston Villa today, has admitted five wins in seven games since taking interim charge after the exit of Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed his desire to return to management full-time.

Presenting new UAE goal king; Asamoah Gyan

channels_television_asamoah_gyanHis UAE club Al Ain walloped Baniyas 3-0 as he scored a brace in the game on Friday,  he is now the top scorer of the UAE league, we present to you one of the best players in the world of football presently making Africa proud,  Asamoah Gyan.

Asamoah Gyan has so far scored 15 goals in the league making him the top scorer of the league although he was yellow carded over a squabble with Mohammed Jaber who plays for Baniyas as he couldn’t hide his nervousness and frustration which he said was necessary as it is part of the game of football.

Gyan was simply unstoppable in the game which took place at the Tahoon Bin Mohammed Stadium as Al Ain got ahead with his goal before recess and another some minutes after recess and the sealer for Al Ain which was also from his control of a long ball on the bounce and swerving an opponent to score in the 84th minute.

Gyan who is presently on loan from English club Sunderland said he has his striking partner Yasser Al Qahtani to thank as he has made his success at the club possible as he hailed the Saudi striker.

Al Ain is in contention for the title a 10th time and as it is according the coach they are on their way to clinching the title thanks to Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan.

Mario Balotelli’s leadership role not trusted- Mancini

channels_television_mario_balotelli_roberto_manciniManchester City Boss Roberto Mancini admitted that he is clueless as to what can happen on the field of play if he allows Mario Balotelli the leading role of his team in final games of the English Premier league as he does not trust the 21 year old.

Roberto Mancini presently has a lot to worry for as Sergio Aguero is down with a foot injury and has been ruled out so is Carlos Tevez who with his level of fitness cannot endure 90 minutes, so  the option left for the Italian will be to put on Balotelli or Dzeko’s shoulder the responsibility of leading the squad out for the remaining season to create and score goals for Manchester City and this he is not trusting Balotelli for as he said when asked if he can trust Balotelli in terms of delivering goals.

Mancini is now left with Balotelli and a last option Edin Dzeko as the only fit strikers that will lead the squad against Sunderland at the Etihad stadium admitted that though Balotelli is a top player and can score goals but he can’t be trusted as his game can never be predicted.

He openly expressed his disappointment over Balotelli’s performance in the Chelsea game.

The season has been impressive for Manchester City and the Boss Roberto Mancini who has had about 15 goals  to notch up his game plan and on the negative gotten bans, sending off and topping it up with seven yellow cards recorded for the club.

Mancini said he cares less what Balotelli does with his time but admitted he would have to show signs of maturity sooner rather than later if he wants to fulfil his undoubted potential.

Mancini played down the training ground bust up with Balotelli but insisted that the Italian is a key member of Manchester City and his focus own focus is on clinching the league championship and Balotelli has to improve his game somehow.

Mancini also warned his players against complacency against Sunderland as with three points, City will be back to the top of the table ahead of United’s trip to Blackburn on Monday night and Mancini stressed the importance of getting back on track after dropping points against Stoke a week ago.

He stressed further that Manchester City needs to win every game remaining to end the league if they want to emerge the league champion for the season.

 

Summer break to decide Torres’ future with Chelsea

Chelsea_fernando_torresThe immediate future of Spaniard Fernando Torres will be decided by the summer as to whether he will remain at Stamford bridge or move on.

Torres broke the jinx of goal drought since joining Chelsea after transfering from Liverpool and he is back with the bang that made Chelsea pay so much for his signature as he was made the most expensive player ever transfered from one English club to another English club.

Di Matteo promised after taking over from former sacked coach Villas-Boas,to stand by the Spaniard and give him whatever support he would be needing as a launching pad to regain his former form for he believes that Torres can still bounce back.

By this, Torres has so far started four in seven Blues’matches under the tutelage of Di Matteo since playing second shot to Ivorien Didier Drogba who has always been the top man for AVB.

Torres completely lacked confidence during the reign of AVB as he went 24 hours of football without a goal and as it is right now, the Spaniard might not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if his recent form continues.

It could be said from the angle of the players that AVB never gave Fernando Torres a fair chance to bring his game to fore so does Kalou’s situation too, where due to him not signing a new contract,he always was not picked for action but for Di Matteo’s emergence as a temp coach for the club their faiths were restored.

English Premier League most challenging in World Football- Santos

channels_television-arsenal_andre_santosAndre Santos; the Arsenal defender who just returned from the injury table of the Gunners stated his belief that the English Premier League is the best in the World so far and he is also glad that his level of adaption to playing in the league has been amazing.

Signed from Turkish club Fernerbahce August 2011,Santo who is 29 years old has made his presence felt dynamically on the left flank of the club.

After three months hiatus,the Brazillain fullback launched himself back on the pitch in Arsenal’s 3-nil victory against Aston Villa as a substitute.

Santos has been out of action due a broken foot sustained three months ago in the UEFA Chapions Leaguetie against Olympiakos, although it is almost certain that he would be ending a trophyless season with Arsenal but the young lad has made a point of service to elevate the success of Arsenal time to come.

Santos expressed his joy at his acceptance by Gunners fans and club staffs as it made him relax and adapt quickly.

Santos revealed he had been inspired by the messages of support during his time on the sidelines, after being injured in the Champions League group game away to Olympiakos.

Saha warns Arsenal on title run

Tottenham Hotspurs’ famous man Louis Saha blew loud horns over table positioning in the English Premier league stating in clear terms that Arsenal should be careful as Tottenham can still knock off the Gunners to third place on the EPL table.

This came after Tottenham Hotspurs slided into the FA cup semi-final, setting up Chelsea as their opponent as they walloped Bolton 3-1 on Tuesday at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham has not been impressive for a while as it just got a second win in their last eight games,whle Arsenal has clinched unto their third place position with a seven-match winning run which Saha said he is very sure Spurs can make a change and overtake their neighbours.

Saha scored the final goal which sealed the victory for Tottenham Hotspurs against Bolton saying in football, things can happen quickly as he believes that Hotspurs can equal what Arsenal has in a bit.

Although,Saha admitted that the club has been at optimal performance which is responsible for their sharp drop during the past weeks but the club is making progress in terms of performance believing that interms of experince they have got good players like Vander Vaart,Adebayor and Gallas.

Wolves’ Coach Terry Connor hails team spirit

Wolves Coach;Terry ConnorCoach Terry Connor is upbeat concerning his palyers attitude and fighting spirit as they struggle to be above the waters of relegation from the English Premier League.

Presently,Connor’s Wolves are at the bottom of the table as the club is fighting hard to notch up four points so as to be safe from relegation after winning just one game in their last 10 matches.

As Wolves meet Bolton who are also not far away from being relegated on Saturday in a must win-game at Molineux,Connor assured that the attitude his players are carrying has shown that they are hungry to earn victory begining with Saturday’s game.

Connor said all 20 players he has in his kitty to choose from are all fired up as they report for training on time, eager to play and those returning from injuries want to prove that they are worthy of making a change to the squad’s recent performance.

The coach however promised that amidst the trove of players he has who are all willing to play against Bolton come Saturday he would be working really hard to make the best selection to come up against Bolton and score victory against them at Molineux.

Connor could have his options boosted this weekend with Karl Henry, Dave Davis and Stephen Hunt back in training, while Michael Kightly has shaken off the knock which forced him off against Norwich during the 2-1 defeat on Saturday.