Fernando Torres has been a serial winner of trophies in club and international level.
He has accumulated a number of trophies like the Champions League, Europa League, World Cup, and the European Championship to name a few. He has the chance to add yet another Champions League medal to his collection when Atletico Madrid bid to reach the final of the 2015-16 competition. They take on Bayern Munich in the semi-finals after having just eliminated Barcelona in the previous round. This is yet another huge test for the club in their attempts to create history, according to Torres.
Despite having won numerous titles, Torres has added great that he has won only one major honour with Atletico Madrid. The SegundaDivisión victory in the 2001-02 season is the only title Torres has won with his boyhood club so far. Considering that he made his name at Atletico, it is not surprising that Torres wants to win all other trophies once again with the club from Madrid. Atletico remain with a chance of winning the league title and reaching the Champions League final. The latter, though, appears extremely difficult with Bayern Munich standing in the way. Torres, who has been in fine scoring form of late, believes that Atletico can get past the German outfit.
“I feel very fortunate to have played in great teams, have had unbelievable nights and trophies with Spain. But for me personally, nothing could compare to doing it with Atleti.I do not consider myself the badge of the club — that is the values behind it. We just try to communicate those values on the pitch.Being united we know we can lift the fans, make them believe, and tomorrow will be another chance to show them the correct way to win,” Fernando Torres said.
In the opinion of the Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois, Jose Mourinho might have been sacked, but, he’s not the only man who is to be blamed for Chelsea’s slump. The onus has to fall on players as well for the position the team finds itself in.
Mourinho was axed by Chelsea the previous month after the team lost to Leicester City.
It was the 9th loss suffered by the Blues in the Premiership which left them just a touch above the drop zone in the standings.
According to Courtois, if the team does not manage to fetch the kind of results that are expected, the coach comes under the pump straightaway as he runs the team, but, the players are responsible too.
The Spaniard was quoted as saying, “There is not too much of change in the playing personnel. With the same set of players, Jose guided us to the Premiership last time, but, this time around, the results were not the same which means we didn’t perform well enough.”
“The manager takes the criticism whenever the team goes down as he is in charge, but, the onus is on players too.”
“We have even spoken about it in the change room. Most of the guys are of the view that yes, the boss’s gone, but, the whole responsibility can’t be put on him only. We, as players, are also accountable for it as the standard of our game has not been high.”
Courtois, the Belgium International who had played most of the League games in his first full season at Stamford Bridge in 2014-15, has had to remain out of action for a large part of this season so far because of injury. He has been able to play just 4 games.
Arsenal forward Thierry Henry believes that Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is clearly not happy with the tactics of manager Jose Mourinho and this could be one of the reasons for his poor form this season.
After winning the PFA Player of the Year award last season, the Belgian international was expected to kick on and potentially challenge for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. However,Hazard has regressed in every form and this has also been true of the whole Chelsea team. The blues are languishing near the bottom of the table at a time when they were expected to put a strong defence of the league title.
The club’s fortunes went from bad to worse after a 2-1 defeat against West Ham. This has led to media reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho could be out of Chelsea if the blues fail to win against Liverpool next week. Part of the reason lies in the inability to create chances. Chelsea are not scoring as they used to do, while the defence remains as shambles. Hazard was recently dropped and Mourinho criticised the lack of defensive help provided by the Belgian. Henry reckons that the 24-year-old is clearly not happy doing very defensive work since he wants to contribute more on the attacking front.
“I see a team that is not buying into what Mourinho wants any more.Hazard and Nemanja Matic for example. Matic was substituted against Southampton then went to play for Serbia and got sent-off. He then got sent off again at West Ham. Whether that was right or wrong, you can tell they are all on edge.The body language of Hazard suggests that he doesn’t want to play in the same way. Maybe Mourinho has to deal with his main players not accepting the way he likes to play,” said Henry.
Leicester City is another one of those teams in the Premier League that are having a very difficult time in securing successive victories and are now competing just to avoid the relegation zone.
In 35 Premier League matches, Leicester City has won 9 matches and it hasn’t been enough to put the club out of the basement spots of the English league.
Even though Leicester City is at the bottom positions of the Premier League, the manager of the club believes that his team is good enough to not get relegated in this season.
Nigel Pearson said: ‘’I have the belief in my players. I think they have the character and ability as well. The big facts, are they doable if the players are good enough? And the answer to that is yes.’’
The squad of Nigel Pearson is showcasing what they have to offer as they are trying to end the season on a high note and so far it seems like that mission is being done as Leicester City has played 5 Premier League matches in the month of April and have emerged victorious in 4 of those games.
The only match that Leicester City in April was when playing against Chelsea and the team of Jose Mourinho claimed a 3-1 triumph.
However, even with this surge of positive results that Nigel Pearson and his team are experiencing the English manager still believes that the possibility of getting relegated is a real one as he said: “It would be foolish to assume that the job’s done, far from it. We have to make sure we finish the season in a positive vein. “We’re getting closer but people will talk about Newcastle’s situation. But we’re still behind them in terms of points. So we’ve got a better chance and an increasingly better chance. But whatever things are mathematically possible, we’ve made life slightly easier.’’
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has struggled for form and fitness throughout the campaign and this is likely to see him return to his parent club Monaco at the end of the season.
Falcao moved to United on a season-long loan deal on a reported wages of around £ 300,000 per week. He was seen as the top strikers that United needed desperately after van Persie became injury prone once again. Yet, Falcao has not been able to deliver and has scored only four goals in 28 games for the Red Devils. As a return to Monaco looms, Falcao’s mother says that she is confident that the player will return back to his best.
There have been suggestions that Falcao has been offered to another Premier league outfit – Chelsea. However, it is highly unlikely that José Mourinho’s team will take a punt on a player who struggled immensely during his 12 months in the Premier League. Falcao was always going to be a gamble for United after he spent almost 7 months on the sidelines trying to recover quickly from the cruciate ligament injury, which ultimately prevented his participation in the World Cup 2014. Falcao’s mother has hinted that his son may choose to leave United if a new path comes up.
“Not everything has been easy in Falcao’s life. He had some difficult moments in his career.They slowed his progress and prevented him from participating in important competitions like the World Cup, or have confined him to the bench, like in Manchester.I often remind him that after a test or a difficulty blessings arrive. We hope for bigger and better things. God hasn’t abandoned us and my son will become again what he has been, a goalscorer,” said Falcao’s mother. The player also cost a £ 6 million loan fee.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has been a major disappointment since his £ 6 million loan move to Manchester United.
After featuring in more than 20 games, he has struggled to even get 10 goals for the campaign. His season has been hit hard with a couple of niggling injuries, while manager Louis Van Gaal also appears to have lost faith in him. Considering that it will take an astonishing £ 43 million to make the move permanent, it is widely suggested that United will pass the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old on a permanent basis.
However, it seems that Falcao has not given up on the opportunity to impress in the last two months of the season. The striker says that he is ready to be available for the manager’s selection in the last eight games of the season. It will be a wonderful achievement if United reached the top four considering the strength of the competition. The team has a five point advantage over Liverpool in the fifth spot and they will finish in the top four irrespective of other teams if they win the remaining eight matches. Falcao appeared to get some of his form back while playing for Columbia in the friendly matches.
“I think when I score it’s always important and that gives me confidence. I said before I need minutes, I need to play games in a row and here in the national team I have had the opportunity. I gave my best and I scored and I now return to Manchester with more confidence. We have the last eight games … I will give my best to have the chance to play as many minutes as possible. I have said before I need to play. I need minutes and I am confident about me, about my fitness. I am confident,” said Falcao.
Radamel Falcao has been one of major disappointments this season. Manchester United decided to pay the extravagant wage demands of £ 350,000 per week in the hope that they were getting a player of top quality.
Rather than sign the player on a permanent basis, they brought him only on a loan deal due to concerns about his knee. The loan fee in itself was at £ 6 million with the Premier League club agreeing to pay £ 43 million more if the move was made permanent. It looks like Falcao will be allowed to leave the club at the end of his loan spell.
The Colombian has scored only four goals in 16 appearances this season and only two in the last 10. This poor return has put many at United in doubt if the 28-year-old is worth the money. The club’s former defender Paul McGrath believes that United’s style of play does not necessarily suit Falcao, who likes to play on the shoulders of the last defender.
Falcao made his name at Atletico Madrid and he is regarded as one the finest strikers in the penalty box. His style is completely different to that of Robin van Persie, who largely relies upon intelligent runs to get the goals.
“Radamel Falcao is not getting the sort of service he would at other clubs he’s played for. United have been a bit nervous and a lot of the team has changed from next season.He goes on runs and the ball just doesn’t come to him or it comes to him too quickly and it runs through to the goalkeeper. He thrives on little things on the box and even those things aren’t coming off for him at the moment.Maybe it’s the pace of English football or the Premier League, but he’s out of sorts,” said McGrath.
Radamel Falcao was signed on a season long loan deal to Manchester United and the Premier League club has the option on signing him on a permanent deal but this will depend on the player himself as he needs to prove that he is capable of playing alongside his new teammates and it will also depend on whether or not Louis van Gaal is willing to sign him permanently.
The problem with Falcao is that he has been struggling with a series of injuries that has made him unable to perform at his best.
The Colombian forward made a name for himself during his time performing with Athletic Madrid with consistently high level performances with the Spanish club and this was the reason on why As.Monaco was determined to pay around €50 million in order to sign him but Falcao has not managed to live up to the expectations as he performs fairly well with As.Monaco but not at the same level that he used to some time ago.
Manchester United decided to take their chance and sign him on a loan deal which expires at the end of the current season and Falcao has already expressed his desire to remain playing at Old Trafford permanently but this won’t occur unless he starts impressing Louis van Gaal and makes a statement as to why he deserves to play alongside players such as: Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Fans of Manchester United are eager to see Falcao return to his old ways and score consistently, if this does happen and Falcao gets his chance to impress everyone, his spot in Old Trafford is guaranteed but he has to step it up as his time is ticking down.
It is widely reported that Radamel Falcao is close to extending his spell at Manchester United into a permanent deal. The Colombian international joined the Premier league giants on a loan spell till the end of the season.
It was reported that the loan fee alone was in the region of £ 6 million, while there was a clause that enabled him to move permanently for £ 43 million additionally. This would value him at just under £ 50 million, which is the price Monaco paid for him 12 months ago from Atletico Madrid.
Falcao has been speaking out about staying at United, despite having scored just one goal so far. The striker has not been amongst the goals were a regular basis primarily because manager Louis Van Gaal is still working out his best formation and personnel. If there was a stumbling block in the deal, it would have been the player’s astronomical wage demands. Falcao currently earns around £ 350,000 per week since he was not prepared to take a salary cut to join United. He appears to have been convinced by his agent Jorge Mendes that a salary in the region of £ 250,000 per week would be acceptable.
Juventus, in the meantime, have revealed that they also came close to signing Falcao only to lose out to United in the summer. “We were following him and there was contact. We were very close to [signing] Falcao and the player preferred Italy and our colours, but then United came forward and they have much more spending power than we do so the deal broke down,” said the Juventus managing director Beppe Marotta. Falcao missed the latest high-profile match with Chelsea, but he is likely to feature against Manchester City on Sunday. Wayne Rooney could also be back for this match after completing his suspension.
Manchester United broke the British transfer record by bringing in Angel di Maria for £ 59.7 million, but it has just been revealed that the transfer fees could go even further depending upon the success of the Argentine in the coming years. Di Maria has become one of the most expensive players in the world after this mega money transfer. However, United could end up paying more than the £ 60 million after Real Madrid have reportedly inserted several clauses into the contract that sold him to the Premier League outfit.
Di Maria is expected to be one of players on the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in the coming campaign after playing a key role in helping Real Madrid win the Champions League. He also was responsible for Argentina reaching the final of the World Cup 2014, even though he missed the match itself. Di Maria may not have scored a number of goals last season, but his 17 assists in the league were the most amongst the top five European leagues. It is rumoured that United will end up paying as much as £ 4 million if di Maria wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
The 26-year-old made his debut for United in the 0-0 draw against Burnley. However, he failed to complete the full 90 minutes, as he appeared to have suffered from a lack of full fitness. He was in a number of chances created by United, which they would have previously not done with the likes of Tom Cleverley in the team. United made a very poor start to the campaign after failing to win the first four matches and this has been one of the main reasons behind di Maria’s arrival. The Premier League giants are not thought to be done with their spending and more could arrive.