Former Manchester City star Micah Richards believes Sergio Aguero will miss out on the Premier League Golden Boot this term due to the rotation made by Citizens boss Pep Guardiola. The Argentina international is currently the league’s top scorers with eight goals this term but there have already been a couple of instances where he has started off the bench.
Sacchi says Inter Milan should not be
discouraged after Barcelona defeat
Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi has said that Inter Milan should not be
discouraged after their Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona. The
Nerazzurri surprised the Camp Nou faithful after they took a second minute lead
through Lautaro Martinez and they managed to hold onto the advantage until the
playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson has spoken positively about Moise Kean following his
arrival from Juventus this summer. The Italy international became the Toffees’
fifth signing of the transfer window and he is widely expected to lead the line
next season following his impressive breakthrough season with the Bianconeri
Everton TV, Sigurdsson hailed the qualities of the young marksman and said that
he has the potential to become a top-notch player in the future, he said: “Moise
Kean looks like a very good footballer with a lot of different qualities. He is
still very young but he has shown his potential with Juventus and has an
extremely bright future. It is good for the morale of the team when you see top
players being brought in. It is good for competition and it is nice to bring in
new players who are determined to make an impact.”
Italy international Marco Verratti has said
that Paris Saint-Germain are already a great team, though they have not been
able to win the Champions League crown. The Parisian giants have dominated the
league proceedings with big-money signings over the years but they have not
been able to deliver success at the European stage.
In an interview with the club’s official
website, Verratti said that the team must keep working harder next term and
there are positives from the fact that manager Thomas Tuchel has penned a new
contract extension. He added that the head coach is aware of the need to
improve the squad further even if the team is in a great position at the
“I think we have to keep working
harder. It’s great the coach has signed an extension because he knows the club
and what we have to improve. If we change everything the whole time, you have
to start over from zero. Since I started here we have won a lot of silverware,
despite a number of changes. But today, I think we need to continue to listen
to the coach. He knows what we need to improve the team, even if I think we are
already a great team,” he said.
Meanwhile, Verratti concluded the interview by stating the ambition of winning the Champions League and he is hopeful that the team can lift the European crown at the earliest possibility. Les Parisiens have been fancied to make at least the last four of the competition in the past two seasons but each time, they have come disappointed with exits at the round of 16 stage.
Les Parisiens are likely to spend on some recruits during this summer’s transfer window and the focus may particularly lie on the defence with Thiago Silva approaching the final stages of his career. Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has been earmarked as one of the targets to bolster the heart of the backline.
Former Italy international and World Cup winner Luca Toni has said that Pep Guardiola has the ambition of managing a Serie A club at some point in the future. The Catalan tactician is currently on course to secure his second league title in three seasons at Manchester City, and he could create further history by guiding the club to a historic domestic treble.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Toni suggested that his former Brescia teammate will arrive in Italy sooner or later, given he likes to take up different challenges. He added that the 48-year-old has previously told him about the prospect of managing in the Italian top-flight, where Roma and Juventus can be regarded as potential destinations.
Luca Toni the former striker of Italy believes that in the coming year, Pep Guardiola will take the coaching responsibility of Juventus or Roma. Toni said in an interview Guardiola has told him that he wanted to come back to the Series A.” During his playing career, Guardiola has played for Roma and has also been associated with Juventus job in-case Max Allegri leaves his post.
In between, Toni had played for both the clubs and he was the teammate of the boss of the Manchester City during his campaign of 2001-02 at Brescia. He said in an interview, “At some point in time, he will go to Italy.” He said Guardiola in a conversation told him that, “I love competition and challenges. Also, when he came to know that he’d been to Manchester City the following season, he showed his desire to come back to Serie A as a Coach.
The father of Lorenzo Insigne has indicated that the attacker has no plans of leaving Napoli for another European outfit in the near future. The Italy international has been the standout performer for the Naples outfit over the past few seasons but this has not helped them close the gap on Juventus for the Serie A crown.
As such, there has been speculation that Insigne may eventually part ways with the club with Manchester United linked but his father does not believe the gossip, he said: “Lorenzo is doing very well in Naples and does not intend to go anywhere else. The captain’s armband is a source of great pride for him and for our entire family.
Sam pdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella has been a player reborn in the last few months, as he has been scoring goals for fun. Interestingly, the striker is at the tail end of his career at 36 years of age. The incredible form shown by the forward in the 2018-19 Italian Serie A campaign has not only seen him go toe-to-toe with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot title but it has also resulted in the striker being an impressive choice for the Italian national team ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Italy have two major qualifying matches coming up in March and Roberto Mancini has decided to includeQuagliarella much to the surprise of fans.
This marks a return to international football for the 36-year-old after almost a decade. He was last seen with the Italian national team back in 2010 and this can provide a very short spell with the national team for the striker, as he only featured for three years since making his debut in 2007. The forward made only 25 appearances for the national team with a return of seven goals. The striker has been well travelled throughout his career and he has represented clubs like Sam pdoria, Udinese, Napoli, Juventus, and Torino. However, he has been making his name only in his second spell with Sampdoria.
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has slammed the performance of Jorginho in the aftermath of Chelsea’s Premier League defeat at the hands of Arsenal. The Italy international has endured a mixed debut season with the Blues where he has regularly been found out in the centre of the park and the Gunners game witnessed a similar instance with Aaron Ramsey neglecting his impact on the proceedings.
Speaking after the game, Ferdinand was critical over the showing of Jorginho and suggested that the Italian does not offer anything in either the offensive or defensive department, he said: “He doesn’t give you anything in defence and he doesn’t give you anything on the other side of the field. He isn’t a great defender. Once again, in a big game, he was overwhelmed in the midfield. He dictates the pace of the play, when he gets the ball in the middle of the pitch he’s very good. However, how many assists has he had this season? Zero, he doesn’t give you anything on that side of the pitch.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus forward has extended a challenge to Lionel Messi to join him in Serie A. He says that it is Messi who misses him. Ronaldo didn’t only end his 9-year-old association with Madrid this summer but also his rivalry with the football superstar of Barcelona, given that the contest and dominate the podium of Ballon d’Or podium.
He has stated that he is the best group that he has been a part of. He believes that there they are a team. According to him, there are some players who feel bigger than all the other players playing for the club but the simple fact is every player is rowing on the same boat. All players are humble and they all want to win.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he was pleased with his team’s performance after they picked up a slender 1-0 win over United States in an international duty. The Azzurri were recently frustrated with a goalless stalemate against Portugal and the United States game appeared to be going the same way before Matteo Politano found the breakthrough in the 94th minute.
Speaking after the game, Mancini said that he was relieved by the outcome, given his side have not been rewarded for the chances created of late, he told RAI Sport: “It was heading to 0-0 again… but that’s football, there’s nothing you can do about it. We had so many chances, the important thing is that it was a good performance. It was the first time we were playing together, so we couldn’t think of playing like the first half for 90 minutes. We got a little stretched out as we pushed harder to find the breakthrough.”