Danny Blind reckons what is absolutely necessary For the Dutch to learn is how to finish off the games.
The manager was moaning the fact that after making it 2-2 from 0-2 against France, the Oranje wasted all the effort by letting the opposition score another one to take the game away.
Blind, however, touched upon the other parts of the game as well especially that initial period where the visitors were slapped two goals.
According to Blind, if his players had been alert enough, those strikes, which got the Netherlands in the position of huge disadvantage so early, could not have been possible
But, at the end, what Blind was finding hard to digest was that once those two goals were made up for and the draw was on the horizon, another bit of carelessness from the Dutch let another ball get into their post making it 3-2 for France again. Read more »
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes that manager Louis van Gaal is unlikely to change his coaching methods due to a poor run of form. United are without a win in the last eight matches. This has forced to speculation that the manager might be sacked even before the end of the season. Van Gaal has a contract with United until the end of the 2017 season. The Dutchman only has a top four finish to show for his spending at the club. This coupled with the poor style of football has led to a lot of unhappiness at the club.
Despite the perceived unhappiness, Van Gaal is not the kind of person to suddenly disbelieve his coaching style. This is due to the impressive CV that he has from his time at clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The Dutchman has won numerous trophies in his coaching career, while also being responsible for bringing up top stars like Andres Iniesta and Bastian Schweinsteiger through the ranks. Smalling has been one such young player to benefit immensely from the presence of van Gaal. He has gone from being a player with potential to becoming a central figure in the England defence. Read more »
Ryan Babel and Steven Gerrard played alongside each other a few years ago when both of them performed with the Premier League club Liverpool and even though they haven’t played in the same team in over 3 years, there is a possibility of them being reunited once again but only this time, in the MLS.
Steven Gerrard is playing for LA Galaxy meanwhile Ryan Babel is performing for Al Ain in Abu Dhabi but the Dutch winger is open to the possibility of making a move to the American League in the future and playing once again with his former teammate Steven Gerrard.
Ryan Babel announced the possibility of making a move to the MLS as the Dutch winger said: “America has always been a special place for me, since my youth. If it fits in with my career, it will be a challenge for me to play for a MLS team. If that would be Steven Gerrard’s club, then that would be very special.England is of course a great country to play in, and I’ll always be open for a return. But it has to be a club I feel good about. The reality is that England won’t happen at this moment.”
The career of Ryan Babel has not been a memorable one as the Dutch winger disappointed when he could not live up to the hype and expectations that originated after being signed by Liverpool for a transfer fee of €11 million.
After spending 4 seasons in Anfield and not being able to truly stand out, Babel went on to join a number of clubs including: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Ajax and Kasimpasa before eventually making a move to his current club Al Ain FC. Read more »
It has already been confirmed and announced to the public that Rafael Benitez left his managerial role at Napoli and switched over to Real Madrid as he replaced Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked a few weeks ago.
The decision of replacing Carlo Ancelotti with Rafael Benitez is one that has caused a divide among fans of Real Madrid as some supporters of the Spanish club believe that Ancelotti deserves a 2nd chance especially after the Italian coach managed to lift the Champions League title during his debut season as the head coach of Real Madrid.
Ryan Babel took a swipe at the newly appointed manager of Real Madrid, Rafael Benitez by saying that the Spanish manager will turn Cristiano Ronaldo into a great defender.
Rafael Benitez and Ryan Babel do not have a healthy relationship. Both of them worked alongside each other a few years ago with Liverpool but things didn’t work out in a positive way as Babel was signed by the Premier League club on July of 2007 for a transfer of €14 million but Rafael Benitez only utilized Ryan Babel as a substitute player.
During the 2008-09 season, Babel made a total of 27 Premier League appearances for Liverpool but 21 of them arrived from the bench and things didn’t change much as Benitez simply preferred putting other players in his starting XI and forcing Ryan Babel to stay on the bench for the majority of all the seasons that he spent in charge of Liverpool. Read more »
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that he does not agree with Brendan Rodgers saying that Raheem Sterling is not available for sale at any price.
Instead, he has stated that every player has their price and that the club should sell them once the interested parties meet the pricetag. Mourinho was speaking ahead of the match with Stoke City during the weekend. Sterling has been a major focus for tabloid transfer news after his latest interview to the BBC where he stated that his contract talks have been put on hold. Further, he welcomed any interest from Arsenal.
It is also believed that Chelsea, Manchester United, and City are also monitoring the situation. Sterling is believed to have rejected an offer of £ 100,000 per week from Liverpool. The reason for rejecting appears to be motivated more by trophies than money. The 20-year-old believes that he can go to clubs elsewhere where there are better opportunities for winning titles. Mourinho has quoted the example of his best player – Eden Hazard, who he also terms as the best player in the league – for the fact that any player can be sold if he does not want to play for a specific club or a manager. Read more »
Midfielder Ryan Babel says that his former club, Liverpool, can be confident ahead of their match against visitors in the Europa League last 16 round.
Brendan Rodgers masterminded a 1-0 victory at Anfield the first leg, but there is certainly nervousness amongst the squad ahead of the return leg.Babel was part of the team that played in several European matches, although it was largely in the Champions League. Besiktas are definitely a good team and they will be posing a huge threat to the Premier League outfit. Istanbul has been a place of very happy memories for Liverpool after they’ve managed to come back from 3-0 down to win the Champions League final in this city.
Rodgers has said prior to the match that the Istanbul 2005 memories will certainly help the team in their quest for a place in the next round of the Europa League. Due to their poor early-season form in the Premier League, this competition is seen as the only way for Liverpool to enter into the Champions League next season. From this season onwards, winners of the Europa League will be going straight into the Premier European competition even without the qualification stages. Babel is no stranger to Turkish football after currently being involved with Kasimpasa. Read more »