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 »
Ajax is one of the one of the most talked about clubs in Europe as the Dutch club is being linked with a number of players as well as also being rumored on having their own coach, Frank de Boer leave the team and join Newcastle United but this was denied by the Dutch manager a few days ago.
“I’ve read about the rumors. Newcastle is a sleeping giant, a great club with a fantastic stadium and supporters. But I will stay at Ajax for the second half of the season, at least. If a good club comes in the summer, I will think about it.” Read more »
Liverpool had begun its campaign of 2007-2008 with very exclusive style on the basic level.
They had never tasted any defeats. The run was six draws and five victories. And just contrasting to them was the team of Benitez who were declared runners up for the last season. They had been trying to make a point that had left them to require a win against the Besiktas, and to open chance for some others to make their way through the stages of Knockout.
Benitez had begun the game by attacking players such as Crouch and Voronin. They also kept substitutes on the bench that included Ryan Babel, Harry Kewell and Dirk Kuyt. Andriy knew that for him it was soon going to be a deteriorating time after the fixture. Thus, he has decided to take the back of Crouch. He had also been given a chance of deflecting the ball just before his next attempt after having failed once. This time it was going to be from a very close range since his previous attempt being saved. Liverpool had been unable to add upto their stats but had regained their lost confidence.
There was nothing that be like a preparation to what was going to happen after the first half. Undoubtedly their supporters would be very content on seeing a win of 2-0. There was another point scored. That was when Voronin had set up Riise to go for the situation and play along. All that was left was just three minutes that he needed to get the ball that would decide the fate of the match.
The dominant wins of Liverpool made it come through the knockout stages where they also disposed off Arsenal and Inter Milan. However, Benitez had failed to lead the club. The lost to Chelsea in the semi finals and suffered an aggregate of 4-3 defeat.
Germany striker Lukas Podolski has dismissed speculation that he is looking to retire from international football. The 29-year-old striker has been in and out of the international team due to the presence of players like Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller ahead of him in the pecking order. Podolski has also been struggling for gametime at club level with Arsenal recently signing Danny Welbeck to act as the backup for Olivier Giroud. This puts Podolski as the third choice striker at the club, but the former Bayern Munich continues to have a great record at international level.
After having made his debut for Germany in 2004, Podolski has appeared in 118 matches and scored 47 goals. This goal record is extremely impressive considering that he has been used as a substitute in most of them. Germany recently saw a number of their top players like Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, and Per Mertesacker announce their retirements. Their reasoning was that they could not go out of international football in a much better position after having recently won the World Cup. Podolski says that he is not the kind of person to turn his back towards the national team at any stage.
Even though he has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, Podolski says that he will continue to make himself available for Germany. “I’m still as hungry as ever. My next big goal is the European Championship. I still enjoy playing for Germany and it’s a pleasure to be part of it all. I don’t need to be afraid of anybody in the national team. And I’m not here just because I’m the joker Podolski who raises everybody’s spirits. I’m here because I deserve to be here. I’m part of this team and I will get my games,” said Podolski.