Borussia Dortmund have undergone massive changes in the last few years after the sale of several important players like Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski. In order to replace those important names, the club brought in players like Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile in the summer. It is estimated that the club parted with around € 10 million for Immobile, while Ramos has been brought in for an undisclosed fee. It is well estimated that both these players have together cost more than € 20 million. Dortmund scored just over a goal per game this season.
Apart from moments of brilliance like that against Arsenal a few weeks ago, they have been struggling in the German Bundesliga. This has led to speculation that Dortmund may look to reinvest in the squad during the January transfer window. The club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, however, says that the two players will eventually come good for the club. Immobile has scored three goals in eight appearances, while Ramos has fared slightly better by scoring five in 10 matches. Dortmund, as a whole, have been struggling this season, and they are in the bottom of the table after seven matches.
They have managed only two wins during this period, which has threatened to bring an end to Jurgen Klopp’s brilliant reign at the club. “The future will show whether Immobile and Ramos are right for Dortmund. It’s too soon to judge them now. And let’s not forget that they have already scored 15 goals in official games together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s a good return. Lucas Barrios and Robert Lewandowski initially struggled as well when they joined Dortmund. It wouldn’t be normal to expect a new signing to fit in perfectly within six weeks. We play a different game than what they were used to,” said Watzke.10.16.14
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Schalke will be coming up against Chelsea in the first Champions League group match of the season. This is seen as an easy group for the 2012 European champions, as they will be up against lesser teams like Sporting CP and Danish outfit Maribor in their quest to reach the knockout stages. Schalke will be the favourites to finish second behind Chelsea. The first match for the German club will be at Stamford Bridge and this is already proving to be a difficult match. Schalke go into the encounter knowing that Chelsea have just scored 15 goals in the opening four matches.
Much of the attacking threat has come from Diego Costa, who has had a fantastic start to his Chelsea career by scoring seven goals in just four matches. However, Schalke defender Dennis Aogo says that his team will be making a big mistake if they consider Costa as the only threat within this Chelsea team. Even though Costa has been a major goal scorer, the English club have also secured goals from the likes of Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle. Cesc Fabregas is proving to be a major addition in the centre of midfield as he has already contributed six assists.
Aogo’s Schalke come into the match after having just lost 4-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach. “In Germany we have seen [Diego Costa] has had a great start to the season, but it’s not just him. The whole team is playing very well and they are not top of the Premier League for nothing. We are a playing against some of the best players in the world here so we don’t need any extra motivation. Who is to say that we won’t have a great day and compete at the highest level,” said Aogo. After three matches in the Bundesliga, Schalke are to get a win.09.17.14
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The Blaugrana striker Pedro reckons that Cesc Fabregas’ arrival has made Chelsea’s midfield immensely strong and they would be a team to watch out for in the European Cup next season.
The Blues have spent a big amount of 27 million Pounds to bring Fabregas at Stamford Bridge and according to Pedro, that’s going to benefit them a lot.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Pedro said, “Cesc is all class. He’s a tremendous playmaker. As a striker, you want a player like him in the XI because you know if he is around, you are always going to get scoring opportunities.”
“We are close buddies. Apart from Barcelona, we have played alongside each other for Spain as well. I think he is going to make Chelsea a very strong side.”
Pedro also said that the punishment that has been imposed on the club’s new signing Luis Suarez seems to be a bit harsh and the officials are trying to get it a bit softened.
When asked about Suarez, the 27-year Old Spaniard said, “It (the punishment) looks like a little too harsh. We are looking into it. But, in case we don’t get any relief, we will have to wait for the ban period to get over.”
“Luis’ signing is fantastic news for everybody including the fans as well as the players. He is going to get enormous support here if he performs up to his level. There are not too many better than him in the game at the moment.”
Suarez was a great hit at Liverpool scoring 69 in 110 league games. But, his behaviour there was not the best as he always remained in some sort of controversy. Barcelona definitely would want a bit of improvement from him on that front.07.23.14
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In the penultimate match in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Argentina will be facing Switzerland on the upcoming Tuesday. The match will be played at Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.
Argentina has a very strong team and thus, they were tipped for glory by a number of people coming into this tournament, but, they appeared to be a bit rusty at the start as in the first couple of matches against weaker opponents, they found it hard to dominate, but, in their last match against Nigeria, they lifted their game and looked absolutely lethal up front.
There were still some issues with Argentina’s defence and they conceded a couple of goals against the Super Eagles, but, the rhythm of their attacking line looked brilliant there.
In competitions like World Cup, sometimes, it’s good not to peak early. You need to peak at the right time and Argentina seems to be doing that only.
Lionel Messi’s form has been a huge factor behind Argentina winning all their matches in the tournament so far. The 27-year old who is arguably the best player in the world at the moment has played some sensational football in Brazil. He is known as a big game player too. So, Switzerland will have to be very, very careful of him.
Switzerland’s performance in the group round was a bit up and down. They won by 2-1 against Ecuador, but, suffered a 2-5 defeat against France in the next game to get into a tricky situation. They, however, picked themselves up from that defeat and crushed Honduras by 3-0 to reach the pre quarter finals.
Now, here is a big challenge for them. Defeating France is something that they can do only by playing out of their skins because the Les Blues look way better than them on paper.
The match will begin at 5 pm British Standard Time.06.25.14
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Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has hinted that he could become the future manager of the club. Giggs was the interim manager in the final four matches of last season, but he has just given way to Louis van Gaal. However, he will be remaining part of the coaching staff and will be looking to provide the continuity after a disastrous season. Van Gaal is expected to be a short-term appointment since at 62 years of age, he is unlikely to carry on managing for a decade. Giggs is seen as the future of Manchester United and the Welshman has accepted that a future managerial role at the club cannot be ruled out.
Giggs has stated that he enjoyed a spell in charge of the team for the last four matches and is looking forward to getting such a role in the future as well. He has also expressed his ambition to learn from van Gaal. United will be hoping to challenge for the title almost on an immediate basis since it is important for a club of this stature. The team finished seventh in the table last season. As a result, they will be without even Europa League football for the upcoming campaign.
“It’s been a whirlwind and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It was just a brilliant experience, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will be all the better for next time it happens. I met Louis and the meeting went really well. I liked him instantly and I’m looking forward to working with him and learning from him. We got off the plane at Manchester Airport and I was saying goodbye to the players, thanking them. Potentially saying goodbye to a lot of players for the last time, a bit of the staff, and I’m not an emotional person. Well, I didn’t think I was,” said Giggs.