December 28 of 2014 was a memorable day for the Premier League as all the major clubs in the league sustained a draw.
Manchester City settled with a 2-2 draw against Burnley, Chelsea tied with Southampton while Manchester United sustained a goal-less draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
The draw that Manchester City experienced was especially difficult as they had taken the lead by 2 goals in the first half when facing off with Burnley but the team of Manuel Pellegrini was not able to hold on to their advantage and conceded 2 goals in the 2nd half. This result came a big surprise taking into consideration that Burnley is a club located in the bottom spots of the Premier League and still managed to rescue one point when facing off with the current champions of England, Manchester City.
Even with this unexpected result that Manchester City sustained, Manuel Pellegrini is certain that his team will still be able to catch up to the current leaders of the Premier League, Chelsea.
“Of course it’s a chance to have two points more but we finished the first round with 43 points, a good amount. Just because you play at home you shouldn’t be sure you are going to get the points. I think we have the entire second round to play and we will be the best team.” Manuel Pellegrini said.
Manchester City’s match against Burnley kicked off with David Silva and Fernandinho scoring goals in the first half as Manchester City had control of the match from the first few minutes of the game until the end but they failed on maximizing on all of their control and the time they had with the ball under their control and allowed Burnley to get back into the game as Burnley scored twice through the likes of George Boyd and Ashley Barnes.01.8.15
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Aitor Karanka, who is in charge of Middlesbrough, reckons that Jose Mourinho is better than any other manager in the professional circuit at this point of time.
Karanka also credits Mourinho for his own development as manager. He believes working with the Portuguese for a long period of time helped him a lot.
According to Karanka, Mourinho’s tenure in Spain with Real Madrid was just fabulous. He ended the dominance of Barca in the top division there by building a very organized squad at Santiago Bernabeu.
Karanka was Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid.
In an interview to a Radio channel, the 41-year old was quoted as saying, “Jose is such a pro active manager. I am yet to meet somebody who is a better tactician than him. The way he stopped Barca, it was incredible. They had been winning the title for 6 years and the kind of team they had, they would have extended that run easily, but, Jose did not let it happen. He built a side that not only challenged Barca, but, also became the champion.”
“People loved Jose there at Real Madrid. Everyone had a good relationship with him. You would have heard Iker Casillas saying the other day how much care Jose had for the players.”
When asked about Madrid’s current manager Carlo Ancelotti who has also made a dream start to his tenure at the club by winning the European Cup in his very first season, Karanka said, “Carlo is a fine coach as well and he is also well respected among the players. As far as the Champions League title is concerned, Madrid was always a strong contender for it. They have got great combinations in every department. They’re a class above the other sides.”12.11.14
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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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