Marco Materazzi, coach of Chenniyin FC is positive about his team putting up a great performance against Atletico de Kolkata, presently the team leading the league table. The match is scheduled to be held on Tuesday. The players of Chenniyin FC failed to practice enough due to rain but the coach isn’t worried about the team’s performance at all.
Materazzi said in a press conference that their sheer determination will help them win the match against Kolkata. Regarding his plans for the match against Kolkata, Materazzi said that their strategy will be the same as it was in the match against Mumbai FC. Materazzi considers Kolkata to be a strong team.
Some major players of Atletico de Kolkata will not be able to play in the match against Chenniyin FC but Coach Materazzi doesn’t consider that it’ll give them an edge over their opponent. Louis Garcia, Captain of Atletico de Kolkata is hopeful that his team will be able to win.
According to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had it not been for some poor calls made by the management, Barcelona would have been able to clinch the European Cup title in 2010.
Barcelona had taken on Inter Milan in the Round of 4 back then and had lost by 2-3 on aggregate.
Ibrahimovic had started for Barcelona in the home leg of that tie, but, to the surprise of some people, he got substituted with about half an hour to go.
In his most recent interview, Ibrahimovic hinted that the decision of the then Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to take him off did not amuse him.
In the words of the Sweden international, “I don’t think any team was better than us at that point of time, but, we couldn’t become the Champions in Europe due to some bad calls of the people in charge.”
The manager of Paris Saint-Germain, Laurent Blanc, didn’t make any statement regarding Angel Di Maria’s deal last weekend.
Di Maria is a Real Madrid player at the moment. He has been at Bernabeu for the past 4 years, but, it seems that his time in Spain is up now.
If the reports are to be believed, the Los Blancos have accepted the bid placed by PSG and the announcement of the transfer of the Argentina international to France is just a matter of time now.
Blanc, however, was not in a mood to disclose anything while taking to the reporters the other day.
When asked about Di Maria being linked to the French club, Blanc said, “I have nothing to say in that regard. You guys can keep speculating.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic endured an injury on his right thigh during the first leg of the Champions League when PSG faced off against Chelsea as they played on April 2nd.
PSG kicked off the quarter-finals stages of the Champions League by claiming a 3-1 triumph but things turned to the worse when Ibrahimovic had to be sent off of the pitch and had to be sidelined for around a month.
Edinson Cavani has always wanted to standout of the shadows of Zlatan and the 2nd leg of the Champions League was the chance that he craved for so long but unfortunately for the Uruguayan forward, he failed to make any kind of impact as Chelsea made a comeback by scoring 2 goals which was just enough for them to advance into the semifinals.
The Swedish giant is expected to make his return to the pitch in 1 week giving him the chance to perform for PSG in at least one more league match before the season concludes.
The only new arrival that PSG had in January was Johan Cabaye. The French midfielder completed his move to the French side only a few hours after stating his desire to leave Newcastle United and wanting a switch.
A transfer fee of €19 million is believed to have been agreed for Cabaye who stated that he wanted to join a club that is able to win trophies and PSG is at the top of the French league and are favorites on winning the title league with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the way for them.
Following the conclusion of the deal, Alan Pardew said that he has plans on replacing Cabaye with someone who can fill in the spot left by the French midfielder.
"We'd need to bring someone in for sure. You can't lose a player of that quality and not replace him. Am I confident of keeping him? No, I'm not. I don't think any team not in a Champions' League position would be’’.
The Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic who not too long ago said that he should not be compared to mere mortals and instead should be compared to gods like Zeus or Thor insisted in stating that a move to Celtic would be a great way to end his career but he is happy playing in France with PSG.
"Celtic is a club with a big tradition and a place any top player would want to end their career.
"How could I say I wouldn't want to play for those fans every week? Henrik was good enough to play for any team in Europe. But after playing at Celtic Park it is easy to understand why he chose to stay there for so long.
"No player would ever want to leave playing in the stadium for those fans. It's a beautiful condition to play in. I have played in the biggest games in world football. But I have never experienced an atmosphere like I did at Celtic Park."
Sweden will face Portugal in the World Cup qualifying playoff. The two legs of the clash will take place on 15th and 19th of the next month. Portugal will be hosting the first leg, while, the return leg will be organized in Sweden.
It’s going to be one hell of a contest. Both the teams have got some tremendous players and both have a fair chance of making it to the finals.
Whenever these two teams have faced each other in the recent times, the spectators have got to see football of high standard and they can expect the same in these two upcoming games as well.
Talking to the reporters after the announcement of playoff draws, the Sweden manager Erik Hamren said, “Portugal has got an impact player like Cristiano who can change the complexion of the match at any stage, but, I am happy that we have got a similar sort of player as well. However, it’s not about individuals. We will have to play well collectively to get better of Portugal.”
Paris Saint Germain forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he had brief talks with former club manager Carlo Ancelotti over the summer.
The Swedish international striker played under the Italian manager last season and won the Ligue 1 title before he left the club to take over the reins at Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, the former Barcelona striker didn’t mention talks over any imminent move to the Spanish giants and admitted to talking to Ancelotti only about some minor details. Reports have suggested that the Swedish striker has already fallen out with the club’s new manager Laurent Blanc over the summer signing of new striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli.
Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been one of the much travelled players in the last few decades. However, his travels have led him to top clubs across Europe, while he is one of the few could have won league titles in more than five different countries.
Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Ajax, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona, and PSG in an illustrious career. He is right now playing for the French club PSG after making a £ 20 million move from AC Milan just over a year ago. In his first season at the club, he guided them to their first league title in 19 years.
The striker of Paris Saint-Germain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he doesn’t want the manager Carlo Ancelotti to leave the club at the end of this season.
PSG has performed brilliantly under the guidance of Ancelotti in the ongoing season. They have won the Ligue 1 title after 18 long years.
There have been a few reports that Ancelotti might be leaving PSG at the end of this season. He is believed to be linked with the Spanish club Real Madrid.
When asked about that, Ibrahimovic said, “Carlo is a great manager and he has played a major role in team’s success this season. Everybody in the camp including me respects him a lot. We don’t want him to leave the club.”
“Personally, I have learnt a lot from Carlo. I have learnt how to remain calm even when things are not going your way.”