WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 1st MAY 2015
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DEBAYAN BHATTACHARYYA : Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu is very happy with the way things going around for the club, as the the team's star studded attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar much expectedly stole the limelight by scoring as many as 102 goals in all competetions this season. Barcelona is currently two points ahead of second placed Real Madrid in La Liga, yet to meet Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the Champions League and are in the final of the Copa del rey. So a Possibility of a famous treble is in sight for the Catalans who failed to pick up any major silverware last season. Bartomeu says that the team has turned around with a new attacking line and under a new coach and he is very much excited to welcome former boss Pep Guardiola back to Camp Nou who has led Barcelona to as many as 14 silverwares in 4 seasons.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was unimpressed about Borussia Dortnmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl's comments about his side failure to convert a single spot-kick in the tie-breaker of the DFB Pokal semi-final at Allianz Arena which subsequently ended the Bavarian's chances of a second straight treble. The match was locked to a 1-1 stalemate after a gripping 120 minutes.
It came down to the nerve-wrecking penalties and frantically the home side missed all their spot kicks. Kehl mocked by advising the Bavarians to 'pratice penalties'. Pep Guardiola did not see the funny side of it and in reply he said that his side were denied two penalty appeals during the course of play and he hits back at Kehl to shut his mouth.
One of the all time greats of the game, Ronaldo Nazario de Lima believes Barcelona and Brazilian Superstar Neymar will surpass his achievements. Neymar has wowed the entire footballing universe since his debut and from there he has climb up the ranks as one of the best player in the world. Neymar this season has scored 32 goals in all competitions partnering alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
With the national team he is all but impressive bagging a staggering 43 goals in 62 matches and he is only 23. Ronaldo is in all praise and said Neymar has a bright future ahead. The Barcelona man currently sits fifth in the country's all time goal scoring chart with the Pele leading the way on 77 goals.
Some of Europe's top teams are in hot pursuit of attaining the signature of Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay. Depay 21, grabbed eyeballs last year with his impressive performance for the Dutch national team at the World Cup. This season he is still on song helping PSV clinch the Dutch Eredevise and topping the goal-scoring chart with 21 goals. According to PSV Sporting director Marcel Brands PSG and Liverpool hold an edge in the race for his signature. He also added Manchester United are also interested and Bayern Munich have stepped out of the race.
Boca Juniors and Uruguay midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro has acknowledged that his nation will thoroughly miss the services of Luis Suarez in the upcoming Copa America. Uruguay will head to Chile without their star striker as he is serving a ban of 9 international competitive international matches following his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in last year's World Cup. His ban includes a maximum 6 matches in this year's Copa America. Lodeiro says his team will have a tough time without him but at the same time he is optimistic that his team will turn around.
Juventus have confirmed that Paul Pogba is set to miss the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid due to a torn thigh. The French international is out of action since mid-march, missing quite a number of matches including the quarter-final legs against AS Monaco and 2-1 defeat to Torino in Seria A few days back. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was optimistic about having him in the first leg, but medical tests showed that he is not yet fit to play.
Javier Hernandez is currently on loan to Real Madrid from Manchester United and while he is not keen to upset anyone back at Old Trafford he lists out some key differences between former United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson and current boss Louis van Gaal. Hernandez says that Ferguson is more liberal like Carlo Ancelotti, who likes to keep in touch with everyone and is always relaxed, unlike van Gaal who is very strict on discipline, very rigid in nature.
The rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger heats up as the Arsenal boss urges Jose Mourinho to 'improve his respect' towards him and on the other hand Mourinho responded to ' boring, boring Chelsea' taunts from Arsenal fans by mocking them to wait for the title and Wenger was unimpressed
24 year old Belgian defender Gregory Mertens passed away yesterday. The Sporting Lokeren centre-half suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday while playing against KRC Genk. After being stretchered off the pitch he was in a state of induced coma before declaring him dead..................Manchester United prepare 100 million bid for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. Louis van Gaal will be given 100 million to spend if the Wales international decides to leave the Spanish giants this summer.