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TheBarcelonaboss Luis Enrique is not sure who is going to be his first choice man for standing between the sticks in the upcoming season.
Three different shot stoppers have been tried byBarcelonain the last three pre-season matches and there hasn’t been that much difference between their performances. All have looked decent and this has put Enrique in a little bit of a dilemma.
Talking to the reporters about the goalkeeping department of the team yesterday, Enrique said, “It’s nice to be in a situation of having too many choices as manager. I would like to be in that situation all the time.”
“All three of the goalies that I have got are fantastic. They are highly skilled and it would be very hard to leave a couple of them out. But, I will have to do it. At the moment though, I have no idea who would start in the first match.”
The Spanish manager also said that the players who impress him while training have the best chance of getting playing opportunities.
In the words of Enrique, “You need to show in the training sessions that you deserve to play. If you do that that, you will definitely be considered for matches. A few players obviously miss out because you can only play with 11, but, if you are consistently looking good in training, at some point, you will get to play.”
The fans are hoping that Enrique, in his debut season at Camp Nou, would help Barca regain the status of the Spanish Champions, but, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
There are two other equally matches teams in the Spanish top tier i.e. the reigning Champions Atletico Madrid and their local rivals Real Madrid. So, Enrique has a challenge in front of him, that’s for sure.
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The world’s most important football event for the next four years – the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil (a team humiliated by the German national last night) has ended early for the English players, and the games of the Premier League won’t be on until the middle of August. Now the most exciting sports events to follow are tennis matches and the Tour de France. While female tennis is a very entertaining sport for a short while, cycling is not that fun to watch. So, what should we do in all this spare time?
OK, we could take a vacation. It’s summer after all. We can go to the beach, or in the mountains, or visit some foreign country (preferably with a beach or some mountains). If we are not in the situation (financially or otherwise) to afford such a vacation, we can always find time for some alternatives – playing on a computer for example. Continue reading
Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton has revealed that he is extremely keen on working with new manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was appointed as the replacement for Tim Sherwood. Sherwood lasted just a few months as the manager of Tottenham, as he failed to get the club into the top four of the Premier League. After impressing in his 18 months at Southampton, Pochettino has been brought into improve the fortunes of Spurs. Tottenham have finished in the top four only once in the history of the Premier league and it will be a difficult task to repeat with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal improving.
Despite this, Naughton is confident that Pochettino will be a success at Tottenham and he cannot wait to start under the new management. The players will be getting a first taste of the new manager in the pre-season friendly matches. Spurs will be facing the likes of Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders, and Chicago Fire as they are involved in a pre-season tour of the United States. Naughton says that the players will be trying to understand the style of play that the manager wants to implement at the club. Tottenham are expected to utilise the same high pressing and intense tempo game that has been a feature of Pochettino at his previous clubs.
“When you get a new manager you can’t really get used to playing his style unless it’s in a realistic game situation so that will be one of the main things to get out of the tour. You can really put the style of play that he wants into practise and that’s obviously one of the main things the friendlies are about. Fitness is another big thing that you can get out of these games and also team spirit,” said the Tottenham defender.
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Despite having received interest and offers from Napoli, Inter Milan, PSG and As.Roma as they all have attempted or want to sign either Hugo Lloris or Erik Lamela neither of them will be sold as the new coach of the club Mauricio Pochettino has plans for both players.
Lamela was only able to make 9 league appearances for Tottenham in the previous campaign but Pochettino is determined to place the Argentine into a more influential role atWhite Hart Laneand has no desire of selling him.
Hugo Lloris will be representingFranceduring the 2014 World Cup and the goalkeeper announced that the first goal of himself and his country is to get through the group stages.
“I think the first goal is to go through from the group stage. After that it’s the last 16 and it’s effectively another tournament because you play only one game so it’s very open and anything could happen. But before that we have to be focused on our preparations’’. Hugo Lloris told the club’s official website.
Erik Lamela on the other hand was allowed to train with River Plate for a short period of time before making his return toWhite Hart Laneand train with his teammates for the pre-season training.
It was a pretty devastating debut season for Lamela with Tottenham as he only made a limited number of appearances and had to sustain going through injuries and this was one of the main reasons on why he was rumored to leave the Premier League club but Pochettino stepped it up and shut down all of those rumors.
Pochettino also has his eyes set on a number of players including: Eto’o, Jay Rodriguez and Julian Green.
In what is seen as major dig at Chairman Daniel Levy, Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has said that if he needs any information, he will be contacting his player’s agents. It is understood that the players have told Sherwood that their agents have said that the manager would be sacked in the summer. This confirms reports that Levy has not been entirely happy with Sherwood after the former coach was appointed as the first team manager following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham have been openly looking at other managers like Louis van Gaal for the last few months.
Since learning of such a process, Sherwood has been looking extremely annoyed on the sidelines and during the postmatch press conferences. Sherwood can have little complaints about leaving Tottenham after he has failed to take the club into the top four. Tottenham have actually regressed a lot since the exit of Villas-Boas. The club has suffered heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester city under the regime of Sherwood. He has also fallen out with several star names over the last few months. Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has featured rarely since the appointment of Sherwood.
Meanwhile, Erick Lamela looks set to leave the club just 12 months after his £ 30 million move.
“I am doing this job with a lot of uncertainty around my future. If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they are not treated with the respect that a headmaster is. If I need any information, I am better off asking the players. Sandro obviously has a knowledge of what is going on. I wish I knew. I don’t know if the chairman has spoken to Sandro but obviously somebody has told him,” Sherwood said.
Sandro revealed a few days ago that Sherwood was about to be sacked in the summer.
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