Being praised by a former club legend or an opposition manager is one thing, however, it is a completely different thing when your fiercest rivals start lauding your performances. Something similar happened last night as Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed Barcelona, following the club’s 0-8 win over Cordoba. It was a display of exhibition football from the Catalans for whom Luis Suarez scored a hattrick while talisman Lionel Messi bagged a brace. With that win, Barca remain two points clear of the reigning European champions who also won their match later in the evening. However, Madrid’s performance wasn’t nearly as impressive as their fierce rivals’ as they could only manage a 2-3 win with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring all three goals. Talking after the game, Ancelotti was asked about what he thought about Barca and whether his team will be able to get enough points to be champions at the end of the season. “Barcelona are a brilliant team, their […]

As Manchester United stumbled to a third successive defeat, manager Louis van Gaal cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of a match where his side had as much as 80 percent possession. While United have dominated possession in all of their last three games, they haven’t been able to carve out many opportunities. Saturday’s game was once again familiar, especially until the first half as the home side failed to create many chances. In the second, however, a couple of tactical changes from Van Gaal helped United’s cause as the team started to look more dangerous as Robin van Persie moved to a deeper role and Marouane Fellaini played as the target man. Nevertheless, that progress was haulted soon after as West Brom got a lucky break with a deflected freekick that went into De Gea’s net. The Dutchman’s troops responded well to going down and won a penalty in the 72nd minute. With his premier striker behind the […]

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cut a disappointed figure following his team’s surprising 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, making it two defeats in a row for the Red Devils. The 20-time champions, who had won six on the trot prior to last week’s 1-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, failed to make too many chances despite enjoying 65 percent possession. Not only did Van Gaal’s side lack the cutting edge in the final third, they also lacked intensity – something the Dutchman admitted. “Everton had more aggression and motivation than us and that is the first time I have seen that this year, so I was very disappointed by half-time,” van Gaal told MUTV. “We could not restore [the scores] because Everton defended very well and played on the counter attack. Then it is always difficult.” The 63-year-old was forced to take Marouane Fellaini out of the match at half-time as the Belgian […]

Following their shocking defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday, Liverpool are set to end yet another season without a trophy. Manager Brendan Rodgers, who just missed out on the Manager of the Year award last season, is under severe pressure after dropping down the Premier League table and stumbling at the most important of moments. After guiding Liverpool to second place last season, Rodgers was hailed as the next ‘great’ British manager as his Reds team played some breathtaking football. Bringing the best out of talents such as Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge while reinventing Raheem Sterling. All three, along with talismanic captain Steven Gerrard, were exceptional last season and came within whiskers of winning the Premier League for the first time since 1990. However, his biggest weapon was getting the best out of his one true world class player – Luis Suarez who looked set to leave last year itself. Nevertheless, all those things have been […]

Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane has declared that his club may make a move for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard in the summer and have been “keeping an eye” on the Belgian. Madrid are famous for making a move for the best players in the Premier League having bought Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for record transfers in recent years. Club president Florentino Perez’ famed galactic policy has seen the likes of David Beckham, Luka Modric, Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy also join the 10-time European champions in the past. While Ronaldo continues to perform superbly for Los Blancos, the Portuguese isn’t getting any younger. The natural replacement for the 30-year-old seems to be Hazard who has set the Premier League alight this season. In all, the 24-year-old has scored an impressive 18 goals this campaign and has made 10 assists on top of it. He has also been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year – an […]

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United team may be riding high on form and results at the moment, but as far as the Dutchman is concerned, the team is far from complete. Van Gaal and United went on a £150m spending spree last summer, with the help of which, they have been able lift themselves into third place in the Premier League after finished seventh the previous season. That transfer policy is set to stay this year, as United eye their first Premier League title in three years. One of United’s main targets in the summer is likely going to be PSV winger Memphis Depay. Depay, who was coached by Van Gaal at the World Cup in 2014, has been sensational in the Eredivisie and is reportedly a target for a host of top European clubs, including Paris Saint Germain and United. His 20 goals in the league is the highest total of any player this season and has fired Eindhoven […]

In a stunning performance at Old Trafford on wet Sunday afternoon, Manchester United came from a goal down to overthrow champions and fierce rivals Manchester City, registering a thumping 4-2 win. While United did go into the contest as the form team after winning five on the bounce, but their recent record in the Manchester derby was a definite question-mark. The Old Trafford outfit had lost the last four derbies and had failed to win at home in four years. Nevertheless, the United players showed immense belief and courage as they outclassed City, with Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling the scorers. Others including Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney also had good games, but who really was the stand out performer of the game? Let’s find out.. Manchester United David de Gea – 6.5 Helpless for both the goals that his side conceded, De Gea didn’t have an awful lot to do in the game. The Spaniard, […]

A glorious performance on Sunday afternoon credited Manchester United with a superb win over local rivals Manchester City as home side came from a goal down to register a 4-2 win at Old Trafford. United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, who has come under severe media scrutiny over his first season at the club, was delighted with his side’s performance and, as always, had the utmost belief in his players. It was the Red Devils’ first win over City in five attempts as they ended a run of four straight defeats against the “noisy neighbors”. Earlier in the season, a ten-man United had gone down 1-0 to City at the Etihad Stadium. The win also puts United firmly in-charge of their destiny when it comes to a Champions League berth next season. But, Van Gaal feels United should be doing better than that. “We are now four points ahead of City for third place and that is very important,” Van […]

With his team on a five-game winning run, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was beaming with confidence ahead of his side’s clash with cross town rivals Manchester City on Sunday. In his weekly press conference, the Dutchman said that he was looking forward to the game on Sunday and was “dreaming” of beating Champions City. “Of course I dream of it, that is not the problem,” said Van Gaal. “Every player dreams of victory. I have to think with my staff and my players, already a lot of days, how we have to beat City. “You are sitting in that process to win your next opponent. Of course, you want to win. It is a big step in the table also. “When you win, the third place is reachable, and a month ago nobody thinking about that, besides me, of course. “That is good, because then you are certainly in the Champions League and then we do it better […]