Cristiano Ronaldo Slams Exaggerated And Ridiculous Ban

The Real Madrid joy at securing the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday was tempered slightly by the confirmation Cristiano Ronaldo’s five match suspension had been upheld.

Ronaldo, sent off for collecting two yellow cards in Sunday’s Clásico victory at Barcelona, feels he’s being persecuted and unfairly treated.

His disappointment at collecting a second yellow card at the Nou Camp was evident and it saw him shove Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the back – a reaction that isn’t acceptable but was it really worthy of such a suspension?

Not in the eyes of Ronaldo, forced to sit out the 2-0 Spanish Super Cup second leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu, which secured a 5-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona, as the Portuguese international feels the ban was ‘exaggerated and ridiculous.’

He took to Instagram to share his grievance.

Ronaldo said: ‘Impossible to stay quiet with the situation. Five games! It seems to me exaggerated and ridiculous. This is called persecution. Thanks to my team-mates for the support.’

With his suspension upheld, as a Spanish football federation (RFEF) committee dismissed an appeal, Ronaldo will, having obviously sat out Clásico on Wednesday, miss La Liga meetings with Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.

3 reasons why Real Madrid may fail to win the league this season

The title of this slider might baffle a lot of people, especially after the mauling the Catalans received at the hands of the Los Blancos in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. But things can happen; things that are not expected by the masses.

For example, when the Galacticos won the Champions League in 2014 and the Rojiblancos the league title that very season, nobody expected Barcelona to win much in the following seasons. However, the very next season, the Catalans won the treble, against the expectations of many.

So, we can never really rule out the unexpected and here are three reasons why Real Madrid may fail to win the league this season…

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Too many cooks

Of course, you must have heard the saying, “too many cooks spoil the broth.” This might happen at Madrid. Although Zinedine Zidane has managed his squad extremely well, there are just too many players in midfield.

The likes of Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos – both stars of their previous teams last season – couldn’t even find a place on the bench against Manchester United in the European Super Cup final. At some point in the season, the players might feel frustrated at the lack of chances which could result in a disharmonious dressing room.

However, if Zidane takes his rotation policy to the next level and starts shuffling his players often, another problem could arise: the playing system could lose balance. This too could result in a disastrous end for the Blancos, who are expected to dominate world football for the next few seasons.

 

#2 Poor attack

While there might be a lot of players for Madrid in midfield, what can’t be denied is the lack of quality forwards in the side. Cristiano Ronaldo remains the only consistent attacker in the team. Both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have not been at their best and are yet to open their account this season despite playing in three pre-season and two official games.

Alvaro Morata scored 20 goals for the Galactico side last term, but he is no longer at the club. Meanwhile, the onus on Marco Asensio to score has increased, but we can’t really expect a midfielder to replace the 20 goals that the Chelsea forward scored last season.

The only other forward in the team is Borja Mayoral, but the 20-year-old doesn’t look good enough to make the step up just yet. For all the talent that he might have, the fact is that he had a poor loan outing at Wolfsburg last term and it would be a risk to rely on him as the backup striker.

 

 

#1 Overconfidence

When a team looks as strong and plays as well as Real Madrid are right now, they are always prone to taking things for granted. This is something that happened with Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid. The Italian’s team were a brutally efficient machine that knew nothing other than winning.

The Blancos went on a 22-match winning streak under the tutelage of the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, but things went awry after a while. The tactician played a very fluid system that didn’t have any holding players in midfield and he had to pay for it in the end.

Real’s winning run made it seem like they didn’t require a defensive player at the centre of the park, but in the end, it cost the former Juventus manager his job. Zidane has created a similarly ruthless team that are yet to lose an official game after last season’s Clasico defeat at the hands of Barca.

So there is always a chance that the club fall prey to the fangs of overconfidence.

 

Arsenal vs Leicester City LIVE build up ahead of Premier League opener at the Emirates

So we’re back again!

The Premier League returns with Arsenal hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger saw his enviable top four record come grinding to a halt last term, as amid an increased Wenger Out presence the Gunners finished fifth – missing out on Champions League football.

But after landing the FA Cup, breaking the club’s transfer record to land Alexandre Lacazette, and seeing off Chelsea on penalties in the Community Shield, there is renewed optimism in north London.

Tonight they host Craig Shakespeare’s Foxes, who after shocking the world in 2015-16 finished mid-table last season; they’ll have been happy with that after looking like relegation candidates in the first half of the campaign.

Riyad Mahrez is still there (for now) despite being linked elsewhere. Will he feature against potential suitors?

Follow all the build-up to tonight’s game right here..

Barca pull out of race for €40m Arsenal, PSG target

Barcelona are pulling out of the race to sign Jean-Michael Seri of Nice, according to Mundo Deportivo. 

The Arsenal and PSG target has been in demand since he helped the Eagles make third place in Ligue 1 last season.

Mundo Deportivo write that many this leaves the road clear for Paris Saint-Germain, who are still looking for players in the middle of the park.

Nice have ramped up the prices just like many other clubs, because Barcelona are flush after selling Neymar for €222 million.

This may explain why Liverpool have rejected repeated offers for Philippe Coutinho.

Seri is a strong central midfielder respected for his vision and passing range, and scored seven goals and nine assists in Ligue 1 last season.

Seri was seen as an alternative to Marco Verratti, who was strongly linked to the Blaugrana earlier this summer, even being rumoured to have met Lionel Messi in Spain to discuss a possible move.

Arsenal vs Leicester City August 12 2017

A game between Arsenal against Leicester City Will be held This August 12 2017

Which among the two teams would be victorious,

 

Arsenal

An impressive run of 20 successive top 4 finishes in English Premier League came to an end last season as the Gunners ended the campaign in fifth place, thus missing out on this year’s Champions League. And with key men Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil having entered the final year of their respective contracts, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t have a lot of time to persuade the duo to stay and try to get the team back where they belong. The Gunners have so far brought in only Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, and even though they managed to pip Chelsea to the Community Shield trophy, Arsenal don’t seem to be good enough to challenge for the Premiership trophy this season. Arsene Wenger’s charges could face a tough task in their opening fixture against new-look Leicester City, especially given the fact that Alexis Sanchez is still struggling for fitness, as are few more first team footballers. Arsenal kicked off the previous campaign with a 4-3 home loss to Liverpool and we are not convinced they have what it takes to see off the Foxes this time out.

Team

Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Shkodran Mustafi are unlikely to start as they lack match fitness, whereas Laurent Koscielny is banned.

Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Gabriel Paulista, Francis Coquelin and Per Mertesacker are all rated doubtful for the Leicester City clash.

 

 

 

Leicester City

These past few years have been an amazing rollercoaster ride for the King Power outfit, who went from relegation dogfight to winning the Premier League and back faster than anyone could imagine. It was Craig Shakespeare who ultimately saved the Foxes from the drop, so no wonder he was allowed to continue his job. The good news is that there have been no major departures so far this summer, although Riyad Mahrez is reportedly available for sale. Meanwhile, Leicester City did a good job signing Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire, while Matty James returned to the club following a successful loan spell with Barnsley. The Foxes failed to impress in pre-season, suffering defeats to Wolves and Burton, while sharing spoils with MK Dons and defeating Luton Town, but the 2-1 triumph over very good Borussia M’gladbach side in the final warm-up game can give them confidence heading into the Arsenal game. It has to be noted though that Leicester City lost six successive away games against the Gunners

Team

Summer recruit Kelechi Iheanacho is unlikely to start after picking up a knock, while Riyad Mahrez will probably be left on the bench as he nears a summer exit.

Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater miss out through injury, whereas Islam Slimani faces a fitness test ahead of the Arsenal game.

 

 

Prediction:

With so many important players either sidelined or struggling for match fitness, we have reason to believe Arsenal will not be able to defeat very good Leicester City side, who are eager to improve on last season’s performance.

 

 

 

Barcelona Must Not be Blinded by Neymar as the New Season Draws Near

“Next year it’s going to be even more difficult and we are going to have to work very hard to be able to win once again.” The confetti had barely settled on Madrid’s Champions League victory before Zinedine Zidane turned his attention to the next campaign. Relentless winners have a habit of always looking for the next title.

Real Madrid will be strong again in the 17/18 season as they seek to retain the league title for the first time since 1990. They have introduced Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernández into the squad and also kept hold of Cristiano Ronaldo despite an “irreversible” decision to leave Madrid at the beginning of the summer.

Ronaldo was never really likely to leave and Barcelona fans can be forgiven for thinking it would be a similar case with Neymar. But as the days passed, the chances of his world record transfer to PSG changed from impossible to improbable to inevitable.

Any chance of a quiet, organised summer for Barça was blown out of the water as they once again hit the world press. Only this time it was them that was having one of their prized assets ripped away from them. They failed to land Marco Veratti and as of yet have made no real progress in the market.

While the uncertainty of life after Neymar continues, the Liga season draws closer and closer. Barcelona’s league opener is just ten days away and there can be no room for error. Unlike other leagues where title contenders will drop a series of points throughout the season, Barça and Madrid simply don’t. One point dropped in La Liga may as well be three in another division. Right now, no one is entirely sure how Barcelona will line up when Real Betis arrive at the Camp Nou.

“You do not have to look behind but at what is in front, which is a lot.” – Ernesto Valverde

“A lot” is an apt way of describing the mountain of challenges facing Valverde in his first season. The new coach must set about repairing the damage of last season’s poor outing. A solitary Copa win is not good enough for Barça especially after an era of dominance. Perhaps the only thing worse for Barça fans was that while they faltered, Madrid excelled. Valverde needs to have a positive start in order to get fans and the world thinking Barça are back to their best.

If Valverde had any unlikely thoughts that life at Barça would be easy, then a summer consisting of failing to land your major targets whilst also losing your second best asset to a European rival is a stark wake up call.

As the new campaign edges closer from the horizon, Barcelona are still scrambling for a Neymar replacement. Clubs know Barça have the money and are now adding a Neymar-money tax to any player valuation. Liverpool, Juventus and others are now not willing to accept anything less than €100 million for their players and this is making Barça’s task all the more difficult.

While the transfer uncertainty continues, Valverde has the difficult task of ignoring it all and focusing on readying his players for the new season. He needs to teach them how he wants them to play and the drama of the Neymar saga will have had a detrimental effect on his ability to do that.

In 10days time, Barcelona will take to the field for the first time in the 17/18 Liga season and they need to be at 100% if they want to beat an in-form Madrid.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale tells Luka Modric: I am ready to sign for Man Utd

REAL MADRID star Gareth Bale has confided in team-mate Luka Modric and told him that he is ready to seal a return to the Premier League with Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Manchester United are targeting a winger this month as Jose Mourinho aims to turn them into champions of England for the first time in five years.

The Red Devils have already completed deals for the likes of Victor Lindelof, Lukaku and Nemanja – but Mourinho has admitted he still wants one more signing.

Bale has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and his Real Madrid future is up in the air given their pursuit of Monaco hitman Mbappe.

 

Gareth bale has told Modric he wants to leave real Madrid for Manchester united

However, Spanish outlet Don Balon suggest bale has told Modric that he is ready to accept an offer from Mourinho’s side.

The former Tottenham star is supposedly resigned to leaving los blancos should mbappe

Arrive, knowing that manager Zidane is unlikely to part with Ronaldo or Benzema.

 

It is said he told Modric, one of his only friends in the dressing room, that he is hellbent on quitting the Bernabeu with Old Trafford his favoured destination.

Speaking last month, Mourinho quelled talk of landing Bale by saying such a transfer deal was ‘impossible.’

 

You have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things,” he said.

“I think it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge, the situation, he’s in a club in a very good situation now.

“I never felt a desire from him to leave, so why lose time and energy on that? No.”

Bale has won every trophy on offer during his four-year stint in Spain, and is likely to cost United a fee of around £90million.