Branislav Ivanovic: ‘’We couldn’t handle with the pressure’’

The 32 year old Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic has recently spoke out about the current Premier League season which has seen Chelsea going from being the champions of England to dropping dangerously low in the league and are now settled in the middle section of the standings.

Chelsea’s Premier League season has been a rollercoaster ride as they have gone from highs to lows and Branislav Ivanovic has also been a turbulent one.

Branislav Ivanovic has revealed details as to why he believes were one of the main reasons of Chelsea’s inconsistency in this season. The Serbian defender said: ‘’We didn’t know what was going wrong around us. No-one inside the club knew. We finished brilliantly last season. We won the trophy. We knew how difficult it was. Jose told us the hardest season in football is the year after you win because everyone else has extra motivation. We were ready for that, but we didn’t start well and we lost control of our game, of our minds.’’

‘’For me that period of three or four months was one of the most disappointing moments in my career. Player by player, we could not deal with the pressure of what being champions of England means. Your opponents have big motivation and they look at you differently, they start to be scared of you. But when we didn’t win for six or seven games, people realized we were not as strong as last season.’’ (more…)

Claudio Ranieri is certain that the Chinese Super League is a threat to the PL

As each day goes by it seems like the spending power of the Chinese Super League increases as well and this is starting to become evident by the amount of high profile players that have been signed by the Asian clubs of that league.

Ezequiel Lavezzi was signed by Heibei China in a deal where the Argentine player is believed to be earning around £400,000 each week. Alex Teixeira was another fairly well know player that was signed by Jiangsu Suning and Alex Teixeira was a winter target of Liverpool but the Premier League club failed to secure his services as he opted to make a move to the Asian club instead of Anfield and Leicester City’ Claudio Ranieri believes that things of this nature will continue to happen if the spending power of the Chinese Super League continues to grow and this can pose as a huge problem for the Premier League

“In three to five years, all the movement will be in China. China want to overtake the Premier League. It is important to spend money to bring the best players, but there is a big threat because China start to buy young and fantastic players.” Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri said as he voiced his thoughts concerning the recent growth of the Chinese Super League. (more…)

Arsenal needs MesutOzil to win the Premier League

MesutOzil continues to gather the spotlight of the media as the German midfielder is one of the main driving forces behind Arsenal’s rise to the top of the Premier League. This was especially evident during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City. Ozil provided the assists for both of the goals that his teammates scored.

The German player is going through such an impressive season that he is on course of breaking the current Premier League assist record which is being held by Thierry Henry.

Henry is the current record holder for most assists in a single season after providing 20 assists back when he was performing for Arsenal but if MesutOzil continues his form then a new record will be set.

There still are more than 20 games left in this season of the Premier League which is plenty of time for MesutOzil to mark his name in the history books of the English League.

Arsene Wenger took the chance to praise the work that his £42.4 million signing has been making in this season and the French manager labeled Ozil as an: ‘’absolutely unbelievable player’’ (more…)

Yaya Toure wants Africa to invest in it’s youth, agriculture and education

Besides being one of the star players of Manchester City, Yaya Toure also plays a big role for the United Nations Environment as he became a goodwill ambassador back in 2013. The Ivorian midfielder believes that the youth in Africa can be the driving force behind the nation but in order to accomplish that, they need to have a clan and well-structured body and mind.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is certain that by investing in today’s generation it will create a wave of positive effects that can help eliminate hunger and poverty but in order for the youth of modern days to develop their full potential they need to have the support by the rest of the world as progress can’t be done in an isolated manner, it needs to be fulfilled with the aid of people from all around the globe.

The Ivorian midfielder of Manchester City, Yaya Toure recently talked during a summit of the United Nations and said: ‘’Right now, millions of campaigners are demanding that all the nations of the world reach a global agreement in Addis Ababa. They are demanding that the very poorest, those living on less than $1.25 a day, should be able to access basic services, like education, food and healthcare. (more…)

Wenger has confidently stated that winning the title remains the target for Arsenal

Wenger has confidently stated that winning the title remains the target for Arsenal going into the new Premier League season.

He says that the gunners will no longer be contenders for the top four alone. For the last decade, Arsenal have been merely top four contenders and have even been faced with the threat of Tottenham and Liverpool overtaking them for this position. The considerable decline made by the team has been reversed by the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. These players have helped Arsenal win back-to-back FA Cup titles.

Armed with the experience of having won trophies, Arsenal’s young guns will be hoping to put up much more than a hopeful challenge in coming years according to Wenger. The Frenchman’s future at the club was on the ropes just 12 months ago. However, he has once again made Arsenal as record holders in terms of FA Cup titles. After having lost won the league title in an unbeaten fashion, Wenger will be hoping for a similar run. Former club legend Thierry Henry, though, believes that the club are still a few signings away from becoming a top player in the league. (more…)

Theo Walcott says that Arsenal now have the ability to start challenging for the Premier League title

England midfielder Theo Walcott says that Arsenal now have the ability to start challenging for the Premier League title. The Arsenal winger was speaking after his goals helped the club win a second consecutive FA Cup. The gunners became the first club in almost a decade to win the FA Cup final by more than a single goal margin. Walcott opened the scoring with a fine effort in the first half before the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Per Mertesacker made the game comfortable for Arsenal against Aston Villa. This is the second FA Cup success in two years for Arsenal and one that makes them record holders of the title.

During the club’s illustrious history, Arsenal have now won 12 FA cups that is more than any other club in the English league. After having achieved two successful glories, Walcott says that it is now time that the club targeted winning the league title. Arsenal have not been crowned as the English champions since the 2003/04 campaign when they went through the whole season without a defeat. Towards the end of the 2014-15 season, Arsenal showed the kind of form that would have seen them win the title had they maintained it throughout the campaign. Consistency should be improved and Walcott is targeting more signings to achieve it. (more…)

Lukas Podolski the German attacker has not scored a single goal

In the 10 appearances that Lukas Podolski has made for the Italian side Inter Milan, the German attacker has not scored a single goal as he still continues to struggle goals despite making a move to Italy in order to have a fresh start for the remainder of the season.

After failing to score goals and have any kind of impact in Arsenal, Podolski was released to Inter Milan in a loan deal that will end when this season concludes which is only around 2 months away before finalizing.

Podolski’s performances in his new club, Inter Milan have been so underwhelming and disappointing that he was named as one of the worst signings that were made in the January transfer window.

The agent of Podolski is Ali Pektasand when he was asked about the future of his client as to what will happen with Podolski when his time in Inter Milan finalizes, Pektas responded by saying that anything can happen.

Pektas said: “Anything could happen. Last summer he could have moved to Galatasaray, but it never materialized. Every summer Lukas and I go on holiday to Turkey. (more…)