Philippe Senderos has become the forgotten man at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have finally decided to make a decision on his future. They have agreed to end his contract under the mutual consent. This has allowed the former Fulham defender to join Switzerland outfit Grasshoppers. The 30-year-old has immense experience of playing in the Premier League. He represented in this team like Arsenal, Everton, and Fulham before joining Villa in 2014. However, his time at the club has coincided with a huge turmoil in terms of form. Former manager Paul Lambert was unable to prevent the slide down the table.
Hence, he was constantly changing the team in the hope of finding a winning combination. Even though he had joined the club only a few months ago, Senderos found himself out of favour from November 2014. He has not played for the club since then. Just when it seemed that the Switzerland international would see out his contract at Villa Park, the club has announced his departure. His return to Switzerland will help him claim his place in the national team. Since making his debut in 2005, Senderos has gone on to make more than 50 appearances for the national team. Continue reading “Philippe Senderos has become the forgotten man at Villa Park”
Rafael Benitez has dismissed suggestions that he is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in a game.
The Portuguese superstar began the season in unusual fashion after failing to score in the opening few rounds of la Liga action. He returned to form in the emphatic manner possible by scoring five against Espanyol in a game that finished as a 6-0 win for Madrid. Ever since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo has transformed himself into the undisputed best player in the world. The statistics clearly show that the Portuguese has excelled over any other player on the planet in the last five years.
His goal record has been consistently improving year-on-year, but there is in danger of Ronaldo failing to match his high standards in this current campaign due to the poor start. Benitez, though, explained that everyone knows that Ronaldo is a player who can score 50 goals in a campaign. This undoubtedly brings fear into the opposition. He says that since the Portuguese manages himself extremely well off the pitch, it is easy for him to look elsewhere in the squad to improve. Benitez also spoke about the lack of playing time for striker Jese Rodriguez, who is seen as a brilliant young talent within the Madrid squad. Continue reading “Rafael Benitez has dismissed suggestions that he is obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo”
Things are far from being well at Real Madrid at the moment. The senior players of the club are clearly unhappy with the top brass and they have got their valid reasons for that.
Florentino Perez wants to run Real Madrid his own way and he is extra dominant.
Of course, being the club chairman, he is totally entitled to make his decisions, but, it’s only fitting that while make those decisions, he takes the players’ as well as public’s views into account as well.
Perez seems to listen to himself only. He does not give it a damn if a certain move of his is going to make his players unhappy.
Let’s talk about that Carlo Ancelotti issue. There wasn’t a single person in the Real Madrid squad who wanted the Italian to be handed the axe.
The players even said that in the media too that despite not having as much of success this season as the previous one, Ancelotti still remains the right man to be in charge of Madrid.
But, Perez, as usual, did not pay attention to anyone and Ancelotti had to go. It did not amuse the players at all.
However, this is not the only issue for the players to be at loggerheads with Perez. Continue reading “Things are far from being well at Real Madrid at the moment”
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid suffered yet another disappointing result, but this time it counted a lot after the latest loss against Barcelona put them four points behind the Catalan club in the title race.
Madrid had a six-point advantage at one stage in the season, but poor form in 2015 has seen Barcelona recently take the lead. Madrid absolutely had to avoid a defeat if they were to keep in the hunt for their first league title since 2012. They visited the Camp Nou for the second EL Clasico in the league. After allowing Barcelona to take the lead early on in the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo levelled things with a fine equaliser.
Just when it seemed that Madrid may take the edge in the second half, they threw too many men forward and committed yet another defensive lapse to allow Luis Suarez to score a goal that eventually turned out to be the winner. Their defeat is yet another setback for Ancelotti, whose position at the club has been questioned a lot in recent weeks. Madrid have managed only one win in the last five matches. Apart from losing their league title, the European champions also came very close to being knocked out by Schalke in the Champions League. Continue reading “Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid suffered yet another disappointing result”
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that the Spanish club would not have signed Cristiano Ronaldo had it not been for him. It is widely believed that Calderon was the president who struck the £ 80 million deal to sign Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.
However, he was ousted from the presidency just before the transfer was completed. Ronaldo has since become a major hit at Madrid and the price for signing the Portuguese star has gone to current president Florentino Perez. Calderon reckons that Perez did not fancy signing Ronaldo for this world record transfer fee.
Calderon has recalled the events that could have almost resulted in Ronaldo staying at Manchester United. The 29-year-old recently picked up the European Golden Shoe award, while he is the favorite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
He has almost single- handedly helped the club win the Champions League – the 10th European title for Madrid. Calderon may not have much influence on Madrid these days, but he appears keen on returning back to the presidency. It would be difficult as Madrid have won the European trophy during Perez’ reign. It is likely to give a huge boost to Perez’ bid for the next term.
“When Florentino became president and came to the club, he wanted to break (negotiations). He thought it was very expensive. He knew he was a good player but thought he wasn’t worth that amount of money. That was a problem he had at the beginning with Cristiano, who knew that.
They said ‘we are not selling Cristiano, we don’t want him to go’ which is normal. But the player wanted to leave. We were negotiating for two years. Ferguson is obsessed with Real Madrid, he doesn’t like us very much,” said Calderon. Ronaldo is the top scorer in the Spanish league by some distance.