After having a highly productive 2012/13 season where he had many outstanding performances in key matches and scored or assisted key goals the 25-year-old has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season since the self-proclaimed Special One returned for his second managerial spell at Stamford Bridge.
During Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Southampton the Spaniard was substituted in the 53rd minute and had an angry reaction on the bench by throwing his arms in the air and pointing to the sidelines where Jose was. Mourihno has quickly jumped to defuse the situation by claiming Mata reacted that way due to the score being 0-0. I highly doubt that was the reason of Mata’s actions, nice try Jose.
With the 2014 World Cup which will be played in Brazil coming up in the summer making the national team will be high priority for the Spaniard and with very limited playing time with the Blues he must feels that his chances of making the team is dwindling. A move away from Stamford Bridge will be best for the player if he wants to fulfill his dreams of making it to the 2014 World Cup and get some much needed playing time.
Regarding Mata’s future the Chelsea boss said:
“I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open,” the Chelsea manager said. “The club’s door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them. If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don’t want to.”
The defending UEFA Champions League Champions proved too much for City at the Etihad Stadium. It took the Bavarians seven minutes to open the scoring much to the demise of Joe Hart. Frank Ribery’s effort was powerful enough to beat the England international at his near post much to the demise of his teammates and the home support.
Thomas Muller extended the lead for Bayern ten minutes into the second half. Four minutes later and Arjen Robben was at it as he got a goal of his own beating Hart at his near post, once again the England international was at fault for another Bayern Goal.
Munich was showing their difference in class to the Citizens who were surely fearing that the scoreline could get a lot worse. Pep Guardiola’s men were in rampant fashion as they were clearly dominating the match with 66% of the possession. The tie ened 3-1 in favor of Guardiola’s men with Alvaro Negredo scoring a consolation in the 79th minute after entering the match as a substitute with a curling shot beating Manuel Neuer. The match wasn’t a complete success for Munich as Jerome Boateng was sent off for fouling and denying Yaya Toure a clear goal scoring opportunity. City couldn’t capitalize on the free-kick but came close enough as the resulting kick by David Silva struck the crossbar.
Pellegrini’s men will look to pull themselves together after a disappointing showing when they come up against undefeated Everton over the weekend in the English Premier League.
The nation of Spain are European Champions, Under 21 Champions and World Champions but Olympic Gold will not be added to the list of achievements. La Roja were eliminated from the competition after suffering a second consecutive 1-0 defeat, this time in the hands of Honduras. A 7th minute Jerry Bengtson header was enough to grab a surprise victory for his country while eliminating favorites Spain from the competition at St. James’ Park.
Spain had their chances in the match as they struck the post on three occasions, the Hondurans could’ve ended the match six minutes into the second half as Espinoza saw a headed chance came off the bar. The Hondurans had to fight a huge battle in the second half after an onslaught of attacks by the Spaniards, they fought well and managed to hold on to secure a historic victory and advance into the next phase of the tournament.
The loss leave the Spaniards bottom of Group D with zero points and zero goals scored thus far. Their final match of the competition will see them come up against feloow Group D strugglers Morocco, August 1st at Old Trafford, the home of 19 time English Champions Manchester United and club of goalkeeper David De Gea.
Chelsea captain John Terry appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his racial abuse case started. The former England skipper was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a match on October 23rd, 2011. Terry and Ferdinand got into a heated argument and words were exchanged, during this argument Ferdinand allegedly taunted Terry about his affair with the Chelsea captain’s former teammate Wayne Bridges wife in which the skipper responded by racially abusing Ferdinand.
The prosecution was opened by David Penny who said: “The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s membership or presumed membership of a racial group.”
“The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate’s wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.”
During the case the Chelsea skipper was shown video footage of his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand. This case is expected by some fans to be a long one where the Chelsea captain could wrongly walk away with just a slap on the wrist even though he deserves more than that. Racism is something that FIFA has been fighting to get rid of from football and behavior like this by the former England captain is highly unacceptable.
“The Crown’s case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and they were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation.”
Over the years football governing body FIFA have been under pressure to intro due goal-line technology in football. At first fans were skeptical about the introduction of technology in football amidst fears it will slow down the match, some said it will take away some the excitement missed calls sometimes bring to a match.
In a recent meeting held in Zurich the technology was finally approved and will be done by using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef. This decision came was given the green light by the IFAB after passing a series of tests set out by FIFA.
Jerome Valcke (FIFA General Secretary) said they intend on introducing goal-line technology in December for the Club World Cup in which will be held in Japan, the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Over the years there have been many instances of goals being scored but were not allowed as the referee or his linesmen failed to see it. A few notable instances were Manchester United v Tottenham (Premier League 2005), England v Germany (World Cup 2010), Ukraine v England (Euro 2012).
The English FA haven been lobbying for this decision for many years and they have welcomed this news with opened arms.
“We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”
Real Madrid won it’s 32nd Spanish league title and their first in four season after a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on last night. The win leaves Los Blancos seven points clear of their biggest rivals FC Barcelona with two games remaining.
Goals from Gonxalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil and a 44th goal of the La Liga season for their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since winning the title in 2008 Madridistas had to endure watching their rivals Barcelona lift the La Liga title. The players, coaches and fans celebrated their triumph in traditional fashion at Cibeles fountain and will continue their celebrations at the Granada over the weekend.
“I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like.
“Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They’ve been winning to the very last day.
“They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title.”- Jose Mourihno
Despite winning his first La Liga title Mourihno knows his club cannot lose focus as next season they’ll have to fight even harder next season if they are to retain their title.
“We have to celebrate this championship, we have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign.
It was a tough ans strenuous season for Jose Mourihno and his men and they deservedly won the title that not even their biggest rivals should envy.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today said his Gunners needed to buy a new striker, hours later the Gunners announced the signing of FC Koln striker and German international Luka Podolski. The German club risked losing their prized asset for nothing next summer as his contract was set to expire.
On his move to Arsenal the new Gunner said:
“The move to Arsenal gives me the opportunity to play at international level in a top European club,” Podolski told Cologne’s official website.
“I chose not to leave FC, but for this great opportunity in my sporting career.
“The decision for this step is not easy for me because FC Koln, the city and the fans are very special for me. I’ll wear the FC always in my heart. We must now concentrate all the forces together and focus exclusively on the league.”
On the signing of Podolski Arsene Wenger said:
“We are delighted to secure the deal for Lukas and see him as an important part of our future,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.”