Greece made the UEFA list of European countries moving in an upward shift to the 14th position. This came on the heels of their triumph over HNK Rijeka with a 2-1 score in the UEFA Champions League qualifier first leg. The Greek giants ultimately sent the Croatian club back home with another 1-0 second leg victory.
The Greece Super League champions, who finished six points ahead the runners-up PAOK has earned 200 more points, to reach 25,100 points. This has seen them overtake Switzerland (25,000) who fell to the 15th spot, with Czech Republic maintaining the 13th position with (25,575 points) and Austria in 12th place (25,725).
If Greece manages to get to the 12th position, the Cup Winner would have a place in the Europa League group in the 2018/19 season. It should be noted that the 15th country champion will start in the 2nd qualifying round for the Champions League, while the 14th country will secure its place in the third qualifying round. In addition, if the Champions League and Europa League winners qualify for the group stage through the championships of their countries, then the Greek champion will take part in the play-off games.
In the UEFA rankings, Spain still occupy the first position with 89,355 points, followed by Germany (63,427 points). England is third with 62,248 points. If other clubs from Greece can up their games in order to be able compete with high-flying Olympiacos in the European competitions, this will earn the Greek football more points to attain higher position in the UEFA rankings.
Also, PAOK in the UEFA Europa League qualifier are flying high after the Greece club trashed Ostersunds FK of Sweden 3-1 in their UEFA Europa League qualifier game. The two teams await the second leg on the 24th of this month August which will decide the team that will move to the next stage.
Victor Moses has returned to action for the defending champions of England as Chelsea beat Swansea 1-0. The Nigerian played his first game for the Blues since his injury in the game against Crystal Palace on October 14.
The player, who has been nominated for BBC African Player of the Year award and the CAF African Player of the Year award, came on from the bench as he replaced Davide Zappacosta in the 74th minute at Stamford Bridge.
Continue reading MOSES RETURNS FROM INJURY AS CHELSEA WIN
So far, Tottenham Hotspur have played 13 English Premier League matches and they have collected 24 points which puts them at the 4th spot but this position could change depending on Arsenal’s match as they have to face off with Burnsley and a victory from the squad of Arsene Wenger could see them jumping ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the table.
The English Premier League has a total of 38 matches to be played before a season is concluded and considering that only 13 games have been completed, the 2017-18 is far from over but the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino is starting to get very worried after drawing 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion who are currently without a manager. Continue reading Pochettino Worried after Draw
Jose Mourinho reckons if his tactics in the game against Brighton gets criticized a little bit, he would be fine with it because that criticism would be valid.
Mourinho is one of those managers who are not known to be over attacking, but in the last two Premiership games against Newcastle and Brighton, he has gone against his reputation and has tried quite an attacking formation on the pitch. Continue reading Tactic Troubles
Antonio Conte has praised Alvaro Morata for the impact that he has made so far at Chelsea and said that fans should expect more from the player in the future.
He said that it is never easy to come to a new club and score goals and he believes that the new striker is managing to do this brilliantly.
He said that the player is still adjusting to Chelsea and that fans should expect more from him as soon as he settles in the team. Indeed Alvaro Morata managed to score his second goal after joining Chelsea and created the goal for Fabregas.
Antonio Conte said that Chelsea has a unique playing style and that it will take time before Alvaro Morata adjusts to it completely. But there are signs that he is starting to do that as he participates more in the build-up play.
The manager said that the striker has scored a very beautiful goal and that it is not easy for a new player to adapt to Chelsea’s playing style. He said that the player is in a new surrounding and in a new country and that it will take time for him to play freely and be at his best. Continue reading Antonio Conte on Morata
After having a relatively successful three year spell at Chelsea, Diego Costa’stime appears to be up at the Bridge.
Amidst his charming qualities like being an offensive nuisance you will kill for to have among your ranks laid the propensity to overrun such qualities due to his immature interpersonal skills.
One of the most important things coaches value as high as anindividual’s talent is the willingness to be loyal to their plans, to listen to them. Conte was not getting any of that from Costa.Unlike Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte found it extremely hard to deal with the Spain international.
Despite the Spaniard’s part in making the Italian one of the very few coaches to lift the league in their first season in charge, he decided that he had had enough of the striker most people refer to as a man-child due to his juvenile antics both on and off the pitch. Continue reading COSTA SHOULD QUIT DISGRACING HIMSELF
Taunting the Red Devils and the Sky Blues, Antonio Conte says that some people should understand that they can’t get themselves to the top positions in the Premiership just by the power of money.
Interestingly in the past, it’s Chelsea itself which has been seen as a team pretty keen to splash cash to acquire the biggest names in the world game, but, the previous summer, two of their Manchester rivals spent much larger amounts than them on the playing resources.
Despite that, both of them are nowhere near Chelsea in the premiership standings at the moment. They are actually so far behind that one can’t imagine them taking over the Blues at any point of time in the remaining part of the season.
As per Conte, before buying any player, a coach must take into consideration if the player has the appropriate features in his game to play the brand of Football he encourages because only then the player can be useful to him.
Also a coach has to see what he has got at his disposal already and what he needs the most for the proper balance of his squad. Continue reading Antonio Conte Taunts at Red Devils and the Sky Blues
Walter Mazzarri refuses to scold Troy Deeney for the disco incident that happened last night.
As per the coach, he has had a chat with his player who let him know the circumstances that led to the incident and after hearing him; he didn’t feel as if he was at fault at all.
Continuing further, Mazzarri opines that if someone’s name has been in a controversy in the past, it doesn’t mean he has lost his rights to hang out with his partner. It just needs to be understood that everyone has a personal life and it depends on them what they want to do with their personal lives. They should be given their own space.
In Mazzarri’s view, as soon as Deeney made it clear to that person that he was not interested to be photographed at that point in time, he should not have been pushed to do so because it’s not mandatory for a celebrity to agree for a photo whenever someone asks him for that. Continue reading Walter Mazzarri refuses to scold Troy Deeney
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has called on his Chelsea players to maintain their momentum after securing their tenth consecutive Premier League win.
guaranteed they‘d be top of the English premier league table at Christmas by defeating David Moyes’ Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
The victory continues their amazing turnaround from last season’s disappointing performance. Chelsea finished the 2015/16 campaign in 10th place following a stunning fall from grace. However, they now look on course to reclaim the title, which they last won under Jose Mourinho 18 months ago.
Conte is determined to ensure his Stamford Bridge stars do not become complacent though. The Italian cautioned them against complacency, demanding that they continue their current run in a bid to taste success once again.
Speaking after the Stadium of Light showdown, Conte asserted: Continue reading CONTE: WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT WORKS
Ilkay Gundogan has been one of the players that Arsenal has been attempting to sign for some time now and it has recently been revealed that the German club is willing to let the 25 year old player leave Borussia Dortmund.
This is great news for Arsenal as the Premier League club is one of the squads that have shown more interest in securing the services of the highly rated German midfielder and now Arsene Wenger can indeed sign him but they will have to splash around £23million.
£23million is believed to be the price tag of the German player but this price will certainly increase considering that there are other clubs that are also interested in signing Gundogan and the club that offloads most cash has the bigger chance of snatching him up.
Since the start of the season, Arsenal appeared to be one of the front runners on winning the Premier League title of this season as they were consistently claiming victories and have managed to stay in the top spots of the English League but things began to fall apart after losing against Manchester United and Swansea City.
These recent defeats might cost Arsenal the Premier League title. In order for Arsenal to have any chance of becoming the new champions of England, they will have to win every single of their remaining league games as well as hope that Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City start dropping points.
If Arsenal is not able to win the Premier League title in this season, they are still able to boost their chances of doing it in the next season and by signing Ilkay Gundogan can surely help out Arsene Wenger and his team of winning the Premier League of doing it next year.