With a squad as deep and talented as Chelsea’s, it should come as no surprise that Jose Mourinho’s men are challenging on all fronts. Despite registering a convincing 3-1 win over Championship high flyers Derby in the League Cup on Tuesday night, topping the Premier League and strolling into the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Portuguese manager is right not to let talk of an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ creep in to Stamford Bridge. Read more »
Germany midfielder Mario Gotze says that the national team are not afraid of facing Spain in the upcoming friendly match. This is one of the high-profile friendlies scheduled for the team, who managed to lift the World Cup in the summer. Gotze scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina. He has come in leaps and bounds since being highly recognised for his talent at Borussia Dortmund. Germany have suffered some high profile defeats against Spain in recent years. The defeat in the Euro 2008 final was followed by a defeat in the World Cup 2010 semifinals. This has prompted talk that a victory in the match would be sweet revenge for Joachim Loew’s team.
Gotze has dispelled those talks by saying that Germany are the current world champions and that they need not fear any opposition or go into matches seeking revenge. Spain are going through a transitional period and are certainly not as strong as they once were. Manager Vicente del Bosque has called up a number of new players to the team, while he will also be missing key individuals like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. The Chelsea duo pulled out of the squad at the last moment citing injury problems. Spain managed to win their recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus.
“Those games have nothing to do with the friendly we are about to play. We are not out for revenge. Revenge for what? We are the current world champions. We’re going to be playing against an elite team, one that has dominated world football in recent years. Competing at that level is always a special experience,” said Gotze. “We’re looking forward to this match. Against Spain it’s for certain that you meet a great opponent on a very high technical level,” said Loew to the German FA’s official site.
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says that there is little chance of the club allowing midfielder Paulinho to leave the club during the January transfer window. The Brazilian was signed after a lot of promise and he cost the London club a reported £ 16 million. After an impressive first season, he has been pushed to the sidelines. He has not been featuring regularly for Tottenham for almost a year. This is threatening to cost him his place in the Brazilian national team. As a result, it is widely speculated that Tottenham may look towards allowing the player to leave on a temporary basis with his former club Corinthians interested in him.
A move back to Brazil will help the player gets regular football under his belt. This may help him rediscover his form that made Tottenham convinced that they were making a right purchase at £ 16 million. Paulinho has been at Tottenham since 2013, but after making just six appearances this season, he is believed to be on the verge of a move. Pochettino, however, has ruled out any possibility of the midfielder rejoining the Brazilian outfit. He says that Paulinho will have a crucial role to play in the team as the season progresses and injuries take the toll on the current regulars.
“No, no Tottenham player, including Paulinho, will be loaned to Brazil. There is no chance. Paulinho arrived late, one of the last players to join the squad after the World Cup. There isn’t any problem. He is training and doing well, it’s just a technical decision,” said the Tottenham manager. Paulinho was one of the players involved with the Brazilian national team at the disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign. He was selected by the manager Luiz Felipe Scolari despite being aware that he was not a regular for Tottenham.