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Toni Kroos was subjected to intense transfer rumours from all the top teams in the world during the summer. However, it was primarily thought that Manchester United and Real Madrid were the favourites to sign him.
United had held a long-standing interest in the German international with rumours suggesting that David Moyes made from his number one transfer target even before being sacked. Moving to United would have madeKroos as one of the important players at the club. At Real Madrid, though, the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to dominate the headlines.
After a slow start to life in the Spanish league,Kroos is starting to dominate matches just as he did at Bayern Munich. Read the rest of this entry »
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In the Premier League this Sunday, Southampton would be hosting the first position holders Chelsea.
It’s the 19th game for both the teams and a much important one.
The Blues are sitting comfortably at the top of the table at the moment, but, they know City is not that far behind and it’s only a matter of one bad day.
A loss here for Chelsea would give City the opportunity to get levelled up in terms of points.
City’s goal differential is not that worse either. It’s plus 24 as compared to Chelsea’s plus 27.
Chelsea’s only defeat this season has come playing on an away ground which means that they are a team which can feel the heat at times when the crowd is not behind them and the Saints can take heart from it.
At the start of the season, many people were saying that it’s almost impossible to beat Chelsea with the kind of balanced squad that they have and they would probably go unbeaten through this entire season if their main players remain fit.
But, Newcastle has shown that Chelsea can be put on the mat and if they can do it, there is no reason why Southampton can’t.
As an outsider though, you would still like to put your money on Chelsea because they have come back from that Newcastle defeat in the best possible manner, winning their last three games on the trot and that too rather convincingly.
The Blues have not conceded a single goal in the last three games which certainly suggests that they have done a bit of work on their defence after that setback.
Southampton also has secured 6 points in their last couple of games and playing in their home conditions, they surely have a chance, but, as far as having the upper hand is concerned, it’s Chelsea which has the upper hand simply because of the strength of their squad.
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Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has claimed that he wants to feature for the England national team in the future. The midfielder was known for its hard tackle nature, while he has been one of the top receivers of yellow and red cards in the last few years. The defensive midfielder, though, brings a lot of strengths to the team and one of them is the ability to stop the opponents from playing. He is the kind of a player that England have been without for several years now. There has been a suggestion that England manager Roy Hodgson should consider Cattermole after his good performances this campaign.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to international football after having featured at the under 21 level for the England national team. The retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the last few months coupled with the Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick being on the verge of announcing his retirement has resulted in several new midfielders trying to stake a claim in the England midfield. Of course, Cattermole will have to overcome pressure from the likes of Jack Wilshere, who will continue to be an important part in the England setup going forward. However, the 26-year-old believes that he has enough quality to appear for the national team.
England manager Roy Hodgson stated that he is ready to offer new players a chance. “In recent years, it’s not been something for me to get too interested in because of the names that were playing like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. There was never any disappointment. But now, you see the lads getting opportunities and for me, that has got to be a motivation. That is something we probably would not have been able to do in the past. We’ve got a few English lads at Sunderland and I’d like to think Roy Hodgson would come up and have a look,” said Cattermole.
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