Daily Archives: July 13, 2016

Carlo Ancelotti: Ronaldo will not join Bayern Munich

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Carlo Ancelotti, newly appointed coach at Bayern Munich, had played down the chances for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to make a move to Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti is praiseful towards the recent European Championship winner, but the Italian is convinced that the Portuguese would not be tempted to leave the Bernabeu even if the Bundesliga giants offered to.

Both Ancelotti and Ronaldo worked together closely previously in Real Madrid as they won La Decima, the club’s tenth Champions League title.

“I love Ronaldo’s professional attitude,” Ancelotti said.

“Journalists often ask me how difficult it is to work with players like him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it is really easy. You don’t have to tell these kinds of players anything. They are very disciplined and focused.”

“Something can always happen in football, but it is very hard to see a player like Ronaldo at another club,” he further elaborated. “he same goes for players like Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller and Paolo Maldini, who played his entire career at Milan. Players like them simply cannot leave their clubs. They care too much about the clubs the play for.”

Meanwhile in Spain, Real is prepared to keep Alvaro Morata within their ranks despite determination from English clubs to get his signature.

Spain international Alvaro Morata is likely to stay in Real Madrid

Real Madrid is cease negotiations for 23-year-old Morata, with Chelsea reportedly having a €60m bid rejected.

Morata, who starred for Spain in the European championships recently, will return to his city of birth for pre-season. He could even be in the Real Madrid starting line-up that features against Chelsea on July 30 in Michigan when both sides meet in the International Champions Cup tournament.

Chelsea, who has already reined in Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi from Ligue club Marseille, is currently on the look for another striker to compensate for new coach Antonio Conte’s preferred two-forward system.

Barca set for new No.1 in Marc-Andre ter Stergen

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German international Marc-Andre ter Stergen is set to be FC Barcelona’s first choice goal keeper during the upcoming 2016/17 season.

Ter Stergen, 24, is set to replace the Barca’s current No.1 Claudio Bravo, who has recently won Copa America Centenario.

It was reported that Ter Stegen will be starter in all the important competitions next season.

This could mean that he will be playing for Barca in both La Liga and the Champions League. In the 2015/2016 season, he played only in the Copa Del Rey and some Champions League matches, while Bravo featured regularly for the team in La Liga.

Contractual terms were agreed with the former Borussia Monchengladbach player after he promised to make a move to Manchester City should Barca fail to guarantee him a regular starting spot between the posts.

It is not known if Bravo will be content as Ter Stegen’s back-up, but both have previously stated they wanted to stay at Camp Nou and President Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier in July that both would remain with the club in this summer.

Bravo, who took over goalkeeping duties following Victor Valdes’s departure two years ago, had also received offers from Manchester City, with the club reportedly getting in touch with the player himself.

Current Blues coach Pep Guardiola was reportedly keen to replace Joe Hart, who performed abysmally in the recent European Championships.

In other news, Barca has signed on 22-year-old French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyonnais for the next five seasons. He is the second player Luis Enrique has brought into the Catalonian ranks this summer after Denis Suarez.

 

Celtic suffers shock defeat in Champions League qualifiers

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Champions League qualifiers, second round

Gibraltar

Lincoln Red Imps 1 – 0 Celtic

Lincoln Red Imps leads 1-0 on aggregate.

Celtic suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Gibraltarian part-timers Lincoln Red Imps in the second round of Champions League qualifiers.

After a goalless first half, Scottish Premiership team was stunned as Lee Casciaro scored the only goal in the game.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths hits the woodwork twice, but otherwise Celtic made no significant chances for Celtic to pull level.

This defeat will likely be remembered as the club’s worst performance in its own history.

The Red Imps more than punched above their weight for a team that fields a fireman, a policeman and a taxi driver; all of them went into the game after completing shifts at their day jobs.

Celtic’s new manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that there was “no embarrassment” after the game.

“We dominated and created enough chances to score,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes it can happen, obviously with the pitch, an awkward bounce and all of a sudden the player is in, it’s into the floor and goes in.”

On the other hand, the opposing team captain Roy Chipolina stood behind his comments earlier in the week when he said victory over Celtic would be the biggest shock in European football.

“I think so, when you look at the history of both clubs,” he said. “Nothing has changed, Celtic are still a massive club and they are still favourites in the tie, but I don’t think anyone expected us to be going over to Glasgow with a 1-0 lead.”

“We will be going there more confident than we thought, trying to put the same shift in again and, if miracles can happen again, we will knock Celtic out of the Champions League.”

 

Mathias Sammer parts way with Bayern sporting director role

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Mathias Summer has parted ways with Bayern Munich at his own request.

The former German International had been Bayern’s sporting director since 2012, but suffered a blood circulation problem in his brain in April this year.

He had rarely made public appearances since then and despite fully recovering, Sammer felt the need to stand down.

“The extensive medical examinations have absolutely confirmed that I’m healthy again,” he explained in a statement on Sunday, a day before the Bundesliga giant officially unveils their new coach, Carlo Ancelotti.

“I had time to think a number of things through, regarding my family and my work for Bayern Munich.”

“Being Bayern’s sporting director means I have to be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with all my energy for the club, the team and also the public.”

“I don’t want to take on these tasks at the moment.”

Sammer’s contract runs until 2018.

His time with Bayern were marked by multiple trophy winning seasons, including four Bundesliga titles, three German Cups and the 2013 Champions League, as well as the UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup.