Barnsley manager Danny Wilson has stated that he is confident that the club can survive in the Championship next season after falling to the bottom of the table following a 5-0 defeat against Huddersfield. Barnsley have been fighting against relegation for most of the season, but morale hit rock bottom after the defeat against Huddersfield. It was accompanied by chants against them from their own supporters. Wilson admitted that this was a match to forget, but he is confident of getting back to some form before the end of the season.
Barnsley managed to stay in the division by the skin of their teeth last season. It looks like they’ll be heading for another relegation fight to the final day. Wilson has pointed out to their performance in the first 30 minutes of the match against Huddersfield. He says that they created a lot of opportunities, but were guilty of not finishing them. If they had scored a couple of goals during the time that they dominated, the result would certainly have been a much different one according to Wilson.
The next couple of matches also do not seem to be letting of the team that easily since they would be up against Leicester City and Nottingham Forest – two teams chasing for a promotion to the Premier league.
“We’re not far off, points wise. We’re still in there fighting. You can analyse lots of things but, defensively, we were poor. I’m not talking about the back four, I mean as a group. But for 30 minutes we were excellent and I thought this was our day to really put our foot down on the gas and we did for 30 minutes. We should have had two or three goals, maybe four goals, in that period of time,” said Wilson after the Huddersfield match.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that his star Eden Hazard has not deserved the praise from various quarters for his exploits this campaign. The Belgian star has been the best player for Chelsea this campaign, but he is yet to land any awards. He has not even won the player of the month award, which was recently awarded to Sunderland’s Adam Johnson. Hazard scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Newcastle – a result that sent Chelsea to the top of the table. Continue reading →
Portland Timbers has secured the services of Gaston Nicolas Fernandez. The MLS club has bought the Argentinean player from Estudiantes LP.
This is the first time that Fernandez is going to play in USA. So far, he has played club football only in two countries i.e. Mexico and Argentina.
The striker who has got into his thirties now has been around since a long time. He had begun his senior career 11 years back with River Plate and had performed decently over there during his 4-year long tenure before making a move to San Lorenzo in 2007.
Estudiantes was the club where Fernandez achieved the maximum amount of success. He played close to 100 league games there and found the net more than 20 times. It was his consistency there that impressed the Timbers scouts and he ended up getting an MLS contract.
As far as Fernandez’ overall record in club football is concerned, it’s certainly not the best, but, it’s not the worst either. He has put up some good performances playing in the Mexican and Argentinean first division.
The Timbers GM, Mr. Gavin Wilkinson, announced in a press conference yesterday that Fernandez is arriving at Jeld-Wen Field.
Wilkinson said, “Gaston is one of those players who have been tried and tested. He has had a lot of good times playing in Argentina of late and I hope that he keeps performing well here too. We are glad to have him as a part of our squad.”
The last season was one of the best seasons ever for the Timbers. They had lost just 5 matches in their entire MLS campaign and had become the first positioned team in the Western Conference points table. Their points’ tally at the end of the regular season was showing 57.
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has become a key member of the team in the last few years. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the last few weeks, while he has also stated that the Spanish club will remain as the only destination if he decides to leave Juventus. The Italian club are prepared to offer him a new deal in order to prevent any interest from Madrid escalating into a serious offer. Vidal has been a Juventus player since 2011 after his move from Bayer Leverkusen. The South American is a box-to-box midfielder, who has been vital in the last two title winning seasons for Juventus.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also reportedly keeping tabs on the situation. Juventus chief executive officer Beppe Marotta has said that the club will be offering the player a new contract, which he is expected to sign in the next few weeks. He has called for patience from the fans during the negotiation part. He has also praised the signing of Fernando Llorente, who has been an indispensable member of the first-team in the last few weeks. He has formed an excellent partnership with Carlos Tevez after initially struggling for playing time at Turin.
“Vidal’s renewal will arrive. It’s enough waiting – there aren’t problems. There is only the need for patience,” said Marotta about Vidal’s new contract. “His arrival as a free agent has been a big opportunity we got from the market. Conte worked with him, and Fernando applied himself, being able to become an important asset for us,” continued the Chief Executive officer about Fernando Llorente.
He was signed on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao. Juventus are second in the table just a few points behind Roma, who have made a sensational start to the season.