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Evaluating the Transfer Activity of Manchester City

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Of the teams competeting for the title it can be argued that Manchester City’s squad is the most complete. They have four top quality strikers who are supported by an athletic and creative midfield. Their team is full of goal scorers, Yaya Toure for example from midfield, managed to contribute 20 league goals to City’s total of 102 goals last season. Manchester City may have won the league by 2 points but fans of any team we will always want a bigger margin of victory and in an attempt to achieve that; City have flexed their financial muscle.

Looking at the points dropped last season by Manchester City, part of it was due to lapses in concentration in between the sticks. City will need to keep pressure on Joe Hart to prevent complacency coming into his game and they have signed Willy Caballero from Malaga to… Continue reading →

Lampard’s move to Man City wasn’t a shock. It was predictable

EARLIER this week Manchester City confirmed the signing of Frank Lampard on a short-loan deal from New York City Football Club.
The new Major League Soccer side are currently recruiting players ahead of their debut season in US Soccer in January 2015. Last month they announced that the former Chelsea ace would be their second international signing after Spanish striker David Villa joined earlier in the summer.

However over the past few days there has been much debate as to why Lampard has gone to City, with many questioning his decision and others stating that Chelsea fans will feel betrayed.
That notion is completely ludicrous with many people missing a valuable point: Manchester City owns New York City FC and so can transfer whoever they please to each other thus monitoring the fitness of their own players.

A ‘Shock’ move many newspapers called it. Really? How is it so? Man… Continue reading →

Xavi Hernandez retires from International Football

Barcelona veteran Xavi Hernandez has officially announced his retirement from international football.

Xavi made his international debut in the year 2000 and was capped 133 times for his country. The experience Spaniard was part of the Spanish side who won back to back European championships in 2008 and 2012, whilst also adding a World Cup medal to his trophy cabinet in 2010.

The influential midfielder named player of the tournament at Euro 2008 feels that now is the right time to retire from international football given his frustrations at Barcelona’s poor form last season and the Fifa World Cup, “I was disappointed on two levels at the end of last season as I did not feel useful to Barca or to the national team”.

“Brazil was disappointing for everyone collectively and for me also individually and the fact that I did not take part in the decisive game against Chile… Continue reading →

Spurs close in on Mateo Musacchio: But who is he?

MAURICIO POCHETTINO is closing in on his fourth defensive summer signing as Tottenham Hotspur boss after the club agreed a fee with Villarreal for highly-rated Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacchio.

The new Spurs boss, appointed manager back in May, has wasted no time this summer in recruiting fresh blood for his back line. Along with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Pochettino has swooped for Ben Davies, Eric Dier and now Musacchio as he looks to plug a defence which conceded 51 goals last season.

The fee for the 23-year old is believed to be around £17 million and is seen as a major coup for the club with Musacchio voted the best centre-back in Spain last season.

Despite that, however, he is a relative unknown in European football. So what makes him stand out?

A defender during his playing days, Pochettino has followed the career of fellow compatriot Musacchio very closely ever since… Continue reading →

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