There are reports that Chelsea could get Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang for £70 million this summer.
Chelsea are desperately in need of a top striker as Diego Costa is set to exit the club following his altercation with Coach Antonio Conte last term.
The Premier League champions require a proven goalscorer as they are set to compete in continental tournament aside defending their league title. There are other domestic commitments as well.
The Blues have been linked with a move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Torino striker Andrea Belotti. However, after losing RomeluLukaku to a stealth move by rivals Manchester United, Conte is keen on acquiring a proven player.
While the three options are decent, it seems Aubameyang would provide a better fit. The Gabon international pipped Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to the top scorer award in the German Bundesliga last term. He scored 31 goals for Dortmund to earn the tag. In the top leagues in Europe, only five time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi bettered his tally in the league. (more…)
Bayern Munich have been picking up the German Bundesliga title for years.
The German champions are chasing a record straight fifth victory this season. RB Leipzig is the closest competition this term, and they were handed a favour on Saturday after Schalke 04 held Bayern to a 1-1 draw. The second-placed team could reduce the gap to one point if they win their clash.
Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead against Schalke but defender Naldo equalized in the 13th minute. The Bavarians had to work hard at maintaining the scoreline on the skipper Philipp Lahm’s 500th game for the club.
“It was a tough game because Schalke played well. We started well but were not so compact, also in midfield, and our two lines were too far apart from one another. We could only increase the pressure slightly at the end, but it was not enough,” Coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game.
Leipzig would not have it easy when they face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Fitness worries and suspension would make it an even more difficult task with top scorer Timo Werner, Diego Demme, Marcel Sabitzer, and Emil Forsberg ruled out. (more…)
Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sits on top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts with 16 goals in 15 appearances so far this season.
Germany legend Lothar Mathaus believes that the player is worth about (Euros) 30million more than World record signing-Paul Pogba.
The Gabon international has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City in recent seasons but he seems destined for a move to Real Madrid after stressing his desire to move to the club on numerous occasions. He has grown into a key player for BVB since making the move to the club from Saint-Etienne in 2013.
The 27-year old started out his Dortmund career as a winger in the 2013/2014 season because of his blistering pace. When Robert Lewandowski left the club for Bayern Munich the following season, Aubameyang became BVB’s main goal threat and has developed into a prolific striker since then.
After striking 25 goals in 31 Bundesliga games last season, he has followed it up with 16 goals in 15 games so far this season and is currently the league’s top scorer. (more…)
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba has returned to first team training after missing four games.
This is the first time that the player has been allowed to train with the first team after refusing to play for the team. Indeed Didier Drogba has been informed on his last game that he will be not playing with the first team and as a result refused to feature in the team.
Since then the player has been suspended from the first game and missed a couple of games for the first team. The Montreal Impact coach stated that the issue will be treated internally by the club and that he will not make any statements.
The issue started before the game that saw Montreal Impact face Toronto. Montreal Impact coach Mauro Biello informed Didier Drogba that he will not be playing in the first team and that he will have to sit on the substitute bench. The former Chelsea and Ivory Coast player was not happy with the decision and asked to be removed from the team entirely.
There has not been a team weaker than Chicago Fire when it comes to playing away in the Major League Soccer.
But, yesterday, at last, a clueless Montreal Impact squad let them break their winless run on the road in more than 24 months by dishing out easy goals to them.
Accepting the lower standard of the play of his team, Mauro Biello says anyone who gave away cash to buy a seat in the arena can slam the Impact players as it’s deserved.
As per Biello, no player was relaxed ahead of the game and was thinking that a win would come just by wandering around because it was Chicago. As much preparation went into it as would have gone in for any other team, but, recklessness on the pitch obviously would have given an impression to the viewers that the pre-game thought process was not right.
The 44-year old who was the spearhead of the attack of Montreal Impact during the late nineties was quoted saying, “As a viewer, it costs you to book a seat, doesn’t it? So, if you are provided such poor quality, you can boo.”
“There was never a time when we can say we had an upper hand, not for a second. It was always us chasing the game and not them, which was really, really awful.” (more…)
Didier Drogba is being sent off to London to be treated for a hip injury that he has sustained.
The striker from Montreal Impact is down with an injury of the hip flexor region. With the striker down Dominic would be taking up his position and hopes to score some goals this season. Drogba would be moving to London to be with his family as well as to get treated for his injury
. Impact at the same time will be at Orlando City, where they will be playing their fifth game in a run that has been winless for them so far.
Oduro stated that, with Drogba hurt the visit to Orlando will not be easy for the team. It is a hostile environment that Impact would have to face. Orlando will be putting on the pressure for Impact. However Oduro states that, when the opposing team will come forward to put pressure, they will reveal a space behind them where he will attack. His nickname is Freaky Fast as he is known to get balls from behind the defense and move it towards the goal. (more…)
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba helped Montreal Impact as they forced a draw in the keenly contested match against Major League Soccer side, Columbus Crew SC.
This was not the first time in Montreal Impact history that drama surrounds a penalty kick taken against the Montreal Impact. One player has had such influence on penalty kicks that it has changed the outcome of the kick last year, and on a crazy Saturday night in Ohio, the outcome of the game was altered.
It was in the fall of 2015, Sacha Klejstan was about to take an important penalty kick. Then Drogba said; “Ca a marché” and it worked. That was what Didier Drogba said to French central defender, Damien Perrinnelle, after the miss. What did not work is that the New York Red Bulls went on to win 2-1 at Red Bull Arena but the former Galatasaray centre forward learnt from this experience and understood that one does not need to be that involved to play mind games.
Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain caused a public meltdown between both teammates over their penalty kick. The ensuing post-game press conference by Kei Kamara was quite astonishing and shocking in the raw nature of the comments as he blasted his team mate, Higuain, for not giving him the opportunity to score his first career hat trick, at least before he was traded again against his wish. The player was not a stranger to being traded as he has been traded before, on three occasions on the long career at the MLS. (more…)
Ex-Chelsea player, Didier Drogba admits he has moved on from the charity scandal that rocked his Foundation; Didier Drogba Foundation. The foundation was accused of exploitation of orphans in the war-torn country.
The foundation has received several high profile commendations and is backed by royalty corporate outfits, celebrities and others. The foundation which is supported by Princess Beatrice and David Beckham claimed to provide thousands of school children with the basic to get a good education. The children even appeared in a promotional film.
The player had lunch with 20 African “orphans” with his family. The children were taken by bus to Mansion miles from their homes. After the lunch, lots of promotional pictures were taken and posted on social media. The pictures were further scrutinized and the kids were identified as UK child models.
The player who is also a United Nations Goodwill ambassador was highly embarrassed with the reports as one of the supposed orphans identified was the grandson of former Arsenal player, Ian Wright.
The foundation has received 1.7 million pounds since 2009 but there were allegations that the foundation has spent only 15 thousand Pounds on veritable charity projects.
Half a million pounds was reportedly sent on fundraising parties in London by the foundation, where top celebrities were entertained while the rest are unused in bank accounts. The revelations were stunning and it prompted Britain’s charity watchdog to launch an investigation. Millions of pounds which the player earned form Pepsi, Nike and Samsung which he claimed went to Charity and didn’t pay income tax for are set to be investigated. (more…)
Wayne Rooney was selected as the captain of Manchester United back in July of 2014 and was officially elected as the new leader of England after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from playing in the international stage when the 2014 World Cup was over and Roy Hodgson believes that this new role which Rooney was appointed, has helped the player substantially.
Hodgson praised Wayne Rooney as the manager of England said: “Wayne has been fantastic all the time I’ve been with the national team, but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy. He researched the role a little bit, took in his experience of playing under previous captains, and he works very closely with me and the players. But, most importantly of all, he plays well for the team.”
The English national football side has been playing better than some time ago and this is evidenced by the fact that they still have not lost a single qualification match in their journey of making it into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s.
England is at the top of Group E with 18 points collected so far and Roy Hodgson believes that appointing Rooney as the captain has helped the player in developing even further and this has also helped the English national side in performing better as well as scoring more goals. (more…)
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is of the opinion that the club will definitely miss the presence of Didier Drogba next season.
The former Ivory Coast international decided to leave Chelsea for a second time in his career. Drogba had returned to the blues for a one year spell only last summer. It proved to be a very successful one indeed after he lifted two more titles to add to his collection. Drogba may have featured little during the Premier League campaign, but he scored important goals against the likes of Tottenham to set up a famous fourth league winners’ medal.
Drogba is known to share a great relationship withHazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year title last season.Hazard says that the amount of influence that Drogba had on the squad – despite not being a first-team regular – was immense. A leader and motivator of men, Drogba has hinted that he will return to Stamford Bridge in another capacity in the future. He is expected to join a MLS club in this transfer window before ending his career next year. Drogba stated that the reason for leaving Chelsea once again was the lack of first-team football at the end of his career. (more…)