Amidst great speculation on the fate of badly injured Hull City, one of the best players of the team Michael Dawson has expressed great faith about his squad, on their way to lock horns with Liverpool.
Dawson is pretty confident that his team have this strength to manage a big game even when there have been serious injury bouts among the needed players. Hull City would be badly missing out on Robert Snodgrass given his dislocated knee but have got Steve to resolve the worries with élan.
McGregor (Alan) has missed out on the past 2 Premier League matches courtesy shoulder complaint & he is being accompanied by Dawson in treatment room. Dawson is suffering from ankle injury while Steve Harper and Nikica Jelavic are also in treatment rooms following bicep & knee injuries respectively- after the costly 2-2 match draw with Arsenal.
All 3- Dawson, Harper & Jelavic- are eagerly waiting for their scan results that would decide their fate in the Liverpool game. However, Dawson is confident that Bruce might be able to keep all the worries at bay.
“The sole disappointment was the very injuries that we had to encounter yet this is where your squad comes. We were able to overcome those during our match against Arsenal. You do need a great squad since injuries would come along & our manager has been able to imbibe that sprit into the team by now”, remarked Dawson. “We would try to pick up but our actual strength lies very deep into the team which will help in the overall coping process.”
Speaking on his own ankle injury, the player said :”We are waiting to find about it this week. I did try to play along. T returned to the pitch yet the swelling seemed to be coming up already.”
“Frank is a world class midfielder and this is an opportunity which works perfectly for everyone, the player, Manchester City, and New York City. I’m looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. New York has made a fantastic signing by recruiting Frank, and I’m really pleased that we’ll be able to have him with us for the first half of our season and help prepare him for his new challenge.”
That was one of the opening statements which was released by Manchester City’s coach Manuel Pellegrini as he praised Frank Lampard who will be a player of Manchester City until 2015 which is the date when New York City FC are going to begin performing in the MLS.
Pellegrini has nothing but praise towards Frank Lampard and even considers the English midfielder to be a world-class player but the coach of Manchester City does not seem to have Lampard in his plans as Manchester City played their opening Premier League match of the season against Newcastle United and Lampard was nowhere to be seen, not even on the sidelines.
Upon making his arrival to the Etihad Stadium, Lampard stated that he was happy about making a move to Manchester City as he wants to continue playing at the highest level before making a move to the MLS and complete his move to New York City FC but with the tough competition that Frank Lampard is facing in the midfield of Manchester City, it will be fairly difficult for him to secure a spot in the starting lineup of Manuel Pellegrini.
With the likes of: Yaya Toure, David Silva, Fernando, Samir Nasri, James Milner, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas all fighting for a place in the main squad of Pellegrini, it does not look like Lampard will be able to just breeze past everyone and have a secured spot in the team.
At his 36 years of age, Frank Lampard’s career is nearing its last few cycles and this is one of the main reason on why he chose to make a move to the MLS where the pressure and high level play isn’t as elevated compared to other leagues but it’s not looking very bright for him in Manchester City where his chances of playing consistently does not look like it’s going to happen.
Luis Suarez has been named as the Footballer of the Year by the football writers Association, as the striker will be adding more glory to his individual accolades. He has already won the PFA player of the year by beating the likes of Eden Hazard and Yaya Touré. He is on course to helping Liverpool to win the first league title in 24 years, but he has been stating constantly that he will be putting team performance ahead of personal motivation. Suarez has already won league titles before his career, but to win it with Liverpool will be extremely special.
The turnaround comes within months of Suarez receiving a 10 match suspension from the FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic when the two sides met each of last season. It seems that he has firmly put this incident in the back of his mind. (more…)
Roy Carroll, the ex Manchester United keeper has accused David Moyes, the new boss of Old Trafford for the lack of fight they are facing at the moment. Carroll has witnessed his Olympiakos squad inflict a damage of 2-0 defeat in the Champions League last week. He is pretty assertive about the fact that post the retirement of their ex boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, the players have continuously shrugged off responsibilities.
The thirty six year old goal keeper spoke to a reputed television channel saying that the 1st leg win was completely shocking for quite a number of media individuals, but somehow the players themselves know that as a team they sure has some chance. He further added that he has watched quite a number of Premier League Matches during this season and he was almost astonished to see how the players have been performing. One night while watching the game live from stands, he could believe his eyes how team Man United was performing.
The team has pretty good footballers but somehow they strongly lacked the killer instinct and the fighting spirit. Hence in a way the defeat came as a shock, but considering the way they played, it was bound to happen. However, the goals they bagged certainly deserved. Carroll stressed up the fact that one can be a fantastic player, but until and unless, he gives his cent percent, it doesn’t really matter. And to him, Manchester United didn’t put in that 100 percent.
They might have walked into the field thinking that the game will be an easy one, but no professional should proceed to a game with an attitude as such.
Next he complained that since Moyes has come in as the new boss, United has been facing tough luck time and again and they have definitely slacked off since the departure of Sir Alex.