Julen Lopetegui Excited To Watch Andres Iniesta At World Cup

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui is looking forward to the opportunity of watching Andres Iniesta at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. The midfielder is due to celebrate his 34th birthday next month but he has shown no signs of slowing down with another top notch performance against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final last weekend.

Iniesta scored a stellar goal in the thumping 5-0 win over the Andalusian outfit and shortly after, he received a standing ovation from both set of supporters as he was substituted from the pitch. Speaking after the game, Lopetegui was impressed by the midfielder’s showing and he is hoping that the veteran can keep up the good work in the lead-up to the summer World Cup. Continue reading Julen Lopetegui Excited To Watch Andres Iniesta At World Cup

Jack Butland Eyeing England’s Number One Spot

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is reportedly eyeing England’s number one role ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 24-year-old has been one of the shining lights for the Potters this term, despite them lingering in the Premier League drop zone with just nine games remaining in the season.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Butland admitted that he has his sights on the global tournament in Russia, where he is hoping to become the first-choice shot-stopper, he said: “It’s impossible to get away from. It’s a World Cup year. It’s impossible not to turn a corner and see something about the World Cup or hear something about the World Cup. It’s in your mind, it’s something I am excited about. I hope to be a part of it – but I have always said that doesn’t happen if I am not putting in performances week in, week out for Stoke and playing at the highest level.”
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Fabregas reveals Iniesta role in him joining Arsenal

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has spoken about Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta inadvertently helped him to leave the club for Arsenal at the tender age of 16 back in 2003.

The former Gunners playmaker was part of the Catalan giants famed youth academy and it is while playing for them that he came to the attention of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
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Jorge Sampaoli Does Not Regard Germany As a Title Contender

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli claims that Germany are one of the potential candidates for the World Cup 2018, despite being the defending champions. Argentina come into the tournament after having been almost knocked out. Only a late run of results were able to see the team into the finals. Lionel Messi was able to come in with a brilliant hat-trick against Ecuador to rescue Argentina. As a result, Argentina are not regarded as one of the favourites for the title success – despite coming close to the finals in the previous edition in Brazil.

The national team have been without a World Cup success for several decades. Even then, the popular options for the 2018 edition happen to be France, Spain, and Germany. Even Brazil are likely to be considered as a potential candidate after having come up with an impressive set of results since the appointment of Tite. Germany, though, are not regarded as a team capable of winning the event by Jorge Sampaoli. The Germans were able to win the previous edition with classic type of German football along with the presence of several young players in the squad. Those young players still remain in the peak of their powers and it will take a lot of effort from Argentina to overcome the defending champions – if they come up against the same at the event.
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Catastrophe If Italy Miss out on World Cup 2018, Claims Giampiero Ventura

Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura claims that it would be a disastrous to see Italy fail to reach the World Cup 2018.

This is now a distinct possibility with the team second in the group -containing Spain. It was always going to be a tough group with the two former world champions being pitted against each other, but Spain have been able to get their noses in front at the final stages of the qualification campaign. The loss suffered by Italy in the recent match against Spain proved to be the difference. Italy will be hoping that Spain dropped points in the remaining two matches – against Albania and Israel – while they take advantage of those slipups in their matches.

The 2006 world champions take on Macedonia and Albania in back-to-back qualification matches. Even if they only managed to make it to the play-offs, it is far from certain that Italy would reach the finals. Giampiero Ventura took over from Antonio Conte when the former Juventus manager decided to move to the Premier league. Continue reading Catastrophe If Italy Miss out on World Cup 2018, Claims Giampiero Ventura