ATLETICO POOR FORM CONTINUE

 

It can be said that Atletico Madrid are the most unpredictable team in world football. With their latest unconvincing performance last weekend, it is safe to say that their performance over Jurgen Klopp’s side in the champions league was just a one-off moment for them. It is paper over crack.


They sat sixth while the La Liga season was suspended, Diego Simeone knew full well that his side needed to hit the ground running with a victory. Before this weekend’s returning game at Athletic Bilbao, they had earlier watched fifth-placed Getafe lose at Granada. That should give them the needed push to go for the kill against Athletic Bilbao. As if that was not enough, few hours later, another contender for European football in Valencia was then held by Levante to a 1-1 draw.

VAN DER SAR: OBLAK IS MESSI OF GOALKEEPERS

Jan Oblak is the Messi of goalkeepers, according to former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sarr. The legendary goalkeeper who enjoyed a glittering career has named the Slovenia international the best in the game. Van der Sar who enjoyed a trophy laden year with Ajax and Manchester United has also declared that Oblak can be considered as one of the best in history.


Van der Sarr who was speaking during an interview with local newspapers stated that the best attribute you can give the Atletico Madrid man is to compare him with the finest outfield player of this generation, Lionel Messi. He argued that if goalkeepers get the kind of media attention enjoyed by strikers then Jan Oblak will be up there with Lionel Messi.

NYCFC Replaces Spartak Moscow in Florida Cup

After Spartak Moscow has pulled and New York City FC joins Florida Cup lineup in the month of January as they entered into a friendly tournament. The club from Russia had been pushed to withdraw from the competition of 2020 because of the complexities that came up with the visa application of the club.


NYCFC is going to use the tournament for starting with the training for the competition of Concacaf Champions League. This is the club that is known for finishing in the first place in MLS Eastern Conference in the year 2019. Ricardo Villar, the CEO of Florida Cup said that they are thrilled to welcome New York City FC into the platform of international preseason. He has also said that they are looking forward to hosting them as they are preparing for the first-ever Concacaf Champions League.

INTER MILAN RECOVERING FROM BLIP

Inter Milan will be looking to bounce back from the defeat to rivals Juventus which was their first domestic blip of the season. So far manager Antonio Conte has been able to get the right mix in the first team as expected.

Utilizing his favored three defenders’ formation, it has been interesting to see how the Nerazzurri have gone about their business. Slovenian international Samir Handanovic has been sensational as always leading from the back.

MatjazKek believes in his team

Slovenia head coach MatjazKek believes in his squad and said that there is no doubt that his team will make it to the Euro 2020. He said that Slovenia has some good players at the moment and that it is important that they believe in themselves.

Slovenia has not qualified for a major tournament since the 2010 World Cup and MatjazKek believes that it is high time that they changed that. He believes that the current squad has the potential to make it to the Euro 2020 and that it is important that they have the belief and determination to achieve that.

MatjazKek believes in his team

Slovenia head coach MatjazKek believes in his squad and said that there is no doubt that his team will make it to the Euro 2020. He said that Slovenia has some good players at the moment and that it is important that they believe in themselves.

Slovenia has not qualified for a major tournament since the 2010 World Cup and MatjazKek believes that it is high time that they changed that. He believes that the current squad has the potential to make it to the Euro 2020 and that it is important that they have the belief and determination to achieve that.

OBLAK SET TO SIGN A NEW CONTRACT

According to reports in Spain, Atletico Madrid are set to offer shot-stopper Jan Oblak a new contract. The news being circulated by Spanish tabloid AS claims that the new contract is aimed at increasing the player’s current buyout clause.

Oblak is widely considered as the best goalkeeper in Spain which is reinforced with the fact that he has won the Zamora award for goalkeepers in the past three seasons. It is understood that Atletico are willing to make the 26-year-old one of the highest paid players in the club as they look to double his current release clause currently set at €100 million.

Oblak Says Playing for Slovenia and Atletico would have been a Lot to Handle

Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid said that he is going to play for Slovenia for the qualifiers of Euro after he had missed out on 6 fixtures of UEFA Nations League in September to November in the last year because of his voluntary absence.

In an interview, he revealed the reason behind 3 months absence from national level games. He said that he had to take a decision in autumn which was not playing. This was mainly due to his physical condition. Oblak states that it was getting difficult for him to be available for Atletico. He was in great pain and when he played, he took a painkiller. Again, if he would have played for the national team, too, it would have been a lot to handle.

Oblak: Playing for both is Tricky

Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid said that he is going to play for Slovenia for the qualifiers of Euro after he had missed out on 6 fixtures of UEFA Nations League in September to November in the last year because of his voluntary absence.

In an interview, he revealed the reason behind 3 months absence from national level games. He said that he had to take a decision in autumn which was not playing. This was mainly due to his physical condition. Oblak states that it was getting difficult for him to be available for Atletico. He was in great pain and when he played, he took a painkiller. Again, if he would have played for the national team, too, it would have been a lot to handle.