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 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.

JAN OBLAK CARRYING SLOVENIA FLAG HIGH IN SPAIN

Jan Oblak is a special player, the Atletico Marid stopper is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in Spain for good reasons. The Slovenia International has grown into the number one position at the Wanda Metro politano and has continued his great form this season.

Oblak began his career in Slovenia third division and has seen a rise in his playing career. He moved to Benfica at the age of 17 from Slovenia and became the first choice goalkeeper at age 19. Despite all his achievements the 25-year-old is soft-spoken and rarely gives interviews.

The Man Behind Slovenia’s World Cup Victory Is Back As The National Coach

The Football Association of Slovenia aka Slovenian Football Association (NZS) recently announced that Matjaz Kek will be the new head coach of the national football team of Slovenia. The 57-year-old, Kek will return to the helm of the national team of Slovenia, after his successful stint in the year 2007-2011, when Kek led the national team to the World Cup, 2010 which was their last big and major competition. The NZS in a press conference which was held at Brdo Pri Kranju said that “Kek is going to coach the national team in the qualifiers for the Euro, 2020 and for the World Cup scheduled at 2022, and even at the world cup, if he can manage to take the national team of Slovenia to the tournament to be held in Qatar.

Kek while interacting with the press told that “It is a privilege and pleasure to be entrusted with such a great position of the head coach of the national team. It is a huge challenge and great motivation at a similar time.” He added, “I will give my best to do a good job for Slovenia.”

The president of NZS, Radenko Mijatovic said, Kek was exactly the same person for which we for looking for at this moment. And he will be backed by the Federation of football. The native of Maribor is going to replace Igor Benedejčič, who led the team in last 2 matches of UEFA Nations League as its interim coach.

There will be a difficult situation in front of Kek and he will be under immense pressure for bringing the national team back on their track after their unpleasant performance in the international matches. Slovenia was not even able to win a single match in League C and was placed in the last ranking of League D.