Pep v Conte v Mou: World Class Managers All Set To Turn Up The Heat Next Season

Despite Leicester City’s remarkable success last season, the Premier League campaign drifted by with little excitement, drama, controversy, and more than anything, quality.

Arsenal under-performed dramatically after Christmas, with Manchester City failing to reach their high standards, Manchester United struggled to come to terms with Louis Van Gaal’s philosophy, and champions Chelsea finished in a miserable mid-table position.

However, the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte into English football are just one of a number of reasons as to why the upcoming season is already showing more promise for supporters.

A much bigger task certainly awaits. for Guardiola in City after a successful period in Germany with Bayern. After finishing fourth under Manuel Pellegrini last time around, City will be hoping to once again battle it out for the biggest prize of all. After under-performing last season, City look set to invest heavily in their playing squad this summer, with Ilkay Gundogan and Spanish winger Nolito already having secured moves to the Etihad. For those of you who fancy Guardiola to bring immediate success to City, the latest odds are up at bookmakers Betway, with Aguero and Co the 9/4 favourites for the title.

On the other side of Manchester, Jose Mourinho will be eager to erase the memories of Chelsea’s struggles from last season, as he embarks on life at Old Trafford with the goal of returning the club to the pinnacle of English football. The introduction of Zlatan Ibrahimović among others should certainly bring the excitement back to Old Trafford if nothing else.

As for Mourinho’s former club Chelsea, the shrewd appointment of former Italy boss Conte has given the Stamford Bridge faithful renewed confidence. With a home draw to London rivals Tottenham the high point of their season last time around, a lack of European football means that Chelsea will be expected to throw everything at a charge for the title. The arrival of N’Golo Kante from champions Leicester could well turn out to be the signing of the summer. Conte is 6/1 with Betway to win the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Spanish outfit C D Pinzon Reveal Strawberries & Blueberries Inspired Home/Away Kits

If you thought Norwich City’s latest kit was ugly, think again!

Spanish club located in Huelva, Club Deportivo Pinzon have put forth their contenders for the worst kit of the season as they revealed rather ‘fruity’ looking home and away kits for new season.

Plastered with strawberries & blueberries respectively, the home & away kit launch took place in a five-star hotel which was attended by club officials, local dignitaries and fans.

The club released the following statement explaining the design of the kits.

The clothes presented by the D.C. Pinzon has been very well received as they are innovative and different from what the club has been wearing in recent years . The moment of greatest excitement was when two players D.C. Pinzon came out dressed in the uniforms , because nobody expected this design and has attracted much attention. The first kit is composed of a shirt with the bottom of strawberries, which is the flagship product in the fields of Palos de la Frontera , and the second kit it is with the bottom of blueberries, which is another fruit that is booming in the fields palermos .

Check out more pictures of the kits below!

 

New Spain Manager Julen Lopetegui Once Passed Out Live On TV For No Particular Reason

Spain have appointed former Porto manager Julen Lopetegui as Vicente del Bosque’s successor and it would be fair to say that the decision isn’t exactly filling the La Roja fans with confidence.

A really interesting appointment as Lopetegui wasn’t exactly great, rather quite abysmal during his time as Porto manager. Some of his team selections still give nightmares to the Porto fans.

Although his time with the Spanish U21 side and the football they played was quite impressive.

Bizarre team selections isn’t the only thing Julen Lopetegui is famous for, as the new Spain boss quite hilariously passed out when he was commenting on national TV during the 2006 World Cup.

Priceless, check out the incident below!

More Twists & Turns As Agent Rubbishes Rumors Of Man Utd Securing Pogba Deal

The never-ending saga i.e. Paul Pogba’s apparent transfer from Juventus to Manchester United received another twist as agent Mino Raiola took to Twitter with the latest information.

Bad bit of news for Man Utd fans. Though, the popular notion seems to be that Mino Raiola is holding everybody to ransom until his fee is paid.

Juventus & Manchester United had reportedly agreed a fee £92m(€110m) for the Frenchman. But the Italian club are asking the English counterparts to pay their part of Raiola’s fee. Something which is being refused by United and as a result Raiola isn’t happy.

Liverpool goalkeeper Shamal George made to play as a striker during friendly win

Thug Life: Liverpool Edition! Klopp Makes 18 Year Old Giant Goalkeeper Play As A Striker During Friendly Win

Crazy scenes last night as 18 year old youth team goalkeeper Shamal George came on as a striker for Liverpool during their 2-0 Friendly win over Huddersfield Town.

Lucas came off injured in the 67th minute and what came next absolutely delighted the travelling fans. The crowd cheered every time the young goalie touched the ball.

Check out the highlights from Shamal George’s little stint as an outfield player below!

Conte should target top four Chelsea finish

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is known for his no-nonsense approach during his spell at Serie A champions Juventus and this will put him in good stead for the task ahead. After a poor 2015/2016 season, a lot will have to be fixed at the Bridge to help the club bounce back. Bookmakers such as the ones on Online Sportsbook site are already taking bets on where Conte finish next season, the jury is already out on the Italian.

This time last year, the blues were in jubilation mood, under current Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho. The club had just completed a successful Premier league season, disappointing Uefa Champions League exit on away goal, and an FA cup defeat in the hand of Bradford. The season ended with just four defeats in all competitions, a Premier League and Capital One Cup double.

That summer, two club legends Didier Drogba and Petr Cech left the West London club, signaling the beginning of the end for the club’s most successful manager in history, Jose Mourinho. As at December, the blues were occupying the 16th position with just fifteen points, which led to the Portuguese losing his job.

Despite the appointment of Guus Hiddink, who took over on interim basis, the club settled for a mid-table finish, which was the blues worst league showing since 1995/1996 Premier league season.

It remains a mystery, how a side that dominated the English Premier league in the first two seasons of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge of the club could suffer such a huge demise within a short space of time. It was a season that saw the big teams like Arsenal, both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, and, Tottenham all suffered inconsistency, and a surprise champion emerged in Leicester City.

After the departure of the legends in the summer of 2015, the squad was reinforced with Pedro, Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic to ensure stiff competition for places in the squad that is looking to defend the two titles won the previous season.

No doubt, serious work needs to be done on the squad by the incoming manager, as the current Chelsea side is not in total chaos as people thought it to be. All Conte needs to do to this squad in my opinion is to rejuvenate a team that lacked confidence and inspiration in the 2015/16 season and no need to rebuild the squad.

I believe the current Chelsea squad has the required personnel to negotiate a successful season. Belgium goal keeper, Thibaut Courtoisis regarded as one of the greatest goal keepers in the World; Cesar Azpilcueta is the kind of utility defender any manager would want in his team; young French man Kurt Zouma can form the spine of a reliable defence for years to come; Cesc Fabregas is one of the best passer of the ball in the World; Conte has plenty of creativity and firepower to call upon in the triumvirate of Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard.

Despite all the players mentioned above, the squad still requires couple of injection. New players need to be bought by the new manager and he must stop the over reliance on individual brilliance of some players, and work on collective fluency of the team. The West London club had to rely on moment of brilliance from the likes of Fabregas, Hazard and Costa to negotiate the second stanza of the 2014/2015 season.

For Conte to build a credible team against next season, the squad should be built around the above mentioned players, as well as bringing in few exceptional players in order to build a competitive team. It’s been rumored that Conte is a big fan of Juan Cuadrado and its believed that the Columbian will return to the bridge this summer.

In Chelsea’s assault for silverware next season, Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku  are being touted to joining Chelsea’s attacking option, with the departure of Falcao, Pato and imminent departure of French man Loic Remy.

Belgian duo of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard among other players suffered confidence issues last season, although Hazard upped his game in the final weeks of the campaign, Conte’s biggest challenge is to repair the fragile confidence level of the players. Paramount to Chelsea’s success next season will be to ensure the team has a dependable goal keeper and creativity behind the strikers.

Chelsea fans should see next season as the club laying the foundations for the next decade of success, as it will be a season of rebuilding. A top four finish is more realistic.

Barcelona star Neymar Features In The New xXx Movie Trailer

Neymar is apparently making his foray into Hollywood with a cameo appearance in the new Vin Diesel movie xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE.

The first trailer of the movie, which is set to be released in January 2017, is out and the Barcelona star looks right at home amongst Hollywood biggies such as Vin Diesel & Samuel L Jackson.

Also, whoever put together the trailer did an awesome job of making sure that Neymar comes to the screen just as Samuel L Jackson drops the word ‘skills.

Watch the trailer below!