One of the seemingly known facts currently is that West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic will be leaving the club in the summer after failing to convince the club’s bosses that he is capable of being at the club for another season. The veteran Premier League defender has turned out to be the reverse signing of what the Baggies expected when they signed him last summer, and they are set to now part ways with him in order to make fresh signings to the squad.
The Serbian defender has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks and has lost the chance to regain his reputation as the club’s first-choice right-back option and he is expected to be on his way out of the club as he is reportedly no longer needed at the Hawthorns after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Sam Allardyce.
When Chelsea signed a certain Branislav Ivanovic from Russian giants Locomotiv Moscow back in the 2008 summer transfer window, the club’s fans immediately placed high expectations on the defender upon his completion of the switch.
He then impressed wonderfully well during his years at Stamford Bridge and was also the scorer of the winning goal in a European final for the Blues. The nine years he spent at Chelsea were superb and the player himself would have some fond memories whenever he remembers anything Chelsea-related. Here are three reasons the fierce right-back is still loved by Chelsea fans. Continue reading
Since football was given the green light to resume in June following its suspension as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, some players have tested positive for the virus, sparking rumors whether the Premier League would consider suspending league football once again.
Since football leagues resumed and football returned, series of tests have been carried out in the Premier League, and while some players tested positive, the numbers were still little and there wasn’t any thought of football returning to being suspended.
According to reports in Germany, Bayern Munich are considering selling Manchester City target David Alaba. Bayern will consider selling the fullback this summer according to various reports in the Bundesliga. The Austrian is seeking fresh challenges as he ages in his professional career. He has one year left on the deal with the German Champions and has refused to agree to an extension.
The Telegraph reported that Bayern are considering selling the defender rather than lose him for free next season. The long serving defender is considered one of the best in Europe and his versatility has seen him deployed in different positions. He has played in full back, center back, midfield and sometimes as winger for for the club in recent years. Former manager Pep Gurdiola described Alaba and Phillipe Lahm among the most versatile players he has ever coached.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has identified Ricardo Pereira as the ideal candidate for the right back position. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has been used as a makeshift left back leaving the right back position open. Frank Lampard is said to be a big fan of the Portuguese international.
Ricardo is a key
player in Brendan Rodgers impressive side, they are third on the table and they
are expected to go all out for European place finish at the end of the season.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has said that he takes inspiration from former Blues players such as John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, who carried a winning mentality during their time at the club. The Frenchman has been a revelation since making the move to the Premier League four years ago and during this period, he has won the league title with both Leicester City and the Blues.
In a report covered by Goal.com, the France international was asked about his inspiration and he happened to give examples of former Blues players such as Terry and Fabregas, who have enjoyed plenty of success during their careers, he said: “Today, I’m at Chelsea and I watch football less than when I was young. But to answer the question, I think of players with whom I played, like John Terry or Cesc Fàbregas and who always wanted to win everything. They are the players who inspire me, like Pedro who has won everything and is always there to win titles.”
The early reign of Frank Lampard has been characterized by a learning curve for the fans as his young Blues have flattered to deceive so far. With five points so far in as many matches, there should be pressure on the former Derby manager.
However due to his status as a club legend and the summer transfer ban, it has been a hit free period for the former England star. Looking at the Blues set up there have been good performances from some players with the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount stepping up to the challenge.
Chelsea have endured a mixed season in Maurizio Sarri’s first year in chargeof the club. The Stamford Bridge outfit are known for their counterattacking football and back to wall approach. However, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri was meant to change all of that.
>He started well with his sarri-ball looking smooth as silk in the early stages of the season but it became obvious who the facilitator of the team was too many teams. Mark Jorginho and Chelsea stop playing became the aim of most teams after the defeat away to Tottenham in November.
Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a surprise target for Spanish giants FC Barcelona as they look to bolster their defense.
Barcelona lack depth in defense and are said to be considering a move for the former Serbian international as they seek to bolster their defensive options.