James Milner bets Brendan Rodgers can take Liverpool back on top

This English season is expected to bring many surprises to the fans and first of them has already been poured in front of all of us, i.e., the devastating form of the league defenders and now we have Manchester United leading the table which was also not unexpected before start of the season. Liverpool, on the other side, is another one capable of surprising anyone and manager Brendan Rodgers is as well optimistic that they will be among the top four by the end of the year, in fact, he has a back of his players including James Milner who categorically praised his boss and his talent to bring Reds on the top again. If we look at the league table, they are comfortable at number eight with five points difference from the leader knowing the fact that Anfield side is without some of its former high profile players including of course Suarez then how they will succeed is still confusing to many yet Milner believes they have the back of one of the top class manager who can bring the glorious days back to the Liverpool fans.

He said this after their emphatic victory against Aston Villa this Saturday with an important contribution from the 29-year-old who opened his account by netting one goal. Talking about his manager and the way he trains them, Milner said, “I’ve been really impressed with him. Preparation is second to none. We go into every game with a gameplan. Training is very good and any problems as a player you can see on the pitch, he has seen them as well rather than him not knowing what the problem is. I’ve talked with him after a game and whatever I’ve thought he has already said ahead of me so I think he is well on top.

“A lot of things that have been said are disappointing and frustrating really because you see how close they went to winning the league a couple of years ago. And then with the players that have left the club it is going to take time to get back to that point. But with patience he has shown he is a top-class manager and with the players we have we can get to where we want to be.”

Clearly he is using media to flatter his boss and expecting something in return, maybe he wants to be in the side on permanent basis, who knows!

Arsene Wenger taunts Mourinho for Chelsea bad show this year

Ahead of every high profile game in English premier league, media starts digging previous bytes of both the bosses to find out anything interesting and of we are talking about Chelsea and Arsenal, they won’t have to do much hard work as both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have lots of negative words against each other in the past and for that reason upcoming Saturday showdown between the two has already created a buzz in the media. If we look at last season, both of them equalized their face-offs; while Blues won the premier league game, Gunners triumphed North Londoners in 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley hence weekend game could give more meat to media hunks to exaggerate their cold war. Anyway, without weighing the rumor too much, Arsene Wenger recently said he would hand shake with the Portuguese before the game proving they both enjoy healthy sporty relations without any ego fight and if we look where Chelsea stand this year, they are fighting for their survival with a seventeenth place on the board hence they desperately need to win the upcoming game and this nervousness is the key weapon for Emirates side to overcome league defenders.

Reacting over Chelsea’s current form and state of mind of former Real Madrid boss, Wenger said, “I don’t want to talk about that, it is not my problem. You have to find the right players and the right balance. It is the same for everybody.” He intelligently taunted over Portuguese’s ability to form a best combination of players to win matches, but anyways, everything is fair in love and war and Saturday would prove who is better among the two. In any way, Frenchman would like to answer Mourinho for his remarks when he called him a ‘Specialist in failure.’

Adding about the long hours journey his side would have to go through for weekend faceoff and if he would take it as an excuse if they lose the game, longest running Gunners boss said, “We have to deal with that and we have to forget about that and just focus on the game. No, they prepare well enough. You never know what kind of consequences that is but I think we are prepared to deal with it. But as well you want to do that without destroying your game. We have a good natural balance between physical and technical quality so I will not change too much.”

Mourinho lambasts rumors linking his third spell with failures

A number Three always carries superstitions with it and it is believed by everyone inside or outside of the game and even in soccer a Three is considered unlucky by many. The league defenders Chelsea could be the next target of this number as being assumed by many English experts. According to few published reports, the term is the third one for manager Jose Mourinho and for this reason Blues could be performing so badly in the league while on the other hand Portuguese has refused to accept that current form has anything to do with any misconception, however, he agrees there are few problems which they need to fix as soon as possible. This is possibly the first time, former Everton boss has talked about poor form of his side and unexpectedly he looked rather calmed and replied to media questions quite patiently. Interestingly, the reports are being flashed across channels ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel-Aviv which has already gained lots of media attention for its importance for the North Londoners and if Mourinho fails to overcome Israelis rivals, it would be a huge setback for until highly successful Stamford Bridge boss.

Anyways, rejecting all the interpretations of number three, 52-year-old reacted irately to the reports and said, “My third season in Porto, I didn’t have a third season. In Inter, I didn’t have a third season. My third season at Chelsea, the first time, I won the FA Cup and the League Cup, and I played the Champions League semifinals. The third season in Real Madrid, I won the Spanish Super Cup, lost the Copa del Rey final, and I went to the Champions League semifinals.

“These are my third seasons. So click on ‘Google’ instead of asking stupid questions. You spoke about the third season, and I’m telling you the question is stupid. I know the point — it is that the question is stupid.”

His response looks positive and logical while media is trying to create a link with his third spell and failures to encash curiosity out of nothing! Replying to team’s current form questions, former Real Madrid boss said, “It’s sad that it’s like that. It’s so simple to accept the results are not good because that’s football, because every season you have some teams who don’t start well and have bad results.

“It’s so easy to connect that with football, with injuries, with bad luck, with bad moments. It’s so easy to do that, so it’s quite sad that people go in other directions and try to find problems that don’t exist.”

Wenger confident over Alexis Sanchez form in this league season

Arsenal

There are few players whose comeback in the side is eagerly awaited not only by the fans as well manager and whenever they join back the first team, they are expected to deliver as they have been during their previous spell playing for the same side. Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is one such player who has had a long break recently, in fact, he did impart in the preseason games too and knowingly he did not waste his time and kept himself maintained to join the first team whenever manager Arsene Wenger allows him to. Although, he was the part of team during last weekend’s premier league opener against West Ham – but as a substitute – and upcoming Crystal Palace showdown would be the first one when we will see him leading the forward line for full ninety minutes. Manager Arsene Wenger is as well confident 26-year-old forward would not led them down and looking at the lengthy spell he played for Gunners last season, fans expect him to play another long spell without any injury.

Talking about his form in upcoming season, Wenger said, “I am a bit worried, but on the other hand, I knew before the start that once he is here, he would be difficult to stop, so I gave him a long enough break. He had four weeks off, which is quite reasonable. He finished on July 3 and he came back on August 3. Alexis works extremely hard in every single training session to show that he is ready. He came back as well reasonably fit. He practiced for two weeks before he came back. He did not start from zero and in training now, he looks alright.”

Predicting if he can copy his last year’s 53 game spell, 65-year-old Frenchman said, “He made 52 or 53 games last season, plus the Copa America, so that means somewhere he has an instinct that shows how far he can go. It is difficult. In March, April, May, you could see he was a bit jaded, but he is still a guy who can make a decision in a game, and once he is out there he gives 100 percent.

“He is very ambitious, Alexis. He knows he won the FA Cup, now he wants to look to get more. This season, he knows what is expected from him, and he will do better than last year.”

Benitez underplays his differences rumors with Ronaldo

Real-Madrid

Settling down in a new ambience is never an easy job for any new entrant to a big side even though he is joining on the top post especially if we are talking about the side like Real Madrid who has ever been the most aspiring sides not only by players but managers and coaches as well. The 55-year-old Spanish coach Rafa Benitez is one such entrant who must have some aspirations from the Spanish giants that is why he decided to catch the opportunity to coach one of the best European sides. But, like always, his job is not going to be an easy affair as being hinted by some of the Spanish news portals. According to few insiders, he is already having a tension with team starlet Cristiano Ronaldo and reportedly they both are having some kind of ego problem that is not allowing new coach to completely implement his new ideas in the side. While some experts are calling it a natural phase for any newcomer which should pass by in no time, on the other side, many are taking it as first big hurdle for Benitez which he needs to overlook – at least in fans eyes! Accordingly, former Napoli boss has downplayed his difference with Ronaldo rumors and said he is enjoying his stay at Santiago Bernabéu.

Actually, a local newspaper reported yesterday that Ronaldo is upset with new coach for his disallowing one goal during Wednesday’s training session in Melbourne, Australia. Talking about the small spat with team’s best forward Benitez told a news conference: “He is competitive and that is the key. I see it as a virtue, not a defect. My relationship with him is the same as with the other players. I speak a lot with all of them. There are people that say this or that, but I can assure you that it’s not true. My relationship with him is absolutely normal.

“Fortunately after working with him you get to see just how competitive he is, how he likes to win and the quality he has. This is why he is the best in the world. I always try to bring out the best of the players I have. Seeing Cristiano at work, you understand why he has the trophies he has. He is clearly the best in the world. I would like for everyone to have the same will to compete and win that he has. He proves it every day and I’m delighted.”