Luis Enrique hails the attitude of his players

The Spanish supporters were left gutted once again as the team suffered an early exit in another multi-team tournament. Spain failed to make it to the knockout stages of the on-going Nations League despite making a very good beginning to the group stage.

Spain lost the plot after earning 6 points out of the 2 matches. Two back to back losses after that sent them packing and it was a bitter pill to swallow for the supporters, but the coach Luis Enrique is not unhappy with the team’s performance and he thinks the team has actually got better since he has taken charge.

The Spanish supporters were left gutted once again as the team suffered an early exit in another multi-team tournament. Spain failed to make it to the knockout stages of the on-going Nations League despite making a very good beginning to the group stage.

Spain lost the plot after earning 6 points out of the 2 matches. Two back to back losses after that sent them packing and it was a bitter pill to swallow for the supporters, but the coach Luis Enrique is not unhappy with the team’s performance and he thinks the team has actually got better since he has taken charge.

Enrique said he obviously wanted to advance to the Round of 4 and the whole team wanted that as well and the way it unfolded in the initial matches, they were well on their way, but obviously the level of performance after that came down a little bit and the team wasn’t able to grab the opportunities that came their way in the last two matches, but it’s also important to keep in mind that it was not the easiest group in the league. The other two teams there were fairly strong as well.

Spain had England and Croatia as the other two teams in their group and La Roja were beaten by both of them by the same margin of 2-3 in their last two games.

According to Enrique, “he already had the idea that the team would not be able to meet all his demands straightaway“, but the approach that the team has carried “since he has joined“ in, it’s a big tick.

“I make a positive assessment of the six matches that we have had.” Enrique was quoted saying by FOX SPORTS.

“I already knew that the players could not give me everything I have asked for but I am delighted with the attitude of them all.” Enrique added.

Thiago Alcantara hopes to stay with Bayern Munich for the long-term

Spain international Thiago Alcantara has iterated his ambition to stay put with Bayern Munich for the long-term. The midfielder has been marred by several injury concerns during his time with the Bavarian giants but he has nonetheless been an influential player for the club over the past five-and-a-half seasons.

Speaking to Goal.com, Alcantara said that he has gained experience during his five-year stay with the Bundesliga holders and he hopes to continue his association with the club for many years to come, he quipped: “I’ve matured here, gained important experience and the opportunity to enjoy football more. Life is made up of stages and, of course, some more years can be added to this stage.”

Spain international Thiago Alcantara has iterated his ambition to stay put with Bayern Munich for the long-term. The midfielder has been marred by several injury concerns during his time with the Bavarian giants but he has nonetheless been an influential player for the club over the past five-and-a-half seasons.

Speaking to Goal.com, Alcantara said that he has gained experience during his five-year stay with the Bundesliga holders and he hopes to continue his association with the club for many years to come, he quipped: “I’ve matured here, gained important experience and the opportunity to enjoy football more. Life is made up of stages and, of course, some more years can be added to this stage.”

Meanwhile, the former Barcelona man cited his ambition to win the Champions League which remains the most prestigious trophy for any European club, he further told: “We did not have luck on our side against Real and Atletico in recent years. But we keep going, we really want that title, even though we know how difficult it will be.”

“Bayern have generally eased through to the quarter-final phase over the past five years but on each occasion“, they have come against elite Spanish opposition, who have restricted them from making the final. Last season, “the German champions were“ widely fancied to make the final but a major blunder from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich ultimately cost them at the last four stage.

A repeat of the same performance appears much trickier this term, given Bayern have struggled in the Bundesliga and it remains to be seen whether they can step up when the knockout phase begins in February. Bayern are currently only fourth in the Bundesliga after the opening 13 matches. They are nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are unbeaten since the campaign started.

La Liga more competitive than ever

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes that La Liga has become more competitive in recent years and it is becoming increasingly difficult to win it.

He said that there was a time where only Barcelona and Real Madrid was competing for the title but things have changed in recent years. He said that teams such as Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia have all become stronger and making it difficult to win games against.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes that La Liga has become more competitive in recent years and it is becoming increasingly difficult to win it.

He said that there was a time where only Barcelona and Real Madrid was competing for the title but things have changed in recent years. He said that teams such as Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia have all become stronger and making it difficult to win games against.

Victor Valdes believes that this is a good thing as this will boost the popularity of La Liga. He said that there were some complaints in the past that there were only two teams that can win the title and this was destroying the competitive nature of the Spanish League. He said that now things are different and it provides more entertainment for the neutral.

His comments are backed up by the statistics held on demand for tickets on this site – livefootballtickets.com have seen a 7 fold increase in searches for Spanish matches that don’t involve the big two sides.

Valdes said that this will force teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid to improve if they do not want to be caught by their rivals. He said that this will help these two teams raise their level and become even stronger in the Champions League.

Speaking of Barcelona, Victor Valdes said that they have a strong team and that they are the favorite to win the title. However, he admitted that they need to be more consistent as they have dropped some easy points in the championship so far. He said that players such as Suarez and Messi should help lead the team and make sure that they win the games where they are the favorites.

Valdes said that it is normal that smaller teams will want to play defensively against them and it is up to the Barcelona players to make sure that they step up their game in order to score goals so as to win the games.

Barcelona manager heaps praise on Arthur after Tottenham Hotspur win

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on summer signing Arthur following his side’s 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blaugrana were the dominant side for the most of the European encounter but they were stages where the hosts tried to come back into the game.

Despite this, Lionel Messi once more made the difference by scoring a match-winning brace but Valverde took time to praise the qualities of Arthur, who was hugely impressive with his distribution throughout the match, he said: “Man, that’s what it’s about. Looking for a gap, he has some qualities that come in handy. He completes many passes, it’s hard to take the ball off him. He has been a starter in an important game. We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League.”

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on summer signing Arthur following his side’s 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blaugrana were the dominant side for the most of the European encounter but they were stages where the hosts tried to come back into the game.

Despite this, Lionel Messi once more made the difference by scoring a match-winning brace but Valverde took time to praise the qualities of Arthur, who was hugely impressive with his distribution throughout the match, he said: “Man, that’s what it’s about. Looking for a gap, he has some qualities that come in handy. He completes many passes, it’s hard to take the ball off him. He has been a starter in an important game. We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League.”

“Barcelona had come into this game on the back of three matches without a victory and during this period,“ their defensive organisation was questioned amid the patchy form of Gerard Pique. However, the Catalan giants did not show any major symptoms of that struggle during their visit to the Wembley “Stadium and Spurs had“ to work hard to find the scoresheet with Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

The victory over Spurs sees Barcelona placed firmly at the top of Group B with six points and right behind them are Inter Milan, who are only trailing on goal difference. As such, Spurs are already facing an uphill task of making progress beyond the group stage of the Champions League and the double-header against PSV Eindhoven following the international break may make or break their prospects of reaching the knockout stage of the elite competition. Should this not be the case, Spurs could end up third and qualify for the Europa League knockouts for the second time in three seasons.

Victor Valdes Starts His Training Sessions

The former goalkeeper of Spanish Victor Valdes was known as the 2010 World Cup’s champion in South Africa as well as the Polish-Ukrainian European Championship 2012. He has now entered the field of coaching which is his first experience. Victor coaches at the Moratalaz sports school which is a club situated in the southern part of Madrid. His work here primarily aims at training adolescents and children. As per him, it is an interesting stage as it’s always good to start with kids. The goalkeeper is currently taking care of the Youth A team.

The initial days of work began with sport success as the team was with Madrid Youth Cup. It is a pre-season match where in teams from different regions took part such as Alcorcon, Leganes, and Atletico de Madrid. In addition, there were guests, which included the national team in Yokohama. The 36 year old received his UEFA A and B license and it gives a green signal to train youth category teams post completion of a 6 week course for participants who belonged to the Spanish team and played a minimum of 8 seasons in the Premier League.

The former goalkeeper of Spanish Victor Valdes was known as the 2010 World Cup’s champion in South Africa as well as the Polish-Ukrainian European Championship 2012. He has now entered the field of coaching which is his first experience. Victor coaches at the Moratalaz sports school which is a club situated in the southern part of Madrid. His work here primarily aims at training adolescents and children. As per him, it is an interesting stage as it’s always good to start with kids. The goalkeeper is currently taking care of the Youth A team.

The initial days of work began with sport success as the team was with Madrid Youth Cup. It is a pre-season match where in teams from different regions took part such as Alcorcon, Leganes, and Atletico de Madrid. In addition, there were guests, which included the national team in Yokohama. The 36 year old received his UEFA A and B license and it gives a green signal to train youth category teams post completion of a 6 week course for participants who belonged to the Spanish team and played a minimum of 8 seasons in the Premier League.

“Valdes always had a fascination to begin his coaching career soon as he took retirement from football. “And now that he has started, it seems that it would certainly make him climb the ladder of success which would help him to consider his dreams. The 36 year old was made to enroll the coaching course same as Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez. He has been qualified after which the license was awarded to him. During his period of studying, there was first hand coach training given to him as he closely monitored and participated in training sessions of Asier Garitano with Leganes towards the end of the season. Valdes retired in 2017 but keeps up his spirits high with his coaching sessions.

Victor Valdes Will Coach Youth Team Of Rayo Majadahonda

After their promotion to the Segunda Division, the Rayo Majadahonda is very near to appointing Victor Valdes as their new youth coach. As far as the Valdes interest in coaching the team is concerned, then he has been looking for the coaching opportunity since he retired from playing professionally. And this opportunity seems to be the first rung on the ladder for him. He is happy and excited for this opportunity.

According to the reports, Media Base Sports recently completed their takeover of Rayo Majadahonda and it is believed that they will have a significant influence on the decision to recruit Valdes as the coach. Even people associated with the decision are very excited about the same and Valdes to be the part of the team.

After their promotion to the Segunda Division, the Rayo Majadahonda is very near to appointing Victor Valdes as their new youth coach. As far as the Valdes interest in coaching the team is concerned, then he has been looking for the coaching opportunity since he retired from playing professionally. And this opportunity seems to be the first rung on the ladder for him. He is happy and excited for this opportunity.

According to the reports, Media Base Sports recently completed their takeover of Rayo Majadahonda and it is believed that they will have a significant influence on the decision to recruit Valdes as the coach. Even people associated with the decision are very excited about the same and Valdes to be the part of the team.

Victor Valdes is now 36-year-old and he was enrolled on the same coaching course, as Raul, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez and after being awarded his license, he is qualified.

Considering his period of studying and training, Valdes was given the first hand coach experience. He has mentored and has taken part in training sessions of Asier Garitano with Leganes close to the end of the season. This will help him a lot.

Valdes was not available to give a take on this decision, so we contacted the people associated with the whole process and who will be working with him directly or indirectly to take their stand on his appointment and they said.” It is good to give the team in a hand, which is responsible and know the technicalities of this game minutely. He well deserves this and team will give positive motivation for this move. Under his guidance we are expecting that the team will show its best performance and win some important matches.”

Can Chelsea Topple Barca?

Ahead of the return leg in the Last 16 stage of the Champions League, the question is if Antonio Conte’s Chelsea can shock their hosts Barcelona. The Catalan side is good defensively and their attacking prowess remains unrivalled. They face a Chelsea side that believes in their edge historically over them.

Both sides met first in the continental tournament in the year 2000. Since them the Blues have won four times and played five draws against Barca. And their confidence in this history was evident in the first leg where they put up a spirited performance against the La Liga side.

Ahead of the return leg in the Last 16 stage of the Champions League, the question is if Antonio Conte’s Chelsea can shock their hosts Barcelona. The Catalan side is good defensively and their attacking prowess remains unrivalled. They face a Chelsea side that believes in their edge historically over them.

Both sides met first in the continental tournament in the year 2000. Since them the Blues have won four times and played five draws against Barca. And their confidence in this history was evident in the first leg where they put up a spirited performance against the La Liga side.

Chelsea almost got away with a slim victory if not for a defensive error that handed Lionel Messi the chance to equalize. That goal was so crucial to the hopes of Barcelona as it offers them an advantage heading to the reverse fixture.
Barca dumped Chelsea 5-1 in their first meeting with Brazilian star Rivaldo, Patrick Kluivert and Pep Guardiola on target. In 2005, Didier Drogba’s challenge on goalkeeper Victor Valdes earned him a red card. That game and the return were one of the most brilliant duels in club football. After the 2-1 scoreline in the first leg, Chelsea scored three goals in 20 minutes but Ronaldinho forced the game to continue. John Terry ensured Chelsea went through.

The following year both sides met again and there was another red card. Barca kept their cool and won the return leg at the Nou Camp following a 2-1 in the first leg. In 2009 Barcelona also went through their archrivals in the UCL with Andres Iniesta the hero. However, in 2012, it was different. Chelsea led through Drogba 1-0. They conceded two in Barca’s backyard and then Terry was sent off. It seemed to be the end and a repeat of 2009 but then Ramires and Fernando Torres changed the story and Chelsea went on to win the 2012 Champions League final.

Willian was the hero in the first leg but Chelsea are expected to rise to the occasion as they usually do when they face Barcelona.

TOP BRITISH PLAYERS THAT INFLUENCED THE EL CLASICO

The El Clasico is set for Saturday and players of both sides are gearing up for the crucial game. The fixture could turn out to be the most important game in the first half of this season in the La Liga. If Barcelona can get victory at the Bernabeu, the title would likely return to the Catalan side at the end of the season.

If Real Madrid can get victory, then the gap would be cut short and the race still open for others. Valencia and Atletico Madrid are still in the race so a victory for the home side would ensure full competition until the end of the season but a loss could affect the other teams psychologically.

Gareth Bale, a British star is expected to influence the outcome of the game. He played very well when he came on against Gremio at the Club World Cup. The Welsh man would play a key role if Zinedine Zidane’s men are to get the much needed win.

Looking at other recent top Britons that have influenced the El Clasico, there are:

1. Michael Owen. The natural goalscorer played in the fixture on April 10, 2005 for the Vincent del Bosque-led side. Owen played alongside Raul and Ronaldo De Lima as the team sought to reduce the gap against Barca, just like now. They got the 4-2 win with Owen beating Victor Valdes.

2. David Beckham. The former England international played in that game. He was dominant for Los Blancos, getting two assists. Sergio Ramos credits Beckham for his set piece brilliance, revealing that he spent considerable time practicing with the dead ball specialist.

3. Steve McManaman. The Briton would never be forgotten for his goal in the 2002 Champions League victory over Barcelona in the semi-final first leg. The chip helped them defeat Barca in the last minute. Real won the game on aggregate and then went on to win the title.

VALDES ON BARCELONA’S TITLE CHANCES

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes that the Spanish giant can win the title this season. H said that they have already made a good start to the season and that there is no reason why they will not continue their current form.

He believes that the departure of Neymar has not affected the team a lot and that the players have managed to improve collectively since the departure of the Brazilian forward. He admitted that the Brazilian player was an important member of the team and that they relied a lot on him to create danger in the opposition half.

However, he believes that the team has successfully managed to adapt since his departure and that they are still a strong contender for the title. Victor Valdes said that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have both been performing extremely well and that there is no reason why this should not continue.
Continue reading “VALDES ON BARCELONA’S TITLE CHANCES”

VICTOR VALDES RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL

Former Barcelona and Manchester United shot stopper Victor Valdes has retired from professional football, according to reports.


The 35-year old exited Middlesbrough following their relegation from the Premier League last term. While there were reported interests from Las Palmas, Deportivo La Coruna and even Real Betis, the ex-Spain international opted to turn them all down.

El MundoDeportivo reported that the player was tired of trying so he hung his boots. ESPN claimed to have reached out to the player’s agent Gines Carvajal who refused to deny or confirm the report.
Valdes was in the news recently for launching an international production company Crazy4fun TV. The company has bases in Barcelona, London and Aby Dhabi. Rumours have it that it would be his retirement plan as he desires to end his goal manning career.

Former Barcelona and Manchester United shot stopper Victor Valdes has retired from professional football, according to reports.


The 35-year old exited Middlesbrough following their relegation from the Premier League last term. While there were reported interests from Las Palmas, Deportivo La Coruna and even Real Betis, the ex-Spain international opted to turn them all down.

El MundoDeportivo reported that the player was tired of trying so he hung his boots. ESPN claimed to have reached out to the player’s agent Gines Carvajal who refused to deny or confirm the report.
Valdes was in the news recently for launching an international production company Crazy4fun TV. The company has bases in Barcelona, London and Aby Dhabi. Rumours have it that it would be his retirement plan as he desires to end his goal manning career.

The Deportivo report adds that Valdes would present a TV show that features former players like himself. He played 28 games last season for Boro but could not save them from sinking to the Championship.

He played over 500 games at the Nou Camp for Barcelona where he won 21 titles including three Champions League title and six La Liga titles. He exited Barca in 2014 for Manchester United. He failed to impress at Old Trafford so he went on loan to Standard Liege. He returned to England to help Boro but failed.

International, Valdes is successful with Spain though passively as Iker Casillas was first choice. David De Gea also took over quickly so Valdes never quite got there.