John Terry to get new deal at Chelsea

Chelsea captain, John Terry is hoping to remain relevant in the scheme of things at the Stamford Bridge outfit for a couple more years and manager, Jose Mourinho has assured him of a significant number of matches in the coming season. With a contract extension in the pipeline, Terry is expected to agree considering his unmasked desire to continue to give his best to the club. While the Blue’s attack struggled in futility to break the resolve of the Tottenham defence during their recent Capital One Cup on Sunday, the England defender wasted no time to blaze in a loose ball after the Spurs defence hesitated to clear the ball after a corner-kick. In an interview after the glorious win, the captain expressed his love for the club and believes that if given the opportunity, he hopes to continue being relevant to the club. Over the last decade and this season in particular, John Terry has been very formidable for the Blues, he has been a major part of every of the club’s defensive unit and featured beside awesome defenders like Ricardo Cavarlho and Ashley Cole during Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the club. Seeing his constant dedication, Mourinho appears cautious in order not to relieve the same event that led to Frank Lampard’s exit from the club last summer. What Chelsea thought was an exit from the English Premier League turned to a situation where they have had to constantly watch their back as Lampard continued to inspire serious contenders, Manchester City. While speaking to reporters, Mourinho revealed that he is very confident that the Chelsea skipper will get an extension in due time. He however stated in response to whether the captain would be difficult to replace, that Terry’s discipline and leadership qualities, makes him and most of the senior players at the club difficult to replace.

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Luis Enrique backs Barcelona to win trebble

With just a single game away from the Copa del Rey final, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes that his team despite the infamous distractions this season are in line to secure a treble. The manager who is not daunted with the fact that the Catalan giants remain two points adrift of arch rivals Real Madrid on the La Liga table believes that his side can still pip the European champions to the League. Barcelona will face Villarreal in the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final armed with a 3-1 victory secured at the Nou Camp and even though Villarreal it was who forced Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw last weekend, Enrique believes that his team can inflict enough damage on the hosts to guarantee them a spot in the finals. While speaking to reporters, he explained that the aim of every team including Barcelona is to always get a win and no matter the number of competitions that they may be involved in, they always want to get the best results. He however urged his side not to be carried away with the 2-goal advantage that they have when they play Villarreal on Wednesday noting that the hosts who currently sit at the sixth position on the La Liga will derive motivation from the point they earned at the Spanish capital last weekend. He also stated that Villarreal are one of the few attack minded teams in the Spanish League thereby making it quite difficult for any team to get past them. According to Enrique, if his side are able to put up an amiable performance, they should be able to see off the hosts before things go south. He is also banking on the fact that an attacking trio consisting Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi would prove more than a handful for any team and hopes to use the three prong attack to his advantage when both teams clash on Wednesday.

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Guardiola downplays Manchester City move

Despite the unending rumours that he might be on his way to Manchester City, Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola has maintained that he currently has no intentions to leave the German champions at the end of this season. The manager who insists that he is very happy with the conditions at the Allianz Arena believes that the rumours about his impending move to the Etihad is been peddled by mischief makers. The former Barcelona boss has a contract that ties him with the Munich based club until May 2016 but since when negotiations over an extension stalled many observers have begun to speculate a possible move out of the Bundesliga and with Manchester City constantly monitoring the gaffer, it seems only logical that he’d be linked to the Arab spenders. Despite interest from the English champions, Guardiola has stressed in no light terms that at least for the nearest future, he will remain at Bayern and in fact maintained that he has not been in contact with any other club. During a recent press conference, the Bayern boss revealed that he would like to stay at Bayern indicating that he might just be bidding his time before committing to another contract at the end of the season as against the much broadcasted, Manchester City move. Further explaining the situations surrounding his current job, the Spaniard stated that he still has a contract with the German outfit and he has to respect that. Guardiola who moved from being Barcelona boss to Bayern Munich about two seasons ago has since then led the German’s to a domestic double, a European Super Cup as well the much coveted Club World Cup all in his first season with the club. As Bayern are currently atop of the Bundesliga, the gaffer has nothing to make him feel worried as much as to quit his job so unless Manchester City break the bank as usual, this manager isn’t leaving Germany anytime soon.

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Steven Gerrard slams mischievous Mario Balotelli

Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard believes that Mario Balotelli shouldn’t have seize the ball from stand-in captain, Jordan Henderson during their recent Europa League tie against Beskitas. The Reds needed a late penalty to secure a win over the Turkish giants at the Merseyside after Jordon Ibe appeared to have been fouled inside the box. As Henderson stepped up to take the kick, summer arrival, Mario Balotelli moved over to him and collected the ball but despite his well taken penalty, Gerrard and by extension a good number of his teammates believed that the Italian broke the rules at the club by disrespecting his captain. Balotteli is quite known for his excellent conversion rate of spot kicks but since the predetermined rules at Liverpool dictates that the captain (in this case Henderson) should take on the responsibility, Mario should have respected the rules. Gerrard who should have taken the kick were he on the pitch expressed disappointment in Balotelli’s behaviour and while speaking to ITV, branded the Italian striker as mischievous. Away from the controversies, Gerrard who is seeing off his last season with Liverpool hailed Balotelli’s composure while taking the kick but noted that it is usually a sight for sore eyes when players of the same side are arguing. Gerrard also appreciated the maturity with which Henderson handled the situation noting that it was obvious that Mario wanted to score and Jordan was right not to escalate the situation thereby walking away. While stressing the fact that Mario should not have attempted to take the ball from the captain, the midfielder wondered what brawl could have happened if 6 or 7 players also wanted to score so badly that they all tried to take the kick but despite the incident, Liverpool will make the trip to Turkey with a 1-0 advantage which might prop them for a ticket in the last 16 stage of the competition.

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Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Chelsea 29 20 7 2 +36 67
2 Manchester City 30 18 7 5 +34 61
3 Arsenal 30 18 6 6 +27 60
4 Manchester United 30 17 8 5 +25 59
5 Liverpool 30 16 6 8 +12 54
6 Southampton 30 16 5 9 +21 53
7 Tottenham 30 16 5 9 +5 53
8 Swansea 30 12 7 11 -4 43
9 West Ham 30 11 9 10 +3 42
10 Stoke City 30 12 6 12 -3 42
11 Crystal Palace 30 9 9 12 -5 36
12 Newcastle Utd 30 9 8 13 -15 35
13 Everton 30 8 10 12 -4 34
14 West Brom 30 8 9 13 -12 33
15 Hull City 30 6 10 14 -12 28
16 Aston Villa 30 7 7 16 -20 28
17 Sunderland 30 4 14 12 -21 26
18 Burnley 30 5 10 15 -23 25
19 QPR 30 6 4 20 -23 22
20 Leicester 29 4 7 18 -21 19
G Player Team
19 Diego Costa Chelsea
19 H. Kane Tottenham Hotspur
17 S. Agüero Manchester City
15 C. Austin Queens Park Rangers
13 O. Giroud Arsenal
13 A. Sánchez Arsenal
12 S. Berahino West Bromwich Albion
11 P. Cissé Newcastle United
11 E. Hazard Chelsea
11 David Silva Manchester City
11 W. Rooney Manchester United
10 W. Bony Manchester City
10 D. Sakho West Ham United
10 R. van Persie Manchester United
9 C. Eriksen Tottenham Hotspur
Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Barcelona 28 22 2 4 +63 68
2 Real Madrid 28 21 1 6 +52 64
3 Valencia 28 18 6 4 +30 60
4 Atl. Madrid 28 18 5 5 +30 59
5 Sevilla 28 17 4 7 +18 55
6 Villarreal 28 14 7 7 +17 49
7 Malaga 28 13 5 10 0 44
8 Ath Bilbao 28 11 6 11 -6 39
9 Real Sociedad 28 9 9 10 -4 36
10 Celta Vigo 28 9 8 11 -2 35
11 Rayo Vallecano 28 11 2 15 -17 35
12 Espanyol 28 9 7 12 -5 34
13 Getafe 28 8 5 15 -15 29
14 Eibar 28 7 7 14 -12 28
15 Elche 28 7 6 15 -29 27
16 Dep. La Coruna 28 6 8 14 -21 26
17 Almeria 28 6 7 15 -19 25
18 Levante 28 6 7 15 -29 25
19 Granada CF 28 4 11 13 -25 23
20 Cordoba 28 3 9 16 -26 18
G Player Team
32 L. Messi Barcelona
31 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
17 Neymar Barcelona
16 C. Bacca Sevilla
15 Bueno Rayo Vallecano
14 A. Griezmann Atlético Madrid
13 K. Benzema Real Madrid
12 G. Bale Real Madrid
12 M. Mandžukic Atlético Madrid
12 L. Vietto Villarreal
11 Aduriz Athletic Club
9 Jonathas Elche
9 Sergio García Espanyol
9 J. Larrivey Celta de Vigo
9 Dani Parejo Valencia
Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 20 4 2 +57 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 16 6 4 +28 54
3 B. Monchengladbach 26 13 8 5 +17 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 12 9 5 +16 45
5 Schalke 26 11 6 9 +6 39
6 Augsburg 26 12 2 12 -1 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 10 7 9 +2 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 9 7 10 -3 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 9 7 10 -13 34
10 Dortmund 26 9 6 11 +1 33
11 Mainz 26 6 12 8 -1 30
12 Köln 26 7 9 10 -6 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 8 5 13 -13 29
14 Hannover 26 7 6 13 -13 27
15 Freiburg 26 5 10 11 -10 25
16 Hamburger SV 26 6 7 13 -21 25
17 Paderborn 26 5 9 12 -27 24
18 VfB Stuttgart 26 5 8 13 -19 23
G Player Team
19 A. Meier Eintracht Frankfurt
17 A. Robben Bayern München
13 B. Dost Wolfsburg
13 R. Lewandowski Bayern München
12 P. Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund
12 F. Di Santo Werder Bremen
12 T. Müller Bayern München
11 K. Bellarabi Bayer Leverkusen
10 S. Okazaki Mainz 05
10 Heung-Min Son Bayer Leverkusen
9 E. Choupo-Moting Schalke 04
9 K. De Bruyne Wolfsburg
9 M. Götze Bayern München
9 A. Ujah Köln
8 S. Aigner Eintracht Frankfurt
Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Juventus 28 20 7 1 +41 67
2 AS Roma 28 14 11 3 +18 53
3 Lazio 28 16 4 8 +24 52
4 Sampdoria 28 12 12 4 +9 48
5 Napoli 28 13 8 7 +11 47
6 Fiorentina 28 12 10 6 +10 46
7 Torino 28 10 9 9 +2 39
8 AC Milan 28 9 11 8 +6 38
9 Genoa 27 9 10 8 +4 37
10 Inter 28 9 10 9 +6 37
11 Palermo 28 8 11 9 -3 35
12 Udinese 27 8 9 10 -5 33
13 Empoli 28 6 15 7 0 33
14 Sassuolo 28 7 11 10 -9 32
15 Chievo 28 8 8 12 -9 32
16 Verona 28 8 8 12 -15 32
17 Atalanta 28 5 11 12 -15 26
18 Cagliari 28 4 9 15 -19 21
19 Cesena 28 4 9 15 -24 21
20 Parma 26 3 3 20 -32 9
G Player Team
16 C. Tévez Juventus
15 M. Icardi Internazionale
15 J. Ménez Milan
13 G. Higuaín Napoli
13 L. Toni Hellas Verona
12 P. Dybala Palermo
10 A. Di Natale Udinese
10 M. Gabbiadini Napoli
10 F. Quagliarella Torino
9 Felipe Anderson Lazio
9 José Callejón Napoli
9 Eder Sampdoria
8 D. Berardi Sassuolo
8 M. Klose Lazio
8 A. Ljajic Roma
Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Paris SG 30 16 11 3 +27 59
2 Lyon 30 17 7 6 +33 58
3 Marseille 30 17 6 7 +29 57
4 Monaco 29 15 8 6 +14 53
5 St Etienne 30 14 10 6 +13 52
6 Bordeaux 30 13 9 8 +1 48
7 Montpellier 29 13 6 10 +7 45
8 Lille 30 11 8 11 +1 41
9 Nantes 30 10 10 10 -6 40
10 Guingamp 30 12 3 15 -9 39
11 Rennes 30 10 9 11 -9 39
12 Nice 30 10 7 13 -4 37
13 Bastia 30 9 10 11 -4 37
14 Caen 30 9 8 13 0 35
15 Reims 30 9 8 13 -14 35
16 Evian TG 30 11 2 17 -14 35
17 Lorient 30 10 4 16 -7 34
18 Toulouse 30 9 5 16 -18 32
19 Lens 30 6 7 17 -20 25
20 Metz 30 5 8 17 -20 23
G Player Team
23 A. Lacazette Olympique Lyonnais
17 Z. Ibrahimovic PSG
16 A. Gignac Olympique Marseille
11 C. Beauvue Guingamp
11 N. Fekir Olympique Lyonnais
11 D. Rolan Bordeaux
10 L. Barrios Montpellier
10 W. Ben Yedder Toulouse
10 M. Gradel Saint-Étienne
9 J. Ayew Lorient
9 Carlos Eduardo Nice
9 C. Mandanne Guingamp
9 P. Ntep Rennes
8 M. Batshuayi Olympique Marseille
8 E. Cavani PSG

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