Ever since Pep Guardiola arrived to the Allianz Arena as the new manager of the German club in January of 2013, Guardiola has managed to win 2 successive Bundesliga titles which is a fairly impressive accomplishment but fans and their own players are expecting to see more.
The Champions League is the biggest and most important title that any club can win and this is what Pep Guardiola has to achieve in order to fully alleviate and take a break from all of the pressure that is surrounding him.
To be completely fair, Pep Guardiola did bad luck in the Champions League of the previous season after his 2 star players: Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both were unable to play due to injuries and had to miss out from Bayern Munich’s Champions League match against Barcelona which concluded with the Spanish club claiming the victory.
Bayern Munich has been defeated and eliminated from their 2 previous Champions League seasons and these eliminations arrived during the semi-final stages of the European competition. Read more »
Messi and C.Ronaldo are undoubtedly the 2 players who are considered to be the best from the past 10 years. This past decade has been a battle between both performers with each player marking their name in the history-books not only for their respective clubs but for the sport in its entirety as Lionel Messi became the only player ever in winning 4 Ballon d’Or titles meanwhile C.Ronaldo is following him closely behind as the Portuguese star has the prestigious individual award on 3 occasions and he became the first player hailing from Portugal that has managed on accomplishing that.
Both players have dominated the world of football for the past years and this can be evidenced by the fact that Ricardo Kaka has been the only other player who has been able to lift the Ballon d’Or title and the Brazilian attacker was capable of doing that back in 2007. From there on out the world of football has been pitted in a war with Messi and C.Ronaldo being at the center of the spotlight.
However, according to the former Everton player Andy van der Meyde he believes that ZlatanIbrahimovic is right up there along with Lionel Messi and C.Ronaldo in terms of ability and talent.
Andy van der Meyde said: “Ibrahimovic is one of the best players in the world with Messi and Ronaldo. He is such a big and strong guy. He can be an intimidating figure. Plus he has amazing technique as well for someone with a big body like his. He’s the type of player who wants to win at all costs. He is arrogant, but that’s him. It’s a positive sort of arrogance if you ask me. He is a true great.” Read more »
A 6th place position in the Eredivisie League and last place in their Champions League Group H, this Ajax is not the same team that used to wipe their opposition and claim victories despite what obstacle was in front of them.
Ajax is set to face Celtic in the Champions League group stages and a victory is what they need to keep hopes alive on advancing any further. Barcelona are at the top with 7 points and Ac.Milan follow close behind with 5 points meanwhile Ajax are struggling having only secured 1 point so far.
When Louis van Gaal was in charge of the team, Ajax was much more focused on training young players and they still are concentrating on doing just that but due to the fact that Ajax needs to sell in order to survive, it’s taking a big toll on the Dutch side.
Trying to promote young, homegrown players is a routine which has become standard for them. During the match Ajax played against Celtic some weeks ago the only player that was older than 24 was Christian Poulsen meanwhile all the other were young players even some making debuts while this is not a bad thing it just describes the man weakness they are suffering which is having an energetic fast paced team that lack experience.
Similar to many matches like Barcelona endured in which they enjoyed having more than 60% of possession it was the same thing when Ajax played against Vitesse in their Dutch league fixture that saw them having more possession but still losing 1-0 they need the clinical edge that can once more put them at the top of their game and transform themselves into one of the best teams in the world.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer has sensationally claimed that he would like to take over at Manchester City from Roberto Mancini. It has been widely speculated that Italian Roberto Mancini will leave the club at the end of the season.
City have been looking at alternatives to replace the former Inter Milan manager, who has failed to defend the Premier league title this season. Ajax manager Frank de Boer has been spoken of as one of the next City manager’s in the last few weeks. He is extremely close to getting the Dutch club to a league title this season.
However, his most impressive performance has come in the European competitions when Ajax managed to finish ahead of Manchester City in the Champions League group stages. Despite being in the group of death, the Dutch club managed to qualify for the Europa league by finishing in third position behind Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Even though he has said that it will be difficult for him to move his family to England, he would be open to receiving any offers from the Premier league outfit. Meanwhile, Ajax director Marc Overmars has said that he is not worried about losing his manager right now.
However, he thinks that City will make an offer sooner rather than later.
“Manchester City is something I want to do, yes! But it is difficult for me to move my family abroad at the moment. I have to consider others, not just myself,” said Frank de Boer in a recent interview. “Am I worried? Not for losing Frank now, but City will be a big competitor for his signature in the near future,” said the Ajax director. One of the reasons behind the City link is the presence of the former Barcelona technical director Txiki Beguiristain, who is thought to be a fan of de Boer.
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