Manchester City’s latest Premier League match was against Swansea City and Manuel Pellegrini’s team picked up a scare in this game as their opponents took the lead at the 9th minute through Wilfried Bony as the Ivorian forward received a pass from his teammate Dyer before slotting it into the net of Joe Hart.
Jose Mourinho is considered one of the smartest managers around, but, when he signed Didier Drogba in the summer, there were not too many people who backed that move of his.
There was a general opinion that Drogba was well and truly past his prime and there was no point spending money on such a player.
People were obviously saying that on the basis of how the 2013-14 Season had gone for the Ivory Coast player. Not only had he suffered serious injuries, he had played some pathetic football.
The former English forward Paul Merson believes that with guys like Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires going to play in the first Indian Super League, it will raise the standard of the tournament quite high.
Anelka and Pires, both of whom have played Premier League football in England, will be featuring for the central India based clubs i.e. Mumbai City and FC Goa respectively.
As per Merson, ISL is going to have the similar impact as the Indian Premier League, a franchise based cricket tournament in India.
French club Reims have managed to sign former Bolton and Liverpool striker David Ngog on a free transfer. The 25-year-old striker has been without a club since leaving Bolton at the end of last season. Despite his relative young age, he has been unable to find a club. This has partly because of his poor form in recent years. The Frenchman was signed by Bolton in 2011 with a view of returning straight back to the Premier league, but his three years at the championship outfit saw often score only 14 goals in 81 matches.
The manager of France national football team, Didier Deschamps, has said that it’s the experience which was the real difference between his side and Germany in the first quarter final match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Germany defeated France by a narrow margin of 1-0 in that match to register a place in the Round of 4.
The comeback man, Mats Hummels, gave Germany an early lead which the Les Blues were not able to nullify.
Swansea manager Garry Monk says that he is excited by the transfer market that is about to start in the next few weeks. Swansea had a tough season that brought them back to earth after a campaign in which they lifted their first major title in the history of the club. Out went Michael Laudrup and in came Monk to steady the ship. He certainly achieved this and help the club to finish in the Premier league for another season. This was extremely important for the club given the relegation would have cost them a lot of money.
Swansea have revealed that four key players will not be offered new contracts at the end of the season. Former Bolton striker David Ngog is one of them. He has been at Swansea since the January transfer window after leaving Bolton. However, he has found little game time under Michael Laudrup and under current manager Gary Monk. After managing to secure another season of Premier league football, the club have decided to part ways with those players in order to strengthen the squad in the summer.
Following Michael Laudrup’s departure from Swansea City, Garry Monk was appointed as the player-manager of the Premier League club and now that the English league is just about to reach its end, talks are being made concerning the future of the 35 years old tactician.
Even though Monk is unaware of what decision the club will ultimately decide, he remains positive and hopes that his chance of coaching Swansea City extends and turns into a permanent deal.
Arsenal dropped a few points during their Premier League title race after sustaining a surprising 2-2 draw against Swansea City. It was a tightly contested match which saw the team of Garry Monk taking the lead through Wilfried Bony in the 1st half but Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned things around for around for Arsenal and just when it seemed like Wenger’s side was going to pick up a victory, an own goal from Mathieu Flamini rescued 1 point for Swansea City.
David Ngog is happy tofinally return to the Barclays Premier League. For an undisclosed fee he joined Swansea from Bolton.
The former France Under-21 cap was expecting to be offered the chance to join Swansea and hence was not surprised to be asked to play in the rest of the Premier League. He was heard saying that it this was his chance to join a good club that was interested in him and was part of the Premier League. He was happy to receive this opportunity and after some deliberation decided to sign.