Guus Hiddink was quite worried to see the complacency of a few players in the Chelsea squad when he came in as the caretaker boss.
It had gotten Hiddink thinking at that time that the team might have to play in the second tier next season.
The history has the examples of big teams getting demoted too and Hiddink believed Chelsea was not too far away from creating another such example.
But, thankfully for all those people who love the Blues, the situation did not worsen to that extent.
Juventus have a do or die match in the Champions League when they are against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 round.
The Italian outfit are one of the most powerful across European football going by the last few months of results. However, they failed to hold onto a 2-0 advantage at home and ended up doing the match 2-2. The two away goals have given the huge advantage to Bayern ahead of the second leg. Still, the positive aspect for Juventusis that they need only a win away from home.Patrice Evraremains confident of achieving success in Germany.
A few years ago, Radamel Falcao was considered to be one of the top forwards in the world. The Colombian attacker really managed to make a name for himself and this was when he was performing with the Athletic Madrid jersey.
During the 2 years that Radamel Falcao spent as a player of Athletic Madrid, he managed to score league 52 goals in 68 appearances.
Falcao was so impressive with Athletic Madrid that As.Monaco were interested in signing the Colombian forward and splashed out around €60 million to secure his services.
Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win against Valencia ensured that they remained in touch with Real Madrid and Barcelona after nine games.
Jose Mourinho is a very controversial coach who has a divided fan-base which certain supporters defending the decisions and actions that the Portuguese manager has done during his career but there are others who dislike Mourinho but the former Chelsea player Paulo Ferreira is one of those that supports the highly rated coach.
Thibaut Courtois was a major factor in Chelsea getting a 1-1 draw against Paris St Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 round.
Former Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira has praised the performances of right back Branislav Ivanovic.
The Serbian defender has been unshakeable from the right back spot at Chelsea for the last 12 months. His ability to defend well coupled with his attacking instincts seems have made him one of the important members in the team. Ferreira, who was once the club’s regular right back, says that he has been very impressed with the performances of Ivanovic so far this campaign. Ferreira is the club ambassador at Chelsea after having recently retired at the age of 35.
The new Portugal boss, Fernando Santos, has named Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad that he has picked for the friendly encounter against France.
The Portuguese will be taking on Les Blues in a week time before they make their way to Denmark to play their second Euro qualifier.
As far as Portugal’s first qualifier is concerned, they lost it to Albania the previous month by a narrow margin.
Ronaldo was not there representing Portugal in that game. Paulo Bento, the team’s manager at that time, had kept the Blancos talisman out citing fitness issues.
Didier Drogba completed his return to Chelsea as he denied offers that were launched at him mostly arriving from the MLS. Last season of the Premier League Chelsea struggled trying to find a solid and consistent player that could score goals for them but the arrival of Diego Costa is expected to solve that problem, it still comes into question however what role will Didier Drogba be playing.
Portugal is carrying out all of their preparations for the 2014 World Cup but they have been hit with a huge blow as C.Ronaldo continues on popping up with injuries.
C.Ronaldo is not only the star of Real Madrid but the eyes of the world will be locking their attention towards the Portuguese winger who secured the Ballon d’Or silverware some months ago and he has to step it up in order to prove why he earned this recognition.