24 Desember 2008
Manchester United ace Paul Scholes has set his sicghts on ‘winning everything’ with the club this season.
The 34-year-old has just recently returned from a three-month injury absence.
Scholes said in the Daily Star: “This year has been a great one for us. We won the league and the European Cup in May and this season has gone well so far.
“We are still in four competitions and I’m looking forward to next year.
“My aim for 2009 is to see United win everything and for me to be a part of a team that goes on to lift trophies at the end of the season.”
He continued: “Now we can really concentrate on the league, the Champions League and the two domestic cups.”
[Source: Daily Star]
The 45-year-old won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Carling Cup twice during his three year spell as Chelsea boss.
He told Sky Sports News: “I never hide. I am in love with the English game. I have to go back one day, for sure. I just love it.
“One of my ambitions is to win the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga. The three big championships in Europe.
“One day I will go back to England because I love it and one day I will go to Spain to win La Liga. But at the same time, I am really, really happy with Inter.
“I want to make Inter a better club. I am very, very happy with the way things have gone so far. It has been a new start to me.
“My team is almost like I used to call my Chelsea team in 2004/2005, a ‘victory machine’. You always have a feeling you will win because the team is so strong.”
[Source: Sky Sports News]
Chelsea boss Phil Scolari has asked the club chiefs for money to spend on new players in the January transfer window.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich and chief executive Peter Kenyon insists they will not spend any money in the January transfer window.
Scolari is desperate to bring in a new striker in January.
A source close to the Brazilian told the Sun: “Sometimes the best way to re-energise a team is to inject fresh blood, that’s all he asked for.
“Felipe was promised funds to buy before he joined. Everyone knows he wanted Robinho and what happened there.
“He knows financial situations have changed. But he is not asking for £20million, just a reasonable amount to get a new player in.”
[Source: The Sun]
The headline of this article has been the question being asked for the past couple of weeks in the SoccerNews poll. A number of you have voted and the result makes for interesting reading.
Despite beating Chelsea and Manchester United and holding Liverpool to a draw with only ten men, there is no doubt that this season has been, in the main, a disappointing one for the Gunners. They wouldn’t have wanted to be sitting in fifth place at Christmas time and despite Arsene Wenger’s protestations about being a young side and learning all the time and being a great side in the future, he must be as upset as the fans and the players.
There has been some turmoil at the club with William Gallas speaking out about team-mates and things that should have stayed in the dressing room. He was, of course, stripped of the captaincy.
There has been some strange comings and goings at boardroom level, and for the first time in his reign, there have been a few fans thinking that Arsene Wenger has done as much with the club as he can and they should consider bringing in someone new.
They lost Hleb and Flamini. There has been much talk of Adebayor and Fabregas leaving. They have been without Rosicky and Eduardo.
All out attack
The fans have booed their own player in what seemed like an all out attack against Emmanuel Eboue. It is some time since the Gooners have turned on one of their own.
Transfers in have been minimal and many eyebrows were raised about the signing of Michael Silvestre. Hardly a move designed to bring about an end to the small run of trophyless years.
The board spoke out that Wenger had money to spend if he wanted to, yet the big names did not come. Is this because Arsene Wenger stubbornly refuses to bring world stars to the club or because the club has a wage structure that makes getting the top players to sign too difficult?
The results of the poll show that at 43% nearly half of the respondents feel that they have under achieved due to the simple fact that the squad is too inexperienced.
Some 18% think the blame lies in a weak midfield. With the loss of Hleb, Flamini, Gilberto, and Rosicky, that may well be the case.
Roughly the same number of respondents put the blame firmly at Arsene Wenger’s door, blaming his stubborn views on the club’s transfer policy.
15% of respondents felt that the internal problems at the club have caused the problems and 5% actually went as far as to blame William Gallas personally.
Rafael Benitez is close to a return to the Liverpool dugout for Friday's clash against Bolton, while star striker Fernando Torres should also be back in action soon.
Liverpool manager Benitez missed Sunday's 1-1 draw at Arsenal while he recovered from a kidney stones operation, but he is expected to be back on the bench for Bolton's Boxing Day visit to Anfield.
Benitez's assistant Sammy Lee hopes his imminent return can provide the perfect boost for Liverpool to finish the year on a high.
“Rafa is a lot better, he's on the mend. He has been in a lot of pain but he is improving,” Lee said.
“His presence is always missed, but the organisation he has put in place is such that even though he has not been here this week, the battle plan is still there.
“We know what we have to do, the game plan is there, it is business as usual.
“He is missed and hopefully he will be back with us for the Bolton game.
“He is a hands-on manager, it is hurting him more being away from the training ground really, but he will be back soon.”
The Bolton game may be too soon for Torres to return from a hamstring injury that has forced the 24-year-old to miss five matches, but Lee expects him back soon.
“Fernando's progress has markedly improved. He is getting better. He improves with every training session and he has worked very hard on his rehabilitation,” Lee said.
“We will put him in when we see fit, that's not evasive but I don't want to start revealing our line-up.”
Liverpool go into the first of their Christmas fixtures on top of the Premier League and protecting an unbeaten home league record in 2008.
It is the first time Liverpool have been top at this stage since 1996, and two wins over the holiday period against Bolton first and then at Newcastle on Sunday will give them their best points tally in a calendar year for 19 years.
“The lads will be in training on Christmas Day, we have two very important games in three days coming up and they are very professional and accept that they have to have their Christmas at a different time to everyone else,” Lee added.
“They know the job in hand, they know what preparation is needed to stay at the top of the Premier League.”