Tottenham Hotspur Advances to Champions League Knock-Out Stages After Draw Against Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur has managed to remain in the Champions League after Lucas Moura scored a much-needed goal during the 85th-minute to cancel out the sensational individual effort by Ousmane Dembele to draw against Barcelona.

Tottenham Hotspur were only required to match the results of Inter Milan to progress. However, for a long time, it seemed that they would fail in their pursuit due to the remarkable saves that Jasper Cillessen made during the match while Barcelona had a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Inter Milan were only able to draw against PSV Eindhoven at home, which allowed Tottenham to make it through to the round of 16 thanks to the late goal by Lucas Moura which allowed the game to end up in a draw.

Tottenham could only blame themselves if they didn’t make it to the round of 16. They had a string of chances against Barcelona where they dominated the game and had disappointing results against Eindhoven and Milan earlier on in the tournament.

Tottenham’s Difficult Task Against Barcelona

Tottenham travelled to Spain knowing full well that a win would be more than enough to make it through to the round of 16 if they could defeat Barcelona. They were also fully aware of the fact that Barcelona has been unbeaten for a total of 28 matches at home, a phenomenal run that stretches back all the way to 2013 against Bayern Munich.

Barcelona also had two record signings that started against Tottenham Hotspur, including Philippe Coutinho and Dembele, costing the club a staggering €300 million for both, but the game against Hotspur soon showed why. Dembele might be in the headlines for his poor punctuality, but his remarkable opener ensured that he stays with the club a little longer. Dembele’s goal occurred within the opening 15 minutes while Tottenham was still trying to get into the game. Heung-Min Son had the best opportunity on goal during the first half but wasted the opportunity for his team, while Coutinho managed to hit the post on the other end.

The second half was dominated by Tottenham but got extremely frustrated due to the ball-saving abilities of Cillessen. The Barca goalkeeper made several impossible saves from Moura and Eriksen, while Coutinho managed to hit the post once again during the second half. Harry Kane managed to shoot over for Tottenham and started wondering what on earth they could do to score a goal as Messi was brought in from the sidelines. At that very moment, however, Moura made his appearance, fizzing a ball in from close range with 5 minutes left on the clock.

The 5,000 Tottenham Hotspur fans at Camp Nou, including the millions of fans watching from home, nervously waited for news from San Siro. Once the final whistle went off in Milan, fans erupted. And this happened without Hotspur even breaking the incredible Barcelona unbeaten record at home. Now we wait and see how they perform in the round of 16.

Virgil van Dijk Disappointed at Liverpool Football Club

Virgil van Dijk states that he hasn’t achieved anything as a Liverpool player as of yet, telling reporters that he “expected a great deal” from his world-renowned transfer to Anfield at the start of the year, while also adding that there’s something special brewing at the club at the moment.;World’s Most Expensive Defender.

The captain for the Netherlands national team became the most expensive defender in the world when he decided to leave Southampton in a £75 million deal to play at Liverpool in January 2018 where he quickly emerged as an important figure in Klopp’s squad.

Van Dijk played a crucial role in last season’s Champions League final for Liverpool, ending in a defeat in Kiev against Real Madrid, and he has played a key role of Liverpool’s defense that has only conceded 5 Premier League goals this year as Liverpool has mounted a constant challenge to Manchester City in the Premier League title race. However, although there are several signs of progress at the Liverpool club during the 2018/19 season, Van Dijk believes that there should be more in order for him to see the move to Anfield as a successful one.

Van Dijk stated in a recent interview,

“I expected quite a bit from my transfer.I expected a great deal from myself to further improve as a player as well as a human being.Obviously, things have been going extremely well, but we currently don’t have anything apart from loads of improvement and ensuring we’re on the right track. However, I get the feeling that something is taking place at the club. We’ve got incredible momentum at the moment. All of us are feeling great although we can all still improve when it comes to the game, but as I stated before, we’re definitely on the right track.”

The £75 million Transfer Fee

Although van Dijk made headlines due to the massive transfer fee from Southampton to Liverpool, the 27-year-old’s performance for the squad has ensured that the huge figure is barely mentioned at the moment. However, while Van Dijk admits that he has improved as a player in Liverpool, he agrees that the transfer fee can still be used against him if he can’t maintain his consistency.
Van Dijk believes things can turnaround stating,

“In the off chance that things go wrong, people will obviously start bringing up the huge transfer fee. This is something that I cannot control and therefore I merely need to accept it.I’m extremely honoured that Liverpool decided to pay that much for me to join the club this year. The only thing that is required of me is to work extremely hard and play well at the club. Thankfully, I am progressing as a player with a lot of pressure, a different environment, and different tactics in each and every game where it’s crucial to win. It’s something I love doing which is also the main reason why I started playing football.”

The Ultimate Attacking Trios in Football

Three can definitely be considered a magic number, especially when it comes to football. It’s for this very reason that we decided to take a look at the most potent and important trios in the game of football and what makes them so amazing.

Liverpool – The Lords of Open Space

This sensational threesome flourishes on open space and peaks when there’s room for running and attacking behind a rushed retreating defense. They perfectly fit the high-pressure ideals of Jurgen Klopp and are fully equipped to completely exploit the most innocuous change in possession. The blistering conviction and pace of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah is what makes them so deadly when they have the ball in their possession. The Liverpool trio requires open space to operate sufficiently and once they receive it, the front three is unmatched.

Manchester City – Assassins in the Penalty Area

It almost seems unfair to showcase the trio of Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling given how remarkable Pep Guardiola’s entire team is at destroying opponents. However, the truth of the matter is that these three football stars are the most proficient at applying the final touch to claim victories. Their overall strength doesn’t lie in the creation of chances, but more in the conversion.

Paris Saint-Germain – The Creative All-Stars

If you believe it’s completely unfair that Ligue 1 squads need to deal with Mbappe, Kylian, and Neymar, you’d be right. To be honest, its an embarrassingly creative trio within the French league. However, what’s even more impressive is how three world-class football stars at their previous clubs have jelled and worked as a functioning unit without their egos getting in the way. Unfortunately, the squad has struggled a bit in the Champions League this season, but their incredible combination of style and skill makes them rather impossible to stop, regardless of who they are facing every week.

Barcelona – The Potent Champions

What this miniscule threesome lacks in stature, they quickly make up for in pound-for-pound brilliance and potency. Whether they are playing away or at home in Camp Nou, in the Champions League or La Liga, the three-headed monster of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, and Lionel Messi has a nearly telepathic connection on the field, allowing them to easily extract the most from their penalty areas, even if it’s over crowded. The Barcelona threesome haven’t hit their absolute best too often but 2018 was the perfect indication of how well these three perform together, accumulating 67 goals along with 29 assists during the La Liga alone.

Tottenham Hotspur – The Superior Group

There’s no denying that this can’t be considered the conventional attacking force when you compare it to the teams mentioned above. However, where would Tottenham Hotspur be without Happy Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Dele Alli? To be completely honest, only Harry Kane can be considered a reasonably top-tier football player, but the magnificent beauty of the triple threat in Tottenham is that they each compliment each other on the field, creating perfection each and every time.

Didier Drogba Retires from Football

Didier Drogba, the legendary Chelsea football star, has recently confirmed that he is retiring from football, ending his phenomenal two decades in the most popular sport in existence. The striker from Ivory Coast had two spells with Chelsea where he managed to score 164 goals in a total of 381 matches and managed to win the 2012 Champions League as well as four Premier Leagues.

He spent the last year and a half of his career with Phoenix Rising, a U.S football club that he also co-owns. “After two decades, I decided to bring my playing career to an end,” he told several news reporters earlier this week.

It’s been expected that Didier Drogba would retire following the Cup final in the United Soccer League earlier this month. His last game was against Louisville City where they, unfortunately, suffered a 0-1 defeat during the United State’s second tier final. “This is the perfect way to end, assisting young talent to further develop their game,” Drogba stated. To give back what I can is the perfect way to end my playing career as I learned a great deal from the game.”

Didier Drogba’s Career

Drogba only started playing top-flight football when he was 23 years old. He was initially signed by Guingamp, a famous French side, in January 2008 to play in the Ligue 2 Le Mans. Eighteen months later, he made a move to Marseille and a year after that he was transferred to Chelsea for a whopping £24 million where he experienced the best spell of his entire career.

Didier Drogba managed to win claim three Premier League titles during the first eight years while playing for Chelsea. During this time, he also won two League Cups and four FA Cups. He also managed to win the Premier League Golden Boot on both the 2009/10 season and the 2007/7 season.

He left Chelsea on an extremely high note as he scored the winning penalty during the final against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Thereafter, Drogba played with the Shanghai Shenhua for six months and 18 months with Galatasaray before he made his return to Chelsea. He managed to score seven goals during the 2014/15 season, allowing him to win his fourth Premier League title as well as his third League Cup. When he left Chelsea, he was considered the fourth highest scorer in the game all of time.

During 2015, Drogba decided to join Montreal Impact, a Major League Football side, followed by becoming a co-owner of the Phoenix Rising squad. Drogba also scored 65 goals in a total of 105 caps while playing for Ivory Coast and enjoyed 3 World Cups where he was also named the African Football Player of the Year on two occasions.

Saying Good-Bye To a Legend

Didier Drogba was a phenomenal football player that will always be remembered for his amazing skills and incredible goals for Chelsea. He will continue coaching young players going forward, giving back to the game that he loves so much.

Wayne Rooney Makes Final England Appearance

Since the initial shock at the beginning of the month that Wayne Rooney might be making his last run for England, attention has centred around the country’s record goalscorer. How long would Rooney play for? Will he be wearing the captain’s armband during the match? And is it right that he received another cap? Let’s take a look at Wayne Rooney’s final appearance for England and answer all the questions in the process.


“It’s been sensational having him around this week, providing those bits of glory,” Gareth Southgate stated before kick-off. Wayne Rooney clearly had a positive impact on Gareth’s young squad during training where he managed to present England shirts to three players who made their international debuts for the team on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney had to wait until the second half of the match to wear his England shift for the 120th time. However, prior to the start of the match, Rooney walked his sons through the prestigious guard of honour where he received some silverware from Greg Clarke and Henry Kane. There were more than 60,000 fans in the stands, and every single one was on their feet as Wayne saluted the massive crowd before the start of the National anthems.

The Cameo

Wayne Rooney was all jokes and smiles with Henry Kane during the game, and there was plenty for the 33-year-old football player to enjoy during the first half of the match as the new generation of players showed off their skills, including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho. Rooney didn’t have to wait too long during the second half to be called by Southgate, allowing him to step onto the Wembley turf for the last time with just under an hour left on the clock.

Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson entered the match at the same time, but it was Rooney that got the fans up on their feet, chanting his name while passing the captain’s armband. Wayne Rooney took his place alongside Callum Wilson, and Sancho in England’s front three and immediately searched for the striker with a striving ball which was unfortunately cut out.

During the 69th minute, there was also an interruption where an over-eager fan managed to run up to Rooney to give him a hug. However, once the fan was escorted off the field, Rooney was back in the game where he received a pass from Sancho followed by a tame shot towards goal. He certainly didn’t see the ball as much as he wanted to, but every time he touched the ball it was pure quality. Rooney received his best chance for a goal during the 91st minute mark, but unfortunately, the low shot was too comfortable and central for the goalkeeper. Rooney obviously knew he should have done better and smiled.

Shortly thereafter, the full-time whistle blew which brought the end of Wayne Rooney’s international career which was the second time for the outstanding player. As he walked off the pitch, Rooney made jokes with the goalkeeper with handshakes and hugs all around while the crowd gave him an applause along with a pat on the back from Gareth Southgate.

Who Can Save Real Madrid and Manchester United?

Manchester United have a problem. Real Madrid has one, too. Although they are considered two of the largest football clubs in the world, when there’s a shortage of world-renowned coaches capable of transforming a bad situation into a good one, not even history and money can generate a possible solution out of thin air.

Julen Lopetegui Gets Sacked

After overseeing an awful run of 5 defeats in 7 matches – the most recent of which was the humiliating 1-5 defeat while playing against Barcelona – Julen Lopetegui’s short-lived reign as Real Madrid’s head coach has finally come to an end at Santiago Bernabeu. The recent form displayed by Real Madrid would put any football manager under immense pressure, and therefore it became rather obvious that Lopetegui’s time was up and it was time to clear his desk and take a vacation.

Jose Mourinho’s Jon Security

At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has managed to avoid the storm that was ready to engulf him during the four matches that couldn’t produce a single victory in late September as well as early October. However, the Old Trafford football manager is not out of the woods yet when it comes to his job security at Manchester United. The football club is currently in 8th position in terms of Premier League standings after their 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday. This leaves them 9 points behind Liverpool who is currently leading the pack. It still looks like Mourinho’s red devil squad is limping along, online doing what is necessary to ensure the coach keeps his job.

Lack of Potential Managers

The fact that Mourinho maintains his current position and that Real Madrid decided to promote Santiago Solari from the B-team to the first team head coach, for the time being, is a testament which indicates the lack of alternatives available at both Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Glazer family, who owns Manchester United, are determined to give Jose Mourinho enough time to oversee a surge and revival to get the team into the Top 4 of the Premier League, but several sources state that the position is primarily influenced by the lack of potential replacements.

In terms of Real Madrid, they are in desperate need of finding a suitable replacement who has the ability to handle the enormous challenge of managing a super club that is currently failing along with a dressing room filled with huge personalities that are unquestionably under-performing. The best bet for Real Madrid is Antonio Conte. He has been out of work since he left Chelsea during the summer and is possibly the best option as the team’s next permanent football manager. However, although the former Italy and Juventus manager has a stellar VC, with several domestic titles in England and Italy, we cannot forget that the manager was sacked at Stamford Bridge in his previous job.

Is there anyone out there who is capable of saving Real Madrid or Manchester United? Only time will tell.

David De Gea’s Uncertain Future Plans at Manchester United

Manchester United’s Player of the Year in four of the last five seasons is goalkeeper David De Gea. No other Man Utd goalkeeper, not even Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel, has ever claimed this award. As De Gea’s performance rose to be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so did the speculation that he might be leaving. This speculation will obviously dip when he signs a brand-new contract, but the fact that he might eventually leave is never far away.

David De Gea’s Contract

At 27 years of age, David De Gea has made 325 appearances for Manchester United in a total of seven, and the fact that he hasn’t signed a new contract as of yet means that he won’t be at Man Utd in 2019. If De Gea doesn’t sign a new contract, Man Utd will exercise the option to prolong his current agreement to 12 months. Manchester United will need to protect itself by avoiding De Gea to leave for free in 2019. They also need to ensure that he doesn’t leave in 2020 for free, especially due to the fact that goalkeepers are starting to attract a premium.

Factors in Man Utd’s Favour

There are actually two factors that will help swing the situation in Manchester’s favour. One is the stability and support De Gea receives at Manchester United since he joined the squad, a club that has never pushed him or messed him around like Atletico Madrid once did against the goalkeeper’s wishes. De Gea fully understands that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and he once stated that is feels really loved at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho also stated that feels that De Gea would sign a brand-new contract really soon.

Fans of Manchester United have backed him for a long time, even when they thought De Gea would leave the club to join Real Madrid in early 2015. Manchester United expected fans to turn on him in the final matches on the season, but they instead applauded him. Manchester United also supported De Gea during the early months he spent in England which is something David De Gea has never forgotten. He also hasn’t been attacked by the media in England, leading a tranquil life which he truly enjoys in Manchester. However, in Spain De Gea is a frequent fixture when it comes to gossip due to the fact that his partner is a pop star.

Should David De Gea feel that Manchester United is on their way back to the top, where he can challenge the best, he will undoubtedly sign a new contract in January 2019. However, if this doesn’t occur and he sees his close friends Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata depart, he’ll still stay with Man Utd. Manchester United are extremely fortunate to have David De Gea as goalkeeper. However, he needs to decide if he wants to leave England and join another club or remain at the club to see how everything turns out. One thing is for sure, he has the time to decide.

Top Goal Scorers in the History of Football

Soccer is undeniably a beautiful game, and the goals that are scored in matches is a key ingredient as to why more than half the population of the world loves to watch this incredible sport. Below, we take an in-depth look at the best goal scorers in the history of football and include the number of goals they scored during their careers.

1. Josef Bican – Total Goals: 805

The most outstanding goal scorer in the history of football is undoubtedly Jose Bican, but there aren’t a lot of football fans that even know this player to be honest. Bican was an Austria football star during the 1930’s and was a member of the squad that managed to reach the World Cup semi-finals in 1934. Bican continued playing soccer until 1955 and retired at the age of 42. As a two-footed forward with immense pace, he managed to rake up 805 goals.

2. Romario – Total Goals: 772

Ronaldo, the Brazilian soccer legend, said that he learned the art of scoring goals from Romario. Johann Cruyff, the former Barcelona coach, also stated that Romario was a genius when it came to the penalty area. There’s no denying that Romario was one of the best finishers when it comes to football where he managed to score a total of 772 goals in only 994 matches in his career.

3. Pele – Total Goals: 767

Pele is considered to be the greatest football player of all time by Franz Beckenbauer. Pele is also regarded as the most prolific football forwards the beautiful game has ever seen. Pele is a three-time World Cup winner while playing for Brazil and was nicknamed “The King” where he netted a total of 767 goals in only 831 appearances. This means that he boasts with an impressive 0.92 strike rate per game.

4. Ferenc Puskas – Total Goals: 746

Ferenc Puskas is referred to as “The Galloping Major”. He was a key player in two of the greatest football squads in the history of the sport, including Real Madrid during the 1960 European Cup and the Magnificent Magyars from Hungary. Puskas was small, stocky, and his right foot wasn’t very strong. However, his left foot was a canon which he used to score most of his 746 goals in only 754 matches.

5. Gerd Muller – Total Goals: 735

Gerd Muller, the supreme poacher, was world-renowned for his incredible predatory instincts when it came to the penalty area. As an icon for Bayern Munich, Muller scored the winning goal for West Germany during the World Cup final in 1974, and he averaged over a goal a game when it came to the international level, scoring 68 goals in only 62 matches.

6. Christiano Ronaldo – Total goals: 670

He initially started as a fleet-footed winger, but quickly transformed himself into a sensational goalscoring machine. The football superstar for Portugal has broken several records in his career and continues to do so while playing for Juventus.

Paul Pogba Struggles to Focus After World Cup Win

Paul Pogba, who currently plays for Manchester United, has stated that he is struggling to focus after France won the World Cup in Russia, but insisted that he can still successfully lead the squad despite the fact that he has been released from vice-captaincy duties.

Paul Pogba has reportedly had a fallout with Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United football manager, on several occasions during the season which coincided with an extremely slow start for Manchester United this season who are currently eighth in Premier League standings with 13 points which is 7 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Pogba, the former Juventus midfielder, has managed to score twice this season and provided two assists in 8 top-flight meetings. He recently stated that he finds it extremely difficult to motivate himself after winning the biggest trophy of them all during the World Cup in Russia.

“It’s difficult to concentrate or to start again and hit hard in the Premier League after we managed to touch the stars,” Paul Pogba stated in a recent interview. “It was undoubtedly the ultimate trophy you can win when it comes to football. But I still have other challenges too. For instance, I have never managed to win the Premier League and its certainly an objective that I would like to accomplish.”

Pogba Released from Vice-Captaincy Duties

Jose Mourinho has recently revealed that Pogba will no longer be considered for vice-captaincy for the Manchester United squad despite the fact that he already managed to wear the captain armband a total of 3 times this season while Antonio Valencia is currently absent.

Before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Pogba stated his interest in stepping up his role when it comes to the France squad. Most of his team members state that he gave several inspirational speeches during the summer triumph of Les Bleus.

Hugo Lloris was the one who lifted the trophy during the 2018 World Cup as captain of Didier Deschamps, and Pogba stated that he will continue to be an influential figure in the team even if they don’t replace the sensational goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur.

“I don’t play for France to be the captain of the team, just being in the team is a huge honour for me” Pogba stated. “There’s no need to be captain if you want to speak. A leader is not someone that wears an armband during a match. It’s the team that places you in that position, who gives you the freedom to express yourself.”

Ballon d’Or Nominees

Although Pogba is currently struggling at Man Utd, he was one of 6 players from the France squad that was included on the list of 30 players to receive the Ballon d’Or award. Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have each claimed the award five times in the last decade, and Zinedine Zidane was the last French player to receive the award. Pogba also hopes that the second star on their jerseys will provide enough motivation to claim it again in the near future.

Best Soccer Players in the World for 2018

Every soccer enthusiast has their own opinion on the best soccer players in the world, but everyone will agree on a handful of elite players. Most of these players are featured in top-rated teams, including Manchester, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best soccer players in the world for 2018.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has claimed the FIFA Player of the Year award on multiple occasions and is considered the best player of all time when it comes to the beautiful game of soccer. His ability to run past defenders with ease along with a sensational mix of pace and skill is unmatched, and it usually looks like the ball is glued to his feet. The elite soccer star managed to lead Argentine to the World Cup Final in 2014 as well as the Copa Americas Finals in 2016 and 2015.

2. Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo is considered the only soccer player that can match Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is both taller and stronger than Messi, and his games-to-goal ratio is on par with the Argentinian. Ronaldo claimed the FIFA Players of the Year award in 2016, which makes it 4 in total. In fact, Messi and Ronaldo are the only two soccer players to receive this award since 2007. He recently transferred from Real Madrid to Juventus and continues to shock the world with his incredible skills and number of goals.

3. Luis Suarez

Although he is not everyone’s cup of tea, his ability to play the game is not up for debate. The Barcelona striker is a true master when it comes to weaving his way towards the penalty box and is deadly in terms of one-on-one situations. He is also a phenomenal free-kick taker. His collaboration with other team members is unmatched, and he always gives 100% in every game. Barcelona paid a whopping $128.5 million to transfer him from Liverpool, and he is certainly worth every penny.

4. Neymar

Neymar has been part of the beautiful game since he turned 17 and quickly established himself as one of the elite soccer players in the world. Neymar has managed to score more goals than Ronaldo and Messi when they were his age and has the ability to become the best soccer players in the world when Messi eventually retires. In 2016, Neymar became the captain of the Brazil soccer team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

5. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero formed part of the Argentina team in the World Cup finals of 2014. Aguero was the key player in two title victories under Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, scoring the incredible late goal in 2012 to claim the Premier League trophy. He has the phenomenal ability to bring other team members into play and boasts with an excellent first touch. He currently plays for Manchester City and receives a salary of £13 million with a total of 148 goals to his name in the Premier League.