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RIERA TIPS TOTTENHAM FOR UCL SPOT NEXT SEASON

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The new season may only be starting but clubs are already outlining their goals that they want to achieve come the end of the season. Others are also making their intentions known and clear talking about what they would like to have achieved when next season starts. While the real title contenders in the English Premier League are already assessing their options and finding out just how easy or difficult it will be for the to achieve their aim, there others who want to battle it out for a top-four finish and Tottenham Hotspur happen to be one of those clubs who are set to make themselves worthy to fight for a UEFA Champions League spot next season.

The London club are already aware of the fact that it will be very difficult and almost impossible for them to finish in one of the first four positions in the league this season but they also believe it is worth the shot and that the race is wide open, according to their manager Nuno Espirito Santo. The Spurs head coach believes that the fact that the league’s “big boys” have all splashed money to bolster their respective squads this season makes it even harder to compete with them but he insists that they are not going to back down. Continue Reading

RIERA GIVES LIVERPOOL REASONS TO SIGN A NEW STRIKER

Although English Premier League giants Liverpool have been linked with a move to sign several players this summer, none of the mentioned players is a striker and their former player Albert Riera has asked them to cross-check their transfer plans this summer and try to sign a new forward. The Reds have already confirmed the signing of a defender in Ibrahima Konate and have been linked with moves for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Bissouma, a midfielder, amongst others. But Riera says that even though he knows that they need to sign a new midfielder to replace Giorginio Wijnaldum who left this summer, they, more importantly, need to sign another striker.

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The former Red believes that Liverpool do have a fine crop of options in their attack currently but stated that they have only two out-and-out strikers in the team in Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. However, he says that Firmino is no longer producing the goals and Jota, who seem to be more active and productive in front of goal at the moment, rarely gets enough games under his belt.
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RIERA: JURGEN KLOPP IS A GREAT MANAGER

Former Liverpool player Albert Riera has heaped praise on the Reds’ current manager, Jurgen Klopp, insisting that the German tactician is a great manager and that he wished he had played under him at Liverpool. Klopp has indeed proved that he is currently one of the best managers around for his exploits at Anfield in recent years and has also earned his status as one of the top managers in the game.

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After leaving German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund some years ago and switched to England, not a lot of people would have correctly predicted that he would become champion of not just England but across Europe as well. The former Dortmund boss inherited an average squad when he first joined Liverpool and one of the tasks he had to handle was to get rid of the lackluster players in the squad and also being in those top players who would spearhead the club into title glory.
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RIERA BLASTS SPURS FOR MOURINHO SACK

The football world is currently in loud chaos at the moment and there are a host of reasons for that. The major and most obvious reason is the fact that the European Super League proposal is causing huge division among fans and major football organizing bodies worldwide, including FIFA and UEFA. However, one other topic of concern is Tottenham’s decision to unexpectedly part ways with manager José Mourinho.

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The London club confirmed yesterday that they were sacking the Portuguese manager through an official announcement which was made public by the club’s chairman Daniel Levy. Mourinho has now left the club with immediate effect and Ryan Mason has been tasked with the responsibility of taking the players through their drills in training and preparing them for their upcoming fixtures, especially their cup final against Manchester City.
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THREE YEARS AGO, RIERA ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT FROM FOOTBALL

Here is a recap a lot of Albert Riera’s fans may not be finding pleasing. Or to say the least, one they would not be celebrating or excited about. While fans of former footballers around the world would shower praises and encomiums on their favorite players for the playing career they had, the same may not be said about former Spain international winger Albert Riera, and it comes as no surprise at all.


The player himself may also not be fascinated by the fact that it’s the anniversary of the day he decided to hang his boots and quit playing football finally. This is due to the fact that even the playing career was not an enjoyed one, so there’s little or no reason for it to be celebrated in the first place.
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RIERA FEATURES IN TOP 10 EUROPA LEAGUE FINALS EVER

 

Although no club football competition is like the UEFA Champions League, only the Europa League comes close. The most recent edition was won by the competition’s specialists Sevilla after defeating Inter Milan in the final.


Here are the top ten UEFA Europa League finals ever

  1. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 – 3 Sevilla (2015)

The Spanish side are the most successful club in the competition having clinched the trophy for the seventh time. Although the Ukrainian club are now dissolved, they put in a strong fight but we’re simply outwitted by the kings of the competition.

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UNITED LEADING THE RACE FOR STAR MIDFIELDER

 

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria ahead of a number of their European rivals. Atletico Madrid, Dortmund and Liverpool have all shown interest in the player.


Gladbach have enjoyed a good Bundesliga season so far. They led the league for two months and currently find themselves just six points behind league leaders Bayern Munich. They are on course to secure a European place finish at the end of the season.
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BESIKTAS TO END KARIUS LOAN

  Besiktas have confirmed that on loan Liverpool goalkeeper will return to the club at the end of his two-year loan spell. The Turkish giant have unsurprisingly rejected the chance to sign the German on a permanent deal.


Karius has been with Besiktas since 2018, he left after falling down the pecking order in Anfield. He was dropped by Liverpool after a series of costly mistakes, most notably, his performance in the champions league final against Real Madrid, he was directly responsible for two avoidable goals. He has since been replaced by Allison. The Brazilian has proven to be the final piece of Jurgen Klopp’s side, as they have since won the Champions League and they are on course to end a three decade wait for a maiden premier league title.
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Riera Gains Coaching Badges at City

Albert Riera was the former winger of Liverpool and he issued a recent statement about how he supports Philippe Coutinho’s decision to no longer be part of Liverpool team. This he mentioned a few months back when he gave an interview to Goal. Though Liverpool is a big club compared to Camp Nou, Riera feels that it is a good decision to come to Camp Nou where probably individual opportunities are more. Also, as in the case of Coutinho whose performance last season had not been consistent, a move will help him challenge himself and build on his abilities. Riera feels that he is a player who would always be in demand.

Riera is currently completing seasons as a coach and earning coaching badges at Manchester City. He has been a former player of the City and he recently met up with current coaches Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola. The City and its players are currently in a good mood as they train to be ready for the finals of the FA Cup. The players are currently finishing domestic seasons as scheduled for the year.
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LIVERPOOL TRIO COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE THIS SEASON

Liverpool have begun the season in imperious fashion winning their first four matches with little problems. They have seen off the challenges of Norwich, Arsenal, Southampton and Burnley without breaking sweat.

The defence has been solid with PFA player of the year Virgil Van Dirk continuing his good run of form while the likes of Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have continued their good form into the season.
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