Donovan Confident They Can Make AN Impact

Landon Donovan is one of the few players in the LA Galaxy team to have an experience of what it means to play against Manchester United. The Premier League giants will be coming up against LA Galaxy in a pre-season friendly match for the Europeans. The MLS team, on the other hand, are in the best possible condition since their season is midway. As a result, they are expected to provide stiff competition to United in the pre-season friendly match. There is a lot of positivity surrounding United after the appointment of Louis van Gaal and the arrival of new players in the transfer window.

Despite this, Donovan is confident that his team can create an impact in the match. The US international will especially be in the best possible condition after not taking part in the World Cup 2014. He was left out of the squad by manager Klinsmann, but this has allowed him to concentrate on his club career. The 32-year-old came up against United in the two loan spells against Everton. In winter will not only be coming up against LA Galaxy, but also against the other MLS teams as well. They will be playing in places like Washington DC, Detroit, and Denver. Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Roma are also touring the United States right now.

“It is exciting. I think for our guys we don’t often get the chance to play against a team like this, we don’t get to play in front of 60,000-70,000 people all the time so it will be exciting. As everybody knows nowadays you don’t get friendly matches anymore and obviously with a new manager and some new players for them they’re going to be ready to go and we’ll do the same,” said Donovan. The match will be held at the Rose Bowl stadium in California.

CHELSEA FALL FLAT

Chelsea’s run in the Champions League has reached its end after Athletic Madrid blasted 3 goals past Mark Schwarzer at Stamford Bridge and the Premier League club couldn’t find a way to respond and lost 3-1.

Surprisingly enough it was Fernando Torres who scored the opening goal of the match and gave Chelsea the lead after 36 minutes had passed but a few moments later Adrian equalized the match.

Athletic Madrid continued creating more chances throughout the 2nd half of the encounter until the point that Chelsea’s defence started breaking down and things turned worse for Jose Mourinho and his squad when Samuel Eto’o entered the pitch and the Cameroon fouled Diego Costa inside the box with the referee not hesitating in allowing Athletic Madrid in taking the penalty kick.

Diego Costa stepped up to take the set-piece and made no mistake in firing it into the roof of the net.

Arda Turan sealed the victory for Athletic Madrid as he scored the last goal of the encounter as the Spanish team booked their place in the finals of the Champions League having to face off against Real Madrid on May 24.

When the match concluded, Jose Mourinho went on voicing his opinion about his squad’s defeat.

“I think that until the penalty they were not the best team, we had control of the game, we had more possession, more chances, we scored a great goal but we conceded a poor goal and we knew that at set-pieces we would have chances. Terry had a great chance but it was a fantastic save and after that the penalty killed the game and there was only one team in it. We were trying and the players were trying everything but from that the moment the reality is that we knew we were out’’. Mourinho declared.

MOU STAYS SILENT

Chelsea manager José Mourinho refused to be drawn on the speculation linking John Terry with a return to international football. He has been on international retirement for the last few years after falling out with the English FA. However, England have been suffering without his presence in the last few matches. This is an extremely crucial period for the national team since they need to find the form before the World Cup 2014. The team has already suffered two defeats in the last two friendly matches against opposition that they will face at the World Cup.

Roy Hodgson has ruled out the possibility of recalling Terry to the national team, but there is a growing concern that England need to bring him back in order to do well at the World Cup. Mourinho has responded to the situation by saying that the decision of Hodgson is not of his concern. Terry has been playing some of the best football in recent years, which has seen him start almost every match for Chelsea this campaign.

Hodgson used in the centre back pairing of Phil Jagielka and Chris Smalling against Germany. He said after the match that he was satisfied with the performance of the duo, but at the end of the day, they lost the match 1-0.

“I’m not [an international manager]. I’m Chelsea manager and I don’t say I don’t care about international teams, because I care and I wish them to do good when they have my players. But it’s not my problem. John Terry’s English, the English manager is Roy [Hodgson], Roy makes the decisions,” said Mourinho about the possibility of Terry appearing for the national team. The Chelsea captain is one of the few experienced defenders, who continue to play at the top level, at England’s disposal.

GOALS DEDICATED

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has dedicated his two goals against Celta de Vigo to former superstar Eusebio, who passed away at age of 71. The Portuguese legend is regarded as one of the finest players to have represented the country. He was the top scorer for the Portuguese national team at the 1966 World Cup, which was eventually won by England. As a mark of respect, Real Madrid observed a minute’s silence ahead of the match with Celta de Vigo. They won the match 3-0 with two goals from Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scoring the other.

He is not only regarded as a great player for Portugal, but also one of the best in the world after having scored a goal per game throughout his professional career. He retired from playing after having scored 733 in just 745 matches. He even won the European footballer of the year award in 1965, while he has been hugely successful in his club career by winning the likes of the European cup in 1962. He could have won the famous trophy twice had it not been for the defeat to Manchester United in 1968.

A number of great personalities like Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, and Jose Mourinho said their tributes to the former great. “I dedicate these two goals to you Eusebio but in fact you were the one who scored them. You’ll always be in my heart. We have lost one of the greatest players of all time,” said Ronaldo.

“I think he is immortal. We all know what he meant for football and especially for Portuguese football. He was not only a great inspiration but also an important figure in upholding the values, principles and feelings of football, even after finishing his career,” said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the news of his passing filtered through.