Antonio Conte took over at Chelsea in the summer and one of the surprising omissions from the backroom staff was Massimo Carrera.
The Italian was a major source of Conte’s success in the last five years.Carrera was the assistant manager to Conte when he was in charge of Juventus and the Italian national team. He was widely expected to follow suit at Chelsea, but he seemed to be left stranded in the summer. This led toCarrera’s unexpected move to Russian football with Spartak Moscow. Carrera took over a similar position with the Russian outfit and his career seemed to have come to a grinding halt.
Now, though,Carrerais not considered as one of the best managers in Russian football after managing to get Spartak Moscow – a mid-table outfit in the league that consists of heavy hitters like Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – to the top of the table with some incredible results.Carrera has managed to get the club playing an attractive style of football which has also produced results. Continue reading
The reward for doing well in the caretaker manager spell at Spartak Moscow seems to have been a permanent job for Massimo Carrera.
The Italian has been temporarily being in charge of the club since the resignation of Dmitri Alenichev. The sudden unavailability ofAlenichev forced the club took placeCarrera in charge until a permanent solution was found.Carrera has managed to see his team suffer only two dropped points in the last four league encounters. Even though there was the disappointment of being unable to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League, Spartak Moscow can now focus on the league campaign.
The recent appointment represents a mercurial rise for someone who was appointed as an assistant manager only back in June.Carrera has very little experience as a coach but he was in charge of Juventus for a period of four months not too long ago. Spartak Moscow may be taking a big gamble by appointing an inexperienced manager, but so far, he has done all the right things at the club.Carrera has learnt from the best in the business after he has had an extensive playing career with the top players at Juventus. He went on to be the assistant manager at the club, while also serving as the assistant boss under Antonio Conte with the Italian national team. Continue reading
Spartak Moscow have managed to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Italian outfit Sampdoria for around € 13 million.
The 24-year-old will be a big addition for the Russian outfit and he will not need any time for acclimatisation after having been used to Eastern European football from his time at Shakhtar Donetsk. Fernando had joined the Sampdoria from Shakhtar Donetsk only last summer for around € 8 million. Hence, this transfer represents a neat little profit for the Italian club. After having come through the ranks at Gremio, Fernando Lucas Martins joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
He played at the Ukrainian club for a two years and made only 27 appearances before making the move to Sampdoria. Last season, he was one of the first-team regulars for the club and he racked up 33 appearances in the league alone while scoring four goals in these games. Fernando has also featured for the Brazilian national team on eight occasions since making his debut in 2012. The intense competition for the defensive midfield position in the national team limits his opportunities to make an impact at international level. Spartak Moscow will be able to benefit immensely by the presence of the 24-year-old since he has a long time still left in football.
There is news that Arsenal might be interested in Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes.
The latter has been playing well for some time now, and it is reported that there are a number of European clubs that might be interested in the player. Indeed last season itself Quincy Promes has managed to score 18 goals and contributed to numerous assists
Quincy Promes has stated that he is fed up of playing in Russia and that he wants to play in a better league. It is believed that Arsenal has been following the player for quite some time now and that they might be prepared to make a bid in the summer.
Arsenal who have released MatthieuFlamini, Mikel Arteta as well as Thomas Rosicky are currently short on midfield players. And it might also be possible that Theo Walcott leaves the team in the summer as he fails to establish himself as an important player in the team.
They will be hoping that Quincy Promes will provide them an additional option in their attack. Alexis Sanchez has been impressive since his move to Arsenal, and they will be hoping that having another quality winger on the other side of attack can help them improve their attack.
Russian giant Spartak Moscow have started the new season with a big bang as they thrashed their opponents Arsenal Tule 4-0 on Sunday. The nine time champions killed the morale of their opponents with two braces from Zhano Ananidze , a Georgian, and Quincy Promes, Dutch striker.
The coach of the Russian Champions Dmitry Alenichev said: “It’s nice to start the new season with a win. I set my players a task to score an early opener and they achieved that. It helped us a great deal, while our third goal decided the game.” Continue reading
Spartak Moscow will be hoping that their recent win over their rivals Lokomotiv will be enough to keep their hopes of European football alive.
Spartak, who was on four matches without a win, will hope that the win will turn their season around and that they will be able to finish the season strongly.
Spartak Moscow manager Dmitry Alenichev was pleased with his players and said that all of them were heroes. He was delighted with their determination and their commitment and stated that they deserve to win the game after such a performance.
Spartak had the first chance to open the score in the 26th minute, but the Lokomotiv Moscow’s goalkeeper did well to save a shot from Quincy Promes. The Dutchman benefited from a great pass from JanoAnanidze.
However, in the 43rd minutes, Spartak Moscow will take the lead after an own goal from Durica. The latter will be unable to clear a cross from Ivelin Popov and will divert the ball into his own net giving Spartak the lead. Continue reading