Porto lost to Chelsea in their last group game in Europe which saw them getting knocked out of the competition as well, but, the manager Julen Lopetegui was impressed with the fight shown by the team.
The Portuguese club had been able to secure three points facing the Blues earlier in the competition in September and they needed to do it again at Bridge on Wednesday to make sure they remain at the second position in the Group G standings. But, it wasn’t to be.
Porto could still have made the pre quarters if Dynamo Kyiv, which was at no. 3, had not downed Maccabi Tel Aviv in another Group G game going on in that same time period, but, that result did not went in their favour either.
Kyiv won and with that, they managed to overtake Porto in the standings.
While, Lopetegui appeared disappointed with the elimination, he did not look to come down hard on the players.
Talking to the media later in the evening, Lopetegui said, “If we had avoided the defeat the other day at home, the situation would not have been complicated for us coming into this game. Ten points generally prove to be sufficient for a team to advance.”
“Playing Chelsea at Bridge, it was always going to be a huge challenge. They are not an easy team to beat. We tried our best. Especially after the break, I thought we were fantastic. But, they were stronger than us on the day.” Continue reading
The manager of the Russia National Football team, Fabio Capello, is not getting pressurized with the fact that his side is at the no. 3 position in the Euro qualification Group at the moment.
Capello has the belief that at the end of the qualifying stage, Russia would be in the top two teams in Group G and would earn the qualification to the main tournament that would take place in France in June-July next year.
In the most recent of their qualifying games in November, the Russians fell 0-1 to Austria and that got them down in the standings.
Prior to that, they were in top two with a couple of draws and a win in three games.
It was a very tight game, Russia versus Austria, with the defenders on show doing a heck of a job for their respective sides.
It could well have been third draw on the trot for Russia and had it been the case, they would have stayed at the second position in the table with 6 points, but, a slight error cost them the goal in the 73rd minute of the game and that was the killer blow. Continue reading
The manager of Toronto FC, Greg Vanney, is not too sure about one of his young strikers Gilberto at the moment.
The 25-year old who played 28 matches during his debut season at BMO Field has been practicing with a top club in Brazil for a few weeks and it’s believed he is in talks with that club over some sort of deal.
Gilberto is rated by a lot of clubs in Major League Soccer as well and Montreal Impact has also been reported to have approached Toronto to make an inquiry about the player.
But, there is no clarity over the situation.
Speaking to the reporters, Vanney said, “I don’t have too much to say on this as of now. The only thing I can tell you is that he is keeping himself fit and looking forward to what future has in store. He is a great lad and I am sure we would get him slotted somewhere.” Continue reading