Massimo Carrera rejected Chelsea to take over Spartak Moscow

The head coach of Spartak Moscow Massimo Carrera has recently revealed that he rejected the managerial job was offered to him by the Premier League club Chelsea as the Italian tactician instead decided to become the permanent coach of Spartak Moscow.

“They Chelsea called me after the Euros. I was sure I could have gone to Chelsea with Conte, and I very much liked the idea, but this was something different.”

Back in 2016, Massimo Carrera was appointed as the assistant coach of Spartak Moscow but when Dmitri Alenichev opted to resign from his managerial position on August of 2016, Carrera went from being a caretaker manager to being a permanent coach.

Before Carrera became the permanent coach of Spartak Moscow, the Italian tactician had the decision to either go with Antonio Conte and take over Chelsea or stay in Russia being at the helm of Spartak Moscow. Continue reading

Spartak Moscow have managed to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fernando

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.
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Ronny Deila claims winning the Scottish Premier League title this season

Ronny Deila claims that winning the Scottish Premier League title this season would be one of his greatest achievements in the game.

This claim will come as a shocking surprise to Celtic supporters, who have been disgruntled with the Norwegian for quite a while. Celtic’s inability to dominate the Premier League at a time when they do not have competition from Rangers is a massive source behind the discontent. The club has also fared poorly in the cup competitions. However, Celtic have been retaining Deila as their manager for the time being.

The club moved four points ahead of second placed Aberdeen following a narrow 1-0 win against Kilmarnock. Even though this was not the kind of performance that fans would have been hoping from the team, it at least kept them in control of the league title. Celtic have a game in hand and could stretch this advantage to 7 points. The club has to win the next couple of league meetings with teams like Heart of Midlothian and Motherwell before they start thinking about the Scottish cup semi-final meeting with archrivals Rangers. Deila’s future may be dependent on this game, but the Norwegian is focusing on the league title for the time being. Continue reading