Former Colombia goalkeeper Carlos Valderrama has stated that the Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not like James Rodriguez.
He said that he does not understand why the French manager does not select Rodriguez despite the fact that the player is fit and in form.
He stated that even if Real Madrid were struggling for goals, Zinedine Zidane would not play him on the side. For him, there is only one explanation possible for this situation. Zidane does not like him playing with Real Madrid. Valderrama believes that even if James Rodriguez scores 3 or 4 goals, Zinedine Zidane will still not play him in the team and will allow him to sit on the bench.
Carlos Valderrama argued that James Rodriguez is a good player and it is Zidane that is wasting his talent. He said that Rodriguez did not have any problems playing under Carlos Ancelotti or Rafael Benitez and that he was scoring goals at that time. But it has been a different story under Zinedine Zidane with the Colombian international struggling to get enough playing time in the side. Read more
Colombia football legend Carlos Valderrama is furious at the role of James Rodriguez at Real Madrid this season.
Rodriguez is considered as one of the biggest stars in Colombia right now. Expectations were that he would go on to become the next Valderrama. This certainly appeared to be the case when he made the € 80 million move to Real Madrid a few years ago. Since the move, he has become one of the most expensive players in the world. He has been playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. For this reason, he was expected to become even better.
However, Rodriguez’ development at Real Madrid appears to have come to a halt in the last few months. The forward has been unable to make any impact in the team despite being in good form for the national team. Rodriguez has not been getting much game time under Zinedine Zidane. He is expected to be on the bench for the upcoming game against Barcelona. Valderrama is disappointed that Madrid are not giving him a fair chance. Under the regime of Carlo Ancelotti, Rodriguez contributed an astonishing 35 goals in just 46 games. Yet, he does not seem to find confidence in the new manager. Read more
With the world cup coming up in 2022 being hosted in Qatar, it appears that Qatar is now gunning to win the World 2018 cup and is doing everything in their power to make sure they’re ready to achieve just a feat.
There’s a lot of scary competition however qualifying for the world cup in 2018. We have Russia who is pushing their boundaries and limits in Russia and then we have only 12 more nations that are left to quality for the world cup. The World Cup is only two years away and every team is anxious to win. Every team wants to not only qualify but leave the stadium as a victor.
The main problem comes with Daniel Carreno as he struggles with a very real problem. He needs to manage to make it past the third round if he wants to make it into the tournament and he’d be known as the very first person to make unreal history as the very first Qatari team to even play in football’s largest tournament. Qatari has not gone without any kind of scrutiny or doubt, as they face a lot of questions during their journey to not only the 2018 world cup but the 2022 cup which will be hosted right on their home turf. Read more
Inter Milan has enjoyed a superb start of the season after having collected a total of 36 points from the opening 17 matches of the season, they are currently at the top of the Italian League and the head coach of the Italian squad, Roberto Mancini has even been receiving offers from other clubs that want him to make a move away from Inter Milan and take charge of another team.
Even with this impressive start that Inter Milan has been going through, Roberto Mancini still doesn’t consider his team to be the favorites of being claimed as the next champions of Italy, and taking into consideration just how competitive and combative this season has turned out to be, it’s a wise decision for Mancini to make.
Mancini wants to remain realistic as anything can happen. Inter Milan has 36 points but they are being followed closely behind by Fiorentina who have 35 points and Napoli also has 35 points. The 4th spot is being filled filled by Juventus which is still in the race for the Italian title with 33 points and at least in this point in time, there isn’t a club that can truly be considered to be as favorites. Read more
Ricardo Gareca’s future as the manager of the Peruvian national team looks and out after several rumours have started about his impending departure following the recent defeats in the World Cup qualification games.
The national team suffered back-to-back defeats in the World Cup qualifying group. The bad run started with a 2-0 loss against Colombia and it was followed by a much more close encounter against Copa America champions Chile. Powered by the impressive Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez, Chile secured a narrow 4-3 win. Yet, it has not been sufficient to prevent rumours about Gareca’s departure.
The Argentine was given the job only back in February and results have not been good enough since them. The latest losses puts the national team under a huge mountain as far as qualification to the World Cup is concerned. Peru are no longer regarded as one of the strong contenders from South America, but they would have been at least expecting to put up a fight. Antonio García Pye has confirmed that the manager will remain in charge of the national team despite these bad results. It will come as a major relief forGareca as he tries to turn around the situation. Read more
Carlos Valderrama is of the view that Radamel Falcao will be Colombia’s trump card in Copa America.
Colombia had impressed everyone with their game in World Cup 12 months back and that’s why, there are expectations that they might go the distance in Copa America.
Colombia is not the favourite for the title by any means in the presence of teams like Brazil, Argentina, but, they are surely seen as the dark horse and if some of their key players click, they might be a tricky team to beat.
Apart from Falcao, James Rodriguez is another player who can test any defensive line up in the world.
Talking about Colombia’s form of late, they have been on the losing side just a couple of times out of the 20 games that they have played.
Their defence has been quite tight in every game and there has been enough potency in the offence as well. Read more