Arsenal have been drawn in group A of the UEFA Champions League group games this week, and the draw seems to be a favourable one for the troubled Premier League side.
They take on French champions Paris St. Germain, Swiss’s outfit Basel and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
In group B, Benfica will trade tackles with runners-up in Italy Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine and Turkish giant Besiktas. In Group C, La Liga champions Barcelona will meet Manchester City, Scottish side Celtic and Monchengladbach. In Group D, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV and Rostov will square up against each other. In Group E, CSKA Moskva, Leverkusen, Spurs and Monaco will do battle. In Group F, defending champions Real Madrid will take on German side Dortmund, Sporting CP and Legia. In Group G, English Champions Leicester City will face Porto, Club Brugge, and Kobenhavn. Group H contains Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League champions Sevilla, Lyon and Dynamo Zagbreb.
Coach Arsene Wenger will be leading his squad to the continental tournament for an incredible 19th time in a row. Unfortunately, Arsenal have been knocked out in the round of 16 for six years. Some of their surprising losses in recent years include their 4-0 loss to AC Milan in 2012, after a 3-0 win at the Emirates.
If you see the Sofascore team figures Robinho is being rated as the best player of the week who in the sixth round maintains the best rating on this performance card.
In the Brasilero Serie A Robinho has showcased the best performance in the sixth round. The team might have won only a single point due to the draw game they played against Sport Recife. However, Robinho has been part of the four goals that Atletico scored and he also won two penalties that were for his team along with two assists.
That led to overall performance that was considerable by the striker of 32 years of age. As a result, he was awarded the highest score till date, a perfect ten which reflected, and performance that was great on an overall level. Sofascore rating has been done considering all parameters.
Robinho, who started his career with Santos, visited his former team after their game against Atletico Mineiro.
Robinho was rested for this game by Atletico’s coach as he feels that the forward player needed a breather.
Robinho, who enjoyed a cult status at Santos, spent around 15 minutes in the lockers as he greeted and talked with everyone. The match ended with a defeat for Santos at the hands of Robinho’s current club, and the latter was keen to encourage his former teammates.
Robinho met with his close friend Gabriel Barbosa, who currently play for Santos. They both were quite close before Robinho left the club for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. Barbosa joked that they wanted him to play on their side if they wanted to have a chance to beat Atletico Mineiro. He added that he was really pleased to see Robinho and that even if they play for different clubs, they have a strong friendship.
Robinho came back to Santos after leaving Milan in 2014 and stayed for one year. He managed to make 41 appearances for them and scored 17 goals during the process. In 2015, he will sign a short-term deal with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande where he will manage to make 11 appearances for them and scored 3 goals.
Ex-Real Madrid sensation, Robson de Souza popularly called Robinho could not inspire his team, Atletico Moneiro, as they lost to fellow Copa Libertadores squad, Independiente del Valle.
The talented Brazilian veteran played as a left winger in the match, as he usually switched between left winger and supporting striker position for the Brazilian outfit. The forward who has not scored any goal his season for his club side was warned with a yellow card in the match before being substituted after the break in the 66th minute.
Of five matches, Atletico Moneiro have played this season, Robinho has only played in three; he was not in the squad in the other two matches in the Copa Libertadores but he played in the FIFA Club World Cup late last year. In the tournament, of three games, the very talented player, played a match, sat through the one against UEFA Champions, Barcelona but wasn’t in the squad in the final game against Sanfrecce where they lost 2-1.
Last month, Barcelona star, Neymar Jr. told Goal that his greatest football idol remained Brazil World Cup winner Robinho.
“I started playing football in a school back in Sao Vincente when I was five years old, going towards six. Those were my first steps, among those kids, and then I kept going.” The striker started.
“But when I started following Santos, Robinho was my favorite player. He is my greatest idol. Today, I have a lot of them, after learning more about football, but back then I was a huge fan of Robinho’s,” Neymar added.
Sunderland’s 3 opening matches of the season has seen them facing off with Leicester City, Norwich City and Swansea City. From all of those games, Sunderland sustained 2 defeats and had to settle with a draw against Swansea City, Dick Advocaat wants to bounce back from this disappointing start of the season and he thinks that signing new players can help them to recover.
Dick Advocaat is not happy about the state of his team and has even launched a hint at a possible departure from Sunderland unless the owner of the club meets his demands in relation to signing new players and reinforcing his squad which has been struggling so much in recent times.
“We have to improve and we can only improve if we get some other players in. We really need two or three more players. I have told everyone and I will keep saying it until the last day but not much has happened.
The Dutch manager continued on by praising the Sporting Director Lee Congerton but he did not mention the club owner Ellis Short as Dick Advocaat continued on by saying: ‘’Lee Congerton is doing a great job with little money. We really appreciate what he has done so far but we need more.”
During the 2014-15 Premier League season, Sunderland finished at the 16th spot as they collected a total of 22 points and managed to save themselves from the relegation zone by only a few points. Dick Advocaat wants to avoid going through another relegation threatening season such as the previous one and he believes that he can avoid it but he needs more signings that can reinforce his team.
Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly close to announcing the signing of former Manchester City and Real Madrid superstar Robinho.
The 31-year-old recently announced that he would be leaving Santos yet again. Robinho has spent the last four seasons at the Brazilian club in some form or the other. It was widely thought that he would move to Santos on a permanent basis after engineering his exit from AC Milan much sooner than his contract had been stipulated. The recent boom in Brazilian football would also allow Santos to pay his astronomical wages, but that has been a major twist in the tale after Santos have lost out on his permanent signature.
It is still not clear as to why Robinho decided to quit Brazilian football once again, but he will now be playing forGuangzhou Evergrande. This will put him far from the prying eyes of the media for the time being. One of the major factors that led to his move toGuangzhou Evergrande is the presence of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. The former Brazil national team boss holds a special relationship with some of the key Brazil players and this includes Robinho. His presence only recently helped the Chinese outfit sign Paulinho from Tottenham.
Robinho, as some other Santos Footballers, is frustrated that his salary is not being paid by the club on a regular basis.
Robinho is the most expensive player that Santos has got right now. He is not a permanent part of the club though. He’s there on loan.
Santos has faced quite a few economic issues in the recent months. They have not been able to find a sponsor for the jersey of the senior team in the ongoing season. The empty stands during the matches have not helped them either.
Quite a few Peixe players have complained about their salaries remaining unpaid and a couple have even taken legal action against their employers.
Santos brought back their sensation Robinho back from European football and this seems to have had a positive effect on the young players at the club.
The Brazilian outfit have one of the best academies in this region.Gabriel Barbosa Gabigol is seen as the club’s best young talent and he says that it is a pleasure to play alongside Robinho once again. The former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward is held in high regard in these parts. Even though his career has not exactly panned the way as he would have hoped in the last few years, Robinho is the Brazil international who is valued highly.
Gabriel Barbosa Gabigol says that playing along with the striker has helped him learn a number of new things in the game. He is also happy that Robinho is extremely down-to-earth despite being a great player. Robinho is looking unlikely to stay at Santos for much longer. He may depart for the MLS with Orlando City showing an interest in him. The newlyformed MLS franchise recently snapped up Robinho’s Brazilian teammate Kaka, who is now the league’s highest earning player. Robinho could soon be playing alongside him in Miami, but the likes ofGabigol have not given up hope.
“I’ve never imagined that we could once play together. That is a dream coming true. He’s a very nice person, so playing with him is a real pleasure for me. I learn a lot from Robinho.He’s a good teacher and show me that I can try to improve myself every day. He works even when he’s on vacation. He’s a real idol to the young players here. I hope he will stay with us for a long time so we can keep learning a lot from him,” said Gabriel Barbosa Gabigol in an interview.
Robinho would reportedly miss out on the upcoming Champions League Atletico Madrid match given injury issues. The match falls on the 16 Round of the championship and is very critical for Robinho’s esteemed Italian club AC Milan.
The club has already confirmed about Robinho’s non-availability for the match.
“Robinho is down with a bad muscular wound in left thigh. The forward would be going for further tests in the coming week”, stated the AC Milan announcement.
Robinho’s injuries are pretty serious at the moment and the Brazilian international would be missing out on Milan’s very crucial Series A game against Bologna as well which is scheduled for mid-February. If he is not ready by the end of the month, Robinho won’t be able to participate in the Sampodria event dated for February 23.
It seems that the forward’s fate is dependent on the test results. If the tests exhibit grave injury issues, Robinho is most likely be unavailable for Milan’s high profile game against Juventus which is scheduled for early March.
The player is serious passing through a bad phase in his career and it’s unfortunate time for his club as well since Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best strikers & his presence would be much missed.
The forward has been a regular feature for Rossoneri this session, with eighteen appearances in domestic division. The Brazilian scored 3 goals & offered 5 assists this time.
He has even netted in the European competition once this year yet won’t be able to inspire his squad during their Atletico match.
Clarence Seedorf might view the Brazilian’s injury as right timing to attempt for some tactical alteration. Kaka might be the most possible choice to fill up the void created by his famous countryman.
Ac.Milan somehow managed to slip into the last 16 remaining teams of the Champions League which comes as a surprise considering that Juventus was eliminated as well as Napoli. The team of Allegri is the only Italian side that managed to qualify.
Mario Balotelli expressed his disappointment after finding out that his team is the only representation of Italy in the Champions League.
“After the dismissal we had to play on the defensive. I would’ve liked to score, but the important thing was not to concede. Other Italian teams could’ve joined us in the knockouts and I’m disappointed they didn’t, but at the same time I am happy for Milan.
“Do I have any preferences for the next round? None, as either way we’ll be facing one of the group winners.” Balotelli said.
The Champions League draw has been concluded and now Ac.Milan has to go head to head with Athletico Madrid. The Spanish side finished their group being undefeated and collecting 16 points meanwhile Ac.Milan had to struggle in their last match just to survive and advance.
Ac.Milan will have Keisuke Honda and Adil Rami arriving as fresh signings for the 2014 as they are hoping to give the Italian team a much needed boost in midfield and in defence. The Japanese midfielder is ineligible to compete in Europe this season but his arrival to the team will surely give the rest of the squad a morale boost.
Japan boss and former Ac. Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is expecting great things when Honda arrives to Serie A.
Speaking to Radio Anch’Io Lo Sport, Zaccheroni said: “I’m convinced that he is a player who will be admired. He is physically strong, has excellent technique and great personality.
“I was in charge of Milan for three years and I know how much a player’s character is important in such a setup.”