AC Milan head coach Filippo Inzaghi claims his team are on track for the start of the new Serie A season but four defeats out of four in pre-season tell a very different tale.
Inzaghi has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of the struggling Italian giants after they finished eighth last season.
Brazil’s shocking exit from the 2014 World Cup has taken its toll on the Brazilian captain Thiago Silva as he has recently stated that following his clubs’ elimination from the latest edition of the World Cup, it hasn’t been easy for him to forget about it and just move on at least compared to other players.
Thiago Silva has revealed that before the start of the penalty shootouts against Chile, the Brazilian shot stopper Julio Cesar had told his team members that he would save three shots from going into the post.
The score line of the Brazil Vs Chile match was 1-1 at the completion of the 30-minute extra time which took the match into the shootouts. Both teams were in with a 50-50 chance at that point of time. But, Cesar ended up making all the difference eventually with a couple of wonderful saves.
Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva has stated that this is a World Cup not for defenders to shine. The World Cup 2014 is turning out into one of the most exciting international tournaments in recent memory. Even though we have not even managed to complete most of the group matches, the tournament has seen several goals scored. In terms of comparison with the previous World Cup in South Africa, the 2014 edition has already seen 41 goals scoring just the 12 opening matches. Meanwhile, the 2010 World Cup only saw 20 goals during the same period.
With the World Cup just over a fortnight away now, excitement is building for Brazil. England head into the tournament as outsiders with many people not expecting Roy Hodgson's side to go beyond the quarter-final stage.
But there are reasons to be optimistic. Here are just five.
1. Expectations are low
Rickie Lambert has insisted he would be more than happy to step up and take a penalty in a shoot-out for England at this summer's World Cup.
After 5 consecutive victories, Clarence Seedorf’s streak has ended as they lost 2-0 against As.Roma but there are a series of rumors which have started spreading around concerning the future of Mario Balotelli.
During Ac.Milan’s defeat against As.Roma, Balotelli was substituted for the last few minutes of the match but just as he was leaving playing ground, the former Inter Milan appeared to be angry as he did not want to leave the field.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised the tactics of this Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho after the recent 2-0 defeat that his team suffered in the Premier league. Chelsea came to Anfield with little hope of winning the Premier league title this season, has never five points behind table leaders Liverpool.
However, they gave themselves a great chance to think about title success with a 2-0 win, but it was largely dominated by Liverpool. The home team had most of the chances and also the possession, while Chelsea kept 10 men behind the ball at all times.
Thiago Silva started showcasing his world class defensive abilities when he played with Ac.Milan. The Brazilian defender along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic pushed Ac.Milan to the glory they still have not been able to find since both of those players left the Italian club.
Silva was signed by PSG for a transfer fee of €42 million and ever since then, he has only been improving not only inside but also outside of the pitch as he has developed leadership skills up to the point where the 29 years old defender is the captain of PSG.
Thiago Silva is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world and his recent awards are proof of it as he has been featured in the UEFA Team of the Year since 2011 as well as being named into the FIFA World XI of 2013, there is no doubt why PSG was willing to offload €42 million in order to get him from Ac.Milan.