TORRES LEAVES COACHING ROLE TEMPORARILY

Fernando Torres has reportedly left his coaching role at Spanish La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid temporarily. The Atletico Madrid idol is back at the club he loves dearly as a coach several months after he made the decision to hang up his boots. Fernando Torres has a coaching role with the Atletico B team. The ex-Spanish national team player is working towards his UEFA coaching qualifications and has decided to join the coaching staff at the Atletico Madrid reserve and youth team setup.

Spanish media outlet Diario AS reported that the 36-year-old left his Atletico Madrid coaching role temporarily due to personal reasons. Fernando Torres is expected to be away from the club for some weeks before he returns next month. The former Atletico Madrid player could be fast-tracked to a coaching role with the first team before the end of this season. He has watched the Atletico Madrid senior team beat the duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona to top spot in the Spanish La Liga this season.

FERNANDES DRAWS SUAREZ, TORRES COMPARISON

Premier League legend turned pundit Jamie Carragher has praised the impact of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United since the Portuguese player signed for the Red Devils last year. Bruno Fernandes has likened his impact at the start of his Manchester United career to the one enjoyed by both Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres at the start of their respective Liverpool careers.

Jamie Carragher played with both Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres during his career as a Liverpool defender. Jamie Carragher was a one-club man as he played the whole of his club career for the Reds. He waxed lyrical about the quality that Bruno Fernandes has added to the Manchester United squad on Sky Sports while he was in a debate with Manchester United legend Roy Keane on how far Manchester United have come over the past months.

LIVERPOOL FANS LIKENING EXCITING YOUNG PROSPECT TO CLUB LEGEND TORRES

 

Liverpool Football Club’s Under-18 exciting talent Layton Stewart has been making the headlines recently, putting in some eye-catching performances and had been in a rich vein of goal scoring form this season.


The young Liverpool side played Leeds United on Saturday afternoon and emerged winners in the tie as they thumped their opponents 5-0 in what was a great match for the young Reds.

COUTINHO’S EXIT CHANGED LIVERPOOL’S TRANSFER POLICIES

 

Liverpool knew they faced risks with their star player Philippe Coutinho,but they had a project at hand. With Jurgen Klopp and the new players they had signed and wanted to add, the momentum was changing positively at Anfield. Yet when Barcelona came calling Coutinho forced the move through.


The move forced the club to amend its transfer policies, per reports. Following how Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling had left prior the switch of the Brazilian, it became obvious that losing their key players in such manner was detrimental to the club’s ambition and health.

ALISSON WOULD HAVE BEEN CHELSEA’S KEPA

Liverpool shot stopper Alisson could have ended up at Stamford Bridge had the club not hesitated, we have learnt. The former Serie A goalkeeper used to ply his trade at AS Roma. It was largely believed that the Brazilian wanted out of his then club, with the Premier League his choice destination.


Thibaut Courtois was close to a move to Real Madrid, after being linked to the Spanish giants for years. The Spaniard wanted to be reunited with his family still in Madrid – where he spent three years on loan at Atletico – and he was quite vocal about his intentions. It was only a matter of time.

DEMBELE WELCOME CHELSEA CHALLENGE

The days when Chelsea fans used to dread about who wore their no. 9 shirt seems to be coming to an end. Ever since the disaster of Fernando Torres in that role, the Blues have struggled to have any regular Joe take up the mantle of a striker and gift the team goals.

Diego Costa was almost ideal in that he did give them those goals but the troubles that came with it were too much for any coach to handle. Especially Antonio Conte.

TORRES REMEMBERS HIS TIME AT CHELSEA

Recreating magic is hard. That is why magicians love doing things on their own terms.

Even in the real world, magicians masquerading as “experts” are everywhere. They self-praise when their predictions randomly hit their mark and look for long explanations when charts go south.

Same thing happens in football. Every team hypes their youngsters and disowns them once they fail to fulfil their potentials. Most times, teams simply hire capable legs but like with everything, nothing is certain.

ATLETICO MADRID SEASON LOOKING GOOD SO FAR

Atletico Madrid have been the team that has challenged the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past decade and look likely to have a great campaign this season. Led by the charismatic Argentine tactician, this version 2.0 looks more attractive than previous versions.

This season Simeone’s men have a 100% record and have benefited from rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid slips to hold a four-point lead. Although this is still early if there is one thing we know about Atletico it is their sturdy defence.

Led by Slovakia stopper Jan Oblak, the defence has largely changed with the exit of Felipe Luiz, Juanfran and Diego Godin. The arrival of Kieran Trippier gives Atletico extra impetus as they possess one of the best crossers in Europe.

The England international showed his quality producing an exquisite goal for Alvaro Morata in the first game of the season against Getafe. The midfield has largely remained the same with the likes of Lemar, Partey, Koke and Saul forming the bedrock of the team.

One area that has improved is the attack with the signing of Joao Felix from Benfica in the summer.  The 19-year-old has shown abilities that belies his age and has emerged as the golden boy of the club.

The last true golden boy of the club was Fernando Torres. Torres was loved by the fans largely because he started playing for the club at a young age. Although Felix is more of a creator all-rounder than  Torres he has shown the ability to be unfazed by the occasion.

He is expected to play a major role for the club this season as they seek to win the League title. If he can secure the title for the club then he is on the way to reaching the levels that Torres attained within the club fanbase.

BARCELONA LEGEND FINISHES CAREER WITH A BANG

Xavi Hernandez is considered as one of the greatest midfielders to play the game and the Spaniard has added another title to his career. The 39-year-old helped Qatari club AL Sadd claim the 2018/2019 Qatari Stars League title.

Al Saddrequired a draw to win the title in their last game at home to win the title.  Bounedjah was the star of the game as he scored a superb hat-trick in the match as AL Sadd. Xavi also contributed a fine assist in the match in what was a feast of football.

Xavi had earlier in the campaign announced his intention to retire at the end of the season-ending over two decades of top flight football.

The former Barcelona midfielder has always stated his intention to move into management after he retires and has reportedly begun his training for his coaching badges.

Xavi was known for his dynamic partnership during his Barcelona days with Andreas Iniesta and Sergio Busquet. The trio were pivotal to Barcelona and Spain’s success from 2009-2015.

He would be remembered for revolutionizing the midfield role to accommodate small sized players. Before his time, clubs preferred physical combative midfielders but the Spaniard was able to show that technical nous trumps physical efforts

Al Sadd have been the best team in the Qatar League this season as they have brushed other clubs with ease. The arrival of Atletico Madrid legend Gabi has provided star dust alongside Xavi to drive the team from the midfield.

The league victory caps a remarkable stint for the Spaniard in Qatar as this made it the fifth trophy won by the 39-year-old in the space of five years at the club.

Xavi made 78 appearances for the Al Saddduring his time at the club netting 19 goals and providing 27 assists in the process.