Napoli recently returned to the Champions League and used goalkeeper Pepe Reina as the first choice option in the opening game against Dynamo Kyiv.
Even though the goalkeeper was not able to keep a clean sheet in the match, Napoli managed to get all three points from this difficult away trip courtesy of goals fromMilik. The forward managed to get two goals as Napoli managed a comeback victory. Incredibly, Reina is playing in the Champions League whereas the club that sold him to Napoli – Liverpool – are struggling to even feature in the Europa league.
Runner-up in the Serie A in the last campaign are set to begin a new season with a charge for the title.
However, there are doubts to that possibility seeing how defending champions Juventus reinforced their squad, while Napoli sold its best striker Gonzalo Higuain to same Juventus for a record transfer fee. Napoli added a few players but not to the quality they lost.
Reports indicate that Napoli might leave on Arkadiusz Milik as replacement for Higuain. Milik showed his capability when he scored his debut goal in a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Former Liverpool goal keeper returned to the team after his Allan mistake but was later replaced by Sepe in the 46th minute as the Partenopei played the Germans in a friendly game. Faouzi Ghoulam made a mistake which Vedad Ibisevic converted to send Berlin ahead.
If you are looking at the popular players emerging of Liverpool, one of the names would be of Reina.
It is often difficult to find a goalkeeper who is capable and talented and it seems that the club has been able to secure a talented player in this category in Pepe Reina. He has been obtained from Villarreal by Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard had become part of the club when he was signed on when the requirement was felt after Liverpool won over AC Milan in the European Cup. Jerzy Dudek had been able to prove himself a hero and helped the Reds to claim the crown. Reina also proved to be a reliable player. When he arrived at the club he had been obtained for £6 million. The first season saw Reina being on the run from October till December and Premier League as well where he was able to block several goals. As a result, he won several golden glove awards.
Many footballers and fans have been shocked by Pepe’s actions in the Champions League final.
Indeed, the Real Madrid defender has on more than one occasion found guilty of trying to get the Atletico Madrid players sent off.
Pundit Gary Lineker has stated that Pepe is a disgrace to football and that he was disappointed with the way the Portuguese defender has performed during the whole match.
The first time he was already lying down on the pitch and Fillipe Luis came and patted him on the side in a friendly manner. Pepe instead acted in a way that he was punched heavily and gestured in agony just to attract the attention of the referee. Fortunately for Luis, the referee on that day Mark Clattenburg had followed the whole thing and quickly intervenes. He told Pepe to get up as there was no malicious action.
Maurizio Sarri has left it up to the board to decide whether the money should be invested in the new signings or not.
Sarri is not opposing the signings. He said if new faces come in, he would welcome them and would happily work with them, but, he would be absolutely fine even if those extra resources are not provided to him. He would then keep developing the present lot and make it stronger than before.
Sarri stressed that he would convey his thoughts to the board regarding different things related to the squad, but, he would not push for any new recruitments at all.
The 57-year old Italy native had a dig at some of the coaches, who talk about the need of additions to the squad all the time.
As per Sarri, he doesn’t really appreciate that coming from the coaches as he believes it’s an easy thing to say and maybe use as an excuse.
Real Madrid fans need not criticise superstar Cristiano Ronaldo according to defender Pepe, who sees the player in fine form. Ronaldo is in the race to win the Pichichi award after being in fine scoring form over the last few weeks.
However, he has gathered most of the goals against a few opposition in a limited number of matches while failing to perform against the top teams. This has been the major criticism of the former Manchester United winger. Madrid are a whopping 12 points behind leaders Barcelona and this disparity has largely come as a result of Ronaldo not doing well.
Philippe Senderos joined the Premier League side Aston Villa back in June of 2014 and when the transfer was officially complete, Paul Lambert stated that the Swiss defender was going to be a good addition to the team but it doesn’t seem like it as Senderos has barely even been able to play a large amount of matches due to injuries which has kept him out of the playing grounds.
After having gone through a string of injuries, Aston Villa is now prepared to release Senderos in the winter transfer window as the manager of the English club has lost their patience and faith with the Swiss defender who simply couldn’t stand out since arriving to the Premier League club.
Even though Philippe Senderos has been struggling with successive injuries, reports have already been emerging claiming that there is a team which is interested in signing the Swiss defender after he gets released by the Premier League side.
The Belgian playmaker El Kaddouri has said that the Napoli boss Sarri was pretty upset about the fact that the team conceded a late goal in the European game versus Legia Warsaw.
Napoli won that game comfortably by 5-2, but, what irked the manager was that the players seemed to get a little relaxed at the end and it resulted in the opposition scoring one to bring the margin down.
That one goal did not make any difference though as Napoli’s way ahead of the others in Group D as far as the goal differential is concerned and thus, they remained at the top.
According to Kaddouri, conceding goals is something which Sarri absolutely hates and in a short chat post the game, he let everyone know that Legia should not have been allowed to get that second one.
Kaddouri said, “We were not up to the standard at Bologna, but, this one was much better.”
Cardiff City should keep hold of striker Kenwyne Jones according to defender Fabio Da Silva.
The striker is out of contract at the end of the campaign and there is a lot of interest from other Championship clubs. Sheffield Wednesday are thought to be heavily considering the prospect of making an offer for the player when he enters into the final six months of his contract. There is also interest from abroad with some Israeli clubs showing interest. The player will be able to sign the precontract agreement with foreign clubs from January if his situation at Cardiff City does not change.
Pepe Reina has admitted that he is not entirely happy at Bayern Munich, as he is not getting regular first-team football at the Allianz Arena due to the presence of Manuel Neuer.
The German international is seen as one of the best in the world and almost came close to winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. This would have made him the first goalkeeper to have won the award, but the 29-year-old only lost out to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and it is certainly not a bad thing at all. Reina was a surprise candidate to be a backup keeper at Bayern Munich.