REINA RECORDS CLEAN SHEET IN WIN

Pepe Reina kept a clean sheet as his Lazio team boosted their quest for a spot in the Champions League next season with a slim away win over Udinese in their league game at the weekend. Only the top four teams will qualify for the Champions League next season via the Italian Serie A. AS Roma are city rivals of Lazio and they are still in the Europa League. A win in the Europa League will guarantee AS Roma a place in the Champions League next season. Lazio and AS Roma are two of the many teams battling to win a place in the top four at the end of the present Italian Serie A campaign.

For Pepe Reina and Lazio, they have a lot of work to do in the final ten games to secure a place in the Champions League for next season and make it back-to-back as far as the competition is concerned. Lazio made their return to the Champions League after many years and they were able to make it to the last 16 stage before they were knocked out by holders Bayern Munich. Pepe Reina was in goal over the two legs as the Bavarian giants sealed a 6-2 aggregate win over Lazio to progress into the quarterfinals.
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LEIPZIG GOALKEEPER RECALLS ANFIELD MEMORIES

RB Leipzig shot stopper Peter Gulacsi went down memory lane as he recalled his time at Liverpool ahead of the Champions League round of 16 first leg meeting between the two teams. Peter Gulacsi was a Liverpool goalkeeper for six years between 2007 and 2013. The Hungarian international goalkeeper initially spent the 2007/08 season on loan at Liverpool before the move was made permanent in 2008. He left MTK Budapest in his native Hungary to sign for the Reds on loan before the move was made permanent at the end of his loan contract.

Liverpool took up the option of making his transfer permanent but he didn’t make an appearance for the first team till he left for Austrian Bundesliga giantsRed Bull Salzburg in 2013.He talked about his memories as a Liverpool in an exclusive interview with The Atheltic. According to him, he can count the number of penalties that he saved from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Peter Gulacsi was not able to make an appearance for Liverpool due to the goalkeeping duo of Pepe Reina and Doni. Spanish shot stopper Pepe Reina was the undisputed first choice at Liverpool during his time at the club, while Brazilian player Doni was the second choice goalkeeper. Peter Gulacsi was the third choice shot stopper at Liverpool behind the aforementioned duo of Doni and Pepe Reina. Continue reading “LEIPZIG GOALKEEPER RECALLS ANFIELD MEMORIES”

REINA KEEPS CLEAN SHEET IN DERBY

Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina was at his very best as he made some spectacular saves to help his team to an impressive derby win in the Italian Serie A. Pepe Reina rolled back the years at the age of 38 with an impressive showing in the colours of Lazio in the derby clash with AS Roma.

Lazio were the hosts of the matchday 18 clash at the StadioOlimpico on Friday night and they ran out winners in convincing fashion. Lazio thrashed AS Roma to boost their quest for a place in the Champions League next season. The top four spots guarantee Champions League next season and Lazio are still far off but the derby win could serve as a kickstarterfor top form between now and the remainder of the season. Pepe Reina was able to keep a clean sheet in the Lazio goal as his team beat AS Roma 3-0 at home. Pepe Reina has played 12 games for Lazio in the Italian Serie A this term in addition to his five appearances for the capital club in the Champions League. Continue reading “REINA KEEPS CLEAN SHEET IN DERBY”

PEPE REINA CHASING UEFA APPEARANCE RECORD

 

Spanish international shot stopper Pepe Reina is chasing an European record ahead of his Lazio side’s matchday 4 clash with Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia.Lazio play hosts to Zenit St. Petersburg at the StadioOlimpico in a Group F clash with the knowledge that a win will draw them closer to qualification for the knockout stages of the competition. For Russian Premier League giants Zenit, a defeat to the Biancocelesti on Tuesday night could spell the end of their campaign in the competition though they could still finish third in the group to drop down to the Europa League.


Pepe Reina is in line to start the Zenit game due to the injury to first choice goalkeeper ThomasStrakosha. If he features in the game, the 38-year-old will equal Italian football legend Paolo Maldinias the third highest on the list of UEFA club competitions appearance makers. An appearance against the Russians will make it his 174th appearance in Europe behind Cristiano Ronaldo (179 matches) and Iker Casillas (188 matches).
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Pepe Reina May Return to AC Milan

 

The squad for AC Milan will undergo a lot of changes in the next summer transfer window including the goalkeeping department. Gianluigi Donnarumma has already flown back to Monte Carlo with Ibrahimovic for meeting Mino Raiola and for reiterating his agent about his desire to stay with the team.

 

Pepe Reina is considered to be the toughest situation that needs to get resolved as soon as possible. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has already announced that he is not retiring after he helped in the survival of the Premier League along with Aston Villa. He said that he will surely return to AC Milan once the loan expires. According to the contract, he has one more year until his loan expires. He has shown confidence in his return to Milan.

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VILLA YET TO OFFER REINA CONTRACT

 

Struggling Premier League side Aston Villa are yet to make a contract offer to Pepe Reina, according to the player’s agent. The former Liverpool goalkeeper is on loan at the club from Serie A side AC Milan. With his decent performance, it was expected that Villa will make the keeper an offer to retain him permanently.


Reina’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has confirmed that Aston Villa were yet to offer a deal as the player would have loved to moved to England. Per the agent’s comments, it seems they were hoping to buy out his one year deal left with the Italians but with Villa not stepping up, Pepe would have to return to Italy.
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PEDRO WANTS OUT OF CHELSEA

Chelsea winger, Pedro has declared he was considering a January exit from Chelsea. The former Barcelona striker has seen game time very hard to come by under manager, Frank Lampard.

Aston Villa were credited with a strong interest in the winger, as they submitted an ambitious bid for the former Spain international in the January transfer window. The Claret and Blue army are short of options upfront. They have lost summer signing and top striker Wesley to season ending injury. They identified Pedro as a candidate to help them upfront.
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VANDEVOORDT TO BECOME UCL YOUNGEST GOALIE

Genk are set to meet Napoli in their group’s final game and Marten Vandevoordt is set to join the likes of Pepe Reina, David de Gea and Iker Casillas in having the record of being the youngest goalkeepers in the history of the Champions League on the night of their debut.


Vandevoordt is only 17 years old and should his coach give him the chance, he will overtake Mile Svilar to become the youngest lad in history to manage the sticks on a Champions League night.
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KARIUS RETURNS TO ANFIELD AFTER LOAN SPELL

Nobody loves an ugly child. Well, apart from the mom. Still, the most unforgiving example of such may very well be in the fact that Ivar the Boneless – a famous Viking – was almost killed by his father until his mother rescued and took care of him yet he killed his own son for being as deformed like him.

Since Pepe Reina left Liverpool, literally every goal keeper that has been brought to succeed him has failed but none failed quite as much as Loris Karius, the very same man who cost the Reds’ a Champions League trophy.
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PEPE REINA REMAINS ONE OF BENITEZ’S BEST SIGNINGS

Rafael Benitez remains a Premier League coaching legend. He is a legend for the club, a fans’ favourite and a serial continental champion. From being with the Madrid second team to other La Liga sides, then to Liverpool from Valencia in 2004. Benitez also coached Inter, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid senior side, and performed magic with Newcastle United before he moved for a retirement package in China. The Spaniard does not get as much credit for his work on the continent.

Looking at his most successful days in Liverpool, Benitez made some good signings. He convinced the hot Fernando Torres to come from Spain and reveal his magic in England. Torres was a wonder in his first season despite nay sayings. He was so lethal in front of goal, and remains one of the most dangerous strikers in Liverpool history.
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