Tags Posts tagged with "national team"

national team

by -

Football legend Alex Del Piero recognises the great job Antonio Conte did with Juventus and Italy national team and now he hopes the manager will have the same success with Chelsea for many years.

“He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world. I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea” – Del Piero told Sport 360 – He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team. We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well”.

by -

Chelsea defensive midfielder Nathan Ake made his first senior appearance for Netherland National Team on Wednesday after being a regular in the Dutch Under-21 squad.

Quincy Promes and Tottenham star Vincent Janssen both scored in their 2-1 win over Morocco in a friendly game. Former Chelsea Academy Mbark Boussoufa also scored for the hosts.

The 22-year-old was recalled by Chelsea in January 2017, making his first appearance in the 4–0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Brentford. Then he replaced David Luiz in the starting lineup in the 4–2 semifinal win against rivals Tottenham.

by -

Chelsea star Pedro spoke after being selected in 25-man Spain squad for their incoming games against Israel (World Cup Qualifier) and France (friendly).

“It’s a new chance for me, a new challenge, – said Pedro when asked about head coach Julen LopeteguiWe are looking at how he wants to play, his ideas. He’s another coach to add to the list in my career. I’m pleased to meet with team-mates and experiencing a good moment with my club. I am happy to be here”.

Then he added: “We all come to join the team with the coach’s requests. I work at 100 per cent and try to compete at the top level. I have to make the most of the chances I’m given. I’m happy to be back and to train with the squad”.


by -

David Luiz is having a sensational season at Chelsea and he has been one of the best player for Antonio Conte‘s team so far.

However, this is not enough for him to be selected for the Brazil squad which will play World Cup qualifiers vs Uruguay and Paraguay in the next few days.

“I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision” – David Luiz told the Evening Standard.  -“I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back into the squad. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No.”


by -

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick stated that Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham and Liverpool talent Ovie Ejaria should play for Nigeria instead of England national senior team.

Both players have already represented England in the youth ranks, with Abraham having made 21 appearances between the Under-18s and the Under-21s.

“What are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting, talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their father land,” Pinnick told to competesportnigeria.com

“If you talk about Tammy Abraham, he is like my son, his father and I grew up in the same neighborhood.

“So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do. As for Ovie Ejaria, I talk with the father often, he just called me recently. These are people we have met and they are all excited about Nigeria.

“I am yet to see a Nigerian that is regretting being a Nigerian. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time.”

Abraham is impressing in his loan spell at Bristol City, scoring 9 goals in 17 Championship fixtures so far.

Ejaria has mostly been limited to performances in the Premier League 2, although he has played in both of Liverpool’s EFL Cup wins against Derby and Spurs.

by -

Thorgan Hazard explained how is to be captained in Belgium by his older brother, Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Blues forward became the skipper of his national team after Vincent Kompany started to skip many games because of his injuries:

“Eden and I are brothers, but in the national team, we’re rivals (smiles). There will never be a fight between us, and he might be happy for me if I take his spot. There will be no jealousy, that’s for sure.”

Thorgan explained the difference between his brother and Kompany as Belgium captains:

“They have different ways of wearing the armband. Eden isn’t someone who will talk a lot, but when he wants to, he can be heard by the group. When he speaks, everyone listens.”

by -

Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah was selected for England U21 upcoming fixtures but this morning got a surprise call: his ex coach, Gareth Southgate – now England interim manager- asked him and Southampton’s Nathan Redmond and James Warde-Prowse to join the senior team training session.

Here is a photo of him with Blues team-mate Gary Cahill:

Schermata 11-2457701 alle 18.22.58

by -

Spain national team Julen Lopetegui spoke ahead of the game against Italy and confirmed Chelsea striker Diego Costa will feature tomorrow night.

“Tomorrow Diego Costa will play, – he said – We decided we must play our strongest team in a game like this,”

“We have not paid much attention to what happened in the Italy-France match in September to make decisions. That was a friendly”.

About Chelsea target Alvaro Morata he added: “He is a great player who is familiar with the high demands of playing at Madrid, Alvaro gives us options.”

by -

Fabregas, Azpilicueta and Pedro have been left out of Spain National team, anyway Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is sure that this decision will have positive consequences if they ‘work harder’ during the international break.

“Cesc, Azpi and Pedro are all three important players for Chelsea – Conte told medias – I am pleased for their attitude and commitment, this is important.”

Speaking about their aim to play international football, Conte added: “It can be an opportunity to work harder and to be in the team, in the squad of Spain, this can be an opportunity to work harder, we are talking about three great players.”

by -

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will lead the Azzurri at Euro 2016 and is going to face the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking about Irish players, the 46-year-old reportedly told Irish Times: “The Irish players are maybe not well known in Italy but there are some very useful ones.”

“A player I like a lot, for example, is Southampton striker Shane Long and then there is Seamus Coleman at Everton and the central defender John O’Shea who is a very, very good player.” Conte added.

“No, no, you cannot tell me that I don’t know this Irish team.”


In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but...