After a long wait for the presidency over to Erick Thohir Massimo Moratti, Inter could become the entry of the summe
r transfer window of January. Walter Mazzarri’s team is doing a very good league, although doubts in the beginning of the season were very high, but the former technician receives gifts from Naples Indonesian tycoon.
Thohir is already in Milan where he is known closely with environment maps the Nerazzurri and is the first blows in the transfer market.
Athletic Director AUSILIO Piero has gone on a mission to England where he will try to convince some players rested’s Premier League dream big and where remain Dzeko and Kolarov to Manchester City area.
According to what writes “Calciomercato”, 11 names are circulating on the agenda of the Nerazzurri directors and four current players look very close to leaving.
1- Aleksandar Kolarov – Manchester City
2-Edin Dzeko – Manchester City
3-Alex Sandro – Porto
4-Emanuele Giaccherini – Sunderland
5-Fabio Borini – Sunderland
6-Gaston Ramirez – Southampton
7-Pablo Osvaldo – Southampton
8-Kostantinos Mitroglou – Olympiakos
9-Rodrigo – Benfica
10-Juraj Kucka – Genoa
11-Rondon – Rubin Kazan
Massimiliano Allegri changes module for the game with Barcelona in Camp Nou moving from 4-3-3 to 4-4-1-1.In defense returns Mexes who will play alongside Zapata, the attack will be Kaka who will work on the shoulders of the only striker, Balotelli.
Dani Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Adriano;
Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta;
Sanchez, Messi, Neymar.
Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant;
Poli, Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari;
The 46-year-old came up with some colourful imagery when describing what it’s like to walk onto the pitch for BVB in front of a home crowd Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp believes stepping out of the Signal Iduna Park tunnel is an experience akin to being born. The Ruhr giants are famed for the atmosphere within their stadium and the 46-year-old, who has been at BVB since 2008, feels the club’s fans are unique. “You come out of this tunnel, it’s very narrow. I told the players it’s a little bit like when you are born and your mother is [makes a face like a woman in labour]. “Then you come out and see the best of the world. Every two weeks, we see this. It’s very dark inside and we come out and it’s really great. “It’s loud and shining. It’s everything. Like the sun goes up! “I’m 1.94 metres so I have to bend like this inside and so when we come out, it’s like: ‘boom!’ You get out in this stadium and want to run for your life to fight for each centimetre of grass.” Klopp also voiced his pride with the emphasis his side put on young players, which has seen the likes of Erik Durm break into the squad this season. “Borussia Dortmund are the only club in the world where if I speak to a young player, he knows that I am his coach for the next four-and-a-half-years. We want to have this situation.” Despite his obvious love for BVB, Klopp refused to rule out a move away from the club in the future, saying he would be happy to live anywhere. “I have an interest in the whole world and it is not typical for my personality to spend 10 years in Dortmund because I can live anywhere. So can my wife. We can grab the dog and go to the next city.”
Anderlecht and Ajax have the youngest squads while Juventus have the oldest, but it appears that achieving the right blend of experience is the best recipe for success
They say age is only a number, but as Ajax and Anderlecht have found out to their cost in the Champions League, it is apparent that it counts for a whole lot more. Both sides have the youngest squads in the competition with an average of age of just 23-years-old, and it seems that the expectation and pressure that comes with playing in Europe is weighing heavily down on them.
YOUNGEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAMS
Club - Average age
Ajax, a club widely heralded for their wonderful youth academy, which has seen the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf and more recently Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart come through the ranks, are not enjoying the same success as they once did in the halcyon days of the ’90s. Back then they reached consecutive Champions League finals, beating AC Milan in 1995, before losing to Juventus on penalties the following year. A 2-1 defeat to Celtic on matchday three this season rooted Frank de Boer’s men to the bottom of Group H. But perhaps it is telling that only one player in that starting XI – 33-year-old Christian Poulsen – was over the age of 24 and the average age of that side was just under 23. Viktor Fischer and Lucas Andersen, both 19, are the shining new stars of the Dutch side but are not at the same standard as previous academy alumni, while the sales of young, accomplished playmaker Christian Eriksen to Tottenham and Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld to Atletico Madrid in the summer, have done nothing to mitigate their Champions League woes. Meanwhile, Belgian side Anderlecht are facing a similar situation to their Dutch counterparts, with inexperienced youngsters and a dearth of top quality players blighting their campaign. In the 3-0 and 5-0 defeats to Olympiakos and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, coach John van den Brom fielded a side with an average age of only 22. Youri Tielemans at 16 years and 148 days became the third youngest player to play in the Champions League behind Alen Halilovic and Celestine Babayaro, while Dennis Praet, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, all 19, who were in the squad, have yet to prove they can compete at this level. As a result the Belgians are yet to get off the mark, or even score a goal in Group C and have conceded 10.
OLDEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAMS
Club Average age
Manchester City 27.4
But, of course, having older, more experienced players does not necessarily guarantee success either. Galatasaray, fielding a team with an average age of 29-years-old against Real Madrid on matchday one, were emphatically beaten 6-1; Czech side Viktoria Plzen also had an average age of 29 in their encounter with Bayern Munich and were thumped 5-0 on matchday three. And Juventus, who have the oldest squad average of all the Champions League teams at 28.6-years-old, have taken two points from their opening three games in Group C, which features Madrid, Galatasaray and Copenhagen. It seems that an appropriate blend of youth and experience can help facilitate the quest for glory if previous winners of the tournament are anything to go by. Last season’s successors Bayern have young players such as David Alaba, Toni Kroos and Xherdan Shaqiri complemented by older talents like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben which brings the squad’s average age up to 26. Borussia Dortmund, whom they beat in the final this year, have exciting talents like Robert Lewandowski, 25, and Marco Reus, 24, while goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, 33, helps to take the squad average up to 25. Real Madrid, who are targeting la Decima, have an average of 26 years, while rivals Barcelona, who recently won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 are slightly older at 27. This is also the case for the two Manchester clubs, United and City, both of whom had an average of 27-years-old. Arsenal are slightly younger at 26, and 2012 winners Chelsea are older at 28 years of age. French champions Paris Saint-Germain have an average of just under 26. The age of players alone cannot be a determining factor as to the success of the club, as the quality of player, tactics, coach, and the ability to play as a team are also key concerns, but what it does show is that teams who are heavily reliant on young players at this level can struggle with the demand and expectations placed on them as Ajax and Anderlecht know only too well.