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Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2014 after suffering a knee injury.
The Bayern Munich midfield maestro was expected to play a key role for the reigning world and European champions in this summer’s football extravaganza in Brazil but his injury means he will have to watch the event from his home in Bavaria.
The 23 year old was named in the provisional 30-man squad by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque but the youngster will have to undergo a knee surgery after tearing a ligament last week.
He will also miss out on his team’s DFB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
A Bayern Munich official released a statement confirming the setback for the Brazilian born Spanish midfielder and Bayern chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge said that it was a bitter blow for the player and that he feels sorry for him as well.
Thiago has missed a lot of action during the latter stages of the season but he hoped to be fit for the final few weeks with an eye on a place in the FIFA World Cup 2014 squad but this latest injury blow has completely ruled him out of the competition and he will not be able to return to action before November at the earliest.
Rummenigge went on to add that Thiago is a young player who dreamt of playing the World Cup in Brazil, where his father, former footballer and World Cup winner Mazinho hails from but those dreams have been shattered cruelly.
The German legend said the club will look after him and will give him all the attention medically that he needs to get him fit for the start of the season but missing the FIFA World Cup 2014 will be a bitter pill to swallow for him.
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Roma star Daniele De Rossi has claimed that he feels that the team can go out and beat any team in the world right now. Confidence is flowing through the veins of the Italian outfit after they managed to win nine consecutive matches.
This has enabled them to finish second in the table with a record 85 points already on the board. De Rossi has been a vital part of the Roma team over the last decade, but he has not witnessed to the club endured such a positive spell throughout the whole campaign. Apart from a few months during the middle of the campaign, Roma have been brilliant all season long. Continue reading →
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has compared the upcoming game against Norwich City as a game similar to that against top teams like Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City. After the 3-2 win over Manchester City, Liverpool have more step closer towards achieving the dream of winning the league title. This would be the 19th league championship in the history of the club, but one that will probably arrive after 25 years since their last trophy success in 1990. For this reason, this is viewed as a special season for Liverpool. However, there is a danger of complacency creeping into the team after 10 straight victories.
Gerrard has warned against this complacency ahead of next weekend’s match. Liverpool will be the visitors to Carrow Road, which has often been a happy hunting ground for the Reds. Luis Suarez, especially, is fond of playing against Norwich and he usually scores a lot of goals against them. Due to their fight against relegation, this is seen as easy three points for Liverpool. Gerrard, though, thinks otherwise and he says that the Liverpool players should consider Norwich has the best team in the world right now. This would be the only way to avoid complacency, which could be their biggest enemy in the last four matches.
“We have to treat Norwich like we treated AC Milan in 2005. We have to forget what colour their kit is and the personnel wearing it and treat them as the best players in the world. We have to forget where we are and forget what we’ve done. We have to prepare for Norwich like it’s the last game of our careers. Every game is going to get bigger and bigger because we are getting close to that last game of the season,” said Gerrard.
Liverpool have a two-point advantage over Chelsea.