Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has come in the defence of Alvaro Morata amid the recent criticism on social media. The Spain international has been in decent touch for the Blues with six goals across all competitions but he has still managed to squander a number of straightforward chances with the latest being on international duty with Spain.
Chelsea vice-captain Cesar Azpilicueta has praised the qualities of Alvaro Morata with the Spaniard finding form over the past month. The 26-year-old joined the Blues from Real Madrid for around £60m last year and he was thereafter expected to take up the scoring mantle from compatriot Diego Costa, who parted ways with the club.
However, he could not make a notable impression barring for the opening few months and he ended the season with a tally of just 15 goals from 48 appearances. With the new season, things appeared to be taking the same trend with the Spaniard struggling to convert clear-cut chances but he has managed to turn the corner over the past month with five goals from the previous six matches.
LA Galaxy are hoping for an unlikely push to the play-off places and it may finally reward Ashley Cole with some joy after having joined the club a few years ago. The 37-year-old has been with Galaxy since 2016 but he has not been able to enjoy any success with the MLS outfit. Even though he has been one of the best defenders in the MLS over the last two years, the lack of success has been down to Galaxy going through a terrible period on and off the pitch.
Ashley Cole remains as one of the successful left backs in the history of the game after having won numerous honours with Chelsea and Arsenal. He has won the Premier League on three occasions with the two clubs while his biggest success came in the form of the FA Cup after winning at a record seven times with the two clubs. He has also won the Champions League and the Europa League on the European front. It is highly likely thatCole is in the last year of his MLS career and he may very well hang up his boots at the end of the campaign. Galaxy president Chris Klein recently claimed that Ashley Cole was incredibly motivated to join LA Galaxy that he even decided to take a massive pay cut to move from Roma.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels Phil Foden is ready to earn a call-up to the England senior squad though he is unlikely to fast-track the youngster’s development after the comments made by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. Foden, 18, has yet to make a Premier League start in his professional career but he has certainly caught the eye of the British press after starring during the Community Shield game against Chelsea.
During that encounter, Foden got a rare opportunity to start for Pep Guardiola’s side in the absence of a few first-team regulars and he made the most of the chance by contributing an assist for Sergio Aguero, who bagged a brace during the game. Since then, there has been much talk about Foden’s progress with Southgate urging Guardiola to play him more often but the Catalan has stressed that the youngster will be treated the same way as other midfield recruits within the squad.
Leicester City attacker Demarai Gray is keen to make the next step in his international career and break into the England squad. The 22-year-old has been regarded as one of the promising young prospects in the country but he has not managed to secure a senior call-up despite representing the Under-21s on a regular basis.
Speaking to reporters, Gray highlighted that he has now matured into a better footballer and he would rather represent the nation than watch them from the pub, he said: “I think it's time I take the next step into my game. I'm 22 now and I'm maturing as a player and as a person. I think because I've been around first-team football since I was 17, I know the ins and outs of what goes on, what's to be expected and the highs and lows. I don't want to be watching England from the pub, I want to be at the next Euros, at the next World Cup. I think that's my next target and to do that, I've got to keep working on my game here at Leicester and performing.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a multiple knee ligament damage and the midfielder is expected to spend most of the upcoming season in rehabilitation and recovery. The news was known to the German head coach in advance but he decided to delay the announcement for the betterment of the fans.
In a report covered on Liverpool’s website, Klopp said: “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab. We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.”
England international Danny Rose is hoping to take the opportunity against Belgium, should Gareth Southgate decide to make wholesale changes for the World Cup meeting. Rose has so far come off the bench for the Three Lions with Ashley Young being the preferred choice for the left wing-back spot but he remains optimistic of getting a start versus the Red Devils.
In a report covered by Evening Standard, Rose admitted that Young had a better season, with Manchester United, and he cannot complain regarding the manager’s preference for his compatriot. Nevertheless, he is prepared to take his chance, should an opportunity arise during the country’s remaining games of the World Cup.
LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole has backed Wayne Rooney to shine upon his prospective move to DC United this summer. The former England international only returned to his hometown club Everton from Manchester United last summer but he is still understood to be considering a fresh challenge in the MLS.
Speaking about Rooney’s potential move, Cole said: “It’s always different to the Premier League.We’re getting older when we leave, so he’s not going to be the 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. But I think he’s still got enough quality for this league.I’m excited if he does come to be able to play against him again.When you look at the calibre of players that have come, most of them have won trophies and understand that mentality of winning.That never goes away. You see players want to come and want to work for their team.”
LA Galaxy captain Ashley Cole has discussed his journey with the England national side whilst giving an outlook on the current Three Lions squad. The 37-year-old is widely regarded as one of England’s finest full-backs and the veteran has now spoken about the honour of representing the national team.Speaking to MLSsoccer.com, he said: “As a young kid, you never dream of getting one cap or making it as a professional footballer, let alone representing your country at a World Cup. [I've got] great memories, great memories.”
Meanwhile, Cole believes the current squad has a good chance of winning the World Cup though they may require some luck along the way, he added: “It looks good on paper, you know. But when you're playing in World Cups and European Championships, it's different. I hope they've got that mentality to stick together, and when the luck's not going their way, they stick together. With the quality they have, they have a good chance.”
Charlton Athletic interim manager Lee Bowyer has hailed the talents of Chelsea Loanee Jay Dasilva and believes he has made a better progression than Ashley Cole at the same age. The 20-year-old has made 42 appearances for the League One club during the current campaign and his efforts recently saw him earn the Supporters’ Player of the Year award.