Friday, January 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: van Gaal worried for his job, again

Manchester City experiences a big injury as title contenders Arsenal are getting healthy. Louis van Gaal's managerial seat is already pretty hot, will a loss to Derby make it hotter?

Yesterday's Scores
Copa del Rey- Quarterfinal Second Leg
Mirandes 0-3 Sevilla (0-5 on aggregate)
(Iborra PK 9', Munoz 70', Coke 90+2')

Las Palmas 0-1 Valencia (1-2 on aggregate)
(Rodrigo 20')

Manchester City may have made their way to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, but it came at a great cost. Kevin de Bruyne injured his MCL at the tail end of the match and will miss 5-6 weeks of action. The red headed Belgian has scored five times in 19 appearances for the Citizens, but his real advantage is setting up goals. He has nine assists in the Premier League this year.

Arsenal are getting some midfield reinforcements for their Premier league title run. Francis Coquelin, who was instrumental in their second half resurgence last season, is slated to return to action for the FA Cup match against Burnley. The Gunners midfield has been porous without the 24-year-old defensive midfielder in the side. They had added Mohamed Elneny this month to alleviate the woes, but he is yet to see the pitch. Tomas Rosicky, who has been out all year, is also ready to get back into the first team. Danny Welbeck, who can return some depth at forward and take pressure off Olivier Giroud up front, is also getting back into training. He hasn't made an appearance since having knee surgery in December.

Louis van Gaal has taken his fair share of heat from the Manchester press over his job status. Some reports said he offered to resign after the club's defeat to Southampton over the weekend. He passionately refuted those. Now he is bracing for the media firestorm in the event of a loss to Derby County in tonight's FA Cup clash. He says that the media could figuratively sack him once again after a loss. Well, Louis, I think if you lose to Derby, you might have to worry about actually getting fired more than the media doing so in spirit.

Jermaine Jones is staring down a six game suspension for his confrontation with referee Mark Geiger at the end of New England's playoff game with DC United. The ban will kick in whenever he signs a contract with any club anywhere in the world. this is affecting his ability to sign anywhere, whether it's in MLS or abroad (Germany being the most likely second option). He's unhappy about it and he is starting to speak up. He'd like to return to Germany but clubs are wary to sign him since the would miss more than a third of the remaining season if they did. He's also displeased with New England's latest contract offer for him. They offered him a 20% drop in base salary compared to last season.

Today's Matches
FA Cup
Derby County v. Manchester United- 2:55pm- FS1

Mainz v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 2:30pm

Ligue 1
Olympique Marseille v. Lille- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Santos v. Queretaro- 10:30pm
Veracruz v. Tijuana- 10:30pm- Univision Deportes

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