Shinji Kagawa, lots of noise and few nuts in Zaragoza

first_imgMore than five months later it is usual to see Japanese fans in the Sport City or La Romareda, but it is no less true that Kagawa’s performance is well below expectations. He went from less to more in the first matches and his football began to shine against him Alcorcón and the Estremadura (fourth and fifth day, respectively). At that time he added two goals and was considered a player who could mark the differences in Second.It was then that he was affected by a virus that prevented him from playing against Malaga and from there its performance was worse, losing its place in the eleven and even becoming out of the call in a match by technical decision, although in the last month it has already begun to show signs of improvement. In the last qualifying round against Majorca, Kagawa completed one of his best games with Real Zaragoza, hitting a ball in the crossbar in a free kick. In front of Real Madrid tonight he has a new opportunity to show off his best football, show that he can be important again in the five months that remain of the competition and turn around the famous expression ‘a lot of noise and few nuts’. It’s been just over five months since the Real Zaragoza announce the hiring of Shinji Kagawa, a whole summer market bomb. A media signing that raised the expectations of zaragocismo, who came en masse to his presentation. Nearly 7,000 zaragocistas met in La Romareda and about seventy journalists from 35 different media, twelve of them Japanese, were accredited to cover the event.Zaragoza won the services of a 30-year-old footballer who had won the Premier with the Manchester United and the Bundesliga with the Borussia Dortmund, besides being a media and commercial icon in Asia which drags behind numerous sponsors. In just a couple of days the Aragonese club had more than 3,200 new followers in Instagram and more than 2,500 in Twitter, many of them Japanese, and the popularity of Zaragoza in Internet searches in Tokyo the day of the signing had a maximum score of one hundred.last_img read more

Premier League still the greatest prize for Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola is most interested in the six victories that will make the English title a mathematical certainty for Manchester City © AFP/File / SEBASTIEN BOZONManchester, United Kingdom, Feb 28 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted the Premier League title is the most important trophy for his team to win this season, ahead of even potential Champions League success.The runaway Premier League leaders already have one piece of silverware in the bag, after winning the English League Cup Final in convincing fashion against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday. But, as he prepared to face the same side in a league game at the Emirates, Guardiola is far more interested in the six victories that will make the English title a mathematical certainty for City.“We are fighting for the most important title of the season by far, the Premier League,” Guardiola told a news conference on Wednesday. “More important than the Champions League, more important than the FA Cup, Carabao (league) Cup. That is enough encouragement to be focused.“The next six fixtures are terrible in terms of quality of the opponents, and we have four games away and we still have to win six games.“When you think about Arsenal, you think about Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal and our away games — Stoke City playing (to avoid) relegation, going to Goodison Park (Everton) is always a tough game. We have a lot of tough games still to play and have to remain focused.”The Catalan coach has won a total of six titles to date in his productive managerial career — three in Spain with Barcelona and the same number of German league championships with Bayern Munich.– ‘Consistency’ –Now on course for his seventh league title in nine years of management in Europe’s top divisions, Guardiola has no doubt where his priorities lie.“The league is always the most difficult, a game every three days,” he said. “It shows how good you are over 11 months. “All the titles I have won, La Liga, Bundesliga, the league is the most difficult. “In the Carabao Cup we won two penalty (shoot-out) rounds, Claudio Bravo saved them or you could be out. That is a toss of a coin, sometimes good, sometimes bad. “The league is consistency, the players know that. They know exactly how important the league is for this club, for our futures. Of course we have to be focused, we know how tough it will be until the end of the season.”Meanwhile, Guardiola insisted he was happy to talk to the Football Association after his highly-publicised charge relating to wearing a yellow ribbon during Manchester City’s recent FA Cup defeat at third-tier Wigan Athletic.The 47-year-old was displaying the ribbon in support of four Catalans imprisoned in his homeland over issues relating to Catalan independence.Having issued Guardiola with two formal warnings in December, the FA have charged him with “wearing a political message”, although the City manager insists that, while he has yet to have direct contact with the authorities, he would be happy to talk to them.– ‘Belonging’ –“Of course I’m going to write a letter, explain my position,” he said. “I’m available for the FA absolutely, it’s no problem.”Guardiola also thanked City fans, some of whom wore yellow ribbons in support of their manager at Wembley in the League Cup Final.“It was a feeling of belonging, so I’m grateful for that initiative,” he said. “They don’t have to do it because it is another country but they did it. “That makes me happy, really happy because it helps people understand the situation, what’s going on with people in prison in Spain. I’m 100 percent grateful to them.”Guardiola will be without the injured Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling for Thursday’s visit to Arsenal, although he expects the latter to be available for Sunday’s home game with Chelsea or the Champions League return leg with Basel next week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more