Alaba warns against complacency as Bayern begin Bundesliga defence

Bayern Munich have to not turn into complacent against a Werder Bremen side who had been shocked within the DFB-Pokal final week, David Alaba has stated.

David Alaba has warned Bayern Munich not to underestimate a wounded Werder Bremen when they commence their Bundesliga title defence on Friday.
Bremen suffered a shock DFB-Pokal first-round exit in the hands of third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte on Sunday, with Andre Dej netting the winner within a 2-1 victory.
Holders Bayern breezed into round two with a 5-0 victory more than Carl Zeiss Jena and can head into Friday’s match in buoyant mood possessing won their final 13 encounters with Bremen in all competitions, with no objectives conceded in their final 5 meetings.
Alaba, having said that, says his side will have to not allow complacency to have an effect on their overall performance as they aim to produce a winning get started in their quest for a fifth league title in a row.
“They will perform even tougher, specifically right after their struggles inside the cup,” he told Bayern’s Tv channel. “Now they come to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern where they are going to be hoping to up their game.
“We require to take that into account and deal with it.
“Things really feel definitely good on the pitch. Hopefully we are able to convey that when we play.”
Bayern’s clash will likely be their initially considering the fact that head coach Carlo Ancelotti appointed his son as 1 of his assistants.
Davide, 27, was a fitness coach at Madrid throughout his father’s spell in charge amongst 2013 and 2015 and has taken on a far more senior function in the Allianz Arena.
“I help our coaches both in coaching and in pre-match preparations,” he told Bayern’s official website following his appointment final week. “On the training pitch, I explain workout routines or just assist out using the language.
“My father speaks German well but doesn’t recognize anything however. I like the language – it’s tricky but I find it very exciting.”

Defour hoping for Belgium recall

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez watched Burnley’s Steven Defour on Saturday, with all the midfielder hoping for any recall for the national side.

Steven Defour is hoping to force his way back into the Belgium squad just after producing an impressive Premier League debut for Burnley inside a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Defour setup Andre Gray for Burnley’s second purpose at Turf Moor in front of new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who was watching from the stands, after completing a club-record move from Anderlecht.
Martinez spoke with Defour immediately after the match and the 28-year-old is aiming for an international recall to add to his 46 caps immediately after getting left out from the squad given that November 2015.
“It’s a great point that [Martinez] came,” Defour told La Derniere Heure. “I had the likelihood to speak with him just after the match.
“He didn’t give anything away regarding his choice. It was extra to do having a very first speak to.
“It’s clear that I’d prefer to play for the national team once again.
“It’s constantly an honour to put on the colours of one’s nation and I’m ready if he demands me.”
Defour impressed on his Premier League debut, while he could only total 56 minutes ahead of a knee injury forced him off, with all the former Porto man delighted with his effect.
“It was clearly good to begin that way,” Defour said. “I could hardly have dreamed of far better.
“The supporters had been super plus the atmosphere was excellent. It is incredibly distinctive to Belgium. Here the fans assistance their team until the end.”

Valencia coach Ayestaran rules out Mustafi sale


Shkodran Mustafi started on the bench in Valencia’s 4-2 loss at residence to Las Palmas in LaLiga on Monday.
Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi will not be leaving Valencia immediately after coach Pako Ayestaran ruled out a sale.
Mustafi was named amongst the substitutes in Valencia’s season-opening 4-2 defeat at house to Las Palmas in LaLiga on Monday.
The 24-year-old Germany international defender came off the bench at half-time but was unable to prevent defeat to Las Palmas, who led 3-2 heading in to the interval.
Asked about Mustafi’s future amid sturdy hyperlinks to the Premier League, Ayestaran told reporters: “Mustafi is not for sale and he will keep at VCF.
“The industry is open and you will find nonetheless possibilities.”
Ayestaran also expects forward Paco Alcacer, who has been linked with Barcelona, to keep.
“With Alcacer I could be as firm as with Mustafi, [club president] Lay Hoon already mentioned it,” he added.
“The president has mentioned in public that Alcacer and Mustafi are not for sale and I’ve to believe her.”
Valencia made a dream commence at the Mestalla soon after Santi Mina opened the scoring within the sixth minute.
Las Palmas responded with 3 unanswered targets via Marko Livaja, Jonathan Viera and Kevin-Prince Boateng, before Santi Mina netted his second inside the 34th minute.
Valencia’s defensive woes led to the introduction of Mustafi and even though the hosts dominated, they were exposed on the counter-attack as Livaja sealed the points two minutes from time.
“I am sad and disappointed by the result but satisfied by the functionality of the group, it truly is tough to play far better,” Ayestaran added.
“Their [Las Palmas] effectiveness has been improved than regular. The grade has been pretty excellent for the team, we had chances to win the match but we had been not correct.
“I want the team to have identity and that it can be noticeable. I’m really satisfied and convinced that if we are in a position to sustain this level and correct the mistakes then the group will be up there.”

Sassuolo rejected Balotelli – CEO

Mario Balotelli, 26, has been deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool.

Chief executive Giovanni Carnevali revealed Sassuolo turned down the chance to sign out-of-favour Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli.
Balotelli has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, now education with all the Premier League club’s under-23 side following an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan final season.
The 26-year-old is struggling to seek out a brand new household after Besiktas coach Senol Gunes distanced himself in the Italian and Serie A side Sassuolo have added themselves to the list.
“Mino Raiola provided us Balotelli, but we refused,” Carnevali told RaiSport’s Zona11pm show.
In 20 league appearances for Milan in 2015-16, Balotelli scored just a single target.

Moyes tells Sunderland fans to anticipate relegation battle

Sunderland boss David Moyes is resigned towards the possibility that his new side may have it tough within the Premier League this season.

David Moyes fears Sunderland fans is going to be taking a look at the wrong end of your table all through the Premier League campaign getting noticed his side lose 2-1 to newly promoted Middlesbrough.
A first-half brace from Cristhian Stuani left the Black Cats with it all to accomplish in the Stadium of Light on Sunday and also a late strike from Patrick van Aanholt proved to become practically nothing more than a consolation.
That meant hosts Sunderland sank to consecutive top-flight defeats for the very first time since last December.
Moyes knows that he features a difficult job to inspire his squad to prevent the drop inside the identical way England boss Sam Allardyce was able to do final season, with defensive improvements crucial.
Fans are currently pessimistic about Sunderland’s short-term future plus the former Everton boss gave an truthful assessment to those that are worried about but a different relegation battle.
“The fans are probably right,” Moyes mentioned at his post-match media conference.
“It has been the same for the last couple of years and I consider it will likely be again – you can not argue with the details. Folks are hoping for it to dramatically change, however it can not.
“We hope that items will strengthen. Defensively, we’ve got a young right-back and centre-half, however they have to have a great deal of work and schooling.
“This is definitely the group of players in the moment, but we have two or three who will come back [from injury] and we’ll add to it and increase.
“We have to get the balance proper involving youth and practical experience and get the ideal values inside the transfer marketplace. However it is just not that quick – the prices are a little more than they have been previously.”