Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that Manchester City appeared to be struggling in Europe because they did not start their Champions League run properly.
City have been one of the top teams in the Premier League by a comfortable margin. Despite having a squad full of experienced players like Yaya Touré, they have struggled to assert their superiority in the Champions League. They have failed to get past the last 16 stage and it is extremely surprising considering that the owners have spent more than £ 750 million just on players in the last five years.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is set to sign a two-year extension to his contract, thus removing any fears of immediate retirement. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager guided QPR back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Their return to the Premier League has been followed by back-to-back defeats against Hull city and Tottenham. Despite this, there is confidence amongst QPR that Redknapp will be able to prevent the club going straight back down. This confidence has been demonstrated by a two-year extension that the manager is about to sign.
Vito Mannone has decided to put pen on paper for a new deal with his current club Sunderland. The Italian shot stopper has signed a two-year extension which means that he would remain a Black Cat till the 2016-17 Season.
This has now put a full stop on all the speculations which had been drawn after Sunderland’s signing of Pantilimon, the Romania goalie.
Pantilimon’s arrival definitely means that Mannone is no longer going to be a certainty in the starting line up of Sunderland. He would be given tough competition for the no. 1 keeper’s slot.
It had been rumoured that Mannone was not happy to be put in such a situation by the Sunderland management and thus, he wanted to leave.
QPR midfielder Jermaine Jenas is currently nursing a long-term injury that could take more than six months to heal properly, but his club have not given up hope on the midfielder returning to action in the near future. The 31-year-old former England international has suffered several injuries over the course of his career. The latest is a cruciate ligament injury that is rumoured to have put him on the verge of announcing his retirement. Jenas was one of the key players for QPR in their promotion campaign last season. However, manager Harry Redknapp will not be able to rely upon the former Tottenham star in the first few months of the new season.
Tottenham sacked Tim Sherwood and now are on the lookout for a new coach with Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pochettino appearing to be genuine candidates on taking the hot seat of the club.
Rafael Benitez could be another option as the Spanish coach has experienced an impressive debut season with Napoli after being appointed as the manager of the Italian club on May 27 of 2013.
During the past 6 years, Tottenham has gone through 5 managers and even though Tim Sherwood consistently stated his desire to remain in charge of the squad, he was sacked after only 5 months since he had replaced Andre Villas-Boas.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who recently managed to tie down midfielder Jermaine Jenas on a long-term contract, says that any hopes of getting promoted automatically to the Premier league is finished for the club this season.
QPR will now be focusing on getting into the Premier league through the play-offs according to its manager. The club were relegated last season and they were challenging for the league title for most of the campaign. However, the second half of the season has been very difficult for the club, as they have been unable to maintain the momentum.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that he would be ready to commit his future to championship outfit QPR after managing to impress in the last few months of the campaign. QPR were relegated to the championship last season.
After fighting for an automatic promotion spot for most of the campaign, they have been slowly slipping down the table in recent weeks. Manager Harry Redknapp is under intense pressure to get the club back into the Premier league. However, the incredibly wage bill at the club may force him to sell a number of players if they do not get promoted this campaign.
Jermaine Jenas is hopeful about Arsenal’s figures and has openly declared that he finds the Arsenal stats scarily similar to Invincibles.
However, he also noted that the Gunners should start on winning matches against the Premier League contenders.
The midfielder from Queens Park joined up Sarah Mee frecetly to analyze all actions of Premier League & was pretty pleased with Arsenal’s solid 2-0 win against Fullham.
This victory helped Wenger’s (Arsene) side to retain 1 point lead against Manchester City team in the competition for title with fifty-one- simple one point lesser the squad achieved 10 years earlier in 2003-04 in the same season.
Arsenal might be at the top of the Premier League table at the minute, but, there are a lot of people who don’t see them becoming the eventual champions simply because they believe that the Gunners would struggle to beat top league teams later on in the season and that’s not completely wrong.
Arsenal’s performances against teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have not been even close to par so far and they themselves would be worried about that too. They would be aware of the fact that to achieve glory in the league, they would have to secure points against the strong sides.
Jermaine Jenas, a player of the championship side Queens Park Rangers, also had the same thing to say yesterday when he was in the studio of a TV channel as an analyst.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has lavished praise on QPR manager Harry Redknapp by saying that the club are extremely fortunate to have him as the manager.
QPR were relegated from the Premier league during the regime of Redknapp, but it is largely seen as the fault of his predecessors rather than the former Portsmouth manager. He is one of the few English managers with the experience of having managed in the Champions League knockout stages when he got Tottenham to the quarter-final stage of the competition.