Andres Iniesta will not be able to play for three weeks on account of an injury he suffered on Saturday 25th October’s match against Real Madrid which took place at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Iniesta will miss four matches due to his injury. He will not be able to play for his team Barcelona in their match against Espanyol which is the final of Copa Catalunya. He will also miss La Liga matches against Celta Vigo and Almeira, also, he’s likely to miss the Champions League match against Ajax.
He will also be unable to play for Spain in a Euro 2016 qualifier match against Belarus. He will also miss Spain’s friendly match against Germany. Iniesta is likely to return in Barcelona’s match against Sevilla which will take place on 22nd November. Barcelona lost 3-1 to Real Madrid and Iniesta was responsible for a mistake that helped Real Madrid get their third goal. Barcelona was defeated for the first time in the 2014-15 La Liga season.
Luis Enrique, manager of the Barcelona team made a surprising decision of putting Jeremy Mathieu, who usually plays at the centre, at the left back position. Jeremy Mathieu later said that the decision was surprising for him too and further added that coach has final authority in deciding which position a player of the team would play.
Mathieu said that the team made a good start but the unsurpassable counter attack of Real Madrid made them vulnerable and particularly the second goal of Real Madrid destroyed Barcelona’s Morale.
Mathieu said that the team has to work hard to improve their performance in dead ball situations. He confirmed that in spite of having tall players in the team, they are having difficulties in dead ball situations.
Presently, Real Madrid is at the topmost position in the Liga BBVA Table and Barcelona is at the fourth position.
Bayern Munich managed a narrow 1-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City in the opening Champions League group stage match on Wednesday. Arjen Robben, who was a major doubt for the match, only made it into the substitutes bench due to recent injuries. However, he came on with less than 25 minutes on the clock and made a big difference. His presence on the pitch provided space for other players to create chances and this in turn led to the goal from Jerome Boateng with only minutes left on the clock. The good start to the group stages was important for Bayern since they are in a difficult group.
Bayern have been poor form in the Champions League of late, but this victory brings them crucial three points. It could have been very different had they drawn yet another match. After the 4-0 thumping of the hands of Real Madrid last season, Robben says that it will be awhile before the Allianz Arena is a fortress once again. He reckons that the club can do much better in terms of form going forward. The Bundesliga champions have made an indifferent start to the league campaign by dropping points against opponents like Schalke when they are expected to dominate comfortably.
“We didn’t play as well as we can and we still need to find our rhythm, but we’re on the right track. We’re working on certain things and the only way is up. We got the three points and that was the most important thing. Sometimes chances go in, sometimes they don’t. Not everyone who gets a chance is going to score. But there were plenty of positives, we created a lot of good opportunities. Fitness-wise I’m doing well. I started the season really well against Wolfsburg,” said Robben after the match.
New Dutch manager Guus Hiddink has said that he has not taken a decision on the captaincy of the national team. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager was appointed as the replacement for Louis van Gaal, who decided to opt for the Manchester United job after two years in charge of the national team. Hiddink is no stranger to the national team after having been in charge of the Dutch from 1994 to 1998. He has also been in charge of several international teams across the world. As a club manager, Hiddink has enjoyed undisputed success by winning trophies like the English FA Cup and the Champions League with clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively.
Much has been speculated about the team Hiddink will select for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying matches. After finishing third in the World Cup 2014, Netherlands will be expected as one of the favourites for the Euro 2016. However, a number of crucial players are approaching the end of their international careers. This list includes the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie. Both players were key towards Netherlands reaching the third place in Brazil, but they are above 30. Hiddink is expected to name his new captain with this in mind, but he says that no decision has been taken yet.
“It’s too early to talk about technical decisions. Robben and Van Persie were very important so I think that they will remain captains. I can’t say in what order yet,” said the 67-year-old. This is widely expected to be Hiddink last role as a manager. He has previously hinted at retiring after having been a manager since 1987. In order to assist him in his role, Hiddink has brought in former Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is one of the celebrated players in the nation’s history.
As soon as the campaign of Netherlands comes to an end in the 2014 World Cup, Louis van Gaal will be making his way to Old Trafford as he was the man chosen to replace and succeed David Moyes at Manchester United but even though his challenge at the Premier League has not even started he has received praised from managers and players all over the world.
One of the latest players who has recognized the work and respect that the Dutch managers deserves is Andres Iniesta as he worked and played close up and personal with Louis van Gaal from 1997 to 2000 when the Spanish midfielder used to play in the youth team of Barcelona during the same time that van Gaal was in charge of Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta praised Louis van Gaal as he said: ‘’He already commands respect when you are a veteran, so imagine when you have just entered the team and are young. But the truth is I have a special memory of him, because he is someone who is very important to me and if there was something he cared about, it was supporting the young players from the reserves.”
Even though Louis van Gaal is busy trying to push Netherlands to the next stages of the World Cup, he has still managed on signing a few players to Old Trafford with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw costing a total of €50 million.
Barcelona has recently undergone a series of changes not only in the squad but also in the staff management of the club as well. Gerardo Martino was replaced by Luis Enrique after suffering a disastrous debut season where the club failed on securing any major trophies as well as seeing Victor Valdes and Xavi Hernandez leaving the squad.
Recently there has been a series of rumors which are linking Andres Iniesta with a move to Manchester United as he would be interested in working with Louis van Gaal but this seems highly unlikely that it’s going to happen considering that the Spanish midfielder has a contract with Barcelona that expires in 2018 and Iniesta still remains being an influential role in Camp Nou.