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During the 2014 World Cup, France went through a fairly impressive campaign as the French side only conceded 3 goals in 5 matches as they finished the group stages at the top spot and later qualified into the knockout stages where the team of Didier Deschamps defeated Nigeria until eventually being eliminated after losing against Germany.
France managed to finish the international competition by placing in the 7th spot which is a huge improvement compared to the 2010 World Cup where they failed to make it out of the group stages.
This improvement that the French national side has recently experienced has led to Didier Deschamps deciding to sign a new contract with the French team in a deal that will see him maintaining charge of the squad until 2018 World Cup.
A statement from the French Football Federation read: “Following a proposal from the President Noël Le Graët, the executive committee of the FFF has decided to extend the contract of France head coach Didier Deschamps until the next World Cup in 2018 in Russia.”
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Roberto Martinez has said that Everton would continue to play the way they have been playing despite the fact that they are losing games.
The Toffees are generally known to play pretty balanced Football. Neither do they attack too much, nor do they look to back off, but, this season, they have implemented something different. They have looked to take the initiative in most of the games and in trying so; they have left their back line a bit open and have conceded goals.
They would never have thought that half way through the season they would be close to the danger zone, but, that is the case right now. Yes, it does not seem to be going to happen that the Toffees would slip to bottom three. They are still too strong for that. But, getting so close to that area is a pretty big embarrassment in itself for a team like Everton.
Some experts have been of the view that Martinez should not try to get overly attacking at this point in time. He would be better off trying defensive tactics for a while and try and secure a few points to get things under control a little bit.
But, the Everton manager is in no mood to ask his boys to play a different way. According to him, he has a long-term plan in place and he is not going to mind a few defeats. It’s only the aggressive mindset which is going to turn Everton into one of the powerhouses in the Premier League.
Speaking in an interview last evening, Martinez said, “I don’t support the remark that we have got to change our style.”
“Do we need to improve? Yes. Of course, but, as far as our approach is concerned, it’s fine. We will continue that way only.”
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Everton is believed to be ready to enter the battle of signing new players which includes: SaidoBerahino from West Bromwich Albion, Alex Mowatt of Leeds United and extend the deal of James McCarthy.
SaidoBerahino is a 21 years old forward born in Burundi who is currently performing for West Bromwich Albion but he has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs including: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and more recently Everton. In the current campaign, Berahino has already managed to make a name for himself after scoring 7 Premier League goals in 9 matches.
Berahino has already revealed his intention of joining a club that competes or that is realistically capable of competing in the Champions League.
The 21 years old striker said: “My aim would be to play in the Champions League, to be involved in the England seniors and go and play in World Cups and Euros.”
This could be enough motivation for other top clubs to make a swoop for him in the January transfer window.
Another player that has entered the radar of Roberto Martinez and Everton is the 19 year old midfielder of Leeds United, Alex Mowatt. At such a young age, Mowatt is turning into a top transfer target of Martinez and Everton is being linked to a move for the young midfielder when the transfer window re-opens in a few months but Mowatt is rumored to be allowed to continue playing for Leeds United for the remaining matches of the season before officially joining Everton.
James McCarthy is a player of Everton that Roberto Martinez has insisted in saying that he will not sell anytime soon despite having received interest from Ac.Milan. The coach of the Italian club FilippoInzaghi, is a big fan of the Irish midfielder James McCarthy but Inzaghi will have to look somewhere else for another player as McCarthy seems to have his future secured with Everton and Roberto Martinez for the next few years.
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One of the consequences of Everton’s poor form this season has been the focus on striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian international was signed from Chelsea for a club record £ 28 million after he impressed in his season-long loan spell last season. After making 29 appearances for Everton last season, he scored a spectacular 15 goals and this was largely responsible for the club almost qualifying for the Champions League after a long time. In the end, they had to settle for a Europa league spot but even this was viewed as a major improvement compared to previous seasons.
The expectations surrounding Everton were raised immensely after Lukaku was signed on a permanent deal. However, the striker has been disappointing so far and this has also coincided with the club being unable to get consistent results. There is a danger of Lukaku being criticised for the poor defensive record of Everton this campaign. The toffees have the worst defensive record in all of Europe’s top five leagues after having conceded a mammoth 16 goals from seven matches. They have taken just one victory throughout the campaign and sit just one place above the relegation zone.
Martinez, however, has defended the form of Lukaku by saying that the striker is not completely fit yet. “Rom is not someone who looks for an excuse. He understands that the potential he has as a footballer will always bring huge expectations. He embraces that. The situation we have is that he was unable to get a full pre-season after the World Cup and the knock he had so early in the season meant we couldn’t allow him to have a proper introduction into work. He had to get himself fit by playing games and now we’re paying for that,” said Martinez. Lukaku has two goals this season.
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