Conor McLaughlinhas had an excellent 12 months after success at both club

Conor McLaughlinhas had an excellent 12 months after success at both club and international level.

His biggest achievements came with the Northern Ireland team, but Fleetwood Town have also secured promotion to the League One during this period. More importantly, they have avoided a straight relegation back to the bottom tier of league football in England.McLaughlin says that it is extremely nice to have some time off from the game. The 23-year-old will be hoping to come back refreshed for the upcoming campaign, which once again promises to be tough.

Diego Simeone has suggested that his team will be able to close the gap

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has suggested that his team will be able to close the gap on rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid once the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo retire.

Both players are regarded as the best in the world by a considerable margin. It is not surprising that they have shared the world Player of the Year award in succession for the last few years. After having done the unthinkable by beating both these teams to the la Liga title last season, Simeone has failed to retain the league title this season.

Barcelona managed to reclaim the crown after a 1-0 success over Simeone’s team at the Vicente Calderon. After the match, Simeone admitted that the bar has been set really high by these two clubs, who have been immensely helped by the way television money is distributed in Spain.

John Terry has praised winger Eden Hazard

Chelsea captain John Terry has praised winger Eden Hazard after the Belgian provider yet another inspirational performance to help the club win.

The blues took on Stoke City at Stamford Bridge looking to put an end to the poor home form they have been showing in the last few months. Even though Chelsea remain the only unbeaten home team in all of English football, they have managed only two wins in the last five matches. Another set of dropped points would have been a huge setback for the club in the efforts to win the league title.

Lionel Messi misses Penalty against MC

In an astonishing turn of events, Lionel Messi grabbed the headlines for the wrong reason after missing a penalty against Manchester City in the Champions League. The Barcelona superstar would have given his team a 3-1 advantage in the first leg.

This would have been more than enough to confirm Barcelona’s passage into the quarter-finals of the competition. As it is, the match finished as a 2-1 victory for the Catalan club and City can still believe that they have a way back. Manchester City have never progressed past the last 16 stage of the Champions League.

Manuel Pellegrini is a man under pressure to deliver the European cup to the club. Last season, he witnessed his team falter to the same opponents at the same stage. There is a danger of history repeating itself, but Pellegrini believes that the penalty miss by Lionel Messi gives City hope of getting back into the tie.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to starting line-up

Sweden recently welcomed their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the starting line-up, but it was not enough to get a win against Montenegro in the Euro 2016 qualifying match. Sweden came into the match with a really tough three points in order to stay in touch with table leaders Austria.

These latest dropped points have resulted in Austria opening a four-point advantage, although Sweden still remain in the automatic qualification spot. They could have put a significant gap between them and the likes of Russia and Montenegro. As it is, the team will be hoping for a return to form when they take on France in a friendly.

Ibrahimovic is regarded as the greatest Swedish players ever. He is the national team’s record goalscorer, but the Paris St Germain forward has been struggling with injuries this campaign.

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