AUDIO: We Are Not Afraid Of Any Team In Europa League, Says John Ogu

first_imgHapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, says his club is “not afraid to play any team” as they get ready to begin their Europa League campaign.Ogu’s Israeli club would face former Romanian champions, Steaua Bucuresti; former Czech league winners, Victoria Plzen; and former Swiss cup winners, FC Lugano, in Group G of the European second tier competition. Hapoel Beer Sheva’s first game will be at home to Europa League debutantes, FC Lugano, on Thursday.The Israeli Champions got to the round of 32 stage of the Europa League in 2016, emerging from a group that had Inter Milan and Southampton. The experience from last year gives the Nigerian more confidence about his team’s chances this season, although, he admits, things will be difficult.“It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be tough,” the 29-year-old told Busybuddiesng.com, admitting in the process that “these are good sides.”“I’ve played against them when I was in Portugal,” the former U.D. Leiria and Academica midfielder said of Victoria Plzen, as he compared the teams in the group. “Steaua Bucuresti is a big club but in this Europa League, in a group like this, it’s always good for you to come out on top in your home games, and when you go away you try to get points.”The race for the Europa League title begins on Thursday with 48 teams, from 12 groups, in action. The final takes place on May 16, 2018, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ogu-europa-league.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: John Ogu Predicts Tough UCL Playoff Tie Against MariborAugust 5, 2017In “National Team”John Ogu Set To Sign For Asian ClubJanuary 5, 2020In “Asia”UCL Qualifying Stage: Nigerian Stars Ogu, Nwakaeme On Target For Israeli ClubJuly 20, 2017In “UEFA”last_img read more

Mourinho to intensify his pursuit for Rooney, says “there’s no time limit”

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims “there is no time limit” for the club’s pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.Rooney has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea lodged a bid for the unsettled forward.United have repeatedly insisted the striker is not for sale, but Mourinho insists he has no plans to give up on his target.“There is no time limit,” said Mourinho.“We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.”The interest is believed to frustrate United with the Premier League champions continuing to be adamant that they have no intention of letting Rooney go. But Mourinho believes Chelsea have acted properly in their dealings, having done all of their activity through the official channels.He added: “We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing.“We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.”last_img read more