Borussia Dortmund recently suffered the second consecutive defeat in all competitions after 2-1 score against Wolfsburg in the league. They were already trailing leaders Bayern Munich by a couple of points and that difference has now swelled to four points. This defeat could not have come at a worse time for Dortmund since the teams will be heading into the international break for the next two weeks. After the international break, it will be a home match against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. The preparation is not ideal for this match, but Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has said that bad luck was the reason for this defeat.
Marco Reus opened the scoring at just half-time. It looked to have given Dortmund a major sigh of relief especially considering that they were coming on the back of a disappointing 1-0 score against Arsenal in the midweek action. The Champions League match not only appeared to take the sting out of the players in the second half, but it also appeared to diminish their confidence. They dominated against Arsenal, but could not find the back of the net. This was a similar case during the weekend, as Wolfsburg managed to come back in the second half goals from Rodriguez and Olic.
Dortmund are now under pressure from Leverkusen.
“It was a tight game. During the first half, we had some, but too few, good moments. We often built well, but made it too easy for the opponent. Nevertheless, we scored a great free kick for the first goal and came out of the dressing-room well and were really in the game, with the second goal coming. But then [Ricardo] Rodriguez came with a great free kick and Olic scored a wonder-goal. We tried everything, but everything went against us in tight situations,” said Klopp.
Moroccan international Adel Taarabt has been one of the best players in the QPR squad even during the season in which they suffered relegation back to the Championship. He is also one of the top earners at the club, which have increased rumours that he will depart the club in order to help them reduce the wage bill. Speculation surrounding the 24-year-old has been constant for the last few years, but manager Harry Redknapp managed to keep him at the club last season. He was one of the best players in an otherwise poor season for the club.
He has now joined the Premier league outfit Fulham on a season-long loan deal. This move will unite him with Dutchman Martin Jol, who is the manager at Fulham. It was Jol who brought him to English football with Tottenham back in 2007. After failing to establish himself at White Hart Lane, Taarabt moved to QPR in 2009 initially on a loan deal. In these years at the club, he has made more than 150 appearances. Taarabt was the player of the season in the Championship in the 2010-11 season. He made 31 appearances for the club in the Premier league last season and scored five goals.
“This was a difficult decision for me, but at this stage of my career I feel I need to be playing at the top level. I hope the fans understand my decision and I really hope to return to Loftus Road one day,” said the player after sealing a loan move. It is not known whether the loan move involves the option for Fulham to buy the player permanently at the end of the spell. QPR have been releasing and selling a number of their players in order to reduce the wage bill, which is one of the highest in the Championship.
PSG manager Laurent Blanc, who was recently appointed as the replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, has said that he is confident that the club can complete the deal to bring Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. The 26-year-old has been one of the most wanted strikers in Europe after his performances with the Italian club in the last two years. He has almost single-handedly helped them win the league after a long time in the last two years. Napoli finished second in the table – ahead of the two Milan clubs – last season. Cavani has been linked with major club like Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last few months.
However, there has been a reluctance on the part of the two giants to pay the £ 53 million in his clause in his contract. Napoli have not been happy to negotiate any kind of a deal below this price, which has ruled the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid out of contention in the last few days. PSG, however, have finally decided to match this price and they are involved in negotiations with the player. If everything goes smooth, then a deal could be announced as early as in the next few days according to Blanc.
PSG need the signing in order to make a statement after Monaco signed Radamel Falcao for £ 50 million.
“I am confident. But as the player is not yet officially at the club, it would be useless to work on projected ideas. It`s best to wait until the player is officially with the club. I know the player very well from Serie A. It`s a difficult issue since, from what I know, we`re not the only ones after this player. It proves his value. Our priorities in the market, as I said a few days ago, are to find a striker and a left-back,” said Laurent Blanc.