Beckenbauer feels the Euro contains too many teams

Former Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer has stated that he feels that the upcoming European Championships simply contain too many teams to make the competition any interesting. UEFA president Michel Platini managed to convince a huge delegation that increasing the Euro 2016, and the subsequent tournaments that followed, to 24 teams was the right choices. Previous tournaments have featured only 16 teams and evens this format has been criticised on some occasions during the length.
The Bayern Munich legend says that he cannot help feeling that this step has been made only to ensure that teams that failed to reach the finals can see it as a consolation. He does not expect teams that come through the play-offs to make a huge impact in the tournament, which already has only a handful of teams as favourites to win the title. The likes of Spain, France, England, and Germany will be seen as favourites for the title with most of the other teams just present to make up the numbers. The 68-year-old also feels that the length of the tournament will also be a major turn off.
Up until now, 54 teams have been part of the European Championships at the qualifying stages. This involves several minnows, who have regularly been beaten by huge scores against the top teams. “This is a decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, which you can not challenge. But you can of course express your opinion: 24 teams out of 54 associations? This is far too many. That’s almost half of all UEFA members, so you might as well just let nearly everyone play. Then you can save on the qualification stage. I think 16 was the correct number. But these concessions are for those who have always knocked on the door of a major finals but never quite made it,” said Beckenbauer.

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Chelsea Still Raising Doubts

The pre-season for Chelsea and for the majority of the Premier League clubs is over as the English League is on the verge of kicking off on August 16th and it has been a fairly successful pre-season for Chelsea as they collected victories in just about every single match except when playing against Werder Bremen where Mourinho’s side lost 3-0.
Despite having picked up all those victories there still is a question mark that rises on what Jose Mourinho will do concerning his attacking options as Diego Costa has already made his statement at Stamford Bridge by scoring a number of impressive goals during some of the pre-season matches but Fernando Torres still continues struggling.
Ever since Torres made his move to Stamford Bridge he has failed on scoring more than 8 league goals in a single season. Diego Costa made his home debut with the Chelsea jersey during Chelsea’s pre-season match against Real Sociedad and scored twice as he is quickly turning into a beacon of light and hope that supporters of the club need in order to make a genuine charge not only for the Premier League title but also the other challenges that await them in the Champions League.
With the return of Didier Drogba into the squad, the Ivorian will turn into a player-manager for Jose Mourinho which is not only going to help the Portuguese manager in his tactical decisions but also serve as an alternative option upfront whenever Costa or Torres are unavailable.
The next season is right around the corner and it can very well be the last chance that Fernando Torres has to demonstrate that he can still be one of the best strikers in the world but this will only happen if he starts scoring goals for Chelsea, a club that fell short on winning the Premier League in the previous campaign by just 4 points. It’s now or never for Fernando Torres.

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Chelsea Signs Costa, Torres At Risk?

With a transfer fee of €32 million, Diego Costa is one of the latest players that Chelsea has signed during the summer transfer window and even though this is absolutely great news for supporters and some players of the Premier League club, the future of Fernando Torres has now been put into question as it remains unclear as if the former Liverpool player will play an important role at Stamford Bridge.

Torres is regarded to be one of the biggest flops ever as Chelsea had to pay €50 million in order to lure him away from Liverpool but after only managing to score 20 league goals out of 110 appearances, the Spanish forward has not lived up to his huge price tag and now it remains unsure as if he will continue playing under the guidance of Jose Mourinho who revealed his admiration towards another player, Diego Costa.

Jose Mourinho is trying to solve his crisis in the attacking department of Chelsea which has led to Samuel Eto’o leaving the club after a mediocre season with the English club during the past season. The Portuguese coach is expecting that the arrival of Diego Costa will boost their goals and help them fight in their top tournaments of the next campaign.

If Mourinho does decide to offload Fernando Torres in this transfer window, there are some clubs which have already shown interest in signing him such as the Italian side, Inter Milan. Even at this point if Chelsea does manage on selling the Spanish attacker they will still suffer a financial loss as the English club is not going to be able on recovering from the substantially high that was released in order to bring Torres into the club.

Another viable option that Mourinho can look into concerning Fernando Torres and his future in the club is to utilize the 30 year forward as a secondary striker where his new role in the club would be mostly just to behind Diego Costa and provide him with assists, if this does indeed happen it will reduce having Torres as the main source of goals which will reduce pressure towards him and maybe somehow he can justify the enormous price tag that was paid to bring him into Stamford Bridge.