After a successful first season in England which saw the player make 53 appearances in all competitions, score 6 goals and provide 15 assists, expectations have risen for both club and player. Whilst viewed by some as just an extra Pre-season game and used to improve players fitness. The Community shield still represents the first piece of silverware within England, played at the world-renowned Wembley in a game that both sides would like to win.
The record scorer in the Champions League history found himself in the unlikely situation of another European semi-final. Having scored in both legs of the quarter finals, Raul was rolling back the clock once again.
How they line up ?
Both sides started the match in a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 and likewise both made 5 changes to their teams previous outing. Schalke brought in Uchida, Sarpei, Papadopoulos, Baumjohann and another Spaniard Jurado to the team that lost to Kaiserslautern at the weekend. United went...
Francisco Javier “Javi” García Fernández is in his 2nd season in Portugal having learnt his trade at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old cousin of former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool winger Luis helped the Portuguese outfit to last seasons title. A regular for Benfica in the central holding midfield role.
Both sides came into this Quarter Final Europa League 1st Leg, after losing top of the table clashes in there domestic leagues. Benfica lost at home to now Champions Porto, whilst PSV lost away to current leaders FC...
Having scored in his previous two Premier League games, David Silva is a player in form. Whilst not known for his scoring prowess, he’s ability to create and overall link up play with the team as a whole has helped the blues look dangerous on the break. He has now established himself as a regular starter for Roberto Mancini’s side. After an initial difficult couple of months settling in, he has gone onto win the clubs Player of the Month award for a record 3 months running from October to December 2010.