World Football Gossip Roundup: Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterApril 27, 2013

World Football Gossip Roundup: Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea

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    Real Madrid players endured an uncomfortable experience as they returned from Germany in the wake of the 4-1 Champions League semifinal first-leg defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

    But what happened to ensure Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates had no doubt of what their supporters thought of the game?

    Robert Lewandowski scored four times against Real on Wednesday, but which English manager has been ruing missing out on the striker?

    Chelsea feature heavily in our gossip roundup today with one high-profile player linked with a U-turn, while another Blues player has left one radio presenter with egg on his face and something far more unpleasant on his plate.

    Read on to find out more.

Real Madrid

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    It hasn't been a great week for Real Madrid. The 4-1 Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday has left them with a mountain to climb to reach the final at Wembley next month.

    Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. were left stunned by the events at the Westfalenstadion, where four-goal Robert Lewandowski was the star of a fantastic result for the Bundesliga side.

    However, there was worse to come for the Real squad as they arrived at the airport for their flight back to the Spanish capital.

    A number of traveling supporters were waiting for the team with a chant translating as "less millions, more balls" being aimed in its direction.

    Apologies in advance if the video clip included here includes any bad language.

Robert Lewandowski

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    Robert Lewandowski is the man of the moment in world football after his stunning four-goal haul for Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

    But West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce admits he cannot watch the Poland international without regretting his failed attempt to take him to Blackburn Rovers in 2010.

    The former Ewood Park boss claims the club was not in a position to afford Lewandowski at the time (BBC Sport), but he also concedes that the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, which forced the cancellation of flights in Europe, cost him the chance to meet the forward face-to-face.

    Lewandowski instead signed for Dortmund, and Allardyce was sacked as Blackburn manager later that year (BBC Sport).

John Terry

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    Chelsea captain John Terry has been linked with a return to the England squad despite announcing his retirement from international football last year (The Guardian).

    According to newspaper reports, the Blues defender cannot resist the chance of playing in the World Cup in Brazil next year and is looking for a return.

    Terry quit international football last September as the Football Association pursued its own disciplinary process for him racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in October 2011 (BBC Sport).

    However, BBC Sport has reported that Terry, 32, has not made any decision on returning to the England squad. This story may not have run its course just yet.


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    On the subject of Chelsea defenders, Cesar Azpilicueta has been reaping the rewards of his fine form this season with his senior debut for Spain in February.

    However, one analyst with French radio station RMC was forced to eat his words and something far worse in the wake of Azpilicueta's first cap.

    When the Blues full-back joined Olympique de Marseille in 2010, club president Jean-Claude Dassier claimed he was the future right-back for the Spain national side (Yahoo!).

    But RMC analyst and former Marseille left-back Eric Di Meco disagreed and vowed to eat a rat if it happened. And this week, Di Meco made good on his promise (YouTube).

Carlo Ancelotti

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    If The Sun is correct, Carlo Ancelotti may have taken the first step in a major managerial merry-go-round.

    According to the paper, the Paris Saint-Germain boss has agreed to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid next season after guiding the Parc des Princes club to the verge of the Ligue 1 title this year.

    But any move for Ancelotti would be dependent on Mourinho deciding to leave the Bernabeu Stadium this summer.

    Mourinho has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea this summer (The Mirror), but PSG have also been credited with an interest in the Portuguese coach (The Mirror).