5 Biggest Blunders in World Football This Weekend with Torres, Gilardino, More
The European football world might only be in preseason phase, but that doesn't mean the mistakes aren't rapidly piling up already, on and off the pitch.
Here we're taking a look at a bunch of blunders from players and coaches alike who have acted or spoken without thinking—and one that is difficult to know who to blame at all.
We kick off with Fernando Torres and a poor miss in his club's friendly against Olympic Ljubljana, and there's plenty more besides.
Fernando Torres Missing an Open Goal
As promised, here's the Chelsea striker's impressive refusal to score a terribly simple chance on goal.
A good cross from the left found the No. 9 at the far post, with the keeper nowhere near, yet the Spaniard still contrived to put his effort over the crossbar.
With added competition now in the form of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, Torres isn't likely to hold down a regular spot in the side with finishing like this.
Alberto Gilardino Horrendously Skying an Easy Chance
Torres can at least take solace from the fact he's not the only international striker missing straightforward chances.
Former Italy star Alberto Gilardino is now playing in China with Guangzhou Evergrande and missed this big moment to make himself a hero with his new side.
The ball was won after a defensive slip-up, and Gilardino had just the keeper to beat—but even that was clearly too much, albeit on a poor-looking surface.
Loic Remy's Failed Liverpool Medical
Not quite sure who to blame here.
If Loic Remy has indeed failed his Liverpool medical as speculated by BBC Sport, questions have to be asked of someone. Should that be of parent club QPR for signing him and not recognising the issues at stake? Of Newcastle United, where Remy was on loan last term, for not taking proper care when he was consistently injured with them in the final weeks of last season?
Either way, Remy has been in the United States a week waiting to seal his move, and now it has all gone terribly wrong for the French striker.
Jose Mourinho Saying Big Wages Would "Kill" Chelsea
Jose Mourinho isn't and has never been Luke Shaw's manager, yet he still has to wade in with an opinion on his move to Manchester United—saying the huge wages the left-back is on at the club would have "killed the stability" of Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
Yes, that's the Chelsea who have already shelled out over £120 million in 2014, kept Florent Malouda and his £80,000 per week wages training with the kids for a full year and did the same to Winston Bogarde and his £50,000 a week salary—a decade ago, when such a sum was still impressive and noteworthy.
That Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho, saying that paying the highest-rated young English defender in the country a big wage would have upset the balance of the team. OK then.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Caught Singing Derogatory Songs About Rival Team
We finish up with a report from the Daily Mail's David Kent, who claims a video of Bastian Schweinsteiger has the World Cup winner singing offensive songs about Borussia Dortmund, a rival of the midfielder's club, Bayern Munich.
It's possibly not that big of a deal, and it certainly isn't going to harm Schweinsteiger's standing with his own team's fans, but it will surely serve to incite further rivalry and desperation for each to finish above the other in next season's Bundesliga.
And, just maybe, it will cause a little friction between the Bayern and BVB players in the German squad, with Mats Hummels playing a key role for Germany from the latter side.
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