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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Paul Pogba not interested in Juventus return,claims Man utd is My home

Paul Pogba has ruled out a return to Juventus and reiterated his commitment to Manchester United by describing the club as his "home."
Pogba joined United's youth academy in 2009 but having failed to break into the first team, joined the Serie A champions in 2012 where he established himself as one of the game's leading midfielders. He made his return to Old Trafford for a then world record £89 million deal in 2016.
In recent months, there have been question marks over Pogba's United future following various bust-ups with manager Jose Mourinho. The midfielder has been linked with a return to Juventus but Pogba said his stint with the Bianconeri was like a "holiday" rather than anything long term.

Kylian Mbappe has been super fantastic for club and country ,but what does his future hold?

Kylian Mbappe is still too young to buy himself a beer in the U.S., but is a World Cup winner, twice French champion and has a couple of domestic cups in his trophy cabinet at home too. The France forward is the most-talked-about young player in the world and is already among the five best players of any age on the planet right now. And all of that just a month short of his 20th birthday.
It will feel like a long time ago for him but in two weeks, on Dec. 2, Mbappe will celebrate the third anniversary of his professional debut. It was for AS Monaco against Caen: He came on after 88 minutes to replace Fabio Coentrao at age 16 and 347 days to become the club's youngest-ever first-team player, breaking the record set two decades earlier by Thierry Henry.
Since then, so much has happened. The last three years have been an incredible rise for the Parisian, yet the most crucial time for Mbappe is more the three years to come than the three just passed. Of course, emerging on the scene the way he did was spectacular. But his ability to keep improving, reach new heights and establish himself among the greats is an even bigger challenge.

Ranieri named new Fulham boss after Jokanovic sacking

The former Leicester City boss returns to the English top flight looking to rescue the London club from a relegation scrap
Slavisa Jokanovic has been sacked by Fulham with Claudio Ranieri appointed as the Premier League club's new manager.
With Fulham bottom of the Premier League following six consecutive defeats, the most recent of which was Sunday's 2-0 loss at Liverpool, Jokanovic's departure was confirmed on Wednesday.

Frustrated Sanchez considering Jan exit

Alexis Sanchez is frustrated with his lack of playing time at Manchester United, and may look to force a January move, according to the Evening Standard.
Part of the reason he chose United over local rivals City was down to the fact he believed he would be an undisputed starter, as opposed to rotating with Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, but the Chilean has made just five starts in 12 Premier League games so far this season.
However, his astronomical wages at Old Trafford appear to be an issue, with few clubs able to offer him the kind of money he is demanding, and PSG only likely to consider a summer move, assuming one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe leave.

De Gea reluctant to sign new Man Utd deal

Fears are growing at Manchester United as progress is not being made on a new deal for goalkeeper David de Gea, according to The Telegraph.
De Gea's contract expires at the end of next season, and the Spain international is hesitating to sign a new deal with the club struggling on the pitch. 
Should talks continue to stall, United could be forced to consider selling De Gea rather than losing him on a free transfer.

Liverpool to make £85m move for Dembele

The Anfield club are prepared to break their transfer record for the Barcelona winger
Liverpool are ready to make an £85 million (€98m/$111m) move for Ousmane Dembele in January, reports The Sun.
Jurgen Klopp wants to add more attacking firepower to his side and is willing to break his club's record transfer fee to land Dembele. 
Barcelona are thought to be willing to sell Dembele, who has alienated many at Camp Nou following a £135.5m (€156m/$176m) move from Dortmund last summer. 

Better than Guardiola? Maradona backs Mourinho as the world's best

The Dorados manager believes Manchester United's boss is the best in the world, even above his cross-town rival
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a better manager than Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola, according to Diego Maradona.
Guardiola led City to the Premier League title last season and has his team flying again this campaign, while Mourinho's United are struggling, beaten in the derby on Sunday.

Solari signs three-year deal to remain as Real Madrid manager

The Argentine has started life at Santiago Bernabeu with four wins from four matches, and will now continue on a long-term basis
Santiago Solari has signed a three-year contract to remain Real Madrid manager through the 2020-21 season. 
Named interim boss after Julen Lopetegui's sacking, Solari has guided Madrid to four wins from four games in charge thus far.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Goal 50 winner Modric: Real Madrid going for fourth straight Champions League triumph

The 33-year-old was proud to end Ronaldo and Messi’s recent duopoly on the Goal 50 trophy and is confident of Real having a great season
Luka Modric has spoken of his delight after winning the 2018 Goal 50 – awarded to the world's best player of the last 12 months – and says that Real Madrid are gunning for a fourth straight Champions League trophy, despite their poor start to the season.
The Croatian metronome enjoyed the best year of his brilliant career in 2018, lifting the Champions League with his club and leading his country to the final of the World Cup in Russia.

‘The pressure more on Bafana Bafana’ – Okocha on Nigeria vs. South Africa clash

The former Super Eagles midfield maestro is confident that Gernot Rohr’s men have learnt their lesson from the first leg defeat
Jay-Jay Okocha believes South Africa will be under pressure when they face Nigeria in Saturday's crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie at the FNB Stadium.
Bafana Bafana clinched the top spot in Group E with a stunning 2-0 victory over the three-time African champions at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in June 2017.

Modric beats Ronaldo & Salah to win Goal 50

The elegant midfielder helped Real Madrid retain their Champions League crown before inspiring Croatia to a runners-up finish at the 2018 World Cup
Luka Modric has been unveiled as the winner of the 2018 Goal 50, thus breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's stranglehold on the prestigious annual prize.
Not since Wesley Sneijder in 2010 had someone other than Ronaldo or Messi topped the list, which recognises the 50 best players in the world over the preceding 12 months. 

Iniesta doubts 'difficult' Barcelona return for Neymar and says Real Madrid move 'wouldn't hurt'

A Camp Nou legend is not expecting to see the Brazilian head back to Catalunya, but concedes that he could secure a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu
Andres Iniesta admits a reunion with Barcelona would be “difficult” for Neymar and claims a switch to Real Madrid “wouldn’t hurt” those at Camp Nou.
The Brazil international has been linked with a return to La Liga ever since securing a record-breaking €222 million (£193m/$250m) move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.

Conte responds to Ramos: A coach expects respect

The former Chelsea manager has offered his view amid suggestions the Real Madrid defender would not be keen on the Italian's approach
Antonio Conte has hit back at Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, insisting that respect must be given to managers from their first day at a new club.
The Italian is currently without a club following his departure from Chelsea in the summer, and was heavily linked with the Real Madrid post following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.

'Players are low on confidence' - Butt concerned by Man Utd plight

A defeat against Manchester City leaves Jose Mourinho's men 12 points off the top and seven behind the top four
Nicky Butt expects Manchester United to recover from the defeat to Manchester City and stage a bid to reach the Premier League's top four, but first the team will need to recover a bit of confidence.
Pep Guardiola's leaders extended their advantage over Jose Mourinho's men to 12 points with a 3-1 success at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Neymar snubbed from world’s 20 best players

The most expensive footballer of all time saw his club campaign with PSG cut short by injury, while his World Cup ended in disappointment and ridicule
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has failed to even make the top 20 of this year's Goal 50
The Brazil international became the most expensive player in football history when he joined the Ligue 1 outfit from Barcelona during the 2017 summer transfer window for a staggering €222 million. 

Ronaldo v Messi - the truth on who has the better stats in 2018

The two superstars are among the favourites to top the Goal 50 once again, but who performed better statistically during the 2017-18 season?
Forget city derbies, Clasicos and revenge games, Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi is the greatest rivalry of modern football, and continues to divide opinion. This year saw a major change in the competition between the pair as Ronaldo traded Real Madrid and La Liga for Juventus and Serie A.
However, that has not stopped the debate over who is better and whether their recent performances are good enough to compete for major individual awards including the Goal 50.

Ruthless Man City not out-of-sight in title race - Reid

Pep Guardiola's side accumulated 100 points last season but their former manager and player believes they have become more merciless
Manchester City are not assured of winning this season's Premier League title despite having shown a more ruthless streak, according to former manager and player Peter Reid.
Victory over Manchester United saw the reigning champions return to the top of the table, re-establishing their two-point advantage over Liverpool.

'The world of football works like that' - Mbappe attacks money-drenched game

The France international believes the money in modern football is so great it was difficult to imagine when he was growing up
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, one of the best paid players in the world, admits the amount of money involved at the highest level has become "indecent".
The 19-year-old became the second most expensive player in history when he completed a permanent transfer to PSG from Monaco this year for a reported fee of €180 million (£157m/$201m).

Lacazette withdraws from France squad two hours after call-up

The Arsenal forward had been called-up to cover for the injured Anthony Martial but will now not feature against Netherlands and Uruguay.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has pulled out of the France squad for their upcoming internationals - just hours after being enlisted as cover by the World Cup winners.
The 27-year-old was left-out of Didier Deschamps' plans when the 23-man party to face Netherland and Uruguay was unveiled last Thursday.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Modric the best player in the world and a scapegoat at Real Madrid - Dalic

The Croatia coach claims a man honoured with the FIFA Best award for 2018 shoulders an unnecessary amount of blame at the Santiago Bernabeu
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has come to the defence of Luka Modric after Real Madrid's poor start to the season and said the midfielder has been unfairly criticised at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid are sixth in La Liga after losing four of their 12 matches so far this term but have recovered some form in recent weeks under caretaker coach Santiago Solari, winning their last four games in all competitions.

'We are people too' - Higuain apologises for sending off

The Argentina international saw red during AC Milan's clash with former side Juventus on Sunday evening
Gonzalo Higuain has apologised on social media for his sending off in AC Milan’s 2-0 defeat to Juventus.
The ex-Juve man was dismissed in the 83rd minute after picking up a second booking for dissent having been cautioned moments earlier for a foul on Medhi Benatia.

Conte rules out taking Real Madrid job: I will start a new project in June

The former Chelsea boss wants to wait until next summer to recommence his career, despite speculation linking him with the Blancos hot seat
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed he wants to wait until June before returning to management while addressing the possibility of taking over at Real Madrid.
The 49-year-old has been out of work since leaving Stamford Bridge during the summer, after winning the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two-year stint in England.

Neymar wants more from perfect PSG

The Brazilian was happy for Edinson Cavani after his side thrashed Monaco, but he also wants more from the Ligue 1 powerhouse
Neymar was delighted with Paris Saint-Germain's thrashing of Monaco as he urged his team to continue building on their impressive start to the season.
The Brazilian scored a second-half penalty after Edinson Cavani had struck a hat-trick for PSG, who cruised to a 4-0 win at Stade Louis II on Sunday.

We're not going to be relegated – Mourinho at ease over Man United being eighth

Defeat at the Etihad Stadium leaves the Reds as close to the drop zone as the top of the table, but their manager is at ease
Jose Mourinho is unconcerned by the fact Manchester United are as close to the Premier League's bottom three as they are the summit, joking he doubts his team will be relegated.
United lost Sunday's Manchester derby 3-1 to City at the Etihad Stadium, meaning they end the day 12 points above 18th-placed Cardiff City and trailing the pacesetters by the same margin.

'I hope Higuain isn't punished too severely' - Ronaldo defends Milan striker following dismissal

The forward was dismissed as AC Milan lost 2-0 at home to Juventus, but the Portuguese star defended the Argentinian striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo defended Gonzalo Higuain after the striker's red card during AC Milan's 2-0 home defeat to Juventus in Serie A.
Higuain endured a personal nightmare against his parent club, seeing a penalty saved and being dismissed late on at San Siro on Sunday.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1: Silva, Aguero and Gundogan seal derby win

Manchester City sealed the derby bragging rights as they defeated Manchester United 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City had little difficulty beating bitter rivals Manchester United 3-1 in Sunday's derby, as David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored to leave Jose Mourinho's side 12 points adrift of the pacesetters.
Mourinho - managing his 300th Premier League match - was handed a pre-match blow in the shape of a Paul Pogba injury and United sorely missed his presence in midfield, as Pep Guardiola's men claimed victory without hitting top gear.

Barcelona on worst defensive run in La Liga for 20 years

The Catalan giants have not kept a league clean sheet since they beat Real Vallalodid in their second game of the season
Barcelona conceded a goal for the 10th consecutive La Liga fixture after Real Betis' Junior Firpo struck in the 20th minute on Sunday, their worst defensive run in 20 years.
You have to go back to 1998 when Louis van Gaal was in charge at Camp Nou for a longer run of games without a clean sheet. Back then, the Catalan giants conceded in 12 matches in a row, so if Barca concede in their next two league fixtures against Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, they will equal that record.

Sarri sets Premier League record as Chelsea stretch unbeaten start to 12 games

The Blues played out a goalless draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge to ensure that they remain without defeat in the 2018-19 campaign
Maurizio Sarri has made Premier League history in stretching his unbeaten start as Chelsea boss to 12 games.
The Italian was handed the reins at Stamford Bridge over the summer, with the managerial baton picked up from fellow countryman Antonio Conte.

Chelsea 0 Everton 0: Pickford on form to halt Sarri's winning run

Jordan Pickford made some superb saves as Everton held Premier League title contenders Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.
Jordan Pickford was in fine form as Chelsea were held to a frustrating goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday.
The England goalkeeper was the Toffees' star performer with a string of excellent stops as Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the Premier League above Liverpool, with Manchester City able to reclaim top spot with at least a point against Manchester United. 

Zero times, zero times Man Utd: Where have the old, ruthless Reds gone?

The Red Devils would rip teams to shreds in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, although it's been years since they had the same ruthlessness in front of goal
In Turin on Wednesday night Manchester United summoned up one of their ancient guises: the late Champions League comeback.
The 2-1 win against Juventus was their first European turnaround in the final five minutes since the 1999 final and fits nicely alongside other memorable victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat games in 2018 against the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle and Bournemouth.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

'If you tease a lion, it will roar' - Inter boss Spalletti defends Mourinho's Juventus taunt

The current Inter manager has backed his predecessor who controversially gestured to Juventus fans following Man Utd's Champions League comeback
Inter boss Luciano Spalletti sympathised with Jose Mourinho's emotional reaction to Manchester United's dramatic win at Juventus, saying "if you tease a lion, sooner or later it will roar".
Mourinho has faced intense scrutiny over United's form this season, but saw his side fight back against Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend before producing a hugely impressive turnaround against Juve on Wednesday.

Stop putting De Gea in your Man City-Man Utd combined XIs!

The Spaniard is one of the best in the world and he's likely better than Ederson, but please stop saying he would get in City's team
This is not an article about David De Gea being rubbish. He is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, if not the world, and with good reason.
But he should not be put into a combined Manchester XI.

Where is it going wrong for Thierry Henry at Monaco?

The last thing the new coach of second last Monaco needs after a run of five games without a victory is the visit of record-breaking PSG this weekend
Monaco are second from bottom in Ligue 1 and are out of the Champions League. This weekend they play table-topping Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar’s team have made the best start in the history of French football – 12 consecutive victories – and have beaten Monaco the last seven times they’ve faced them. Last April it was by a 7-1 margin.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Juan Mata has saved Jose Mourinho's Man United career... for now

If there's been one constant throughout Jose Mourinho's managerial career in England, it's been his love of bold substitutions.
Mourinho, perhaps more than any other manager in the modern game, uses his replacements swiftly, decisively and often unusually. He has made substitutions within the first 25 minutes to completely change formation; he has introduced players primarily tasked with communicating tactical messages to teammates; he's made a half-time treble substitution; he even once made a change in the dying minutes to introduce a tall player capable of marking the opposition goalkeeper, who Mourinho suspected would go forward for a late corner.

Fall guy to fan favourite: How Fellaini became Mourinho & Man Utd's game changer

The Belgium international has made a habit of turning games in United's favour under the Portuguese, though some fans fail to see his merit
It is 10 minutes after full-time at the Allianz Stadium and, with the home fans long gone, the Manchester United supporters being held in the visiting section continue to revel in the moment.
Then out comes a familiar, tall figure onto the playing surface. Marouane Fellaini has been asked to complete a warm-down routine having only featured in the final 15 minutes of the 2-1 win against Juventus.

Shaqiri linked with stunning Galatasaray move

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri has proven to be a big piece to the Reds' attack, but the attacker is being linked with a surprise exit just months after joining the club.
Galatasaray are interested in the Swiss star, according to Transfer Market Web, as Shaqiri is said to be disapointed with his role at Liverpool.
It's hard to see why, though, as Shaqiri has recently earned more playing time while providing a goal and two assists.
The midfielder was left out of the club's last squad, though, as Jurgen Klopp opted not to bring the Swiss winger to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade due to Shaqiri's political World Cup celebration.

Dani Alves reveals he almost signed for Mourinho & explains Man City snub

The Brazilian defender has enjoyed an illustrious career, but it could have been very different
PSG defender Dani Alves has revealed just how close he was to signing for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and explained why he turned down a move to Manchester City.
The Brazil international was still a Sevilla player when he agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2007.

Dybala keen on Pogba reunion: Maybe we can play together again in the future...

The pair spent a season together at Juventus in 2015-16 and the Argentine freely admits that he would like to be reunited with his "good friend"
Paulo Dybala has admitted that he would like to be reunited with good friend Paul Pogba but insisted that he has no intention of leaving Juventus because of his burgeoning partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dybala and Pogba spent a season playing alongside one another in Turin before the Frenchman's then world-record transfer to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.

Matic warns Man City: Mourinho knows how to stop you!

The midfielder says Man Utd are also mentally "stronger" ahead of the first Manchester derby of the season
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has warned Manchester City that Jose Mourinho "knows" how to stop them.
The two sides are preparing to lock horns in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

How the Etihad has become like Old Trafford was under Sir Alex Ferguson

Teams regularly appeared beaten before they had set foot on the pitch against the Red Devils, and history is repeating itself across to town
"Even when I was playing for Manchester United, you thought you had teams beaten in the tunnel," Mark Hughes once said.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson there was a very real sense that opposition teams regarded games against Manchester United at Old Trafford as a lost cause before they had even set foot on the pitch. It was a often a case of damage limitation. Don't embarrass yourselves and go home.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Conte has been warned: Ramos rules the Real Madrid dressing room

The Blancos captain is, contrary to popular opinion, prepared to compromise off the field but it is better to be on his side than against him
Towards the end of Julen Lopetegui's ill-fated Real Madrid reign, club captain Sergio Ramos was asked if his vocal support for the under-fire coach might save him from the sack.
"If I am asked for an opinion, I give it," the defender replied. "But I do not think that an opinion of mine could influence such an important decision as the coach's continuity."

Pep’s plan to create a Champions League-winning fan atmosphere at the Etihad

The former Barcelona boss has long been bemused by the attitude of Manchester City fans towards the tournament, and is taking steps to change it
Last Tuesday, several of Manchester City's biggest players – and most willing talkers – were rounded up to promote the Champions League.
The resulting video was posted as an advertisement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, in a bid to get more fans buying tickets for European games, starting with the clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes rest on Napoli & PSG games after shocking Red Star defeat

Jurgen Klopp's Reds hoped to take control in Belgrade but delivered an abysmal performance to put their last 16 hopes in jeopardy
If Liverpool’s results have generally not matched their performances this season, this was the night that changed.
Dreadful performance, dreadful result. Dreadful evening.