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Monday, 20 August 2018

NOTICEABLE FOOTBALL NEWS TODAY


[1] Bale Stars as Real Madrid Ease Past Getafe
Real Madrid begun their first LaLiga campaign under Julen Lopetegui with a 2-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In the first league game since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus, Gareth Bale seized his chance to impress, setting up Dani Carvajal for the opening goal before scoring the second himself after the break.

Lopetegui suffered a 4-2 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in his first competitive game in charge, but a 10th league win in a row over Getafe looked likely once Carvajal broke the deadlock.

Madrid, who started Keylor Navas over Thibaut Courtois in goal, were not quite firing on all cylinders but never looked likely to throw away a result given Getafe did not manage a shot until the 69th minute.

Bale, starting wide on the right, hit the bar with a diving header early on before Carvajal made it 1-0 20 minutes in, nodding the ball over David Soria after the keeper had punched Bale's cross half-clear.

Getafe handed them a second goal six minutes after the restart, when Bale's shot was parried into the net by Soria after Marco Asensio had stolen the ball from centre-back Djene Dakonam, giving Lopetegui a satisfactory start to life in the top flight.

[2]Pogba Slams Man United Attitude After Brighton Loss
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has accused his team-mates of not showing the right attitude after falling to a 3-2 defeat to Brighton .

Having started the Premier League season with an unconvincing victory over Leicester City, United's limitations were shown up on Sunday.

Glen Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross did the damage for Brighton in the first half, with Romelu Lukaku scoring the Red Devils' only goal before the break. Pogba added some respectability to the scoreline in injury time from the penalty spot, but he was not happy with the performance.

"We lost, we did not deserve to win," he said .

"The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us. "I put myself first, my attitude wasn’t right enough, we keep trying and pushing, and it is going to be a big lesson for us."

When asked about a disastrous first-half display, Pogba refused to state whether manager Jose Mourinho was at fault.

[3]Real Madrid Record Lowest La Liga Attendance in 10 Years
The post-Cristiano Ronaldo era at Real Madrid began the way the pre-Cristiano Ronaldo era ended, with a half-full Santiago Bernabeu.

Goals from Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale against Getafe got Julen Lopetegui's side off to the perfect start in the 2018-19 La Liga season, but the lack of home fans was as conspicious as the absence of their former talisman.

Just 48,466 people came through the turnstiles for the first home game of the season, which should have attracted both hardcore fans and football tourists to see some of the biggest names in world football.

The last time, Real played in front of such a paltry Santiago Bernabeu crowd was the final home game of the 2008-09 season, which came during a five-game losing streak that was started by the historic 6-2 Clasico defeat to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, who had both Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi scoring braces.

[4] Bayern President: 50-50 Chance Boateng Moves to PSG
Jerome Boateng has a "50-50" chance of leaving Bayern Munich and could join Paris Saint-Germain, the German club's president Uli Hoeness has said.

Germany international Boateng, 29, has spent the past seven seasons in Bavaria but Hoeness has revealed the centre-back informed chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge of his wish to leave amid reports of interest from the French side and negotiations with Manchester United.

Rummenigge revealed last month that PSG had made contact with the defender, but said there had been no negotiations between the two teams.

PSG signed have already signed one German defender this week in the form of Thilo Kehrer from Schalke, but Hoeness believes Boateng could also be bound for the French capital.

"The chances of a transfer are 50-50," Hoeness said in an interview

"Jerome told Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he wants to move. If the player wants to leave and we have alternatives, then you have to deal with them.

"I think it's Paris [Saint-Germain that are interested]. Loaning is only possible if there is an offer to buy next year."

[5]Morata Never Considered Chelsea Exit
Alvaro Morata wants to establish himself as Chelsea's main man after insisting he never considered leaving Stamford Bridge.

Morata only scored one top-flight goal after the turn of the year as speculation over his Chelsea future intensified amid links with Serie A and La Liga.

But the 25-year-old Spain international, who was left out of the country's World Cup squad, was on target in Chelsea's 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal in Premier League action on Saturday.

Former Real Madrid and Juventus forward Morata is determined to change things at Chelsea following Maurizio Sarri's arrival.

"There was never a thought for me to leave. For me, it's easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there but I want to change all the things here," Morata said.

"I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea."

"I am looking forward to buying a house and I can't wait for the babies to grow up to put them into school," Morata added.

[6]‬New Look Inter Milan Shocked By Sassuolo
Inter's expensively assembled squad were dealt a heavy dose of reality in a 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo in their Serie A season opener on Sunday.

Punishment came in the shape of Domenico Berardi's 27th-minute penalty and it was all a counter-attacking Sassuolo needed to notch a seventh victory in 11 league meetings between the pair.

The Nerazzurri's highly anticipated attacking partnership of Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez failed to threaten, with the injured Radja Nainggolan sure to be rushed back as soon as possible to shore up an unsteady midfield.

Spalletti's decision to name four new signings in his starting XI came at the cost of early organisation with only Samir Handanovic's outstretched left boot preventing Mehdi Bourabia from netting a third-minute opener.

The hosts did not have to wait long for a deserved lead, though, as Berardi converted from the spot in the 27th minute, Miranda having clumsily bundled over Federico Di Francesco.

Ivan Perisic stepped off the bench at the break but it was Matteo Politano who looked the most likely to conjure an equaliser against his former side, the winger flashing a fierce drive across the face on the hour.

Clearer chances soon came at both ends with Kevin Prince-Boateng brushing the outside of the near post with a clever first-time effort, before Icardi side-footed a low Perisic cross over the bar.

[7]Sarri Considering Giving Up Smoking at Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri smirked as he revealed that he is giving up smoking cigarettes, having been repeatedly questioned on his habit since moving to Chelsea.

UK law has banned smoking in a variety of venues including in football stadiums, restricting the head coach from smoking during match days. Sarri took his first home game on Saturday seeing his side run out 3-2 winners against Arsenal in the London derby.

The former Napoli coach was asked whether he wanted a cigarette as Chelsea struggled at the end of the second half, but indicated that now may be the time for him to give up smoking.

"No I needed half-time and the first half to end, not a cigarette," Sarri told reporters. "I am going to stop for just one or two years then I will start again.

"Inside there were 15 minutes that were horrible. We lost ground, we were not able to press, we were not able to defend, we were really in trouble. I think in the second half, we did very well from our mental point of view.

"It was really very hard to answer about the last part of the first half. I prefer to speak about the other 75 minutes, it is better. I remember better the good things instead of the worst."

Sunday, 19 August 2018

SPORT NEWS


[1] Klopp Slams A Holes For De Bruyne Comments
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp considers anybody suggesting that Kevin De Bruyne’s injury blow at Manchester City has levelled the Premier League playing field to be “an a hole”.

The reigning champions are reeling from the news that their Player of the Year from 2017-18 is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines .Pep Guardiola does, however, have a star-studded squad at his disposal and believes he has the depth to cover the absence of a key creative figure .

The German tactician on De Bruyne claims his knee ligament damage could work in Liverpool’s favour: "I think somebody who thinks like that, about a situation like that, is an a**hole, to be honest. I am not like that. First of all, I wish him the absolute very best.

"I love this player, I wanted him desperately when I was at Dortmund and he was at Chelsea, but Jose didn't give him to me! "What a season he had, what a World Cup he played. I really feel for him. They have options of course, like they always have options, they brought in Riyad Mahrez, but they can all play in different positions.

"Bernardo Silva can play a bit deeper, [Phil] Foden can play in positions, [Ilkay] Gundogan can play in positions. "Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality, there is still a lot there."

[2]Inter to Sue La Liga President Over Modric Comments
Inter have confirmed they will take legal action against Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga. In an interview with ABC, Tebas criticised Inter over the club's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

Madrid have made a complaint to FIFA accusing Inter of making an illegal approach for the Croatia star and Tebas subsequently weighed into the row.

The La Liga chief suggested Inter had offered Modric "an awful lot of money" despite having "no money", allegations that have angered the Nerazzuri.

"Inter announces that it will take legal action against Mr Javier Tebas in the face of statements made today in the press," read the club's statement. Lega Serie A also hit out at Tebas over the comments he made to ABC.

"The Lega Serie A is surprised and upset by the declarations of LaLiga president Javier Tebas," said the league's statement. "These comments were made without having any knowledge, yet damage the reputation and put into doubt the integrity of two Italian clubs and the league."

[3] Ospina Leaves Arsenal on Napoli Loan
David Ospina has completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Napoli, with the Serie A side having a €5 million (£4m/$6m) purchase option.

The Colombia international goalkeeper has headed for the exits at Emirates Stadium after slipping down the pecking order.

Having competed with Petr Cech for starting duties in recent years, the 29-year-old saw Unai Emery bring in Bernd Leno over the summer.

Ospina had already been considering a move before that deal was done, with regular game time proving hard to come by in north London.

He conceded ahead of World Cup 2018 duty that he would be weighing up his options , and the decision has been taken to make a fresh start. Napoli moved to secure his services on Serie A deadline day.

[4.]Emery Wants Mesut Ozil to Defend
Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects Mesut Ozil to take on his fair share of defensive duties this season. Emery tasted defeat in his first game in charge at the Emirates as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The Spaniard has called for full commitment ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea and insists Ozil, who has been criticised in the past for a perceived lack of effort at times, will be expected to give his all when defending for the team.

When asked about the defensive duties placed on Ozil during the defeat to City, Emery replied: "Every player needs to [defend] in the true moment of a match.

"There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player.

"The position, [Ozil] is playing all his career like a number 10-player, like a right-winger going inside to receive the ball. "It's clear he needs the ball more to give more options in the attacking moments. He needs to do [it] in each match, be demanding for us but defensive moments are for each and every player."

[5] Dramatic Win for Juve on CR7's Debut
Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut ended in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Chievo, though it was substitute Federico Bernardeschi who was the reigning Serie A champions' stoppage-time hero.

Despite leading through Sami Khedira's early strike, Mariusz Stepinski's first-half header and Emanuele Giaccherini's penalty after the break ensured Chievo led.

Mattia Bani's own goal levelled matters with 15 minutes to go and Mario Mandzukic thought he had won the game for Juventus only for VAR to disallow the goal, with Ronaldo having possibly handled and collided with goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in the build-up. Yet Bernardeschi turned home Alex Sandro's cross in the 93rd minute to give Ronaldo and Juve a winning start.

[6] Mourinh: Martial Only Player I've Fined
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he fined Anthony Martial, saying he is the only player he has sanctioned since his arrival at Manchester United.

The French winger has had a difficult time at Old Trafford since the Portuguese replaced Louis van Gaal at the helm in 2016 and tensions seemed to increase over the close season.

But it seems the issues between the two stretch further than first thought, as Mourinho admitted he has had to single Martial out for punishment.

Although he did not go into details on when or why he fined the 22-year-old, he suggested it was for something serious.

"I'm here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it is not easy to be fined here," he told reporters on Friday.

Mourinho was responding to questions about Paul Pogba after recent reports that he is unhappy and wants to leave United for Barcelona, who ruled out a move for the France star this week .

However, Mourinho clarified on Friday that he is pleased with the midfielder .

"I've never been so happy with him as I am now. That's the truth," he said. "I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him."

[7] Mourinho Slams 'Classless' Man City After Documentary
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester City's recently released documentary shows that you 'cannot buy class'.The eight-part series follows Pep Guardiola and his City team on their Premier League title-winning journey during the 2017-18 campaign.

Cameras focus on the intimate moments between City players and staff while offering a behind-the-scenes footage of life as a professional athlete.

United manager Mourinho was not impressed with the end result, however, aiming a scathing attack on the Old Trafford club's cross-city rivals after suggestions within the show that he is a defensive coach compared to Guardiola.

"You can have a fantastic movie while respecting others," Mourinho said

"You don't need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie. You can be a rich club and buy the best players in the world but you cannot buy class and they showed that clearly, that was really obvious."

Friday, 17 August 2018

COMPLETE FOOTBALL NEWS

[1] Arteta's Tactical Tweak that helped Man City Kill off Arsenal
When Bernardo Silva scored for Manchester City against Arsenal on Sunday, Pep Guardiola turned to Mikel Arteta and threw his arms around his second-in-command.

Rodolfo Borrell, another coach given greater responsibility this season, joined in the celebrations, putting his arm around Arteta and slapping him on the back. The images suggested Arteta had played a significant role in City’s second goal, one which put the game out of Arsenal’s reach.

And it has now emerged that Arteta was indeed instrumental in the Premier League champions kicking off their title defence with a victory.

“Do you remember from Sunday’s game, after the second goal, Pep’s hug with Mikel?” Marti Perarnau, who wrote two books on Guardiola’s three-year spell in charge at Bayern Munich.

“That was because Mikel said to Mendy, ‘Don’t make a high cross when you get to the end line, make a cut-back along the floor,’ and after that Bernardo scored the goal. “He [also] talked with Mendy and Sterling to try to make a double pass before the last cut-back.”

[2] Nigerian Omeruo Completes 7th Loan Spell from Chelsea
Kenneth Omeruo has joined Leganes on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. The player had been presented alongside other Leganes player to fans on Tuesday evening but his deal from the Blues was officially announced on Wednesday morning, with an official unveiling set to follow on Friday.

Prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Omeruo - who once revealed his frustration at lack of opportunities at Chelsea - renewed his contract with the former English top-flight champions till 2020 and was immediately shipped out for another spell at Kasimpasa. The Nigeria defender made 28 Turkish Super Lig appearances, scoring a goal in the process.

[3]Victor Moses Retires From International Football
Super Eagles and Chelsea forward, Victor Moses, has retired from international football. The 27-year-old announced this on Wednesday via his twitter handle. “I would like to announce that after much thought, I have made the decision to retire from playing international football,” he said.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.” Moses explained that he took the decision to step away at this time, in order to focus fully on his club career and his young family.

He said his retirement was also to allow the next generation of football stars the opportunity to step up and flourish. He noted that the nation is blessed with many young players, stressing that the best to offer them was to give them the opportunity to show their talents.

[4] Costa Sets UEFA Super Cup Record
Diego Costa wasted no time in putting Atletico Madrid ahead against their city rivals Real on Wednesday, making UEFA Super Cup history in the process.

All eyes were on Julen Lopetegui's Madrid in the clash, as they took the field for the first time in a competitive game since losing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lopetegui has thus far declined to replace the Portuguese with a new striker, but Costa's early exploits may just make him think twice.

Costa advanced up the right flank and smashed past Keylor Navas in the first minute of action in Tallinn, beating the goalkeeper from an acute angle at his near post. It took the Spain star just 49 seconds to make his mark, a new fastest goal in Super Cup history.

Ever Banega had previously held the record, scoring in the third minute of play during the 2015 clash between Sevilla and Barcelona, with that game producing one of the best finals in the tournament's history as Barca recorded a 5-4 win after extra time.

[5] Chelsea Opted Against Fekir Move
Chelsea held talks with Lyon over a prospective move for forward Nabil Fekir but reports state they opted against signing the France international over the summer after keeping hold of a number of players in the same position.

Fekir, who earlier in the transfer window saw a move to Liverpool fall apart after failing a medical, was linked with a number of clubs during pre-season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign in Ligue 1.

The Lyon skipper scored 23 goals and laid on a further eight assists in 40 appearances across all competitions last term, and the Blues did attempt to negotiate with the player's club regarding a move late in the window.

Fekir missed Lyon's International Champions Cup clash at Stamford Bridge on August 7 as officials from the two clubs met, but Chelsea decided instead to complete their business with the signings of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic later in the week.

Maurizio Sarri is keen to bolster his attacking options in the coming months, with the west London outfit also continuing to hold an interest in Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic.

[6] Emery Confirms Cech Will Start  Chelsea
Petr Cech will continue in goal for Arsenal against Chelsea despite criticism over his performance against Manchester City, Unai Emery has confirmed.

Emery signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer for £22m, but Cech retained his starting role for the new manager's first league match in charge of Arsenal. Cech, 36, insisted he is comfortable with a new style of play under Emery which places an emphasis on playing out from the back.

He attempted more passes in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City than in any Premier League game he played last season under Arsene Wenger, Emery's predecessor, but lost possession 11 times.

"I am very happy with his performance," Emery said ahead of Arsenal's next Premier League fixture, which sees them play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. "I think he has experience, quality, capacity like a first goalkeeper with us - and also Bernd Leno.

"Saturday the decision is easy, Petr Cech will continue to start the match, I believe in him. If he starts bad, I believe in him also."

[7]Man United Rubbish Pogba-Mourinho Rift Reports
Manchester United have described reports that Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba had a big bust-up as "absolute nonsense", insisting their relationship is good.

It is understood United rejected an offer for Pogba from Barcelona earlier in August and despite getting the captain's armband for their Premier League's opening win against Leicester, his comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford.

"If you're not happy, you cannot give your best," Pogba said having taken the unusual step of stopping on three occasions to speak to reporters at Old Trafford. "There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined."

In Thursday's reports it was also suggested that Pogba had hit back by telling Mourinho he should go through his agent Mino Raiola if he planned to speak to him formally again.

United have been incensed by these stories calling them "absolute nonsense" and that furthermore, the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho remained "good".

[8] Aguero: My Best Friend in England is De Gea
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero may be a direct rival of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, but the pair remain close friends.

The duo first saw their paths cross in Spain at Atletico Madrid, with two seasons spent working alongside one another as senior stars.

Both then completed moves to England in the summer of 2011, with big-money deals taking them to opposing sides of the Manchester divide.

They have locked horns on a regular basis since linking up with City and United, but their friendship away from the field remains as strong as ever.

Aguero admitted as much to The Sun at the premiere of a new Amazon documentary which offers an insight to goings on at the Etihad Stadium called All or Nothing: Manchester City: “I hang out a lot with David because we played together for Atletico Madrid.

“We have a good friendship from Atletico... but he now plays for United and I play for City.”

[9] Kehrer Completes €37m PSG Move
Paris Saint-Germain have completed the €37 million (£33m/$42m) signing of Thilo Kehrer on a five-year contract from Schalke.

The 21-year-old is now tied to the Ligue 1 champions through to the summer of 2023. He is considered to be a useful addition at Parc des Princes for the present and future, with there still plenty of potential to be unlocked in the Germany U21 international.

Kehrer is delighted to have been given the opportunity to further his development in France, with the youngster excited to be joining an ambitious project. He told PSG’s official website : “It is with much joy and ambition that I have signed for Paris Saint-Germain."

[10] Barcelona Confirm Exit of Defender Marlon
Sassuolo have signed Brazilian defender Marlon from Barcelona for a fee potentially rising to €12 million (£10.7m/$13.6m).

The 22-year-old found opportunities limited at Camp Nou and was recalled halfway through a two-season loan spell with Nice in order to be moved on.

Though he made just two La Liga appearances, Barca have included a buy-back option in the deal for the former Fluminense man.

Sassuolo have paid an initial €6m with the amount to be doubled if Marlon, who reportedly attracted interest from West Ham earlier in pre-season, plays 50 games for his new club. The Blaugrana will receive 50 per cent of any future fee if he does not reach that mark.

[11] Jack Cork Strikes as Burnley Advance in Europa League
Burnley will face Olympiakos for a place in the Europa League group stages after Jack Cork's 97th-minute strike sealed an extra-time victory over Istanbul Basaksehir at Turf Moor.

After the first leg in Turkey ended goalless last week, Sean Dyche's side fought hard to keep their hopes of a first European campaign since 1961 alive.

Ashley Barnes came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half of the third qualifying round tie, but Istanbul were the better side in the second period as Joe Hart denied substitute Emmanuel Adebayor.

With the game heading for penalties, Cork - who scored in the 3-1 win over Aberdeen in the previous round - took Jeff Hendrick's lay-off to curl a fine effort into the top corner to seal a tight contest.

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