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Sunday, 21 October 2018


Jose Mourinho says he was blameless but "the story is over" after a fracas with members of Chelsea's coaching staff at the end of their 2-2 draw.

The Manchester United manager leapt to his feet and was held back by stewards after Chelsea coach Marco Ianni goaded him following Ross Barkley's late goal.

"It is not my reaction, it is Sarri's assistant," Mourinho said

"Don't do what everyone does and say, 'It's Mourinho who does things.' They have apologised, everything is fine."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed that he and his assistant had apologised to Mourinho straight after the game, with Sarri admitting that his staff were in the wrong.

Lionel Messi was substituted with an arm injury that makes him a doubt for next weekend's Clasico but the Barcelona captain inspired a 4-2 home win against Sevilla to send his side top of LaLiga.

Philippe Coutinho scored from Messi's pass in the second minute to get Barca off to a flying start at Camp Nou on Saturday and the Argentina superstar soon doubled the lead.

But Messi had to be substituted having hurt his right arm in an awkward fall and he could miss Wednesday's Champions League game against Inter, as well as next Sunday's showdown with rivals Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez's second-half penalty and a late strike from Ivan Rakitic secured the points despite consolations from Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel, Ernesto Valverde's men moving into first place in the table, with Sevilla third after their four-game winning streak ended.

Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer Lionel Messi will miss next weekend's El Clasico against Real Madrid after suffering a broken arm. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner fell awkwardly on his right arm in the 17th minute of the La Liga clash with Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Saturday and was immediately in visible pain.

He underwent treatment as the game continued with his arm being wrapped by trainers while he laid on the sidelines.

However, he remained down after treatment in obvious discomfort and was unable to continue, eventually being replaced by Ousmane Dembele after 26 minutes.

The club have now confirmed he has fractured a bone in his right arm, ruling him out for the next three weeks including the visit of their arch rivals, along with a crucial Champions League tie against Serie A side Inter.

Gerard Pique acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insisted Barcelona can cope without their superstar captain.

Messi will miss three weeks with a fractured arm after suffering the injury in Barca's 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday's top-of-the-table La Liga clash.

After setting up Barca team-mate Philippe Coutinho and scoring himself, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou.

Messi will sit out next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid, as well as Barca's Champions League fixtures against Inter.

But Pique believes there is enough cover in the side to come out on top even without the Argentine playmaker in the side.

"Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us," Barca centre-back Pique said.

"It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not."

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 400 goals in Europe's top five leagues as Juventus dropped points for the first time this season.

Ronaldo's fifth Serie A goal for Juve was added to his 84 Premier League strikes for Manchester United and 311 in La Liga for Real Madrid. He tapped in after Joao Cancelo's shot was blocked - having earlier hit the post with a header.

But Daniel Bessa equalised with a header from Christian Kouame's cross. The hosts dominated most of the game, but of their 21 shots, only three were on target - all from Ronaldo, who had 11 efforts in total, in the first half.

Ronaldo's landmark puts him 10 goals above the second top scorer in Europe's main leagues, Lionel Messi - who scored his 390th La Liga goal for Barcelona in their 4-2 win against Sevilla.

Thierry Henry's first game in charge of Monaco ended in a 2-1 defeat as Strasbourg profited from a Seydou Sy goalkeeping howler and a Samuel Grandsir red card.

Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim seven days ago after Monaco picked up just six points from their opening nine matches, but their display in Alsace showed no signs of an instant improvement despite the former France star's arrival.

It took the home side 17 minutes to move ahead, but they relied on a woeful error from Sy, who allowed Adrien Thomasson's header to squirm out of his arms and into the net despite it looking like a routine save. The visitors then lost Radamel Falcao to a muscular injury just before half-time.

But Monaco's biggest blow came in the 66th minute when Grandsir – introduced as a substitute just one minute and 51 seconds earlier – was shown a straight red card for a high foot on Anthony Goncalves.

Lebo Mothiba effectively wrapped things up six minutes from time, racing clear and chipping a clever finish over the approaching Sy.

Sunday, 14 October 2018


Lukaku at the Double for Belgium vs Switzerland
Romelu Lukaku ended a six-game competitive dry spell with both Belgium goals in a late 2-1 home win over a stubborn Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.

On target twice in a 3-0 defeat of Iceland last month, Manchester United striker Lukaku repeated the heroics as he scored either side of Mario Gavranovic's surprise 76th-minute equaliser.

The 25-year-old looked to have played the part of villain when he blazed over a golden opportunity to restore the hosts' lead late in proceedings, but he regained composure to tuck away a chance instigated by Eden Hazard six minutes from time and send the Red Devils top of Group A2.

The result may provide Thierry Henry with a winning farewell in what could be his final match as Roberto Martinez's assistant - the France great closing in on the vacant Monaco post.

Monaco Appoint Henry as Manager
Monaco have appointed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new manager. Henry will take his first steps into management at the club where he began his professional career, and has signed a three-year contract.

The Frenchman obviously went on to greater heights, joining Juventus, then the Gunners and then Barcelona, but he spent six years with the Principality club and is delighted to be making a return.

“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me," he said.

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”

Henry had worked alongside former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up, and helped the side to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Russia.

Sancho Makes Modern England History with 1st Cap
Jadon Sancho continues to impress and the 18-year-old made a bit of history for England on Friday. The Borussia Dortmund youngster made his full debut for England in a 0-0 Nations League draw with Croatia, coming on in the 78th minute in front of an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka.

At just 18 years and 201 days old, Sancho became the youngest player to make his debut in a competitive match for England in over 60 years, and the second youngest ever.

Duncan Edwards is the only England player to make his debut in a competitive match at a younger age, playing against Scotland in 1955 at 18 years and 183 days old in what was known as the British Home Championship, an annual competition between the United Kingdom's four national sides that was abolished in 1984.

Sancho also became the first outfield player to play for England while plying his trade outside of the UK since 2009, when the LA Galaxy's David Beckham played against Belarus.

Netherlands Inflict Record on Germany
Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low's men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk pounced to nod home the loose ball on the half-hour mark after Ryan Babel had struck the crossbar with a header following a corner from Depay. Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide.

They were also denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the final 10 minutes when Arnaut Groeneveld tripped Matthias Ginter.

However, Depay added an 86th-minute second on the counter-attack and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rifled in a third in stoppage time, securing Oranje's biggest ever win over Germany.

It leaves Low's side in danger of relegation in League A Group 1, of which they are bottom, having drawn 0-0 with France in their first game.

Gibraltar Wins First Ever Competitive Game
Gibraltar won a competitive game for the first time by beating Armenia 1-0 in the Nations League - and received an apology from the hosts after the wrong national anthem was played beforehand.

The anthem of Liechtenstein was mistakenly used instead of Gibraltar's.Gibraltar's FA said its Armenian counterpart had apologised.

Joseph Chipolina's second-half penalty then gave the visitors, who became a Uefa-affiliated team in 2013, a first competitive victory in 23 matches. It was also their first points in any competition, as they lost all of their Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Their two previous victories - against Malta and Latvia - had come in friendly matches. Armenia, who had Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their side, are above bottom-placed Gibraltar on goal difference in Group D4.

In what was an eventful day for Gibraltan footballers, goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim scored from his own half for English National League South club Dartford.

‬ Low Sets Record for Managing Germany
Joachim Low has broken the record for most matches as Germany manager by taking charge of Saturday's game against the Netherlands.

Low was at the helm of Germany for the 168th time in the UEFA Nations League clash in Amsterdam, breaking the record previously held by Sepp Herberger. The 58-year-old was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at the 2006 World Cup, helping Germany to a third-place finish at home.

Following the World Cup, Low took over from Klinsmann as Germany's manager, and has led Die Mannschaft to several notable achievements during his 12 years at the helm.

Most notably, Low helped Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, while also leading his nation to second place at Euro 2008, third place at the 2010 World Cup, and the 2017 Confederations Cup title.

Low handed Schalke forward Mark Uth his Germany debut against the Netherlands, making him the 100th player to earn their first Germany cap during Low's reign.

Salah Returns to Liverpool After Muscle Injury
Mohamed Salah is to return to Liverpool after he suffered a muscle injury while playing for Egypt on Friday night.

The 26-year-old was forced off in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 victory over Swaziland in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo, having scored directly from a corner earlier in the game.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with his international team-mates for the return fixture but the Pharaohs have now confirmed he will instead head back to Merseyside.

A statement from the Egyptian Football Association read: "Javier Aguirre [Egypt manager] has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.

"During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.

"He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game."

My Game Hasn't Dipped
England captain Harry Kane believes he is still at his best, saying questions about his form were only being asked because of his prolific recent seasons.

Kane has now gone six games without a goal for his nation, last netting for England in a round-of-16 win over Colombia at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old has five Premier League goals for Tottenham this season as he looks for a fifth straight campaign of 20-plus strikes. Amid questions over his performances, Kane dismissed any suggestions he had gone backwards.

"It's been tough after the World Cup, not getting much rest, but I think I've dealt with it well," he said.

"I've stayed fit and stayed healthy. That was my main priority at the start of the season. Now it's building on that and pushing forward over the winter. "I set a standard for myself and I want to reach that standard every game I play. I don't think my game has dipped."

Man City Refute Triple-Salary Claim for Messi
Manchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in a bid to sign the Argentina international from Barcelona.

The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was asked at a recent Q&A event which transfer near-miss he most regrets from his 10 years with the club. A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, "Messi".

On Saturday, however, Mundo Deportivo ran an updated story, including quotes supposedly made by Al Mubarak, that revealed further details of City's unsuccessful attempt. City insist they "absolutely refute" this version of events, stating that Al Mubarak provided no extra information.

Sadio Mane Sends Over 100 L'pool Jerseys to Malawi
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has donated over 100 jerseys to orphans in Malawi. Before the start of the season, the 26-year-old was given Philippe Coutinho no. jersey 10 after the Brazilian moved to Barcelona earlier this year.

However, prior to the announcement, the Merseyside club have sold the 2018-19 replica shirt with the attacker’s no.19 but then offered supporters who purchased the old jersey number a like-for-like exchange for 'Mane 10'.

The returned shirts have been assembled for Malawians and Mary Woodworth, founder of Friends of Mulanje Orphans in Malawi disclosed that the Senegalese's gesture will go a long way 'as a dream come true' for the children who struggle to get a shirt.

"It's like a dream for the children in the villages, getting a t-shirt that they never thought they would get.- It’s just magical basically," Woodworth said. "Sadio Mane is from Africa, his name is just everywhere. To see the t-shirt of Sadio Mane will just be overwhelming."

Friday, 5 October 2018


Messi Almost Joined Espanyol in 2005 – Pochettino
Barcelona star Lionel Messi was "very close" to joining Espanyol in 2005, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Messi, 31, was still in the early stages of his senior career at the time, but ended up staying at Camp Nou and developing into one of the best players of all-time.

Pochettino – then in the latter stages of his playing career at Espanyol – said Messi almost joined the club after impressing against Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy.

"I started to hear about him when I was at Espanyol – a small guy playing in the academy in Barcelona," Pochettino said ahead of his team's clash with Barca in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"He arrived when he was 13 years old, going from Argentina to Barcelona. Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus under [Fabio] Capello in the Joan Gamper Cup.

"Because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, Capello praised him afterwards and they changed the decision and kept Messi at Barcelona.

"So if you look back in history, maybe if he didn't play in the Joan Gamper that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol and Espanyol could be Barcelona."

Griezmann Scores 8,000th Champions League Goal
Antoine Griezmann created a little slice of Champions League history on Wednesday as he scored the competition's 8,000th goal playing for Atletico Madrid.

The France striker has had a year to remember, taking Atletico to second place in La Liga before spearheading his nation's charge to the World Cup title.

And, after Diego Simeone's charges struggled in their Champions League group opener, they were back to their best on Wednesday to down Club Brugge 3-1.

As usual, Griezmann was among the goals, hitting 28 minutes in to cancel out an early lead for the Belgians before doubling his tally in the second half.

That goal, moreover, was the 8,000th in the history of the Champions League, while Koke went on to seal Atletico's victory by making it 3-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Griezmann therefore enters a distinguished group of players who have netted milestone goals since the European Cup was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League in 1992.

Sarri : Morata Needs to Shed More Tears
Alvaro Morata's emotional response to scoring his first Chelsea goal since the middle of August was welcomed by Maurizio Sarri.

Morata missed an early sitter in Thursday's Europa League tie at home to Vidi, but made amends with the winner in the second half.

It was the first time Morata, whose first season in English football was disrupted by a back injury, has scored since a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

"I don't know," Sarri replied when asked if Morata had cried after scoring. "But if after a goal he wants to cry, I hope to see him cry very often.

"Really very happy for him. It's very important for him to score. I think it's very important for him to play a very good match. He played a very good match.

"It's very important for him to play for the team, like this evening. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance."

Mourinho Says 'Many Reasons' for Poor Form
Jose Mourinho says there are "many different reasons" why Manchester United are struggling this season and admits it would be unacceptable to go five matches without a win.

The United boss held a three-minute press conference on Friday morning where he only answered questions about Saturday's game against Newcastle.

When asked why United are struggling this season, Mourinho replied: "For many different reasons."

United have gone five games without a win just once since 1999, and when it was put to Mourinho that such a sequence for a club of United's size is not acceptable, he said: "Yes, I accept [it is not good enough]."

Arsenal Punish Wasteful Qarabag
Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi scored their first competitive Arsenal goals as the Gunners resisted heavy pressure and claimed a 3-0 win at Qarabag in the Europa League.

Smith Rowe's second-half goal made him the club's youngest goalscorer since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted in September 2011 to cap off a mature performance, and the Gunners extended their winning run to eight matches as Guendouzi finished Qarabag off.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave Arsenal a somewhat fortuitous early opener, though the first half finished with Qarabag well on top and only the heroics of Bernd Leno kept the visitors ahead.

But Smith Rowe eased Arsenal's worries early in the second half and, although the hosts remained a potent threat, they were seen off by the Gunners, who have six points from two Group E outings.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


Mario Balotelli has been left out of Italy's 23-man squad to face Portugal following criticism of his performance in the Azzurri's 1-1 draw with Poland on Friday.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini admitted the Nice striker did not play well against Poland and said "his fitness levels are an issue right now" before omitting Balotelli from his squad for Monday's match. F

ormer Juventus and Roma player Zbigniew Boniek accused Balotelli of being "15 kilos overweight" after his performance against Poland, which ended when he was replaced by Andrea Belotti after 62 minutes at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

There is no place in Mancini's squad for Davide Zappacosta, Lorenzo Pellegrini or Cristiano Biraghi, all of whom started the game against Poland. Alessio Cragno, Daniele Rugani and Nicolo Zaniolo have also been left out of Italy's squad for the Nations League clash in Lisbon.

Sergio Ramos insists that Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric deserved to win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of those with "more marketing", such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric's win sparked controversy in Italy, with Ronaldo's representative, Jorge Mendes, blasting the snub as "ridiculous and shameful".

However, Ramos believes that Modric, who played a key role in the club's Champions League victory, deserved the award over the Portuguese.

"There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric]," said Ramos, per the Daily Mail .

"He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me."

Ramos also appeared to take a dig at Ronaldo in claiming that Modric is more unassuming than the Juve striker, who has yet to score a goal in Serie A.

"Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award," he added.

Robinho has revealed that he wanted to leave Real Madrid for Chelsea but that he was forced to go to Manchester City instead.The Brazilian explained how it was a bust-up between the Bernabeu club and the London side that led him to go to City.

"I wanted to go to Chelsea, Scolari told me that I could make the difference for him in the team,"he said."However, Real Madrid ended up badly with them, they didn't like the way that Chelsea sold shirts with my name on them before the deal was done.

"I am sure it was this that led to the negotiations to fail and it was a case of pride for Real Madrid. On top of this Chelsea were in the Champions league and City weren't."Robinho denied that he was sorry to leave Madrid.

"I don't regret leaving Madrid but I am sorry that it ended badly when I went," he continued.

"Madrid were the club that opened their doors and gave me the chance to succeed in Europe, perhaps the way that I fought to leave harmed the memories of the good things I did for the team."

Dele Alli has withdrawn from the England squad to face Switzerland due to a minor muscle strain.

The Tottenham midfielder played 90 minutes as the Three Lions lost their opening UEFA Nations League game to Spain at Wembley on Saturday.

However, a slight injury sustained during that game has now seen him pull out of the squad, and Gareth Southgate has opted against calling up a replacement for the friendly on Tuesday.

Indeed, Southgate has already called up uncapped Leicester duo Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell for the clash with Switzerland.

Alli has played in all four of Spurs' games thus far this season, scoring in the opening day win over Newcastle United, and played a key role in the Three Lions' run to the World Cup semi-finals over the summer.

Though he was rested against both Panama and Belgium in the group stages, Alli scored a key goal against Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Former Paraguay and America striker Salvador Cabanas has revealed that he had agreed a move to Manchester United before the tragic shooting that all but ended his career at the top level.

Cabanas was regarded as one of South America's finest goalscorers in his heyday, and was named the continent's Footballer of the Year in 2007 as well as finishing as the Copa Libertadores top scorer two years running.

But in January 2010, shortly after leading Paraguay to a spot in the World Cup with six strikes in qualifying, Cabanas was shot in the head in a Mexican nightclub after an altercation with a known drug trafficker.

Now working in Paraguayan capital Asuncion selling bread, Cabanas revealed that he was set to line up at Old Trafford before his life was turned upside down.

"I had signed a pre-contract agreement for £1.3m for a transfer to Europe. They told me my destination would be Manchester United," he told Telefuturo.

"Club America doubled my salary and gave me one apartment in Acapulco and another in Cancun to try and keep me at the club."

Cabanas' recovery from the serious head injuries sustained in the attack was marred by conflicts with America over unpaid wages, and he admits that he felt isolated during that period.

Jose Mourinho has been branded a "pain in the butt" by one of the organisers of the International Champions Cup.

Mourinho was unhappy during the tournament this summer, insisting that he could not utilise a full-strength squad due to the World Cup commitments faced by his players.

And ICC organiser Charlie Stillitano admits that the Portuguese can be difficult to deal with.

"Yeah we had a few cheeky words together," Stillitano told ESPN."He's a good man and he's been really good to us and I understand him better than most I'd say.

"I think managers that I know see us as the guys who take them abroad. And for them the reality is that they take it very seriously. The managers take it very seriously. And the commercial people take it very serious for their business to grow their brand.

"And Jose, he's a pain in the butt when it comes to making sure everything is perfect at his training facility. And I would expect whatever teams come over from La Liga are going to torture me too in the same way to make sure that everything is perfect."

Former Chelsea captain John Terry is set to join Spartak Moscow following his departure from Aston Villa, as per reports.

The 37-year-old is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a move to the Russian Premier League side, where it is reported he will sign a two-year deal.

It is understood that Spartak moved for Terry after French centre-back Samuel Gigot was ruled out for the season with a serious injury, with the Chelsea legend available on a free transfer after his contract at Villa expired.

Terry had been linked with a move to Sporting in Portugal across the summer, with presidential candidate Pedro Madeira Rodrigues going so far as to say he had an agreement in place.

A return to Villa was also touted for the former England defender, having recently said that he feels there is "unfinished business" in Birmingham.

Thibaut Courtois admits he feels "sad" about how some Chelsea fans have turned against him following his transfer to Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old was at Chelsea for seven seasons - though the first three were spent on loan at Atletico Madrid - before leaving for Real in a £35m deal over the summer.

The Belgium international revealed he made his decision to leave in March and explained that is part of the reason he delayed reporting back to Chelsea following the World Cup.

When asked about some Chelsea fans feeling angry about the manner of his exit, Courtois said: "It makes me feel sad and obviously they don't know all the truth.

"I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.

"Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.

"If I did go there maybe, I didn't want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea."

Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he would move to Inter Miami if David Beckham wanted him to.

Beckham has set up the MLS franchise, which will begin playing competitively in 2020 .

Inter Miami's name was revealed earlier this week , with rumours already circulating regarding who Beckham could target, with the ex-England captain boasting a fearsome contacts book.

And Griezmann has now revealed that he would be willing to move to America were he to be asked, though he says that Miami is not his only possible destination.

"If Beckham wants me in his club, then I'll go," he told L'Equipe . "I want to finish my career in the US. I don't know yet if it's going to be in Miami or Los Angeles.

"They are two great cities. I like the mentality and the show culture of the US."

Leroy Sane has confirmed the birth of his first child.The Germany international was absent from his country's World Cup squad as they were eliminated at the group stages, while Pep Guardiola left him out of the matchday squad to face Newcastle due to concerns over his attitude.

Indeed, the Catalan believes that his omission sent a message to the forward.'

Sane recently withdrew from the Germany squad, too, having been called up again by Joachim Low, and the reason has now been revealed, with him being present at the birth of his daughter.

"Incredibly happy to let you know about the birth of my daughter last night," he wrote on Twitter. "Mother and child are doing fine."



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