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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Pre-Match press conference of both managers

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Manchester United will take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight. Manchester United is currently in the second position in the league. But they are 12 points behind Manchester City who is leading the table right now. The Red Devils need a miracle to be crowned champion this season.

However, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not ready to focus on the outcome of the league. He just wants to concentrate on every game and want to win every one of them.

In this circumstance, United is travelling to London to face Crystal Palace at their home. In the Pre-Match press conference, both the managers have provided some early team news.

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has overcome his injury and is ready to come back again against Crystal Palace. Yesterday Ole said, “Edi has trained this morning and hopefully there is no reaction.”

“There are another couple of knocks that we have to look at, from after the [Chelsea] game, and from the season’s wear and tear.” -he added.

“It looks good. Edi has got the desire and hunger and, of course, he wants to join in, even if it’s from the bench. Hopefully, he’ll say tomorrow that there’s been no reaction.”

It is good news for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have their main striker back in action. However, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones are all still sidelined.

Ole revealed, “With Phil, obviously we hope [we see him in 2020/21]. He’s working really hard. He’s had a couple of setbacks. It’s just that kind of injury where you have to be patient and give him time. I know all about knee injuries. I’m not sure. How long is a piece of rope? That’s how I felt as well when I came back. [We’ll] give him absolutely every chance to get back this season. If not, hopefully for the start of next.”

“Paul is still not ready for us, no. He’s feeling better. He’s not been training with the team yet, so he’s definitely not travelling down to London, no.”-Solskjaer said on Paul Pogba’s involvement.

On the other hand, It is quite a positive ambience in the Palace side. Former Red, Wilfred Zaha has started training who is battling to return from a thigh problem. Though he is doubtful to face his former side tonight.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said, “It’s quite good news, really. Wilf’s returned to training, albeit a bit modified. He looks ready to go again, we’ll have to wait for the green light, but it’s looking positive. We will be able to welcome him back very, very soon.”

“Also, I’m very pleased that Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham have recovered and will be available for me. It’s good news on the offensive front, we’re looking much more like we should be.”- he added.

It is a must-win game for both the side. Both the team is ready to give their best in the field. It will be exciting to see who gets the better of these two tonight.

Solskjaer slams the poor refereeing decision against Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams referee for the poor penalty decision in last night’s clash against Chelsea.

Manchester United traveled to London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But the game ended in a goalless draw.

In the first half, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi touches the ball by his hand in the penalty box following a free-kick from Marcus Rashford. But the referee denied rewarding the penalty to the Red Devils.

After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaerblasts referee over the penalty decision and said, “It was a penalty, 100% nailed on. If that’s a natural position for a hand to be in when the ball comes in then I must be blind.”

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, who was present on the field claims referee didn’t award Manchester Utd penalty against Chelsea to avoid ‘a lot of talk’.

Luke Shaw revealed, “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game.”

“The ref even said to H [Harry Maguire] that if I say it is a pen then it is going to cause a lot of talks afterward. H got told it was a penalty.”- he added.

“I don’t understand why the game is stopped. It’s confusing with VAR.”

“I’m not going to moan about it because l don’t think either team did enough to win.”

Previously, Manchester United has got some controversial decisions against them against Sheffield United this season. This has affected the title hopes of Manchester United. The Red Devils 12 points behind City, who beat West Ham United on Saturday.

Ole said, “We wanted to win. Apart from the last quality or pass being not good enough, we had great pressing, desire [and] work-rate. There was a great save by David de Gea and we got the clean sheet.”

“That’s what let us down, that quality on the ball. The first half was scrappy. Poor game really. But then we played some good stuff at times. When we settled we created a few chances but we didn’t have enough.”

 

Top five Champions League goal scorer of all the time

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Top five Champions League goalscorer of all the time- always presents as a big controversial topic in the world of football. Who will be in the top five list excites the goal scorers in every club, every year? In the last few years, several stars from several team’s push themselves to be in the top five list.
Robert Lewandowski, the Polish football dominates the champions league and able to make the achievement all-stars are waiting to achieve. Bayern took the lead against Lazio this week in the Champions League first leg of 4-1. And the first goal was done by Robert Lewandowski by dodging their goalkeeper.
Again, the topic gets so much attraction for Lewandowski’s breathless performance. Last year the Champions League was finished by Bayern and they were crowned as a champion where Lewandowski showed his optimum performance.

Karim Benzema

Madrid Spagna 03/11/2020 – Champions League / Real Madrid-Inter / foto Image nella foto: Karim Benzema PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxITA

Karim Benzema is placed in the fifth rank amongst the Champions League’s all-time leading scorers and maintained his performance and remains a key player in the Real Madrid side more than a decade after arriving at the Bernabeu from Lyon.
He played 125 times in the competition, he has scored 69 times, averaging 0.55 goals per game, winning the competition on four occasions during his career in the Spanish capital.
The 33 years old has a record of playing 16 consecutive Champion’s League seasons. And he scored several scores in several group stage fixtures.

Raúl González

Raúl González was the highest goal scorer until 2014, he was also the first-ever player to score 50 Champions League goals. It is something that is not possible to take away from this man, he was at the top of the Champions League goal scoring table with his 71 goals in the competition.
He scored 66 goals in his iconic Real Madrid days and 5 goals in Schalke. Later Messi broke that record but he was the top scorer for a long time, but he couldn’t do any scores later on in his matches.

Robert Lewandowski


Lewandowski scored 72 goals that also beats Raúl’s record after this week’s Champions League first leg match against Lazio. Lewandowski did the entry goal of their 4-1 victory against Lazio
Last season, was the best season for Robert Lewandowski where he scored 55 goals in all competitions including an astonishing 15 goals in just 10 appearances in the UEFA Champions League. Also, it was a treble-winning season for Bayern Munich.
The 32 years old, Robert Lewandowski made himself one of those finest footballers in the. football history. His performance is consistently getting better day by day which may make him one of the greatest ever. The Bayern striker made a phenomenal record of 72 goals in just 95 appearances in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona king made his fastest 72 goals record in just 91 matches which is four less played than Lewandowski and the Argentine made 119 goals in 148 games and placed himself in the second position. Though he played fewer games than Cristiano so, nothing could be assured now.
Messi has the best goals-to-game ratio of the top 5 with 0.8, according to the total goal count, he did 47 more goals in his champions league career though he had 15 goals less than Cristiano but having a big game difference also.
FC Barcelona lost their First Leg against PSG in 4-1. It is so hard for the Spanish giant in their current scenario to come back on the second Leg. FC Barcelona will try to do their best to pull off a comeback against the French side and Lionel Messi will surely leading the charge.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo takes his position top by scoring 134 goals in 175 games, having an average of 0.77 goals per game. Though he has the top goal-scoring record in the Champions League, he is in the third position when the fastest 72 goals are calculated where Messi did it in 91 games, second position holding Lewandowski did in 95 games and he did in 109 games.
Ronaldo is so versatile that he can get accustomed to any club and as proof, he has scored 25 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions for Juventus so far this season.
Though they lost their first leg in the ‘Round of 16’ tie against Porto, Juventus hope that they can win at the end of 2nd Leg. Also, they have Cristiano who was totally off in the first Leg but he can do anything to turn the fortune for his team.

Amad Diallo can made his first appearance at Old Trafford againt Real Sociedad today

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Amad Diallo can start for Manchester United tonight.

Manchester United’s January addition, Amad Diallo can make his first appearance at Old Trafford today against Real Sociedad today in the UEFA Europa League clash. The Red Devils are in a huge advantage before the second leg following a 4-0 victory against them last week.

It gives the opportunity to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give rest some of his key players in the second leg. It can also open the door for some of the youngsters to make their mark in the first team.

A shoulder issue prevents midfielder Hannibal Mejbri from involving in the UEFA Europa League tie. Though 18 years old Amad Diallo, signed from Atalanta in January, and 17 years old Shola Shoretire are involved in the tie.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “Hannibal was injured in the reserves, he’ll be out for a month. He was just coming into our squad. Unfortunately for him, he’s out.”

“Amad and Shola, of course, they will be involved, they’re in the squad. I’m not going to tell you if they’re starting or not.”

As per the sources, Amad Diallo can start today whereas Shola Shoretire can come on as a substitute.

Though Manchester United will miss some of their key members for the tie as well. Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani are out of injury.

“They’ll still be missing.”

“They’ve not joined training so they won’t be ready. no. Paul has been outside on the grass and is starting to step up his recovery but he’s not near the team for this game.”- Ole explained.

 

 

Lazio beaten by Bayern in Champions league first leg at home

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Lazio was beaten by Bayern Munich by a 4-1 scoreline yesterday in the UEFA Champions League first leg at Lazio’s home turf Stadio Olimpico.
In the first ten minutes of the game, Lazio did several attacks but can’t make any hole in Bayern defense, those chances were converted into a counter-attack by Bayern, and the high-volume pressure made a miss pass, Robert Lewandowski made an amazing move and by intercepting the ball towards goalkeeper and finished an open goal by dodging the goalkeeper at 9 minutes of the match.
Another attack made by Bayern after few minutes and beautifully scored by Jamal Musiala, the youngest English goal scorer of champions league history. Bayern that moment took the lead by 2-0 and it became a very precious moment for Musiala made in his history also a proud moment for Bayern.


Before ending the first half Bayern made another successful counterattack against Lazio and a deflected pass successfully handled by Leroy Sané and made a lead 3-0.
And after ten minutes of second-half, a cross through made by Bayern misplaced by Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi and his own goal lead the opponent by 4-0. In two minutes, Lazio made a successful attack and Joaquin Correa made the final score 4-1 but it was too late for Lazio to comeback against them.
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi expressed;
“Unfortunately, we’d said this week with the lads that we should play our game. We felt the occasion too much, we were tense against the world champions, but we basically scored three of the four goals for them,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.
In the first half, a tackle was done by Bayern Munich in their penalty box which was called for a penalty but the referee’s decision was against it.
“If the penalty had been given for 1-1, that might’ve changed the game, but none of it went our way tonight. We can learn from this experience in order to grow and be stronger in the future.”
“Disappointment in the locker room is natural, but it’s already an achievement for us to be here. In games at this level, you need to be at 100 percent, to do everything right and hope the opponents aren’t at their best.”
“We knew the kind of team we were facing. I think we’d started well before the error for the opening goal, and there should’ve been a penalty when it was still 1-0.”
“If we look at it, we’re talking about the Club World Cup winners and we scored three out of four goals for them. You can’t make those mistakes at this level.”
“Nonetheless, I think we had shots on goal too. Nobody is saying Bayern didn’t deserve to win, but it was already complicated anyway and then our errors made it even more of an uphill struggle.”
Robert Lewandowski, after the match: “It’s a good night when you score four goals. I maybe didn’t have that many chances, but I tried to get into the right positions, and overall that early goal was important.”
Hansi Flick, Bayern coach to the media: “Everyone fulfilled expectations today. We wanted to put them under pressure from the off, which we did well. We won the ball high up the pitch and created plenty of chances as a result. We’re very happy.”
Pepe Reina, Lazio goalkeeper after the game: “It’s a bad night. We had prepared differently. Now, of course, we need to react and carry on our momentum in the league.”

Chealsea beat Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League clash

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Chelsea surprised Atletico Madrid last night as they beat Atletico Madrid by 1-0 in UEFA Champions League’s tie last night. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’s 68th minute is the difference between the two sides. The French striker scored a sensational ‘Bi-Cycle’ kick goal last night.

Atletico Madrid was not in a good form recently. The drew one and lost one against Levante last week in La Liga. Real Madrid took the opportunity and closes the gap to just 3 points. It also gave the hope towards FC Barcelona and Sevilla in the title race.

However, due to covid-19 regulations, Atletico Madrid was forced to play their home leg in a neutral venue against Chelsea. Both teams went with the strongest XI they had. In 68th minute, the French striker broke the deadlock to seal the ictory for the English side.

Atletico Madrid were not in their best yesterday . The Rojiblancos failed to register a single a shot on target last night. After the match, Atletico boss Diego Simeone was asked about whether there is any chance of a comeback in the second leg. In responce, the Argentine said, “Looking three weeks ahead is too far.”

“We have a lot of games until then. We’ll be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players.”

“We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important game against Villarreal. Work, work, work. I trust the team we have. If we were in the month of September and they told me we’ve lost but we’re still leading, I’d sign for it.”- he added.

The second leg of the tie is on 17th of March. Chelsea will miss two of their key players, Mason Mount and Jorginho, as both of them are out with yellow card suspension in the second leg. It will be tough fight for both the teams to cement their place in the last 8 of the competition.

FC Barcelona showing interest on Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak for a long term target

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FC Barcelona is showing interest in Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak for a long-term target. The Swedish striker has shown immense talent in la Liga Matches.
FC Barcelona at this moment facing difficulties in their attacking qualities. After replacing their main striker Luis Suarez, they tried different players to fit in that position but they don’t have a proper striker to perform in big games.
They couldn’t make a proper formation and their Lionel Messi is lacking on a supporting player.
The Catalan giants tried to make a link with Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland in the next 12 months, but a move for either player could trigger a world record fee.
After COVID 19 pandemic in the 2019-20 season suffered a lot in the financial department. And Barcelona’s current financial condition is such that they can’t even properly pay the salaries of every player. So, it can be a fair decision to go for a low-budget transfer in this Summer market.


According to ESPN, FC Barcelona wants Isak for a long-term transfer for their striker position until the summer of 2024. He is holding a release clause of €70m, also former club Borussia Dortmund may call on the €30m buy-back option to replace Erling Haaland, the superstar forward that Barcelona was keen to recruit last January.
Isak’s performances have been tracked by Barcelona scouts since October 2020. The current sporting directors Ramon Planes set every plan for the transfer market and combing it to make decisions not worrying about whoever president will be.
Alexander Isak scored 16 goals in his first year for La Real and this season he showed an impressive return of 12 goals in 20 games. Starting off the season was bad for him but made a hat-trick comeback against Alaves.
Also, Erling Haaland eyed by Barcelona this season, this could be a high budget transfer if the Spanish Giants could make their decision with the Borussia Dortmund Superstar.

FIFA president announced the support for Sudan in his landmark visit

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino discusses the additional investment and commitment for further support to grow the football scenario in the country while visiting Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.

The FIFA President met with the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yousif Adam Aldai, and with the President of the Sudan Football Association (SFA), Kamal Shaddad to talk about the future plans.

FIFA President and his delegation revisited the strong football history of Sudan. Sudan is the founding member of CAFlong with Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Africa. The first headquarter of CAF was in Sudan and also host the first-ever African Cup of Nations in 1957.

FIFA President said, “Sudan was a founding member of CAF, and has been one of the first African nations to join FIFA.”

“Now we must work together, to bring the success of the past to the future. I can guarantee that FIFA will work closely with the whole football community in Sudan, with women and men, to continue to develop football and to bring Sudan back where it deserves to be, at the top of African football.”

FIFA president also promised to provide funding to refurbish the Khartoum Stadium. He said, “I was saddened when I visited Khartoum Stadium and witnessed its current state.”

“This is a historical venue and we need to protect and cherish its history. We will invest and work together with the government and the SFA to make everyone in Sudan proud of the stadium again.”

“We spoke with the Chairman of the transitional sovereignty committee about investment in football because there is incredible talent in the country to be developed.”

“We spoke about football being part of the school system and about women’s and girls’ football – a very important area of the game. The Sudan Football Association is already doing excellent work in this regard, and it can only increase once combined with the continued support of the Sudanese government and FIFA. We are all part of the same team, and we will all work together and show that we care about the people of Sudan and football here.”- he added.

The FIFA President also attended a women’s football training session at the academy located next to the SFA and had the opportunity to meet with members of the teams.

 

Joao Felix admired Mason Mount before the Champions League clash

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Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League ‘Round of 16’ clash at Wanda Metropolitano tonight.

Before the match, Atletico Madrid youngster Joao Felix revealed his admiration for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount. The 21 years old Portuguese said, “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to move the ball, the way he touches the ball.”

“I played with Chris Willock at Benfica three or four years ago and he told me that Chelsea had a guy that he thought is similar to me and he told me it was Mason Mount.”

“A few years later he played for Chelsea and I like the way he plays. Chris had told me about him before he appeared in the Premier League, so I was waiting to see him.”- he added.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Mason Mount of Chelsea looks on during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on July 19, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alastair Grant/Pool via Getty Images)

Mount is arguably the most consistent performer for Chelsea this season. The English midfielder has scored five goals and provided six assists in 33 games this season in all competitions.

Joao Felix will surely try to outdo Mason Mount tonight. The Portuguese have contributed nine goals and five assists to Atletico’s cause in 27 outings across all competitions in 2020-21, having rediscovered his best form after a challenging first season at Wanda Metropolitano.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, Joao Felix also discussed the “influence” his compatriot Cristiano has had on his career while talking up the qualities of the England international. Felix said, “Cristiano is a big influence on me.”

“When we are with the national team, he always tries to give me and all of the young guys advice about work, motivation, everything.”

Fans may be back into the stadium from May in Premier League

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Chelsea fans celebrate during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

English Premier League fans can again come back to their stadiums from May after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his plans for easing coronavirus restrictions.
Uk government is planning to do step by step proposal to remove all the restriction from everywhere also this is one of the restrictions which can’t be stopped for long. At first Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed back into English stadiums for the final day of the season in May 23rd at Wembley Stadium which will host European Championship games in plans announced by the government on Monday.
Due to Corona Virus first spread supporters have been banned from attending stadiums across England since December, with most not attending matches since the first COVID-19 wave in March 2020. And after March everywhere was under lockdown period for the pandemic.


Now, after success in the vaccine rollout in major areas, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson revealed step-by-step proposals to ease restrictions across the whole country instead of focusing on regions.
For the sporting events which will be played from May 17, indoor arenas will be allowed with a capacity of 1000 people, while 4000 people will be allowed outdoors.
Whereas for the Larger football stadiums allowance will be up to 10,000 people or be a quarter full whichever is lower.
The proposal has ruled out fans attending EFL matches as per fixture schedule, but fans could be in attendance for the final weekend of the Premier League season on May 23.
But some sports in England could see fans return in April because it is needed to research how events can take place in the future without any social distancing, may there some test cases that could be run for the final step. English football authorities have been hoping that the League Cup final on April 25 and the FA Cup final on May 15 could be test events for the return of spectators.
The final stage will be as per the UK government plan, where all legal limits on social conduct are removed after 15 months of closure, is set for June 21. That is a week before the scheduled start of Wimbledon, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

 

 

Chelsea boss Tuchel insists substituting Hudson-Odoi was not a huge issue

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to believe that his substitution of Callum Hudson-Odoi against Southampton on Saturday, was a huge issue.

Chelsea faced the Saints on Saturday at their home. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. At half-time Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel brought on Callum Hudson Odoi. But he was substituted again 30 minutes later, with 15 minutes of the game still remaining. It was a controversial call from the Chelsea boss.

But Thomas Tuchel does not think that it is a huge issue. Tuchel said, “It is not a big thing at all for me.”

“I have spoken to Callum, and I’ve spoken to the whole group. Sometimes, these things happen in football and it was just my decision.”

“Maybe I was being harsh on him because he was on my side of the pitch and I was up close to him, but I did not feel that he was really into the game. I didn’t think he was totally sharp and that is why I took a hard decision on him. But that decision was in the moment and for that day only.”

“For me, this is absolutely not a big thing and only becomes one if people want to talk about it.”

“Callum has been fantastic for me so far and it’s on him to show me that every game and every day in training. I want him to show me that he is a reliable guy for the team when he comes on from the bench like he is when he starts.”

“He has started a lot of games for me and in this instance, he has taken a hard decision. Now he must swallow it and come into training ready to work ahead of Atletico, a game which he has every chance of starting.”

Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League in the midweek. Before that, it is important for Thomas Tuchel to keep a good dressing-room environment.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland’s wages can be more than 90 million euros

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20 years old young Haaland is now the showstopper for the selection panels of every club in the transfer window. The way Erling Haaland reaching his dream in his new career and the way he chooses to inspire his admirer is really astonishing.
This Norwegian young kid Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund on the 1st January of 2020. He amazes his fans and the club by his performance as a Centre-Forward and has reached that tally with just 71 attempts on goal proving his efficiency. Also, his goal-scoring capability is astonishing, with 43 goals in 43 Bundesliga matches.

He is currently on a five years contract in Borussia Dortmund until 2024. And the release clause of his contract which allows leaving before the date is 100 million.
His performance made the Big clubs get their interest in him and some of the clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea want to make a deal with him in this coming summer transfer window.
Some report says Erlin may continue to play in the Premier League from this Summer, either in Man Utd or Chelsea. Whereas Some Spanish report says Real Madrid showed their interest in Haaland.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman said in a press conference about the rumors on joining Haaland in Barcelona “I have my ideas for the future of this club”.
Erling sets his mind to the wages he wants from his next club and to secure his five years contract, which is a 90 million euros wages contract.
Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola reportedly told the clubs who are interested to sign him next. But his departure is not solely down to the player, Borussia Dortmund has the final word.
Chelsea wants to make their big deal with this young Centre-Forward and this Norwegian apparently the new Centre-Forward for The Blues.

 

Manchester United beat Newcastle at home

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Manchester United leapfrog Leicester City into second after the win against Newcastle United last night. The Red Devils won the game by 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Manchester United took the lead from a thumping finish by Marcus Rashford at the 30th minute of the game. But Newcastle United equalized within 6 minutes as Allan Saint-Maximin put one into the net from a corner. The first half ended in a 1-1 score.

In the second half, Manchester United was fully dominant in possession. The Red Devils took the lead again in the 57th minute as Daniel James scored his 2nd Premier League goal of the season. In the 75th minute, Manchester United’s talisman Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot to seal the victory for the Red Devils.

After the match, Manchester United is now second in the table with 49 points. The Red Devils are 10 points behind the league leaders Manchester City. But Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still hoping to win the title this season. He said, “I’m never going to say that ‘it’s done’ until it’s done. We’ve seen so many examples of teams that just hang in there, keep working and do their own jobs as an individual and something might happen. It’s not something we think about- we just think about our own performances and our own games, that’s the only thing we can control. But it’s not like we’re going to go, ‘ah well, we’ll just lose the game because there’s no point’.”

“We have got loads to play for and as a team, we’ve got loads to improve on.” – he added.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given another academy player a chance to grow with the first team. The 17 years old Shola Shoretire made his debut yesterday against Newcastle United replacing Marcus Rashford.

After the match, Marcus Rashfor was asked about the new debutant of Manchester United. The English forward said, “It’s in our DNA, it’s what we do at Man United. It’s important our kids know when they’re good enough, [they know] they’re old enough.”

“Shola has been training with us now for a little while, and has done really well, [this] was the next step up.”

“In the last transfer window we let a few players go out on loan, which made the path for him shorter and I’m sure he’ll remember his five or six minutes on the pitch tonight.”- he added.

Lionel Messi made another history in La Liga

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made another history which shows how consistent and also necessary his appearance in Barcelona football career.
This superstar already has a profusion of records in his pocket and another record he made after appearing for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano in their Copa del Rey Round of 16 matches.
Xavi Hernández was one of the greatest players in Barcelona’s career history. He has made 505 appearances in his time at Camp Nou.
Last night Blaugrana magician Lionel Andrés Messi made this history and currently counting 506 matches and on.


Also, Messi surpasses Josep Samitier on the Club list of most all-time Copa del Rey appearances who was a Barca legend approx. a century ago, made 75 appearances in Copa del Rey, and Leo made 76 in his career.
In the 76 matches, Lionel Messi has played for Barcelona and scored 53 goals which are second only to Samitier himself, who had scored 64 goals in 75 matches in Copa del Rey.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi holds almost every single goal-scoring record in Blaugrana’s history and is undoubtedly Barcelona’s greatest player ever.
At the age of 16 young Leo joined the club’s youth academy, La Masia, and currently, he is pursuing his 17th season for Barcelona.
Over this period, Messi has made a total of 754 appearances in all competitions and has been involved in 933 goals (649 goals, 284 assists) at the rate of 1.23 goal involvements per match in his whole recorded career.
The Argentine has won 33 major trophies with Barcelona, including 10 LaLiga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League trophies and more surprises coming from his side the club will experience.
Barcelona wants to celebrate his records as they are saying on social media and to their fans.

Real Madrid close the gap between them and Atletico after win over Valladolid

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Real Madrid remains in the second position but closes the gap, only three points behind Atlético Madrid after beating Real Valladolid 1-0 at José Zorrilla Stadium.
The first half of the matchday remains Nil for both the team, but in 65 minutes Casemiro’s successful header came with the victory against Valladolid.
Real was lacking several key players on that day Mariano Díaz was in a replacement of Karim Benzema also their eight more players were struggling with injury.
Also, Real Madrid was facing a lack of confidence in the first half because of the team conditions also two goals were skipped which was beautifully placed by Mariano but both smart finished after running off the last man and were correctly ruled out for offside after quick VAR checks.


“You have to always be in the right area to have a shot and I had three chances and scored with the third. But credit should go to Toni, he always delivers good crosses and he practically put them in my hand,” said match-winner Casemiro after the match.
“The win was down to the whole team,”
“We know we’re all important. Courtois is an outstanding keeper but it’s not right to just talk about one player,” added Casemiro
Real coach Zinedine Zidane told in a press conference: “I’m delighted for the players, we came here with a lot of setbacks. Many factors combined against us in a difficult game and with all the players we were missing we had to really fight to win.”
After the Valladolid victory, Real Madrid remains second in the League table but moved on to 52 points after 24 games, where Atletico is leading the standings on 55 with a game in hand. Barcelona, who drew at home to Cadiz today, is third with 47 points.

Manchester City midfielder reveals that dressing room meeting gears up the team to lead the table

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At the starting of the current season, man city was neither the best-performing team nor had the energy to perform up to the mark for the Premier league table.
Pep Guardiola’s team Manchester City was charmless at the starting of the season but now the league table says some different thing, Man City now leads the current season table with ten points of advantage from their neighbors Manchester United also can add an extra three points if they can win against Arsenal on Sunday.
Also, both Manchester United and Leicester City were losing their point at the same time which made a big difference which is 10 points between them and the second position holding Manchester United.


Manchester City midfielder reveals that their discussion on that going time works well for the season. They are maintaining a winning steak of 16 games which gives a good success to them. He explained to the Skysports conference that the kickstart happen when they were in the dressing room talking to each other about the games were going, the wrong they were doing, and they analyzed what change can be better for them.
Rodri said, “In the first period of the season, we weren’t playing well individually and collectively but this changed once we got together and spoke more about how we could work together.”
“We had a meeting and talked to each other. We analyzed what was happening and how the team could do better.”
“We all agreed that every player could do a little bit more for the team. I feel it’s the reason why we’re doing so well right now as there are lots of players who are currently playing at an incredible level.”
Though, their penalty spots need a lot of improvement, which they proved against Liverpool, four of their last six penalties were of the target.
Rodri successfully took from 12 yards against Tottenham which was the first penalty of his professional career.
“It was a specific moment where I felt confident,” he added. “The team needed someone to step forward to show they could take the penalty because we’d missed lots of them in important games.”
“Next time if I can shoot then I will, no problem. But the point was just to show the team that we can be confident taking them as they’re important in deciding big games.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said on a press conference after their successful win of 3-1 against Everton, “Today was a really tough game, really tough because they defend so well and are a really good team.”

Manchester United may offer the club’s sporting director post to Juve chief scout Matteo Tognozzi

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Since 2017 Matteo Tognozzi gets immense success for the valuable recruitments in scout at Zenit St.Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hamburg. Also, he is regarded as one of Europe’s most pioneering recruitment specialists.
Later when working with Juventus’ former general manager Giuseppe Marotta he made a remarkably successful transfer strategy which was praised by the club and their fans.
Some key signings, such as Wojciech Szczesny and Weston McKennie gave huge success in their business also Matteo Tognozzi proved his potential for that Job again and again.
Where Manchester United was repeatedly criticized for their bad transfer window strategies in the last couple of seasons from their both the fans and the club members which also falls a bad impact on the team. Some of their former players also suggested some names for appointing on the sporting director post.


Manchester United also attempted to recruit Edwin Van Der Sar to make a change on that badly mannered strategy they are facing at the moment. Later they are thinking about some other options.
As per some recent report, the Red Devils are hopeful that they can reach an agreement with Matteo Tognozzi, also Celtic are hopeful to make an agreement with him.
However, as per Stretty News, Manchester United senior officials are putting together an offer for Matteo Tognozzi also they want to give possible conditions to recruit him for that post.
The report also suggests Red Devils are hopeful that Tognozzi will snub Celtic and take the reins at Old Trafford instead.

Liverpool welcome Everton at Anfield on Saturday: Match preview, team news and more

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Liverpool welcomes Everton at Anfield, this Merseyside rivals will play for the 289th time on Saturday afternoon.
Both the team are winless in their last three premier league games and they are separated by just three points from each other.
On Wednesday Liverpool won against RB Leipzig away from their home by 2-0 which can boost their morality from the last three losses in their League table, whereas Everton remained winless for the last three games (two-loss, one draw).
Both the team are equally excited for the Merseyside Derby as they tweeted from their official page.


Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said, “We preferred to give Allan one day training instead of staying on the bench. We hope he will be available for Saturday – to start. Also, Calvert-Lewin, I think, can start.”
It’s about more than two months since the Reds didn’t win on their home turf but Reds Manager Jurgen Klopp keeps confidence in his team as such an exciting Merseyside derby they have to face.
After 2010 The Toffees didn’t win any match against their Neighbours. Liverpool won six matches and drawn four matches in their last ten meetings.
For Evertonians, this match will be very crucial to see if the comeback happens so, they are keeping a lot of expectation from their team for this derby because Everton can get some advantages for the injuries Liverpool facing at the moment. Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful for a return on Saturday.
Liverpool has several walking wounded in their squad, Virgil van Dijk is still not fit where Fabinho, James Milner is still in doubt of having in the team, as they were not present against Leipzig on Wednesday.
Diogo Jota and Naby Keita may no longer be injured but they are still not a match fit for Saturday.
Injured: Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Fabinho, James Milner
Unavailable: Diogo Jota, Naby Keita
Suspended: None
Liverpool probable eleven can be: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones, Thiago, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino
Everton coach Ancelotti has ruled out Yarry mina from Saturday’s match. And Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey may continue on Saturday.
Injured: Jarrad Branthwaite, Yerry Mina
Doubtful: Allan
Suspended: None
Everton probable eleven can be: Jordan Pickford, Lucas Digne, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, Tom Davies, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison, James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin

English Premier league clubs looking for ‘Adjustments’ to UEFA’s plan to overhaul Champions League

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To expand the competition premier league clubs looking for adjustments in UEFA’s plans to overhaul with clubs outside of the ‘top six’ against plans to expand the competition and allow them based on their previous performances.
UEFA have already discussed and proposed some plan to expand the competition from 32 teams to 36 teams to minimize the threat of a breakaway league amongst Europe’s biggest clubs.
Under this proposal, these 4 additional teams which will be added from the change of team numbers from 32 teams to 36 teams, will be placed by determining their coefficient ranking, and a system which judges sides based on historical performance in European competition over a five-year period including the way of wildcard entry.
Any team who will be handed the wildcard entry, if they have qualified domestically for either the Europa League or Europa Conference League which will begin next year also includes the number of games played throughout each month of that season which must be as required.


Premier League clubs discussed the impact in the group stage game also takes the vital role for the wildcard entrants as the number of games will be the higher and potential impact on domestic broadcasting revenue also takes the pivotal role and with European fixtures played throughout each month of the season.
Also, all the shareholders of those clubs spoke this week about the plan, which was revealed in detail to let them understand the changes planned in a manner.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin accepted the plans but under pressure about the model which conciliates the demands of the continent’s wealthiest clubs and ends the threat of a potential breakaway competition.
One of the plans that submitted there was – two highest-ranked clubs by coefficient who fail to qualify for the Champions League but qualify for either the Europa League or Europa Conference League will be moved up into the expanded competition.
The remaining places will be given as per the plan to the highest-ranked domestic champion by coefficient who does not have an automatic qualifying place for the Champions League.
Can Premier League teams be picked up by wildcard entrant in the Champions League, their positions in either the Europa League or Europa Conference League will not be taken by another English representative.

Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi dreamed to be ‘feared’ Premier League player

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Callum Hudson-Odoi showed his brilliance as a winger in the Chelsea Junior team throughout his under 23 team career. This 20 years old Young player did 31 goals in 55 starting appearances in various age groups.
Hudson-Odoi joined Chelsea in 2007 and made his under-18 debut in August 2016. On 20 December 2017, Hudson-Odoi first appeared in Chelsea’s first-team substitute in their EFL Cup against Bournemouth but unfortunately, it was not his debut as he remains an unused substitute throughout the match. And next on 28 January 2018, Hudson-Odoi made his first-team debut in the FA Cup match against Newcastle United in the 81st minute as a replacement of Pedro and Chelsea lead that match in 3-0. His Premier League debut was on 31 January against Bournemouth as a substitute unfortunately it was their home loss in 3-0.


Callum Hudson-Odoi faced difficulties and ups and downs in junior teams as he says,
“In the academy days, when you’re seeing numbers like that you’re like ‘wow’ and you want to try and replicate that in the first team as well but it’s obviously a much tougher league and it’s hard to get goals.”
“You want to be that player who every team fears and where you have a target to get a goal or an assist for the team in every match you play, to help the team as much as possible because that contributes at the end of the game. You scoring or assisting helps the team win so I look at it like that.”
“If I can get a goal one game and then maybe the next game I get an assist and the next game a goal again, it’s helpful for all aspects. I want to be one of those players that you know are regularly on the scoresheet.”
He determined to be ‘feared’ in his premier league career which he started just two years ago. He sets his goals what to be in next as he says, “I feel especially playing as a wing-back or in a winger’s position, you want to be getting to the back post and getting those tap-ins.”
“Every goal counts at the end of the day so no matter what it is, you want to be getting on the scoresheet or getting assists and helping the team as much as possible.”
“I’ve said to myself that whenever I’m around the box, I want to be more clinical and more ruthless, take my chances when they come, and hopefully hit the back of the net more often. The tap-ins are the best ones to get at the back post on the blindside of the defender.”
“I haven’t set a specific target for myself but I just try to score as many as possible. It’s good to know we’ve got the players around who are capable of getting the ball into the back post as well for those tap-ins or finding cutbacks or playing crucial passes to get you in on goal.”
“I’ve just got to make sure I keep getting in those positions to try and get a shot away and hopefully that goes in the back of the net.”

Mbappe’s breath taken hat-trick wondering us about, which one is the best ever Hat-trick in Champions league?

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There was always a debate around a topic about which one was the best hat-trick. Because more than 90 players scored a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League history. It is very difficult to identify which one is the best ever, some of them are breathtaking, some are fastest; also there are some hat-tricks which gave a great comeback.
The first hat-trick was against IFK Göteborg and took by Marco van Basten in a 4-0 lead in 1992. After that so many were taken, some players did multiples also.
Both the GOATs each have 8 Hat-tricks in their pockets in their Champions league carrier. Where others like Mario Gomez, Luiz Adriano, Robert Lewandowski, and Neymar have 3 Hat-tricks in each of their pockets. Also, Ronaldo, Messi, Luiz Adriano, and Mario Gómez did multiples in one season, which also keeps a record.
Also, the fastest hat-tricks were there some in between 8 mins, 9 mins, 11 mins, and 12 mins also. Ronaldo, Sterling, Lewandowski, and some players are the owners of this fastest Hat-trick record.
Here comes in this big list which became with many wonders. There are some hat-tricks we can mention.
Leo Messi scored 4 goals against Arsenal in 2010 which made history. That was a rainy day, Messi was in destroying mood he scored his first goal by dodging 4 players and scored from outside the box, next was a poorly cleared ball in the Arsenal penalty box, young Messi took the opportunity and finished it successfully. The third one was a through ball, Leo took a long run and scored by a lofted kick and finally dodged 3 defenders in the penalty box tried to score and shot saved by their goalkeeper, the ball deflected again the Magician scored it between the goalkeeper’s Leg. Which one I think one of the greatest goals ever.

In 2013, against Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski’s four-goal score was one the greatest performances in Champions League History. He showed great brilliance, one in across a sliding finish another finish in Marco Reus’s assist, made an outrageous turn until found the top corner, and lastly a smashing penalty.


Manchester City hasn’t many remarkable days in the Champions league but Kun Aguero’s Hat-trick marked that day when he scored a hat-trick against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2014. He scored in a penalty later Manchester was 2-1 down then Kun Aguero wondered the world with two back-to-back finishes which were unbelievable.

Another remarkable Hat-trick was done by Thiery Henry against Roma will live long in the history of football. The first one shows the beauty, the second was a clinical left-footed shot and the last one was a perfect Free-kick.

Also, the Big brother, known as Ronaldo Nazario made history in the 2003 quarter-finals, Real was beaten 4-3 at Old Trafford but Ronaldo’s Pace and Power just washed away Manchester United that night.

At the age of only 18 years, Wayne Rooney played his debut for Manchester United and smashed Fenerbahçe with three with all outside the penalty box which shows the real power also one of the greatest Hat-tricks.

Manchester United has travelled to Turin for UEFA Europa League clash

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Manchester United will face Real Sociedad tonight in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 clashes. As an ongoing restriction of the COVID-19 pandemic, the game will be played in a neutral venue. Both the teams have already traveled to Turin for the clash.

Both the managers have provided an early update on their plans and teams ahead of the Europa League tie.

Manchester United has some serious injury issues before the tie. Paul Pogba, Donny Van De Beek, and Edinson Cavani are out of injury. A question mark over the involvement of Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay as well. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told that Pogba will be out for few more weeks. He said, “Paul is recovering well.”

“He’s starting the treatment but it will still be a few weeks. He won’t be playing in February, that’s for sure, it’s still a few weeks before we see Paul definitely.”

“Apart from that, we have a couple of doubtful ones, if they’ll be fit enough – Anthony and Scott.”- he added.

“Donny and Edinson are injured, unfortunately, muscle injuries, so they won’t travel.”

Manchester United has included Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire to face the Spanish club. Ole said they are there to make an impact. He said, “Yeah they’re in the traveling squad. Not just for the experience, they’re there to make an impact if they have to. The two boys have done well in training and they are talents that we want to give experience to. First of all, they’re traveling, and then let’s see if they come on the pitch.”

“It’s one of the things we do with our youngsters. They come in and they travel, step-by-step, layer-by-layer and suddenly they’re on the pitch. That’s the thing – we do have a plan and a program in place that we try to stick to. Obviously when there are injuries or absentees or illness then maybe they’ll get the chance before we expected, but the two of them have done well.” -he added.

On the other hand, the Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil has confirmed Carlos Fernandez is out of the game but Adnan Januzaj and David Silva should be involved. Former Premier League player Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) and Mikel Merino (Newcastle United)  can be featured as well.

 

 

Barca destroyed by Kylian Mbappé at home | Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain Match report, Champions League Round of 16, Leg 1.

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The last time when Paris Saint-Germain met FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona washed away PSG with a score of 6-1 and after the end of both legs, the aggregate was 6-5 and PSG were knocked out after having a huge lead in the first leg. PSG was faced huge criticism after that huge loss.
Now back to Yesterday’s clash between the Spanish Giant and PSG in the UEFA Champions League first leg.
It did not look like PSG had any motive to punish Barca by giving a massive comeback in the first half. In the first half, the score remains 1-1 draw. Both the team got several chances to score. But Blaugrana’s attack and midfield play were more accurate than PSG, they did more counter-attacks, better midfield control.
Pedri the young kid had a clearance off the line on a shot from Mauro Icardi which was a great move also K.Navas saved a chance made by Griezmann at the end of a great team move.


In another attack, Barca got a penalty kick and successfully scored by Messi when on a long Ball Frenkie De Jong was challenged by Layvin Kurzawa. Also, in four minutes The Parisians made an equalizer when MBappe showed his brilliance by dodging Gerard Pique on a pass from Marco Verratti and finished with a perfect shot on goal.
Barca made a more direct approach than PSG, Dembele gave a lot of effort to finish a score but the score remains unchanged at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the scenario was fully changed Mauricio Pochettino already understood that it couldn’t possible by his first plan. He showed his brilliance in his next plan to beat the weak Barca defense. Pique just returned from his injury, Koeman didn’t change any plan in the second half no understanding was made in the defense line of Barcelona.
Like the first half, no proper counterattack was made by Blaugrana, the game was getting more congested and become more complicated for Barca at that time. Where, Mauricio used the beauty of MBappe, the attacks from the PSG side were going more concentrated, Mbappe used his pace to defeat Blaugrana’s defense. A long ball found Alessandro Florenzi all alone inside the box, his cross was poorly cleared by Piqué, Mbappé was first to the ball and scored his second goal of the game. After five minutes, Moise Kean scored a free header and PSG had a two-goal lead.
Barcelona made different substitutions to make them a more fresh and stronger team but it was quite late. Also, Barca goalkeeper Ter Stegen was a bit nervous yesterday, he missed several clears and lastly destroyed by Mbappe when great teamwork was shown by Julian Draxler and Mbappé, the third goal in Mbappe’s pocket.
This game indicates that Blaugrana really needs defensive reinforcements and hard work to execute their plans.

 

UEFA Champions League is coming back tomorrow- exciting matches to watch out

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UEFA Champions League is like a fantasy for football lovers all over the world. It’s like a dream to watch every game, the spirit, the excitation fans are giving to their beloved club and as an outcome, the world gets a chance to experience those exceptional form factors inside every footballer. The finishes, the goal line saves, or a charming tackle maybe in every league game it can happen but if it is Champions League always an extra form factor works behind it.
Now, from tomorrow Round 1 Group of 16 will be played. Every week 4 games will be played and it is divided into two games each day means two days in every week Champions League Round of 16 will happen.
Tomorrow will be the first day of the first two matches of the round of 16 will happen.
The first match will happen between RB Leipzig and Liverpool at Puskás Aréna. It will be the first competitive match between The Red bulls and The Reds. Leipzig is unbeaten in their last six home matches in the UEFA Champions league whereas Liverpool is unbitten in their last five away games against the German side.
In RB Leipzig side the first eleven will be Gulácsi; Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano; Mukiele, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angeliño; Nkunku, Olmo; Poulsen.
Where Forsberg is out for his knee Injury also Laimer for knee and Szoboszlai for the groin.
In Liverpool side the first eleven will be Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson; Thiago Alcántara, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mané.
Where Milner for hamstring Injury, Matip for ankle Injury, Keïta for hamstring Injury, Jota for knee Injury, Gomez for knee Injury, Van Dijk for knee Injury are out.
Also, Fabinho (muscular), Davies (knock), Kelleher (knock), Origi (hamstring) are doubtful.
It’s obvious that Liverpool is facing so much pressure for their health conditions. Many gems of their team are out for injury Van Dijk, Origi, also others took a vital role in last season League. Whereas Leipzig will come skipping Laimer who also takes the vital role. Now, who will perform well will be the question.


Another high-pressure match will between Barcelona and PSG on the same day which is tomorrow at Camp Nou.
The Spanish Giants have knocked out Les Parisiens in each of their last three UEFA Champions league Knock-out ties. So it can be more precious to the Paris SG.
In Barcelona side Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Messi, Griezmann, Dembélé will be the first eleven.
Where Coutinho for knee, Roberto for hamstring, Ansu Fati for meniscus, Araújo ankle are out.
And Piqué for match fitness, Braithwaite adductor is doubtful.
And in PSG side Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye, Verratti, Paredes; Kean, Icardi, Mbappé will be the first eleven.
Where Bernat for knee, Neymar for adductor, Di María for thigh, Dagba for thigh, Pembélé for illness are out.
It can be a comeback match for PSG but the main scorer Neymar is out, also their hidden gem Di María is out also. So, moments can be crucial when it comes to the scoring opportunity for a team, and a finisher like Neymar if not available it can be much harder. Whereas Piqué is not there on Barca’s side. So the defense can be on the weaker side for Barca. Also, Araújo and young wonder Ansu Fati is not there so Barca have also a pressure to perform without those gems.
Another day of this week will be the 18th of February where the other two matches will happen.
The first match of that day will between Porto and Juventus at Estádio do Dragão.
the Dragons have never beaten Zebre in five previous encounters in European competition. They did draw for once and lose four times in the previous battles.
In Porto side the first eleven will be Marchesín; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Sérgio Oliveira, Uribe, Otávio; Corona, Marega, Díaz.
Where Nanu is out for a concussion.
In Juventus side will be the first eleven Szczęsny; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie; Morata, Ronaldo
Where Cuadrado for thigh, Arthur for leg are out.
Also, Dybala for knee, Ramsey for thigh are doubtful.
For Proto this Match will be very vital they have to win because the match will happen in their home ground. The home ground match always goes on the easier side because they know their side also the pressure for this type of vital match is less than the away matches but for Juventus, the main worry will be their away match where players like Dybala, Arthur are not present.
And the last match of this week of Champions League round of 16 will between Sevilla and Dortmund at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
BVB have won none of their last ten away matches against Spanish opposition in UEFA Champions league whereas RED-Whites have hosted German opposition 12 times in previous European completion and lost only one.
In Dortmund side Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Can, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Reyna; Haaland will be the first eleven.
Where Meunier for knee, Piszczek for thigh, Schmelzer for knee, Witsel for Achilles, Zagadou for hamstring are out.
Also, Bürki for shoulder, Hazard for thigh are doubtful.
In Sevilla side Bounou; Aleix, Koundé, D Carlos, Escudero; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitić; Suso, En Nesyri, P Gómez will be the first eleven
Where Acuña for thigh, Navas for muscular, Ocampos for ankle are out.
This match becomes pivotal for BVB because they lost more away matches against Spanish opposition. Also players like Meunier, Bürki is not present in the first eleven which can be harder for an away match which comes with more mental pressure. For Sevilla it is also not an easy game if the opponent is German blood, they can change anything in no time, lets match will tell everything.

Solskjaer is not ready to give up the title race yet

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give the title hopes despite the draw against West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

Manchester United was held by West Bromwich Albion last night. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Manchester United found themselves behind within 81 seconds of the game as Mbaye Diagne gave West Brom an early lead. But Bruno Fernandes came to the rescue again for the Red Devils. The Portuguese midfielder scored a volley to equalize the score.

After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked as to whether he felt West Brom’s goal should have been ruled out for a foul on Victor Lindelof. He told Sky Sports, “It’s something we knew would happen from the kick-off – we knew they’d put us under pressure and put in a few throw-ins. They put a cross in and the boy finished well.”

“As an ex-striker, I’d say that was a goal. But in a recent game [against Burnley], Harry [Maguire] got on top of a defender and that was [judged as] no goal. It’s just clarity and consistency. I’m not saying that’s a foul.”

“The goal we scored is the way we put pressure on them. We did get down the sides sometimes but didn’t have anybody to tap them in. One of these days we weren’t there where we should have been.”

“We should play better but we gave ourselves a tough start. You have 90 minutes to make amends but we didn’t build that momentum until late in the first half.”

Manchester United are now in the second position in the Premier League table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are 7 points behind Manchester City. Manchester City has a game in hand as well.

After the game, the Manchester United boss was asked about the title race. He refused to give up the title to the ‘Noisy Neighbors’. He said, “I said we shouldn’t be talked about [in the title race]. A compliment to the boys we got into the position we are now. We won’t let them [Manchester City] run away with it – we’re playing them soon. We’re not giving it away early – no we’re not.”

FC Barcelona will lose another €5m for Dembele in their money crisis

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FC Barcelona signed Ousmane Dembele on 25th August in 2017 as a replacement for Neymar who was sold on 3rd of August for €222m. Barca’s plan was to put Dembele in Neymar’s position alongside Messi to make a future trip, then Suarez was playing in Centre Forward role.
The Spanish giant bought Dembele in €105m and a €35m of add-on based on his performance and on 28 August, he had his medical and signed a five-year contract, with his release clause set at €400 million.
In his 100 appearances for the Spanish giant, the French winger has scored just 25 times. His injury issues have affected him in his career. Barca bought Coutinho later Griezmann to fill the gap.


Already 3 seasons passed after Dembele become a Barca player, yesterday night Alaves match was his 100th match. As per the contract Barca has to pay €5m of add ons of €35m to the Dortmund, which is the former club of Ousmane Dembele in every milestone like 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th Match.
€20m as a total Barca already paid in 100th appearances to the Dortmund as a deal. The following €10m they have to pay if Barcelona would have to win the Champions League twice.
In the first season, Barca thinking about the loss of buying Dembele because of his performance. No combination was built between the team and Dembele, but he is such a gem if we see some performances he gave to Barca. He is rising late better to say also can a future approach if he can continue his rising.
But Barcelona at this moment facing big trouble with their fund. Barca doesn’t have the least fund to pay Messi his fees which is over €500m also they have to extend some of their player contracts in the upcoming year 2021-2022 also, Dembele’s contract will end on 2022.
May Barca sell some of their players to get the funds and recover their financial crisis. Dembele has to give his best performance and show more to confirm his future with Barca.

Leicester’s comeback game kicked-out Liverpool from the top 3 of Premier League

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Leicester City made a 3-1 win against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. In the first half both the goalkeepers maintained the score 0-0 rather they were lucky enough to maintain that. On the Liverpool side, Henderson’s sharp vision made a chance to give the ball to salah in one versus one position but Pereira’s pressure became the cause of losing control of the ball.
Reds maintained their play controlling the mid, in 17 minutes of the match injury knocked the Liverpool plan when Milner signaled, he could not continue Thiago came.
Another attack when Thiago’s out step cross head by Mane came to make Alexander-Arnold’s forward pass deflected by Kasper Schmeichel made a chance to Firmino to made a close finish but again blocked by Kasper Schmeichel.


But Vardy’s several counter-attacks made the situation getting tougher for the Reds in the first half. Unfortunately, he didn’t score but his attempts were remarkable. He made a volley which unfortunately hit the crossbar was a chance to take a lead in the first half.
In the second half, Firmino’s dodge pass in the D box of the Leicester made a beautiful finish done by salah. Liverpool took the lead but can’t hold for longer when Maddison’s free-kick made it 1-1 on the score table.
Also, this was a clear offside as Jurgen Klopp made his opinion. But after the VAR decision taken the referee cleared it as a Goal.
The last crucial 12 minutes was perfectly utilized by the Foxes when again Tielemans cross was cleared by Alisson outside the box and Vardy picked the ball and scored an open goal. Vardy’s unstoppable becomes a score at that moment.
Again, Barnes made a fast attempt by dodging the defense of Liverpool and scored a beautiful goal which gave Leicester a 3-1 lead.
But in this game, too many injuries were handled by Klopp. Two back-to-back substitutions were made where Ozan Kabak replaced the injured Fabinho to make his debut while James Milner came into midfield for Thiago, who was on the bench.
But after the match ends Maddison criticized after telling “we’ve got a lot of injuries but you won’t hear about them because we’re not the big 6”. Also,
“We know, when we play Liverpool, it’s going to be tough, because they can build and pass, and be direct as well,”
“It’s a case of staying in the game. We’re a top team now, we’ve got quality, and if we get chances, we can put them away. It showed because in 10 minutes we turned the game on its head.
“Alisson is obviously having a bit of a tough time at the moment, but I’m sure he’ll be back. I’m just glad we could take advantage of his mistake.”
Jurgen Klopp told BBC Sport afterward: “It was a clear game that we should win. We played good football, dominated possession, took the game out of Leicester but apart from that we were really top in the game.
“We scored a goal, could have and should have scored more, whatever. Everything fine and then the penalty, free-kick, offside, not offside, goal. That had a proper impact. That is something that has to change. The first goal for me is offside. The difference is we think it’s an objective thing but it’s not.”

Upamecano can be the trump card to make Bayern Defense unbeatable

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FC Bayern Munich confirms to sign-in 22 years old defender Dayot Upamecano this Summer, chasing the competitions against a number of clubs.
22 years old central defender who played for FC Red Bull Salzburg and now continuing his carrier in Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. He also served the France National team. His unbeatable performance made him one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga this season with an average rating of 7.2.
As per Bild reports Bayern will be signed and completed in the coming months when the release clause [€42.5m] will be paid to RB Leipzig. Upamecano got several offers especially for Chelsea and Liverpool also from Real Madrid and Manchester United over the course of the past year.


Bayern was in a professional conversation with the player and his manager Volker Struth for several months. Dayot showed interest in Bayern over the other deals he got from the other clubs in the last few months. Upamecano wants to stay in Bundesliga and wants to continue his career in Bayern for the next years.
At the same time, Bayern is also facing difficulties in the defensive side, which is not performing well also as per the report also Bayern will face the biggest problem in finding the replacement of their defender David Alaba.
Bayern’s club director Hasan Salihamidžić confirmed in quotes given to Bild on Friday night
“I can confirm that, and we’re very happy about it at Bayern,” and
“We know we have very tough competition. Upamecano is a young player, 22, whose qualities are already exceptionally developed.”
Bayern will sign Upamecano with a five years contract after paying €42.5m to their competitor RB Leipzig.
“I was always convinced that we had a good concept. We presented him with our vision of his career at Bayern.” Hasan Salihamidžić said to the Bild.

FC Bayern Munich won the Sextuple

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FC Bayern Munich becomes the second club in history to win the ‘Sextuple’ after FC Barcelona did the same in 2009. The German giant beat the Mexican club Tigres UANL by 1-0 yesterday in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Ben Pavard’s goal, just before the hour mark sealed the victory for the Germans.

After making history, FC Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick was delighted with his team’s performance. He said, “Congratulations to my team. They have completed a historical feat, they have won six titles in one season.”

“Even for the successful club that is FC Bayern München, this was the most successful season ever. The team played outstandingly.”

“The win was never in danger, we dominated and deservedly won the final.”

“It was very difficult for me as well, we were all at the limit, the same goes for me at the touchline. The match against Tigres was on eye-level, even though we dominated.”- he added.

“They deserved to be in this final.”

With this win, Hansi Flick sets a new record of winning more trophies [6] than the matches lost [5].

Jurgen Klopp took the responsibility of Liverpool’s poor form

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took all the responsibility for the poor form of his side.

Liverpool lost against Burnley last night by 1-0. It was their first defeat at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017. The 83rd minute’s penalty from Ashley Barnes sealed the 3 points for Burnley yesterday.

Liverpool was not in a convincing form recently. The defending champion failed to score in the last 4 games and a total of 438 minutes without a goal. They have gone four league games without a goal for the first time in 21 years. They are now 4th in the table with 34 points, 6 points behind the league leaders Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took 27 shots yesterday but failed to break the deadlock. After the game, Jurgen Klopp took all the responsibility. In an interview with Sky Sports, he said, “We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it.”

“That is my fault. It is my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings and confidence. That didn’t work out.”

“We had the ball a lot and created some situations that are OK but our final decision is not right. I said the same thing last week. When something doesn’t work you must try harder, longer, and more often and make better decisions. It didn’t work tonight.”

Klopp thinks that it is his responsibility to tell the players to move the ball in a way so that it can hurt the opponent. But he failed to do that.

“It is always my fault. If I make clear which movements make sense because it will hurt the opponent and we don’t do that then I need to make it clearer. It is not that they don’t want it. It is difficult to play against these low blocks.”- he added.

“It helps if you score the first goal but we didn’t. That changes the opponent. After not scoring for a long time not everybody feels confident.”

“I never thought of us as free-scoring. I knew we had to work hard. It is not the first time or last time it will happen in football.”

“We can only use this game for the next one. It is not because the players do not have the ability. Our decision-making is the problem. If we score in our big moments it changes things but we did not.”

Liverpool has some big games coming up. They will face Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

 

 

 

Sheffield United boss is delighted after the first victory in the league

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After a long wait, Sheffield United finally claimed their first victory of the season against Newcastle United yesterday. Sheffield United has already set some negative Premier League record this season. This is the longest ever winless run in the top flight of England.

Sheffield United won their first game after the 18 games this season. They are now bottom of the table with 5 points.

Sheffield boss Chris Wilder is so relieved after his squad claimed the first victory. Chris said, “I thought the performance was good.”

Newcastle midfielder Ryan Fraser was sent off at the 45th minute of the game. Wilder said, “It might get talked about that the sending off made it easier for us to dictate the gamer and obviously the penalty. I felt it was coming, first half especially we set the game up to give us a foothold to go and win the game.”

“I thought we had an identity.”

“I’ve talked to the players about it. We have slipped a little bit but that was us. Handbrake off, playing well and going for it. I was delighted with the performance it’s a big result because of the length of time we have not had one.”

Chris Wilder is now hoping to continue the form and save the relegation.”We can’t waste it. We have been after one of these results for a long, long time.”

“I have said it all along I think that has been coming.”

“We have lost so many games by a single goal and we need to take our big opportunities and we took our big opportunity and we kept a clean sheet as well.”

“Delighted for Aaron but we have to build on it. I am a down-to-earth manager and we are back tomorrow and working towards a huge game on Sunday.

“I want us to be competitive in terms of performances and results and we have shown that we are that competitive side.

“A lot of teams would vouch for that but the obvious fact is that we have not won for a long, long, time and that is always the thing that everybody looks at and most importantly I do.

“We used Saturday. It might not look a spectacular result at Bristol but it helped the players and they used that to take it into tonight and now the key is to take it forward.”

 

Paul Pogba’s winner sends Manchester United at top of the table

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Manchester United maintained their unbeaten away form at Turf More to claim the top spot in the Premier League table. The Red Devils are seeing themselves at the top after the first 17 games in the league. They now have 3 points lead over Liverpool.

Manchester United took on Burnley for all three points yesterday. In the first few minutes, Burnley was dominating the game. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man quickly adapts to the situation and dominate the game afterward. The first half ends in a 0-0 draw with some VAR controversies. Harry Maguire’s goal was disallowed as well.

In the second half, Manchester United started to ask more questions to the home team. In the 71st minute, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba broke the deadlock with an excellent volley from Marcus Rashford’s cross.

After the game, Pogba said, “We know that the game today was very hard, very difficult and obviously we wanted to win. We know it’s not easy to play here. We got the three points and we’re happy about that but there’s still a long way and now we focus again until the end of the season.”

“I’m always happy when I win – today we won and I’m happy we play well. Still, a long way to go and we have big games to go so we have to focus on that.”

The French midfielder also admitted that the decision made by the VAR and officials went against them yesterday. He said, “Obviously it’s hard but you have to be professional and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the decision of the referee which I didn’t agree with.” “But I’m not the boss on the pitch so we just have to keep calm and keep focused and of course we scored and won the game.”

On Maguire’s disallowed goal he said, “It was a goal for sure – I don’t know what happened. It was a beautiful goal and the referee decided that it was not. It was a strange decision but we got the result we wanted so we’re happy.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also disappointed with the VAR decisions. Ole said, “You’ve got to calm them down at half-time because emotions are running high because they disagree with the things that happen out there.”

“So, we have to take back control and we played really well in the second half and we held out at the end.”

“I’ve not watched any of the decisions so I can’t really say. Might’ve been a foul by Luke apparently so that’s probably the right decision, definitely not a foul for Harry for his goal. If you can’t jump and head it in like this, I don’t believe that’s anywhere near a foul. Delighted with the response after a bit of a tough first half-hour.”

The Norweigan also delighted with Paul Pogba’s performance. He said, “I’ve always said Paul is a big player for us, he’s a good character in the dressing room, he’s someone the lads look to, he’s a world champion.”

“We’re seeing the best of Paul at the moment – he’s been injured and he’s had COVID so it’s natural to need to get back to fitness after that.”

Manchester United are now top of the Premier League table after the new year for the first time since 2013. That was the last season of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United went on to lift the title that season.

The Red Devils will face the defending champion, Liverpool, on Sunday. But Solskjaer is hoping to get a good result from Anfield as well.

He said, “Of course we know we’re going to the champions. They’ve had an unbelievable three seasons so we’re ready for it.”

“But we’re ready and we’re excited, we’re hungry for it and it’s a test of character and quality again. We’re in a good position going into it.”

 

 

Three Manchester United players are out of the Burnley game

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Manchester United has a great chance to take the lead in the Premier League from Liverpool. The Red Devils will take on Burnley tomorrow. Manchester United are now joint leaders with Liverpool in the league. A draw will put them at the top. But Manchester United will surely go for a win.

But before the Burnley clash, Manchester United has got some serious problems. After the FA Cup match against Watford last Saturday, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that three players of the first team are out in the clash against Burnley. The players are Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, and Luke Shaw.

Solskjaer said, “I hope so. I hope all of them for Liverpool, definitely.”

“I’m not sure if they’ll make the Burnley one.”

“It’s light training and then we’ll have to see on Monday.”

Baily was also injured in the FA Cup tie. He was substituted in the 49th minute and Harry Maguire took his place. Later Ole confirmed it was just a concussion and he would be fit for the Burnley game.

Alex Telles was also excellent against Watford on Saturday. He will replace Shaw against Burnley for sure.

This will surely be a very important game before they faced Liverpool on the 17th. The Red Devils want to face the defending champion as the table toppers.

 

 

 

 

Top five players with best win percentage in Premier League

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Premier League is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. The league had witnessed some of the greatest talents in the world. Some of them have enjoyed great success.

Here we are going to see the top five players with the best win percentage in the Premier League:

Patrice Evra

Club: Manchester United [2006-14], West Ham United [2018]

Nationality: France

Win Percentage: 67.3

Former Manchester United left-back came to the Premier League in 2006. He has celebrated immense success with the Red Devils in his tenure at Old Trafford. In 2014 he left the club and joined Juventus. In 2018 he came back to Premier League and joined West Ham United.

The French left-back has made a total of 278 appearances in the Premier League for two clubs and maintained a win percentage of 67.3 which is the 5th most in the Premier League.

Didier Drogba

Club: Chelsea [2004-12, 2014-15]

Nationality: Ivory Coast

Win Percentage: 67.7

The Ivorian striker is one of the best forwards in the league has ever seen. He joined the London side in 2004 and left the club in 2012 after scoring the winner against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final. He came back to Chelsea after two seasons.

Drogba has made 254 appearances for Chelsea and won 67.7% of the game.

Fernandinho

Club: Manchester City [2013-]

Nationality: Brazil

Win Percentage: 69

Manchester City has established itself as one of the best clubs in England in the last decade. The Citizens have won 4 Premier League titles in the last decade. Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho is a part of the team 3 times.

Fernandinho joined Manchester City in 2013 and he is still a part of the club. The Brazilian is a very composed and versatile holding midfielder. He has made 232 appearances for Manchester City and won 69% of them.

David Silva

Club: Manchester City [2010-20]

Nationality: Spain

Win Percentage: 69.3

The Spanish midfielder is one of the best midfielders in the world in his prime. He joined Manchester City in 2010. Silva has enjoyed tremendous success in the last decade with the club. He left the club last summer.

He has made 309 appearances for the club and won 69.3% of the game in his 10 years tenure at Manchester City.

Nemanja Vidic

Club: Manchester United [2006-14]

Nationality: Serbia

Win Percentage: 70.6

Nemanja Vidic is arguably the best defender in the Premier League history. Former Manchester United captain has won almost everything in his time at Old Trafford. He has the best win percentage in the league as well.

He joined Manchester United in 2006 and left the club in 2014. In the 8 years with Manchester United, he has played 211 games for the club in the Premier League and maintained a win percentage of 70.6%.

 

Juventus missed the chance to sign Manchester United’s new wonder kid

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Manchester United recently confirmed the signing of Ivorian international Amad Diallo from Atalanta. Amad will wear the number 19 shirt at Old Trafford previously worn by Marcus Rashford in the early days of his career.

After long speculation since the summer, Manchester United finally completed the deal last week. The 18 years old is a highly rated emerging talent. Atalanta wanted him on loan till the next summer but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to let him go on the loan.

Manchester United is lucky to land him. But Juventus was also in the race and had a great chance to sign him.

When Amad was 13, he joined the Italian club Boca Barco. His performance got the eyes of the scouts. Juventus called him in their trials 3 times. But he failed to please the Juventus coaches in every attempt.

Boca Barco president Enzo Guerri said in an interview, “Diallo started out in our youth team, from 2014 to 2015, when he was 12 to 13 years old, and even then you could tell he had something more than the other.”

“Atalanta certainly weren’t the only club to set their sights on him. There was a queue of scouts coming to view him from all over Italy.”

“Amad had three trials in Turin with Juve, just as he was called in by Reggiana, Sassuolo, Empoli, Roma, and of course Atalanta.”

“I remember a Roma scout came to view him, and after five minutes when Diallo chested down the ball to continue his run, the scout turned around and left. I asked him what was going on and he replied: ‘Only potential champions do that at the age of 12. Seeing him in this game won’t help, he has to train with our kids at Roma.’

“However, from the first day, Atalanta had him training with those a year older than him. Amad was always destined for greatness.”

“He had trials with everyone until he found the right club for the big step in his career. Atalanta is something of an exception in Italian football, as very few clubs here are prepared to put their faith in young players.”

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez already rated the youngster as good as Lionel Messi. United fans are already optimistic with their new addition. Everyone is waiting to see the youngster wearing the Red jersey with a ball in his feet at Old Trafford.

 

Jurgen Klopp does not want to waste money in panic buy

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Jurgen Klopp is not ready to waste money for any kind of ‘short-term solution’ following a panic buy. Since his joining, Jurgen Klopp has followed a philosophy to make a team for the long term that is able to dominate the world.

But Liverpool is in a crisis this season with their defensive issues. All the senior center backs of the team, Virgin Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip are injured. Fabinho is playing as a center back for the Reds.

Liverpool is linked with Ozan Kabak, David Alaba, Sergio Ramos, and Sven Botman to solve their defensive issues. Among them, Sven Botman is highly linked with Anfield.

Liverpool will face Aston Villa in FA Cup 3rd round tonight. In the pre-match press conference, Klopp was asked about the addition in defense in the January transfer window. The Liverpool boss said, “I cannot say definitely we will not bring one in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world.”

“We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well.”

“There might be some clubs with absolutely no financial problems, but this club is always very responsible for the things we do.”

“If the world would have been in a normal place and the club was in the best possible situation, with three senior center halves plus Fabinho and (Naby) Keita all injured, is that a situation where usually we would do something? Yes, definitely.”

“But, we are not in that situation so I don’t know if something will happen or not. Maybe you could do something, but it wouldn’t be a short-term solution. That’s not right because it doesn’t help really.”

“We have to deal with the situation, as we have done so far, and get through this. It’s not the best moment for the whole planet, so why should it be for a football club?”

Liverpool is now the joint leader with Manchester United with 33 points and gets the upper hand over their rivals in goal difference. Though the Scousers have played a game more than the Red Devils.

Amad Diallo is a Manchester United player now

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After a long wait since last summer, Manchester United finally confirmed the signing of Amad Diallo from Atalanta. The deal was done on the last day of the summer transfer window. But that cannot be finalized due to the passport issue of the youngster. So, Manchester United wasted no time to finalize the signing.

Today Manchester United officially announced the signing of the 18 years old youngster. The Young winger was excellent in his time at Atalanta and caught the eye of the Red Devils. Atalanta wanted to keep him on loan until next summer. But Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused that and told him he wants to start the work with Amad Diallo as soon as possible.

Solskjaer was delighted after the signing of the youngster today evening. He said, “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years, and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.”

“Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.”

“It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision, and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

It’s a dream come true for Amad Diallo as well. The Young Ivorian said, “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United. I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.”

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.”

“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

His shirt number at the new club will be decided soon and will be announced in the next few days.

 

 

Ozil can leave this month if it’s good for both parties: Arteta

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Mikel Arteta was in question after he omitted Mesut Ozil from his squad. The German midfielder is frozen out by the north London side this season. He was not appeared for the Gunners since March and also not in Arsenal’s Premier League and UEFA Europa League squad.

Mesut Ozil is one of the finest playmakers of the game. It is pretty obvious that Ozil will look for a new team in the January transfer window. Arsenal boss Mike Arteta accepts the fact and said, “If something is sorted this month [in the January transfer window], it’s because it’s good for both parties.”

“Good for Mesut and his future, and good for the club. If that’s the case, we will move forward. If that’s not the case, the player will continue here.”

He responds to the press on his decision to omit Ozil from the Arsenal squad for the current campaign. Arsenal also struggled this season. Arteta said, “A lot of decisions have to be made on players all the time.”

“To play them or not play them. We know that we have a very important player, a key player in the past few seasons for this football club.

“I had to make a decision [to drop him from the squad], and I made it. I knew the consequences of it. Now we are going to have to make another one in January.

“We must balance what is the best option for the team, the club, and what the intentions of the player are, we must try and find a solution to that.”

Ozil is linked with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K. But the German can move to the USA as well. DC United also interested him.

Another semi-final defeat for Manchester United

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Manchester City beat Manchester United last night by 2-0 and go through to the 4th consecutive Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Pep Guardiola’s men stopped the run of the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola did not have some key players for this game as positive COVID-19 cases are increasing inside the Manchester City squad. Manchester United also missed Edinson Cavani as the Uruguayan striker is facing a 3 matches ban following a ‘racist’ comment in an Instagram post.

It was a thrilling encounter between two highly capable sides. First ended up in a 0-0 scoreline as defenders from both sides did a pretty good job.

At 50 minutes mark, Manchester City scored from a set-piece. Manchester City defender John Stones passed it through Dean Henderson to give the lead to ‘noisy neighbors’.

In the 83rd minute, Manchester City captain Fernandinho scored from outside of the box to seal the victory for the Citizens. United tried to get back to the game but it was not enough.

After the match, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “We played against a very good Manchester City team, they played well.”

“When they play well you have to play very well to beat them. We were just lacking that little bit.”

Manchester United lost 4 consecutive cup finals since last season. In the 2019-20 season, they lost the Carabao Cup semi-final to Manchester City, FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea and UEFA Europa League semi-final to Sevilla FC. Now they lost another semi-final to Manchester City. In the response, Ole said, “We’re getting closer. This is a much better version of United than a year ago in those semis. It’s not psychological [losing in four semi-finals]. Sometimes you meet good teams in the semis. We met, at the moment, City are probably the best team in England.”

United conceded both the goals from the set pieces. Ole looked disappointed and said, “Manchester City can score many great goals. You can accept that. When you concede two simple set plays, it’s very disappointing. Just not good enough in those moments.”

“We didn’t create enough big chances. They didn’t either. We didn’t have the extra finesse we’ve had in the games lately. We weren’t good enough today.”- he added.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is very happy to see his team won the derby overcoming all the odds against them. He said, “The team is ready and it was an outstanding performance.”

“We dipped a little bit in the second half, we were tired after the game at Stamford Bridge, but when the team has this mentality they can do something incredible. It’s not the Champions League, but four times in a row to reach the final, I’m so impressed.”

“It’s about consistency. We didn’t have a proper preseason and that’s why we need a little bit of time, but I think we are already there.”

Guardiola dedicated this win to City legend Colin Bell, who died on Tuesday.

Manchester City will face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs in the final. The defending champion will surely want to retain their trophy for 4th consecutive time.

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester City confirms 3 more positive cases hours before Manchester Derby

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Manchester City will take on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final tonight. But a few hours before the match Manchester City confirms three more positive cases in their squad.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson and 18-year-old midfielder Cole Palmer and a staff member are tested positive today. Six Manchester City squad members were tested positive last week. Today 3 more members are tested positive.

Manchester City issued a statement today evening in this regard. The statement read, “Manchester City FC can confirm that Scott Carson, Cole Palmer, and one member of staff have tested positive for Covid-19.”

“Both personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.”

“Everyone at the club wishes Scott, Cole, and all of our other colleagues a speedy recovery ahead of their return to work, training, and competition.”

The situation is becoming worse for the Manchester City squad. Earlier Pep Guardiola said that they don’t have enough players for rotations. After today it becomes worse for Manchester City.

 

Sergio Ramos to join Lionel Messi at PSG?

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Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi may play in the same team next season. As per some recent reports in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain is ready to sign both Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos in the next summer.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona captain are in the final 6 months of their contract. Lionel Messi has already announced his desire to leave the club next summer. Paris Saint-Germain can be his destination where he can rejoin his old teammate Neymar.

But quite surprisingly, Paris Saint Germain is in the race to sign Sergio Ramos as well. Ramos recently refused to sign the new deal with Real Madrid. Real Madrid offered him a 1-year contract extension with the same salary. Ramos didn’t like the proposal and told Florentino Perez that he’s not going to accept that offer and also that he will now “listen to other clubs”.

It will be incredible to see both Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos on the same team. It will be an incredible addition to the squad for Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Manchester Derby today in Carabao Cup semi-final

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Another Manchester Derby in the Carabao Cup semi-final today. Manchester City will take on Manchester United to play in the final of the competition for 4 consecutive times. Manchester City is the champions of this competition in the last 3 seasons.

Last season they beat Manchester United in the semi-final. This year it is a chance for the Red Devils to take revenge on their ‘noisy neighbours’.

Manchester United is in excellent form this season. They are now the joint leaders of the Premier League table with Liverpool with 33 points with a game in hand. On the other hand, after a tough start in the 2020-21 season, Manchester City is now slowly picking up the pace again.

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to have enough practice sessions before the Manchester Derby. Manchester United beat Aston Villa by 2-1 on Friday night. Whereas, Manchester City had to wait until Sunday evening to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. City beat Chelsea by 3-1.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “Well, you have two teams who want to get to the final. We’ve had four days now after Villa so, hopefully, we’ve got more fresh legs.”

“It’s a difficult season, but I think we’ll benefit from the rotation we’ve made. I thought it was going to be important anyway this season, having fresh legs. You could see that with City against Chelsea: the number of fresh legs, intensity and sharpness, after the break, they had.”

“It showed, and that was a quality game – physically, one of the more intense games there’s been in the league this season. I don’t think that’s a surprise there because they had a few extra days to prepare for that one.”

Ole is very happy with his team’s progression in the last few months or so. He said, “I’ve seen progress and sometimes the results don’t show the whole picture of the game. Some of our counter-attacking goals in the wins that we’ve had have been brilliant.”

“Away in the league, when we won, we could have scored four or five in a 10-15-minute period. The counter-attacks were just out of this world. But we’ve had less control of the ball and defended fantastically.”

He also showed his respect for the opposition team. He said,

“Two teams that want to go through. I think the last game [December’s Manchester derby, which ended 0-0] showed two teams with respect for each other. They weren’t as much possession-based against Chelsea, they were more counter-attacking. They’ve got quick players on the break – of course, we have to be aware of that, as well as their possession game.”

But the situation is not the same for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. His team is in great form. But he does not have ‘enough players’ in the squad. Manchester City has seen six players test positive recently. Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia, and 3 more players are in self-isolation now.

Pep said to SkySports, “We don’t have many players. To play one, two games are okay but if sustained for a long time – and you can use just 14 or 15 players – it will be more difficult.”

“But like everyone in the world, we have to adjust in our lives and our profession as much as possible. We don’t have an alternative.”

“The important thing is the guys who have Covid recover well and the others try to avoid it as much as possible.”

Pep also said that it is always an honor to play against Manchester United.

“United has always been a big club. When I faced them with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and here, it was always important.”

“It is a rivalry in the city and for many decades United was above Manchester City. For us, we are incredibly proud and it is an honor for the last decade to be there with them and sometimes win, most of the times, and sometimes lose.”- he added.

Fans are waiting to witness another mouth-watering clash between two rivals.

 

 

 

“We were back like we were two or three seasons ago”: Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City beat Chelsea by 3-1 last night and now 5th in the table with 29 points from 15 games. They are 4 points behind the joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester United with a game in hand.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted after the match with his men’s performance. The Blues have experienced a tough start to the Premier League campaign. They were beaten by Leicester City by 5-2 earlier this season and also gave away some cheap points.

But now slowly they again picking up the pace. They are now 11 games unbeaten in all competition since they lost against Tottenham Hotspurs in November by 2-0.

Pep Guardiola believed his team has found the rhythm again. After the game against Chelsea, he said, “Yeah, we played really well, unfortunately, the last goal but of course the result is fantastic, here at Stamford Bridge and winning but especially the way we played.”

“Today we were back like we were two or three seasons ago.”

“Chelsea is one of the strongest teams, we cannot deny it. They are suffering the last games, but you see the quality of the players, of the bench, it’s good. We had a plan, tried to play a certain way like we were in the past and it worked. The players were incredible, fantastic in all departments. When we defend in our box we were solid, when we have the ball. We are a team we have to play in one certain rhythm. We cannot play like other teams up and down, up and down. We have to play in our rhythm, a lot of thousand passes, passes, passes in the right moment then attack. That’s why we build, in when we won the Premier Leagues in that way with the more patient and more calm. That is a weakness a little bit for many reasons, we miss a little bit this tempo, and today we got it.”

“We don’t have the physicality of players, the quality to make actions for 40 minutes and transitions. Maybe Sterling, maybe Kevin. Not much, the other ones have to play with the ball. You can rest with the ball, create problems for the opponents and that’s what we have to do. We have to from the keeper to striker, we have to put the ball on the grass, make a thousand passes, and in the right moment try to attack them.”

“It’s the same. Same manager, same backroom staff. My assistant coach changed a little bit. But the players are the same in the ideas. Completely the same. The way we won the Premier League and four titles in one year and many many things, in this years it’s because we were like today. It doesn’t matter that the players play more here or more there, the way the tempo you have to play in the past, today we recovered it.”

Manchester City will face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

 

Messi set to leave FC Barcelona?

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Lionel Messi was set to leave FC Barcelona last summer. But he was ‘forced’ to stay at the club until the end of the season at that time. In an interview in September, he cleared all the doubts and spoke against the board president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Bartomeu resigned from the post but the situation has not changed in Messi’s mind.

According to reports in Spain, the Argentine is ‘done’ with his boyhood club and wants to leave the club for fresh air. He wants to leave the club by the end of the season. He revealed his desire to live in America and also have a dream to play there.

Messi delivers an hour-long interview where he discussed Barcelona leave before this summer and he slammed the club to let Suarez go for free.

The current contract will end in June 2021 for one of the greatest players in Barcelona, officially he can make deal with the other club outside of Spain. Messi has revealed that he won’t look to discuss a move away from Barcelona in January because of the release clause of 700 million.

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2020 Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi said on September 4, 2020 that he will stay at Barcelona, insisting he could never go to court against “the club of his life”. / AFP / LLUIS GENE

Messi was confident that he would have won in any legal battle against the Catalan giants last summer. But he did not want to leave his childhood club in that way. He said “I knew that if we went to court, we would have won. Not just one lawyer told me that, many did. But I didn’t want to leave Barca in that way.”

Messi was shocked how the club released Suarez to direct rival for free, and the way they took, Messi slammed the authority for that brutality.

“What happened with Luis Suarez to Atleti (Atletico Madrid) was crazy!”

“He left for free, paying the remaining years of his contract and he joined a team that fights for the same objectives as us. Unbelievable.”

Messi said he has a strong connection with Suarez and Neymar who was their former attacking partner.

“We speak a great deal and I speak to Luis every day. The last time I spoke to Neymar was after the (Champions League) round of 16 draws.”

“I will not deal with other clubs. I will wait for the end of the season and in June I will decide.” Messi told to Jordi Évole on La Sexta TV.

“I’ve always had the dream of playing and living in America, but I don’t know if it will really happen. I don’t have anything clear about my future until the end of the year”.

Messi got emotional when talking about the journey in this club “It was me telling the club that I wanted to leave, I felt I’d completed a cycle and it was time to leave the club that had given me so much.”

Messi doesn’t want to get involved in any clauses so no hurry in January. But after the season ends in June, he wants to leave Barcelona, he already spoke to the board of Barcelona for the free clause at the season end.

“I’m not thinking too far ahead in the short term and just want to see how the season finishes.” Messi wishes he would reunite his old coach Pep Guardiola.

“His (Guardiola) way of preparing games was exceptional and his way and the way of working that Luis Enrique worked too was excellent. I was fortunate to work with both men”.

In Koeman’s early days in Barcelona was facing difficulties with the transition because there were so many new players. But they started to find the tempo now. FC Barcelona is now 6th in the table.

 

Messi’s injury will give him a break from the final match of this year against Eibar

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Barcelona Confirm Lionel Messi is now undergoing treatment for his right ankle injury. Messi has picked up an ankle injury in the last match against Valladolid. He will miss the last match of this year against Eibar. Earlier this month he had missed two UEFA Champions League fixtures against Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros.

The Club expects that the Argentine will return in the new year and will be fit to play against Huesca after completing a full course of treatment for his right ankle.

Leo also increased his vacation for Christmas to spend time off with his family at Rosario in Argentina. He posted some family pictures on Instagram which shows how much they are enjoying Christmas.

Also, in the last match against Valladolid after scored the third goal of the match at 65 minutes Messi took the record of one more goal than Brazilian Star Pele scored for Santos. After scoring 644 goals Messi becomes the highest scorer of all time, the happiness he is sharing with his family and friends.

Messi has played 18 times in this season for the club and recovered some form scored 10 times. Barcelona won the last four matches and made the place 5th for them.

FC Barcelona is eight points behind the La Liga leader Atletico Madrid and now 5th in the table. FC Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has to plan for the next and the last match of this year against Eibar without the six times Ballon D’or winner.

 

“Ramos was lucky that day”- believes Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman

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Barcelona's Dutch coach Ronald Koeman (R) congratulates Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane at the end of the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 24, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Sergio Ramos got engaged in a disputed handball in the penalty area when clearing out the ball to stop the Eibar’s equalizer on Sunday. No penalty was given for that handball, which FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman states ‘It must be a penalty’.

Real Madrid has started the game with utter domination and took a 2-0 lead given by Benzema & Luca Modric. In the first 13 minutes of that match, Benzema & Modric took the lead with two spectacular finishes.

Eibar was under pressure to make the equalizer. At a moment Ramos tried to clear a ball that appeared to strike in his arm inside the penalty box. Referee Jose Luis Munuera Montero denied giving the penalty which Koeman disagreed with and said “Madrid penalty decision cannot be understood”.

Koeman also said that “Someday it is a Penalty and the other day it is not, where VAR is included in a match how it was skipped.”

Koeman also claimed, “I think there are things that cannot be understood. I’m sure that if you ask 10 people if yesterday’s game is a penalty, nine would say it was”.

Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar conflicted against the referee’s decision. Koeman said, “However, the referee and his team decided not to call it”.

Zidane Replied to the statement given by Koeman by saying “It has been annoying because I never get involved with the referees”.

Zidane was annoyed by that remark given by Koeman. Zidane said, “I think the referees are in charge of the game and they do a good job. Like everyone here, they just try to do their job. I never get involved with them. It’s a very difficult job”.

Zidane believes Madrid is unlucky with the penalty and he claims “What Koeman said I’m not going to get into that. We have an important game tomorrow, a very demanding game, and that’s the only thing we’re thinking about”

Also, Zidane was asked about the news Iker Casillas returning as the assistant to the general director at the Real Madrid Foundation. The Real Madrid boss replied, “We know the person Iker is, we know what he has done, we know what he means for being a Madridista. I think it’s good news for everyone.”

“It’s his club, the club that’s in his heart, and he’s going to work and going to continue to do what he knows. I’m very happy for him and for the club. I think it’s very good news, indeed.”

 

 

 

Ronald Araujo became emotional after his first goal for FC Barcelona

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Ronald Araujo scored his first goal for FC Barcelona against Valencia on Saturday. Blaugrana took the lead from his goal. He kicked an amazing acrobatic valley to the ball fell to him slowly and confirmed the goal and celebrated that goal by showing his white bottom shirt written “The glory is of god”, and made an ‘A’ letter by his fingers. It shows that he is a believer person with a lot of faith.

But in a few minutes, Valencia scored an equalizer and pulled up a draw by making it 2-2 in Maxi Gomez’s amazing finish. Araujo admits that he had mixed emotions on that match he scored but unfortunately, they couldn’t maintain the lead.

“It’s a shame that we drew. It’s bittersweet for me because we wanted the three points”- he told the media after the game ends.

Araujo added, “I’m happy to have scored my first goal with Barcelona.”

Valencia maintained a strong defensive lineup throughout the game. Barca King Messi tried to score by dodging the defense but failed. Also, Barca missed some chances that day as Araujo also said “We made some mistakes at the back that we cannot make, but we have to work [on them]. It’s a shame because we had chances and the ball didn’t go in. If we’d have scored another goal, we’d have been more relaxed”.

It could be a proud moment for Araujo if they finish with a lead of 2-1 and the winning goal was given by the 21 years old defender. Though Araujo took only 14 matches to made his first goal in Barca’s first team.

Ronald Araujo joined as a Defender in Barca B at the end of 2019. He worked with the first team after a few months, he played a debut match against Visel Kobe. Again, he rejoins Barca B for a Promotional play-off in July 2020.

On 5th October 2020, he played his senior team debut against Sevilla as a second Uruguayan defender after Martin Caceres in Barca. Unfortunately, he received the red card after 13 minutes of his play for a challenge on Javier Hernandez.

It’s quite depressing for a player who is playing his official debut in such a big team. But he took it sportingly by saying, “I’m really happy, it’s a dream for me, you always dream when you are little of making your debut especially for the first team.”

“I’ll have to look at it again, but it’s not a foul for me. I put my arm in, but it’s shoulder to shoulder and he went over.”

“It’s the ref’s decision, but it’s not really going to spoil my debut, so I’m happy.”

Araujo pretends to win the next match against Real Valladolid saying “We have to correct our mistakes, but we have to think about Tuesday.”

Also, Araujo dedicated that mesmerizing goal to his parents and colleagues. Because scoring the first goal in Barca’s first team he thinks “It’s the best goal I’ve scored because of what it means, and I want to dedicate it to my partner and my parents.”

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appreciates his team’s performance against Leeds

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Manchester United won the 108th ‘Roses Derby’ quite comfortably last night. The Red Devils beat their rivals by 6-2 yesterday.

Scott McTominay gave Manchester United the desired lead with a quick brace in between 3 minutes of the game. After that Victor Lindelof, Daniel James scored one each and Bruno Fernandes scored a brace to make it more humiliating for the visitors.

Manchester United was excellent yesterday from the very first minute of the game.  The Red Devils have created so many chances to trouble the Leeds United defense.

After the match, Ole Gunner Solskjaer said, “It could have been 12-4. It was that kind of game. That was fantastic from the first minute – we had a plan to get after them, go forwards when we had the ball and Scott McTominay got two goals in the first three minutes. We found a way of getting them going – just imagine if there were 75,000 people in, it would have gone down in history as one of the great performances against Leeds. We had to earn the right by running as much as them, that’s a challenge. I enjoyed it, it was frantic, hectic. No matter what the score is they have a certain attitude or style if they are 5-0 up or down.”

“I’m very happy with the way we created chances – our skill, some fantastic moves. But yes, sometimes you look at it and think: ‘Put the ball in the goal.’ But I can’t be greedy, Anthony [Martial] and Marcus [Rashford] didn’t get on the scoresheet and they’re our main strikers, so this is good.”

Manchester United are now unbeaten in the last 7 games and won 6 of them. They are now 3rd in the table with 26 points. They are now 5 points behind Liverpool who are sitting at the top. United has a game in hand though to reduce the gap.

 

Mourinho failed to break the run of Liverpool at Anfield

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Liverpool claims the top spot again in the league table. They beat Tottenham by 2-1 as Roberto Firmino scored the winner in the 90th minute to continue the towering form of Liverpool at Anfield. Klopp’s men are now 66 games unbeaten in the league at home.

Both the teams had come out with their strongest line-up. Liverpool has played in a 4-3-3 formation with a Mane-Firmino-Salah trio upfront. On the other hand, Tottenham fielded in a 4-4-2 formation. In the 26th minute, the home team took the lead as Mohammed Salah scored for Liverpool. In the 33rd minute, Heung-min Son replied for Tottenham Hotspurs and started putting pressure on Liverpool’s defense. But they failed to convert the chances and ends up on the losing side.

Jose Mourinho was so upset after the match and said Tottenham must learn to kill games off if they are to win a first league title in 60 years.

“We were so close to a win, not so close to a draw,” Jose Mourinho said.

“A draw would be a bad result in relation to the performance, so you can imagine how we feel with the defeat.”

“Of course they had more of the ball but when we had it, we knew how to hurt them. We have to score — the second, third goal, we have to score it to kill the game.”

“In matches like these where you don’t have 10 chances, just three or four, you have to score three and kill it, which we didn’t.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was happy as his team fought till the last minute for all 3 points and maintain the incredible unbeatable run at home.

Klopp said, “Completely deserved. A really good game against a top side, a counter-attacking monster.”

“You lose one ball and you end up with an 80 percent possibility in your own box so you have to really concentrate.”

Liverpool now again takes their top spot back with 28 points from the first 13 games this season putting Tottenham Hotspurs to 2nd position with 25 points.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo face Lionel Messi again tonight

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The match for which every football fan is waiting since the UEFA Champions League draw has been done. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other again tonight after almost 2 years since Ronaldo left Real Madrid.

Both the teams have qualified for the knock-out stage of the competition. The result of this match will decide the first and second of the group. But the meeting of two legends has added a cube of extra ice in the coke.

Both the manager, in the pre-match press conference has described the importance of this game. In the first leg, FC Barcelona beat Juventus at Turin by 2-0. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the match as he was affected by the Coronavirus.

Koeman said, “Our objective is to play well and win each game. We won 2-0 away at their ground and took all three points so for that reason we have a great chance of finishing first in the group.”

FC Barcelona has some injury concerns. Gerrard Pique, Ousmane Dembele is out for injury.

“We are missing important players. We will have to look to do the best we can, both technically and tactically, as well as being fresh. Against Juventus we will put out a strong side because we want to finish first in the group.”- Koeman said.

“In our attack, Leo is very important. A lot of attacking play comes from him. He is the best in the world and I don’t think he has made many mistakes defending. It is the work of the whole team to be more aggressive in defense and to be more effective.”- he added.

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo also knows it will be very tough for his team to score and clinch a victory at Camp Nou.

“Yes, we have to believe it. It will be a difficult match and in part, we must suffer.”- Pirlo said.

“We know we will get opportunities and must exploit them. We should just play openly; we have nothing to lose. Knowing the mistakes in the first leg, but also the good things we have done.”

“We are calm and convinced that anything can happen.”- he added.

Pirlo on his game-plan said, “We watched and reviewed the first leg. Defeats improve the games you have to play and can help you in the future. We definitely need to improve the non-possession phase compared to the first leg. They bring many players up the pitch.”

“We must be tight and try to make them play sideways, where we will have more space to attack them.”

“I don’t think we can talk about a turning point [against Torino]. To change the attitude. We had a completely different attitude in the first and the second half, where we won all the duels. The DNA must never be missing.”- Pirlo added.

Koeman and Pirlo, both the managers were uninterested in comparing two legends. They suggest fans should enjoy both of them.