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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.

 

 

The best under-21 team in European football in 2020

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The football world is now blessed with some highly exciting talent. When all the fans are sad to see their favourite players are retiring or are announcing the retirement in the next few years, some young talents are stepping up and are becoming a treat to watch.

Here’s our best under-21 team in European football in 2020:

Gianluigi Donnarumma

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Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 21
Club: AC Milan [Serie-A]
Country: Italy

The 21 years old has already played 218 games for AC Milan. He is also the first-choice goalkeeper of his national team as well.

Trent Alexander Arnold

 

Position: Right Back

Age: 21
Club
: Liverpool [Premier League]
Country
: England

Trent Alexander Arnold is one of the proven talents of world football in the last few seasons. His brilliant performance throughout the last season helped Liverpool to clinch the most coveted Premier League title after 30 long years. He has started this season with the same form as well. He is one of the automatically chosen players for Klopp’s side.

Matthijs de Ligt

 

Position: Centre Back

Age: 21
Club: Juventus [Serie A]
Country: Netherlands

De Ligt joined Juventus in 2019 after captaining the Ajax side for a dream journey to the UCL semi-finals and soon started showing off what he is capable of. He can be one of the greatest defenders of all times in future.

Dayot Upamecano

Position: Centre Back

Age: 21
Club: RB Leipzig [Bundesliga]
Country: France

One of the most underrated yet very talented young defenders at present. His solid performance for the German side makes him a top target for some big clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid etc.

Alphonso Davies

Position: Left Back

Age: 19
Club: Bayern Munich [Bundesliga]
Country: Canada

Joining as a winger in the German squad, Davies has found himself as an emerging left-back last seasons. His excellent techniques and ball control with a blistering pace make him one of the best wing-back of the world right now.

Phil Foden

Position: Central Midfield

Age: 20
Club: Manchester City [Premier League]
Country: England

Phil Foden is another top talent at present. The English midfielder is growing every day under Pep Guardiola. He is one of the regular starters of the Manchester City side since David Silva left last summer.

Kai Havertz

Position: Centre Midfield

Age: 21
Club: Chelsea [Premier League]
Country: Germany

Another youngster who has emerged as one of the top talents of Europe last season. He moved to Chelsea last summer and has started to flourish there as well.

Jadon Sancho

DORTMUND, GERMANY – AUGUST 28: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Paderborn on August 28, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Position: Right Wing

Age: 20
Club: Borussia Dortmund [Bundesliga]
Country: England

This player does not need any description. All the football fans know what he is capable of. He has already scored 3 goals this season in the first 11 appearances.

Ansu Fati

Position: Left Wing

Age: 18
Club: FC Barcelona [La Liga]
Country: Spain

After making a debut for FC Barcelona last season he is showing his potential whenever he got his chances. He has scored 5 goals in his first 10 appearances this season. He also made his debut for his national team recently.

Erling Braut Halland

Position: Striker

Age: 20
Club: Borussia Dortmund [Bundesliga]
Country: Norway

Another player from Borussia Dortmund in the list. Erling Braut Halland has scored 17 goals already this season in just 14 games for the German club.

Kylian Mbappe

Position: Striker

Age: 21
Club: Paris Saint-German [Ligue 1]
Country: France

A potential Ballon D’or winner in next few years. In this young age, he has established himself as a top player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Mourinho will face his disciple today

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Jose Mourinho against Chelsea is always a treat to watch. Today he will face the Blues again as Tottenham Hotspurs will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Frank Lampard’s men in the Premier League tie.

Tottenham Hotspurs is in excellent form this year and are now just 1 point behind Liverpool with a game in hand.

Tottenham Hotspurs had only lost one game in the opening weekend against Everton and unbeaten in their last 8 games in the league. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, both are in excellent form in the last couple of weeks.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho in the pre-match press conference said, “It’s always difficult to play Chelsea. If I’m not wrong, in the last 16 years they won the Premier League five times, and they didn’t finish in the Champions League positions only once, so this is a team that is used to playing for titles, lots of players, big investments, great squad. They have an amazing squad, so I’m not even worried about who is going to play, because they only have very good players.”

Jose Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea in 2004-2007 and again in 2013-2015. On his return to Stamford Bridge, Jose said, “It’s another game for me, another game. No problem at all.”

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On the other hand, Chelsea is also in a mood in the Premier League. They are just 3 points away from the top with a game in hand. Chelsea is also unbeaten in the 7 games in the Premier League.

In the pre-match press conference, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said, “I think Chelsea-Tottenham is extra special anyway because of the rivalry with the teams. I played in the fixture many times. The fact we’re in good form near the top of the table adds spice – we all want to be fighting for those positions.”

Lampard also showed his respect for his former manager Jose Mourinho. “I have a lot of respect for Jose, it’s not contentious for me.”

The team, who won 3 points today will be at the top of the table after the match. It will surely be a tough match for both sides.

Another merciless victory for the Red Devils at Old Trafford

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After losing the away game against İstanbul Başakşehir FK by 2-1, Manchester United was highly criticized for their shameful performance. Yesterday it was an ask for Ole’s men to step up and shut their critics. And they did that in style.

Manchester United beat the Turkish club by 4-1 at Old Trafford and maintain the top spot in their group. Bruno Fernandes scored a brace followed by Marcus Rashford from the spot in the first half and Daniel James made it 4 for the Red Devils at the end.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some key changes in the team. Edinson Cavani got his first start in a Manchester United shirt and Martial was drifted wide in the left-wing and Rashford to right. Donny Van De Beek also started yesterday in the midfield with Fred and Bruno Fernandes.

Manchester United started to dominate the game from the very first minute of the game. Bruno Fernandes scored in the 7th minute with an outrageous shot from the edge of the box. He made it double at the 19th minute capitalizing the fault of the İstanbul Başakşehir FK’s goalkeeper. Marcus Rashford scored from the spot in the 35th minute of the game.

In the second half, İstanbul Başakşehir FK was trying to get back into the game.  Basaksehir’s Deniz Turuc scored from a stunning free-kick before Daniel James made it 4 for Manchester United.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was so pleased with his team’s performance. He said, “We know every single game, if we perform to our best level we’ll beat anyone. That’s the challenge for the boys and the pressure for the boys.

“Of course, we’re happy today, a very good performance, we created chances. Going into half-time at 3-0 was comfortable, sometimes it’s nice for the heartbeat to be a little bit lower!”

“There was some great interchange football, great link-up play, one and two touch football, and some fantastic goals. So we’re very pleased.”   

Bruno Fernandes missed his hat-trick as he didn’t take the penalty and let Marcus Rashford score. Bruno’s brace helped him to become the fastest midfielder to score 20 goals in Manchester United’s history. After the match, he said, “I’m happy for that, my team-mates have helped me a lot. It was really important the way everyone helped me in the first days and games, so I’m really happy. It’s important for me but the most important thing is helping the team and I think I can help a little bit more.”

Manchester United now just needs 2 points from the next 2 games to qualify for the UEFA Champions League ‘Round of 16’ this year.

Exciting matches to look forward this weekend

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After a long exciting two weeks of international football, club football has finally started. All the clubs in the top division will have a jampacked schedule in the next 3 months. As there is no more international break this year, it will be time for all the players to show their game with their clubs.

Today we will have a look at some exciting clashes of this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspurs VS Manchester City:

Manchester City will travel to North London to face Tottenham Hotspurs tonight. Pep Guardiola’s men surely want to stop the run of Jose Mourinho’s team and secure 3 points at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspurs is now 2nd in the Premier Table and just 1 point behind Leicester City who is in the top right now.

However, Manchester City has a tough start to the season after getting 12 points from the first 7 games. They are now at 10th position in the Premier League table and 6 points behind the top.

 

Leeds United VS Arsenal:

Arsenal will take on Leeds United tomorrow. Both teams have lost their previous game in the league. Leeds were beaten by Crystal palace by 4-1 and Aston Villa beat Arsenal by 3-0.

Both teams have a decent start in the league but failed to maintain their consistency.

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years. Arsenal will surely want to get better of one of their old rivals tomorrow.

Liverpool VS Leicester City:   

Leicester City will travel to Merseyside to face the defending champion being the league topper.

Liverpool has multiple injury issues in their team. It will be tough to ask for Jurgen Klopp to field his first XI against in-form Leicester City. Though the form of Liverpool at Anfield is excellent it will be a tough game for the Reds.

 

Villarreal VS Real Madrid:

Real Madrid will face Villarreal in La Liga today. Villareal is in the 2nd in the table. Real Madrid is in 4th and 4 points behind the top with a game in hand.

Real Madrid has injury issues as well. They may miss some of their key players today.

Atletico Madrid VS FC Barcelona:   

One of the most exciting matches of this weekend. FC Barcelona will travel to Madrid to face Diego Simeone’s men.

Atletico Madrid has a good run so far in the league. FC Barcelona will surely try to stop the run of them.

Napoli VS AC Milan:

One of the most exciting clashes of this weekend. Milan will take on Napoli. AC Milan is now leading the table of Serie A. Napoli are now 3 points behind them and standing in 3rd position.

Napoli will surely try to claim 3 points against the leaders.

 

 

 

Importance of Fred and McTominay in Manchester United’s squad

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Manchester United this season has faced multiple problems due to defensive issues, the poor form of some key players, injury issues. Fred is criticized as ‘52 Million Flop’ and Scott McTominay is termed as ‘not so good enough’ by the rivals and media.

But the presence of the midfield duo seems to generate stability in the Manchester United team. Manchester United has some real quality in forward line with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani in the team. United has Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Donny Van De Beek to supply the ball to them from the midfield. But United has faced some problems in their defensive section in recent times. The lack of quality in the defensive midfield position causes Manchester United multiple problems.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used Scott McTominay and Fred as a double pivot in the midfield to cover up the defense and he has found that successful most of the time as well.

Last season when Manchester United faced some injury issues McTominay and Fred stepped up and put up some excellent performances back to back and confirmed their position in the first team. But there was a dip in the form again after football has resumed in June. They are slowly getting back to their very best again.

Manchester United looked solid when the pair is in the team. They have put some noticeable performance against Paris Saint Germain in UEFA Champions League and Everton in Premier League.

After the 3-1 victory against in-form Everton at Goodison Park Fred and McTominay has got some praise from their manager. After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “Scott and Fred have done brilliantly together.”

“They’re a great partnership. Of course, they didn’t start during the week. Scott played 45 minutes in Turkey but you can see they have fresh legs.”

“With Bruno’s goals, Scott and Fred with that energy and in that engine room are always key for us so our creative players can go on, create chances, show their magic.”

The duo is excellent to calm things down and soak all the attacks of the opposition. They win the ball in midfield and it helps the attackers to build on the momentum.

Some stats suggest the performance of Manchester United is better when the duo starts together. It will surely give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a point to think about in upcoming games.

 

World Champions ended the dreams of Portugal in Nations League

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Defending champion, Portugal is out of the UEFA Nations League after their defeat last night against France. N’Golo Kante’s 53rd-minute goal sealed the victory of the world champions.

Portugal was playing with a 4-3-3 formation yesterday. France was playing with a 4-3-1-2 formation with Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman upfront. Anthony Martial has attempted four shots in the first half for France vs. Portugal, more than any player in the pitch but failed to score. In the 53rd minute, N’Golo Kante scored from a simple tap in. Portugal failed to respond to it. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to score against France in 6 appearances.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos was disappointed with his team’s performance. He said, “Bad, very bad. It’s difficult for me, it’s difficult for the players too. It’s obviously difficult to take it. And we won’t probably sleep tonight. But even without sleeping, tomorrow we need to focus on Tuesday’s game”

“We have the responsibility to feature in that game and we represent Portugal. The Portuguese fans are used to seeing this team playing well and winning games. Fortunately, we have won many games. I believe tonight was my fourth defeat at the national team since I got here. Therefore, we have to keep our heads high.”

“Obviously it will be difficult tomorrow but we must move on and focus on the game against Croatia. We must go there and play well, as this team is used to doing.”

Portugal will face Croatia on Tuesday in their last game in UEFA Champions League this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo yet to score a goal against France

France boss Didier Deschamps was very happy after the game. After some speculations in the last few days about Paul Pogba’s fitness and form, he started him again. France is unbeaten in the last 20 games [Win-14 & Draw-6] when N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba started together.

 

After the match, Didier Deschamps said, “Given the quality of the opposition, it’s, of course, one of our best performances of recent times.”

“We deserved the win and we’ve fulfilled our objective of finishing top. I’m very proud of the players. They proved tonight that France is still a great team.”

France will face Sweden in its last game in the UEFA Nations League group stage.

 

 

Addition Manchester United need in their squad in January

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Manchester United had a mixed start to the season. The Red Devils are in 12th in the Premier League table with 10 points in their first 7 games. They are 8 points behind the top spot.

In the UEFA Champions League, they have a decent start. After beating Paris Saint- Germain in Paris and thrashing RB Leipzig at home they lost against Istanbul Başakşehir F.K. in Turkey. Though they are at the top of their group.

Manchester United always faced a problem with its consistency in the last couple of seasons. This season they had already faced the same problem.

Manchester United needs some additions in their squad to fight for the titles

They have added Donny Van De Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri, and Amad Traore last summer.

But they still need some serious recruitment in some areas. They can add some players in their squad in the following areas next January.

Central Back:

Manchester United needs a new center back. They have faced some problems with their defensive flaws this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers to have a left-footed central back in his squad.

Manchester United has 6 central backs in the squad. But Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Baily are not fit enough. Axel Tuanzebe is also very injury prone. To challenge the trophies Manchester United needs serious recruitment in their defense.

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is on the target list of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 Defensive Midfield:

Some may suggest there is an overload in the Manchester United team in this position. But the quality of Manchester United in this particular area is still a question. Manchester United may need some addition in this area as well.

Fred, McTominay, and Matic are in good form but there are still some noticeable flaws in their game.

Right Wing:

Another position that needs a solution. Manchester United was interested in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. But they failed to match the asking price of the German club for the English winger. Finally, they signed 18 years old Amad Diallo from Atalanta who is an emerging star. Though he will join the squad in January.

Manchester United still needs an experienced player in that position preferably a left-footer. The Red Devils are eyeing Ousmane Dembélé in the January transfer window as per the report.

 

 

 

Liverpool is traveling to Manchester in search of full 3 points from Etihad

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Manchester City VS Liverpool is considered as the title-deciding fixture of the Premier League in the last few seasons. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is traveling to Manchester City to face the Blues at Etihad.

Liverpool is now second in the league table behind Southampton. The defending champion wants to win all 3 points from Etihad and claim the top spot again.

Since the 7-2 loss against Aston Villa in the first week of October Liverpool is unbeaten in all competition. They beat Italian side Atalanta comfortably in UEFA Champions League in the mid-week by 5-0.

On the other hand, Manchester City also struggled since the start of the new season. They are now 12th in the table with 11 points. They are 5 points behind Liverpool.

Before the away game against Pep Guardiola’s men, Jurgen Klopp in the press conference said, “It is not important whether we play home or away, it is important we are brave, we play football with all we have and then we have a chance.”

He also showed respect to his opponent. He said, “This is the most difficult game in the world of football I would say, to play against Manchester City.”

Jurgen Klopp knows the importance of this game very well. He knows these games can affect his team at the end of the season. So, he said, “It looks like even you think it is not a decider, so come on. It is a very, very difficult game and hopefully, for both teams, both will perform on a high level but that is it. So many things are different this year, nothing is comparable to last year.”

Klopp lost his main defender Virgil Van Dijk for the rest of the season following an ACL injury against Everton. But he replaced him with Fabinho and Fabinho did a great job in the last couple of games. Young defender Williams has also played well whenever he got the chance.

Whereas, Pep Guardiola is always unpredictable with his first-team choices. There can be a surprise in the starting XI as well.

All the football fans are excited to see the match.

Manchester United shuts up the critics again, courtesy of Bruno Fernandes

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After lots of criticism last week, Manchester United finally respond to critics again with their performance. They beat Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton by 3-1 at Goodison Park by 3-1. Bruno Fernandes’s brace and Edinson Cavani’s first goal sealed their 7th consecutive away wins in the Premier League.

Manchester United was highly criticized for its recent performance against Arsenal in the Premier League and İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. in UEFA Champions League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some changes in the starting XI. David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay came back into the squad again. Anthony Martial also came back after 3 match suspension following a red card against Tottenham Hotspurs last month. Manchester United also changed its formation today. They switched back to their 4-2-3-1 formation again today.

Manchester United was gone down in the 19th minute. Bernard scored for Everton. But Manchester United was quick to respond and pulled up an equalizer. Bruno Fernandes headed into the net from Luke Shaw’s cross in the 25th minute. After the equalizer, United keep putting pressure and Bruno Fernandes scored his second in the 32nd minute. Everton failed to break the deadlock again and Edinson Cavani scored his first goal in a Manchester United shirt and sealed the victory for the Red Devils.

Manchester United is now 13th in the Premier League Table with 10 points from the first 7 games. They are now 6 points behind the top.

Another away win for Manchester United at Goodison Park(Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes was in a mood today. He led the team to a perfect victory after a tough week. The win was highly needed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to boost up their confidence.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was delighted with the Portuguese’s performance. He was more impressed to see his leadership in the field. He said, “There are different types of leaders – there are people who are vocal and organized, when the ball is out of play they are organizing and getting in the right positions on the pitch.”

“That’s one type of leader. Another is like a Steven Gerrard, who organizes by going out and playing and leading by example.”

“There are very different kinds of leaders in the game and I don’t think Manchester United have enough leaders in general across the board.”

“He [Fernandes] falls into the category of leading by example, of going out and putting in goals and creating loads of chances.”

Manchester United’s No. 18 sacrificed his hat-trick to sets up a clear goal-scoring chance for Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan striker took the opportunity and scored his first-ever Premier League goal.

“I don’t need to think about a hat-trick. [I set up Edinson Cavani because] for a striker it is important to score for his confidence, he will be important for us and the first goal will give him confidence.”- Bruno said to BBC Sport after the match.

Manchester United are now unbeaten in away games domestically from January since their 2-1 loss against Liverpool at Anfield. This sets a new club record for Manchester United.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everton vs Manchester United Preview: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is Under Enormous Pressure

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

After two defeats and in their last two games, Manchester United fans have turned against under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United loses their last two games, but it was the performance that has been criticized by a large number of Manchester United fans and former United players. Solksjaer’s situation also not helped by former Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino’s comment earlier in the week where he said,

“I love football. It’s my passion.
I am looking for work.”

former Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's

Game vs. Everton Will be Crucial for Solskjaer:

Manchester United travel to Goodison Park in Premier League to play against Everton. Carlo Ancelotti’s side has lost their last two games in the premier league, but they are still six points clear of Manchester United in the table. Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been concerned with United’s recent performance against Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Keane believes performance like these would cost his former team-mate his job as Manchester United manager.

Manchester United’s Last Three Premier League Match vs. Everton:

Ole Gunnar Solkjaer yet to beat Everton as Manchester United manager in the three games he played them. Solkjaer was asked about Carlo Ancelotti’s impave on Everton football club, “When Carlo came in, that’s a manager everyone admires, players, coaches, other managers, he’s had a fantastic career, and you are starting having a look. They didn’t have a perfect period after the restart, but now you can see what he’s been working on, good pre-season, he used restart to look at his team, and I’ve been impressed.” he said.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes scored an excellent goal to rescue a 1-1 draw for manchester united at Goodison Park last time around. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes gives his thoughts on the current managerial situation at United. “All managers are under pressure. At Manchester United, there is more pressure than any club in the world. It comes with the job. We know what happens if you don’t win enough games.” he said.

Opta stats

  • Everton are unbeaten in their last three league games against Man Utd (W1 D2), with both games last season ending 1-1. They last went four without defeat against the Red Devils in March 1990 (W2 D2).
  • Manchester United have won more Premier League games against Everton than any side has won against another in the competition’s history (36).

Everton Last 5 Games: L-L-D-W-W

Manchester United last 5 Games: L-L-W-D-W

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Man Utd

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Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the main problem for Manchester United?

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Manchester United is having ups and downs in their game this season. They are now 15th in the Premier League table. Though they are top in the group in UEFA Champions League they lost to İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. yesterday by 2-1.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting a lot of criticism in the last few weeks. Some fans want him to be replaced by ex-Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

But what are the main problem of Manchester United this season?

Defensive issues:

The poor form of Manchester United defense cost them many problems this season. They have conceded 13 goals in the first 6 Premier League games this season. They have kept the only 1 clean-sheet in Premier League this season against Chelsea. On an interesting note, Manchester United has conceded a penalty in every game they lost in Premier League this season.

Not only that, Manchester United has already conceded two same-side goals this season. Their defense was also exposed again yesterday against İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. for both times.

The poor form of key players:

Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, and some other key players are struggling in the last few weeks. This is giving a nightmare to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in some matches.

Inconsistency:

This is a huge issue for Manchester United in the last couple of seasons. This season is going in the same way. After losing against Tottenham Hotspurs by 6-1 at home, they have the audacity to come back with a 4-1 against Newcastle United. They also beat Paris Saint Germain in Paris by 2-1 and RB Leipzig by 5-0 in the first two games of the UEFA Champions League. After those great results, they again lost against Arsenal in Premier League by 1-0 and İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. by 2-1 in the Champions League. The lack of consistency is letting down the Red Devils.

Manchester United is in poor form this season

Poor form at home:  

Old Trafford was a hell for the opposition side once upon a time. Coming to Old Trafford and getting a point was a dream for the opposition. But Manchester United failed this season to capitalize at home. They are yet to win a Premier League game at Old Trafford this season. They have secured just 1 point in the first 4 games at home with conceding 10 goals already.

Fitness Issues:

The lack of fitness of some players is clearly noticeable. Paul Pogba, after the injury and surviving Covid-19, is not looking in a good shape right now. New recruit Edinson Cavani is back in the field after almost 280 days. He is also facing a fitness problem.

Ole’s mistake:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer always backs his players in their tough times. But sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. Giving a chance to a player who is in form is much more appreciable than a star a player in his bad patch. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to think about this matter more.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a clear plan to make Manchester United best again. His recruitments show his visions. He has done a great job with a struggling Manchester United squad last season. One needs to be patient enough to rise up from the ashes. It takes time. Manchester United has already sacked 3 managers in the last 7 years after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Sacking Ole and recruiting Pochettino may write the same script again.

 

 

 

Manchester United wants to continue their Champion League’s form in Istanbul

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After a good start in UEFA Champions League Manchester United has traveled to Istanbul for their away game against tonight. In the first two-game Manchester beat Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig by 2-1 and 5-0 respectively.

Though the form of Manchester United in the Champions League is excellent, they struggled to perform in the Premier League this season. They lost against Arsenal last Sunday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot and sealed the victory for the Gunners.

After a lot of criticism from Sunday, Manchester United wants to back to their very best today. In the pre-match press conference, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came with his captain Harry Maguire.

Manchester United is practicing hard before the İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. game

Ole knows that his team’s main problem is a lack of consistency. He said, “There are fine margins in games of football. There are games when you get the margins, games when they are against you. Teams have made their homework against you, and it was small margins. Leipzig as well, it wasn’t a 5-0 game.”

Harry Maguire supported his manager and told that United is working hard to maintain their consistency. “The main thing is working hard, trying to improve. Coming into training each day, trying to improve. We want to be consistent. Last season when we found consistency we achieved third in the Premier League and Champions League football.”- Maguire said.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played with a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond in midfield in their last UCL game against RB Leipzig. He has hinted at a change in the team and the formation as well. He said, “It is always positive to have options, we have a style we want to play. Sometimes on paper, it looks 4-4-2, 4-3-3. The principles are still there, for us when we start with three at the back it is the same as when we have four at the back.”

The defense was always a problem for Manchester United in the recent past. While assessing the form of Manchester United defense, Harry Maguire said, “We started off not in the best shape. We have worked hard since we came back from the international break and since then we have been really good. We have conceded two own goals and a soft penalty. We are on the right track, but we need to get the right balance.”

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson can replace David De Gea today to make his UEFA Champions League debut. Alex Telles is out of the squad as he was tested COVID-19 positive last week. Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek can be in the starting XI as well.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to face his opponent. But he respects his opposition before the game. He said, “They have done well, it will be difficult. If we play to our best we will get those four to six points we need.”

İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. defender Rafael is delighted to face his former side. Rafael was at Manchester United from 2008-2015. He has 5 goals in Manchester United jersey in his 170 appearances for the club. He has won 3 premier leagues and 1 FIFA Club World Cup in his time at Manchester.

 

Inter Milan match will be the ‘final’ for Real Madrid, said Zidane!

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After a weekend of domestic league football, UEFA Champions League is coming back again tonight. The Champions League night always gives us some exciting clashes to watch. Tonight, Real Madrid will take on Italian giant Inter Milan at home.

After a tough start in UCL this year Real Madrid is eyeing to be back to the winning ways today against Inter Milan. Real Madrid has collected only 1 point from the first 2 games and now at the bottom of the group.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has already declared the class as the ‘final’ for his team. He said, “Inter are a good team, very physical, and they play football well. It’s another difficult game for us. It’s a Final.”

“These are three points we must try to claim. Every game is a Final, we know and we will concentrate without thinking about what will happen later.”-he added.

Zinedine Zidane also hinted about the addition of Luca Modric to the first team. He said, “He’s important for us, I count on everyone. Luka knows that what he does, he does well. But as always for a coach, the hardest thing is to tell someone so strong what to do. He gives us energy.”

Real Madrid won against Huesca by 4-1 at the weekend in La Liga. Most importantly Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has finally back on the score-sheet after a thunder boult with his left foot last Saturday.

The comeback of Eden Hazard will surely be a boost to the Spanish side. Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane is happy with his comeback. “Hazard’s a very good person to talk to about everything. He adapted very well to the dressing room and is a top player, with a lot of quality. He’s special at unbalancing teams and will give us a lot at a technical level. He’s always positive.”- Varane said in a press conference.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will face each other tonight

Inter manager Antonio Conte knew Hazard very well from his time at Chelsea. He will surely be conscious of the Belgian.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku is doubtful with a thigh injury. Alexis Sanchez is fit now and has started practicing with the team and will be available for tonight’s game.

Former Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, who joined Inter Milan last summer from FC Barcelona, wants to make Barcelona fans happy by beating Real Madrid at their home. He was cherishing his two years in Spain before the Real Madrid clash. He said, “It’s a great match. I spent two great years at Barcelona, so I hope to be able to celebrate a win with Inter and Barcelona fans.”

“For us, whether it’s in the league or the Champions League, all matches are like a final. Tomorrow will be a very intense match, it’s always nice to play a strong team like Real Madrid but for us, all the matches are like a final.”- Vidal added.

Former Real Madrid right back Achraf Hakimi will also back at Madrid. He was sold to Inter Milan last summer as Zidane thought that the Moroccan will have a future anywhere else but not in Real Madrid. Hakimi will surely have a point to prove in this match.

Aubameyang ends his goal drought to seal the victory for the Gunners

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Aubameyang scored from the spot to give 1-0 win to Arsenal against Manchester United

Manchester United in UEFA Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League is seemed to be two completely different teams. After thrashing Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig in the mid-week by 5-0, it was expected that Manchester United will maintain their rhythm. But they collapsed again.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba brought down Hector Bellerin in the 69th minute of the game in the penalty box. After that, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot to give the leads to the Gunners. Aubameyang was on a goal drought before the game for the last 5 matches. But he kept his nerve and send David De Gea to the wrong side and squished that into the bottom corner.

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 3 changes in the team from the team against RB Leipzig. Bruno Fernandes and Scott Mctominay returned to the side in place of Donny Van De Beek and Nemanja Matic. Anthony Martial was suspended following a red card against Tottenham Hotspurs. So, Marcus Rashford returned to the side in place of him. Ole played with the same 4-4-2 formation with a diamond in midfield.

On the other hand, Mikel Arteta went with 3 at back with Holding, Gabriel, and Tierney. His 3-4-3 formation helped Arsenal to stop the lightning-fast Manchester United counter-attacks.

Manchester United failed to play in the final third and create enough chances. Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was exceptional yesterday and he protected Arsenal defense from all sorts of attacks. Arsenal’s boss Mikel Arteta was happy with his midfielder. He said, “He was really good. I’m glad that whoever I pick is giving absolutely everything and they play with a lot of courage.”

Mikel Arteta also explained his strategy to stop the Reds. He said, “A lot of things happened but they can change formation and rotate the players a lot with the diamond they play. A split-second lack of focus and they are through. We did that really well today and we had to defend in a different block.”

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba brought down Hector Bellerin
Paul Pogba conceded the penalty

Manchester United only attempted 8 times to test Bernard Leno. Out of those only 2 was on target.

Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “In the first half, we never turned up. The intensity, the tempo wasn’t there, the shape – they were better than us and created a couple of half-decent chances. In the second half, they didn’t look like they were going to score, apart from the penalty. So, we played better in the second half but still, we have to turn up with more intensity.”

“There are many reasons. Of course, but it might be a reason when you play well and you think you take your foot off the pedal. But that’s not how it works because this was a big game and they’re a very good team. You have to be absolutely spot-on with everything. When you’re late in the tackle, they get away from you and you give a foul away. We weren’t at the races.”- he added.

“With the highs of the PSG game, it was a little bit okay against Chelsea and we were very good against Leipzig. We’re down again today and it’s the consistency.”- Ole criticized the lack of consistency of the squad.

Arsenal won the first time after 13 years at Old Trafford and Mikel Arteta becomes the second Arsenal manager to beat Manchester United in his first two meetings.

 

 

Manchester United v Arsenal: Big Match Between Old Rivals

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Manchester United play Arsenal

After a comfortable win against RB Leipzig in UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Manchester United is ready to face Arsenal on Sunday clash in the Premier League.

Arsenal lost their last two games in the Premier League against Manchester City and Leicester City. Arsenal is now at 12th in the league table and is going to face an in-form Manchester United side tomorrow.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to manage his 100th game tomorrow. In the pre-match press conference, he was delighted about his 100th Manchester United game as manager. He said, “Arsenal is always gonna be difficult because they are a very good team with a good manager who has got some great ideas on how football should be played and I’m looking forward to it. Surprised it’s 100 games, it’s gone really quickly even though a lot has happened, so let’s hope I can celebrate No.100 with a good performance and a good result. I’ve enjoyed it so far.”

Manchester United was in exceptional form in recent times. After thrashing Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig at home by 5-0, Manchester United is confident against the Gunners.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both were kept on the reserve bench in mid-week. Solskjaer is very happy with the depth of his squad. He said, “At the moment, we are looking like a Man United squad, I’ve got opportunities, competition for places and any successful team in the modern era of football have had the option to rest players, to rotate and that is probably the only way you can last in this most intense league in the world and also with the Champions League involved, you want to go for the trophies.”

Marcus Rashford will face Aubameyang tomorrow

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very much accustomed to Manchester United and Arsenal rivalry from his playing days. He said, “When I played it was between us and Arsenal to win the league, that was a very fierce rivalry, there are all sorts of stories about what happened, that’s passion, the excitement, importance of those games – we knew if we beat Arsenal and we took six points off them that’d’ be us winning the league and vice versa. Some unbelievable games, some fond memories, and some bad memories, there is still a rivalry and history but now we don’t think about them or anyone as our rivals, we just need to put points on the board and it’s so early anyway.”

Solskjaer has used so many different formations in the last few matches. He has played with a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond in midfield against RB Leipzig. In the Press conference, he was asked about the formation against Arsenal. He said, “Well, it’s different demands in different systems, we’re still the same, call it the same principles of a Man United full-back – you need to be good at defending and good going forward, we need assists and goals from them [Wan-Bissaka and Shaw], both of them have played and developed and we don’t really have wide wingers like Giggsy and David Beckham and are more dependent on full-backs coming on and giving us width.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta also knows that very well. With due respect to the recent form of Manchester United, he said, “They can play two or three different formations… they’ve been changing some things because of the opponents, because of the quality of players they have and sometimes to change the game in certain moments.”

“We have to be prepared for that because they have that adaptability, they have a big squad and upfront they have a lot of options to do different things.”- he added.

Manchester United was unbeaten at home against Arsenal in his last 13 games. Arteta is ready to end the poor form of Arsenal at Old Trafford. “For sure our mindset is going to be to go there and win. That’s the approach we’re going to have and the gameplay we’re going to put in place.”- he said.

Manchester United is 15th in the league table and was still to win a game at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season. Arsenal is also ready to end their poor form at Old Trafford. All the fans are ready to witness an exciting match tomorrow.

Rashford’s hattrick, Greenwood’s opener and Martial’s penalty seal the victory for Manchester United

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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrate his hat-trick vs RB Leipzig in champions league.
MArcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United thrashed RB Leipzig at home in their UEFA Champions League tie last night. The Red Devils have dominated the match for the full 90 minutes which presented them a comfortable 5-0 win again the Bundesliga leaders.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference that he does not want multiple changes to the starting XI. But giving a surprise to everyone he left Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford on the bench.

Ole starts with a 4-1-2-1-2 formation with a diamond in midfield consisting of Nemanja Matic, Fred, Pogba, and Donny Van De Beek. Martial and Greenwood were also back in the squad.

In the 21st minute, Mason Greenwood gave the lead to the home team. After conceding the German club was trying hard to get back the equalizer. But David De Gea and Manchester United defense were rock solid. In the second half, RB Leipzig was playing with a high defensive line and also committing more men in attack to put pressure on United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer read the situation well and threw on Rashford, Fernandes, and Scott McTominay by replacing Greenwood, Van De Beek, and Matic within a difference of few minutes.

Rashford scored in 74th and 78th minutes by exploiting the void space behind the Leipzig defense. Then Anthony Martial scored his first goal of the season from the spot in the 87th minute. After that Marcus Rashford scored his 3rd goal in injury time to complete the hat-trick. Rashford became the second Manchester United player after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was praising Manchester United’s number 10 after the match. He said, “Marcus Rashford came on and did well but the groundwork was there from the team, that’s what you want that from the subs. What a shift they put in.”

“Leipzig is a high press, the intensity, so we had to dig deep. We had to rest a few because the season is relentless, so we used the squad. This group is coming together. The more quality and spirit you have the more you get the performance.”- he added.

Donny Van De Beek has also started for Manchester United yesterday. Ole was happy with the Dutch midfielder. Donny Van De Beek has covered the second-highest distance yesterday after Fred. He was subbed off earlier though. “Donny is a fantastic boy. You see the work he puts down.”- Ole said.

The Man of the Match Marcus Rashford was delighted with his hat-trick and also the whole performance of the team.

“I think the manager wanted me to up the tempo.”- he said after the match.

“That for us means going forward. There were definitely spaces there. We got Bruno and Paul (Pogba) on the ball. We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward.”- Rashford added.

On the other hand, it was quite embarrassing for RB Leipzig. Julian Nagelsmann’s men were top of the Bundesliga table. It was also their first defeat of the season. It was quite disappointing for them with this result.

Julian Nagelsmann said, “It was a bit crazy because after they scored the first goal we did well. The final 20 minutes were very bad.”

It was the first win for Manchester United at Old Trafford this season. After a bad start in Premier League, United is finally getting their momentum back. They beat Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig is the first two games of the UEFA Champions League and now leading the group. They also kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in Premier League last weekend. Manchester United will face Arsenal on Sunday in Premier League and surely want to maintain its rhythm. The depth on the United bench will help them in it for sure.

 

 

Manchester United is ready to repeat their form of last week against RB Leipzig

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After defeating Paris Saint-Germain in their home last week, Manchester United is ready to face last season’s UEFA Champions League’s semi-finalist RB Leipzig tonight. The German side has traveled to Manchester to host Manchester United at Old Trafford.

RB Leipzig is in great form recently. They are leading the Bundesliga table with 13 points in the first 5 matches. They beat İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. in their opening game of UCL this season by 2-0. Angelino has scored a brace to secure the victory of the German side.

RB Leipzig had displayed some extra-ordinary knocks in last season’s UCL. They have done a great job under their young manager Julian Nagelsmann. They beat Tottenham Hotspurs, Atletico Madrid on their way to the semi-final last season. They lost against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final by 2-1 in injury time.

Julian Nagelsmann was an admirer of Manchester United from childhood. He said, “I’ve never played in Old Trafford or been there. It will be a great experience. I watched a lot of games in the Theatre of Dreams and of Manchester United on television. Now to be part of the stadium will be perfect.”

“I watched nearly every game of Manchester United 10 years ago when I was a younger guy and a player.” – he added.

RB Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann

Manchester United’s performance in Old Trafford is not well. They lost the first two Premier Leagues game at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace and Tottenham. They had conceded 9 goals in Old Trafford in those two games before a 0-0 draw against Chelsea last weekend.  Keeping that in mind RB Leipzig’s manager said, “We know that their start was not that good but, in the end, it is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a big name in European football and the Champions League.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not happy with the draw against Chelsea. He and his men will surely want to bounce back tonight.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

In the press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given a hint of an unchanged XI who had played against Chelsea on Saturday. He said, “It’s more or less the same squad. There are a couple of doubts, as you normally have after a weekend game, a tight game as we had against Chelsea. I think we’ve more or less the same squad. It’s going to be a long season. Of course, the depth of our squad is better now.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was criticized recently for lack of rotation in his team selection. He was questioned multiple times for not giving the chance to start to Donny Van De Beek. But Ole explains a good side of it. He said, “It’s hard to leave players out like the last game with Donny, Nemanja and Paul to start on the bench, as midfielders they are all experienced international footballers. It’s not easy but then, as I’ve said, we have so many games this season, they are all going to play a big, massive part in different periods of the season. I don’t think anyone is able to play all of them. There’s a balance when you put 11 together, it’s all-important we all work well as a team – is it three or four or two? All sorts of discussions and who is on form and who maybe needs a break. All these little things.”

Alex Telles, who made his Manchester United debut last week in Paris, has been left out of the squad against RB Leipzig.

Manchester United will surely want to change their fortune in their home by defeating RB Leipzig today and want to hold the top of the table in the group. It will be interesting to see how RB Leipzig encounters the strategy of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 

 

Would want to finish at least close to Schumacher’s record: Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton

2018 has been a great year of Lewis Hamilton. At the Mexican GP, although he finished fourth, he clinched his fifth world championship title. He’s now only behind the legendary Michael Schumacher in terms of most championship wins. While Lewis Hamilton has five world championships to his name at present, Michael Schumacher has seven.

Lewis Hamilton has set a target for himself to end up at least being somewhere close to Michael Schumacher’s record before the former hangs his boots. Lewis Hamilton now has 71 race wins to his name in addition to 132 podiums in his career.

He’s inching towards Michael Schumacher’s tally of 91 wins and 155 podiums both of which are respective world records. The big question is can Lewis Hamilton can get any close to Schumacher when it comes to the difference between their career race wins.

The Mercedes driver is now 33 and will perhaps have at least two more seasons at F1. His tie-up with Mercedes will come to an end in 2020 and then if we would still want to race is something that remains to be seen.

Lewis refuses to take anything for granted like he always says.

Hamilton said that 91 race wins by Schumacher are way too much to catch up with but since he’s here for a few more seasons, he will look to at least get any closer to the milestones Michael Schumacher has achieved.

Schumacher was a genius: Lewis Hamilton

The current world champion heaped praises on former F1 star Michael Schumacher. Lewis said that Schumacher was a genius who applied himself perfectly in the mid-90s.

Between 2000 and 2004 Michael Schumacher had set a streak of five straight championship wins.

Gasly cannot be as good as Verstappen immediately: Horner

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Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly is all set to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull in the next season. Daniel Ricciardo stunned everyone when he decided to make a switch to Renault against anticipations of an extended stay at Red Bull.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner feels that it will be rather unfair to expect Pierre Gasly to match up to Max Verstappen’s performance right from the very beginning. Red Bull does expect big things from Pierre but it wants to give him sometime to get into the groove of things as stated by Horner.

A golden opportunity has knocked Gasly’s door with Ricciardo’s departure paving way for his promotion from Toro Rosso which happens to be the sister outfit of Red Bull Racing.

Pierre Gasly lacks the experience as he has not yet even competed one full season in F1 and on the other end Max Verstappen has been putting up some exceptional performances.

Max Verstappen won the Mexican GP last weekend and now Red Bull is backing him to win the world championship next year after the Honda switch of engine comes to place.

Horner on Gasly:

Christian Horner has no second thoughts despite Gasly’s little experience that he’s the right man for the job. Horner said that as much as it’s a challenge for Pierre, he’s up for the same.

After the Mexican GP Daniel Ricciardo stated that he would not finish the season with Red Bull. Ricciardo looked angry after he had to retire and lost his chances of winning despite starting from the pole position.

In his outrage he stated that he’s done with Red Bull and will Gasly drive in the last two races. Ricciardo backtracked from his words later though and decided to finish the season with Red Bull.

Essential to work with Leclerc in the next season: Vettel

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Vettel talked about the next season with Leclerc

The next season of F1 will see the young Charles Leclerc replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will form the new pair at Ferrari in the next season as Ferrari looks to invest time on the highly impressive Leclerc who has won himself a Ferrari berth.

Sebastian Vettel feels that it is essential for the two to have a healthy working relationship so that the team can perform well.

Vettel who will play the role of the experienced one in this set up said that his relationship with Leclerc at Ferrari will hold the key to the team’s success.

While Leclerc will step into the shoes of Kimi Raikkonen, the latter will be racing for Sauber after being ousted from Ferrari. Leclerc may have impressed one and all with his speed but he lacks the experience. He only has 19 Grand Prix to his name in which he’s participated for Sauber.

Sebastian Vettel explained that to indulge in a fight for internal supremacy will be mistake for the pair. Vettel further added that given the fact that Charles Leclerc is so young he will have a lot going around in his head and his mind.

Vettel categorically stated that for the team to perform well both the drivers will have to work in tandem with each other.

I want to beat him, he wants to beat me in next season: Sebastian Vettel

Vettel also highlighted the fact that it is obvious that both him and Leclerc would want to beat each other and and the rules are pretty evident.

However he kept emphasis on the need for the pair to work with each other in coordination for the better future of the team and themselves as well rather than working against each other in their battle.
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Can Max Verstappen be the youngest world champion ever with Honda?

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Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen of Red Bull could be the youngest world champion with Honda power. This assertion was made by Helmut Marko who also stated that Red Bull will be going for the world championship next year.

With the ongoing season almost concluded, teams now have their focus on starting afresh in the next season. While Daniel Ricciardo will be swapping his team to Renault next year, Red Bull racing will be swapping the Renault engine with the Honda ones.

It will be after 12 long years that the tie up between Red Bull racing and Renault will come to an end. Red Bull is pretty impressed by Honda and certainly is adamant about its Honda switch.

Red Bull’s advisor Marko is enthusiastic about the switch and he feels that with Honda Max Verstappen can even go on to win the World Championship next year having put up a great show at the Mexican GP. Red Bull aims to produce the youngest world champion in Max Verstappen who’s 21 years of age currently.

Max Verstappen is impressive at this young age

Verstappen has been highly impressive at a very young age and his credentials make Red Bull believe that he has what it takes to be the youngest world champion. Red Bull is also aware of the fact that the first year with a new engine partner would not be easy by any means.

Now how does the partnership between Red Bull and Honda spans out is something that we would eagerly wait to see.

HAAS' appeal against Grosjean's disqualification ruled out by FIA court

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Grosjean's qualifying issue

With respect to an appeal against Grosjean, HAAS lost out in FIA’s international court of appeal. HAAS had lodged an appeal against the disqualification handed over to Romain Grosjean during the Italian GP. After which he was found guilty of running an illegal floor. Grosjean’s sixth-place finish was quashed after he was found guilty of the same.

On Thursday after the hearing in FIA court, the verdict of the stewards was upheld. Renault had complained at Monza with regards to the floor of Grosjean’s car.

Stewards found him guilty of a violation and awarded him a disqualification post the protest initiated by Renault. The floor did not comply with the regulations laid down by the FIA ahead of the summer break.

HAAS argued that they did not have enough time at their disposal to make the changes and hence needed an exception. There must a radius of 50 mm at each corner of the reference plate as per the regulations laid down by the FIA.

Grosjean’s qualification issue:

The penalty from Stewards resulted in HAAS falling behind Renault in the constructor’s championship following which Renault delivered some strong performances.

As of now while Renault is fourth in the constructor’s ratings, HAAS is at the fifth place.

Recently HAAS announced that it will be retaining both of its present drivers for the next season. With just two races left for the season to be concluded, HAAS has a lot to catch up.

Ferrari did not have a dominating car in 2018: Sebastian Vettel

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Sebastian

Sebastian Vettel refuses to accept that Ferrari cars were perhaps the best on the grid in 2018. Vettel said that it’s an entirely wrong perception that Ferrari cars were dominant on the grid in certain races of 2018.

Vettel rather insists that Ferrari never had the advantage that Mercedes often has by its side. Sebastian Vettel’s errors have already cost him the world championship.

Lewis Hamilton claimed the trophy in the Mexican GP. With this, he became the world champion for the fifth time and is now only after Michael Schumacher’s record.

Vettel said in an interview that even though Ferrari has a very strong car, it’s not true to say that it’s a dominating car. Ferrari had its moments this year and it seemed the quickest of all and faster than Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel is all set for next season:

Sebastian Vettel is all set to get a new teammate in the next season. Charles Leclerc will be replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari giving Ferrari a young outlook. Kimi Raikkonen who won the US GP weeks ago will be seen racing for Sauber in the next season.

Vettel has had his chances and moments this year. He has thrown it away with some very careless and rather absurd errors he went about making at the grid. He has surely paid the price for the same.

Now he needs to learn from his mistakes and needs to look forward to the next season to come back stronger than in 2018.

Ricciardo takes his words back, will finish the season with Red Bull

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Daniel Ricciardo

A disheartened Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed that he will finish the ongoing season with Red Bull Racing. After retiring midway at the Mexican GP, Ricciardo was infuriated and in his massive outrage, he said that he was done with Red Bull and does not see any point in participating in the last two races of the season.

Daniel took his words back and decided to finish the season with Red Bull before he makes the switch to Renault in the next season. Daniel Ricciardo has been at odds with Red Bull given the faults in his car.

In the Mexican GP despite having the pole position he could not finish the race well and had to retire for the eighth time in the season. He said that he will let Pierre Gasly race in place of him and that he would not finish the reason with Red Bull leaving things midway.

The Mexican GP was won by Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen who was sensational on the grid.

I will do the last two races: Ricciardo

In a video posted on Instagram, Daniel said that he will do the last races with Red Bull. Ricciardo said that it’s been about a lot of lows this year which have been frustrating.

Brazilian GP and Abu Dhabi GP will conclude the season which has already been ruled by Lewis Hamilton who won his fifth world championship title.

He has dominated the season and has deserved to earn his 5th World Championship title at the end of the Mexican GP.

Rohit Sharma hits the double century of sixes

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Hitman hits the double century of sixes

In Thiruvananthapuram ODI, India’s vice-captain Sharma scored a double hundred. If you are thinking that the West Indies did not even set the target of such runs, how can Rohit do so? then you are absolutely wrong because this double century is not of a run score but of sixes.

Hitman joined the special club of players who completed the double century of sixes in ODIs as he hit the second six in the last ODI of the series on Thursday. Only MS Dhoni, with just 18 maximums ahead of Rohit from India.

200 sixes in the minimum innings

During this period Rohit Sharma also made a special record. He registers the world record of hitting 200 maximums in the lowest innings. Rohit achieved this feat in the 187th innings of his 193rd ODI. Earlier this record was recorded in the name of Shahid Afridi. The Pakistani batsman. Afridi completed the double century of maximums in 195 innings.

Rohit Sharma – 187 innings
Shahid Afridi – 195 innings
AB de Villiers – 214 innings
Brandon McCullum – 228 innings
Chris Gayle – 241 innings
MS Dhoni – 248 innings
Sanath Jayasuriya – 343 innings

Players who complete the double century of sixes in ODIs:

Rohit Sharma has become the seventh batsman in the world to score a double hundred of sixes in ODIs. The record of most sixes in the ODIs is recorded by Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi, he scored a total of 351 maximums in his ODI career. He is the only batsman in the world to score a triple century of sixes in ODIs.

Shahid Afridi – Pakistan – 351
Chris Gayle – West Indies – 275*
Sanath Jayasuriya – Sri Lanka – 270
MS Dhoni – India – 218*
AB de Villiers – South Africa – 214
Brandon McCullum – New Zealand – 200
Rohit Sharma – India – 202*

4 bowlers who have most often dismissed Virat Kohli in ODIs

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Players who most often dismissed

Most often dismissed Kohli. Indian captain Virat Kohli, who recently scored his 38th ODI century against the West Indies, is currently the world’s best batsman. To reach the record of Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI centuries, he needs only 11 more centuries. Looking at his formidable form at present, it seems that he will become the batsman to score the most century in ODI history next year.

Virat is out of the way for the opposition bowlers and every bowler in the world tries a lot to take his wicket. In such a situation, it would be very interesting to know about the bowlers who were most often dismissed him in ODIs.

So let’s look at 4 bowlers who have most often dismissed Virat Kohli:

Want to learn more from Messi and Ronaldo, says Neymar

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Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo

Football superstar Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain has shown great respect to the legendary players Messi and Ronaldo. He talked with a great respect about his Barcelona’s former fellow player Lionel Messi and Juventus Star Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Barcelona Winger admitted Lionel Messi is still his idol and he called the former Real Madrid player the ‘monster’.

The Brazilian spent four years with Messi in Spanish club Barcelona and helped the club to win two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey titles and Champions League during his tenure.

Neymar shared his views on Messi and Ronaldo

Neymar spoke to the Players’ Tribune and said, “I played with Messi, which is for me, is one of the greatest footballers of all time, and he is ‘Idol’ for me in football.”

“With Messi, I learned every day, whether during our practice, or playing with him, or just watching him play. And that made me stronger and it increased my capacity on the field because I kept learning a lot from him,” he also told to the tribune.

“As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a ‘monster.’ Facing him is a pleasure and an honor, but we have to be more prepared. He is one of the greatest in football so you get smarter, you get alert, but at the same time, you learn a lot, too,” he further expanded his statement by including his views on Ronaldo.

“So, they are two of the big guys that I can relate to because I want to learn, I want more, I want to win, I want more trophies, score more goals … so I keep learning from them every day,” he further added.

“They are two big boys with whom I can relate to myself because I want to learn from them, I have to learn a lot, I want to win, I want more trophy. Therefore, I learn from them every day,” he concluded.

Dele Alli extended his contract with Tottenham for 6 years

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Dele Alli
Dele Alli

English club Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder, Dele Alli, has extended his contract with the club for six years. Alli’s talks with Spurs regarding new contract were going on from last season and now this new deal will double his weekly salary from £50,000 to £90,000.

The 22-year-old player joined Tottenham in 2014. He went ahead to make himself a key to the club and scored 48 goals in 153 matches.

Alli said that he was happy with this new deal. He said “I love my time in Spurs. I am very excited to see what is going to happen next to me.”

After running on the epitome of Harry Kane, Devin Sanchez and Kieran Trippier, Alli is in the list of the star players who are ready to make their upcoming career with this club.

This attacking midfielder came in the form of an alternative to the defeat of Pep Guardiola, who had won against Watford after the Carabao Cup in September.

Dele Alli shares his views on the new contract:

Alli posted on Instagram after signing the new contract “Delighted to have signed a new contract until 2024.”

He also wrote, “Would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club – chairman, manager, all my team-mates and the fans for their constant support.”

“I’ve loved my time at Spurs so far and I’m very excited to see what the future holds!”

5th ODI against West Indies is the last match of Dhoni!

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To watch MS Dhoni in the 5th ODI against West Indies is crucial!

If you are the fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, you should definitely watch the last and the 5th ODI against the West Indies on November 1. Yes, we also have reason to do that maybe you do not want to leave the match yourself.

Indeed, it may be that you are watching MSD playing last time in India. Yes, if you see the nature of Dhoni (which you probably can never understand) then Dhoni will say goodbye after the ICC World Cup in 2019.

Why is this 5th ODI important?

Now the point is that India is playing the last ODI in the home ground before the ICC World Cup 2019. After which India has to go to the Australia tour. From there, India has to travel to New Zealand. India will participate in the ICC World Cup 2019 after the New Zealand tour.

So, if Dhoni retires after the next World Cup, then you can not see him batting in India again.

For some time now, Dhoni has not been able to perform good, especially with his batting. He is not picked for the T20I series against the West Indies. So, you will not be able to see him on the field again in India.

Dhoni may be quite fit behind the wicket, but these days his bat is silent. Perhaps this is the reason why the selectors have not given him a place for the T20 series against the West Indies and Australia.

Anyway, no one knows, what would Dhoni do when? He retired from Test cricket in the middle of the Test series against England in 2014. He left the ODI and T20I captaincy suddenly as well. That’s why the fans are more afraid.

Mohsin Khan believes that Sarfraz should focus on limited overs cricket

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Mohsin Khan

Mohsin Khan, president of the newly formed Cricket Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board, believes that Sarfraz Ahmed is under pressure by Pakistan’s captaincy in all three formats and the Test captaincy should be handed over to someone else.

Former Test batsman Mohsin suggested that the PCB can hand over the Test captain to any other senior player so that Sarfaraz can fully concentrate on the ODIs and T20I format.

It’s noteworthy that Sarfraz Ahmed is the captain of Pakistan cricket team in all three formats of the game. It is also a point to note that he seemed tired if the team had to play regular series of a different format.

Mohsin Khan talked about his views in brief 

Mohsin said, “I have suggested only because personally, I believe that there is a lot of pressure on Sarfraz as a wicket-keeper batsman in the team. He seemed tired during the Test series against Australia.”

Mohsin, who had played the role of chief selector and head coach of Pakistan Cricket, said that some relief should be given to Sarfaraz.

He said, ‘During the Asia Cup tournament, Sarfaraz’s body language was so bad that I was feeling sad for him. I am saying you have a new boy, do not put the captaincy burden in all three formats on him. With this, he will be tired.”

Kimi Raikkonen lashes out at media for spreading nonsense F1 gossips

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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen lashed out at the media for apparently propagating ‘nonsense’ gossips. The Ferrari driver feels that given the amount of gossips which lack sense, Formula One is being harmed. He further slammed the media for spreading F1 related news which is not just ‘nonsense’ but also ‘bullshit.’

Having lost his place in Ferrari to Charles Leclerc, the 2007 World Champion will join Sauber in the next season.

There were many anticipations and speculations regarding his F1 future in the early stages of the ongoing season. Along with it some suggesting that he might call it a day.

Having won the US Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen kept Hamilton’s title hopes at bay and proved that he is still left with a lot to prove.

Kimi Raikkonen during an interview expressed serious concerns over the kind of negative coverage about F1 that is being done by the media.

He added that it would be better for Formula 1 if there is less nonsense more actual things with a larger coherence to truth are reported.

Politics plays a big part in F1: Kimi Raikkonen

Talking about the politics pertaining in F1, Raikkonen said that politics plays a big part. He also said that people like to play games but such a precedent is not good for the game.

He expressed even more and gave an insight into his F1 career which has been a great one. How his stint with Sauber goes is something that remains to be seen in the upcoming time.

West Indies is here to learn from Team India: Nic Pothas

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Nic Pothas

Nic Pothas. India and West Indies will play the fifth and final ODI on November 1. After the poor performance in the Test series, the team stunned everyone in the ODI series and provided a tough fight to Team India.

While the fans were hoping that India would take the series 5-0, they are now quite surprised to see the score of 2-1.

Now before the last ODI, West Indies Fielding Coach Nic Pothas said that “we have not only come to India for the competition but have come to learn a lot from them.”

Pothas said that “Team India is the best team and a lot can be learned from this team. At the same time, Pothas said that playing with a strong team like India is really great.”

Nic Pothas on Kohli and Sharma

When Pontus was asked if he had any remedy to avoid Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, he said that our focus is not on both of these players but on the whole team India. Pothus said that if I had any plans then I would not tell the media about it.

The fielding coach of the Visiting team said that “you can not even take any batsman lightly while Rayudu is also running in a good form as well at this time. While our team is quite young and the players are constantly learning.”

“Learning at the international level is never easy. The good thing for us is that our players are constantly learning and the standards of learning are also quite high in them.”

Pothus said that if any team has to beat top teams like India and England, then it is important for the team to implement their plans.

3 unusual and strange records in international cricket 

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3 unusual and strange records in cricket

3 unusual and strange records. Cricket is a game of statistics. Records in the game of cricket matter a lot. In every match, some new records are established in the field of cricket. If there is a certain record in world cricket, then everybody knows the record of batting averages of Don Bradman.

Bradman’s name is a record of batting averages of 99.94 in Test cricket. Let’s know here today about some such records which have been forgotten over time.

Let’s try to know 3 unusual and strange records in international cricket 

Royal Challengers Bangalore should release these 3 players before IPL

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RCB should release these 3 players before the news season of IPL

3 players. Every year in the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore is considered one of the strongest teams and it is also shown on paper. Many well-known players have played and playing for this team. Virat Kohli is associated with this team for the last 11 seasons. Now he plays as captain for the team.

It can be said unfortunately that AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, could not even win a trophy once. This team also failed to reach the playoffs in the last season.

Behind the last unsuccessful season of RCB, the poor performance of some players can also be said to be responsible. RCB should release these players for the 12th season of IPL and should include new players.

Let’s know about those 3 players those should be excluded from RCB

Birthday Spacial: Maradona; a gray shade legendary footballer

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Happy birthday Maradona, the legendary footballer

Today is the 58th birthday of Diego Maradona, the legendary footballer of the world and former football captain of Argentina.

Maradona’s full name is Diego Armando Maradona and he was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanus, Buenos Aires. Maradona is widely considered to be the best football player till date. For the FIFA Player of the Century award, he got the first position in Internet voting, and he shared a partnership with all-time great Pelé for the award.

In his football career, he played for clubs such as Argentina Junior, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, Nevilles Old Boy, and Napoli and established world records for getting paid the huge amounts for his contracts with the club.

Maradona scored 91 caps and 34 goals in his international career. He played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup 1986, in which he captained Argentina and won the tournament and the Golden Ball award to be the best player of the tournament and showed his magic against West Germany in a decisive match.

The legendary footballer with gray shade:

Diego is also called “the Hand of God” because, in the quarter-final round of the same tournament, he scored 2 goals in a 2-1 victory against England, which were recorded in the history of football.

Although two were for exactly different reasons for. The first goal was a penalty-free handball, while the second goal was a magnificent 6 meter away and a goal was drawn between the six England players, which is generally known as “The Goal of the Century”.

The Win In wishes Diego Maradona a very happy birthday on his 58th birthday.

Leicester City owner's helicopter got crashed

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Leicester City Helicopter Crash

The helicopter of the owner of the Leicester City Club got crashed. The accident occurred due to the fire in the aircraft in the parking near the King Power Stadium.

According to the CNN report, the accident happened around an hour after the match ended on Saturday night. Premier League club Leicester City has not announced whether the club owner was involved in the plane or not during the crash?

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha regularly visits this stadium and comes from the stadium.

The Leicester City Club confirmed its accident on Saturday night, one of its statements confirmed this accident. The club said that they are supporting Lester Club in this case. In this case, the club will share more information soon.

Leicester Shire’s police say that they are investigating the incident and inquiries are ongoing to know the main reason for the accident.

A Freelance photographer talked about the Leicester City helicopter crash

A freelance photographer Ryan Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live “I heard the helicopter take off. I turned around and it made a whirring noise and grinding noise and then went silent, it was spinning out of control.”

“The blades had stopped spinning and then there were a big bang and a big fireball. Lots of people started running towards the scene; as I came around the corner there was a huge fireball,” he added further.

“It crashed right near the stadium. It just cleared the stadium roof and landed in an industrial park next to it,” he said in addition.

Mourinho calls news of return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic a rumor

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United chief coach Jose Mourinho has ruled out the rumors of the return of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the club.

According to the report of the website ‘ESPN’, Mourinho has admitted that he has to face a lack of striker before the match against Everton.

Mourinho said that he will have to trust Romelu Lukaku, who is out of form, for the match on Sunday, because Alexis Sánchez may not be able to return to the ground due to injury. He was also unable to play against Juventus due to this injury.

Mourinho denies the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the club:

When Talked about the return of Ibrahimovic, Mourinho said: ‘No’

Asked again that if there is no option then would he consider him back? Mourinho said: ‘No’

Mourinho talked to the media and said that “All of them national team. We play against Newcastle and we go to the national team period in a good situation and then after two weeks we lost Dalot in Portugal, we lost Fellaini in Belgium. We lost Alexis with Chile, we lost – who else? – McTominay with Scotland.”

“And some of them, the national teams they were very professional with us and they send the players back and we could start the process early,” he added.

“But some of them, they weren’t and they kept the players and we didn’t even know the dimension and the nature of the injuries, so when the players arrived here two days before Chelsea, we have no idea what is going on,” he concluded.