‘I did not like my team’: Mourinho questions attitude as United draw

Jose Mourinho was highly critical of the attitude of his Manchester United players after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Old Trafford. Mourinho even claimed he was more pleased with their last home display – the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham – than he was this latest effort. The United manager saw a run of three consecutive wins, all of them away from Old Trafford, come to an end in lethargic fashion. “Not a good performance, not a good result but a fair result,” said Mourinho. “Wolves, by the way…

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Ernesto Valverde noncommittal over Barcelona future

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted he is not sure if he will still be manager of the club next season. Valverde’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he confirmed on Saturday he has an option to extend the deal by another year. “I have a contract and I have a possibility to extend it a year more,” Valerde said. “The contract is there but we know what can happen in a season and the season is long. You have to see how the team does.…

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Emery discusses disappointment, wants improvement after Arsenal win

Unai Emery admitted Arsenal could have done better despite their 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. Emery saw his side miss out on a clean sheet by conceding two goals in the final quarter of an hour, after a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace had contributed to putting the Gunners in control. The manager told BT Sport: “It was disappointing to see the two goals go in because there was progress in the 90 minutes. We want to do better in this minute. “When you are 4-0 up you want to…

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Aguero signs contract extension at Manchester City until 2021

Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City, the Premier League champions have announced. The Argentina striker, who became City’s record goalscorer last season, is now committed to the club until 2021. Aguero, 30, has won three Premier League titles and scored 204 goals since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011. Aguero said: “I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires. “This was the main reason…

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No top 4 finish for Arsenal according to the bookies

Arsenal currently sit seventh in the Premier League table after a turbulent start to this season’s campaign. Despite the Gunners only being three points behind Watford in fourth place and having three straight wins, the bookies are already ruling out a top 4 finish. Sure, it kicked off quite badly, with losses to Man City and Chelsea in the two first games. But since then, Arsenal have beaten West Ham at home and claimed two strong away wins against the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle. Yet, the odds for Arsenal,…

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Nations League – What is it and do we really need it?

2018 has seen the beginning of a new, not-so-exciting, national competition called Nations League. Many of us were left baffled, wondering what exactly it is and why FIFA felt the need to add it to the calendar of biennial competition. After all, we already have a European Championship every two years and didn’t necessarily feel the need to have another one. UEFA has said to have devised the competition to eliminate meaningless international friendlies”, which make a lot of sense. However, it really seems as if, after teams such as…

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Firmino good enough with one eye, says Mane after PSG win

Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”. Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had “no chance” of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate. “I think Bobby doesn’t…

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Champions League: Pochettino accuses media of ‘disrespect’ after Inter loss

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino angrily accused journalists of disrespecting his players on Tuesday after his team opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 loss at Inter Milan. Tottenham were winning 1-0 through Christian Eriksen after a performance Pochettino described as probably their best of the season, only for Mauro Icardi to equalise with an unstoppable 25-metre volley with five minutes left before Matías Vecino headed in a stoppage-time winner following a corner. Pochettino then lost his temper when asked about his decision to rest defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld. “You disrespect the players…

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Ivan Gazidis resigns as Arsenal Chief Executive to join AC Milan

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has resigned from his post and is now set to take up a position with AC Milan. Arsenal confirmed the news on Tuesday morning via social media after months of speculation over the South African’s future. Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham appointed head of football and managing director respectively, as Ivan Gazidis leaves for A.C. Milan — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 18, 2018 Raul Sanllehi, the club’s head of football relations, has been appointed as head of football, and Vinai Venkatesham currently chief commercial officer, becomes managing…

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Antoine Griezman: I am at the top with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe

Antoine Griezmann has said that although he is a different player to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he is “at the top” in football. Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France, is targeting the Ballon d’Or after the disappointment of not being nominated for FIFA’s The Best award. “There are different ways to look at football,” he told Diario AS. “It’s obvious that I’m a different player to Cristiano, Messi, Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. “I’m at the top but I can get better. I want to be the most complete…

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Liverpool’s Firmino facing further tests ahead of PSG opener

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is facing further tests to determine his availability for his side’s Champions League fixture against Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on Tuesday. The Brazil attacker was forced to leave the pitch in the latter stages of Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday after sustaining a bizarre injury. Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen accidentally gouged Firmino’s left eye, as shocking images revealed soon after his departure, which left the 26-year-old hospital bound. “No idea, to be honest. He is much better,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said when asked of…

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Douglas Costa faces lengthy ban and Juventus fine after red card for spitting

The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said the winger Douglas Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club. Costa, who faces a lengthy ban, was dismissed for spitting at Federico Di Francesco after a running feud in which the Brazilian also elbowed and head-butted the Sassuolo player. “Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen,” Allegri said. “We mustn’t fall for provocation.…

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Pep Guardiola criticises Manchester City sloppiness ahead of Lyon clash

Pep Guardiola has admitted being angry with his Manchester City players despite their convincing 3-0 victory against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium. City were sloppy at times and Guardiola was unhappy at what he perceived as a slip from his side’s usual high standards. He pointed to a second-half Bernardo Silva miss to highlight the point. “The ball got passed to Bernardo and I said: ‘It is impossible that he is going to miss it because of his quality,’” the manager said. “But he missed it and I said: ‘Wow.’ “My reaction…

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Cristiano Ronaldo opens account as Juventus edge past Sassuolo

Cristiano Ronaldo opened his long-awaited account for new club Juventus with two goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium. The reigning Player of the Year, who had gone 320 minutes in the black and white colours of the Old Lady without a goal, found himself in the right place at the right time to prod home on the 50th minute mark after the visitors made a mess of clearing their lines from a corner, with the ball rebounding kindly to Ronaldo off the post for the 33-year-old to…

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Corentin Tolisso suffers knee injury in costly Bayern victory

Bayern Munich have been handed a significant blow as Corentin Tolisso suffered a knee injury during the club’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The World Cup winning midfielder sustained an injury to his right knee in a tackle with Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland shortly before half-time. James Rodriguez replaced Tolisso and scored Bayern’s third goal in the 89th minute, as Kovac’s side made it three wins from as many Bundesliga games. Tolisso was not the only Bayern player injured as right back Rafinha was also forced off with ten…

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Manchester City sweating on Sergio Aguero fitness for Champions League opener

Manchester City could be without the services of Sergio Aguero for their Champions League opener against Lyon on Wednesday after the star striker picked up an ankle injury on Saturday. Aguero hurt his ankle in City’s 3-0 Premier League triumph over Fulham and will now undergo checks by the club’s medical staff according to manager Pep Guardiola. “It was something in the ankle,” Guardiola told the press after the game. “He went up to head a cross and when he fell down, he felt something.” Aguero was replaced by Gabriel…

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Maurizio Sarri open to John Terry joining Chelsea coaching staff

Maurizio Sarri is open to the prospect of John Terry joining his coaching staff at Chelsea but fears the club’s former captain is intent upon playing for another season before he turns his attention to life in the dugout. Terry, who spent last season at Aston Villa but is a free agent, turned down a two-year contract at Spartak Moscow this week after indicating it would not be the right move for his family. Terry has been maintaining his fitness at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex and is working towards his Uefa A licence,…

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Jose Mourinho defends his use of Marcus Rashford against ‘compulsive lies’

Jose Mourinho launched a staunch defence of his use of Marcus Rashford, hitting back at the “compulsive lies” used by some pundits to criticise him. Rashford’s playing time has been a hot topic during the international break while he started both games for England, scoring against Spain and Switzerland. Gareth Southgate says the attacker has to play to improve, while some pundits, like Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, have suggested Rashford may have to leave United in order to get the games he needs. Mourinho came to his press conference on Friday armed…

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Russia’s Cheryshev cleared of wrongdoing by Spanish anti-doping agency

Spain’s anti-doping agency said Thursday it has closed its probe into Valencia’s Russian striker Denis Cheryshev, one of the revelations of the 2018 World Cup, after it found no evidence he used a banned substance. The investigation stemmed from an interview which the player’s father, Dmitri Cheryshev, gave to Russian publication Sport Weekend in June 2017 in which he said his son had received growth hormone injections when he played at Spanish side Villarreal. Cheryshev, 27, shared a letter from Spain’s anti-doping agency on his official Twitter account which said…

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John Terry turns down Spartak Moscow transfer citing family reasons

John Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow, with the former England and Chelsea defender saying he had decided it was not right for his family. The 37-year-old is understood to have had a medical in Rome ahead of a proposed two-year deal with the Russian club, chronicling it on his Instagram story, but has since had a change of heart. Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak…

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Hugo Lloris handed ban and £50,000 fine for drink-driving charge

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has been fined £50,000, plus costs and a victim surcharge, and banned from driving for 20 months after appearing at Westminster magistrates’ court on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Frenchman caught police attention when he was spotted “veering” across Gloucester Place in central London in a new Porsche Panamera, doing 15mph in a 30mph zone, and going through a red light in the early hours of 24 August. Westminster magistrates’ court heard officers spotted vomit in the car, which was carrying an unnamed passenger, while Lloris, of East Finchley in…

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Sunderland consider suing absentee duo Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji

Sunderland are considering legal action against the club’s record £13.6m signing Didier Ndong and his teammate Papy Djilobodji, both of whom remain awol, for allegedly devaluing themselves. Djilobodji, an £8m former Chelsea centre-half, had permission to miss pre-season training in July but the 29-year-old failed to clock in last month and returned only last week, when tests indicated his fitness levels were significantly sub-standard. Ndong, meanwhile, a 24-year-old Gabon international signed from Lorient of France two years ago, last week posted poolside pictures on Instagram, though they have since been deleted.…

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Uefa to introduce third club competition alongside Champions League and Europa League

Uefa are set to introduce a third European club competition starting from the 2021/22 season pending the final approval from the executive committee, Uefa competitions committee executive Andrea Agnelli has confirmed. The move has been in the works for some time as Uefa looks to maximise the commercial potential of its top sides while continuing to reward domestic success with continental competition. Agnelli was speaking at the general assembly of the European Clubs Association, a group that represents the interests of the continent’s biggest teams. He said: “Pending approval of the Uefa executive…

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Chelsea coach continues attack on Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris

Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon believes those who praise Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris “live in a dream world” as he continued his criticism of the World Cup winner. Lollichon hit out at Lloris last week, claiming that Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was far superior. Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach has since reiterated his belief that Lloris is not at the elite level many claim he is. “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,” he told Le Figaro. “Against Germany, he…

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Zinedine Zidane hints at coaching return amid Manchester United talk

Zinedine Zidane has dropped the biggest hint yet as to when he’ll return to football management with the former Real Madrid manager revealing that he plans to return to management “soon”. The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after winning the third of three consecutive Champions League titles in May. The 46-year-old who has been linked with Jose Mourinho’s job at Manchester United in recent times, and Zidane now seems ready for a return. “Certainly I’ll be coaching again soon because it’s…

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