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Monday, 13 August 2018

Barcelona(N) 2 - 1 Sevilla: Dembele seals Supercopa success for Barcelona

Barcelona(N) 2 - 1 Sevilla: Dembele seals Supercopa success for Barcelona
Ousmane Dembele scored a screamer and Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty as Barcelona came from behind to lift the Supercopa de Espana at Sevilla’s expense.
The game, held on foreign soil for the first time at Tangier’s Stade Ibn Batouta, had been in some doubt with Sevilla unhappy about a relaxation of rules around non-EU players.
Barca drew the sting from that row by leaving summer signing Malcolm out of their matchday squad and still had the firepower to win the game 2-1.

“He would have stayed” - Agent explains why Thibaut Courtois left Chelsea

“He would have stayed” - Agent explains why Thibaut Courtois left Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois would have stayed at Chelsea if his family lived in London says his agent Christophe Henrotay.
The Belgian goalkeeper swapped west London for Madrid on Thursday evening in a move worth £35 million, ending his seven-year spell with Chelsea.
Courtois joined the European champions on a six-year deal, while Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic went in the opposite direction on loan.
However, according to Courtois' agent, the Belgium international would have stayed in London, but he wanted to move closer to his children who live with their mother in the Spanish capital.

Paris Saint-Germain 3 - 0 Caen: Neymar off the mark as Paris St Germain beat Caen

Paris Saint-Germain 3 - 0 Caen: Neymar off the mark as Paris St Germain beat Caen
Neymar took just 10 minutes of the new season to get off the mark as Paris St Germain beat Caen 3-0.
The champions cruised as Adrien Rabiot added a second 10 minutes before half-time and Tim Weah added a late flourish.
Neymar scored 26 goals as PSG romped to the title last term, and the Brazil striker wasted little time in opening his account for the new campaign.
But it was something of a gift for the hosts after a poor clearance from Caen keeper Brice Samba.
Christopher Nkunku collected the loose ball and instantly played it through to Neymar, who needed no second invitation to whip his shot across Samba and into the net.

Leicester consider Roberto Martinez, Thierry Henry to replace Claude Puel

Leicester consider Roberto Martinez, Thierry Henry to replace Claude Puel
Leicester City manager Claude Puel is under pressure to keep his job, with the club already considering possible targets to replace him, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sources confirmed a report by the Mirror that Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is on Leicester's radar to replace Puel should they decide to sack him, and Thierry Henry, one of Martinez's assistants with Belgium, is also under consideration.
Puel's security remained uncertain during the summer as Leicester won just one of their last seven games last term.
Leicester's board want to give Puel an opportunity to work with his new squad, but if they do not show improvement over the first six games, they could revisit their position, those sources told ESPN FC.

Michy Batshuayi reveals the real reason he quit Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi reveals the real reason he quit Chelsea
The 24-year-old was shipped out to La Liga by Maurizio Sarri having been deemed surplus to requirements by the ex-Napoli boss.
Batshuayi only joined Chelsea 12 months ago.
However, he struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and spent the second half of the season on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
His record in the Bundesliga was impressive.
The Belgium international bagged nine goals in 14 appearances for Dortmund.
Batshuayi says he's now relishing the chance to strut his stuff at one of Spain's elite clubs.

Tuchel uncertain over Rabiot's PSG future

Tuchel uncertain over Rabiot's PSG future
Thomas Tuchel is unsure of Adrien Rabiot's future at Paris Saint-Germain amid reports the midfielder has rejected a new contract.
The France international, who refused to be on his country's standby list for the World Cup, scored the second goal in a 3-0 Ligue 1 opening weekend win at home to Caen on Sunday.
But with Rabiot being linked with a move to LaLiga champions Barcelona, Sunday's game at the Parc des Princes could have been his last PSG appearance.
Tuchel hopes to keep Rabiot at the club but told Canal Plus: "I'm not certain he will stay. I want him to stay but it's up to him.

Guardiola keen to keep Sterling after he helps City outclass Arsenal

Guardiola keen to keep Sterling after he helps City outclass Arsenal
Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old England forward scored his 50th Premier League goal as the champions began their title defence with a 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.
Sterling has two years left to run on the five-year deal signed when he moved to City from Liverpool in July 2015.
“We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” Guardiola said.

Barcelona president Bartomeu: Pogba? The market still has 20 days to go...

Barcelona president Bartomeu: Pogba? The market still has 20 days to go...
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has left the door open to signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this month.
After winning the Supercopa on Sunday in Morocco, Bartomeu refused to shut down talk of a move for the France World Cup winner.
Asked directly about Pogba at the final whistle, the president said: "I never speak of names, I have respect for other clubs, the market still has 20 days left in the window, we will see which players can come and go.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Chelsea braced for Eden Hazard bid as Real Madrid plan fresh £200m attack - EXCLUSIVE

Chelsea braced for Eden Hazard bid as Real Madrid plan fresh £200m attack - EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea transfer news: Real Madrid plan a fresh £200m bid for Eden Hazard
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is adamant that the club will resist any offers for Hazard before the European transfer window closes.
But Real’s power-brokers are desperate for Hazard to replace superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last month.
Now Real are set to up their £150m valuation closer to the £200m that Chelsea have placed on his head.
Hazard – who is stalling on signing a new £300,000 a week deal – is not openly pushing to leave and has spoken to boss Sarri since returning from his break after the World Cup.
Chelsea recently sold Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal worth £35m and the 26-year-old has spoken about relationship with Hazard.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric has 'expressed interest' in Inter - Luciano Spalletti

Real Madrid's Luka Modric has 'expressed interest' in Inter - Luciano Spalletti
Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti suggested Luka Modric had expressed interest in joining his club, though the manager also expects the Croatian to stay at Real Madrid.
Transfer speculation has steadily linked Modric with a move to Inter all season, though the latest reports have leaned toward him remaining with Madrid.
Another indication that Modric will stay put came as he played the final 15 minutes in a friendly against AC Milan on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo: So why did I choose Juventus...?

Cristiano Ronaldo: So why did I choose Juventus...?
Cristiano Ronaldo says he grew up a Juventus fan.
Ronaldo chose to join Juve when leaving Real Madrid this summer.
He said, “Great club, first of all it is a great club. Since I was a kid, I looked at this team and said I hope to play there one day. Now I will play for a fantastic club, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I'm happy.
"I don't have a precise moment when I decided. During the years, we played a few times against Juve and I had a special feeling that the Italian supporters like Cristiano.
"It's the biggest club in Italy, one of the best in the world, so it was an easy decision, as Juve are an unbelievable club."
When Real Madrid won their Champions League quarter-final in Turin last season, Ronaldo scored a sensational bicycle kick and was rewarded with a standing ovation by his opposition crowd.

Jan Vertonghen is a convert to goal-line technology

Jan Vertonghen is a convert to goal-line technology
Jan Vertonghen has professed himself a goal-line technology convert after helping to get Tottenham’s Premier League season off to the perfect start.
The Belgium international headed Spurs into the lead at Newcastle on Saturday after running on to fellow defender Davinson Sanchez’s eighth-minute flick-on, although referee Martin Atkinson needed the help of the Goal Decision System to rule that the ball had crossed the line by just 9mm.
Vertonghen told Spurs TV: “I haven’t scored in the Premier League for a while, so I was happy to score.
“Davinson had a great touch with the first header – and there could have been another one later because from the other side, he had a first touch again, but I didn’t make that run again.

Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona 

Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona
At 31 and with 102 appearances for La Roja, the centre-back has decided not to team up with former coach Luis Enrique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed that he is stepping down from international football following a disappointing World Cup for Spain.
Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history.
Among the centre-back's international honours are the 2010 World Cup and a Euro 2012 winner's medal.
But his international career has rarely been smooth sailing, with his outspoken support of Catalan nationalism often a stick with which Spain fans have used to criticise him.

Paul Pogba opens up on his mental state at Manchester United

Paul Pogba opens up on his mental state at Manchester United
Paul Pogba has admitted he has to bite his tongue when discussing his situation at Manchester United or risk being fined.
Two years after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in a world-record deal, the 25-year-old is reported to be so unhappy that he has informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to leave.
United have denied that happened, while it was also reported that Mino Raiola, the player's agent, had even struck a deal with Barcelona - a scenario the club have vowed to reject.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Slavisa Jokanovic unwilling to panic after Fulham start with a loss

Slavisa Jokanovic unwilling to panic after Fulham start with a loss
Slavisa Jokanovic vowed that Fulham will improve and adjust to the demands of the Premier League after watching them lose 2-0 on their return, at home to Crystal Palace.
After his team’s promising start was followed by numerous wasted goalscoring chances, Palace punished their brief lapses in intensity and concentration to secure all three points through finishes from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha.
Their clinical performance demonstrated the qualities Fulham will have to develop if they are to preserve their Premier League status while continuing to play so expansively, but having handed full debuts to six summer signings Jokanovic was “confident” that that would come.

Bradford boss Collins could make changes despite opening win

Bradford boss Collins could make changes despite opening win
Bradford boss Michael Collins has a near-complete squad to choose from and has said he could make changes despite the Bantams starting with a win at Shrewsbury last week.
It remains to be seen whether experienced central defender Matt Kilgallon comes back into the squad after being left out for the season opener.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Anthony O’Connor and Kelvin Mellor formed a back three in that game.

Barca out to maintain domestic dominance with Supercopa success

Barca out to maintain domestic dominance with Supercopa success
Barcelona will look to add yet another domestic trophy to their collection when they take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday.
In a break with tradition, the clash will be a one-off match played at the Stade Ibn Batoutain in Tangier, Morocco.
Sevilla must hope a change of country can help them upset the odds after a chastening 5-0 defeat by Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey in April. With Barca having won both the league and the cup, Sevilla provide the opposition once again.

Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez: Man United have no designated penalty-taker

Paul Pogba explains penalty row with Alexis Sanchez: Man United have no designated penalty-taker
Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring in Manchester United's Premier League win over Leicester City.
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Paul Pogba revealed that Manchester United do not have a designated penalty-taker, following an on-pitch discussion with Alexis Sanchez in their Premier League-opening 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.
United were awarded a penalty in the opening two minutes when Daniel Amartey handled the ball, and after Pogba tried to take the ball to the spot, he was met by an insistent Sanchez.
The players appeared to briefly state their cases about who should take the shot, but Pogba -- named captain for the day by Jose Mourinho -- won out and converted his attempt to give United an early lead.
Pogba explained his side of the incident after the game and said he would not always be taking penalties for United this season.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reacts to Thibaut Courtois' Real Madrid plea over Eden Hazard

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reacts to Thibaut Courtois' Real Madrid plea over Eden Hazard
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard won't follow Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)
CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri insists it is "impossible" that the Blues will let Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid this summer despite Thibaut Courtois trying to persuade him to join.
Courtois finally sealed his dream move to the Bernabeu this week after months of refusing to sign a new deal.
Eden Hazard is also yet to put pen to paper on a new contract with Chelsea and remains linked with a switch to the European champions.
Following Courtois' switch to La Liga, the Belgian urged his international team-mate to join him.
The shot-stopper said: "He's a wonderful player.

Mbappe seeks to maintain that winning feeling 

Mbappe seeks to maintain that winning feeling
Kylian Mbappe wants to sweep the winning feeling France generated at the World Cup into Paris St Germain’s quest for an eighth Ligue 1 crown.
The French champions launch their title defence against Caen at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
Neymar is set to return after missing the final three months of last season with a foot problem before recovering in time to lead Brazil in Russia.
Mbappe’s performances at the World Cup overshadowed those of his PSG team-mate’s and the 19-year-old forward was named the competition’s best young player after producing four goals.
“It was a really incredible feeling. We did it!” Mbappe told PSG TV.