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20 November 2019

See Names of those who Redknapp says are behind Pochettino’s sack as Tottenham manager


Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, has slammed the current crop of players, for “massively under-achieving” and turning in “relegation form” that led to Mauricio Pochettino’s sack.

Spurs sacked Pochettino on Tuesday, after a poor start to the season, that leaves the club in 14th place in the Premier League.

Redknapp feels chairman Daniel Levy, was not ready to miss out on Champions League football and took decisive action.
“I’m surprised but looking at the form, it’s been relegation form over the past 24 or 25 games,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
“That’s where they’ve been from the end of last season into this year.

“Tottenham not making Champions League this year would be a disaster in Daniel’s eyes. With the money they’ve spent on the stadium and the training ground.”

Manchester United set to unleash a new look midfield after Ole Solskjaer's latest decision


Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given food for thought over the international break.


With the latest batch of international fixtures over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can finally switch his attention to Manchester United's Premier League return this weekend.

Following a two-week break United will be looking to maintain their resurgent run of form when they travel to face surprise package Sheffield United.


The weekend return will be a tricky test for United against one of the strongest defences in the top-flight and is sure to put their creativity to the test.

Marcus Rashford's run of nine goals in his last 10 matches coupled with Anthony Martial's return to form should give United confidence in snatching three points, but the biggest issue could come in creating chances.

Paul Pogba has stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury but is unlikely to be risked, while the extent of Scott McTominay's knock against Brighton is still unclear.
It means the United manager is tasked with a couple of big selection decisions to make when the international break finally comes to an end.

Pogba's December return good for competition


In the worst case scenario United will go into the match without perhaps their two strongest midfield options, but even if both were to be fit Solskjaer would have a problem to solve.


Pogba has featured in just two of United's last 14 games due to an injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the end of August, but his return would not necessarily warrant an immediate return to the first-team.

McTominay has established himself as the first-choice midfielder at Old Trafford in the Frenchman's absence, with both Andreas Pereira and Fred also boosting their own reputations in recent weeks.


It has posed the argument of what United's best midfield three should be when everyone is fully fit, and in a matter of weeks we should have an answer to that.


The consensus is Pogba will return to the starting line up once he regains full fitness. The 26-year-old has been a key figure under Solskjaer playing a pivotal role in the new formation switch, and dropping him to the bench will only amplify the doubts which surround his future at the club.

Regardless of the wider politics it seems obvious Pogba's inclusion would be for the benefit better of the team, but that leaves just one spot up for grabs.

McTominay seems to be another undroppable under Solskjaer meaning that Pereira, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic would realistically battle it out for the final starting berth.

Upcoming matches against Astana and Aston Villa will likely tempt the United manager into indulging the same attacking approach which swept aside Norwich and Brighton, but the double header against Tottenham and Man City a week later should reveal which trio he trusts the most.

The weekend trip to Bramall Lane might not only dictate United's mood for the next chunk of the season, but a positive individual performance could earn Fred or Pereira a place in Solskjaer's preferred midfield trio heading into the packed festive schedule.

Latest : Mourinho now favourite for Tottenham’s job after Pochettino’s sack



Former Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, has emerged favourite to become Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager following the sack of Mauricio Pochettino.

Gutsynaij had reported on Tuesday night that Tottenham Hotspur sacked Pochettino as their manager.

The Argentine spent five years in charge of the North London side.

Pochettino led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final in the 2018/19 campaign.

However, they have won just five matches this season and chairman Daniel Levy said a change had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.

According to Sky Sports, Mourinho, who was sacked by Man United last December, is a serious contender to replace Pochettino as Tottenham manager.

The newspaper reports that RB Leipzig manager, Julian Nagelsmann, is also among the list.

19 November 2019

PSG owners set to buy An English club


The investment company that owns Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), are getting closer to a takeover of English second division club Leeds United, ESPN reports.

It is understood that discussions between both camps, have been going on for a while now.

Two other potential buyers are in talks with Leeds, but QSI have an advantage, because of a relationship with owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Radrizzani and the PSG and QSI president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, have been very close friends for years.

Some of the reasons behind the delay over the takeover, include uncertainty over Brexit, the current difficult situation at beIN Sport and for Qatar diplomatically in general.

Radrizzani paid €45m for full control of Leeds in May 2017.

Man City vs Chelsea: Read What Jorginho said about Premier League clash


Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho has predicted a ‘tough’ clash when Frank Lampard’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League fixture on Saturday evening.

According to Jorginho, the Blues will have to work hard to beat Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad Stadium, adding that the Citizens are one of the best teams in the world.

Chelsea head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in their last encounter.

“What can you say about Manchester City? They’re one of the best teams in the world and we know that,” Jorginho told VBET News.

“It’s very hard to play against them. We are prepared for that game and we know it’ll be difficult.

“We have to work hard and try to win, because we do want to win every game. It’ll be hard.”
The kick-off time for the match is 6:30pm

Tottenham Hotspur sacks manager after international week ends


Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as their manager.

The Argentine spent five years in charge of the North London side.

Pochettino led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final in the 2018/19 campaign.

However, they have won just five matches this season and chairman Daniel Levy said a change had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.

An official club statement read: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls to the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.

“I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.

“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

Key Arsenal players told to confront Unai Emery over Team tactics.

Unai Emery

Former Arsenal defender, Lee Dixon, has urged senior players at the club, to confront Unai Emery to change his tactics.

The Gunners have endured their worst start to a league campaign since 1982 and are currently eight points adrift of the top four.

Emery has been heavily critcised for insisting his defenders play out from the back, as well as regularly changing both systems and personnel.

Dixon believes results are unlikely to improve, unless the players take matters into their own hands.

“From [having] a shot at one end to conceding a penalty at the other end in the space of 20 seconds – that cannot happen, that has to stop.

“Now that game was Watford – I could have done [Aston] Villa at home, I could have done Liverpool away when he played a narrow midfield and let the Liverpool full-backs run the game.

“I could have picked any number of games and done the same analysis and just overlaid it onto the pitch. It’s happening every week – that has to stop and the players have got to go

“We don’t know what you’re doing gaffer, can we change it? Can we change something?’

“But there’s no leaders in that team, there’s no Patrick Vieira to go ‘boss can we change the system or something?’. Unai is banging the drum about how he wants to play and the players can’t do it,” Dixon told The Season So Far.

Man City vs Chelsea: Hazard predicts winner of Premier League clash

 Real Madrid ace, Eden Hazard has backed Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to beat Manchester City when both sides clash in the Premier League on Saturday at the Etihad.

Hazard, a former Chelsea star, believes the Blues’ young side are capable of pulling off an upset against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Chelsea head to the game following a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in their last fixture, while Man City were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool.

“Of course, I think Chelsea can beat Man City on Saturday,” Hazard told Sky Sports.
“It’s not going to be easy. It’s hard to play there. Last time we played them we lost 6-0, so bad memories for me and for Chelsea as well.

“But I think this season they are really good. They are really young, but they are really good, so why not go there and win the game?

“When I watch them, no Hazard but it’s a party! They can score, they score a lot of goals, the fans are happy, and they are third in the league, so it’s going to be a great season. They just need to stay there, win games and that’s it.”

Jorginho reveals Chelsea’s target this season

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho has revealed that Frank Lampard’s men are focused on finishing in the Premier League top-four this season and to secure a UEFA Champions League spot.



According to Jorginho, Chelsea are not thinking about challenging Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title despite being joint second in the table with 26 points after 12 games.

“The first thing we need to think about is top four,” Jorginho told VBET News.
“Then try to win every game. We need that for our mentality.
“We are doing very well and we just have to keep going like this.”

Jorginho will hope to lead Chelsea to victory when they take on Man City in the Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium this weekend

Mikel Reveals Eden Hazard As The Laziest Player He Has Ever Played With

John Obi Mikel has been dishing the dirt on his old teammates on BeinSport tonight, and in quotes picked up by the Sun, he reveals who his “laziest” teammate was.

Mikel was a bridging player over several eras of Chelsea managers and players, so he plenty of colleague on the training pitches at Cobham over the years.

You might think a lazy player would be an unpopular one, with the fans at least. But the one Mikel chose was one who outlasted him at the club, and was loved until the moment he left – Eden Hazard.

“The laziest player I’ve ever worked with is Eden Hazard,” they quote him as saying. Well, not much wiggle room there. Hazard certainly isn’t know for his immense work rate, and he does enjoy returning from his summer break a little on the heavy side. But when you control a ball like him, nobody complains much.

They also ask him about his favourite Chelsea match, which he says is the 2012 Champions League final.
Not very original, Jon, but then again what else are you going

18 November 2019

Must Read! Nike, Anfield and the next level of Liverpool's financial transformation under FSG


Dean Rudge looks back at the last decade off the field at Liverpool and the remarkable transformation under FSG


Liverpool are about to enter the new decade as the first side to bank roughly £250million from TV money - their reward for winning the Champions League and amassing 97 points in the Premier League - but they began it on the cusp of going out of business.

As the chimes of Auld Lang Syne faded away on Merseyside, Liverpool must have felt in the grip of a permanent hangover. Back-to-back scrappy wins over Midlands duo Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa underlined the dysfunction within the side as 2009 came to an end, although much deeper problems ran off the pitch.

A lack of funds to strengthen the squad - both Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa had departed over the summer, replaced by Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson - caused open tension between manager Rafael Benítez and the club’s American ownership, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Financial issues at Anfield amounted to far more than adequately replacing the club’s defensive midfielder, though.

Liverpool were drowning in debt that they could not pay back, a legacy of the method by which Hicks and Gillett had taken control of the club in 2007. Loans owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland, to the tune of around £240million, were due in January 2010, but the club failed to deliver. An impossible reality, whereby a bank would own one of England’s greatest football clubs, lingered.

A pair of extensions granted by RBS in order to facilitate a sale, first to March and then to Liverpool’s date with destiny, the 15th of October, gave Liverpool breathing space. Funny to think, now, given Liverpool’s roaring success in the second half of the decade that the club began it being a bank’s biggest creditor.

At the end of that season, Liverpool’s books showed revenues of £185million, almost £65million higher than they were five years earlier following the Miracle of Istanbul. Alarmingly, however, the club posted losses of £20million, driven almost entirely by the £18million interest payable on the club’s debt load and the £8million paid for sacking Benitez and his coaching staff at the end of the season.


This was the fourth time in five seasons that Liverpool had found themselves in the red, despite being a mainstay in the Champions League and winning silverware during a successful period for the club.

There were several reasons: As Liverpool’s revenues climbed, so did their cost base, worsened by the interest on the debt load and millions paid out to former management. The Reds’ wage bill almost doubled between 2005 and 2010 - from £64million to  £114million - outpacing the growth in income as Liverpool paid top dollar to hang onto their best and brightest.

The result at the end of a largely forgettable season was a seventh-placed finish - the club’s worse since 1999 - and the looming uncertainty of Liverpool’s ownership. Now all these costs would eat into revenues that would not be topped up by Champions League money going into 2010/11.

As the frenzy deepened that summer, rumours emerged that the club’s best players, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, may be sold in order to bank the cash needed to meet some of the debt obligations.


The Royal Bank of Scotland, for its part, was actively striving not to push Liverpool into administration and land the club with a possible nine-point deduction by calling in its debt.

After Martin Broughton was brought in by RBS in April to help bring about a sale, a buyer was found at the beginning of the new season, though Hicks and Gillett did go down easily; in addition to debts being paid, they demanded their additional investments, estimated at around £140million, returned and a nice profit on top. All told, the two men were looking for roughly £600million.

History had other ideas. A court in London ruled against Hicks and Gillett and ordered that Liverpool’s directors could agree a £300million takeover that would expunge Liverpool’s debts and set them back on the path to prosperity. John Henry and his New England Sports Ventures - soon to be known as Fenway Sports Group - were now at the helm.

THE MONEYBALL YEARS

The midway point of the decade began for Liverpool with news that Steven Gerrard would be departing Anfield after 17 years and nearly 700 games, just a day after the club captain scored two penalties in a 2-2 draw with newly-promoted Leicester.

Having engineered a title fight the previous season on the back of Luis Suarez’ individual brilliance and the attacking qualities of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool were struggling, not helped, of course, by the loss of both Suarez (to Barcelona) and Sturridge (to injury).

The Reds began the new year in eighth-place with seven defeats already on the board and progress in the Champions League - Liverpool’s first appearance in the competition since 2009/10, oddly enough - limited to a Group Stage showing.

John Henry, entering his fifth year at the top of the Liverpool tree, threw his support behind manager Brendan Rodgers, who had taken his place in the dugout back in 2012 as a replacement for club legend Kenny Dalglish. The American acknowledged that with the loss of Suarez and Sturridge, teething problems were expected.

Rodgers, however, would not see out the calendar year at Anfield.

For Liverpool, the season would end with the disappointment of yet another season outside of the Champions League places and a failure to replicate the domestic cup run of three years earlier. Nevertheless, it seemed, Liverpool’s financial results were back on track.


Revenues were now within a whisker of £300million, more than £110million higher than they were five years ago, thanks to the club’s return to Champions League and a climb in match day earnings.

Meanwhile, commercial income had almost doubled from £62million in 2009/10 to £116million, as the club reaped the rewards of its more lucrative partnerships with Standard Chartered (who had replaced long-serving partner Carlsberg in 2010) and Warrior Sports (entering the third years of its arrangement after Liverpool failed to agree suitable terms with Adidas).

The Warrior Sports deal in particular was a feather in the cap for Liverpool’s ownership, with the Boston-based brand, a subsidiary of New Balance, already a sponsor of another of Henry’s sports teams, the Boston Red Sox. As Liverpool’s brand grew during these years, the club saw a surge in merchandise demand and opened a glut of new retail outlets across the world.

But far more importantly, Liverpool’s accounts at the end of the season showed a first profit since 2007/08, not counting the meagre £1million posted the season before. This was somewhat bittersweet for Liverpool, as it was largely down to the sale of their talisman, Luis Suarez, for a reported £73million.

In Henry’s first three seasons as Liverpool owner - counting 2010/11 - the club reported losses of £140million, adding to the more than £50million of losses accrued since Gerrard had lifted the Champions League trophy in Istanbul back in 2005.

The early departures of managers and coaching staff throughout these years meant the club was consistently paying out termination fees in the millions at the end of the season. Meanwhile back in 2010/11 the club wrote off £50million at stroke, after scrapping plans for a new stadium in favour of undertaking further expansion work at Liverpool’s existing ground.

Another of the reasons for these losses was that Henry continued to oversee investment in the squad, one badly in need of quality after that disappointing season in 2009/10, even as he sought to balance the books and return Liverpool to an even keel.


The zenith of Henry’s investment during this period came back in 2012/13, when new manager Rodgers oversaw a net spend of roughly £50million on the likes of Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Philippe Coutinho after a disappointing eight-placed finish the season before. This represented, for Henry, a fair investment for a side without Champions League income to bolster their earnings.

On the back of the Suarez sale and a return to the Champions League, Rodgers again spent big, as the squad was completely revamped with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert joining the club.

This had the effect of cranking up Liverpool’s wage bill to £166million by the end of the season, more than £50million higher than five years ago. Hindsight vision is 20/20 when it comes to player recruitment but it’s clear Liverpool had left behind the sparse years that marked the end of Rafa’s tenure at the club five years earlier.

Henry’s strategy during these years was dubbed by some as Moneyball, after the tactic he had admired in action by the MLB side Oakland Athletics at the beginning of the 21st century. In short, Liverpool would try to operate on budget while signing the best players to give them statistically the best chance of winning.

As an example, with the height of power of Andy Carroll to play into back in 2011, Moneyball decreed that the best and most accurate crosser should be bought to give Liverpool the best chance of winning. Hence why Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam were scouted and bought in, and so on.
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Liverpool know Firmino's true worth

The problem with this theory for Liverpool is that Premier League transfers inflated exponentially year-on-year, and the larger and richer a side is, the harder it is to avoid paying top dollar for a player’s signature. So, Liverpool’s net spend during these years remained material, even if it was not in the league of their Premier League rivals.

At the same time, Liverpool were somewhat poor sellers during these years, actually making losses on player transfers for three straight seasons. Chief among these was the failure to recoup any serious money for the permanent transfer of Carroll, a £35million signing only three months into the John Henry era, to West Ham in June 2013.

Liverpool’s expenses on transfers and salaries were small change to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, of course, but then Henry’s strategy had never been to replicate those business models.

There was also the small matter of Financial Fair Play rules, newly introduced in the first half of the decade, barring clubs from reaching too far beyond their limits. Manchester City - who had posted losses nearing £200million at the start of the decade - were slapped with UEFA sanctions at the end of 2013/14, a warning to clubs of the dangers of overspending.

So, with the 2015/16 season and the second half of the decade fast approaching, Liverpool were in something of a quandary. Their club captain and icon Steven Gerrard was leaving, Raheem Sterling was actively forcing a move and the club would have to settle for a place in the Europa League once again, meaning investment would continue to be limited in the face of their free-spending rivals.

Another summer of recruitment - notably, the addition of Roberto Firmino - followed, but after another poor start to the season Rodgers’ time was up. Handing Rodgers the sack after the Merseyside Derby just six weeks into the new season, the club reached out to a man who had months before walked away from a team he had successfully built back up to the biggest team in the league: an achievement, clearly, Liverpool were desperate to emulate. His name was Jurgen Klopp.

EUROPE AND THE MONEY

As money on offer from Premier League and UEFA broadcasting has continued to rise and rise throughout the decade, few teams benefited as much as Liverpool, thanks to their successes under the management of Jurgen Klopp and his team.

A stop-start first season domestically was overshadowed by Liverpool’s first European final appearance in nine years, when they were outmatched by Unai Emery’s Sevilla after taking the lead through a sublime Daniel Sturridge goal.

But from here Liverpool have gone from strength-to-strength, building a world-class squad in the years that followed: 2016 Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum; 2017 Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andy Robertson; 2018 Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita.

The Moneyball tactic that had marked the first half of the decade fell to the wayside, with Liverpool smashing the world record for both a defender and a goalkeeper and investing huge sums to build a world-class spine. Yet bargains remained, especially with the signing of Robertson who has blossomed into one of the best in the world under Klopp’s tutelage.

With this team, Liverpool put together three top four finishes for the first time since 2008/09, amassing 97 points last time out, far and away the record for only a second-placed finish. Of far higher value, but a byproduct of consistent league success, the club enjoyed two Champions League finals, culminating in Jordan Henderson lifting the trophy earlier this year with victory over Tottenham in Madrid.


Liverpool were resilient in the transfer market in 2019, opting instead to spend nominal sums on young talent and a back-up keeper to the outstanding Alisson, with money in reserve if and when it is needed. Top of the table heading into the new decade, it’s proved a smart policy so far.

By 2017/18, the year Liverpool came within a Karius howler of possibly lifting the Champions League for the sixth time, the club’s turnover had spiked to £455million, which was some £270million higher than it was back when the decade began, aided by continued growth across all three revenue streams.

Alive to the knowledge that the club really benefit from an increased commercial standing, Liverpool continued to sign up partner after partner and expand their commercial empire in the last five years, leaving them with commercial revenues of slightly under £155million by the close of 2017/18.

Moving forward, Liverpool in May 2018 agreed to extend and increase terms with Standard Chartered until the close of 2022/23 and also brought in Western Union as the club’s first official sleeve partner, after the Premier League sanctioned such advertising, and AXA as official training kit partner. In addition, Liverpool have a portfolio of 20 other sponsors.

NIKE AND THE NEXT STEPS

But its the kit partner where Liverpool have really run out winners, having in recent weeks successfully overcome, via a court ruling, New Balance’s attempts to maintain the duo’s partnership. A deal with Nike to begin in 2020/21 looms, under which the American giant plans to use big names of the profile of Drake, LeBron James and Serena Williams to help the club’s brand soar even higher.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also seen a bump in earnings through matchday activities, after the club in September 2016 successfully wrapped up expansion work on the Main Stand. This project involved adding a new third tier, new facilities and enhanced corporate spaces. The bottom line is that as a result, Anfield swelled in capacity by around 8,500 seats.

On the back of this success, with Liverpool now turning over more than £80million a season from matchday activities - almost double the figure back in 2009/10 - the club in August this year confirmed intentions to take the capacity at Anfield beyond 60,000 in the future. Money loaned directly by FSG helped fund stadium this expansion work, further evidence of FSG’s desire to see Liverpool grow.

Furthermore, Liverpool in the second half of the decade put to bed the club’s failure to derive fair value for their sales. Having, as mentioned, been forced to declare losses for three successive seasons, the club’s profit from transfer activities in the four seasons after added up to £260million.


Almost half of this figure came from the sale of Philippe Coutinho in January 2018, allowing the club to declare a then world-record pre-tax profit of £125million.

As chief operating officer Andy Hughes noted earlier this year, “What we have seen is a stable and sustained improvement in the club's financial position over recent years.

“This growth and increase in revenue has enabled us to significantly reinvest both in the playing squad and the football operational infrastructure.

“Financial results do fluctuate depending on player trading costs and timing of payments,” he acknowledged, “but what's clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure."

A Champions League winner and within a hair’s breadth of winning the Premier League, Liverpool could see revenues close in on £500million for 2018/19, which if achieved would see Liverpool join an exclusive club currently occupied by only Manchester United and Manchester City.

For almost the entire decade, FSG endured every high and low on the journey to this milestone. Ahead of the Champions League final in Madrid back in June, Tom Werner, Liverpool’s chairman and Henry’s partner, underlined FSG’s commitment.

“I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club,” he remarked. “We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it's been for a very long time. We have always said that our desire is to win silverware.”

Back in May 2012, Christian Purslow - who served as Liverpool’s managing director at the turn of the decade before departing in the days around Liverpool’s takeover - had remarked of FSG: ”One thing I will say about American owners is the idea that there is some emotional connection is obviously rubbish.

"It's an investment game, Liverpool is an investment,” he maintained.

Seven years, one Champions League, one of the best teams in the world and many millions later, few in Liverpool red would agree with that simplistic assessment.

FSG will no doubt one day see a return on their purchase. But this decade and the incredible progress on and off the pitch has shown their involvement at Anfield is worth much more than just dollars and cents to them. And they are not finished yet

How ‘Mismanagement & poor spending has Emery in limbo’ – Arsenal boss is badly ‘struggling’, says Upson


The former Gunners defender is not convinced that the Spanish coach boasts the full support of his players amid further questioning of his future

Unai Emery has been left in “limbo” at Arsenal by mismanagement and poor recruitment calls, says Matthew Upson, with the Spaniard losing the support of those in his squad.

Talk of another change in the dugout at Emirates Stadium continues to build.

The Gunners have not made the progress expected under Emery when appointing him as Arsene Wenger’s successor in the summer of 2018.

The former Arsenal defender told Radio 5 Live: “[A loss to Southampton] leaves [Emery] in real limbo because I think he’s struggling.

“I was at Leicester and I saw a really poor performance from Arsenal [in the 2-0 defeat].

“It was almost like they tried to cater to not get beat at Leicester who were on top form, and this is Arsenal, and never really got any kind of grip of the game.”


Struggles away from home have been holding Arsenal back for a while, with a reversal at Leicester merely another example of that.

Righting those wrongs is proving difficult, with Emery facing accusations of having lost the dressing room.

He has been publicly backed by the Gunners board, but questions are being asked of his ability to inspire a supposedly star-studded squad.

Upson added when asked if certain players have given up on the current coach amid regular calls for change: “Maybe, maybe that’s the case, maybe there’s already a loss of belief or whatever it may be in the manager.

“He came to the club Emery and he tried to change things, he tried to be more disciplined.


“Again you have to look at the recruitment don’t you. To spend what they have spent on an attacking wide player, with the other issues that need to be addressed in the team.

“I thought he had a decent first season. At the end of last season, you thought ‘[You’ve got] this summer now but you have to make progress this season’ and I don’t think they have.”

Arsenal invested a club record £72 million ($93m) in Nicolas Pepe over the summer, but have seen little return on that deal, while the likes of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are still finding their feet in new surroundings

17 November 2019

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi set for shocking move to Real Madrid


Chelsea forward, Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave Stamford Bridge to join Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid next summer.

Gutsynaij had reported that Hudson-Odoi refused to sign a new five-year deal with the club last December and almost left for Bayern Munich last January this year.

The player also said that he will sign his new contract with the club on the condition that the Blues will give him assurances of playing time.

However, El Desmarque is now reporting that Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Hudson-Odoi at the end of this season in a bid to bolster their attack line.

The newspaper reports that the Los Blancos president, Florentino Perez is closely monitoring the 19-year-old, as well as several other youngsters, Everton’s Moise Kean, Villarreal’s Samuel Chukweze and RB Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland.

Three Key players to miss Man City clash against Chelsea


Manchester City will be without four key players: Bernado Silva, Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Aymeric Laporte when they face a high flying Chelsea side after the international break.

Manchester City’s first game following the November international break is a big one against Frank Lampard’s side.

The reigning Premier League champions Manchester City face the Blues at the Eithad Stadium and Chelsea can move four points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side with victory in the day’s late kick-off.

City boss, Pep Guardiola has somewhat of a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of the game.

Silva is to serve a one-game suspension in relation to social media message about teammate Benjamin Mendy.

Silva was charged by the Football Association last month after he compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a sweet brand available in Spain and Portugal.

He has also been fined £50,000 for the tweet and will only sit out the clash against Lampard’s side.
A statement via the FA’s official website reads, “Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first team competitive fixture, fined £50,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.

“The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”

Sane suffered a serious knee injury in the Community Shield win over Liverpool back in August and is not expected to play again this year.

The same goes for defender Laporte while Zinchenko could return later in the year.

Bayern Munich President talks on bringing Guardiola back from Man City


Bayern Munich President, Herbert Hainer, has hinted that the Bundesliga champions could make an ambitious attempt to bring back manager, Pep Guardiola from Manchester City despite his ongoing contract with the Premier League champions.

Bayern Munich are pondering their managerial options after sacking Niko Kovac some weeks ago.

The Bavarians have been linked with an ambitious move to bring back Guardiola from Man City.

But Hainer has now said that Guardiola is a great coach but still has contract with Man City, adding that Bayern will have to wait until the club’s board comes up with options.

“The board of directors will try to get the best coach for Bayern Munich,” Hainer said, as quoted by Sport1.

“When I say the best, it means, on one hand, a coach who we want to have and, on the other, one who is available.

“Pep Guardiola is a great coach but he has a contract with Manchester City.

“For now I would say, let’s wait until the board comes to us. Then we will deal with the options. But in principle, we want to have the best coach at Bayern Munich.”

16 November 2019

Thierry Henry reveals how Arsenal will finish under Emery this season


Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry is optimistic that Unai Emery’s men can finish in the English Premier League, EPL, top four this season.

The gunners are currently in the sixth position on the Premier League table and eight points behind Manchester City currently in fourth place.

The Gunners were defeated 2-0 by Leicester City last weekend but Henry, who was recently appointed as the new head coach of MLS side, Montreal Impact, believes his former club can secure a long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League.

Henry told Yahoo Sport, “For me, as a fan, I would like us to get back into the top four and get Champions League football back at the Emirates.

“Right now, it looks like not just us who are struggling but also United and Tottenham are struggling, so you have to hope we can go on a run.”

Henry added: “What do they need to change? I’m not in the dressing room every day to know what is happening in training. That’s the job of Emery or whoever is in charge.

“As a fan, I would like to see them back in the Champions League, that will be a start because catching Liverpool at the minute seems very complicated. Even for Manchester City. Let’s see where we can finish at the end of the season.”

Champions League: Man City lose FFP case against UEFA at Court of Arbitration


Manchester City on Wednesday, lost their appeal against UEFA’s decision, to investigate them for alleged breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but it has now been thrown out.

This means the Premier League champions will still face action from UEFA for alleged breach of FFP, although expulsion from next season’s Champions League is unlikely.

City are likely to get a financial penalty.

“An appeal against the decision of a federation, association or sports-related body may be filed with CAS, if the appellant has exhausted the legal remedies available to it prior to the appeal, in accordance with the statutes or regulations of that body.

“In the present case, the decision rendered by the CFCB IC to refer a case to the CFCB AC is not final and can therefore not be appealed to CAS directly, because the AC is competent to take any of the decisions listed in Article 27 CFCB Procedural Rules, that are described as being final,” a statement released by CAS read

My Goals For Liverpool and England Is Just the start - Oxlade-Chamberlain On His Plans For The Season


The 26-year-old netted his first international strike since 2017 against Montenegro and has been widely praised for his form, but he expects more

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he knows he still has room to improve as he looks to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England midfield.

The 26-year-old, who had been expected to start at last summer’s World Cup, was out of action for months after a career-threatening knee injury but is now back on form for Liverpool and England.

He has scored four goals this season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, including one particularly memorable strike against Genk in the Champions League, and opened the scoring in England’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro with his first international goal since 2017.

“I’ve made steps forward for sure with where I was before,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I’ve got that feeling back of attacking and getting into areas and a few goals help that and help my confidence and for others to say I have found my form.

“But at the same time there are some games in there – the Arsenal game I had a poor game to be fair; I scored a good goal but I wasn’t good enough – and there are games where I wanted my all-round game to be better.

“But I was starting to get into the positions I was before I was injured and finding a bit more joy in those areas and getting that feeling back.”

Plenty of England fans have been excited by the dynamism Oxlade-Chamberlain has brought to Southgate’s midfield, and if he builds on his good form for Liverpool he could be a key player at next summer’s Euros.

However with the likes of Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks and James Maddison arriving on the scene in recent years, plus the growing appreciation for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, there is plenty of competition for places in what looks likely to be a three-man midfield.


“I have been around for a while and had a lot of injuries that have kept me out of big games and tournaments,” Oxlade-Chamberlain added.

“I was coming into form when we played Holland and Italy in the March just before I got injured and I think I brought that form into England. But since the injury I am trying to pick up where I left off.

“In that time there have been a lot of other boys who have come through. There are different players and new dynamics so it is nice to slot back in and push myself to keep improving and try to find something different to help this team move forward.”

Source: Goal.com

14 November 2019

Arsenal poor form hindering Nicolas Pepe, says Thierry


Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says the Gunners malaise is hindering club record signing Nicolas Pepe.

The winger, who signed for £72million from Lille in the summer, has endured a slow start to life at The Emirates and is yet to find the back of the net from open play in an Arsenal shirt.

He has, however, scored two stunning free-kicks to rescue the Gunners in the Europa League.

While fans are desperate to see more from the 24-year-old, Henry says the fault does not lie with Pepe but the entire underperforming side.

“People like to highlight the player but if the team were playing a bit better, maybe he would be playing a bit better,” he said.


“At the minute, it’s not a Pepe thing, it’s an Arsenal thing. Hopefully he and the team can get better so we can get in the top four again.”

As is the case with many a new import into the Premier League, Pepe is taking time to find his feet in English football.

Henry himself made the transition from Ligue 1, via Serie A, to the top flight in England when he joined Arsenal from Juventus and took time to settle himself, dropped for a run of seven games after his first four League starts for the club.

“People need to forget about the price tag,” Henry told Yahoo Sports. “He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.

“It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play. The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French league - or any other league, by the way - so he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.

“When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you.

“He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.”

Arsenal 'monitoring Stuttgart midfielder' Following Granit Xhaka fall out


Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal.

With Granit Xhaka currently out of favour and Lucas Torreira allegedly unsettled in north London, Unai Emery has been left to consider potential replacements.

According to HLN, Mangala has been placed on the club's shortlist of possible incomings for January or next summer.

The 21-year-old has been a regular for Stuttgart this season, with seven starts and four substitute outings coming in Germany's second tier.

However, it is claimed that Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Roma are also monitoring the development of the Belgium Under-21 international, who could cost as much as £26m.

Mangala still has over three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract

Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi blocks board appointment as Unai Emery sack debate takes another twist


No doubt Arsenal are engulfed in a fresh row over David O’Leary’s appointment on the board as a consultant.


Tensions are rising at Arsenal as Raul Sanllehi opposes the appointment of David O'Leary on the board as the club continue to fend calls for Unai Emery to be sacked.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners hierarchy is engulfed in a “row” as chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Lord Harris of Peckham are facing resistance in their bid to have O'Leary joining up as a football consultant.

Must Read : Arsenal's poor form hindering Nicolas Pepe, says Thierry  


The Emirates outfit’s head of football Sanllehi, though, has reservations about creating a new position for the former captain as he just named Edu as technical director last summer.

This takes place shortly after the board denied reports of coming in contact with well-known managers, like Luis Enrique, to replace under-fire Emery.


The club has insisted that they will continue backing the Spaniard and won’t make a decision on his future until the summer.

Read Also : Arsenal 'monitoring Stuttgart midfielder' Following Granit Xhaka fall out With Emery


However, it has been reported that their hand may be forced to wield the axe if Arsenal’s poor form continues.

The friction on the board shows that the north London club may be in need of some stability and that could come by dismissing Emery, who is falling out of favour with a section of the fans that are demanding his removal from the helm.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table with eight points separating them from the top four.

The Gunners haven’t won a game in the league for over a month and only hold two victories in their last 10 top-flight fixtures.

Their misery piled up on Saturday after losing to in-form Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Emery, though, remains calm as he is confident his team will fight back after the international break.

Even though the ex-Sevilla boss is aware of the criticism he is receiving, he urged the fans to be patient.

Emery said: “We have time to recover.

“I know we are receiving criticism and I can accept it, that is normal if you are not winning matches.

“But my message to everyone at Arsenal would be to stay calm because we can improve.”

These Three Chelsea players Could end Man City’s title hope - Paul Merson


Arsenal hero, Paul Merson has identified Chelsea stars, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic as the three Blues players that can end Manchester City’s hope of winning the English Premier League, EPL, title this season.

Merson believes the trio can inflict more pain on Pep Guardiola’s side in their title defence this term when both teams clash on November 23 at Etihad after the international break.

Man City are currently nine points behind league leaders, Liverpool following their 3-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield some days ago.

“You have to remember that City have Chelsea at home next who are good going forward and you are talking about a team who are going to give you problems at the back with Abraham, Mount and Pulisic,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“This is going to be a problem game and if they do not win that game and Liverpool win against Palace.

“City have to get through their next six or seven games before they can be title contenders again. They have not got a good run, but if they win all of them and are still in the title race come Christmas, then I will go fair enough.”

Merson added: “Liverpool have lost one game in the last 51 and they have played City three times in that time, so I just do not see them losing four or five games ’till the end of the season.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic announce exit from LA Galaxy, reveals next move


LA Galaxy striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his next move after he mutually parted ways with the club on Wednesday.

The former Manchester United star also thanked LA Galaxy for making him feel alive again after a two-year spell at the MLS club.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Wednesday night, Ibrahimovic said: “I came, I saw, I conquered. Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans – you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball.”

Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals in 53 starts and registered 17 assists for Galaxy.

The Swedish striker joined the club from Manchester United in March 2018.

He has also drawn interest from AC Milan and Bologna in recent weeks

Fabinho says he's happy with ‘Dyson’ tag as he wants to make more improvement at Liverpool


The Brazil international has been given a new nickname by Jurgen Klopp, with the 26-year-old continuing to sweep up in the middle of the park

Fabinho is happy with the “Dyson” nicknamed bestowed upon him by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, with the holding midfielder confident that he can take his game to even greater heights.

The versatile Brazilian has nailed down an important role in the Reds side which requires him to sweep up in front of the back four.

So impressive has he been in that berth that Klopp has compared him to a hoover that leaves no stone unturned in a bid to keep the Liverpool slate clean.


Fabinho is accustomed to unusual monikers, having already been branded the “skinny one” by Virgil van Dijk, and is pleased to see his efforts recognised by those around him.

Asked about the “Dyson” tag by Liverpool’s official website, the 26-year-old said: "A few people call me this! Between us players I'm more known as Flaco but they're cool nicknames.

"Before the coach used it [Dyson], another player used it - I think [James] Milner might have said it.

"It's a cool nickname but the other one that the majority of the players use, Flaco, that was started by Virgil and everybody started calling me it."


Fabinho has become a key component in a Liverpool side that tasted Champions League glory last season and is chasing down the Premier League title in 2019-20.


He opened his goal account for the club in a crucial 3-1 victory over Manchester City last time out and feels he can offer even more to the collective cause as further potential is unlocked.


"I think when the team does well an individual's abilities shine as well,” Fabinho added.


"I wanted this season to be different because I had already adapted to the team and the league. I wanted to keep improving as a player and help the team out more. That's what I've been aiming for.


"I'm happy for the praise that I've got but I know I still have got the scope to improve and I want to keep improving.

"There's always scope to improve. I'm still young, I want to improve more, develop more. I've got personal objectives as well, so I've still got more to offer to the team."

Source : Goal

José Mourinho Reveals Reason Why Liverpool Are Top of The Table

Mourinho reveals why Liverpool, Man City are ahead of Chelsea, Man Utd, others

Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, as revealed that Manchester City and Liverpool are ahead of their rivals in the English Premier League (EPL) because of the structures of the two club
s.

Man City won the Premier League in the last two seasons, while Liverpool are currently in pole position to win the English top-flight league this campaign.

Speaking on Liverpool and Man City’s impressive season so far, Mourinho told The Telegraph: “I think the structure of the clubs.

“When you look at City, for example: the owner, Ferran Soriano [chief executive], Txiki Begiristain [director of football], Pep Guardiola, Pep’s staff and then the players.


“This looks like harmony, empathy, chemistry, quality, sharing the same project, sharing the same ideas

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sends Farewell Message To LA Galaxy Fans Ahead Of His Departure

LA Galaxy striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his next move after he mutually parted ways with the club on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United star also thanked LA Galaxy for making him feel alive again after a two-year spell at the MLS club.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Wednesday night, Ibrahimovic said: “I came, I saw, I conquered.

 Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans – you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan. You are welcome. The story continues…Now go back to watch baseball.”

Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals in 53 starts and registered 17 assists for Galaxy.
The Swedish striker joined the club from Manchester United in March 2018.;

12 November 2019

Mahrez reveals what prevented him from joining Arsenal


Manchester City star, Riyad Mahrez, has revealed that Leicester City stopped him from joining Arsenal in 2016 during his time with the Foxes.

The Algerian captain was linked with a move to Arsenal in 2016 but remained at Leicester for another two seasons before joining Pep Guardiola’s side for £60million.

Speaking with France Football, Mahrez said: “After the title, if I’d left for a top team, it wouldn’t have been the same story.

“For me, it’s clear that I lost two years at the highest level. I lost two years! Because instead of arriving at City at 27, I could have been there at 24, 25.

“Leicester blocked me. They told me: ‘You’re not leaving, you’re not leaving’.

“My agent had spoken to [Arsene] Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016. I was really frustrated.

“It wasn’t easy to go from being the best player in the Premier League to being a part of a team fighting against relegation.

“It’s not the same job. Everyone is waiting for you around the corner.”

11 November 2019

Ahead Of 2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Iwobi, Musa, Ndidi & Others Arrive Camp In Uyo

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Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, Okoye Maduka, Jamilu Collins, Azeez Ramon, Awaziem, Semi Ajayi, Aina Ola, Alex Iwobi, Ezenwa have all arrived in Uyo camp, Akwa Ibom for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.


Mourinho says he's still worried about Chelsea under Lampard ahead of Man City clash


Jose Mourinho has praised Frank Lampard’s impact, after Chelsea recorded their sixth straight victory in the Premier League, with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.


The Blues have recovered from the 4-0 defeat they suffered against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend and are currently thrid in the table, eight points behind current leaders Liverpool.


Despite their sensational form, Mourinho is worried about how Chelsea will perform in big games this season.


He told Sky Sports: “In the first weekend I was worried and I’m still worried with the big matches. I think fantastic work. The kids coming into the team are fitting amazingly well with the top class players like Willian and Kante.


“I think really, really great work by Frank. But, they lost twice against United, they lost against Liverpool at home.


“They conceded four goals against Ajax and I’m very, very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad.


“I’m curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism that the top teams must have to play against top teams.


“When they find that I think they have a great team for the future. I don’t believe in them to finish top two, but I believe very seriously for them to finish top four.”

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo blasted by Capello after Juventus’ 1-0 win over AC Milan


Former Italy and England national team coach, Fabio Capello, has criticised Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo after Maurizio Sarri’s men defeated AC Milan 1-0 in the Serie A on Sunday.

Ronaldo reacted angrily after being replaced by Paulo Dybala in the 55th minute during the encounter and immediately made his way up the tunnel.

The 34-year-old also left the stadium three minutes to the end of the match.

But. Capello, Who supported Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri’s decision to substitute Ronaldo, said that the Portugal international had not dribbled past anyone in the last three years.

“[Cristiano] is a great champion, nobody argues with that, but he hasn’t dribbled past anyone in the last three years,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the moment, he isn’t at his best and it is normal to replace him. Sarri doesn’t need to be brave or show his personality to make that change.

“It’s not nice that he didn’t sit on the bench [after being taken off] and argued with Sarri.

“One has to be a champion even when he is replaced, not only when things are going well. He must respect his team-mates.”

Juventus will now take on Atalanta in their next Serie A fixture.

Read What Klopp said about sundering title after 3-1 win over Man City


Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted that his team is not under any pressure, after opening an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The Reds beat champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Klopp encouraged his players to embrace their position as the top team in the country.

“We don’t feel any pressure, to be honest – if you are with us, then nine points is a positive.

“Other people will 100% say, and have said already, that from now on Liverpool can only lose it.

“That’s a very negative approach, but I can promise you that we don’t care,” Klopp said.

Arsenal players in disagreement with Unai Emery over Aubameyang


The Arsenal squad is not in full support of manager Unai Emery’s decision, to strip Granit Xhaka of the Arsenal captaincy and hand it to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Xhaka was removed as skipper, after clashing with fans in last month’s 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

According to The Athletic, some players within the squad, feel that the Swiss midfielder was “thrown under the bus” by Emery and do not support the choice of Aubameyang as his replacement.

Although the players were given the opportunity to vote on their captain after Laurent Koscielny left for Bordeaux, they were not consulted at all when Aubameyang was named captain.

Most of them only found out, when he announced the news at a press conference, before their Europa League fixture against Vitoria.

Lacazette speaks up on problem in Arsenal dressing room, says team now low in confidence


Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, has admitted that he and his team-mates are low on confidence.

The Gunners have only won once in their last six Premier League matches.

The run sees them in sixth place, eight points off Champions League spots and puts manager Unai Emery under pressure.

However, Lacazette, speaking to the UK Mirror, insists Emery is not to blame for the poor form.

Must Read: Arsenal players in disagreement with Unai Emery over Aubameyang


“Last season when we were unbeaten in 20 games in a row, nobody said anything about the coach or manager.

“We miss confidence and we need the international break.

“I hope we are going to come back well. We want to be top four, of course.

“Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard, but everything is possible in football,” Lacazette said

See Also : Why Shambled Arsenal are even worse under Emery than at the end of Wenger's reign

Ronaldo Angrily Leaves Juventus Stadium After Being Substituted

Cristiano Ronaldo was not happy after being substituted by Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri for the second game running,



Ronaldo's replacement Dybala scored in the 77th minute with a goal the Portuguese would have been proud of.

After a quick exchange of passes, the Argentine twisted past Alessio Romagnoli and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a right footshot.

Ronaldo was taken off in the 55th minute, his earliest substitution since he joined Juve at the start of last season and the first time he has been replaced twice in succession.
Despite producing a lacklustre display,

Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a dirty look, muttered something under his breath and walked straight down the tunnel.

Sky Sport Italia later reported that Ronaldo left the stadium before the game had even finished.

Ronaldo also looked unhappy after being taken off during Wednesday's Champions League match at Lokomotiv Moscow.

10 November 2019

Liverpool 3-1 Man City: Razor Sharp Reds take full charge of title race


Manchester City's chances of winning a third straight title were dealt a big blow as clinical Liverpool earned a huge 3-1 win at Anfield.

Liverpool ruthlessly dispatched title rivals Manchester City 3-1 in a barnstorming clash at Anfield to open up a commanding eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

Fabinho rifled the Reds into a sixth-minute lead moments after the visitors were left seething when Trent Alexander-Arnold was not punished for a seeming handball in the penalty area.

Mohamed Salah doubled the lead in a pulsating start and Sadio Mane completed the ransacking early in the second half as Liverpool's hopes of ending 30 years of title pain earned a monumental boost despite Bernardo Silva's 78th-minute strike giving the visitors late hope of a revival.


Liverpool – who are now unbeaten in 17 Premier League contests with City at Anfield – have an eight-point lead over Chelsea and Leicester City but perhaps far more significant for Jurgen Klopp's men, is the cushion of nine they have over Pep Guardiola's defending champions.


City were outraged not to be awarded a fifth-minute penalty for handball against Alexander-Arnold and their sense of injustice was exacerbated less 60 seconds later when Fabinho picked up Ilkay Gundogan's poor clearance and lashed home an unstoppable 25-yard thunderbolt.

Despite the setback, the away side continued to press the issue but Raheem Sterling wastefully headed wide from Kevin De Bruyne's whipped free-kick and City were made to pay.

Alexander-Arnold's exquisite cross-field ball found Andy Robertson, whose sublime left-wing cross was nodded home by Salah.

Sergio Aguero tested Alisson and surprise inclusion Angelino clipped the post in an action-packed first half, while Roberto Firmino and Salah drew good stops from City's stand-in keeper Claudio Bravo.

The game was essentially put to bed six minutes after the restart when Jordan Henderson hung up a wonderful cross from the right that Mane gleefully headed in at the far post.

Sterling and Alexander-Arnold were both denied penalties before City game themselves a glimmer of hope when Angelino's low centre was drilled home, via a slight kiss of the post, from Silva.

City had Liverpool on edge again shortly after but Gabriel Jesus failed to make clean contact when Sterling had seemingly laid one on a plate.

Another claim for handball against Alexander-Arnold went unheard and Jesus wasted another golden opportunity as Liverpool saw it out to lay down a huge marker.

What does it mean? It's a long way back for City

Talk of diving and 'tactical fouls' dominated the build-up to this blockbuster clash but any thought Liverpool may have been rattled by the perceived attempt at mind games was quickly dispelled. Last term, City took four points off the Reds which proved vital in pipping Klopp's men by the narrowest of margins. It is too soon to say City's chances of a third straight title are over, but there is now absolutely no room for error for Guardiola's side.


Fabulous Fabinho justifies Klopp's gamble

With four yellow cards to his name this term, Fabinho has been walking the fabled 'disciplinary tightrope'. Klopp opted to rest the Brazil international in last week's late come-from-behind win at Aston Villa in order to avoid him being banned against City. It was a gamble that paid dividends, with the defensive midfielder lashing home the opener and doing his part to shackle City's midfield.

More Anfield woe for Aguero

For a player with Aguero's incredible scoring record it is remarkable he has now failed to score in eight appearances at Anfield. The Argentina striker had plenty of opportunities to break that duck but was uncharacteristically poor before being hauled off for Jesus in the 71st minute.

Key Opta Facts

- Liverpool have won 11 of their first 12 Premier League games this season and lead the table by eight points – only Manchester United in 1993-94 have had a bigger lead after 12 games of a Premier League season (nine points).

- City manager Guardiola has lost eight matches in all competitions against Klopp – three more than he has against any other manager.

- This was the second time this season City have conceded three goals in a Premier League game (also 3-2 against Norwich) – they only did so once last season, losing 3-2 to Crystal Palace in December 2018.

- Liverpool’s Salah has been involved in 69 goals in 60 appearances at Anfield for the Reds in all competitions (51 goals, 18 assists), scoring in three of his four home appearances against Man City in that time.

- Guardiola has lost more away games at Anfield against Liverpool than he has at any other ground in all competitions (four defeats).

- Fabinho’s goal was Liverpool’s ninth from outside the box in all competitions this season – more than any other Premier League side.

- Since August 2018, Mane has scored 22 Premier League goals at Anfield for Liverpool – more than any other player has scored at a single venue in that time.

- Since the start of last season, only Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser (16) has provided more Premier League assists than Liverpool full-back Robertson (15).

- This is the fewest points Guardiola has won through his first 12 top-flight league matches of a season (25), and the first time he has been more than three points behind the top of the table at this stage of the season (nine points currently).

- This was Aguero’s ninth match at Anfield against Liverpool in all competitions for City – he has never scored there for City, attempting 14 shots without success across those nine games.

So What's next?

Liverpool take a sizeable lead at the top of the table into the international window and resume Premier League duties at Crystal Palace on November 23. City face a tough task at home to Chelsea on the same day.

Jose Mourinho says the Premier League title race will be over if Liverpool beat Man City


According to Jose Mourinho Liverpool will go on to win the Premier League if they beat Manchester City today.

Liverpool head into the epic encounter at Anfield six points clear of title rivals City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to lose in the Premier League this season, with City tasting defeat twice.

Many believe it is a must-win game for City due to the gap to Liverpool but Mourinho instead reckons a draw would satisfy Pep Guardiola and his team.

I would say that if Liverpool wins the game today, I think they will win the league

He says it is more of a must-win for Liverpool, who he thinks must capitalise on the “fragilities” City have at the moment, most notably in defence and in goal.

Mourinho said on Sky Sports: “I think Jurgen [Klopp] cannot say it but I can. I think nine points is, for a very good team, I think nine points is a different that you just have to control.

“So I would say that if Liverpool wins the game today, I think they will win the league.

“No [a point is not enough for Liverpool], I don’t think so. City’s a very good team, City’s capable of very strong runs of consecutive victories, a slip for Liverpool will always happen.
“So I think if today, it can look a little bit of a contradiction because Liverpool is a team that has a six points advantage, but for me a draw would be a positive result for City and a bad result for Liverpool.


“Liverpool has to get the momentum, has to get the little bit of the fragilities of City at the time.

“And in my opinion win the game at home, at Anfield, is the only good result for Liverpool.”

Manchester City look set to be without No 1 goalkeeper Ederson due to the thigh injury he picked up in the 1-1 Champions League draw against Atalanta on Wednesday.

Liverpool failed to fully back me in the transfer market - Brendan Rodgers on Liverpool after Leicester’s win over Arsenal


Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has said that Liverpool failed to fully back him in the transfer market during his time at the club.

Rodgers came close to helping the Reds win the Premier League title in the 2013-14 season and was named LMA Manager of the Year for that campaign.

But the 46-year-old was sacked in October 2015 after a poor start to the season at Anfield.

As Liverpool manager, Rodgers was only able to signed Mamadou Sakho for £15 million, Dejan Lovren for £20m, Nathaniel Clyne for £15m and also spent £9m on goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Rodgers said he did not have the quality of defenders he needed to be successful at Anfield and has highlighted that Liverpool have since invested ‘a lot of money’ to improve Jurgen Klopp’s options at the back.

“I think if you look when I was in Scotland [with Celtic] we had defensive records as well,’ Rodgers said after Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

“At Liverpool, of course we were very good going forward, you have to ask did I have the players to defend how we’d want to defend?

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“I think now at Liverpool they obviously invest a lot of money to get those types of players in.

“Here, I’ve got a top-level centre-half in Jonny Evans, a young player in Caglar [Soyuncu] beside him who’s amazing. We’ve got a top European goalkeeper.”

Why Shambled Arsenal are even worse under Emery than at the end of Wenger's reign


The Spanish boss has picked up an unwanted record after watching his side suffer another defeat at the hands of Leicester this weekend


Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Saturday leaves Unai Emery with a worse record after his first 50 matches in charge than Arsene Wenger managed in his final half-century of matches at the helm.

The Gunners extended their winless run across all competitions to six matches at the King Power Stadium , with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison grabbing the goals for the Foxes.

Arsenal's resistance crumbled when Vardy finished off a crisp passing move in the 68th minute, before Maddison's low drive sealed a comfortable win for Brendan Rodgers' side seven minutes later.


The result leaves Emery's side sixth in the Premier League table and nine points adrift of the top four after 12 fixtures of the 2019-20 season.


Arsenal have amassed a grand total of 87 points from Emery's first 50 games, which is one fewer than they managed in their final 50 matches under Wenger.

The Gunners' record of 17 points and -1 goal difference marks their worst start in the top flight since 1982-83, with pressure likely to ramp up on their under-fire manager after another damaging setback.

Eyebrows were raised when record signing Nicolas Pepe was left on the bench at the King Power, with Emery opting for a 3-4-1-2 formation to try and neutralise Leicester's attacking threat.
Arsenal kept the Foxes at bay for over an hour, but offered very little at the opposite end of the pitch, with their first shot on target not arriving until after the 53rd minute.

Leicester, meanwhile, proved once again that they are capable of mixing it with the Premier League's elite, picking up a fourth successive victory while also solidifying their place in the top four.

The Gunners will now have to wait until after the international break for another chance to close the gap on their rivals in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Southampton are due to arrive at the Emirates on November 23, five days before Arsenal resume their Europa League campaign at home Eintracht Frankfurt.

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