Category: Sport

I haven’t seen Guardiola or Klopp do that – Lampard

Derby County manager Frank Lampard was unhappy with Leeds United counterpart Marcelo Bielsa’s presentation about his unorthodox coaching methods on Wednesday. Bielsa admitted spies had watched each of their opponents this season, the issue having been raised when a Leeds employee was caught outside Derby’s training ground ahead of their clash last Friday. The Argentinian faced…

No doubt Valverde and Alba will stay at Barcelona, says Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced head coach Ernesto Valverde will still be in charge at Camp Nou next season. Valverde’s future with the Catalan side was thrown into doubt last month when he told Barca’s in-house TV channel he did not know for sure if he would be at the club in the 2019-2020…

Kanu reveals country that’ll win AFCON 2019 in Egypt

Arsenal and Super Eagles legend, Nwankwo Kanu has revealed the country that’ll win AFCON 2019 in Egypt. According to him, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt. One of Kanu’s reasons was the fact that all of Gernot Rohr’s squad play week in and out in…

‘Man Utd’s philosophy is like Barcelona or Ajax’ – Neville

Manchester United’s next permanent manager must be prevented from betraying the club’s attacking traditions again, according to ex-defender Gary Neville. Sir Alex Ferguson’s successors David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all been sacked after adopting defensive tactics which have gone against the team’s recent history. Supporters have vented their frustrations during home…

Di Maria: Van Gaal to blame for my Man Utd failure

Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria believes manager Louis van Gaal was to blame for his failure to live up to his potential at Old Trafford. Argentina international Di Maria joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for a then-British record fee of £59.7 million ($75m). But he struggled…

Messi hungry for more after reaching 400 La Liga goals

Lionel Messi paid tribute to team-mates past and present after reaching 400 La Liga goals for Barcelona in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Eibar. The 31-year-old is the league’s all-time top goalscorer by some distance, having surpassed the previous record of 251 – held for 59 years by Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra – in November 2014.…

‘It would be fantastic to have Mourinho back’ – La Liga president

Jose Mourinho returning to Spanish football, amid talk of a possible second stint at Real Madrid, “would be fantastic”, says La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Portuguese currently finds himself out of work having been relieved of his managerial duties at Manchester United in December. Various landing spots have been mooted for a man keeping his cards…

‘Absolute nonsense!’ – Carragher rubbishes Ince’s Solskjaer claim

Jamie Carragher says those doubting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United impact are talking “absolute nonsense” after Paul Ince suggested “anyone” could have turned the club around. Former United midfielder Ince tempered some of the enthusiasm surrounding the Norwegian’s winning as start as Old Trafford interim manager by saying things “couldn’t have got any worse” after Jose Mourinho. He…

Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane will be out for at least six weeks following an ankle injury picked up in the weekend’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United. “Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday’s match,” a club statement read. “He will continue to be…

Barcelona have denied reports that Neymar’s father has called club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to guage interest in a return for his son. Reports have emerged in recent days that the player’s father and agent Neymar Santos Sr. reached out to Bartomeu, with his son hoping to return to Camp Nou. Neymar moved from Barca to…

Ince: Solskjaer is nothing special, I could have done that job at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have revitalised Manchester United, but Paul Ince claims things “couldn’t get any worse” after Jose Mourinho and anybody could have overseen an improvement. After taking the decision to part with a Portuguese coach in December, the Red Devils turned to a familiar face for inspiration. The club’s 1999 Treble-winning hero has…

Arsenal keeper Cech reveals summer retirement plan after 20-year career

Petr Cech has announced that he will be retiring from professional football at the end of the season, with the Arsenal goalkeeper to bring an end of a 20-year career. The vastly-experienced keeper feels the time is right to walk away as he has “won every single trophy possible”. He will turn 37 shortly after the current…

Guardiola tells Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool’s fixtures

Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to ignore Liverpool’s fixtures in the Premier League title race. City narrowed the gap to leaders Liverpool back to four points on Monday with a 3-0 home win against 10-man Wolves, Gabriel Jesus on target with a brace before Conor Coady’s late own goal. But Liverpool host Crystal…

‘Mbappe can become the new me!’ – Pele

Three-time World Cup winner Pele has backed Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe to match his glittering career achievements. Pele is widely considered to be one of the game’s greatest ever players having burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old at the 1968 World Cup, helping Brazil win the tournament for the first time. He would…

Lloris: Spurs ready to fight for titles without Kane

Hugo Lloris stressed Tottenham are “ready to fight” in all four competitions this season despite injury concerns over star striker Harry Kane. Tottenham could be without Kane for a month after the England international hurt his ankle in Sunday’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United. Kane had to be helped off the pitch…

‘I’m sure something will be worked out’ – Luiz agent

David Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian insists he remains in talks with Chelsea over a new deal for the Brazilian defender and is optimistic an agreement can be reached. The 31-year-old is into the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning he is now free to discuss terms with rival clubs. Blues boss Maurizio…

I can’t stand losing, even to my wife and son!

Kevin De Bruyne admits he “can’t stand to lose”, with an insatiable desire to be the best providing his motivation at Manchester City and in a role as a competitive dad with his wife and son. The 27-year-old has grown accustomed to winning over the course of a distinguished professional career which has carried him…

Messi makes history with 400th La Liga goal

Lionel Messi has become the first player to score 400 La Liga goals after netting against Eibar on Sunday. The Argentine made it 2-0 when he netted for the Liga leaders at Camp Nou, extending his record as the highest scorer in the Spanish top flight’s history. Incredibly, Messi only took 435 games to get to…

Solskjaer makes best start in Manchester United history

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has equalled the record for the most successful start of any Manchester United manager in history after winning his first five league games in charge. The Norwegian matched Sir Matt Busby’s record of five consecutive wins in the top flight when his side beat Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Solskjaer took over…

Pogba takes aim at Mourinho’s negative tactics

Paul Pogba has revealed he found it difficult to play under United’s old tactics and hinted he is happier now the Reds are focussing on attacking football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba provided a superb pass to set up Marcus Rashford for the only goal of the game as United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday,…

‘He’s got a hairdryer in him!’ –  Lingard on Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be a bubblier and more positive sounding manager than the other recent figures in the Manchester United dugout, but Jesse Lingard says the Norwegian isn’t averse to dishing out some Sir Alex Ferguson-style hairdryer treatment if required.   Having taken over after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s caretaker reign has…