Thursday, February 23, 2017

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On Friday, Manchester United FC has won their first-leg at 3-0 in Europe League round-of-32 tie.

The United coach Jose Mourinho confessed that he was upset by his own side’s arrogant approach to the first half of their Europe League of 3-0 win over French side St Etienne.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick placed the scoreline a gratifying look at the Premier League side which carries on several nervy instants while in the match at Old Trafford, mainly in the first half.


When asked by media about the result, United manager Mourinho said “I am… especially because in the first half, we played so bad, and we managed to finish it winning 1-0 when we don’t deserve. It was down to lack of concentration.”

“I had the feeling immediately in the dressing room… too noisy, too funny, too relaxed. Then my assistants had the feeling in the warm-up, with some of the guys not really focused on the getting the right adrenaline in their bodies,” he said.

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“Even myself on the touch-line, I felt it was difficult, the communication. I needed the half-time. I am not happy with it. At half-time, the result could be 1-1. I always think we have to play every game with the same attitude.”

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The manager of Portuguese did not stress in the second half; it was “a different story.” United FC has lost once in the last 23 matches, now On Sunday, they will travel to face second-tier side Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Germany footballer Mesut Ozil might be struggling for form however his manager Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger would not be strained into a rumour that Germany midfielder can be dropped for Wednesday’s Champion League last 16, first leg at Bayern Munich.

On Tuesday, before they arrive in Munich, the British media had reported that Ozil might leave on the bench for the game since his recent performance was poor. However, when asked about Ozil, coach Wenger said that German was entirely focused on the match.

“It is not the best moment to give you the first eleven. I will pick the team tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We are playing in Germany and Ozil is highly focused to have a good performance tomorrow.”


The 28-years-old Arsenal players Ozil has been in the attention after nameless displays in recent Premier League beats by Watford and Chelsea. He did little to put down the criticism after missing a host of chances in Arsenal’ss 2-0 Premier League win against Hull City on Saturday.

But, coach Wenger was more approaching about who will play in goal with David Ospina starting ahead of Petr Cech due to the Colombian’s performances in the competition this season.

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The 67-years-old French former footballer said “Nothing to hide; it will be Ospina. Because of the quality of his performances, if we are today in the last 16..we are where we are basically down to his great performances.”


Arsenal has lost to Bayern at this stage of the Champions League three times since 2005 but Wenger stressed that his side have the advantage of a home second leg and the quality to leave Munich with a good result.

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Frenchman said “We know we play against Bayern who, basically, listening to you (reporters) are favourites. We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front.”

“I feel we have the experience to play against Bayern. When you look at their record they are always in the last four. It is a massive challenge but we are capable of dealing with it.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took a blow at his previous club Chelsea as the Manchester United manager blame the Premier League leaders of lacking style.

Mourinho’s side cruised to win 3-0 at Leicester on Sunday, and he was fast to highlight the difference between the leading United display and what he perceives as the more joint efforts of Antonio Conte’s men.

Upset by criticism of the exact nature of his teams when he was in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho made it clear that he is unimpressed the way the Blues, recently nine points clear at the top, and also Tottenham and Liverpool, have been praised despite employing safety-first philosophies.

The 54-years-old United boss Mourinho said that “My team is playing very well but for many years in my career, especially in this country, when my team were ruthless and phenomenal defensively I listened week after week to people saying that was not enough, despite winning the title three times.”


“This season it looks that being strong defensively and good on the counter-attack is art. That is a big change in England. We are Manchester United; we want to play attacking football. This is the way the fans want us to play,” he said.

“But I don’t want to be a manager of a team that doesn’t win matches. We have to score goals. Today we did and that made the difference. Today was very important.”

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Mourinho‘s says about little harsh “The last time I was in this chair I was sacked a day later.”

Mkhitaryan scored United’s opener and placed in third for Juan Mata after Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead.


Mourinho recognized the first goal had been vital as it boosted his team’s, he said “We missed the first big chance but scored the next one. That is the story of the game. We didn’t play better than in many other matches. We were solid, but we scored goals.”

He added “It makes all the difference. In the second half you are in emotional and tactical control. You kill the emotion of the opponent and the whole game looks different.”

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Mourinho said about having left Mkhitaryan out at the start of the season. “If a player isn’t playing sometimes it can seem the manager is disturbing them, but that is not true. Sometimes, the best way to protect the player is not to play him. Henrikh is one of these cases; you see the magic things he does.”

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The Italian former player and professional manager Antonio Conte said that Chelsea should grab the chance to progress a step closer to win the Premier League when the leaders face Arsenal in Saturday’s crucial peak meeting.

Chelsea coach side is nine points evident at the top with 15 games remaining and victory over titles rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. It will be a critical moment in the race to replace Leicester as English champions.

Defeating the third-placed Gunners will move Chelsea 12 points clear of Arsene Wenger’s side, as well as sending a message to the chasing pack that the Blues are determined to hold onto their lead.


The 47-years-old Chelsea coach Conte would dearly love to observe off Arsenal after the North Londoners’ 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in their previous meeting this season.

It was the first chastening moment of coach Conte’s first season at Chelsea; however, the Italian said that his side had grown a lot.

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Chelsea manager said on Friday that “It was a bad defeat, 3-0 after the first half. And in my mind its present, it’s always present, this defeat. I hope (it is) also in the mind of my players. I think it’s important to remember the first game against Arsenal.

“A lot of things changed now. For sure we are a team. We want to have a good game tomorrow (Saturday).”

On Tuesday, with Chelsea held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool, Arsenal wasted the chance to close the gap since they crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat against Watford.


Wenger’s side hasn’t won at the Bridge since in the year 2011, and they should end that barren run to stay in the title hunt. They must play without Welsh midfielder players Aaron Ramsey, who was injured for three weeks with a calf injury.

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The 67-years-old Arsenal coach said that he is looking for his side to bounce back from the Watford reverse. “I believe what’s most important is that we turn up with a positive performance. We have shown in the first game that we can beat Chelsea so let’s turn up with the same quality and show a straight response.”

“What is at stake is how well we respond, in a united way and in a determined way, to get there and play our game.”

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Italian footballer Roberto Gagliardini might be playing for Juventus however. Instead, he will be coating up against the five-time Serie A champion on Sunday.

The 22-years-old Gagliardini get higher to prominence as one of the best stars of a young Atalanta team, which went on an impressive run in the first half of the season. His performances caught the eye of clubs in Italy and out of the country, Juventus said mostly interested before Inter Milan swooped in.

Internazionale midfielder Gagliardini said about surprised that come to Inter “I don’t know about that and I don’t care, what matters is that I’m here now. I didn’t even think about coming to Inter, I was happy at Atalanta. Then an Important offer came in from Inter and it was a positive deal. But I don’t know anything about Juve.”

According to the sources, Inter splashed out around 28 million euros ($30 million) on Gagliardini.

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It reportedly paid Atalanta 2 million euros for loan rights through June 2018, and another 23 million euros for Gagliardini’s full rights at the end of the season, plus 3 million more euros in eventual bonuses.

A lot of money for someone who was playing second-division football little more than a year ago, and who didn’t even make his Serie A debut until May.  Gagliardini progressed through the ranks at Atalanta but was loaned out to Serie B sides Cesena, Spezia, and Vicenza before returning to the Bergamo club at the end of January, last year.


His progression since Gian Piero Gasperini took over as coach in the offseason has been steep, and Gagliardini was given his first call-up to Italy in November, after only nine Serie A appearances.

“I’ve changed mentally under Gasperini. With him I’ve changed the concept about my game. Before it wasn’t really clear to me how to put my characteristics to the best use of the team. He was happy for me for the move to Inter, a bit less so for Atalanta,” said Gagliardini.

Gagliardini was thrown straight in at the deep end at Inter, making his debut just days after completing his move. And the midfielder didn’t wilt under pressure, with a man-of-the-match performance in a 3-1 win against Chieve Verona.

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Indeed, Gagliardini almost scored on his debut with three good chances, including a diving header which was kept out by an excellent save from Stefano Sorrentino. Gagliardini has been an ever-present, starting all three league matches since joining the Nerazzurri as well as the Italian Cup victory over Bologna.

He was an unused substitute in the quarter-final defeat to Lazio, which put an end to Inter’s nine-match winning run. Gagliardini said “I still have to improve a lot. I should be more clinical and believe in myself more. This year has been … maybe too quick growth. But now I will give everything to stay here.”


Next up for Gagliardini and Inter is a visit on Sunday to Juventus, which the Nerazzurri beat 2-1 in September.

“It’s my first match against Juve, certainly it’s a very difficult test. The Bianconeri are the strongest team in the league, but we’re going there to get a result. If we win, it will send a message to the rest of the league that we can be in the top three,” said Gagliardini.

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Inter is fourth, three points behind third-place Napoli and five behind Roma. Napoli visits Bologna on Saturday, while Roma hosts Fiorentina on Tuesday. Juventus is nine points ahead of Inter.

“Whoever wins will feel closer to their aim. Ours at the moments in third place. Looking at the table we can fight for it with Roma and Napoli, but because we’re behind them it doesn’t just depend on us. The matches between us might allow us to overtake them,” he added.

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England former and Chelsea midfield player Frank Lampard said that he was retiring on Thursday at the age of 38 after exiting down “a number of exciting offers” to continue playing.

Lampard brought to an end a 21-years-long professional career; he scored 10 or more Premier League goal in 10 successive seasons for Chelsea. He made his England debut against Belgium in the year 1999.

The 38-years-old retire England midfielder Lampard wrote on Facebook that “After 21 incredible years I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer.”

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“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals,” he said.


Chelsea midfielder did not mention about the plan to do next. However, he stated that he was grateful to the Football Association for the opportunity to do his coaching badges.

He left New York City FC in the autumn season and played for West Ham United and Manchester City in the Premier League.

He scored 211 times for the Blues and won every club honor, mesh the goals in 2005 secured the club’s first championship title in 50 years.

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“Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea Football Club, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together,” he wrote.


“It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone.”

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“Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammate’s such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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La Liga president Javier Tebas said that Video referees are likely to be used in Spanish soccer by the 2018 season 19 when it fully approved by FIFA.

The 54-years-old La Liga president speaks after Sunday’s match draw 1-1 between Real Betis and Barcelona, a game in which champions Barca appeared to have been without a clear goal.

The match video replays were showed that after Betis Cristiano Piccini sidetracked Aleix Vidal’s pass towards the goal that ball had crossed the line by around a meter before defender Aissi Mandi slid in and scrambled it away.


Tebas said to EI Pais that “The tests are already underway. We have been working on video referees for the last eight months.”

Tebas added saying that “We will be testing it from next season in La Liga. If FIFA finally approve it, we will starts using it from July 2018.”

Football’s law-making body IFAB accepted last March a two-year trial of the video assistant referee (VAR) system with access to replays to help match officials review critical decisions.

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique feels that the official needs assistance. “The referees need help, whether it’s with cameras or whatever, for decisions that favour us or go against us. The technology can help us. I’ve already said that before,” said Coach Enrique.


Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo said to Marca. Not everyone, but, is in favour of the technology, “I’m against video refereeing because it would break the essence of what soccer is,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo told Marca.”

“Referees make mistakes and get it right. There are times that those go in favour and others were they go against. I don’t see a problem with this,” he added.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants his Premier League leaders to cause the ‘hard hit’ of beats ahead of Liverpool when the side meet at Anfield on Tuesday.

While accepting that there will be 15 league games for both clubs after Tuesday’s match, Chelsea manager Conte believes that win will deal a huge blow to the title hopes of a Liverpool side who won 2-1 in September at Stamford Bridge.

On Monday, the 47-years-old Chelsea coach said that “It could be a hard hit mentally for them (if Liverpool lose to Chelsea).”

Conte, who took charge after managing his national Italy in last year’s European Championship, added: “It’s important to win this type of game, increase your confidence, take three points from a rival.”


“I hope to change the result if you compare the first game and the first part of the season.”

Chelsea loss against Liverpool was making up with a defeat by London competitor Arsenal after Blues’ visitors on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal is currently Chelsea’s nearby title challengers, with Arsene Wenger’s men presently eight points off top spot in second place.

Conte said “It’s a very important week, but also I know after two of these games we have 14 games to finish the championship. The results are important, but the championship doesn’t finish after these two games.”

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Conte to revert to his favored 3-4-3 formation after the Arsenal loss was the means for a 13-match winning run in the Premier League, ended at Tottenham on 4th January.


Conte said that “Honestly, I think we are a different team, not Liverpool. I think that we grew a lot. After the game (against Liverpool) I said today we faced a great team, a really great team, but today we are not a team. Only through work, we can improve to become a team’. I think it happened.”

“We grew a lot and for this reason now we are top of the table. It’s incredible this, because it’s not easy to have defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal and to find the strength to start and to arrive top of the table and to have 13 wins in a row,” he added.

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