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Brazil coach Tite feels that Philippe Coutinho would fit perfectly at Barcelona and also the midfielder will leave Liverpool this summer as he will join the Catalan giants.

According to the Xinhua news agency reports, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has said that the Brazilian is not for sale however, Barcelona is likely to test the Red’s resolve by making an eye-watering offer in the coming weeks.

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When asked by Brazilian news portal Uol, coach Tite said, “I’m talking hypothetically, let’s make that clear. There are Sergio Busquets and two creators: Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta, who are the team’s thinkers.”

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“Coutinho could play in that role. He is an ideal player for Barcelona. I don’t want to pretentiously give my opinion about Barcelona. But who doesn’t want a player like Coutinho, with that magic, that capacity to intervene and create, change the rhythm, provide triangulation and construct.”

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Brazilian coach Tite said that chemistry of Coutinho with Barcelona forwarded and Brazil national teammate Neymar would be added benefit for the Blaugrana.

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Tite said “They complement each other tactically. There was a goal (for Brazil against Paraguay) which serves as an example. It involved Neymar on the left, Coutinho floating in the middle. Then the ball got to Marcelo and he scored. It summed up how effective they can be together.”

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Retired French footballer Zinedine Zidane announced that leading Real Madrid to their first La Liga in five years and also 33rd overall is one of the joyful days for his impressive sporting career.

Real Madrid defeated Malaga at 2-0 on the final day of the La Liga season on Sunday to cover three points of Barcelona.

Real coach Zidane said to the reporters that “For me, the Spanish league is the best in the world so it’s an incredible feeling to win it. It was very important to win the league after many years without it and we know that the league is the competition of every day and it’s a huge thing to win it.”

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“It’s even more important for Real Madrid because it’s the biggest club in the world and we had to win it again.”

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Praising his players Zidane said “It’s a spectacular day, everyone deserves credit but above all the players have fought, the message has always been that every player is important and that’s been the key to this success. It’s been a very hard fought win, difficult at some moments but after 38 games there’s no better feeling than being at the top.”

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Zidane has won four trophies in 16 months since taking charge of the Spanish giants, “I can finally celebrate after months and months of work. There are no words to define how I feel now. When you’re the Real Madrid coach you know that expectations are very high but I like that. Winning the league is the best thing imaginable.”

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Harry Kane

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said that there is no option Harry Kane will be certified to leave club Tottenham after his “special” striker’s four-goal attack in the 6-1 beat of Leicester.

Kane has chances to finish in the Premier League and also the top scorer for the second successive season at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

He has scored 26 goals and placed him two in front Everton’s Romelu Lukaku by one match remaining in the contest for the golden boot.

According to the Tottenham boss Pochettino, he believes that Kane’s strikes as one of the world best finishers. “It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep. We are so calm about our key players. They are happy here, we have an exciting project.”

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Talking about Harry fifth Premier League hat-trick of 32 goals, Pochettino said “We feel sp proud of Harry, to score four goals was fantastic. He was injured twice this season but he is so fresh now and he is trying to score a lot of goals to finish at the top.”

“Harry’s a special player, he loves Tottenham. He means a lot for the team. I tell you always that he’s one of the best strikers in the world. His performances show that we are right.”

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The England professional Kane can wrap up the golden boot by successions on the score sheet on Tottenham’s final match at Hull on Sunday.

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The 23-year-old England footballer Kane said, “There has been a bit of build-up in the race for the golden boot and I wanted at least one or two to put the pressure on but to get four is amazing.”

He added, “I’m now sitting at the top, but we go in with the same mentality, to make sure we win first and foremost and then score as many as I can.”

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Talking about his club Tottenham, Kane said “We were talking about last season when we finished so bad. We spoke a lot about changing that feeling and finishing in the best way. We wanted to improve this season and this type of performance showed we have learned a lot.”

“It’s always important to finish in a better mood, especially when we move to Wembley next season.”

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Leicester City caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare said that players clearly showed growing in confidence in every game. They had suffered a dramatic slump in the form of this season after incredible success which finally cost to Claudio Ranieri job.

However, they have enjoyed a revival under the Shakespeare, winning continuous games against Hull and Liverpool with the players Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy which shows that signs of remembering their best performance.

Key player Vardy played nine games without any goal before scoring in Seville in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie games and chased up with a double against Liverpool, whereas Jamie had scored his first goal in the first open in this season league against Hull.

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The 53-year-old caretaker manager Shakespeare said that ‘it wasn’t just his talismanic pair that is remembering their best form.

“I think we’ve all been pleased but I don’t think it matters where the goals come from, but it was great to see Jamie scoring again. I think players thrive on confidence.”

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“If you saw our defensive players and Kasper making saves and our back players stepping in, players will thrive on confidence and I’m hoping result give us the confidence to do that.”

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“Players in general do thrive on confidence and I’m hoping the results give us the kick-start to do that,” said Shakespeare.

He believes that the criticism ranked at the players from parts of the media has keen to his squad. Shakespeare said “They all were (determined to prove a point).

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“With the criticism levelled at them, whether it gave them that extra fire in the belly that is for everyone else to decide. I am just really pleased with how they dealt with the pressure. I think they have been in a no-win situation, but they have dealt with it really, really well.”

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Former Argentine footballer and current coach of Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino has notified Chelsea that their Tottenham Hotspur will struggle to get a lead of any slips and keep combating for the Premier League title till the end.

Argentine central defender Pochettino hailed “belief” of his side that helped to beat Everton at 3-2 on Sunday to close the space on the leaders to seven points.

Two goals from Harry Kane and one goal from Dele Alli keep Chelsea under pressure in the Premier League race.

On Monday night match, the Blues will return to 10 points if they beat West Ham. However, Tottenham boss believes that his team needs to perform well if they want to push Chelsea.

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The 45-year-old Tottenham manager said after winning over Toffees, he said “Everton was a very difficult opponent, we know that. We played, much better and if you see the score, 3-2, maybe that’s not fair [reflection] because that makes it look like a very competitive game but we deserved more. Sometimes that happens.”

“The most important things for us was to get the three points, important to keep our position in the table fighting for the highest position and to be there if Chelsea fail.”

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“We played with a lot of confidence, always knowing what we needed to do in every moment and that was fantastic,” he added.

“The team showed big confidence and that’s important for us because now we’re at the most important period with the Premier League and FA Cup and we have that consistency and that belief.”

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Tottenham boss mourned that his team conceded a late goal from Enner Valencia in last scored of the game just minutes after Dele Alli had scored 3-1.

Pochettino said “Overall, it was a very good win, a fantastic performance. Okay, in the end we’re a little disappointed to concede the last goal because we showed a lack of concentration and that can’t happen again. But without that, we played very well.”

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“We played a fantastic first half and the second half we dominated and played with good quality and a high tempo. I’ve very pleased for everyone. We have to keep going.”

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has announced on Wednesday that he will leave as manager of Barcelona when his agreement expires at the end of the season.

He made a shocking announcement stepping down as manager following the team win 6-1 against Sporting Gijon in the Spanish League.

He has been continuously asked whether he would perform to the club further than current campaign however he refused to respond.

On Wednesday, Enrique said in post-match news conference “I need to rest. I won’t be the coach of Barcelona next season. It was a very difficult decision for me, very well-thought out.”

“The reason clearly had to do with the way of life I need to have in this profession, constantly having to find solutions, constantly trying to improve my team. That means very little time to rest, very little time to disconnect. After this season it will be good for me to get some rest.”

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The decision of stepping down reports was first given to the player when they are in the locker room after the match at Camp Nou.

The 28-year-old Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic said that “He told us about the decision and we have to accept it. We want to finish the season with victories and enjoy what’s left of it.”

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Enrique said to the club during the pre-season, he was considering not to come back after his agreement expired at the end of this season. “I would like to thank the club for all the confidence that it had in me throughout my years here, both as a player and as a coach.”

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said that Enrique had confirmed his decision to step down a few days ago. He said “We accept Luis Enrique’s decision. He has been a great coach. Now we have to finish the season the best possible way.”

“Luis Enrique has helped us succeed, and he can still help us. The players are motivated to make sure that happens.”

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Barcelona is still struggling to win three competitions, “There are three months left, and we are in a difficult situation, especially in one competition (the Champions League). But with the help of everyone – and if the stars align – we can turn things around (against Paris Saint-Germain on March 8). My dedication during the coming three months will be total.”

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On Tuesday Italian Cup semi-final, Juventus beats Napoli at 3-1 with the help of three decisive penalty choices in a contentious first leg. Napoli had broken down the deadlock with a well-worked team goal in 36th minute.

Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne had played a very fast one-two and crossed into the box for Jose Callejon to hit at the back post. However, the energy had changed after breaking two contentious penalties goals to Juventus.

Napoli takes a decision to break its silence after the match. Director Cristiano Giuntoli said “We haven’t decided to interrupt our media silence, but it seemed right to us to congratulate the lads, who had a great game. We lost tonight because of decisions that weren’t just debatable, but were shameful and hurt Italian football.”

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“The first penalty shouldn’t have been given, and the second was even less of a penalty because (Napoli goalkeeper Pepe) Reina got the ball … Ours was a penalty. This referee is shamefull. Congratulations to the team.”

Napoli’s players Kalidou Koulibaly were a moderator to have tripped Paulo Dybala shortly after halftime. The Argentina forward player Dybala dusted himself off before sacking decision of spot-kick into the bottom left corner, sending Reina the wrong way.

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Juventus’s second penalty arrive in five minutes after Gonzalo Higuain score 2-1. Napoli’s goalkeeper Reina comes out to get the ball. However, Juan Cuadrado brought down and swift counter attack.

The players of Napoli were angered to referee decisions and ignore their claims. Napoli goalkeeper Reina said “The result changed only because of the refereeing decisions. What should I have done on Cuadrado? Disappear? If I get the ball I get the ball; it’s not a penalty.”

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“And no one’s talking much about the penalty on Albiol. That was more a penalty than the other … Tonight the result was decided by refereeing mistakes, the whole of Italy saw it.”

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini later brushed off the controversy surrounding the penalty decisions. He said “It’s bar talk. After Roma’s win at Inter on Sunday, everyone talked about refereeing decisions and not about Roma’s great performance.”

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“And it’s the same thing tonight. We’re used to it, we’re thinking about the actual football and the mistakes we made, we will have to sweat hard in Naples.”

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England professional footballer Harry Kane feels on Sunday, one of the best strikers in the world after hat-trick 4-0 wins against Stoke City which took him 20 goals in all competitions for a third succeeding season.

Kane had scored his twice hat-trick in a week and also third in ni9ne games in Sunday’s match. He became similar with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez with 17 goals and also the top flight’s main scorer in this season as he looks for to retain the golden boot.

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The 23-year-old English footballer Kane said to British media “I feel that, if you look at my stats, my goals, then I’m up there. Look, I just try to do my best. I like to score goals; obviously I will try and score as many as I can from now until the end of the season. I feel in good form.

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English football has missed seven weeks with earlier ankle injury. However, he thinks that the time on the marginal has placed him in his best achievable shape.

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Kane said “Is this my best form ever? Yes I think so, I feel fresh, I feel sharp, I feel in good shape. Of course that injury I had earlier in the season might have done me a bit of good, getting a bit more rest. I’ve had a good couple of months now so it’s important I continue that until the end of the season.”

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“It’s nice to break that 20-goal mark again. Hopefully, I can push on to 25, to 30; that’s always the aim. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, the team has to keep doing what we’re doing, keep winning games, and that’s the most important thing.”

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