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11-11-2019, 11:41 AM

Man Utd star James is replicating Ronaldo at Old Trafford - Giggs

Manchester United star Daniel James has been praised by Ryan Giggs for the manner in which he has adapted to the cruder aspects of life in the Premier League, with the Wales boss saying his attitude reminds him of that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

James, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Sunday, moved to the Old Trafford side in the summer and made an immediate impression by scoring three goals in his first four Premier League matches.He has since failed to find the net but created goals against both Liverpool and Norwich in recent fixtures, and has won praise from his national team boss for his bravery.

“Dan takes a lot of knocks but gets up, gets on with it and demands the ball back,” Giggs, who named the attacker in his squads for forthcoming matches against Azerbaijan and Hungary, said.

“Ronaldo, especially earlier on in his career, took a lot of knocks and would still demand the ball. It shows huge bravery.“Dan’s a fantastic character and great professional.”Reflecting on a bad challenge during the last international break from Croatia’s Domagoj Vida, the manager said it showed that he has been singled out due to his ability.

“Over the years forwards have been more and more protected. But we have a few players who receive nasty treatment because of the quality they possess,” he noted
“You’ve got to stand up for yourself. You’ve got to trust in the referee as well that he protects the players.”As an iconic winger with the Red Devils during his playing days, Giggs knows what the support at Old Trafford want and says that the youngster checks these boxes.

“United fans like players who like to attack, who gets the fans off their feet — and he’s somebody who does that,” he said.“With the form he’s in, he has been outstanding and a constant threat. He’s added goals and assists, which is a wingers’ game. He will get better and better — and I’m pleased for him.”
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11-11-2019, 11:44 AM

'I promise you we don't care' - Klopp confident eight-point lead doesn't put pressure on Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp dismissed any idea that Liverpool opening up an eight-point buffer at the top of the Premier League will crank up the pressure on his unbeaten Reds side.

Liverpool produced a clinical performance to defeat Manchester City 3-1 in front of a delighted Anfield on Sunday, with Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on target in a pulsating affair.Pep Guardiola's champions are now nine points adrift of Liverpool, with Chelsea and Leicester City each eight back.

Such a commanding lead in the table by November has led several pundits to suggest the title is now Liverpool's to lose.Klopp is uncomfortable with such a suggestion but is adamant his team are prepared for what is to come.

"We don't feel any pressure, to be 100 per cent honest," he said."The things that will now come up, we know about. If you are with us, then nine points is a positive. There's a long way to go."Other people will 100 per cent say, and have said already, that from now on Liverpool can only lose it.

"That's a very negative approach, but you can see it like this. But we don't care. I can promise you that we don't care."Today we were completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table and how many points we are ahead of City in the table.

"That's crazy. Nine points ahead of City, you cannot imagine that something like this would happen. But it's not important because who wants to be first in November? You want to be first in May."It's only November. We all know that but don't have to say it as it's clear. We will try and see what happens in the end.

"The pressure or whatever is not there yet. It will come, but at the moment it's just opportunity and go for it and do the work, throw all in what you have and let's see what happens."

Liverpool only lost once last season en route to being pipped to the title by a solitary point and are yet to suffer defeat in the league this term.
Asked if Liverpool are thinking about going through the season unbeaten, Klopp replied: "Not at all.

"We just don't think about it. What I thought after the game was a word I'm not allowed to say and then the boys go now all over the world, play for their countries and hopefully come back healthy and two days after we are back it's Crystal Palace. That's what I am concerned about.

"You saw again today, the hardest work is needed to win any football game but a game like this particularly. I'm really happy for tonight, but that's it."
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11-11-2019, 11:45 AM

'I'd be worried if Ronaldo wasn't upset!' - Sarri admits Juventus star isn't at his best


Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri conceded he would be worried if Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't upset after once again being substituted on Sunday.

The 34-year-old was replaced by Paulo Dybala in the 55th minute during Juve's Serie A clash with AC Milan and immediately made his way up the tunnel after coming from the pitch.

Reports in Italy also suggested Ronaldo left the stadium three minutes prior to the end of the match - which Dybala ultimately decided with a 77th-minute strike.

Ronaldo was also replaced midweek in the Champions League with Sarri revealing the full extent of his star's fitness issues and stressing that he's fine with the attacker being upset about the situation.

“We must thank Ronaldo, because he made a sacrifice to be there at all tonight in a difficult situation," Sarri told Sky Sport Italia post-match."He did everything possible to play, but I saw he was not well and thought it best to take him off. It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated to leave the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.

"Over the last month, he has had this little knee problem, he had a knock in training and it hurt the collateral ligament. When he trains at high intensity or plays, it unbalances him, so he ends up overcompensating and it damages the calf and thigh muscles.

“It is affecting his performances and he is not at his best at the moment. All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would in general be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”Juventus ultimately made do without Ronaldo as Dybala once again found the back of the net against AC Milan to seal a 1-0 win for Sarri's side.

The Old Lady are now one point clear at the top of Serie A with Sarri impressed with his team's desire, if not their performance on Sunday.

“I liked the spirit of the team, but we have to improve immensely in terms of quality, as we made too many mistakes, gave the ball away cheaply and opened up spaces for Milan. The hunger and determination to win is what kept us going,” Sarri said.

“Milan had shots on goal, but they were almost all efforts from outside the penalty area. They have impressive passing quality, played clearly above their average performance level of this season and have strong technique."
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11-11-2019, 11:46 AM

'We could have scored seven or eight' - James encouraged by Man Utd's attacking display


Daniel James was impressed with Manchester United's vibrant attack in Sunday's 3-1 win over Brighton, and was adamant that they could have scored more goals on another day.

United were massively disappointing in the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last weekend, struggling to trouble their hosts' backline.But it was a completely different story in the Europa League on Thursday as they beat Partizan Belgrade 3-0 and again shone during the visit of Brighton three days later.

Andreas Pereira's deflected effort and a Davy Propper own goal were decisive early on and, although Lewis Dunk pulled one back, Marcus Rashford sealed all three points just two minutes later.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of United's dominance, as Rashford went on to miss another couple of presentable chances, while James, Anthony Martial, Brandon Williams and Fred all went close in the latter stages.

"The high press paid off, that's what we have been about all season, playing with energy right from the start," James said after the game."We were a little bit edgy when they scored and it was good to score again on the break, but we could have scored seven or eight goals."

And on Rashford's gilt-edged chance to double his tally for the day, James added: "Marcus normally scores a lot of those goals, thankfully when he missed we were already 3-1 up."

On a day when James was celebrating his 22nd birthday, the winger put in another stellar performance to help secure all three points for his side, having been recalled to the United XI after he was rested for the midweek Europa League stroll against Partizan Belgrade.

Brighton defenders Dunk and Dan Burn were both booked for fouls on the Welsh international, who had been praised by his national team coach this week for having similar traits to former United star Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of the physical treatment he receives.

James made the switch to Old Trafford from Swansea in the summer and made an immediate impact, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League matches. And while he didn't get on the scoresheet against Graham Potter's side, he was influential in helping the club climb to seventh in the table.
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11-11-2019, 11:48 AM

Alexander-Arnold admits to concern over handball VAR incident against Man City


Trent Alexander-Arnold had the threat of a VAR check in the back of his mind after the ball struck his arm in the build-up to Liverpool’s opening goal against Manchester City on Sunday, but his focus remained on the task at hand.

Fabinho’s sensational long-range strike was subject to a review after the incident in Liverpool’s penalty area, but it was eventually given due to the right-back’s arm not being judged to have been in an unnatural position.

City’s players and coaching staff were apoplectic on the touchline as they believed a number of decisions went against them in the game, but Alexander-Arnold was pleased Liverpool kept their heads to go up the other end and score.“Obviously yeah, you know there’s VAR and I think it has hit my arm, but I think it might have hit Bernardo Silva’s first,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports.

“But it’s one of them where you have to carry on playing and we went down the other end and punished them.“They were complaining about the goal and the handball and that, but like I say we went down the other end and Fabinho has hit a wonderful strike and we’ve gone 1-0 up.”

Further goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win which took them eight points clear at the top, with City going into the international break in fourth. Leicester and Chelsea occupy second and third.

Despite their healthy lead, Liverpool know from their experiences last season that they can’t afford to slip up. Andy Robertson, who assisted Salah’s goal, was especially keen to make that point – but he knows his side are now in with a great chance of claiming the title at the end of the season.“Last year, especially at the back end of the season, both us and Man City just weren’t dropping points,” Robertson told Sky Sports.

“We kept on winning, that’s why the points tally was so high. We believe that if we keep going like that, you know, if we keep getting 97 points, one year we’re going to win the league!

“Hopefully we can just keep going game by game, as boring as it is. That’s exactly what we have to do.“It worked well for us last year and it’s worked well for us so far this year.“We’ve beaten Man City at home and it’s a big result for us, but we still need to keep going after the international break, it’s the toughest period over Christmas.”
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11-20-2019, 01:50 PM

Tottenham Hotspurs announce Jose Mourinho as new manager

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11-20-2019, 10:54 PM

Tottenham appoint Mourinho as new manager



Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023. The announcement comes less than a day after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the club following a poor start to the 2019-20 season.

Spurs currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League table having collected just three wins from their first 12 league games, while they also suffered a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Mourinho has been out of management since December 2018 when he was dismissed by Manchester United and the three-time Premier League winner has explained why he decided to take the Spurs job.

"I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," Mourinho said in a club statement."The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me." The 56-year-old is no stranger to London having spent over five years at Stamford Bridge in charge of Chelsea where he won the domestic title three times across two separate stints.

And Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stressed that Mourinho's strong track record of silverware made him the ideal choice to replace Pochettino, who had been at the helm since 2014. "In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football," Levy said."He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached.

"We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room."Along with his Premier League success, Mourinho has also won the Champions League twice, with Porto and Inter respectively.Despite his dismissal from Manchester United in December 2018, Mourinho still managed to win the Europa League and Carabao Cup during his two-and-a-half-year spell with the Red Devils.

The former Real Madrid manager's first match as Spurs boss will see him face West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, while it's expected the Portuguese will watch over his first training session later on Wednesday.
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11-20-2019, 10:55 PM

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11-24-2019, 11:10 AM

Torino 0-3 Inter: Lukaku keeps Conte's men on Juve's tail





Inter moved back to within a point of Serie A leaders Juventus with a comprehensive 3-0 away win over Torino.After kick-off was briefly delayed to allow for water to be swept from the pitch amid heavy rain, Lautaro Martinez scored his eighth goal of the season in the 12th minute.


Twenty minutes later, Stefan de Vrij's first strike of 2019-20 had Inter two ahead and Romelu Lukaku scored his 10th Serie A goal of the campaign after the break to wrap up the points.In-form Lukaku is the first Inter player to score 10 goals in the first 13 matchdays of a debut Serie A season since Stefano Nyers in 1948-49.


It was a frustrating start for Torino, who lost influential captain Andrea Belotti to injury and fell behind before they could bring on Simone Zaza as his replacement.


They were caught out by Matias Vecino's header which allowed Martinez to race clear and find the bottom corner with a right-footed finish.Simone Verdi fired narrowly wide at the other end, but Salvatore Sirigu had to produce an excellent save from Lukaku's powerful header and Inter doubled their lead from the resulting corner, Cristiano Biraghi's in-swinging cross from the right tapped in by an unmarked De Vrij at the back post.


A magnificent stop from Samir Handanovic in first-half stoppage time preserved Inter's two-goal advantage, the goalkeeper diving to claw away Verdi's deflected cross.The visitors lost Nicolo Barella to an injury of their own and were relieved when Armando Izzo sent a good headed chance off target just after the break.Inter made sure of victory after 55 minutes, though, Lukaku's right-footed effort going through the legs of Bremer and beating Sirigu after he had been found by Marcelo Brozovic.


Handanovic was at his best once more to tip away Verdi's free-kick but a home fightback never looked likely in the latter stages.
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11-24-2019, 11:12 AM

Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad: Benzema, Valverde & Modric on target for Los Blancos



Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the summit of LaLiga after coming from behind to beat Real Sociedad 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Barca had edged past Leganes earlier in the day to open up a three-point lead over their bitter rivals but Zinedine Zidane's side registered a second consecutive league win to rejoin them on 28 points.Willian Jose took advantage of a woeful mistake by Sergio Ramos to put Sociedad ahead in the second minute but Karim Benzema restored parity before half-time.

Federico Valverde – who opened his Madrid account in the 4-0 win over Eibar before the international break – completed the turnaround shortly after the restart before Luka Modric sealed all three points 16 minutes from time.

Gareth Bale was introduced as a second-half substitute by Zidane and was greeted by a mixture of whistles and cheers from Madrid supporters after holding a banner following Wales' win over Hungary in midweek that read: 'WALES. GOLF. MADRID…IN THAT ORDER'.

Sociedad were gifted the lead inside the opening two minutes thanks to a moment of madness from Ramos.

The Madrid captain's backpass to Thibaut Courtois was cut out by Willian Jose, who took a touch past the Belgium international and rolled into an empty net.Alex Remiro got down well to keep out Ferland Mendy's powerful drive soon after, while at the other end Courtois had to beat away Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard's fierce effort.

Madrid conjured up a scarcely deserved leveller eight minutes before the interval when Benzema used his chest to steer home Luka Modric's free-kick from six yards.They started the second half with a spring in their step and forged ahead in the 47th minute when Valverde's shot from just outside the penalty area took a wicked deflection off Mikel Oyarzabal to wrongfoot Remiro.

Bale shrugged off his hostile reception to play a part in Madrid's third. His cross from the right was headed down into Modric's path by Benzema and the Croatian lashed a fine half-volley past Remiro to add gloss to the scoreline.
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