10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on bench

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on benchby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari left Isco on the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano.Real overcame Rayo 1-0 via a Karim Benzema strike, with Solari pleased about the win, which he discussed after explaining his benching of Isco.”My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that,” he said.”I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job.”With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”We were dominant against Rayo and should have gone in at half-time with a more comfortable lead but when you don’t take your chances you will suffer.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​Arsenal quoted enormous asking price for Lille winger Pepe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal quoted enormous asking price for Lille winger Pepeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have been quoted a fee of roughly €80 million if they want to sign Nicolas Pepe.The Lille winger is a hot prospect from Ligue 1 who has been in impressive form this season.Gunners boss Unai Emery does want to sign a winger to add another dimension to his team.But Lille sporting director Luis Campos said to Telefoot: “I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him.”All the top clubs in the world have their eyes on him, and that’s normal, but the president has been clear. The idea is for him to continue at the club.”In contrast, with my experience in football, I would say that if a club arrives with a big number and can convince the player… I would sell him for €80 million.”That’s the price tag, but you’d have to convince the player and he’s been a big part of us being in second place.” last_img read more

25 days ago​Bruce slams Newcastle players for ‘total surrender’ in Leicester thrashing

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bruce slams Newcastle players for ‘total surrender’ in Leicester thrashingby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle manager Steve Bruce laid into his players in a furious tirade after their humiliating 5-0 loss to Leicester City.The Magpies were a man down and laid down tools in the second half as Leicester overran them.And Bruce, who wants to instill defensive solidity into the team, was very disappointed by the effort shown by his players.After the match, Bruce said to reporters: “It was a complete surrender and happened too quickly, too easily.”I’ve only been at the club two or three months and I certainly haven’t witnessed what I witnessed here. Too many felt sorry for themselves.”It was nowhere near what’s required. If you have 10 men or nine men, the one thing you can show is a bit off resilience. Determination, a bit of fight or courage, whatever you want to call it.”We simply haven’t done enough to put anything right.”That’s the disappointing thing for myself, resilience is the only thing I really genuinely, demand from them – to play in a certain way – but we didn’t see that here.” last_img read more

22 days agoCardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.” last_img

18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

3 days agoFred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting betterby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred says he’s finally adapting to the rigours of Premier League football.The Brazilian has been disappointing since arriving from Shahktar Donestk for a whopping £52m in the summer of 2018.But Fred insists he has needed time to change his playing style from the Ukrainian leagues.”My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.”You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly.”It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”The 26-year-old added that feeling more settled in the city of Manchester is playing a role in his improvement on the pitch.”I’m learning day by day. I feel like I’m getting better. I have a big heart. I will play better.”I like Manchester. My family are here and they like it too. They are speaking English. I’m having English classes, too, but it’s not possible all the time because we travel a lot but we speak lots of languages here.” last_img read more

Luiz: Chelsea dressing room is behind Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was left ‘p*ssed off’ after Chelsea’s lost 2-0 to Arsenal and also said that it is “extremely difficult to motivate” his players, but David Luiz has assured that the Blues dressing room remains behind their manager.The defeat put pressure on Chelsea’s primary aim for the season to qualify for the Champions League through a top four finish, with Arsenal and Manchester United closing the gap on Sarri’s fourth placed side to just three points.Luiz is one of Sarri’s regular players, having played in 22 of his side’s 23 league matches, and he not only backs his 60-year-old manager as well as his insistence on employing his style of play to achieve positive results.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He was not happy, but nobody was happy, so it was normal,” Sarri told journalists at the Emirates Stadium. “It is our style, it is our philosophy, I think if you asked at the beginning of the season can Chelsea keep the ball you would have said no.”And now we are able to do that, like the best teams in the world, but then we have improve our last 25 metres. It is part of the process, when you try to do something and this is inside your mind, if you believe in it you can arrive there.”Because of the results if you start to change and change, you don’t go anywhere. So this is our philosophy, I believe in it, I trust in it, so I just know we have to improve, like every team in the world.”What Sarri has done until now is unbelievable, amazing, because normally a team to understand this philosophy needs one or two years, like Man City and Liverpool, who are playing v well with the ball now.”What he has done has been amazing, so we have to try to improve the details now. I don’t think so [that players are turning], everybody is trusting his job and everybody is with him.”Arsenal were far more productive than their London rivals on Saturday despite only having 35.7% possession.Chelsea didn’t manage a shot on target until the 82nd minute as Eden Hazard was shackled by Unai Emery’s tactics, as he led the forward line with Alvaro Morata’s future in doubt and Olivier Giroud left on the bench.David Luiz GFXLuiz thinks that every player at Chelsea needs to take responsibility for the poor attacking displays of late, leaving the club with no goals in three of their last five games.“I think they were better than us, and they proved that when you play against a high level team like Arsenal if you don’t approach the game the same way, you can suffer, so that was what happened,” He added. “That is another problem that we have to improve – creating more chances and scoring more.”When I say that I am not talking about the strikers, I am talking about the whole team. The offensive phase starts with Kepa, and then with us the defenders, with everybody. In the last 6-7 games we have not scored that much, especially in the Premier League, and we have to improve.”The offensive phase starts with the goalkeeper. Everybody has to participate, in the offensive phase and the defensive phase. The first 25 minutes we did not perform well, after that to control a team like Arsenal here with possession is never easy, especially in the second half we did that.”But then after that possession, and being more dangerous is two different things, so I think we had the possession but we still have to be more dangerous.David Luiz GFX“The pressure is always there, I think every Premier League every year is like this – a race for the title, and race to the Champions League positions, or Europa league positions, or to escape relegation. It is the same every year.“This is one of our goals this season so we have to do better and better and improve every single day.”Chelsea are hoping to takeover Gonzalo Higuain’s loan from AC Milan ahead of their next match against Tottenham in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and have agreed a deal with Juventus that the club hopes to finalize soon. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Alisson: Liverpool must win every game to be champions

first_imgLiverpool have to “win everything” if they are to finish the season atop the Premier League table, says goalkeeper Alisson.Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw away to West Ham on Monday, Michail Antonio’s goal cancelling out Sadio Mane’s opener, which should have been disallowed for offside.Klopp was annoyed by refereeing decisions after that call went the Reds’ way and the Liverpool manager has been asked by the Football Association to explain his comments to the media. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Alisson told Liverpool to rediscover their focus after missing the chance to restore their lead from chasing Premier League champions Manchester City back to five points.”We have to be prepared to fight everything,” Alisson said. “All the adverse circumstances that come our way.”I believe our team is on the right track. Now we do not have much room for hesitation. If we want to be champions, we have to win everything from now on.”Liverpool did not look their usual selves at London Stadium, although injuries meant they were without a host of players including captain Jordan Henderson.”I believe we had glimpses into the game. Some moments of insecurity,” the Brazil goalkeeper added.”We started ahead. [But] from the moment we started to miss some passes – some silly passes that we are not used to missing – I think the team lost a little confidence in the match. I think the opposing team also gained confidence.”Successive 1-1 draws for Liverpool have opened the door for Manchester City, who will go top of the table for the first time since December 15 if they win at Everton on Wednesday.And midfielder Fabinho called for the Reds to bounce back in their next Premier League game at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.”We have confidence,” Alisson’s compatriot said. “We enjoyed a brilliant December, which was almost perfect, but now we have had this dip.”It is difficult to explain why this has happened. I believe that now teams who play against us sit very deep. We need to do things a little differently and maybe we aren’t doing this – we are unable to find the spaces.”Often, we want to go through the middle and it is difficult against physically strong and defensive teams. We need to find solutions and in these past few games we haven’t.”We want to play better every day and unfortunately it is not happening. We know our quality and we know that we can give more. If we do it, with our quality, we will continue at the top.”But I’m talking and talking is always a little easier, so we have to try to put it into practice. Personally, I am not worried. But we know that in the next game we have to give much more.”Beating Bournemouth is important to continue with a three-point gap at the top of the table. Now we only look at the next game and that is against Bournemouth. Then there will be a run of difficult games, but we will get some players back from injury and the manager will have more options to choose for those games.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more