Month: April 2019

  • Why Newcastle United will be gutted about Paul Pogba’s world record move to Man United

    Newcastle United supporters have not had much to celebrate in recent years. Relegation, protests over club ownership, Suue qualification.The Sun says the players and boss Maurizio Sarri will NOT be given a bonus for qualifying for next season's Champions League.The Blues secured their spot at Europe's top table next season after dismantling Watford 3-0 at the weekend nderland fans gloating about staying up at the Geordies' expense… it's not been a great period for So it's odd to think that just 20 years ago, Newcastle were in the middle in perhaps the greatest era in the club's history. With Kevin Keegan at the helm, the mid-1990s were a glorious time for the men in black and white. "BUT WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH PAUL POGBA?" we hear those of you who read the headline yell in despair. We're getting to that… In 1996 - at the peak of Keegan's time at Newcastle - the club made an astonishingly bold signing. For the then enormous sum of £15m, they bought from Blackburn. That £15m broke the world record for a transfer fee and made Shearer - who had just won the Golden Boot at Euro 96 - the world's costliest footballer… which is where Pogba comes in. Since the 1950s, the world transfer record has been held almost exclusively by Italian and Spanish clubs (as you can see in the timeline at the bottom of the page). In fact, until now, Newcastle's signing of Shearer represents the only time (in the modern era) that a British club has held the world record for the biggest transfer fee paid. Which means this guy… And these guys… Have just nicked a unique piece of history from the Geordies. Sorry, lads… Despite his legendary compatriots, Ronaldo was the first Brazilian tofeat to Newcastle United on Saturday.A series of upcoming games against fellow Champions League hopefuls like Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester United means Chelsea have some great opportunities to make up any lost ground against their riv break the record. PSV received £13.2m from Barcelona. One year later, Inter paid £19.5m for his signatureAlan Shearer (1997)The first English team to break the record since 1951 when Newcastle shelled out £15m on Shearer from BlackburnHernan Crespo (2000)The last time any team other than Real Madrid broke the record. Lazio paid £35.5million to Parma for Crespo (left)Luis Figo (2000)Figo completed one of the most controversial transfers in history when he swapped Barcelona for Real Madrid. He cost £37mZinedine Zidane (2001)Real were at it again a year later when they paid a whopping £46.6m to Juventus for the Frenchman's servicesKaka (2009)Zidane's record stood for eight years but Kaka became the first £50m player in the world when his £56m transfer from AC Milan to Real went throughCristiano Ronaldo (2009)Not content with spending the Kaka money, Real paid an incredible £80m to Manchester United for soon-to-bcontent_imge multiple Ballon d'Or winner RonaldoGareth Bale (2013)Tottenham received £86m for the transfer of Welsh wizard Bale to Real Madrid. That record is set to be broken after three years
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  • Jose Mourinho ‘determined to ensure former manager Sir Alex Ferguson is always welcome’ at Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho is reportedly determined to ensire that Sir Alex Ferguson always feels welcome during his reign at Neither Louis van Gaal nor David Moyes have been back to Old Trafford to watch a game from the stands, but club legend Ferguson is a regular visitor - and Mourinho wants to keep it that way. The Mourinho is keen to ensure that Sir Alex remains ayoung English shot stopper is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.Both clubs have a need for a first team keeper this summer and see Henderson as a possibility.But the man who is on loan at Sheffield United may stay where he is fs much a part of the club's present as he doeof Europa League qualification.Palace head into their match against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday in 13th place in the Premier League but are still eight points behind Manchester United in fifth."We are an awful lot of points off the teamss its past. The report claims that when the 75-year-old requested to travel on the United team coach for a recent away game, Mourinho assured him that he did not even have to ask. The Portuguese even told the wily Scot that he could sit anywhere he wanted on the coach - including the manager's own reserved seat. Then, on his 75th birthday on New Year's Eve, the that Mourinho made a personal visit to Sir Alex in one of Old Trafford's private suites to wish him a happy birthday. The Scot had been hosting a number of guests in the directors'content_img box at Old Trafford's south stand and was 'touched' by the gesture before United's win against Middlesbrough.
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    the long-rumoured news that Charlotebuilding their reputation.Lazio have suddenly emerged as a title contender this season.“Lazio still have a lack of recogcontent_imgnition in terms of our behaviour due to past history," Lotito explained at a press conference for the Supercoppa against Juventte in North Carolina will be the home of its 30th franchise, reports, /.Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who led Charlotte's bid to join North America's top-tier soccer league, will pay a record US$325 million
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  • Hen party ambushes Manchester City squad as team jets off for Stuttgart friendly

    The squad got an unlikely welcome as they flew out for their last pre-season friendly today. The Blues are taking on Stuttgart in their last warm-up game before the new campaign tomorrow, report . And they got a warm welcome as they arrived at Manchester Airport to board a private jet to Germany earlier this afternoon A hen party, off to the Dublin for the weekend, also happened to be waiting outside the terminal. And the girls didn't miss their opportunity to grab some selfies with and Aleks Kolarov among the Blues' stars they collared for a chat and some photos. City are taking a strong squad over for the match, which kicks-off at 8pm UK time, including £44 million summer signing Raheem Sterling. Edin Dzeko was also on the plane, despite speculation about his future. And Wilfried Bony has been reunited with his team mates after missing the tour of Australi have opened new contract talksgo is on his way to Tottenham.El Desmarque says De Santiago is 'destined' for England this summer.The Spanish press reckon the teenager - born in 2003 - has visited Spurs' training ground and been offered an 'extraordinary' contract.The report says h with Matteo Guendouzi.Soccerlink reports he is in line for improved terms on his £40,000-a-week Arsenal contract.The French midfielder, 20, arrived at the Emirates last summer for a mere £7million and has already tura with illness. However notable absentees included City's South American quartet Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Fernandinho who have becontent_imgen left at home after competing for their countries in this summer's Copa America. City kick-off their Premier League campaign at West Brom on Monday August 10. Will Manchester City win the title next season?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Craig Shakespeare to be told by Leicester this week whether he will secure Foxes job on permanent basis

    Craig Shakespeare will disadmits the departures of Francesco Totti and Daniele de Rossi are being felt.Giallorossi legend Totti left this summer after becoming fed-up with his front office role, while De Rossi is now a Boca Juniors player after his contract was not renecontent_imgwed."Scover this week if he has landed the job of manager on a full-time basis. He recorded his second win in six days against Hull yesterday to follow on from the triumph against last Monday. Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been strongys Bruno Fernandes has already lifted the mood at Old Trafford after Saturday's debut.Fernandes played for the full 90 minutes as United drew 0-0 at home at Wolves on Saturday evening in a game of few chances, although the new boy was heavily involvely linked with the task of following Claudio Ranieri. But Shakespeare revealed he will meet the club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the board this week to discuss his future. His chances will have been boosted by the victory yesterday which took Leicester to 15th place – and had the crowd at the King Power Stadium singing his name. Shakespeare said: “ I was told the remit was the Liverpool game and then Hull. I have been told now – and I am quite comfortable with it – that we will have a talk towards the end of the week. “The challenge we asked of the players was to put back-to-back wins together. We showed great character and resilience today to bounce back from going one down.” As for the crowd support, Shakespeare said: “It’s always nice. It means you must be doing something right. They appreciated the lads’ efforts. “The owners will make the decision that is best for the club. Until I talk to them, I don’t know what their thoughts are. “But I am quite comfortable with that. I can’t control it so there is no point in me worrying about it. “This is the first time I have had two games as a manager so there was a bit of trepidation going into it.” As for the Foxes’ change in form, Shakespeare said: “It is not a strange thing in football. I have been involved in the game since I left school and I know it can happen.” Will Shakespeare become Leicester's next permanent manager?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Pep Guardiola warns Premier League clubs they will be forced to adapt to Brexit

    s a fan of Krzysztof Piatek.The Poland international has enjoyed a stellar 12 months in Italy.And Inzaghi is happy to be compared with him.He says, "I think the thing that unites us the most is the flair of the goal, but he has his characteristics anexpects post-Brexit employment regulations to impact on English football clubs. The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union could mean non-British players having to apply for work permits to play in the Premier League. Under the freedom of movement principle, players from EU countries are not presently subject to immigration regulations. It is possible that from 2019, when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, that players pressed by Inter Milan centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.Lukaku has shone in his first season in Italy.Balotelli said, "I like [Inter forward Romelu] Lukaku. The people who say he is not quick, they don't understand anything. “But it's Lautaro [Martinezmay have to satisfy authorities they are regular internationals for their countries to earn work permits. This is currently the case for players from outside the EU. Such a scenario could drastically affect Premier League clubs, who have come to rely heavily on foreign - and particularly EU - players in recent years. It has been suggested separate arrangements could be made for highly-skilled workers, among which footballers could be bracketed but all of this is subject to negotiation over the next two years and nothing is clear. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is unsure whether such a scenario would be workable. Guardiola, himself a Spanish national, said: "What happens in two years - it's a new situaticontent_imgon and you have to adapt. "The work and the rules have to be the same for everybody. "Why would football be exceptional to lawyers or architects who are not able to work? But football players yes? Why?" As Man City manager, Pep Guardiola will win...9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • ‘I just want justice’: Chelsea new boy Antonio Rudiger speaks out on racist abuse he suffered in Serie A

    Antonio Rudiger has had enough. Enough of football’s racists. Enough of being told to stay calm in the face of it and enough of the game’s inability to do anything about it. As a Roma player in Serie A, the Germany defender saw it, experienced it at the hands of Lazio fans and even from opposition players. English football may not be perfect but, having quit Italy for the Premier League, Chelsea’s new £34million defender has called for Serie A to clean up its act. “I just want justice.” he said. “I want FIFA or the FA in Italy just to suspend those people who do that. “It is not all the people in Italy who are like that. If we always talk about racism in Italy, people think that all Italians are racist people and it is not like that. “I just mean those specific people who do it. Those people need to be banned from the stadium or fined.” Rudiger spent just two years at Roma after joining from Stuttgart. In that time Italian football has suffered from a string of race-related incidents that have brought shame on their game. Last December following defeat in the derby weeks earlier. Earlier this year Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari claimed “racism is everywhere” in Italy. He’d responded to being booked by a referee for complaining about being targeted by fans at Cagliari by walking off the pitch. Although the Italian FA have established their own anti-racism campaign, its own president, Carlo Tavecchio, was vilified in 2014 for describing black people as ‘banana eaters’. Rudiger was racially abused again this year by Lazio fans during an Italian Cup game. Althougcontent_imgh his team-mates have shown solidarity with him, the defender opened up on the frustration of having to cope with being demeaned on the pitch because of his colour. “You feel alone.” he said “People love to say ‘stay calm’ or ‘don’t do anything’. It is easy for you to say those things when you are not black and you never feel what it is like. “You cannot even put yourself in my position of how that feels. In that moment, it is like this. You are alone. “You have to be strong. But each human is different. Someone takes it and doesn’t react. Others react. I can understand both.” Rudiger - nicknamed Rudy by his new team-matorst of his career.While in charge of Bayern Munich, Guardiola suffered a 4-0 reverse to Real in the Champions League semifinal in 2014.He recalled to Post United: "The 0-4 with Bayern (was my most painful). I did things that I didn't feel. I put alles - featured in Saturday’s Chelsea friendly against Inter Milan. He will start the Premier League season as part of Antonio Conte’s new-look defence, still under construction. He could easily have been parut at a Madrid journalist asking him about the coronavirus ahead of their clash with Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.Atletico face Liverpool defending a 1-0 aggregate lead for the round 16 second-leg encounter.Klopp, speaking on Tuesday int of Conte’s title-winning squad already as the Italian had had an interest in him last summer. Rudiger, however, suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign. He has since returned to help Roma into the Champions League and his country to win the Confederations Cup. He went on: “It could have been the biggest moment of my career. It was the biggest moment at the time. But I believe in God and everything has its time. “So one year later I won the Confederations Cup and one year later I am at Chelsea. “Of course, at that moment it was sad. I knew then that I had to work to get stronger back. And this is what happened.”
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  • What time is New Zealand vs Portugal? Live stream details, TV information and more ahead of Confederations Cup 2017 clash

    need a point from their final group game as they face Portugal need just a draw to seal their progression to the semi-finals. They currently sit second level on points with Mexico, who they drew with in the opening game, but can still be caught by Russia. There is also a potential a defeat to already eliminated New Zealand would be enough, if they concede few than Mexico -eave Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says Matic is open to leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window amid a lack of playing time.Matic, 31, has only started two Premier League games this season and managed just 350 minute if they were to lose to Mexico. Portugal drew with Mexico in their opener before edging past Russia, while New Zealand 2-0 and 2-1 losses to Russia and Mexico respectively. Here is everything you need to know for the clash... When is the game? New Zealand vs content_imgPortugal will take place on Saturday June 24 at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg with kick off at 4pm BST. Where can you watch it? ITV4 will be showing the game live, coverage starting from 3.30pm. Is there a live stream? If you cannot watch the game on a TV, you can make a free ITV Hub account and watch it on your laptop or phone. Team news Portugal Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Beto (Sporting), Jose Sa (Porto) Defenders: (Benfica), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Luis Neto (Zenit), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Eliseu (Benfica) Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting), Danilo (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Pizzi (Benfica), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Bernardo Silva (Monaco) Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ricardo Quaresmaafter defeat at Sheffield United last night.The Gunners' £72million summer signing missed a sitter when the game was goalless - and is yet to score from open play for his new club.Lys Mousset then struck for the brilliant Blades, as Arsenal, who hav (Besiktas), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Andre Silva (Porto), Nani (Valencia) New Zealand : Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching), Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix), Tamati Williams (RKC Waalwijk) : Sam Brotherton (Sunderland), Deklan Wynne (Whitecaps FC 2), Themistoklis Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina), Michael Boxall (SuperSport United), Dane Ingham (Brisbane Roar), Tom Doyle (Wellington Phoenix), Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes), Tommy Smith (Ipswich), Storm Roux (Central Coast Marriners), Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix : Bill Tuiloma (Marseille), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Thomas (PECZwolle), Clayton Lewis (Auckland City) : Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory), Chris Wood (Leeds), Shane Smeltz (Borneo), Marco Rojas (Mebourne Victory), Monty Patterson (Braintree Town), Alex Rufer (Wellington Phoenix) Betting odds New Zealand 25/1 Draw 9/1 Portugal 1/20 (odds courtesy of William Hill)
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  • Liverpool appoint Peter Moore as chief executive to replace Ian Ayre and complete management restructure

    have appointed Peter Moore as their new chief executive to replace who is bound for 1860 Munich. The American joins the Reds from Electronic Arts (EA) in the United States and will start his new job this summer. Currently the Chief Competition Officer with EA, where he has been for 10 years, the 61-year-old also has experience with Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok. He holds a bachelor's degree from Keele University in the UK, in addition to a master's degree from California State University, with the club announcing that his appointment "finalises the senior management structure at the club." The fare the same agents and Saul insists he converses with Bale in Spanish.Saul said, "We speak in Spanish and hecontent_img is a supersympathetic boy. I was very surprised for how good he was as a person. We don't talk about golf, but about football and our agentsinal part of a transitional phase follows Michael Edwards being appointed as sporting director. Billy Hogan was promoted to managing director and chief commercial officer, while Andy Hughes has moved from chief financial offnemouth saw two goals chalked off that could have changed the course of the result; both awarded for hand balls at crucial moments in the game.And after Matej Vydra's second goal in as many games put the Clarets in front after the break, VAR's doomsdicer to chief operating officer. Will Liverpool finish in the Premier League's top four this season? 5000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Tiemoue Bakayoko posts epic ‘goodbye’ video to Monaco fans ahead of imminent Chelsea move

    Tiemoue Bakayoko has taken to Instagram to post an epic 'goodbye' video to fans ahead of his imminent move. The Blues have reportedly agreed a fee in the region of £40million for the Frenchman, who is expected to undergo a medical with the London side on Friday. racked up an impressivebut against Liverpool last month.Having only previously featured in the League Cup tie at Colchester back in September, the 20-year-old was thrust into the limelight when Jose Mourinho handed him a shock start against Liverpool last month.He told Tot 52 appearances for Monaco last season as he helped lead Leonardo Jardim's side to Ligue 1 glory and a Champions League semi-final. The 22-year-old scored a header to knock Manrds made a loan move to National League side Yeovil Town last week.The defender will spend the remainder of the 2019-20 season with the side, including any play-off games at the end of the campaign.Richardscontent_img previously was on loan to Norwich City partchester City out of the European tournament's last 16. And with Nemanja Matic constantly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte has been keen to acquire the midfielder's services. Ahead of his medical, Bakayoko has posted a video seemingly showing his best bits from his three seasons at Monaco. Next to the video, Bakayoko teased Chelsea fans with "Coming soon." Will Timoue Bakayoko prove to be a hit for Chelsea in the Premier League?8000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Leroy Sane’s penny dropping is like a second big January buy for Manchester City, says Pep Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola has hailed the emergence of as being like a new signing for resurgent Manchester City. Sane has been one of ' most consistent performers in recent weeks, as Guardiola’s side have moved up to second in the Premier League and closed to within eight points of leaders Chelsea. The 21-year-old German joined from Schalke in his homeland for £37million last summer, but Guardiola claimed his superb form since the turn of the year has made him more like a January window addition. Sane set up Raheem Sterling for the opener in City’s on Monday and has three goals himself in his last six games, as well as contributing three assists. “The people say in the winter transfer window one guy arrived - Gabriel Jesus,” said Guardiola. “I think two arrived. “Leroy arrived a little bit scared. But, since the game against Arsenal [in mid-December, where he scored in a 2-1 City win], I think he made a click. “He showed us a lot of things. He is so fast, content_imghis intensity helps us a lot and he helps us defensively, too. And he’s only 21 years old. "I’m so happy for Manchester City, who will have a good player for the next few years.” The stats endorse Guardiola’s view. No City player has averaged more successful dribbles per 90 minutes than Sane, whose work-rate off the ball is equally impressive. He is top among their forwards for both ball recoveries (6.4 per 90 minutes) and tackles (2.2 per 90 minutes), making him an ideal candidate to carry out Guardiola’s high-pressing game. Sane also ranks top for sprints among Blues players this season, with 76 per 90 minutes — well clear of his team-mates and in the top 15 players in the whole Premier League. “That’s why we bought him,” said Guardiola. “He has a quality that is difficult to find. "Even without the ball, he’s getting better. “You don’t need to be a manager to realise his improvement - and it’s not just about his goals. He’s so aggressive when he doesn’t have it [the ball]. "Hopefully he can be stable and keep going.” Guardiola places huge demands on his attackers, as star striker Sergio Aguero — who has started City’s last three games on the bench — has learned to his cost. It is not enough for forwards to simply score goals for Guardiola. They need to be able to recover possession, close down opponents and work just as hard without the ball as they do with it at their feet. That is why it is such a blow for the manager to lose Jesus for much of the rest of the season. The 19-year-old forward's tireless running off the ball is as significant for the manager as his goal-scoring ability. It is why Jesus had made the starting place his ahead of Aguero since arriving from Brazil last month, and why Sane has now made himself indispensable. Sane, Jesus and 22-year-old Raheem Sterling represent the future of City’s attack, and are the reason why Aguero’s future beyond this season looks increasingly bleak. Former Manchester United and England right-the 2019 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season (approximately), as five clubs have played half of their 24 game 2019 regular season schedule, with three playing 11 and Orlando Pride with 13 in the books (after games on July 14). At this point back Gary Neville, now a pundit for Sky Sports, singled out Sane for praise in the wake of City’s Monday night win at Bournemouth, hailing the youngster as a star of the future. “Sane was my one to watch at Christmas, because I saw something in the Chelsea game, pre-Christmas, where he went on a run,” said Neville. “I was looking at it from a right-back’s point of view, thinking, 'He’s going to be some player, this kid.'" Where will Manchester City finish this seasoo Pioli admits they need to rebuild "game to game".Milan meet SPAL on Thursday night.Pioli said, “We mustn't put the cart before the horse, there's time to improve our standings and I want people who are fired up, motivated and want to prove themsen?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Liverpool show grit and flair as Roberto Firmino’s header earns three points at West Brom

    Successive victories at Stoke and West Brom will hardly rekindle memories of glory years. Yet they could prove a significant signpost on the route back to the Champions League as Reds climbed to third. Liverpool showed flair and no little grit to triumph at The Hawthorns for the club's first League win here since 2011. They were forced to dig deep in the closing stages as the hosts, safe from the drop, dispensed with any remaining caution. Albion even threw keeper Ben Foster up front at corners for an all-out assault. But the visitors held out thanks to some impressive goalkeeping from Simon Mignolet. Roberto Firmino's first half header for his 11 top-flight goal of the season proved decisive. It was the second time in a week the Brazilian had produced the winner after a crucial late strike at the Potters. Ironically it came from a free-kick after much of the talk had been about the Baggies scoring 18 times from set-pieces this season. Boss Klopp was thrilled as he clearly showed at the final whistle with his celebrations on the pitch as he congratulated all his players. Unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games now with just five remaining as they bid to compete again against Europe's elite after a two-year absence. Klopp insisted: “This is one of the most difficult places to go because in no game can you be comfortable. “I thought we won here last year but it was only a draw. “If it had been 4-0 after 86 minutes maybe then I would have thought it is doon from Boca Juniors.According to Sportia in Argentina, Pavon is attracting the Premier League club for a fee that would be close to $30 million.It is his release clause, which Watford would have to pay as Boca are not inclined to sell him.The young ne. “They have good footballers on the pitch and if you are a little bit less aggressive they use their threat from set-pieces to play football. “It was very important to show this concentration level until the end which was really good. “After the whistle I don't think we did crazy things but we were very happy. “I thought the boys did very well and we have 66 points now which is a really good week." Albion started brightly as a long throw caused chaos and ended with Hal Robson-Kanu just failing to convert Matt Phillips' League powerbrokers are debating canceling the remainder of the season.The Sun says Prem chiefs are under increasing pressure to CANCEL the entire season after announcing a three-week shutdown due to coronavirus.An emergency meeting of the 20 sharehsubsequent cross. But despite their positive start, the hosts nearly fell behind in the 15 minute. Firmino should have hit the target but dragged a low left-foot shot wide from Philippe Coutinho's pass after an error by Claudio Yacob. Robson-Kanu had another sight of goal in the 35 minute from Jake Livermore's defence-splitting pass but the Welsh international's finish was straight at Mignolet. Albion were made to pay seconds before the break when Lucas flicked on James Milner's free-kick for Firmino to head in. After the re-start Liverpool continued in the ascendancy to push for a second goal. Skipper Milner volleyed over Firmino's cross from the right when well placed. Ten minutes from time Liverpool were indebted to a fine stop from Mignolet who came running off his line to close down Phillips. Albion threw evercontent_imgything at the visitors in a frantic finale as keeper Foster even went up. Foster was then stranded upfield as Liverpool broke but sub Alberto Moreno tried his luck from distance and put his shot wide amid a breathless conclusion. Yet fortunately it did not cost the visitors as Klopp added: “I would have been happy for him if he had scored this goal but it meant excitement until the end which is pretty much always when we are involved.”
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  • Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits Saturday’s match against Liverpool could be his last in charge

    Francesco Guidolin accepts he could lose his job as manager if his side fail to beat on Saturday. has come under increasing pressure with Swansea only one place above the relegation zone after failing to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season. Ryan Giggs - recently of - and former Uniers were properly focused for their behind-closed-doors match with LASK Linz after the warm-up.United thrashed the Austrian leaders 5-0 in thcontent_imgeir Europa League round-of-16 first leg to kill the tie, despite uncertainty over the European football calented States boss Bob Bradley have been linked with the Liberty post, with the visit of Liverpool understood to be critical to the Italian's future. Asked if he could be out of a job if Swansea fail to beat high-flying Liverpool, Guidolin replied: "It could happen. Maybe. "It's not easy (to beat Liverpool). But if we win on Saturday for the period of the international break you don't speak any more about my position. "But my position is not important, Swansea's (league) position is important, and we must get a result." Guidolin says he has not sought assurances from chairman Huw Jenkins, who appointed him in January on a temporary basis with Swansea in the bottom three. The former Parma and Udinese boss steered Swansea to safety with seven wins from 16 games and he was handed a two-year contract in May. "I spoke to the chairman last week, but I don't need this," said Guidolin. "The most important thing is to work with my players and team on the training ground, to be focused on the next game. In pictures: Swansea 1-3 Manchester City "One of the best things of my experience in the Premier League was to know my players, last season and this season. "I like it very much and, sometimes when I am worried for my job and our results and our position in the league, meeting them at the training ground is the best moment of the day. "We can work together. I see them them work with passion and I heard they are behind me. This is important. "I know this is not a good moment for the team, but we just need to work and get a result. "This is football and without a result these words are not important. "We need to win - it's clear for me, clear for the chaa America semi-final against Argentina.The Liverpool goalkeeper made a fine save in the quarter-final penalty shootout win over Paraguay."I do not see myself as a hero," Alisson said. "If I make saves, and the others do not convert their chances, it'irman, clear for everyone." After a timid surrender at Southampton the previous week, Swansea produced an improved showing in losing 3-1 at home to league leaders Manchester City last Saturday. And Guidolin feels Swansea will test fourth-placed Liverpool - who have scored 16 goals in six games - if they repeat that Liberty performance. "They have to play free on Saturday, a good game without pressure," said Guidolin. "This is my job and I have to speak to my players about this. "They have to show their qualities because they are good players and a good team. "If we play on Saturday against Liverpool the same way as we did against Man City, then we can get a good result." Will Francesco Guidolin be Swansea manager at Christmas?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Luis Suarez goes in goal during Uruguay training ahead of World Cup qualifier against Colombia

    donned the goalkeeper gloves in training ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Colombia. Barcelona's number nine, one of the most feared strikers in Europe, displayed a rather unorthodox technique during the session in South America. And there was also a worrying moment as star players Suarez and Diego Godin were left rolling on the floor in pain after a hefty collision. Thankfully, the pair managed to shake off their knocks and complete the session. Uruguay travel to Colombia on Tuesday in a rematch of the two sides' World Cup last 16 clash from two years ago, which Colombia won 2-0. Four teams from the South American section of the World Cup qualifying processity fullback Kyle Walker there's a spot for him in his squad.Walker claims he would like to end his career back at his beloved Blades having spent 12 years with his boyhood side before leaving to join Tottenham in 2009. “Kylecontent_img's a Sheffield boy," sa will advance to the finals in Russia in two years' time. Uruguay currently occupy top spot in CONMEBOL qualifying ahead of Brazil in second, Ecuador in third and Colombia in fourth. Argentina, despite possessing the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, are only fifth. The team which ends up finishing fifth will have to qualify via a play-off. Will Uruguay qualify for the 2018 World Cup iMatty Longstaff to a new deal.Longstaff has shone since making his first-team debut this season and the club are keen to tie down his future before his contract expires at the end of the season.Asked about negotiations, Bruce said: "Those things are n Russia?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Everton “know we can beat Manchester City” says Leighton Baines before Capital One Cup semi decider

    Leighton Baines is convinced can overcome the might of Manchester City to deliver a “massive” Wembley final. The Goodison hero knows few sides would relish the prospect of having to go to the Etihad in search of a result that will see them through a Capital One Cup semi-final second leg. City are overwhelming ­favourites to progress on Wednesday, but with the Merseyside club requiring just a draw to progress after following at Goodison, Baines insists the visit holds no fears for the Toffees. And after some disappointing results in recent weeks have incurred the wrath of ­frustrated fans and damaged their Premier League hopes in the process, knows a Wembley visit would offer a huge lift. He explained: “Getting to the final is massive for all of us. “It’s a tough semi to come through and you don’t always want to talk too much about what it might mean, because there is still a lot of work to do before then. “Blarly with Manchester United counterpart David De Gea.The pair are competing for the number one spot in Spain's national team.And Kepa says there is healthy competition with De Gea and former Spurs keeper Pau Lopez."There are three goalkeepers in theut the truth of it is, we know wecontent_img can beat Manchester City. “We have just beaten them in the first leg and and another result like that would see us through. So we have just got to match what we have done in our last couple of games against them and we will be in the final. "Of course, it is easier to say than do. “City are a top side, and I am sure they will come out fast and try to get a goal, but we will be prepared for that and we’re capable of scoring ourselves. We will be ready.” Left-back Baines, 31, admits results have not been good enough and seems to have trashed claims by manager Roberto Martinez that they can still aim for the top four. Stand-in skipper Gareth Barry admits those chances are now gone, but he believes this Cup visit to his previous club can resurrect their season – and give Everton impetus to aim for a Europa League place instead. Barry said: “We have big games coming up in cup competitions. We focus on a huge game against Manchester City and hopefully we can get the fans positive again and then return to the league. “The top four is going to be really tough – we are going to have to go on some sort of run to get there. “If we are going to set a target then the top six is more realistic. “There is still a lot of football to be played in the league but with the players we’ve got and the ability we havd Alisson Becker have raised the bar in the position.Most goalkeepers are judged solely on their shot stopping ability.However, Alisson and Ederson are known for their ability on the ball, as they are able to come out to stop counter attacks and can e, it means we can go on a run until the end of the season.” Who'll reach the Capital One Cup final1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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