Tuesday, January 19

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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
Alisson admits to ‘most exhausting’ season after helping Liverpool to end 30 years of English top-flight title pain
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Alisson admits to ‘most exhausting’ season after helping Liverpool to end 30 years of English top-flight title pain

The Brazil international goalkeeper contributed to the Reds landing the Premier League crown and is now looking forward to a well-deserved break Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits the 2019-20 campaign has been “one of the most exhausting seasons I’ve ever had”, with the Reds left physically and emotionally drained on the back of their Premier League title triumph. Jurgen Klopp’s side started out almost 12 months ago with the intention of winning more major honours. They delivered on that front in record-breaking style, with a 30-year wait for English top-flight glory brought to a close. Liverpool also savoured UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup successes, with the Anfield outfit having got a taste for major silverware.
Jordan Henderson Is Named England’s Player Of The Year For 2019 Ahead Of Raheem Sterling And Harry Kane
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Jordan Henderson Is Named England’s Player Of The Year For 2019 Ahead Of Raheem Sterling And Harry Kane

Jordan Henderson has been named as England's player of the year for 2019, beating his team-mates Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane to win the award. The Liverpool captain enjoyed success with his club as he won the Champions League last season and came close to winning the Premier League title as they finished second behind Manchester City. This season, he has also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with Liverpool, who are currently 14 points clear with a game in hand. The 29-year-old,  who was voted as one of the top three midfielders in Europe last season played seven times in total for England in 2019 and was key in the midfield as they reached the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League and qualified for Euro 2020.   Sterling, who scored eig...
Chelsea Condemn Racist Abuse Of Tammy Abraham
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Chelsea Condemn Racist Abuse Of Tammy Abraham

Chelsea have condemned "abhorrent posts" aimed at Tammy Abraham after the club's Super Cup defeat by Liverpool in Istanbul. Striker Abraham, 21, was targeted on social media with racist abuse after his side lost 5-4 on penalties. Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian kept out Abraham's spot-kick to secure victory for the Champions League winners. 99 "We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on social media," said a club spokesman. "Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour unacceptable. It has no place at this club and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.' The club's reaction comes after Kick It Out had issued a statement condemning the tre...
Football Fans Go Crazy After N’golo Kante’s Nutmeg In UEFA Super Cup
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Football Fans Go Crazy After N’golo Kante’s Nutmeg In UEFA Super Cup

Football fans went crazy after midfielder N'Golo Kante nutmegged Liverpool Star James Milner in the UEFA Super Cup match. Chelsea went 1-0 up thanks to a goal from Olivier Giroud towards the end of the first half. Kante was brilliant in the build-up to the goal, ghosting past Liverpool's midfield to lay the ball onto Christian Pulisic, who threaded through to Giroud. Kante’s best moment of the half, however, came at the expense of Milner. The France international picked the ball up out wide before turning into the path of Milner, who could do nothing but watch as Kante popped the ball through his legs. And football fans are absolutely loved it. One said: “That Kante’s nutmeg on Milner was cleeeean!!!!!" Another went with: “Somebody tell N'Golo Kante that Milner has...
History-making referee Stephanie Frappart praised for Super Cup performance
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History-making referee Stephanie Frappart praised for Super Cup performance

Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to officiate a major men's European match when she took charge of Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup. History-making aside, the French official had to deal with VAR reviews, penalty decisions and back chat from players - so all in all just a normal night in the life of any referee. Along with her all-female team of assistant referees, Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O'Neill from the Republic of Ireland, Frappart received praise from pundits and fans for her measured performance as Liverpool beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout. "I think she's had a great game - she's been brilliant in what's been a difficult game," former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole told BT Sport. "She's been excellent and let the game flow and got mos...
Real Madrid Go From Infinity To Zero In Just A Few Months
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Real Madrid Go From Infinity To Zero In Just A Few Months

A 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Sunday confirmed that Los Merengues would not emerge from the winter break a different team, as their grip on LaLiga slipped ever further and Barcelona stood atop the table with a 16 point lead. Rewinding to the summer, Madrid expressed total security as they brushed aside Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup and hammered Barcelona 5-1 in the Supercopa de Espana. Not only was the scoreline so convincing, there was a clear margin between Spain's top two teams that seemed like it would take some time to close, let alone completely reverse. The unthinkable nonetheless occurred, Real dropped off form and coach Zinedine Zidane was unable to conjure the rotations and tactical tweaks that were so effective previously. Dropping 19 points from their opening 17 lea...
Figo: Innovative Real Madrid Will Reinforce For UCL Defence
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Figo: Innovative Real Madrid Will Reinforce For UCL Defence

Legendary former Real Madrid star Luis Figo has backed the club to do all they can to ensure they secure an unprecedented third consecutive UEFA Champions League title. Madrid conquered all before them in 2017, setting a new club record of five titles in a single calendar year as they won La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and became the first team in history to retain the Champions League. And Figo believes his former team-mate, coach Zinedine Zidane, can lead Madrid to yet more continental glory in 2018 and that the club will reinforce in the January transfer window. “Last year was Real Madrid’s best ever in terms of titles,” Figo, who led Madrid to the Champions League title in 2002, told Goal. “Five titles in one year was amazing. Of course,...
Zidane: Madrid Won’t Win Club World Cup On Reputation
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Zidane: Madrid Won’t Win Club World Cup On Reputation

Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid want to add the ClubWorldCup to the trophy cabinet before fighting to retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns, emphasising his side won’t claim the title on reputation alone. Two-time champions Madrid will face Emirati outfit Al Jazira in Wednesday’s semi-final at Zayed Sports City Stadium in AbuDhabi. And Madrid are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana. “It will not be easy and last year we had a lot of problems before we managed to win it,” Zidane said. “There will not be easy games and for just being RealMadrid we are not going to win. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses. “This is the calendar and whoever we face we need to look at doing w...
Man United New Boy Lindelof Feels ‘Pretty Confident’ In His Abilities Debut
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Man United New Boy Lindelof Feels ‘Pretty Confident’ In His Abilities Debut

United acted quickly to make the long-standing defensive target Jose Mourinho's first summer signing, paying Benfica an initial £30.75million for the Sweden international's services. Lindelof could cost a further £9m in add-ons, although if those clauses are achieved then the centre-back will likely have proved good value. Many expected the composed 23-year-old defender to slot straight into United's defence, but Mourinho is easing him in to help his adaptation to the rigours of English football, much like Henrikh Mkhitaryan last term. Having been reduced to a watching brief since the UEFA Super Cup, Tuesday's Champions League opener against Basle was Lindelof's first taste of playing at Old Trafford - a night the Swede will not only cherish but build on. 'I think it was a very...
Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover
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Barca Seek Super Cup Tonic To Neymar Hangover

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Spanish football season’s opening act in the Super Cup, first leg on Sunday (2000GMT) needing to dispel doubts they have fallen further behind their rivals following Neymar’s departure. The Brazilian’s world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain just days before the start of the campaign deprives a Barca side that missed out to Madrid for the Spanish title for the first time in five years last season one of their most dangerous weapons. Barca’s immediate attempts to find a replacement in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund have so far fallen short. New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde therefore has a tactical conundrum on his Camp Nou bow to fill the void alongside Lionel Messi and Luis S...
Jose Mourinho Gifts His Medal To Young Nigerian Fan
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Jose Mourinho Gifts His Medal To Young Nigerian Fan

Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has explained why gifted his medal to a young fan after Manchester United’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid. Mourinho gave a young boy named Deji his medal just before departing the stadium. Asked about the gesture during the post-match press conference, Mourinho said:  “Sometimes when I win, I don’t keep the medals – so imagine when I lose!” the manager said wryly. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house; for that kid, it’s the moon – something to keep and remember. It was a little kid with a United shirt. I have no idea where he comes from. I think it’s something he’ll never forget.”
Gareth Bale Is Not For Sale – Perez
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Gareth Bale Is Not For Sale – Perez

Despite widespread media report alleging the imminence of a transfer, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has declared the club has no intention of selling Gareth Bale as the UEFA Super Cup victors look to retain their LaLiga and Champions League-winning side. The ex-Tottenham star Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League via Premier League giants Manchester United as Madrid pursue Monaco’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe. United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken openly about Bale and stated that the club’s prospects of signing the Wales international would be greater if he were left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI on Tuesday. However, Bale started in Madrid’s 2-1 win over United in Skopje and Perez dismissed rumours the 28-year-old could leave the Spanish c...
Mourinho Did Not Change My Life In Football – Ramos
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Mourinho Did Not Change My Life In Football – Ramos

Sergio Ramos has said Zinedine Zidane’s knowledge of the Real Madrid dressing room has helped him to greater success than Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ramos also stated that Mourinho did not do exceptional things to his career, as he was just another coach he worked with. Mourinho comes face-to-face with his former side in Skopje on Tuesday, where Manchester United will take on Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. When Ramos was asked to compare Mourinho to current boss Zinedine Zidane, he said: “My view is that when a team has a coach it changes, every coach is different because if his system, tactics, and personality. “One coach is not necessarily better than another. They are just different.  “Zizou was very good at understanding our dressing room as a former player. Ma...
Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo Now ‘Relaxed’ After Court Appearance
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Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo Now ‘Relaxed’ After Court Appearance

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be happy now that his appearance in court to answer charges of tax fraud is behind him, and the superstar can get back to playing football for his club. Ronaldo gave evidence for 90 minutes in front of judge Monica Gomez Ferrer in Madrid on Monday, later issuing a statement in which he strongly refuted the case brought by prosecutors at Spain's tax agency who maintain that he has committed a €14.7 million tax fraud. The Portugal captain, 32, let it be known earlier in the summer that he was so angry at the accusations that he was leaving Spain, and while he has not yet come out and publicly stated his commitment to the Bernabeu outfit, he reportedly was working at the club's Valdebebas training facility on Tues...
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale Admits Rushing Recovery Last Season
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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale Admits Rushing Recovery Last Season

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has admitted to rushing his recovery from an ankle operation last season, but says he never thought of returning to the Premier League during his time on the sidelines. Bale’s 2016-17 campaign was derailed by a right ankle tendon injury picked up against Sporting Lisbon in November, and he suffered regular muscle problems after his return to action in February, which cost him his chance of starting in June’s Champions League final victory over Juventus. Speaking to Marca on his 28th birthday, the Wales international said: “Last year the pain made it difficult for me to get fully fit. I worked hard to recover and now I can do a full preseason. “Last year it bothered me, because you always try to help the team and give your best. Maybe I should have reco...
Guardiola Changed The Concept Of German Football – Thiago
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Guardiola Changed The Concept Of German Football – Thiago

Thiago Alcantara believes Pep Guardiola completely changed the way the game is seen in Germany during his time in charge of Bayern Munich. Spain international Thiago considered the Bundesliga to be primarily focused on power and strength before Guardiola arrived in 2013. However, following Guardiola’s three years in charge of the Bavarian giants, the former Barcelona midfielder now feels possession and domination of the game are of greater importance. “Pep brought greater emphasis on putting value on possession and controlling the game,” Thiago told Marca. “The Bundesliga has always been a competition of strength, power and goals. “He changed the concept of German football in general and they found a harmony that saw them go on to become world champions.” Guardiola guided...