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Neymar and Mbappe are “made to play together”- Umtiti

Neymar and Mbappe are “made to play together”- Umtiti

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are “made to play together”, according to Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, as he expects Paris Saint-Germain to flourish with both stars. The current Ligue 1 champions are up and running again for 2018-19, with their leading lights illuminating early fixtures under new boss Thomas Tuchel. Umtiti expects further success to be delivered in the French capital, with PSGboasting an enviable array of attacking talent. The World Cup-winning defender knows all about two of those fearsome frontmen, having played with Neymar at the Camp Nou while Mbappe is an international team-mate. The Barca centre-half told Canal+ of …

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Suicide for Barcelona to target only Champions League, says Pique

Suicide for Barcelona to target only Champions League, says Pique

Gerard Pique believes that just trying to win the Champions League would be ‘suicide’ for Barcelona. Barcelona have not won the Champions League since 2015 and Pique says they can’t afford to concentrate only on the European trophy. Barca Blaugranes reports. “To only try and win the Champions League would be suicide. In the way we operate, we’re stronger when we don’t let everything ride on a single match,” Pique said. “If we concentrate on LaLiga, it’s better, because it’s the measuring stick we use to see where we currently stand. “Barça have never won the Champions League without winning LaLiga too. If …

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Neymar wants to avoid Barcelona in Champions League

Neymar wants to avoid Barcelona in Champions League

The Paris Saint-Germain footballer is visiting his old friends in Barcelona but has said he would not want to face the Blaugrana in the European competition. While visiting Barcelona and his former teammates, Neymar Jr. talked to the press about his ex-team and his future in Paris Saint-Germain. And while he still has to wait for Friday’s UEFA Champions League draw, the footballer as honest about the Blaugrana. “It would be very difficult to face Barca in the Champions League, and I would not like it,” he said. “I have stayed in touch with Barca players,” Neymar told Mundo Deportivo …

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Unai Emery dispels rift with Ozil

Unai Emery dispels rift with Ozil

Unai Emery has dispelled rumours of a rift with Mesut Ozil following Arsenal’s 3-1 win against West Ham on Saturday. Ozil missed the London derby, with Arsenal revealing before the match that he was ill, but reports started to emerge during Saturday’s game that the German had left training early on Friday following a row with Emery. The report, issued by ESPN, was put to Emery during his post-match press conference at the Emirates and Arsenal’s head coach was quick to deny them. When asked to clarify claims about Ozil leaving the training ground angrily after being told he was being left …

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FIFA 19 player ratings leaked

FIFA 19 player ratings leaked

The first set of player ratings for the upcoming FIFA 19 video game has been leaked The popular football video game will be released on 28 September 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now the first set of leaked ratings from some of Europe’s elite teams have been revealed. Below is a list of the most notable changes. Atletico Madrid & Tottenham Hotspur Diego Godin – 90 (+2 88 in FIFA 18) Antoine Griezmann – 89 (+1 from 88) Harry Kane – 88 (+2 from 86) Bayern Munich & Manchester City …

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Kaka: Time for a new Ballon d’Or winner

Kaka: Time for a new Ballon d’Or winner

Former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka believes that it’s time for someone else other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the award The former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder was the last player to have won the Ballon d’Or prize before the Ronaldo and Messi duopoly began in 2008. Both players have now won football most prestigious individual accolade five times each and Kaka has now rather boldly suggested that it’s time for a new player to break the dominance. Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Brazilian ace has even recommended two top candidates that could put …

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Carra and Neville’s Premier League predictions

Carra and Neville’s Premier League predictions

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have given their predictions for the Premier League season. After two matches played in the 2018/19 Premier League season, Both pundits have shared their thoughts on how the season will pan out. Champions – Man City ‘Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are chasing City, and they have to gain encouragement from somewhere in the first part of the season. In the first two games, there’s been no encouragement against Arsenal and Huddersfield. Someone has to leave one on City and leave a seed of doubt that they can be caught.’ Top …

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Diego Simeone satisfied despite stalemate at Valencia

Diego Simeone satisfied despite stalemate at Valencia

Diego Simeone was satisfied with the performance of his Atletico Madrid players in a 1-1 chaotic draw with Valencia in their league opener. Atletico beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 after extra in Tallinn last week but could not make a winning start to their La Liga campaign at Mestalla. Angel Correa gave the visitors a first-half lead on Monday, but Valencia grew into the game and netted an equalizer through Rodrigo Moreno early in the second period. Valencia looked the more likely to find a winner in the closing stages, but Simeone saw plenty to be proud of in his side’s performance. …

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Salah, Ronaldo and Modric in UEFA’s top three

Salah, Ronaldo and Modric in UEFA’s top three

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luka Modric are on the three-man shortlist for the 2017-18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Salah got the nod for his contribution to Liverpool’s Champions League campaign where they finished as runners-up in the competition The former Roma winger was in scintillating form last season as scored an incredible 44 goals for the Reds. Ronaldo was nominated after winning a record fifth Champions League title – his third in straight succession for Real Madrid – and finishing top scorer in the competition for a sixth season running. And finally, Modric had a brilliant season …

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Lionel Messi ‘sees things others don’t’- Valverde

Lionel Messi ‘sees things others don’t’- Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was in awe of his talisman Lionel Messi after the Argentine grabbed a brace in the 3-0 win against Alaves. Messi scored an audacious second-half free-kick for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal, at the Camp Nou on Saturday before rounding up the scoring in injury-time. “With Messi, you can expect absolutely anything,” Valverde said. “He sees things that others don’t see on the pitch. “Sometimes we get too used to seeing it, he does things like he did today and we want him to pull a rabbit of the hat every time. “He’s a genius, and we’re …

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Rio Ferdinand rips into Arsenal’s defence

Rio Ferdinand rips into Arsenal’s defence

Rio Ferdinand has heavily criticised Arsenal’s dismal defending in their 3-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Gunners’ backline was completely disorganized as Pedro and Alvaro Morata fired Chelsea into a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge. However, Arsenal restored parity before halftime through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, only for Marcos Alonso to snatch a late winner. And former Manchester United Ferdinand stuck the boot in afterward as Unai Emery’s difficult start to life at the Emirates continued. The former PSG boss had already lost his first game to defending champions Man City in his competitive debut as Arsenal boss. “This …

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Bayern boss Niko Kovac hoping for Boateng stay

Bayern boss Niko Kovac hoping for Boateng stay

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects Jerome Boateng to stay with the Bundesliga Champions but acknowledged the defender could still leave before the end of August. Boateng featured in Bayern’s tightly contested 1-0 DFB-Pokal victory over minnows Drochtersen/Assel – with Robert Lewandowski netting the solitary goal. The former City defender revealed at the end of last season that he would be open to a new challenge after seven years at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern unlikely to stand in the way of an exit. However, Kovac believes the 29-year-old will still be at the club come September. “If anything happens …

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Unai Emery urges Ozil to embrace defensive duties

Unai Emery urges Ozil to embrace defensive duties

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called on German midfielder Mesut Ozil to embrace defensive duties in the team this season. The Gunners lost the first game of the season at the Emirates to defending Champions City who ran away 2-0 winners in what was equally Emery’s first game in charge. The former PSG manager has rallied his squad to show full commitment ahead of Saturday’s London derby against Chelsea. Ozil has been heavily criticised in recent years for a perceived lack of effort in most games and will be expected show more desire when defending for the team at the Bridge. When asked about the …

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Spanish League set to storm America

Spanish League set to storm America

The Spanish League is set to play a regular-season La Liga match in the United States as part of a new 15-year deal to promote the league in North America. The league announced on Thursday that it had agreed on a joint venture with Relevent, a multinational media, sports, and entertainment group, the company behind the annual pre-season International Champions Cup. View this post on Instagram Spanish League set to storm America A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 16, 2018 at 4:57am PDT La Liga said in a statement: “As part of the agreement, La Liga plans to bring a …

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Atletico Madrid reign supreme in Europe

Atletico Madrid reign supreme in Europe

Atletico Madrid beat European Champions Real Madrid 4-2 in a thrilling encounter in Tallin to win their third UEFA Super Cup trophy Diego Costa powered the Europa League winners to the lead after just 49 seconds of the game with a powerful strike from an acute angle. Los Blancos were back on level terms in the 27th minute of the game when a beautiful cross from Bale met Benzema’s header from close range. Madrid regained the lead in the 63rd minute when Sergio Ramos expertly converted from the spot after a handball from Juanfran. However, Simeone’s men had other ideas …

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Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for Arsenal game

Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for Arsenal game

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for Saturday’s London derby clash against his former club Arsenal Fabregas 31, is currently nursing a knee injury and was absent Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The Blues had a light training session on Monday, but the Spaniard was not part of the team. View this post on Instagram Cesc Fabregas is a major doubt for Arsenal game A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 15, 2018 at 3:15am PDT And the former Arsenal captain is not expected to recover in time to play a role in Chelsea’s …

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