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England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League

England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League

England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for their games against Spain and Switzerland The Three Lions will begin their UEFA Nations League campaign at Wembley when they play Spain on September 8 before a showdown with Switzerland in Leicester three days later. The surprise inclusion to the squad is Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who has been recalled by Southgate after being left out of the World Cup selection in favour of club teammate Ashley Young – who misses out this time around. Three other new faces have been included in Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Southampton goalkeeper Alex …

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Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp uses a completely different tactical system to that of Pep Guardiola, says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Pique returned to the Camp Nou in 2008 during Guardiola’s reign following a four-year spell at Manchester United. The Spanish defender emerged as one of the most sought-after defenders in European football under Guardiola’s tutelage and has since been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad. But even the 31-year-old reckoned that his former boss would find it tougher this season due to the football Liverpool produce. Klopp’s style of a high-octane counter-attack defeated City thrice last season, and they are expected to …

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FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

President Gianni Infantino has voiced his opinion of La Liga taking some official matches to the United States The Spanish FA has decided to take at least an official match to the United States for the next 15 years. And the news was not welcome by the tournament’s fans in Spain, the players, and other football stars. And those who oppose the idea might have a bigger partner against it. On his visit to the United States, FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed displeasure with the announcement. “I think I would prefer much more a great MLS game in the U.S. …

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Azpilicueta: Chelsea must improve in certain areas

Azpilicueta: Chelsea must improve in certain areas

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta believes that they must improve in the finishing part of their game. New head coach Maurizio Sarri has begun his reign with three successive victories in the Premier League. The Blues have also netted eight goals so far, but Azpilicueta feels that the team can still improve in the attack. “Creating more chances from open play is something we will work on, I’m sure,” said the Spaniard, according to the Express. “We want to control the game and have the ball, and we want to be dangerous in front of the goal. As a team we know we can improve …

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Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

For Atletico Madrid’s new signing Thomas Lemar, his France national team colleague Antoine Griezmann should win the next Ballon d’Or. The Caribbean-born player said to Spanish newspaper Marca he hopes Griezmann can win. “In any case, this is what I’m expecting, and what I desire with all my heart,” he told the media outlet. For Lemar, his decision to go to Atletico Madrid was a personal choice, but he knows Griezmann had something to do with it. “It’s clear that the talks with Antoine and with Lucas Hernandez were decisive. They talked to me about the club, telling me that …

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Alex Ferguson documentary in the pipeline

Alex Ferguson documentary in the pipeline

A documentary detailing the life of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will begin production in October. Ferguson, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage suffered in May, was approached by independent film company Passion Pictures two years ago and has since been working on the project. “I have been approached many times over the years to make a film on my life but did not feel comfortable until this point,” said the 76-year-old, via the Daily Mirror. “When the team behind this project was presented to me, and after we spent time discussing their thoughts and approach on what the …

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Cristiano Ronaldo will assume free-kick duties- Pjanic

Cristiano Ronaldo will assume free-kick duties- Pjanic

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem Pjanic. Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri. But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the nod going forward. “Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio. “At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be Dybala or me to take it. Now, it’s 100% him. …

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Ajax seal Champions League slot in Kiev

Ajax seal Champions League slot in Kiev

Ajax reached the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in four years after a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev. The Dutch superpowers took a 3-1 advantage to the Olimpiyskyi Stadium in Kiev and protected their lead, despite a strong start from the home side. Ajax weathered the early storm and could have extended their aggregate lead from the penalty spot, but Dusan Tadic could only strike the woodwork. Dynamo Kiev couldn’t make the most of the lifeline as Ajax tightened their grip on the tie, spurning chance after chance. It’s four years since Ajax last made the group stages …

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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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Jamie Vardy retires from Three Lions duty

Jamie Vardy retires from Three Lions duty

Jamie Vardy has announced his retirement from international football for the Three Lions. The 32-year-old has won 26 caps for his country and was a member of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer. But now Vardy has told England boss Gareth Southgate that he longer wishes to be selected unless there is some kind of injury crisis. Jamie Vardy retiring from international football. Never forget pic.twitter.com/3V5UVuAGZg — LW. (@___LWilliams) August 28, 2018 He told The Guardian: “To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while,” “I’m not getting any younger and you …

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My three titles demand ‘respect’ – Jose

My three titles demand ‘respect’ – Jose

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has demanded more respect for the Premier League titles he has won in his managerial career. The Portuguese endured a spiky press conference after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham, his heaviest home loss in management, and the worst start for United since 1992. However, Mourinho – who won three titles in two spells with Chelsea – was in combative mood when challenged about the criticism coming his way both in the media and from fans. “We lost a game because we conceded a goal from the first corner of the match against us,” he said. …

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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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Man City is ready for Champions League glory- Gundogan

Man City is ready for Champions League glory- Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his team can win the Champions League this season thanks to the team’s maturity. Pep Guardiola’s men were eliminated by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite their dominance in the League. Gundogan, who has been instrumental to City’s campaign so far, feels the English giants are ready to challenge for the European crown. “I dream of winning the Champions League title with Manchester City and a title with Germany,” he told WAZ. “In Manchester last season we had the feeling that we are ready for it. It was not enough. This year nothing …

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Harry Kane hails ‘massive’ Spurs win

Harry Kane hails ‘massive’ Spurs win

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has praised the team’s effort as they thrashed Manchester United 3-0 on Monday night. Harry Kane opened the scoring from a Kevin Trippier corner, as rose highest near the penalty spot to plant a brilliant header into the top right corner to give Tottenham the lead five minutes into the second half. Lucas Moura then scored a brace to put the game to bed. Long overdue result like that at Old Trafford. Loved that. Big win. Happy bank holiday. ? #COYS #THFC #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/4Hy8VKF87f — Harry Kane (@HKane) August 27, 2018 “It’s massive, just what …

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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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Thierry Henry set to decline Bordeaux offer

Thierry Henry set to decline Bordeaux offer

Thierry Henry has reportedly decided to decline Bordeaux’s offer to become their new boss, amid concerns over their transfer budget. The Arsenal and France legend has been locked in discussions with Bordeaux over becoming their new manager following Gus Poyet’s suspension from the post. The Uruguayan coach spoke out against the club following the sale of striker Gaetan Laborde to rivals Montpellier without his permission. Bordeaux were keen on appointing Henry as his replacement and had given the 41-year-old the weekend to decide whether he wants to begin his managerial career in his homeland with the Ligue 1 side. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed …

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