Real Madrid Defiant Zidane insists ‘it hasn’t all gone to s***’ at Real Madrid Joe Wright 02:31 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Numancia Real Madrid v Villarreal Copa del Rey Primera División The Real Madrid boss was in defiant mood after training was delayed by a long talk between the coaching staff and players Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hit back at critics “who say everything has gone to s***” at the club.The Spanish and European champions’ stuttering season saw them stumble again in La Liga’s title race on Sunday, when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo.With leaders Barcelona now 16 points ahead of Los Blancos in the table and a daunting Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain to come, pressure on Zidane’s position has been mounting despite his success during his two years in charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former France star was also late for a news conference on Tuesday after Madrid training was delayed due to lengthy talks between the coaching staff and players at Valdebebas.Zidane, however, insists his side will get back on track with collective hard work and is adamant there are reasons to be positive for the rest of the season.4 – Real Madrid have failed to win in their last four La Liga away games (D3 L1), their worst run in the competition since December 2008 (D1 L3). Fall. pic.twitter.com/kB6dpB5Ybj— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 7, 2018″I’m not going to tell you what we talked about. These are discussions that happen in a team,” he said.”You can analyse it as you like, that it’s a moment of crisis or not, but we’re here to find solutions.”I’m not going to go into the details. When there are things like we’re going through, where things aren’t going as we want, it’s about work. I always believe in that.”What you tell me is what a lot of people think: that there are people who are bad and I have to get them out of the team. It’s the opposite.”When a player is bad, I will help him. I’m more interested in unity. I’m not someone who, when things are going wrong, will throw one or two into the s***. We’re all in the same boat.”It’s everyone’s fault, mine first. We’ve had two spectacular years; thank you for saying so. It’s important people don’t forget that.”There are people who say everything has gone to s***. No. The day of the Celta game, I focused on the good things. “Are things more complicated with a draw? Yes. The second half was not good, but we’re not going to go crazy about it. We’re going to think that, with work, we will achieve good things.”-1 – Real Madrid have conceded more goals (10) than they’ve scored (9) in the second halves in La Liga this season. Relax pic.twitter.com/YbiYTBrMOO— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 8, 2018The Celta draw has led to further calls among supporters for Madrid to sign reinforcements in the transfer window, but Zidane remains insistent he does not want any new players this month.”I don’t need anyone. That’s it. So that I can be clear: I don’t want anyone. Period. We began with a squad and I believe in my players,” he said.”There are tough moments in a season. You want to transmit that it’s unlike it’s ever been before. That’s not what I think. What I think is that we have everything to move forward. Everything.”We’ll see what happens at the end of the season. That’s when things are analysed, and if you should make changes, you make changes.”Madrid face Numancia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday, having claimed a 3-0 win in the first meeting.
Transfers West Ham win race to sign Hugill Stephen Creek 08:04 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Preston North End v Hull City Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Preston North End Championship Premier League After a frustrating 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, Hammers manager David Moyes swooped to sign Preston’s highly rated striker West Ham have bolstered their strike force with the signing of Jordan Hugill from Championship side Preston.The 25-year-old’s performances this season have reportedly caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace said to have been hoping to lure him to Selhurst Park.However, Hugill has opted to link up with David Moyes’ men at London Stadium, with West Ham beating the deadline to snap up the striker on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m absolutely delighted,” Hugill told West Ham’s official website. “It’s been a long day, but to get this over the line is amazing for me and it’s now a new challenge for me and hopefully I can bring what I did at Preston here and show what I can do. “It’s amazing to know I’m a Premier League footballer, to know where I’ve come from in the last five years to where I am now in the Premier League is amazing. “I’m still pinching myself to see if it’s all real, but hopefully I can bring my qualities from Preston here to West Ham. Without a doubt it’s a huge opportunity and I’m looking forward to it.”Hugill joined Preston from Port Vale in June 2014 for just £25,000 and the League Two club stand to benefit from a percentage of the fee that took him to West Ham.He spent much of his first season as a Preston player on loan, enjoying spells with Tranmere Rovers and Hartlepool United, before establishing himself in the Lilywhites’ first team following their promotion to the Championship in 2015.The Middlesbrough-born striker scored 12 goals in 44 Championship appearances in 2016-17 and has netted eight times in 27 league games this season.
Premier League Man Utd team news vs Newcastle: Pogba back alongside Sanchez and Martial Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:18 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester United Manchester United Newcastle United Jose Mourinho’s second-placed side will be hoping to go seven points clear of third-placed Tottenham with a victory against the out-of-form Magpies Paul Pogba returns to Manchester United’s starting line-up for their clash with relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Sunday.The central midfielder – who was criticised by Liverpool icon Graeme Souness for playing like a “schoolboy” this weekend – was dropped for United’s win over Huddersfield Town after a poor performance in their defeat at Tottenham on January 31.Alexis Sanchez makes his fourth consecutive start since signing for the Red Devils in the January transfer window from rivals Arsenal, although he’s never scored against the Magpies in the Premier League in four attempts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku also feature in an expensively-assembled attack against a Newcastle side that haven’t won at home in the league in the last eight games.Luke Shaw is excluded despite a position showing against Huddersfield, with Ashley Young stepping back into the left-back slot. Phil Jones also returns for Marcos Rojo, while Marcus Rashford fails to feature in the matchday 18 for the first time this season.In Rafa Benitez’s side’s favour is the fact that Mourinho has never won a Premier League match at St James’ Park in six attempts, although he has triumphed twice at the ground in the League Cup.Nemanja Matic, who starts alongside Pogba in midfield, told Sky Sports ahead of the game: “I’ve played here a couple of times, it’s always difficult when they play good football [because] the crowd is behind them for 90 minutes.”So, we know it’s going to be hard for us, but we know what we have to do, we’ve prepared for the game well, so I hope we can get all three points here.”I think that their concentration is on a higher level [because of the threat of relegation] and, for sure, they fight every game like it’s their last one because they know they are in danger.”So, it’s going to be hard like every game.”Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez; Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Murphy, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Atsu.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Matic, Pogba; Sanchez, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Rojo, Mata, Carrick, Shaw, McTominay. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bundesliga Bayern and FC Dallas announce partnership Harry Sherlock 19:22 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bundesliga MLS Bayern München Dallas The two clubs will collaborate as they attempt to share coaching expertise in youth development Bayern Munich and FC Dallas have announced a partnership centred on youth development.The two clubs will “exchange talent”, allowing players to experience both the coaching in place at Bayern and at the MLS club.“The United States is home to our very first international office, highlighting our commitment to engaging and growing FC Bayern’s fan base in the Americas,” said Bayern’s Executive Board Member for Internationalization and Strategy, Jörg Wacker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Our intention from the beginning has been to help support the growth of soccer in the U.S., supporting the existing development of players. For us FC Dallas is the ideal partner.”The two clubs will also create fixtures that will allow the young players to play against each other, in both Germany and America.”We are thrilled to join FC Bayern Munich in this groundbreaking collaboration,” said FC Dallas chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.”One of our primary goals is to develop an academy and a club that can compete at the highest level on a global scale. This unprecedented partnership with one of the most successful clubs in the world marks a significant step toward that goal, and we look forward to working closely with the outstanding leadership at FC Bayern.”Twenty academy players signed for Dallas’ first-team – an MLS high – and at least 28 players from the club’s youth set-up have been capped by the United States, Canada or Mexico at youth level.Three homegrown players of the club have already been sent to Germany, including 17-year-old Paxton Pomykal, who became the club’s youngest ever starter in March.
PSG Paris Saint-Germain confirm Neymar set for surgery Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:05 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Aurelien Meunier PSG Neymar Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The attacker will fly to Brazil to have an operation on his foot at the end of the week, the Ligue 1 leaders confirmed Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed star attacker Neymar is set to undergo surgery this week after being diagnosed with a broken foot. Neymar went down at the end of PSG’s 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille on February 25, with tests later confirming he had sustained a cracked metatarsal bone in addition to a twisted ankle.The star’s father called for him to undergo surgery and the club has announced that they and the Brazil national team agree, scheduling a procedure to be done in Brazil at the end of the week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “After an initial treatment period of three days inline with a strict medical protocol, a joint decision has been taken between the medical staffs of both Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team,” PSG said in a statement.The statement also added the decision was made “in accordance with the player” and the surgery will be performed by Dr Rodrigo Lasmar, accompanied on site by Professor Saillant, representing PSG. The timeline almost certainly rules Neymar out of PSG’s last-16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 6. Unai Emery’s side hope to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit in the return leg at the Parc des Princes, but face the prospect of having to do so without their €222 million man. The club initially feared a severe injury but after the first tests showed no break in the ankle, subsequent exams showed the fracture in his foot.Reports emerged Neymar wished to have surgery to maximize his chances of being fully fit for the 2018 World Cup, though Emery would denied those reports at the time, saying a decision had yet to have been reached. Surgery will sideline Neymar for multiple weeks, with reports suggesting he could be out until May. Neymar has been excellent this season for PSG, scoring 28 goals in 30 games across all competitions while adding 16 assists. That includes six goals and three assists in seven Champions League games.
Manchester United Lukaku ‘improved’ but mocked by Mertens over first touch Chris Burton 22:36 5/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur Napoli Premier League World Cup Serie A Eden Hazard A Belgium team-mate admits the Manchester United striker is laughed at in training, while Jan Vertonghen is considered more technical than Eden Hazard Romelu Lukaku has “improved a lot”, says Dries Mertens, but the Manchester United striker still sees his first touch laughed at while away with the Belgium national side.The 25-year-old striker has established a reputation as one of world football’s most fearsome frontmen over recent years, with a forgettable spell at Chelsea put firmly behind him.Goal-laden stints at West Brom and Everton earned Lukaku a £75 million ($101m) move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017, and he has repaid that show of faith with 27 goals across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He has also become an important figure in a golden generation of Belgian talent, although his fellow countrymen can be quick to pull him up on the faults which still exist in his game.Napoli forward Mertens told RTBF of working with Lukaku: “He has improved a lot.“People are laughing at his control but he’s a boy who after training takes 20 balls and continues to train. I respect him a lot for that.”Mertens is set to be another key man for Belgium this summer at World Cup 2018, with the 31-year-old having followed up a 34-goal haul last season with another 22 efforts for Serie A title challengers Napoli this term.He is set to be joined in the fold by several other creative talents, such as Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele.Eden Hazard will also be expected to provide inspiration on Russian soil, but Mertens insists that the Chelsea talisman is not the most technical player within Roberto Martinez’s ranks.He added when quizzed on that subject: “Everyone is going to think about Eden Hazard.“But I’m going to say Jan Vertonghen. He is very technical for someone tall [and playing in a] defensive position.”Mertens & Co. are set to open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18, before going on to face Tunisia and England in their other Group G fixtures.Before that, though, Lukaku still has one more domestic outing to take in, with Manchester United hoping to see him shake off an ankle problem in time to grace an FA Cup final clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
Manchester United Manchester United given go-ahead for women’s team Ryan Conway 21:07 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Based at The Cliff training ground and playing in the FA Championship, Manchester United Women will begin competitive action in 2018-19 Manchester United have been awarded a license to establish a professional women’s team by the Football Association.A statement on the Premier League giants’ official website confirmed Manchester United Women would be placed into the FA Women’s Championship – the second tier of the game in England below the Super League.The team will be based at United’s historic Cliff training ground in Salford, where the men’s side trained until 2000. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, said: “The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application. The new women’s team will have the same philosophy as all Manchester United sides, creating a pathway from academy to first team.”We will be making some exciting announcements in the coming days and weeks.”Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging but rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women’s team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club.”Former England international Casey Stoney is reportedly set to be appointed as manager of United’s new team. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Salah to start for Egypt with Cuper ‘100 per cent’ confident Liverpool star is ready Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:18 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt African All Stars The Reds forward has been nursing a shoulder problem since the Champions League final, but he is in contention to feature against Uruguay on Friday Mohamed Salah is in line to start Egypt’s opening game of World Cup 2018 against Uruguay, with Hector Cuper “100 per cent” confident the Liverpool forward is over a shoulder injury.The 25-year-old has been a fitness doubt for the Pharaohs since picking up an untimely problem in a Champions League final clash with Real Madrid on May 26.Salah’s tears in Kiev suggested that he knew his international dreams were in danger of being dashed, but a positive period of rehabilitation has got him back in contention sooner than expected. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move With Egypt resting much of their ambition on the shoulders of a talismanic presence who fired them to a first finals in 28 years, they are understandably keen for him to be involved as much as possible.National team coach Cuper told reporters on the progress being made by his star turn: “Salah is doing very well indeed, he’s recovered very quickly. We’ll see how it goes today. I can almost assure you 100 per cent he’ll play.“We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not. I know him very well, and I’m sure he’s not afraid.“A risk of playing a match is something we can’t hide. In terms of him on the pitch, he’ll have full guarantees. If we do see at the last minute there’s an issue, we’ll see if it can be resolved.”Salah has worked tirelessly in an effort to get himself back to match fitness in time for a first World Cup outing in Russia.Some training sessions have seen him working alone with medical and coaching staff, with Cuper adamant that individual exercises away from the group should not be considered a sign that he is lacking competitive edge.He added: “Salah has three training sessions per day. He does training with the doctors, by himself and with specific exercises.“He’s recovered from his injury but he still trains a lot. He has to do physical training and mental training. Why? That’s what he feels he needs to recover.”If Salah is ready to face Uruguay, then a man who netted 44 times across all competitions for Liverpool during the 2017-18 campaign will be in the strongest possible position to make his mark on the grandest of sporting stages.With further Group A fixtures to come against hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, a fast start from the Reds icon, who is being billed as a potential Ballon d’Or winner, could put him in contention for the Golden Boot – a prize he has already claimed in the Premier League this season.On Salah’s chances of outscoring some illustrious rivals, Cuper said: “He could be the top scorer and one of the greatest players.“He’s shown he’s got great personality, talent and character. No-one thinks he can’t [be top scorer]. We’ll see great players here and he can be the greatest player [of all] at this World Cup.”
After victories in all five divisions yesterday, Australia repeated the feat today. The New Zealanders fought hard but were unable to match the Aussies, and with pride on the line tomorrow will be out to prevent 3-0 series wins in all divisions. The Men’s 30’s match, as was expected, was the match of the tournament. In both a physical and passionate display the match had everything from injuries to periods of time, Australia coming from behind to steal victory in the tight battle. ResultsMen’s 50’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Men’s 45’s – Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 40’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Women’s 30’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 30’s – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 8.For full match reports visit the Trans Tasman website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6460-0-114197-0
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Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ter Stegen: I’m happier in Barcelona than city I was bornby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits he feels more settled in Spain than in Germany.Ter Stegen is now firmly established as Barca’s No1 keeper.He told Libero: “The kindness of the people has made it much easier for me. “It is not normal for me to be treated so well. This gives me a lot of life. In our profession, everyone is looking at you and wants to make an opinion about you. And I would not like to change because I’m a natural person.””It was very important for me to get to a city that you can identify with. I think that if you come to a place that does not convince you, you can not be comfortable for many years in that place and feel good. There are players who do not care much, but I do, and now I almost feel better here than in the city where I was born.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea announce record profits and revenueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have announced record profits in their latest financial reports.The Blues’ return to the Champions League in 2017-18 contributed to the turnover growing by 22.7 per cent to £443.4million in the financial results for the year ending June 30, 2018.And a record-high profit of £62m was achieved, after a profit on player sales of £113m and an increase in broadcast revenues of £162.4m as a result of Chelsea’s return to Europe’s elite club competition.The accounts do not include the severance pay for Antonio Conte or his coaching staff. Conte was sacked in July after the Blues’ fifth-placed finish and failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.Chelsea reported a £32m increase in commercial revenues following several partnership deals, including the kit deal with Nike worth a reported £60m a year.And the club says there was a £8.4m increase in matchday revenues, despite ticket prices being frozen at 2011-12 levels.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal teenager Martinelli stunned by Aubameyang: The guy on TV!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck when first meeting Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 18-year-old kicked off his Arsenal career with a fine double in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Speaking after the game, the summer signing from Ituano revealed it was surreal meeting the famous striker.He told Globo Esporte: “It hadn’t sunk in yet. I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, ‘Tudo bem?’, trying to communicate. “You see, the guy so good, humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me!””He’s also a guy who gave me a lot of support at the club, trying to communicate with me. I have to thank everyone at the club. They’re very nice people.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.”
Mauricio Pochettino reiterated his “love” for Marcelo Bielsa but admitted his fellow Argentine is wrong in the ongoing ‘Spygate’ controversy.Tottenham boss Pochettino has previously described Bielsa as a “second father” after the 63-year-old brought him through at Newell’s Old Boys before managing him at Espanyol and with the Argentina national team.Leeds United head coach Bielsa is currently being investigated by the Football Association and English Football League after sending a spy to observe Derby Country training ahead of the Rams’ trip to Elland Road last Friday. 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? Bielsa subsequently held an extraordinary news conference on Wednesday at which he said he had sent staff to spy on each of Leeds’ opponents this season before attempting to play down its importance by showing journalists a presentation detailing the depth of the analysis he does on all rivals.Bielsa, whose Leeds team are top of the Championship, has received very little support from within the game and even Pochettino refused to back him when asked his opinion on Friday.The Spurs boss said: “It’s a situation that makes me a little bit sad.”It’s so important to split my special personal relationship with him and describe a situation that happened a week ago.”Always my love is going to be with him. He was a person so important to me, to build my career as a player.”But, after that, we’re talking about a situation that happened last week and I can’t agree [with it]. For me, it’s wrong. I can understand [Derby boss] Frank Lampard’s feelings. It’s a thing that’s not easy to explain.”Marcelo now walks the press through video analysis of an opponent’s offensive actions, explaining how it totals 40 minutes, which is then broken down into 8 minute clips for the players pic.twitter.com/juLwE0NEGo— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 16, 2019A lack of understanding of English culture has been put forward as a defence for Bielsa but Pochettino is not convinced.”For me, always when I talk about England, about the organisation and culture you have here, for any manager the key is to work in an environment you create,” he said.”The English people and the culture you create here gives you the opportunity to work in privacy. That doesn’t happen maybe in Germany or Argentina or Spain. That makes us feel more responsible to keep the idea that you can work, feel at home and you don’t need to hide anything.”There’s many opinions we can listen to after last week.”To be honest, my feeling is a little sad. Rather than talking about football and how fantastic Leeds are doing in the Championship, we’re talking about one fact that doesn’t help football.”Of course it doesn’t change my view about Marcelo but I can’t agree with what happened.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze has played down reports linking him to a move to Arsenal, as he looks forward to renewing his contract with his boyhood club. Gotze, 27, has been tipped for stardom since his teens and at just 22 scored the winning goal to crown Germany 2014 World Cup champions ahead of final opponents Argentina. Since then, however, he has struggled to follow through on that potential, cutting short a three-year stay at Bayern Munich in 2016 in favour of returning to his old club after failing to establish himself at the Allianz Arena. 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? Last season also started poorly for the forward, who has had to fight injury and illness problems since coming back to Dortmund, but he found his feet towards the end of the campaign and was an important part of the team that took Bayern to the final day in the battle for the Bundesliga title. And while Arsenal are one of the teams said to be interested in his services, Gotze is paying little heed to the rumours. “I always hear these rumours, they come up every year,” he explained to Goal and DAZN.”Everyone has their value and the club has to decide who fits where”.With just one year left to run on his current deal, Dortmund are keen to discuss an extension with Gotze. “Our objective is for Mario to stay with us. He has developed very positively in the last few weeks,” BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Bild in May.Sporting director Michael Zorc recently added to the same publication: “At the start of the season we will sit down together. We have good communication with Mario’s father and representatives.””I have a year on my contract and I am comfortable in the Bundesliga,” Gotze explained when asked about a possible renewal.”I am very relaxed, I wanted to play a reasonable season, contributing with my performances and focusing on myself was important for me.”