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first_imgBayern München Muller: Ancelotti shouldn’t be a scapegoat Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:28 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern coach Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg The manager paid the price for Bayern Munich’s unimpressive start to the season, but the German says the players are to blame Thomas Muller does not believe Carlo Ancelotti should be made a scapegoat after the Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.Bayern made the decision to relieve Ancelotti of his position last month following the team’s 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. There had been rumours in the weeks leading up to his sacking that several key players in the dressing room were unhappy with his methods and had expressed that behind the scenes.Bayern sit five points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund after seven matches, but Muller does not believe all the blame should be laid at the feet of Ancelotti.Speaking to reporters at an Audi event, Muller said: “A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to.”We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat.”Jupp Heynckes was installed as Ancelotti’s replacement until the end of the season, but Muller has urged fans not to expect an instant improvement.”We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterwards again,” he said.”We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will of course be matches where people see us and be very critical.”last_img read more

first_imgPremier 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) Paul Pogba, Tottenham v Man Utd, 17/18 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.last_img read more