JÃ¼rgen Klopp said he would have paid double for Alisson after the Â£65m âlifesaverâ secured Liverpoolâs place in the Champions League knockout with a crucial stoppage-time save against Napoli.Continue reading... [ + ]
Tottenhamâs support had to contemplate failure in Barcelona until Lucas Moura suddenly turned the evening on its head
Tottenhamâs fans had just been asked to stay in their seats after the final whistle when Ãrik Lamela collected the ball on the left and saw Harry Kane move ahead.
It was more than an hour since Ousmane DembÃ©lÃ© had scored the opening goal at the Camp Nou and 15 minutes since the news had come in from Milan, where their fate was also being decided and where Mauro Icardi had scored. There were six minutes to go now, Internazionale were level against PSV Eindhoven, and Spurs were out. High in the east stand, a long wait lay ahead, 6,000 of them, sitting there behind the glass, contemplating failure in the cold.Continue reading... [ + ]
Internazionale failed to get the win that would have seen them into the Champions League last 16, drawing 1-1 with PSV Eindhoven on a fraught night at the San Siro.
The hosts fell behind early on, but Mauro Icardiâs equaliser after 73 minutes meant the Italians were going through with Tottenham 1-0 down at Barcelona. After news of Lucas Mouraâs crucial equaliser filtered through, Inter missed two late chances to win the game.Continue reading... [ + ]
Paul Pogba has been left shocked at being dropped by JosÃ© Mourinho, with the Manchester United midfielder left out of the starting XI for the past two games against Arsenal and Fulham.
The relationship between player and manager has been rocky since the start of the season. Yet despite Mourinho having terse words for Pogba privately and publicly, the France international did not expect to be left out of the XI.Continue reading... [ + ]
Pep Guardiola has said âracism is everywhereâ and has to be fought each day. Manchester Cityâs manager was speaking after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused at Chelsea.
Sterling was verbally abused on Saturday and the incident is being investigated by Chelsea and the Metropolitan police. Four Chelsea supporters have been suspended by the club. One of them pictured verbally abusing Sterling has reportedly denied any racial element.Continue reading... [ + ]
Todayâs fluff has got plenty of problems
Marcus Rashford is a target for Milan. Paul Pogba is unhappy. And JosÃ© Mourinho has gone to the absurd lengths of distancing himself from a claim that heâs committed to Manchester United made by his own agent. âItâs not my statement, I didnât know at all and I didnât care about it.â Poor Ed Woodward. And thereâs Theresa May thinking sheâs got problems.
But hereâs some slightly more upbeat news for the beleaguered giants: Manchester United are hopeful of finally landing that elusive, game-changing central defender in the upcoming window! Step forward Pablo, Bordeauxâs 27-year-old Brazilian international. Not only that, hot Ajax pair Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong are on their radar, as is the young Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier. And Juan Mata is eager to sign a new contract. So itâs swings and roundabouts.Continue reading... [ + ]
â¢ Late equaliser puts Spurs into last 16 of Champions League
â¢ Spurs should be able to play ties at new ground
Mauricio Pochettino could look forward to the prospect of Champions League football at Tottenhamâs new stadium, after his team drew 1-1 with Barcelona on a tumultuous night to qualify for the last 16. Tottenham were helped out by the score in the other Group B tie â Interâs home draw with PSV Eindhoven. They had needed to match Interâs result.Continue reading... [ + ]
Georginio Wijnaldum proves the outstanding player for Liverpool at Anfield, while Kalidou Koulibaly shines for Napoli
Alisson 9/10 One save to make all night and delivered. In the 92nd minute too. The difference between pain and progress.Continue reading... [ + ]
The Egyptian just keeps on keeping on, and does so with a rare lightness. Against Napoli he got his reward, and hinted at what may be to come over the next few months
Just past the half hour at a chilly, angsty Anfield Mo Salah was suddenly free in space on the edge of the Napoli box, scampering in on goal in that bouncy style, hair flapping, legs whirring like a cartoon kangaroo. Salah had time to look up, pause and nudge a doomed pass across the six-yard box in the vague direction of Sadio ManÃ©. There was a groan from the stands, but not much of a groan. The one thing they know for sure about Salah around here is that he just keeps on keeping on. Some footballers are relentless in a pained kind of way, tied to the rack, teeth clenched, head down. Salah has a lightness to him. He keeps coming because he knows in the end the game will open up, that his ability to glide and spring sideways with preternatural speed will find the right pocket of space.Continue reading... [ + ]
Our cartoonist on why itâs hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent yearsContinue reading... [ + ]
Sponsorship deals are routinely mocked, from Manchester Unitedâs mattress partners to Evertonâs Angry Birds sleeves, with some companies all too keen to get themselves associated with Premier League clubs. And we roll our eyes at the latest madcap scenarios players find themselves in at launch events.
However Uefaâs announcement that it has agreed a seven-year deal with Visa as the first sponsor of Uefa womenâs football deserves the celebratory tone with which it was unveiled. Because, for a change, it actually is a groundbreaking deal. Why? Because as Nadine Kessler, Uefaâs head of womenâs football, said, the aim is âto assign a clear value to womenâs footballâ.Continue reading... [ + ]
Lord Herman Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of footballâs anti-racism campaign Kick It Out after 25 continuous years in that position since the organisation was established in 1993.
The 73-year-old is understood to have informed Kick It Outâs trustees some time ago that he intended to retire at the end of this season and the announcement is not related to the resurgence of alleged racist incidents in the game.Continue reading... [ + ]
Yaya TourÃ© has parted company with Olympiakos three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old made five appearances during his second spell, the last of which was on 8 November.
TourÃ© left Manchester City at the end of last season but failed to make an impact at Olympiakos with whom he won the domestic double in the 2005-06 season.Continue reading... [ + ]
Watford fans brought inflatable snakes to taunt Marco Silva but the surest way to torment their former manager lay in the clubâs first victory at Everton. It was in their grasp until stoppage time, deservedly so, only for Lucas Digne to produce an antidote for Silva and Evertonâs self-inflicted suffering.
Evertonâs form has plummeted since they handed Liverpool victory in the 96th minute of the recent Merseyside derby. This time the 96th minute brought relief as Digne swept an exquisite free-kick into Ben Fosterâs top corner following a careless handball by Christian Kabasele. Relief was fleeting as far as the Everton manager was concerned. His team led through Richarlison, the man who followed him from Vicarage Road to Goodison Park in the summer for Â£40m, and were punished for two lapses in concentration that produced an own goal from Seamus Coleman, plus what seemed an emphatic winner from Abdoulaye DoucourÃ©.Continue reading... [ + ]
JÃ¼rgen Klopp has said Raheem Sterling delivered the perfect response when subject to alleged racist abuse at Chelsea.
The Manchester City and England forward laughed off abuse from home supporters during the championsâ 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. On Instagram the following day Sterling accused sections of the media of helping to fuel racism with their portrayal of young black footballers.Continue reading... [ + ]