Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Borussia Dortmund have insisted that they have no intention of selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona, amid links with the Catalan club.
Reports in Spain had suggested that Luis Enrique’s team had identified the Gabonese forward as a potential January transfer target, with their transfer ban on the verge of ending.
However, Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, maintains that Aubameyang remains a key part of the club’s plans.
"We plan clearly with Auba,” he told Bild when pressed on the rumours.
Aubameyang himself says that he has never considered leaving Dortmund, having also been linked with Liverpool following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp.
"I am here with all my heart, I've never wanted to leave,” he added.
Aubameyang has scored 14 goals in 14 appearances in all competitions thus far in 2015-16.
Source : goal.com
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Friday, October 9, 2015
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has told the media he expects to be out for a month after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty.
It means he will miss the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on October 25, after he was stretchered off 24 minutes into Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old underwent tests in Argentina on Friday, and he believes he will be sidelined until November.
"I think I'm going to be out for a month," he told the media outside the clinic.
Goal understands he has torn his hamstring and the scans will determine the exact extent of the injury and the expected recovery period.
The minimum recuperation time for even the mildest of tears is three weeks.
As well as the game at Old Trafford he is also likely to miss games against Bournemouth, Sevilla (home and away), Norwich City, and Crystal Palace, all at the Etihad Stadium, as well as the away trip to Aston Villa on November 8.
The striker, who scored five times against Newcastle United on Saturday, was taken off after netting his fifth as a precaution, having already undergone treatment on a minor hamstring injury at half-time.
Goal has also learned that City’s medical staff warned their Argentine counterparts about a niggle in his adductor muscle ahead of the international fixtures.
Argentina boss Tata Martino, when questioned about Aguero’s fitness, stated before the match that all of his squad were fit. Afterwards, he insisted that the problem sustained during their first qualifier was unrelated to the previous injury he had picked up against Newcastle.
Source : goal.com
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is tipped to become the next man in charge at the Merseyside club, but left reporters without a definite answer when quizzed on the subjectJurgen Klopp has refused to confirm nor deny whether he is close to filling the vacant Liverpool manager's chair.
Goal understands the Reds have made a formal approach to the German and are closing in on their No.1 target, currently unattached after a successful seven-year spell with Borussia Dortmund.
But questioned on a possible move to Merseyside on Tuesday, Klopp brushed aside reporters.
"There's nothing to say," he told Bild when asked about the possibility of returning to management in the Premier League.
"Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I'm going home now."
Reporters were unable to quiz Klopp further, as he laughed and walked off without passing further comment.
Liverpool are primed to hold further talks with Klopp and hope to announce his appointment by the end of the week, with the 48-year-old set to be handed a three-year deal.
The club's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are keen to confirm their new manager as soon as possible, after Brendan Rodgers's tenure came to an end on Sunday following a 1-1 draw with Everton.
Source : goal.com
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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Arsenal justified Arsene Wenger's pre-match title talk as three early goals blew away Manchester United at the Emirates.Alexis Sanchez (6) and Mesut Ozil (7) scored within 33 seconds before the Chilean belted a third to leave United three-down inside 20 minutes for the first time in the Premier League era.
Petr Cech made a big stop from Anthony Martial right on half-time and United did improve after the break, but that was as much down to Arsenal re-evaluating their ambition as anything else, and three times counter-attacks almost brought a fourth goal.
Source : skysports.com
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Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea that they would be making a major mistake if they sacked him, blaming the officials for his side's 3-1 loss to Southampton.
Chelsea took an early lead through Willian's free kick, but the Saints hit back shortly before the break when Steven Davis smashed a low drive past Asmir Begovic from the edge of the box.
Chelsea saw a penalty appeal for a challenge on Radamel Falcao by keeper Maarten Stekelenburg turned down, with the striker booked, shortly before Sadio Mane made it 2-1.
Graziano Pelle added a third for Southampton, but Mourinho said referee Robert Madley had cost his team by failing to spot the foul on Falcao.
Source : espnfc.com
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Barcelona lost their first La Liga match since Lionel Messi's injury as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in a riveting game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Michael Krohn-Delhi gave the hosts the lead after 52 minutes and Vicente Iborra increased the advantage six minutes later, capitalising on awful defending from the Catalans.
Neymar pulled one back for Luis Enrique's side but, despite dominating the latter stages and hitting the woodwork three times over the course of the game, the champions could not find an equaliser and fell to a second straight away defeat.
Souce : SkySports.com
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Sergio Aguero scored five goals in the space of 20 minutes as Manchester City demolished Newcastle to return to the top of the Premier League table.Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded Newcastle in front but Aguero's brilliant burst of goals began when he headed City level.
It continued after the break when his deflected shot made it 2-1 and he ran through soon after for his hat-trick.
Kevin de Bruyne's volley made it 4-1 before Aguero struck again with a curling shot and close-range finish.
Newcastle, who are still without a league win this season, had chances to extend their lead after £13m striker Mitrovic scored his first goal since joining the club in the summer.
But Aguero's virtuoso show - which ended his Premier League goal drought in style - means the Magpies fall to the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Source : BBC.com
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Arsene Wenger remains confident that Arsenal can lift the Premier League, despite a mixed start to the season.
Sunday sees the north Londoners measure up against Manchester United, who sit top of the table after seven games.
But Wenger pointed out that the gap separating the two club was far from insurmountable at this early stage in the campaign.
“If I tell you now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what do you tell me? You will slaughter me," the Frenchman told reporters in Friday's press conference.
“We play in the Premier League on Sunday. We have just won 5-2 at Leicester, so I don’t see why we should be absolutely down. We are on the back of three or four good results in the league."
Wenger also tried to brush off Arsenal's shock Champions League defeat to Olympiacos in midweek, insisting it would not have an impact on the weekend's match.
“We had a disappointment in the Champions League, we have to analyse it well. But I don’t see why we should not believe we can beat Man United," he affirmed.
“It was disappointing to lose, but overall every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.”
Source : goal.com
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Friday, October 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By Paul Clennam
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces a crucial 48 hours in his recovery from injury as Sir Alex Ferguson considers risking the forward against rivals Manchester City on Monday night.
The 27-year-old has still not trained since picking up a groin injury on international duty with England, and will be monitored in the coming days ahead of a late fitness test prior to the match.
Rooney was forced to miss the Red Devils’ FA Cup sixth-round replay defeat against Chelsea and club staff are wary of upping the ante too soon and hampering his recovery.
But Sir Alex is aware that victory over Roberto Mancini’s side would almost guarantee the Premier League title, and is ready to throw the striker back into action.
“He got a groin injury playing for England and he wasn’t 100 per cent [Sunday],” said Sir Alex prior to the cup loss at Stamford Bridge, though remained optimistic of the forward’s chances of featuring against City.
“There’s no point risking a player with a groin injury. Hopefully he’ll be ready for next Monday’s game.”
Rooney’s return will be welcome news given the faltering form of Robin van Persie in recent weeks.
The Dutchman’s failure to net against Chelsea extended his goal drought for the league leaders to nine games, while Rooney has bagged eight goals in 12 matches since the turn of the year, and struck twice for the Three Lions during the recent international break.
Sir Alex’s eagerness to select Rooney represents a remarkable turnaround for the England forward, who was dropped from the side to face Real Madrid in the Champions League, with his manager stating that he is the type of player who "needs games".
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Real Madrid director of football Zinedine Zidane has expressed his belief that Gareth Bale is “not far off” playing at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Welshman has scored 17 goals in 27 Premier League appearances this term to lead Spurs' chase for a top-four finish - form which has seen him strongly linked with a summer move to the Spanish capital.
And three-time Ballon d'Or winner Zidane has fuelled further speculation by choosing to enthuse about the winger despite being asked which player had impressed him most in this season's Champions League.
“This year the player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League," he told Sky Sports. "He is playing in "the other cup" [Europa League], and that is [Gareth] Bale.
"You can't compare him, he is unique, he makes things look easy, his pace is frightening. His acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space.
"Plus, he is very good technically which is also important, we must not forget that he plays football well.
"He’s really impressed me. I’ve seen him two or three times live, including recently at Lyon, which wasn’t necessarily his best game, but where every time he got the ball he can surprise you.
"He’s perhaps not quite at the level of the other two [Ronaldo & Messi], but he’s different. So personally I don’t think he’s far off."
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bayern Munich a precious victory at home to Juventus two goals without reply in the match at the Allianz Arena in the first leg quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Bilateral scored Bayern defender left Alaba in the first minute of the match with a powerful shot deceptively veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after he changed direction, and midfielder Muller of a follow-up to Gustavo shot in the 63rd minute.
The two sides meet again on Juventus Arena in the Italian city of Turin to determine the identity of the finalist said Cambjons League final.
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