Arsenal Wenger admits he considered leaving Arsenal before signing new contract Last updated 2 years ago 02:40 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth The manager faced fierce criticism from a section of the Gunners support towards the end of last season as he missed out on the Champions League Arsene Wenger has confessed that he almost walked away from Arsenal following an intensely disappointing 2016-17 season. The Frenchman failed to qualify his side for the Champions League for the first time in his 20-year tenure last season, although he did get his hands on silverware in the shape of the FA Cup. Gunners 7/1 to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A series of uninspiring performances saw a ‘Wenger Out’ campaign grow to unprecedented levels, with disgruntled fans performing stunts such as aeroplane flyovers to try and force a change in management. Wenger nevertheless signed a new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, but admitted that it was not a straightforward decision to keep going after two decades at the club. “Yes, I hesitated over signing an extension for personal reasons,” Wenger told Telefoot on Saturday.“I’ve been here for 20 years and you wonder all the time if you should go on managing the club, also because last season we struggled a lot.” A positive start to the current term with Community Shield victory over Chelsea has been overshadowed by a devastating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. Wenger, however, believes that one result will not make or break Arsenal’s season. “It is a very difficult start to the season, we began by winning at home [against Leicester City] with a good performance, the second we lost [to Stoke] where we were quite good, but wasteful, and the third was a catastrophic performance,” he said. “But in spite of that the team has real potential, we have to start again as always in moments of crisis and win our next game.”Wenger’s Arsenal are back in action following the international break on Saturday, when the Gunners host Bournemouth. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Premier League Brighton winner clearly a foul, claims frustrated Newcastle boss Benitez Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 03:08 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Newcastle United Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Brighton & Hove Albion The Spanish coach was upset by the nature of his side’s defeat to the Seagulls, but is looking to bounce back with a long season ahead Rafael Benitez believes Newcastle United deserved a point at Brighton and Hove Albion, discrediting the Seagulls’ winning goal as a foul.Tomer Hemed struck six minutes into the second half to clinch the points for Brighton, but replays showed Lewis Dunk and Bruno blocking off Newcastle players in the build-up – even if there was no appeal at the time.Brighton 11/2 to draw with Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Benitez’s side had won their previous three Premier League games and he was disappointed that they could not maintain their unbeaten run.”I think that we did enough to get a point at least,” he told Sky Sports. “We had some chances, they had some chances. We had a lot of control and some chances at the end.”And the goal, for me, was a foul. There is pushing, blocking players, and it’s so clear. But we cannot change the decision. Normally, we do not get [those decisions].”On his mood after a rare defeat, Benitez added to BBC Sport: “I was happy before the game and not so happy after the game. It is a long way to go so we have to keep going and keep improving.”Chris Hughton acknowledged that Brighton were far from clear winners against his former club, identifying their clean sheet as vital to the victory.”It was a hard-fought victory,” he said. “They’re a good side, Newcastle, as they’ve shown in the last few games.”There wasn’t much between the two teams. Sometimes when you’re the home team, you just get a little bit more in your favour. The one opportunity, we took.”But it was a tight game and we had to dig deep at times. The clean sheet [was key].”We didn’t feel like there were going to be a lot of chances, so we had to make sure – against a very good Newcastle team – to keep a clean sheet and look for those moments.”2 – Brighton have won back-to-back home league games in the top-flight for the first time since November 1982. Flying.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 24, 2017Hemed trod on DeAndre Yedlin in a late flashpoint but, after the goalscorer had protested his innocence, Hughton suggested any collision was unintentional.”There is no doubt that there’s been some contact – we can see that – but my first impression is that there’s no intent,” he added. “And knowing the individual, I would say there’s no intent.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool Spartak charged over racist behaviour in UEFA Youth League clash with Liverpool Joe Wright 17:30 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Liverpool Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva v Liverpool Spartak Moskva U19 v Liverpool U19 Spartak Moskva U19 Liverpool U19 UEFA Champions League UEFA Youth League The Premier League club complained after “monkey chanting” was aimed at Bobby Adekanye during last month’s clash in the Russian capital Spartak Moscow have been charged with racist behaviour by UEFA following a Youth League encounter with Liverpool last month.It is said the Premier League club lodged a complaint to European football’s governing body after Bobby Adekanye was allegedly the victim of racist abuse.UEFA confirmed on Wednesday that the Russian club is facing disciplinary proceedings, specifically relating to claims that “monkey chanting” was heard. 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. The case will be heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 19.Spartak were also charged last month for breaching regulations concerning illicit banners, the setting off of fireworks and for blocking stairways during the senior side’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Liverpool.That case will also be heard in two weeks’ time.They were previously fined €60,000 and banned from selling tickets to supporters for their next away match in the competition following a firework incident during their opening group game against Maribor. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Lionel Messi watched from the stands as Argentina began their World Cup build-up with a lacklustre 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium. Éver Banega and Manuel Lanzini struck in the latter stages to put some gloss on an otherwise underwhelming performance.Messi, the chief attraction for the majority in attendance at Manchester City’s half-full stadium, did not feature and sat up high alongside another missing attraction in the injured Sergio Agüero.The game did liven up in the second half but neither side over-exerted themselves. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Friendlies Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Germany v Spain, Italy v Argentina and more: international football – as it happened match reports Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Topics Italy Italy, looking to rebuild after their failure to qualify for Russia 2018 and in the interim care of Luigi Di Biagio, threatened only in flashes and their best player was arguably the veteran goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.Those present included Wayne Rooney but the atmosphere was deflated before kick-off when it was announced Messi was not in the starting line-up. The five-time world player of the year was named among 13 substitutes but unbeknown to many in the stadium, there was no chance of him featuring.City fans instead had to make do with the presence of Nicolás Otamendi in the Argentina defence, while behind him the former City back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero made his international debut.Otamendi had one of the first serious chances of the game, heading straight at Buffon, who was winning his 176th cap after reversing a decision to retire from international football. Ángel Di María also shot at the Juventus No1 in a lively start but that pace soon dropped.The rest of the first half was played at a crawl, with Argentina creating opportunities before the interval for Leandro Paredes, Nicolás Tagliafico and Gonzalo Higuaín. The last two were saved by Buffon, the 40-year-old backing up his claims he is still the best man for the job despite calls for him to stand aside.Lorenzo Insigne sliced wide for Italy when he should have scored early in the second half and Lanzini headed over for Argentina.It was not long before the crowd began to entertain themselves with Mexican waves which briefly lifted the atmosphere but the chants for Messi to come on were wasted.Caballero boosted his World Cup chances with good saves from Antonio Candreva and Insigne before Banega struck with a sweet left-foot shot after 75 minutes. Lanzini then beat Buffon with a fine curling effort to wrap up victory 10 minutes later.While the 20-year-olds Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone made their debuts for Italy, much of Di Biagio’s line-up consisted of veterans held over from the qualifying campaign.During the singing of the national anthems, each member of Italy’s squad wore the No 13 shirt of the Fiorentina defender Davide Astori, who was found dead in his hotel room this month after a suspected cardiac arrest. They also wore black armbands and a moment of silence was observed in their former national team-mate’s memory before kick-off.Argentina face Spain in Madrid on Tuesday at Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano while Italy will face England at Wembley. Argentina
Share on Facebook news Share on WhatsApp Read more The existing selectors Mick Newell and Angus Fraser – the cricket directors at Nottinghamshire and Middlesex respectively – have been invited to apply for the top job but would have to leave their county jobs if they were appointed. Such dual roles are being cut from the England set-up to avoid perceptions about any conflict of interest.Strauss began establishing the new scouting network last summer when the former England players Geoff Arnold, Bob Cottam, John Emburey, Jack Birkenshaw and Mike Hendrick helped to spot players for the England Lions and England Under-19s. Now the Loughborough coaches Graham Thorpe, Kevin Shine and Peter Such will also have greater input into the decision-making process, with Mo Bobat, the player identification lead, overseeing the network.“The new approach will allow us to see more players throughout the county game more often, and simplify the selection process,” Strauss said. Topics James Whitaker stands down and next ECB selector faces tough task Share on Pinterest Andrew Strauss ECB Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Ashley Giles Support The Guardian England cricket team Ashley Giles has turned down an approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become its new national selector.Andrew Strauss, the England team director, announced an overhaul to the selection process after – but apparently not in spite of – the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, with James Whitaker stepping down after 10 years on the panel, of which four were spent in the lead role.Giles, the former spinner, was previously a selector from 2008 to 2014. This was combined with his first spell as Warwickshire’s director of cricket and then 18 months as the England one‑day coach. He then moved on to Lancashire when the split-coach model, in which Andy Flower was in charge of the Test side, was ended.The 45-year-old, now in his second year back at Edgbaston as sporting director, is understood to have been contacted about the new England vacancy in the past week. This was declined, however, as Giles looks to rebuild Warwickshire from their place in Division Two following relegation last summer.Strauss advertised the national selector role a fortnight ago as part of a revamped system that slims the panel down by one spot but increases the input of an extended scouting network. The new national selector will appoint the deputy, who will sit on the committee along with the head coach, Trevor Bayliss. Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Twitter Cricket Vic Marks … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content
Share on Pinterest Reuse this content World Cup Fiver Egypt football team Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook Mauricio Pochettino says he’s not going to change his Tottenham team just because Toby Alderweireld is worried about his World Cup place with Belgium. “What can I do? I cannot play with 13 or 14 players,” shrieked Pochettino. “If Toby keeps working hard, he is going to have the possibility to play and compete.”Thanks to Mark Clattenburg’s flit to Saudi Arabia, no British referees will be in Russia for the tournament. The world shrugs its collective shoulders.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has revealed his team’s plan to deal with Lionel Messi in their final group game. “If Argentina wins its first two games, Messi may not want to play against us,” he cheered optimistically. “In the alternative that he plays against us, nothing is impossible. The only solution against Messi is a collective and not an individual solution.”STILL WANT MOЯE?It is farcical that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is being analysed through the prism of how it may affect Gareth Southgate’s England side at the World Cup in Russia, writes Marina Hyde.Never fear! Lionel Messi can don his cape and ride to the World Cup’s rescue, writes Barney Ronay. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Fabio Capello with England at the 2008 World Cup. Which went well. Photograph: AI Project/Action Images Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Leo Messi carries Argentina’s hopes. Illustration: Matt Johnstone features IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? NO, IT’S CÚPERMAN!Qualifying for the World Cup is a bit like becoming a parent. It can bring joy but opens up an enormous new vista of worries. Ever since Mo Salah scored twice against Congo in October to secure Egypt’s qualification for the tournament, Egyptians have been simultaneously dreaming of glory and fretting about how things could go horribly wrong. When a tight groin made Salah limp out of the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League flailing of Manchester City on Wednesday, an entire nation held its nads. Although Jürgen Klopp said the injury did not appear serious, Egyptians won’t be able to relax until Salah is back in action. And as soon as he is back in action, they will resume worrying about him getting injured. So it goes.You can understand Egyptian fears. Ever since their first participation in the tournament in 1934, the World Cup has caused Pharaohs fans as much angst as a dodgy pyramid scheme. For that first tournament the Egypt team made a four-day voyage to Italy, scored two goals in four minutes against Hungary but still wound up losing 4-2 amid a pong that could have tickled nostrils as far away as Rhinocoloura, the fabled city of noseless criminals. Hungary’s fourth goal came following a challenge that left Egypt’s goalkeeper, Mustafa Mansour, with a broken hooter, whereas Abdulrahman Fawzi had a goal ruled out for offside despite the fact, according to Egyptian reports, that he scored it after dribbling through the opposition Salah-style from inside his own half. If that goal had stood, perhaps Egypt would have won and Fawzi, who had already netted twice, would have become the first player to score a World Cup hat-trick for an African country, a feat that remains unattained, although El-Hadji Diouf probably says he scored five in Senegal’s victory over Brazil in the 2002 final. World Cup stunning moments: Barry Glendenning on Andrés Escobar’s deadly own goal in 1994.And another World Cup stunning moment: Scott Murray takes a ride on Scotland’s 1978 rollercoaster.Paul Pogba was colossal in France’s recent friendles but Les Bleus have problems at le back, writes Eric Devin.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!EAT YOUR HEART OUT, CRISTIANO Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Egypt’s Héctor Cúper: ‘I found a country in need. Sometimes you need that too’ After that 1934 disappointment it was 56 years before Egypt reached the tournament again. In 1990 they opened with an honourable 1-1 draw against European champions Holland but were then grabbed in a headlock by Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland before being eliminated by a freak occurrence – a successful mid-tournament tweak by England and the only goal of Mark Wright’s international career. What were the odds?Egypt then lapsed into freakishness themselves, continually finding barmy ways to avoid qualifying for the tournament despite being the best team in Africa for most of the 21st century. But now, at last, they are going back. And they’re worried. And not just about Salah’s groin or the state of Ahmed Hegazi’s mind after a season stepping on rakes at West Brom. For there’s also talk now that Egypt’s manager, Héctor Cúper, is about to be poached by a South American country. During his three years at Egypt Cúper has worked wonders of Chris Coleman proportions, devising a game plan based on solidity and giving the ball as quickly as possible to the team’s one magician. Cúper is Argentinian.According to the Egyptian FA, Cúper is close to agreeing a deal to stay put. “Cúper is not a greedy man and he is not taking advantage of the fact that we need him before the World Cup,” declared the EFA’s Tharwat Sweilam. “He said he loves Egypt and that he wants to stay put. He also said he would give Egypt the priority over any other offer if the financial gaps are not big … Most probably his contract will be extended before the national team’s next training camp in May.” That should put Egyptian minds at ease. For a few seconds.QUOTE OF THE WEEK“On TV he was talking to an audience who mostly had little knowledge of his prime as a player. Like Abramovich, they had not been present at Stamford Bridge in the mid-70s to see the young captain return an opposition goalkeeper’s clearance straight back into the net from the halfway line, or to witness him play a pass from the edge of his own area and race up the field to meet the return, scoring with a full-length diving header. Nor had they seen the teenager putting a hand on the shoulder of Peter Bonetti to console Chelsea’s veteran keeper for some disastrous error. That was the real and very remarkable Ray Wilkins” – Richard Williams pays tribute to Ray Wilkins, winner of 84 caps (10 of them as captain) and the first England player to be sent off, who has died aged 61.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in these emails, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVEЯ LETTERS“Two weeks in and no sign of a letter from Noble Francis yet? Has he been banished to Siberia?” – Phil Smyth.“It makes me slightly sad to think that whatever happens in Russia this summer, whoever wins they will never be as cool as Leonardo Cuellar and Hugo Sánchez at World Cup 1978” – Noble Francis.“I can’t work out which is the most futile. Writing to World Cup Fiver when there is not even the ultimate honour of a prizeless letter o’the week award on offer: wondering whether I can be bothered to work out how I might insert a backwards R or hoping England do well” – John Stainton.• Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org with “The FiveЯ” in the subject line. Or just “World Cup Fiver” if that’s easier. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime BST. Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSThere’s good news and bad news for England from Fabio Capello. “It is possible that these young men don’t feel the pressure, so they might play without tension!” cheered Capello, before his brows furrowed and his eyes darkened: “A key problem, in my opinion, is that they come very physically tired to compete with teams whose players are not so fatigued.”
Twitter Jonathan Wilson Pinterest Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter “I want to see him score two goals,” says Hassen’s friend Abdullah Idris. “Let’s see him finish off Roma,” adds Hassen.“I really identify with him – he put in a lot of effort to get where he is,” says Ahmed Said, 21, who skipped work to race to the coffee house for the second half. Said says he stopped watching football after the 2012 Port Said stadium riot, which killed 74 football fans, but Salah’s presence convinced him to start watching again. “I’ll watch the World Cup because of him,” he says, sucking on a shisha pipe decorated with Manchester City’s crest. All eyes are focused on the TV screen in the Cairo coffee house. Photograph: Sabry Khaled/Guardian Twenty minutes into the game and the tiny alleyway that functions as the coffee house is packed – everyone is tense, awaiting a Salah goal. “For God’s sake, give it to Salah,” one man grumbles in frustration.The cafe erupts into cheers for Liverpool’s two early goals (Sadio Mané and Georginio Wijnaldum) but these barely come close to the claps and cheers when Salah takes possession of the ball, or is anywhere close to the goal.At the end of the first half the mood shifts: the patrons no longer want to see Salah score to help Liverpool, they need to see what he can do to reassure them their foray into the World Cup will be a success. Egypt qualified for the finals the first time since 1990 after Salah scored a penalty in the 95th minute against Congo in October. features Only one thing seems certain for Real Madrid v Liverpool – it will be chaos Egypt Topics Read more Share on Facebook Champions League Share on LinkedIn Salah: Champions League final is not me against Ronaldo Share on Pinterest When the match passes without a Salah goal, Said quickly finds a reason. “Salah’s performance wasn’t so great as he’s just under so much pressure. He has all those problems with his sponsor,” he says, referring to a week of tension between the 25-year-old, who has a personal sponsorship deal with one mobile phone company, and the Egyptian Football Association, who used the player’s image to promote a different, government-owned telephone company.Salah tweeted: “Unfortunately the way they dealt with us is very insulting … I was hoping the treatment would be more decent than this.” Egypt’s minister for sport stepped in and pledged to end the dispute.Liverpool will head to the Champions League final on 26 May against Real Madrid, a conflicting moment for many in the Middle East, where La Liga has long dominated screens. But not so for Hassen, who confesses that even though he is a long-time Real Madrid fan, he will cheer for Liverpool because of Salah. “The game’s finished for Real Madrid,” he says, smiling. In a coffee house down a Cairo sidestreet, the Roma v Liverpool game almost starts with a row among the customers. The previous game on the television featuring the local favourites Zamalek risked running into extra-time, past kick-off for the Champions League tie. A Zamalek goal in the 89th minute saved any blows: no one wants to miss Mohamed Salah.“He plays in a beautiful way – and he’s always developing,” says Mohammed Hassen, a 23-year-old originally from Sudan but raised in Egypt. “He brings pride to people as he’s a Muslim who’s made it in the top leagues. He brings pride to all Arabs. Mohamed Salah Liverpool Salah has rapidly reached demigod level in Egypt because of his performances at Liverpool. His status quickly rose beyond the boundaries of sport, cementing him as a symbol of Egyptian potential and hope even amid a gloomy period for the country, with a troubled economy and few outlets for free expression.It is unknown for 50 people to sit in near silence in Cairo but it seems the forward’s presence on screen can achieve that too. They sit quietly, brows furrowed, faces turned upwards towards the screen, the silence broken only by the match commentary and the sound of the ceiling fans hitting the striped canvas that functions as a makeshift roof. Extra chairs are brought in, cigarettes are lit, coffees and sodas are laid out, coals for shisha pipes are heated.Anyone listening hard to the commentary would also be forgiven for thinking Salah plays in every position, given the announcers are prone to describe his actions even when he is nowhere near the ball. At one point, the beIN commentator calls him “Egypt’s new Ramses” and adds that Liverpool should be renamed “Salah-pool”. Facebook Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Egypt football team Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Messenger
Marina Hyde Arsenal Read more comment European club football La Liga Manchester City Chelsea, most conspicuously, have made a brilliant start considering Maurizio Sarri is new to the club and the country, although Arsenal might be attracting exactly the same sort of rave reviews had they not begun life under Unai Emery with a couple of defeats. Arsenal have put together a six-match winning run in the league since, and after eight games this season no one has won any more. If you wanted an advertisement for the competitive openness of the English top flight in fact, a snapshot of the table during the present international break would be ideal.The five teams at the top all have six victories, the top three are unbeaten, homely Bournemouth occupy sixth place ahead of more likely candidates and promoted Wolves are in seventh. With only four points separating the top six sides the picture appears to be both healthy and typical.Not quite unique, however, for in Spain at the moment only two points separate the top six sides, and in seventh place are promoted Valladolid. La Liga is commonly regarded as the ultimate two-horse race but what leaps out immediately after eight games – apart from the fact that Sevilla are top despite losing twice – is that no one in Spain is unbeaten. Fancy that. The Premier League is often billed as the competition where any team can beat any other, though if this is a desirable characteristic it seems more true of La Liga right now. It is not a case of big clubs pinching points from each other either. Real Madrid lost to lowly Alavés, while Barcelona went down last month to Leganés, currently third from bottom of the league.It is debatable whether no unbeaten sides is an indication of a stronger league than one with three unbeaten sides, and Barcelona certainly looked plenty strong enough when seen on these shores a week ago at Wembley, though there is a school of thought that the leading Spanish clubs are able to concentrate more fully on Champions League occasions because most of the time their domestic opposition is not too taxing.All that can be safely said is that the usual La Liga suspects plus Sevilla and Espanyol are within striking distance of the league leadership, which is a picture mirrored in England with five clubs on six wins and roughly the same number of points. Chelsea Share on Pinterest Sportblog When Pep Guardiola was asked whether he thought the Premier League was turning into a two-horse race last week, before Manchester City’s trip to Liverpool, he shook his head and said no. There were still Chelsea and Arsenal to be considered, he explained, not to mention Tottenham and Manchester United.This was received at the time as diplomatic headline avoidance, with Guardiola smartly sidestepping the trap of writing off rivals’ chances so early in the season, though the odd suppressed snigger could be heard at the mention of Manchester United. Looking at the Premier League table after the last round of matches though, with City and Liverpool dropping points and all the other teams picking up maximum, it is clear that the two north-west clubs cannot expect to have everything their own way. Liverpool Share on Facebook Pep Guardiola Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Only seven games have been played in the Bundesliga, and it is evident that defending champions Bayern Munich have lost ground, mainly as a result of defeats by Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Borussia Dortmund are the only side unbeaten , though there is only a four-point gap between Lucien Favre’s leaders and Bayern in sixth, so as might be expected it is too soon to draw any firm conclusions.It might be imagined that would be the case everywhere after just a handful of games, though the situations in Italy and France are vastly different. Eight games into the season Juventus have eight straight wins. They have a six-point lead over nearest challengers Napoli and there is a 10-point gap between first and Roma in sixth. It is probably not too early to say an eighth title in a row is heading for Turin, and nor would it be going out on a limb to suggest Paris Saint-Germain are on course for a sixth French title in seven seasons. The Qatari-backed club have nine wins out of nine, an eight-point lead over Lille, and the 13-point gap between first and sixth is evidence of an unhealthy imbalance within the league.Although the Premier League may not be perfect, it is in no immediate danger of turning into a procession either. Granted, Manchester City won the league last year with a record points total, though there is evidence this season that rivals such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have upped their game to a significant degree. While Tottenham are still hanging in, they are missing a few injured players and some of the drive and audacity of a year ago appears to have disappeared with them. Manchester United? Who knows? With a visit to Chelsea in the offing when fixtures resume José Mourinho’s name can once more be expected to dominate discussions to a greater extent than his team’s football, though it is now a name that has been roared with hearty approval by the Stretford End.In all probability far too much has been read into Manchester United’s splendidly retro comeback against Newcastle – the visitors were and remain winless in the bottom three, after all – though you never know. Everyone was convinced Mourinho had run out of road in Manchester, but the crucial thing about turning points is that they often turn up when least expected. Reuse this content
It was the news that Arsenal supporters had longed to hear and it was delivered with an uncharacteristic flourish by Ivan Gazidis. The date was 6 June 2013 and the club’s then chief executive told a group of journalists that Arsenal’s austerity era – necessitated by the move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 – was over. Topics Finances Share on Twitter Arsenal’s post-Wenger plans in tatters with Sven Mislintat set to leave club Read more Read more Arsenal’s self-sustaining model has been squeezed by Europa League revenues and the circle can, in time, become vicious. “The reduction in distributions from Uefa for Arsenal last season when they reached the Europa League semi-final, which reflect broadcast revenues, was €26.8m – compared to the amount they received from being in the Champions League the season before,” said Tim Bridge, a director in Deloitte’s sports business group. “But any club in the Europa League will also likely see an impact on match-day and commercial revenues compared with those in the Champions League.”Have Arsenal made their decisions well, as Gazidis hoped they would? The one to give Özil a new £350,000-a-week contract last February to run until 2021 (total value: £62.2m) was based on how it might cost them more to sign a replacement and the nightmare prospect of him leaving on a Bosman, so soon after Sánchez had forced his way to United.One of the consequences has been the withdrawal of the contract offer to Ramsey but Emery has come to doubt Özil’s worth. The manager has integrated the summer signings and those on Mislintat’s watch – chief among them Aubameyang – have generally been positive. But further surgery is required and while money is not everything – witness the work of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham – it is certainly something.Emery has brought stirring home performances, tactical variety and genuine excitement, at times. The scale of his challenge, and how delicately it is poised, remains clear. Twitter Read more The long-term commercial deals that Arsenal had felt compelled to lock into so they could secure money up front for the stadium were expiring and the result, according to Gazidis, was an “escalation” in the club’s “financial firepower”. Anything was possible on the transfer market, he suggested, including the signing of A-list players. “We are moving into a new phase where, if we make our decisions well, we can compete with any club in the world,” Gazidis said.At the end of that summer, Arsenal would sign Mesut Özil and there have since been a smattering of other statement purchases – namely Alexis Sánchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But as the club prepare for Saturday’s pivotal Premier League game at home to Chelsea, the mood is edgy and not only because defeat could leave them nine points adrift of the Champions League places by the end of the weekend.This month Arsenal cannot compete with any club for any permanent signing because, quite simply, the money is not there. It will be a loan or two, at best – perhaps, with a built-in option to buy in the summer, when the new sponsorship arrangements with Emirates and Adidas kick in – and there is bewilderment, to say the least, among some fans.The club’s most recently published accounts, for the six months ended November 2017, showed a profit before tax of £25.1m and cash reserves of £160.7m – including debt service reserves of £23m, which are not available for football purposes. This time last year Arsenal were listed at No 6 on Deloitte’s world football money league. What is going on?The sense of unease has been swelled by the looming loss of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus as a free agent at the end of the season for reasons that are impossible to disconnect from finance. Then, there is Sven Mislintat, the head of recruitment, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund in November 2017. He has grown so frustrated that he has decided to quit; he is expected to leave after the closure of the January window. Share on Messenger This season illustrates the point in microcosm. Last summer the club spent £71.4m on five players, including Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira, and recouped only £7.6m in sales. It added up to a net spend that was significantly above the mean but it meant the cupboard was always going to be bare come January. Emery knew it would be the case. When he accepted the job, he knew what he was signing up for.Arsenal’s headache is that they have a squad on Champions League wages in year two of a Europa League cycle. The push last summer was an attempt to catapult them back to the elite level and it has increased the jeopardy. The Champions League resembles an express train and when teams fall off it they have to work even harder to reboard – and that can equate to spending.When Manchester United slipped out of the Champions League for 2016-17, they spent over the odds to persuade Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join up for a Europa League campaign with the promise of clawing back to the top level. In the end, they won the Europa League to regain their Champions League status. Each year a club is out of the competition, it becomes harder to get back in. Liverpool could attest to that. The analogy is to a family’s monthly budget. In some months, it is necessary to dip into the overdraft. It is not as simple as looking at Arsenal’s year-to-year numbers. As for the half-yearly profits, they were heavily influenced by player sales in the summer of 2017 and that of a development site near the Emirates Stadium on Holloway Road.A more convincing point takes in the fundamental reality under Stan Kroenke, who has been the majority shareholder since April 2011 – the club are wedded to a self-financing business model. What comes out must first have been generated from within.The statistics show that since the summer of 2011, Arsenal have a net spend on permanent transfer fees of £239.9m, which works out at £30m per season. Since the summer of 2013, when Gazidis talked the talk and the shackles came off, it has been £265.8m or £44.3m per season. In other words, not enough to buy a Kyle Walker and significantly short of a Virgil van Dijk.A club’s net spend is not the perfect barometer of its financial health; player wages are also a massive part of it and Arsenal’s investment in this area has soared from year to year. But it is nevertheless a decent one. There have been seasons under Kroenke in which Arsenal have pushed the boat out by this measure, namely 2014-15, 2016-17 and the current one. They have invariably been followed by a levelling-off. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Arsenal Unai Emery says Arsenal can forget top four if they lose to Chelsea Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Pinterest Transfer window Facebook Unai Emery casts doubt over any Arsenal loan signing in January Unai Emery is known to want to bring players in this month but has been told he is restricted to loan signings. Photograph: Javier García/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email features Mislintat was one of the three decision-makers who appointed Unai Emery as the managerial successor to Arsène Wenger last May. Gazidis was another but he walked out last October to join Milan, which means that Raúl Sanllehí, the director of football, is set to be the last man standing. The impression is one of behind-the-scenes turmoil.Arsenal’s financial freeze can be explained by a number of factors. According to the club, the cash reserves in the bank are not merely savings, they are to help with the annual running costs. Large sums of money routinely move in and out of the accounts – such as the instalments on transfer fees or commercial deals – and they might do so after the cut-off for a specific financial period. Reuse this content
Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Rafael Benítez backs Miguel Almirón to make instant impact at Newcastle Read more Mohamed Salah Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool Topics Share on Messenger Hide Share on Facebook Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Rumour Mill And finally, in the slightly less glamorous environs of Boundary Park, Oldham are preparing to announce the appointment of Ole’s former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes as their new gaffer. Despite Scholes being a 10% shareholder in Salford City, the Football League have decided there is no conflict of interest as long as Oldham under Scholes don’t buy or sell players from or to the National League club. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Out on loan at Sampdoria and Sassuolo, Juve goalkeeper Emil Audero and defender Rogério are wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, but seem more likely to stay in Italy and make their current situations a little more permanent come season’s end. Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin also remains a person of interest to Arsenal, who tried to sign him from the Bundesliga club last summer only to have their overtures rejected by the German club. Arsenal also sent scouts to monitor Norwich City starlet Ben Godfrey as his side piled the hurt on Ipswich Town in the Old Farm Derby at Carrow Road yesterday. The 21-year-old is also being scouted by Manchester United, Lyon and RB Leipzig.Chelsea are being linked with Everton winger Richarlison, but will have to pay almost double the £40m everyone thought the Toffees were bonkers to shell out for the Brazilian when they bought him from Watford. Wolves are favourites to add 19-year-old Benfica midfielder João Félix to their Portuguese enclave, while Brighton have made a bid for Bolton teenager Luca Connell.Manchester United’s owners have shelved their fiendish plan to lure Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford as they have already decided Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the right man to for the job, according to The Sun. While Solskjær is about to face seriously stiff tests in the form of potentially season-defining matches against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool, the United hierarchy have apparently seen enough to convince them to appoint him but will make no announcement until the end of the season. Thank you for your feedback. Juventus With their nerves already jangling thanks to the white-knuckle ride that is the title race, Liverpool fans will be further traumatised by rumours suggesting Juventus have their beady eye on Mohamed Salah. Word on the outer reaches of cyberspace suggests the Italian champions have earmarked the Egyptian as a potential £175m replacement for Paolo Dybala, who has scored just twice in 20 appearances for the club this season. In more heartwarming news for Liverpool, the Old Lady may decide to hitch her skirts at Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio instead. Show Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp features Reuse this content
Real Madrid Real Madrid team news: Mayoral preferred to Benzema for Deportivo clash Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The 20-year-old forward leads the line for the Blancos ahead of the France international as Zinedine Zidane looks for a first Liga win in 2018 Karim Benzema has again been left on the bench by Real Madrid for their Liga clash with Deportivo, with Borja Mayoral preferred up front.Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale start at Santiago Bernabeu, but the pair have not lined up alongside Benzema from the start for any game since April.Isco and Marco Asensio are also named among the substitutes as Zinedine Zidane’s side go in search of their first win in four Liga matches having slipped 19 points behind leaders Barcelona. 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 Mayoral — who spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg — has started just one previous match in the league so far this term, though he did find the net in September’s win over Real Sociedad.Elsewhere, Nacho partners Raphael Varane at the heart of the Madrid defence in the absence of the injured Sergio Ramos and Jesus Vallejo.Madrid have not failed to win four successive Liga matches since 2009, but have a good record against Deportivo, having won 13 of their last 14 matches against the La Coruna outfit.Real Madrid XI vs Deportivo: Navas; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Ronaldo, Mayoral. Subs: Casilla, Theo, Kovacic, Isco, Asensio,, Vazquez, Benzema.Madrid subs: Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Isco, Benzema
Philippe Coutinho ‘Coutinho isn’t worth €160m’ – Barcelona overpaid for Liverpool star, says Carragher Chris Burton 19:53 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Liverpool Primera División Premier League The former Reds defender remains disappointed at having seen the Brazilian leave Anfield mid-season, with a cheaper summer deal making more sense Barcelona overpaid for Philippe Coutinho, says Jamie Carragher, with the former Liverpool playmaker “not worth” €160 million.Following a six-month chase, those at Camp Nou finally got their man during the January transfer window as they acquired a Brazil international for a club-record fee.Liverpool were reluctant sellers, having fought hard to Coutinho at Anfield for as long as possible. 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 Despite putting up fierce resistance, Carragher believes the Reds were wrong to buckle mid-season, with a cut-price deal in the summer making more sense for all concerned.The former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports: “I think if you lose your best player there’s no way you can dress it up as a positive window.“I think every Liverpool fan, when Philippe Coutinho stayed in the summer, thought ‘okay, we know he’s leaving next season. Lets enjoy this 12 months’.“To lose him mid-season, I don’t agree with it but for that fee… Coutinho’s not worth that. He’s not that good.“I would have taken £20m-£30m less in the summer to know that Liverpool would have had him for the second half of the season because at that time we were still in the FA Cup, still a Champions League to play for.”Liverpool parted with Coutinho having seen him contribute 12 goals and eight assists across all competitions this season.Jurgen Klopp refused to reinvest the funds generated from his sale during the winter window, with the Reds prepared to be patient.They are, however, taking a risk in that approach, with a top-four battle in the Premier League intensifying while the Champions League presents their last path to major silverware – with Porto waiting at the last-16 stage.Coutinho, meanwhile, has linked up with a Barca side sat 11 points clear at the top of La Liga and chasing down a possible treble as they continue to compete on European and Copa del Rey fronts.
Manchester City Guardiola’s Man City could match Barcelona – Rooney Dom Farrell 04:42 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Burnley v Manchester City Burnley Premier League Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer grudgingly admits that he enjoys watching the Red Devils’ arch-rivals under their current manager Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United will struggle to catch Manchester City this season.Pep Guardiola’s City are firmly in control of the Premier League title race, holding a 13-point advantage over United despite drawing 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday.Rooney played as United were beaten by Guardiola’s great Barcelona side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals – scoring in the latter defeat at Wembley – and he grudgingly concedes his old rivals are a pleasure to watch. 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 “In terms of catching Manchester City, certainly not this season and, if I’m honest, next season it will be very difficult,” he told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme when assessing United’s prospects in the Manchester rivalry.”It’s not nice to say but if you can’t enjoy that style of play you won’t enjoy football. It’s great to watch, the movement, the confidence on the ball, the goalkeeper [Ederson]. It’s almost perfect football at times.”I think Guardiola is putting the foundations in place of trying to emulate that Barcelona team and you can see they’re certainly on the way to doing that.”Maybe in the summer, if they bring one or two players in, they’re not that far off. Obviously they have to win the trophies.”City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 25 and are into the last 16 of both the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Chelsea Ranieri backs Sarri to succeed at Chelsea Sacha Pisani 07:25 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Carlo Ancelotti Napoli Serie A The former Blues boss has backed his countryman to be a success at Stamford Bridge if he is appointed Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri believes ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri can succeed at Stamford Bridge if appointed by the Premier League side.Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli amid growing links with Chelsea, where fellow Italian Antonio Conte is tipped to leave.The 59-year-old Sarri – who Goal understands is nearing a move to take over the Blues – guided Napoli to their second runners-up finish in three seasons, having threatened to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus this term. 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 Ranieri – a Premier League-winning manager with Leicester City – spent four years at Chelsea before he was sacked in 2004 and he warned Sarri about owner Roman Abramovich.”Sarri to Chelsea? It depends what Maurizio is like. He’ll see little or nothing of the president,” Ranieri, who left Ligue 1 outfit Nantes after just one season, told Sky Italia.”He’ll have to work hard, and that’s not something he lacks.”Sarri has done well at every level, including Empoli where people said he wasn’t ready for big teams.”Now they know him all over Europe and I’m sure he can take his football and his philosophy anywhere.”Ranieri was also asked about Napoli’s appointment of former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich head coach Ancelotti.Ancelotti is reportedly set to be backed heavily in the transfer market by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Ranieri said: “I was a bit surprised, I imagined Carlo abroad.”I have to congratulate De Laurentiis who has pulled off a big coup, because he’s brought the most decorated Italian coach, who has won so much abroad, to Napoli.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Griezmann is the new Zidane – Desailly Stephen Creek 23:38 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Primera División France v Australia The former defender believes that the Atletico Madrid superstar can spearhead a new generation of Les Bleus players to glory in Russia Marcel Desailly picked out Antoine Griezmann as “the key player” in France ‘s World Cup squad, drawing parallels with his former team-mate Zinedine Zidane.Griezmann, who committed his future to Atletico Madrid two days before Les Bleus’ World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday, scored from the penalty spot in his country’s penultimate warm-up friendly against Italy and is expected to spearhead Didier Deschamps’ attack on Saturday.Desailly, who was speaking in Italy where he was helping Andrea Pirlo find a team to support at the World Cup as part of the #TeamForPirlo campaign, sung the 27-year-old’s praises and said he expected him to bring the kind of match-winning qualities that Zidane displayed throughout the 1998 World Cup. 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 “I think that Didier clearly talked about it, Antoine Griezmann is the key player of this French national team,” Desailly told Omnisport.”He’s the one who should change the dynamic. He’s the one who should bring intensity to our offensive plays.”Griezmann is the key player of this team like Zidane was in our time.”Desailly suggested Deschamps’ decision to leave Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Kingsley Coman out of his World Cup squad may have been based on performances at Euro 2016, where he felt they lacked experience.France lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final of their home European Championship, but Desailly said they would be gunning for glory with a new-look side in Russia.”Martial, Lacazette and Kingsley Coman – that’s a lot of players, I agree. That’s a choice, that’s Didier’s one. He tried them during the European Championships. He may have realised that they were one level lower than what he was looking for,” he added.”Due to his philosophy and the way he chooses to use players together, he may have decided not to use them this time.”The level of experience can be one reason but they could have won the competition in 2016. We need to keep working.”We thought that Didier had his group at the end of the Euros. For this World Cup he has no choice but to rebuild a group to get a chance to [win it].”Uber Eats is helping Andrea Pirlo find a team to support this summer, join in with #TeamForPirlo
The purpose of this document is to outline the individual and collective roles and responsibilities of the Referee Coaches for the 2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC), to be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Caloundra, QLD, from Wednesday, 14 September â€“ Saturday, 17 September 2016. Combined with this event we will also be hosting the Alliance Cup and the first Harvey Norman Schools Cup. TFA has updated the volunteer structures both at National and State levels, and in most cases have implemented the required structures. We will be seeking referee nominations for the event to drive the number of referee coaches and development referee coaches to service the predominately Youth focused and/or development Referees who will be officiating, as well as providing an opportunity for selection related to the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman, as such Australian Referee Squad Coach, Ian Matthew and Emerging Referee Squad Coach, David Field will be in attendance for the duration of the event. While NTL Referee Coordinator, Chris Dolahenty has expressed interest in also leading the NYC event.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Files160609_2016_nyc_referee_coach_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksRef Coach Roles & Responsibilities
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Anderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnderlecht assistant manager Simon Davies has defended the work of player-boss Vincent Kompany.There’s talk the former Manchester City pair could be sacked if they lose in the Cup tonight against Beerschot.Davies said, “Vinnie works very hard for the club to bring us back to where Anderlecht should be. “We will reverse this and get results quickly.”The injuries, the many young players and the new system cost us a lot of time. It is a process that requires a lot of time and effort. Together with my staff we continue to focus on the process. But talking about it is easy, of course, we have to show it on the field.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp thinks it is unlikely Liverpool will break Manchester City’s record for most consecutive Premier League wins.The Reds made 16 with the win over Sheffield United on Saturday, two shy of City’s record of 18.Asked about the possibility of winning 18 straight games, he said: “(There are) interesting games coming up. It doesn’t sound too likely. But we will try and first and foremost Salzburg and then Leicester.”Then it is the international break and hopefully everybody comes back healthy. That is most important.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will play against each other in Singapore, very interesting game obviously, it’s not qualification for anything. So hopefully everyone comes back healthy and then we try to prepare for Man United.”He added: “I try to understand how other people think about things but from the way I think about things I’m not interested in the number to be honest. It’s just a number.”So, you only can create a streak like this if you’re always in the next job. The next job is Salzburg which is a different competition and then Leicester City and that will be difficult.”
AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.