April 2018 - Soccer Wiretap

Chelsea Wins Fifth Straight FA Youth Cup

Apr 30, 2018 10:50 PM

Chelsea have won their fifth straight FA Youth Cup, defeating Arsenal 7-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea entered the match ahead 3-1 after the first leg.

Callum Hudson-Odoi stood out with two goals.

The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea

Discuss
Liverpool Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac Takes Leave Of Absence

Apr 30, 2018 1:18 PM

Zeljko Buvac has taken a leave of absence as Liverpool assistant manager for personal reasons.

Jurgen Klopp has described Buvac as “the brain” behind his coaching set-up, is “spending some time away from the first team environment between now and the end of the season” according to Liverpool, who have declined to comment further on what they regard as a private matter.

Buvac may leave Liverpool permanently this summer.

Buvac met Klopp when they were players at Mainz, where they had a gentleman’s agreement that whoever went into management first would take the other as their assistant. 

Buvac has cut a distant figure at Melwood and during first team matches. 

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Misc Rumor

Discuss
Barcelona Clinches 17-18 La Liga Title

Apr 30, 2018 11:56 AM

Barcelona clinched their 25th La Liga title after beating Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 behind a Lionel Messi hat-trick.

Barcelona only needed a draw to clinch the title.

Valverde said on marca.com: “When you chase it all season you say finally ‘the league is very long’. It is not decided only in a match. From the beginning we have been in the lead. In the end we were the best. The hard part is winning and winning.”

Valverde added: “I have not invented anything, in the end these players have already won titles and leagues with other coaches. It’s more of them than the coach.

“We have been a competitive, compact team and we have overcome many difficulties, and in moments I know it has lacked brilliance.”

The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona

Discuss
Rangers Confident Of Hiring Steven Gerrard As Manager

Apr 27, 2018 3:56 PM

Rangers are increasingly confident of hiring Steven Gerrard as manager.

Gerrard is currently a youth coach at Liverpool.

Rangers are seeking a permanent successor to Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October. Graeme Murty has been in charge of first-team affairs on an interim basis.

Ewan Murray/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Misc Rumor

Discuss
Andres Iniesta Confirms He'll Leave Barcelona

Apr 27, 2018 10:19 AM

Andres Iniesta has confirmed he will leave Barcelona at the end of the current season.

“This is my last season here.”

Iniesta’s emotional press conference was witnessed by a number of members of the Barça first team.

“I want to thank my team-mates,” he said. “My only aim was to be a success at this club and I have done that.”

Iniesta is widely expected to join the Chinese Super League.

“There are still things to be sorted,” he said. “I have said I will never play against Barça, so I won’t play in Europe.”

The Guardian

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor

Discuss
Unai Emery Announces He'll Leave Paris Saint-Germain

Apr 27, 2018 10:16 AM

Unai Emery has announced he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the current season.

Emery has long been expected to leave the club this summer. Emery has been linked to a return to Sevilla.

“I have communicated to the players my departure,” Emery told a news conference. “I thank President Nasser al-Khelaifi, sports director Antero Henrique, supporters and all players for these two seasons.”

Thomas Tuchel is expected to replace Emery as manager.

The Guardian

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor

Discuss
Jose Mourinho Believes He Deserves Praise For Buying Mohamed Salah

Apr 26, 2018 7:56 PM

Jose Mourinho believes he deserves credit for buying Mohamed Salah for Chelsea and not blame for selling him to Roma in 2016.

Mourinho and Chelsea acquired a 21-year-old Salah from Basel for €16.5 million in January of 2014. 

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Mourinho acknowledged Salah's blossoming at Anfield.

"I think everything has surprised even him. It has been fantastic," Mourinho said of Salah's breakout season.

"But he is a great player that has reached the peak of maturity, he has already lived several other experiences and now has fitted perfectly into the style of play of the team, of the coach and of the club as well. So it doesn't surprise me that much."

Chelsea's decision to sell Salah, similar to the decision to sell Kevin de Bruyne, has been questioned. 

"It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me.

"People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite.

"I bought Salah.

"It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea. But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

"We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature.

"Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?

"And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers... Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level. 

"So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn't mine. But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don't reach another level like we thought they would, so I don't even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.

"But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn't sell Salah, but it doesn't matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn't score against us in two games."

ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United

Discuss
Monchi Defends Roma's Need To Sell Mohamed Salah

Apr 26, 2018 4:02 PM

Monchi has defended Roma's sale of Mohamed Salah to Liverpool.

Roma sold Salah to Liverpool for an initial £36.9 million and that the club had to do it to comply with Financial Fair Play.

“I sold him for more than €42 million,” Monchi told the Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “We had a need to sell. We had no option but to sell Salah before 30 June. Had we not done that, we probably wouldn’t be here playing the semi-final of the Champions League as we had Uefa closely monitoring us.

“We didn’t want to sell him but we had no choice. We had to take an offer before the end of the month. He wanted to leave, but we would have kept him if the regulations weren’t against us. When I arrived, the offer [from Liverpool] was €30m but we managed to get it up to almost €50m with bonuses. That is what we could do. The market then went crazy with Neymar, Coutinho and Dembélé.”

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Tags: Liverpool, Roma, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Discuss
Christian Pulisic Testifies In Dortmund Bus Attack Trial

Apr 25, 2018 10:52 PM

Christian Pulisic and his Borussia Dortmund teammates testified on Wednesday at the trial of the man who admitted setting off three explosive devices as the team bus headed to a Champions League match in April 2017.

Pulisic appeared alongside teammates Roman Burki, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Raphael Guerreiro, Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin, Lukasz Piszczek and Julian Weigl.

"It was just a normal game," Pulisic testified, recalling the hours before the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco at the Westfalenstadion.

"As soon as we left the hotel, I heard a loud bang. I didn't know what it was at first. But Roman, who sat next to me, tried to drag me under the table."

When asked about the mental impact of the attack, Pulisic said: "I had problems during the first weeks, yes. But now it's much better."

The suspect, charged with 28 counts of attempted murder, has claimed he did not want to injure anyone but rather create a "terror scenario" that would lead to a drop in the valuation of Dortmund's shares from which he hoped to profit.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, United States

Discuss
UCL Semis Snapshots: LFC 5-2 ASR, RMD 2-1 FCB

Apr 25, 2018 7:01 PM

What happened in two snapshots in the first legs of the 2018 Champions League Semifinals.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Roma, UEFA Champions League

Discuss
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Out For World Cup With Knee Ligament Injury
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has flourished with Liverpool since leaving Arsenal.

The Guardian

Manchester City Interested In Signing Andres Iniesta
Pep Guardiola would like to recruit Andres Iniesta to Manchester City.

Javier G. Matallanas/As.com

United's Top Priority Is Transfer For Central Midfielder
United wants to find a replacement for Michael Carrick.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Targeting Transfer For Jorginho
City and Napoli were in the same Champions League group this season and Jorginho impressed Guardiola home and away.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Mohamed Salah Named PFA Player Of The Year
Mohamed Salah beat out Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, David Silva, Leroy Sane and David De Gea for the award.

ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Discussing Improved Contract
Cristiano Ronaldo could go from earning $26 millionnet per year to $37 million net per year.

Manu Sainz/As.com

Pochettino: Spurs Need More Time, Of Course With Me Or Another
Spurs haven't won any silverware since the League Cup in 2008 and haven't won the FA Cup since 1991.

Dan Kilpatrick/ESPN

Barcelona Wins 4th Straight Copa Del Rey
Luis Suarez scored twice while Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho each scored once.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Arsenal Will Be 'Open-Minded' In Managerial Search
Max Allegri, Leonardo Jardim and Joachim Low have been viewed as the most probable candidates for the job.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Pep Guardiola's Future With City Depends On His Energy Levels
Pep Guardiola has one year remaining on his contract and will discuss an extension this summer.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Arsene Wenger Announces He Will Step Down As Manager Of Arsenal
Arsene Wenger was reportedly mindful of the possibility of being fired.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Zlatan Suggests He Could Fix US Soccer By Having Kids With Americans
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was asked by Dan Patrick how the United States could improve on the national level.

LAGalaxy.com

PSG Exploring Transfer For Paul Pogba
Mino Raiola has spoken with a number of clubs about the possibility of landing Paul Pogba.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Called 'The Che Guevara Of Football'
Another friend said Pep Guardiola was fundamentally shaped by being the son of a bricklayer.

Guillem Balague/BBC

Diego Simeone Believes Antoine Griezmann Could Be Convinced To Stay
Barcelona has recently been linked with Antoine Griezmann and are prepared to pay his €100 million release clause.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Everton Seeks Feedback From Supporters On Sam Allardyce
The question about the team manager is part of a wide-ranging survey designed to shape the club’s engagement strategy with supporters.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Five City Players Headline 17-18 PFA Premier League Team Of The Year
Nicolás Otamendi, Kyle Walker, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Agüero represent City.

The Guardian

Mauricio Pochettino: It's Dangerous To Scout Players In The World Cup
Tottenham Hotspur hope to act early on the summer transfer market as the World Cup will complicate both the timing and prices.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Sergio Aguero Undergoes Knee Surgery
Sergio Aguero could miss the rest of Manchester City's season and his fitness for the World Cup with Argentina is in doubt.

ESPN

PSG Denies Reports Of Agreement With Thomas Tuchel
Multiple reports have indicated Thomas Tuchel already has a deal in place to replace Unai Emery as manager.

As.com