May 2019 - Soccer Wiretap

Gian Piero Gasperini: Atalanta Will Do Well In Champions League

May 26, 2019 7:19 PM

Gian Piero Gasperini reflected upon his Atalanta side making the Champions League for the first time in club history.

"The Champions League for Atalanta is a goal that has never been conquered during the club's history and comes to us in a very honourable way. In my opinion, we will do well. The lads have been marvellous, extraordinary," said Gasperini.

Inter also qualified for the Champions League through a late goal from Radja Nainggolan.

"I expected a match like this. It was always going to be a night of suffering. We needed to put our hearts into this match and we did. I'm very unhappy to see Empoli in Serie B, I have a lot of friends there. They deserved to be saved. But we never gave up until the end," said Luciano Spalletti. 


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Tags: Atalanta, Game Recap

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Luka Jovic: Premier League Or Serie A Suit Me Better Than Bundesliga

May 26, 2019 1:44 PM

Luka Jovic said that he thinks he can take his game to another level by playing in the Premier League or Serie A.

"On a physical level, the Bundesliga is very demanding. But after playing against Chelsea and Inter, I personally felt that I could feel even better [playing] in the Premier League or Serie A. Due to the way they play, teams suit me more there," said Jovic.

Jovic has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid, although Eintracht and Madrid still need to work out a transfer fee. 

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Tags: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Transfer Rumor

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Matthijs De Ligt Willing To Turn Down Barcelona For Manchester United

May 26, 2019 1:41 PM

Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly been offered a deal of $15.6 million per season from Manchester United.

Barcelona, who was previously thought to be the front-runner to sign de Ligt, are not interested in getting into a bidding war for the center back.

De Ligt is also said to be willing to turn down Barcelona and accept United's offer.

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Tags: Manchester United, Barcelona, Ajax, Transfer Rumor

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Pochettino: Harry Kane Decision Will Define Champions League

May 25, 2019 7:10 PM

Mauricio Pochettino said that his decision whether to start Harry Kane will influence the perception of Tottenham's Champions League result.

Kane is on pace to be fit for the final.

“Whether to start him is a point we’re thinking about a lot. It is a decision that, one way or the other, will be judged after the game. If we win: fantastic decision. If we lose: sh*t decision, and you are going to kill me," said Pochettino.

Pochettino added that whichever team manages their emotions better will win the match.

“What I learned from playing the 1992 Copa Libertadores semi-final and final with Newell’s Old Boys was that your emotional state is decisive. It’s not tactics, it’s not physicality. It’s about how the emotion will be the trigger for your talent, how you manage it.”

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Injury, UEFA Champions League

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Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Agrees To Juventus Deal

May 25, 2019 7:05 PM

Maurizio Sarri has reportedly agreed to a deal to replace Max Allegri at Juventus.

Sarri's contract will pay him $7.8 million per season, though Sarri will still have to find a way to exit his Chelsea contract.

Frank Lampard has previously been linked with Chelsea's job. 

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Tags: Chelsea, Juventus, Misc Rumor

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PSG Extends Thomas Tuchel's Contract

May 25, 2019 1:46 PM

Thomas Tuchel will manage PSG through 2021 after receiving a contract extension from the club.

Tuchel has "received strong support from the players, staff, and all club members with his modern vision of football and sense for human relations," said the club in a statement.

Tuchel had signed a 2-year contract last season. 


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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Personal Award

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Leicester City Betting Favorites To Sign Arjen Robben

May 25, 2019 1:40 PM

Leicester City have moved into pole position to sign Arjen Robben, according to oddsmakers. 

The odds of Robben signing for Leicester are set at 2/1, with PSV still in the running. 

Robben has not ruled out retiring after the season. 

“It is an option, but I don’t know whether it will happen. It is not an easy decision to make. If you decide that you are going to keep playing, you have to find a place where everything is just right, not just in terms of football but also for my family," said Robben. 

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Tags: Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Transfer Rumor

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Sergio Ramos Weighing Manchester United, PSG Options

May 24, 2019 12:05 PM

Sergio Ramos is reportedly considering a move away from Real Madrid this summer.

Manchester United and PSG have been mentioned as potential destinations.

Ramos' outburst following the club's loss to Ajax in the Champions League appears to have fractured their relationship. 

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Tags: Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Transfer Rumor

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Gerard Pique: Roma Collapse Affected Liverpool Match

May 24, 2019 12:02 PM

Gerard Pique admitted that Barcelona were still scarred by Roma's comeback in last season's Champions League during their loss to Liverpool in this year's competition.

"I think people were mentally affected by what happened in Rome because it had happened so recently. It was a mental block. They pressed very high, we lacked our usual passing rhythm, and it was very intense. Anfield also played its role. It's been hard to lift ourselves up emotionally because the days passed but the loss wasn't forgotten. We have to step forward," said Pique.

Pique backed Ernesto Valverde as the right manager to take Barcelona forward.

"Catalans are very demanding and we like to do things perfectly. It's not winning, but how you win. Pep Guardiola's time [in charge] is very recent, which was the best time to play football here. The debate will continue whoever the coach is, but I can assure you that Valverdewants to play the same style. I'm in the dressing room and I know what he tells us to do."

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Tags: Barcelona, Game Recap

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Mauricio Pochettino Needs To Know Danie Levy's Next Plans For Spurs

May 24, 2019 11:45 AM

Mauricio Pochettino has said he sees his future at Spurs but wants to know chairman Daniel Levy's plans for the club's future progress.

Pochettino became manager of Spurs in 2014 and has led the club to their first Champions League.

Pochettino was linked with Real Madrid before the return of Zinedine Zidane and has now been linked with Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.

Asked on Spanish radio station Cadena Cope whether he could coach Madrid one day, Pochettino said: "I have no further aims than to coach Tottenham. I don't allow myself to dream long term. Football puts you in the place you deserve.

"It doesn't depend on the result of the [Champions League] final. It's a five-year project where the aim is to put Tottenham at the highest level possible worldwide. We are playing the Champions League final one year after completing our stadium.

"The need is to know what comes next. It's important to know what the chairman and the owners of the club are thinking with respect to the future. It's crucial to know what our aim is.

"Our plan wasn't to win the Champions League, even though it sounds harsh -- our plan was to complete the new stadium."

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Tags: Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor

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Manchester United To Make Bid For Matthijs De Ligt
De Ligt has been exploring options outside of Barcelona.

Marca/Conor Clancy

Bayern Munich Confirm Interest In Signing Leroy Sane
Bayern have made an opening bid of $90 million for Sane.

Billy Munday/Marca

Napoli To Make Bid For Kieran Trippier
Napoli will bid just over $30 million for Trippier.

Jack Pitt-Brooke/Independent

Sevilla Linked With Julen Lopetegui
Eusebio di Francesco has also been linked with the vacancy.

Alberto Fdez/Marca

Real Madrid Want $40 Million For Raul De Tomas
De Tomas scored 14 goals on loan at Rayo Vallecano last season.

Marca/Marcos de Vicente

Rudi Garcia To Leave Marseilles, Interested In Betis Vacancy
Rafa Benitez, Gabriel Heinze, Andre Villas-Boas and Claude Puel have been linked as his replacement.

Marca/Billy Munday

CFG Executive: Guardiola To Juventus Rumors are 'Nonsense'
Galassi said that he and Nedved laughed at the rumors of Guardiola leaving City for Juventus.

As.com

Arsenal Must Qualify For Champions League To Sign Top Targets
Unai Emery spent close to £70 million during his first summer in charge of Arsenal.

ESPN

Liverpool Attempting To Arrange Friendly Ahead Of UCL Final
Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspurs in Madrid on June 1st.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Raheem Sterling Interested In Playing In MLS Someday
Raheem Sterling has four years remaining on his current deal with City.

Johnathan Smith/ESPN

Dortmund Officially Sign Julian Brandt
Brandt had a release clause of just under $28 million.

Brian Meyers/Fear The Wall

2022 World Cup Reduced Back From 48 Teams To 32
FIFA had wanted a World Cup featuring 48 teams.

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Premier League Clubs Had $6.2 Billion In Revenues In 17-18
Without a salary cap, players earned approximately 57 percent of the revenue total.

David Conn/The Guardian

James Rodriguez Will Leave Bayern Munich
Rodriguez is also unlikely to return to Real Madrid.

Rob Train/As.com

Petr Cech Linked With Chelsea Sporting Director Move
Arsenal play Chelsea in the Europa League final next week.

BBC Sport

Juventus Reportedly Target Pep Guardiola As Manager
Outlets in Italy are reporting that Guardiola has agreed to a deal with Juventus.

As.com

United Rule Out Summer Purchase Of Jadon Sancho From Dortmund
Jadon Sancho remains a player of interest to United, but not at the level of outlay that it would require to persuade Dortmund to sell.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Christian Pulisic Prepared To Emulate Eden Hazard At Chelsea
Christian Pulisic wants to fill the void that will be left by Eden Hazard assuming he leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid.

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Dortmund Buys Thorgan Hazard From Gladbach For $28.5M
Thorgan Hazard signed a five-year contract with Dortmund.

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European Super League Is Coming, Says Hans-Joachim Watzke
Watzke said that the European Super League would be the end of German football.

As.com