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Solskjaer: Anthony Martial Has Talent To Reach Cristiano Ronaldo

Feb 10, 2019 7:46 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskajer praised Anthony Martial ability's following Manchester United's 3-0 win over Fulham. 

Martial's individual goal, featuring a run from midfield, sparked comparisons to Ronaldo's goal at Fulham from 2007.

"He does have similarities, of course. It was towards the end of the game and we played a very poor game and Cristiano scored it. If he wants to be at Cristiano's level, Anthony knows what he has to do. It's up to him. He has the talent," said Solskjaer. 

BBC Sport

Tags: Manchester United, Fulham, Game Recap

Pep Guardiola On Maurizio Sarri: My First Year Was Difficult Too

Feb 10, 2019 4:57 PM

Pep Guardiola backed Maurizio Sarri to come through on his vision at Chelsea despite their 6-0 loss to Guardiola's side.

"I know exactly what he (Sarri) wants to do. This type of person always helps to make our football better, and he tries to do it. They (Chelsea) beat us at Stamford Bridge, but people don't understand how difficult it is. My first year was difficult too," said Guardiola.

Guardiola then added that Sarri needs backing from upstairs to realize his vision.

"[Sarri] needs time and that depends on the believers, the owners, people in charge. The only reason I came to City, the chairman and the people here, they believe in me and don't think badly when I lose. That's why I am so happy at this club."

Mark Ogden/ESPN FC

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Game Recap

Cesar Azpilicueta Apologizes To Chelsea Fans Following 6-0 Loss

Feb 10, 2019 4:53 PM

Cesar Azpilicueta called Chelsea's 6-0 loss to Manchester City one of his worst moments as a professional.

"It is one of the worst nights in my career. It is difficult to explain what happened. The first five or six minutes went well but that is not enough. We are conceding a lot of goals and we cannot accept that," said the Chelsea defender.

Azpilicueta then apologized to Chelsea supporters.

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable."

Phil McNulty/BBC

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Game Recap

Maurizio Sarri On Chelsea Future: 'You Have To Ask The Club'

Feb 10, 2019 4:45 PM

Maurizio Sarri kept his focus on Chelsea's team following their 6-0 loss to Manchester City.

"I don't know. You have to ask the club. I am worried about my team and the performance, but my job? You have to ask the club," said Sarri.

"Today, I didn't see my football. At the beginning, it worked, so now, we need only to understand the reason why, at the moment, it isn't working. We need to understand and the reason is not easy. At the beginning we played better away than at home, now we play better at home, so something has changed and I am not able to see the reason, so I have to work for this. My target is to play my football, but at the moment we are not seeing this."

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Game Recap

Atleti Supporters Throw Toy Rats At Thibaut Courtois

Feb 9, 2019 7:22 PM

Atletico Madrid fans whistled Thibaut Courtois every time he touched the ball, and threw toy rats in his direction during Atleti's 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid.

Courtois, who was Atleti's keeper from 2011 to 2014, left to the club for Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid.

Courtois has called out Diego Simeone in the past, saying that Simeone only criticizes Real Madrid to gain popularity with his own supporters.


Tags: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Game Recap

Gareth Bale Gestures Towards Atleti Fans Following Goal

Feb 9, 2019 7:18 PM

Gareth Bale made a gesture towards Atletico Madrid fans after scoring Real Madrid's third goal in a 3-1 win over their city rivals.

Bale seemingly made a gesture to indicate "f--- off" towards Atleti home supporters.

UEFA will crack down on gestures through VAR in the Champions League, although no such rules apply in La Liga.


Tags: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Game Recap

Diego Simeone On Derby Loss: We Didn't Lose Because Of VAR

Feb 9, 2019 7:12 PM

Diego Simeone didn't blame VAR for Atletico Madrid's 3-1 loss to Real Madrid despite two questionable calls in the match.

"Atletico Madrid lost because of a convincing opponent. I don't usually speak about VAR and I believe it's something that will surely get better and make things more efficient for all. I can't see the replays like those working with VAR do, so I hope they were correct with the decisions. I definitely don't think we lost because of VAR. The opposition were better than us and more convincing. They had a very good game. So we congratulate them and prepare for the next one," said Simeone.

Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in the first half despite the initial contact appearing to take place outside of the box. Alvaro Morata also had a goal correctly ruled out due to offsides after VAR.

Sky Sports

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Game Recap

Manuel Pellegrini: Jurgen Klopp Is Used To Winning With Offside Goals

Feb 4, 2019 9:03 PM

Manuel Pellegrini took a jab at Jurgen Klopp following West Ham's 1-1 draw to Liverpool.

Liverpool's goal came from a questionable offsides non-call on James Milner.

Klopp and Pellegrini had a minor dispute following the final whistle.

Pellegrini referenced Dortmund's 3-2 win over Malaga in the 2013 Champions League semifinal.

"Klopp is used to winning with offside goals. He beat me against Malaga with a goal seven metres offside. So he cannot complain about anything...[Liverpool] scored a goal one metre offside. And in the last minute with Origi in front of the linesman, again one metre offside."

BBC Sport

Tags: West Ham United, Liverpool, Game Recap, UEFA Champions League

Marco SIlva: Everton Players Need More Consistent Motivation

Feb 4, 2019 2:23 PM

Marco Silva criticized his team's mentality following their 3-1 loss to Wolves, saying they need to be more professional and motivated.

“For me, motivation is like obligation. When you are professional and working in a club like Everton, the obligation is to be motivated, to be focused. You can perform well and you can have a fantastic afternoon, and everything comes good to you. But if not then the players are on the pitch and they have to solve the problem in that moment with our plan. So when you are talking to me about ambition or motivation or focus, then to me that is the obligation of the player," said Silva.

Silva said he was limited by what he could do for his players on the pitch.

“My job is to show them clearly what they are doing, and what they are doing wrong on the pitch. To help them know why and understand why, even if you prepare and understand the plan, why you are doing always the same mistakes.”

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

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Pep Guardiola On Sergio Aguero: He Was Born With That Talent

Feb 3, 2019 8:02 PM

Pep Guardiola praised Sergio Aguero after the Argentine striker scored within a minute in their 3-1 win over Arsenal.

"He was born with that talent, he will die with that talent. I’m pleased. People said I wasn’t friends with him [previously] but I try to be honest – always I was delighted with him. Today, not because of the three goals, because of how we fought for the team. He has his own quality. I judge the intention not the result and the intention from Sergio has been perfect. A striker needs to score,” said Guardiola.

Guardiola added that he recognized his team again following their midweek loss to Newcastle.

“What is important is being ourselves. That’s what I want. We spoke in the last days. We didn’t recognise our team in the last game. They know it – they felt the same way. Today at least we came back.”

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

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Lyon Hand PSG First Loss Of Ligue 1 Season
Tuchel added afterwards that he remains confident in his team despite losing Neymar and Marco Verratti.

Alex Fisher/Goal

Maurizio Sarri Praises Gonzalo Higuain After Brace
Higuain and Hazard each scored a brace in Chelsea's 5-0 win.

Nicholas Mendola/NBC Sports

Maurizio Sarri: Maybe I Am Not Able To Motivate Players
Sarri and his players talked in the dressing room for 40 minutes following Chelsea's 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.

BBC Sport

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea Struggle To Get Up For Big Matches
Chelsea have lost 5 out of their last 16 matches.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Santiago Solari: 'Nothing Personal' In Dropping Isco And Marcelo
Solari started five players under 22-years-old in their 2-1 win to Real Betis.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Jurgen Klopp On Kompany Tackle: How Is That Not A Red?
Klopp added that Kompany's tackle could have ended Salah's season.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Pep Guardiola After Win Over Liverpool: Every Game Is A Final
Guardiola applauded how his players performed under pressure, saying that a loss to Liverpool would have ended the title race.

Phil McNulty/BBC Sport

Unai Emery Wants To Improve Defense, Says Club Open To Transfers
Emery was finally able to play Sokratis, Mustafi, and Koscielny in a back three before Mustafi's injury.

Amy Lawrence/The Guardian

Carlo Ancelotti: Napoli Will Walk Off Field Due To Racist Chants
Ancelotti said he asked the ref to stop their match against Inter on three separate occasions.


Pep Guardiola: City Must 'Change The Dynamic' Following Loss
Manchester City have lost three out of their last four league matches.

Paul Doyle/The Guardian

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: United Were Too Congested At Times
United scored five goals in Solskjaer's managerial debut with the club.

Simon Stone/BBC

Santiago Solari Credits Zinedine Zidane After Club World Cup Title
Real Madrid have now won three straight Club World Cup titles.

Jamie Smith/Goal

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool Need 105 Points To Win Premier League
Manchester City won 100 points in their title-winning run last season.

Stuart James/The Guardian

Jose Mourinho Compares Liverpool To His Porto Sides, Praises Robertson
Mourinho said his players couldn't keep up with the physicality of Liverpool's side.

Ian Doyle/Liverpool Echo

Isco Whistled By Home Supporters, Refuses Captain's Armband
Real Madrid suffered their worst home defeat in Champions League history against CSKA Moscow.

Manchester United's Shola Shoretire Makes UEFA Youth League History
The 14-year-old Shoretire has trained with England but is also eligible to represent Nigeria at the international level.

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Jose Mourinho Says Paul Pogba Must Match Mentality Of Teammates
Pogba will start United's match against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

RealGM Staff Report

Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Taught "Good Lesson"
Guardiola said his side must learn to handle the cleverness of Champions League-level opposition.

Sachin Nakrani/The Guardian

Maurizio Sarri Says Chelsea Can Win Without Spending
Chelsea have lost two out of their last three league matches ahead of their clash against Manchester City.

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Monaco Match Versus Nice Postponed Due To Planned Protests
Former Arsenal teammates Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were scheduled to meet as mangers.

RealGM Staff Report

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