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El Clasico Postponed Until December 18th Due to Political Unrest

Oct 18, 2019 1:15 PM

The match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be postponed until December 18th due to political unrest in the Catalan region.

The match was originally scheduled for October 26th at the Camp Nou. 

Both sides pushed back on the plan to move the match to the Bernabeu.

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Atletico Madrid, Villarreal To Play Match In Miami

Oct 17, 2019 2:17 PM

Atletico Madrid and Villarreal will play their December 6th match in Miami.

"Atletico Madrid work every season to promote our brand across all continents. A match in the US would allow us to continue working on it. Additionally, we'd bring Spanish football to fans outside our country. It'd be a great game that would mark the future," said Atleti chief Miguel Angel Gil.

Villarreal president Fernando Roig agreed with Gil's assessment.

"Everything about exporting football and Spanish sport is good for everyone. And, of course, for Villarreal. The US is a very important country where we have official club academies."

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Pep Guardiola Following Loss: City 'Got A Little Bit Nervous'

Oct 6, 2019 1:32 PM

Pep Guardiola blamed player nerves for Manchester City's 2-0 home loss to Wolves.

"It was a bad day, sometimes it happens. We started quite well and after we conceded two situations in our build-up where it's impossible to defend, we got a little bit nervous," said Guardiola.

City are now 8 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Guardiola added that it is still early in the title race.

"But the distance is big. I know that. Liverpool is not dropping points. But we are in October, still a lot of games."

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Liverpool Could Get Kicked Out Of Carabao Cup Over Ineligible Player

Sep 28, 2019 1:57 PM

Liverpool may have fielded an ineligible player during the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Liverpool beat MK Dons 2-0 in the match.

The identity of the player has not been disclosed. Liverpool could receive a fine or potentially get kicked out of the tournament.

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Mauricio Pochettino On Recent Struggles: 'I Am So Relaxed'

Sep 26, 2019 12:52 PM

Mauricio Pochettino remained calm after Tottenham's loss to League Two side Colchester United in the EFL Cup.

"I am so relaxed, I become more relaxed in these 'difficult' or 'tough' moments. Then [you only need] one result. We deserved to win the game against Leicester. Three points more and we are third in the table. We are talking about a fantastic season and a fantastic performance. [People would say], 'Wow – what quality players and an amazing coaching staff and manager, we are performing in the best way and winning games'. The line is so thin between one or another and sometimes in football it happens that you don't have the luck you deserve," said Pochettino.

Pochettino did admit that there was still damage from transfer speculation surrounding the club over the summer, with a move for Christian Eriksen failing to pan out. 

"Of course, there are some collateral consequences and damage we need to fix. We are in a moment when we are fixing problems to try to be better and start to get the results that we expect. To win the games."


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Ben Foster: Manchester City Will Score 10 Goals In A Match

Sep 23, 2019 1:03 PM

Watford keeper Ben Foster said that Manchester City will score double-digit goals in a game following their 8-0 loss to Pep Guardiola's side.

"To get in at 5-0 at half-time I was over the moon. As a goalie, coming here in the first place it's almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they're on it, they are incredible. They will do it to somebody, there will be a nine or 10 out there soon," said Foster.

City scored 5 goals in the first 18 minutes of the match.

The side now have 24 goals in 6 matches this season. 

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Ernesto Valverde Admits Worry Following Barcelona Loss

Sep 21, 2019 6:59 PM

Ernesto Valverde said he was worried about Barcelona's form to start the season following a 2-0 loss to Granada.

With 7 points from 5 matches, it is the club's worst start to a season since 1994.

"I'm worried because away from home we aren't getting good results. When four away games have gone by, it's a symptom that something isn't too good. There are players who arrived late, but we haven't been good, we're not playing well away," said Valverde.

Barcelona are tied with Real Betis for conceding the most goals in La Liga.

Barcelona play Villarreal on Wednesday.

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Angel Di Maria: PSG Made Real Madrid Weak

Sep 19, 2019 12:58 PM

Angel Di Maria gave credit to PSG's pressing and aggression for their 3-0 win over Real Madrid in Champions League.

"No, I think we made them weak. Running so much, pressing so hard and doing our passing -- we know they struggle a lot trying to recover the ball. I think that was the most important thing we did," said Di Maria.

Di Maria scored two goals in the match.

Di Maria played for Real Madrid from 2010-2014, winning a Champions League in his final season with the team.

The Argentine has now been involved with four out of the last six PSG goals in Champions League. 

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Zinedine Zidane Following PSG Loss: We Did Not Have Intensity

Sep 19, 2019 12:50 PM

Zinedine Zidane criticized Real Madrid's effort and intensity following their 3-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League.

"Clearly they were better than us in every department -- in the way they played, in midfield. What upset me is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it's not possible. They're good at creating chances, that's not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity," said Zidane.

Zidane also addressed his side's lack of chance creation in the match, even with a star-studded attacking lineup.

"Failing to create proper chances with the players we have up front -- Gareth BaleKarim Benzema and Eden Hazard -- is a weird feeling," Zidane said.

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Josef Martinez Extends Scoring Streak To 15 Consecutive Matches

Sep 19, 2019 12:46 PM

Josef Martinez has scored in 15 straight matches for Atlanta United after hitting a brace in their 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati.

The win moved Atlanta within six points of league leaders NYCFC.

Martinez's 26 goals are two more than the rest of the team combined. He also has six game-winning goals. 

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Antoine Griezmann: I Need More Time To Gel With Suarez, Messi

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Rodrigo De Paul Receives Three-Match Suspension

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I Am The Best Ever To Play In MLS

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Granit Xhaka Says Arsenal Were 'Scared' In Watford Draw

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Pep Guardiola Following Norwich Loss: Players Are Human

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Christian Pulisic: USMNT Need To Stop Fearing Mexico

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Basque Country To Play Friendly Versus Argentina

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool Performance Was 'Full Of Power'

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Messi Criticizes Ref Following Loss To Brazil
Argentina argued for a penalty before Brazil scored their second goal.

The Guardian

Reports Suggest Ernesto Valverde Will Be Fired At Barcelona
Valverde is under pressure following Barcelona's Copa del Rey loss to Valencia.

Football Espana

Gian Piero Gasperini: Atalanta Will Do Well In Champions League
Atalanta made the Champions League for the first time in club history.

ESPN

Gerard Pique: Roma Collapse Affected Liverpool Match
Pique backed Valverde as the manager of Barcelona.

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Pep Guardiola Says City Are Following FFP Rules
Guardiola was accused of receiving money in an attempt to get around FFP regulation.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Vincent Kompany After FA Cup Win: City Are The Best Team In World
Guardiola added that City will improve next season.

Phil McNulty/BBC Sport

Robben, Ribery Score As Bayern Munich Win 7th Straight Title
Ribery and Robben will leave the club this summer.

RealGM Staff Report

Marcelo Bielsa Non-Committal Over Leeds Future
Leeds finished 3rd on the Championship table this season.

Tom Farmery/Daily Mail

Frank Lampard On Derby Comeback: We Deserve Our Moment
Derby will play Aston Villa for the final promotion place.

ESPN

Leeds United Take 1-0 Win Over Derby Into Second Leg
Derby were awarded a penalty that was overturned by the linesman.

Paul Doyle/The Guardian

Pep Guardiola: I Told Vincent Kompany Not To Shoot
It was Kompany's first goal from outside the penalty area in his 11 years with the club.

BBC

Derby To Face Leeds United In Championship Playoff After Win
The matchup rekindles the "Spygate" controversy from earlier this season.

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