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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hints At Outgoing Players Following 4-0 Loss

Apr 21, 2019 5:04 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologized to supporters following Manchester United's 4-0 loss to Everton.

“We have got to apologize to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic. That performance is not good enough for a Manchester United team, from me to the players. We let the fans down. We let the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it was so bad. They beat us on all the basics: long throw – put your head in, our corner, they counterattack and score, their corner, they score. We were beaten on all the ingredients you need, added to the talent," said Solskjaer.

Solskjaer hinted at clearing out the players he thinks aren't giving their best effort. 

“I want my team to be the hardest-working team in the league. That is what we were under Sir Alex. Giggs, Becks, Gary Neville, Denis [Irwin]. No matter how much talent you have got, you run more than anyone. You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that."

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

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Max Allegri On Next Season's Goal: 'Play With A Calm State Of Mind'

Apr 20, 2019 11:43 PM

Max Allegri looked ahead to next season after Juventus clinched their 8th straight Serie A title.

Juventus won the league with 5 matches to spare.

“The main thing we must improve next year is how to play with a calm state of mind and confident we’ll be able to do it, as that can make the difference in the big games. I think we won the Scudetto in Bologna, between the Champions League matches with Atletico Madrid and the Napoli head-to-head. That was the decisive match. We had a lot of problems to deal with. There were constant new injuries and recurring fitness problems, so at times I had only 14 players to train with. Despite it all, we won by a big advantage," said Allegri.

Allegri has reiterated that he will remain with Juventus next season.

Football Italia

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Thomas Tuchel After PSG Loss: 'There Was No Performance'

Apr 17, 2019 9:06 PM

Thomas Tuchel hit out against PSG players after they failed again to clinch a Ligue 1 title during a 3-2 loss to Lille.

Tuchel also dropped Kylian Mbappe from the lineup. 

"In Lille, we controlled the game during 60 minutes, many players were injured. It was a game with a Champions League level. It was different. Today, we didn't perform in 90 minutes. There was no performance, no performance at all. So it was impossible to win. We can lose, we can do mistakes, and we [the club] will always defend players if they play with a good mentality, with desire and as a team. I always defend my players, but today it's not possible," said Tuchel, following the loss.

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Diego Simeone On Diego Costa Red: 'It's Not Always The Same'

Apr 7, 2019 1:50 PM

Diego Simeone said that Diego Costa's red card was justified if he said what the referee reported following the match, but also pointed out several inconsistencies when Atletico Madrid play Barcelona.

Costa was sent off in the 28th minute during their 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

"In 11 games we've had seven red cards, so we must be doing something wrong. I asked the referee and he told me something that Costa tells me he hasn't said. Other players have said things and aren't sent off, but that doesn't justify Diego. If the referee interprets there was an insult, then it's a justified red card. But it's not always the same, it's not always the same...They sent off [Fernando] Torres [in 2015/16], the sent off Torres... an icon! After that, anyone can be sent off," said Simeone following the loss.

Simeone said that Atleti's season should not be taken for granted even if it looks unlikely that they will win the league.

"The season has not ended in any way. I value that we won the European Super Cup. We'll fight for second place and that's [seen as being] negative. I love it. Don't forget where we are."

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Lucien Favre After 5-0 Loss To Bayern: This Was A Lesson

Apr 6, 2019 5:52 PM

Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga table after beating Borussia Dortmund 5-0.

Lucien Favre said that his side were beaten in every facet of the match.

“This was clearly a lesson for us today. We have to accept it. They were faster, more aggressive, more skilled. We now must focus on the next game," said Favre.

Niko Kovac added that the key to Bayern's success was intense pressure.

“We put them instantly under pressure. We wanted to attack them early and we overran them. It was exactly what we had set out to do. We may have had some slip-ups this season but that happens. There were many critics of this team and that is why I am really happy for my players today.”

The Guardian

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Raheem Sterling On Bonucci Response: All You Can Do Is Laugh

Apr 3, 2019 2:00 PM

Raheem Sterling lead a chorus of players condemning Leonardo Bonucci's response to racist chants directed towards his teammate Moise Kean. 

”I think the blame is 50-50. Moise should not have done that and the Curva [fans] should not have reacted in that way," said Bonucci after Kean celebrated a goal in front of Cagliari supporters.

Sterling and Memphis Depay were vocal in their criticism of Bonucci's comments.

"All you can do now is laugh," wrote Sterling on an Instagram post.

Depay responded with a tweet, writing “I am disappointed in your reaction … We will not be quiet! #SayNoToRacism.” 

The Guardian

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Jurgen Klopp After Last Minute Win: 'We Did It Our Way'

Mar 31, 2019 7:06 PM

Jurgen Klopp stated that Liverpool are building the right character by winning matches late as opposed to winning 5-0 after Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham.

“If you win 5-0 – and I don’t think that would have been possible today – it can lead you on the wrong path. We are all human beings. Nine months ago we started this mission, this ride, and wanted to go for the highest stakes in two competitions. We did it our way. We had to find a way to win games much more often than in the past. Until now it worked. It is all good. The boys work so hard and if we could be first in the table after the last match of season then it would be a championship of will. We want it. We get used to situations, bit by bit, a bit better. The whole stadium, at 1-1, was the best performance of a Liverpool crowd after an equaliser since I am in. The atmosphere was completely front-footed. I am really happy about the attitude again today,” said Klopp.

Mauricio Pochettino praised his players for giving it their best throughout the season despite trying circumstances.

“Our players deserve massive credit. You can not only judge Tottenham this season on the way they play or the position in the table but all the circumstances – playing at Wembley, moving from one stadium to another. My players are heroes and deserve a lot of credit and whatever happens in the end of the season, I’m going to be happy my players are heroes. The circumstances are so tough and we are doing everything to fight to be competitive," said the Spurs manager.

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Neil Warnock After Loss To Chelsea: 'Roll On VAR'

Mar 31, 2019 1:36 PM

Neil Warnock criticized the referee following Cardiff City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

The goal in question came after Cesar Azpilicueta tied the match at 1 off a corner kick. A replay showed the Chelsea player clearly offsides.

"To get let down by the officials - roll on VAR. I might be too old by the time we get VAR, but that's why we need it. The offside [for Azpilicueta's goal] is not even close. We've worked three weeks for this, and we get let down by decisions," said Warnock.

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Gareth Southgate On Raheem Sterling: He's A Role Model For Players

Mar 23, 2019 11:43 AM

Gareth Southgate praised Raheem Sterling's hat-trick performance following England's 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.

“Raheem was brilliant, electric all night. He’s in a really confident moment, not only on the field but off the field he’s so mature and comfortable in himself. So I’m delighted for him to get the reaction that he did from the crowd," said Southgate.

The manager added that Sterling has become more simple and decisive in his approach.

"His finishes there and tonight were finishes that he was just taking on without thinking too much. At times you could almost see the thought process in the past but he’s hungry for those goals. I know he’s spoken about that before, of how he’s added that incentive to his game, and I thought he was devastating tonight. He’s a role model for the younger players coming in and he’s enjoyed that extra responsibility as well.”

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

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Messi On Standing Ovation From Betis Crowd: It's Never Happened To Me

Mar 17, 2019 9:30 PM

Messi received a standing ovation from the Real Betis crowd after chipping keeper Pau Lopez during Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Betis.

Messi added that he's never received that type of ovation from an opposition crowd before.

"I'm very grateful. It's never happened to me before. They always treat us very well, regardless of whether we're rivals," said Messi.

Messi finished the game with a hat-trick. 


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Zinedine Zidane On Real Madrid Squad: I Just Know The Players
Zidane returned Keylor Navas, Isco, and Marcelo back to Real Madrid's lineup.

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Dani Ceballos Following Win: Re-Hiring Zinedine Zidane Worked
Ceballos praised Isco and Gareth Bale's performance during Zidane's first match back as manager.

Marca/Padraig Whelan

Frank De Boer Following Draw: Fans Were Spoiled By Last Season
De Boer added that Atlanta must learn how to break down defensive teams.

Kyle Bonn/NBC Sports

Wu Lei's 1st Goal For Espanyol Viewed By 25 Million People In China
Wu's jersey became Espanyol's top seller within 2 weeks of signing for the club.

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Gareth Bale's Agent: Real Madrid Fans Are 'A Disgrace'
Bale was whistled by home supporters after he was subbed off during El Clasico.

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Barcelona Takes All-Time Lead In El Clasico
Barcelona have won 96 El Clasico matches since 1932.


Jurgen Klopp Following Liverpool Draw: Football Isn't Playstation
Liverpool are now 1 point behind Manchester City following their 0-0 draw to Everton.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Teammates Fear Harry Kane Will Leave Tottenham Due To Lack Of Trophies
Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Tottenham's title dreams were likely over following their 2-0 loss to Chelsea.

Matt Law/The Telegraph

Sergio Ramos On El Clasico Loss: 'Football Is Decided By Goals'
Ramos said he felt Real Madrid dominated Barcelona but couldn't score goals.


Bernd Schuster: Raphael Varane Is A Shadow Of What He Was
Schuster criticized both Varane and Kroos for their performance against Barcelona.


Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Did Not Play A 'Well-Rounded Game'
Valverde said that Barcelona lost the ball too much, and that Real Madrid were better in the first half.


Maurizio Sarri: Dropping Kepa Was 'A Message'
Willy Caballero replaced Kepa during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp After United Draw: Liverpool Must Adapt
Klopp observed that opponents are playing much more defensively against Liverpool.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Maurizio Sarri: Kepa Situation Is 'A Big Misunderstanding'
Arrizabalaga refused to be subbed off in the final minutes of their loss to Manchester City in penalties.

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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham Are No Longer A Title Contender
Pochettino admitted that he would likely be charged by the FA following his post-match outburst.

Paul Wilson/The Guardian

Miguel Almiron Creates 6 Chances In First Newcastle Start
Almiron created the most chances by a Newcastle player since last season.


Serie C Club Fields 7 Teenagers, Loses 20-0
Pro Piacenza had already forfeited 4 matches this season.

Will Unwin/The Guardian

Sergio Ramos Sets Record For Most Red Cards In Top European Leagues
Ramos has received a total of 20 red cards throughout his La Liga career.

Manu Sainz/AS

Santiago Solari After Girona Loss: Always Still A Title Race
Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Girona, pushing them 9 points behind Barcelona.

Gonzalo Castro/AS

Pep Guardiola On Phil Foden: He's Ready To Play
Guardiola said he was impressed by how the 18-year-old adapted to the physicality of the game.

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