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Jose Mourinho Says Paul Pogba Must Match Mentality Of Teammates

Dec 8, 2018 6:41 PM

In response to Paul Pogba's role as an unused sub during Manchester United's 4-1 win over Fulham, Jose Mourinho said that his midfielder "has to play with the same mentality as the team".

Mourinho said that Pogba will start against Valencia in their Champions League match next week.

Mourinho described United's play in the first half as "perfect", with a midfield consisting of Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata. 

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Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Taught "Good Lesson"

Dec 8, 2018 6:22 PM

Pep Guardiola admitted that Chelsea were better in spurts after Manchester City's 2-0 defeat, their first loss in the league this season.

Guardiola said that his side must be more incisive in front of goal despite missing Sergio Aguero, and that the lesson of losing a match by giving up one chance after dictating possession will serve them well in Europe. 

“That is the level of the Champions League", Guardiola said, before adding that "people say Manchester City is favourite for the Champions League but this is the [level of the] Champions League – they [Chelsea] had one chance and scored one goal. The opponents are so good, so clever. That is what’s going to happen in the future in the bigger stages.”

The loss moves Manchester City one point behind league leaders Liverpool. 

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Maurizio Sarri Says Chelsea Can Win Without Spending

Dec 7, 2018 7:42 PM

Ahead of their clash against Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri stated that Chelsea do not need to spend $250 million in one summer like Pep Guardiola's side to win the title. 

Sarri added that "you have to create a new mentality and a new style of playing. We need to improve. We need to arrive at 95 per cent of our potential. And then we can get the last five per cent with a new player. With a new player, not 11 new players.”

After starting out unbeaten in his first 18 matches in England, Sarri's side have lost two out of their last three Premier League matches. 

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Monaco Match Versus Nice Postponed Due To Planned Protests

Dec 6, 2018 6:46 PM

The match between Monaco and Nice scheduled for Friday was postponed, along with three other Ligue 1 matches.

The Derby de la Cote d'Azur created an anticipated coaching matchup between former Arsenal teammates Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. 

The postponements were in response to a planned protests around the country due to increased fuel taxes.

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Luciano Spalletti Calls For 'No Surrender' Against Juventus

Dec 6, 2018 1:53 PM

Luciano Spalletti admitted the difficulty of Inter closing the 11 point gap at the top of the Serie A table ahead of their clash against Juventus. 

"We still lack some focus during games, but we're a great team in terms of names and how we read games", the 59-year-old manager added.

Spalletti also pointed out Juventus' ability to add match-changing players in the transfer market, including losing two of his best players in Miralem Pjanic and Joao Cancelo to his rival over the years.

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River Plate Protest Copa Libertadores Final In Madrid

Dec 1, 2018 8:46 PM

River Plate launched an official complaint to CONMEBOL over moving the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final to the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. 

The match was moved to December 9th after Boca Juniors' bus was attacked outside of River Plate Stadium before the two sides were originally scheduled to meet on November 24th. 

Despite protests from both sides, the match is expected to move on in Madrid with the winner representing South America in the World Cup Championship. 

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Timbers, Atlanta United To Meet In The 2018 MLS Cup Final

Nov 30, 2018 1:46 PM

The Portland Timbers and Atlanta United will play for the MLS Cup on December 8th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

The Timbers beat SKC 3-2 on aggregate in the Western Conference finals, while Atlanta United defeated the NY Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference finals. 

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Leicester City Scores Four Goals In 21 Minutes, Beat United 5-3

Sep 21, 2014 11:42 AM

Leicester City scored four goals in 21 minutes in their 5-3 comeback victory over Manchester United.

United went up 2-0 and then 3-1 after an Ander Herrera goal, but Leicester then scored four goals starting with David Nugent on a penalty in the 62nd minute and ending with Leonardo Ulloa getting his second with a penalty in the 83rd minute.

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Mandzukic Leads Atleti To Spanish Super Cup Win Over Real

Aug 22, 2014 10:21 PM

Atlético Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of the tie.

Mario Mandzukic scored for Atleti after just 81 seconds to give them a 2-1 aggregate lead that was enough over the remainder of the match.

The result means Atletico lift the Super Cup for the first time since 1985.

Real Madrid had their sights set on winning all six of the competitions they are entering this season.

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Atleti Wins La Liga With 1-1 Tie At Barça

May 17, 2014 2:07 PM

Atlético Madrid has won La Liga with a 1-1 tie at Barcelona.

Alexis Sanchez gave Barça an early lead in the 33rd minute with a powerful strike in the box after Lionel Messi chested the ball down.

But Atleti equalized in the 49th minute with a Diego Godín header out of a corner kick.

Atleti played nearly the entire match without Diego Costa, who went out in the 16th minute with a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Arda Turan exited just seven minutes later for Atleti. 

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City Moves Closer To EPL Title With 4-0 Win Over Aston Villa
Anything but a defeat in their final game and City will have sealed their second title in three seasons, both won courtesy of their superior goal difference.

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Rodgers: We Got Carried Away Attacking Palace
Liverpool went up 3-0 at Crystal Palace on Monday before allowing the home side to score three unanswered goals.

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Chelsea Shock Liverpool 2-0
José Mourinho's priorities are in the Champions League, but he pulled off the 2-0 win over Liverpool.

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Real Madrid Beats Bayern 1-0 In 1st Leg Of UCL Semifinal
Karim Benzema scored the lone goal of the match on a perfectly time cross from Fabio Coentrao.

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Chelsea Parks The Bus, Leaves Madrid With 0-0 Result
Atleti had 69 percent of the possession in the match as José Mourinho had little interest in sending Chelsea to attack.

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Bale Leads Real Madrid To 2-1 Win Over Barça In Copa Del Rey Final
Real Madrid has now won the Copa del Rey 19 times.

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Liverpool Beats Man City 3-2, Title Chances Improve To 56.3 Percent
Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel and Coutinho scored for Brendan Rodgers' side.

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Bayern Withstands United Threat To Advance
Manchester United went up 1-0 and 2-1 aggregate in the 57th minute with a Patrice Evra goal, but Mario Mandzukic scored the equalizer less than two minutes later for Bayern Munich.

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Real Madrid Survives Dortmund Comeback 3-2 On Aggregate
Marco Reus scored two early goals for Borussia Dortmund, but were unable to find a needed third.

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Chelsea Advances To UCL Semifinals With Comeback Over PSG
André Schürrle and Demba Ba scored for José Mourinho's side to advance to the semifinals.

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Lukaku, Naismith Lead Everton To 3-0 Win Over Arsenal
Arsenal has reached the Champions League in 16 straight seasons, but Everton is just one point behind the Gunners for fourth place with a game in hand.

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Dempsey Has Hattrick In Comeback Tie For Seattle Against Timbers
Diego Chara had two goals for the Timbers.

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Bayern Loses First Bundesliga Match Since October 2012
Sascha Moelders scored in the 31st minute for Augsburg.

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Diego, Neymar Score As Atleti, Barça Tie At 1-1
Atleti and Barça have played four times this season without a result other than draw (1-1, 0-0, 0-0, 1-1).

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United, Bayern Draw At 1-1
Bayern completed 701 passes at an 84 percent success rate, while United completed just 174 passes at a 58 percent success rate.

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Crystal Palace Shocks Chelsea 1-0
Crystal Palace scored on a John Terry own goal.

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Ronaldo: Referee Committed Many Errors, We Aren't Treated Equally
Undiano Mallenco awarded three penalty kicks in Barcelona's 4-3 win over Real Madrid, with all three eliciting skepticism.

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Barcelona Beats Real 4-3 To Draw One Point Behind La Liga Leaders
Barcelona defeated Real Madrid by a final score of 4-3 in the second El Clásico of the 13-14 season.

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