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Reports Suggest Ernesto Valverde Will Be Fired At Barcelona

May 28, 2019 11:41 AM

Media outlets in Spain are reporting that Ernesto Valverde will get sacked at Barcelona.

Valverde, who had the support of key figures in Barcelona, is under pressure following Barcelona's 2-1 loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey.

Roberto Martinez and Ronaldo Koeman have appeared as candidates to replace Valverde. 

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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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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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Pep Guardiola Says City Are Following FFP Rules

May 18, 2019 10:01 PM

Pep Guardiola was angered by a question about whether he was receiving extra payments to get around FFP.

“Do you know the question you’re asking me? Did I receive money for another situation, right now, today? Honestly, do you think I deserve to have this type of question, the day we won the treble, did I receive money? Are you accusing me of receiving money?” asked Guardiola.

Guardiola added that while City spend money, they do so within the rules.

“But [regarding the Uefa investigation] we wait, if we’re punished we accept it. But I listen to my chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak] and my CEO [Ferran Soriano], they give me the arguments for why we are under investigation and I trust them. They tell me we are fair and we absolutely follow the rules, I believe them. If the opponents and contenders think it’s just about the money, it is OK.”


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Vincent Kompany After FA Cup Win: City Are The Best Team In World

May 18, 2019 9:12 PM

Vincent Kompany said that Manchester City are the best team in the world following their FA Cup win to clinch a domestic treble.

"It wasn't as easy as the score makes it look. But what a season, what a tremendous club. It started with the manager, he sets the standard at the start of the season. It's the best team in the world for me. To set such a high standard for so long - not just for one year but two years running now," said Kompany.

Pep Guardiola added that the squad must continue to improve next season.

"We have to; always you can improve. There is no sense to stay still," said Guardiola when asked what his side could accomplish next season.

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Robben, Ribery Score As Bayern Munich Win 7th Straight Title

May 18, 2019 2:00 PM

Bayern Munich won their 7th straight Bundesliga title with a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who will both leave the club this summer, each scored in their final appearance for Bayern.

Bayern finished 2 points ahead Borussia Dortmund in the title race.

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Marcelo Bielsa Non-Committal Over Leeds Future

May 15, 2019 7:45 PM

Marcelo Bielsa refused to address his future with Leeds United following their loss in the Championship playoff to Derby.

"As you can imagine, it is not convenient to talk about this right now...if the club gives me the option to carry on I would listen to the proposal,'" said the 63-year-old.

Bielsa rued Leeds' missed chances in the first half. 

"The second half was an unpredictable one and it's difficult to analyse it. We conceded in the first half and the opponent was dangerous. And in the second half the game was unbalanced and they found the spaces that usually they didn't find," said Bielsa on the loss. 

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Frank Lampard On Derby Comeback: We Deserve Our Moment

May 15, 2019 7:26 PM

Frank Lampard said he made a slight tactical adjustment as Derby County came back to beat Leeds United 4-2 to go to the final of the Championship playoff.

They will play Aston Villa in the final.

Derby were down 1-0 heading into the second leg.

"I said to the lads that everyone had written us off. We changed the system and made a little tweak. But we needed the lads to show bravery on the ball and they did. The goal before halftime gave the players belief and I am so delighted for Jack Marriott. I felt it was his night but I didn't know he'd do that. We have to enjoy the moment but now prepare for Aston Villa, but we'll be underdogs again."

The matchup pits Lampard against his former Chelsea teammate John Terry, an assistant manager with Villa. 

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Leeds United Take 1-0 Win Over Derby Into Second Leg

May 11, 2019 9:02 PM

Leeds United will take a 1-0 lead over Derby County into the second leg of the semifinals of the Championship playoff.

Marcelo Bielsa said it was a fair result for his side.

“I think it was a fair win...One-nil is an advantage. But not a decisive one," said Bielsa.

Lampard, who accused Bielsa of spying on his side earlier this season, criticized an incident in which his side was awarded a penalty that was later overturned.

"The astounding thing is that once the referee gives it, as he’s the boss on the pitch, he then consults his linesman. You’d think there’d be some big information that the referee hasn’t seen but I don’t think that’s the case. [It was] VAR without the computer system. Human VAR. I’m not sure it was a penalty but once he’s given it, it’s strange to say the least. I’ve never seen a decision turn unless there’s something absolutely clear that hasn’t been seen and that certainly isn’t the case.”

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Pep Guardiola: I Told Vincent Kompany Not To Shoot

May 7, 2019 12:56 PM

Pep Guardiola revealed that he yelled at Vincent Kompany not to shoot when he scored his long-range effort in Manchester City's 1-0 win over Leicester.

"I said, 'No shoot Vinnie, no shoot!'" said Guardiola.

Kompany said he was aware of all of the doubters when he took the shot. It was his first goal from outside the penalty area in his 11 years with the club. 

"I could hear people saying 'don't shoot, don't shoot!' But I've not come this far in my career to have young players tell me when to shoot," said Kompany.

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

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Ousmane Dembele To Miss Second Leg Of Champions League Semifinals
Dembele picked up the injury in the first minute of Barcelona's 2-0 win over Celta.

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Neymar Apologizes For Altercation With Fan Following PSG Loss
The incident occurred following PSG's loss to Rennes in the French Cup final.

Alan Dawson/Business Insider

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says He Will Not Drop David De Gea
De Gea's latest blunder lead to Chelsea's equalizer in their 1-1 draw.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Marcelo Biesla Orders Leeds To Let Aston Villa Score In 1-1 Draw
Leeds guaranteed a playoff spot to earn promotion to the Premier League.

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Norwich Earn Automatic Premier League Promotion
Norwich will win the Championship with a result against Aston Villa next weekend.

Paul Doyle/The Guardian

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hints At Outgoing Players Following 4-0 Loss
Solskjaer hinted at getting rid of players he thinks aren't working hard.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Max Allegri On Next Season's Goal: 'Play With A Calm State Of Mind'
Allegri said Juventus won the league at Bologna.

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Thomas Tuchel After PSG Loss: 'There Was No Performance'
Tuchel dropped Kylian Mbappe from the lineup.

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Diego Simeone On Diego Costa Red: 'It's Not Always The Same'
Costa was sent off in the 28th minute of Atleti's 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

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Lucien Favre After 5-0 Loss To Bayern: This Was A Lesson
Bayern move to the top of the Bundesliga table following the result.

The Guardian

Raheem Sterling On Bonucci Response: All You Can Do Is Laugh
Sterling and Depay were vocal in their criticism of Bonucci's comments following racist chants directed at Moise Kean.

The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp After Last Minute Win: 'We Did It Our Way'
Klopp added that Liverpool deserved their lucky goal to win the match.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Neil Warnock After Loss To Chelsea: 'Roll On VAR'
Warnock criticized Azpilicueta's goal in which the defender appeared offsides.

Ben Reynolds/Sky Sports

Gareth Southgate On Raheem Sterling: He's A Role Model For Players
Southgate added that Sterling is playing simpler and more incisively.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Messi On Standing Ovation From Betis Crowd: It's Never Happened To Me
Messi recorded a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Real Betis.

Marca

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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