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Inter Milan Win First Serie A Title In 11 Years

May 2, 2021 1:29 PM

Inter Milan clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years following Atalanta's 1-1 draw with Sassuolo.

Inter's title ends Juventus' run of nine consecutive league trophies.

It is the club's first league title since their treble-winning season under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10.

Inter have now won 19 league titles, second behind Juventus' 36 trophies. 

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Gerard Pique Following Barcelona Win: 'The League Is On'

Feb 27, 2021 4:40 PM

Gerard Pique declared La Liga's title race back on following Barcelona's 2-0 win over Sevilla.

"The league is on, of course it is. Teams have come back from worse situations in the past and the team, despite those two games recently [against Paris Saint-Germain and Cadiz] have done well in 2021. We can be confident," said Pique. 

Barcelona are currently second in the standings, down two points to Atletico Madrid (Atleti have two games in hand).

Ronald Koeman highlighted Barcelona's press for the result. 

"Without the ball, we pressed, we tried to play one vs. one. We wanted to take advantage of [Ousmane] Dembele's pace and the first goal was an example of that. How we played without the ball was the key and, overall, it was a really complete performance."

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Jurgen Klopp Concedes Title Following Leicester City Loss

Feb 13, 2021 7:19 PM

Jurgen Klopp conceded that Liverpool were out of the title race following a 3-1 loss to Leicester City.

“I cannot believe, but yes. I don’t think we can close the gap," said Klopp.

Liverpool currently sit 13 points behind the league leaders.

Klopp added that he didn't like how his side reacted to going down 2-1.

“We dominated Leicester, we scored a great goal but then conceded a strange one, which is offside. The 2-1 is a mistake but it had too big an impact. There was still time to go. We have to show a different reaction. When we conceded the second, in that manner, it was a knock and I didn’t like the reaction after that.

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Pep Guardiola Says Ederson Could Take Penalty Kicks

Feb 7, 2021 10:28 PM

Pep Guardiola said that he would consider Ederson to take Manchester City's next penalty kick following Ilkay Gundogan's miss against Liverpool on Sunday.

City have missed three out of six penalties they have been awarded this season. 

"It's a problem that we have. In important moments we cannot miss it, and it doesn't matter the taker.

"Again, I'm going to think about Ederson, he might be the taker next time," said Guardiola.

Ederson has claimed that he is the best penalty kick taker on the roster. 

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Lionel Messi Could Face Up To Four-Match Ban Following Red Card

Jan 17, 2021 9:02 PM

Lionel Messi could be suspended as many as four matches following his red card against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa final.

The red card was Messi's first ever in his Barcelona career.

Barcelona lost 3-2 in extra time, with Messi sent off late in the match.

Messi is likely to face at least a two match ban, which could be increased.


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Marcus Thuram Fined Wages For Spitting On Player

Dec 20, 2020 6:01 PM

Borussia Monchengladbach fined Marcus Thuram one month of wages for spitting on Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch.

Thuram, who received a red card, will likely also face a match ban from the German Football Association.

"Marcus is devastated and has assured me that he did not purposely spit at Stefan Posch. He told me that during a dispute with Stefan Posch, he had unintentionally spat after cursing several times in French in the heat of the moment.

"He knows that this does not change anything and that the pictures speak for themselves, and that the sending off was the right call. I believe Marcus because I have come to know him as a reflective person with a great demeanour," said sporting director Max Eberl.

Thuram apologized to Posch on Twitter. 

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Columbus Crew Win 2020 MLS Cup Title

Dec 12, 2020 11:38 PM

Columbus Crew SC beat the Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 to win the 2020 MLS Cup title.

The Crew were lead by Lucas Zelarayan, who finished the game with two goals and an assist.

The title was the second in club history, and the second championship for manager Caleb Porter.

Porter joins Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid as the only MLS coaches to win titles with two separate teams. 

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Liverpool Ask Premier League To Review VAR Decisions Following Draw

Oct 18, 2020 1:20 AM

Liverpool have asked the Premier League to review its VAR decisions following the side's 2-2 draw against Everton.

The two decisions in question were a failed red card review for Jordan Pickford's challenge on Virgil van Dijk, and calling back Jordan Henderson's match-winning goal in stoppage time due to an offsides on Sadio Mane.

“I am a real supporter of VAR but in the one picture I saw there is no offside. Since then I have had 10 interviews and everyone tells me it was not offside and that doesn’t lift my mood.

"We lost one player in a situation where VAR was not involved with Virgil and maybe another one in the red card situation and scored a legitimate goal which didn’t count. It was not our day but the performance was the performance I wanted to see," said Jurgen Klopp after the game.

Carlo Ancelotti defended Pickford's performance.

“He played a good game, like the other players. He made good saves, he was focused and it was a good performance. Unfortunately Van Dijk got injured. I hope that he can recover well and soon.”

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Sergino Dest Becomes First American To Play For Barcelona

Oct 4, 2020 8:47 PM

Sergino Dest made his Barcelona debut in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla.

The 19-year-old Dest is the first American to play for the Barcelona senior team.

"We knew this would be a really difficult game and so it proved, Sevilla are an excellent team and they played very well, they flooded the midfield and we struggled to cope with that but at least we earned a point," said Coutinho.

Dest signed with Barcelona from Ajax last week for €21 million.

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool 'Lost The Plot' In 7-2 Loss

Oct 4, 2020 8:29 PM

Jurgen Klopp blamed Liverpool's 7-2 loss to Aston Villa to their failure to react after giving up the opening goal.

"All their good moments lead to a big chance or goals, and that makes all the difference. All the things you should not do in a football match we did tonight, but all credit to Aston Vila, as they forced us to do those things.

"The first goal had an impact but it shouldn't. We conceded goals like that in the past, but the reaction wasn't good, and we lost the plot," said Klopp.

Villa's opening goal came off a mistake from Adrian.

Klopp added that he's disappointed to not be able to work with the squad in training, with international matches coming up this week.

"Tonight wasn't sloppy, it was just bad. I have to admit that but I can't change it. I would love to have a training session tomorrow and Tuesday and to talk about it, but the boys go back off to international duty. Hopefully they come back healthy and we use the two days to prepare for Everton."

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Frank Lampard Calls 3-3 Draw Versus West Brom 'A Big Lesson'

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Neymar Accuses Marseille Defender Of Racist Comments

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Quique Setien Says He Will Not Resign As Barcelona Manager

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Sergio Ramos: Refs Not Responsible For Real Madrid Winning

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Neal Maupay Says Arsenal Players Need To Learn Humility After Win

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Erling Haaland Say Gio Reyna Is The 'American Dream'

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Zinedine Zidane: Refs Are Not Favoring Real Madrid

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Bruno Fernandes Says Pep Guardiola 'Didn't Respect Me'

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Gerard Pique: No Problem With Barca Assistant Eder Sarabia

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Pep Guardiola: Phil Foden 'Can Achieve Whatever He Wants'

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Gerard Pique Says Current Real Madrid 'One Of the Worst' I've Faced

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Barcelona, Real Madrid Combine For $1.7 Billion In Revenue

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Jurgen Klopp After Watford Loss: Liverpool Can Play Care Free Again

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Juventus-Inter, 4 Other Serie A Matches Called Off Due To Coronavirus

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Real Madrid-Barcelona To Be Played In Front Of Supporters

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Vinicius Junior: Everyone Knows Gabriel Jesus Fouled Sergio Ramos

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Rodri: Manchester City Should Have Beaten Real Madrid By More

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Atletico Madrid Fined For Antoine Griezmann Chants

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Juventus-Inter Match To Be Played Behind Closed Doors

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Rodrygo Sent Off In Reserve Match, Will Miss El Clasico

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