Sunday, August 19, 2018

SPORT NEWS


[1] Klopp Slams A Holes For De Bruyne Comments
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp considers anybody suggesting that Kevin De Bruyne’s injury blow at Manchester City has levelled the Premier League playing field to be “an a hole”.

The reigning champions are reeling from the news that their Player of the Year from 2017-18 is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines .Pep Guardiola does, however, have a star-studded squad at his disposal and believes he has the depth to cover the absence of a key creative figure .

The German tactician on De Bruyne claims his knee ligament damage could work in Liverpool’s favour: "I think somebody who thinks like that, about a situation like that, is an a**hole, to be honest. I am not like that. First of all, I wish him the absolute very best.

"I love this player, I wanted him desperately when I was at Dortmund and he was at Chelsea, but Jose didn't give him to me! "What a season he had, what a World Cup he played. I really feel for him. They have options of course, like they always have options, they brought in Riyad Mahrez, but they can all play in different positions.

"Bernardo Silva can play a bit deeper, [Phil] Foden can play in positions, [Ilkay] Gundogan can play in positions. "Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality, there is still a lot there."

[2]Inter to Sue La Liga President Over Modric Comments
Inter have confirmed they will take legal action against Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga. In an interview with ABC, Tebas criticised Inter over the club's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

Madrid have made a complaint to FIFA accusing Inter of making an illegal approach for the Croatia star and Tebas subsequently weighed into the row.

The La Liga chief suggested Inter had offered Modric "an awful lot of money" despite having "no money", allegations that have angered the Nerazzuri.

"Inter announces that it will take legal action against Mr Javier Tebas in the face of statements made today in the press," read the club's statement. Lega Serie A also hit out at Tebas over the comments he made to ABC.

"The Lega Serie A is surprised and upset by the declarations of LaLiga president Javier Tebas," said the league's statement. "These comments were made without having any knowledge, yet damage the reputation and put into doubt the integrity of two Italian clubs and the league."

[3] Ospina Leaves Arsenal on Napoli Loan
David Ospina has completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Napoli, with the Serie A side having a €5 million (£4m/$6m) purchase option.

The Colombia international goalkeeper has headed for the exits at Emirates Stadium after slipping down the pecking order.

Having competed with Petr Cech for starting duties in recent years, the 29-year-old saw Unai Emery bring in Bernd Leno over the summer.

Ospina had already been considering a move before that deal was done, with regular game time proving hard to come by in north London.

He conceded ahead of World Cup 2018 duty that he would be weighing up his options , and the decision has been taken to make a fresh start. Napoli moved to secure his services on Serie A deadline day.

[4.]Emery Wants Mesut Ozil to Defend
Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects Mesut Ozil to take on his fair share of defensive duties this season. Emery tasted defeat in his first game in charge at the Emirates as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The Spaniard has called for full commitment ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea and insists Ozil, who has been criticised in the past for a perceived lack of effort at times, will be expected to give his all when defending for the team.

When asked about the defensive duties placed on Ozil during the defeat to City, Emery replied: "Every player needs to [defend] in the true moment of a match.

"There are defensive moments and attacking moments. Every player each needs this commitment. For me, we need to start together, whether we are attacking or defending. I want that from every player.

"The position, [Ozil] is playing all his career like a number 10-player, like a right-winger going inside to receive the ball. "It's clear he needs the ball more to give more options in the attacking moments. He needs to do [it] in each match, be demanding for us but defensive moments are for each and every player."

[5] Dramatic Win for Juve on CR7's Debut
Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut ended in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Chievo, though it was substitute Federico Bernardeschi who was the reigning Serie A champions' stoppage-time hero.

Despite leading through Sami Khedira's early strike, Mariusz Stepinski's first-half header and Emanuele Giaccherini's penalty after the break ensured Chievo led.

Mattia Bani's own goal levelled matters with 15 minutes to go and Mario Mandzukic thought he had won the game for Juventus only for VAR to disallow the goal, with Ronaldo having possibly handled and collided with goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in the build-up. Yet Bernardeschi turned home Alex Sandro's cross in the 93rd minute to give Ronaldo and Juve a winning start.

[6] Mourinh: Martial Only Player I've Fined
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he fined Anthony Martial, saying he is the only player he has sanctioned since his arrival at Manchester United.

The French winger has had a difficult time at Old Trafford since the Portuguese replaced Louis van Gaal at the helm in 2016 and tensions seemed to increase over the close season.

But it seems the issues between the two stretch further than first thought, as Mourinho admitted he has had to single Martial out for punishment.

Although he did not go into details on when or why he fined the 22-year-old, he suggested it was for something serious.

"I'm here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it is not easy to be fined here," he told reporters on Friday.

Mourinho was responding to questions about Paul Pogba after recent reports that he is unhappy and wants to leave United for Barcelona, who ruled out a move for the France star this week .

However, Mourinho clarified on Friday that he is pleased with the midfielder .

"I've never been so happy with him as I am now. That's the truth," he said. "I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him."

[7] Mourinho Slams 'Classless' Man City After Documentary
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester City's recently released documentary shows that you 'cannot buy class'.The eight-part series follows Pep Guardiola and his City team on their Premier League title-winning journey during the 2017-18 campaign.

Cameras focus on the intimate moments between City players and staff while offering a behind-the-scenes footage of life as a professional athlete.

United manager Mourinho was not impressed with the end result, however, aiming a scathing attack on the Old Trafford club's cross-city rivals after suggestions within the show that he is a defensive coach compared to Guardiola.

"You can have a fantastic movie while respecting others," Mourinho said

"You don't need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie. You can be a rich club and buy the best players in the world but you cannot buy class and they showed that clearly, that was really obvious."

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