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We have to improve in all facets, says Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui

August 16,2018 by PA

Julen Lopetegui stressed Real Madrid “have to improve in all facets” after their first competitive match under his management saw them suffer a 4-2 extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.Atleti’s Saul Niguez and Koke struck in quick succession in the additional period at Tallinn’s A. Le Coq Arena following a 2-2 draw in normal time.Real h...

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Christian Eriksen could determine Luka Modric transfer to Inter Milan

August 16,2018 by Express.co.uk

Luka Modric and Christian Eriksen could be involved in the transfer window (Image: GETTY) CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN could reportedly determine whether Real Madrid let Luka Modric leave. Modric has been touted with a move to Inter Milan and the 32-year-old World Cup finalist is ready to spread his wings and pit himself against the best in Serie A. Although he was included in the match day squad for Re...

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NGolo Kante better in different role… Maurizio Sarri has midfield sorted

August 15,2018 by Dailystar.co.uk

That is according to former Blues striker and Premier League pundit Chris Sutton. The World Cup winner has been an integral part of Chelseas midfield for the past two seasons. And 2017 PFA Player of the Year Kante made the perfect start to the new campaign on Saturday. Off the back of World Cup glory with France in Russia this summer, the 27-year-old scored Chelseas first goal of the season...

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Barcelona rule out move for unsettled Man Utd star Pogba

August 15,2018 by Goal.com

The 25-year-old has seen his future at Manchester United called into doubt, but Barcas director says a big-money move isnt forthcomingBarcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted that his club are unlikely to move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba. Pogbas future at Old Trafford has been called into question after a turbulent 2017-18 season in which he clashed with manager Jose Mourin...

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Gabi confirms Man Utd offer for ideal Atleti captain Godin

August 15,2018 by squawka.com

Former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has confirmed that Manchester United and Juventus both lodged bids for defender, Diego Godin. Gabi, who played 414 games during two spells at Atletico, as well as captaining them, is still close friends with the Uruguayan international despite leaving the club this summer. And, speaking to Diario AS (via Football Espana), the Spanish midfielder was quick t...

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Real Madrid set sights on €70million World Cup winner transfer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo

August 15,2018 by Caughtoffside.com

Real Madrid are reportedly eager to seal the transfer of Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler to replace Cristiano Ronaldo on the left-hand side of their attack this summer. The Spanish giants are yet to bring in a new big-name signing up front despite letting Ronaldo join Juventus earlier in this transfer window, which looks a risky approach as the new season begins. According to Don B...

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Real Madrid coach Lopetegui tells fans: Zidane now the past

August 15,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui insists he doesnt feel pressure living up to the legacy of Zinedine Zidane. Lopetegui is preparing for his competitive debut as Real coach ahead of the European Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid. Asked about the shadow of Zidane, he insisted: Zidane did a great job and Madrid achieved successes and that is part of the past. We want to continue consoli...

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Fabinho prepared to fight for Liverpool first team place

August 15,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Fabinho is relaxed about having to battle for a place in Liverpools midfield. The Brazilian, recruited from Monaco, is still waiting to make his competitive debut for his new club, having been an unused substitute for the 4-0 Premier League opening day win over West Ham on Sunday. Fabinho told Premier League Productions: When I came to Liverpool I knew this competition would exist in midfi...

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Messi temporarily steps down from the Argentina national team

August 15,2018 by Marca.com

Argentinas disastrous World Cup has forced Lionel Messi into a rethink and he has reportedly decided hell not play for the Albiceleste again in 2018. With Lionel Scaloni in caretaker charge, it remains to be seen wholl be the next permanent Argentina coach and now it also remains to be seen when or if Messi will be back. According to TNT Sports, the No.10 will not go the United States for...

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Ramos: Klopp wanted to explain Liverpools defeat, but it wasnt the first final hed lost

August 15,2018 by Marca.com

Mohamed Salahs injury in the Champions League final is still being talked about, with Sergio Ramos responding to Jurgen Klopps criticism of him on Tuesday. The Liverpool coach had hit out at the Spanish centre-back during the summer and Ramos understands that he was trying to find an explanation for his sides loss to Real Madrid. I have given my opinion on the matter, Ramos said when ...

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Chelsea forward compared to World Cup superstar Kylian Mbappe

August 15,2018 by Dailystar.co.uk

Hudson-Odoi, 17, impressed new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri in pre-season and started the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City at Wembley. There is plenty of hype around the forward and former team-mate Jonathan Panzo, who left for Monaco in the summer, believes the sky is the limit. When asked who Hudson-Odoi reminds him of, Panzo told The Sun: He is maybe a little like Mbappe wit...

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Im very happy with what I have - Spalletti not desperate for Modric

August 15,2018 by fourfourtwo.com

Inter and Luciano Spalletti seem to have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Luka Modric after the coach said he is content with his squad. Luciano Spalletti is not desperate for the signing of Real Madrid star Luka Modric, adamant he is very happy with the squad he currently has at Inter. After Modrics World Cup participation concluded with Croatias defeat to France in the final, the Go...

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Dean Keates felt Walsall should’ve killed off Tranmere even earlier

August 15,2018 by PA

Walsall boss Dean Keates felt his side could have made things more comfortable for themselves after advancing to the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory at Tranmere.Morgan Ferrier gave the League One Saddlers a first-half lead before further strikes after the break from ex-Tranmere winger Josh Ginnelly and Zeli Ismail sealed progression.Larnell Cole grabbed a late consolation but ...

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Monk defends wholesale changes after Blues exit Carabao Cup

August 15,2018 by PA

Birmingham manager Garry Monk defended his decision to make 11 changes to his side as they lost 2-0 at Reading in the first round of the Carabao Cup.Reading dominated the first half and went ahead in the 11th minute when Yakou Meite thundered home a drive from the edge of the area.Understrength Birmingham improved after the break but were undone again when John Swift cleverly curled in a 72nd-mi...

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Danny Cowley delighted as much-changed Lincoln thrash Port Vale

August 15,2018 by PA

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley was delighted with his side’s endeavour after they secured their passage into the second round of the Carabao Cup with a thumping 4-0 win at Port Vale.The Imps, who have started the League Two season with back-to-back victories, were rampant in their demolition of the Valiants.New-signing Jason Shackell headed the Imps into a fifth-minute lead before goals in the ...

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Daniel Farke relieved as Norwich avoid League Cup giant-killing

August 15,2018 by PA

Daniel Farke was happy to avoid a Carabao Cup giant-killing after Norwich eased past League Two Stevenage 3-1 at Carrow Road.The Canaries needed two goals in the final seven minutes, with the first a complete fluke, to avoid a potential penalty shoot-out drama, before booking a place in round two.James Ball’s thumping free-kick drew the visitors level prior to the interval after Marco Stie...

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Gary Johnson relieved as Cheltenham knock out Colchester

August 15,2018 by PA

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson was a relieved man after seeing his side hold their nerve to knock Colchester out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.The first-round tie finished 2-2 after 90 minutes, with Colchester hitting back from two goals down to force a shoot-out.Following two defeats in League Two, Cheltenham’s season is now up and running as Jordon Forster converted their seventh pena...

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Tony Pulis praises Middlesbrough’s youngsters as Notts County pay the penalty

August 15,2018 by PA

Tony Pulis hailed his Middlesbrough youngsters as they claimed a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Notts County to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.A Boro side featuring seven debutants and eight players aged 21 or under were able to celebrate after Andy Lonergan saved two spot-kicks in the shoot-out following a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes.Teenagers Stephen Walker and Marcus Tavernier both s...

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Terry McPhillips hails Michael Nottingham after first senior goal

August 15,2018 by PA

Interim manager Terry McPhillips hailed the impact of Michael Nottingham as the defender scored his first Blackpool goal in his side’s 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley.The Tykes had taken the lead through George Moncur but defender Nottingham levelled on 50 minutes before a fantastic strike from Harry Pritchard put the Seasiders ahead.French striker Armand Gnanduillet sealed Blackpool...

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