Day: March 19, 2020

Trippier hits back at Klopp for criticizing Atletico’s style of play
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Trippier hits back at Klopp for criticizing Atletico’s style of play

Kieran Trippier has hit back at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for criticizing Atletico Madrid's style of play, claiming that winning matters most. According to Klopp, the La Liga outfit could play proper football with the talented players at their disposal instead of sitting back so much after their UCL round-of-16 triumph over the Reds. Diego Simeone's men won 3:2 at Anfield with just 29% possession but Trippier came to the defense of their tactics, pointing out that it proved effective over the two legs and on the night. “People have this perception that we’re a defensive side, but I think they’re getting too carried away with the way we played against Liverpool,” said the Atletico and Three Lions defender. “If you go there and go toe-to-toe with Liverpool, you’re going to get bea...
Raiola says Pogba’s focused on United for now, but doesn’t rule out exit
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Raiola says Pogba’s focused on United for now, but doesn’t rule out exit

Mino Raiola has revealed that Paul Pogba is currently only focused on a return to action for Manchester United although he didn't rule out a departure from the club for his client as time goes on. Regardless, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has insisted that the player will remain at Man United despite speculation around his future. Paul Pogba has been out of action for the Red Devils since last 2019 due to an ankle injury. He has made just 8 appearances for Man United in all competitions this season. Meanwhile, Raiola stated that Pogba is focused on making a return so he can help the Red Devils secure a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. "Paul Pogba is going through a tough time at the moment and given how sensitive they are in England, let me be clear that he's focused on having a ...
CAS orders Milan’s Rafael Leao to pay Sporting €16.5m in damages
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CAS orders Milan’s Rafael Leao to pay Sporting €16.5m in damages

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has been ordered to pay €16.5 million to former side Sporting Club for the unilateral termination of his contract in 2018. The ruling was made by Portugal's Court of Arbitration for Sport -- Tribunal Arbitral do Desporto (TAS). They also ordered the club to make a payment of €40,000 to Leao for the practice of moral siege. Sporting initially requested for a €45m compensation while the Portuguese forward had demanded a payment of 100,000 in damages. On May 15, 2018, members of the Sporting team with players, staff, and personnel inclusive were attacked at their academy by a group of 40 persons claiming to be supporters. As a result of the attack, nine players canceled their contracts including Portugal Under-21 star Rafael Leao. READ: Kolarov – Italians...
Kolarov – Italians didn’t understand the severity of coronavirus at first
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Kolarov – Italians didn’t understand the severity of coronavirus at first

Serie A players are taking part in personalized training sessions at home amid balanced nutrition in a bid to stay in shape as the coronavirus crisis persists. This was made known by AS Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov. "All of the players have an individual plan and we talk on a daily basis with our sporting staff", the Serbian international told Sportklub "They brought us a home bike and some things to eat so we didn't have to leave the house. I just left my home twice, we are scheduled to resume training on Sunday but I doubt it happens" READ: Former BVB physio reveals what it was like, working under an egocentric Klopp Kolarov went on: "Football isn't a priority at the moment, I don't see how we can start again in May and end by June 30th. Although I would like to go back to playi...
Former BVB physio reveals what it was like, working under an egocentric Klopp
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Former BVB physio reveals what it was like, working under an egocentric Klopp

Former Borussia Dortmund physio Frank Zollner has revealed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be pretty crazy at times as he lurched between being a great guy and an egocentric guy when the two worked together at Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp had a nice time at the Signal Iduna Park outfit before things went south as he won the Bundesliga twice and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2013. He established himself as one of the finest managers in the game although he was also known for his fiery reactions during and after games. Zollner worked closely with Klopp at Dortmund and although he has respect for the 52-year-old, he admitted that the current Liverpool manager was not always easy-going as a colleague. ‘He’s a special guy,’ Zollner told Goal and SPOX. ‘There were s...
La Liga chief Tebas confident that all seasons can end by June 30
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La Liga chief Tebas confident that all seasons can end by June 30

La Liga president Javier Tebas is still hopeful that all European seasons can be completed before June 30 despite the coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the suspension of major football activities worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has also seen Euro 2020 and Copa America pushed to 2021. Meanwhile, Tebas is part of a working group put in place by UEFA to profer solutions for the "resumption and/or conclusion of the current season coherently". The La Liga chief has expressed confidence that things can be wrapped up by the end of June. However, he pointed out that at least six weeks of competition would be required.   In an interview with  El Pais, Tebas said: "The fundamental scenario is that mid or late May is the latest starting date to end on June 30,"  "The scenario may...