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Massimiliano Allegri pleased with Cristiano Ronaldo display

Massimiliano Allegri declares himself pleased with Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance in the 3-2 win over Chievo, despite the £100m signing failing to get off the mark. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:29 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:34 UK Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that he is happy with Cristiano Ronaldo‘s performance against Chievo, despite the superstar forward firing a blank on his Serie A debut. Ronaldo missed a few good opportunities to get off the mark for his new side, whom he joined from Real Madrid in a £100m transfer during the summer window. The Portugal international netted in each of his last 10 La Liga outings for Madrid, but it was left to his teammates to earn Saturday̵...

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde: “Hopefully we will improve”

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde concedes that his side were not at their best against Alaves due to the visitors’ overly-defensive display. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:07 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:07 UK Ernesto Valverde has insisted that there is room for improvement from Barcelona, despite seeing off Alaves 3-0 in their opening La Liga fixture. The reigning champions were made to work hard by last season’s 14th-placed side, only putting the game to bed with a couple of goals in the final seven minutes. Barca boss Valverde feels that Alaves‘s defensive approach at Camp Nou did not help his side, but is hopeful that there will be more rounded team displays to come. “We haven’t been a...

Eden Hazard: ‘I will not be leaving Chelsea this month’

Eden Hazard accepts that he will not be leaving Chelsea this summer, a month after declaring that he would be open to a move away from the club. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:36 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:36 UK Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has reiterated that he is “happy” at Stamford Bridge and has no intention of leaving before the end of the month. The Belgium international was strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid after hinting earlier this summer that he would be open to a move away. Hazard, a fan favourite in West London for the past six years, confessed after Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals that it “might be time to discover something different” at club level. That...

Mark Hughes: ‘Jordan Pickford should have been sent off’

Mark Hughes feels that Everton were lucky to avoid being reduced to 10 men against Southampton as Jordan Pickford should have been shown a red card. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:14 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:14 UK Southampton manager Mark Hughes has questioned why Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was not sent off during Saturday’s league game at Goodison Park. The England international caught opposition striker Danny Ings with a boot down the back when racing out during the second half of the Toffees’ 2-1 win. Hughes claims that Ings got to the ball first and Pickford should therefore have been given his marching orders, a week on from Phil Jagielka being dismissed for a challenge on Diogo Jota. “...

Brendan Rodgers: ‘Dedrick Boyata could make Celtic return’

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists that defender Dedryck Boyata could “absolutely” be back in the team for Thursday’s Europa League playoff against Suduva. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:53 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:53 UK Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Dedryck Boyata could “absolutely” be back in the team for Thursday’s Europa League playoff against Suduva. The Belgium defender was missing as the Hoops were eliminated from the Champions League by AEK Athens last week. Rodgers criticised Boyata after the game in Greece, stating that the 27-year-old was fit to play despite having claimed that he was injured. Boyata trained with the Under-20s on Saturday while Celtic beat Part...

Report: Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose still on Paris Saint-Germain radar

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly remain keen on signing Tottenham Hotspur and England full-back Danny Rose. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:26 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:28 UK Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly retained an interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur full-back Danny Rose. The 28-year-old is said to be one of three Spurs first-team players who have been made available for transfer this summer. Rose was previously linked with a move to Schalke 04 but, on Friday, the Bundesliga club confirmed the signing of Morocco left-back Hamza Mendyl from Lille. According to The Express, PSG are still eager to snap up the England international, who could find himself behind Ben Davies and Kyle Walker-Peters in the Tottenham pecking order. R...

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rules out Claudio Marchisio move

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola rules out a move for former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the wake of Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term knee injury. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:08 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 10:08 UK Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio. The 32-year-old, who made 389 appearances during a 25-year spell with the Turin giants, had his contract terminated by mutual consent earlier this week. City, meanwhile, announced on Friday that they would be without star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for three months after he suffered a knee injury in training. When asked by Sky Sports News whether City would make an offer to Marchisio in response t...

Result: Carl Frampton stops Luke Jackson in ninth round at Windsor Park

WBO interim champion Carl Frampton stops Luke Jackson in nine rounds at Windsor Park to set up a shot at the the IBF world title held by Josh Warrington. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 09:35 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 09:45 UK Carl Frampton has triumphed in his dream fight by halting Luke Jackson in nine rounds at a wet Windsor Park on Saturday. The Northern Irishman’s win in his native Belfast sets up a shot at the IBF world title held by Leeds boxer Josh Warrington. Having successfully defended the interim WBO title, Frampton will also be confirmed as mandatory challenger to full champion Oscar Valdez. Frampton dominated throughout the encounter in front of his home crowd as the Australian’s corner eventually threw in the to...

Maurizio Sarri: ‘Chelsea not yet Premier League title contenders’

Maurizio Sarri admits that he does not see Chelsea as potential Premier League title contenders yet following their narrow 3-2 win over Arsenal on Saturday. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 09:12 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 09:13 UK Maurizio Sarri has claimed that Chelsea are not Premier League title contenders yet following Saturday’s jittery 3-2 win over Arsenal. Pedro put the Blues ahead after nine minutes at Stamford Bridge before Alvaro Morata doubled the lead with a smart finish in the 20th minute. However, the Gunners then drew level before the break as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi scored within four minutes of each other. Although the game was ultimately settled by Marcos Alonso‘s 81st-minute winner, Sarri had reserv...

Transfer Talk Daily Update: Thibaut Courtois, Julen Lopetegui, Maxime Gonalons

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world. By Andy Brent, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 07:57 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 07:57 UK The transfer window is open! Clubs around the UK and Europe are getting business done as they look to give themselves the best possible chance at success in the new season. Sunday morning’s headlines: David de Gea close to agreeing new Manchester United contractJose Mourinho praises Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and his agent for ‘not creating a war’ amid previous interest from Real Madrid. Read more. Julen Lopetegui: ‘No concerns over strength of Real Madrid squad’Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui declares himself happy with ...

Result: Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho net in Barcelona win

Spanish champions Barcelona open their 2018-19 La Liga campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves at Camp Nou. By Matt Law, European Football EditorFiled: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 23:10 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 23:10 UK Barcelona opened their 2018-19 La Liga campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves at Camp Nou on Saturday night. Alaves frustrated the Spanish champions for the first hour, but Lionel Messi broke the deadlock in the 64th minute before Philippe Coutinho made sure of all the points in the 83rd minute. The home side were not finished though, and added a third through Messi in second-half stoppage time. © Reuters Messi had the chance to send Barcelona ahead inside the first three minutes of the contest, but the Argentine just missed the Alaves post with an effort fro...

David de Gea close to agreeing new Manchester United contract

Jose Mourinho praises Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and his agent for ‘not creating a war’ amid previous interest from Real Madrid. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 22:57 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 22:57 UK Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects David de Gea to sign a new contract “as soon as possible” as the goalkeeper is loved by everyone at the club. The Red Devils are thought to have rebuffed numerous approaches from Real Madrid for the Spain international over the past couple of years, forcing them to turn to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois instead. With Los Blancos no longer in the market for a new number one, De Gea is now on the brink of agreeing a long...

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