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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...

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