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Zola hails ‘remarkable’ Solskjaer impact at United ahead of FA Cup clash

Gianfranco Zola admits he is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making a “remarkable” impact at Manchester United, despite it adversely affecting Chelsea. United have overtaken the Blues in the race for Champions League qualification on the back of Solskjaer’s unbeaten Premier League record. The two clubs meet in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening in a repeat of last season’s final. Two days to go! ??#CHEMUN pic.twitter.com/tJmkmPPAht — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 16, 2019 Chelsea assistant boss Zola, who earned his coaching badges alongside Solskjaer, was full of praise for the Norwegian, in spite of their current rivalry and conflicting interests. “I am pleased, first of all. That is my first feeling,” said Zola. “Ole and I did the course together, so I’m ple...

Real Madrid boss Solari hails duo ahead of Girona clash

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has hailed the progress made by Vinicius Junior and insists his team mates deserve credit for his development. The Brazilian forward, just 18 years old, has scored two goals in 12 LaLiga appearances this season and his performances in all competitions have helped to justify the club’s reported £45million outlay for him last year. Vinicius played 81 minutes of Madrid’s 2-1 first-leg win at Ajax in the Champions League this week and Solari was full of praise for the way he has established himself at Santiago Bernabeu. ¡HALAMADRID! ⚽️?? pic.twitter.com/8yAqyLHijl — Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) February 13, 2019 “He’s a very young lad, with a really bright future ahead of him,” Solari told the club’s official website. R...

Video: Watch Liverpool stars hone their finishing ahead of Bayern Munich showdown

The Reds host the German giants in the Champions League on Tuesday. Liverpool face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their mouthwatering Champions League last-16 showdown at Anfield on Tuesday. The clash pits two of the most successful clubs in the competition against each other, with both Liverpool and Bayern having conquered Europe five times each – a record only bettered by Real Madrid and AC Milan. The Reds have been preparing for the fixture at a mid-winter training camp in Marbella and, below, you can see players such as Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk being put through their paces in front of goal. Read Next: Liverpool can soldier on without inspirational general Van Dijk – Hyypia >

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo only focused on game ahead

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not thinking about FA Cup glory despite the competition’s wide open look this season. Early exits for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – with Wolves themselves knocking out Jurgen Klopp’s side in round three – has presented the opportunity for many smaller clubs to reach the latter stages. Both Manchester teams and Chelsea are the only remaining representatives from the top six in the Premier League, with that number set to dwindle further as the Blues host Manchester United in the fifth round on Monday night. Wolves could reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 when they take on Bristol City on Sunday, but Nuno is refusing to look beyond the tie at Ashton Gate. “We just go game by game, that’s the best ...

Real Madrid, Barcelona ahead of Manchester United in race for Joao Felix?

A report claims that Real Madrid and Barcelona have signalled their intent to sign Joao Felix from Benfica in a huge blow to Manchester United’s hopes of landing him. Manchester United have reportedly suffered a blow in their hopes of signing Benfica youngster Joao Felix as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona lead the race. The teenage midfielder is rumoured to be at the centre of a massive bidding war between a number of European football’s heavyweight clubs, potentially driving his valuation into nine-figure territory. Felix has nine goals and five assists in 24 Benfica matches this season, including a combined six in his last four, each of which have been watched by United scouts. The Mirror claims that the Red Devils are expected to miss out on the 19-year-old, though,...

Allegri happy with Juventus form ahead of Champions League return

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes his side are in fine fettle heading into a crucial stage of the season. The Bianconeri cruised to a 3-0 home win against Frosinone on Friday night courtesy of goals from Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo. Juve extended their unbeaten Serie A run this season to 24 matches and hold a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Napoli, who play Torino on Sunday. Their latest win was also the ideal warm-up for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Atletico Madrid in Spain next Wednesday. “Yes, we are in a good condition,” Allegri told a post-match press conference. “Apart from the setback against Parma we are doing well, and we are at a particularly important moment. The team’s effort has been good and it has b...

Oliver Burke ‘excited’ ahead of European debut

The Celtic winger is likely to feature against Valencia in the Europa League clash on Thursday. Oliver Burke is bracing himself for an “amazing” experience ahead of his European debut for Celtic against Valencia at Parkhead on Thursday night. The 21-year-old has scored three goals in seven games for the Hoops since he arrived on loan from West Brom at the turn of the year. In that time Burke has helped Celtic go six points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and also booked a place in the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup, where they will play Hibernian at Easter Road. The Scotland international has yet to taste European football, though, and gets the chance in the first leg of the last-32 tie against the Spanish outfit. “I am really looking forward to the game tomo...

Max Verstappen feeling positive ahead of new F1 campaign

The Dutchman has been speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s new car.

Focus on Borussia Dortmund ahead of Tottenham clash

Spurs are hoping to better their achievements of last year. Tottenham resume their Champions League campaign when Borussia Dortmund visit Wembley in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday. Spurs are hoping to better their achievements of last year and make it to the quarter-finals, but will face a tough test. Here, Press Association takes a closer look at the German side. Sizzling Sancho Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is a big threat for Spurs (John Walton/PA) One man who Tottenham need to be concerned about will need no introduction. Jadon Sancho burst into the limelight following his England call-up before Christmas and he is in fine form. He scored one and made the other two goals for Dortmund in their 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim at the weekend and the teenager is tearing up ...

PSG fans in party mode in Manchester city centre ahead of Champions League tie

Anyone in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon would have found it difficult to ignore Paris St-Germain supporters ahead of their team’s game against Manchester United. The fans of the French champions were in the north of England for the Champions League last-16 first leg between the two teams, and were in full voice ahead of kick-off. “(I) Was just walking around the city centre and it just went crazy. Trams were stopped. Flares all over the place,” Ross Byrne, 19, told the Press Association. PSG fans being absolute dons in Manchester atm pic.twitter.com/JP6Ut4sovu — Ross Byrne (@rossbyrne100) February 12, 2019 According to Ross, police had to stop a couple of trams to get flares off the lines, while one tram was apparently “swinging due to the banging and screaming of the fans.” But while th...

Paris St Germain in focus ahead of Champions League tie with Manchester United

PSG head to Old Trafford for Tuesday’s first leg. Paris St Germain take on Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at the reigning French champions. Domestic form ?? @PSG_English held off Bordeaux yesterday, winning 1-0, and welcoming back Marco Verratti, but @ECavaniOfficial ‘s injury will have the leaders worried ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Manchester. ➡ https://t.co/XhPVp2hJom#PGFCGB pic.twitter.com/ISDQ0g0EqO — Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) February 10, 2019 PSG appear to be cruising to their eighth Ligue 1 title. They are 10 points clear of closest challengers Lille with two games in hand. Their recent 2-1 loss at Lyon was their first league defeat of th...

5 talking points ahead of this week’s Champions League action

The Champions League returns this week with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in last-16 action. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s revived Reds take on Paris St Germain at Old Trafford, while Borussia Dortmund and their in-form England winger Jadon Sancho head to Wembley. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the main talking points surrounding this week’s games. Solskjaer’s big test Roll on Tuesday. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/RpqUYpJ5S8 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 10, 2019 When United were paired with PSG during the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign this tie was seen as nothing more than a formality for the French champions. How times have changed. United have since won 10 and drawn one of their 11 games under interim manager Ole Gunnar Sols...

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