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David de Gea refuses to downplay importance of Liverpool clash

David de Gea says that Manchester United against Liverpool is “the biggest game in England”. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has said that his team’s fixture against Liverpool is “the biggest game in England”. United will welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon with both teams determined to secure all three points. The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table, while Liverpool are second, only behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference. United have not lost a league game since Liverpool beat them at Anfield in December and De Gea is desperate for his side to triumph on Sunday. “It’s the biggest game in England,” De Gea told United Review. “It’s a very special game, for the fans, the...

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...

Pique urges Barcelona to up their game for Champions League clash with Lyon

Gerard Pique fears Barcelona risk defeat in the Champions League at Lyon on Tuesday if they do not improve on the performance produced in their 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid. By their standards, Barca laboured to a win secured by Lionel Messi’s 43rd-minute penalty, and while they sit seven points clear at the top of La Liga, their influential defender believes they need to significantly improve. “We didn’t play well, it wasn’t a good game,” he told Movistar Partidazo. “The only good news is the victory, to get back to winning three points but we have to improve. For Tuesday, we have to be better. “If not, it will go poorly. You have to find fluidity and play, that is what has brought us titles. If we don’t speed up the ball, we have posses...

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...

Coman doubtful for Liverpool clash after suffering ankle injury

The winger scored twice against Augsburg but picked up the injury deep into added time. Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman is a doubt for his side’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday after limping out of their 3-2 win at Augsburg. Coman scored twice to bring his side back from behind before David Alaba scored a second-half winner which helped Bayern reduce the gap to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to two points. But Coman suffered an apparent recurrence of a left ankle injury deep into injury time, which forced him to hobble from the field. Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Eurosport: “We will have to see what happened to Kingsley – according to the doctors, it does not look that good at the moment.” The Frenchman has already undergone two operations on the ankle, the first ...

Bruce unhappy as kit clash leads to stalemate for Wednesday at Millwall

Steve Bruce was far from happy as his Sheffield Wednesday side drew a blank against Millwall in a 0-0 stalemate at The Den, blaming a kit clash for the result. Chances were few and far between for both teams as Bruce extended his unbeaten run since taking charge of the Owls at the start of February and is yet to see his defence concede a goal. Bruce looks to have shored things up at the back but wants to see more threat going forward if he is to lift Wednesday further away from the relegation zone. “Both teams had a colour clash with the strips and forgot how to pass it to each other”, said Bruce. “It was always going to be difficult, I never expect anything other than difficulty when you come here. “The one thing you have to be is prepared and be brave to take the ball. I thought we were ...

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 ...

Lloris warns Tottenham improvements are needed for Dortmund clash

Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Leicester, but the captain knows he will not be able to repeat the feat if his side defend the same against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. The France international kept out Jamie Vardy’s penalty, which was the striker’s first touch of the game, and made a number of other important stops as Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley. Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester were well in the game and had 20 shots at goal. Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs’ win over Leicester on Sunday (John Walton/PA) Lloris was able to bail his side out, but the prospect of conceding so many chances against the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie worries him. “Leicester played in a fan...

Josh Navidi calls on Wales to maintain momentum ahead of England clash

Josh Navidi has urged Wales to keep their momentum going as they head towards a crunch Guinness Six Nations clash against England. Wales face their fiercest rivals in 13 days’ time on the back of equalling a winning run that has stood for 109 years. While Saturday’s 26-15 victory over Italy in Rome proved an often laboured stop-start affair, a much-changed Wales team ultimately got the job done. 1⃣1⃣ With eleven consecutive victories, Wales have now broken their record in the professional era. Watch how they achieved it yesterday in Rome. Cyflawniad arbennig gan y tîm. #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/mbhPmhdjBW — Welsh Rugby Union ? (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 10, 2019 Tries by wing Josh Adams and centre Owen Watkin, plus fly-half Dan Biggar’s accurate goalkicking, saw Wales post an 11...

Cavani suffers muscle injury three days out from United clash

The striker appeared to suffer the problem in scoring a penalty. Paris St Germain were dealt another injury blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Manchester United as striker Edinson Cavani suffered a muscle problem in the win over Bordeaux. The Uruguay international appeared to injure himself scoring a penalty in PSG’s 1-0 Ligue 1 win and was substituted straight afterwards. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who is already without Neymar for the Old Trafford clash due to a metatarsal injury, admitted Cavani was a doubt for the United clash. The German told the club website: “Tonight Edinson suffered a muscle injury. “The game against Manchester United is very close and we will use the time to recover as quickly as possible. “This match is a huge challenge for us and it’s always better to...

Gerrard to watch if Power will be out after clash

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admitted he would watch with interest whether any retrospective action results from their goalless William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Kilmarnock following Alan Power’s high challenge on Ryan Jack. Referee Alan Muir had a perfect view of the first-half incident and booked the Kilmarnock midfielder after Power’s studs flew into the side of Jack’s head as the Rangers midfielder went up for a header. But after seeing his goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, charged over a challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson and top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos losing an appeal against his latest red card, Gerrard is taking note of Scottish Football Association compliance officer Clare Whyte’s next move. When asked whether Kilmarnock should have gone down to 10 men, Gerrard said: “No commen...

Result: PSG return to winning ways but Cavani could miss United clash

Edinson Cavani scored Paris St Germain’s winner against Bordeaux before going off injured to make him a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester United. Cavani scored from the spot just before the half-time whistle but appeared to injure himself in taking the penalty, with manager Thomas Tuchel taking no chances and substituting the striker. His absence against United would be a concern for the French champions, with strike partner Neymar already sidelined by a foot injury. 46′ First substitution of the game for @PSG_English as @KMbappe replaces goal scorer @ECavaniOfficial for the second half.#PSGFCGB pic.twitter.com/PuQiOBVRCt — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 9, 2019 In a game of few clear-cut chances, PSG came out on top, bouncing back af...

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