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Ralph Hasenhuttl warns Southampton they are not safe from relegation

Ralph Hasenhuttl insists Southampton are still not safe from relegation after his side drew 1-1 at Watford despite Shane Long‘s record-breaking goal. Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, firing his side ahead after only 7.69 seconds to stun Vicarage Road. But Long’s first-minute goal was cancelled out by a last-minute one from Andre Gray as the Hornets snatched a 1-1 draw. A point left Saints six ahead of Cardiff in the final relegation spot with three games remaining. Hasenhuttl said: “We have 37 points and until we have 40 we do not speak about being safe. “Now we have a home game against Bournemouth. If you’d told me that we’d have a chance to secure safety in that game when I took over, I’d have taken that.” The strains...

Craig Levein warns SFA against endangering competitiveness with fines

Hearts were charged by the SFA this week over a confrontation in their match against Aberdeen. Hearts manager Craig Levein claims the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary approach risks removing the competitive edge of football which is loved by fans. Hearts and Aberdeen were hit with an SFA disciplinary charge this week over a confrontation in their game last weekend, while Rangers and Celtic suffered the same fate and Hoops skipper Scott Brown also received a charge following his post-match celebrations. Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom revealed on Thursday that he was anticipating the kind of “blood and thunder” derby which he feels English football has lost when he takes his side to face Levein’s Hearts on Saturday. The former Barnsley and Leeds b...

Brendan Rodgers warns Leicester against complacency ahead of Huddersfield match

The Terriers will be playing in the Championship next season while Leicester are hoping to play European football. Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester cannot afford to take Huddersfield lightly despite their relegation from the Premier League. Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace saw the Terriers lose their place in the top flight with six matches still remaining. Rodgers has warned that makes them no easier opposition and his side should not take their foot off the gas as they look for a fourth straight victory. “You can’t go into a Premier League game if you are any team and be less than 100 per cent,” said the Leicester boss. “The results have been difficult for them, they have had a change of manager as well, but they have very good players, great qua...

Carlo Ancelotti warns Manchester United off Kalidou Koulibaly

Carlo Ancelotti rules out a summer exit for Kalidou Koulibaly, who is rumoured to a long-term target for Manchester United. Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that the Italian club will not be forced into selling Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly. The Red Devils are in the market for a new centre-back and Koulibaly is rumoured to be their number-one target. United reportedly believed that they could land the 27-year-old with a bid north of £100m, but Ancelotti has warned the Premier League club that they will have to look elsewhere. “Napoli will not be forced to sell. Koulibaly will not leave here,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are also believed to have made enquiries about the Senegal international. Koulibaly ha...

Bratches warns Zandvoort to sign 2020 deal

Sean Bratches has warned Zandvoort that the venue needs to secure its place on the 2020 calendar. Sean Bratches has warned Zandvoort that the venue needs to secure its place on the 2020 calendar. Earlier this week, Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers said a widely reported March 31 deadline is actually more of a “guideline”. But Bratches, Liberty Media’s commercial boss, told the Dutch publication Formule 1: “Let me put it this way. If the place is gone, it will be gone for five or ten years.” He said negotiations with the organisers of a race at Zandvoort for 2020 are “ongoing”. “We are trying to do a deal but I have heard there is a lot to be done still,” Bratches added. When asked if the March 31 deadline is firm for Zandvoort, he answered: &#...

Paul Pogba warns world champions France against complacency

Paul Pogba insists France must put their World Cup heroics behind them and focus on securing top spot in Group H for next summer’s European Championships. France, who beat Croatia to be crowned world champions last year, will open their qualifying campaign against Moldova. Didier Deschamps’ side have played six times since lifting the World Cup, finishing second to Holland in their Nations League group. But their fixture in Chisinau on Friday night is France’s first leading to a major competition since their triumph in Russia. “After such a title, it’s difficult to recover emotionally and mentally,” Pogba said on the France Football Federation’s official website. “But it’s our job to stay professional and we want to qualify and get the ...

Zinedine Zidane ‘warns Thibaut Courtois over poor form’

Thibaut Courtois reportedly faces an uncertain future at Real Madrid after being told by Zinedine Zidane that his performances have not been good enough. Returning Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly fired a warning to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois over his poor form. Courtois’ future in the Spanish capital is believed to be in doubt following this week’s reappointment of Zidane, who previously blocked the club’s attempts to sign the Belgium international from Chelsea. Zidane’s departure last summer coincided with Real finally striking a £38m deal with the Blues, but the 26-year-old has failed to replicate the type of performances shown at Stamford Bridge across his first seven months at the Bernabeu. According to a report carried by The Sun, Courtois h...

Steve McClaren warns QPR they are in a relegation battle

QPR manager Steve McClaren told his players they are now involved in a relegation battle after losing 2-1 at home to Rotherham. Semi Ajayi’s header deep into injury time gave third from bottom United their first away league win of the season. It also took them level on points with Reading and Wigan as well as dragging Rangers into trouble – McClaren’s side are now just seven points above the relegation zone. Ajayi opened the scoring with 20 minutes remaining and struck again in the final seconds after Bright Osayi-Samuel’s 85th-minute equaliser appeared to have rescued a point for the hosts. A recent win against Leeds aside, Rangers have struggled badly since the turn of the year and this was their ninth defeat in 11 Sky Bet Championship matches. “We’ve said to the players that we’re looki...

A player could be attacked on the pitch if crowd problems continue, warns Brown

PFA Scotland has demanded a fresh approach to tackling trouble in grounds in the wake of recent high-profile incidents. Celtic skipper Scott Brown fears a player could be assaulted on the pitch as crowd problems in Scottish football this season continue. In Friday night’s 1-1 draw between Rangers and Hibernian at Easter Road Gers captain James Tavernier found himself face to face with a fan who had jumped out of the home support before being led away. Police later confirmed a 21-year-old man had been arrested. The incident came six days after a glass bottle was thrown from the same section of the stadium as Celtic’s Scott Sinclair prepared to take a corner in a William Hill Scottish Cup game and on top of a series of missile-throwing incidents this season. Hibs chief executive Leeann Demps...

Sarri warns Chelsea players not to let improved form slip

The Blues host Wolves on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri has warned Chelsea’s players to be wary of their season once more turning into a “disaster”. Head coach Sarri has revived the club’s hopes of Champions League qualification after last month appearing to be on the brink of dismissal. Chelsea backed up Premier League victories against London rivals Tottenham and Fulham by beating Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Italian Sarri hopes the Blues have weathered the most difficult period of their campaign but is aware of how swiftly results can change. “In five matches, we conceded only one goal. So we are improving in consistency,” said Sarri. “But we have to be careful. We had a long period of good results in the past and then, suddenly, two weeks of disaster. So...

Guardiola warns City ‘don’t have a chance’ if Schalke errors are repeated

Raheem Sterling scored a dramatic late winner as Manchester City snatched a remarkable Champions League victory amid VAR and red card controversy in Germany. Sterling netted in the last minute as City sank Schalke 3-2 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, completing a stunning comeback moments after Leroy Sane equalised with a brilliant free-kick. Schalke had led 2-1 at half-time after cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s opener with two penalties in the space of seven minutes, the first awarded after a lengthy and farcical VAR delay. The video official spent more than three minutes analysing whether Nicolas Otamendi had handled a long-range shot from Daniel Caligiuri after a corner had initially been given. Replays as to whether handling was intentional seemed inconclusive and the referee was ...

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...

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