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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...

Jimenez warns Newcastle’s Almiron that coming to Premier League is ‘big step’

Mexico international Jimenez has scored 11 goals for Wolves this season. Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has warned Newcastle’s record buy Miguel Almiron he must adapt quickly to be a Premier League hit. The Magpies broke their 14-year-old transfer record to sign attacker Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United last month. The Paraguay international is available to make his debut against Wolves at Molineux on Monday. Mexican Jimenez has been an instant success for Wolves since moving from Benfica on loan, scoring 11 times, and has told Almiron the Premier League is a level up. He said: “It’s a very big step, it’s very, very different. I wasn’t in the MLS but it’s more or less like Mexico and I think it’s a very big step for him. “(To be a success yo...

Robinson warns Motherwell against complacency

Stephen Robinson has welcomed Motherwell‘s return to form but wants their focus to remain strong against struggling St Mirren. The Steelmen have won four Ladbrokes Premiership games in a row for the first time this season – punctuated by a home William Hill Scottish Cup defeat by Ross County. However Buddies boss Oran Kearney, in his attempt to steer St Mirren away from the bottom of the table, where they now trail Dundee by two points, added a whole new team of players to his squad during the January transfer window. Robinson said: “I think we have to be guarded. “There is not a lot between any team in this league. There are small margins. “Our turnaround in form has been because of the clean sheets because we have had a settled back four. “When games are clo...

Klopp warns Liverpool of tougher tests to come after draw at West Ham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his team they will face tougher tests than Monday’s at West Ham before the end of a season in which they hope to be crowned champions. The Premier League leaders drew 1-1 at the London Stadium, where they were largely outplayed and perhaps fortunate to avoid defeat, when victory would have taken them five points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Klopp remains without influential players including Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but he regardless insists his squad can handle the pressure of a title race following their latest setback. “If you want to be at the top of the table at the end of the season, you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had (at West Ham). That’s the truth, that’s ...

Emotional France will be angry and out to bounce back, Ashton warns England

Chris Ashton has warned England to be ready to face an “angry France” when they continue their Guinness Six Nations title assault on Sunday. Les Bleus are reeling in the wake of their collapse to Wales in Paris as a 16-0 half-time lead crumbled into a 24-19 defeat and now they must rebuild their shattered confidence at Twickenham. England are jubilant after crushing pre-tournament favourites Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, routing the champions 32-20, but Ashton fears they must subdue a furious reaction from opponents seeking redemption. ? LE CRUNCH ? Turn the clock back and relive five of the most memorable #ENGvFRA encounters ahead of Sunday’s #GuinnessSixNations showdown at Twickenham ? ➡ https://t.co/Plwvrue3Sd pic.twitter.com/cKD7V3NRYm — England Rugby (@EnglandRugby)...

Herrera warns against looking too far ahead as United embark on huge month

Ander Herrera has warned Manchester United it would be a “big mistake” to lose focus ahead of their mammoth month. The midfielder remains wary of getting carried away after Sunday’s 1-0 win at Leicester. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued his unbeaten start as boss after Marcus Rashford’s early goal, on his 100th United appearance, sealed a ninth win in 10 matches under the Norwegian. Three points in a tough place ??? pic.twitter.com/Y1GLHeJ121 — Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) February 3, 2019 United moved up to fifth in the Premier League, two points behind the top four, and go to Fulham on Saturday before hosting Paris St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next Tuesday. After that comes an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Chelsea on February 18, which is quickly followed by an Old Traff...

Fans may have to wait to see best of Jahanbaksh, warns Hughton

Chris Hughton has warned Brighton fans they may have to wait until next season to see the best of £17million record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh. Iran international Jahanbakhsh was top goalscorer in Holland last season but has endured a frustrating time with Albion since his summer switch from AZ Alkmaar. The 25-year-old has been restricted to just four Premier League starts and not featured for the club since November 3, partly due to his recent involvement in the Asian Cup with his country. He was in back in training with Brighton on Friday after returning from the international tournament. And Albion boss Hughton, who opted not to strengthen his first-team squad during the transfer window, believes the winger could require more time to adjust to England’s top flight. “We are yet to see t...

McInally warns against complacency ahead of Six Nations opener

Scotland stand no chance of ending their long wait for Guinness Six Nations glory if they do not take care of Italy in Saturday’s championship opener, hooker Stuart McInally has warned. Having won three games in each of the last two tournament editions, the challenge for Gregor Townsend’s side is to go at least one better and put themselves into title contention. The Azzurri are first up at BT Murrayfield and will be expected to pose little trouble to the ambitious Scots. The Dark Blues have won their last six meetings and it would be understandable if some in Townsend’s squad allowed their minds to wander past Conor O’Shea’s side and onto their showdown with an Ireland side ranked second in the world the weekend after. Stuart McInally, centre, will be a central figure for Scotland (Ian Ru...

Sam Ricketts warns Wolves not to write off Shrewsbury

Boss Sam Ricketts warned Wolves their FA Cup tie is not over yet despite Shrewsbury’s late heartbreak. Matt Doherty rescued a fourth-round replay for Wolves after they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 on Saturday. Defender Doherty scored in injury time after Raul Jimenez’s 75th-minute strike gave the Premier League side a lifeline. Greg Docherty and Luke Waterfall put Sky Bet League One Shrewsbury 2-0 up but, despite being forced to settle for a replay, Ricketts remained bullish. “Everyone wrote us off at Stoke but you need to see the full 90 minutes before doing that,” the former Wolves captain said, with the Shrews having beaten Stoke 3-2 in a third-round replay. “I was expecting a strong side because they want to do well in the cup and rightly so. We want to ...

Guardiola warns young players first team places have to be earned

Pep Guardiola has warned that no youngsters will be gifted a place in his star-studded Manchester City side. City are keen for players from their much-vaunted academy to progress to the first team but manager Guardiola has made clear they have to earn the right through hard work. The highly-rated 18-year-old Phil Foden is set for another opportunity as City, leading 9-0 on aggregate, face Burton in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Others that could be included are defenders Philippe Sandler, 21, and Eric Garcia, 18, but the expectations on them are high. Pep Guardiola says young players like Phil Foden have to earn their place in the first team (Martin Rickett/PA) Guardiola said: “I’m pretty sure they are motivated to play in the first team, to play alongside in...

Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona not to underestimate Sevilla

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned his side not to underestimate the challenge of Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie. The LaLiga leaders and cup holders head into the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on the back of three successive wins after overcoming Leganes 3-1 on Sunday. Sevilla, meanwhile, lost 2-0 at Real Madrid, which was a third straight defeat. Pablo Machin’s side, though, ended the interest of Athletic Bilbao in the previous round following an impressive 3-1 away first-leg win. Sevilla are also currently fourth in the table and very much in the shake-up for Champions League qualification. Valverde knows Barcelona cannot afford to lose focus if they want to stay on course for a potential fifth successive Copa del Rey triumph. “Our analysis was ...

Runaway leaders Juventus can still get better, warns Emre Can

Unbeaten Juve restored their nine-point lead with victory over Chievo. Emre Can has fired an ominous warning shot to Juventus’ rivals that the runaway Serie A leaders still expect big improvements. Juventus restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Italian table with a routine 3-0 home win over Chievo. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but Juve still coasted to victory, with Can claiming his first goal for the Bianconeri following his summer switch from Liverpool. “We want to play good football and we did that today,” Can told Sky Sport Italia. “We can improve in a lot of areas – like when we press high and when we have the ball. “We train hard every day and there’s still plenty of room for improvement.” Can capped a hugely impressive 28-pass Juventus move with an inch-perfect fini...

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