Real Madrid defender, Dani Carvajal says his club has no “magic formula” to stop Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar ahead of their Champions League Round-16 clash on Wednesday. Carvajal hoped the Brazilian international would have an off day when both clubs meet at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The Spaniard, who is suspended for the opening clash, said his team simply needed to hope Neymar was below his best. “To play against Neymar, there is no magic formula,” Carvajal said, via AS. “You just hope he doesn’t have his day. I hope he doesn’t have his day on Wednesday. “There is no favourite in a battle like that. The knockout stages are very even, they are decided on little details. “We will try to not commit any errors and to get it right in the area,
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has said that Chelsea and Arsenal did better than other teams in the just concluded January transfer window. He said the two teams will be significantly stronger than they were before. Mourinho made the biggest buy of the transfer window, taking Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger also added Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to his forward line in a club-record £56million transfer. However, Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, ended up with a far more balanced squad having added Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud. Speaking about the race for the Premier League top four, Mourinho said, “Chelsea is champions again,
Arsenal will allow Olivier Giroud move to Chelsea, if the Premier League champions pay his £35million asking price. The Gunners are close to finalising an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, after their latest bid of around £60m. Aubameyang’s imminent arrival means Arsene Wenger will allow Olivier Giroud to move to Stamford Bridge, should their London neighbours meet the 31-year-old’s valuation. Chelsea discussed Giroud over the weekend, as they are struggling to strike agreement with Roma for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri. Antonio Conte is in search of a target man in the winter transfer window. With two days left before the window shut, the Blues are desperate to wrap up a deal quickly.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed three major injury worries ahead of the club’s clash with Newcastle. According to the Italian, Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois and Willian are all unavailable for Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle. While Morata is suffering from back injury, Courtois is going through ankle injury which they picked up ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup defeat at Arsenal and the duo will both be missing again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. For Willian, he started at the Emirates but was forced off in the 30th minute with a hamstring injury and replaced by Ross Barkley. Conte told reporters, “Morata and Courtois are out. Asked when the pair will return, he responded, “I don’t know, it is very difficult t
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has said that for him to remain at Old Trafford as manager, United must buy N’Golo Kante from Chelsea. Kante, French midfielder signed from Leicester in the summer of 2016, is now considered one of the world’s finest defensive midfielders, and his talents have turned Mourinho to a keen admirer. The Portuguese handler, according to Don Balon, has told Red Devil’s hierarchy to higher the midfielder or he’ll go. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s efforts to land Alex Sandro from Juventus are being frustrated by the high asking price the Italian giants have placed on their player. Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte has been a long time admirer of Sandro, as he looks to bolster his options at the back. The Italian giants reportedly are holding
Chelsea forward, Willian has insisted that reigning Premier League champions are ‘confident’ of beating Arsenal to reach the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday. The Blues welcome Arsene Wenger’s side to Stamford Bridge this evening for the first leg of the tie and Willian is determined to reach the final. Antonio Conte’s men are enjoying a fine run and Willian says the team is full of confidence with a final against either Manchester City or Bristol City at stake. Willian told Chelsea website, “We are confident. It’s another semi-final for us and a great opportunity to reach the final. “It’s a big game, an important game, and of course we want to get through to Wembley. There are two legs and we have to make sure we’re ready for each match. “If we win at Stamford Bri
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, in a club-record deal. Spanish newspaper, Sport, reports the Reds have settled on an ‘agreement in principle’ for the Brazilian for a fee of €120m (£106.4m), with a further €40m (£35.5m) in add-ons. Coutinho is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Blaugrana. The 25-year-old was left at home, as Jurgen Klopp’s side flew out to Dubai for a mid-season break in Dubai. He was also absent for the Merseyside derby in Friday evening, with the Reds beating Everton 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup. Ernesto Valverde’s side play in La Liga on Sunday against Levante, so Coutinho could make his debut in the Copa del Rey vs Celta Vigo on Thursday or the following Sunday at Real Sociedad.
Arsenal shot-stopper, Petr Cech is set to become the first Premier League goalkeeper to reach 200 clean sheets when he goes up against former club, Chelsea on Wednesday. The 35-year-old currently sits on 199 clean sheets from 423 appearances and his nearest rival, is former Premier League keeper, David James in second on 169. The Czech International earned 162 of his EPL clean sheets during an 11-year spell with the Blues, winning three of his four golden glove titles at Stamford Bridge, and is currently on 37 for the Gunners. Cech was within minutes of reaching the 200 mark last time out against West Brom but a harsh late penalty converted by Jay Rodriguez saw his wait go on. Arsenal are currently six points behind fourth placed, Liverpool a...
Leicester City manager, Claude Puel wants Kelechi Iheanacho to keep improving. This was after his impressive performance in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City on Tuesday. Iheanacho has been restricted to just 11 games for the first team, scoring once. But the Nigerian international showed glimpses of his talent in the 4-3 penalty shootout loss to his erstwhile club. The Foxes boss praised the youngster but urged him to “work to improve.” “[Iheanacho] tried, he shoot on target. He had a good opportunity in the first half. He gave his best,” Puel told Leicester Mercury. “He’s a young player, he needs to continue to work to improve. “It was important to see him, to give him game-time. It was a good opportunity for him and other players. “I was happy with the squad
Head coach of Croatia, Zlatko Dalic, has said his team wasn’t lucky to have been drawn alongside Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday. According to reports, said he had been following the Nigerian team because of the young and fantastic players paraded by the Super Eagles. “All of their players are in Europe and they are very unpredictable to play against. It is our first game and it will be difficult for us to play against your team. “We now know our opponents and we must go and start work immediately. “We have to go and look for video tapes of the games of all our opponents but I know it’s not going to be easy to play these teams, especially Nigeria.” The Super Eagles will play Croatia in their first Group D match before facing Iceland and Argentina.