Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio still believes the Inter squad is of a similar calibre to any of the teams above them in Serie A.
In a bitterly disappointing season the Nerazzurri could manage only a seventh place finish, and ended the season 29 points behind champions Juventus.
After firing three manager this season, Ausilio, does not think wholesale changes are needed to the playing squad over the summer.
“The numbers tell the whole story,” Ausilio began. “In the end the conclusion is clear, the season has been negative. Read more... (330 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Andres Iniesta has become the most decorated player in the history of Spanish football after helping Barcelona win the Copa del Rey on Saturday.
Goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer secured a 3-1 victory against Alaves at the Vicente Calderon an Saturday, ensuring Iniesta picked up the 33rd title of his career, passing former club and international team mate Xavi, who had been tied with him on 32 trophies.
This was Iniesta’s fifth Spanish cup, and was also remarkably his 30th domestic honor with Barcelona, including eight La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, to go with the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 and 2012 championships he won with Spain. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea proves that he is worthy of a new contract.
Wenger has come in for criticism from a number of Arsenal fans this season after the club failed to reach the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, and his current deal expires next month.
But the Gunners ended their season on a high with a 2-1 win over the Premier League champions at Wembley.
And Wenger revealed after the game that the Arsenal board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, with his future expected to be decided then. Read more... (447 words, 1 image, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte felt the reason that his side did not win the FA Cup on Sunday was because of referee Anthony Taylor decision to allow Arsenal’s opener to stand.
Aaron Ramsey scored 12 minutes from time to win the FA Cup final for Arsenal in a pulsating 2-1 victory at Wembley on Saturday.
Chelsea trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener, and looked down and out when Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes, only for Ramsey to hit an instant reply for the Gunners just 60 seconds later. Read more... (504 words, 1 image, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
We will have some blockbuster matches in the USA this summer and both the Champions League Winners and Europa League Winners will both be conducting their pre-season training in the U.S.
Manchester United will face Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup.
Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Roma and Tottenham will also take part in the tournament, which will also include a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Miami. Read more... (911 words, 1 image, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho has made history by becoming the first manager to win both the Champions League and the Europa League more than once.
Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday night and earned more silverware for the club following victories in the EFL Cup and the Community Shield.
Mourinho’s first season in charge yielded only a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but Wednesday night’s win secures a place in next season’s Champions League – and Mourinho insists the season must now be seen as a success. Read more... (339 words, 1 image, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
In a trying week for the city of Manchester, it was Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who gave United fans something to smile about.
The 2-0 win over Ajax came less than 48 hours after the terrorist attack which claimed 22 lives at the Manchester Arena, but United’s players deserve all the plaudits that come their way for their response in the face of adversity.
Paul Pogba, himself coming to terms with the recent death of his father, was wonderful all night and scored United’s crucial first goal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second soon after half-time allowed the hordes from the north-west of England to celebrate both their team and their city without the nervous tension which has engulfed many of their fixtures this season. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Liverpool booked their place in next season’s Champions League following their emphatic final day win over Middlesbrough and will be seeded for the qualifying round of the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will return to European football’s elite competition next season, but could well face a difficult start to life back at the top with the liklihood of a tough draw on the horizon.
The Reds will join Sevilla, Napoli or Roma, Dynamo Kiev and Ajax as the seeded sides in the qualifying stage, though the latter two sides will only be seeded in the third qualifying round. Read more... (320 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
The first Manchester derby on foreign soil will be held in Houston this summer.
Manchester United and Manchester City will do battle at the NRG Stadium in Texas on July 20 as part of this year’s International Champions Cup. Buy Tickets
It will be the second attempt for the rivals to do battle on foreign soil after last summer’s friendly in Beijing, China was cancelled due to the quagmire pitch.
Ferran Soriano, chief executive of Manchester City, added:
‘The Manchester derby is one of the world’s most iconic games. Read more... (250 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho named the youngest Manchester United XI in Premier League history for the season finale clash with Crystal Palace.
The average age of Mourinho’s side came in at 22years and 284 days, a side younger than any of those named by historic boss Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League era.
And it was two graduates of the United academy who got the goals in the 2-0 win, with Josh Harrop’s dream debut goal and a Paul Pogba strike ending United’s Premier League campaign on a high. Read more... (342 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)