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Diego Simeone Talks Up Move To Inter Milan

DIEGO-SIMEONEAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone deliberately opened up a can of worms on Monday saying that “everyone knows I’ll Coach Inter one day” but “there’s nothing to comment on” right now.

Speculation that he Simeone could be moving to Inter took a new turn last week when his son, currently playing in Serie A for Genoa, told Spanish radio that

“I think that at some stage my father will sign for Inter.”

“At least I really hope he does.”

Speaking in Munich at the news conference ahead of Tuesday’s game at Bayern, the Colchoneros coach said that what his son had said was “nothing new, nor was it news.”

FA Cup Third-Round Draw

FA Cup and MeJaap Stam will make an emotional return to Manchester United next month after his Reading team were drawn at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round.

Stam was a cult hero in his three years at United, and the defensive rock of the 1999 Treble before he was sold to Lazio when Sir Alex Ferguson took issue with tapping-up claims in his autobiography.

Ferguson later admitted it was ‘a big mistake’ but the relationship was never healed.

After finishing his playing career and cutting his teeth in coaching roles in Holland at Zwolle and Ajax, 44-year-old Stam took charge of Reading in the summer and appears to have made an instant impact.

Fergie-HappyManchester United were so famous for scoring late goals to save a match or win a game that it was called Fergie Time. From Steve Bruce scoring the winner against Sheffield Wednesday, a goal that helped United win the innaugral Premier League in 1992/93 to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winner in the Champions League final in 1999, scoring late has been part of United’s DNA,

But not anymore. Now their record in the last few moments is the worst of any top-flight side, even if Marcus Rashford did score a stoppage-time winner away at Hull in August.

Mesut Ozil Aiming For Champions League Glory

ozil-goalArsenal star Arsenal Mesut Ozil feels that Arsenal can make history this season by winning the Champions League.

Ozil, who has been in fantastic form for the Gunners this season, reckons the club have been “unlucky” in recent draws for the knockout stages with Barcelona and Bayern among the clubs they’ve faced in previous years.

The Gunners haven’t got past the round of 16 since 2009 but Ozil is optimistic they can go all the way this season with the calibre of players in Arsene Wenger’s squad.

“I think we have been missing a bit of luck, in every sense,” Ozil told Marca.

mourinho-handcuffsJose Mourinho gave an ill-tempered press conference after Manchester United suffered a late equaliser against Everton, dismissing the opposition as a long-ball side, claiming to have missed key moments in the game and citing double standards in the media.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s finessed first-half finish, a long-range lob over the advancing Maarten Stekelenburg, looked to have settled the points, but Leighton Baines made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after a last-gasp trip from Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho’s post-match assessment was brief but withering.

Asked for his view of the penalty and then a crude first-half challenge that should have seen Marcos Rojo sent off, the Portuguese twice answered:

Klopp-KopLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to blow his top at his players after they twice relinquished two-goal leads to lose a seven-goal thriller at Bournemouth.

The Reds seemed to be cruising at half-time courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, and were 3-1 up midway through the second half, before three goals in the final 15 minutes saw the hosts run out 4-3 winners.

Klopp, who was admonished by referee Robert Madley in the second half, was barking orders in his usual fashion and also stormed out of his technical area to berate Mane at one point.

Antonio Conte v Pep GuardiolaAntonio Conte came out on top in his battle of wits with Pep Guardiola, even though Chelsea had to ride their luck before securing a 3-1 over Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad.

It means that the Italian kept his place at the top of the Premier League while Guardiola was left to reflect on his first home defeat since taking over in the summer and only his 11th home defeat in his career.

Here is a look at the decisions that each manager made on Saturday.

Team selection

Ramos Rescues Real Madrid Once More In Clasico

el-clasicoSergio Ramos does it again. With Barcelona seconds from a hard-fought Clasico win he rose to head in a Luka Modric free-kick on 90 minutes.

It was no more than Real Madrid deserved and it means they stay six points clear at the top with an unbeaten run that now stretches 33 games.

If it was typical Ramos to get a late leveller it had been classic Luis Suarez on 52 minutes when he put Barcelona ahead. Like a bumper car in the six-yard box he first bounced off Lucas Vazquez and then off Raphael Varane before heading Neymar’s free-kick past Keylor Navas to score.

Arsene Wenger Hails Special Alexis Sanchez

Alexis-AFCArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed talisman Alexis Sanchez following the Chilean international’s scintillating display against West Ham United.

Sanchez scored a hat-trick and set up Mesut Ozil for the opening goal of the game as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 win at the London Stadium.Wenger believes that Sanchez is a unique player and praised his work ethic.

“Alexis Sanchez – it took him a while mentally to get into the game, but he can always give you something special,” Wenger told BBC Sport.

“He’s a fighter and a classy player. You don’t find many players like him. He can always surprise you. He also has great technique as well.

best-player-nomineesInteresting move by FIFA who have named their contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona).

It is interesting because Messi was left off the final three shortlist for the UEFA 2015-16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. In his place, UEFA nominated Real Madrid star Gareth Bale instead.