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Inter Actually Going Backwards Under Mancini

Despite bringing a renewed optimism to the club, and bringing in some quality players, the second coming of Roberto Mancini at Inter is not going according to plan as the Nerazzurri have struggled under their new boss.

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Consecutive league games without a goal are suggestive of a team that is struggling to create. New signing Lukas Podolski looks like a player who has barley played all season, while Xherdan Shaqiri doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs yet. Add in a drop in form for Mateo Kovačić and it is clear why Inter are unable to break down teams.

PogbaThe agent for Paul Pogba believes that his client will leave Juventus within 18 months and could even be sold in the summer. But Pogba’s agent has warned that the midfielder will only be available for a fee in excess of £80million.

‘If Paul leaves Juventus, it is for the absolute top. If it does not happen this year, it will be next year,’ said Mino Raiola, who also looks after Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
‘Paul is at the same level economically as the other big stars and has a similar reputation, so he could stay for another year.

Barça knock out nine-man Atleti out of cup

suarez-neymar-messiBarcelona came from a goal down to defeat nine-man Atletico Madrid 3-2 in an ill-tempered Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barcelona led 1-0 from the first leg, but that lead was wiped out within a minute of the kickoff when Fernando Torres repeated the same feat he achieved in the previous round versus Real Madrid – scoring inside the first minute, with a goal on 41 seconds against Barcelona to even the aggregate 1-1.

But Barça were back on level terms within ten minutes when Lionel Messi linked up with Luis Suarez to put Neymar through and the Brazilian gave Barca a valuable away goal.

capitalonecupTwo moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Eriksen’s sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino’s team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as many minutes from 18-year-old substitute Che Adams levelled the tie overall. But a calm finish from Eriksen with three minutes left meant the English Premier League side prevailed without the need for extra-time.

Jozy AltidoeDespite leading Chile 2-1 at halftime courtesy of goals from Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore, Jurgen Klinsman’s side continued its disappointing habit of fading in the second half as they 3-2 in Chile on Wednesday.

In their last five games the Americans have gone into halftime with four leads, and were drawing the other one. They did not win any of those games, losing three and drawing two. Since beating Ghana in their World Cup opener last June the US has won only once in their nine matches (1-5-3). Those are not good trends Jurgen!

bale-trophyStrong words from Real Madrid star Gareth Bale who says he is happy in the Spanish capital and insists he has no thoughts of leaving the European champions any time soon. The Welsh attacker has scored ten goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season, is under contract until June 2019.

Bale has been strongly linked in recent weeks with a move to Manchester United. However, the 25-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser:

“I don’t see myself at Manchester United.

Spanish Authorities Cave On Ronaldo Suspension

ronaldo-red-cardIn an unbelievable decision, Spain‘s football’s disciplinary committee on Wednesday only suspended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for two-matches instead of three following his red card in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Cordoba on Saturday.

Ronaldo was sent off for kicking Cordoba’s Edimar Fraga, while his punch at another Cordoba earlier in the match went unpunished.

As a result, Ronaldo will miss the home games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla, but more importantly, he will be available for the Madrid derby against Atletico.

After the game Ronaldo used Twitter to apologise to Crespo saying:

costa-stampsIn what is not a surprise to anyone but Jose Mourinho, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged by the FA with violent conduct after his first half stamp on Liverpool‘s Emre Can after referee Michael Oliver admitted he did not see the incident.

The FA statement read:

“Diego Costa has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Chelsea forward and Liverpool’s Emre Can which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge last night.

neymarIt looks like Barcelona is in the market for a new kit deal after saying that they are reviewing are their current deal with Qatar die to the worsening ‘social and political’ situation in the Gulf State.

Speaking to RAC1, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that a change in the ‘social and political’ situation in Qatar has caused the club to reconsider.

‘We will look at other options – we are obliged to do that,’ he said.

‘It ends in 2016. We are sensitive to the current situation in Qatar, which has changed since four years ago. Now there are social and political aspects which were not there when we signed.

Ivanovic Goal Sends Chelsea To Wembley

Ivanovic-goalBranislav Ivanovic’s header in the fourth minute of extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final as Jose Mourinho’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The defender’s goal gave Jose Mourinho’s side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a 1 March final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United and cutting off one of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s paths to a golden send-off before his departure for the Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

The biggest winner on the night might be Manchester City who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. How much did Tuesday’s gruelling encounter take out of the Premier League leaders.