His form has been criticized by pundits in the media all season, but According to the CIES Football Observatory, Paul Pogba was one of the top midfielders this season.
Judged on categories like rigour, recovery, distribution, chance creation and take-ons, Pogba is one of the three highest ranked defensive central midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues.
He scored a 89 on their 100-point scale and therefore earned a place alongside Thiago Alcantara (rated 90) of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita (88.5) in central midfield.
There are considerably less surprising names in the line-up, such as Lionel Messi (93.5), who has been given a berth on the right. Read more... (350 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that the Gunners exited the Champions League “under special circumstances”, and would have beaten Bayern Munich if only first halves counted!
Really Arsene? It that what you really think as I cannot believe that you are that delusional.
Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season in February, losing 10-2 on aggregate toBayern.
But Wenger suggests that the Gunners lost “under special circumstances” – those apparently being that they would have gone through on aggregate had only first halves counted. Read more... (342 words, 1 image, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)
Jose Mourinho claims that “other clubs finishing in the top four” would like to trade places with Manchester United as they battle for Europa League glory.
United fell to a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham in the final game at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Mourinho has long since made it clear that the Premier League is not the club’s priority, and they can now now longer finish any higher than fifth in his first season.
The Portuguese has instead banked everything on Europa League glory, which would offer a route into the Champions League. Read more... (300 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
Jurgen Klopp enjoyed the “perfect afternoon” as Liverpool kept their Champions League destiny in their own hands by destroying West Ham at the London Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho scored twice after setting up the returning Daniel Sturridge for the opener, and Divock Origi put the seal on a thumping 4-0 victory.
Liverpool travelled to the capital knowing any slip-up could let Arsenal take the initiative in the race for a top-four finish, and faced a West Ham team who had dashed Tottenham’s even loftier ambitions just nine days earlier. Read more... (348 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
Arsene Wenger was pleased as Arsenal “kept a clean sheet again” in their 4-1 victory over Stoke.
The Gunners boosted their chances of finishing in the top four with victory over the Potters, which puts them one point behind Liverpool with just two games remaining.
Arsenal went 2-0 up via Olivier Giroud’s finish in the 42nd minute and Mesut Ozil’s in the 55th.
Stoke hit back though a controversial 67th-minute Peter Crouch effort, which saw him appear to divert the ball in with his arm, before goals from Alexis Sanchez in the 76th minute and Giroud 10 minutes from time wrapped things up for the visitors. Read more... (319 words, 1 image, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Italian sources continue to insist Antonio Conte has decided to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, and that he has already received offers from Inter Milan, Barcelona and another club.
The tactician celebrated last night with a 1-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion, mathematically securing the title at his first attempt.
Conte dodged questions on his future when speaking to the Italian media after that game.
“I hope to have many more situations like this,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“It has not been an easy year, as after finishing 10th to rediscover confidence and determination, becoming competitive again, that was the most important challenge. Read more... (329 words, 1 image, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Chelsea are once again Premier League champions, for the fifth time in the last 12 years after beating West Brom 1-0 on Friday thanks to a 82 minute winner from substitute Michy Batshuayi.
Still two games to play for Chelsea, but they can’t be caught now. They can still reach 93 points if they win their final two games and that would be the second-highest points total in Premier League history after Chelsea in 2004/05.
Afterwards manager Antonio Conte, who became the fourth manager to win the Premier League in his first season in charge, described winning the title he as “a great achievement” and hailed the sense of togetherness as Stamford Bridge throughout the memorable campaign. Read more... (429 words, 1 image, estimated 1:43 mins reading time)
Real Madrid winger James Rodriguez has been linked with a transfer away from Bernabeu for the last 12 months.
RCN radio are reporting that the player and his agent met with Florentino Perez this week regarding Rodriguez’s lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane
The 25-year-old Rodriguez has started only 12 games in La Liga this season has managed to rack up eight goals and six assists in 20 appearances.
According to the report on RCN radio, Perez assured the player that both parties will sit down at the end of this season and make a decision. Read more... (232 words, 1 image, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Real Madrid have joined Juventus in the final of the Champions League after disposing of city rivals Atletico thanks to a 4-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.
Atletico threatened to provide a stunning comeback with two early goals but Isco’s strike just before half-time left the hosts with too much to do as Zinedine Zidane’s side went through to contest their third final in four seasons.
Italian champions Juventus reached the final on Tuesday night with a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win over this season’s surprise package Monaco.
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Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s participation in the Audi Cup will be the perfect preparation for the 2017/18 season.
The Reds boss, who was beamed into the Munich launch of the competition by hologram from Melwood, is relishing the return to his homeland.
Liverpool will play two matches at the Allianz Arena on August 1 and 2. European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will also take part with AC Milan likely to complete the quartet. The Serie A outfit’s involvement currently depends on their Europa League qualifying commitments.
“With this tournament coming 12 or 14 days before our season starts it has very high relevance” said Klopp Read more... (272 words, 1 image, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)