Jurgen Klopp believes James Milner’s late penalty in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Fulham has kept them in the title race.
Klopp’s side lead the Premier League table heading into the international break after moving two points clear of Manchester City, who have played one fewer fixture, but having come so close to a damaging draw at Craven Cottage.
After the in-form Sadio Mane had given them a half-time lead, Milner, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker combined to gift former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel the chance to score Fulham’s equaliser. Read more... (367 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
Maurizio Sarri has admitted it will be ‘impossible’ for Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League if their shocking second half at Everton is consistently repeated.
The Chelsea head coach was left perplexed at the manner in which his team surrendered a position of strength at Goodison Park and disintegrated in the second 45 minutes, enabling the hosts to beat top six opposition for the first time in 26 attempts.
There was no sign of such an outcome during the first half, as Chelsea controlled the tempo, but the way in which they folded after Richarlison had opened the scoring left Sarri to openly question the mentality of his squad, who fluffed the opportunity to put pressure on their top-four rivals. Read more... (511 words, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
Manchester City will face Brighton in the semi-finals of this year’s FA Cup as Pep Guardiola’s quest for the quadruple marches on.
Brighton required penalties to see off Championship side Millwall on Sunday while Manchester City overcame a scare at Swansea to reach the last four.
The other semi-final will see Watford take on a Wolves side who overcame Manchester United in their quarter final on Saturday.
Both Manchester City and Brighton had to recover from two goal deficits to reach the last four.
Brighton somehow managed to squeeze through their last-eight tie with Millwall despite trailing 2-0 with less than three minutes of normal time remaining. Read more... (296 words, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
Manchester United are set to face a fresh fight to keep David de Gea after Zinedine Zidane returned as Real Madrid manager.
Zidane was reappointed as Real boss this week and will be looking to guide the club to further success after previously winning the Champions League three seasons in a row.
As reported by The Mirror, Zidane is a huge admirer of De Gea, who has frequently been linked with a move to The Bernabeu in the past.
United recently triggered an option to keep De Gea at the club until the summer of 2020, and are in talks with the Spaniard over a new £350,000-a-week deal. Read more... (322 words, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United had taken a ‘big step backwards’ as they crashed out of the FA Cup at Wolves on Saturday night.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota clinched a famous 2-1 win to put Wolves into the semis for the first time in 21 years at a jubilant Molineux.
But it inflicted a second defeat in a row on Solskjaer whose bubble is in danger of bursting after United’s best chance of a lifting a trophy under him this season disappeared.
‘It was a big step backwards,’ said the 46-year-old Norwegian, who suffered his first Premier League defeat at Arsenal last weekend. Read more... (627 words, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
Antoine Griezmann has reportedly started to regret his decision to turn down Barcelona in the summer and is hoping he can secure a move to the Nou Camp come the end of the season.
The French forward was strongly linked with the Catalan club but would go on to announce he was committing himself to Atletico Madrid in a documentary entitled ‘The Decision’, signing a new deal until 2023.
However, he now believes he made a mistake with Atletico exiting the Champions League and once again struggling to keep pace with Barca in the title race, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. Read more... (337 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Sevilla have confirmed that Monchi he has returned to become the club’s new sporting director.
Arsenal had been confident of appointing the Spaniard as their new technical director after he left his post at Roma earlier this month.
However, Monchi has rejected a three-year contract from Arsenal and instead agreed a deal to return to the club where he gained his formidable reputation.
Sevilla confirmed his appointment on Sunday with a post on social media, writing: ‘
Monchi has come home.’ Read more... (319 words, estimated 1:17 mins reading time)
Manchester City will be banned from making signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership, according to reports.
The club are already being investigated by the Football Association and Premier League for allegations related to youth transfers and financial fair play rules, with the latter also being looked at by European football’s governing body UEFA. That investigation could result in City being banned from the Champions League. Read more... (472 words, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
The Champions League quarter-final draw threw up some mouthwatering clashes with Tottenham and Manchester City to do battle and Manchester United to take on Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates will play Ajax, who eliminated Real Madrid in the previous round, while Liverpool will be relieved to have drawn Porto for a place in the semi-finals.
The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.
United will play the first leg of their tie at Old Trafford because both they and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening. Read more... (617 words, estimated 2:28 mins reading time)
Chelsea and Arsenal have both avoided each other in the Europa League quarter-final draw with the Gunners being handed a tough last eight clash with Napoli.
Maurizio Sarri’s side, who are still unbeaten in this season’s competition, were awarded a favourable tie against Slavia Prague at the ceremony in Nyon.
There will be an all Spanish quarter-final draw against Villarreal and Valencia while Benfica and Frankfurt will go head to head for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
The first legs will be played on April 11, with the second legs on April 18. Read more... (354 words, estimated 1:25 mins reading time)