Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona Players Sign Extensions With Lower Wages

Four senior Barcelona players have signed new contracts which include a temporary salary reduction because of the impact of coronavirus.

The signings is a big win for embattled Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu as they bat back criticism that he and the board have lost the dressing room. That Bartomeu was able to get Pique and ter Stegen to sign new deals with club is a big win for him.

Long-serving centre-back Gerard Pique, keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, defender Clement Lenglet and midfielder Frenkie de Jong have extended their deals.

Arsenal, Premier League

Arsenal Banish Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he feels he has “failed” with midfielder Mesut Ozil after leaving him out of his 25-man Premier League squad.

The German, who had also been omitted from the Europa League squad, can now only play for Arsenal Under-23s until his deal expires in summer 2021.

The 32-year-old, who joined Arsenal for a then club record £42.4m in 2013, has not played for the club since 7 March.

“My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair,” said Arteta.

Man Utd.

Manchester United Finances Hit Hard By COVID

Manchester United Old Trafford

Manchester United suffered a £70m drop in revenue in the period to 30 June 2020 as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

United’s overall revenue was down 18.8% from £627.1m to £509m, but part of this was due to the club not qualifying for last season’s Champions League. In last year’s statement, United had estimated revenues could reach £580m.

Overall, United made a net £18.9m profit in 2018-19 and a net £23.2m loss in the most recent financial year.

It was also confirmed within the results that the Glazers still took an additional £23.23m out of the club in the form of share dividends.

Liverpool, Premier League

Virgil van Dijk Ruled Out For Season

Vam dyke Liverpook

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was right to be concerned about Virgil van Dijk’s injury after the Merseyside derby as the defender has been ruled out for the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage.

The grade three tear that Van Dijk has suffered – which was revealed during a scan on Saturday night – will require surgery to be corrected but Liverpool do not have a date for when the operation will be performed. For that reason, they will not put a timeframe on his recovery program.

La Liga, Real Madrid

Zidane Offers ‘No Excuses’ After Real Madrid Lose To Cadiz

Zidane Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane admitted Real Madrid could have conceded two or three goals in a nightmare first-half display against Cadiz that contributed to their shock 1-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Liga new boys picked up their third win of the season at the expense of the reigning champions, going joint-top of the league in the process.

A single goal from Anthony Lozano after 16 minutes was enough to sink Zidane’s charges, who went into the weekend’s fixtures as sole leaders in Spain but now share the summit with Cadiz, Granada and Malaga.

Premier League, Man City

Guardiola Defends Aguero Over Touching Lineswoman

Aguero Touches Lineswoman

Pep Guardiola has defended Sergio Aguero after the striker was criticized for touching lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis during Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

Aguero found himself at the centre of controversy just before half-time at the Etihad Stadium after he took exception to Massey-Ellis signalling a throw-in for Arsenal, when the striker believed it should have been City’s ball.

The striker confronted Massey-Ellis and grabbed her by the shoulder near her neck, before his arm brushed across her back. Massey-Ellis reacted by swatting Aguero’s arm away from her.

The incident caused plenty of strong reactions, with many believing the veteran striker had touched Massey-Ellis in an inappropriate fashion.

Premier League, Man Utd.

Solskjaer Delighted After “Emphatic” Newcastle Win

Bruno Fernandes Manchester United

Manchester United scored three late goals at Newcastle to earn victory and help ease the misery inflicted by the heavy defeat against Tottenham.

It was an incredible final few minutes for a team who looked as if they had blown their chance of three points following Bruno Fernandes’ failure from the penalty spot in the 58th minute.

United needed a positive reaction following that 6-1 thumping by Spurs before the international break, but their hopes suffered a blow when Emil Krafth’s cross came off defender Luke Shaw and beat keeper David de Gea.

Serie A, Juventus

Piro Pleads For Patience At Juventus

Pirlo Juventus

Andrea Pirlo described Federico Chiesa as “naive” after he was sent off on his debut in Saturday’s 1-1 Serie A draw against Crotone.

Chiesa, who joined the champions on loan from Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, saw red on the hour mark for a late challenge on Luca Cigarini.

He had earlier set up Alvaro Morata for Juve’s leveller after Simy had given Crotone the lead from the penalty spot.

Adrien Rabiot was dismissed in the 2-2 draw with Roma on September 27, Juve’s last competitive game after they were handed a 3-0 win for Napoli’s no-show last time out, and Pirlo accepts his fledgling side’s over-enthusiasm might come back to haunt them on occasion.

AC Milan, Inter Milan, Rivalries, Serie A, Tickets

Ibrahimovic Stars In Milan Derby

MIlan Derby

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in three minutes as in-form AC Milan beat rivals Inter Milan to maintain their winning start to the Serie A season.

The 39-year-old tapped in to open the scoring after Samir Handanovic saved his penalty and made it two moments later from Rafael Leao’s smart cross.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Inter before the half-hour mark and was denied a penalty in the second half.

AC Milan held on to make it four wins from four and stay top of the table.

Liverpool, Premier League

Klopp Concerned As Virgil van Dijk Has A Suspected ACL Injury

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury is “not good”, says the champions’ manager Jurgen Klopp. Initial scans suggest that the Liverpool defender has suffered an ACL injury in today’s Merseyside derby and will need surgery. He is expected to be out a minimum 7-8 months

Van Dijk was hurt in a rash challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw.

The Netherlands defender, who is arguably the best center half in world football at the moment. could not continue and will have a scan, along with Thiago Alcantara, who also suffered a knee injury.