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9/28/2019

Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Lampard surprised Leeds won FIFA's Fair Play award
Frank Lampard admitted he was stunned to see Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds win the FIFA Fair Play Award despite the 'Spygate' scandal that rocked the Championship club.

Leeds boss Bielsa and his club were recognised at the world governing body's annual award ceremony in Milan for allowing Aston Villa to score an uncontested goal during a second tier match last season.
However, Leeds were also fined £200,000 and given a severe reprimand by the English Football League last term after Bielsa sent a member of his staff to spy on a Derby training session.
Chelsea boss Lampard, who was Derby manager at the time of Leeds' undercover operation in January, branded the Fair Play decision "strange".
Asked on Friday if he choked on his breakfast cereal when he heard the news, Lampard replied: "I did smile. Do we know who votes for these things?
"What happened with Spygate was very well documented, and then they got fined, the rules changed slightly because of it. I felt it was improper.
"To get a fair play award off the back of that is. I thought it was irony at first.
"It was a strange decision for them to win that. I think everyone had the same reaction (to the fair play award), to be fair, because a lot of news was put to Spygate.
"And I think quite rightly so and it got dealt with in the right way, so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year then I don't think it's right."
In April, Leeds allowed Villa to walk the ball into their net at Elland Road.
Angry scenes had broken out minutes earlier after Leeds looked set to stop play because of an injury to Jonathan Kodjia before playing on and scoring through Mateusz Klich.
But Lampard didn't think that was enough to justify the FIFA prize.
"It was quite right that they give Villa the opportunity to score, quite right to level out the balance of what had happened," he added.
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Guardiola struggles with strikers
Keeping strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy is proving a challenge for Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits it is almost impossible to keep strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both happy.
Guardiola's preferred system has space for just one out-and-out striker which means he regularly has to leave one of Aguero or Jesus on the bench.
Ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park, Argentina forward Aguero has eight goals in six Premier League outings.
Brazil international Jesus has netted three goals in five appearances with one each in the Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup.
Despite the obvious quality of both players, Guardiola suggested he is loath to revert to a different formation which means one - most likely Jesus - looks likely miss out against the Toffees.
Guardiola said: "Both guys are incredible. It's difficult for me. I try to move them and play both.
"Never any player will be happy if they don't play regularly. He plays he will happy, he does not play he will not be happy. 
"But I try to let them both play as much as possible. Sometimes when they're injured, Gabriel or Sergio, the other one plays.
"In some games Gabriel gives me something Sergio cannot give us. And the other games, Sergio gives us what Gabriel cannot. That is the quality.
"Normally I don't play with two strikers. I played with two against Norwich, in the last minutes, and it wasn't good. Our control isn't the best, we're not solid enough."
Guardiola acknowledged he has to handle the striking dilemma sensitively, especially when both players are fit and in good form, and often finds himself apologising to one of the pair.
"They're upset if they don't play, of course," he added.
"You play a Champions League game, a semi-final or a quarter-final, and they are fit and they are strong. 
"They want to play, and the manager says, 'You don't play'. How can they be happy? It's impossible. All I can say with the players is I'm sorry - I have to choose 11. 
"Sergio could have scored five goals against Watford. Gabriel the last game against Preston could have scored three or four. 
"We have many, many games, four competitions and of course everyone is necessary".
Meanwhile, Guardiola dismissed suggestions of strained relations between himself and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The 28-year-old was left on the bench for City's 3-2 defeat at Norwich and responded with a commanding display in their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.
Guardiola said in the aftermath of the win over the Hornets he was "frustrated" with aspects of De Bruyne's game but subsequently dismissed any notion the player had an attitude problem.
"When he's happy, his performance is incredible," Guardiola said. 
"Like when I do my job, I'm happier so my job I do it better. I communicate better to my players. 
"Sometimes I'm a bit down, I speak few words because not all the days I'm good. Sometimes I'm a little bit sad. It happens to me, it happens to you."
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
'Hudson-Odoi must follow Sterling'
Callum Hudson-Odoi should follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to use Raheem Sterling as a role model to aid his development.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, re-signed with the Premier League club earlier this month, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until 2024.
A two-time England international, the attacker scored five goals last season and netted in Wednesday's thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.
Lampard wants the teenager to follow in the footsteps of Sterling, who has developed into a star for England and Manchester City.
"I know Callum's talent and he has got huge talent, hence why the club were so keen to get him signed up. We're all delighted with that, but there's a lot of work for Callum to do, lots of work," he told UK newspapers.
"You can look around and look at fantastic examples and not even at this club.
"I don't like to talk about other club's players but Raheem Sterling is an incredible example of a player with great talent, whose work ethic added to that talent and improvement in a short period of time through absolute dedication, has seen him become a complete player, who we are all wowed by.
"He is a great model for Callum because Callum has those talents. I want him to be the absolute best because he has the potential to do that and some of it is about hard truths and I saw some hard truths in the game the other day – ways that he can improve.
"He needs to listen to them and he will. Then he can be that player for us."
Sitting 11th in the Premier League, Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
A trident to stamp out the crisis. AFP/EFE
Barcelona is gearing up for a game that could potentially make or break the season against Getafe this Saturday. The Catalans need to impose their strength and prove once and for all that their latest poor performances away from home were the exception and not the rule. Now facing another injury from team star Lionel Messi, Ernesto Valverde will put his Griezmann, Suarez and Dembele trident to the test in the hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis.

Enersto Valverde's tough start to the season has seen him face harsh criticism for Barcelona's away form. Indeed, Barcelona has at times looked like a mere shadow of the team that just last season had been pinned to win the treble. 
The Catalans are their usual imposing selves when at the Camp Nou, but as soon as they leave the Camp Nou, Valverde's men lose their ability to perform as a well-jointed team. 
Losses against Atlethic Bilbao and Granada, as well as a draw against Osasuna - all games which Barcelona was expected to win, and do so comfortably - have meant that the pressure is mounting for a team that needs to react accordingly this weekend. 
Barcelona's rival Getafe is no easy team, especially when at home in the Alfonso Perez Coliseum, but the desperate need for a win means Barcelona should do everything to stay afloat. 
Anything other than adding the three points will amplify a crisis that is already of considerable size. For this reason, Valverde will undoubtedly do everything in his power to avoid this, including forming a new trident with some of Barcelona's biggest names. 
According to 'Sport', the Blaugrana coach will come out to Getafe with an offensive trio formed by Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Dembele in the absence of Leo Messi and Ansu Fati.
The three players will also seek to vindicate themselves on a personal level, as they all their personal reasons for wanting to succeed and please the fans. 
The former Atletico Madrid player wants to remove the bad taste from fans' mouths after less than impressive performances in Granada and Dortmund (in the Champions League) and show that he can lead Barça in the absence of their biggest star. 
For his part, Luis Suarez wants those whistles received in the last duel against Villarreal to disappear, which will only happen if the Uruguayan recovers his best form. 
Meanwhile, 'Dembouz' will try to make it clear that his good performance in the few minutes awarded against Villarreal as a replacement for Messi were not the exception but the norm and that, when healthy, he is an essential footballer in the team.
The 'gsd'. Or the 'dsg'. In short, a trio of circumstances that must lead Barcelona to put an end to a long ordeal away from home.
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE
Zidane before the media on the evn of Madrid's game v Osasuna. EFE

Zinedine Zidane appeared before the media on the eve of the visit to Osasuna. The Real Madrid coach highlighted the attitude of his players against Sevilla, but did not want to concentrate on the win.

"Solidity is the key to success. Beyond the game in Seville, what stands out is that we play as a team. To win games you have to play like this. There are no easy games. When you are together you can fight better. We have to continue in this line," said the coach in the press room of the Ciudad Real Madrid.
In this sense, Zinedine Zidane stressed the difficulty of La Liga: "I don't know how many teams there are to win. It costs a lot to win games. In this league everything can happen. La Liga is very good. To beat all the teams you have to demand it. "
In regards to the injuries, the Frenchman commented: "I am not worried, but it's annoying. I don't want players injured, but it's a part of football that we don't control very well. Those who work here are very good, but you have to accept from time to time that an injury can happen. The calendar with many matches also affects it".
"Our preparation has not changed much. All physical trainers think of the team and are great professionals. What happens next, everyone thinks. What I have to say is that we need a little respect for them. We work very well in preseason, but many factors come into play with injuries," he added.
Meanwhile, Zidane was on the fence regarding Leo Messi's FIFA award: "If I think the 'The Best' is fair? I neither saw it nor found out. I'm glad for my players. I'm not going to tell you if I think they deserve it or not, but when a player is good he always is, for a lifetime".
In addition, the French coach does not fear media noise or the word 'crisis': "It is always like this and will continue like this. What happened, happened. The next game is the important one. What moves me is what happens Wednesday. We have to play a great game, with the same attitude and intensity".
"Football is like this. When I lose, I am out; when I win, I can stay. The game against Osasuna is the only thing that interests me right now. I feel strong. Same as a month ago. I try to give my best, like when I was a player. It is in the difficult times that you learn a lot" he added.
Also, the Real Madrid coach did not want to assess the problems of FC Barcelona: "We can lose ourselves, everyone... The most important thing is that my players give it their all. If you lose giving it everything, then nothing happens. You can only win one, but you have to give everything," he added.

9/07/2019

Neymar surprised me – Tite
Neymar surprised me – Tite
Neymar scored and provided an assist in Brazil's draw with Colombia, and coach Tite hailed his "real relationship" with the forward.

Brazil coach Tite admitted Neymar's performance in the 2-2 draw with Colombia surprised him as he revealed he has a "relationship of truth and loyalty" with the unsettled forward.
After a move from Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona failed to materialise in the transfer window, fit-again Neymar played for the first time in three months in Brazil's friendly at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.
He made an impact 19 minutes into the game when his corner teed up Casemiro to give Brazil the lead and, though Colombia turned the game on its head with two goals in nine first-half minutes, Neymar side-footed an equaliser into the net after the break.
Tite said he considered substituting the 27-year-old but instead allowed him to play the full 90 minutes, having been impressed with Neymar's display.
"I said, 'I'll take him off' for the sake of physical preservation," Tite told reporters after the game.
"But I saw that his physical responses were strong, intense, and coordinated. I could see him growing.
"As the end of the game approached he produced more and more. He keeps his technique light and creates space. He was above my expectation."
Jogo entre sul-americanos é sempre disputado! As melhores do confronto desta noite! 
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has yet to include Neymar in any of his four matchday squads in Ligue 1 this season, but Tite gave a glowing assessment of the forward's condition.
"We talked yesterday about monitoring the performance of Neymar from 45 minutes," he said. "A player starts thinking and cannot perform [when fatigued]. But he was thinking and performing. It surprised me."
After scoring Brazil's second goal, Neymar wrapped his arms around the Brazil coach, who said the pair enjoy a strong working relationship at a time when the forward's career is in a tumultuous phase.
"It is a reaction of true loyalty," said Tite. "We have a relationship of truth and loyalty. We say what we think is right, what is wrong.
"It is a transparent relationship. I don't analyse other facts, other situations. But I can say that we have a real relationship."
SOURCE : BESOCCER

Rumours: Man City eye Skriniar
Rumours: Man City eye Skriniar
We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Saturday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

With Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines, Manchester City are looking for reinforcements.
Laporte's knee injury has left City with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as their only recognised centre-backs.
Could a star defender from Serie A be the answer in January?
Pep Guardiola wants defensive reinforcements in January and Manchester City are set to target Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to CalcioMercato.
Aymeric Laporte is set for a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, depleting City's options as they eye a third consecutive Premier League title.
Manchester City will move to sign Inter star Milan Skriniar in January, reports Calciomercato
Inter star Skriniar has emerged as an option for City, though the Italian side are not keen on losing the 24-year-old – who was linked to Manchester United in the off-season.
ROUND-UP
- Sport reports Real Madrid will try to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe at the end of the season. Madrid were linked with Neymar prior to the transfer deadline but now appear set to target his PSG team-mate.
- According to Aksam, Liverpool will monitor the form of Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir throughout the season.
- Tuttomercatoweb says Napoli are ready to re-sign Arkadiusz MilikPiotr Zielinski and Nikola Maksimovic, while a contract extension for Gianluigi Donnarumma is AC Milan's priority.
Juventus sound out Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen for free transfer swoop with Inter Milan also interested in signing Belgian star defender
- Former AC Milan forward Jeremy Menez wants to return to Serie A via Sampdoria, according to CalcioMercato. The 32-year-old former France international is a free agent after leaving Mexican side Club America.
- Serie A champions Juventus are eyeing a double swoop for Tottenham stars Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, says the Daily Mail. Eriksen and Alderweireld are set to become free agents at the end of the season and Inter are also reportedly monitoring the situation.
- Valencia are determined to tie down Carlos Soler and Ferran Torres to new deals, reports SuperDeportes.
SOURCE : BESOCCER


Report: Costa Rica 1-2 Uruguay
Report: Costa Rica 1-2 Uruguay
Jonathan Rodriguez came off the bench and netted a last-gasp winner for visiting Uruguay against Costa Rica.

Jonathan Rodriguez scored a 90th-minute winner as Uruguay beat Costa Rica 2-1 in their international friendly on Friday.
Celso Borges thought he had earned a draw for Costa Rica in the 48th minute after cancelling out Giorgian De Arrascaeta's first-half penalty in San Jose.
However, Rodriguez came off the bench and netted a last-gasp winner for visiting Uruguay – who were playing in the absence of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani – at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.
There was a new face in the dugout for Costa Rica following Gustavo Matosas' shock resignation due to boredom.
After less than a year in the job, Argentine-born Uruguayan Matosas told a news conference on Wednesday: "I didn't know being a national team manager was so boring. I don't regret it and I don't leave frustrated because I gave my best. I won't manage a national team again. I can't only have the players every two months. It's not for me."
It was initially thought Matosas would take charge of Friday's friendly, however, interim boss Douglas Sequeira oversaw proceedings.
Borges' stunning free-kick three minutes into the second half gave Costa Rica something to celebrate after De Arrascaeta had converted a penalty three minutes prior to the interval.
However, Sequeira watched Costa Rica crash to their third consecutive defeat following Rodriguez's powerful low strike at the death.
SOURCE : BESOCCER 

Mexico dominates USA 3-0 in rematch of Gold Cup final. AFP
Mexico dominates USA 3-0 in rematch of Gold Cup final. AFP
Erick Gutierrez and Uriel Antuna scored second-half goals as Mexico routed the United States 3-0 on Friday in a rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

PSV Eindhoven's Gutierrez and Antuna scored just four minutes apart as Mexico posted their biggest win over the US since 2009 in a regional rivalry that has become one-sided of late.
Mexico, who are ranked 12th in the world, have now won five of the last six contests between the countries including a 1-0 victory in their last game, the Gold Cup final on July 7.
Mexico’s 31-player roster included all 23 players that were part of the 2019 Gold Cup-winning squad, while the US had 15 players from their runner-up squad.
Mexico did a good job of pressuring the US defence in their own end, forcing turnovers and creating scoring chances.
"We need to be smarter with some plays we make," said US midfielder Wil Trapp. "They press well and at times we were naive how we played the ball out. The connections weren't there."
There were so many fans in green and red among the throng of 47,900 at MetLife Stadium that it sounded like the game was being played in Azteca Stadium instead of the state of New Jersey.
Sevilla FC forward Javier Hernandez opened the scoring by heading home a Jesus "TecatitoCorona pass in the 21st minute.
Corona undressed US defender Sergino Dest with a slick between-the-legs move and then crossed it to the middle of the box where Hernandez headed it home.
The US had a couple of scoring chances in the first half, sparked by a number of strong rushes from Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, who was their best player early on.
Tempers flared in the 56th minute when Alfredo Morales of the US and Mexico's Hector Herrera tangled at midfield.
Herrera came halfway across the field during a pause in play to slap Morales in the throat. Morales pushed his hand away as players from both teams joined the fracas. No punches were thrown and no one was injured.
Gutierrez made it 2-0 in the 78th minute with a left-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Gutierrez scored after US goalkeeper Zac Steffen misplayed a short pass to one of his defenders in front of goal.
Just four minutes later, Antuna finished off a nice passing sequence with Napoli's Hirving "ChuckyLozano with a blast from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Josh Sargent had the best chance of the game to score for the Americans in the 87th minute. But he was stopped on a penalty kick by goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco, who guessed right on Sargent's blast to the bottom left corner.
Morales also hit the post in the 80th minute.
SOURCE : BESOCCER

Neymar snags equalizer in return as Brazil draw Colombia 2-2 in friendly. AFP
Neymar snags equalizer in return as Brazil draw Colombia 2-2 in friendly. AFP
Neymar didn't disappoint in his much anticipated return Friday, grabbing a second-half equalizer for Brazil in a 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia on Friday.

The Paris Saint-Germain star was playing for the first time for club or country since suffering an ankle injury in a friendly against Qatar in June, which ruled him out of the Copa America.
Since then the Brazilian star had been embroiled in a long-running transfer saga that ended this week with the Brazilian staying at PSG -- a return to Barcelona finally ruled out.
Before a sell-out crowd of 65,232 at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, Neymar delivered for Brazil, scoring the equalizer in the 58th after setting up Casemiro for the game's opening goal in the 20th minute.
Colombia were lacking top stars James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, but thanks to Luis Muriel's brace they gave Copa America champions Brazil a fright before Neymar rode to the rescue and Tite's men extended their unbeaten run.
Although Neymar made a quiet start, it was his cross from a corner that found a soaring Casemiro, who nodded past helpless Colombian keeper David Ospina to open the scoring.
The lead didn't last long as Luis Muriel converted from the spot in the 25th after taking a high kick from Alex Sandro.
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Less than 10 minutes later Muriel fired Colombia ahead 2-1. Roger Martinez launched the counter-attack and Duvan Zapata played a ball out wide to Muriel, who blasted past Ederson.
Brazil almost pulled level seven minutes into the second half but Philippe Coutinho's attempt went wide.
Coutinho was key to Brazil's 58th-minute equalizer, finding Dani Alvez from the halfway line. Alvez's cross found Neymar, who was in the right place to slot a side-footed shot into an empty net.
The draw extended Brazil's unbeaten run to 17 matches, a streak that dates back to their 2018 World Cup elimination by Belgium.
Neymar notched his 61st international goal, put him one behind Ronaldo, who sits second on Brazil's all-time list headed by Pele's 77.
Both countries will be back in action on Wednesday, with Brazil hosting Peru in a Copa America final rematch in Los Angeles and Colombia taking on Venezuela in Tampa, Florida.
SOURCE : BESOCCER