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WEEKLY NEWS ROUND-UP (25th – 29th September, 2017)

WEEKLY NEWS ROUND-UP (25th – 29th September, 2017)

Monday, 25th September 2017

KLOPP ADMITS LIVERPOOL HAVE LACKED DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY.
Klopp Expresses Concern About Liverpool’s Sloppy Defence. Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool’s ongoing defensive struggles this season have been “really hard” for him.
The Reds have conceded 11 goals in six Premier League games – only Crystal Palace, West Ham and Leicester City have conceded more – while scoring 12.

MARCO ASENSIO RISES FROM REAL MADRID’S STANDS TO TEAM’S STAR PLAYER
Marco Asensio was one of the players left out of coach Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid squad travelling to face Borussia Dortmund in September 2016, despite scoring in the European Super Cup against Sevilla and in the first LaLiga game with Real Sociedad.
It was not something unusual at the time and yet a year later it is a very different story thanks to his impressive form at the end of the last campaign with key goals in the Champions League which he has followed on into this season including goals against Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana.

ANCELOTTI SAID PSG NEW SIGNINGS NEYMAR AND MBAPPE NEED TIME TO SETTLE
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Paris Saint-Germain are still searching for an identity after signing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
PSG spent a world-record fee of €222 million on Brazil star Neymar and then brought in Mbappe – the star of Monaco’s Ligue 1 title triumph last term – on a season-long loan, with an expensive permanent transfer to follow next year.
But former PSG coach Ancelotti, who returns to Parc des Princes in the Champions League on Wednesday, believes the French club need to give the new signings time to settle, despite their quality.

BREAKING!! NAPOLI STRIKER MILIK WOULD BE OUT FOR MONTHS DUE TO KNEE SURGERY
Arkadiusz Milik will again be sidelined for a large chunk of Napoli’s season after the Poland star underwent knee a knee operation. Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is set for an absence of around four months after undergoing knee surgery for the second time in as many seasons.

Tuesday, 26th September 2017

KYLE WALKER CONFIDENT OF MANCHESTER CITY UNDER PEP GUARDIOLA
Manchester City does not fear any other team, with the combination of an in-form attack and clean sheets giving Kyle Walker huge confidence. Manchester City does not fear any other team, with the combination of an in-form attack and clean sheets giving Kyle Walker huge confidence.

BALLON D’OR CRISTIANO RONALDO IS BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S BIGGEST THREAT
No player can be said to love the Champions League more than Cristiano Ronaldo, and Borussia Dortmund have every right to be afraid of the Ballon d’Or holder when he takes on the yellow wall on Tuesday night.
With a brace against APOEL already to his name in this year’s competition, Ronaldo travels to Germany on a run of 12 goals in his last six matches, including hat-tricks against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich in last season’s knockouts before two goals in the final versus Juventus.

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MOURINHO GLAD ON ESCAPING BAN: ”THERE WERE NO REASONS FOR THE SENDING OFF”
Jose Mourinho has expressed his relief after avoiding a suspension following his sending off at Southampton. The Manchester United boss is in Russia for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow and was asked about the FA’s decision not to take further action for being sent to the stands near the end of Saturday’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s.

ON TENNIS: NADAL AND FEDERER TEAM UP TO FORM A LEGENDARY DOUBLES PAIR
Nadal and Federer team up to form a legendary doubles pair
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been great rivals over the years, but the top two players in the world were on the same side of the court this weekend, representing Europe in the Laver Cup.

Wednesday, 27th September 2016

“MANCHESTER CITY’S DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY IS A CREDIT TO GOALKEEPER EDERSON” – STONES
Ederson has not conceded a goal in over a month and team-mate John Stones has praised the goalkeeper’s start to life at Manchester City.
Manchester City’s defensive solidity is a credit to goalkeeper Ederson, according to centre-back John Stones.
City have kept five clean sheets this season after seeing off Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, with the Brazilian – who arrived from Benfica for £35million in June – having not conceded a goal since a 2-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth on August 26.

WEST HAM AND TOTTENHAM CHARGED BY FA AFTER PLAYER CLASH
West Ham and Tottenham have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during last Saturday’s derby at London Stadium. The players clashed in the 95th minute after referee Michael Oliver had awarded a free-kick to Spurs, with Andy Carroll adjudged to have fouled Fernando Llorente.

“I AM SURPRISED BY WHAT THE PUBLIC THINKS OF ME”- RONALDO
On a night when Real Madrid ended their winless run at Signal Iduna Park, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a memorable brace after two successive LaLiga matches without a goal and the Portuguese forward then took aim at his critics as he made clear he feels as though he needs to prove himself in every match. Suspension and poor domestic form have placed a dark cloud over Ronaldo’s 2017/18 season thus far, his only joy coming with the Portuguese national team during the September international break.

Thursday, 28th September 2017

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NEYMAR, CAVANI, AND MBAPPE MAKES DEFENDING DIFFICULT FOR RIVALS – VERRATTI
Paris Saint-Germain gave Europe a shocker with a 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. But Marco Verratti calmly believes much more is to come from Unai Emery’s side. Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar found the net as PSG riffed on Bayern’s recent pain to take a grip of Group B after following up a 5-0 win at Celtic with another excellent display.

I’M HERE TO DEFEND LIVERPOOL AND GIVE MY MAXIMUM” – COUTINHO
Philippe Coutinho insists he is fully focused on playing for Liverpool after failing to secure a summer move to Barcelona. The Brazil international handed in a transfer request but Liverpool rejected three bids from Barcelona, the final offer being worth up to £118m.

FAN KISSES MESSI’S LEFT BOOT IN LISBON, RONALDO’S FORMER HOME
The Estadio Jose Alvalade may have previously sung the praises of former Sporting CP player Cristiano Ronaldo, but that doesn’t mean there are no Lionel Messi fans in Lisbon. The talent in Messi’s feet is loved by football fans across the world – maybe just a little bit too much by some. One of them ran into the pitch in the final moments of Barcelona’s 1-0 victory on Wednesday night in order to hug the Argentine and kiss his boots.

Friday 29th September 2017

MANCHESTER CITY CONFIRMED AGUERO WAS INVOLVED IN A CAR CRASH
Manchester City has confirmed striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in the Netherlands on Thursday. Unverified claims on Friday morning said the 29-year-old fractured a rib after the taxi in which he was traveling in Amsterdam struck a pillar.
Dutch police told Sky Sports News that two people were injured and taken to the hospital, but would not confirm their names.

“WE HAVE REGAINED CONFIDENCE AND WANT TO WIN MANY TITLES” – ISCO
Despite a slow start to their LaLiga title defense, Isco believes Real Madrid never lost confidence and hopes his side can build on their comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday. Los Blancos currently trail league-leaders Barcelona by a whopping seven points but dismissed rumors of a crisis within a club by claiming their first ever victory at the Westfalenstadion in impressive fashion.

KNEE INJURY KNOCKS MESUT OZIL OUT OF GERMANY’S TWO WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Mesut Ozil will miss Germany’s final two World Cup qualifiers due to a knee injury, Joachim Low has confirmed. Leroy Sane and Jerome Boateng have been recalled by Joachim Low, but Mesut Ozil is missing as Germany look to seal their World Cup place in the final two qualifiers of Group C.

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