Daily Archives: September 23, 2016

Claudio Ranieri plays down rift with Mourinho ahead of clash

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says that Manchester United Jose Mourinho is a “fantastic person” and that their feud was “prehistoric”.

Both managers had their differences before as the defending English champions play Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Mourinho called Ranieri “a loser” after replacing him at Chelsea and also insulted him after moving to Inter Milan. The Portuguese also won the treble with Inter at the end of his three-year spell in 2010, while Ranieri was in charge of Juventus and Roma during that period.

He also criticised Ranieri’s command of English, said he was “almost 70” when he was 56 and again questioned whether he had the mentality to win titles.

However, Ranieri said that Mourinho is a “fantastic manager” and “[The issues] were a long time ago.”

“I love red wine, and if he offers I will go and drink it with him,” the Italian said.

Meanwhile, United ended a run of three defeats with a win at Northampton in the League Cup midweek, after which Mourinho called his critics “football Einsteins”.

Mourinho – who won his third and most recent Premier League title with Chelsea in 2015 – saw his team heavily criticised following defeat against Watford last weekend.

“We had a bad week,” he told MUTV. “I know that some football Einsteins, they tried to delete 16 years of my career and delete an unbelievable history of Manchester United and focus on a bad week and three bad results.”

“But that’s the new football – it’s full of Einsteins.”

“I can understand completely the disappointment for the fans with the last week, but I’m sure, back at home, they will be behind the team like they always are.”

Juventus tops Serie A again as Genoa holds Napoli

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Juventus bounced back from their derby defeat to Inter Milan by cruising to a 4-0 victory against Caligari to top the Serie A table once more.

Defender Daniele Rugani opened the scoring by reacting fast to tap in past Marco Storari after the keeper saved from Gonzalo Higuain’s volley.

Juve record-signing Higuain also got his name on the scoresheet in the 34th minute when he fired home the rebound after Marco Storari blocked Miralem Pjanic’s effort.

Former Barca Dani Alves added a third six minutes later with his first for Juve, lashing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after being picked out by a Pjanic corner.

After being forced to replace veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon at half time due to injury, Juve added to their tally in the 83rd minute when Luca Ceppitelli deflected the ball past Storari into his own net.

Their result lifted them to the helm of Serie A as previous leader Napoli was held by Genoa.

Higuain’s previous club could not find the net despite dominating possession and were left ruing two penalty appeals that were turned down.

Marek Hamsik struck the woodwork as Maurizio Sarri’s side were forced to settle for just a point away, with a foul on Arkadiusz Milik in the box and Lucas Ocampos’s handball going unpunished.

“We commanded the match for 85 minutes,” Sarri said after the game. “It does disappoint me that I am the one who always has to talk about it, but we should’ve had two penalties.”

Barcelona ‘don’t take care of Messi’ -Edgardo Bauza

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Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has criticised Barcelona for not taking care of Lionel Messi and doubted that he will be fit for his country’s World Cup qualifying fixtures next month.

Messi left the pitch injured in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, after of which the club reported that he has a torn right adductor and will be out for three weeks.

Bauza had been critical of Barcelona for playing Messi in four games in 12 days despite a groin injury in his other leg that plagued him earlier in the season.

“Barcelona always sends us messages saying that we must take care of Messi, but they don’t take care of him very well,” Bauza said. “It is strange that they make him play in all their matches.”

“We received the official report from Barcelona. To us, that seems strange because three weeks is not enough time to repair a torn adductor. We haven’t yet been able to speak with him, but we want to know how serious the injury is. Barcelona has made it more complicated for us.”

Bauza added that he would evaluate what changes he would make in Messi’s absence, as Argentina continues their World Cup qualifying campaign in Peru on October 6 and home against Paraguay five days later. However, Bauza does not expect Messi to be available during that period.

“I am envisioning the team without Messi because if Leo left the field it is because something happened,” Bauza said.

“He never goes out. Now the most important thing is that Messi gets better. After that, we shall see. I think that for the [November] matches against Brazil and Colombia, we will likely have him.”

“I am thinking that Messi is not going to be able to play in the qualifiers,” he said. “But we hope that it is nothing serious and that in three weeks he returns to action. But I am thinking about playing these matches without him.”

“Tactically, there isn’t much we could change without him. I have various options, which we will evaluate once we have all the players.”