Daily Archives: November 18, 2016

Wenger looks for first win against Mourinho in Old Trafford

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Arsene Wenger will be in search of his competitive victory against longtime rival Jose Mourinho as both managers meet in the Arsenal-Manchester United clash in Old Trafford.

Gunners manager Wenger also defended his record against the Portuguese manager, saying: “You know, we didn’t lose always. We have beaten them and there were many draws as well.”

“I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers.”

“It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.”

Wenger also revealed that Arsenal will continue to assess Alexis Sanchez’s condition.

Sanchez had started for Chile on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifier against qualifier despite suffering a hamstring problem earlier in the international break. The forward had scored two goals for Chile’s victory.

“I know him so well, like all my players that I observe every day, so I will be able to see if he was playing with a restriction or not. But the first goal he scored he ran from the halfway line and resisted two defenders – if you are really injured with a hamstring you cannot do that. It is a very difficult one because I am sure he will come back saying he is all right.”

However, Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin will be missing for four weeks because of an ankle injury, while Santi Cazorla remains out with an Achilles problem.

Manchester United is not that better off, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic serving a one-match ban, while Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney are all injury doubts.


Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

Griezmann joins Atletico full training, allays injury fears

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann eased fears over his fitness ahead of Saturday’s derby against Real Madrid by playing a full part in training on Thursday.

The Ballon d’Or nominee took no part of France’s 0-0 friendly draw against Ivory Coast this week after sustaining a blow to his left foot during last Les Blues’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying triumph over Sweden last Friday.

X-rays had confirmed Griezmann did not suffer a broken bone and Atletico defender Juanfran said that the 25-year-old was confident of being fit to play against Real Madrid.

It appears he will be as good as his word after joining Juanfran and his other team-mates for work with and without the ball on Thursday evening.

Griezmann has scored eight times in 14 appearances across all competitions for Atletico this season and netted the only goal as Diego Simeone’s men claimed a 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last season.

With Los Rojiblancos unbeaten in the clubs’ past six La Liga meetings, a defeat is unthinkable for Atletico in the face of what could be their last Madrid derby in Vincente Calderon.

Additionally, Real will be without key playmaker Toni Kroos and may also miss Casemiro and Pepe. Players returning, like Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric, did not see much action in recent weeks. On the other hand, Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco is in the form of his life after scoring eight goals in eight games for club and country, alongside Griezmann in Atletico’s formidable offense.


Atletico de Madrid (1) – (1) Real Madrid


Klopp confident of Coutinho stay in Liverpool

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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho’s future lies with the Merseyside club following speculation linking the playmaker with a move away.

Coutinho, 24, has helped the Reds rise to the top of the Premier League table, scoring five league goals and making five assists.

As his form prompted links to European Giants such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, Klopp asserts his belief that the Brazil international had found his place amongst Liverpool’s ranks.

“My opinion is that he fits really well here,” said Klopp. “We all hope and think his future is here at Liverpool. What everybody forgets about Phil is that he is still very young. At 24, he has a long way to go and lot of space for improvement.”

“He is now at the age where skills and mixture with experience give him more consistency. With the team-mates around, he is getting better and better. I’m sure he has only started so that’s all good.”


Klopp also stated that he was not concerned about the spending power of Europe’s biggest clubs tempting his players away from Anfield.

“At the end, it will not be money. If there is a club who can pay double what we pay then I bring the player there,” said the German manager.

“Who am I to say ‘no, don’t think about your family, kids, grandkids and all that stuff’. But I don’t know a lot of clubs in the world who can do this.”

“We have to create an atmosphere in and around the club where no-one wants to leave. At this moment, I am not worried about anything. The players like to be here. It is a job and our job that it stays like this.”

Liverpool have made their best start to a Premier League season since 2008-09, and now leads the Premier League table with 26 points and 30 goals after 11 games. They travel to Southampton on Saturday in their next Premier League outing.

However, they have several players in doubt for the game – with Coutinho and Adam Lallana awaiting examination following the international break.


Southampton (1) – (3) Liverpool