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Ronald Koeman “disappointed” over Wayne Rooney drink-driving charge

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Everton coach Ronald Koeman said that he was “very disappointed” by the drink-driving charges against Wayne Rooney last week, but intends to use his striker against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.

“I like to have discipline in my team, on the pitch and off the pitch,” the Dutchman said. “I am very disappointed by this situation regarding Wayne. We spoke on Tuesday and the chairman, Bill Kenwright, has also spoken to Wayne about it.”

“In line with any disciplinary matter this will be dealt with internally at an appropriate time and that is all I have to say about the case. He will play this Saturday. If I see that Wayne is not in a physical or mental condition to play, then he won’t play.”

Rooney, 31, is is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 18 September, a day after he is expected to make his first return to Manchester United since rejoining Everton this summer.

Koeman was also pleased with the other transfer business that Everton has conducted in the summer window with the recruitment of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Nikola Vlasic as well as Rooney, although he did not deny his disappointment at not being able to bring in a new striker as a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Thus far in the season Rooney has scored two goals and provided one assist in seven games for the Toffees so far this season.

England manager Gareth Southgate had offer him a place in the international squad for games against Malta and Slovakia, but Rooney, who scored 53 times in 119 games for his country, decided to take the opportunity to end his international career instead.

Prediction:

Everton 0 — 2 Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool is not a selling club

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool is not a selling club and will not accept any bids for Philippe Coutinho after the club rejected an improved £90m offer for the Brazil playmaker.

Barca was rejected with their latest bid for the 25-year-old after having had an offer of £72m rejected last month and, speaking to Sky Germany, Klopp was adamant Liverpool are not a “selling club” but is committed to retaining their best players.

“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they offer in the end doesn’t matter,” he said.

“From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No price at which we are ready to give in. Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.”

“Today, no player on the planet is unsellable, but a transfer is also a question of timing and if you have the opportunity and the need to react to such a transfer.”

“Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react. But just because of one request of one club, we don’t have to think about that. We are not in that situation.”

It also remains that Liverpool is in prime position to keep Coutinho, especially with a five-year contract he signed only last season. The player himself had also not made any moves of indicating that he desires a change since the first bid was made, although he is expected to miss Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season at Watford on Saturday, owing to a back injury.

Prediction:

Watford 2-2 Liverpool

Buffon: young Monaco stars will “feel indestructible”

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Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon said that Monaco’s young stars will “feel indestructible” when both teams meet in the Champions League semi-final.

However, Buffon, 39, reserved that experience would be they key that will bring Juventus victory.

On the way to the semi-finals, Monaco stunned both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund to reach the last four with some vibrant attacking play.

“They have youth and the insouciance that comes with it,” Buffon said, “But I think over the two matches, 180 minutes, experience will play into our hands.”

“I remember when I was young having that feeling of being indestructible. Monaco are a daring team — they like to attack and they do it very well. Their coach has an attacking philosophy and their players have scored an avalanche of goals this season.”

Kylian Mbappe, 18, has a run of five goals for Monaco in four knockout matches against City and Dortmund, and the team have scored 95 goals in 34 league games so far. The Ligue 1 club are also on course for the French title, and will match their achievement of reaching the 2004 Champions League final if victorious over two legs against Juve.

On the other hand, Juventus themselves are nine points clear at the top of Serie A — a title they won for the past five years — and are hoping for a second Champions League final appearance in three years. They are also the only unbeaten team in this season’s Champions League (W7 D3) and have not conceded a goal for 531 minutes, the longest streak in the competition.

Team news:

Monaco might play midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko— possibly in a protective mask — despite breaking his nose.

Juventus are at full strength, although suspended midfielder Sami Khedira will be a definite absentee.

Prediction:

Monaco 2 — 2 Juventus

UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen

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Fernando Torres is set for a return to Atletico Madrid’s squad as Diego Simeone’s men prepare for their Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Torres missed out in action since Atletico’s match against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on March 2, in which the 32-year old lost consciousness to a heavy fall after an aerial battle.

Fortunately the striker was was released from hospital only 24 hours after he was admitted having suffered no serious injuries, and returned to full training on Monday. Atletico boss Diego Simeone had since confirmed that he is available for selection.

Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for the game after missing Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Granada with an abdominal injury, while captain Gabi and left-back Filipe Luis are suspended for the game.

Regardless, Atletico is in a strong position to reach the last eight for a fourth successive year after winning their last-16 first-leg tie with Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.Torres scored in that game.

History is at Atletico’s side as there were four occasions in which an away side scored 4+ goals in a Champions League Round of 16 1st leg — all four progressed to the last eight.

As for Bayer, new coach Tayfun Korkut will miss a lot of his regulars as Benjamin Henrichs and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu are suspended while Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Stefan Kiessling and captain Lars Bender are out injured.

The Bundesliga team will also be without 17-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz, who “has important exams at school” — as announced by Leverkusen through their Twitter account.

Prediction:

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen