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Robben picks Anfield as his worst stadium ahead of Champions League return

February 18,2019 by ESPN

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has described Anfield as his worst stadium as he prepares to return to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday. Robben has some unhappy memories of Anfield, having suffered elimination from the Champions League twice with Chelsea, in 2005 and 2007, and with Real Madrid in 2009. I think, if you ask [about] the worst stadium for me, its probably ...

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Lee Johnson plays down half-time incident in Bristol City’s defeat to Wolves

February 18,2019 by PA

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson described a half-time tunnel incident as “a bit of handbags” following his team’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Wolves.There appeared to be friction and words exchanged between the respective coaching teams as the sides went off at Ashton Gate.And City’s assistant head coach Jamie McAllister was understood to have been cautioned by referee Martin...

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Tony Pulis praises Middlesbrough’s makeshift defence after win at Blackburn

February 18,2019 by PA

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis wants his side to be more ruthless but was pleased with the response to a defensive reshuffle in the 1-0 win at 10-man Blackburn.Boro kept their first clean sheet of 2019 in the absence of the injured Aden Flint and suspended Daniel Ayala, while fellow defender George Friend was forced off just after the hour mark.Britt Assombalonga’s 19th-minute close-range h...

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Rodgers excuses Brown’s red card as Celtic claim late Kilmarnock win

February 18,2019 by PA

Boss Brendan Rodgers excused Scott Brown’s red card at Kilmarnock which came after the Celtic skipper’s deflected 90th-minute strike gave his side a 1-0 win to see them move eight points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.Steve Clarke’s men gave as good they got until defender Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for a high challenge on Brown in the 75th minute.But – wi...

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Potter believes James could end up playing in Premier League

February 18,2019 by PA

Swansea boss Graham Potter believes Dan James is destined to play in the Premier League if he does end up leaving the Welsh club.James played a starring role as Swansea produced an astonishing second-half comeback to beat Brentford 4-1 and reach the last eight of the FA Cup.The Wales winger scored an incredible solo length-of-the-field goal – his run was measured at covering 84 yards in ju...

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Roy Hodgson praises Palace’s professional performance at Doncaster

February 18,2019 by PA

Roy Hodgson was pleased with the professionalism of his Crystal Palace side as they negotiated a potentially tricky FA Cup tie with Doncaster to reach the quarter-finals.Palace bookended the first half with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer as they secured a 2-0 away win in the fifth-round tie.“It was a very tough game,” Hodgson said.“We had prepared for a tough game. We...

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Inter 2 Sampdoria 1: Nainggolan salvages win in Icardis absence

February 18,2019 by Goal.com

Mauro Icardi had to watch from the stands as Inter were made to work for a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria, with Radja Nainggolan the hero.     Radja Nainggolan came to Inters rescue in Mauro Icardis absence to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday. Icardi, who was this week stripped of the captaincy amid ongoing speculation over his future, watched from th...

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Craig Levein admits Hearts’ defeat to Motherwell was emotional roller coaster

February 17,2019 by PA

Hearts manager Craig Levein admitted his emotions went from one extreme to the other after Colin Doyle’s stoppage-time blunder gifted Motherwell victory at Fir Park.The goalkeeper spilled David Turnbull’s 30-yard free-kick into his net in the third and final minute of time added on to hand the hosts a 2-1 win.Steven Naismith had levelled for Hearts before the break after Jake Hastie ...

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Santiago Solari retains hope of leading Real Madrid to LaLiga glory

February 17,2019 by PA

Santiago Solari insisted the title was not lost after his Real Madrid side slumped to a shock LaLiga loss to Girona on Sunday.Captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for the 25th time in his club career as Real surrendered a lead to go down 2-1 to the Catalan side at the Bernabeu.The defeat ended Real’s five-match winning run and left them third in the table, nine points behind leaders Barcelona...

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Wolves dig deep to eliminate in-form Bristol City

February 17,2019 by PA

Wolves booked a first FA Cup quarter-final appearance for 16 years after they ended Bristol City’s long unbeaten record with a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate.Midfielder Ivan Cavaleiro’s first-half finish brought City’s 15-match undefeated run and nine-match winning streak to a halt.The Championship club had their moments, but ultimately could have few complaints after they struggled to...

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Real Madrid 1 Girona 2: Stuani and Portu seal stunning comeback

February 17,2019 by Goal.com

Real Madrid had Sergio Ramos sent off as they slipped to a surprising 2-1 home defeat against struggling Girona in LaLiga on Sunday. Cristhian Stuani scored his 13th LaLiga goal of the season and Portu headed a famous winner as relegation-threatened Girona claimed a 2-1 comeback win away at Real Madrid. Santiago Solaris side looked on track for a sixth straight victory in the league follow...

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7M Daily Laugh - Lukaku is lurking!

February 17,2019 by 7M Sport

Watch out,  Lukaku is lurking! Martial and Lingard out for 2-3 weeks           We’ve all got that one friend         Marcelo         Hmmmm...         Congratulations Kylian Mbappe         They are signing everyone       True story &nb...

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Man Utd star Paul Pogba made phone call to Juventus in stunning exit attempt

February 17,2019 by Express.co.uk

Man Utd transfer news: Paul Pogba tried to return to Juventus in January (Image: GETTY) MANCHESTER UNITED star Paul Pogba made a phone call to Juventus in an attempt to engineer a move away from Old Trafford, according to reports. Manchester United star Pogba is wanted by Juventus, who would love to bring the France international back to Turin. The World Cup winner quit Old Trafford for Juven...

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Arsenal want Leverkusen star Kai Havertz to replace misfit Mesut Ozil

February 17,2019 by Thesun.co.uk

Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is wanted by Arsenal ARSENAL reportedly want Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz to replace Mesut Ozil. The 19-year-old has took the Bundesliga by storm this season and been compared to countyman Toni Kroos. His performances have caught the attention of both La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Now Calciomercato claim Arsenal are ready to make a move this su...

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Man Utd plotting world-record £90m summer swoop for Koulibaly

February 17,2019 by Thesun.co.uk

Kalidou Koulibaly could cost Man Utd £90million this summer MANCHESTER UNITED are planning a world record £90million summer swoop for defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent his top scout Jim Lawlor to watch the Napoli centre-half in last Saturday’s 0-0 Serie A draw at Fiorentina. United sources say Lawlor was impressed with the Senegal intern...

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Smalling: Man Utd confidence dipped under Mourinho and Solskjaer stay is a no-brainer

February 17,2019 by Goal.com

Chris Smalling admits that confidence at Manchester United “dipped” under Jose Mourinho and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a “no-brainer” to stay on as boss after delivering a reversal in fortune. The Red Devils endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign on the back of a frustrating summer transfer window, with reports of internal rifts and unhappy star men prov...

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Man Utd and PSG are £105m Joao Felixs biggest admirers: Transfer war to ensue

February 17,2019 by Dailystar.co.uk

Benfica talent Joao Felix is wanted by Champions League rivals Manchester United and PSG (Pic: GETTY) MANCHESTER UNITED are battling PSG for the teenage talent dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo - Joao Felix. The 19-year-old Benfica star is wanted by both European giants, having been tracked by a host of other clubs too. United and PSG are currently going head-to-head in the Champions League...

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Man Utd prepare to replace Romelu Lukaku with 2 Serie A top strikers

February 17,2019 by Dailystar.co.uk

Romelu Lukaku could be replaced by Mauro Icardi or Paulo Dybala at Manchester United (Pic: GETTY) MANCHESTER UNITED are prepared to offload £75m Romelu Lukaku this summer and hope to replace him with one of Serie As top talents. Discussions are understood to have already begun with Juventus and Inter Milan over Lukaku’s potential successor in attack. Juve forward Paulo Dybala has ...

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Arsenal emerge as shock contenders for Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt

February 17,2019 by Thesun.co.uk

Matthijs de Ligt has also been linked to a number of Europes biggest clubs ARSENAL are shock contenders for Ajax whizkid centre-back Matthijs De Ligt. The 19-year-old Dutch defender has worked with Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars and is a huge admirer of the Londoners. But Arsenal boss Unai Emery will have to boost his summer transfer budget by qualifying for the Champions ...

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