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02/18/2018 07:40 PM Reus return pays dividends for Dortmund Marco Reus has recovered from the latest in a long line of injuries, and propelled Dortmund back up into second place with a belter of a goal Sunday.
02/18/2018 02:07 PM Conte hopeful Chelsea can expose Barcelona’s defensive “weakness” Chelsea’s up-and-down 2017/18 season has proven to be significantly different from last year’s Premier League title-winning campaign, but the Blues are hopeful that they’ve found their form at the right time. Manager Antonio Conte and his club currently sit fourth in England’s top flight, and with a 19-point gap separating the Blues from leaders Manchester City, the Italian boss can turn his attention to the UEFA Champions League — which the competition picks back up for the London side on Tuesday. It won’t be an easy task though, with Spanish giants Barcelona eagerly waiting in the knockout phase.
02/17/2018 09:55 PM Mourinho: VAR calls must be “perfect; Wagner wants quicker decisions HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) Jose Mourinho called on the football authorities to start making video calls “perfect” after his Manchester United was denied a goal while beating Huddersfield 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday. Juan Mata‘s effort late in the first half was disallowed by the video assistant referee for his knee being offside. “It’s an experimental period,” Mourinho said.
02/18/2018 07:22 AM Liverpool's 30-goal hero Salah: There's more to come Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah warned there is more to come after reaching the 30-goal mark in his first season at Anfield. Salah arrived from Italian outfit Roma in the off-season and the Egypt international already has 30 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool. The 25-year-old forward, who is only one goal adrift of two-time reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane with 22 strikes this term, reached the mark during Liverpool's 5-0 rout of Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 fixture.
02/18/2018 02:10 PM Bayern’s Arjen Robben won’t rule out future in MLS A growing perception of life in Major League Soccer has helped the league secure some of the world’s biggest names, and a Bayern Munich star isn’t ruling out a move to the United States when his contract expires this summer. Arjen Robben has enjoyed a tremendous career in Europe, particularly in his nine-year career with Bayern, but now his time with the German giants could be nearing an end. In a recent interview with SportBuzzer, Robben stated that he has an idea of where he’ll end up, and hasn’t ruled out a move to MLS.
02/18/2018 06:33 PM Allegri proud of Juventus performance in Turin Derby Massimiliano Allegri praised his Juventus side after upping their performance to beat neighbours Torino in Sunday's Serie A derby clash.
02/17/2018 08:44 PM VAR: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says system must be perfect Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says the video assistant referee (VAR) system must be improved after his side had a goal ruled out in their 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield. The VAR disallowed a Juan Mata goal for offside, but it did not affect the outcome after Romelu Lukaku'a goals. "I'm familiar with what VAR is bringing that's good and bad," said Mourinho. "I think it's an experimental period. They have to get rid of the bad and make it perfect." Mata put the ball in the net just before half-time when he peeled away from the Huddersfield defence to meet Ashley Young's neat pass, rounded goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and slotted in from a tight angle. The midfielder was celebrating
02/17/2018 03:40 PM Arsene Wenger Praises Pep Guardiola, Admits He Nearly Joined Arsenal Arsene Wenger has revealed his respect for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, and says that he nearly signed the Spaniard for Arsenal when he was still playing. Guardiola is one of modern football's most successful managers, but he only retired from playing in 2006, a decade after Wenger had taken the reigns at Arsenal. Wenger admits that the Manchester City boss has done much better than he has in recent years, and confessed that he has great respect for the enterprising style of play employed by Guardiola throughout his managerial career.
02/18/2018 09:43 PM La Liga: Real Madrid win wild one, now just 17 points behind Barca A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Spain’s top flight…… [ MORE: Barcelona ties club-record 31-game unbeaten run ] Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid So long as they manage to hold off Sevilla for fourth place (Champions League qualification), Real Madrid
02/17/2018 06:00 PM Rodchenkov to AP: Russian footballers immune from drug bans Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov claims he helped soccer players in the country to avoid being caught doping after he followed government orders to ensure cheating was covered up. The former Russian anti-doping laboratory director told The Associated Press in response to questions through his lawyer that an instruction to avoid scandal came from Vitaly Mutko. Mutko is the former Russian sports minister who serves as deputy prime minster despite being at the center of the doping deception controversy exposed by Rodchenkov. The focus is sharpening on doping practices in Russian soccer with the World Cup kicking off in Moscow in four months. Rodchenkov says “Russian footballers were
02/18/2018 09:36 AM Gossip: Chelsea linked with Sergio Aguero as the Blues brace themselves for Eden Hazard offers Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero could be on the move this summer. The problem with selling players for lots of money in modern football is that modern football clubs often have so much money that an extra £100m isn’t going to touch the sides of their gargantuan wealth – it’s just more cash to sling onto the pile. The Daily Star Sunday – which remains Britain’s stupidest newspaper name – says Chelsea will respond to Manchester City’s interest in Hazard by demanding Sergio Aguero in return.
02/17/2018 01:20 PM FA Cup live: Six PL sides in action Chelsea and Leicester City were the first clubs to progress into the FA Cup quarterfinals, so which sides will join them on Saturday? [ MORE: Willian stars for Chelsea, as the Blues move into the sixth round ] Six Premier League clubs will be in action
02/17/2018 02:20 PM Selecao in the making: Tite names 15 players for Brazil’s World Cup squad It’s not uncommon for managers to drop hints about their squads heading into a major competition, but Brazil’s boss did something a bit different during a recent interview. [ MORE: Man City’s Mix Diskerud goes back on loan to Goteborg ] Selecao manager
02/17/2018 11:11 AM Robben targets two more years at the 'highest level' Arjen Robben is hoping to play for another two years at the "highest level" but is not getting worried about his Bayern Munich future as he approaches the end of his contract. Robben has been at Bayern since 2009, when he was cast aside by Real Madrid, and although injuries have been a regular hindrance, he has enjoyed an immensely successful time in Bavaria. Now 34, Robben's deal expires at the end of the season and that could see him depart the Allianz Arena in search of new challenges, despite the club planning on having discussions with him later in the campaign.
02/18/2018 08:25 AM Alexi Lalas is Down for Zlatan in MLS, On One Condition U.S. soccer legend Alexi Lalas loves the idea of Zlatan Ibrahimović coming to play stateside ... but he's warning the league -- DON'T GET SCREWED ON THE PRICE! Remember, Lalas was the GM of the L.A. Galaxy when the team (and the league) signed a 31-year-old David Beckham to a deal in 2007 that ultimately paid him $255 million!!! Now, with rumors 36-year-old Zlatan is thinking of making a similar move -- we had to ask Lalas how he would handle the situation. "If Zlatan wants to come, if he doesn't cost too much money ... then I think it's something the Galaxy and MLS have to do. I think it would be wonderful on and off the field. He's worth the price of admission." "He's a character on and
02/17/2018 04:48 PM Moses, Ndidi nominated for inaugural NFF Awards Victor Moses, Wilfred Ndidi and Anthony Okpotu have been nominated for the inaugural Nigeria Football Federation Player of the Year award, as confirmed by the NFF on Saturday. The national federation have revealed the nominees for each of the eight categories ahead of the awards ceremony, with the reveals to be revealed at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos on Monday February 19. It's the first time that Nigeria's football governing body have organised awards to celebrate the pick of the nation's talent, with Moses the favourite to clinch the inaugural men's award. The Chelsea wideman enjoyed a superb year in 2017, as he won the Premier League with the Blues after enjoying an unlikely renaissance at Stamford Bridge.
02/18/2018 05:00 AM Eibar 0-2 Barça: Player Ratings Marc-André ter Stegen Made some good saves in the opening stages when Eibar was troubling. In the second half, he had less of an impact but responded when called upon. You say: 8 Sam says: 8 With Alba so high up the pitch, it was important Roberto stayed back and he did this job well. You say: 7 Sam says: 7 Samuel Umtiti Kept the Eibar attackers away from the goal for the majority of the game. Made the second and the most tackles and the most interceptions of any Barça player. You say: 8 Sam says: 8 Gerard Piqué Did on occasion struggle with the pace of Eibar but his positional awareness prevented any real chances for the hosts who were mostly restricted to long shots. You say: 8 Sam says: 7
02/18/2018 04:36 AM Ronaldo better than Neymar? No says Xavi Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to sink Paris Saint-Germain but Xavi dismissed the Real Madrid star's performance as he defended Neymar's display in the Champions League loss. Ronaldo was at the double as Champions League titleholders Madrid came from behind to beat French giants PSG 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 clash at the Santiago Bernabeu Wednesday, while Neymar was criticised for his subdued outing.
02/18/2018 12:24 AM La Liga Results Feb 18 (OPTA) - Results and fixtures for the La Liga on Saturday (start times are CET) Las Palmas (0) 1 Sevilla (1) 2 Eibar (0) 0 Barcelona (1) 2 Deportivo Alavés (0) 1 Deportivo La Coruña
02/17/2018 09:32 AM Chelsea's Gary Cahill wishes Ryan Mason well after retirement decision Chelsea defender Gary Cahill expressed his well wishes to former Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason, who was forced to announce his retirement earlier this week when he was unable to recover from a skull fracture sustained as the two collided in a game a year ago. Cahill, writing in the programme notes before Chelsea's 4-0 victory against Hull in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday, said Mason's well-being was the most important thing on his mind entering the game. "I was devastated to hear that Ryan Mason has retired from professional football this week," Cahill wrote. "I can't even imagine what he's feeling and going through, having to retire at such a young age, and when I heard the news
02/18/2018 12:38 AM Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town FA Cup live stream info, TV channel, prediction: How to watch in USA,UK on TV, stream Manchester United goes to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in FA Cup play, as Jose Mourinho's team aims to end its poor run of form, losing two of the last three with just three goals scored. They've done well against Huddersfield in the past and will be looking for more of the same in this one. Here's how you can watch the match and our prediction: How to watch Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET FS2 (BT Sport 2 in UK) fuboTV (Try for free) CBS Sports App Prediction United beat Huddersfield 2-0 in league play in early February and beats the Terriers again with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice.
02/17/2018 10:03 AM Rashford and Herrera 'have a chance' of making Sevilla trip Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera could return from injury in Manchester United's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has revealed. Both players will definitely miss United's FA Cup match at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, though the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan might give them the chance to make a comeback. Rashford was absent for the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last time out due to a hip problem, while a thigh issue forced Herrera to miss each of their last two games.
02/17/2018 09:20 PM FA Cup: Man Utd drawn vs. Brighton in QF; Chelsea to face Leicester Three more Premier League sides joined Chelsea and Leicester City in the quarterfinals of the 2017-18 FA Cup on Saturday, followed by the draw for the final eight…… [ WATCH: Lionel Messi finds Luis Suarez with a brilliant through ball ] Huddersfield
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