Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

Mourinho Avoids Press After Burnley Draw

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Jose Mourinho avoided explaining his apparent dismissal as Manchester United's assistant Rui Faria stepped in for press duties and offered a sarcastic riposte on the decision to send off Ander Herrera against Burnley.

Mourinho was not in the dugout or on the touchline after the interval and having taken a seat in the front row alongside supporters, he eventually relocated to the directors' box, from where he saw Herrera sent off as United failed to beat an inspired Tom Heaton.

Klopp Not Worried With Liverpool Defence

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Jurgen Klopp remains unconcerned about Liverpool's defensive lapses, despite them leading to Crystal Palace's two goals in their 4-2 victory at Selhurst Park.

The German also refused to say his team could win the Premier League title if they eradicate those errors.

After an unexpectedly strong start to the season continued with Saturday's victory courtesy of finishes from Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino and only goal difference is keeping Liverpool from first place.

Giroud Brace Sends Gunners Top Of League

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he had some doubts about the Gunners ability to beat Sunderland on Saturday after the Gunners had momentarily blown their lead.

The Gunners led 1-0 through Alexis Sanchez, but a Shkodran Mustafi error let Duncan Watmore in on Petr Cech. The goalkeeper had to chop down Watmore, and Jermain Defoe made it 1-1 from the spot in the 65th minute.

Mourinho Says Rooney Not For Sale

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He has been linked with a January move to Italy and China, but Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is "going nowhere", according to manager Jose Mourinho.

The 31-year-old Rooney has not started a league game since the 3-1 defeat to Watford on 18 September and has missed United's last two games with injury.

Is It Time For Zidane To Break Up The BBC?

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As Alvaro Morata wheeled away in celebration after scoring Real Madrid's winning goal against Athletic Club on Sunday, the case for Zinedine Zidane to rotate and re-shuffle his forward line became ever-stronger. The weekend game marked 38 days since Cristiano Ronaldo last scored at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the Portugal international frustrating fans with a performance that saw him snatch at finishes that would normally come so naturally.

Pep And Mou Facing Must Win Match In League Cup

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It is not often that a League Cup tie becomes a must-win game, but that will be the case on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola both enter the game under pressure as Manchester United come into this tie on the back of a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, while Manchester City have failed to win their last five in all competitions.

Wenger Post Match Reaction: Ox growing in confidence

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is growing in confidence in front of goal after his brace secured a 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup.

The 23-year-old has scored five goals in 12 appearances in all competitions this season and, despite only making three Premier League starts so far, Wenger is confident he will continue to make an impact for the club.

Klopp Praises Sturridge After Cup Win

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Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the display of Daniel Sturridge after his side's 2-1 win over Tottenham in the League Cup on Tuesday.

Sturridge struck twice as the Reds secured a 2-1 victory over Spurs in the round of 16, reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for third consecutive season.

Klopp To Ring In Changes For Cup Toe Against Spurs

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Jurgen Klopp is set to give many of Liverpool's squad players a chance to impress against Tottenham in midweek. The Reds saw off West Brom at Anfield on Saturday and now face Spurs in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

It is Liverpool's third game in just eight days and Klopp have indicated that he will will rest his first-team regulars.

Klopp Not Worried About Liverpool’s Defensive Frailties

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was happy to forego a clean sheet and top spot in the Premier League table for an electric Anfield atmosphere and three points against West Brom.

The Reds would have leapfrogged Arsenal on goals scored had they held on to a two-goal lead but had to make do with a 2-1 win after Gareth McAuley exposed their set-piece weakness in the 82nd minute.

Not The Best Birthday Present For Wenger

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Arsene Wenger rued Arsenal's unusual lack of creativity as they were held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough.

The Gunners' boss was celebrating his 67th birthday as they fought for their seventh consecutive league win but an impressive performance from Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes and a lack of creativity in midfield kept the game goalless.

Arsenal’s Lucas Perez Unhappy With Lack Of Playing Time

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Arsenal summer signing Lucas Perez has admitted he expected to play more of a 'starring role' at the club after arriving in the Premier League in a £17 million deal from Deportivo Coruna.

The 28 year-old has only started two games scoring twice in the EFL Cup wictory over Nottingham Forest after netting 17 times in 35 games for the La Liga side last season.

Giggs Tries To Defend Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United Tenure

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has dismissed criticism of Louis van Gaal's two-year spell in charge at Old Trafford, insisting it was a collective effort at the club.

Giggs ended a 24-year playing career at Manchester United to take up the assistant manager role alongside van Gaal in the dugout.

Bale Stalls On New Real Madrid Contract

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Gareth Bale would said that we would like to stay at Real Madrid, but he and his agents appear to be in no rush to sign a new deal with the Champions League holders.

With a FIFA transfer ban hanging over their head, the Spanish giants have been busy recently signing new deals with their stars.

Guardiola Says He Would Rather Quit Than Change Style

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Pep Guardiola has taken the blame for Manchester City's Champions League defeat in Barcelona, but says he will quit and go home to Spain before changing his ways.

City were beaten 4-0 in the Nou Camp after Guardiola kept Sergio Aguero on the bench and then saw Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper he signed to replace Joe Hart, sent off for deliberate handball.

Neymar Signs New Five-Year Barcelona Deal

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Neymar signed his new five-year contract at Barcelona on Friday with a buy-out clause that will eventually rise to £225m.

The 24-year-old sat down with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to put pen to paper on an agreement that keeps him at the club until 2021.

His buyout clause was set at £171m on his original deal but now rises to £180m in the first year, £200m in the second and £225m for the last three years.

Wenger Says Arsenal Finally Ready To Win Title

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are finally in a position to win the Premier League title. The Gunners have won seven games on the bounce and look like they could go the distance this season.

Arsenal haven't won the title since 2004 but Wenger who has described the Premier League as a 'jungle' believes this team is finally ready to end that drought.

United Finally Turn On Style In Europa League Win

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Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba requires more time to readjust to English football after the France international scored twice in Manchester United's 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce.

The world's most expensive player, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer, opened the scoring with a penalty before claiming his second with a long-range strike after Anthony Martial had doubled the lead with another spot-kick.

Arsenal Show Class In Champions League Romp

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's confidence has helped his side overcome the psychological struggles from previous seasons after they thrashed Ludogorets 6-0 in the Champions League.

Mesut Ozil stole the show with a second-half hat-trick after Alexis Sanchez and in-form Theo Walcott put Arsenal 2-0 up.

Guardiola Tries To Defend Bravo

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Pep Guardiola defended his tactics and team selection after his Barcelona homecoming ended in a nightmare 4-0 thrashing for Manchester City.

The City manager's decision to leave out Sergio Aguero backfired while Claudio Bravo, the goalkeeper in whom he has invested much trust, was also sent off in a Champions League mauling at the Nou Camp.

Mourinho: We Controlled Anfield Emotion

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seemed pleased after his side's goalless draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night. Below are the key points from his first post-match interview...


"I think it was a very difficult game for us and for them, but I think it was more difficult for them than for us.

Klopp: We Lost Patience Too Early

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Jürgen Klopp felt Liverpool were guilty of ‘losing patience' too early when in possession and trying to break down Manchester United at Anfield on as the teams played out a goalless draw on Monday night.

The Reds saw much more of the ball than their opponents, but were not able to recreate the kind of forward play that has seen them plunder 26 goals already so far this season.

Will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Hand In Arsenal Transfer Request?

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted he might have to reconsider his Arsenal future in a bid to play first-team football.

The England international has failed to play more than 30 games in the Premier League in any of his five full seasons at the Emirates. While he has featured six times in the league this season, half of those appearances have come from the bench.

Arsenal Will Not Appeal Xhaka Red Card

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will not be appealing against Granit Xhaka's red card in their 3-2 victory over Swansea.

The 24-year-old was dismissed after 70 minutes for a challenge on Modou Barrow but despite classing the decision as "a little harsh", Wenger will not be challenging the decision made by referee Jon Moss.

Conte Ignores Diego Costa Request To Come Off In Leicester Win

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ignored Diego Costa's request to be substituted against Leicester before telling the striker he is needed for the team.

Costa scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season as Chelsea beat champions Leicester 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain striker is one yellow card away from suspension and appeared to call for his own withdrawal midway through the second half.

Arsene Wenger Compares Negative Arsenal Fans To ‘Virus’

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Arsene Wenger has compared the negativity directed towards him from sections of Arsenal's support to a virus.

The Frenchman felt that most keenly when Arsenal hosted Swansea at the Emirates in March. Playing against a severely weakened side, the atmosphere turned toxic when the Welsh club equalised and it only worsened when Ashley Williams struck a 74th-minute winner to leave Arsenal's fans sick to the stomach and their title hopes virtually dead.

Conte Hints Fit Terry Does Not Get Into Chelsea Team

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Antonio Conte dropped a firm hint that he plans to continue with a back-three after finally securing a clean sheet with the system at Hull.

It casts doubt over John Terry's chances of return to the team against Leicester at Stamford Bridge after an ankle injury.

Conte confirmed Terry was fit for selection after completing normal training this week and stressed his desire for 'English spirit' at the back.

Gerard Pique Announces International Retirement

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Barcelona star Gerard Pique has stunned fans in Spain by announcing that he will stop playing for his country after the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he feels he is not wanted in the national team by some.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain's 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cup.

AC Milan Legend Turns Down Technical Director Role

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AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has rejected an offer to be technical director of the Serie A club, he said on Facebook on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old said he would have had to share the role with Massimiliano Mirabelli, who has been appointed sporting director, but has yet to take up the role.

"Milan has always been a matter of heart and passion for me" Maldini posted on Facebook.

Real Madrid Stadium To Get A Retrackable Roof And A Sponsors Name

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Real Madrid's famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium will finally get its much-anticipated €400m makeover when work begins at the end of this season.

The retractable roof and state-of-the-art encasing of the stadium have been retained from original plans. The proposed hotel and commercial area are still to be negotiated.

Inter Boss Compares Geoffrey Kondogbia To Paul Pogba

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Inter Milan manager has given high praise to Geoffrey Kondogbia by comparing him to compatriot and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

However, it hasn't all been rosy between the pair. Back in September, De Boer criticized Kondogbia for his performance in Inter's 1-1 draw with Bologna.

Juventus Want 50m PLUS Fabregas For Leonardo Bonucci

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It looks like Roman Abramovich and Chelsea are to give Antonio Conte what he has been asking for since he arrived at Stamford Bridge. A world class defender.

The late arrival of David Luiz did not impress Conte and it looks like Chelsea are going to make Juventus an offer they cannot refuse.

Why Alexis Is A Better Option Than Giroud For Arsenal

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All summer Arsenal fans clamored for Arsene Wenger to sign up a big-name striker to replace Olivier Giroud as the focal point of the Arsenal attack. Instead Wenger decided that he already had the world-class striker than the Arsenal fans wanted, in Alexis Sacchez. And the stats show that Chile international is a much better option than the French international.

Pressure Building On Zidane In Madrid

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After four consecutive draws in all competitions, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is facing the first crisis of his short managerial career.

Zidane is under no illusions that if he does not get the problems at Real Madrid sorted out that he will be out of a job, despite leading Real to their 11th European Cup title last summer.

11 Football Underdogs Who Did The Unthinkable…

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Every drop of football glory is worth its weight in goals – but there is something miraculous when victory is snatched against the odds. Although sometimes, calling it snatched does the success a disservice.

From covering every blade of grass to making the most of their one shot at hitting the back of the net, football's underdogs often fall by the wayside – but when they do pull off the spectacular, their place in sporting history, on the terraces or down the pub is assured.

Capello Says Real Madrid Problems Start With Ronaldo

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According to former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello, the Champions League winners biggest problem during their current slump is Cristiano Ronaldo's lack of form and fitness.

After getting injured in 2016 EURO final for Portugal, Ronaldo missed all of Real Madrid's pre-season and the opening month o of the season.

Swansea City Hire Bob Bradley

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Monday was a landmark day for US Soccer as Premier League side Swansea City announced that they had fired manager h Francesco Guidolin and replaced him with Bob Bradley. Bradley, the former US national team boss becomes the first American to manage in the Premier League.

"Bob is extraordinarily intelligent about the game, his work ethic is second to none, and the way he manages teams and deals with people are all outstanding," U.

Arsene Wenger: “We Got A Bit Lucky”

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Arsene Wenger accepted he was lucky to celebrate 20 years in charge of Arsenal with a Premier League victory after Laurent Koscielny's controversial stoppage-time winner sank Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Wenger, officially appointed Arsenal boss 20 years and one day ago, looked set to mark his anniversary in frustrating fashion as the Gunners mis-fired in the face of some gallant Burnley defending.

Mourinho Rues Missed Chances In What He Calls Best Performance Of Season

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Jose Mourinho felt his Manchester United side could have beaten Stoke 6-0 and was frustrated to have to settle for stalemate at Old Trafford.

United were dominant over the 90 minutes but wasteful finishing and a revelatory performance from on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant meant substitute Anthony Martial's superb second-half curler was their only goal of the game.

Goalkeeper With The Worst Save Percentage In Premier League Will Shock You

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Despite displacing Petr Cech as the Chelsea No 1 to be a mainstay in the Blues' title win less than 18 months ago, Thibaut Courtois has become statistically the worst goalkeeper in the Premier League.

A promising start to the season under Antonio Conte has disappeared after successive defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal, and this latest development will give the Italian plenty of food for thought.

Walcott Senses A Change In Mentality At Arsenal This Season

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Theo Walcott has admitted that Arsenal players know that they need to do better and insists that there is a change of mentality at the club which will ensure that teams like Burnley, who Arsenal play on Sunday, will not relish taking them on.

Arsenal have produced two of their best and most coherent performances for years in beating Chelsea 3-0 and Basle 2-0, with Walcott impressing with a new-found aggression and focus this season.

Klopp Says Halfdryer Rage At Halftime Insprired Liverpool’s Comeback Victory

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Jurgen Klopp laid into his Liverpool team at halftime after their tepid first-half performance against Swansea, and saw his Reds turn the game around and go on to win 2-1.

James Milner's penalty after 84 minutes secured the three points but Liverpool had fallen behind to a Leroy Fer goal after 10 minutes and might have conceded more as Swansea were in control.

Conte Happy With Blues Win At Hull

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Antonio Conte praised Chelsea's team ethic after they overcame a sluggish first half to end a run of two straight Premier League defeats against Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

A delicious curling effort from Willian just past the hour mark set the Blues on their way to victory before Diego Costa's powerful strike six minutes later sealed the visitors' 2-0 triumph.

Mourinho Still Not Sure What He Has At United

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Three months into his reign at Old Trafford and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is still not sure what his squad is like ahead of a huge October for Manchester United.

United, who face Stoke at Old Trafford on Sunday, have five games in 12 days on returning from the international break.