Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2016

Pep Guardiola Shocked By Premier League’s Physicality

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Pep Guardiola admits that one of the reasons that Manchester City have struggled this season is that he underestimated the physical nature of the Premier League.

Guardiola made a name for himself at Barcelona and Bayern Munich with his possession-based style, but he has been struggling to get City playing his way due to the direct approach of many of their opponents.

Chelsea Go 9 Points Clear At Top Of Table

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hailed his side's character after they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to clinch a club-record equalling 11th successive league win.

The Italian boss has earned plenty of praise during the Blues' winning streak, engineered by a switch to his preferred 3-4-3 formation, but Conte refused to take the credit after this latest win.

Mourinho Thrilled As United Cut Gap To Top Four To Three Points

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Jose Mourinho hailed Manchester United's performance as they extended their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 10 matches after a 2-0 win at West Brom.

The Portuguese manager was sacked as Chelsea boss exactly a year ago following a poor start to their title defence but eradicated those memories with all three points at the Hawthorns.

Wenger Blames Referee For Manchester City Defeat

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Arsene Wenger blamed referee Martin Atkinson after his Arsenal side threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Manchester City on Sunday.

Wenger, who was criticised by Everton manager Ronald Koeman for airing gripes about officials earlier in the week, felt offsides were missed in the moves for both City's goals at the Etihad Stadium.

Zlatan Turns Down £1m A WEEK Offer From China

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We have seen with the massive bid for Chelsea midfielder Oscar that the Chinese Super League can offer wages that nobody else in the world can even dream about.

But if the report in the Daily Mail is true, the Chinese league was ready to wages into the stratosphere and make Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic one of the richest athletes in history with a mind blowing £52 million per year contract offer.

Ronaldo Sets Another Record In Club World Cup Win

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Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick led Real Madrid to the FIFA Club World Cup title on Sunday, closing out a truly incredible season for the Portuguese. With the trophy, he became the first player to ever win the Champions League, European Championship, Club World Cup and Ballon d'Or in a calendar year.

James Rodriguez Puts Clubs On Notice With Come And Get Me Plea

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James Rodriguez has said he is considering asking for a move away from Real Madrid in the January transfer window. James, who joined for €80 million after the 2014 World Cup, has struggled for playing time in recent months.

The 25-year-old Colombia international, under contract until 2018, spent the entirety of Madrid's Club World Cup campaign on the bench.

Jurgen Klopp Hails Daniel Sturridge’s Impact In Liverpool Win

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of Daniel Sturridge after his first appearance in a month propelled them to victory in the Merseyside derby.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until deep into eight minutes of stoppage time when Sturridge, returning as an 82nd-minute substitute after a calf injury, ran across the area and rolled a shot against the post from which Sadio Mane followed up to score.

Real Madrid Have Transfer Ban Cut In Half

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Real Madrid have had their two transfer window ban on singing new players reduced to one allowing them to make new signings next summer.

The Club World Champions had been banned from signing new players during the upcoming January 2017 transfer window and the transfer window next summer, but the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) has overturned FIFA's verdict reducing the sentence.

Diego Simeone Talks Up Move To Inter Milan

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone deliberately opened up a can of worms on Monday saying that "everyone knows I'll Coach Inter one day" but "there's nothing to comment on" right now.

Speculation that he Simeone could be moving to Inter took a new turn last week when his son, currently playing in Serie A for Genoa, told Spanish radio that

"I think that at some stage my father will sign for Inter.

Mesut Ozil Aiming For Champions League Glory

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Arsenal star Arsenal Mesut Ozil feels that Arsenal can make history this season by winning the Champions League.

Ozil, who has been in fantastic form for the Gunners this season, reckons the club have been "unlucky" in recent draws for the knockout stages with Barcelona and Bayern among the clubs they've faced in previous years.

Fergie Time Becoming Horror Time For Manchester United

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Manchester United were so famous for scoring late goals to save a match or win a game that it was called Fergie Time. From Steve Bruce scoring the winner against Sheffield Wednesday, a goal that helped United win the innaugral Premier League in 1992/93 to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winner in the Champions League final in 1999, scoring late has been part of United's DNA,

But not anymore.

FIFA Announce Three-Man Shortlist For Best Player Award

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Interesting move by FIFA who have named their contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona).

Mourinho With Another Ill-Tempered Press Conference As United Woes Continue

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Jose Mourinho gave an ill-tempered press conference after Manchester United suffered a late equaliser against Everton, dismissing the opposition as a long-ball side, claiming to have missed key moments in the game and citing double standards in the media.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's finessed first-half finish, a long-range lob over the advancing Maarten Stekelenburg, looked to have settled the points, but Leighton Baines made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after a last-gasp trip from Marouane Fellaini.

Klopp Calm After Liverpool Throw Away Three Points At Bournemouth

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to blow his top at his players after they twice relinquished two-goal leads to lose a seven-goal thriller at Bournemouth.

The Reds seemed to be cruising at half-time courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, and were 3-1 up midway through the second half, before three goals in the final 15 minutes saw the hosts run out 4-3 winners.

Arsene Wenger Hails Special Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed talisman Alexis Sanchez following the Chilean international's scintillating display against West Ham United.

Sanchez scored a hat-trick and set up Mesut Ozil for the opening goal of the game as Arsenal cruised to a 5-1 win at the London Stadium.Wenger believes that Sanchez is a unique player and praised his work ethic.

Conte Out Coaches Pep As Chelsea Extend Lead At Top

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Antonio Conte came out on top in his battle of wits with Pep Guardiola, even though Chelsea had to ride their luck before securing a 3-1 over Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad.

It means that the Italian kept his place at the top of the Premier League while Guardiola was left to reflect on his first home defeat since taking over in the summer and only his 11th home defeat in his career.