Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2017

United Have Attacking Problems With Both Lukaku and Ibra Injured

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Games are coming thick and fast for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho's side are facing a striker crisis with both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to miss games through injury.

Lukaku was stretchered off during Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday evening.

More Headaches For Zidane As Benzema To Miss Five Games

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Zinedine Zidane will be forced into a rethink of his attacking plans after striker Karim Benzema has picked up a hamstring injury, ruling him out for two to three weeks.

The French international picked up the problem early on in the Clasico defeat on December 23, and an MRI scan on Saturday confirmed the injury.

Klopp Expects Brilliant Salah To Get Even Better

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Premier League opponents Mohamed Salah can still get better despite the Egypt international's record-equalling first half of the season.

The signing of the summer, Salah took his tally to 23, matching Roger Hunt's 1961-62 club record of goals before the new year, with both goals as the Reds came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1.

Conte Thinks Chelsea Are Better Than They Were Last Season

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Antonio Conte is optimistic next year can be even better than this one after Chelsea finished 2017 by hammering Stoke 5-0 at Stamford Bridge.

One reason for the Conte optimism is the fact that he feels that Chelsea's improved defensive record is a major positive to emerge from this season.

Wenger Not Amused With Continued Sanchez Questions

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Arsene Wenger hailed "fantastic" Alexis Sanchez for finally delivering the kind of performance Arsenal need after his double in Thursday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, but was not amused by questions about the Chile star's future at the club.

Sanchez put in the type of match-winning display that was commonplace over the past couple of seasons but have been rare this campaign amid uncertainty about his future.

Hazard’s Father Issues Real Madrid Plea

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According to his father, Eden Hazard turned down the offer of a new deal at Chelsea in order to increase his chances of moving to Real Madrid.

The Belgian forward claimed last month that 'everyone knows the admiration I have for Real Madrid', increasing speculation he could leave Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United Make Bid For Paulo Dybala

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Manchester United have opened the bidding for Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala by offering £70million plus midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. But Juventus has reportedly told United that it will take at least £140m to sign the 24-year-old Argentina international and that they are not that interested in a deal that involves Mkhitaryan.

Wenger Fires Back At Mourinho No Money Comment

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that he should stop complaining about being unable to match the spending power of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Wenger has insisted he has "learned to cope" with battling richer rivals during his 21 years in charge of the Gunners.

Inter Woes Continue As Milan Wins Coppa Italia Tie

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Inter Milan's end of year collapse showed no sign of ending on Wednesday as the Nerazzurri were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by cross-town rivals Milan 1-0 after extra time.

Since drawing at Juventus 0-0 at Juventus on December 9, Inter have failed to win their last four games, a winless streak that has seen them fall from first place to third place in Serie A and out of the cup.

Liverpool Break Bank To Buy Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool have smashed the world record transfer fee for a defender by finally completing the £75million signing of Virgil Van Dijk.

He will officially become a Liverpool player on January 1. Van Dijk underwent a medical on the South Coast on Wednesday, with Southampton's consent, after the two clubs agreed a fee.

Conte Call Everton Draw “Unfair”

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Antonio Conte believes that Chelsea deserved more than to be held to a goalless draw by Everton, and defended his decision not to start Michy Batshuayi up front in the absence of suspended Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea registered 25 shots and eight on target against Everton, who successfully frustrated their visitors by defending deep and in numbers but also failed to register a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for the first time in six years.

Isco Fires Back At Reports Of Player Unrest With Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid star Isco has angrily dismissed reports that he refused to continue warming up during the weekend's el clasico against Barcelona.

Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 thrashing at the Bernabeu with Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal also finding the net, a result that all but ended the title race in Spain.

Mourinho Wants More Money To Close Gap On City

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Jose Mourinho has told executive vice chairman Ed Woodward he needs more money to compete with Manchester City and insists Manchester United do not have a team to match their "big club" reputation.

United dropped more points in the Premier League title race with a 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, and afterwards Mourinho claimed he has not had enough funds to go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola's side who "buy the full-backs for the price of strikers.

Klopp Happy As Liverpool Thump Swansea

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his delight that his players were able to rectify their mistakes of the first half and be more clinical in the second of their 5-0 win over Swansea on Boxing Day.

Philippe Coutinho, captain in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson, scored on his 200th appearance for the club after just six minutes but it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened.

Chelsea Linked With Bayern Munich Midfielder Arturo Vidal

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a move for £53million Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The pair worked together at Juventus for three years between 2011 and 2014.

Chelsea secured a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday, but are 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Wenger On Future Of Jack Wilshere And Olivier Giroud

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Arsene Wenger says that he expects Jack Wilshere to sign a new deal at Arsenal, as long as the two sides can agree on the financial terms, with Arsenal offering an incentive heavy contract to the England midfielder.

Wilshere appears to have re-established himself in Arsenal's midfield after a series of fine performances, which has brought his long-term future into the spotlight.

Handanovic Stars As Inter Get Point In Turin

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Inter remain in top spot in Serie A after holding Juventus to a goalless draw in Turin on Saturday night and then seeing Napoli held to the same score at home to Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter left Turin with a point due to the heroics of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who single-handily kept Inter in the game with Juve having 19 shots to just six from Inter, only one of which was on target.

Antonio Conte Blames West Ham Defeat On ‘Tired’ Players

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has put the shock 1-0 defeat by West Ham down to his players becoming fatigued by their punishing schedule.

Conte made just one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night and the Blues were caught on the hop against West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off.

Klopp Disputes Everton Penalty In Merseyside Draw

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp disputed the decision to award Everton a penalty which led to their equaliser in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Liverpool were denied three points as Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute spot kick cancelled out Mohamed Salah's first-half opener.

The Liverpool technical bench were incensed when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot for Everton's penalty after Dejan Lovren clumsily bundled down Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wenger Afraid To Criticize Players As It Could Affect Their Confidence

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not want to make an issue of the team's recent bad starts as it could affect the confidence of the players, and accused Southampton of time-wasting after the 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Sunday.

Arsenal repeated their poor start from last week against Manchester United as Per Mertesacker gave the ball away after just three minutes, setting up a quick attack for Southampton that was finished off by Charlie Austin.

Mourinho Admits Title Race is Over After Derby Defeat

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given up hope of winning the Premier League title following his side's 2-1 by arch-rivals City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Two goals, that had their whit of fortune, from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi was enough to win the Manchester derby after Marcus Rashford had levelled for the hosts.

Merseyside Derby Headlines FA Cup Third Round

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A Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton was the pick of an exciting FA Cup third-round draw.

The Stanley Park rivals meet at Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and that will again be the venue when they face each other over the first weekend of January.

Not since 1932 have they been drawn together at this stage of the competition, when Liverpool were 2-1 winners at Goodison Park.

What Has Gone Wrong At Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid are eight points behind Barcelona after both sides were held to draws on the weekend.

Barca dropped points at home to Celta Vigo, while Madrid could only draw 0-0 with a poor Athletic Bilbao side who three days before had been knocked out of the cup by third-division opponents.

It was a miserable return and more proof that all is not well with the Champions League and La Liga holders.

Wenger: I Am Not Poch..I Will Not Give Up On Title

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that, unlike Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, he is refusing to give up on his side's Premier League title chances just yet.

The Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday thanks to a superb performance from goalkeeper David de Gea.