Saturday, October 20, 2018

Barcelona can cope without Messi – Pique

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Barcelona can cope without Messi – Pique
Barcelona can cope without Messi – Pique
Gerard Pique acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insisted Barcelona can cope without their superstar captain. Messi will miss three weeks with a fractured arm after suffering the injury in Barca's 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday's top-of-the-table LaLiga clash. After setting up Barca team-mate Philippe Coutinho and scoring himself, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou. Messi will sit out next weekend's Clasico against Real Madrid, as well as Barca's Champions League fixtures against Inter.  [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo pic.twitter.com/kpNcspnfqo — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018 "Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us," Barca centre-back Pique said. "It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not." Messi has scored seven LaLiga goals for the Spanish champions this season and 12 in all competitions. "We will try to make sure Leo's absence is noticed as little as possible," Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.  
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Ecstasy to agony: O'Neill and Ireland have been on a steady decline since brilliant Vienna win

The42
Ecstasy to agony: O'Neill and Ireland have been on a steady decline since brilliant Vienna win
Ecstasy to agony: O'Neill and Ireland have been on a steady decline since brilliant Vienna win
In November 2016 Ireland sat top of their World Cup qualifying group, but ever since Martin O’Neill’s side have regressed significantly.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Mourinho has to be respected - Chelsea boss Sarri

BBC Sport - Football
Mourinho has to be respected - Chelsea boss Sarri
Mourinho has to be respected - Chelsea boss Sarri
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho "has to be respected" because he has "won everywhere", says Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

'Knowing you beat the Netherlands earlier that day and the first team go out and produce a performance like that. It’s hard to watch'

The42
'Knowing you beat the Netherlands earlier that day and the first team go out and produce a performance like that. It’s hard to watch'
'Knowing you beat the Netherlands earlier that day and the first team go out and produce a performance like that. It’s hard to watch'
Andy Lyons talks to The42 about Ireland U19′s victory over the Netherlands, representing Bohs in the Uefa Youth League and why more young players need a chance at Ireland senior level.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Could Giroud move across London again? Thursday's gossip column

BBC Sport - Football
Could Giroud move across London again? Thursday's gossip column
Could Giroud move across London again? Thursday's gossip column
West Ham want Olivier Giroud, Neymar regrets Paris St-Germain move, north-west duo eye Bergwijn, Juventus show interest in Matthijs De Ligt, plus more.
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Sacking Martin O'Neill would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem

The42
Sacking Martin O'Neill would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem
Sacking Martin O'Neill would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem
The ultimate results manager has overseen a run of just one victory in his last nine matches.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Liverpool's Sadio Mane breaks hand, becomes latest injury concern for Jurgen Klopp

ESPN FC News
Liverpool's Sadio Mane breaks hand, becomes latest injury concern for Jurgen Klopp
KitAid and Friends of Mulanje Orphans have teamed up to distribute Sadio Mane shirts to underprivileged children in Malawi. Sadio Mane has become the latest injury concern for Liverpool after it was confirmed the forward has broken a bone in his hand. Mane is the third Liverpool player to give Jurgen Klopp an injury concern during this international break, with Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk also withdrawing from national team duty early. Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool believe it is too early to determine whether any of the injured players are doubts for Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town. Mane fractured...
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