Categories
Sport News

Rudi Garcia, the coach of Al-Nassr, blames Ronaldo for their defeat to Al-Ittihad.

Rudi Garcia, the coach of Al-Nassr, has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo for the club’s loss to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup.

The club which signed Ronaldo in a record-breaking deal at the end of December, were defeated 3-1 in the semi-final of the Saudi Super Cup.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

Shortly after the match was concluded, the French coach was left to bemoan his side’s inability to make the most of their chances in the first-half, and he wasn’t afraid to criticise his new star man for missing a gilt-edged chance, either.

Garcia said:

“One of the things that changed the course of the match was Cristiano’s missed opportunity in the first half.

“I congratulate Al-Ittihad. They presented a much better first half than us, and we played a good second half, but unfortunately we were not able to adjust the result. It’s true that we regret losing the Super Cup, but we are still the first in the league.”

Garcia’s blunt verdict capped a miserable night for Ronaldo, who was taunted by Al-Ittihad fans chanting the name of his iconic rival Lionel Messi as he arrived the pitch.

Categories
Sport News

Chelsea is prepared to sell Kai Havertz for €60 million.

Chelsea has reportedly accepted that selling Kai Havertz in 2023 will result in a significant loss.

Kai Havertz

Havertz, who is yet to set the Premier League alight since his September 2020 arrival, is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. The German was signed from Bayer Leverkusen for a record transfer fee of £71 million.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

With Chelsea looking to raise funds through outgoing transfers to balance their books after a recent spending spree, there is talk that the Blues could offload Havertz for €60m this summer.

Sky Germany reported that while Bayern Munich has been ruled out as a potential destination, other clubs are ready to enter the race for the 23-year-old, including the likes of PSG, and Juventus.

Categories
Sport News

After sacking Frank Lampard, Everton’s owner put the club up for sale.

Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has put the club up for sale just hours after sacking Frank Lampard due to a poor performance that has landed them in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Moshiri

Guardian reported that Moshiri who became the majority owner of the Merseyside club, having increased his shares to 94 percent last year, is hoping to secure at least £500million from the sale.

His decision to allegedly sell the club comes amid turmoil on and off the pitch, with the Toffees sacking Lampard after a run of defeats that left them joint-bottom at the foot of the Premier League table with just 15 points from 19 matches.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

Moshiri is said to be open to either a full or partial takeover of the club, with his decision coming after months of seeking external investment into Everton. It comes amid their plans to build a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, in a big-money project to move away from their long-time Goodison Park home.

Everton is said to have instructed Deloitte to handle the sale, which is the latest development in a chaotic week for the club following the dismissal of Lampard.

This is however coming barely a week after Moshiri rejected the possibility of a sale. The British-Iranian businessman told the club’s website last week;

“The club is not for sale but I have been talking to top investors to bridge a gap on the stadium. I can do it (the investing) myself but I want to bring top sport investors into Everton. We are close to having a deal done.”

However, since Moshiri’s comments a lot has changed, with Saturday’s loss worsening the club’s perilous league situation and with Lampard being removed as the manager.

Lampard’s sack means that Everton are on the lookout for their seventh permanent manager since Roberto Martinez left in May 2016.

Categories
Sport News

Kylian Mbappe scores FIVE goals and sets a new record.

Kylian Mbappe became the first player in Paris Saint-Germain history to score five goals in a single game, as the Ligue 1 champions defeated Pays de Cassel.

Kylian Mbappe. Photo Credit: GOAL

PSG defeated the amateur side 7-0 in the Coupe de France last 32 on Monday evening, thanks to Mbappe’s five goals. For the first time since arriving at the Parc des Princes for the tip to Cassel, the French superstar had been named captain.

He duly delivered a performance that marked a watershed moment in his career, propelling PSG into the last 16. They are attempting to win France’s premier cup competition for the first time since 2021 this year and put on a show at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

Mbappe opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he fired in low to the bottom right corner from inside the box. Neymar doubled the visitors’ lead four minutes later, shooting high into the net from inside the six-yard box.

Mbappe laid on the assist for that goal and moments later he added his second of the evening. This time, he fired past Cassel keeper Romain Samson after being played in by Danilo Pereira.

The PSG skipper completed a first-half hat-trick five minutes before the break when he again fired into the bottom right corner. It took him just 11 minutes of the second half to grab his fourth of the net, with Neymar setting him up to score from close-range.

The Brazilian secured his second assist of the evening eight minutes later, setting up Carlos Soler to fire in. The midfielder turned provider himself late on, crossing in for Mbappe to score with a left-footed shot.

PSG will face bitter rivals Marseille in the last 16, with that game to be played in the week commencing 8 February. After breaking yet another record, Mbappe hailed his side for remaining professional despite their lowly opposition.

“We’re happy, we came here to qualify, to respect this team and that’s what we did today. It’s a football match, we’re going to prepare for it. We first think of the match against Reims. Afterwards, we will see for the match against Marseille,” he told beIN Sports.

Becoming the club’s first player to score five goals in one game is the latest PSG record Mbappe has broken. He has already become their record goalscorer in the European Cup and Champions League.

The 23-year-old is also the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer when only looking at the latter competitions. And he is now just four goals away from matching Edinson Cavani’s record for the most strikes for the club, having already racked up a breathtaking 196 goals.

Categories
Sport News

Haaland scores his fourth hat-trick of the season as Manchester City defeats Wolves.

Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, broke a new record by scoring his fourth hat-trick of the year in a Premier League encounter against wolves.

Erling Harland

The Norwegian behemoth broke the record of Ruud van Nistelrooy who took 65 appearances to score four EPL hattricks. Haaland, meanwhile has taken just 19 matches to achieve that feat.

He also surpassed former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo’s hattrick tally (3) and is on level terms with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who also has 4 hattricks.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

City dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead after Haaland headed home from a pinpoint cross from Kevin De Bruyne in the 40th minute.

It was a matter of time until City got that crucial second goal, with Haaland converting from the spot following a foul on Ilkay Gundogan five minutes after the break. The Norwegian then quickly completed his treble to put the game to bed.

Erling Haaland

Haaland’s previous three hattricks in the league came against Manchester United (Home), Nottingham Forest (Home), and Crystal Palace (Home). The player is also one hattrick away from equalling most hattricks in a Premier League season, as Alan Shearer scored 5 in the 1995-96 season.

Categories
Sport News

I have enough energy to coach Liverpool for another ten years – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp, the German tactician who presided over his 1000th game in charge of Liverpool yesterday, January 21, has stated that he still has the energy to coach the club for another ten years.

Jurgen Klopp

Speaking to pundits after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Klopp, whose team has struggled this season, stated that he has no problem with motivation.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

He further offered a cryptic joke about his motivation, before putting it in layman’s terms. Klopp told BT Sports;

“My motivation is no problem. I am a bit like Obelix, who fell in the… you know Asterix and Obelix? Ah, you don’t know it, forget it… I have enough energy for another 10 years if you want!”

Liverpool are sitting eighth position on the Premier League table, with just 29 points from 19 games and without a win in their last three.

Categories
Sport News

Mudryk re-posts a Chelsea chant mocking Arsenal’s failure to sign him.

Mykhailo Mudryk, the new Chelsea signing, appears to have a petty side, as he took to social media to re-share a chant from the club’s supporters mocking league leaders Arsenal for failing to sign him.

Mykhailo Mudryk

For the overwhelming majority of the January window, Mudryk seemed destined to join Arsenal for a fee of around £80million but the Gunners pursuit of the 22-year-old was hijacked by their London rivals.

Chelsea pipped the Gunners to the signing and in turn, forced Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to resort to his plan B signing in former Brighton star Leandro Trossard for a drastically cheaper price of £27m.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

Mudryk was brought in during the match against Liverpool and he impressed in the 35 minutes he played in the match which ended 0-0.

During the match, Chelsea fans sang a chant that goes this way: “He flew in from Ukraine, on Boehly’s private plane, Mudryk said to me: ‘Have Arsenal won the Champions League?’. So I told him no, you know the place to go, then he said to me, I want to lift number three.”

Mudryk who seems to be happy with the chant, re-shared a fan page video of supporters singing it on his Instagram story.

Categories
Sport News

If I cannot inspire Manchester City to victory, Guardiola has stated that he would leave the club.

If Pep Guardiola can’t inspire his squad to play to their full potential any longer, he’ll quit as manager of Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola

Speaking ahead of a Premier League match with Wolves this afternoon, Guardiola admitted that his team and even the fans lack motivation after so much success.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

The Spaniard however stated that he will try everything possible to move the club forward. He said:

“I won four Liga titles in Spain in a row and it was not the same going for the fifth. I was not starving enough — too much caviar! Real Madrid beat us to the league that year. I understand how my players feel but I am here to stop it. The chairman knows that. I want to be here otherwise I would have not have signed (a new contract earlier this season) but if I lose the team, I lose something. I can not be here.

“The club has to move forward. These goals we have given away like the second against Manchester United are not acceptable. Our fans want the second half against Spurs more often. This is what we have to do.”

Categories
Sport News

Following his arrest for suspected sexual assault, Dani Alves’ contract is terminated.

Dani Alves’ contract with the Mexican football team Pumas has been canceled after he was detained on Friday, January 20, on suspicion of sexual assault.

Dani Alves

It was reported earlier that the former Barcelona full-back and veteran Brazil international was accused of allegedly putting his hands inside the underwear of a woman without her consent while she was dancing with friends and then following her into a toilet.

She is said to have informed security staff in the club, who activated Barcelona city council’s protocol against assaults and sexual harassment.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

39-year-old Alves appeared before a judge yesterday, who ordered that he be held in custody without bail.

Though he has denied the allegation against him, Liga MX side Pumas has reacted to the allegation by terminating his contract which was set to expire in July 2023.

This was announced by the club chairman Leopoldo Silva in a brief statement to the press on Friday evening.

Categories
Sport News

Sergio Busquets declines a €20 million per year offer to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr.

Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s captain, is said to have turned down a €20 million (£17.5 million) per year offer from Saudi club Al-Nassr.

Sergio Busquets

After signing Cristiano Ronaldo a few weeks ago, the Saudi club appears to be attempting to rebuild its team. Al-Nassr was also said to be interested in Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, and most recently, Keylor Navas.

According to AS, Sergio Busquets, 34, turned down the offer despite his uncertain future at Barcelona.

SUGGESTION: You can get News updates directly on WhatsApp by clicking “HERE” and joining our group.

While there’s currently no deal in progress for Busquets whose contract expires this summer, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has been vocal about wanting to keep the veteran midfielder at the club.

It is also understood that former Real Madrid and England star David Beckham is interested in bringing Busquets to his MLS club Inter Miami.