Ruben Neves ruled out of Gameweek 15



Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves will miss the club’s next game against Chelsea due to suspension.

The Portuguese international picked up his fifth booking of the season as Wolves limped to a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

Neves hasn’t missed a single minute of football for Nuno Espirito Santos’ side since their return to the Premier League.

Neves to miss vs Chelsea

The 21-year-old has been a pivotal part of Wolves’ side this season and his absence will deal a blow to the Midlands club.

Despite being directly involved in three goals, the midfielder has produced 807 passes this season – the 12th highest in the league.

The Blues travel to Molineux during midweek with Neves now ineligible for the clash.

He will, however, return to face Newcastle United the following Gameweek with the suspension just one match.

Leander Dendoncker would be the most likely man to step up in Neves’ absence.

Premier League review: Cardiff 2-1 Wolves

CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 30: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers reacts after his side concede their second goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Junior Hoilett’s spectacular strike was enough to separate the two sides at the Principality Stadium.

The defeat leaves Wolves outside the top ten and sees the Bluebirds move up into 15th.

Hoilett netted in the 78th minute to complete the turnaround in Wales.

The 28-year-old sweetly struck an effort first time into the top corner to secure Neil Warnock’s side their third win of the season.


Read more Chelsea news here:

Tanguy Ndombele & Andre Gomes: Everton’s transfer conundrum

Cesc Fabregas confirms Chelsea plans amid January exit talk






Source link

Premier League news: Nuno calls foul on Cardiff equaliser as Wolves winless run goes on



Friday’s defeat was “hard to take” for the Wolves boss as they surrendered a lead in controversial fashion to make it six games without a win

Nuno Espirito Santo is convinced Cardiff City‘s first goal in Wolves‘ 2-1 defeat on Friday should not have been allowed to stand due to an apparent foul on goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Cardiff came from behind to take the points in Wales, clawing themselves out of the Premier League‘s bottom three in the process.

Wolves took an early lead through Matt Doherty, as he smashed in from close range after Neil Etheridge saved Raul Jimenez’s header.

But Aron Gunnarsson levelled just after the hour in acrobatic fashion, with Patricio – who had been blocked off by Callum Paterson – all at sea.

In the end a stunning strike from Junior Hoilett gave Cardiff the win late on, but Nuno felt Wolves had been hard done by for the equaliser.

“It’s hard to judge. As a former goalkeeper I think it was a foul,” he told BBC Sport.

“All defeats are hard to take. But when you have the lead and the game changes, it’s very hard.

“I think we had a better game than last week [a home defeat against Huddersfield Town]. The first half was good. But the second half we didn’t do enough to hang onto the lead.”

Nuno’s counterpart Neil Warnock turns 70 on Saturday and, having been behind at the break, he quipped about wanting his players to give him reason to celebrate.

Article continues below

“I said to the boys it’s about time they gave me something to celebrate,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m really proud of them.

“I didn’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down. In the second half we were on the front foot for most of the time.

“Gunnars [Gunnarsson] knows he made a mistake [for the Wolves goal], but he apologised. I said to the boys, ‘you have to get Gunnars out of the cart’. I think we had some good opportunities after the break – I thought we wanted it more.”



Source link

Manchester United News: Jose Mourinho: It’s more difficult for United to buy top players


The Portuguese manager says bigger clubs are finding it more difficult to poach top stars as competition heats up in the Premier League

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes it is becoming increasingly difficult for top clubs to purchase talent from their competitors.

Mourinho’s Red Devils have won just six of their first 13 Premier League games, and seventh in the table.

As a result, the Portuguese manager is under pressure to improve his side, with many calling for Manchester United to enter the market in January to add to the squad.

However, Mourinho says that’s a difficult prospect as he believes clubs are less willing to part with their top players as in years past.

The manager cited Tottenham as an example, referencing past deals for Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov as benchmarks that are no longer possible in the modern day.

“It depends,” he said. “I will give you an example, that I hope is a good example. I hope you can interpret it in the right way.

“Is Manchester United by history, by its dimensions, bigger than Tottenham? With all the respect – Tottenham is an amazing club – I think everybody would say yes.

“Can we go to Tottenham and buy their best players? No – because they don’t sell or because they are so powerful that they can say no.

“A few years ago, who was Tottenham’s best player? Michael Carrick. A few years later, who was the best player? Berbatov.

“Can we go now there and bring Harry Kane, Dele Alli, [Christian] Eriksen, [Heung-min] Son? Can we go there and bring the guys here? No.

“So, who is more powerful now. Them or us?”

Jose Mourinho Manchester United Young Boys

As a result, Mourinho doesn’t expect many massive deals to come in January, despite the club’s needs.

Mourinho has repeatedly stated his need for another central defender, one of just several necessities he sees to improve his squad.

But, with clubs less willing to sell, he doesn’t see it as a possibility in January.

“Football changes,” he said. “It is more difficult to buy players of a high, high, high level.

“The clubs are more powerful and don’t want to sell. Before, the smaller clubs, they were almost begging the big clubs, ‘get my best player, I need to sell. Please, you are powerful, buy my best player’.

“At this moment, they don’t want to sell. It is more difficult to make the team better and stronger with buying.

“Unless you do what some clubs do, and for some reason they can do and others cannot. Which is, I need a right back and a left back. Send away the ones you have and buy four at the same time.

Article continues below

“It is difficult, so we do what we can. Last season was fantastic to finish second and we are fighting hard. I know we have to do better than we are doing.

“But one thing is to do better and another thing is to try and compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past. Not just because Manchester United was fantastic, but because there was a big difference to the others and, at the moment, it is not like that.”

Mourinho’s Manchester United are back in action on Saturday against Southampton.



Source link

River Plate v Boca Juniors: Pep Guardiola hits out at Copa Libertadores final move to Santiago Bernabeu



River Plate and Boca Juniors will face each other in Madrid on December 9, but the MAnchester City boss thinks it should be played in South America

The rearranged Copa Libertadores final should only be played in South America and not Spain regardless of the attack on Boca Juniors’ bus by River Plate supporters last Saturday, according to Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

Boca travelled across Buenos Aires with the final all square at 2-2 after the first leg at La Bombonera, but their bus was showered with projectiles on the way to River’s El Monumental stadium, with some smashing windows.

Eventually the vehicle arrived at the ground before Boca captain Pablo Perez and his team-mate Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to hospital for assessment , while other players appeared to have been affected by the use of pepper spray.

Discussions saw the game suspended until Sunday, but it was then postponed again as CONMEBOL accepted Boca players were in no condition to play.

Article continues below

Following meetings between club and CONMEBOL officials, it was finally announced on Thursday that the game will take place at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu ground on December 9 , but that decision does not sit well with Guardiola.

“I would have preferred to play it in South America,” Guardiola told reporters. “I would have preferred to play in Buenos Aires, but they know better than me what happened there.

“After that I think the final has to be in its own continent, its own countries. Hopefully it will be the last time it happens.”



Source link

FA Cup 2018-19: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round


Goal brings you all you need to know about the oldest competition in football, with the second round just around the corner

England‘s FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and this season it returns for the 138th time.

The tournament involves teams from the 10th level of the English football pyramid to the top and will see a total of 736 teams take part.

With a rich history stretching back to the 19th century, there have been plenty of moments to savour through the years and clubs will be eager to dabble in the ‘Magic of the Cup’. 

Chelsea are the reigning champions, while Arsenal are the most successful club in the history of the competition and both will no doubt be vying for glory.

However, with one-off knockout games there is always a chance of a ‘giant killing’.

With the 2018-19 edition under way, Goal brings you everything you need to know about this season’s FA Cup.


When did the FA Cup start & when is the final?


The first round proper of this season’s FA Cup began on Friday November 9, with 48 clubs from League One and League Two entering at that stage.

Premier League and Championship clubs do not enter the competition until the third round proper, which is scheduled to begin on the weekend of Saturday January 5.

FA Cup Trophy

Before the first round proper, there were a number of qualifying rounds involving teams from the lower rungs of English football, beginning with the extra preliminary qualifying round, which was played on August 10.

Including the extra preliminary round, there were a total of six qualifying rounds before teams from the Football League enter.

The 2019 FA Cup final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 and it will be held at Wembley.


FA Cup second round


The second-round draw of the FA Cup took place on November 12 following the conclusion of the first round.

Forty teams remain in the competition as side fight it out for a place in round three, when sides from the Premier League and the Championship enter the fray.

Among those in the pot are a clutch of sides with Premier League experience, including Portsmouth, Sunderland, Blackpool, Barnsley and Swindon Town.

Second round games themselves are scheduled to be played on the weekend which starts Friday, November 30.

Date Match TV?
Nov 30 Solihull Moors 0-0 Blackpool BBC Two
Dec 1 Halifax vs AFC Wimbledon BT Sport 1
Dec 1 Southend United vs Barnsley No
Dec 1 Peterborough United vs Bradford City No
Dec 1 Maidstone United vs Oldham Athletic No
Dec 1 Lincoln City vs Carlisle United No
Dec 1 Plymouth Argyle vs Oxford United No
Dec 1 Walsall vs Sunderland No
Dec 1 Accrington Stanley vs Cheltenham Town No
Dec 1 Charlton Athletic vs Doncaster Rovers No
Dec 1 Wrexham vs Newport County BT Sport 1
Dec 2 Bury vs Luton Town No
Dec 2 Tranmere Rovers vs Southport No
Dec 2 Shrewsbury Town vs Scunthorpe United No
Dec 2 Chesterfield vs Grimsby Town No
Dec 2 Swindon Town vs Woking No
Dec 2 Barnet vs Stockport County No
Dec 2 Rochdale vs Portsmouth No
Dec 2 Slough Town vs Gillingham No
Dec 3 Guiseley vs Fleetwood Town BT Sport 1

FA Cup first round


The first-round draw of the FA Cup took place on Monday following the conclusion of the fourth qualifying round, which wrapped up on the weekend of October 20.

Forty-eight teams from League One and League Two enter the competition at this stage, where they will join the 32 winners from the previous round.

Among those in the pot are two teams from the seventh tier of English football, Southern League Premier Division side Metropolitan Police and Isthmian Premier’s Haringey Borough, and Weston Super-Mare of the sixth-tier National League South.

First round games themselves are to be played on the weekend of Saturday, November 10.

Date Match TV?
Nov 9 Haringey Borough 0-1 Wimbledon BBC Two
Nov 10 Maidenhead United 0-4 Portsmouth BT Sport 1
Nov 10 Maidstone United 2-1 Macclesfield Town No
Nov 10 Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cheltenham Town No
Nov 10 Swindon Town 2-1 York City No
Nov 10 Torquay United 0-1 Woking No
Nov 10 Scunthorpe United 2-1 Burton Albion No
Nov 10 Aldershot Town 1-1 Bradford City No
Nov 10 Grimsby Town 3-1 MK Dons No
Nov 10 Bromley 1-3 Peterborough United No
Nov 10 Southport 2-0 Boreham Wood No
Nov 10 Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Stevenage No
Nov 10 Chesterfield 1-1 Billericay Town No
Nov 10 Lincoln City 3-2 Northampton Town No
Nov 10 Yeovil Town 1-3 Stockport County No
Nov 10 Bury 5-0 Dover Athletic No
Nov 10 Gillingham 0-0 Hartlepool United No
Nov 10 Oxford United 0-0 Forest Green Rovers No
Nov 10 Tranmere Rovers 3-3 Oxford City No
Nov 10 Accrington Stanley 1-0 Colchester United No
Nov 10 Barnsley 4-0 Notts County No
Nov 10 Metropolitan Police 0-2 Newport County No
Nov 10 Walsall 3-2 Coventry City No
Nov 10 Rochdale 2-1 Gateshead No
Nov 10 Sutton United 0-0 Slough Town No
Nov 10 Exeter City 2-3 Blackpool No
Nov 10 Luton Town 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers No
Nov 10 Morecambe 0-0 Halifax Town No
Nov 10 Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Carlisle United No
Nov 10 Southend United 1-1 Crawley Town No
Nov 11 Mansfield Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic No
Nov 11 Chorley 2-2 Doncaster Rovers No
Nov 11 Alfreton Town 1-4 Fleetwood Town No
Nov 11 Barnet 1-1 Bristol Rovers No
Nov 11 Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Salford City No
Nov 11 Hitchin Town 0-2 Solihull Motors No
Nov 11 Guiseley 4-3 Cambridge United No
Nov 11 Weston Super Mare 0-2 Wrexham No
Nov 11 Port Vale 1-2 Sunderland BT Sport 1
Nov 12 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-2 Oldham Athletic BT Sport 1

FA Cup first-round replays

Date Match TV?
Nov 20 Cheltenham Town 2-0 Ebbsfleet United No
Nov 20 Charlton Athletic 5-0 Mansfield Town No
Nov 20 Bradford City 1-1 Aldershot Town (4-1 pens.) No
Nov 20 Doncaster Rovers 7-0 Chorley No
Nov 20 Billericay Town 1-3 Chesterfield No
Nov 20 Forest Green Rovers 0-3 Oxford United No
Nov 20 Oxford City 0-2 Tranmere Rovers BT Sport 1
Nov 20 Slough Town vs Sutton United (8-7 pens.) No
Nov 20 Halifax Town 1-0 Morecambe No
Nov 20 Crawley Town 2-6 Southend United No
Nov 21 Salford City 1-3 Shrewsbury Town BT Sport 1
Nov 21 Bristol Rovers 1-2 Barnet No
Nov 21 Hartlepool United 3-4 Gillingham No

Fixture dates subject to change pending television scheduling.


FA Cup TV channel & stream


FA Cup 2018

UK TV channel Online stream
BBC / BT Sport BBC iPlayer / BT Sport app

The FA Cup will be broadcast on the BBC and BT Sport in the United Kingdom.

Both networks will air the final and will share the rest of the competition, taking turns to select the games they wish to broadcast.

All matches shown by the BBC and BT Sport will be available to stream on their respective websites and apps.

Article continues below

US TV channel Online stream
N/A ESPN+

In the United States, the rights to the FA Cup are owned by ESPN, but the games will exclusively be streamed online via ESPN+. 

That means the games will not be shown live on television in the US.



Source link

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: How American heavyweight boxer wanted to be a goalkeeper


The WBC heavyweight champion played a variety of sports as a teenager but was forced to turn to the fight game in a bid to provide for his family

For a man renowned for stopping opponents, perhaps it shouldn’t come as much as a surprise to learn that Deontay Wilder was once just as drawn to the idea of stopping shots.

As a multi-talented teenager blessed with both an imposing physique and amazing agility, the American tried his hand at a variety of sports.

“I played football, basketball, baseball, ran track and if I had had time for soccer, I would have done that as well,” Wilder explained on iNews.

“I always pictured myself as a goalkeeper. In the end, I couldn’t play soccer because it always interfered with basketball but yeah, I always thought about becoming a goalkeeper.”

Wilder instead focused on basketball at the behest of his father, who had played the game in his younger days. However, he also excelled as a wide receiver for Tuscaloosa Central High and dreamed of playing college football for Alabama Crimson Tide. 

However, in 2005, the then 19-year-old saw his whole world was turned upside down when he learned his partner Helen was pregnant.

Not only that, doctors informed the couple that their daughter would be born with spina bifida, a condition which affects that backbone and membranes around the spinal cord and, in severe cases, severely impacts a person’s ability to walk.  

“I remember being in the doctor’s office: dim lights, her mother was right beside me and [the doctor was] going over instructions, little things about how to take care of a child with spina bifida and different organizations that help,” Wilder is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

“Then, he gave us option B: We could terminate the pregnancy. Instantly, I looked at her and I looked back at him, and I was like, ‘I can’t do that.’

“I felt like at this point, she’s developed, we know [she’s a girl]. I felt like, ‘Give her life.’ You never know what she can become.”

Deontay Wilder Goalkeeper PS

Wilder had no idea what he would become either. He dropped out of community college to provide for his family, taking a variety of jobs – including waiting tables at IHOP and working in a kitchen at Red Lobster – in a desperate bid to make ends meet.

It was that desire to make money that pushed him towards boxing, with Wilder naively thinking that it was easy to make money fast in the fight game. 

He had easily won every single street fight he had been involved in as a kid and figured victories would come just as easily in the ring.

“I was ignorant to the sport,” he confessed. “I thought every fighter that stepped into the sport made a lot of money. I didn’t know there was levels. It’s a process to get to that point.

“On the street, you get your man, you put a good move on him, he falls… Get on and pound.

“But when I started boxing, even one minute tortured me. I remember sparring, and I was like Bambi. My legs were shaking like Bambi!”

Pretty soon, though, Wilder would have his opponents shaking with fear, as it quickly became evident that he was blessed with the most precious of gifts in boxing: knockout power. 

He destroyed one opponent after another as he embarked on his quest to fulfill the promise he had made to his baby daughter – Naieya to become a world champion.

The dream was realised in 2015 when the Alabama native defeated Bermane Stiverne via unanimous decision to claim the WBC heavyweight title. 

Deontay Wilder Children PS

Now, ahead of Saturday’s eagerly awaited bout with Tyson Fury, Wilder is determined to secure a victory that would set up a lucrative unification fight with WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua next year.

The money he has earned from boxing played a significant role in him being able to look after not only Naieya, who was forced to endure five operations on her spine as a child, but also his three other children: Ava, Dereon and Deontay Jr.

Thus, the one remaining goal is to ensure that they are set up for life.

“I love my children to death and that is why I am building for them,” Wilder, who boasts a remarkable undefeated record of 40-0, with 39 knockouts, told ESPN. “Everything I do is for them. My career, it is for them.

Article continues below

“I am going to make sure that I get everything I deserve. I am going to make sure I get the best of the best, no matter what, because I want to make sure they have the best of the best.

“That is why no matter who gets in the ring with Deontay Wilder, they will be in for the fight of their lives.”

Fury has been warned. And he could well end up wishing that Wilder had become a goalkeeper rather than a knockout machine!



Source link

Man City News: Guardiola challenges Mendy to be stronger



The full-back must work to find a solution to his persistent fitness problems, according to his manager at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged Benjamin Mendy to become a “stronger” player after being plagued by injuries since his arrival in the Premier League.

Left-back Mendy missed most of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture and is now out for up to three months after undergoing surgery on a fresh knee injury.

France head coach Didier Deschamps told the France international to take better care of his body last month and Guardiola agrees he must work to find a solution to his persistent fitness problems.

“I think he’s a good professional. When he’s there, on the pitch or in the locker room, he’s doing what he has to do,” said Guardiola.

“But we cannot deny that he had a big injury last season, he has another big injury right now and hopefully everyone can understand what you need to be.

“A strong guy is one who plays every three days. These kind of guys are never injured. That has to be his main target. After that we decide if he plays or not.

“Continuity is the target. He’s young, incredible potential and it’s a pity, an incredible guy.

“In two seasons it’s a long time not playing for him.”

Guardiola identified Fernandinho as one of his more robust players and, even though he conceded the Brazilian had his limitations, the former Barcelona coach reiterated he would not be dipping into the transfer market to buy further cover in the defensive midfield position.

“[Can Fernandinho play] every game? No way. He can play but we would kill him for the next season,” added Guardiola. “He cannot play every three days, but we have alternatives.

Article continues below

“John [Stones], Danilo, [Fabian] Delph, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko, [Ilkay] Gundogan. We have a good squad and a few players can play in several different positions.

“We are not going into the transfer window. I am so delighted with the squad.

“I am sad when many players cannot play – imagine if I bring another one! It’s better like this.”





Source link

Liverpool news: Klopp says Keita and Fabinho will be praised like Oxlade-Chamberlain as he defends under-fire midfield


Midfield questions surround the Reds after their 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but their manager believes it is unit in development

Jurgen Klopp believes his midfield is still developing and is confident in a year people will talk about Naby Keita and Fabinho as positively as they discuss Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool’s midfield came under scrutiny once again in Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, which puts the Reds on the verge of elimination from the competition.

Though Liverpool remain undefeated in the Premier League and just two points off also undefeated Manchester City, the vaunted attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have failed to hit the highs of last season and the creativity from Klopp’s midfield has been assigned part of the blame.

Though the German accepts that his midfield hasn’t been as productive as some he’s had in the past, he thinks that is part of an ongoing process of development, which began with his side showing the defensive resilience they have been long accused of lacking.

“Yes, in specific games we can say that [the attack and midfield are not linking],” Klopp told reporters ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby. “But to be honest for me it is quite strange.

“When everything is brilliant and we score goals you always ask about defending and how can we fix that?

“We fixed that, kind of, and it always happens that the first step is it costs you a bit of fluency and creativity. That is a completely normal thing.

“If someone would think about it for one second they would see it is clear, it is logical.

“Now, when we fix that, I can’t say in the first moment to the boys: ‘But that’s not enough offensively’. That would be crazy. We still have to develop, that’s what we do.”

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool PSG

Klopp downplayed the impact that there is a simple answer for Liverpool on the transfer market or internally that can speed up the process – a process he thinks the club already have the players on hand to complete.

“Bringing one player in would change everything? That is bulls*** and you all know that. One player doesn’t change everything.

“We have the players for it. We have to win football games. Really, with all the things I saw in this country football-wise, if people cannot enjoy our football then I really can’t help them.

“There were a few games last season, when we were really flying and the opponent collapsed like Watford here, then we had the big games like Roma and Man City, where were these games in the league?

“But I get constantly confronted with the question – something is missing. What’s that?

“Of course it could be better but it is not because of one player. We are creative. I don’t know how many goals we’ve scored but we’ve had many more chances.

“Creating is not a problem. You could say finishing the problem, whatever you want.

“In the end, in the games we won we were always the better side. That’s pretty rare. Not one lucky game when it was ‘wow, how did that happen?’

“I get that you have to write about things, no problem, but write it and don’t ask me about it because I’m not interested about it, I don’t think about it and I can’t answer it.

“I don’t tell my boys to do one thing and then tell them publicly to do another thing.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19

One player who Liverpool do lack is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is sidelined for potentially all of the campaign after having surgery to repair a ligament in his knee.

While his loss was expected to be felt, there was hope that new additions Keita and Fabinho would mitigate that by increasing the depth and quality of the midfield.

That has not happened yet, as both players have struggled to make an impact at Anfield.

Klopp however, believes the injured midfielder is proof players can be judged too quickly by the media after making a move, noting that last season at this time Oxlade-Chamberlain’s big money move to Liverpool was being criticised as he had yet to make his presence felt at the club.

“I get that,” Klopp said when discussing the emphasis on the midfield because of the £90 million ($115m) spent on the pair this summer.

Article continues below

“Same time next year we will all talk Naby and Fabinho like we talked last year about Oxlade.

“In the beginning, it was not there and we always asked ‘what about Oxlade-Chamberlain?’ Maybe you did not ask that much because nobody expected that much, they thought he was too expensive, then he came back and he was ready.

“I get it, 100 per cent. But that’s really not our problem.”



Source link

Enzo Zidane provides update on fathers return to football



Zinedine Zidane closing in on football return

The son of Zinedine Zidane has given an update on his father’s return to football after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.

The Frenchman won three consecutive Champions League trophies with Madrid but decided to call time on his Bernabeu career following his final triumph.

Since then, Zidane has been out of work but been linked with a whole host of jobs.

Manchester United were one of the clubs linked with a move for the manager.

Jose Mourinho was very much under pressure and there was talk of him being sacked.

That lead to links with Zidane suggesting he could take over from the former Real Madrid boss. 

Mourinho was never sacked, however, and links quickly died down.

More reports suggested that Zidane ‘dreamed’ of a move to Juventus. 

Again, nothing came of that with Massimiliano Allegri currently in charge of the Turin side.

Since then, there has been little talk of when Zidane will return and who he will return to manage.

Now, his son Enzo Zidane has given an update on his father’s future.

Zinedine Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 27: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid CF looks to the trophy as he celebrates with his team at Cibeles Square a day after winning their 13th European Cup and UEFA Champions League Final on May 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

‘It seems likely that he will return to coaching soon’

Enzo, was on the books at Real Madrid not too long ago, has claimed that it is ‘likely’ that his father will return to management ‘soon’.

However, for now, he is getting in some much-needed rest.

‘My father loves football and he loves to coach, this is clear,’ Enzo explained to Diario AS, as cited by the Daily Mail.

‘It seems likely that he will return to coaching soon but right now he is resting, and this is something that he needed to do.

‘Managing Madrid was beautiful for him but it was also hugely demanding and involved a mass amount of work, so he is now recovering.’

Where Zidane ends up next is anyone’s guess right now.

 

See Also: Man City youngster Brahim Diaz will be Real Madrid’s next signing – Marca

Tottenham tell Real Madrid how much they need to pay to sign Christian Eriksen






Source link

Premier League: Cardiff City 2 Wolves 1



Cardiff City moved out of the bottom three as they came from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 thanks to a late Junior Hoilett goal.

Wolves were unable to prevent their winless run extending to six Premier League matches as they lost 2-1 at Cardiff City thanks to Junior Hoilett’s stunning late strike.

Nuno Espirito Santo has come under pressure of late because of Wolves’ poor run and they put in another disappointing showing in Wales on Friday, as Cardiff clawed their way out of the bottom three.

Wolves were second best for most of the first half, but went into the break ahead thanks to Matt Doherty’s second Premier League goal.

Cardiff stepped things up after the interval and deservedly levelled in the 65th minute through Aron Gunnarsson, and Hoilett netted a glorious winner 13 minutes from the end to consign Wolves to a fifth defeat in six games.

Wolves were guilty of a laborious start, but they took the lead with their first purposeful attack – Doherty slamming home from close range on his 200th league appearance for Wolves after Neil Etheridge parried Raul Jimenez’s header at a corner.

Cardiff continued to look the brighter of the two teams thereafter, but it took them until the 37th minute to really threaten Wolves, as Harry Arter’s sweetly struck half volley crashed back off the top of the left-hand post.

The hosts eventually got themselves a justified equaliser with 25 minutes left – Gunnarsson producing a spectacular finish from close range after Sean Morrison headed an Arter delivery into the danger zone.

Hoilett completed the turnaround late on, his gorgeous curling effort from the edge of the penalty area going in off the crossbar.  

Wolves piled the pressure on towards the end, but Cardiff held out and there was to be no repeat of last season’s full-time spat between Nuno and counterpart Neil Warnock, as the pair shook hands after the final whistle.


What does it mean? Warnock’s surprise set-up makes good impression

Supporters were bemused to see Cardiff go with a 3-5-2 formation before kick-off, but it actually saw them control the match and nullify the threat of most of Wolves’ attacking players. It would have been harsh had they not taken all three points.

Morrison marshals well

A strong presence at the back against Jimenez and Traore, Morrison also made himself a nuisance in the opposing area – getting himself an assist for Gunnarsson’s equaliser

Traore makes little impact

Deployed in attack alongside Jimenez, Traore was undoubtedly playing because of the lack of pace in Cardiff’s defence. However, he had little impact, as he was wasteful in possession and unable to hold the ball up very well.

Key Opta Facts

– Cardiff have won consecutive home games in the same top-flight season for the first time since the 1961-62 campaign.

– This was the first time Wolves have lost a league game that they opened the scoring in since February 2017 (1-2 v Burton Albion), ending a run of 44 such games without defeat.

– Cardiff have picked up nine of their 11 Premier League points this season from trailing positions, the joint-most in the division alongside Arsenal.

What’s next?

Cardiff travel to West Ham on Tuesday, while Wolves host Chelsea a day later.





Source link