Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is the best coach Nemanja Matic has worked with, the midfielder has said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town.
Matic played under the Portuguese coach at Chelsea when the London side won the league title in 2015 and the duo were reunited when the defensive midfielder joined United in July.
The 29-year-old, who won the league with Chelsea last season, has been pivotal in United’s current campaign as they sit second in the league and lead their Champions League group with Matic crediting Mourinho for his strong performances. Place Bet on Weekend’s Games on NaijaBet.com
“Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I’ve ever worked with,” Matic told Serbian magazine Elevate. “Sometimes it isn’t easy to work with him, because he always demands more.
“Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. Continue reading “Matic hail Mourinho as the best coach he has worked with”
The former England international has hailed the impact of the 25-year-old and says the Reds made an excellent decision to bring him to Anfield.
Michael Owen has lauded Mohamed Salah as a ‘brilliant signing’ for Liverpool.
The Egypt international, the Reds’ record signing after his summer move from Italian outfit Roma, has enjoyed an exceptional start to life at the club. Naija and Bet
Salah has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 13 games across all competition and the former Liverpool forward has hailed his overall impact.
“It’s been a brilliant start,” Said.
“Liverpool are so well blessed.
Continue reading “Salah will add more value to Liverpool – MICHAEL OWEN”
Jupp Heynckes said he enjoyed seeing Thomas Mueller return to form as Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic.
Bayern captain Mueller put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes before goals by Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels sealed the victory on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.
The result leaves Bayern second in Group B on six points, three behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and three clear of third-placed Celtic.
It was an important result for Bayern in the wake of their 3-0 drubbing in Paris three weeks ago, which led to Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal.
Heynckes, 72, came out of a four-year retirement for his fourth stint as Bayern coach to replace Ancelotti. Latest Europa League Odds NaijaBet
He restored Mueller to his preferred attacking midfield role, allowing him to happily roam just behind Robert Lewandowski, with Thiago Alcantara dropping into a deeper position. Continue reading “Heynckes happy with Mueller current form”
Group E is completely open at this stage after just one win between all four teams. Lyon have drawn both of their matches, while Everton are bottom of the group on one point.
Everton have only won two of their last 11 matches in all competitions and are really struggling to get out of their current funk.
Lyon will be high on confidence after beating Monaco 3-2 on Friday, but that was only their second win in nine competitive matches. Naija and Bet
Not only that, Lyon are winless in four away matches in Europe and have lost five of their previous eight matches away to English sides.
Everton –Ronald Koeman is expected to make some changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Brighton at the weekend.
Oumar Niasse is ineligible for the home side, while the Everton manager will be without at least five players because of injury.
Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka may rotate in the starting XI here, with the former coming into the team against Lyon.
With their Champions League days already numbered, Borussia Dortmund will be keen to return to domestic duties and seek to protect their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Dortmund had taken the Bundesliga by storm with six wins from their first seven matches before suffering their first loss of the season, to RB Leipzig, last week.
Their midweek 1-1 draw at Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League felt like another defeat and the 2013 finalists have now taken just one point from their first three group matches, leaving them staring at an early exit.
Dortmund’s exciting brand of attacking football has created something of a feel-good atmosphere at the club but another slip-up in Frankfurt might see that evaporate completely. Naija and Bet
“We have to show a reaction now and instantly focus on the Bundesliga,” defender Marcel Schmelzer told reporters. “We are in a good position there and apart from the Leipzig game we have been getting results.” Continue reading “Dortmund eyes quick rebound from UCL woes”
Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won.
Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians.
With Carlo Ancelotti, former Chelsea coach and Roma player, watching from the stands, David Luiz curled the English champions into an early lead and Hazard increased their advantage.
But Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for Roma before the interval and Edin Dzeko equalised with a stunning volley on 64 minutes before his header put the visitors ahead to the disbelief of the home fans in west London. Play on Today’s Europa League Matches 👉 NaijaBet
Hazard’s leveller allowed Chelsea to hold onto top spot in Group C with seven points, two points clear of Roma and five better off than Atletico Madrid.
“It was a difficult game against a good team. We suffered in possession and it wasn’t easy in the first half, despite scoring two goals,” said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Continue reading “Chelsea see draw; United, Barca, PSG Shine”
Chelsea have a 100% record in Group C and hold the advantage in the quest to finish top. Roma are their nearest rivals and a win over the Italian side would all but put their name in the next round of the competition.
Roma are in second on four points but now have two tricky fixtures against Chelsea. Assuming Atletico Madrid can beat minnows Qarabag twice, the Serie A side will do well to hold onto second place by matchday 5.
Roma have won only one of their 15 away games in England, losing nine. Chelsea slipped to a shock defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend and Antonio Conte will demand a reaction here.
Chelsea – Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are ruled out with hamstring injuries, but Alvaro Morata is in contention to return after missing their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace with the same injury. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is still sidelined for the home side.
The Uruguayan striker insists any rift between the duo is in the past and suggests that manager Unai Emery had not yet decided who will take penalties.
Edinson Cavani has claimed that he does not have to be friends with Neymar for the duo to perform well in tandem with each other at Paris Saint-Germain.
There were murmurs of discontent between the team-mates at the start of the season, with the pair having clashed on the pitch over the taking of a penalty during a game against Lyon.
There was also a disagreement over a free-kick during the same match, with Dani Alves refusing to give the ball to Cavani to take the set-piece, handing it to Neymar instead. Naija and Bet
The Uruguayan striker insists those issues are in the past but says that he does not need to be friends with his team-mate for them both to deliver in a PSG shirt.
Continue reading “We don’t have to be friends to perrform well : CAVANI”
Liverpool must replicate their Champions League finishing to revive their Premier League campaign, winger Mohamed Salah has said.
Salah and striker Roberto Firmino grabbed a brace each as Liverpool pounded Maribor 7-0 on Tuesday night to record their biggest away European win.
The victory has given Liverpool, who managed one win in their last five league games, the confidence to be more clinical in front of goal, said Salah.
“I think it’s an important result for us so we have to keep looking forward and we have to win the next games,” said. NaijaBet.com
“In the last three or four games we missed many chances… and we had bad luck. Continue reading “Liverpool must extend scoring form – Salah”
Jupp Heynckes returned to the Allianz Arena helm during the international break and kicked off his reign with a comfortable victory over Freiburg. He’ll now hope to get Bayern’s Champions League campaign back on track with the welcome of Celtic.
The Scottish giants are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions following the 5-0 home defeat to PSG. A 3-0 win over Anderlecht boosted morale, but they can expect to be up against it in Germany on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Bayern should win this with relative ease. Latest Odds NaijaBet
Bayern Munich – Jupp Heynckes is without injured duo Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer for the welcome of Celtic. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Celtic”
Chelsea must put the shock of two straight Premier League losses behind them and target victory in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Roma, wing-back Marcos Alonso has said.
After a 1-0 defeat to table-toppers Manchester City last month, the injury-hit champions lost 2-1 to bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday to drop to fifth place with 13 points.
The Group C leaders will look to maintain their perfect Champions League record when Roma visit Stamford Bridge and defender Alonso said Chelsea are not lacking motivation. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com
“The team is looking forward to this game because it’s a good opportunity for us to change things in terms of the last game,” the Spaniard said.
“Motivation is high… we will try to get the three points.
“It is a good chance to make things a bit better after the last couple of games in the Premier League, and to get closer to what we want, which is to finish the group as the first team.” Continue reading “Alonso eyes UCL win against Roma”
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is recovering well from a knee ligament injury and is confident of returning to first-team action for the Premier League club in November, the Belgium international has said.
Benteke, Palace’s top scorer last season, sustained the injury in last month’s defeat to league leaders Manchester City and has missed the Eagles’ last two games, including their first win of the campaign against champions Chelsea.
“The rehab is going really well and I’m feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing, so hopefully I can be back in a few weeks,” Benteke said. Naija and Bet
The 26-year-old also wants to impress Belgium manager Roberto Martinez with a goal-scoring run at Palace to boost his chances of being called up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“Playing in the World Cup is a big motivation but it’s only going to improve my performances at the club. I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I’m in the squad,” he added.
Palace are bottom of the table and host ninth-placed Newcastle United on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s maturity after taking a huge step towards the Champions League last 16 by holding defending champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
The English side had to rely on two stunning second-half saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to deny Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, but were good value for a point that keeps them level with Madrid on seven points at the top of Group H. Place Bet on tonight’s #UCL matches on NaijaBet.com
“It was a magnificent opportunity to show we can compete and play against a team used to playing at this level,” said Pochettino.
Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at APOEL Nicosia means the Germans and Cypriots remain six points adrift of the group leaders.
Spurs crashed out at the group stages last year against less exalted opposition, and Pochettino hailed the progression of his young side over the past 12 months. Continue reading “Pochettino hails Spurs after Real Madrid draw”
Arsenal’s preparations for a return to Premier League action following the international break are once again dominated by uncertainty over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Manager Arsene Wenger has openly admitted for the first time that he could now sell the pair in January rather than allowing them to leave at the end of their contracts next summer.
Although optimistic that they will extend their stays at the club, when asked if he had placed a deadline on the matter, Wenger said on Thursday: “No not at the moment. Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes.” Naija and Bet
And when asked if that meant they could leave in January he said: “Yes, it’s possible. I always said that the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave.
“Both players look happy here and overall I hope that the situation can be turned around. At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.” Continue reading “Arsenal distracted by Sanchez and Ozil transfer talk”
Liverpool are seven points behind Manchester City and Manchester United and cannot afford to lose more ground here.
United are in great form but this is their first real test of the season, with injuries to key players making this an even more interesting fixture.
Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to score on their last two trips to Anfield, while the last three encounters have ended as draws.
Jurgen Klopp has only lost one of seven matches against Mourinho sides, but his side will need to find their shooting boots if they are to beat United.
Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the international break, providing Liverpool with a huge blow. Check out Latest Weekend Fixtures Odds on NaijaBet.com
Dejan Lovren continues to struggle with injury and remains a doubt for the home side here, with Ragnar Klavan on standby to step in and partner Joel Matip at the back.
With Adam Lallana, Adam Bogan and Nathaniel Clyne all still injured for the home side, few changes are expected to Jurgen Klopp’s usual starting XI.
Continue reading “Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester United”
Bayern Munich have “no more excuses”, interim captain Thomas Mueller said after veteran German coach Jupp Heynckes took over as manager of the Bundesliga champions.
Heynckes, 72, came out of retirement to take charge of the squad – his fourth stint with Bayern – when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after a stinging 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
“A change of coach always releases energy, and I think we, the players, must now give a lot of ourselves. There are no more excuses,” said Mueller, at the Ingolstadt headquarters of Audi, a major sponsor of the club. Naija and Bet
“The sacred fire is still there with Jupp Heynckes, he has given off a lot of energy since Monday with his team of coaches,” the striker added.
Heynckes has reunited the coaching team which in 2013 helped steer Bayern to win the only ever treble of the Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup titles. Continue reading ““Bayern have no more excuses” – Thomas Mueller”
Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Manchester United face the biggest test yet of their title credentials when they visit Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday – a fixture that always has a little extra spice.
United are second in the Premier League, level on 19 points with neighbours Manchester City, but so far Mourinho’s side have yet to face any of last season’s top five.
Six wins from their opening seven games, with 21 goals scored and only two conceded, have raised expectations at Old Trafford, but the coming weeks should give a stronger indication of just how ready United are for a real push for the title.
Spurs visit Old Trafford on October 28 and then a week later United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on defending champions Chelsea, Mourinho’s former club. Latest Odds on NaijaBet.com
The North West derby has always had an extra edge and even though the lack of local players for both clubs could take away some of the needle from the game, the passion from the stands continues to create a special atmosphere. Continue reading “Man United ready for biggest test at Anfield”
Sami Khedira has taken a swipe at the makers of Fifa 18 on Thursday for getting his hair wrong in the latest edition of the popular video game.
While many players such as Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Manchester City’s France defender Benjamin Mendy are unhappy with their Fifa ranking, Khedira is unhappy with his look.
The veteran German international, who is set to make his comeback for Juventus after a two month injury layoff, is unhappy with his long hair.
The 30-year-old took to Twitter: “Hey @EASportsFIFA, I’m really glad you like my long hair… but I’m wearing it short for almost two years now…” Place Bet on Weekend’s games on NaijaBet.com
Khedira has been sidelined with a knee injury for the past seven weeks but scored twice for Juventus in a test match midweek and could return in Saturday’s Serie A clash against Lazio in Turin. Continue reading “Khedira set for Juventus return against Lazio”
Xavi Hernandez said he is open to being Qatar’s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha.
The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, said that he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career. Naija and Bet
And the World Cup winner says he wants to coach on the biggest stage.
Asked if that mean being Qatar’s coach in 2022, he replied: “Why not? I think it would be nice to be a coach here for the national team.
“We will see. I need experience, I need staff, I need everything but at least I know the Qatari players, I know the environment here.” Continue reading “Xavi eye coaching Qatar in 2022 World Cup”
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been ruled out of France’s final World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus on Tuesday due to a muscle injury, national team coach Didier Deschamps has said.
France beat Bulgaria 1-0 away on Saturday to move within touching distance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia, but Kante limped off shortly after half an hour and was replaced by Adrien Rabiot.
“I can’t count on him for the next game. It’s a muscular problem behind the thigh,” Deschamps said. “Kante and Rabiot pretty much swapped. It is fixed for Tuesday. Best World Cup Qualifiers Odds on NaijaBet.com
“N’Golo had a crucial part to play, obviously. After N’Golo’s injury, Adrien Rabiot came on in the same role, maybe not with the same quality as N’Golo.”
Les Bleus top Group A with 20 points, one ahead of Sweden, and will qualify directly for the World Cup if they beat Belarus.
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Ivory Coast held Mali to a 0-0 draw in the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualification, group C match at the Stade du 26 Mars on Friday.
As a result, Ivory Coast remain at the top of the group standings, while fourth-placed Mali are eliminated from World Cup contention.
The match got off to a lively start, with the Eagles of Mali doing most of the attacking as they searched for an early goal.
Adama Niane, the Mali striker, tried his luck from range in the 12th minute, but his effort missed the target without troubling Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
But the giant shot-stopper was called into action 13 minutes later and he denied Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, who had unleashed a shot from outside the box.
Bissouma, who plies his trade in France for LOSC Lille, was looking lively for the hosts – orchestrating moves in the middle of the park.
With the halftime break fast approaching, Jonathan Kodjia, who was tightly marked, tried to break the deadlock for Ivory Coast, but his left-footed shot was blocked. Place Bet on Today’s World Cup Qualifiers Matches on NaijaBet.com
The hosts then suffered a blow five minutes before the halftime break as Adama Traoré had to be replaced due to an injury and Moussa Djenepo was introduced.
Djenepo nearly made an immediate impact, but his header was well saved by Gbohouo, who ensured that the first half ended goalless. Continue reading “Mali bow out of WC contention after draw against Ivory Coast”
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Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994.
The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations.
It set the tone for the Super Eagles’ excellent campaign in a tough Group B, with Nigeria not dropping points until matchday four in Yaounde.
The 1-1 draw in Cameroon, combined with Zambia winning in Algeria last month, have meant the Chipolopolo are now the only team between Nigeria and next year’s tournament in Russia. Naija and Bet
Head coach Gernot Rohr will take much of the credit for the progress the team has made since he took charge in July 2016.
The German is now only 90 minutes away from his biggest accomplishment of a career that has taken him to French club Bordeaux, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia as well as the national teams of Niger, Burkina Faso and Gabon. Continue reading “Super Eagles on the brink of 2018 World Cup”
Winger Raheem Sterling has the determination to replicate his domestic form for the England national side, manager Gareth Southgate has said ahead of Thursday’s penultimate World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
Sterling has scored six goals in nine appearances for Manchester City this season but his international form has been mediocre in recent years, with the 22-year-old scoring the most recent of his two international goals in September 2015.
The former Liverpool player was withdrawn at half time in England’s win over Malta last month and played seven minutes in the subsequent fixture against Slovakia. Stake on Today’s World cup Qualifier Matches on NaijaBet
But Sterling, who has 34 caps for England, has been backed by Southgate to raise his game.
“I think Raheem is a tough lad,” Southgate told reporters. “That’s one of the attributes I really like about him. He bounces back from disappointments and he goes again. Continue reading “Southgate backs Sterling to improve against Slovenia”