Brendan Rodgers insists his players will fight till the end to finish strongly in the Premier League. The Reds have struggled on the pitch recently losing to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley before drawing with West Bromwich Albion and suffering defeat at the KC Stadium to Hull City. The Gaffer however insists that his players are lacking nothing in terms of commitment and attitude, and expects them to continue in that manner for the remaining four matches of the season. Before Saturday afternoons visit of Queens Park Rangers to Anfield, the manager emphasised the need to have a determined mentality until the campaign ends. Rodgers said : “I must stress that the players, like in the game the other night, are giving absolutely everything. It’s not a team that’s lacking commitment and attitude. “You saw from the game the other night they’re giving everything in the game, we probably just lacked that bit of belief and […]

Manchester United are increasingly resigned to losing De Gea despite their offer of a A?150k-a-week new deal and Spurs keeper tops boss Van Gaal’s hit-list Hugo Lloris is Manchester United’s No.1 target this summer if they lose David De Gea. De Gea has his heart set on a move to the Spanish capital, with the Spaniard who is out of contract in a year’s time yet to sign an extension with his current club. The current situation has forced the Red Devils to look into a replacement for A?30 million rated De Gea, with Tottenham and France No.1 Lloris having emerged as manager Louis van Gaal’s preferred choice, but United would face a battle for his signature from Paris Saint-Germain, who also have the 28-year-old in their sights. Lloris signalled his intention to leave Spurs by admitting he wants to play Champions League football next season something Maurico Pochettino’s sixth-placed side, are unlikely to be able to offer. The Frenchman […]

Former liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman believes Manchester United are A?150million away from winning the Premier League title. United were thumped 3-0 by Everton on Sunday, marking back-to-back league defeats for the first time since Louis van Gaal took over as manager of the club and BT Sport football expert Steve McManaman, speaking on the channela s news and debate show Football Tonight, said that teams tailing off towards the end of the season has helped United claim their place in the top four. Steve believes that United despite having a brilliant second half of the season are still one big spending spree away from reclaiming their place at the top of the table. He said: “I think they are miles away, A?150million away from winning the title. I have been disappointed with the way they have played. I think the fact that they played so well against Liverpool and Tottenham has rescued them.” “I expected them to play much better […]

LEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA King Power Stadium, Leicester. 29th April 2015,6:45 PM GMT ***** Leicester City host league leaders Chelsea FC in the premier league on Wednesday evening.Both teams are looking for a win, although for entirely different purposes.Chelsea are 5 points away from mathematically sealing the top spot in the league , while a victory for Leicester City would see them leapfrog Aston-Villa into fifteenth place.Leicester City are currently on a four match winning streak, which has seen them climb out of the relegation places, meanwhile Chelsea are unbeaten in the league since Spurs defeated them 5-3 on January 1st this year. Team News and Tactical Brief: Leicester City Leicester are sweating on the fitness of David Nugent, Jamie Vardy and Jeff Schlupp. Nugent and winger Schlupp missed Saturday’s 1-0 win at Burnley with calf injuries and will be assessed prior to kick-off. Vardy, who scored the winner at Turf Moor, only played following an injection on his foot […]

Bayern Coach Pep Guardiola has been slapped with a UEFA charge after wearing a provocative T-shirt during his Champions League press conference. The Bayern boss wore a t-shirt complete with the message #JusticiaParaTopo in relation to an Argentine journalist who died at the 2014 World Cup. Argentine journalist Jorge Lopez, known as ‘Topo’, was killed under what many believe to be suspicious circumstances in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in July in a road traffic accident during the World Cup in Brazil. Lopez was travelling in a taxi when he was hit by a stolen car in what was reported as an accident. Lopez was highly regarded for his work in Latin America with his death bringing widespread grief across the continent. UEFA’s regulations prohibit the use of “sporting events for manifestations of a non-sporting nature” and the governing body has charged Guardiola with being in breach of such regulations. The Justice For Topo campaign wants an investigation into Topo Lopez’s death. […]

Liverpool FC defender Martin Skrtel could become the second player to commit his future to the Reds after Club Vice-Captain Jordan Henderson agreed a new five year contract. Jordan Henderson agreed a new five year contract this month and according to Karol Csonto, the agent of Martin Skrtel , his client is also very close to signing a new deal with the reds. Liverpool have offered Skrtel new terms to replace his current contract, which expires next summer, and talks are due to resume at the end of the campaign. German side Wolfsburg and Italian side Napoli are reportedly interested in the Slovakian centre back however Skrtel’s agent, Karol Csonto, says he is focused on negotiating a new deal with Liverpool. Csonto claims Wolfsburg have not made an offer, saying: “The only offer which is lying on Martin Skrtel’s table right now is the extension of his contract from Liverpool.” “We have been working on the details, and we will […]

United are 11 points behind the London side with five games left to play, but Van Gaal believes people cana t say the trophy is going to Stamford Bridge just yet. a It is not definitely gone because we can still win 15 points and they can still lose 18 points,a he said. “The main goal is that we are progressing as a team and we have done that today.” “We were the dominant team on the pitch but we lost. In football, the result is everything.” “We also need results in football. It is not always the best team that wins.” United enjoyed 70 per cent of possession at Stamford Bridge, but struggled to create many chances as Chelsea frustrated their opponents. While disappointed with losing, Van Gaal admitted he was very pleased with how his side kept the ball for large periods. “I’m not frustrated, I am very proud of my team,” Van Gaal Said said. “We played […]

Eden Hazard scored a 38th minute winner against Manchester United,to take Chelsea closer to the Premier League Title. The Belgian fired the hosts in front shortly before the break in a half largely dominated by Louis van Gaala s side, who nearly took an early lead through Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney should have given the visitors the lead inside four minutes, when Luke Shaw raced forward before pulling the ball back to the edge of the box for Rooney, who had plenty of time and space but could only pull his shot wide of the target. United dominated the majority of the game and it wasn’t until the 38th minute until Chelsea had a shot on target which ultimately turned out to be the winner. John Terry outmuscled Radamel Falcao off the ball and played it to Fabregas who played the ball to Oscar,the Brazilian produced a delightful backheel through the middle for Hazard, and the Belgian charged into the […]

Top goalscorer Diego Costa could make his Chelsea return next week when the Blues travel to Arsenal Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed before their match against United. The Spaniard has been out of action since the start of the month when he lasted just 12 minutes in the 2-1 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge. It was initially feared that Costa wouldn’t return until the game against Crystal Palace on May 3rd, however the striker is now expected to return much earlier and according to Jose Mourinho could be in contention of facing the Gunners at Emirates. Mourinho said on Costa,”He is progressing very well. He has a chance for next weekend. Our target was for Diego to play our last four matches and Arsenal is the sixth from the end, so if he doesn’t play it’s not a problem but things are going so well he has a chance.” “He’s training and he starts with the rest of the squad […]

Wayne Rooney may have to shift back to a midfield role at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night after Michael Carrick and Daley Blind were two of four Manchester United players ruled out of the clash with Chelsea. Centre-backs Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo will also miss the trip to the Premier League leaders, and with Jonny Evans completing his six-match ban, Louis van Gaal described it as “the worst scenario”. Jones and Blind, who was injured by Vincent Kompanya s controversial challenge in the Manchester derby last weekend, both have ankle injuries while Carrick has a problem in his calf and Rojo later reported a stomach muscle problem. a I have to tell that we have four injuries who played the last match so thata s not so good for us,a said Van Gaal. a We had very good hope that we should recover two of the four but ita s not like that. Carrick is out and Rojo is […]