Europe will not detract from Liverpool league focus

Liverpool's Champions League run will not be prioritised over their push to finish as high as they can in the Premier League, captain Jordan Henderson said ahead of Saturday's trip to basement side West Bromwich Albion. The Merseyside club are in contention to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2007 when they take on Italy's AS Roma in the semi-finals, with the first leg to be played at Anfield on Tuesday. Liverpool are close to securing a top-four finish in the with the club third in the standings with four games remaining but Henderson says Juergen Klopp's team will continue to target more victories.
Yahoo - 20.04.2018 10:59

Lenglet choosing between secure Sevilla future and Barcelona's siren song

Barcelona have interest in Clement Lenglet but face a battle from his current club Sevilla to land the defender, Goal understands. The centre-back, who turns 23 on June 17, has emerged as one of the outstanding young centre-backs in La Liga since his arrival from Nancy, then of Ligue 1, at the end of 2016. The Frenchman’s development since his arrival at Sevilla has spurred interest in his services, with a report from Sport indicating Barcelona conducted a meeting with his representatives.
Yahoo - 20.04.2018 10:51

Zlatan Ibrahimovic eager to play alongside Giovani dos Santos with LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads in what proved to be the winning goal for LA Galaxy at Chicago in his first MLS start. Giovani Dos Santos is more than happy with his decision to play for the Galaxy and says he'd still choose LA if bigger clubs in Europe chased his signature. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is optimistic that he will finally be able to play alongside his teammate Giovani dos Santos when the LA Galaxy take on Atlanta United on Saturday. The two have yet to play an MLS match together since Ibrahimovic's debut on March 31, as Dos Santos has not seen action since the beginning of March when he suffered a leg injury during the second match of the season. But Ibrahimovic told ESPN that he liked what he has seen from the Mexico international. "I have seen him play before,...
ESPN - 20.04.2018 09:54

Lovren returns to Liverpool training

PA Sport Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren returned to training on Thursday to give manager Jurgen Klopp another boost ahead of next week's Champions League semifinal first leg against Roma. The Croatia international was forced off with a minor problem in Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield. However, he was pictured in full training with the rest of his teammates in images posted on Liverpool's website and would appear to be in contention for Saturday's trip to West Brom in the Premier League. Fellow defender Joe Gomez returned to full training earlier this week after almost a month out with an ankle problem.
Yahoo - 20.04.2018 08:26

Alex Ferguson leads praise of Arsene Wenger's legacy at Arsenal

Antonio Conte said it will be extremely difficult to see another manager replicate the longevity a single club like Arsene Wenger. Journey back in time to soak in Arsene Wenger's finest moments at Arsenal during his nearly 22-year career with the club. Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by calling the Frenchman "without doubt one of the greatest Premier League managers". It was announced on Friday that Wenger is to leave the Gunners next month after a near 22-year spell, during which time he won 10 major trophies, including three Premier League titles. His Arsenal teams were regularly involved in title races with Ferguson's Manchester United and the Scot, who was at Old Trafford from 1986 to 2013, praised...
ESPN - 20.04.2018 08:22

Chris Smalling ignoring rumours of Manchester United exit

English Premier League: Chris Smalling (69') Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United Man United's Chris Smalling reflects on their miraculous comeback at the Etihad, Jose Mourinho's inspired halftime team talk and more. MANCHESTER -- Chris Smalling says he is ignoring any talk that he could leave Manchester United this summer. The defender has seen Jose Mourinho sign centre-backs Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof since taking over as manager for a combined £60 million, prompting speculation Smalling could leave Old Trafford, with Arsenal one of the clubs reported to be interested. Despite bolstering his back line, Mourinho has continued to pick Smalling, who is behind only Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and David...
ESPN - 20.04.2018 08:00

Chelsea's Antonio Conte: Arsene Wenger's longevity at Arsenal won't be matched

With Chelsea on the outside looking in when it comes to the UCL next season, the FC crew examine who's to blame for their underwhelming campaign. Chelsea made the most of Tottenham's draw against Brighton and are now five points away from a Champions League position with four games to play. Chelsea made the most of Tottenham's draw against Brighton and are now five points away from a Champions League position with four games to play. Chelsea made the most of Tottenham's draw against Brighton and are now five points away from a Champions League position with four games to play. Antonio Conte insisted Chelsea are not already in the FA Cup final, despite playing relegation candidates Southampton in the semi-final. LONDON -- Antonio Conte claimed that Arsene Wenger's longevity at Arsenal is unlikely to be repeated because managers are forced to "live in the present" by the volatile nature of modern football. Wenger ann...
ESPN - 20.04.2018 07:48

Morata apologises for substitution tantrum

Liam Twomey Chelsea Correspondent Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has apologised for his furious reaction to being substituted in Thursday's 2-1 win over Burnley. Morata was visibly angry when coach Antonio Conte withdrew him on 71 minutes, shouting and gesticulating at Burnley supporters behind the dugout before throwing his boots to the floor. But Morata took to Twitter to explain after the game, saying he was still frustrated after failing to find the net in a gilt-edged chance shortly before Burnley levelled the score at 1-1. "I want to apologize for my reaction when I was sent to the bench, when I fail I get really angry with myself," he wrote. Victor Moses secured three points for the Blues
Yahoo - 20.04.2018 00:13

Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona 1 win from title

MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad on Thursday, leaving Barcelona one victory away from clinching the Spanish league title.
Fox Sports - 19.04.2018 22:26


ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Monte Carlo Masters Men's Singles Final Rounds and Seeds Progress

Apr 20 (OPTA) - Final Rounds and Seeds Progress from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, Monte Carlo Masters Men's Singles matches on Friday .. Final Rounds .. Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score 1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) qtr won 5-Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-0 6-2 3rd won Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-3 6-2 2nd won Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-1 6-3 1st won (Bye) 5 Dominic
Reuters - 20.04.2018 21:04

The Switch Goffin, Nadal Hit When Transitioning To Clay

Nothing moves the dial more with the transition from hard courts to clay courts than points won returning first serves. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of the four semi-finalists from the 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters against their own 2017 hard-court averages identifies the biggest improvement in any serve or return category was points won returning first serves. [ALSO LIKE] The four semi-finalists in Monaco last year were David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and the champion, Rafael Nadal. The quartet combined to put up positive numbers in all three return categories on the clay, but their combined performance against first serves was the most noteworthy. 2017 Monte-Carlo Semi-Finalists: Combined Monte-Carlo v Hard-Court Averages Return Statistics 2017 Hard Court 2017 Monte Carlo Percentage-Point Im...
ATP - 19.04.2018 20:30

Djokovic Reveals Racquet Adjustments

After beating Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6(2), 7-5 at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic revealed he made adjustments to his racquet earlier this year. The 12-time Grand Slam champion recently made the change under former coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek as he began his return to the Tour, with his mind set on recapturing the form that saw him finish as year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings on four occasions (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). “[I] changed the racquet earlier this year,” said Djokovic. “I made some small minor changes that actually in our world are quite significant. “(Andre) Agassi and Radek (Stepanek) who worked with me at the time felt it was a good call for the big picture and for the long run. I feel more comfortable with the racquet as I go along.” The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters ninth seed, who said the recent tweaks have given him more power and angle on his serve, emphasised the need for patience as he cont...
ATP - 18.04.2018 19:55