Turkey Football Federation berate ‘unlawful’ two-match ban for Merih Demiral

Posted Saturday, July 06, 2024 by PA

Turkey Football Federation president Mehmet Buyukeksi has called Merih Demiral’s two-match ban “unlawful” and a “political decision”.Demiral is suspended for Turkey’s Euro 2024 quarter-final against Netherlands after being sanctioned over a wolf salute he made towards the crowd during the last-16 match with Austria in Leipzig on Tuesday.The salute is recognise...Full Story »

Luis Enrique urges Paris St Germain players to keep calm in bid to reach final

Posted Tuesday, May 07, 2024 by PA

Luis Enrique says his main job is endeavouring to keep his Paris St Germain players calm ahead of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Borussia Dortmund.PSG trail 1-0 from the first leg in Germany having already demonstrated their spirit to come back from 4-2 down on aggregate in their quarter-final tie against Barcelona to ultimately win 6-4.“We can score two goals in a few min...Full Story »

Atalanta have to produce A-game to beat Marseille – Gian Piero Gasperini

Posted Thursday, May 02, 2024 by PA

Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini feels his team must produce their A-game to overcome Marseille and reach the Europa League final.The Serie A club begin their two-legged semi-final against the French side at Stade Velodrome on the back of conquering Liverpool in the last round.“I expect nothing short of a strong outfit,” Gasperini told his club’s website ahead of Thursday&...Full Story »

Roma boss Daniele De Rossi admits Bayer Leverkusen have the fear factor

Posted Thursday, May 02, 2024 by PA

Daniele De Rossi admitted Roma “should fear everything” about Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.While a Jose Mourinho-led Roma edged out Leverkusen at the exact same stage of the competition 12 months ago, the German side are an entirely different proposition under Xabi Alonso this season.Leverkusen have already swept to the Bundesliga title, k...Full Story »

Jude Bellingham: Joining Real Madrid last summer was ‘no-brainer’

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2024 by PA

Jude Bellingham admitted joining Real Madrid last summer was a “no-brainer”.The England midfielder opted for the Spanish giants amid interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs after three highly-impressive seasons with Borussia Dortmund.The 20-year-old Birmingham academy product has hardly looked back since, netting 20 times in an outstanding debut campaign at the Bernabeu Stad...Full Story »

Erin Cuthbert still dreaming of first Champions League trophy with Chelsea

Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2024 by PA

Chelsea forward Erin Cuthbert still finds herself dreaming of a first Champions League trophy despite boss Emma Hayes’ firm reality-rooted approach to the competition.The Blues, who face Ajax at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday night in the first of their two-leg last-eight encounter, remain on course to become just the second English side to complete a quadruple – wit...Full Story »

Arsenal don’t have the experience but do have ‘full belief’, say Mikel Arteta

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2024 by PA

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal’s Champions League history is irrelevant and challenged his side to prove they belong at the tournament’s business end as they prepare to face Porto in the last 16.The Gunners are back in Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in seven years but have failed to progress past this stage since 2010.Arsenal will be firm favourites at the Est...Full Story »

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti not ‘affected or worried’ by Kylian Mbappe speculation

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2024 by PA

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted he has no intention of letting speculation over Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at the club take his focus away from the job at hand.Real are seen as the most likely destination for the French striker, who has informed Paris St Germain he intends to leave in the summer, but Ancelotti was careful not to fan the flames of those rumours.With his side leading ...Full Story »

Emma Hayes does not expect Chelsea to be intimidated by partisan crowd in Paris

Posted Tuesday, January 30, 2024 by PA

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes does not expect her players to be intimidated by a partisan home crowd in Paris in their final Women’s Champions League group match.Hayes’ side, who secured their place in the knockout stages by beating Real Madrid 2-1 last week to finish top of Group D, face a Paris FC side who can also progress with victory.Paris must win at the Sebastien Charlety Stadium on...Full Story »

Bubista taking nothing for granted as Cape Verde face Mauritania in last 16

Posted Monday, January 29, 2024 by PA

Cape Verde coach Bubista is taking nothing for granted when they face fellow underdogs Mauritania in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.Both countries were surprise qualifiers from the group stage, with Cape Verde beating Ghana and Mozambique and earning a draw with Egypt.Mauritania, meanwhile, finished third in Group D courtesy of a shock win over Algeria.Bubista, speaking at his pre-matc...Full Story »

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