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 »

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 »

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 »

Marwan Attia confident Egypt can progress without ‘great loss’ of Mohamed Salah

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Midfielder Marwan Attia insists Egypt can cope with the “great loss” of Mohamed Salah as they gear up for their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash with DR Congo in San Pedro.Salah is back at Liverpool for treatment on the hamstring injury he picked up in the second group game, with the hope he might be able to rejoin the national team should they reach the latter stages of the tourn...Full Story »

Equatorial Guinea looking to build on Ivory Coast upset with Guinea scalp

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2024 by PA

Equatorial Guinea boss Juan Micha believes his side can continue surprising people at the Africa Cup of Nations.The team known as ‘National Thunder’ caused an AFCON storm by beating hosts Ivory Coast 4-0 to top Group A.While Ivory Coast dropped to third spot to set up a daunting last-16 tie against reigning champions Senegal, Equatorial Guinea will meet Guinea in Abidjan on Sunday.&#...Full Story »

Rigobert Song unconcerned by pressure ahead of Cameroon’s crucial Gambia clash

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Rigobert Song is unconcerned about speculation over his position as Cameroon boss heading into their crucial Africa Cup of Nations clash against the Gambia.The five-time champions started their campaign with an underwhelming draw against Guinea before losing to Senegal and almost certainly need to beat the Gambia to have a chance of progressing from Group C.Victory at the Stade de la Paix in Bou...Full Story »

Guinea FA tells fans to ‘celebrate carefully’ in wake of supporter deaths

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2024 by PA

Guinea head into their final Africa Cup of Nations group game urging supporters to “celebrate carefully” after several fans were killed in the aftermath of Friday’s 1-0 win over Gambia.Kaba Diawara’s side face Senegal in a clash between the top two in Group C against a backdrop of tragedy and concern.A number of supporters were killed amid scenes of celebration on Friday ...Full Story »

Angola and Burkina Faso ready for qualification decider

Posted Monday, January 22, 2024 by PA

Angola coach Pedro Goncalves will have his sights set firmly on qualification for the knock-out stages of the Africa Cup of Nations when his side face Burkina Faso on Tuesday.Perhaps surprisingly, the sides go into the match as the top two in Group D, level on points and facing what amounts to a play-off for top spot.But with Algeria two points back ahead of their game against Mauritania, defeat...Full Story »

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