Cristiano Ronaldo's sending off against Valencia in September's Champions League group stage match will have no impact on how the Juventus star plays in Tuesday's return fixture in Turin, the Spanish side's coach Marcelino García said. "All or nothing," said Valencia's Spanish coach Marcelino Garcia Toral (centre) of their match against Juventus. (AFP/Marco BERTORELLO) Garcia described the game as being an "all or nothing" tie for the Spaniards at a press conference on Monday (Nov 26). "I don't think what happened in Valencia really matters much," Garcia said ahead of a match which the Spanish club have to win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16. Juventus are top of Group H with nine points after four games, with Manchester United two points behind and the Spaniards on five. Swiss club Young Boys are already out of the running. "What can I say? Cristiano is an extraordinary player. He has great ambition to be the best and to win all the time," Garcia said. … [Read more...] about Valencia “going for broke” against Ronaldo”s Juventus
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MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see. Cristiano Ronaldo got a hero's welcome when he returned to Old Trafford with Real Madrid in 2013. (Photo: AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou) Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues before a then world record move to Real Madrid. On Tuesday (Oct 23), he returns in the colours of Juventus, eager to let his football do the talking with the cloud of a rape accusation in the United States dating back to just before he made the move to Madrid in 2009 blighting his early days with the Italian giants. Ronaldo strongly denies the allegation and has been backed by his club, but it remains to be seen if the hero worship afforded to the Portuguese on his last visit to Old Trafford … [Read more...] about Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United
Mourinho's smile returns after United win at BurnleyThe Saigon Times Daily Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku in action with Burnley's Ben Mee at Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain September 2, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS BURNLEY (REUTERS) - Jose Mourinho had a smile back on his face after his Manchester United side comfortably beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday to end a week of intense scrutiny in positive fashion. Two first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku put United in firm charge of the game and they could have added more after the break with Paul Pogba missing a penalty. Mourinho, who demanded respect from the media after Monday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, had his name sung throughout the game by United’s fans and even found time for a little banter with the media. “I am (delighted) and I think some of you must be disappointed it would be much better if we lose,” he said with a slight grin. “But I think the performance was very good … [Read more...] about Mourinho’s smile returns after United win at Burnley
Viet Nam News I remember well the first football match I ever went to. It was an FA Cup match at Anfield in 1981. I was eight-years-old. Liverpool won 4-1 with Kenny Dalglish scoring twice. The following year I was given a season ticket for a Christmas present, which I’m guessing cost my parents around VNĐ1million (US$44). I got the kit too, which again would have cost very little. This season if you want the full Manchester United kit of shirt, shorts and socks it will set you back VNĐ5million. Now I totally understand how times have changed, and on the whole, football has gotten much, much better. It’s far safer for one. Stadiums are much more comfortable and fans are for the large part treated with more respect instead of being herded in and out of grounds like cattle. But despite all these vast improvements, I am concerned about the future of the beautiful game. A few weeks ago, Villarreal announced they had signed former Arsenal midfielder Santi … [Read more...] about What is happening to the beautiful game?
Argentina have been shambolic at times - but they still have Lionel Messi AFP/GABRIEL BOUYS Here, AFP Sport ranks the 16 teams to have made it through based on their performances in Russia so far. Luka Modric's Croatia were the most impressive team of the group stage AFP/PASCAL GUYOT 1. CROATIA Three wins out of three, including a thumping of Argentina, sends Croatia through top of arguably the toughest group in the draw. Fears the corruption scandal would affect the players have not materialised while Nikola Kalinic's hint of rebellion was swiftly dealt with. Luka Modric has been arguably the player of the tournament so far. 2. BELGIUM Wins over Panama and Tunisia were backed up by a victory over England and even if the latter match was played between two second-string line-ups, Belgium have hardly put a foot wrong. Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are both firing and, after being rested against England, fresh. This team can go far. 3. URUGUAY Also through with maximum … [Read more...] about How the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup’s knockout stages