Casemiro commented on the work of the referee at the match between Real Madrid and Elche

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro shared his opinion on the match between Madrid and Elche in the Spanish Championship. In particular, the football player raised the issue of refereeing. The match of the 16th round was held in Elche at the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium and ended with a score of 1: 1.

“We wanted to score three points, but it didn’t work out. I can say that we started well and we had a chance to score more goals, but the ball ended up in the net of our goal.

Both teams were struggling and it took us quite a while to find free space. The opponent retreated and dug in his half of the field. We knew this would happen, but we couldn’t do anything about it.

We do not evaluate the work of arbitrators. They are here to do whatever they can. Someone talks about VAR and referees, but we should only talk about football ”, – quotes the words of Casemiro Marca.

In the next round of the Spanish Championship, Real Madrid will play Celta, while Elche will face Atlético. The matches will take place on January 2 and 3, respectively.

Juventus are interested in 19-year-old MLS defender

Juventus is in talks to transfer Dallas full-back Brian Reynolds, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on his Twitter account.

According to the source, Juventus is not the only club showing interest in the American. Roma and Club Brugge are also interested in the 19-year-old.

It is noteworthy that the “old lady” already has one American player – Weston McKenny. He was recently named the best U.S. footballer in 2020.

Brian is a US youth team player. He has repeatedly received praise from various specialists for his ability to overcome obstacles and quickly find a way out of a difficult situation. Earlier it was reported about the interest in Reynolds from Marseille, Milan and a number of other European clubs.

Mesut Ozil: I would like to help Arsenal, especially now

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil, who was not included in the Gunners’ squad for the Premier League and Europa League, answered the question of whether he was happy with the team during his Twitter chat with fans.

“Now is a very difficult time for everyone at the club, not just me. The current situation upsets everyone. Of course, I would like to help the team, especially now. But if they don’t give me a chance, then we can only hope that the results will get better soon, “Ozil wrote.

Arsenal have 14 points in 14 games and are 15th in the Premier League standings. The team is separated from the relegation zone by 4 points.

Carlo Ancelotti – on relegation from Manchester United: Everton was good until the very end. We are disappointed

Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti commented on the outcome of the English League Cup quarter-finals, in which his players lost to Manchester United with a score of 0: 2 at home.

“We are disappointed because this is an important tournament for us, but we do not regret anything, because the team played well. The beginning of the match was difficult, but after the 20th minute we began to control the situation in defense. In the second half, they did not allow the opponent to create a moment, despite his strength. We played confidently in defense, were good until the very end of the match, were close to a penalty shootout, but we still have nothing to regret, that’s for sure, ”BBC quotes Ancelotti.

Manchester United, thanks to the victory in the match against Everton, reached the English League Cup semi-finals, where they will play against Manchester City.

Manchester United set club record

Manchester United won the English League Cup quarter-finals against Everton, which took place the day before, December 23, and ended 2-0 in favor of the Mancunians.

According to Opta, this victory became for the wards of Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer for the 13th consecutive time in away matches with the teams of the English Premier League in all tournaments. The series became a record for the “Red Devils”.

The last time Manchester United failed to defeat a league opponent on his field was June 19 this year. Then the Mankunians drew with Tottenham Hotspur in the match of the 30th round of the English Premier League of the 2019/2020 season. The meeting took place in London and ended with a score of 1: 1.

Manchester United, with 26 points in 13 rounds, is third in the league table in England, behind Leicester City (27) and Liverpool (31).

Inter intends to get rid of four players in January

Inter Milan plans to part with several players at once during the winter transfer window, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

According to the publication, “Nerazzurri” intend to get rid of four players: midfielders Matthias Vesino, Raja Naynggolan and Christian Eriksen, as well as striker Andrea Pinamonti. The 29-year-old Uruguayan does not enter the field due to knee problems, the 32-year-old Belgian and 28-year-old Dane are not included in the plans of head coach Antonio Conte, and the 21-year-old Italian, according to the mentor, needs to gain experience.

As already reported, midfielder Ivan Perisic can also leave Inter, but the club will part with him only in case of a suitable offer.

Inter, with 24 points in 11 rounds, is the second in the Italian Serie A standings, 3 points behind Milan.

Former Liverpool and Milan forward Borini joins Turkish club

Former Italy striker Fabio Borini will continue his career in Turkey. The next team of the player will be “Fatih Karagyumruk”.

As reported in the “Twitter” of the club from Istanbul, an agreement was reached with the 29-year-old footballer. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. Borini will join the team free of charge, since he has been a free agent since September. At the same time, Fabio will probably be able to replenish the lineup only with the opening of the winter transfer window.

Borini started his career at Chelsea and subsequently played for Swansea City, Parma, Roma, Liverpool, Sunderland and Milan, and his last club was Verona.

“Fatih Karagyumruk”, gaining 17 points in 12 rounds, takes the ninth place in the standings of the Turkish championship.

Atalanta named the best team of 2020 in Italy

The authoritative Italian edition La Gazzetta dello Sport has summed up the results of the outgoing 2020, defining the best team in the Italian championship.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Atalanta became the best team in 2020 in Italy, ranking third in the 2019/2020 season. In the Champions League, Gian Piero Gasperini’s charges reached the quarter-finals stage, where they were eliminated from the French Paris Saint-Germain (1: 2). Let us remind you that 25-year-old Russian midfielder Alexei Miranchuk is playing for Atalanta.

In addition to determining the best team in Italy, the best coach of 2020 was also chosen, which was 55-year-old Stefano Pioli, who heads Milan. The forward of the same Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was awarded the Legend award, and his colleague from Lazio Rome, Ciro Immobile, won the Man of the Year award.

Tottenham beat Antwerp, both teams advance to Europa League playoffs

Group J played matches of the sixth round. Tottenham Hotspur beat Belgian Antwerp 2: 0 in their field. In the 57th minute Vinicius Morais opened the scoring, and in the 71st minute Giovanni Lo Celso scored the second goal. The score has not changed anymore, although both teams created dangerous moments.

Thanks to this victory, the English club took first place in the standings of their group, gaining 13 points. Antwerp also advanced to the Europa League playoffs, finishing second (12).

In another match in this group, the Austrian LASK beat Ludogorets with a score of 3: 1. LASK scored 10 points and finished third in the Europa League. Ludogorets failed the tournament, failing to score a single point.

Leicester beat AEK Carrera in Europa League

In Group G of the Europa League matches of the 6th round took place. English “Leicester City” and Portuguese “Braga”, which guaranteed themselves tickets to the playoffs of the tournament ahead of schedule, won confident victories.

Leicester defeated Greek AEK at home, the meeting ended with a score of 2: 0. The hosts scored both goals at the beginning of the meeting. In the 12th minute, Cengiz Under opened the scoring, and two minutes later, Harvey Barnes doubled the hosts’ advantage.

With the same score, Braga beat the Ukrainian Zorya in their field. In the 61st minute, Yale Abu Hannah cut the ball into his own net, and in the 68th minute Ricardo Horta scored the second goal.

Leicester and Braga each scored 13 points, but the English club took the first place in additional indicators. Zorya finished the tournament in third place (6), and AEK, headed by the former coach of Spartak Moscow Massimo Carrera, in fourth (3).

Napoli drew with Real Sociedad, both teams advanced to the Europa League playoffs

In group F of the Europa League matches of the 6th round took place. “Napoli” at the stadium “Diego Armando Maradona” defeated “Real Sociedad”. The meeting between the teams ended with a score of 1: 1. In the 34th minute, the scoring was opened by Piotr Zieliński. Real Sociedad managed to recoup already in stoppage time. Willian Jose’s accurate blow brought a draw to the guests.

In a parallel match, Rijeka defeated AZ Alkmaar. In the 51st minute, Luca Menalo opened the scoring. Aries Veindal restored the balance in the account after just six minutes, but already in stoppage time, Ivan Tomechak brought the Croatian club a victory.

Napoli finished the group stage in first place in the standings with 11 points. Also in the playoffs came Real Sociedad with nine points. AZ took the third place (8) and Rijeka – the fourth (4).

Mourinho: Tottenham will play their 4th game in a week. Nobody in the club cried about it

The head coach of London’s Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho, on the eve of the game of the 11th round of the English Championship with Arsenal, spoke about the injustice in the calendar.

“By the way, we will play the 4th match in a week, and none of us cried or worried about this. Now remind me when my colleagues will play? Several Premier League teams have games in hand with Tottenham, with Manchester United and Manchester City postponing games after competing in European competition in August. It is very difficult to accept that four clubs play one match less than the others, and I do not even know when they will play these matches.

I don’t know when Burnley, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Manchester United will play and probably Newcastle and Aston Villa will join them. It is difficult to agree with this because it can affect competition. But I tried to find out. This week I tried to find an answer, but no one is able to give it to me, “- quoted by Mourinho Goal.

Rummenigge: Neuer is the best goalkeeper in football history

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his opinion on who he considers the best goalkeeper in the history of football.

“Neuer is the best goalkeeper in the world, I think he is even the best goalkeeper in the history of football.

We have always had good goalkeepers in Germany, in particular in Bayern, when we talk about Sepp Mayer or Oliver Kahn, but I think it was Manuel Neuer who brought the goalkeeper game to the next level, “Rummenigge quoted Goal as saying.

34-year-old German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer joined Bayern Munich in the summer of 2011, moving from Schalke 04 for € 30 million. Since then, he has played 402 matches for the Munich club in all tournaments, in which he conceded 297 goals, playing in 201 matches to zero. His contract with Bayern Munich runs until June 30, 2023.

Liverpool have never shot on target in a Champions League home game for the first time in 17 years

Liverpool have lost 0-2 at home in the Champions League against Atalanta.

The Reds did not deliver a single shot to the opponent’s goal – three hits missed the target, one was blocked.

This happened to Liverpool in a home match in the Champions League for the first time since at least 17 years (since the start of statistics collection in the 2003/04 season).

Vatican about Maradona: “The Pope remembers him in prayer and remembers their meetings with love”

In the official residence of Pope Francis in the Vatican, they reacted to the death of former Argentine football player Diego Maradona.

“The Pope was informed about the death of Diego Maradona. He fondly recalls his meetings with Maradona in past years.

The Pope commemorates him in prayer, as he did in the past when he found out about his condition, ”said the head of the Holy See’s press service Matteo Bruni.

Pope Francis is an Argentinean, a fan of the San Lorenzo club.

Douglas Santos may miss Arsenal due to injury

Zenit is preparing for the RPL round 16 match with Arsenal and the Champions League game with Club Brugge.

Defender Danil Krugovoy and midfielder Wendel, who missed the Champions League game with Lazio (1: 3), are working in a common group.

Defender Douglas Santos may miss the match with the Tula due to an injury sustained in the match against Lazio, Metaratings reports.

Atlético was unhappy that the referee spoke Russian with Loko players

Atletico players had doubts about the impartiality of Slovenian referee Slavko Vinchin during the match with Lokomotiv (0: 0) in the 4th round of the Champions League.

Fútbol en Movistar + had a recording at its disposal, which shows how the Rohiblancos communicated with each other during the break.

“Sucks, you moron,” said defender Jose Jimenez. “He speaks to them in Russian,” added attacking player Angel Correa. “That’s right, he speaks in their language. You know, it’s all strange, ”continued Jimenez.

The conversation was interrupted by midfielder Saul Niguez, who noted that the conversation was being recorded: “Camera with sound”. Jimenez saw the lens and the exchange ended.

Ter Stegen on Messi: “You have to give Leo to be above everything. I hope he will continue to play for Barça

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen spoke about the Catalans striker Lionel Messi.

“Having Messi on the team is always an advantage because he can score goals out of nowhere. This is what makes it so special.

I hope he continues to play here and is happy. We need to give him the opportunity to be above all else, because he is an extremely important part of our game, ” Ter Stegen said in an interview with Barca TV.

Lewandowski on why he spent only the 1st half with the Netherlands: “I have a slight muscle problem”

Bayern and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, after the Nations League match with the Netherlands (1: 2), told why he spent only the first half on the field.

“We agreed in advance that I would only play 45 minutes, as I have a slight muscle problem.

Of course, today we looked better than in the match against Italy [0: 2]. We made some very good attacks and tried to put pressure. Yuzvyak flashed his main quality – speed. In the episode with the goal, he was really good, ”said Lewandowski.

Wijnaldum on two victories in a row: “The Netherlands still has work to do”

Netherlands midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum commented after the Nations League match with Poland (2-1).

In the previous game, the “orange” defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina (3: 1).

“We created a lot of great chances and won in the end. Yes, we won the second match in a row, but if you ask me if we are moving in the right direction, then I will answer that we still have something to work on.

But the recent victories are in any case a very positive moment, ”Wijnaldum said.

Roberto Martinez 4: 2 with Denmark: “When Belgium scored the first goal, I was already thinking about the final tournament”

The head coach of the Belgian national team, Roberto Martinez, after the victory over Denmark (4: 2), commented on reaching the semifinals of the League of Nations.

“In the first half, when we scored the first goal, the team began to play with apprehension, as they already had something to lose. We have already thought about the final tournament. Because of this, we lost our usual composure, ”Martinez said.

Liverpool have selected Upamecano as their main target as a defender. The club has three alternatives

The transfer plans of Liverpool have become known, due to an injury, having lost another central defender.

According to The Athletic, the main target of the Lersisides in the center of defense has been 22-year-old Frenchman Deotshankül Yupamekano from RB Leipzig for some time. The Reds were going to buy it next summer, since under the terms of the contract at the end of the season, the player can be bought for about £ 40 million (€ 44.5 million).

Liverpool’s area of ​​interest includes three more defenders. The list includes 23-year-old Englishman Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion, but the club believes that you can buy a player from abroad for less money. In this regard, Lersisides are also considering the acquisition of 20-year-old Turk Ozan Kabak from Schalke 04 or 23-year-old Brazilian Bremer from Torino.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to stay at Juventus until the end of his contract

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to leave Juventus before the end of his contract, according to AS.

According to the source, the Portuguese footballer does not know anything about the desire of the Turin club to sell him in the summer transfer window. Ronaldo is comfortable in Turin and his family is also doing well in Italy.

Earlier it was reported about the possible parting of Turin Juventus Ronaldo in 2021. The reason for this was the desire of the club to recoup some of the costs of acquiring Ronaldo, whose contract is valid until 2022, since in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the possible renegotiation of the contract with Paulo Dybala and installment payments for Dejan Kulushevski and Federico Chiese, Juventus simply will not have financial opportunities to conclude a new agreement with Cristiano.

Neymar appealed the court decision and again demands € 43.6 million from Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain footballer Neymar still plans to get Barcelona to pay € 43.6 million as a bonus for a contract renewal in 2016, according to Marca.

We will remind, the 28-year-old football player previously filed a lawsuit against the Catalan club with the requirement to pay him € 43.6 million as a bonus for the extension of the contract in 2016. A year later, the Brazilian left the blue garnet, moving to the camp of the Parisians. Following the consideration of the claim, Neymar’s claims were rejected. Moreover, the player himself was ordered to pay Barcelona € 6.7 million.

It is reported that the Brazilian striker’s lawyers have appealed the court’s decision and will seek payment of bonuses from Barcelona.

Neymar moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer of 2017. The transfer amount amounted to a record € 222 million, which was spelled out in the contract of the Brazilian with blue garnet as compensation.

Mourinho: Tottenham could become champion in many European countries

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho suggested that the club could become the champion in many European countries. “I would say that Tottenham could become the champion in many European countries. In the Premier League, the hardest thing is to be a champion, because you can have a good season, score a lot of points, but there are Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal. So you can have a good season and not be a champion. What we can do? We play match after match. We try to win, we don’t give a damn about others. I just want the team to play match after match, and then at the end of the season we’ll see where we are, ”Goal quotes Mourinho. At the moment, Tottenham are in second place in the England Championship standings with 17 points. The team is one point behind the leading Leicester.





Pirlo reports ankle injury to Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus head coach Andrea Pirlo spoke about the damage suffered by the turin club star striker (1: 1). Cristiano Ronaldo in the game of the 7th round of the Italian championship with the Roman “Lazio”. “Ronaldo is a key player not only for us, but for all the teams for which he played. Unfortunately, he had an ankle problem and was forced to leave the field. In general, we had a good match with Lazio, they had few approaches to the goal, there were no signs of our conceded goal, but we have to take care of every little thing. We haven’t had the ball in the last 10 minutes. We are satisfied with the game, but, unfortunately, not with the result. First of all, everything comes from the head, today all the guys gave their best, showed that they can play big matches. And if you enter the field with a negative attitude, you will have a bad performance. We are always working to improve, we put new ideas into every game. Today Federico Chiesa, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro and Matthijs de Ligt were unable to play for various reasons, but we cannot use this as an excuse, ”Goal quotes Pirlo.

Arteta after 3-0 v Dundalk: “Now it will be more difficult for me to choose the starting lineup for Arsenal

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta summed up the results of the Europa League match with Dundalk (3: 0).

“The win seems easy because we played very disciplined and took the match seriously from the very beginning. There were a lot of changes in the roster, we gave the opportunity to others to play, and I think they showed good football. Now it will become more difficult for me to choose the starting lineup.

Willian missed two weeks and had a very short preseason. He still lacks rhythm. He looked good today and it’s great that he got playing time, ”Arteta said.

Tottenham are the first Premier League club to lose in European competition

Tottenham lost away to Antwerp (0: 1) in the second round of the Europa League.

Spurs were the first English clubs to lose European competition this season.

In 14 group stage matches, Premier League teams have won a total of 12 wins and one draw.

In addition to Tottenham in the Europa League, England are represented by Arsenal and Leicester, in the Champions League – Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Ronaldinho: I want to hug every Azerbaijani! I wish you all return to your homes!

Former Barcelona and Brazilian striker Ronaldinho supported Azerbaijan in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“I want to hug every Azerbaijani! I wish you all return to your homes and live happily! I was happy to visit Azerbaijan and hope to come back again. Peace to you! ” – quotes Ronaldinho’s words to Vesti.az.

The armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resumed on September 27, 2020. As a result, Azerbaijan and Armenia have already lost hundreds of people killed.

Recall that Ronaldinho was arrested in March with his brother for using fake passports on the border with Paraguay at Asuncion airport. On April 9, it became known that Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreire were released from Paraguayan prison on bail in the amount of $ 1.6 million. The brothers were under house arrest in the best hotel in Asuncion, the Palmaroga. On August 25, it became known that a Paraguayan court ruled to release Ronaldinho and drop all charges against him.