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Jürgen Klopp ‘really happy’ Liverpool will play Barcelona in semi-finals – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that the huge aggregate 6-1 scoreline against Porto over the two legs of their Champions League quarter-finals was a little unfair and that their opponents had made their lives very difficult in Portugal.Though L…

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Pochettino hails Spurs ‘heroes’ as Guardiola laments ‘cruel’ Champions League exit – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said his side are capable of winning the Champions League after they booked a semi-final spot with a dramatic away goals victory at Manchester City.Spurs lost an electric quarter-final second leg 4-3 …

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Olivier Giroud: I need to play a ‘more important role’ at Chelsea or I will move on – video

Olivier Giroud has demanded a ‘more important role’ in order to stay at Chelsea next season – with the World Cup winner one of a number of players whose futures remain uncertain. The Blues have the option to extend the 32-year-old’s deal by a…

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Jürgen Klopp: Salah strike against Chelsea ‘blew me away’ – video

Jürgen Klopp lavished praise on Mohamed Salah for his extraordinary strike which helped Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. Salah scored from 25 yards out just 142 seconds after Sadio Mané’s opener to earn Liverpool a crucial…

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‘Tough period ahead’: Pochettino looks to Spurs top-four fight after win – video

Following Spurs’ 4-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino believes his side’s top-four fate will be decided on the final say, he said: ‘I think until the end it’s going to be a massive … a very tough race’. Spurs made light work …

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Manchester United ‘need to step up game’ against Barcelona, says Solskjær – video

The Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, has said that his side need to perform at their best level to have a chance of beating Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final. Solskjaer also insisted it is not impossible for his team to sto…

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Mauricio Pochettino fears Harry Kane could be out for rest of the season – video

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane’s ankle injury – sustained in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Manchester City – could rule the striker out for the rest of the season.The Argentinian believes City are ‘still the favourites to win the Champions League’ desp…

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‘We have to respect his decision’: Sarri on Hazard’s Chelsea future – video

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said Eden Hazard will be ‘impossible’ to replace should the Belgian choose to leave this summer, with one year remaining on his contract. Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West Ham, Hazard insisted rival fans were…

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‘We are on fire’: Jürgen Klopp hails Liverpool ahead of Champions League clash with Porto – video

Liverpool manager Jûrgen Klopp hailed his side’s development in Europe ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Porto. Speaking ahead of the match at Anfield, he said: ‘We are on fire. In training you can se…

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Tottenham’s Son Heung-min on racist abuse: ‘As players we should not react’ – video

Son Heung-min has said players should be united in their response to racism, adding that he believes the best course of action is to not react to abuse. The Tottenham forward, who says he has experienced racist abuse since moving to England in 201…

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Raheem Sterling: ‘Walking off the pitch lets the racists win’ – video

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has said he would personally be against walking off the pitch if he faces further racist abuse from fans,  because that just ‘lets them win’.Speaking ahead of his team’s Champions League quarter-final t…

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Gordon Strachan likens possible verbal abuse of Adam Johnson to racism – video

The former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will no longer be used by Sky Sports after controversial comments in which he appeared to conflate convicted sex offender Adam Johnson’s situation with racial abuse. Johnson has recently b…

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Sicilian footballer stages own ‘kidnapping’ in retirement stunt – video

A third-tier Sicilian league match was interrupted in spectacular style by an apparent kidnapping, when a helicopter landed in the middle of the pitch and masked men burst out to seize Viagrande player Iganzio Barbagallo. But it was a stunt organised b…

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‘It’s starting to feel like home’: Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham’s new stadium – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the club have been vindicated in their decision to move into their new stadium this season despite a seemingly never-ending run of delays. After 689 days, 51 games on the road at Wembley and cost…

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‘It’s starting to feel like home’: Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham’s new stadium – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the club have been vindicated in their decision to move into their new stadium this season despite a seemingly never-ending run of delays. After 689 days, 51 games on the road at Wembley and cost…

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‘I’m not his father’: Pep Guardiola on Benjamin Mendy’s 3:30am nightclub outing – video

Pep Guardiola has voiced his disapproval after video emerged of the Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy in a nightclub at 3.30am on Saturday morning, but the manager added that he is ‘relaxed’ about the situation.Mendy, 24, has had two injury-ravag…

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Maurizio Sarri pleas with Chelsea fans to stop abusing him, to ‘help my players’ – video

Maurizio Sarri has urged supporters to hold back on protests against his management during matches for the good of his players, adding that ‘after the match, they can say anything’.The Italian faced choruses of ‘Fuck Sarri-ball’ and ‘We want Sarri out’…

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Maurizio Sarri pleas with Chelsea fans to stop abusing him, to ‘help my players’ – video

Maurizio Sarri has urged supporters to hold back on protests against his management during matches for the good of his players, adding that ‘after the match, they can say anything’.The Italian faced choruses of ‘Fuck Sarri-ball’ and ‘We want Sarri out’…

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Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino react to Liverpool’s ‘lucky’ win over Spurs – video

Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League after a 90th-minute own-goal gave Jürgen Klopp’s team all three points against third-placed Tottenham at Anfield.Speaking after the 2-1 victory, Klopp said he felt his players ‘deserved at a bit …

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Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino react to Liverpool’s ‘lucky’ win over Spurs – video

Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League after a 90th-minute own-goal gave Jürgen Klopp’s team all three points against third-placed Tottenham at Anfield.Speaking after the 2-1 victory, Klopp said he felt his players ‘deserved at a bit …