world soccer 22.10.2018 05:04 pm

Mourinho bats off Real return to focus on stopping Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave short shrift when quizzed on the possibility of a sensational return to Real Madrid as he prepares for a reunion with one of his old pupils, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

A run of five games without a win has left Real boss Julen Lopetegui on the brink of the sack just four months after accepting the thankless task of replacing Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu after three straight Champions League titles.

Mourinho bats off Real return to focus on stopping Ronaldo
Mourinho bats off Real return to focus on stopping Ronaldo

Mourinho bats off Real return to focus on stopping Ronaldo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave short shrift when quizzed on the possibility of a sensational return to Real Madrid as he prepares for a reunion with one of his old pupils, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

African players in Europe: Salah back on goal trail
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African players in Europe: Salah back on goal trail

Reigning African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah got back on the goal trail at the weekend, scoring the English Premier League winner for Liverpool at Huddersfield.
Bolt ‘offered cut-price deal’ in Australia – media
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Bolt ‘offered cut-price deal’ in Australia – media

Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have offered sprint superstar Usain Bolt a contract, reports said Monday, but the club’s coach said he knows nothing about it.
Lopetegui on the brink as Madrid seek morale-boosting win over Plzen
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Lopetegui on the brink as Madrid seek morale-boosting win over Plzen

Real Madrid’s players may have offered a show of public support to Julen Lopetegui but fail to win at home against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and their words will mean very little.
Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United
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Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United

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.
Last-gasp Icardi header grabs Inter derby spoils
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Last-gasp Icardi header grabs Inter derby spoils

Captain Mauro Icardi struck a dramatic injury-time winner as Inter Milan stunned AC Milan 1-0 in the derby at the San Siro to retake third place in Serie A on Sunday.
Five things we learned in the Premier League
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Five things we learned in the Premier League

Manchester City were in sparkling form during a 5-0 win over Burnley while Liverpool kept pace with the leaders by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield.
Lopetegui the fall-guy for wider malaise at Madrid
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Lopetegui the fall-guy for wider malaise at Madrid

Amid the sprawl of headlines calling for Julen Lopetegui to be sacked by Real Madrid on Sunday, Diario AS ran an online poll: who is more guilty, the coach or the club president?
Messi to miss three weeks after fracturing right arm
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Messi to miss three weeks after fracturing right arm

Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks after fracturing his right arm during Barcelona’s win over Sevilla on Saturday.
Henry suffers defeat on Monaco return, PSG seal perfect 10
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Henry suffers defeat on Monaco return, PSG seal perfect 10

Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, while Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 10th straight victory to start their title defence.
Salah back on the goal trail as Liverpool beat Huddersfield
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Salah back on the goal trail as Liverpool beat Huddersfield

Mohamed Salah ended a four-match goal drought for Liverpool with a sublime strike that secured a nervous 1-0 Premier League victory away to Huddersfield on Saturday.
Ronaldo celebrates landmark goal but Juve’s perfect run broken
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Ronaldo celebrates landmark goal but Juve’s perfect run broken

Cristiano Ronaldo scored but wasteful Juventus had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate at home to Genoa to end the Italian champions’ perfect start to the season on Saturday.
I believe in Real Madrid more than ever – Lopetegui
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I believe in Real Madrid more than ever – Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui insists he believes in his struggling Real Madrid team more than ever and remains calm about his future despite their 2-1 loss at home to Levante on Saturday.
Lamela sinks Hammers as Spurs climb into top four
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Lamela sinks Hammers as Spurs climb into top four

Erik Lamela fired Tottenham into the Premier League’s top four as the revitalised winger clinched a 1-0 win against London rivals West Ham on Saturday.
Mourinho plays down touchline melee after ‘awful’ Chelsea draw
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Mourinho plays down touchline melee after ‘awful’ Chelsea draw

Jose Mourinho played down an ugly touchline melee after watching his Manchester United side concede a heartbreaking late equaliser as Chelsea preserved their unbeaten Premier League record on Saturday.
Dortmund want to secure free-scoring Alcacer switch
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Dortmund want to secure free-scoring Alcacer switch

Borussia Dortmund are set to complete the signing of hot-shot Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Barcelona on a permanent deal, it was confirmed on Saturday.
Mourinho infuriated as Chelsea salvage unbeaten record
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Mourinho infuriated as Chelsea salvage unbeaten record

Players and coaches from both benches had to separated in a melee after Barkley’s late strike.
Pressure mounts on Lopetegui as Madrid beaten by Levante
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Pressure mounts on Lopetegui as Madrid beaten by Levante

Real Madrid failed to ease the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui and instead set the record for the longest goal-drought in the club’s history during a surprise 2-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday.
Blow by blow: Chelsea vs Manchester United
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Blow by blow: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea have certainly been enjoying life under Maurizio Sarri.
Hazard ‘happy’ to finish career at Chelsea if Madrid move doesn’t happen
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Hazard ‘happy’ to finish career at Chelsea if Madrid move doesn’t happen

Eden Hazard insists he will be happy to end his career at Chelsea should his dream move to Real Madrid not materialise.
Under-fire Bayern boss Kovac out to end winless streak at Wolfsburg
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Under-fire Bayern boss Kovac out to end winless streak at Wolfsburg

Under-pressure Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac desperately needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants’ miserable run and reignite their Bundesliga title defence.
Barcelona and Real scrap for revival as Clasico looms
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Barcelona and Real scrap for revival as Clasico looms

Real Madrid and Barcelona cannot avoid heading into next week’s Clasico under pressure but each have two games to lift the mood at least, ahead of the pivotal clash at the Camp Nou.
Sterling value rises as Man City prepare for Burnley test
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Sterling value rises as Man City prepare for Burnley test

Raheem Sterling will return to Premier League action for Manchester City against Burnley on Saturday with a spring in his step after ending his international goal drought in style.
Injuries put pressure on Liverpool’s second string to step up
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Injuries put pressure on Liverpool’s second string to step up

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is entitled to feel frustrated as his fears over the international break were realised with a lengthening injury list that will do little to help his side arrest a recent dip in form.
Spotlight on Mourinho once more as Liverpool, Man City seek winning return
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Spotlight on Mourinho once more as Liverpool, Man City seek winning return

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho remains the centre of attention when the former Chelsea boss returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Friends of French star Benzema suspected of attempted kidnapping
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Friends of French star Benzema suspected of attempted kidnapping

Associates of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema are suspected of involvement in an attempted kidnapping with the aim of recuperating money owed to the star player, French news site Mediapart reported on Thursday.

 

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