Dortmund sink at Stuttgart

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund suffered another setback in their bid to challenge for the Bundesliga title as they lost 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday. Dortmund, without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was suspended for arriving late to training, had the worst possible preparation for Tuesday’s must-win Champions League match at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Josip Brekalo’s low shot through Dortmund ‘keeper Roman Buerki’s legs decided the points after Chadrac Akolo’s opener was cancelled out by Maximilian Philipp at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Dortmund could be knocked out of the Champions League even if they beat Tottenham, depending on other results. After a defeat that left them six points behind Bayern, Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said he was happy with the performance after a rocky start to the season. “In terms of team spirit and the way we played, we have made a step in the right direction,” Schmelzer said. Continue reading "Dortmund sink at Stuttgart"

Mourinho blasts England over Jones injections

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has strongly rebuked England manager Gareth Southgate and his medical staff for playing Manchester United defender Phil Jones in a recent friendly after he received six pain-killing injections. Jones, whose six-year United career has been plagued by injuries, was forced off in the first half of England’s 0-0 draw with Germany last week after aggravating a thigh injury. Mourinho said the injury would prevent Jones from playing against Newcastle United on Saturday and suggested rival clubs had withdrawn their players from international duty under false pretences. “I expect that every player who was injured last week is not playing,” the United manager told reporters on Friday. “If a player was injured Tuesday and the player is ready to play tomorrow, there is something that is going wrong. “Phil Jones was injured Tuesday (for England’s friendly against Brazil) and obviously he is injured for Continue reading "Mourinho blasts England over Jones injections"

Pernickety Pep tells Man City to keep striving

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his players to not let their record-breaking start to the Premier League season stop them from aiming for even higher heights. City have won 10 and drawn one of their 11 matches to date — matching Chelsea’s 2005-06 record — and scored 38 goals, 15 more than any other team. But Guardiola has told his side they can perform even better ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester City. “The moment they don’t believe they can be better, that’s the moment we crash,” the 46-year-old told reporters on Friday. “They will make a big mistake when they think we’ve done enough. When we analyse the results, there is nothing to say. “But when you see the games — picking out the mistakes — and we have 10 mistakes the same, then there is a reason to work for Continue reading "Pernickety Pep tells Man City to keep striving"

Coleman set to quit Wales for Sunderland: reports

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> London (AFP) – Chris Coleman is set to quit Wales and become the new manager of Championship club Sunderland this weekend after his country failed to qualify for the World Cup, reports said Friday. Coleman, who led a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, will be given the job of trying to guide Sunderland off the bottom of the table and ultimately back to the Premier League. His future with Wales was in doubt from the moment they failed to qualify for the World Cup. Sunderland sacked Simon Grayson at the end of October and a number of candidates are believed to have distanced themselves from the job at the Stadium of Light. Sources at the club have told Britain’s Press Association that Coleman is the only man to have been offered the job despite speculation that Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill turned down the opportunity. Coleman Continue reading "Coleman set to quit Wales for Sunderland: reports"

Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Newcastle

manchester-united-logo-premier-league-large-soccerThe club schedule returns following the November international break on the weekend soccer TV schedule . The Madrid derby is on beIN Sport on Saturday. beIN Sport also has the Rome derby. Saturday's Premier League schedule has the North London derby on NBCSN and Manchester United plays Newcastle on NBC. Manchester United vs Newcastle at 12:20pm on NBC. DeAndre Yedlin returns from USMNT duty with Newcastle United on the road at Old Trafford. Manchester United is in 2nd-place in the Premier League table, tied on points with 3rd-place Spurs and trailing leaders Manchester City by eight points. Newcastle is in 11th, a point behind 10th-place Huddersfield Town. Prior to the international break, Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth. “I respect him as both a person and as a professional," Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. "He is with me Continue reading "Soccer TV: Manchester United vs Newcastle"

Conte targets 100% wins in Man City hunt

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side must win every game they play if they are to stand any chance of reeling in runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City. Champions Chelsea are nine points behind Pep Guardiola’s City ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, where Conte’s men secured the title in May. “Manchester City are playing very well. If you want to try to catch them, you have to win every game,” Conte told his pre-match press conference at Stamford Bridge on Friday. “If you want to try to fight for the title, it’s very important to win and not to drop points.” Conte raised eyebrows by omitting David Luiz from his squad for fourth-placed Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United prior to the international break. But while he was reluctant to explain that decision, he said the Brazil centre-back would be in contention Continue reading "Conte targets 100% wins in Man City hunt"

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 12

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend is highlighted by one of the fiercest rivalries in English football, as Arsenal host Tottenham in the 181st North London Derby this Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. In their last meeting (4/30/17), Spurs came out on top with a 2-0 win, which confirmed they would finish above their archrivals for the first time since 1994-95. Third-place Tottenham come off a 1-0 win against Crystal Place before the international break, while Arsenal look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Manchester City. Live match coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN. Saturday’s live match coverage continues with first-place Manchester City visiting Leicester City at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Manchester City are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League, and have won their last
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