Messi starts new CL season with a hat trick

Lionel Messi chalked up hat trick number 48 of his career and Barcelona beat PSV Eindhoven 4 – 0 in the process. The first came off a stunning free kick,the second a half volley off a pass from Rakitic and the third off a pass from Suarez. Highlights How do you choose 10 best hat […]

Cristiano Ronaldo set for one-game ban, clearing him to face Manchester United

• Ronaldo was sent off for Juventus in win over Valencia
• Forward in line for return to Old Trafford next month Cristiano Ronaldo should be available to face Manchester United in the Champions League next month because the Juventus forward is set to receive only a one-match ban for his red card in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Valencia. Ronaldo will be ruled out of Juve’s second Group H match, at home to Young Boys, and Uefa can extend the sanction if it deems the offence serious. It is understood, though, that the former United player will escape this. Continue reading...

Are Manchester City so drilled they can’t think enough on their feet? | Jonathan Wilson

City’s shock defeat by Lyon raised concerns regarding the team’s leadership and capacity to think independently, as well as a susceptibility to pressing It’s one game, at the beginning of the group stage. There is plenty of time to recover. For Manchester City, defeat by Lyon on Wednesday is likely to be no more than a blip. Even in an underwhelming display, they had more than twice as many shots as their opponents and, more often than not, would probably have won. There is no reason to panic. But that is not to say there are no reasons for concern. What will be most worrying are the recurring issues. Pep Guardiola, we are told, has worked on new patterns of play for this season’s Champions League, different ways of breaking down obdurate opponents. City had begun each of the five league games this season in a different shape. The aim Continue reading "Are Manchester City so drilled they can’t think enough on their feet? | Jonathan Wilson"

Paul Pogba thanks José Mourinho in sign of thawing relations

• Manchester United manager allowed midfielder to take penalty
• Mourinho hails Pogba’s ‘courage’ after previous spot-kick missPaul Pogba has thanked José Mourinho for trusting him to take a penalty against Young Boys, with Manchester United’s manager returning the sentiment in a further sign that relations between them are easing. Pogba’s comments came after he scored twice in the 3-0 opening Group H victory at the Stade de Suisse on Wednesday, his second goal coming from the spot. Continue reading...

Lyon hand City their fourth Champion’s League defeat

Pet’s City have chalked up a dismal record.They are the only english club ever to have lost four consecutive Champion’s League games.To everyone’s surprise Lyon beat them 2 -1 thanks to some really sloppy play. If Pep had any hair he would be tearing it out now. Highlights of that fiasco

Ronaldo starts new CL season with shock red card exit

Not the start in Juventus colours that anyone expected.Juventus went on to win the game against Valencia without Ronaldo but this means that he misses the games against Manchester United that are coming up. Maybe Juventus can appeal against the dismissal because the foul definitely merited a yellow card or a finger wagging talking to […]

Mikel Arteta won’t blame Guardiola’s ban for Manchester City’s defeat

• Manager absent from touchline because of suspension
• Coach says team were slow and careless against Lyon Mikel Arteta said he had no idea whether Pep Guardiola’s touchline absence because of suspension had anything to do with Manchester City unexpectedly losing a fourth Champions League game in a row, though the assistant coach did accept that the side had been slow and occasionally careless. “You can’t say what would have happened had Pep been around, it’s completely hypothetical,” Arteta said. “The only reality is that we lost the game. We started quite slowly, we lost too many duels and twice in the first half we gave away the ball in dangerous areas and allowed Lyon to score both times.” Continue reading...

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus go on to beat Valencia

• Ronaldo may miss trip to Manchester United next month
• Ajax defeat AEK Athens 3-0; Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0Cristiano Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford with Juventus on 23 October after he left the pitch in tears following a red card for violent conduct against Valencia. The striker stands to miss the Young Boys game on 2 October but Uefa could increase the ban. Ronaldo, the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer with 120 goals, was dismissed after just 28 minutes following an off-the-ball incident but Juventus won 2-0 in Spain thanks to a pair of penalties from Miralem Pjanic Continue reading...

Real Madrid begin Champions League defence by easing to win over Roma

It was just one night in Madrid but by the end of it, Real’s fans left the Santiago Bernabéu wondering if this team might be better than the one that won three European Cups in a row. Zinedine Zidane has gone, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone too, sent off 400 kilometres away in Valencia, but the rest of that team remains. It may even have been reborn; it has certainly been redefined. Perhaps no one looks set to benefit quite like Gareth Bale, withdrawn to a standing ovation here. Continue reading...

‘Don’t disrespect my players’: Pochettino angry at media after Spurs defeat – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at questions over his squad selection after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Internazionale, despite leading until the 86th minute. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead in the second half before Mauro Icardi’s volley and a Matias Vecino header gave Inter the points. Pochettino was particularly irked at being asked why Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier were left out, interpreting it as disrespectful to those players who were chosen for the trip to Italy. The Argentinian added he was pleased with his team’s performance, but admitted they are suffering having lost three in a row Continue reading...

Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate

The France forward was so close to joining Liverpool he even conducted an interview with the club’s TV channel. On Wednesday, he lines up for Lyon against Manchester CityThe day after Nabil Fekir joined his France teammates and an estimated million supporters on the Champs-Élysées to show off the World Cup trophy, he was invited to attend another celebration. This time, there were only a few hundred people present at the Stade Francisque-Jomard de Vaulx en Velin – where his father, Mohamed, is president – to catch a glimpse of the town’s most famous son as he was made an honorary citizen. “Thank you all,” whispered a nervous-looking Fekir into the microphone as he addressed the crowd. “We did something beautiful.” As summers go, 2018 will take some beating for the player who turned 25 two days after France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia. Despite seeing his proposed £53m Continue reading "Nabil Fekir’s failed transfer and World Cup glory give Lyon much to celebrate"

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have the stamina to stick to his gameplan | Andy Hunter

With Roberto Firmino absent from the starting lineup, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold proved their worth against PSG In the blink of a damaged eye Roberto Firmino brought Anfield the victory its team deserved and the finale an enthralling contest merited. He also reinforced Jürgen Klopp’s point about not wishing to swap Liverpool’s front three for those of Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool made it six wins out of six games this season with a stoppage-time winner that epitomised why they held the edge over the French champions. It was converted owing to the outstanding quality of Firmino and created thanks to the relentless industry of James Milner who, even in the 92nd minute and despite the setback of conceding an 83rd-minute equaliser, harried Kylian Mbappé off the ball on the edge of the PSG penalty area to launch one last, telling attack. Continue reading...