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Football News: Review Of The Day 5th March 2018

Review Of The Day 5th March 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Levante Sack Manager

Spanish Le Liga club Levante have fired head coach Juan Lopez Muniz following a 1-1 draw with Espanyol. Reserve coach Paco Lopez is in charge until the end of the season with Levante one point above the drop zone having now gone 15 without a win.

 

Cech Admits Responsibility For Goals Conceded

Arsenal's veteran keeper Petr Cech has accepted he was at fault on both goals they conceded as they slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Brighton. Cech tweeted: "If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can't concede 2 goals like I did today ... it's simply not possible ... The team fought back but the damage was done ."

 


Madrid Pair Back In Training

While PSG have been hit hard by the loss of Neymar Jr to injury, Champions League opponents Real Madrid have received a boost as a pair of injured players return to training. German midfielder Toni Kroos picked up a knee injury in the first leg and has not played since, while Luka Modric suffered a hamstring injury not long afterwards. Both players are now in contention to face PSG according to a Madrid statement: "Madrid completed a recovery session following the win over Getafe and the players in the starting lineup against their Madrid rivals trained at lower intensity out on the pitch," the statement said. "Meanwhile, Modric and Kroos were back training with the group."

 

Sane Names Toughest Opponent

Manchester City's flying winger Leroy Sane has surprisingly named Tomothy Fosu-Mensah as his toughest opponent, along with team-mate Kyle Walker. Fosu-Mensah is currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Manchester rivals United. Sane said, when asked about his toughest opponent: "It was before when I was playing against Kyle Walker. And Crystal Palace's right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him."

 

Iniesta Looks Set To Miss Chelsea Clash

While Barcelona had something to celebrate as Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal, they were also faced with an injury problem in midfield as Andres Iniesta was forced off against Atletico Madrid after just 35 minutes. The 33 year old tried to play on but was forced off with a hamstring problem which makes him a doubt to face Chelsea in the Champions League.

 

RIP Davide Astori Taken Far Too Soon

Italian football was shocked to find out Fiorentina captain and Italian international Davide Astori died in his sleep on Sunday night. Fiorentina staff went to wake him in his hotel room ahead of their match on Sunday only to find the 31 year old had passed in the night. Serie A's games were cancelled out of respect for the highly respected defender. Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has spoken to the media after the tragic news broke: "It's hard to be standing here," Della Valle said. "I don't know how to express myself, I don't know what to say. I have no words but we have to be strong and react somehow. I am here because I respect all of you but there are no words now. Davide would have signed a new contract on Monday, he wanted to end his career with Fiorentina. We should have had a meeting last week but it was postponed due to the snow. I had a special relationship with him. He was a great guy, an excellent footballer, an immense person. Before the Bologna game I talked for long time with him and he seemed like the manager or the sporting director of this club. He was in charge of the project and he believed in this project. We are all shocked, when stuff like this happens a part of you dies. He was an exceptional human being as you can see by the tributes of his former teammates."

 

McTominay Makes International Decision

Man Utd's young starlet Scott McTominay has made the breakthrough into the first team this season and has been such a success in there that England and Scotland were vying for his international future. The youngster was elgible for both countries but has decided to represent his father's country and choose Scotland.

 

Crewe Defender Gets Contract Extension

Crewe Alexandra defender Eddie Nolan has being given a one year contract extension after reaching 30 appearances for the season. The 29 year old signed on a free in July 2017 after being released by Blackpool and reached the 30 game milestone despite playing with a 4cm tear in his calf.

 

Monk Takes Charge At Brum

In a widely expected move, Birmingham City have brought in Garry Monk to be their new manager on a 3 and a half year deal. They also brought in his assistant Pep Clotet and James Beattie to join the backroom staff.

 

Sneijder Passes On Netherlands Baton

Netherlands most capped ever player, Wesley Sneijder, has retired from international duty, the 33 year old stepping aside so that his country can rebuild after the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Sneijder, who now plays his club football in Qatar for Al-Gharafa, has 133 games, surpassing Edwin van der Sar's 131. "I understand that Koeman wants a fresh start with younger players. I respect his decision," Sneijder said.

 

Violent Scenes Mar Dutch Match

The second division in the Netherlands witnessed shocking scenes as De Graafschap thrashed Go Ahead Eagles 4-0 only for Go Ahead fans to invade the pitch at the full time whistle to attack De Graafschap's players. The game had already been delayed by 10 minutes at the start by fireworks thrown onto the pitch. Go Ahead said that they were 'deeply ashamed' and 'condemn the behaviour'. Police made seven arrests at the scene.

 

Transfer Round Up

Real Salt Lake City (as opposed to that fake one) have released Armenian forward Yura Movsisyan.

Kazakhstan Premier Liga side Ordabasy have loaned right back Aleksandar Simcevic to Aktobe, also of the Kazakh top flight.

Olivier Boumal, a Cameroon winger, has left China to move to Japan, joining Yokohama F. Marinos from Liaoning FC.

 

Burnley Deny Takeover Rumours

High-flying Burnley, 7th in the Premier League table and eyeing up 6th as Arsenal struggles continue, have been rumoured to be the subject of a £180 takeover in recent weeks. Reports in a newspaper had claimed the club were in talks with a US media company, but the club have denied that, though admitted they are open to investment. A club statement said that they "are always open to investment, but nobody has approached the club, no agreement has been signed and we've no knowledge of any American media group or from the Middle East."

 

Allardyce Once Again Blames The Players For Everton's Poor Form

I was going to say he threw them under the bus again, but he always has the bus safely parked in front of goal. Despite the constant moans about certain players, who have achieved the Toffees' best results this season when playing in the same team, being unable to play together, the bizarre tactical decisions and many other things Allardyce could look at himself for doing wrong, the Everton boss has once again decided it is all the players' fault that the results are so soul destroyingly poor in recent weeks. While happy to take all the credit for every positive result, Allardyce has decided that negative results are not his fault at all. "It is drifting, it's already drifting, there's no doubt about that," said the Everton manager of the season. "It's been drifting for some considerable time. What everyone has got to realise, certainly the players, it's too many defeats again. If it goes three or four games without a win, but you've drawn three, the points total continues to tick over and you move forward. In my time of taking over clubs who are struggling, I've never had such a big start as this one - seven undefeated. And then you try and get into the lads and try and make them consistent because you get that first impact when they all want to show a new manager what they can do. My belief is you've got to instil the basic principles of how to win a game of football into the players so they continue doing well when the new manager gets familiar, those principles come into play."

 

Derby Midfielder Hosts Charity Gala

Derby County midfielder Bradley Johnson has helped to arranged a black tie dinner charity gala at Pride Park stadium to raise funds for a local school for children with learning difficulties. "After doing an appearance at St Giles School last season, I was blown away by how amazing the school and the teachers were in providing the very best possible care for the children, who all have different levels of special needs," said Johnson. "Being a parent myself, I want to help them as much as I can and so became part of their fundraising team. It's such a small school and a multi-use games area will really help with their sensory skills. Our aim is to raise awareness for the school and also to hopefully raise the £37,000 needed to help the school build a MUGA in the playground that would help the children." Clive Lawrence, head teacher at St Giles said: "Bradley and Nereasha have been fantastic supporters of St Giles School. We were so delighted; following his visit to one our school assemblies, that Bradley got back in touch with us to say that he'd like to play an active role in supporting our fundraising campaign. Bradley and his wife have dedicated many hours of their personal time to raise funds for our school and they have worked in close partnership with our Parent, Teacher Association (PTA). The outdoor Multi-Use Games Area will stand in our school grounds as a lasting legacy of Bradley's kindness and commitment."

Written by Tris Burke March 05 2018 05:23:33