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Football News: Review Of The Day 16th December 2018

Review Of The Day 16th December 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Ejaria Returns To Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has returned early from his loan spell at Rangers after struggling to settle in Scotland and finding the league 'too physical'. The 21 year old was sent north on a season long loan, but it has not worked out for him, despite making 23 starts in a blue jersey.

 

Smalling Signs New United Deal

Manchester United and England 'defender' Chris 'not as good as his brother Mike' Smalling has signed a new long-term deal with the club. The 29 year old said: "This is my ninth season and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team." Is it not more like regression as United have gone backwards with him in the team and he is still the same Bambi-on-ice, error prone, defensive liability with a lack of ability on the ball that he has always been? Or perhaps he was being ironic in his use of the word ironic?

 

Cambridge Mow Xmas Tree Into Pitch

League Two side Cambridge United have mowed a pair of Christmas trees into their pitch. Groundsman Ian Darler spent days preparing it ahead of the weekend, mowing baubles and stars into the trees. Someone had to take over from Leicester City after those killjoys at the Premier League banned patterns from the pitch.

 

Rafael Ruled Out For 3 Months

Lyon's former Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva is ruled out for up to 3 months after undergoing thigh surgery on Friday. The Brazilian had surgery on his adductors and pubis, which sounds painful.

 

Madrid Booed Off Despite Win

Real Madrid's narrow 1-0 win over relegation-struggles Rayo Vallecano was not enough to appease the fans, who whistled and booed the team off at the end. Karim Benzema scored early and Thibaut Courtois produced a double save late in the game to earn them the points as manager Santiago Solari proclaimed himself pleased with the team's form, despite creating just 4 chances all game. Solari said: "I am very satisfied. We played a very good first half, moved the ball well and created many chances. We should have had a bigger lead at the break. But football is like that, if you are not decisive, then you can suffer at the end. It is normal that this happens. If we had scored a second it would have been very different. Today we had many more chances than at Huesca [another 1-0 win last week] when we made a big sacrifice to be together in defence. Today with our good play we kept the ball and made lots of chances. We should have had a bigger result, and the next day those chances will go in."

 

Courtois Hits Back At Simeone

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit back at former manager Diego Simeone, who said that Courtois had only won 'The Best' goalkeeper award because he plays for Real Madrid. Courtois replied: "Simeone criticises Madrid so as to be popular with his fans. He always does it, attacks Madrid for being the best in the world. Everyone's opinions have to be respected, everyone can say their personal opinion. But I was there for three years and when you always fight against Real Madrid, which is the best team in the world, you're going to say things to generate populism. In my case, he said I had won that trophy [Best goalkeeper] because I played for Real Madrid, but in the World Cup I was Chelsea, and in the The Best Award, the votes were closed in July. [Atletico goalkeeper Jan] Oblak is also a great goalkeeper and could have had more points, but there are a lot of people who vote." Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric also recently hit out at Simeone, claiming the Argentine had "a constant need to undermine Real Madrid".

Written by Tris Burke December 16 2018 04:23:56

 

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