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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th December 2018

Review Of The Day 17th December 2018
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Ahly Turn To A Uruguayan

Al Ahly have moved to replace French coach Patrice Carteron with Martin Lasarte. Carteron had his contract ended by the Egyptian giants after losing the final of the African Champions League, which they have already won more times than any other side, at 8 titles. Former Real Sociedad coach Lasarte has never worked in African football before.


Stuttgart's Captain's Father Dies In Stadium

Christian Gentner captained Stuttgart to a 2-1 Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, creating the winner, but was sadly unable to enjoy the moment as his father passed away in the stadium immmediately after the win.


Dier Ruled Out After Appendix Surgery

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier has been ruled out for the busy Christmas period after having appendix surgery. The 24 year old missed out on Saturday's win over Burnley following the diagnosis of appendicitis and is not expected to return to training until next month, with a mid-January return to the team expected.


Arsenal Lose Right-Back For Weeks

Arsenal's flying Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for "some weeks" according to manager Unai Emery. The 23 year old was taken off just before half-time after suffering a calf injury in the defeat to Southampton which ended the Gunners' long unbeaten run. Emery said: "Bellerin has a small injury - he is going to be some weeks off I think."


Chelsea Preparing For Miazga Rescue

One of Chelsea's numerous loanees, USA international Matt Miazga, is set to be recalled from his loan with FC Nantes, after the move turned sour. Under previous head coach Miguel Cardoso, Miazga was a regular, starting 7 of the 8 games, but the side struggled to just one win and Cardoso was sacked. Vahid Halilhodzic replaced Cardoso and Miazga has been banished to the reserves after featuring in the Bosnian's first match in charge, which Nantes lost 3-0. Chelsea's loanee liaison Christophe Lollichon said: "Matt is very well educated and respectful of the choices of the coach. The staff praises his attitude in training. He did not change one iota. In the dressing room, he is also very appreciated. He's not in a good situation. But, you know, it goes fast in football... In any case, we want our loan players to play as much as possible. Yes, it is possible to break a loan."


Vieira Frustrated By Balotelli

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has admitted he finds working with Italian forward Mario Balotelli frustrating, since taking charge of OGC Nice. Vieira, speaking to L'Equipe, said: "I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can't, as I'm no longer a player. I don't want to say something I'll regret. I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him." Vieira has been particularly incensed by 2 incidents, where Balotelli stormed off the pitch and trashed the changing room, refusing to clean it up against Nimes and secondly when he just walked out in the middle of a team talk to go to the toilet against Guingamp.


Casillas In Mourinho Jibe

After Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1, Iker Casillas, who famously fell out with Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho when the pair were at Real Madrid, has been able to get his mic drop moment in a war of words between the 2. Casillas had said in an interview that, given the chance to redo his time at the Bernabeu, he would have "taken the bull by the horns and faced Mourinho". To which comment, Mourinho responded that they were "typical of someone who is at the end of his career". Casillas hit back on social media, saying: "According to a Portugese newspaper, someone said that a player like (37 years old) is at the end of their career. I completely agree! My question for this newspaper is: In the case of coaches, when and at what moment do you see they are no longer leading or training a team?" Ouch, that is what they call a burn!

Written by Tris Burke December 17 2018 05:10:43


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