Roy Keane not impressed by Liverpool after winning against Spartak Moscow

Roy Keane

 

Roy Keane was not that impressed by Liverpool’s win against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night, as he thinks Jurgen Klopp have “beaten-no-one” despite a fine run of form.

Former Manchester United captain Keane even said that he “wouldn’t watch Liverpool if they were playing in my back garden” which generated a lot of comments.

“Clearly they’re beating these so-called lesser teams, and the same in the Premier League, but they’ve beaten nobody yet, domestically and in Europe yet,” said Keane in his role as an ITV pundit.

“The big tests are yet to come for Liverpool. They are certainly in great form at the moment, but the bigger teams are still to come.

“Going forward it’s lovely to watch when they play well, but they wouldn’t get that time and space against the decent teams, it’s as simple as that. Give quality players time on the ball and they will punish you, but they won’t get that time and space against quality teams.”

Liverpool have scored 43 goals in their last 11 games in all competitions, but Keane thinks that Klopp’s side will be exposed once they play bigger teams.

Liverpool boss Klopp gave a different analysis though regarding their win against Spartak.

Jurgen Klopp

 

“No, it was not easy. It was not easy,” he said. “With my assistants, I was sitting outside when it was 6-0 and we were looking at each other and thought, ‘wow, how did that happen?’

“I didn’t see a lot of teams losing 7-0, but even when it was 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 they still played football, they still had their moments, they still had scoring situations somehow. We had to play exactly the level we played tonight to beat them and then because of the development of the game it was a high result.

“Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) said it yesterday, there are no easy opponents in it. I don’t think anybody is happy when they get us when they get us in the draw, so we will not be happy in the moment when we see who we will face in the next round, but we will be ready – that’s for sure.”

Paul Pogba finally speaks after receiving a red card against Arsenal

Paul Pogba

 

Paul Pogba has finally spoken after being silent regarding his dismissal during their win against Arsenal on weekend.

The France international received a red card in the second-half after studs tackle on Hector Bellerin.

This resulted in Pogba to miss their next three games, starting with Manchester City on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho argued that Pogba’s tackle was unintentional although they have accepted the decision.

Pogba already spoke regarding the incident and claimed he would never give Bellerin a tackle like that.

“I didn’t really speak after the game – I didn’t have time – but I think Hector, I know him as well, and I would never give him a tackle like this,” said Pogba.

“Unfortunately for me, I thought he would put his feet in and he was in a position that was a disadvantage for me, so I did it.

“It looks very bad, but the intention wasn’t like that. They had the decision, the referee, got the red card and that’s football.”

 

Liverpool seek to reach the Champions League knockout stages as they face an ‘all or nothing’ night

Jurgen Klopp

 

Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool will face an “all or nothing” night as they seek to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

Liverpool are on the top of Group E and will be going against Spartak Moscow at Anfield tonight. They will need to win against Spartak in order to progress in the Champions League.

Klopp acknowledges that while they sit in pole position that there is no room for error in a tight group and plans for his team to do the job.

“A proper ‘final’. All or nothing,” Klopp said.

“We know about the situation. They know about the situation.

“It is Champions League. It is always important but the last game of the group stage is most important if you have to play for something, which we obviously have.

“You only play the group stage as Liverpool to come through to the last 16. We all know if we do then we have a chance to reach the next round, but first, we have to make it.

“It is a tight group. We had some influence on that. We played good games and had good results but not enough points to go through already. Now we have to finish the job.”

“Form is always the last game. We have to show up again and do all that stuff again,” the Liverpool manager said.

“There is pressure. We cannot ignore it. We are going for something big.

“We had it against Middlesbrough (to secure a top-four place on the final day of last season) and Hoffenheim (in the play-off round). We did it quite well so far and have to do it again.

“It is a tight group. We had some influence on that. We played good games and had good results but not enough points to go through already and now we have to finish the job.

“It is always important but the last game of the group stage is most important if you have to play for something, which we obviously have. It is exciting.”

“Spartak is a good side. I cannot ignore that. They rested three or four players in the last game and still won. You can see.

“They have one more game and then three months’ break. They have their targets and we have ours.

“They are bringing back three important players – Quincy Promes, Ze Luis and Denis Glushakov. That is a fantastic side in a good moment.

“If someone has decided we are already through, then Moscow may think of the impressive win versus Sevilla.

“I see this as an opportunity. I don’t know if I can order it, but if I could order it this would be a good moment for Anfield to be at its best.”

 

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain win groups in Champions League

Manchester United

 

Manchester United have entered the knockout stage of the Champions League after beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Tuesday.

United have remained unbeaten at Old Trafford for a club record-equaling 40 successive games.

Basel joined United by knocking out Benfica 2-0 in Group A.

Paris Saint-Germain won Group B although they were defeated at Bayern Munich 3-1.

Group A

Manchester United became the third English team to finish at the top of its group as Manchester City and Tottenham were already assured of first place heading into their final group-stage games on Wednesday. United won the group as they finish 3 points ahead of Basel.

Group B

Paris Saint-Germain made an impressive attack and made 25 goals with Kylian Mbappe scoring the record 25th.

Antonio Conte fears no one ahead of a potential second-round against PSG or Barcelona

Chelsea may soon face PSG or Barcelona again but Antonio Conte insists that they do no fear no-one.

Antonio Conte

 

The Premier League holders have been beaten by PSG out of the Champions League on the last two occasions they took part in the game.

But Conte insisted that their opponents will not be glad to play with them.

“Our opponents won’t be happy to play against us. We’ll see what happens.

“I remember during the European Championship with the national team we finished first in our group and played against Spain, then Germany and, if we’d beaten Germany, we’d have had to play France.

“Sometimes it’s not so important (to finish first). We reached the next round and we must be happy with this. After a performance like this, the coach must be (happy).”

“When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams.

“We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready. This is the best tournament. That’s why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament.”

Kevin De Bruyne does not believe in Paul Pogba’s karma

Paul Pogba will not be playing at Old Trafford on Sunday and will miss the match against Manchester City.

Kevin De Bruyne

 

Fans believe he was hit by instant karma after he wished most of City’s players suffer injuries but Kevin De Bruyne does not believe in karma after assessing Pogba’s absence.

During Pogba’s BBC interview, he clumsily suggested that he hoped key City players would get injuries so that United could claw the eight-point deficit they need to catch up with City.

The French international was sent off with a red card after treading on Hector Bellerin during their 3-1 win against Arsenal.

With Pogba out of the way, fans who were expecting a showdown between Pogba and De Bruyne will be disappointed as this will not happen.

Paul Pogba

 

A number of City fans labelled the United midfielder as a karmic occurrence but De Bruyne was in no mood to discuss Pogba’s comments and insists he does not want an injury on a fellow player.

“I don’t believe in that s***,” he told reporters. “I’m a very straightforward guy.

“If someone believes it is karma then okay. Everyone has their right to their opinion.

“I don’t want anyone to get injured. You want to play against the best teams and the best players.

“He can say whatever he wants. I don’t care. We just have to be focused on whatever we’re doing.”

Although City have set and reset a number of club best marks, De Bruyne insists an on-going record of 20 consecutive wins in all competitions.

“I’d prefer to be 11 points ahead than five or eight because it’s better and means we almost have a four-game advantage,” said the Belgium international, who is himself suspended for the Champions League dead rubber against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

“It’s a good gap but doesn’t mean anything. Football goes very quick. It’s a busy two months when things can change but the way we’re going is good and we need to continue that.

“Yes [20 wins in a row is a real achievement] but it doesn’t matter if you don’t win anything at the end of the season. Nobody will care about it then.”

“If we don’t win anything at the end of the season, are you are going to talk about the 20 wins we have now? It is phenomenal but obviously, we want to win in the end.”

Although Pogba may be absent during the game against City, De Bruyne is still unsure which way the Red Devils would play.

“We’ll play the same there. We never change,” De Bruyne added. “We try to do the things that we are good at. That gives us the best chance to win.

“United are one of the biggest clubs in the country. They’re a massive team, they want to win the title.

“They spent a lot of money, like a lot of the big teams. They will be up for it and we will be up for it. Hopefully, it’ll be a good game.”

Pep Guardiola says his players are in ‘fergie time’ spirit

Pep Guardiola

 

Manchester City have restored their eight-point lead over rivals Manchester United and according to Pep Guardiola, his team are demonstrating the same never-say-die qualities of Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United teams.

City claimed their fourth game in succession against West Ham where they were able to come from behind and beat the Hammers. They are now in a record of 13th consecutive Premier League victory thanks to David Silva’s 83rd-minute volley.

Guardiola responded by paying tribute to the “Fergie time” spirit which is a reference to the habit United created when they score late goals under their former manager.

“I heard about the Fergie time,” the City manager said.

“I was not here in that period but, of course, you have to have that. At the end what we have shown in the last games is we never give up. If we can take something about the Fergie time, it is welcome, a pleasure.”

Paul Pogba wanted Manchester City players to get injured but Pep Guardiola’s response is classy

Paul Pogba

 

Paul Pogba made some fans mad after he jokingly said he wants some Manchester City players to get injured to allow other teams to catch up with them.

 

Right after his comments, Pogba got red-carded after a stamp at Arsenal and ruled him out of the top-of-the-table clash.

Fans said, it was instant karma and that he received what he got.

 

Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, responded with sadness as the midfielder would not be able to play against them.

“Hopefully no one will have injuries,” he said.

“I would like Paul to [be able to] play against us because I like to face team with the best players as possible to see if we are able to beat them.

“I am sure it is an expression and he doesn’t want our players to get injured.”

 

Joe Hart says he’ll give everything to put West Ham back on track

Joe Hart talks about West Ham
Joe Hart talks about West Ham.

 

Joe Hart has faced different battles during his career, from being at major tournaments with England and winning the Premier League with Manchester City to battling relegation out of Football League and playing non-league football.

Now, Hart faces a new challenge with West Ham United as they battle themselves out of the relegation zone.

I’ve been through everything in my career. I’ve played non-league, I’ve played for Shrewsbury Town and came into the team with eight games to go when we were one point above the relegation zone to go out of the Football League when I was 17 or 18-years-old,” he confirmed.

Joe Hart talks about West Ham

 

“I’ve played right at the top and won leagues and won cups, so I’ve had a great experience and, at the end of the day, it’s football and I’ll to keep the ball out of the net, whether I’m fighting for a title or fighting to stay in the league. That’s what I do and what I love.”

“I only care about how organised we are, how much of a performance we’re going to put in and how had we’re going to try to win three points and put us on the right line

“I don’t know how I feel about them, because they have an awful lot of talent like we have, but we’re in a situation where it’s a really big game and it’s really important for both clubs.

“I don’t really care about how they feel and I’m sure they don’t care about how I feel. I only care about how organised we are, how much of a performance we’re going to put in and how had we’re going to try to win three points and put us on the right line.”

“The manager’s primary focus has been to get us back into a good place. That’s no disrespect to Slaven [Bilic], because I really enjoyed the short time I worked with him and he is a good man, but I just felt there was an uncomfortable situation for everyone.

“So, the decision got made and David has come in and it’s quite a simple job in his eyes, and in our eyes, which is getting us playing as a team in a strong formation and making us accountable for mistakes and not being in position, and that’s how we’re playing at the moment.

“In my opinion, it’s good and strong and organised and I like the fact that people are held accountable. Every training session needs to be trained to the maximum and that’s going to help us as a team.

“It depends what you call ‘tough’. I call it ‘getting what’s expected from the players’. It might be perceived as being ‘tough’ but, in my opinion, asking people to train at 100 per cent and give more than they’re capable of on a matchday is not being tough, but asking people to do their job.”

 

Mauricio Pochettino admits that there will be no quick fix when Erik Lamela returns

Erik Lamela

 

Mauricio Pochettino is waiting for Erik Lamela’s return but admits that Tottenham Hotspur would still have struggled against West Brom even without the Argentinian international.

Tottenham were able to beat Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday, but they struggle against West Brom and needed Harry Kane to help them salvage a point.

Although the Spurs controlled 72 per cent of the game, they failed to create clear-cut chances and suffered from a lack of pace.

They were even almost beaten by Solomon Rondon in the final seconds.

Tottenham failed to break down a team which lead them to question if they need Lamela to come back to give them the attacking spark they need.

Pochettino, on the other hand, does not want to place the blame on Lamela’s absence for their draw against West Brom but admitted that they are waiting for the Argentinian midfielder’s return.

“Lamela is still not in the condition to play,” Pochettino said.

“We are waiting for him, but it’s not Lamela today.

“With Lamela or without Lamela… when you drop points you always you the player that didn’t play.

“When you win against Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund – when it’s good – you never ask me about the players that don’t play, no?

“I understand but of course I want to have everyone fit and available to be selected. Lamela is now one year not playing.”