Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Ronaldo rejects Real speculation"

Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has reaffirmed he is "at the right club".

Neither the player nor his manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to fresh speculation about the Portuguese international to Old Trafford future. 
The issue was raised again on Tuesday night ahead of the Champions League tie with FC Porto Ferguson wondered aloud "how many times" that would support this line of questioning the continuing speculation as " pathetic. " 

A response 
Ronaldo shrugged and said: "We always have this issue." 
The 23 years of age, simply repeated the position he has held since reaffirming its commitment
to United last summer after a face to face with Ferguson appeared to stop linking him with a sound move to Real Madrid. 

"I am happy at this club. I think it is the right club," said Ronaldo. 

Was once again suggested that an agreement was made between United and Real for the transfer of the 2008 European and World Player of the Year this summer. 

However, in the Club World Cup last December, Ferguson said that Real would not sell a "virus", a position that does not appear to have softened said judging by his response this afternoon. 

Ferguson told the club's official website: "We're still in three tournaments with a chance to win them. That in itself tells you that it is in the club. 

"He knows it. Its form has become in recent weeks. He is a threat all the time. He could have had four against Aston Villa. The goals are starting to come to him now. And there is no sense that the great time, where players such as Christian and the other top players on our team that are starting to go into overdrive. " 

One reason Ronaldo is said to favor a move to La Liga that has become tired of being targeted by supporters of the opposition, eager to end the former sports star Lisbon by any means possible. 

However, Ronaldo does not think they are suffering more than it has in the steps to reach from England six years ago. 

He said: "It has always been the case. It's not just that the defenders have kicked this season to try to stop me. It's normal." 

Ronaldo played a major role in lifting United back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with two goals against Aston Villa to launch his season tally to 20. 

United are now one point ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand. 

Ronaldo added: "We are the best team in England. We have shown that it is above the table. This speaks for itself. 

"We respect all our opponents, but if we win, we will win the title again." 

In fact, United States are still on track to record an unprecedented five times, Ronaldo is not to be so dismissive about the draft Ferguson. 

"We have a chance to win everything this season," Ronaldo
said. "First we have to win the FC Porto. After that, we must continue."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Championship side record shock win"

Goalkeeper Brian Jensen Burnley was the hero as Chelsea crashed out of the Carling Cup on penalties at Stamford Bridge 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. 

Jensen saved from captain Wayne Bridge and John Obi Mikel to put the Coca-Cola Championship side in the quarterfinals. 

Returning striker Didier Drogba put Chelsea in front in the 27th minute but substitute Ade Akinbiyi Burnley tied with 20 minutes remaining. 

Both sides ended the game with 10 men after the Burnley Steve Caldwell was sent off for a second offense to stay late, while Franco Di Santo was forced off injured with all the Chelsea substitutes already used. 

However, Jensen provoked scenes of celebration when Obi saved from sudden death spot-kick to put the second-level part in the last eight. 

Burnley had already beaten Bury, Oldham and Fulham to reach the fourth round in 6500 and led the fans at Stamford Bridge hoping to witness another sad. 

In the 11th minute Puente, master of the night in the absence of substitute for John Terry, sent a curling shot just wide of the upright. 

Owen Coyle part, fifth in the championship having lost just four times this season, were coping well with Chelsea with ambitions to attack. 

In the 19th minute, Chelsea should have opened the scoring when Drogba, making his first start for six weeks, Salomon Kalou became clear. 

However, the Ivory Coast striker was foiled by Jensen as Kalou tried to take the ball around the Burnley goalkeeper. 

At the opposite end, a mistake by Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini almost gifted an opener Burnley, but Paulo Ferreira was on hand to clear the danger. 

An injury to Juliano Belletti, Chelsea forced to make a change early and was replaced by Frank Lampard on 25 minutes. 

England midfielder Lampard made an instant impact as Chelsea were ahead in the 27th minute. 

His precision pass to Drogba towards establishing the brand in Burnley later in the penalty area. 

Michael Duff Drogba left on the floor as they swept into the area and curled the ball across the unprotected Jensen. 

Lampard introduction clearly had helped get to Chelsea at the top of his game, with England midfielder now at the heart of all their best moves. 

In the 38 minutes Jensen had to be at their best to maintain a low, angled drive from Florent Malouda as Chelsea expects to end Burnley's interest in the competition forever. 

The second goal came almost at the 45 minute when Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic headed a free kick against the crossbar from Mineiro. 

In the 55 minutes Ivanovic put another header over the bar after Kalou and Malouda have combined to get the ball in the penalty area. 

Kalou was thwarted by Jensen put his team when Drogba of the Ivory Coast-mate through on goal. 

Burnley, sensing that they were still an opportunity, Martin Paterson replaced with Akinbiyi on the hour. 

Drogba, the main threat to Burnley, in the opening half began to look for an isolated figure as the Blues settled for containment rather than a decisive second goal. 

Chelsea of the frustration was underlined by Scolari in the next motion, which was replacing Drogba with Di Santo in the 68th minute. 

However, Chelsea were stunned in 70 minutes. 

Chris Eagles stormed a pass from Robbie Blake and when his shot was saved by Cudicini, substitute Akinbiyi pounced to equalize. 

Di Santo lost two gilt-edged chances to restore Chelsea at the top as the game finally peter out in extra time. 

However, the Chelsea of misery continued when an injury to Di Santo reduced to 10 men three minutes in the first period of added time. 

Both parties failed to create a clear chance in the opening half but Akinbiyi brought a fine save from Cudicini with a clever header at minute 111. 

Six minutes from time Chelsea defender Alex SCUFF shot in the bar from point blank range as the game lurched towards the penalty showdown. 

The numbers were even in moments later when Caldwell was sent off for a second offense after ordering the freezing of Malouda. 

However, that was the last event of note before the game went to penalties and Jensen became the hero of Burnley.

"Liverpool, Arsenal get wins in Premier League"

Liverpool and Arsenal returned to winning ways Saturday to affirm their title credentials of the Premier League, while Hull lost their third match after an impressive start to his campaign debut in the top flight. 

Robbie Keane scored his first two league goals since joining Liverpool in the offseason in a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. 

Samir Nasri also had a double, leading Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over defending champion Manchester United and relieve the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger throwing a three-game winless streak in all competitions. 

Liverpool leads the classification by three points ahead of Chelsea, which is at Blackburn on Sunday. United gunners in the past third. 

Hull overcame Bolton 1-0 Matt Taylor in the 50 minute goal, while Portsmouth won for the first time since Harry Redknapp replaced Tony Adams two weeks ago. Jermain Defoe converted a 90th minute penalty to beat Sunderland 2-1. 

Everton met with three goals in the last seven minutes to beat West Ham 3-1, and Wigan and Stoke played to a 0-0 draw.

Liverpool dominated West Brom, but took until the 34th to take the lead when Steven Gerrard went through the defense with a pass accuracy Keane, who shot a loft in advancing goalkeeper Scott Carson. 

Carson was once again stranded on the edge of the area after Fabio Aurelio pass split the defense two minutes before the break, allowing Keane to return to the former Liverpool goalkeeper to score his second. 

Alvaro Arbeloa curled in the third goal in the 90th

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Fans had a right to Boo, insists Gerrard"

Steven Gerrard has bucker the trend of recent days with the argument of England fans had every right to Boo Ashley Cole during the 5-1 drubbing of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Saturday. 

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Steven Gerrard: Fans have the right to Boo 
And it was a view echoed by West Ham defender Matthew Upson.
Cole was Jeera after his error gifted the visitors their consolation and their goal was attacked every time they touched the ball for the rest of the game. 

The Football Association, coach Fabio Capello and stand-in captain Rio Ferdinand has publicly criticized at home all the followers of his actions, but now Liverpool midfielder Gerrard has explained that anyone paying their money has the right to make known their feelings. That said, I do not think that is needed. 

When asked at a press conference this afternoon if the fans are entitled to Boo players, Gerrard said: "Of course. 

"Any support, where you pay the money, he deserves to voice their opinion. But we need your support. If we are to succeed in the future, we need with us. 

"It will not help Ashley, and it will not help the team, but the support was fantastic to us. They stayed with us throughout the game. 

"He (Cole) is disappointed and the players are disappointed''said Gerrard. 

Gerrard is confident the left-back the confidence of not being affected negatively by the fans reaction. 

"You have to get on with it,''Gerrard continued." We have to take it like a man. Ashley a great character and the players are here to support him.'' 

England defender Matthew Upson believes the booing of Cole said the team together. 

"It can be positive, which makes us pull together,''he said." We encouraged all the ash, it is unfortunate that it happened and everyone is going to make a mistake for England at some point, you pass, because behind you and hope that the next opportunity. 

"It's one of those things and the team will be strong with it.'' 

The West Ham man defended the right of supporters to do whatever they wish and said: "It is their right. Nobody is asking them to come and clap for 90 minutes, we just ask for a little leniency when it happens. 

"It's important for us to care about each other. They have their right to have a say and think what they want. 

"It can affect a player's confidence that they do not react the right way. Ash knows who is going to deal with mental and hope that the next performance that can be done." 

"It's natural for fans to expect a lot from his team, we are one of the strongest groups of players in the world, the stadium is fantastic game so it is going to be pressure and expectation. 

"We ask people not to carry too far, but we are on track, it is only necessary to keep plugging away.'' 

Gerrard, meanwhile, believe that Belarus will be tough opposition 

"They've had some great results, I remember that beating Holland recently,''he said." They were very unfortunate to lose in Ukraine, and that's a tough place to go. 

"We are aware that it will be difficult, but there are more than confidence is high and we are ready. We're not getting carried, there is still a lot of obstacles to get over. 

"We had a fantastic start. It's a difficult test, but we are convinced we can do that four out of four and enter the new year top of the group.''

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Champions League - Liverpool sweat on star duo"

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of key players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League encounter in Marseilles.

Gerrard managed 22 minutes of Saturday's confidence boosting 2-1 victory over Manchester United on his return from a groin operation.

But Spanish international Torres remained on the bench after having suffered a hamstring injury against Aston Villa on August 31.

Javier Mascherano is also a doubt after pulling a calf problem on Saturday at stake.

Liverpool is second in the Premier League and France to head held high after a manager Rafael Benitez saw his team record its first league victory over United in his fifth season in charge.

"Now we will go to Marseilles in a good mood," said Benitez on Saturday after winning.

"That was our best performance of the season and now feel we can go into a Champions League good heart and spirit."

Former European champions Marseille met Liverpool in the group stage last season, winning 1-0 at Anfield before being Thrash 4-0 at home.