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“I Hate Been Substituted” – Lionel Messi

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said he does not like to be substituted and would rather start the game from the bench.
In the past, Messi has refused to be taken out of a game, even when his team is winning by a big margin.
“I don’t like to be replaced. I prefer to come from the bench and play less than to be taken out.
“I say that because a lot of games are resolved near the end of the game, or you find more spaces then because you have more rivals that are tired.
“I prefer to come in and enjoy it than to leave and miss out on the best,” Messi told TyC Sports
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See Why Man United Snubbed Move To Sign Aubameyang

Manchester United scouted Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for years before deciding against signing him, The Athletic reports.
Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 77 games for the Gunners, since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
But the north London club were not the only club that had followed the striker.
The Red Devils scouted Aubameyang between 2016 and 2017, when he netted 73 times in 91 games for Dortmund.
But the United hierarchy were not convinced and had concerns over the valuation of around £70million and his age (he turned 30 in June).
They also believed would not fit Jose Mourinho’s striker profile of someone that could press and hold the ball up.
United eventually bought Romelu Lukaku from Everton for £75m.

Chelsea Manager, Frank Lampard Reveals Plans To Sign This Ben Chilwell

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, will send two of his left-backs out of the club and pursue the transfer of Leicester City star, Ben Chilwell, to fill that role, according to The Sun, UK.
Chilwell has been a star performer for Leicester of late and seems like a player who could make his way to a bigger club before too long.
According to the report, Chelsea are being linked strongly with Chilwell because they don’t see current left-backs Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in their long-term plans.
This is not the first time the England international has been mentioned as a target for the West Londoners.
He had earlier been linked with the club with a price tag of around £50million.
Chilwell had also been linked with Manchester United, who could also do with an upgrade on the inconsistent and injury-prone Luke Shaw.
Alonso scored Chelsea’s winning goal against Newcastle at the weekend.

“Liverpool Will Win The Premier League Title” – Stuart Pearce

Former Manchester City manager, Stuart Pearce, has said that Liverpool will win the Premier League title ‘comfortably’ this season despite their slip up against Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool are currently sitting at the top of the table with six points.
However, former City manager, Pearce believes Liverpool remain ‘clear favourites’ despite their poor performance at Old Trafford.
And he says a six-point lead is still enough to pile the pressure on the defending champions Manchester City side.
Pearce told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast,
“I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year.
“I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.
“Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play.
“That might just suit Liverpool.”
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David Luiz Reveals Why He Left Chelsea For Arsenal

David Luiz has opened up on the “honest” talks with Frank Lampard, before leaving Chelsea for Arsenal.
The Brazilian swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates in the summer, following the appointment of his ex-Blues teammate, Lampard.
Luiz insists the decision to leave Chelsea was made before Arsenal declared their interest in him, despite only penning fresh terms in west London in May.
“I decided to leave Chelsea before there was contact with Arsenal,” he told The Telegraph.
“People do not know that but I decided early to leave Chelsea. After that I had contact with Arsenal and I took a decision which everybody knows was not easy.
“Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him. His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: ‘OK, we move on’. In an honest way, in a mature way.
“We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way.”
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Jose Mourinho Reveals Liverpool’s Weakness After 1-1 Draw With Manchester United

Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Liverpool have “limitations against teams with low blocks”, after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.
The Reds dropped points for the first time in the Premier League this season, after Adam Lallana cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s goal.
United had the better of the match in the first half and looked set to hand the Reds their first defeat of the league season, before Lallana rose from the bench to secure a point.
Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford since 2014 and manager Jurgen Klopp explained after the match, how his team find it difficult because United simply want to defend against them.
Mourinho agreed with this assessment, describing United’s defensive outlook as a “low block” and saying Liverpool’s failure to break it down is a major weakness. ‘
“Their quality as a team to play against a low block, which is a problem that sometimes they have,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports.
“They have these fantastic records of all these victories, but they have some limitations against teams with low blocks.
“Jurgen clearly has a little bit of frustration, they are a fantastic team, but at Old Trafford, a special place for Liverpool to win, he never did it.”
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Ed Woodward Speaks On Plans To Sell Manchester United

Manchester United’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward, has insisted the club isn’t for sale.
The Glazer family first bought a stake in the Red Devils in 2003, before completely taking over the club in 2005.
There have been recent speculation, that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, could be interested in buying United. But, Woodward stressed the Glazers remain committed to the club.
“Based on what I see, they’re in it for the long term.
“With regards to offers or asking prices, my understanding is that there have been no discussions for a price for the club or anything like that. Every conversation we have is based on the long-term.
“The debt is a long-term, structured and similar to some other football clubs. It’s a fixed amount for a fixed period of time, which results in it being fairly cheap to service. It’s just under two per cent of our annual revenue each year, so it doesn’t really have any impact on us.
“If you look at the way the approach changed under the Glazers for commercial activity, that has brought in an extra £2.5-£3 billion. We have spent a lot of money on players.
“We are financially strong. We are self-sustaining. We don’t have an umbilical cord that we are concerned about. There’s negativity about us doing sponsorship deals but they allow us to do things in the transfer market which other clubs struggle to do.
“We absolutely feel we are on the right track to getting back to winning trophies,” Woodward told the United We Stand fanzine of the Glazers.

Ryan Giggs Blames One Player For Robertson’s Goal against Manchester United

Wales manager, Ryan Giggs, has said Marcos Rojo was at fault for Liverpool’s late equaliser against the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the first half, as he met Daniel James’ cross to fire past Alisson from close range.
United appeared to be on course for a much-needed victory, but Adam Lallana met Andy Robertson’s cross from the left to equalize.
Giggs believes Rojo, who replaced Axel Tuanzebe in the starting line-up, should have done better to stop the Liverpool midfielder from scoring.
“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has not played a lot of games, maybe if he was a little bit fitter and sharper he would have got out quicker.
“But for Rojo to actually go past [Harry] Maguire is strange. If he holds his position maybe he can clear it.
“Ash [Young] never really gets goal-side.
“But if you watch Rojo he just anticipates where the ball is going to be instead of staying with his man.
“I think it’s a poor goal to give away.
“But Liverpool, for that five and ten minutes, were knocking at the door and there you see Robertson crossing the ball a lot further up the pitch.
“Where for the majority of the game, him and Trent Alexander-Arnold were crossing the ball from 40, 45 yards out,” Giggs told Optus Sport.

El Clasico: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Match Has Been Postponed

This month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.
The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.
The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.
Manager Ernesto Valverde had said Barcelona were against switching the game to Madrid as they visit Slavia Prague in the Champions League on 23 October, three days before El Clasico had been scheduled.
La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.
Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police.
Hundreds of thousands of people waving pro-independence flags and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” took part in marches across Catalonia on Friday.

Bulgaria Coach Resigns From Job After Racism Issue In England Match

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned four days after England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win was overshadowed by racism from home supporters.
Monday’s match in Sofia was stopped twice because of racist abuse directed at England’s black players.
However, after the match Balakov, 53, said he “didn’t hear anything”.
“I am no longer national team coach,” Balakov told Bulgarian media after a meeting of the Bulgarian Football Union on Friday.
Bulgarian authorities have so far identified 16 suspects and made 12 arrests following the game.
Four supporters received fines and two-year bans on Thursday, with others remaining under investigation.
“I wish success to the next coach, the situation is not rosy at the moment,” added Balakov.
“I have never been a coach in such an atmosphere.
“I tried to pick up the players in the locker room. There was no rebellion.
“The players were so mentally stressed by what was happening on the pitch that they lacked the energy to rebel.”