VALENCIA CF 1 REAL BETIS 0 (3-2 AGG) | SPANISH CUP SEMI RESULT

SPANISH CUP (Copa del Rey) semi final action tonight to determine whether VALENCIA CF or REAL BETIS will join FC Barcelona in the May Spanish Cup Final. Both teams finished with a 2 – 2 result in the first leg match in Sevilla. Here is a summary of the main match events, goalscorers & the final result. 

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Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham – It's happened again!

Ahahahaha, another season, no home, no trophies and a deep sense of emptiness for a club that one week ago thought they might just win the league. 

Us: Drops Kepa. Mixed messages – a wash of coverage telling us it was a misunderstanding and then he benches him. Which providing we didn’t lose I don’t think anyone really had a problem with, so long as this is the end of it. No Emerson. This enraged me on principle. If a player does really well there should be reward, progression. Otherwise you end up with a dressing room full of sulking and anarchy.

Them: Scanned the pitch and couldn’t see a giant meathead looking like walking and breathing at the same time was the most confusing thing ever, so presumably Dire is wandering round North London in full kit, lost, with dirty knees and his finger stuck up his nose. No Diving Little Sh*t either. Probably arrested for crimes against fashion after those hideous Boohoo adverts. No Danny Rose to start, which robs us of the chance to sing “Cry in a minute.”

A lively start from the diving s***, but we were by no means overrun. In fact, pretty soon we began to give as good as we got. Gilt edged chance for Higuain on 5, we all thought he’d stunned the keeper but it smacked off the inside of the post. Unlucky. Already niggling each other. Was loving our determination to win the ball back in the opening spell, admirable determination to get in there and kick them to get it back. Pedro couldn’t quite get his head properly on another cross on 7. At the other end Son had already thrown himself to the ground twice and been told to pack it in by Marriner. Surprised PGMOL gave this one to lurch but as it turned out he wasn’t that bad tonight. We looked much the stronger in midfield, which makes a nice change. Handball shout in the box on 11. To be fair to Ben Davies, because he’s fit, (though obviously you’d have to wear gloves because he is Sp*rs) he was trying to drag himself out of the way. Another shot soon after, but it fell to the white man’s answer to Mikel (Kovacic) and went 30 foot over the bar. Easily on top so far, with some great passing in tight spaces. First to everything it seemed, though actual shots had been at a premium so far. They were feeding off scraps, but we all know that means little in the world of Chelsea.

An absolute gift from Lloris on 18 with one of his regular brain farts. Passed the ball straight out to Higuain, who hit it decisively, but it swung wide. The game was getting more bad tempered as the half went on especially after some cheating from Harry F*cking Teflon Kane, who should have been sent off for a head butt action on Dave. Not least for the trauma suffered by the defender when he got a face full of slobber. Shot high from Kante on 38, then one of their whinging muppets cracked the bar shortly before the break. We’d pressed high, and done well at smothering them on the ball, but nobody’s efforts had yet been on target at either end, so 0-0 at halftime was hardly surprising. And actually not depressing, though that might have been the gin.

Real intent as soon as the second half kicked off, but still no end result. Higuain scored on 53 but was flagged offside. Sooner or later we’re going to have to manipulate a shot on target to go with all of this effort, right? RIGHT! Pedro Unicorn! Dave played him in and he had absolutely no right to find such an easy pass by Lloris. Then again, it helps when the goalkeeper is probably p*ssed. 1-0.

Hazard off for Willian on 58 in what was a very astute change, where is this suddenly coming from? Eden looked leggy and you absolutely couldn’t remove Pedro Unicorn, because he it was like he had sprouted wings and was high on fairy dust. I’ve grown accustomed to not expecting common sense with out substitutions. This sp*rred the rotten b*stards into life. KICK THE C***! Screamed Gonzo (Special alias) as Son fannied about on the edge of the box looking for an opportunity to dive. Nothing they could muster could find a way through our defence. The inclusion of the much maligned (by me too, I admit it) Alonso tonight did nothing to shake the rock hard foundation we managed to muster at the back at the weekend. Claims we booed him were b*llocks. Rudi was the excellent and Luiz was in Munich Mode as the night wore on. He was a beast. They were all outdone on the hour, however, by Pedro who put in the defensive tackle of the season so far to rob Sp*rs in the box, then skipped round another one of the a*seholes and ran off with the ball. If Sideshow was a beast tonight, then Sissoko was an animal. There’s a difference. Clattered into anything that moved, smacking people about off the ball and then crying like a little b*tch baby every-time someone touched him.

I don’t think we necessarily intended to fall back and defend but they definitely pushed us there. And yet, here was another positive substitution! On came Ruben for Kovacic. F*ck me. Refwatch: Andre Marriner in charge. Actually had control of the game, which is a first in this fixture, but is a massive bellend for not sending off the dribbling chimp. Hilariously, Mike Dean, who was the fourth official after overseeing Podgettino’s hissy fit at Burnley, ended up running the line. Two games for Sp*rs featuring him in less than a week, and they’ve lost them both. I officially love Mike Dean now.

First Sp*d change. Son stayed on his feet long enough to f*ck off, a miracle. Replaced by Maura. Higuain didn’t have the best game, but he was a gnats fart away from scoring and could have had another, and his effort was not wanting. Off he went for The Beard on 82. No sooner has that happened than Kieran Trippier has a brain fart that made Lloris look like a f*cking genius. In trying to pass the ball back to said keeper he booted it right past him and into the goal. We couldn’t have placed it better ourselves. More like a brain implosion. Total shutdown. Wouldn’t be surprised if he shat himself and forgot his own name at the same time. Know what makes it better? Swedish Sp*rs podcast tweeting at the beginning of the second half: “I don’t want to jinx it but Trippier has been phenomenal.”

Oops.

Podgettino’s response? (Other than eating his body weight in sausage in the dressing room after) Brings on Danny Rose for Sissoko. A Sarriesque, wank substitution if ever I saw one. Only Sarri appears to have been body snatched.
Their fans couldn’t get out of the ground fast enough now. By this point, Knobhead, my one Gooner friend, was getting very excited on a WhatsApp. Apparently we stole “It’s happened again” from them, but in this case L’Arse are willing to share. Who gives a f*ck what happened for the last five minutes, they were beaten. “Hugo Lloris Don’t Drive Me Home” we can claim though. A rousing chorus of “You’ve had your day out, now f*ck off home” as Kane assaults Luiz. Almost a punch up. First two yellow cards of the game, one of which for a player who could have been sent off a second time.

So: Well. Sarri has for the time being, completely turned it around. He’s not actually Sarri anymore. Not only in results, but in his entire conduct of running a football match. Forgive me for being so shocked by this, but as a girl, you have to understand that this is a MAN, who has been told repeatedly that he is WRONG, who has actually not only LISTENED but changed the way he does things. In the history of humanity, this is f*cking unprecedented. The only explanation I can think of is that after the United game, someone, probably Willian, he likes a good player revolt, offed Sarri and shoved him in a biffa bin. But not before someone who looks potentially psychotic (let’s go Kovacic) skinned him. Ever since it hasn’t actually been Sarri on the sidelines, it’s Guus Hiddink wearing the resulting bodysuit as a disguise. Smoking the odd fag to make it convincing. You heard it here first.

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Mauro Icardi breaks silence on Inter Milan situation with statement

Icardi speaks out over his issues

Mauro Icardi has released a statement following his heavily reported fallout with Inter Millan over the past couple of weeks.

Icardi’s name has been in the headlines for some time now.

A lot of that talk revolved around his transfer situation at the San Siro but his and Inter’s relationship looks to have taken a drastic turn in recent weeks.

Icardi was stripped of the captaincy a couple of weeks ago. 

The Argentine striker then refused to travel with Inter Milan for the Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna.

Mauro Icardi’s sister would then go on to blame his issues with Inter on having wife Wanda as his agent.

‘If he had a serious person behind him, who took care of him, this wouldn’t happen,” she explained. 

Pierpaolo Marino then claimed this week the issue stems from Icardi’s leadership.

“The problem lies in the cohabitation with the locker room,” Mariano explained to CalcioMercato, as cited by SempreInter.

“The players felt discouraged with him as captain. The leadership has only ratified the situation.”

Now, with so many rumours surrounding his situation, Icardi has finally broken his silence.

Mauro Icardi

MILAN, ITALY – APRIL 15: Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milan celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 15, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images )

“Despite all, I’ve always decided to stay…”

The Argentinian posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram page but it poses more questions than answers.

Icardi seems to ask for respect after all that he has done for Inter Milan.

Though, the cryptic part is that no one is sure who he’s asking for respect from.

His statement reads:

“I don’t know if there’s respect towards Inter and I on the part of those who make decisions.”

“I don’t know if there’s the desire on the part of someone to act and resolve things only and exclusively for Inter’s sake.

“Many things can happen in a family, good or bad. And out of love, one can stand for a lot of things.

“But respect must never be lacking. These are my values, these are the values for which I’ve always fought. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”

 

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Full statement in English

(Translated by FootballItalia)

“It’s at the most difficult times when true love is shown,” it began.

“It’s at those moments that I decided to stay at Inter, with Inter. When I felt that with my goals, I could help Inter get stronger, among many things.

“Stronger than the problems of FFP. Stronger than our difficulties, when so many wrote us off. At Inter. With Inter.

“And despite everything, I’ve always decided to stay. And for the love of these colours. I’ve refused offers that other players would’ve found difficult to refuse.

“I played with pain that brought me to tears after games, and the days that followed.

“But I’ve always insisted on forgetting any pain I felt, with the only objective of giving everything I could to help these colours. At Inter. With Inter.

“For my LOVE of the Nerazzurri colours because there’s only Inter. I’ve showed my children that hope must be maintained.

“I’ve taught them that winning was difficult, but that doing it with Inter has a unique meaning, that only a true ’interista‘ can understand and feel. My children’s eyes don’t lie.

“I realised my dream, I realised the dream of all us ‘interesti’, returning to the Champions League, with the team I was captain of. Because I’ve always felt and transmitted love for these colours.

“I don’t know if, at this time, there is love and respect”

“I’ve always disapproved of those who, at the first opportunity, tried to leave the club. I respected the fans, my teammates, the club and all the Coaches that have come and gone during my time here.

“I’ve collaborated with the club, both on and off the field, whenever a new player has arrived, showing them that only with passion can we reach our objectives.

“I know what love is for Inter and the Inter fans know this because they’ve seen how I’ve suffered, cried, fought and finally rejoiced in these colours. At Inter. With Inter.

“But like I said, all my sacrifices were made for the love of these colours, while respecting everyone.

“I don’t know if, at this time, there is love and respect towards Inter and I on part of those who make decisions.

“I don’t know if there’s the desire on the part of someone to act and resolve things only and exclusively for Inter’s sake.

“Many things can happen in a family, good or bad. And out of love, one can stand for a lot of things.

“But respect must never be lacking. These are my values, these are the values for which I’ve always fought. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”

Fulham’s Shahid Khan reveals reason for Claudio Ranieri sacking

Not what the club expected when they hired him

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan has revealed why the club have decided to sack Claudio Ranieri and replace him with former midfielder Scott Parker.

Ranieri may have only won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016 but he was tasked with saving Fulham this season.

After an appalling start under manager Slaviša Jokanović, the club were under threat of being relegated back to the Championship.

That lead to the decision to bring in Claudio Ranieri, which looked to do the trick initially.

However, Fulham’s recent form has left them extremely likely to be relegated this season.

Ranieri lost five of his last six games, with the Southampton loss Ranieri’s final life.

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‘Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed’

Now, chairman Shahid Khan has given his reasons for sacking the Italian.

He explained that Claudio’s appointment ‘didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed’.

“Following our discussion this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri agreed to my decision that a change was in the best interest of everyone,” he explained in a statement on the Fulham website.

“Claudio’s tenure at Fulham didn’t produce the outcome we anticipated and needed when I appointed him as Manager in November, but be assured he is not solely to blame for the position we are in today.”

 

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Fulham Football Club Chairman Shahid Khan today named Scott Parker as Caretaker Manager, replacing Claudio Ranieri.

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The future of Fulham football club

Interestingly Scott Parker was named as Fulham’s caretaker boss.

Judging by Fulham’s statement, there are no plans to appoint a new boss before next season.

It almost even sounds like Khan is resigned to being relegated and wants the club to prepare for life in the Championship.

“I am asking Scott Parker to serve as our Caretaker Manager,” Khan explained.

“Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilize, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club. 

“What’s most important at this moment, however, is to regroup in a smart and deliberate manner that will serve our long-term vision for sustainable success.

“If we’re able to do that and win some matches to make a stand late in the season, all the better.”

 

See also: Fulham & Wolves: Maurizio Sarri confirms Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue to be dropped

Sergio Ramos given extended ban after deliberate yellow card

Big blow for Real Madrid

UEFA have given Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos an extended Champions League ban after finding him guilty of deliberately getting booked against Ajax.

The Spanish defender has been incredibly important for Los Blancos in the Champions League for many years but will now miss the next two games.

That will include the second leg of the clash with Ajax and the first leg in the round of 16 should Madrid progress.

This all comes after Ramos was adjudged to have deliberately made a cynical tackle in order to get a yellow card and miss the next Champions League game.

The reason Ramos would gain from this is that he would miss the Ajax second leg, something possibly less important than a crunch last-16 tie in the next round.

However, UEFA have now made sure he will miss both, finding him guilty of a deliberate booking.

“For clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose”

In a statement quoted by Goal, UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body claimed Ramos was guilty of ‘clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose’.

“The CEDB has decided to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Sergio Ramos for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose,” read the statement.

“The two-match suspension includes the automatic one-match suspension for the repeated cautions.”

The situation is actually almost identical to the one involving Dani Carvajal in 2017.

The defender was adjudged to have received a yellow card on purpose and missed the first leg of the last-16 as a result.

Now, Real Madrid will have to do without Ramos for the next two games.



Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos charged by UEFA for deliberate booking

This was only the second part of UEFA’s punishment.

The governing body actually charged Ramos earlier in the week.

Click here to see more about that charge. 

Pep Guardiola claims Bournemouth game is ‘like a final’

Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Manchester City will travel to Bournemouth on Saturday the 2nd of March.

City head into the game on the back of a 1-0 won over West Ham on Wednesday evening.

Man City struggled to break down the Hammers and eventually took the lead from the spot after Bernardo Silva was brought down.

 

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Bournemouth, on the other hand, are without a win in their last four Premier League outings.

They are 12th in the table and were smashed 5-1 by Arsenal in their last match.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Eddie Howe, Manager of AFC Bournemouth looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Pep on City’s next run of games

Man City are currently 2nd in the Premier League, one point behind league leaders Liverpool.

City will also be without both Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho for Saturday’s game after the pair suffered muscle injuries in the League Cup final.

With the title race seemingly going down to the wire, Pep Guardiola has insisted the game vs Bournemouth is like a final.

After Bournemouth and Watford, City will go three weeks without a Premier League fixture.

As a result, Guardiola wants his side to come back after the international break in a very strong position to continue their title challenge:

“We do not have too many players right now. It is the toughest moment of the season in terms of injuries.

“But, at the same time, we have enough players to compete.

“Hopefully we can make a good performance at Bournemouth and then we have one week to prepare the last game [Watford at home] in the Premier League for 21 days [before] focusing on [Champions League and FA Cup games against] Schalke and Swansea.

“That’s why it is a real final for us, the game at Bournemouth, to arrive [in a good position] after the international break when the people come back – like John, like Ayme, like Gabriel.”As quoted by AS.

Related: Manchester City 1-0 West Ham – Pep Guardiola Full Post Match Press Conference – Premier League

Manchester City eyeing move for Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic

 

 

Caballero opens up on his relationship with Kepa after Man City incident

Sarri benches Kepa vs Tottenham

Both Maurizio Sarri and Kepa have been grabbing the headlines in recent days.

Sarri wanted to sub keeper off in the League Cup final this past weekend due to him looking injured.

However, the Spaniard remained on the pitch for the full game, in which Chelsea lost on penalties.

Afterwards, Kepa would be fined a week’s wage by Chelsea FC for ignoring Sarri.

Then, on Wednesday, Kepa found himself on the bench in a must-win tie for Chelsea vs Tottenham.

Sarri explains why he chose to drop Kepa below.

Maurizio Sarri

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea
reacts alongside fourth official Andre Marriner during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Caballero on his relationship with Kepa

The man who replaced Kepa on Wednesday was Willy Caballero.

It was also Caballero who would have come on vs City in the final.

Caballero has proven himself in shootouts in the past with the Argentine being the hero in the 2016 League Cup final shootout for Man City vs Liverpool.

The ex-City keeper also looked visibly annoyed when Kepa refused to come off on Sunday.

Despite this, Caballero has insisted that he and Kepa’s relationship has not been strained by the incident:

“We passed the last few days in good harmony, trying to talk about things and how to beat Spurs, and we did it.”

“It was probably very important [what happened] because it was in a final but it doesn’t matter. We improved a lot and we are more together than ever.

“Is everything okay between me and Kepa? Yes, of course. We spoke about it after the incident and it was good to have a chat with him.

“He learned a lot from what happened, we learned a lot as a team.”As quoted by the Evening Standard.

Related: Arsenal blow: Harry Kane will face no further action for Chelsea ‘headbutt’

Maurizio Sarri Addresses The ‘Kepa Arrizabalaga Situation’ After Chelsea’s Win Against Tottenham

 

Pochettino gives Jan Vertonghen update before Arsenal

Tottenham vs Arsenal

Tottenham and Arsenal will go head-to-head this weekend in the second North London derby of the season.

Spurs will be hoping to avoid a similar result to last time as they lost 4-2 and had a man sent off in this fixture earlier this campaign.

Tottenham, however, head into this game in somewhat poor form.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side would lose 2-1 to Burnley this past weekend.

Then, on Wednesday evening they were beaten 2-0 by an out of form Chelsea side.

Tottenham are now nine points behind league leaders Liverpool with their title hopes all but gone.

As for Arsenal, they are now 4th in the Premier League and have won four of their last five league outings.

The Gunners are also closing in on 3rd place Spurs with the gap between the two sides just four points.

Unai Emery & Mauricio Pochettino

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal speaks with Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur prior to the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Jan Vertonghen injury update

As a result, Spurs will be desperate for a win on Sunday.

Heading into the game Tottenham have one big injury doubt in Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian missed the midweek defeat to Chelsea due to a hip problem.

Luckily for Spurs fans, Pochettino confirmed it does not appear to be a serious problem and Vertonghen will hopefully be back for the derby:

“Yesterday [Tuesday] he felt a problem with his hip, so he’s not available.

 “Hopefully, it’s not a big issue and he can be available for the next game.”

Related: Maurizio Sarri Addresses The ‘Kepa Arrizabalaga Situation’ After Chelsea’s Win Against Tottenham

Unai Emery admits Tottenham are better than Arsenal

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham – Has Maurizio Sarri finally delivered a tactical tweak that saves his job?

In today’s Chelsea Daft Vlog we have to acknowledge that finally, after six months, Maurizio Sarri has made a tweak to his tactical system that is MASSIVE. We look at the performance defensively against Tottenham, the changes that he has made and how everyone has bought into it. I look at the player performances and something hilarious at the end of the video!

Check it out.

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Claims Claudio Ranieri may be fired before Chelsea & as Fulham line up interim manager

Southampton 2 – Fulham 0

Southampton picked up a huge three points on Wednesday night against relegation rivals Fulham.

The Saints had the points wrapped up before the break following goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward Prowse.

Southampton escaped the bottom three with the victory at St Mary’s.

Brighton are above the Saints on goal difference, while Cardiff are now back in the drop zone.

As for Fulham, they seem cut adrift with Huddersfield at the foot of the table.

Fulham only have 17 points, while they are ten points from safety.

Fulham may sack Claudio Ranieri before Chelsea

According to the likes of the Evening Standard and Daily Mail, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Fulham will sack Claudio Ranieri.

Chelsea visit Craven Cottage this weekend in the west London derby.

It’s unclear whether Ranieri will still be in charge of Fulham by the time Saturday rolls around.

After the Southampton game, the Italian offered a bleak outlook regarding his Fulham future:

My job? I don’t know. Ask the owner.

The Daily Mail are now reporting that “Fulham manager will hold talks with Craven Cottage chiefs on Thursday”.

Fulham’s interim manager: Scott Parker

If Ranieri is given the chop, the Mail claim that Scott Parker could get the Fulham position until the end of the season.

Parker, 38, has never been a manager before.

If the appointment happens, Parker will be Fulham’s third manager this Premier League season after they started the campaign with Slaviša Jokanović.

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Also see: Fulham & Wolves: Maurizio Sarri confirms Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue to be dropped.

Arsenal’s injury doubts over two key players before Tottenham.