Saturday, 27 November 2010

Where Are Wenger's Trophies?

Jose Mourinho has responded to Arsene Wenger’s criticism of Real Madrid’s controversial double sending off in their Champions League win over Ajax by calling into question the Frenchman’s recent record at Arsenal.

The Spanish giants hit the headlines after Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso were both dismissed in the 4-0 victory which confirmed Real’s qualification, and with the red cards ruling them out of the final group game.

Uefa has subsequently charged both players and manager with improper conduct over the incident whilst Wenger branded the sendings-off as “horrible” although he did concede that doing the same thing had “crossed his mind” previously.

However, according to The Sun, Mourinho has hit back at Wenger and questioned the lack of silverware at the Emirates and the Gunners’ defeat to Braga on midweek.

“He should especially explain to Arsenal supporters how he can't win one single little trophy since 2005,” said the former Chelsea boss.

“Instead of speaking about Real Madrid, Mr Wenger should speak about Arsenal and explain how he lost 2-0 against a team in the Champions League for the first time.”

“The history about the young kids is getting old now.

"[Bacary] Sagna, [Gael] Clichy, [Theo] Walcott, [Cesc] Fabregas, [Alex] Song, [Samir] Nasri, [Robin] Van Persie, [Andrey] Arshavin are not kids. They are all top players."

Of course this is not the first time the two men have clashed; back in 2005 as Chelsea manager Mourinho famously branded Wenger a “voyeur” after the Frenchman’s comments following the Blues’ draw with Everton and a League Cup defeat to Charlton Athletic.

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Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal - Highlights

0-1 Arshavin 39'

2-4 Wilshere 90'

0-2 Nasri 45'

1-2 Clark 52'

1-3 Chamakh 56'

2-3 Clark 71'

Video: David Beckham Spits Fire At Referee Matthew Breeze During A Friendly

LA Galaxy star David Beckham got tongues wagging at the end of a friendly match with the Newcastle Jets on Saturday as the world's most famous footballer furiously screamed in the face of referee Matthew Breeze.

The Jets ran out 2-1 winners over the MLS franchise, and Beckham showed his anger at losing by venting at the man in black in the final moments of the match.

Images of Beckham ranting at refs are strangely common these days. Just a few weeks ago during the MLS playoffs, Beckham was caught getting up-close-and-personal with the referee during the match between the Galaxy and FC Dallas after a decision went against the Englishman

Pep Guardiola Vs Jose Mourinho

El Clasico has always been a face-off on the field between some of the finest plaers in the world. But not anymore.

The emergence of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona over the last two years and the arrival of the charismatic Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid this past summer has transformed this historic showdown into a duel between the two coaches on the bench.

Guardiola and Mourinho are two figures in football who garner as much attention as their players, if not more, and we want to find out what each set of fans think about the opposition trainer. Spain's Alberto Pinero was in Madrid while Carlos Romero was in Barcelona to ask fans who is the better coach, and who will emerge triumphant in the battle

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Liverpool Manager Roy Hodgson: I Believe In Dani Pacheco

Roy Hodgson has stated that young forward Dani Pacheco still has a future at Liverpool despite not being able to cement a place in the first team.

The 19-year-old, who has played five times this season for the Reds, has been linked with a move back to his homeland, but Hodgson seems keen to keep the young Spaniard.

"He's been doing quite well. He had a little down period which I suppose coincided with the unfortunate Northampton game (a Carling Cup exit), when every one of the young players was thrown in together," the Reds boss tolds reporters.

"He stuck at his task and in training he's been doing very well.

"In the last couple of reserve games he's played very well too. It's nice to know he's still very much a part of the Liverpool future.

"For a young player it's not easy to knock the likes of Joe Cole, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez off their perch.

"Having said that, we still believe in him. We think he's a good player and he's got a very bright future.

There have been rumours that Alberto Aquilani who is currently at a loan spell at Juventus will make a quick return to Liverpool, but Hodgson has dismissed such claims.

"No, I don't think there is any chance of doing that. The loan spell is quite clear," explained Hodgson.

"He's loaned out until the end of the season, so we won't be able to bring him back until the end of the season."

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Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho Promises 'Great' Clasico Against Barcelona

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has vowed he will do his best to make sure that the Clasico against BArcelona a at Camp Nou on Monday lives up to its pre-game hype.

Madrid are unbeaten in all competitions this season and are currently nursing a one-point lead over the Spanish champions.

Mourinho is looking forward to some fireworks in the Catalan capital in his first clasico as coach of the Blancos.

"It is our responsibility to put on a great game - the coaches, the players and the referee," Mourinho told AS. "We have to give the world a super game."

Monday's match will also mark the debut of Madrid's summer signings Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria in the Clasico and Mourinho admits that he is unsure how the trio will react.

"You never know how the team will react," said the Portuguese. "Physically we are fine and know what to do, but we face a team that has had a lot of time working together and we have only had a few months. But, in any case, we must be prepared for any eventuality."

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