'I’m protecting my team-mates' – Van Dijk explains Sokratis confrontation

Mohamed Salah and the Arsenal defender had an angry exchange of words at half-time in the 5-1 win at Anfield Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has revealed he jumped to the aid of Mohamed Salah after Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos accused him of diving during the 5-1 Premier League win...

Man City must regain control in Premier League race – Bernardo Silva

The Portuguese called on his team-mates to improve following back-to-back defeats and three in their last four matches Bernardo Silva said Manchester City must regain control after the stuttering Premier League champions fell seven points adrift in the title race. City have dropped to third in the league following...

Messi: Cristiano rivalry was very healthy and good for the fans

The Barcelona legend has spoken about his duel with the former Real Madrid star, who joined Juventus in the summer Lionel Messi has called his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo “healthy” and said that it was good for fans.  The Argentine and Portuguese battled it out in La Liga for...

Resurgent Man City avert crisis but must do more in Liverpool title clash

Pep Guardiola’s side were much improved as they bounced back from consecutive defeats at Southampton, but they must do more ahead of Thursday’s clash The reports of Manchester City’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Pep Guardiola’s side were not quite at their brilliant best as they beat Southampton, but...

‘Improving’ Paul Pogba still has more to give Man United, says Matic

Pogba scored twice as United beat Huddersfield 3-1 on Boxing Day and already looks a player reborn after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho Paul Pogba’s confidence is growing game by game and he remains central to Manchester United’s hopes this season, according to teammate Nemanja Matic. Pogba scored twice...

Solskjaer hoping to have Alexis back for Bournemouth clash

The Chilean has missed a month of action since his last Premier League outing, but he could return for the coming weekend Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to have Alexis Sanchez back in his ranks for his team’s next match after extending his winning start at...

Arsenal can't blame injuries for Liverpool demolition, says Leno

The goalkeeper had to pick the ball out of his net five times on Saturday, but says his team only have themselves to blame for their humiliation Arsenal cannot use injuries as an excuse for their 5-1 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday, insists goalkeeper Bernd Leno....

Valverde: Messi's 'competitive spirit' his best attribute

The Barcelona boss heaped praise on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who leads La Liga in scoring and has his club top of the table Ernesto Valverde lauded the competitiveness of Lionel Messi as he named the Barcelona superstar’s finest asset.  Messi is regarded as one of the greatest...

Kante must focus on defending, insists Sarri

The World Cup winner scored the only goal as the Blues beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, moving his side five points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal N’Golo Kante’s priority is defending according to Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, despite the midfielder taking on a more forward role this season. The France international...

Emery happy as Arsenal return to winning ways despite wobbles in Fulham victory

The Gunners bounced back from their heavy defeat against Liverpool to go within two points of fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League Arsenal manager Unai Emery felt his side were deserving of their 4-1 victory against Fulham, despite enduring some nervy moments in the New Year’s Day win at...