News 19 // 18 Aug 2019, 04:28 IST SHARE Luka Modric says the stamp on Denis Suarez for which he was sent off against Celta Vigo was "an accidental action".Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners at Balaidos in their first LaLiga game of the season on Saturday despite Modric's dismissal.The Ballon d'Or winner was shown the red card for the first time in LaLiga after catching Suarez early in the second half.Modric was sent off after a VAR review, but after the game he used social media to protest his innocence."Sent off for an accidental action," he wrote on Twitter, "In life I would never intentionally make such an action on a player. Totally involuntary!"However, Madrid captain Sergio Ramos understood the decision by VAR to show Modric the red card."Everything used to protect football is good," Ramos said when asked his view on the technology."Today the decision was against us. We ended up with one less man, I don't think Modric went in with bad … [Read more...] about Modric denies deliberately stamping on Suarez
News 309 // 18 Aug 2019, 03:36 IST SHARE Frank Lampard was not surprised to face criticism from his former manager Jose Mourinho following Chelsea's heavy loss at Manchester United last weekend.Mourinho questioned Lampard's decision to leave a number of experienced players out of his starting line-up at Old Trafford, including the half-fit N'Golo Kante, with Chelsea collapsing to a 4-0 loss.The defeat marked an unwelcome start to Premier League management for Lampard, but Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer does not plan on getting involved in a slanging match with the Portuguese, who coached him at Stamford Bridge."I was very ready for that," Lampard told reporters ahead of Sunday's game against Leicester City."Being a player who played here, we were always competitive for leagues and Champions Leagues. The level of attention and criticism on your performance is inflated as a manager because you take on more responsibility."I … [Read more...] about Lampard not surprised by Mourinho criticism
News 30 // 18 Aug 2019, 03:06 IST SHARE Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham remain vulnerable to losing players while the European transfer window remains open.Although the deadline to sign new players has passed for Premier League clubs, teams on the continent can still add to their squads.September 2 is the last day clubs from Europe can buy players, with Christian Eriksen among the Spurs stars linked with exits.Eriksen is into the last year of his contract and is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, while Jan Vertonghen's deal is also expiring.Pochettino, though, is unwilling to blame uncertainty over his squad for Spurs being outplayed at Manchester City on Saturday, his side claiming a 2-2 draw at the home of the champions after Gabriel Jesus' late goal was disallowed by VAR."I think it's not an excuse. I am not complaining about the situation, only explaining it," he told reporters. "Of course, we still need to wait to see what … [Read more...] about Pochettino accepts Tottenham could still lose players
News 415 // 18 Aug 2019, 00:40 IST SHARE Manchester City are not perfect after all. VAR can stop them.Last weekend's 5-0 demolition of West Ham at London Stadium led to some suggestions the 2019-20 Premier League title race could become a procession, with Pep Guardiola's side in irrepressible form and Raheem Sterling hitting a hat-trick.But despite being completely outplayed at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, Tottenham were able to claim a 2-2 draw that may offer hints as to how this City team, winners of an unprecedented domestic treble last term, can be halted.It is fair to say City could and probably should have been out of sight with a rampant first-half display, the 2-1 scoreline hardly a fair reflection of their total dominance in the opening 45 minutes.Kevin De Bruyne ran the game, as he did in spectacular style in that remarkable Champions League quarter-final second leg against the same opposition in April, when VAR also came … [Read more...] about NeVAR mind the new rules
News 20 // 18 Aug 2019, 03:56 IST SHARE Aymeric Laporte and several of his Manchester City team-mates have expressed frustration over Gabriel Jesus seeing a late strike against Tottenham disallowed by VAR.City and Spurs were drawing 2-2 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Jesus struck in added time, firing into the bottom-right corner from inside the box.But celebrations were cut short by VAR with replays showing the ball hit Laporte on the arm during the build-up - and the goal was duly disallowed.A frustrated Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports "they need to fix" VAR, City having seen video replay decisions go against them in a game with Spurs for the second time this year following April's Champions League drama, when Raheem Sterling had a goal disallowed for offside.And Guardiola's players steadily followed suit on social media following the game, led by Laporte."Tough game! Learning to get used to external factors! Keep working!" the … [Read more...] about Learning to get used to external factors!