Champions League

  • 'He's a great player' - Sterling in the ...

    Raheem Sterling would be a worthy winner of any player-of-the-season awards, according to England captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 24, has enjoyed a superb campaign with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and netting the decisive...

    'He's a great player' - Sterling in the running for player of the year, says Kane

    Raheem Sterling would be a worthy winner of any player-of-the-season awards, according to England captain Harry Kane. Sterling, 24, has enjoyed a superb campaign with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and netting the decisive penalty as Pep Guardiola's team retained the EFL Cup with a shoot-out triumph over Chelsea at Wembley. Kane, 25, and Sterling are set to combine in England's forward line for the opening Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro over the coming week, before they take their places on either side of a Champions League quarter-final showdown between Tottenham and City. "Raheem has had an amazing season again," Kane told a news conference at England's St George's Park training base. "They've won one competition, they're still in all the others and Raheem has been a big part of their success so far. "He's a great lad, great player and I'm looking forward to playing with him in the games for the next week or so. "He'll definitely be in with a shout for player of the year." Despite established City and Liverpool contingents in Gareth Southgate's squad as a nip-and-tuck Premier League title race reaches boiling point, Kane insists focus on international matters is unwavering for last year's World Cup semi-finalists. "Obviously we've had a bit of banter and stuff. I think the great thing about this team and this England camp is we have a bit of fun and a laugh and a joke," he said. "But we know that when we're here it's all about England and we put that to one side. Even with the Liverpool and the City boys, when we're here it's 100 per cent England. "When we go back I'm sure there'll be a couple of text messages and group messages flying about. "We've got a great bond here and we're good friends, whether we play for one club or the other. We all get on very well. "When we're at our clubs it's 110 per cent to try and beat each other but we have that respect where we can talk after and be friends." Tottenham had threatened to play a part in a three-horse title race for large parts of the season but a run of one point from their past four top-flight games has dropped them back into a scrap for the Champions League qualification places. Nevertheless, with the long-awaited move to their new stadium finally arriving after the international break, Kane is relishing the fight ahead. He added: "It's going to be a tough battle. The top six are so strong now. We're three points clear [of Arsenal in fifth] in the top four. It's in our own hands. "If someone had said third place and the quarter-final of the Champions League, with everything that's surrounding the club, it's not a bad position to be in so far."

  • 'I overcame it' - Gabriel Jesus says pos...

    Gabriel Jesus said post-World Cup was the most difficult moment of his career, while the Manchester City and Brazil striker insisted his stagnated form is normal. Jesus endured a rough Russia 2018, with the City star criticised after not scoring a goal throughout the tournament ...

    'I overcame it' - Gabriel Jesus says post-World Cup most difficult moment of career

    Gabriel Jesus said post-World Cup was the most difficult moment of his career, while the Manchester City and Brazil striker insisted his stagnated form is normal. Jesus endured a rough Russia 2018, with the City star criticised after not scoring a goal throughout the tournament as Brazil lost in the quarter-finals. Ahead of Brazil's international friendlies against Panama on Saturday and the Czech Republic three days later, Jesus discussed his World Cup woes. "It weighs nothing on me today, but it was very difficult to assimilate," Jesus told reporters. "My family and friends have helped a lot.  "I do not live this moment today because of my poor form, but because of the great phase of [City team-mate Sergio] Aguero.  "When I play I help the team. In the post-Cup I still thought a lot, it was my most difficult moment as a player. But I overcame it, I worked, I conquered my space again. That shook me only at the beginning of the season, has not shaken for a long time." Jesus hit the ground running at Premier League giants City following his arrival from Palmeiras in 2017 – scoring seven goals in 10 league appearances. The 21-year-old backed that up with 13 Premier League goals in 29 games as City won the title last season, though he has managed only six goals in 23 for the champions this term. "I've talked a lot with my family and my friends. I had a very good time in my career and life, I came and got things very fast," Jesus said. "Today I think I had a break and I think it's normal. "I'm 21, I do not have to rush things. Today I live a phase that I'm a reserve and seeking ownership in my club. I'm looking for a space against a guy who is the club's top scorer, Aguero, who has helped a lot. "I'm working day by day and trying to recover my space. I had an injury two weeks ago and I was 10 days off. And now coming back, I'm trying to recover, it's a decisive phase, I want to help my team to win the title."

  • 'I love everyone' - Evra apologises for ...

    Patrice Evra has posted a video to social media apologising for his homophobic rant at Paris Saint-Germain. Following Manchester United's 3-1 Champions League victory over PSG in Paris, Evra posted clips of himself celebrating and mocking the Ligue 1 side. The rant included exp...

    'I love everyone' - Evra apologises for homophobic PSG rant

    Patrice Evra has posted a video to social media apologising for his homophobic rant at Paris Saint-Germain. Following Manchester United's 3-1 Champions League victory over PSG in Paris, Evra posted clips of himself celebrating and mocking the Ligue 1 side. The rant included expletives and homophobic slurs, but the former Red Devil has recorded a response apologising and explaining his actions. "I am here to clarify, a massive, massive misunderstanding but we have to shut it down really quickly," Evra said on Twitter. "I made a video, as a joke, as a friend, and the French media, they take it, because I use the word 'pede', and they translate it as I am against the gay people.  "I am not homophobic because you know who I am, I'm 'Mr. Love This Game'. I love everyone.  "If I offended someone, or I hurt someone, I really apologise, but it's not my intention, they [the French media] are just trying to put me down.  "I stand for equality, you have to be free, whatever you do in life, I would never judge anyone, my mum raised me and educated me that way, and you know what? Only God can judge me."  I love this game, and more importantly , I love EVERYONE. A quick message here to clear up any confusion! ❤️ #ILTG #positive4evra pic.twitter.com/92RuMIT9ao — Patrice Evra (@Evra) March 19, 2019 Evra then turned his attention to the French media, launching an attack on them for their coverage of him. "We should be together, united, to make the world a better place. So please, stop this negativity, because you will never shut me down, okay? "This is a massive message for the French media because they always twist my words.  "You know guys, I'm not playing anymore with the national team, so what's wrong with you? Is your life so boring?  "Why are you trying always to make the buzz, making my video everywhere? I don't want you to even put my video [up] of positive energy, because you are such a negative people.  "So please, guys, stop it, and you know what? I don't love your game, but I love this game!"

  • PSG condemn Evra after ex-Man Utd star's...

    Paris Saint-Germain have condemned Patrice Evra's expletive-ridden rant that contains homophobic language, which the left-back posted on social media following Manchester United's 3-1 Champions League victory over the Ligue 1 outfit in France. PSG, leading 2-0 on aggregate after...

    PSG condemn Evra after ex-Man Utd star's homophobic rant

    Paris Saint-Germain have condemned Patrice Evra's expletive-ridden rant that contains homophobic language, which the left-back posted on social media following Manchester United's 3-1 Champions League victory over the Ligue 1 outfit in France. PSG, leading 2-0 on aggregate after beating the Red Devils at Old Trafford, were beaten on home soil at Parc des Princes and exited Europe's premier club competition at the first knockout stage. Following the result, former United defender Evra launched a scathing attack on the reigning Ligue 1 champions, blasting them for losing to his former side's 'D team'. And PSG have released a statement responding with outrage to the comments, particularly the use of homophobic language. "Paris Saint-Germain strongly condemns the homophobic insults proffered by Patrice Evra against the club, its representatives and former player [Jerome Rothen]," the statement said.  "The remarks were deeply shocking within the club, which was particularly committed to the values of respect and openness to others. "The fight against homophobia is at the heart of PSG's action. The fight against homophobia and all discrimination is at the heart of the action and the values of Paris Saint-Germain, which has been engaged for many years alongside Rouge Direct (formerly Paris Foot Gay) to combat homophobia and against all forms of racism. The club wanted to inform Manchester United about their former player. "PSG will support any initiative initiated by its associative partners, Rouge Direct, Sportitude-France, SOS Racisme".  The Rouge Direct association has already announced its intention to take legal action against Evra. Evra filmed his rant in French, having watched the game live in Paris. "Here it is Manchester. Stop supporting teams who will never win," Evra said. "Even my cousin who is in the front [of the car] is p****d off. Paris, you are some f****ts, some f****ts, I'm telling you. We [United] put our D team [out] and we did you.  "Some kids played, they used to clean my boots. They don't even have sperm [yet]. Paris, you are some p***ies. [Manchester United], they are men." His former Monaco team-mate Rothen spoke out against him after his celebrations at the full-time whistle, and Evra made a point of issuing a personal response. "Next time I see you [Rothen], I'm going to slap you in the face," Evra said. "I will f***ing slap you in the face". 

  • 'Man Utd beat you with their D team!' - ...

    Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has launched a fresh attack on Paris Saint-Germain, accusing the Ligue 1 outfit of having lost to the Red Devils’ “D team” in the Champions League. The ex-France international was among those in attendance for a recent last-16 showd...

    'Man Utd beat you with their D team!' - Evra launches fresh attack on PSG

    Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has launched a fresh attack on Paris Saint-Germain, accusing the Ligue 1 outfit of having lost to the Red Devils’ “D team” in the Champions League. The ex-France international was among those in attendance for a recent last-16 showdown between United and PSG at Parc des Princes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had entered that contest trailing 2-0 on aggregate, but staged a stunning second-leg fightback to win 3-1 on the night and book their place in the quarter-finals. Evra, as a one-time Marseille and Monaco full-back, made no secret of where his allegiances lie when celebrating in the stands. He was joined by current United star Paul Pogba, who had been forced to sit out a heavyweight European encounter through suspension. The Red Devils were also missing the likes of Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata due to injury. Solskjaer got his game plan spot on, though, and was able to claim the most notable of scalps. Evra has delighted in goading PSG on the back of that triumph and has now aimed another rant in the direction of those in the French capital. He has said in a video posted on social media: “We put out the D team! We settled you. “There were kids who played, they are the ones who used to clean my shoes. And you are there, Paris, making red carpets and all of that.” Evra has already revealed that PSG filed a complaint against him after his jubilant celebrations on their home patch. His actions did not go down well with the locals in Paris, with the 37-year-old saying: “PSG filed a complaint against me to UEFA for my celebration during PSG-Manchester.  “And people ask me: ‘Patrice, what do you risk?’ I don't know man... Maybe they'll change the code on my iPhone so it will be stuck?” Evra does not appear to be taking PSG’s grievances very seriously and looks set to continue with his “I love this game” approach to following football. He is restricted to a spectator role at present as he has been without a club since leaving West Ham at the end of a short-term contract in the summer of 2018.

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