Europa League

  • Dele Alli banned for three matches for h...

    Dele Alli has been banned for three matches by UEFA after his red card for a horror challenge in Tottenham's Europa League draw with Gent. The England midfielder was dismissed for a lunging tackle on Brecht Dejaegere during the first half of his side's last-32 clash with the Bel...

    Dele Alli banned for three matches for horror tackle in Europa League

    Dele Alli has been banned for three matches by UEFA after his red card for a horror challenge in Tottenham's Europa League draw with Gent. The England midfielder was dismissed for a lunging tackle on Brecht Dejaegere during the first half of his side's last-32 clash with the Belgian outfit. Arsenal fined by UEFA With the game level at 1-1 at the time, but Spurs behind on aggregate, Alli lost possession before planting his foot just below Dejaegere's knee, leaving referee Manuel de Sousa no choice but to send him off. Mauricio Pochettino's side would go on to draw the game 2-2, meaning they were dumped out of the competition on by a 3-2 aggregate scoreline. And UEFA have now announced the punishment that will be dished out to Dele, who will now miss three matches of Tottenham's next venture into European competition. That, of course, looks almost certain to be the 2017-18 Champions League, with Tottenham well on course to finish in the top four where they're currently second place, two points ahead of Manchester City in third. 'Dele's magnificent and fearless' Spurs are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last defeat having come in the away leg of their Europa League tie with Gent. The north London club face Burnley away on April 1, before another away trip to Swansea City as they look to keep pace with leaders Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson tells Man Utd to focus...

    Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson has called on the Red Devils to focus their attentions on winning the Europa League to ensure they achieve Champions League qualification. The race to finish in the Premier League's top four is set to go down to the wire, with United fif...

    Sir Alex Ferguson tells Man Utd to focus on Europa League

    Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson has called on the Red Devils to focus their attentions on winning the Europa League to ensure they achieve Champions League qualification. The race to finish in the Premier League's top four is set to go down to the wire, with United fifth in the standings and four points adrift of Liverpool with two games in hand, while Arsenal are two points further back. Sir Alex to return as Man Utd boss United's ongoing battle with Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and the Gunners has made the Europa League an attractive proposition for Jose Mourinho's men as it would guarantee a spot in next season's Champions League. And former manager Ferguson - winner of 38 titles in 27 years at Old Trafford including two Champions League crowns - highlighted the importance of the Europa League to United, who will face Anderlecht in the quarter-finals in April. "The thing is, we've never won the Europa League," Ferguson told ESPN FC. "We've never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. "It gets you into the Champions League, too -- it didn't used to but it does now, and so that's a great incentive. And there's no Sevilla in it, so that's good. Man Utd to face City, Madrid & Barca "If you win a trophy, it's important. It's a European trophy. It doesn't matter that it's not the Champions League -- it's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that. "And your CV gets bigger. If we won the Europa League? Fantastic. Add it to the European Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup, the Champions League - It's bigger and bigger. We also want to be the most successful club in England."  

  • They don't give an 'S' - Mourinho slams ...

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a scathing attack on Premier League officials, claiming they "simply don't care" about teams who are competing in Europe. Man Utd draw Anderlecht in Europa League quarter-finals United booked their place in the quarter-finals...

    They don't give an 'S' - Mourinho slams Premier League bosses over scheduling

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a scathing attack on Premier League officials, claiming they "simply don't care" about teams who are competing in Europe. Man Utd draw Anderlecht in Europa League quarter-finals United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 1-0 win over Rostov at Old Trafford - a result that secured a 2-1 aggregate victory. The match took place just three days after a tough FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in which United played for nearly an hour with 10 men, while their preparations were further hindered when travel problems meant they did not return to their Carrington base until 0400 local time on Tuesday. With his side having to play their next match - a league game against Middlesbrough away from home - at midday local time on Sunday, Mourinho has blasted organisers for failing to do more to accommodate England's top-flight teams when they are competing in Europe. "I think they don't give an 's' about English teams in Europe," he said. "They simply don't care. "I can understand you don't have any help in relation to the Premier League but I don't understand that you don't have any help in relation to European football. I've being saying this for many, many, many years, even from my first spell in England," he said. "I don't ask for me, I ask for everyone.  There are other interests that are more important. Yaya Toure considering Man Utd Move "Every country, they try to give support to teams in European football, but here it's difficult. "We should be the last team to play at the weekend. It's as simple as that. We should play Monday, or the last match on Sunday, not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right? "It's the simple criteria of 'we give you so much money', which is true, and we appreciate that. Without their money, the Premier League wouldn't be the Premier League, the clubs wouldn't be as rich as they are so yes, they are totally right and we have to tell them thank you for the Premier League they are building. "But I think you can do that and just have a little finger, a little touch. Can you give me an explanation why we play Sunday at 12 o'clock? Nobody can give me the explanation.  "So I think it's just a little bit of common sense, if they want. Or, if they're happy that we have one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League... wow." United looked particularly jaded in the second half against Rostov, losing Paul Pogba and Daley Blind to injury, while Phil Jones was forced into a makeshift left wing-back role after the exhausted Marcos Rojo - who was seen eating a banana pitchside - became unable to sprint. Mourinho did not see anything amusing about the incident and said that his players, particularly Pogba, were paying the price for scheduling problems. "For some, the banana story was a funny situation but I don't think it was," Mourinho said. "When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports where people go to the limit, I don't think it's funny. Man Utd: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs Middlesbrough "I don't think it's funny that some of my players [played] six weeks, 11 matches, played last Monday with 10 men, enjoyed five hours on the M6 coming back to Manchester, and some of them, like Marcos, were at their limit.  "My team's injury records are very, very good. It's very difficult for my players to have injuries. [Pogba] was an accumulation of fatigue. He was feeling something in the first half and in the second half he immediately felt he couldn't carry on. Even a physical monster like him felt it. "But of course, he was one of the players who never had a rest because he's played every game. Even against Blackburn [in the FA Cup], he was on the bench and he had to come on for the last half an hour, so he's playing every game. So that's normal. I think the Monday game, more than an hour of 11 against 10, also had a price. Paul is paying the price. "But in Rostov, when I was speaking to the delegate about the condition [of the pitch] at the stadium, he was telling me that if the player gets injured, no problem, because they have insurance. I think, in England, it's a little bit the same. 'He gets millions; let him run. If he breaks, no problem'."

  • Man United want Champions League spot – ...

    Match-winner Juan Mata said Manchester United will be doing everything they can to win the Europa League this season in an attempt to qualify for the Champions League again following the defeat of Rostov. Pogba injury Man Utd's new £90m problem United – who drew 1-1 draw in Rus...

    Man United want Champions League spot – Mata eager for Europa success

    Match-winner Juan Mata said Manchester United will be doing everything they can to win the Europa League this season in an attempt to qualify for the Champions League again following the defeat of Rostov. Pogba injury Man Utd's new £90m problem United – who drew 1-1 draw in Russia in the first leg – were superior for much of Thursday's match at Old Trafford, hitting the post twice in the first half through Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They had to wait until the 70th minute before making things a little more comfortable, though, as Mata finished off a well-worked counter-attack in a 2-1 aggregate win. And the Spaniard is eager for United to go all the way and make sure of qualification for Europe's elite competition, with a top-four finish in the Premier League looking tougher by the week. "That's our aim," Mata told BT Sport. "We always want to win every tournament that we are in. "Obviously it's a good chance to play in the Champions League next season, but there are still some very good games left in the Europa League. "The level is very good. But we want to play Champions League next season and this is a way to do that." It took United longer than expected to break the deadlock on home soil and, while Mata was happy with the football they played in the first half, he accepted that their finishing should have been better. "Well, it was a matter of finishing our chances," he said. "In the first half we played great football, but couldn't finish. "You have need to score otherwise difficult to go through. That's why it was also important that we kept their score to zero – Sergio [Romero] did really well with that." Ander Herrera was similarly frustrated with United's lack of composure in front of goal, even going on to acknowledge that their inability to finish teams off is becoming a bad habit. "These kind of games can look easy, but they are not easy," the midfielder added. "Rostov had nothing to lose and came here to go through and I think we controlled it really well, creating lots of chances. WATCH: Rojo eats banana on pitch! "But it is the same problem we've had all season. We are creating chances but always the keeper, or the post [save the other team] and we don't close games, so in second half we have to suffer a little. "But we controlled the game and some points we played really, really well."

  • 'They don't know what fatigue is' - Mour...

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was "very disappointed" to see rivals Manchester City eliminated from the Champions League. Pep Guardiola's City made a last-16 exit on Wednesday, a 3-1 defeat at Monaco seeing them go out on away goals after a 6-6 result on aggreg...

    'They don't know what fatigue is' - Mourinho has dig at Premier League front runners

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was "very disappointed" to see rivals Manchester City eliminated from the Champions League. Pep Guardiola's City made a last-16 exit on Wednesday, a 3-1 defeat at Monaco seeing them go out on away goals after a 6-6 result on aggregate. When is the Champions League draw Of the Premier League's top six, only United remain in European competition, having reached the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday. Mourinho said City's defeat saddened him, as it made things even more difficult for United to secure a top-four finish. "I am very disappointed [at City going out]. I am not making fun of it. It's bad for us for many reasons," he told BT Sport. "It's bad for us as an English club and it's bad for us as all of the five teams in front of us in the Premier League don't have international football. "They will be playing one match a week, like some of them have been doing since the beginning of the season. "They don't know what fatigue is, they don't know what accumulation is, they don't know what it is like to go home and not sleep because of fatigue. "We will fight to our limits - that's what we have to do." Mourinho is unhappy about United's busy run of fixtures, their 1-0 win over Rostov on Thursday having come days after an FA Cup exit at Chelsea, with a league meeting against Middlesbrough to follow on Sunday.

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