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  • 'My performances are judged differently ...

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last sum...

    'My performances are judged differently abroad' - Can unhappy with Germany snub

    Emre Can has expressed his disappointment in Germany manager Joachim Low for snubbing him once again after the Juventus midfielder was left out of the squad for the upcoming international fixtures against Serbia and Netherlands. Since joining Juventus on a free transfer last summer, Can has been one of the top performers for the Old Lady but Low has once again opted to leave him at home after only selecting him for one squad in the past 12 months. The former Liverpool man believes his talents are appreciated more throughout the continent than in his homeland after he was overlooked once more. "I realise that, in foreign countries, my performances are certainly judged differently than in Germany," he told Sport Bild. The midfielder has regrets about not being called up to the 2018 World Cup squad, saying that he hoped reaching the Champions League final, where Liverpool lost to Real Madrid, would be enough to convince Low to make him a late addition to the party. He added: "Since I was still in the Champions League final, I hoped [for a call-up], of course, until the end. But, if you failed a few months in advance, you have to accept the decision." Can also lamented the communication he had with the national team set-up during this time, claiming that neither Low nor any of his coaches contacted him in the build-up to the tournament in Russia. "However, I was already disappointed that no one from the coaching staff called me at this time or even asked, 'How are you?' Only the DFB doctors have asked about me." Low has named a squad packed with youngsters for the games against Serbia and Netherlands, but there was still no place for the 25-year-old The Germany coach has been looking to introduce a new look to his side after being eliminated in the group stage in Russia and relegated from the Nations League, and in recent weeks he has stated that Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng would not play for the national team again during his tenure. In his latest squad, Low called up 10 players who have made five appearances or less for the national team, looking towards the likes of Kai Havertz and Niklas Stark to carry the four-time world champions into this new era.  

  • 'He deserves it' - Pogba wants Solskjaer...

    Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'deserves' to get the Manchester United manager's job on a full-time basis after restoring happiness to the squad. Solskjaer led United on a run of 14 wins from 17 games in all competitions after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December. A...

    'He deserves it' - Pogba wants Solskjaer to get Manchester United job permanently

    Paul Pogba says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'deserves' to get the Manchester United manager's job on a full-time basis after restoring happiness to the squad. Solskjaer led United on a run of 14 wins from 17 games in all competitions after taking over from Jose Mourinho in December. Although back-to-back losses to Arsenal and Wolves in the Premier League and FA Cup dampened enthusiasm, United are only two points outside the top four and will meet Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And Pogba, who has been in spectacular form under Solskjaer after clashing with former boss Mourinho, is keen for the caretaker manager to be rewarded with a permanent contract. "Of course we want him to stay," Pogba, 26, told Sky Sports. "The results have been great. I have a great relationship with him, he has a great relationship with the players. "When a player is happy, he wants to keep being happy. Solskjaer deserves it. He knows the club, he knows everything about the club. "He is a really happy coach that gave confidence back to the players. "This gave us the freedom to play and enjoy football again because maybe we lost that with the results that we had before." Pogba reportedly fell out with Mourinho in the early part of the season and lost his place in the starting line-up after being stripped of the vice-captaincy. The France star admits there was a problem with confidence before Solskjaer, 46, arrived, but he wants the focus to be on the future. "Maybe we lost confidence, maybe things went wrong," he said. "A lot of talking outside that we weren't used to. "I don't like to talk about the past. I like to talk about the future because that's what matters. "We are better now, and the results have been brilliant."

  • Inter Milan risk San Siro stand closure ...

    Inter Milan have been handed a one-game ban for racist chants that was directed towards AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Before his substitution in the second half, the 22-year-old was subjected to racist abuse as the Rossoneri fell to a 3-2 loss against their bitter rivals on...

    Inter Milan risk San Siro stand closure after Franck Kessie racist chants

    Inter Milan have been handed a one-game ban for racist chants that was directed towards AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Before his substitution in the second half, the 22-year-old was subjected to racist abuse as the Rossoneri fell to a 3-2 loss against their bitter rivals on Sunday.   On Tuesday, the Italian Football Federation judiciary stated that supporters from the Curva Nord area of the San Siro were heard to have directed racist chants towards Kessie in the seventh and 39th minute of the encounter. Consequently, the FIGC have given Luciano Spalleti's side a one-game stand closure as punishment for the racist abuse but it will only take effect if their fans repeat such behaviour in any fixture. Kessie was replaced by Andrea Conti in the 69th minute, however, his substitution did not go down well as he was involved in a row with Lucas Biglia - a situation that forced both players to apologise to manager Gennaro Gattuso after the game. Early this year, Inter Milan were forced to two games behind closed doors after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by supporters during a Boxing Day fixture at the San Siro.

  • Salah needs to work and the goals will c...

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are t...

    Salah needs to work and the goals will come - Klopp

    Mohamed Salah has been unlucky during his dry spell of form but goals will soon flow once more for the Liverpool forward, according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah has only scored once in the past two months, in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, but Klopp's men are two points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League table regardless. Sadio Mane's fine form has kept Liverpool's momentum up, the Senegal star having hit 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for the Reds. Although Salah has not been at his best, his 17 Premier League goals this term is still only bettered by one player, Man City marksman Sergio Aguero. And Klopp feels Mane, who is now level on goals with the Egyptian, could be an example for Salah to follow when Liverpool return to action at home to Tottenham on March 31 after the international break. "He is in a really good moment, of course," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. "In football it's sometimes like this. The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. "That's exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again. He's just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that's true. "But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo [Andy Robertson, at Fulham], I'm pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini [Wijnaldum] doesn't get the ball. "These moments... I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, 'Oh' and then somebody else missed the chance. That's how it is, all good. But, of course, it's a brilliant moment for him [Mane]." Following Liverpool's clash with Tottenham and trip to Southampton a week later, the Reds host Porto at Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

  • Horoya AC fire coach Patrice Neveu despi...

    Horoya AC have dismissed their coach Patrice Neveu despite an important win over Orlando Pirates. The French tactician led the Guinean giants to this season's Caf Champions League quarter-finals with a victory against the Buccaneers. Two goals from Abdoulaye Camara and Boniface...

    Horoya AC fire coach Patrice Neveu despite victory over Orlando Pirates

    Horoya AC have dismissed their coach Patrice Neveu despite an important win over Orlando Pirates. The French tactician led the Guinean giants to this season's Caf Champions League quarter-finals with a victory against the Buccaneers. Two goals from Abdoulaye Camara and Boniface Haba helped HAC beat 1995 Champions League winners Pirates 2-1 at the Stade Septembre in Conakry last weekend. The result saw Pirates crash out of the continental tournament despite netting a consolation goal through Zambian striker Justin Shonga. Horoya have since announced the departure of the 64-year-old trainer, who had joined the club in November 2018 following a spell in Asia as Laos national head coach. The club's secretary-general Kroutimi Mady Kaba confirmed that they have parted ways with Neveu. "Yes it is effective, Horoya AC separates from Patrice Neveu, this Tuesday evening, after a meeting that took place at the club headquarters," Kaba said. "We have separated amicably, we will give a lot of information this Wednesday in a press briefing," he added. Neveu is a well-travelled coach having coached Guinea, Niger, Mauritania and DR Congo national teams on the African continent. Meanwhile, the Conakry-based outfit has replaced Neveu with Didier Gomes Da Rosa effective immediately.  The 49-year-old French manager was previously contracted to JSM Skikda in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 2, and he will now look to help Horoya go all the way in the Caf Champions League.  Da Rosa is no stranger to African football having worked for several high-profile clubs across the continent since 2012.  Upon his arrival from France, Da Rosa coached Rayon Sports of Rwanda before moving to Cameroon to join Coton Sport.  He moved to Algeria in 2015 where helped CS Constantine avoid relegation in his first season in charge. 

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