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Zinedine Zidane launches staunch defence of goal-shy Karim Benzema ahead of Club World Cup final

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has shrugged off criticism of Karim Benzema ahead of Saturday's FIFA Club World Cup final and says he will defend his striker "to the death". Benzema has scored just five goals in all competitions this season - including only two in LaLiga - and has found himself under increasing fire in some quarters. However, Zidane has thrown his support behind his fellow Frenchman on the eve of their showdown with Gremio in Abu Dhabi, where the Spanish giants will hope to match Barcelona's record of three Club ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Maradona calls on Real Madrid to sell Bale and replace him with Mbappe

Diego Maradona has told Real Madrid they should offload Gareth Bale and replace him with Kylian Mbappe. Maradona, who starred for Argentina when they won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, believes Real should cut their losses with Bale. The Wales star cost Madrid a then world-record fee of £80million in 2013 but has missed the majority of this season through injury, while Mbappe is part of Paris St Germain's prolific strike force that includes Neymar and Edinson Cavani. Maradona made his feelings clear in an interview with Spanish ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Guardiola brands Man City star Walker the best right-back in the world

Pep Guardiola has hailed Kyle Walker as the best right-back in the world ahead of the defender’s first meeting with former club Tottenham. Manchester City boss Guardiola believes there is currently no-one better in his position that England star Walker, who joined the Blues from Spurs for £52million in the summer. Guardiola has worked with some of the finest right-backs in the modern game, including Dani Alves and Phillip Lahm, but believes Walker is currently the top one. “Right now I’d rate him as one of the best, definitely,” said ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Wenger sends warning to goal-shy Arsenal strikers Sanchez, Lacazette and Giroud

Arsene Wenger has warned his goal-shy strikers must be more clinical otherwise Arsenal will face more frustration against Newcastle. Wenger claims more teams are setting up defensively with the main objective of trying not to lose after Arsenal were held to frustrating draws at Southampton and West Ham. Incredibly, Arsenal have had 64 shots in their last three games and scored just two goals while they have created more chances than any other team in the Premier League - including Manchester City - but have not been taking ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Why Southampton will NOT be man marking Chelsea forward Hazard – despite his blistering form

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino says he will not be making any special plans to deal with Chelsea maestro Eden Hazard today. Saints travel to Stamford Bridge having won only one of their last eight games and after being pummelled 4-1 by former boss Claude Puel’s Leicester in midweek. Stopping Hazard has been the key to getting the better of the champions this season but Pellegrino said: “We don’t do something special when we play against important players. “We try to defend him in zones. “If you do man to man marking this ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Spurs star Dembele hits the jackpot after finding £1million worth of TREASURE in his hotel cellar

Tottenham star Mousa Dembele has hit the jackpot after discovering £1million worth of treasure in his new hotel cellar. The Belgian ace is set to open the accommodation called De Gulde Schoen - The Golden Shoe - in Antwerp, the city of his birth. Dembele instructed archaeologists to give the 700-year-old premises a check before the rebuild. And the 30-year-old is quids in after they found 18th-century porcelain, glass, pottery and tableware. The Spurs star's sister Assita co-owns the property. Archaeologists discovered a treasure chest (Image: AFP)She said: "This is something unique, and it fits ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Mourinho ‘banned from serving United’s Christmas dinner’ despite club tradition

Jose Mourinho has reportedly been banned from serving Manchester United's Christmas dinner. It is a club tradition at Old Trafford for the manager to serve the festive meal, with Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal previously giving the players their food. But that will not be the case this year with head chef Mike Donnelly insisting his staff serve the meals when the players sit down at Carrington next Friday, according to The Sun. A United insider told The Sun: “The United Christmas lunch used to be one ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Klopp says Liverpool are aiming to WIN the Champions League – and insists they have the firepower for it

Jurgen Klopp is targeting sensational Champions League success for Liverpool. He has given up on hunting down Manchester City for the Premier League title, but believes he can instead lift the continent’s elite compeition. The German boss reckons his squad has the firepower to make a real impact in Europe this season, and a kind draw against Porto certainly helps their cause. The FA Cup also offers the chance for salvation, with Everton their round three opponents. Klopp believes winning the Champions’ League is possible, and cited 2013 when ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
The world-class player Fergie is still “mad” he couldn’t sign for United revealed

Sir Alex Ferguson is still "mad" he was never able to sign Oliver Kahn. That's according to the Bayern Munich legend himself, who claims the ex-Red Devils boss was desperate to sign him to replace Peter Schmeichel. Manchester United struggled post-Schmeichel and had a number of goalkeepers who never quite lived up to the billing at Old Trafford. Eventually Ferguson signed Edwin van der Sar from Premier League new-boys Fulham, who would finally fill the shoes of the legendary Dane. Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign the German to replace Peter Schmeichel (Image: AFP) Speaking ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017
Solanke reveals which Reds star he’s learning the most from as he tries to impress Klopp

Liverpool's Dominic Solanke is studying Roberto Firmino's game in a bid to become a top striker for Jurgen Klopp. Solanke, who only turned 20 in September, was on the opposite side to Firmino when he made his England debut against Brazil last month , but started upfront alongside him in the Reds' 3-0 win at Stoke City in the Premier League two weeks later. The young forward also featured in Liverpool's frustrating last two matches - the 1-1 draw at home to Everton in which he started, and ...

Date Posted,December 15, 2017