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Benitez Defends Scoreless Ronaldo

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez defended the performance of Cristiano Ronaldo after his star forward failed to score or assist on any of Real's goals in the 5-0 win at home to Real Betis on Saturday. According to the Bleacher Report, the Spanish coach said after the game: "He's the one who had the most shots on goal, just like ...

Di Maria Describes Difficult Relationship with LVG

Angel Di Maria opened up about his relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, saying he struggled to comprehend the Dutch tactician's philosophy during his time at Old Trafford. The new Paris Saint-Germain winger, who registered an assist in the 3-0 win against AS Monaco on Sunday, also confirmed he felt he was played out of position by Van ...

Mourinho: No Answer for Blues' Poor EPL Start

Asked why he thinks his team is under-performing in the Premier League after Chelsea lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, coach Jose Mourinho said, "I don't know [why this is happening]. I don't have an answer for everything. You have players who have fantastic seasons and fantastic moments and, the next season, do not have the same," ...

Simeone Praise as Atleti Blanks Sevilla

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone described his team's 3-0 win against Sevilla on Sunday as "one of our best games on the road in recent times." Atleti moved up to third in the La Liga table after two games thanks to goals from Koke, Gabi and Jackson Martinez. "The result seemed to suggest we were far superior, but our opponents ...

Garcia: 'This is the Roma I Wanted'

AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia said, "this is the Roma I wanted" after his team produced a dominant performance to beat Juventus 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. "This is the Roma that I wanted," the Frenchman said. "This is the Roma that produced great football for my first 18 months at the club. The collective desire of everyone ...

Wolfsburg: 'De Bruyne is Off to Manchester City'

Manchester City-bound Kevin De Bruyne and Inter Milan-bound Ivan Perisic didn't play as Wolfsburg routed Schalke 3-0 in the Bundesliga's only game on Friday. After the game, Wolves director Klaus Allofs, who on Thursday described De Bruyne's personal terms at City as "astonishing", confirmed that the Belgian's deal is all but sealed. "De Bruyne is off to Manchester City," Allofs ...

Bayern Hosts 'Title Rival' Leverkusen

Pep Guardiola claims that Bayern Munich hosts one of its biggest rivals for the Bundesliga title Saturday when Bayer Leverkusen visits the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Both clubs have made a perfect start to the young season with back-to-back wins, while Leverkusen also saw off the challenge of Italian club Lazio to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage. ...

Pellegrini Confusion as City Sells Lopes

Confusion reigned at Manchester City on Friday as Manuel Pellegrini indicated that young forward Marcos Lopes would likely be loaned out so he could gain valuable experience this season. However, minutes later, the club announced that the 19-year-old had signed a contract with AS Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of 9 million pounds ($13.9 million). ...

Jonny Evans to Join West Brom

West Bromwich Albion has agreed a fee of 6 million pounds ($9.2 million) plus a further 2 million ($3.1 million) in add-ons with Manchester United to sign defender Jonny Evans. The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international is expected to finalize the move over the weekend, though he will not be available for Saturday's game at Stoke City. Evans made 198 appearances ...

Neymar Could Return for Barcelona

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique confirmed that Manchester United target Neymar could play in Saturday's La Liga home opener against Malaga after completing his recovery from the mumps. The Brazil forward has been suffering from the virus for several weeks, depriving the Blaugrana of one-third of its three-headed attack that also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Lazio: Bayer was Better

Lazio coach Stefano Pioli confessed that "Bayer Leverkusen was better," as his team "isn't ready for the Champions League yet" after the Aquile, the surprise third-place finisher in Serie A last season, lost its two-game UEFA Champions League playoff series against the Bundesliga giant, 3-1, after losing the second game 3-0 in Leverkusen on Wednesday.

LVG: "Wait and See" on Man United in UCL

How far can Manchester United go in this season's UEFA Champions League? "We have to wait and see," coach Louis van Gaal said after his team eased into the UCL group stage with a 4-0 win against Club Brugge in Belgium on Wednesday, and a 7-1 aggregate win over two games.

Martinez: Everton to Reject Stones' Transfer Request

Everton coach Roberto Martnez on Thursday said the club would reject the transfer request handed in by center-back John Stones, a move that was designed to open the way for the England international's transfer to Premier League champion Chelsea. Stones started Everton's dramatic 5-3 win at Barnsley in the second round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday despite handing ...

Thiago Extends Bayern Contract to 2019

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcntara on Thursday extended his contract with the German champion by two years until 2019. The 24-year-old, who joined from Barcelona for 22 million-pounds ($33.9 million) in 2013, missed more than a year with serious knee injuries before returning to action in April 2015. The Spain international completed Bayern's pre-season campaign and came on as a ...

Conmebol Chief Doubts U.S. Copa America

CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout says he is unsure if the 2016 Copa America will be played in the United States as planned. In an interview with Paraguayan radio station AM 1080, the chief of South America's soccer confederation indicated that while the tournament, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will go ahead as planned, it may not be held ...