Having joined RB Leipzig when they were still in Germany’s second
division, Peter Gulacsi has seen the club grow from Bundesliga new boys
and on to a first appearance in the Champions League knock-out stage.
Hungarian goalkeeper is relishing Wednesday’s last 16, first leg when
the ambitious eastern German club, bankrolled by energy drinks giants
Red Bull, face last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham Hotspur in
Gary Neville has backed Manchester City to
win an appeal against a two-season ban from European competition imposed
by a “hopeless” Uefa.
European football’s governing body
announced on Friday that City has been banned from continental
competition for two seasons for what Uefa said were “serious” financial
fair-play breaches between 2012 and 2016.
English Premier League
champions City, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million),
responded quickly to say they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS).
And former Manchester United defender Neville believes City’s legal challenge will prove successful.
think City will beat Uefa. Uefa, I have no faith in them whatsoever,”
Sky Sports pundit Neville told the broadcaster on Monday.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer says French midfielder Paul Pogba has been out of action for
so long he faces a real challenge to get fully fit and back in the team.
whose future at the club has been the subject of much speculation, is
still recovering from an ankle injury that has restricted him to eight
United appearances this season. He last featured in a 4-1 win over
Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
“Paul knows he has to work hard to
get back to his best,” Solskjaer told British media. “He has been out
now for so long now, it’s a challenge to get back into shape.”
was not part of the United group that spent the mid-season break at a
training camp in Spain but Solskjaer confirmed the 26-year-old was given
permission to do his recovery work somewhere else.
Atletico Madrid might once have relished the
challenge of resisting an opponent like Liverpool, but reaching the
Champions League’s quarterfinals will require a performance not yet seen
from them this season.
Diego Simeone’s side are no longer the
same Atletico famed for their inch-perfect defence, relentless work
ethic and a knack for grinding down even the most assured, attacking
Instead, they are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid
in La Liga and last week sat sixth, a reflection of a deflating few
months during which their old identity has blurred and their esteemed
coach been questioned.
Liverpool are expected to take another step
towards clinching a long-awaited Premier League title at
bottom-of-the-table Norwich, while behind the runaway leaders the battle
for Champions League places takes centre stage this weekend.
Reds can extend their mammoth 22-point lead over Manchester City at
Carrow Road on Saturday as they aim to not only win the league for the
first time in 30 years, but smash the record books in the process.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just two points all season and are on a run of 16 consecutive league wins.
Juventus return to their home comforts of
Turin after a poor away run, hosting struggling Brescia on Sunday with
top spot in Serie A at stake as title rivals Inter Milan and Lazio go
head-to-head in the Stadio Olimpico.
Inter moved top last weekend
ahead of Juventus on goal difference after the eight-time reigning
champions’ shock 2-1 defeat at Hellas Verona.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will be counting on a win over Mario Balotelli’s lowly Brescia, who are second last in the table.
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has
yet to set foot in the club’s training ground since joining on loan from
Shanghai Shenhua after being told to stay away due to concerns over the
coronavirus, British media reported on Thursday.
virus has killed over 1 300 people and infected around 60 000 in China
after it first emerged in Wuhan late last year.
reported Ighalo has been training at the National Taekwondo Centre in
Manchester since arriving on loan from the Chinese club almost two weeks