Di Maria gets backing of Man Utd captain Rooney
March 02, 2015 (15:50) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has offered his support to Angel Di Maria as the former Real Madrid midfielder battles through a slump in form, BBC Sport has reported.EPADi Maria moved to Old Trafford from the Santiago Bernabeu late in the summer transfer window, Louis van Gaal paying just under 60m to sign the Argentina international. Di Maria, part of the Argentina squad who reached the World Cup final, although injury ruled him out the defeat to Germany, has suffered a dip in performance after a strong start to his United career More...
Championship Analysis - Norwich close in on automatic promotion spot after win over Ipswich
March 02, 2015 (15:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Many pundits described this clash as the most important East Anglian derby for a decade and its difficult to argue, with both Norwich and Ipswich in the Championship top six and in the sort of form capable of making them genuine challengers for automatic promotion.Its easy to be cynical about the huge numbers of managerial changes and the supposed notion that they will always be beneficial - and this column focused on that heavily last weekend - but Norwich is one of the rare examples of a club this season in which a new appointment has brought around what looks More...
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino proud of his players despite Capital One Cup final
March 02, 2015 (14:45) [ Indexed from A Different League
Despite Tottenham losing 2-0 in the Capital One Cup final against London rivals Chelsea, manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was still proud of his players performance against the Premier League leaders, reports Sky Sports.EPAChelsea scored either side of half-time against the Lilywhites to earn victory, but Tottenham were on top for the first-half of the game. They didnt make the most of their chances, with the Blues proving difficult to break through. They stuck to their defensive duties, which made Spurs job near impossible to score. More...
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his players were strategically fantasticin Capital One Cup triumph
March 02, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from A Different League
After Chelsea earned a somewhat comfortable win against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final, manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his layers, after they adhered to his instructions despite a difference in system, reports Sky Sports.EPAChelsea were without influential midfielder Nemanja Matic, with the Serbian international suspended for the final, so Gary Cahill started alongside John Terry at the heart of the defence, with Kurt Zouma operating as a makeshift holding midfielder. Cesc Fabregas and Ramires were ahead of him, with More...
Chelsea captain John Terry targeting future success following Capital One Cup win
March 02, 2015 (13:15) [ Indexed from A Different League
After Chelsea beat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final, captain and long-serving defender John Terry believes finally adding to the trophy cabinet could see the Londoners begin a period of success under manager Jose Mourinho, reports Sky Sports.EPAMourinho had suffered a three-year drought in winning trophies prior to the final, but Chelsea rarely looked in doubt against Tottenham at Wembley. Despite their London rivals edging the first-half, the Blues found themselves ahead at the break, courtesy of a deflected John Terry goal. More...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger proud of players response following Everton win
March 02, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
After having lost in their midweek Champions League clash, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud in the way his side responded against Everton on the weekend, reports Sky Sports.EPAArsenal earned a comfortable 2-0 win against Everton to strengthen their bid for a top-four place. The victory was also their seventh consecutive home win. Champions League football looks destined to return to the Emirates for yet another season, but their current chances in the competition appear slim after a humiliating 3-1 home defeat by AS Monaco. More...
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says side are not enjoying this Premier League season
March 02, 2015 (12:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
After Everton lost their 11th game of the season, manager Roberto Martinez admitted that he or his side havent enjoyed the league campaign this time round due to their inconsistent form, reports Sky Sports.EPAThe Toffees were beaten on the weekend by Arsenal, which meant their wait for a top-half place continued. Everton have been struggling in the bottom-half all through the season, picking up only six league wins from 27 played, and if they fail to win the Europa League, they dont look likely to be in any European competition in 2015/1 More...
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: Goal either side of half-time sees Chelsea win Capital One Cup final
March 02, 2015 (00:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
John Terry and a Kyle Walker own goal was enough to see Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup, with finalists Tottenham ultimately unable to get themselves back into the game, reports BBC Sport.EPATottenham were by far the better side in the first-half, but just couldnt take their chances. The Lilywhites were thwarted by a resilient Chelsea backline, with the likes of Christian Eriksen hitting the woodwork from a free-kick, and Ryan Mason being particularly wasteful with his opportunities.Against the run of play, and More...
Arsenal 2-0 Everton: Comfortable win for the Gunners boosts top-four chances
March 02, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from A Different League
A goal either side of half-time from Olivier Giroud and substitute Tomas Rosicky sealed an easy win for Arsenal against a lacklustre Everton, reports BBC Sport.EPAArsenal were dominant from the start, but initially found it difficult to break through the resilient Everton defence. Roberto Martinezs side ensured the central areas of the pitch were compact to keep the Londoners quiet, and it nearly worked in the first-half. But minutes before the break, Arsenal got their goal.Olivier Giroud, who was heavily critici More...
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City: Coutinho winner shatters Citys title hopes
March 01, 2015 (23:35) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho scored a second-half winner against Manchester City, as the Reds continued their resurgence up the Premier League table, while all but ending Manchester City title hopes, reports BBC Sport.EPAThe home side deservedly took the lead just after 10 minutes through Jordan Henderson. The talented England midfielder hit a long range curled effort to put Liverpool ahead early in the first-half. Brendan Rodgers men were dominant in the first-half, pressing their opponents into mista More...
Chelsea vs Tottenham - Capital One Cup Final Preview
March 01, 2015 (11:50) [ Indexed from A Different League
Chelsea will be aiming for their first silverware since the return of Jose Mourinho as they contest the Capital One Cup final with London rivals Tottenham, who are determined to end their seven-year wait for a trophy of their own.EPAUp until the semi-finals, the Blues enjoyed fairly serene progress through this competition, seeing off Football League trio Bolton Wanderers, Shrewsbury Town and Derby County, with Mourinho fielding strong sides in his determination to experience that winning feeling once again.But Li More...
Arsenal vs Everton - Premier League preview and team news
March 01, 2015 (11:50) [ Indexed from A Different League
Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from their midweek Champions League anguish by seeing off Everton and regaining third place in the top-flight.EPAIt is key that the Gunners do recover, having come under heavy criticism for their dismal effort against an under-strength Monaco on Wednesday. Olivier Giroud had a poor night in front of goal, but it was a display that lacked fluency and discipline, with the French side given too much freedom on the counter-attack.Manager Arsene Wenger was unusually critical of More...
Liverpool eye Man City striker Jovetic
March 01, 2015 (11:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool are considering the possibility of making a bid to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.EPAJovetic has been tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of this season after falling out of favour and having been dropped from Man Citys squad for the Champions League in favour of January signing Wilfried Bony. As a result, the Montenegro international publically voiced his disapproval at manager Manuel Pellegrinis decision.He started the season as a re More...
Man Utd fluency pleases van Gaal
March 01, 2015 (10:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised the way his side played in his 4-4-2 formation as they registered a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Sunderland, Sky Sports has reported.EPAThe home side failed to build any considerable momentum in the first half, where Ashley Young came close to scoring with a shot that went narrowly over, while defender John OShea almost scored an own goal when his attempted clearance cannoned off the bar. At the other end, Connor Wickham saw his powerful low effort saved by David De Gea. More...
Stoke injury concern over Ireland
March 01, 2015 (10:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland faces a lengthy period out of action after needing several stitches in his leg after being injured in a challenge during Saturdays 1-0 win over Hull City, the Daily Mail has reported.EPAThe former Manchester City star was caught towards the end of the first half by a challenge from Maynor Figueroa, who in clearing the ball downfield, caught Ireland with a hefty follow-through, with his studs making contact high up on the leg.He then had to be replaced at half-time and was giv More...
Southampton boss Koeman rues early West Brom goal
March 01, 2015 (10:20) [ Indexed from A Different League
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was left to rue the concession of an early goal as his side lost 1-0 away to in-form West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, reports the clubs official website.EPALining up in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation, the Saints fell behind at the Hawthorns within 75 seconds, as West Brom top scorer Saido Berahino expertly found the net with a unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area. As the visitors continued to struggle in the ensuing minutes, Koeman opted to reverse his tactical changes and return to 4-2-3-1. More...
PSG determined to keep Man Utd target Marquinhos
March 01, 2015 (10:10) [ Indexed from A Different League
Paris St. Germain manager Laurent Blanc has insisted that he will do everything he can to keep central defender Marquinhos at the club amid interest from Manchester United, reports the Daily Express.EPAThe Brazilian is currently behind compatriots David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the defensive pecking order at the Parc des Princes, but PSG rate him extremely highly, and are hoping to tie the 20-year-old down to a new long-term contract.Man Utd have been heavily linked with making a move in recent weeks, with manager More...
Mourinho reveals Tottenham approach
March 01, 2015 (09:55) [ Indexed from A Different League
Ahead of Sundays Capital One Cup final, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he once turned down an approach to manage opponents Tottenham, BBC Sport has reported.EPAThe offer came in September 2007, in the aftermath of Mourinho leaving Chelsea at the end of his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. His departure took place as a result of a breakdown in the relationship between himself and owner Roman Abramovich.Tottenham were soon looking for a new manager themselves, as they parted company with M More...
Liverpool vs Man City - Premier League preview and team news
March 01, 2015 (09:40) [ Indexed from A Different League
Liverpool meet Manchester City at Anfield in an encounter that carries great significance in both the title race and the battle to finish in the top four.EPAFor the home side, this game comes just 56 hours after they played extra time and penalties in the Europa League on Thursday, eventually losing to Besiktas. With the FA Cup now their only hope of silverware, they can now concentrate on achieving their domestic goals, and Brendan Rodgers men are the Premier Leagues form team.Victory at rivals Southampton move More...
Stoke looking to make Moses deal permanent
February 28, 2015 (11:35) [ Indexed from A Different League
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he would like to sign winger Victor Moses from Chelsea on a permanent basis in the summer, the Daily Mail has reported.EPAThe Nigerian international has spent this season on loan at the Britannia Stadium and has shown impressive form, including last time out at Aston Villa, where he won and converted the penalty which earned the Potters a 2-1 win which lifted them to 36 points with 12 Premier League games still to play.He joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 after s More...
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