De Futebol Sanchez joins his mates in America

Alexis Sanchez visa problem is worked out. He is off to America with his mates at Man U.

The Daily Mail:”Alexis Sanchez is free to join Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States after his visa issues were resolved.

The Chilean forward was unable to gain a visa to travel to Los Angeles with the rest of the United squad earlier this week because of problems relating to a conviction for tax fraud in Spain.

Sanchez has been training alone at United’s Carrington base in Manchester, but an Instagram post after his fitness session on Thursday hinted that he would soon be jetting out, a fact now confirmed by the club.

Posting a selfie with his trainer, Sanchez wrote: ‘The last training in Manchester’ before writing ‘Soon’ and the American flag.

Although Sanchez won’t play any part in United’s first tour match – against Club America in the early hours of Friday morning – he could return for their second game against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side then play Milan in Pasadena on July 25, Liverpool in Michigan on July 28 and Real Madrid in Miami on July 30 in the International Champions Cup.

The United manager admitted on Wednesday that not being able to work with Sanchez, not to mention the United players still on holiday after the World Cup, made him ‘worried’ about the start of the season.

Asked when Sanchez could fly out to the US, the United boss said: ‘I don’t know. It’s really bad, really sad. It’s not good for him, for me for the team, for the organisation of the (International Champions) cup. It’s not good for anyone.

But there is no-one to blame, the club is making the effort I have to respect the US authorities in their process of visas, but hopefully he join us later because it could be important to work with (Anthony) Martial, Alexis and (Juan) Mata who are the players we have in attack for start of the season.

‘No (Romelu) Lukaku, (Jesse) Lingard, Marcus Rashford, so if Alexis is not working with us for 20 days it would be really bad.’

United’s Premier League campaign begins on Friday August 10th with a home fixture against Leicester City, while they also travel to Germany for the friendly against Bayern Munich five days before that.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5970647/Alexis-Sanchez-hints-soon-joining-Manchester-United-squad-United-States-tour.html

De Futebol- Alexis Sanchez may miss out due visa problems

Jose Mourinho has fears that Alexis Sanchez may miss the entire United States tour due visa problems according to The Guardians Jamie Jackson.

“ José Mourinho has admitted Manchester United’s preparation for the new season is “very bad” because many of his senior players are resting after the World Cup and Alexis Sánchez may miss the club’s entire US tour because of a visa matter.

United are in California but Mourinho is without Sánchez, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelöf, Ashley Young, David de Gea, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Phil Jones.

De Gea, Matic and Fred are due to join the squad next week before the third tour game against Milan in Los Angeles. Yet Mourinho said: “The pre-season is very bad. The positive thing is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us.Next week will come De Gea, Matic and Fred which is good, especially for Fred.

“He is a new player with us but everything is really bad and then we go to the UK and have to play the Premier League. The broadcasters were not nice to us with the Friday match [against Leicester City on 10 August], which complicates more things.

“So I’m worried because I’m not training [with everyone] and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players. But it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here.”

Mourinho is also without Diogo Dalot, the 19-year-old full-back signed from Porto for £19m, because of injury. The loss of Sánchez is a particular blow because Mourinho aims to field a frontline of the Chilean, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial against Leicester .

“It is really bad, really sad, not good for him, for me, the team,” the manager said. “There is no one to blame; the club is making the effort. I have to respect the US authorities in their process of visas. But hopefully he joins us later because it could be important to work with Martial, Alexis and Mata – the players we have in attack for start of the season. There is no Lukaku, Lingard or Rashford.”

Mourinho was noncommittal regarding any further signings. “I’ve no idea. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not going to say somebody is coming or nobody is coming.”

Pogba was a driving force in France’s World Cup triumph. Mourinho hopes the midfielder can finally replicate that form over a whole season.

“I hope he understands why he was very good. That’s the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team: it is to understand why he was so good especially in the second part of the competition, where he was absolutely brilliant.”

Luke Shaw has vowed to prove to Mourinho he should be the first-choice left-back. “Of course, I’ll look at it like that,” he said. “The next five games [of the tour] are all about fitness, but I want to try and prove to the manager that I can be in his team, not just in these games.

“When everyone comes back and everyone is fit and ready, I still want to be that first name on the teamsheet. It’s time for me to show him over the next four weeks what I can do and why I deserve to be in this team.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/18/manchester-united-tour-los-angeles

De Futebol The EPL is Gearing Up for The New Season!

The guys are no getting ready for the start of the EPL season. The players who played for their countries in the World Cup will be given three weeks off.

The Daily Mail:” With the new Premier League season around a month away, clubs have started to re-group and begin their pre-season training. Holidays are over for some, but not all, and there is still the small matter of the World Cup final to attend to.

Of the top six, Arsenal look to be in the best shape at present – all six sides are still to embark on pre-season tours – while Tottenham and Manchester City still await the return of swathes of their respective first team squads from the World Cup.

Chelsea are missing star names, many of whom are yet to decide their futures now that Maurizio Sarri looks set to take over. Here, Sportsmail looks at the shape of the ‘Big Six’ as they prepare for the new campaign.

Arsenal

Many of Arsenal’s stars from last season are back at Colney – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – where they are joined by a host of new signings including goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The current big omissions are Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka, the German in particular enduring a disappointing World Cup campaign, while new signing Lucas Torreira is yet to join up with his new side after a strong showing with Uruguay in Russia.

Back training:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Calum Chambers, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Reiss Nelson, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Eddie Nketiah, Rob Holding, Stephan Lichsteiner, Emile Smith-Rowe, Emiliano Martinez, Chuba Akpom, Shkodran Mustafi, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Sead Kolansinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Chuba Akpom, Lucas Perez, Petr Cech.

Yet to return:

David Ospina (Colombia), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Nacho Monreal (Spain), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica), Alexander Iwobi (Nigeria), Lucas Torreira (Uruguay).

Still at World Cup:

Danny Welbeck (England).

Injured:

Laurent Koscielny.

Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri will take over a somewhat thin squad when he arrives at Cobham. He will be greeted by a host of players deemed not quite good enough for the World Cup – Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and David Luiz headline the group already back.

Still to return are World Cup finalists Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante, as well as Englishmen Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, plus highly coveted Belgians Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

Back training:

Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davie Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Alvaro Morata, Kurt Zouma, Charly Musonda, Ola Aina.

Yet to return:

Willy Caballero (Argentina), Antonio Rudiger (Germany), Victor Moses (Nigeria), Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Willian (Brazil).

Still at World Cup:

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Gary Cahill (England), Eden Hazard (Belgium), N’Golo Kante (France), Olivier Giroud (France), Michy Batshuayi (Belgium), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England).

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has already overseen victories over Tranmere and Chester, games in which Loris Karius has looked shaky.

At Klopp’s disposal for these games before a tour of the USA has been a large squad featuring the likes of Adam Lallana and James Milner, while new signings Fabinho and Naby Keita have been afforded their first run-outs in red.

Though many players may be at Melwood, Liverpool are far from being a complete side training together with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane yet to join the team.

Dejan Lovren is preparing for the World Cup final with Croatia after defeating Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England.

Back training:

Loris Karius, Danny Ward, Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, James Milner, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson, Pedro Chirivella, Fabinho, Daniel Sturridge, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke, Ben Woodburn, Nat Phillips, Rafa Camacho, Curtis Jones, Caoimhim Kelleher, Lazar Markovic.

Yet to return:

Roberto Firmino (Brazil), Mo Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Marko Grujic (Serbia).

Still at World Cup:

Dejan Lovren (Croatia), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England), Jordan Henderson (England).

Injured:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester City

One could be forgiven for thinking that Manchester City are yet to start their pre-season training such is their dearth of players. New signing from Leicester Riyad Mahrez is the only name of note.

Pep Guardiola will have little time to whip last season’s champions into shape as so many are still to return – seventeen first team players, to be exact, practically an entire match day squad.

Given the form of many last season and at the World Cup, however, this is likely no major cause for concern for City.

Back training:

Jason Denayer, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Patrick Roberts, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Lukas Nmecha, Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala.

Yet to return:

Ederson (Brazil), Danilo (Brazil), Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Bernardo Silva (Portugal), Fernandinho (Brazil), David Silva (Spain), Gabriel Jesus (Brazil), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Leroy Sane.

Still at World Cup:

Benjamin Mendy (France), Kyle Walker (England), John Stones (England), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Fabien Delph (England), Raheem Sterling (England).

Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez is the biggest name currently training at Carrington with Jose Mourinho, who himself has only just returned from a punditry gig at the World Cup.

Under the stewardship of the Portuguese are those on the fringes of the United team, the likes of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.

Much of what will form United’s starting XI are yet to return, and will likely join up with the squad on tour in America. The midfield axis of Nemanja Matic, new addition Fred, and Paul Pogba are yet to train together.

Back training:

Lee Grant, Joel Pereira, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial.

Yet to return:

David De Gea (Spain), Victor Lindelof (Sweden), Marcos Rojo (Argentina), Nemanja Matic (Serbia), Fred (Brazil).

Still at World Cup:

Phil Jones (England), Ashley Young (England), Paul Pogba (France), Jesse Lingard (England), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Marcus Rashford (England).

Injured:

Sergio Romero.

Tottenham

Spurs are not as badly placed as Manchester City with four or five first team regulars training, but their Enfield base is still missing a host of key names.

The World Cup play-off could feature as many as eight Tottenham players, including breakout star Kieran Trippier and likely Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, while Hugo Lloris is one match away from lifting the greatest prize in football with France.

Back training:

Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama, Michel Vorm, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Moussa Sissoko, Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Harry Winks, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters.

Yet to return:

Davinson Sanchez (Colombia), Son Heung-Min (South Korea), Christian Eriksen (Denmark).

Still at World Cup:

Hugo Lloris (France), Kieran Trippier (England), Danny Rose (England), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium), Eric Dier (England), Mousa Dembele (Belgium), Dele Alli (England), Harry Kane (England).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5950387/How-pre-season-preparations-Big-Six-going.html

De Futebol Man U is Getting Ready for The New EPL Season

Man U is getting ready to start training for the EPL that begins in a little more than a month.

The Daily Mail:” Jose Mourinho is whipping his Manchester United stars into shape before their pre-season begins in earnest.

On an overcast day in Manchester, with a spattering of rain around, the Portuguese watched on as his squad set to work.

A number of first-team players were in action, working on their skills and fitness levels ahead of their tour to the United States

Alexis Sanchez wore a vest as he performed a number of drills but most of his team-mates opted to wrap up in a hoodie.

There seemed to be a relaxed atmosphere, with both Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera happy to take time out and pose for the cameras.

The training itself appeared to be in the format of close-quarters games with an emphasis on reactions and a sure first touch.

No doubt Mourinho and his squad will be keen for some game time against competitive opposition and they don’t have much longer to wait for the first run out ahead of the new campaign.

United’s pre-season schedule begins in Arizona next week where they play Club America in Phoenix on July 20.

They will then face San Jose Earthquakes before stepping up the intensity against AC Milan and Liverpool.

The US tour concludes with a glamour tie against Real Madrid in Miami on July 31, by which time most of the World Cup contingent will be back in club colours.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5950715/Jose-Mourinho-puts-Alexis-Sanchez-Anthony-Martial-work-Carrington.html

De Futebol Chelsea beats Man U 1-0 to win the FA Cup!

Man U sleep walked their way to a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Both the Red Devils and the Blues looked like neither wanted to be there.

The result was a mistake filled match that the Blues won on a PK in the 22nd minute when Phil Jones was forced to foul Eden Hazard in the box.

The Guardians Daniel Taylor:” If this turns out to be Antonio Conte’s final game as Chelsea manager – and who could really be surprised if they do part ways? – at least he has gone out on a high. For all the problems, the unending politics and the clear impression of a manager who knows his time is up, another trophy has been added to the collection. Last year, the Premier League, this season, the FA Cup; only at Chelsea, perhaps, could a manager with that return now be cut loose.

It is an eccentric twist bearing in mind Chelsea have just won the eighth FA Cup of their history, moving joint third with Tottenham on the all-time list. But this can be an unorthodox club, and who can possibly say the boom-and-bust policy does not work when Chelsea, on Roman Abramovich’s watch, have accumulated so much silverware? This was the 15th trophy of the Abramovich era – and that is not even using the José Mourinho tactic of counting Community Shields.

The Portuguese, in fairness, managed to get through a galling day for Manchester United without feeling it necessary to aim any gratuitous digs at his former club. Well, apart from saying it was undeserved and describing Chelsea’s tactics as “predictable”, namely by aiming the ball up to Olivier Giroud and hoping Eden Hazard could sprinkle some magic on the occasion.

Predictable but effective would have been a better way of putting it and unfortunately for Mourinho his own team had nobody to menace Chelsea in the way Hazard did Phil Jones and the rest of United’s defence. Jones, in particular, looked dizzied by the experience and Hazard, with the decisive first-half penalty, chose a good day to put in one of his more illuminating performances of the past year.

The same goes for Antonio Rüdiger as Chelsea defended with the stoutness that was reminiscent of Conte’s title-winning season. Gary Cahill has rediscovered his best form and, on this evidence, Chelsea’s captain might have overtaken Jones in the pecking order to start for England in the World Cup. Jones is too prone to these kind of accident-laden performances. He finished the game with a bandaged head and a sore hamstring but nothing will hurt as much as watching back the key moments, in the 21st minute, when Chelsea put themselves in a position of strength.

Jones’s first mistake was to back off as Cesc Fàbregas curled the ball into Hazard’s feet. The Belgian came forward, trying to make space for himself. His first touch left Jones stranded and United were vulnerable as soon as Hazard started picking up speed, running inside his marker before shaping to shoot inside the penalty area.

Conte was enraged that Jones avoided a red card for the flailing, desperate challenge that brought down Hazard. It was a clear penalty and the referee, Michael Oliver, was surrounded by Chelsea players wanting to know why Jones had not been sent off.

Conte still looked incensed even after Hazard had expertly rolled the penalty past David de Gea but it was the correct decision if the referee thought Jones had made a legitimate attempt to play the ball. In that case, the regulations state referees ought to show a yellow card, regardless of whether it denies a goalscoring opportunity.

After that, Chelsea had to withstand some concerted pressure, especially in the second half, when Conte’s side started to defend more deeply. A linesman’s flag denied Alexis Sánchez a close-range equaliser and Thibaut Courtois had a fine game. It would be an exaggeration, however, to depict United’s second-half improvement as a full-blown assault.

The width was generally provided by United’s full-backs, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. Otherwise, it was a six-out-of-10 performance from the more advanced players and in the closing minutes, when an onslaught might have been expected, Chelsea were largely untroubled.

Romelu Lukaku could not make any difference when he replaced Marcus Rashford in the 73rd minute and Mourinho, reflecting on a season without silverware, seemed keen afterwards to clarify that United’s leading scorer had gone to him, rather than the other way round, to say he did not feel ready to start.

Rashford flickered only occasionally and it was a laboured performance from Sánchez, as it often has been since his defection from Arsenal. Hazard, on the other hand, always shimmered with menace when Chelsea looked to spring their opponents on the break.

The disappointment was the lack of refinement from the two teams that finished second and fifth in the Premier League, featuring some of the more celebrated players in English football’s top division. The game hotted up in the final half an hour but, Hazard apart, it lacked any real sophistication and always had the feel of a papering‑over‑the‑cracks final. United finished 19 points behind Manchester City in the league, with Chelsea 30 adrift of the top, and nobody could have left Wembley thinking that the gulf felt like a deception.

Ultimately, though, it finished with Hazard swigging from a bottle of champagne, a blizzard of ticker tape fluttering at the Chelsea end and Blue is the Colour being pumped out as the trophy was passed down the line of victorious players. Afterwards, there were all the usual questions for Conte about whether he will be leaving. If he does, there is one clear certainty – they cannot allow Hazard to follow.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/19/chelsea-manchester-united-fa-cup-match-report

De Futebol Man U wins!

Man U minus some key players shutout Watford 1-0.

EPL Match Report:” Marcus Rashford scored the only goal as Manchester United ended the season with victory over Watford at Old Trafford.

There was a guard of honour at the start of the match for Michael Carrick, on his final Premier League appearance, and the 36-year-old orchestrated his side’s goal.

Carrick picked out Juan Mata with a 40-yard pass and the Spaniard squared the ball for Rashford to score his seventh PL goal of the season, rolling into an empty net on 34 minutes.

Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu came close on the stroke of half-time and Richarlison’s header was well saved by Sergio Romero, starting in place of Golden Glove winner David De Gea.

Despite the best efforts of Roberto Pereyra, who shot wide, and Abdoulaye Doucoure, whose header was saved late on, United held on.

Their 25th win of the campaign leaves United second with 81 points. Watford finish 14th with 41.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22716

De Futebol Liverpool wins!

Liverpool showed why these cats can be very dangerous club in a 4-0 shellacking of Brighton and Hove Albion.

EPL Match Report:” Mohamed Salah made Premier League history as Liverpool secured fourth place with a 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Salah set a record for most goals scored by one player in a 38-match season as the Reds ended 2017/18 unbeaten at Anfield.

The EA SPORTS Player of the season broke the deadlock on 26 minutes with his 32nd goal of a superb campaign.

Dejan Lovren doubled Liverpool’s lead when he headed in Andrew Robertson’s cross just before half-time.

Salah then turned provider by passing for Dominic Solanke to net for the first time in the competition, before Robertson made it 4-0 late on.

In finishing fourth Liverpool qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League ahead of their final in that competition in two weeks’ time”
https://www.premierleague.com/match/22715

De Futebol Arsene Wenger is sent out a winner!

My guys from Arsenal send out Arsene Wenger a winner a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

EPL Match Report:” Arsene Wenger’s final match in charge of Arsenal ended with victory as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal earned a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

The hosts twice came close through Tom Ince, who fired high and then wide in the opening 15 minutes.

Arsenal struck on 38 minutes when an intricate move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey teed up Aubameyang to convert from close range.

On his 13th appearance the January signing became the Arsenal player to reach 10 Premier League goals in the fewest number of matches.

Lacazette’s chip and Danny Welbeck’s effort were both saved by Jonas Lossl, while Aaron Mooy hit the bar at the other end on 88 minutes.

Arsenal held on for their first away win in 2018 and the 476th and final victory of Wenger’s 22-year reign as manager.

They finish the campaign in sixth place, on 63 points. Town finish in 16th on 37 points.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22714

De Futebol The season is Over!

It’s all over but the shouting in the EPL. The EPL season is over

Shitty defeated Southampton 1-0.

Man U edged Watford 1-0.

Arsenal defeated Huddersfield 1-0.

Bournemouth got by Burnley 2-1.

Crystal Palace shutout West Brom 2-0.

In a shootout Tottenham outscored Leicester City 5-4.

Stoke City blew up Swansea City 2-1.

West Ham destroyed Everton 3-1.

Liverpool clobbered Bright and Hove Albion 4-0.

The shocker of the day Toons massacred Chelsea 3-0. The Blues had a chance to earn the final Champions League however Newcastle ended this real quick coupled with the Reds superior firepower win over the Seagulls killed Chelsea’s hopes of making it.

Voce vai are West Brom, Stoke City and Swansea City.

Man Shitty is king with 100 points.

Man U is second with 81 points.

Spurs are third with 77 points.

Liverpool is fourth with 75 points.

Chelsea is fifth with 70 points.

Man Shitty and Man U have the two automatic bids to the Champions League while Tottenham and Liverpool have made to the play on round of the Champions League.

De Futebol Man U tied West Ham! The Red Devils are second!

Man U secured second place in the EPL with nil-nil tie with West Ham at the Hammers house.

The guys have 78 points.

EPL Match Report:” Manchester United will finish as runners-up to Manchester City after West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian limited them to a goalless draw at London Stadium.

The Red Devils are four points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, in third, after the stalemate in their penultimate match of the Premier League campaign.

It was also the 18th clean sheet of the season for Man Utd’s David De Gea, earning him the Golden Glove award, but it was his opposite number who was the busier ‘keeper on the night.

Adrian produced several saves in a fine first-half display, superbly palming away an Alexis Sanchez strike before he diverted Luke Shaw’s follow-up on to the post.

After the break, Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling headed wide from close range, while Marko Arnautovic missed the target with a volley.

The result leaves West Ham in 15th on 39 points, only two points adrift of Newcastle United in 10th.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22651