Arsenal Boss Arteta Tries To Stay Calm On ‘Heated’ Touchline

Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta celebrates on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 26, 2021. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Mikel Arteta admitted on Tuesday his behaviour on the touchline can “get heated” as the Arsenal boss accepted it is important for managers to keep their emotions under control.

Jurgen Klopp has been charged with improper behaviour by the Football Association following the Liverpool manager’s red card during the 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Klopp was sent to the stands for his angry reaction towards referee Anthony Taylor and one of his assistants after Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was not awarded a foul following a challenge by Bernardo Silva.

The German’s behaviour and City manager Pep Guardiola’s heated interactions with Liverpool fans in the stand behind during the same game have increased the spotlight on Premier League bosses on the touchline.

Arteta was involved in a heated row with Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield in November 2021, with the Spaniard restrained by his coaching staff after confronting the Liverpool manager.

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Arteta knows emotions will run high in the dugout, but acknowledged bosses must set a better example.

“We do have a responsibility, not only to the referees but to the game and the way we want it to be played and respected,” Arteta said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven.

“I have enough with my behaviour. I am trying to do the right thing for our club. It is very intense. It gets heated.”

Arteta believes the VAR system has added to the pressure on managers with controversial reviews creating extra flashpoints in the heat of battle.

“There are moments you have seen in the last few games where VAR has to step in and there is a lot of controversy and a lot of moments when the result is in the air because it spins on a decision,” Arteta said.

“It is not easy to manage, but we have a huge responsibility. If I have to watch myself on a camera after a match, there are probably things I would do differently.

“But once you are there, the way you talk, even to your own players, you might do it differently.

“It is something we have to learn. We are all conscious of it. Sometimes the heat of the game makes you behave in certain ways.”

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Man Utd Target Erik ten Hag Suffers Dutch Cup Final Defeat With Ajax

File photo of Erik ten Hag /AFP

 

Erik ten Hag, the man widely tipped to become the next Manchester United manager, suffered defeat on Sunday when his Ajax team lost 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final.

Ajax opened the scoring through Ryan Gravenberch in the 23rd minute before Dusan Tadic saw a goal ruled out just before half-time.

PSV then hit back with two goals in quick succession through Erick Gutierrez in the 48th minute and Cody Gakpo two minutes later.

Ajax had another effort scrubbed off by VAR just before the hour, this time Davy Klaassen was the unlucky player.

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For PSV, it was a first Cup triumph since 2012 and their 10th overall.

Defending champions Ajax, the 20-time cup winners, are still on course to the Dutch league. They hold a four-point lead over PSV.

Ten Hag is reportedly the overwhelming favourite to take over at Manchester United next season.

The 52-year-old Ajax manager is seen as fitting the profile the United board desire to restore the glory days the club enjoyed under Alex Ferguson.

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Mario Goetze Joins PSV Eindhoven On Two Year Deal

Photo Credit; PSV Eindhoven

 

German World Cup final hero Mario Goetze, who was a free agent after Borussia Dortmund allowed him to leave, has signed a two-year contract with PSV Eindhoven. 

Goetze, scorer of the extra-time goal that gave Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in Brazil in 2014, made only five Bundesliga starts at Dortmund last season.

The club decided not to offer him a new contract and, at 28, he became a free agent which meant he could sign after the transfer window shut and after reported negotiations with Hertha Berlin went nowhere.

The attacking midfielder started his career at Borussia and moved to Bayern Munich in 2013 but was allowed to return to Dortmund after three seasons. He won the last of his 63 Germany caps in 2017.

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UEFA Champions League: 4-1 Victory Over Basel Gives Arsenal Top Spot

Sanchez Treble Helps Arsenal Sink West Ham 5-1Arsenal secured top spot on Tuesday in group a of the UEFA Champions League after beating Swiss side Basel 4-1.

Lucas Perez opened scoring for the visiting side in the 16th minute and doubled the goal few minutes before the end of the first half.

He scored his third at the 47th minute to make the home side’s hope of a comeback more difficult.

At the 53rd minute, Alex Iwobi caped the haul of goals for the Gunners before Seydou Doumbia got a consolation goal for the home side.

In the other Group A games French money bags, Paris Saint Germain, played a 2-2 draw with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgraad to relinquish top spot to the Gunners

Elsewhere, Italian side Napoli beat Benfica 2-1 away while Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev went goal crazy putting six goals past Besiktas.

Catalan giants, Barcelona, also beat Borrussia Moenchegladbach 4-0.

Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored for Manchester City against Celtic but the Scottish side held on for a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Bayern Munich got their pound of flesh against Atletico with a 1-nil victory in Munich while PSV Eindhoven and FC Rostov played a goalless draw.

Barcelona Shatter Guardiola’s Hope Of Victory With Man City

Pep Guardiola, Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, ArsenalIn the face of three games without victory, Barcelona have yet again truncated Pep Guardiola’s hope of victory, as Manchester City lost to the Spaniards on Wednesday night.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi netted the opener for the Spanish giants in a much expected tough UEFA Champions League showdown at the Camp Nou.

Efforts by the English side to balance the scoreboard in the first half proved abortive, but led to David Silva and Fernandinho getting a yellow card apiece.

As City’s Claudio Bravo bagged a straight red card, Messi showed his former coach that he was ready for the face-off, as he netted a brace in the second half (making it a hat-trick for the football legend).

Despite Guardiola’s familiarity with the hosts, Barcelona took their stand to maintain their home unbeaten record in the Champions League since 2013, as the match ended 4 – 0 with Neymar’s late goal.

The former Barcelona player and coach took the helm of the Sky Blues last summer.

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique had expected a completely different Manchester City, now that the British side was being managed by Guardiola.

Pique believed his former coach had tried to make Manchester play in a similar way to the Spanish side.

Arsenal Shine

In England, Arsenal recorded huge success as they humbled Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad 6 – 0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners took the lead right from the first half with a brilliant goal each from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It was an all Arsenal affair, as the English side had another reason to celebrate with Mesut Ozil netting a hat-trick in the second half.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have finally broken the jinx of ‘no victory’ since their last three games in all competitions.

The German side recorded a 4 – 1 win while playing host to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

League One champions, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) also displayed a brilliant performance, defeating Basel 3 – 0 on the French soil.

Elsewhere, FC Rostov lost 0 – 1 to Atletico Madrid, Celtic lost 0 – 2 to Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dynamo Kyiv lost 0 – 2 to Benfica while Napoli lost 2 – 3 to Besiktas.

Teams Ready For UEFA Champions League Face-offs Tonight

UEFA Champions League
Barcelona, Manchester City

As football fans all over the world look forward to viewing Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League showdowns, various European clubs have been talking about their preparedness for the clashes.

Pep Guardiola’s formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering Manchester City side visit his former club, Barcelona in a much anticipated game.

Guardiola’s brilliant start in England, which saw him oversee 10 consecutive wins in all competitions, has given way to a run of three games without victory.

The former Barcelona player and coach took the helm of the Sky Blues last summer.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

The Catalans, however, are unbeaten at their home in the Champions League since 2013.

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique expects a completely different City, now that the British side is under Guardiola.

Pique believes his former coach has managed to make Manchester play in a similar way to the Spanish side.

Elsewhere, Ludogorets Razgrad manager, Georgi Dermendzhiev, says his side have learnt from their mistakes, as they prepare to take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

Ludogorets have been impressive so far in the campaign; drawing with Basel and leading French champions, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) last time out, before eventually succumbing to a 3-1 loss.

The Bulgarian side have won the domestic title five years in a row and have slowly built up experience of European soccer.

Coach Arsene Wenger, however, earlier warned the Gunners against their visitors’ experience and hopes his team would reflect the caution in the match.

Meanwhile, French midfielder, Francis Coquelin, is ready to fight for a place in the Arsenal squad ahead of the clash, after he was out with injury since September 24.

Arsenal midfielder, Francis Coquelin

For the Frenchman to get back in the team, he will have to beat competition from Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in a packed midfield.

On the flip side, Bayern Munich are hoping to return to winning ways in their match against PSV Eindhoven.

Bayern, who started the season well, have not had a win in their last three matches in all competitions.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti, however, says it is too early to talk of a ‘crisis’ in the team.

Carlo Ancelotti, Phillip Lahm
Manager Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern are second in Group D with three points while PSV are in fourth place with one point.

Other fixtures to look out for tonight are: PSG against Basel, Dynamo Kyiv versus Benfica, Napoli against Besiktas, Celtic versus Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Rostov hosting Atletico Madrid.

Kiev, PSV Hope For Champions League Victory

Champions LeagueDynamo Kiev Coach, Sergei Rebrov, has expressed the Ukrainian team’s determination to stun Manchester City in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash.

Coach Rebrov insisted that Dynamo Kiev have not given up yet in the Champions League last-16 return leg match at the Etihad Stadium.

Although, Manchester City defeated Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg n Ukraine, Rebrov said that they can upturn the result.

It is expected to be a tough match for the visitors who have never won a game on the English soil.

PSV Eindhoven will also be looking to avenge two group stage defeats by Atletico Madrid in the 2008/09 season in their only previous encounters in the Champions League.

Forward Luuk De Jong has returned from suspension for PSV, but Gaston Pereiro is still under suspension after being sent off in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

PSV coach, Phillip Cocu, said that he was ready to take on Atletico Madrid at home, where the intensity of the team is matched by the intensity of the fans.

Pellegrini Says Manchester City Not Through Yet

CityManager Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City still has work to do after the UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev.

City produced one of their best performances of the season to put one foot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Ukraine on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva put city in control before Yaya Toure made the result safe late on.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot during a Dynamo fightback.

City will feel the result justified, boss Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that Manchester City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

 

UCL: Manchester City Thrash Dynamo Kiev 3-1

CityEnglish giant, Manchester City, have secured an impressive first-leg win on Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

City will feel the boss, Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup, with Sergio Aguero scoring the opener.

A slick move allowed David Silva to side-foot in a second as City dominated.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot but Yaya Toure curled in an effort to complete City’s win.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

On the other side, Atletico Madrid held PSV Eindhoven to a goaless draw in Netherlands.

The Dutch side will be travelling to Spain to battle Atletico Madrid for a place at the quarter-final.

UCL Draw: Barcelona To Face Arsenal In Round of 16

UCL drawUEFA Champions League holders, Barcelona will face Arsenal in the last 16 following the draw in Nyon, with Chelsea meeting Paris Saint-Germain for the third year running and Juventus up against Bayern München.

Barcelona beat Arsenal in the 2009/10 quarter-finals – when Lionel Messi scored four in the second leg – the 2010/11 round of 16 and in the 2006 final in Paris.

Chelsea and PSG have played in each of the last two seasons, with both ties decided on away goals.

The Blues won their 2013/14 quarter-final, while Paris gained revenge in dramatic fashion in last term’s round of 16.

Bayern overcame Juventus 2-0 home and away in the 2012/13 quarter-finals en route to lifting the trophy and 2015/16 UCL draw has provided the Italians a chance for revenge.

Roma and Real Madrid have played eight times, all in the UEFA Champions League and all since 2001/02. Roma knocked Madrid out in the 2007/08 round of 16.

Atlético recorded two victories against PSV in the 2008/09 group stage, 3-0 in Eindhoven and 2-1 in Madrid.

Benfica defeated Zenit 4-3 on aggregate in the 2011/12 round of 16, although the Russian club won both their fixtures in last season’s group stage.

Dynamo ousted Manchester City 2-1 on aggregate in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 16, prevailing 2-0 at home before a 1-0 away loss.

Gent and Wolfsburg are the only two teams never to have met before.

Full Draw

16 February & 9 March

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea (ENG)

Benfica (POR) v Zenit (RUS)

17 February & 8 March

Gent (BEL) v Wolfsburg (GER)

Roma (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP)

23 February & 16 March

Arsenal (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)

Juventus (ITA) v Bayern München (GER)

24 February & 15 March

PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Atlético Madrid (ESP)

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v Manchester City (ENG)

Van Gaal Targets Victory In PSV Clash

van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, admits that his team are struggling with injuries as they prepare to face PSV Eindhoven in Wednesday’s Champions League at Old Trafford.

United could be without nine front-line players for the visit of Dutch Champions, PSV, in Group B after defender, Phil Jones, and midfielder, Ander Herrera, were injured in the Premier League win at Watford.

Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with an illness, while 19-year-old French forward, Anthony Martial, has a foot injury.

However, PSV Manager, Phillip Cocu, expressed beliefs that his team could advance to the knockout stages of the League, as they prepare to play Manchester United.

United midfielder, Daley Blind, said they would be on a revenge mission when they host PSV in the Group B clash.

Van Gaal’s side lost the first leg in Eindhoven by 2 goals to 1, but Blind suggests the score line was not a fair reflection of the game.

The match is scheduled for 8:45pm, Nigerian time.

Messi Named Best Player In Europe

messiBarcelona’s Lionel Messi has won the UEFA best player in Europe award, after beating Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.

The 28-year-old shone in the second half of last season as he inspired Barcelona to the treble, with the club lifting the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Messi finished level on goals with Real Madrid star, Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar in Europe in 2014/2015 – as all three men found the back of the net 10 times.

Meanwhile, in the grouping for the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint Germain will play in Group A along with Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.

Manchester United, who returned to the competition after a season absence, will confront PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in Group B.

Group C has Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Astana.

In Group D are Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Defending champions, Barcelona are in Group E with Bayer Leverkusen, A.S. Roma and Bate Borisov.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb are in Group F.

Chelsea, FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv make up Group G.

Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Olympique Lyon and Kaa Gent filled up Group H.