Ferguson Urges Manchester United To Win Europa League

Fenerbahce, Europa League, Manchester UnitedSir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United to focus on winning the Europa league due to the “incentive” of qualifying for the champions league.

He believes that winning the Europa league would secure qualification for Europe’s premier club competition, and has asked that Jose Mourinho’s side should aim to claim the trophy.

“The thing is, we’ve never won the Europa League –  We never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be.

“And we’ve got a great draw. I’m not saying it’s a certainty, but they’ve got a great chance.

“It’s still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that,” Ferguson told ESPN.

United play Belgian side Anderlecht, away in the first leg of their Europa league quarter-final on April 13, before hosting Rene Weiler’s side at old Trafford in the return leg a week later.

Wenger Optimistic Players Will Perform Well Against Bayern

Misconduct: Wenger Gets 4-Match Touchline BanArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, says his players will do well against Bayern Munich despite facing a difficult task in Tuesday night’s round of 16 second leg Champions League match.

To succeed into quarterfinal, Arsenal will have to better the feat of Spaniards Deportivo La Coruna who recovered from a 4-1 loss away to AC Milan in 2004, winning 4-nil at home to reach the semis.

The last time a team overcame a four goal deficit in European competition was Real Madrid in the 1985-1986 UEFA Cup, beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-nil at home after suffering, a 5-1 defeat in Germany.

Veron Returns To The Pitch With Estudiantes

Veron Returns To The Pitch With EstudiantesFormer Argentinian international, Juan Sebastian Veron, is out of retirement to join his home country club, Estudiantes.

The former Manchester United midfielder signed an 18-month contract with the Argentine top-flight team.

Veron, who hung his boots in 2014, also promised to play in the 2017 Copa Libertadores, if fans bought 65% of the boxes at the club’s new stadium.

His first match would be on January 8, 2017 against Bayer Leverkusen in the Florida Cup.

The 41-year-old has promised to donate his salary to the club.

He won the Uefa Cup with Parma and the Serie A title with Lazio before moving to the Old Trafford in 2001 for a then British record transfer fee of £28.1m.

Voron also won the 2002-03 English Premier League title with United.

Sevilla Stun Liverpool, Win Third Successive Europa League Title

Sevilla, Europa League, LiverpoolSevilla have become the first team to win three successive Europa League title after beating Liverpool 3 – 1 on Wednesday night in Basel.

The Reds initially mounted a pressure on the Spanish after Daniel Sturridge scored a goal with a fantastic assist from Philippe Coutinho in the 35th minute.

Liverpool maintained the 1 – 0 lead till the end of the first half.

Sevilla came tough in the beginning of the second half just as Kevin Gameiro scored the equaliser, barely two minutes from the kick off.

Vitolo (Víctor Perez) also made an assist which was utilised by Sevilla’s defender Coke (Jorge Moreno) to set the Spanish on the lead before he (Coke) subsequently scored an unbelievable goal as the game ended 3 – 1.

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The defending champions have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Sevilla, Liverpool Set For Europa League Final

Europa League, Sevilla, LiverpoolLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has urged his team to become “Liverpool Legends” by winning the Europa League crown against Sevilla in Basel.

The Reds beat Premier League rivals Manchester United, Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund and Spanish club Villarreal on their way to the final.

And the Reds boss will be hoping to build on that run to end an 11-year wait for European success at St. Jakob-Park.

On the flipside, Sevilla Coach, Unai Emery, wants his team to stay focused on their game if they are to achieve history in this season’s Europa League final.

The defending champions, Sevilla, have won the last two editions of the tournament and hold a record four UEFA Cup/Europa League triumphs, all in the last decade.

If Sevilla beat Liverpool in Basel they will become the first team to win three successive Europa League titles.

Sevilla have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder, James Milner, says winning the Europa League final against Sevilla would mean more than playing “six years” in the Champions League.

Both sides meet in Wednesday night’s final in Basel and Milner championed the tournament as a way of winning an all-important trophy, rather than winning it because it awards a berth in the Champions League.

Steven Gerrard To Have Scan On Hamstring Injury

FBL-ENG-PR-CHELSEA-LIVERPOOLLiverpool FC Captain, Steven Gerrard, is to have a scan on a hamstring injury as Liverpool wait to find out the extent of the problem.

The midfielder was seen limping off with an injury during a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

Prior to this, Major League Soccer club, LA Galaxy, had confirmed that Steven Gerrard would be joining it in July on an 18-month deal.

Steven Gerrard, while expressing his excitement said “I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy.

“The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come,” Gerrard told the MLS club’s official website.

Gerrard who is, to date, the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final, told the Liverpool Echo, that he would have agreed to continue his long Liverpool career, had the club offered him a new contract.

Meanwhile, the English club has expressed hope that Gerrard would still be able to play his usually key roles in the team’s quest for a good finish in the Premier League before his impending move to the U.S.

Liverpool Assistant Manager, Colin Pascoe, said of the injury, “Unfortunately, he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back.

“Hopefully the scans won’t show too much but as we’ve not got the results I can’t say too much.”

Gerrard would also be hoping that the injury is a minor one as he had declared his desire to give more to his boyhood club before departure.

“I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles and I will give my all for the club.

“In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy,” said Gerrard.

The former England captain had spent his entire career at Liverpool, making nearly 700 appearances and winning the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

The 34-year-old midfielder would join a growing list of high-profile former Premier League players to cross the Atlantic in the latter stages of their careers, most notably David Beckham.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool striker, Robbie Keane, will be a teammate of Gerrard at the Galaxy while former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard had signed for New York City FC, although he is still in England on loan at Manchester City.

We Knew Fabregas Was An Important Player – Mourinho

MourinhoJose Mourinho has praised the impact made by Cesc Fabregas early on in the Spanish midfielder’s Chelsea career.

The former Barcelona man only joined up with his new team-mates in July, as the team headed for their European training camp, but already his quality seems apparent.

Two goals during pre-season, a stunning free-kick against Vitesse Arnhem, followed by a wonderful individual effort against Ferencvaros, preceded a man-of-the-match performance during Monday’s 3-1 win at Burnley, which was capped by the disguised pass to tee up Andre Schurrle for Chelsea’s second goal on the night.

“We knew Fabregas was an important player from the moment we tried to buy him,” said Mourinho.

“Our team already had a structure and a way of playing on the pitch, but we knew we clearly needed that kind of midfield player and a striker who could play with his back to the goal, hold the ball and associate with the different attacking players. That would make us a different team, not just in terms of results but especially in relation to the style of play.

“Cesc has been important for us, everybody knows how good he is, he was already good as a kid, he disappeared from us for three years but he’s back at a fantastic age so I think we enjoy him and he enjoys playing in the Premier League.”

Mourinho also addressed the mood of another new signing, Diego Costa, after the striker was booked for simulation at Turf Moor when replays showed he had been brought down by goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, during the first half.

“Diego is upset because he’s been behaving extremely well,” explained the Portuguese. “He thought it was going to be a penalty and a red card for the keeper, then suddenly it’s a free-kick and a yellow card for him, so he was disappointed.

“But, I know Michael Oliver and the linesman know it was an unfair decision, so let’s move on.”

Meanwhile, the manager hasn’t given Petr Cech a personal explanation for his decision to start Thibaut Courtois in goal ahead the more experienced Cech, but insisted the overall needs of the team have to take priority.

“If I speak with him then I have to speak with everybody, I never did this in my career,” he said. “I don’t feel I have to speak with them [the players] about my decisions. The club is not under my control but the team is, and everything I do is for the best of the team.

“What I always tell them is that they know where my office is, they know where I am and if they need an explanation I never close the door. Petr didn’t come to see me, he’s worked fantastically well as always. He’s with his mates, he’s been polite, professional and that’s what we need.

“Obviously I have no problem playing him in any match, it doesn’t matter when or in which competition, I’m so confident in him. If I decide to rotate when we have an accumulation of matches it’s probably the easiest position to do it. As I said, we have two of the three best goalkeepers in the world.

“Sometimes people say a player is experienced or not experienced because of his age, but you can be 22 and still have a lot of experience,” explained the Blues boss.

“Courtois has played in the biggest matches you can play in; the World Cup, Champions League final and semi-final, UEFA Cup final and semi-final, big matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid, local derbies, Super Cup.

“Obviously he knows he has to perform but I think he can cope with that because he’s very experienced,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com.