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Solskjaer reveals the next step after UCL exit

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English Premier League outfit Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that he has got a lot of jobs to do after their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Red Devils were dumped out in a 4-0 aggregate after a 1-0 defeat at eh Old Trafford in the first leg and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that he has a job to lift the players up so they can face the challenge remaining until the end of the season.

He confessed that the team had gambled as he stressed that should the players had converted the chances, they would have been in a better position o challenge for a qualification but they were punished by the two strikers by Argentina international Lionel Messi.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, therefore, hailed his players for putting up the right attitude after the defeat as he has a major job to get the team going ahead of their difficult fixtures in the English Premier League.

The Red Devils have got Merseyside outfit, Everton, to start with before they line up against league defending champions Man City.

However, the target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to secure a top-four finish in the English Premier League.

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Solskjaer makes Tottenham, Arsenal top-four claim

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The race for the top-four finish in the Premier League table is currently between Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and the Red Devils feel some of the teams have got an edge.

The Red Devils are currently a sixth place with two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and fifth-placed Chelsea which means they will have to do more to be able to catch up.

What is more disturbing for the Red Devils is the fact that they will have to travel to the Goodison Park to face Everton before they will line up for the clash against Man City and Chelsea.

Solskjaer stated that his team are not in a better position to qualify for the Champions League next season despite having their rivals Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea still in European tournaments.

He noted that he would have loved his team to also play in the semi-finals, adding that it is the wish of every player to want to compete and win titles.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that the attention of his team is to see through the next three fixtures in the Premier League because the games will define their season before they later travel to Huddersfield and then host Cardiff City to end their season.

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Chelsea Midfielder Demands Focus On Frankfurt Tie

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has called on his teammates to focus on the upcoming Europa League semifinals against German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kante talked about German club Frankfurt in his post-match thoughts after Chelsea knocked out Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarterfinals.

The French World Cup winner called on his teammates to quickly switch focus on facing Eintracht Frankfurt for the right to secure a spot in Europa League finals.

Kante and Chelsea faced a little scare against Czech side Slavia Prague and were able to come out of it unscathed.

The Blues had already won the first leg 1-0 away from home before the second meeting between the two teams at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Pedro Rodriguez gave Chelsea the 5th-minute lead before an own goal from Ivorian defender Simon Deli doubled the lead for the hosts.

French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud extended his record as the topscorer in the Europa League this season to 10 goals after he edged Chelsea 3-0 ahead.

Thomas Koubek pulled one back for Slavia Prague before Pedro Rodriguez added his second goal to give the Blues a 4-1 lead.

Two second-half goals from Petr Sevcik reduced the deficit to 4-3 but Chelsea held on to wrap up a 5-3 aggregate victory over their Czech opponents.

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Klopp Sympathises With Rival After Devastating Champions League Exit

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sympathised with rival manager Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City team after their cruel exit in the Champions League.

The German tactician made this known during his pre-match press conference ahead of the crucial Premier League clash at Cardiff City on Sunday evening.

Guardiola and Manchester City were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night after their goal was disallowed during their quarterfinal second leg clash with North London giants Tottenham Hotspur.

With the scores at 4-3, Manchester City needed to score a goal to secure a last four spot in the competition ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Raheem Sterling thought he has scored that goal in added time only for it to be ruled out by VAR after it had been given by centre referee Cuneyt Cakir.

Manchester City have the opportunity to bounce back from that setback when they face Spurs at home in their Premier League clash scheduled to hold on Saturday afternoon.

A win for the Citizens will push them above Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of the Reds’ away game against Welsh side Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds host Liverpool with the club battling to escape relegation at the end of the current Premier League season.

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Club Legend Delighted With Klopp’s Impact At Liverpool

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Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has hailed the impact of manager Jurgen Klopp at the club since he took charge of the team a little over three years ago.

The Liverpool legend has been impressed with the German tactician since he was appointed the Reds manager in 2015.

Ex-Spanish international Alonso talked extensively about Klopp during an interview with Nico Rosberg on Beyond Victory.

According to him, he would have loved to play for Jurgen Klopp and that he’s a big fan of the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 manager.

Klopp has been able to transform the fortunes of Liverpool to be amongst the best teams on the European football scene once again.

He led Liverpool to the 2016 Europa League final in his first season at the club before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish club Sevilla who had to come from behind to win the trophy.

Klopp also led Liverpool to last year’s Champions League final before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He has led the Reds to the Champions League semifinals this term as well as turn the Merseysiders into a strong contender for the Premier League title.

Liverpool and Manchester City are in a close battle for the Premier League title.

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Europa League: Sarri Unhappy With Napoli Exit

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been left unhappy after Napoli were knocked out of the Europa League at the quarterfinal stage on Thursday night after their aggregate defeat at the hands of Premier League club Arsenal.

Sarri talked about Napoli during his post-match press conference after his Blues team saw off Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in their Europa League quarterfinal duel on Thursday night.

Maurizio Sarri has close ties with Italian Serie A giants Napoli after spending three years at the club before joining Chelsea last summer.

The Italian tactician enjoyed a good measure of success while he was at Napoli and it was his work there that earned him a big move to Chelsea.

Sarri has not had the best of times at Chelsea but he has been able to lead them to the semifinals of the Europa League at the expense of Slavia Prague.

Chelsea survived a little scare before they saw off the Czech side 4-3 at home and a 5-3 aggregate victory over the less fancied Slavia Prague.

Sarri’s former team Napoli were second best against Arsenal over the two legs and the Gunners will play in the semifinals of the competition after a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italian Serie A giants.

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Sarri Slammed Over Hazard Treatment

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Chelsea legend Glenn Hoddle has berated Blues manager Maurizio Sarri for his treatment of Eden Hazard in recent matches.

In his recent interview as monitored by popular media platform Goal, the former Chelsea player was at loss to why Sarri elected to play Hazard as a central striker in recent games.

Glenn Hoddle was reacting to his decision to start Eden Hazard as the main striker in the last league game, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The gamble to play Hazard as the main striker backfired on Sarri.

His Chelsea side frustrated Liverpool for the first 45 minutes before the Blues defence conceded two goals in the early part of the second half.

Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were on target for the Reds who secured the top spot on the Premier League table as a result of the win over Chelsea.

After the game, Sarri was heavily criticised for his failure to start Eden Hazard in his best position.

The Liverpool defeat has left Chelsea with a lot to do to in the race to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The West Londoners are outside the top four on goal difference from fourth-placed Arsenal who have played a game more.

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Liverpool Star Shuts Down Real Madrid Transfer Rumors

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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has debunked transfer rumours linking him with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Mane shut down those transfer rumours in an interview with the Liverpool magazine.

The Senegalese international further revealed that his target is to be a Premier League legend and that he wants to stay at Liverpool for the long haul.

Sadio Mane has been in sensational form for Liverpool as the Reds target a double swoop.

The Reds are on the hunt for both the Premier League title and the Champions League title.

Sadio Mane scored one of the goals as Liverpool thrashed Portuguese champions FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Liverpool secured a 6-1 aggregate win after the 4-1 victory over FC Porto in the second leg played at the Estadio Dragao on Wednesday night.

Sadio Mane scored his 22nd goal of the season against FC Porto.

The former Southampton player has been a key player for Liverpool since the turn of the year.

He has been the in-form player for the Reds in their pursuit of honour in the Premier League and the Champions League.

He has scored 18 goals in the Premier League.

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Liverpool And Man City Are Miles Ahead Of Others

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Premier League title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City are miles ahead of the other 18 teams in the top flight of English football according to the Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock.

The Cardiff City said this during his pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with the Reds.

Cardiff City will host Liverpool in one of their four remaining league games this season as they try to escape relegation from the Premier League after just one season in the top flight of English football.

The Bluebirds gave themselves a fighting chance of surviving the relegation after their impressive away win over nearest challengers Brighton and Hove Albion.

Cardiff City defeated Brighton 2-0 in their Premier League clash on Tuesday night following the goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison either side of the halftime interval.

Neil Warnock believes that Liverpool and Manchester City are a class above the rest of the Premier League.

Liverpool and Manchester City are in a two-way fight for the league title with the Reds currently holding a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool have four matches left to play starting from the Cardiff City game while Manchester City have five games left to go until the end of the season.

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Why Barcelona win is no big deal, Mourinho takes swipe at former side

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Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho was expecting Barcelona win over his former team.

After a 1-0 win at the Old Trafford, the Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona delivered another class performance to go 3-0 at the Nou Camp and that was enough to get through to the semi-final.

Argentina international Lionel Messi was a threat to the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team as he scored in the second leg and created a lot of problems.

Jose Mourinho stated that he knew it would be difficult to contain the Argentina intentional, stressing that he is wild and it would require a cage to stop him.

The Portuguese boss noted that it takes more than a man-to-man marking to stop Lionel Messi as he never adopted such against him.

However, the Spanish team will now face another English Premier League side Liverpool in the semi-final of the competition which will come up next month.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils will now focus on securing a top-four finish in the Premier League table so as to stand a chance in playing for the Champions League by next season but they will have to battle Arsenal and Chelsea for the slot.

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Chelsea To Hand In-form Striker A New Contract

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West London giants Chelsea are set to hand in-form striker Olivier Giroud a new contract that will see him stay at the club beyond this summer.

This is according to the publication from popular media portal Goal which claimed that the Blues want to trigger the additional year clause in his current Chelsea deal.

Olivier Giroud has few months left on his current contract with Chelsea though the Premier League club can extend it by a year until the end of next season.

The 32-year-old has been talking about his future at Stamford Bridge and the need for regular playing time.

The French World Cup winner is frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge and he’s open to the idea of leaving the club.

In one of his recent press conferences, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told reporters that the Blues will activate the additional year clause in the player’s contract.

Giroud joined Chelsea on an 18-month contract following his move from fellow London club Arsenal at the start of last year.

Arsenal received the sum of £18m from Chelsea for his transfer.

Giroud has been in superb form for Chelsea especially in the Europa League where he’s the leading goalscorer with 10 goals.

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