Paolo Di Canio rages that the players he signed can’t speak English

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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio hasn’t disappointed this season so far – at least, not in press conferences.

Despite having a large say in bringing in the 13 players the Black Cats signed this offseason, he’s apparently furious that a number of them can’t speak the languague he would like them to.

‘It’s driving me crazy” said the Italian. “At the moment we are a group of players who can only gel together more, speak more English, communicate more, then we are going to be OK. What we miss now is only to avoid a few mistakes that most of the time came from not communicating.”

You’d have thought if he wanted players who could speak English, he would have signed players who…you know…could speak English.  Apparently the language barrier is becoming a major issue in training and during matches.

“That was the problem that we knew before with so many foreigners can be a problem. They can be shy, not sure about talking English because their pronunciation the others might make fun of. We need to improve on this because this can be the biggest problem.”

So now Di Canio is looking for English-speaking players, such as U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, to step up and engage those who don’t know the language in conversation and make sure they’re not ostracized from the social scene between players.

“Who’s got the character to get close to the others? To explain, to help us to do this. On the field, in training sessions, in the shower, in the bed, wherever they want. This can be the worst problem.”

In the bed? Didn’t realize the team was that close.

In all, this summer Di Canio signed 4 Italian, 3 French, 1 Czech, 1 Greek, and 1 Korean player(s).

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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MLS: Higuain extends with Crew, Royer gets new deal with Red Bulls

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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.

The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.

Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.

Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises

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A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.

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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.

The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.

The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.

The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.


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Europa League, LIVE: Arsenal, Marseille host first legs

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Diego Costa brings a solid career record against Arsenal back to London in a bid to ruin Arsene Wenger‘s farewell season at the Emirates Stadium.

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The now-Atletico Madrid forward returns to England on Thursday as his La Liga outfit aims to stop Arsenal from reaching next month’s Europa League Final in Lyon.

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ARSENAL-ATLETICO MADRID LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Atleti: Oblak, Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Vrsaljko, Saul, Thomas, Koke, Correa, Griezmann, Gameiro. Subs: Werner, Savic, Gabi, Vitolo, Olabe, Torres, Costa.