Simeone praises Klinsmann’s US program that “seduces us as coaches”

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Diego Simeone is being seduced by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Don’t pull your young ones away from the computer screen just yet, folks. The Atletico Madrid manager was discussing the way his United States men’s national team counterpart sets up his team.

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Serving as “Sony Coaching Ambassador” for the 2014 World Cup, Simeone laid out his best XI for the tournament and also honored two coaches for their work in Brazil. One of those was Klinsmann.

From Sony:

Coaches: Joachim Low (Germany) and Jurgen Klinsmann (USA)
Klinsmann has revolutionised football in the United States. He has been able to get a whole country behind the team and that’s very difficult in the USA. But above all, he got the team working together and for each other – and they competed at an excellent level in the World Cup. It was a great collective effort – and that’s what seduces us as coaches.

Low culminated at the World Cup everything he had been creating in the last six or seven years with Germany. It’s no coincidence that Germany won the World Cup; it was a question of growth, hard work, patience, building a strong project, advancing along the right road and ending up where great projects end – as world champions.

Klinsmann and Low started off working together and today, Germany are not only a hard-working team with a strong aerial threat, but a side with many attacking variants, great collective play and an attack with excellent positioning and movement. It’s an attractive style of football and what we saw at the World Cup was a reflection of what Germany has produced in the Champions League in recent seasons – a mix between what we have seen from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Europe.

Klinsmann and Simeone were never teammates, but the pair were Serie A rivals of sorts when the German played for Inter Milan and the Argentine for Pisa.

The World Cup praise has been flowing for Klinsmann in international circles, though American analysts like Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and others have condemned the manager’s approach as too cautious.

Simeone didn’t take too many chances with his XI, picking 10 of his 11 players from finalists Germany and Argentina. The lone outlier? Chilean bulldog Gary Medel, who made headlines today by reportedly claiming he only wanted to play for Inter Milan (Medel is currently a member of Cardiff City).

LIVE – UCL: Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City all in action

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Three Premier League teams are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday in their second games of the 2017-18 group stage.

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Tottenham Hotspur head to Cyprus to face APOEL in Nicosia hoping to make it two wins from two, while Manchester City host Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk aiming to keep their 100 percent record and Liverpool are in Moscow to play Spartak hoping for a first win of the group stage.

Elsewhere Real Madrid head to Borussia Dortmund (Christian Pulisic alert) in a mouth-watering clash at the Westfalenstadion and Napoli host Feyenoord in another eye-catching tie.

Click on the link above to follow commentary on all the action, while below is the full schedule as we will have reaction and analysis on all the UCL action on Tuesday.

All games kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.


Tuesday’s UCL schedule

Group E
Spartak Moscow vs. Liverpool
Sevilla vs. Maribor

Group F
Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli vs. Feyenoord

Group G
Monaco vs. FC Porto
Besiktas vs. RB Leipzig

Group H
APOEL vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

VIDEO: Top Premier League goals – Week 6

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From Fabian Delph‘s curler to Alvaro Morata’s surging run and dink and from Philippe Coutinho‘s perfect free kick to Leroy Sane’s delicate touches.

Boy, did we have some fine strikes in the Premier League in Week 6.

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Click play on the video above to see the best of the bunch and let us know your favorite in the comments section below.

“What is your favorite?” I hear you cry. Settle down, settle down. I love a good curler which clips off the bar and in so I’m going with Delphy’s goal against Crystal Palace. Sublime.

PHOTO: New USMNT jersey for 2018 World Cup leaked?

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Now, of course, they have to qualify first.

But if Bruce Arena’s men do make the 2018 World Cup in Russia they could be wearing this beauty in the photo below.

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With all leaked jerseys there is a real possibility it could turn out to look completely different but information from Conrad Burry of Sportslogos over the weekend suggested something along these lines.

Take a look at the photo below of the home jersey (the away jersey is said to be “Midnight Navy with a second color of Blue Nebula”) and let us know what you think.

Champions League score picks – Week 2

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The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off Week 2 on Tuesday, so let’s have some fun and try to predict the scores.

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Feel free to join in down in the comments section, as I’m predicting another unbeaten week for all five Premier League teams in action.

[ MORE: Group stage predictions ] 

Below you will find score predictions for all 16 UCL games across the next two days.


Tuesday

Group E
Sevilla 3-1 Maribor
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool

Group F
Man City 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord

Group G
Besiktas 0-2 RB Leipzig
Monaco 2-1 FC Porto

Group H
Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
APOEL 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Wednesday

Group A
CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester United
Basel 0-2 Benfica

Group B
Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Bayern Munich
Anderlecht 2-1 Celtic

Group C
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
Qarabag 1-3 Roma

Group D
Sporting Lisbon 1-3 Barcelona
Juventus 2-1 Olympiacos