VIDEO: Shakespeare takes positives from crushing Arsenal defeat

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Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare, in his first full season as Foxes manager, joined the NBC Sports crew following the late 4-3 loss to Arsenal.

Despite the fact his squad coughed up all three points at The Emirates when the defense melted down in the final 10 minutes, the 53-year-old was adamant that this early in the season, the most important part was to look at the positives.

“I always try and look on the positives,” Shakespeare told NBC’s Arlo White, Robbie Mustoe, and Lee Dixon pitchside, “and I think you have to with players. I just said to come here and score three is a real positive. I thought we looked a threat on the counter-attack, and we are a good counter-attack team; we can sit in there, we’ve got a good shape and are disciplined. So, from that point, scoring three and to still lose…it’s about the results I understand that.”

“I’m always trying to look for the positives, but they have to learn, and we have to learn together in terms of the last 10 minutes and the set plays.”

Shakespeare suggested that Arsenal’s reshuffle with 20 minutes to go – when they brought on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey – may have left the Leicester City defenders a bit confused on who to mark, and also mentioned that their intent to counter may have let them open at the back. “Clearly, in terms of defending corners, and we talk about second phase…you have got to look at the distance the ball is cleared before you then start coming out of your position.

“I think when teams make substitutions there can always be that little bit of a gray area. We’ve worked at it in preseason, we’ve worked at things, but ultimately disappointing in the last 10 minutes in terms of the two goals.”

Striker Jamie Vardy, who scored twice in the game, also joined the NBC crew pitchside and echoed Shakespeare’s comments. “There’s a lot of positives to take out of the game,” Vardy said. “I don’t think many teams will come here this season and score three goals, but I think a few lapses in concentration cost us.”

Leicester returns to King Power Stadium for its home opener next Saturday against newly-promoted side Brighton Hove & Albion.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”

Villarreal opens probe into Semedo’s reported arrest

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MADRID (AP) Spanish club Villarreal says it is investigating the actions of defender Ruben Semedo after reports that he was arrested for a violent incident.

The club said it is “highly concerned” about the issue and “will take the appropriate disciplinary actions with utmost rigor based on the seriousness of the events.”

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The statement was released after Spanish media reported that the Portuguese player was taken into custody early Tuesday for allegedly being involved in a hostile confrontation with another man last week.

Police did not immediately confirm Semedo’s arrest.