“If you are a rich club, you can buy top players, you cannot buy class.” – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking about Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions and arguably the greatest side in PL history.
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Mourinho was asked about Man City’s recently-released Amazon Prime documentary series, All or Nothing, and the Portuguese held back very little, saying, “I think you can have a fantastic movie, respecting others. You don’t need to be disrespectful.” — quotes from the BBC:
“I haven’t seen it but I know a few things about the movie. My reaction is, if you are a rich club, you can buy top players, you cannot buy class. That is my first reaction.
“The second reaction is because I am in the movie, I could ask for some royalties.”
“You know, a movie without me doesn’t sell much. I needed to be there.
“But if they send me one of the shirts they had in the tunnel when we played there, the shirts that were saying, ‘We did it on derby day.’
“If they send me one of these shirts, I give up about the royalties.”
The first Manchester derby of the 2018-19 season isn’t for another three months: Nov. 11, at the Etihad Stadium.
Lionel Messi has started the UEFA Champions League campaign as he means to go.
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By scoring a sublime free kick to put Barcelona ahead against PSV Eindhoven.
In their Group B opener at the Nou Camp, Ousmane Dembele was fouled and Messi stepped up to curl home a perfect free kick into the top corner.
Take a look at the video below to watch the first goal of the 2018-19 UCL group stage being scored.
The UEFA Champions League group stage is back for the 2018-19 season, with some early kick offs (12:55 p.m. ET) in Group B serving up mouthwatering clashes.
It is okay to drool over the UCL games instead of your lunch this Tuesday. Honest.
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Tottenham Hotspur head to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium to take on Inter Milan as Mauricio Pochettino has raised some eyebrows with his squad selection following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. Inter have had a tough start in Serie A, winning just once and losing twice (against Sassuolo and Parma) in their opening four games, but the likes of Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi start in attack as they look to inflict more misery on Spurs.
Elsewhere in Group B, Barcelona host reigning Dutch champs PSV Eindhoven at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi and Co. starting off as one of the favorites to lift the trophy in Madrid next May. PSV and Mexico star Hirving Lozano will be seen as a huge threat to Barca, as the Dutch giants aim for an upset.
Click on the link above to follow all the action live, while we will keep you up to date with all of the UCL across Europe right here at Pro Soccer Talk.
While here are the starting lineups for all four teams.
Inter Milan v Tottenham
Barcelona v PSV
LIMA, Peru (AP) A Peruvian soccer league match resumed on Monday after being suspended a day earlier because of fighting between fans of the same team.
The country’s soccer association said the last 25 minutes of the match between Alianza Lima and Sporting Cristal would be played behind closed doors.
Sporting Cristal was leading 2-1 Sunday when the match was suspended. Four people were wounded by gunshots outside the stadium during the match.
Peruvian Interior Minister Mauro Medina says the incident happened after rival groups of Alianza Lima fans clashed with each other. Police used tear gas to stop the fight.
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Premier League player Power Rankings are back after a frantic Week 5 of the 2018-19 season.
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With a bevvy of fine individual displays after the international break, we have plenty of top talents to choose from.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Even
- Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool – New entry
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – New entry
- Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – New entry
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 4
- Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Down 4
- Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 2
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – New entry
- Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Up 5
- N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
- Ruben Neves (Wolves) – Even
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Even
- James Milner (Liverpool) – New entry
- Glenn Murray (Brighton) – Up 4
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – New entry
- Willian (Chelsea) – New entry
- David De Gea (Man United ) – New entry
- Josh King (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – New entry