- 2019-01-21 12:39:03Z
Here are five things you didn't know about the latest gameweek in La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo will make an unwanted trip back to Madrid on Tuesday and is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud. Ronaldo will be in the Spanish capital on tax charges related to his time at Real Madrid. The Juventus forward is expected to appear before a judge and receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain's state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has signed a new contract at Old Trafford running until June 2023, the Premier League club have confirmed. McTominay was one of few young players to make a breakthrough at United under Jose Mourinho, managing to play 13 times in the Premier League last season despite reservations about his ability from many supporters. Mourinho was a staunch backer of McTominay, lauding him as a "special kid" after the 3-1 defeat at West Ham in September.
Check out five things you didn't know about last weekend's Premier League action.
He has enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm, and is yet to suffer a setback of any kind, but there is a desire within the squad he has inherited to achieve even more. Mata wrote on his personal blog after seeing United edge out Brighton 2-1 on home soil: "We continue on our good run of results. To win seven games from a possible seven is not a simple task in any way, so we are proud and happy with how things have gone in recent weeks.
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to allow Alvaro Morata to leave on loan, with the Liga club having a £48.5 million ($62m) option to sign the striker on a permanent basis, Goal understands. Morata had already reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over his personal terms last week and he is willing to accept a lower contract than his current £120,000 per week Chelsea deal upon the activation of an option to buy. Offloading the 26-year-old striker is also a major step in Chelsea's bid to take over AC Milan's loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain, with the Blues having already reached an agreement with the Argentine forward's parent club Juventus.
Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has warned Liverpool star Mohamed Salah against diving. In the first-half of the encounter, an incident with Palace defender Mamadou Sakho saw the former Roma player go down in the box. The 26-year-old has built an impressive reputation for himself in the league after winning the PFA Player of the Year, Golden Boot award, among several other prizes last season and Crooks, 60, has urged the Egypt international not to soil his credibility.
Nathaniel Clyne was allowed to complete a loan switch to Bournemouth as a result, with Klopp happy with his options at right-back. He has, however, suffered a series of injury and suspension blows since then, with James Milner adding to his selection headache when collecting a late red card in a dramatic 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. Rafa Camacho, who made his Premier League bow against the Eagles, is now Liverpool's only recognised available right-back, but he is just 18 years of age and lacking in experience.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde dismissed concerns over VAR in his side's 3-1 win against Leganes in La Liga on Sunday.
Olympique Lyonnais climbed above AS Saint-Etienne and into third in Ligue 1 Conforama after Nabil Fekir (pen. 65') and Moussa Dembélé (90+5') fired them to a 2-1 win at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
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Xeka scored the decisive goal with five minutes left on the clock to secure a 2-1 win for Lille over Amiens on Friday.
Here is the best of Neymar from Matchday 21 in Ligue 1. The Brazilian scored twice and completely ran the show, making an assist too, in Paris Saint Germain's 9-0 demolition of Guingamp.
Here is the best of Kylian Mbappe from Matchday 21 in Ligue 1. The 20-year superstar scored a hat-trick and made an assist during Paris Saint Germain's 9-0 demolition of Guingamp.
Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not worried about Tottenham's growing injury list ahead of a trip to Chelsea despite losing Harry Kand and Dele Alli to injury.
Lionel Messi had to cut short a rare rest break to help Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 and protect its five-point lead of the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi came off the bench at Camp Nou with the score at 1-1 in the second half and set up a goal by Luis Suarez before adding one of his own. In a month packed with matches and a Copa del Rey clash with Sevilla looming on Wednesday, coach Ernesto Valverde took the risk of leaving his best player on the bench against a Leganes side that had upset Barcelona 2-1 in September.
Unai Emery has claimed Mesut Ozil still has a role to play over the coming weeks for Arsenal. Ozil was once again left out of Emery's starting line-up and did not come off the substitutes' bench in the victory over Chelsea. Arsenal are thought to be willing to subsidise some of Ozil's £350,000-a-week wages to get rid of him, but head coach Emery has not ruled out bringing the German back into his team.
A year later it is becoming clear that Dembele was the wiser investment of the two, even though for months he looked like an over-priced panic buy. An icy night in Catalonia only brought out 50,000 Barcelona fans, filling little more than half of the stadium, and they would have been dismayed to find five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi named as a substitute. Messi is one of the reasons people go to watch the club and, with the visitors not particularly attractive opponents, at the end of a week where Barcelona hosted two other small sides in Eibar and Levante, his absence from the line-up was a blow.
Rebecca Lowe gives her thoughts on Maurizio Sarri's press conference after Chelsea's loss, David Wagner leaving Huddersfield and picks her favorite goal celebration of the weekend in The Lowe Down.
Massimiliano Allegri isn't prepared to use complacency as an excuse when his side face Serie A strugglers Chievo, and is convinced Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't need to score goals constantly for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to remain motivated.
Nearly 800 days since his first goal for his boyhood club, the center midfielder scored his second to clinch Tottenham's 2-1 win at Fulham in the Premier League. It came in the third and final minute of injury time, and the nature of the goal by Winks made it even more improbable - beating taller players to a header from close range inside a crowded penalty area. "I can't even remember the last time I scored, to be honest," Winks said.
The 2 Robbies are joined by former PL referee Mark Clattenburg to get insights on refereeing, including how he deals with the language barrier on the pitch, ways to cut down players diving and more.
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Tottenham's Harry Winks gets on the end of a cross in the box and heads in the winning goal for Spurs against Fulham.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen chips a cross toward Dele Alli who scores with a header to make it 1-1 against Fulham.
Former Real Madrid player and coach Bernd Schuster has tipped Germany coach Joachim Low to take over in the summer. Although the Champions League holders only recently hired current boss Santiago Solari on a contract that runs until 2021, there have been reports they are looking for a bigger name to replace him in the summer. Jose Mourinho, recently sacked by Manchester United in December, has also been linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, while they are also interested in luring Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino to the Spanish capital.
Man City's Leroy Sane strikes a cross into the box and Raheem Sterling lunges to knocks his header into the goal to make it 2-0 against Huddersfield.
Man City's Danilo fires a shot from outside the box that deflects off the head of Huddersfield's Christopher Schindler and bounces into the goal to make it 1-0.
Unai Emery refused to discuss Denis Suarez's potential move to Arsenal after the Spaniard was left out Barcelona's squad.
Rebecca Lowe and former PL referee Mark Clattenburg look back at recent incidents of Mohamed Salah going down easily in the box.
Jose Mourinho thinks that Mauricio Pochettino's outlook on management will change only once he starts winning trophies. The Argentinean will take his team to Stamford Bridge to defend a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday. Mourinho, who was sacked as manager of Manchester United on December 17th, was speaking as part of a BeIN Sports broadcast, was asked what was more important to him as a manager - winning trophies or finishing in the Premier League's top four.
Luka Doncic may have played for Real Madrid's basketball team, but the Dallas Mavericks rookie joked he needed to work on his "soccer skills" after being ejected for kicking the ball into the crowd. The Slovenian teenager suffered a night to forget in an otherwise fine debut NBA campaign on Saturday, scoring just eight points on three-of-14 shooting before being ejected in the third quarter of Dallas' 111-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Doncic picked up one technical foul at the conclusion of the first half and was tossed from the game when he was awarded another technical for kicking the ball into the stands.
Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the Premier League - a wonderfully gifted goalscorer whose efforts could well end up ending his club's long wait for a title. But there is a less savoury side to his football which is in danger of spoiling his reputation - the tendency to collapse to the ground at the slightest of contact in the penalty area. There have been some close calls in recent weeks, with Salah earning penalties against Newcastle and Brighton, but against Crystal Palace on Saturday there was simply no doubt that he dived after Mamadou Sakho flicked out a leg in the box.
The former Manchester United boss, who was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford in December, has a chequered history when it comes to behaviour on the sidelines, infamously clashing with opposition coaches on a number of occasions during the course of his career. Similar situations, with me and other managers, different consequences," Mourinho told beIN Sports .
Jose Mourinho has revealed how to get the best out of unsettled Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, affirming that neither a hard line nor soft approach is likely to work on the playmaker. Ozil has cut an unhappy figure at the Emirates Stadium in recent months, missing several key games amid rumours that he could soon be leaving. Manager Unai Emery once more overlooked his charge on Saturday, leaving him on the bench as Arsenal overcame Chelsea 2-0 in a vital Premier League win.
Jamie Vardy was certainly a superhero to Leicester City fans when he helped the club to the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery fears the worst after seeing Hector Bellerin taken off with a knee injury but is not expecting to use the January transfer window to sign a replacement.
Pep Guardiola insists he has zero impact on Manchester United's clash with title rivals Liverpool but joked he will find Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's number and call him.
Producing one of its best displays of an up-and-down season, Real Madrid scored a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla to get back into the Spanish league's top three. Casemiro was on target with a superb long-range shot before Luka Modric added a late second goal. The win moved Madrid into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari.
Mauricio Pochettino has said now is the time to double down on the strategy that has underpinned Tottenham Hotspur's growth under his management as he resists calls to spend money to replace the absent Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min. With Kane injured and Son playing at the Asian Cup, Pochettino is so short of attacking options for Sunday's trip to Fulham in the Premier League that he is considering fielding Dele Alli as a makeshift centre-forward. But Pochettino said Spurs must not be "scared of the circumstances" that they find themselves in, calling for his players to "puff out their chests" in the absence of their two leading goal-scorers.
Maurizio Sarri blasted his Chelsea players in Italian after his side's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League.
Newcastle got two goals from Fabian Schar on their way to an important 3-0 win over Cardiff City.
A furious Maurizio Sarri last night launched an astonishing attack on the mentality of his Chelsea players, saying they are "extremely difficult to motivate" after their abject 2-0 defeat by Arsenal. The Chelsea head coach switched to his native Italian for his post-match press conference after saying that he wanted to "send a very clear message" to his players. Sarri went on to say that Arsenal were far more mentally determined than Chelsea, adding that the players do not have enough "ferocity".
Watford and Burnley could not find a goal as the sides shared the points in a scoreless draw.
Man United scored two goals in the first half and held on for a 2-1 win over Brighton.
Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't have an issue with Paul Pogba's penalty run-up method as long as he keeps scoring.
Jose Mourinho says he has already turned down three job opportunities since leaving Manchester United last month, also making the bold claim that his rivals - Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp - were given more backing by their respective club boards than he got at Old Trafford. Asked where he sees his future, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager said "I am happy with these three weeks, I am happy with this experience and I am going to have other experiences that normally I cannot have. Mourinho also highlighted the support Guardiola and Klopp have received in the transfer market since taking over at Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.
Every great manager's vision for his team needs to survive those bleak afternoons when the rest of the world cries out for him to change, and perhaps with that in mind Maurizio Sarri decided that after defeat he would go where only a few of his Chelsea predecessors have dared. What had been a very bad Chelsea performance, encompassing a first attempt on the Arsenal goal after a mere 82 minutes played was transformed for the benefit of the press and club officials into one of these periodic crises that strike the club. There were eight players in the 14 used by Sarri over the course of 96 minutes who had won one or more Premier League titles and even under Jose Mourinho's second spell...
Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes team spirit was behind the side's ability to see out a 2-1 win over Brighton.
Manchester United made it seven wins from seven in the first month of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign and the caretaker boss said he will remember his stint in charge "for the rest of my life". Solskjaer became the first boss in the club's history to win his first six league matches at the helm after Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford found the net again in a 2-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion, who pulled a goal back through Pascal Gross in the second half. The victory came exactly one month to the day since Solskjaer, who won numerous honours as a player at Old Trafford, was brought back to the club to be the interim manager until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.