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Ancelotti gives reasons for ‘fantastic’ Iwobi’s struggles at Everton
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Ancelotti gives reasons for ‘fantastic’ Iwobi’s struggles at Everton

The Super Eagles star was a late inclusion in the Toffees’ line-up on Saturday following an injury to James Rodriguez during the warm-up Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated Alex Iwobi’s struggles at the club this season have been a result of the team’s fault and mistakes. The Nigeria international has struggled for consistency in Ancelotti's team in this campaign but on Saturday, he was drafted in as a replacement for injured James Rodriguez in the starting XI. Iwobi played for 76 minutes in Everton's 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa and he could not add to his tally of a goal and two assists after 28 appearances in the English top-flight so far.
Ancelotti Names Best Team in the World
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Ancelotti Names Best Team in the World

  Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has named Manchester City as the “best team in the world”, following their FA Cup defeat on Saturday. The Merseysiders managed to keep City at bay for over 80 minutes of their quarter-final clash at Goodison Park. However, late goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne sent City through with a 2-0 win. “We were almost there, we did well and we did the best that we can do. We defended well and for at least 80 minutes, we had the game under control,” Ancelotti told BT Sport after the final whistle on Saturday. “I am satisfied because we were beaten by the best team in the world – they are the best. “We wanted to keep them uncomfortable. Of course, they are comfortable with the ball but we defended well and we didn’t concede s...
Everton coach, Ancelotti warns Chelsea over Premier League top four
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Everton coach, Ancelotti warns Chelsea over Premier League top four

Everton coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has warned Chelsea that his team can now compete with Thomas Tuchel’s side for a place in the Premier League top four. Ancelotti gave the warning during his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. The Italian gaffer believes Everton are now better, having defeated Chelsea 1-0 last December at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture when Frank Lampard was in charge of the Blues. Ancelotti’s side head to the game following a 1-0 victory over West Brom last Thursday, while Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 “I think we are better. We have more knowledge and more belief in what we’re doing,” Ancelotti said. “We can compete against Chelsea [for EPL top four]. It will be diffic...
Ancelotti Compares Thomas Tuchel to Frank Lampard
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Ancelotti Compares Thomas Tuchel to Frank Lampard

Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has compared Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to the Frank Lampard era ahead of both sides clash in the Premier League on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti said Tuchel has the quality, while Lampard did a fantastic job during his time at the Blues. Tuchel has not lost a match in his last ten games as Chelsea manager since he replaced Lampard last January. “Offensively, they [Chelsea] play a little bit different but not too much because the quality of the players is still the same,” Ancelotti said as quoted by football365. “Now they are really consistent because they haven’t lost under Tuchel, and they are solid, but this doesn’t mean Lampard didn’t do a good job. I think Lampard did a fantastic job while he was there. “(Tuchel) has quality. H...
Everton Coach, Ancelotti Warns Chelsea Over Premier League Top Four
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Everton Coach, Ancelotti Warns Chelsea Over Premier League Top Four

Everton coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has warned Chelsea that his team can now compete with Thomas Tuchel’s side for a place in the Premier League top four. Ancelotti gave the warning during his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. The Italian gaffer believes Everton are now better, having defeated Chelsea 1-0 last December at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture when Frank Lampard was in charge of the Blues. Ancelotti’s side head to the game following a 1-0 victory over West Brom last Thursday, while Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 “I think we are better. We have more knowledge and more belief in what we’re doing,” Ancelotti said. “We can compete against Chelsea [for EPL top four]. It will be diffic...
‘It will be a dream to be in the top four’ – Ancelotti eyes Everton target
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‘It will be a dream to be in the top four’ – Ancelotti eyes Everton target

The Toffees are within two points of fourth-placed West Ham after beating Southampton Carlo Ancelotti says Everton are dreaming of a place in the Premier League’s top four. The Toffees battled to a 1-0 win over Southampton on Monday thanks to an early goal from Richarlison, and they are now within two points of the top four with a game in hand. Everton can move into a Champions League qualification place with a win at West Brom on Thursday, though it could be a brief stay as Chelsea and Liverpool - who are directly above them in fifth and sixth respectively - clash later on the same day.
FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand Feels Sorry for Mourinho After Everton Defeated Tottenham
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FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand Feels Sorry for Mourinho After Everton Defeated Tottenham

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has said that he “feels sorry” for Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, after Everton defeated Spurs 5-4 in the FA Cup fifth-round tie on Wednesday night. Ferdinand also criticised Mourinho’s men for “consistently” making individual mistakes. Bernard’s first half extra-time goal ensured Carlo Ancelotti’s side eliminated Tottenham from the competition after the match ended 4-4 after 90 minutes at Goodison Park. “I have to say I actually feel sorry for him [Mourinho] in some ways,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “Because in recent weeks he’s changed quite a few times in the way they have approached games. The West Brom game was a bit different when Harry Kane was not playing, and now tonight was open and expansive. “But each and every o...
James Rodriguez fitness update offered ahead of Everton’s upcoming FA Cup and Premier League fixtures
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James Rodriguez fitness update offered ahead of Everton’s upcoming FA Cup and Premier League fixtures

The Colombian was replaced during a dramatic 3-3 draw at Manchester United, with Carlo Ancelotti admitting his playmaker has “a tight calf” James Rodriguez is nursing “a tight calf”, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted, with the Colombian doubtful for an FA Cup clash with Tottenham on Wednesday but expected to be ready for a Premier League date with Fulham. The Toffees will play host to Spurs in midweek, before then welcoming the Cottagers to Goodison Park on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether James, who was replaced in the second half of a thrilling 3-3 draw at Manchester United last time out, is able to figure in knockout competition as he seeks to shake off a slight knock.
EPL: Ancelotti Slams Iwobi, other Everton Players as Lazy and Slow
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EPL: Ancelotti Slams Iwobi, other Everton Players as Lazy and Slow

Everton coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has described his players as “lazy” and “slow”, following their 2-0 defeat to struggling Newcastle United. Callum Wilson netted twice in the second half, as the Magpies ended their 11-game winless run in all competitions. The result dealt a fresh blow to Everton’s hopes of securing European qualification, as they sit two points adrift of a Champions League place. And Ancelotti was scathing in the assessment of how his team played against Steve Bruce’s side in their fourth home league defeat of the season. “We were lazy. We were slow and we were not focused. We gave away 12 corners to them, a lot of throw-ins. We didn’t win duels, second balls – this is the game. “You can only show quality if you are there in this game because the game is a...
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Everton Fans Urge Ancelotti To Give One Player His Fifth Ever Premier League

Everton fans urge Ancelotti to give one player his fifth ever Premier League. Various Everton fans have encouraged Toffees supervisor Carlo Ancelotti to name Anthony Gordon in his beginning XI for Sunday’s Premier League away conflict. The Blues, who head to Southampton, will be without the suspended Richarlison, while James Rodriguez endured a physical issue in the Merseyside derby. Richarlison brought about a three-coordinate ban after being shipped off for a careless test on Thiago Alcantara, while Rodriguez was harmed in a meeting up with Virgil van Dijk. This implies two of Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Gordon are probably going to get approval either side of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in a three-man assault. Gordon, generally viewed as one of the Everton foun...
Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game
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Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game

The Nigeria international is in contention for Saturday's league match after missing the Toffees' opening two games of the season Alex Iwobi has returned to the Everton squad ahead of their Premier League outing against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after recovering from a knock. The 24-year-old was missing in Carlo Ancelotti's team for their opening league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and their Carabao Cup triumph against Salford City on Wednesday. Ahead of the encounter against the Baggies at Goodison Park on Saturday, Ancelotti confirmed the Super Eagles star is among the players fit and ready to play following his recovery.
New-look Everton Prove Too Good For Tottenham
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New-look Everton Prove Too Good For Tottenham

Everton signaled their intent for Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season in charge as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s towering header earned their first win over Tottenham since 2012 in a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Ancelotti has been heavily backed with the signings of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, and the Toffees looked a much-improved side on the one that finished 12th last season as they were thoroughly deserving winners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs are also hoping for an upturn in Jose Mourinho’s first full season as boss, but the hosts looked short on ideas as they slipped to a damaging home defeat for their aspirations of mounting a challenge to get back into the top four this season. Everton settled the quicker with their new midfield trio helping to control possessi...
James Rodriguez hopes Everton can sign more ‘big names’ after £22m move from Real Madrid
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James Rodriguez hopes Everton can sign more ‘big names’ after £22m move from Real Madrid

After arriving at Goodison Park, the Colombian international wants other major players to follow as the Toffees target a strong Premier League season James Rodriguez hopes other "big names" will join him at Everton as they target a strong 2020-21 season. James joined the Premier League club from Real Madrid for £22 million (€24m/$29m) earlier this month in a huge coup for Everton. The playmaker is reunited with Carlo Ancelotti, who coached him at Madrid and Bayern Munich, as Everton look to improve on last season's 12th-place finish.
Everton Sign Doucoure From Watford
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Everton Sign Doucoure From Watford

Everton completed their midfield rebuild with the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford for a reported £20 million on Tuesday. The 27-year-old has agreed a three-year deal, with the Toffees having the option of a fourth season. Doucoure becomes the third midfielder to sign for Carlo Ancleotti’s men in the past week after the arrivals of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Brazil’s Allan from Napoli. “I have been waiting a long time to come here and now it has happened so I am very happy,” said Doucoure. “I had some interest from other clubs but from the beginning when Everton showed an interest in me I told my agent to focus on Everton. It was the only club I wanted to join.” The Frenchman played 129 Premier League games in four seasons at Vicarage Road and was direct...
Everton sign Brazilian Allan on a three-year deal for £21m from Napoli
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Everton sign Brazilian Allan on a three-year deal for £21m from Napoli

Brazilian midfielder Allan is Everton’s first signing of the summer Everton have signed Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli on a three-year contract for a fee believed to be around £21.7m. Allan is Everton’s first signing of the summer and the move reunites him with former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti. “It is a real pleasure to sign for Everton. I am immensely happy to be here,” said the 29-year-old. Everton are also closing on deals for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. Allan played 61 games under Ancelotti at Napoli, and he says the Italian did “everything possible” to bring him to Goodison Park. Allan added: “I hope, like I have done in my entire career, I contribute with my performances together with my team-mates and that I put in...
Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez closing in on €35m move to Everton
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Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez closing in on €35m move to Everton

The Colombian midfielder looks set to reunite with former Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is closing in on a €35 million (£31m/$41m) move to Everton. Goal has learned that Goodison Park is the most likely next destination for James, with Carlo Ancelotti eager to bring the 29-year-old to Goodison Park ahead of the new season. The David Beckham-owned MLS franchise Inter Miami had previously submitted an offer for the Colombia international, but he is now expected to embark on the next stage of his career in the Premier League.
Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With
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Nicolas Anelka Names Best Managers he ever Worked With

A former Chelsea and Arsenal striker, Nicolas Anelka, has named Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce as the best managers he ever worked with. Anelka played under Wenger, Allardyce, Carlo Ancelotti, Vicente Del Bosque, Guus Hiddink, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Kevin Keegan during his career. But the former France international has described Wenger and Allardyce as managers who know how to get the best out of him. “For me, I take into consideration football, attitude, my understanding with the coach, mentality and how he used me on the field and because of this, there are only two names: Big Sam and Arsene Wenger,” Anelka told Bolton’s official website. “They knew how to use my qualities to get the best out of me.” Anelka is currently wo...
His improvisation is brilliant’ – Newcastle legend Ameobi impressed with Everton’s Calvert-Lewin
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His improvisation is brilliant’ – Newcastle legend Ameobi impressed with Everton’s Calvert-Lewin

The Magpies’ great is in awe of the Toffees’ forward who has been in form for Carlo Ancelotti’s men so far this term Shola Ameobi claimed he has been massively awestruck by Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s performances for Everton this season. The 23-year-old joined the Toffees from Sheffield United in a £1.5 million deal on 31 August 2016. Calvert-Lewis made a slow start in his first three seasons at Goodison Park – accounting for just 11 goals in 78 appearances in the Premier League.
Can Iwobi still salvage underwhelming Everton season?
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Can Iwobi still salvage underwhelming Everton season?

While the lack of pressure on the Toffees could be a double-edged sword, the Nigerian may be a beneficiary of lessened expectations in the final weeks Months after a chastening return to Chelsea in early March, Carlo Ancelotti will have had time to reflect on arguably the worst Everton performance since he took charge in December. Upon his return to Stamford Bridge, former player Frank Lampard easily dispatched his old boss 4-0 in one of the Blues’ best showings under their club legend. In a sense, the break came at a perfect time for the three-time Champions League-winning manager, as the wheels had just begun to come off after an impressive start at Goodison Park. Having recorded five wins from his first eight Premier League games, Ancelotti saw his side fail to win in three ...
Everton boss Ancelotti full of praise for Roma target Kean
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Everton boss Ancelotti full of praise for Roma target Kean

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has not given up on Moise Kean. The youngster has endured a disastrous debut season in England after arriving from Juventus in the summer. Ancelotti, who joined the Toffees midway through the season, still thinks Kean can come good. He told Radio Radio: "I believe that Moise Kean has many great qualities. "He is a great talent and, as I said many times, today's football must surely be based on talent. "However, it must be supported by great character, professionalism and personality. "He's very young and a serious boy, who is always available. I'm sure he will do well."
Everton launch bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti
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Everton launch bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti

Everton have launched a bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Tuttosport says Everton have had a £40m bid for Torino striker Belotti rejected. Carlo Ancelotti reportedly tried to land Belotti at Napoli and remains keen on bringing him to Goodison Park. The 26-year-old has the 'characteristics' desired by Ancelotti and could 'raise the level' at Everton, it is reported. Torino, however, are believed to want more than the £40m offered.
Ancelotti pushing Everton to bid big for Torino striker Belotti
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Ancelotti pushing Everton to bid big for Torino striker Belotti

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is chasing a deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Tuttosport says Ancelotti wants the Toffees to make a bid worth around €60m for Belotti. The 26-year-old has 15 goals from 31 games in all competitions for Torino this season, including six goals from his six Europa League outings, and Ancelotti is said to be keen to bring him to Goodison Park. Despite interest from Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma, it is Everton's offer which is currently the most attractive to Torino. However, the Serie A side remain reluctant to lose their star man.
Michael Owen Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Everton
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Michael Owen Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Everton

Former Liverpool star, Michael Owen has predicted the outcome of the match between Manchester United and Everton at Goodison Park this weekend. Manchester United go into this weekend game unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions. The Red Devils defeated Club Brugge 5-0 in the Europa League in their last game on Thursday night. The likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are flourishing under the new Everton boss though and Goodison is once again becoming a fortress. “United were flattered by the margin of victory against Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday,” Owen wrote in his Betvictor column. “Everton had the opportunities to get at least a point at the Emirates on Sunday and the burgeoning partnership of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and remarkable re...
Andre Gomes Thanks Football Lovers on Return From Horror Injury
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Andre Gomes Thanks Football Lovers on Return From Horror Injury

Andre Gomes was quick to thank both Everton fans and the wider football community after returning to first-team action for the first time since his horrific ankle injury. The Spaniard suffered a fractured dislocation to his right ankle against Tottenham in early November but returned to Premier League football just 112 days later in Everton's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. Although he could not help his side find an equaliser, Gomes was thrilled to get back on the pitch as Carlo Ancelotti admitted that he "could start the next game". "I need to thank everybody," Gomes told Sky Sports. "The team were great, Evertonians, general football supporters and just everyone has been wonderful with me. Professional players, ex-pros have been wonderful. I need to thank them! "It gave me conf...
Gattuso Slams Napoli Players After 2-0 Home Defeat to Fiorentina
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Gattuso Slams Napoli Players After 2-0 Home Defeat to Fiorentina

Napoli manager, Gennaro Gattuso has criticised his players for their ‘embarrassing’ performance against Fiorentina in the Serie A on Saturday. Gattuso said his players were unwatchable and soulless during the encounter against the visitors as they lost 2-0 at home. Two goals from Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic gave Fiorentina all three points against Gattuso’s men at the San Paolo Stadium. “We must apologise to the fans and the city, it was an embarrassing performance, today we were unwatchable,” Gattuso said at his post-match as quoted by NDTV Sports. “We have hit rock bottom and we need to understand what we are going towards, we are a soulless team.” Gattuso has now lost four out of five matches since he replaced Carlo Ancelotti last December a...
Unai Emery reveals Premier League Club he Almost Joined after Leaving Arsenal
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Unai Emery reveals Premier League Club he Almost Joined after Leaving Arsenal

Unai Emery has said he held talks with Everton about becoming their next manager. The Spaniard was sacked by Arsenal in November, but was close to remaining in the Premier League. Everton had fired Marco Silva around the same period and were looking for a manager. Emery, however, decided he wanted to take some time out of football. He told Spanish TV show El Larguero: “[Everton] was interested in me. I thought about it. “I didn’t say no, we had a three-hour conversation. They already loved me when I went to PSG. “I want this break to be a reflection. My first idea is to stay here in Madrid and go to Valencia and London. Then also visit my family in San Sebastian. “I have interested teams but I have not had any firm offer to return to training. “I long to return to w...
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Everton appoint Carlo Ancelotti as manager on four-and-a-half-year deal

Everton have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their manager on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The Italian, who was sacked by Napoli earlier this month, succeeds Marco Silva, who was dismissed by the Goodison Park club on 6 December. Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League-winning coach, returns to English football eight and a half years after he was sacked by Chelsea. "There's a clear vision from the owner to deliver success," he said. Duncan Ferguson, Everton's caretaker manager during their search for Silva's successor, will remain at the club as part of Ancelotti's backroom team. Ancelotti was at Goodison Park for the goalless draw against Arsenal and will officially take over on Sunday. The 60-year-old's first match in charge will be the home game against Burnley on 26 December....
Napoli Appoint Gennaro Gattuso As New Head Coach After Sacking Carlo Ancelotti
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Napoli Appoint Gennaro Gattuso As New Head Coach After Sacking Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli have appointed Gennaro Gattuso as the Italian club's new head coach following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday. Ancelotti was sacked just hours after taking Napoli into the Champions League last 16 with a 4-0 win over Genk. Gattuso, 41, previously managed AC Milan but left the Serie A club at the end of last season. "We need to work hard, win back points and come through this tricky period," said Gattuso. "The aim is to recoup points and get back into the Champions League positions." Napoli are seventh in Serie A, eight points off the top four. Gattuso played under Ancelotti at AC Milan and said: "He is like a father to me. He's always been close to me and supported me. He's won it all and I still have a lot to prove."
Carlo Ancelotti Sacked By Napoli Straight After Champions League Qualification
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Carlo Ancelotti Sacked By Napoli Straight After Champions League Qualification

Napoli have sacked boss Carlo Ancelotti despite Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over Genk that propelled the club into the Champions League knockout phase. The Serie A outfit made the announcement shortly after they had qualified as Group E runners-up behind Liverpool. "Napoli has taken the decision to part ways with first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti," a statement read. "The friendship and mutual respect between the club, President Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact." Although no reason has been given for Ancelotti's departure, Napoli's league form has been disappointing having not registered a Serie A win since October 19. They lie in seventh place, 17 points adrift of leaders Inter Milan. The 60-year-old former Chelsea boss was just 18 months into a thre...
Liverpool Fans Optimistic About Winning The Champions League After Napoli Defeat
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Liverpool Fans Optimistic About Winning The Champions League After Napoli Defeat

Liverpool fans agree with Ancelotti as they are ready for history to repeat itself and retain the Champions League crown this season. Dries Mertens fired Napoli into the lead late into the second half after Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon and Ancelotti's men were awarded a controversial penalty. Napoli would double their advantage after ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente pounced on a Virgil van Dijk error in stoppage time and slotted the ball past Adrian. The Liverpool shot-stopper also received praise early in the second half when he pulled off a superb one-handed save to deny Mertens. Klopp admitted that the defeat "hurt" due to the "opportunities" that Liverpool didn't take full advantage of in the match. The German head coach told BT Sport: "It was an o...
Carlo Ancelotti Joked With Jurgen Klopp That Liverpool Would Still Win The Champions League After Napoli Defeat
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Carlo Ancelotti Joked With Jurgen Klopp That Liverpool Would Still Win The Champions League After Napoli Defeat

Carlo Ancelotti hilariously admitted that he told Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool would still win the Champions League even if they lost to Napoli. The Reds lost their opening Group E clash 2-0 at the San Paolo on Tuesday evening and dealt an early blow to their Champions League title defence. But Napoli boss Ancelotti was spotted smiling at the Liverpool head coach after the match. When reporters asked the 60-year-old Italian why he was smiling at Klopp, Ancelotti revealed: "Because I told him: 'Don't you worry, if you lose in Naples, then you end up winning the Champions League.'" Napoli and Liverpool met in this stage of the competition last season and the Italian club defeated the Reds 1-0 at the San Paolo. But Klopp's men exacted retribution in the return leg as Mohamed Sal...
Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style
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Napoli 0 Barcelona 4: Griezmann off the mark as Catalans turn on the style

Antoine Griezmann got his first Barcelona goal as they eased past Napoli in their final pre-season game. A stylish second half from Barcelona saw them sweep aside Napoli in Michigan to claim a 4-0 friendly win on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann got his first goal for the club since his €120million move from Atletico Madrid, in between strikes from Luis Suarez. Ousmane Dembele added a fourth against Carlo Ancelotti's side, who lost the first friendly meeting in Miami 2-1 on Wednesday and were simply no match for the Catalans here once they fell behind.
Ancelotti backs Barcelona to challenge for Champions League title after summer spending
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Ancelotti backs Barcelona to challenge for Champions League title after summer spending

The Spanish giants should be Champions League contenders again in 2019-20, according to the Napoli coach Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti expects Barcelona to contend for a first Champions League title since 2015 after their signings this close season. The five-time European champions have fallen short in the continent's premier club competition in recent seasons, including extraordinary losses to Liverpool and Roma in the knockout rounds over the last two seasons. The Catalan club have remained a dominant force in Spain, having won the league in four of the last five seasons, but the club have only reached the final of Europe's premier club competition once in the last seven years, having reached the showpiece three times in the seven years prior.
Cole snubs Mourinho when picking best Chelsea boss
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Cole snubs Mourinho when picking best Chelsea boss

The former Blues defender enjoyed success under the Portuguese coach in west London, but considers others to have done more for his game Ashley Cole has snubbed Jose Mourinho when selecting his favourite Chelsea boss, with Carlo Ancelotti considered to have been the “number one”. The Blues were transformed into a dominant force domestically and serious contenders on the European stage by the legendary Portuguese coach. Cole, though, was to move to Stamford Bridge as Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea began to unravel.
Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed
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Napoli still want James even if club-record transfer for Pepe is completed

Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to sign the Real Madrid playmaker, even if they spend big on Lille's much-wanted winger Napoli will still try to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez even if they pull off a club-record deal for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, sources tell Goal. Rumours have been circulating on Friday that Carlo Ancelotti is among the host of managers around Europe wanting to sign Pepe, with a reported agreement around the €80 million (£71.9m/$89m) mark. That would be roughly double the club’s current record transfer – the €40 million outlay to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid six years ago.
‘I’m very attached to James’ – Ancelotti says Napoli still negotiating for Colombia star
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‘I’m very attached to James’ – Ancelotti says Napoli still negotiating for Colombia star

The head coach provided a transfer update on his former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich charge, along with target Eljif Elmas Carlo Ancelotti says Napoli are still negotiating a deal to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid reportedly circle. James has been linked with Napoli throughout the current transfer window, but a deal that would reunite the Colombia star and head coach Ancelotti is yet to materialise. Atletico have emerged as a possible destination for James amid a deadlock in talks between Napoli and La Liga giants Real.
Napoli must buy top level players like James to win titles – Mertens
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Napoli must buy top level players like James to win titles – Mertens

After finishing 11 points adrift of Juventus last term, the star winger urged his team to reinforce their squad before the new season begins Dries Mertens said Napoli must buy new and "top level" players if they want to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus. Napoli have been linked to Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez throughout the transfer window as they look to eclipse back-to-back runners-up finishes. Colombia star James is wanted by head coach Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli, though a deal with the Spanish giants is yet to be completed.
‘Real Madrid are demanding too much’ – Napoli waiting on James Rodriguez deal
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‘Real Madrid are demanding too much’ – Napoli waiting on James Rodriguez deal

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti, who wants him in Naples, but Los Blancos have set a high price James Rodriguez wants to move to Napoli but the club are yet to agree a transfer fee with Real Madrid, according to the Serie A side's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis. The Colombia international worked with Carlo Ancelotti during his time with Los Blancos and Bayern Munich, and De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian is keen to bring his former player to Naples. James is looking for a move away from Santiago Bernabeu after his two-year loan spell at the Allianz Arena ended with Bayern opting not to trigger a clause to sign him permanently for €42 million (£37m/$47m).
Cristiano Ronaldo Shortlists Two Managers To Become Juventus New Coach
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Cristiano Ronaldo Shortlists Two Managers To Become Juventus New Coach

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has shortlisted two managers to become the club’s new coach. Juventus are at the moment in the process of selecting a new head coach following the departure of former boss, Massimiliano Allegri, last month. According to Rai Sport, Ronaldo presented the names of former Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho and Napoli boss, Carlo Ancelotti to Juventus hierarchy as the managers he wants to manage the club. The report also claimed that Juventus board considered both Mourinho and Ancelotti as impractical and, therefore, neither will be evaluated any further. Ronaldo worked with both Mourinho and Ancelotti during their times at Real Madrid.
Ancelotti Warns Arsenal Ahead of Quarter-final Second Leg
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Ancelotti Warns Arsenal Ahead of Quarter-final Second Leg

Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has said he is “totally confident” they can reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, despite losing the first leg 2-0 away to Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey scored an early opener, before Lucas Torreira’s deflected drive, credited as a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal, extended Arsenal’s advantage. But the Gunners have only won twice away from home in all competitions since November, while only Juventus have beaten Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo in over a year. Arsenal have however progressed from eight of their last nine European knock-out ties after winning the first leg, but Ancelotti still feels Napoli can go through. “Totally confident. We know our support and stadium and we will try to win with two goals. “We didn’t start the game well and the ...
Manager Wenger Wanted to Replace Him at Arsenal Revealed
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Manager Wenger Wanted to Replace Him at Arsenal Revealed

Arsene Wenger has told the Arsenal board that Carlo Ancelotti was his preferred choice to succeed him as manager. Wenger left the Premier League club after 22 years at the end of last season and Unai Emery was appointed as his successor. But, according to Rai Sports reporter, Ciro Venerato, Ancelotti was open to joining Arsenal and had the backing of Wenger. “I’ll tell you a behind-the scenes story dating back to last summer when Arsene Wenger indicated Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench. “Carlo Ancelotti, as you know, has a Canadian wife and the whole family lives in London. So he was interested. “Arsenal then chose Unai Emery and at that point Carlo Ancelotti signed for Napoli. “But he has ...
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina collapses during Napoli’s match against Udinese
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Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina collapses during Napoli’s match against Udinese

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was taken to hospital after collapsing during Napoli’s Serie A match against Udinese on Sunday. The Colombian, on a season-long loan at Napoli, sustained a blow to the head when he collided with Ignacio Pussetto early in the match. He then fell to the ground shortly before the break after Udinese levelled at 2-2 having been 2-0 down. The 30-year-old received treatment before he was brought off the field. Napoli, who beat Udinese 4-2, later released a statement revealing that Ospina would remain in hospital overnight under observation. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “Fortunately it’s nothing serious, he’s conscious. They did a CAT scan that is negative.” Ospina signed for the Gunners in July 2014 but has only made 27 league appearances for the ...
“The One Mistake Ronaldo Made In His Career” – Carlo Ancelotti
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“The One Mistake Ronaldo Made In His Career” – Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the one mistake Ronaldo has made in his football career. Cristiano Ronaldo returns to face former club Manchester United tonight with club Juventus. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti managed Ronaldo at Real Madrid where together they won the Champions League, Copa del Rey, Super Cup and Club World Cup. The Italian is now Coach at Napoli, who are demanded to win the Italian Serie A. However, Ancelotti has revealed one mistake Ronaldo made his football career. “The only failure of Cristiano has been signing for Juventus,” he joked. "The arrival of Cristiano is an excellent sign for the image of Serie A,” Ancelotti told France Football. “For a long time it was the championship of the stars: Maradona, Platini, Zico, Zidane, Ronaldo, S...
Hazard, Courtois Futures In Chelsea Board’s Hands Says Sarri
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Hazard, Courtois Futures In Chelsea Board’s Hands Says Sarri

The futures of star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois can be decided by the Chelsea board said the club’s new manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday. The 59-year-old Italian speaking at his unveiling, after being appointed the successor to sacked compatriot Antonio Conte, admitted to being disinterested by the transfer market. This will be music to the board’s ears as one of the reasons for Conte falling out badly with them shortly after guiding the club to the Premier League title in 2017 was his carping over a lack of say in buying new players and the ones being bought were not of the same level to those who left. Hazard and Courtois both shone at the World Cup — the latter winning The Golden Glove for goalkeeper of the tournament as Belgium finished a best-ever third — ...
Tuchel, Wenger And The Coaches Who Could Replace Emery As PSG Boss
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Tuchel, Wenger And The Coaches Who Could Replace Emery As PSG Boss

The inevitable was confirmed on Friday, when Unai Emery admitted that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. There was no indication as to whether the Spaniard jumped or was pushed, but regardless, the Ligue 1 champions have to find themselves a new coach to lead them into the 2018-19 season. With a squad containing the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, they should prove to be an attractive proposition for any incoming coach, although the stakes are high; failure to reach at least the Champions League semi-finals will leave Emery's successor vulnerable to the chop. A variety of coaches have been linked with the role, and here Goal looks at those who are the five front-runners for the position... CARLO ANCELOTTI His spell in charge began in inauspicious circ...
Vieira Rules Himself Out For Arsenal Job
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Vieira Rules Himself Out For Arsenal Job

The ex-midfielder though, has ruled himself out of being the next man in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium. "I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me," the New York City coach confessed. "But that is not enough to coach the team. I am always flattered to hear my name linked with different football clubs. "That is good for your ego but at the same time, I am happy here. We will see what will happen in the next couple of years." Viera spent nine years as a Gunner, winning three league titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields before leaving in 2005, with Wenger saying that he has the potential to coach Arsenal one day. The other candidates to replace the Frenchman include Joachim Loew, Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and ...
Roberto Mancini Is The Hot Favourite To Take Over The Italy Job
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Roberto Mancini Is The Hot Favourite To Take Over The Italy Job

The search continues for a permanent heir to Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Gigi Di Biagio was given the role of interim CT for two friendlies against Argentina and England last month, but did not do enough to warrant the place full-time. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mancini is now the number one choice and he seems eager to take on the role, even flying in for a meeting in Rome on Sunday. He is currently under contract with Zenit, but is expected to resign from the Russian club at the end of the season, which in Russia is May 13. Carlo Ancelotti had been the first choice, but remains hesitant about the idea of taking on the Italy role and wants to continue his club career. Antonio Conte was another candidate to re...
Antonio Conte Addresses Chelsea Exit Talk
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Antonio Conte Addresses Chelsea Exit Talk

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has hinted his long-term future remains at Stamford Bridge, despite persistent rumours that he could leave at the end of the season. The Italian signed a new contract with the Blues after guiding them to the Premier League title last season, but it did not extend the expiry date beyond 2019. Reports of homesickness have raised doubts over the former Juventus and Italy coach’s potential longevity at Chelsea, with the club’s hierarchy this week linked with a move for former boss Carlo Ancelotti if Conte opts to depart prematurely. Conte has dismissed Chelsea’s hopes of catching runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, in the midst of a 16-game winning run that has put them 11 points clear at the top, but suggested after Saturday’s 1-0 win over...
Sir Alex Ferguson Welcomes Rafael Benitez Into LMA 1000 Club Hall Of Fame
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Sir Alex Ferguson Welcomes Rafael Benitez Into LMA 1000 Club Hall Of Fame

Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed six veteran managers, including Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez, into the League Managers Association 1000 Club hall of fame. England boss and LMA President Gareth Southgate was also in attendance at the ceremony which saw Carlo Ancelotti, Tony Pulis, Claudio Ranieri, John Toshack and Sven-Goran Eriksson also inducted. They join an elite group of 24 managers, including Brian Clough, Sir Matt Busby and Arsene Wenger, to have reached the milestone. Ferguson, who managed 1500 games for Manchester United, presented the new 1000 Club members with trophies to mark the achievement and praised the bosses for their resilience. “To achieve 1000 games is very good and you have got to admire them because I’m sure at points in their career they’ve had to face that ...
Carlo Ancelotti Fails To Rule Out Possibility Of Becoming Italy Boss
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Carlo Ancelotti Fails To Rule Out Possibility Of Becoming Italy Boss

Carlo Ancelotti has appeared to backtrack on his refusal to become the new Italy coach, saying he will not “exclude the possibility.” Ancelotti recently confirmed that the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had contacted him about succeeding Gian Piero Ventura as Italy boss, but said that he had turned down the approach as he would prefer to manage another club next season. The former Bayern Munich coach, who was dismissed by the Bavarians earlier this season, appeared to revise that stance a little on Tuesday night, however. As a pundit on Mediaset’s Champions League show, Ancelotti said that coaching Italy’s national team is always a possibility. “The decision depends on me and also the federation,” he said. “It’s not certain that the federation only want me as the next Italy...

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