Hazard: i want the Ballon d´Or

Eden Danger is assured he can in the future land the Ballon d’Or taking part in for Chelsea, however accepts he can have to look ahead to perennial winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to retire.

Ronaldo and Messi have mixed to win the closing 9 however Danger has made a powerful case for attention for the 2017 prize via taking part in a key function in Chelsea’s bid to land the Premier League identify – a quest that shall be finished with victory at West Brom on Friday.

And the 26-year-old Belgium playmaker is constructive his possibilities is probably not harmed via taking part in in the Premier League.

He advised Sky Sports activities: “I am hoping to win the Ballon d’Or in the future. It is in my thoughts.

“If I do not, it may not be an issue. I attempt to make a just right occupation – the easiest I will be able to – however I feel any other avid gamers should win it additionally.

“When Ronaldo and Messi retire, perhaps it’s going to be every other couple of avid gamers like Neymar, Paulo Dybala or Antoine Griezmann, who is aware of? We can see. It is not one thing I feel an excessive amount of about.

“May just I win it? If I play subsequent season, we win the Champions League and I win the Global Cup with Belgium, why now not?

“In the last 10 years, the Ballon d’Or winners play in Spain, but it’s not automatic. If a player is better in England, he will win it.”

Danger is hoping Antonio Conte’s males can additional his reason via wrapping up the identify at The Hawthorns ahead of parading the trophy in entrance in their fanatics in subsequent Sunday’s finale at house to already relegated Sunderland.

He added: “We want to rejoice on Friday, then come again to Stamford Bridge and rejoice with the fanatics.

“We simply wish to win the sport. Everyone knows if we win, we will be able to be champions, so perhaps we’ve a large number of power, however we’re virtually there.

“For me, it is the similar [feeling as when we won the title two years ago].

“The objective is all the time to win trophies. The sensation is all the time a just right one. Two years in the past to now, we’ve something in commonplace, which is to win.

Manchester united season not a failure without Europa League says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho insists his first season at Manchester United will not be a failure in the event that they do not win the Europa League, even if he accepts that others might argue otherwise.

United scraped into the general of the contest after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at Previous Trafford on Thursday, a end result that secured a 2-1 combination victory within the semi-final.

Beating Ajax within the showpiece in Stockholm will see United finish the marketing campaign with triumphs within the Group Protect, EFL Cup and Europa League, in addition to incomes a position within the staff degree of subsequent season’s Champions League.

Alternatively, regardless of a 25-match unbeaten run within the Premier League, their inconsistent shape has left them 6th within the most sensible flight with 3 video games to play, whilst Thursday’s draw used to be their 11th at house in all competitions this time period – a collection of effects that has drawn a lot of grievance from fanatics and the media.

Defeat on Might 24 would additional discredit Mourinho’s efforts in his first yr within the north west, however the 54-year-old – who’s the primary United boss to win a primary trophy in his debut season – says he and the membership are content material after a yr by which he has “worked harder than ever”.

Requested if failing to win the Europa League would make the season a failure, he responded: “I feel, by means of you media, you could have the proper to mention it and I feel it is sensible.

“However I do not really feel like that. I do not want the avid gamers to really feel like that. I do not believe the board seems like that. As a result of we paintings very laborious. I most likely labored tougher than ever this season.

“So I do not believe that approach, but when I used to be for your aspect, to your chair… yeah [it’s fair]. We gained the EFL Cup, the Group Protect, till the wounds arrived we fought for the Premier League most sensible 4. We had a implausible document of 25 suits [unbeaten], we did issues that no one did at this membership within the first season, like profitable a trophy.

“You are always looking for this kind of capital letters, big headlines. I accept that you say that.”

When requested what the reason being for his want to paintings so laborious, he mentioned: “The avid gamers and the membership. Once in a while, you get into giant golf equipment in tough moments and the paintings is tougher than whilst you get to smaller golf equipment in a second of sure explosion.

“A very hard season. Some invisible work, at your eyes, but when I analyse my work, I know better than anyone what I had to do. But I accept at your eyes, it’s the football results that make that decision.”

United commute to Tottenham on Sunday and are anticipated to box a weakened aspect following their exploits in opposition to a spirited Celta aspect.

Mourinho made a selection of adjustments for the 2-Zero defeat to Arsenal remaining weekend and he plans to do the similar of their last 3 suits in opposition to Spurs, Southampton and Crystal Palace with a view to relaxation his key avid gamers up to conceivable.

“I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players, we don’t have more,” he mentioned. “So I’ve to play them however I’ve to play them blended, during times. I wouldn’t have some other answer.

“Within the Premier League, we will be able to best end 5th or 6th, I feel. However we will be able to win a trophy and by means of profitable that trophy we will be able to play Champions League subsequent season, so that is the sport.

“However, like we did in opposition to Arsenal, we did not throw the event away, we attempted to win, we gave a tough event to our opponent, we had our possibilities to get a other end result and that’s the reason what we’re going to do.

“We do not need to say suits are not vital, however we now have one this is extra vital than the others.

Mourinho:de Gea will not play in Europa League final, Mourinho confirms

Sergio Romero will stay his position in the Manchester United beginning line-up for the Europa League last, supervisor Jose Mourinho has showed.

The Argentina global has began the remaining 10 suits in the contest, together with each legs of the semi-final win over Celta Vigo, holding six blank sheets in the method.

There have been ideas Mourinho would repair David de Gea for the showpiece in Stockholm in what is a large recreation for United, with a 3rd trophy of the season and a spot in the Champions League team phases at stake.

Alternatively, Mourinho says Romero will retain his spot and spoke in sparkling phrases in regards to the excellent courting between his most sensible two goalkeepers.

“They are two fantastic goalkeepers. I never saw, in all my career, two goalkeepers be such friends,” he mentioned after Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Previous Trafford, which noticed United scrape into the overall to stand Ajax.

“You at all times have a little bit little bit of competition, particularly in case you are each the similar roughly degree. We are talking in regards to the Argentina nationwide goalkeeper and Spain nationwide goalkeeper.

“They strengthen each and every different at all times. I by no means noticed a foul face, I handiest noticed them strengthen each and every different. I believe it is honest that Sergio performs the overall and David accepts that. Particularly as a result of he performed two Europa League suits, so if we win, he wins the trophy.

“If everything goes normal and there are no problems, Sergio plays the final.”

United’s arrangements for the overall have already taken a success on account of Eric Bailly’s purple card in the final phases in opposition to Celta.

The centre-back was once disregarded following an altercation with John Guidetti throughout a fracas in the center of the pitch, which additionally earned Facundo Roncaglia a immediately purple.

Mourinho says there’s little level in interesting in opposition to the verdict and will as an alternative use Bailly in United’s remaining 3 Premier League suits of the season in order to grant different defenders relaxation.

“I don’t know the incident, I don’t want to see it now,” he mentioned. “Although it was once unfair, I do not believe the foundations will permit any likelihood of attraction. So I do not believe he performs the overall, so he has to play the remainder suits in the Premier League and provides relaxation to one of the vital others.

Bartra resumes training after bomb attack

Marc Bartra has resumed complete training a month after struggling a wrist damage within the bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s workforce bus on April 11.

The Spain world used to be the one participant to maintain important accidents within the blast – which befell simply previous to the Champions League quarter-final first leg with Monaco – as he suffered a fractured proper wrist and required surgical treatment to fix the wear.

Bartra had already posted a video on Twitter on Sunday appearing him collaborating in a rigorous exercise within the sand and he has now taken every other step towards his comeback through becoming a member of his team-mates at the training pitch on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old’s go back to common training is a spice up for Dortmund forward of the general video games of the 2016-17 marketing campaign, with BVB nonetheless combating for a top-three end to protected direct qualification for the Champions League and the DFB Pokal last towards Eintracht Frankfurt at the horizon later this month.

The previous Barcelona centre-back has made 29 appearances in all competitions this time period, scoring as soon as within the procedure

Madrid team will still be the best forever says Ramos

Sergio Ramos feels the present Actual Madrid squad is one among the maximum entire in the membership’s historical past and has hailed the Eu champions’ energy intensive forward of the 2d leg in their semi-final tie towards Atletico Madrid.

Gamers corresponding to Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Isco have now not been common starters this time period, however have inspired on every occasion known as upon and Ramos has paid triubute to the high quality of Madrid’s so-called 2d string.

“This might be one of the most complete squads we have had,” Ramos mentioned at a information convention forward of Wednesday’s brief go back and forth to the Vicente Calderon, which will hang its last Champions League stumble upon.

“We have now had lots of the best gamers in the global over the years and it’s no other now.

“We are not just 11 players, we are 24, 25 who are always pushing, and those who play less do a great job, and we are benefitting from having those guys ready and able to step in.”

Madrid protect a good-looking Three-Zero lead from the first leg and Ramos is adamant they have got no considerations forward of the go back.

“We are not feeling the pressure. We have things in our own hands,” he added.

“We will win two trophies and we will do our best to take action. We will recognize all our combatants as we all the time do.

“Wednesday, we will see who will get to the last after which we’ve LaLiga over the coming weeks too.

Tottenham are more better than Arsenal says Cech

Petr Cech admits Tottenham have proven more high quality and self belief than Arsenal this season after their the most important derby victory on Sunday.

Arsenal suffered a 2-Zero loss to their north London opponents at White Hart Lane, second-half objectives from Dele Alli and Harry Kane proving decisive.

The outcome leaves the Gunners six issues adrift of the highest 4 and an enormous 17 in the back of second-placed Spurs, with Cech vastly annoyed after his advantageous person show – one who noticed him make 9 saves – went unrewarded.

“I feel angry and disappointed because obviously this is not a game we wanted to lose,” Cech instructed journalists after the fit.

“This is an excessively giant sadness for us. With the entire feelings, I’ve to mention that we met a staff that was once filled with self belief, neatly organised and so they are having their best possible season. I believe that confirmed, that little little bit of more self belief and high quality on their facet.

“It hurts as it was once an enormous recreation for each groups. They had to win to stay their identify possibilities alive.

“We had to win to stay our Champions League completing place [hopes] alive and clearly we are very upset as a result of this is a north London derby, it way so much to the enthusiasts and it intended so much to the membership, to us. We wanted 3 issues and in any case we’ve got none.

“The objectives clearly made a giant distinction. At half-time I felt we have been within the recreation and in the second one half of we needed to strengthen, we needed to play to win the sport.

“The second half was our best half – they put us under pressure, created chances and in the end they scored two goals.”

Arsenal nonetheless have a recreation in hand on their closest Champions League opponents and have been boosted when Manchester Town and Manchester United have been each held to attracts by means of relegation applicants Swansea Town and Middlesbrough respectively.

“We need to win our remaining games and then we will see,” added Cech.

“The others are dropping issues as neatly every so often so our process is to win the remainder video games after which we will be able to see.

“We want to win the remainder video games and hope one of the most groups forward folks slip.

“Our goal is to play for titles so we are upset with our season as a result of we don’t seem to be taking part in for a identify.

“We have now 5 video games to play and we are out of the identify race. It was once now not the target so we are upset with that.

Iniesta misses training ahead of Espanyol v Barcelona derby

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta overlooked training because of harm ahead of Saturday’s derby showdown with Espanyol.

Luis Enrique’s males face their neighbours at Estadi Cornella-El Prat however might be with out Iniesta after the 32-year-old sat out Friday’s consultation with a proper adductor drawback.

Teenage midfielder Carles Alena educated with the first-team in Iniesta’s absence.

Barcelona returned to the highest of LaLiga by way of distinctive feature of a awesome head-to-head report over Actual Madrid following closing weekend’s dramatic Three-2 Clasico win on the Santiago Bernabeu.

The reigning champions preserved their place on the summit by way of thrashing backside aspect Osasuna 7-1 in midweek.

Iniesta sat out that rout as an unused replace, whilst Alena changed Lionel Messi for the general part hour.

Madrid later replied with a 6-2 triumph at Deportivo L. a. Coruna and retain a recreation in hand on their opponents.

The to be had first workforce squad and Aleñá educated earlier than Espanyol recreation. Iniesta overlooked out via harm

Ancelotti has full support at Bayern future

Carlo Ancelotti insists he has the ull support of the Bayern Munich gamers and senior figures regardless of disappointing fresh effects.

The Bundesliga champions surrendered a 2-1 result in lose Three-2 to Borussia Dortmund within the DFB-Pokal semi-final on Wednesday, simply 8 days after struggling a Champions League go out at the fingers of Actual Madrid.

A run of 1 win in seven in all competitions has brought on hypothesis the squad have develop into disenchanted with a few of Ancelotti’s strategies.

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wired this week Ancelotti’s future isn’t underneath dialogue and the Italian has now denied claims that support for his place is dwindling.

“It’s not true. None of the players said they were not happy,” the top trainer informed a information convention. “I talk on a daily basis with the gamers. They’re glad about our plans. This is my philosophy, my taste, and I will proceed like this.

“I believe this membership isn’t like the outdoor. They have got supported me they usually support me now. They have got self assurance and agree with in my membership. There’s no downside.

MrAncelotti: “We need to jump again day after today and select up issues in Wolfsburg. The name is inside achieve

“Rummenigge and [president Uli] Hoeness have numerous revel in of their jobs. They know the way to care for groups and coaches.

“We need to are living with the critics, that is completely standard. I should be cool and analyse each unmarried resolution.

“We now have the name in point of fact shut and we need to sacrifice to have issues and end the Bundesliga once conceivable.

“Our job is to get points and win the Bundesliga. When the ball stops, we can discuss next season, what happened this year, and try to do the adjustment to do better next year.”

Bayern tackle Wolfsburg on Saturday figuring out win will protected the Bundesliga name if RB Leipzig fail to overcome Ingolstadt previous within the day.

Ancelotti showed that Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and David Alaba will face overdue health exams however the remainder of the Bayern squad are to be had.

Guardiola: I´m a better manager since joining Manchester City

Pep Guardiola believes he has change into a better manager since joining Manchester City, in spite of finishing his first season on the membership with out a trophy.

City went out of the Champions League on the last-16 level to Monaco and misplaced within the semi-final of the FA Cup to Arsenal, whilst they’re fourth within the Premier League, 14 issues in the back of leaders Chelsea.

Guardiola’s aspect face a derby conflict with Manchester United on Thursday that shall be an important for his or her top-four hopes, and the City boss, without reference to his spectacular CV, claimed he’s nonetheless finding out.

“I am not a worse manager because I didn’t win the title,” the City boss informed Sky Sports activities. “I believe as although I am a better manager than earlier than as a result of I discovered a lot and am extra skilled. I have discovered to deal with scenarios better than earlier than.

“In most cases when one thing occurs for the primary time you recognize why it’s the first time, so for it to occur after 9 years is fantastic. That’s what I discovered from that – I attempted however I used to be now not in a position.

“In Spain there are fantastic teams that are not going to win anything this year but that is going to happen across Europe. I am expecting to have a long career as a manager and it will happen again one year.”

Guardiola famous City aren’t but on the stage of Europe’s giants, with the membership having received two Premier League titles since the takeover by way of billionaire proprietor Sheikh Mansour.

“I am not at a club who have won a lot of titles like Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid, Inter, Juventus or AC Milan,” Guardiola added.

“In order that’s why it’s a must to uncover one thing new and you have got to be better and better to win that quantity of titles like United, Chelsea and Liverpool – golf equipment with extra historical past than Manchester City.

“That is why I decided to come here, it’s been a big lesson for me. That’s why I think about what we have not done well and take the right decision to make be better next season.”

Guardiola is looking for to change into the fourth manager to win each house and away Manchester derbies in his debut top-flight season and the Catalan insisted the competitiveness on the peak of the Premier League has now not shocked him.

“From my point of the view, the pitch is the same size so the football [in England, Spain and Germany] is quite similar,” former Barcelona and Bayern Munich trainer Guardiola stated.

. @MarcusRashfordwon it for us final time at City! %.twitter.com/aBr5VLPfwI— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 27, 2017

“The better groups and avid gamers win and, in terms of this season, Chelsea and Tottenham had been better – the similar factor took place at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. They had been the better managers, better avid gamers they usually beat us. We attempted and I don’t feel sorry about what we did.

“Every other staff was once better than us in that second and I congratulated them, they deserved it and [we] goal to beef up the following season. I go away this season with a excellent lesson to beef up subsequent season. I didn’t come right here anticipating it will be simple, or anticipating to win the whole thing.

Pep didn´t do his duty on English football says Grant

Pep Guardiola is without doubt one of the largest ever coaches, however didn’t “do his homework” on English football, in line with former Chelsea supervisor Avram Grant.


Guardiola is ready to finish his first season at Manchester Town with out a trophy, the primary time he has failed to assemble silverware in a marketing campaign, with Town in Premier League motion in opposition to opponents Manchester United on Thursday.

The Catalan, who has gained six league titles and captured the Champions League two times, was once hailed by means of Grant in spite of his Town facet sitting 14 issues in the back of league leaders Chelsea.

“I think he’s one of the greatest coaches in history,” Grant advised Omnisport. “He is probably the most easiest, probably the most most sensible, for sure about this. What he did in Barcelona, even the football that he performed in Bayern Munich was once superb.

“However I believe Pep did not do his homework when he got here to English football. English football is completely other. Despite the fact that there are numerous foreigners, nonetheless there are issues which are standard for English football. As a result of once they play just right, they’re enjoying very good, very good. However nonetheless, they aren’t arduous to overcome on the defensive facet.

“He performs precisely like he performed in Barcelona, however now not with the similar personalities and now not in the similar league. However I am certain he is a brilliant man. He’s going to be told from this and he’ll do other subsequent season. However this season, it was once a just right training for him.

“Thursday’s derby has been billed as a combat between Guardiola and his United counterpart Jose Mourinho, who Grant believes prospers when he’s the underdog quite than the favorite.

“I think he’s a great manager, a great coach,” Grant mentioned of Mourinho. “He has numerous qualities, a really nice guy, even if folks do not assume like this.

“While you take a seat with him, he is one of the vital humorous guys, pleasant guys you may have ever met. However I believe, like everyone, you wish to have to seem within the reflect and say ‘what can I enhance?’

“He did smartly when he was once the underdog. He gained titles when he was once underdog at Chelsea, when he was once underdog at Inter Milan. Then, the season after, when he become now not an underdog, he become a little frightened and effects went down. That is what I believe took place at Actual Madrid and that’s the reason what took place in nearly any membership he was once [at].

Here is what took place remaining time we confronted Manchester Town on a Thursday…

“However he is nonetheless a just right supervisor. As I say to myself, and I say to my son additionally, glance within the reflect at what you’ll be able to enhance. However he is nonetheless just right, probably the most easiest.

“For United to be 5th position, or fourth position, and even 3rd position, it is not standard. United wish to win titles. That is what it was once sooner than Alex Ferguson, even if they did not win for 20 years, and that’s the reason the way it remains after. That is what a large membership is set.

“United wish to battle for titles and if they aren’t combating for titles, they aren’t doing a just right process. Can Mourinho do it? Sure, he can do it. Can do it on this means? I do not believe so.