Currently seventh in the Premier League, eleven points from the podium, Manchester United must aim for a place in the top three of the Premier League, said Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Manchester United have to win the league, or finish second or third. I don’t see any other ranking for” the club, the Portuguese star told the English channel.
“In my heart, I do not accept that our mentality leads us to aim less than the top three in the Premier League ,” he added.
With 31 points taken in 19 matches, the Red Devils are still eleven points away from Liverpool, third and who played one more game, and twelve from Chelsea, second with two outstanding games for united.
“I think sometimes in order to build something good you have to destroy a number of things. “CR7
Since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick on the bench, in place of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at the end of November, Manchester United have taken thirteen points out of 18 possible.
The 1-0 defeat at home against Wolverhampton, on the last day, slowed down the beautiful series.
To start again, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has radical ideas:
“I think that sometimes, to build something good, you have to destroy a number of things. ” “New year, new life.
“I hope that Manchester will be able to live up to where people expect it, especially the supporters.
We are able to change things now,” he said.
“I don’t want to be at this club to fight for sixth or seventh place. I’m here to try to win and to be competitive. I think if you change your mindset you can do great things”, encouraged CR7 again.
However, the team seems to have difficulty in assimilating the precepts of its new coach and the qualification against Aston Villa in the FA Cup (1-0).
“It takes time, but I’m sure he will do a good job (…) Since he arrived, I think some points have improved, but he needs time,” said Ronaldo , while Manchester will find the Villans at home on Saturday in the league.
Chelsea – AC Millan: Analysis, Kick Off, TV Channel, Live Stream, Prediction, Head-to-head
Chelsea – AC Millan: Analysis, Kick Off, TV Channel, Live Stream, Prediction, Head-to-head.
Thomas Tuchel was relieved of his managerial role at Chelsea following a shock 1-0 defeat to Zagreb in the opening UEFA Champions League (UCL) group game, yet Graham Potter’s reign began with a similarly disappointing result in round two (1-1 vs Salzburg).
A last-gasp league winner against Crystal Palace last weekend then kickstarted the Potter era but a win here seems a must considering Chelsea have failed to qualify from just one of their last 18 UCL groups.
This stuttering Blues side have been the image of inconsistency this season, with every match they’ve played producing differing results (W4, D2, L3). However, just six defeats across Chelsea’s last 32 UCL fixtures suggest that improvement could be just around the corner (W19, D7, L6).
Perhaps playing at Stamford Bridge will provide a further boost, as the two-time UCL winners have won without reply in six of their last eight competition matches here (D1, L1).
A convincing 3-1 win over Empoli at the weekend kept Italian champions AC Milan in touch with the Serie A leaders ahead of this crucial clash in London. Maintaining their unbeaten start in UCL action (W1, D1) may be tough, however, with no fewer than nine players out with injury for Milan, although manager Stefano Pioli was quick to highlight the positives stating: “It’s a chance for everyone to show that we’re a strong squad”.
The Rossoneri have already matched their points haul from last season’s UCL group when finishing bottom, and a repeat of that appears unlikely this time around given their record of qualifying from 12 of the last 13 group stages. In order to keep the good times rolling, Milan must end a run of three straight defeats to Premier League opponents, which includes home and away defeats to Liverpool in last season’s group stage.
Key battle of Chelsea – AC Millan Champions League Match
Two players will face former employers as Chelsea’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang looks to build on his first goal against what was his first senior club. Former Chelsea man Fikayo Tomori will be looking to thwart him, the AC Milan defender who scored in one of their defeats against English outfit Liverpool last season.
Chelsea – AC Millan: Hot stat
The London team, Chelsea have failed to win nine of their last 11 encounters with Italian opponents at any venue (D3, L6).
Chelsea – AC Millan: Players that may not play
|Kante N’golo (Lacking Match Fitness)||Calabria D. (Thigh Injury)|
|Florenzi A. (Muscle Injury)|
|Hernandez T. (Muscle Injury)|
|Ibrahimovic Z. (Knee Injury)|
|Kjaer S. (Thigh Injury)|
|Maignan M. (Calf Injury)|
|Saelemaekers A. (Knee Injury)|
Chelsea – AC Milan date and kick-off time is Nigeria
|Game:||Chelsea vs AC Milan|
|Venue:||Stamford Bridge (London)|
|Referee||Makkelie D. (Ned)|
TV Channels to watch Chelsea vs AC Milan
- Amazon Prime Video (Ita)
- Arena Sport (BiH)
- Arena Sport (Cro)
- Arena Sport (Ser)
- beIN Sports (Fra)
- BT Sport – Live Stream with app
- BTV Action (Bul)
- CBC Sport (Az)
- CMore (Fin)
- CMore Sport (Fin),
- COSMOTE Sport
- Cytavision Sports
- DAZN Deutsch
- Digi Sport 1 (Rom)
- Eleven Sports (Por)
- Kanal A, M4 Sport
- M+ Liga de Campeones
- Nova Sport 3 (Cze)
- Orange Sport (Rom)
- Polsat Sport Premium 1
- Prima Sport 1 (Rom)
- RTL (Fra)
- Sky Sport (Aut)
- Sport 2 (Hun)
- Stan Sport (Aus)
- TV3 Sport (Den)
- TVP 1
- Viaplay (Den)
- Ziggo Sport Voetbal
Chelsea 1 – 0 AC Milan
CL: Chelsea vs AC Milan Head-to-head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 1
AC Milan wins: 1
Arsenal loanee keeps his 4th clean sheet
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)Crewe Alexandra came out on top against Kevin Betsy’s Crawley Town on Saturday, with the former Arsenal academy coach unable to find a way past his old goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo.
Okonkwo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win, making it nine goals conceded in nine games.
It’s a very solid start for the young Gunner, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.
Just as encouraging as his performances is the fact Okonkwo has been featuring so consistently so far. The goalkeeper is yet to miss a minute of his side’s League Two campaign.
Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal. Copyright: Focus ImagesGoalkeeper loans can be a bit hit and miss, as it’s often hard to break in if you don’t make the starting lineup immediately.
Conversely, if you can nail down your place in the early stages of the loan, it sets you up well to play regularly all year.
So far, it doesn’t appear that Okonkwo is going to have much trouble earning minutes with Crewe.
Referee gets life ban for holding VAR review on fan’s mobile phone
Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic who used footage on a fan’s mobile phone for VAR review to overturn an offside decision has been banned for life.
Lazovic went viral after pictures emerged of his VAR check in one of Serbia’s lower-tier competitions earlier this week.
He had originally ruled out a goal for offside before studying the spectator’s video, eventually deciding that the player was in fact onside.
And the Sun reports that Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since stripped Lazovic of his duties.
Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media, as fans stood in support of the referee.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.
The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?
“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?
“How could the match be allowed to be played without one assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?
“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed the decision, just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!
“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.
“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about the ‘over there’ football clubs Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!
“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organisation and the competent authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and cancel the penalty. Correct the ERROR!
“SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!”
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