Inter in no rush to replace injured Sanchez – Marotta

Inter are unlikely to seek a January replacement for injured loanee Alexis Sanchez, according to chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.

The Chile forward underwent surgery in midweek after his injuring his left ankle on international duty.

Sanchez, 30, could be out for up to three months but Marotta believes Antonio Conte’s squad is deep enough to handle his absence.

Inter did not miss the Manchester United misfit in Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Sassuolo, secured courtesy of braces from Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

“The January market is available to the club but the strongest players aren’t available for moves in that window,” Marotta told DAZN.

“We’ll be alert to examine any potential opportunities. We have a competitive squad. Obviously we’d be happier without the Sanchez injury but we’re optimistic.

“When Alexis comes back the attacking set-up will remain unchanged.”

Lukaku and Martinez starred as Inter ran riot for over 70 minutes at Mapei Stadium.

The visitors were three goals clear and cruising before Filip Djuricic poked in Sassuolo’s second goal in the 74th minute.

Fellow substitute Jeremie Boga reduced the margin back to one and the Nerazzurri had to survive a nervy finish to secure their seventh win in eight Serie A matches.

Antonio Conte battled a fever before the game and left it to his assistant, Cristian Stellini, to explain the “blackout” that put three points in jeopardy.

“We lost the ball twice and they caught us by surprise when breaking quickly,” he said.

“It was too easy for them to score. We’ve still got a long way to go and working on situations like this is the most important thing for us.”

Stellini added: “Antonio is slightly worn out, he had a bit of a fever before the match. He gave his all so he could lead the team, as he always does over the course of the 90 minutes.

“Thankfully he wasn’t kept away from the bench but he’s feeling the effects again now.”

Stellini said Stefano Sensi, who missed the match with a thigh injury, would be assessed on Monday ahead of the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.

De Gea and Alisson start but no Salah as Man United face Liverpool

David de Gea passed a late fitness test and was named in Manchester United’s starting line-up against Liverpool, who welcomed Alisson back from injury but were deprived of Mohamed Salah for the clash at Old Trafford.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked De Gea after the goalkeeper recovered from a groin problem picked up while on international duty for Spain, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka was passed fit in defence as Paul Pogba (ankle) missed out once more.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp handed Alisson his first start since suffering a calf injury on the opening weekend of the season, with Adrian dropping to the bench.

Klopp had hoped Salah would bounce back from an ankle injury sustained during the closing stages of the Reds’ victory over Leicester City but he missed out.

“Mo was not ready, he could not train with the team so I don’t know where it came from, people saying he could play. Pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday [against Genk in the Champions League], we have to see,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“It’s a difference but not a massive difference if we cover it well. Mo makes the runs in behind so we have to cover these runs with somebody else.

“We played before without Mo, we don’t want to do it but it was clear we would have to do it at some point over the season. Today is the day we have to do that. We knew it for a few days so we could train for it.”

Divock Origi started alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack for the Premier League leaders, who are aiming to restore an eight-point advantage over champions Manchester City at the summit.

Lukaku hails ´team player´ Conte

Romelu Lukaku described Inter coach Antonio Conte as a team player after rushing to the bench to celebrate a goal with his boss in the Nerazzurri’s 4-3 victory at Sassuolo.

Conte called for Lukaku to “train more” after Inter lost two consecutive matches going into the international break, and the former Manchester Untied striker underlined his commitment to meet his coach’s demands after netting a brace at MAPEI Stadium.

After goals at either end in the opening 16 minutes, Lukaku struck twice to put Inter 3-1 up at half-time against Sassuolo and Lautaro Martinez added a fourth to ensure the hosts’ late rally came to nothing.

Belgium international Lukaku, who scored twice in his country’s win over San Marino 10 days earlier, told DAZN: “It ought to have been over at 4-1.

“We did everything right in the first half, should have scored more in the second. Once it goes to 3-1 and 4-1, it ought to be over.

“The positive we take is that we got the three points, but we need to defend better than that. I try to help the team throughout the game and am happy for the side, because it was very important to get this win.”

Lukaku has scored five goals in eight Serie A appearances for Inter since joining the club for €65million in August.

He is almost half way to matching his league tally of 12 for Manchester United last season but wants to make further improvements to his game at his new club.

“Conte and I are both team players, so when I score a goal, I want to celebrate with everyone,” said the 26-year-old.

“I am focused only on working and giving my best in every match.

“I’m fine, but I have to work even more to help the team throughout the game. But today I’m happy because the victory was important for the group. Now I just think about improving again.”

Solskjaer evokes spirit of PSG upset as Man United brace for Liverpool visit

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees parallels between Manchester United’s preparation for Liverpool’s arrival and the lead-up to last season’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

United have been tipped to struggle on Sunday in what could be a defining game for manager Solskjaer against the Premier League leaders.

But the absence of important players, plus their status as underdogs, reminds Solskjaer of the March trip to Parc des Princes, when a late Marcus Rashford penalty gave United a 3-1 second-leg win and shock last-16 victory on away goals.

Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were unavailable on that occasion, while for Sunday’s match it could be David de Gea joining Paul Pogba in the Old Trafford stands.

“I can’t say who is going to be available, but we’ll have 11 men out there and it reminds me a little bit of the PSG situation,” Solskjaer told his club’s website.

“We had loads of players out, everyone writes us off and are happy about that because, how can I say it, everyone doesn’t want us to win.

“But it’s Manchester United people, the Manchester United family, and we need to stick together because the 11 men out there will definitely give us what they have.”

United’s medical room might be just as busy as it was in March but the team’s form is decidedly different.

Solskjaer’s men lost 1-0 at Newcastle United in their last outing and have not posted a league win since a 1-0 home triumph over Leicester City on September 14.

Asked if the international break brought frustration, Solskjaer said: “It has and it hasn’t, because I think the boys needed some time to clear their heads.

“I think for me as well, as of course I was disappointed [with the Newcastle result]. Sometimes you get over a defeat quicker than other times.

“This time we were just eager to get players back, to get some players we had out for the internationals, just to get some confidence back and we’re ready to go again.

“It’s the perfect game for us and of course this isn’t new. It’s the one we look for every year when the fixture list comes out.”

PSG to enter Havertz race

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to enter the fray for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, according to Le10Sport.

Havertz has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe due to his fantastic breakthrough with the Bundesliga side, and the Ligue 1 champions will certainly face strong competition in the race for his signature. Reportedly, he is being closely considered by the likes of Champions League holders Liverpool, 20-time English champions Manchester United, reigning La Liga holders Barcelona and their arch-rivals Real Madrid, as well as the German champions, Bayern Munich.

Bayern have a strong tendency to draw all German talent to themselves, while Real and Barcelona are always on the lookout for potential new superstars. Manchester United are in dire need of a rebuilding job, and Liverpool still haven’t signed a like-for-like replacement for Philippe Coutinho, whom they sold in January 2018. Havertz seems to fit the bill for any of these clubs, while PSG desperately look for ways to challenge them all for European supremacy.

At this point, it seems whoever is serious about signing the 20-year-old attacking midfielder will have to be willing to part with a sum no less than €100 million.

Cavani rejects Beckam’s Inter Miami

Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain is not interested in joining Inter Miami in the near future, according to L’Equipe. The French outlet claim that the 31-year-old striker was contacted by David Beckam’s newly established Major League Soccer venture as they aimed to make the Uruguay international their first big-name signing, but he wasn’t interested in the move.

Cavani, who has been a PSG player since 2013 when he arrived from Napoli, but having made 284 appearances and scored 195 goals for the Ligue 1 champions, he is yet to play since August 25th when he was substituted 14 minutes into the 4-0 win over Toulouse due to a hip injury. He sat out the 1-4 away win over OGC Nice on Friday on the bench as he works his way back to full fitness.

The striker has been linked with departure from the club for a while, and clubs such as Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Napoli have reportedly been watching the situation closely.

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Unstoppable Rocket in Everton’s Win Over West Ham (Video)

Everton beat West Ham United 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday. Bernard opened the scoring in the 17th minute, but it was this rocket from Gylfi Sigurdsson that sealed the points for the Toffees late on.

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MLS Review: Rooney´s DC United career ends with rout as Atlanta keep title defence alive

Wayne Rooney departed MLS after DC United were humbled by Toronto in extra time of their play-off clash, while defending champions Atlanta United advanced.

Derby County-bound Rooney was helpless as DC suffered a 5-1 defeat to Toronto after extra time in the opening round of the MLS post-season on Saturday.

Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney agreed a player-coach role with Championship outfit Derby in August, ahead of his January return to England.

But Rooney’s DC and MLS farewell did not go according to plan after his team conceded four extra-time goals away to Toronto at BMO Field.

A dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser from DC’s Lucas Rodriguez had forced extra time after cancelling out Marco Delgado’s first-half opener.

However, Toronto erupted in extra time as Jonathan Osorio scored a brace while Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon were also on target in the first additional period.

Toronto – MLS Cup champions in 2017 – will now face New York City in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Atlanta’s hopes of claiming back-to-back MLS titles remain on track after edging New England Revolution 1-0.

Franco Escobar settled the contest at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where his 70th-minute goal guided Frank de Boer’s side to the Eastern Conference semis to play the winner of Philadelphia Union versus New York Red Bulls.

Elsewhere, Seattle Sounders survived a seven-goal thriller as they prevailed 4-3 against Dallas after extra time.

A Jordan Morris hat-trick, completed in the 113th minute, sent the Sounders through to the next round, where they will meet Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference semi-finals after their late 2-1 win over Portland Timbers.

Favre refuses to discuss Sancho´s suspension after Dortmund win without star

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre refused to discuss Jadon Sancho being dropped for the victory over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund suspended star Sancho for Saturday’s clash following reports he returned late from international duty with England this week.

Favre’s Dortmund won 1-0 without 19-year-old sensation Sancho thanks to Marco Reus’ 58th-minute goal at home to Gladbach.

Asked about Sancho – who has been heavily linked to Premier League giants Manchester United – Favre told reporters: “I am not going to comment on that. It was a disciplinary measure.

“Tomorrow is a new day. That’s all. It stays internal.”

Sancho has scored three goals and supplied five assists in Bundesliga games this season but started on the bench in the 2-2 draw against Freiburg on October 5.

The Englishman – who arrived from Manchester City in 2017 – scored 12 goals and supplied 14 assists as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich last season.

“We have a responsibility for the club and, in this case, also for the hygiene of the squad,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said.

“And therefore the decision was without an alternative. [Sancho] trained alone today and we’d like to think he’ll be back against Inter [in the Champions League].

“He is only suspended today [Saturday]. Jadon is a good lad, but he’s very young and shot to the top. He might test his limits and that’s why we decided to not call him up today.”

Real Madrid hurting after Mallorca loss, says Marcelo

Marcelo said Real Madrid’s shock loss to Real Mallorca “hurts” as the LaLiga giants lost top spot to defending champions Barcelona.

Madrid crashed to their first LaLiga defeat of the season, with Zinedine Zidane’s 10-man visitors succumbing to Lago Junior’s early strike at Son Moix on Saturday.

Bitter rivals Barca leapfrogged Madrid into top spot thanks to their win over Eibar earlier in the day, and left-back Marcelo lamented the result away from home.

“We lost but we must keep going,” Marcelo said. “It hurts to lose because we played well, but we conceded early on and then looked to make our comeback but it was not possible.

“We did not have time to think, they scored a goal and they defended and waited for the counter, that’s no excuse though.

“We need to play well until the final whistle. We have won some games while lacking something. We’re trying to do everything possible to win but LaLiga is tough these days.”

It was not the result Zidane had in mind following the international break as Madrid looked to preserve their lead atop the table.

However, Mallorca’s Lago stunned Madrid seven minutes into the match by finding the bottom-right corner.

Karim Benzema hit the crossbar before substitute Rodrygo Goes squandered a presentable chance and Madrid’s hopes of a comeback were all but over when Alvaro Odriozola saw red 16 minutes from the end, with Mallorca holding firm to claim their first win over Los Blancos since 2009.

“We knew about Mallorca,” Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said. “The coach warned us they would come out with grit and real intensity. In the first five or 10 minutes, we were caught short. 

“We had chances but lacked that final touch. The goal scorer is right footed and he sent it in at the far post. It is a shame, we should have won here.”

On Odriozola’s dismissal, Courtois added: “In the first yellow [he] hit the ball, the second is fair. I think that at that time with a card there should be no foul, but hey, it is the adrenaline. Playing with 10 was more complicated.”