Graeme Souness – There is no quick fix to Manchester United fortunes

Submitted by content on Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:02

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has said that there is no quick fix to the problems at Manchester United and the club require more than one transfer window to sort out the mess. The Red Devils have experienced an average 2018/19 season where they have remained outside of the top four places for most of the campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Souness said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive job ahead with the Red Devils, who have dropped far off from the glory days. He added that the club require a massive spending spree during the forthcoming transfer window, but may not necessarily enhance their prospects of competing for the Premier League crown next term.

Bruno Genesio announces Lyon departure

Submitted by isport on Fri, 04/26/2019 - 13:09

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has confirmed that he would be stepping down from the managerial position at the end of the season.

The 52-year-old had initially agreed on a two-year contract with Les Gones, but he is said to have objected the deal thereafter with the club suffering four defeats on the bounce across all competitions.

Memphis Depay talks up big-club move during the summer

Submitted by content on Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:45

Netherlands international Memphis Depay has talked up the prospect of joining one of Europe’s elite teams in the near future. The Dutch attacker has made a name for himself with Les Gones following a nightmarish spell with Manchester United, but he appears to have set his sights on pursuing a bigger challenge elsewhere.

Speaking to Helden Magazine, the former PSV Eindhoven graduate said that Les Gones are a big club but they cannot be compared to some of Europe’s elite including Real Madrid and Chelsea, he quipped: “Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe. I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich… I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football. I always talk about Real Madrid, a royal club, white shirts with gold. But I’m focused right now on Lyon, and then we see where I end up.”

Ernesto Valverde wary of Lyon threat after goalless draw at the Groupama Stadium

Submitted by content on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:04

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said that his team have secured a dangerous 0-0 draw against Lyon ahead of the return leg of their Champions League round of 16. The Blaugrana failed to find an away goal at the Groupama Stadium despite their dominance and they now find themselves in a must-win situation to progress to the quarter-final stage.

Speaking to reporters, Valverde stressed that the Blaugrana are strong with their performances at the Camp Nou but they face a tricky test against Les Gones, given the risk of conceding an away goal, which may enhance the visitors’ qualifying prospects, he said: “We are strong at home, but 0-0 is a dangerous result for the second leg. You have to win at home and the fans will have to push us, because everything’s to be decided.

Moussa Dembele speaks about his experiencing of playing for Lyon

Submitted by content on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:06

French striker Moussa Dembele has said that he needed some time in order to adapt to the new surroundings at Lyon. The young striker made the surprise move to Les Gones from Celtic during the dying stages of the summer transfer window and he has since made over 25 appearances for the club across all competitions.

In a report covered by L’Equipe, Dembele acknowledged that he did not experience the best of beginnings with Les Gones, given he had come through a different style of play under Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. He continued to explain the differences in tactics between Celtic and Lyon with the latter more profound to utilising counter-attacks.

Tanguy Ndombele’s agent reveals Lyon’s asking price for the midfielder

Submitted by content on Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:13

The representative of Tanguy Ndombele has suggested that any potential suitor would have to pay a staggering price, if they are to secure the signature of the Frenchman from Lyon. The 21-year-old has already caught the attention of Manchester City and Barcelona with his consistent performances during the current campaign but his agent has recently revealed that Napoli are also on the hunt for the enforcer.

Speaking to Calcio Napoli 24, Duro Ivanisevic confirmed that the Naples outfit are indeed keen on signing the upcoming star, although the midfielder won’t come on the cheap with Les Gones said to have placed a €80m price tag on his head, he said: “Napoli are a great club and even more so now they have Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best managers in the world and, with him, he [Ndombele] could get even better. He is in great form and playing at a very high level. He is the classic box-to-box midfielder who can be the difference maker in attack and defence. You need to ask Lyon [about his valuation]. They are asking for €80m, but that could go down and a compromise could be found.”

Lyon chief dismisses mid-season departure for Memphis Depay

Submitted by content on Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:24

Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas has stressed that Les Gones are unlikely to entertain the prospect of Memphis Depay leaving the club when the transfer window reopens. The Netherlands international has been in fantastic form for club and country over the past year and this has spread the speculation that he could pursue a bigger challenge away from the Groupama Stadium.

However, speaking to reporters, Aulas has dismissed the possibility of that happening during the forthcoming transfer window while indicating that the Dutchman himself has no ambition to leave the French giants in the near future, he said: “We will not let our star player go in January, we also want to keep Memphis for as long as possible.

Rafael da Silva aiming for Champions League double over Manchester City

Submitted by content on Sat, 11/24/2018 - 07:09

Lyon defender Rafael da Silva believes his side are capable of bagging a Champions League double over Manchester City when they face them at the Groupama Stadium later in the month. The former Manchester United star was part of the Lyon side, who secured a shock 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in September – which remains as the Citizens’ only defeat of the ongoing campaign.

Speaking to reporters, Rafael highlighted that his team are going through a good season in the French league despite the massive gap between themselves and leaders Paris Saint-Germain. He added to point out the victory on the road to the Citizens and feels his team can replicate the result in their homepatch in 10 days’ time.

Arsenal legend assesses Moussa Dembele’s performance at Lyon

Submitted by content on Sat, 11/10/2018 - 08:47

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Moussa Dembele has fared well since making the summer move to Lyon from Celtic. The Frenchman had made a huge name for himself during his two seasons with the Hoops but he could not resist the prospect of joining Les Gones before the transfer deadline during the summer.

Since then, he has been in-and-out of the first-team but he has since impressed with three goals and two assists from just six league appearances. In a report covered by The Star, Pires said that Dembele may take some time to adapt to the pace of the league but he has nevertheless has the credentials to be a success with the French giants.

Liverpool boss could return for Nabil Fekir in January

Submitted by content on Wed, 10/24/2018 - 06:41

Liverpool Echo reporter Ian Doyle has claimed that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could lodge a fresh approach to sign Nabil Fekir when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The Reds were on the brink of landing the Lyon captain during the summer but the move fell through before the World Cup after the Reds had concerns over his medical record.

Despite this, the Reds have continued to be linked with the French playmaker and according to Ian Doyle, Klopp could lodge a fresh attempt to sign Fekir at the turn of the year, he said: “Who knows? It might even still be Fekir, although I’d be a little bit surprised if that’s the case come January. What happened with his deal in the summer is a shame – we all know how close he was to joining Liverpool – and he’d have made a positive difference to the Reds, whether that was easing the load across the front three or, as would be more likely, an attacking midfield role. Will Klopp seek a replacement? The long-term answer has to be yes. Klopp identified a shortcoming in his squad and the right player. He went back for Van Dijk and kept his nerve over Alisson.”

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