Top Football News Today – January 26, 2017

By  Football Pulp - 26 January 2017

Southampton through to League Cup final!

Southampton travelled to Anfield for the EFL Cup Semifinal second leg draw. They were one goal ahead when Shane Long struck to make it 2-0. This defeat unraveled Liverpool’s smooth going. Also, this will be the first League Cup Final for Southampton since 1979. Southampton was well on their toes since the start and gave the host no chance to settle down. Sturridge is still not settled and Klopp is not confident to give the Englishman a chance. However, this defeat has raised questions over Jurgen Klopp’s strategy. A point to ponder was Jack Stephens who gave Saints the hope in the absence of Van Dijk.

 

 

Evra to Marseille!

The former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has decided to leave Turin and settle in his home country. Patrice Evra joined Juventus three seasons ago and played two and a half years for Serie A Champions. After securing success in Italy, he has decided to return to the French Top Flight. He has joined Marseille on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.  The 35-year-old veteran has played for the likes of PSG, Monaca, and Nice as well in Ligue 1. Marseille are on the road to redemption and have already secured the services of Morgan Sanson, while the president is hopeful of luring Dmitri Payet back from West Ham.

 

 

 

🔴 C'est officiel, Patrice Evra est qualifié. Il est à la disposition de Rudi Garcia pour #OMMHSC !

A photo posted by OM Officiel (@olympiquedemarseille) on

 

 

Zidane is confident despite the cup exit!

Celta Vigo defeated Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate in the Copa Del Ray Quarter-Final. However, Zidane is confident about achieving big things and is not panicking despite the defeat. The manager is not ready to panic and insisted that there is no need to dwell on the defeat as we still have the Champions League and La Liga to look forward to. The Los Blanco outfit is at the top of La Liga and are through to the last 16 in UEFA Champions League. The French manager was satisfied with the team’s performance and is focusing on big goals.

 

 

Zidane: "We had chances that we didn't take, but we are going to change things. If we keep working, we will achieve big things."

He further added:

"We are going to keep on with this approach and we are still in two other competitions. We don't need to go over this anymore….We took our eye off the first game and in this one, we weren't good enough. I am happy with what we were able to do though."

Juve through to Coppa next round!

Goals from Dybala and Pjanic saw Juventus overcome 10-men AC Milan in the Coppa Italia tie. The defending champions were not troubled by Rossoneri as the host sealed the win in the first half. The win also help Juventus gain the revenge of the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana defeats. It was a well packed performance from the defending champions, and AC Milan clearly had no answers for the well composed Juve attack.

 

 

Goncalo Guedes: The new PSG recruit!

PSG has confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Goncalo Guedes from Benfica for €25.5 million in a four and a half year deal. The Portuguese international has played 68 games for Benfica scoring 11 goals, assisting 16. Guedes has expressed joy on joining the French giants and wants to become as famous as fellow countrymen, Pauleta, who scored 109 goals for PSG.

 

 

Bastia banned fan who racially abused Mario Balotelli!

Nice striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused by some fans during the Ligue 1 game against Bastia last Friday. The striker posted that he was not happy to hear “monkey chants for the whole game”. However, the authorities at Bastia took notice of the incident and have banned the fan found guilty for the abuse.

Bastia added in a statement: "Regretting his attitude and aware of the repercussions, this person responded to our appeal and came to the stadium on Tuesday.

"Acknowledging he was responsible for the incriminating chants, he has been notified of the deactivation of his season ticket along with a general ban from the Stade de Furiani."

Atlanta rejected Chelsea’s bid for Franck Kessie!

The Ivorian midfielder has emerged as one of the finest talent in Europe and Conte was eager to bring him to Stamford Bridge. However, Chelsea’s €27 million bid was rejected by Atalanta. The Italian side is keen on keeping the 20-year-old Ivorian wunderkind but with AFCON coming to an end, Chelsea may test Atlanta’s patience during the closing days of the transfer window.

 

 

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