Portuguese giants Benfica stormed to a 6-0 victory over Belenenses on Friday night and two players targeted by Premier League teams scored stunning goals.There were also two goals from £12million Fulham flop Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is on loan with Rui Vitoria’s team.But the brilliant efforts from Nicolas Gaitan, once coveted by the Red Devils, and Anderson Talisca, who Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted interest in, were the real highlights.Gaitan’s goal was an excellent move from the left, involving a back-heel one-two, while Talisca blasted home and fierce shot from 30 yards.You can see all the goals from the game above…
1 Vincent Kompany Captain Vincent Kompany claims Manchester City are hungry for success and determined to deliver in the Champions League.City have begun the season emphatically by winning their opening five Barclays Premier League matches without conceding a goal.Now they want to carry that momentum into the Champions League, in which they have never previously progressed beyond the last 16.They begin their latest challenge on Tuesday with a testing visit from last season’s runners-up Juventus.Kompany said: “There is nobody who left the Champions League satisfied last year.“Okay, we came against the best team in the world in Barcelona, and I guess that made it a little bit easier to understand, but that is not what we want.“We don’t want to go out to the strongest teams but to compete with them and at least beat them on a regular basis.“Everything has been so bright and so good so far but, as people have been saying for the last three or four years, as long as we don’t perform and show our quality in the Champions League, as we have in the Premier League, there will always be something left behind that leaves us unsatisfied.“It is a really important game for us. We have been looking forward to the start of the competition since the disappointing game in Barcelona. Tomorrow is a game everyone is going to be up for.”
Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has left Fluminense by mutual consent after just three months.Having signed for the club in his native Brazil in July, the 35-year-old played just nine times.“Fluminense hereby announces the breaking of their contract with Ronaldinho Gaucho in an amicable form and in mutual agreement between both parties,” a statement on fluminense.com read.The club also pointed out that since joining, the player and his representatives were totally professional and respectful towards the club, whose ticket and shirt sales increased following Ronaldinho’s arrival.Do you think this is the end for a man who has won league titles, the World Cup and the Champions League in a glittering career? Watch the talkSPORT video above to learn a bit more about him, including what stopped him moving to Man United from PSG in 2003.Check out his sublime finish against Chelsea in the Champions League here
1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was in Ukraine on Monday night to scout Real Madrid star Isco, according to reports in Spain.The Blues boss was spotted in a hood at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Spain and Ukraine in the Kiev.Initial reports had claimed that Mourinho was there to run the rule over Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, whose contract expires at the end of the season.But, according to AS, Mourinho was actually there to scout Madrid midfielder Isco ahead of a January swoop.Chelsea have reportedly been tracking the Spaniard for some time and are weighing up making a move when the transfer window reopens.The 23-year-old is part of Rafa Benitez’s plans at the Bernabeu but he is struggling to hold down a first-team spot and could be persuaded to leave.
Arsene Wenger is infamously poor at putting on big winter coats, consistently having problems with his zipper.However, against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, he was struggling to even put it on, never mind zip it up.Watch the funny video above!
And here’s his first senior goal… Ok, we’ve had a bit of fun with that video. Here’s the video in full. Incredible skill from @ryankent_10! #PUSB pic.twitter.com/wDHBFSVDOR— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) November 5, 2015 Ryan Kent’s goal tonight for Coventry: pic.twitter.com/hPPx40eeBJ— net spend boy (@LFCTikiTaka) November 4, 2015 Ryan Kent has been enjoying an impressive loan spell at Coventry City – and the 18-year-old was again on top form against Barnsley in midweek.The tricky winger scored a great goal – his first in senior football – while he also produced an incredible piece of skill during the Sky Blues’ 4-3 win over their League One rivals.Kent is sure to have impressed Jurgen Klopp and the new Liverpool boss is set to bring the youngster back to Melwood later this week for training to take a closer look at him.Here’s the skill… Ryan Kent 1
Neil Warnock is backing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to repeat his Burton Albion heroics with QPR.Warnock, the interim Hoops boss, will take temporary charge for the last time on Thursday night for the trip to Reading, with Hasselbaink expected to be unveiled as Chris Ramsey’s permanent successor on Friday.The Dutchman has been a revelation in his 12 months as Burton Albion manager, leading the club from League Two to the top League One, and Warnock reckons he can enjoy similar success at Loftus Road.“He set off with a good squad [at Burton] but took them up a level, and I think he can do that here,” said Warnock, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If we had won last week at Middlesbrough, which we should have done, we would have been two points behind the play-offs and I don’t think there is anything to fear in this league.“It is a great opportunity and a fabulous club.”QPR are sitting 12th in the Championship ahead of Thursday night’s visit to the Madejski Stadium, 15 points adrift of leaders Brighton.But Warnock insists Hasselbaink does not need to make wholesale changes to turn the club into promotion challengers.“I think the squad only needs tweaking,” he said.“There are probably a couple of positions that need a bit more strength in depth but there is a great chance of getting in the play-offs. And once you get in the play-offs, anything can happen.”
6. Liverpool – 57 points – Played 34: Won 16, Drawn 9, Lost 9, Goals For/Against 44/40 10 1. Arsenal – 72 points – Played 34: Won 22 Drawn 6, Lost 6, Goals For/Against 64/26 3. Manchester United – 63 points – Played 34: Won 18 Drawn 9, Lost 7, Goals For/Against 49/28 10 10 8. Crystal Palace – 55 points – Played 34: Won 17, Drawn 4, Lost 13, Goals For/Against 47/36 5. Tottenham – 59 points – Played 34: Won 16, Drawn 11, Lost 7, Goals For/Against 59/41 10 10 10. Everton have won 48 points in the Premier League so far in 2015 – to find out which clubs make up the best of the rest this calendar year, click the arrow above – Played 34: Won 12, Drawn 12, Lost 10, Goals For/Against 47/39 10 7. Chelsea – 56 points – Played 34: Won 16, Drawn 8, Lost 10, Goals For/Against 49/42 10 9. Stoke City – 51 points – Played 34: Won 14, Drawn 9, Lost 11, Goals For/Against 40/36 4. Leicester City – 60 points – Played 34: Won 17 Drawn 9, Lost 8, Goals For/Against 61/45 10 What a difference a year makes.This time last year Chelsea were running away with the title and Leicester City were propping up the Premier League with just 10 points.Newcastle were a top seven side, while Aston Villa were just eight points off a top four spot.Now it’s looking different for all the sides mentioned and a few others too, with Swansea City struggling and Liverpool, Tottenham, and Crystal Palace all improving.But if you just take the Premier League action for this calendar year, what would the top ten look like?Click the right arrow above to find out…Statistics correct up to 8 December 2015 10 2. Manchester City – 65 points – Played 34: Won 20 Drawn 5, Lost 9, Goals For/Against 72/37 10
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called for his side to make it easier for themselves after an anaemic display in a 3-0 defeat at Watford.Odion Ighalo scored twice after Nathan Ake opened the scoring inside two minutes to leave the Reds five points off the top four and with just one point from their last three games against Newcastle, West Brom and the Hornets.Liverpool’s form since Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers has been hugely inconsistent, and the German believes his side need to simplify their approach to improve their results.“We didn’t play like we want to play – we didn’t play easy. Watford played very easy especially the second goal,” Klopp said.“Leicester aren’t playing complicated football – all the teams who are playing easy are winning games.”Despite taking just one point from the last nine on offer Klopp feels his side aren’t far away from remedying their long-term problems.He added: “The team and myself – we are really close. We only have common problems. Now we have to show a reaction.“It was always clear that it would be really difficult this season. We all know we can do better but we have to do it often. This is a good team but if you play football the wrong way then it’s really easy for the opponent to win.”
10 10 6. Loic Remy (Chelsea and France) – linked with Aston Villa, Newcastle – Loic Remys Chelsea career just hasnt quite worked out. The former QPR and Newcastle man has an impressive strike rate in the Premier League but a poor injury record and a lack of faith from Jose Mourinho has seen his minutes restricted. A return to the north east has been mooted although even a January transfer is unlikely to see him force his way into the France squad despite the blackmail scandal facing fellow striker Karim Benzema. 10 10 3. Andros Townsend (Tottenham and England) – linked with Newcastle, Bournemouth – A player who has often saved his best form for the international stage, Townsend has now fallen so far down the Tottenham pecking order his appearances have been reduced to exclusively Under-21 games. England manager Roy Hodgson is a clear admirer of his talents, so a move to guarantee more game time could well catapult him back into the 68-year-olds thoughts. 10 10 Euro 2016 follows the culmination to the 2015/16 season and it’s set to be an exciting occasion, particularly for the four Home Nation taking part.A sizeable percentage of Premier League players will be hoping to force their way into their respective international reckonings ahead of the finals in France.But many of those stars may be struggling to make an impression at their current clubs as the second half of the season begins.That’s where the January transfer window comes in, with opportunities out there for those with tournament desires to acquire more first-team action.But who should be looking to do so? talkSPORT has looked at 10 players who could benefit from a move this month.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made the shortlist… 4. Pedro (Chelsea and Spain) – linked with Barcelona – Pedros move to Chelsea last summer was meant to boost his chances of securing a role in Spains attack in France, but an uninspiring Blues career to date has ironically put that in jeopardy. Guus Hiddinks arrival and Eden Hazards injury problems could reignite those hopes, but a return to Spain has been mooted to ensure he figures in Del Bosques thoughts. 10 10 10 8. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United and Belgium) – linked with AC Milan – The big Belgian has become a scapegoat of Van Gaals stuttering, dysfunctional United side and as a result has been ostracized from the starting XI as the club seek a more fluid attacking approach. Hes been brilliant for Belgium in the last 12 months, however, scoring six times in his last four games and the 28-year-old will want to preserve that importance ahead of a finals they are heavily tipped to flourish at. 7. Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal and France) – linked with Aston Villa – A man whose value has depreciated dramatically in the last 12 months, Debuchy cant get a look in at the Emirates due to the meteoric rise of Hector Bellerin. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has expressed an interest in Debuchy, but the right back might desire a slightly more ambitious move considering hes still very much competing with Bacary Sagna for a starting berth in the France team. 2. Kevin Mirallas (Everton and Belgium) – linked with Monaco – Mirallas is another mercurial talent who is a frequent game-changer but has struggled at Everton since he stole a penalty from Leighton Baines against West Brom in January 2015 and duly missed it. The Belgium squad is brimming with elite stars featuring regularly for Europes heavyweight clubs, so a move might be necessary to safeguard his tournament inclusion. 5. Ashley Young (Manchester United and England) – linked with Tottenham – Young has quietly and effectively gone about his business at Manchester United in the last year but it still hasnt been enough to earn an England recall. After several years in the international abyss and despite hastening Angel di Marias Old Trafford exit with his performances last season, Young may require more time in the spotlight than he is being offered in Manchester. 1. Ander Herrera (Manchester United and Spain) – linked with Juventus – A sizeable percentage of Premier League players will be hoping to be part of their respective nation’s Euro 2016 squads. First team football is important and some could seek January transfers to boost their chances of booking a seat on the plane and talkSPORT looks at 10 players. Rumours of Herreras discontent in Manchester continue to rumble on, with many claiming Uniteds entire Latin-speaking contingent have fallen out altogether with manager Louis van Gaal. The 26-year-old is one of the most popular figures in the Red Devils squad but might seek an escape in January to ensure he remains a part of Spain boss Vicente Del Bosques plans. 9. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea and England) – linked with Crystal Palace, Newcastle – From a key cog in an impressive Swansea outfit at the start of the season to a peripheral figure in a struggling Swans side in the new year, its difficult to put a finger on Shelveys decline. His talent is undeniable though there are doubts about his temperament, but he really impressed in the England setup in the last few Euro 2016 qualifiers. A change of scenery could reignite his chances as the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier are both probably ahead of him right now. 10 10. Charlie Austin (QPR and England) – linked with Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Newcastle – Austin’s talents are wasted in the Championship. He earned his first England call up at the back end of last season after scoring 18 goals for an abject QPR side and nine months later he needs a more high profile club to showcase his assets. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said he’s not interested in the striker, but he would not be short of other top-flight suitors. Jamie Vardys exploits this season show anything is possible for Austin in a short space of time.