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Modric baffled by criticism of Zidane and compares the boss to Ferguson & Wenger

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Luka Modric insists Zinedine Zidane deserves to be ‘untouchable’ and believes the manager can be Real Madrid’s Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger.

Zidane has had even more success as a manager than he did as a Real player, winning 11 trophies including two LaLiga titles and three Champions Leagues during two spells as coach.

Despite his impressive achievements, the Frenchman has faced criticism – most recently when Real were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester City in August.

 

Modric says he cannot understand the question marks over Zidane’s credentials and feels he is often under appreciated by people in the Spanish media.

Real are not renowned for having managers who enjoy reigns as long as Ferguson at Manchester United or Wenger at Arsenal but Modric believes Zidane has shown he can break the trend.

‘Zizou is a top manager. What he has done with us over the years is unrepeatable,’ Modric told El Partidazo de Cope.

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‘It gives me the feeling that people do not appreciate him as a coach, he is always questioned. He’s one of the best! I wish that all of the world saw him as untouchable at Madrid.

‘When you listen on TV or to the radio there are complaints and criticisms of Zidane. There are some criticisms that don’t even make sense. He’s a spectacular coach. The way he fits us is like a glove.

‘He is ideal for Real Madrid. Zidane could be like Ferguson or Wenger in England.’

Modric, who has spent the last eight years at the Bernabeu, has worked under six different managers including Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez.

Assessing his other mangers, the midfielder added: ‘Mourinho was key in my signing for Madrid. I am sorry I only worked with him for a year. I will always be grateful to Mourinho for taking me to Real Madrid. He is tough and strong, but he is honest and always tells the truth to your face.

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‘Ancelotti is a spectacular coach. And even more as a person. We played very well with him. We had two spectacular years with him, winning the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, playing great football. I still talk to him from time to time.

‘Benitez hasn’t done well at Madrid but he’s a great coach. That’s football. Not every football coach arrives at a team and has success. I did not have any problem with him. The outside of the boot thing was something that happened in a training session, but it was nothing, we didn’t get on poorly.’

 

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Premier League: Matip played the entire match for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw against Everton.

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Cameroon international Joel Matip played the entire match for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw against Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season.

Matip, who has been out of action since June due to injury was selected by Klopp in their match day 5 fixture against Everton, after the “Reds” were punished 7-2 by Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Liverpool starting XI

Goals from Mane, fit again after recovering from COVID-19 and Salah were canceled out by Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Liverpool were denied a late winner to Jordan Henderson after Mane was ruled to be fractionally offside by VAR.

It should be noted that, Virgil Van Dijk was hobbled off after a collision with Everton’s goalkeeper,  Jordan Pickford.

The game however,  ended 2-2 with Joel Matip playing the entire game and with the injury of Van Dijk, the former Shalke 04 defender will be sure to lead the back line for Liverpool in their upcoming matches.

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European Champions, Bayern Munich Signs Cameroon International Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

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European champions, Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Indomitable Lions captain,  Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a one year deal.

The former Harmburger SV forward has been clubless since his contract with the French champions, Paris Saint Germain expired in August this year.

Earlier in the summer,  the Parisians offered the former Stoke City forward a new one year deal, but  the German-Cameroonian preferred to move to a familiar terrain to sign for German Giants,  Bayern Munich as a free Agent to play as back up striker for Robert Lewandowsky.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has experience in the Bundersliga with Harmburger SV, FC Nurnberg, Maize 05, and Shalke 04.

Choupo-Moting is one of those players who led Paris Saint Germain to their first ever UEFA champions league final as he played a vital role in PSG’s 2-1 win over Atlanta in the Quarter finals of last season,  scoring one and providing an assist in the process.

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It should be noted that, the former Shalke 04 man informed indomitable lions coach, Antonio Conceicao that he will not be part of his team during the October international break because of his continuous search for a club.

The 31 year-old will put on the number 13 shirt for his new club,  Bayern Munich.

 

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Liverpool Upset As Joel Matip Is Once More Ruled Out For A Muscle Injury

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Elvis Kang Sports Writer-Cameroon


Ex-Cameroon center-back Joel Matip has sustained a muscle injury that will keep him out of action for six weeks (42days) according to Liverpool official website.

Joel Matip has been an outstanding center-back for Jürgen Klopp Liverpool over the past three seasons and contributed in Liverpool’s glory of a champions league title in 2019 and a premier league title in 2020.

But injury has kept the prolific center-back out of action for a long time. Joel Matip Sustained an injury in the 2019-2020 season during the goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park on June 21 as Liverpool restarted their campaign after two months without football activities due to covid19.

He was sidelined out of action for 12 weeks (84days) due to a knee injury and eventually missed 20 games without a kick of the ball with for “The Reds”.

Joel played the preseason after recovery from a long knee injury and was available to start the new campaign in style. He was introduced at the 89min for the game at the Amfield against Leeds United

Joel Matip Inured

Joel Matip Injured

But Liverpool have been dealt a big blow yet again after Joel Matip suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee problem that is expected to keep him out of action for up to another six weeks.

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As a result, he will be absent for up to 10 Liverpool matches, including Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Everton and the rest of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The Cameroon international is a reliable partner for Virgil van Dijk in the centre of Liverpool’s defence and is comfortable on the ball.

After a 2018-19 season in which he was in and out of the first team, Matip has established himself in the current campaign as arguably the Dutchman’s best partner

 

 

 

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