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Leicester boss aims for top four

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After another loss in this horrid run of form for Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers was asked if he thinks the Foxes will qualify for the Champions League.

After the Toffees defeat, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was asked if the East Midlanders will qualify for the Champions League. And it was encouraging to hear the manager take a combative approach:

“I’ve always said we’ll push to finish as high as we possibly can. If we finish outside it, then we haven’t been good enough. It’s as simple as that. You have to sustain it over 38 games. We’ve go six games to go and we have to fight to finish as high as we can.”

 

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Gattuso speaks on Pirlo’s Juventus appointment, says he’s screwed

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Andrea Pirlo is “screwed now” after being handed the Juventus job, according to former team-mate Gennaro Gattuso.

The legendary midfielder appointed as Under-23s manager last week but on Saturday found himself fast-tracked into the top job following Maurizio Sarri’s sacking.

Sarri lasted just one year with Juventus, paying the price for their shock Champions League exit to Lyon, with Pirlo penning a two-year deal to succeed him.

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Gattuso, now manager at Napoli, said of his former Italy and AC Milan team-mate:

“Well he’s screwed now. That’s the job.

“He’s lucky to be starting at Juventus, but this profession is one where a great playing career is not enough. You have to study, to work hard, and you don’t get much sleep.”

He added:

“Being a player and being a coach is really not the same thing at all. It’s a totally different profession and we can’t learn it just from books, we need to get in there and work hard. It’s a different world.”

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Bale must leave on loan – Former Real Madrid President

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Gareth Bale must look for a solution away from Real Madrid, insists former president Ramon Calderon, who believes a loan move is the best option to part with such “agony”.

“It’s very sad. It’s a pity to see a player like him in the stands… his skill and talent has not gone, he’s still a good player who could be playing at a high level in any team,” Calderon told the BBC.

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“I think they’ll have to find a solution to end this agony for the sake of both sides. If he doesn’t want to reduce his salary, which would be understandable, they’ll have to find another way.

“The coach does not rely on him. If Zidane stays with Real, which I think is certain, then he (Bale) will have to find a new way… It wouldn’t surprise me if they let him go on loan and pay part of the salary.”

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Juventus name Pirlo to replace Sarri

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41-year-old Andrea Pirlo has taken charge at his former side despite never having managed at any level previously.

Goal can confirm that Juventus have named Andrea Pirlo as their new head coach, just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri.

Pirlo was only named the club’s Under-23 head coach last month but has secured a major promotion before even taking charge of one match with the Serie C outfit.

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It will be a major challenge for the 41-year-old, who has never managed before, either at youth or senior level.

Pirlo returns to Juve having starred for the club between 2011 and 2015.

The midfielder helped lead the Bianconeri to four straight Serie A titles, as well as the final of the 2014–15 Champions League.

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