Mourinho defends controversial actions in Turin

By George Davis and Alex Jordan November 08, 2018

Following Manchester United's 2-1 win in Turin Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho drew the ire of the crowd with on-pitch celebrations.

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    Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into the "perfect machine", according to AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.

    Gattuso's men meet Ronaldo and Juve in the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

    Ronaldo, 33, has settled in well in Italy, scoring 15 goals in 25 games since joining the club from Real Madrid in July.

    Gattuso said the Portuguese star had changed in recent years after initially being too focused on "doing a lot of show".

    "I think Cristiano has become an incredible player over the last seven or eight years," he told a news conference.

    "When I met him a few years ago he was doing a lot of show but now he stopped doing it a while ago. Now, he does everything with vehemence, attacking with depth.

    "He wants to score and wants to give you hard times and put the ball into the net.

    "He has changed in the last seven or eight years, now he is the perfect machine. The older he gets the more he sprints.

    "He seems a bloke without age, here you understand what kind of top player he has been over the last eight years."

    Juventus and Milan are bidding to win a record eighth Supercoppa crown when they meet in Jeddah.

  • Reggae Girlz scoop CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award, Menzies top women's coach Reggae Girlz scoop CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award, Menzies top women's coach

    Jamaica Reggae Girlz team and coach Hue Menzies have been rewarded for an outstanding 2018 by scooping the CONCACAF Outstanding Performance and Women’s Football Coach of the Year awards.

    The Jamaicans made history when they became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup after a penalty shootout win over Panama in the CONCACAF Qualifiers last year. 

    Menzie who took over the position of technical director of the women’s program three years ago has been a fixture of the national program since.  At one point the coach went for several months without receiving an actual salary from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

    The team’s star striker Khadijah Shaw also received some recognition after being nominated for Female Player of the Year award, along with the USA’s Lindsey Horan and the eventual winner Alex Morgan.  She was also nominated in the goal of the year category for a spectacular strike in the team’s win over Cuba.

    The 2018 Male Player of the Year award went to Mexico’ s Hirving Lozano.  Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

     

    Male Player of the Year

    1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) - PSV Eindhoven/NED
    2. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
    3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) - Toronto FC/CAN

     

    Female Player of the Year

    1. Alex Morgan (USA) - Orlando Pride/USA
    2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) - University of Tennessee/USA
    3. Lindsey Horan (USA) - Portland Thorns FC/USA

     

    Male Goalkeeper of the Year

    1. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
    2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) - Standard Liège/BEL
    3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) - Oklahoma City Energy/USA

     

    Female Goalkeeper of the Year

    1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) - Chicago Red Starts/USA
    2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) - Sporting SM/PAN
    3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) - Linköpings FC/SWE

     

    Men's Football Coach of the Year

    1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) - San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
    2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) - Curacao National Team
    3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) - Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

     

    Women's Football Coach of the Year

    1. Hue Menzies (JAM) - Jamaica Women's National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
    2. Jill Ellis (USA) - United States Women's National Team
    3. Monica Vergara (MEX) - Mexico U-17 Women's National Team

     

    Male Referee of the Year

    1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
    2. Mark Geiger (USA)
    3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

     

    Female Referee of the Year

    1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
    2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
    3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

     

    Goal of the Year

    1. Joe Corona (MEX) - SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19'
    2. Alan Pulido (MEX) - SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72'
    3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) - CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2'

     

    Outstanding Performance Award

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  • Gattuso: Higuain has not asked to leave Gattuso: Higuain has not asked to leave

    Gennaro Gattuso insists Gonzalo Higuain has not asked to leave AC Milan but would not feel let down if the striker did move elsewhere.

    Higuain joined Milan on loan from Juventus in August for a fee of €18million with an option to buy him outright at the end of the season.

    However, the move has not panned out as expected, with Higuain scoring only six times in 15 Serie A appearances for Gattuso's men.

    He ended a run of nine games without a goal, which featured a missed penalty and a red card against Juve in November, last month but has been heavily linked with a reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

    There have been reports Higuain could be dropped for Wednesday's Supercoppa Italiana clash with Juve ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.

    But Gattuso told a media conference: "I base my decisions on how players train during the week and how they work with the staff and their team-mates.

    "At this moment, I have to repeat the same words: there are many rumours, but Higuain is training well, working with everyone just fine and is at our disposal.

    "We'll see tomorrow whether he plays or not. He has to decide what to do, how to resolve this issue, but right now he is training with great professionalism. We'll see.

    "If he plays, it's because I see him in good shape and relaxed. Either he's a great actor or he's really within the team, is always chatting and kidding with his team-mates.

    "I agree that after the missed penalty and red card against Juventus, something happened in his head. We'll see tomorrow. As I said, it's not easy for a coach to change the idea of a player, so I have to concentrate on putting out the best line-up for the situation and getting the best out of every player.

    "I want to reiterate that Higuain has never told me he wants to leave. I am waiting for that.

    "I want to be honest, I didn't even want to talk about Higuain, as we're here for the Supercoppa. That seemed the fair thing to do for a team.

    "I am not upset. I too was a player for many years, I realise there are moments when we all see things differently and cannot judge how someone else thinks.

    "If the glass is half-full or half-empty, it remains the same glass. We'll see what happens. I want to see this Supercoppa, I hope it is a great game for us, but I won't be upset or let down if he goes."

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