Boca Juniors Need Incredible Comeback after First Leg Loss to River Plate

Boca Juniors were outplayed in the Super clasico game with River Plate in the Copa Liberta dores. This was a surprise outcome considering that Boca Juniors came into the game with hope of reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores but this defeat has made everyone sit up and take notice. The two teams had played out a stubborn goalless draw in the league only in the first week of September. Hence, the expectation was for a dull encounter at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

Shaun Goater fancies Gabriel Jesus to match Sergio Aguero’s exploits this term

Manchester City legend Shaun Goater believes Gabriel Jesus has the quality to match the exploits of Sergio Aguero this season. The Brazil international has often played as the back-up striker behind Aguero and that has remained the change during the current campaign with the Argentine once more favoured for a starting role in the Premier League.

Shaun Goater fancies Gabriel Jesus to match Sergio Aguero’s exploits this term

Manchester City legend Shaun Goater believes Gabriel Jesus has the quality to match the exploits of Sergio Aguero this season. The Brazil international has often played as the back-up striker behind Aguero and that has remained the change during the current campaign with the Argentine once more favoured for a starting role in the Premier League.

Zola speaks on crazy incident involving Arrizabalaga and Caballero

BeIN Sports pundit Gianfranco Zola has recalled the crazy incident last season where Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final against Manchester City. The Spaniard was asked to come off the field to be replaced with Willy Caballero before the penalty shoot-out but he declined to do so much to the frustration of manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Zola.

Berbatov doubts whether Dybala can succeed in the Premier League

Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov is doubtful whether Paulo Dybala can succeed in the Premier League. The Argentina international has been fancied to join the Red Devils in a swap agreement involving Romelu Lukaku but so far, he has yet to agree to personal terms with the Old Trafford outfit.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Berbatov said that he is an admirer of Dybala, who has excelled in the Serie A with his technical ability. However, he is concerned whether the Argentine can adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League with his small stature, he told: “I am a fan of Dybala. You can see his football intelligence.

Zola speaks on crazy incident involving Arrizabalaga and Caballero

BeIN Sports pundit Gianfranco Zola has recalled the crazy incident last season where Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final against Manchester City. The Spaniard was asked to come off the field to be replaced with Willy Caballero before the penalty shoot-out but he declined to do so much to the frustration of manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Zola.

When asked to recall on the incident, Zola acknowledged that he was surprised with the reaction from the goalkeeper, who was deemed to be carrying a minor injury, he said: "We were going to make the change, he explained. It wasn’t pre-arranged but we saw the day before he was injured, so we thought it was the injury coming back and we saw an opportunity because Caballero knows the Manchester City players so he can also be a good thing; simple as that. It was obviously not an easy situation to deal with. We could not believe it, we were speechless, we kept telling him to come off but he didn’t come."

Javier Zanetti predicts bright future ahead for Lautaro Martinez

Argentine legend Javier Zanetti has predicted a bright future ahead for Lautaro Martinez, who has recently become a regular feature with the national team. The 21-year-old was a regular starter for the nation during the recent Copa America tournament where he contributed two goals from four appearances.

In a report covered by ESPN, Zanetti said that he was impressed with the performances of Martinez at the Copa America and believes the 21-year-old could evolve into a crucial figure for the country in years to come, he told: “I liked the Copa America that Lautaro had. Let’s not forget that he’s still only 21 years old and we are talking about an Argentina future which involves Lautaro and other kids who did really well. We get the feeling that we have a positive future.”

Billy Sharp insists Sheffield United promotion ends Carlos Tevez saga

Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp has said that his team’s promotion to the Premier League should put an end to the Carlos Tevez saga. The Blades were previously relegated from the top-flight during the 2006/07 season after the Hammers beat the drop through a Tevez winner at Manchester United on the final day.

Speaking to reporters, Sharp said that the Blades return to the Premier League should erase some of the bitterness associated with Tevez’s winner for the Hammers, he told: "I actually really liked Tevez as a player and, obviously, that hurt when that happened. But that's forgotten about now and we are back in the top flight. I'm sure the games against West Ham will be fiery ones anyway and that will be brought back up again, but for me it's forgotten. I have no grudges against Tevez. I'm a Sheffield lad and a Sheffield United fan and to be able to play in the Premier League with this club will be unbelievable.”

Kylian Mbappe fancies Barcelona star to secure the Ballon d’Or accolade

France international Kylian Mbappe has backed Lionel Messi to secure the Ballon d’Or this year despite Barcelona’s shock elimination at the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Argentina international has been splendid form with 50 goals in all competitions but he has the chance of ending the season on a high with a League and Cup double.

Speaking at a ceremony where he was presented with the Ligue 1 Player of the Year, Mbappe had no doubts when asked about the favourite for the next Ballon d’Or. He said: "Messi. Despite the elimination, it does not change anything.He is the number one. He has shown he was the best player this year. This year will take us up to December but I'm not worried about him."

Carlos Puyol heaps praise on Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Barcelona legend Carlos Puyol has heaped praise on Lionel Messi amid his consistent performances for the Blaugrana through the years. The Argentina international recently helped the Blaugrana reach the semi-final stage of the Champions League and Puyol has been amazed with the attacker’s consistency despite approaching the latter stages of his career.

He told Goal.com: “He is playing at an incredible level. For me, he is the best ever player in the history of the game. He has shown that season after season and you can see how his game has evolved, all the things he now does. And you can see he's improving every year with new attributes he has brought to his game. He has improved in every way and he is taking a step forward on a personal level. He has always been a leader on the field but now, you can see that he is a leader on and off the pitch.”

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