Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho took dead aim at his strike force following Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw away to Anderlecht after his team were wasteful with numerous chances to kill off the tie.
The United boss said: “There was lots of space to kill, good chances. Lots of chances that we don’t get because of a bad touch, sloppy touch, a flick, bad decisions in the last third.”
– Mourinho said prior to the match that Manchester United can miss out on Champions League football for the next four years and still compete with the best.
EUROPA LEAGUE: Elsewhere in Europe’s second-tier continental competition, the match between Lyon and Besiktas was delayed 45 minutes after clashes in the stands of the Ligue 1 stadium. The hosts pulled off a remarkable comeback to beat their Turkish opponents 2-1, aided in large part by a massive gaffe by Besiktas’ goalkeeper Fabricio.
– Celta Vigo beat Racing Genk and Ajax saw off Schalke in the two other matches on Thursday. FULL REVIEW.
EVERTON: Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will not re-sign with the club. The Everton manager also said he was more concerned about Ross Barkley signing a new deal before the end of the season than he was about a recent nightclub dustup for the England international.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus has been passed fit to play on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Thursday.
– The director general of the International Centre for Sport Security, Helmut Spahn, has said it was right to go ahead with Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League game against Monaco on Wednesday, the day after Dortmund’s team bus was rocked by three explosions as it left for the originally scheduled Tuesday match.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp has spoken about his shock following the bomb attack that took place in Germany this week, saying he is “proud” of how the players at his former club Borussia Dortmund have handled themselves.
REAL MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo has said he never imagined he would become the first player to score 100 European goals when he first started out, but he is thrilled and honoured to have achieved the feat.
CHELSEA: Can Jose Mourinho figure out a way to stop Eden Hazard when Manchester United host Antonio Conte’s league leaders on Sunday? Tony Evans weighs in.
– Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he hopes to continue to playing with Hazard for “a very long time.”
ARSENAL: Mesut Ozil has said that Arsenal’s priority is securing a top-four finish and that his future, along with that of manager Arsene Wenger and teammate Alexis Sanchez, must be put on hold for the good of the club.
TOTTENHAM: Dele Alli is proof that England can produce players to rival Spain, Brazil and Argentina, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who says he is following Sir. Alex Ferguson’s blueprint for success in the Premier League.
– And from our Transfer Talk blog, Christian Pulisic’s sizzling second half in Dortmund’s 3-2 Champions League loss to Monaco may have caught the eye of someone at White Hart Lane.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: Julian Draxler has said that he “would love to play with” Germany international teammate Mesut Ozil at Paris Saint-Germain. Draxler, 23, has spoken before about how he has tried to convince Ozil to leave Arsenal in order to link up with him in France.
BAYERN MUNICH: Striker Robert Lewandowski will return when the Bundesliga leaders attempt to overturn a 2-1 Champions League deficit at Real Madrid next week, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said.
BARCELONA: Luis Enrique’s back four looked “scared stiff” in their 3-0 Champions League first-leg loss to Juventus in Turin on Tuesday. WATCH.
– Barcelona have been dealt more bad news with the confirmation that Javier Mascherano picked up a calf problem against Juventus.
LEICESTER: Kasper Schmeichel insists Leicester will be up for the fight to book a dream Champions League semifinal spot after losing 1-0 to Atletico Madrid following a questionable penalty call that gave the hosts their only goal.
ARGENTINA:FIFA has asked Lionel Messi to testify in the appeal against his four-match international ban next month, the president of Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) has said.
Messi was punished for verbally abusing a match official during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying game against Chile last month.
WEST HAM: Slaven Bilic has said that attacks like the one on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday were made even scarier because they are hard to predict and therefore even harder to prevent.
MLS: LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole admits he’s thought about what will come next after his playing career, but says he wants to win trophies in MLS before thinking about retiring.
– Bologna will allow Blerim Dzemaili to miss the last three games of the Serie A season so he can join the Montreal Impact in MLS, according to Sky Sports Italia.