Ander Herrera Injury Gets Jose Mourinho Angry at Medical Staff

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Paul Pogba initially made all the headlines when he was dropped by Jose Mourinho tonight for the start of United’s goalless draw at Sevilla in Champions League knockout round action. However, fellow midfielder Ander Herrera left early due to injury, and Pogba came on in the 17′.

Manager Jose Mourinho believes Herrera could be out for some time, and on top of it, wasn’t actually 100% match fit and ready to go tonight. Mourinho is angry at the team’s medical staff, who he thinks let everybody down.

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Eden Hazard Says He Was Played Out of Position in Barcelona Draw

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard says that he will play wherever manager Antonio Conte slots him, but that his role last night was not one that optimizes his talents. The Belgian said that he’s willing to play a “false number nine,” if needs be, but that he’s best suited to play out wide. In the 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday night in Champions League knockout round action, Hazard was used as an out and out striker.

“To be honest, I like the role as a false 9, but in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult,” Eden Hazard said after turning in a fine performance despite being out of position.

“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying toward my head.”

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Scott McTominay Hailed as “Brilliant” and “Fantastic” by Jose Mourinho

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Scott McTominay was one of the very few non David de Gea highlights for Manchester United today in their goalless draw at Sevilla. Overall, United’s first outing in the knockout round of this season’s UEFA Champions League was hugely disappointing, but the 21-year-old midfielder’s performance was certainly superlative, and his showing was hailed as “fantastic” and “brilliant” by manager Jose Mourinho.

Paul Pogba recovered from an illness that kept him out of the FA Cup fifth round win at Huddersfield Town this past Saturday, but still found himself on the bench to start this one.

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David de Gea Saves Man United in Every Way Possible

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Manchester United had a throwback performance tonight, and not in a good way. Goalkeeper David de Gea saved the Red Devils literally, figuratively and just about any other manner that one could imagine in a goalless draw at Sevilla that was very reminiscent of the Louis van Gaal era.

United went to Spain for the road leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie and obtained a 0-0 result that would have been a complete disaster had it not been for De Gea shining brightly in his native country. Sevilla outshot United 25-6 tonight, putting eight on target against United’s one.

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#9 Purdue Boilermakers: What to Watch at Illinois Thursday

While the Purdue Boilermakers have tumbled down the national rankings and seen their B1G title hopes all but dashed, they still have a ton to play for at Illinois tomorrow night. The Boilermakers can still grab a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but only if they close out the regular season by winning their last two.

If Purdue suffers a loss to either of the two teams (at the 12th place Illini Thursday night, towards the bottom of a very VERY soft B1G, their #1 seed hopes will likely be all but dashed. That said, there’s even more on the line, for both sides. Let’s run through all of that:

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Juan Mata Concedes Premier League Title, Targets UCL Glory

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits his side is out of the Premier League title race, and thus must now refocus their ambitions and goals for the season. Mata says that now the priority is to win and progress through the UEFA Champions League.

United will kick off at Sevilla, in the road leg of their round of 16 tie, a couple hours from now.

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How to Stop Alexis Sanchez? Sevilla Boss Has Creative Answer

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Alexis Sanchez is a creative playmaker and dangerous finisher that every opposing side must game plan around. He’s a formidable opponent who commands the utmost respect of Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella. On the eve of his side’s home leg of their UEFA Champions League draw against Manchester United, Montella gave a very “creative” or “interesting” response to the question of how to stop Alexis Sanchez?

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Antonio Conte Says Chelsea Only Made One Mistake Versus Barcelona

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his side only made one mistake, and came very close to playing a perfect game last night at home against Barcelona. The Stamford Bridge leg of the Blues’ UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie ended in a 1-1 draw. Forward Willian, arguably the best player on the pitch Tuesday night, scored Chelsea’s only goal, putting the hosts up early, but Lionel Messi finally scored his first goal ever against Chelsea, equalizing 13 minutes later.

Messi hadn’t scored in his first eight games against Chelsea, but he made good in his ninth contest after Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen made an unfortunate pass. The mistake led to Andres Iniesta setting up Messi, and Barca emerged with a crucial away goal, as the two teams will meet again March 14 in Catalonia.

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Willian Brilliant in Barcelona Draw; Wows Football Fans Worldwide

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Chelsea forward Willian was a top trending term on the internet and maybe the best player on the pitch during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in UEFA Champions League action today. He scored the Blues only goal, giving them the lead in the 62′, but Lionel Messi finally broke his individual hex against the Blues, and equalized in the 75′. It was the first time Messi scored in nine competitions against Chelsea.

The Blues outshot Barcelona 11-7, despite managing only 27% possession. They certainly played well enough to win, but alas they did not, and now head to Camp Nou down one on away goals. Willian, who came close to scoring twice, articulated his disappointment in the result.

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Cesc Fabregas: Playing Defensively at Barcelona would be a “Suicide Mission”

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When Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas goes back to his hometown for the Blues’ road leg of their UEFA Champions League tie at Barcelona, he knows what exactly needs to be done. Fabregas and Chelsea battled one of his former clubs to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge tonight, playing ultra-defensively.

Fabregas says that it would be “basically a suicide mission” to take that approach into the Camp Nou. Fabregas says the west London side must attack, and rack up the goals if they are to have any chance of advancing through to the quarterfinals. Barca has an away goal up on Chelsea now, so a 0-0 draw would result in elimination. They must score at least one to survive.

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Jose Mourinho News Conference Preview Sevilla (Champions League)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview tomorrow night’s match at Sevilla in the knockout round of the Champions League.

We have video of the media session for you here below via YouTube.

There were a whole host of topics covered in this news conference, including: how his current side stacks up against his previous teams which won the Champions League tournament, the pressure on Paul Pogba versus the pressure on the rest of the team and a very cryptic answer about whether or not Pogba will be fit tomorrow night to play.

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Arsene Wenger Reveals Pep Guardiola Visited His Home as a Player

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Pep Guardiola the Arsenal man? Yes, it almost happened, but not as a manager, and instead while he was a player. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger manager said in an interview with beIN SPORTS that Pep looked into the idea of joining the Gunners as his playing days with Barcelona were winding down.

The Spanish midfielder moved on to Brescia instead. He also played with Roma, Dorados and Al-Ahli before his playing career ended in 2006. However, he almost joined Wenger’s team, and even once visited the Frenchman at his home.

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