Jose Mourinho, with his Manchester United sitting 15 points back of league leaders Manchester City, has admitted that the Red Devils must focus on finishing second. City have one loss all season, to Liverpool at Anfield, with two draws, while United have four losses and five draws, most recently a loss to Tottenham at Wembley.
“We need points to be the first of the last. We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.
”The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”
Arsene Wenger has stated that competition in the top teams in Europe is being “destroyed“ by clubs with huge financial power, and that “unpredictability has gone down.” In France, Paris Saint-Germain have an 11-point lead over second-place Lyon. Bayern Munich have a 16-point lead in the Bundesliga over Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester City have a 15-point lead with just one loss in the EPL over United. Barcelona have an 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and are 19 points ahead of Real Madrid.
“When you look at the five big leagues in Europe, in December we already knew four champions.
”That means something is not right in our game. The huge financial power of some clubs is basically destroying the competition.”
Speaking of Arsene Wenger, he also said that he wanted to sign a defender for Arsenal in the January window, but did not, and now has to find a solution in the team instead of bringing in a new player. Arsenal had a bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans rejected late in the window, and were unable to target another defender to solve the defensive issues they have had this season. Arsenal has conceded as many goals, 34, as West Brom, who sit last in the EPL table. Arsenal did add the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but now have to address their back line internally instead of spending on another player, at least for this season.
According to reports, Leicester City are prepared to fine forward Riyad Mahrez for not showing up to training the past few days. The fine is reportedly the equivalent of two week’s wages, or $285,000. Manchester City had a bid lined up for the forward to add to their squad during an injury to Leroy Sane, and offered around $71 million, but Leicester wanted more than City were willing to spend. This is the second time in two windows that Mahrez had a potential move fall through, and is apparently not interested in being at Leicester anymore.
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