El Clasico 2014 L i v e S t r e a m Free Preview: Welcome
Saturday's el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona ... legal, high-quality live stream that also offers exceptional customer service. HoChelsea and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado, a 26-year-old winger, is just "details away" from signing a new deal with Fiorentina. (Daily Express) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refuses to rule out the possibility of signing ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, a free agent who has been training with the Red Devils. (Daily Express) Van Gaal has identified Zenit St Petersburg's Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 28, as the player to shore up Manchester United's struggling back four. (Daily Mirror) Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, has dropped his wage demands to £80,000-a-week in order to ensure he seals his proposed transfer to Arsenal. (Metro) The Spain international, 26, spent a night in hospital earlier this week with a viral infection. He has been recovering at home but ahead of Sunday's game at Old Trafford, Blues boss Jose Mourinho said:
"I want to play Diego if he is ready. "He has to show on Saturday in training that he's capable of playing. If he's ready to play, he plays." Former Liverpool defender and Neville's fellow pundit Jamie Carragher was also critical of Mignolet's performance against Everton. "It was a character assassination that Gary Neville did to Simon Mignolet," Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 live. "I have to say I don't think the boy has done too bad since that night where he was taken apart by Carragher and Neville. "It's very difficult to go on the pitch, everyone will be watching him, and everyone will be saying 'Oh this is what Neville's said, and this is what Carragher's said'." However, the body that represents Europe's biggest football leagues insists the tournament must be played in the "summer period" as planned. The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) is made up of 21 leagues including the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and League Un in France. "The EPFL considers that any re-scheduling of the World Cup would be damaging to the domestic competitions and the leagues' business and sporting interests," EPFL chairman Frederic Thiriez said. Questions were raised almost immediately after Qatar won the right to host the tournament about the Gulf state's suitability, given the intense heat the country experiences in June and July, the traditional time slot for the tournament. Qatar 2022's organisers have always insisted they can play host in the summer, pointing to their plan to use air-cooling technology to lower temperatures within stadiums and fan zones. Fifa from all football-related activity for four months and banned for a record nine competitive international games.
However, the decision of world football's governing body did not dissuade Barcelona from signing the forward from Liverpool in a deal believed to be worth £75m. Suarez appealed against Fifa's ruling and, although his ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) in August, the punishment was relaxed to permit him to train and play in friendly matches. Lawro's Clasico prediction Image of Mark Lawrenson Mark Lawrenson Football analyst "Ronaldo and Messi are, if anything, better than last season. It is so hard to call but I would go for Real to edge it this time. "It will be full of absolutely everything - quality, intensity and lots of incident. It is becoming an unmissable event." Read Lawro's full prediction He has since figured for the Spanish club and his country in non-competitive games. "I'm getting more anxious to play and help the team out," said Suarez recently.
"I'm the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason, and out of all 19 teams in the league, it's precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu that I'll make my comeback. There must be a reason." Suarez scored 31 league goals in helping Liverpool finish second The striker, 27, who will make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday, was banned for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. Admitting he had a problem, Suarez told the Guardian Weekend magazine: "It is like an impulse, like a reaction. "I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people." Suarez's attack on Chiellini was the third time the Uruguayan had bitten an opponent.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has signed a new deal with the Italian club, which runs until 2019. The 21-year-old was a regular in France's team at the 2014 World Cup and has been linked with several of Europe's top clubs. But the Turin club's administrator Giuseppe Marotta told shareholders the player had committed to a new deal with the Serie A champions. Pogba joined Juve on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012. He accused the Old Trafford club of "disrespect" in May, claiming he was made to train alone during the contract dispute that preceded his move to Italy. He has helped the club to back-to-back league titles and his previous contract was set to expire in 2016. Manchester City made mincemeat out of West Ham last season. Four wins in four games between the clubs. Fourteen goals lashed in, including a 6-0 thrashing in the League Cup. Just one conceded. They haven't lost in 10 meetings. The omens should be ominous for the home side. But the Hammers are a top-four side at the moment. Upton Park will be rocking. This will be a real test for the defending champions after their exhausting and frustrating trip to Moscow. Vincent Kompany's attack on Uefa's ban on City fans for the behind-closed-doors Champions League clash was justified. Decisions by Europe's governing body have had the consistency of jelly over recent years. But I wonder if the City skipper would have been so vociferous had they held out for a much-needed Champions League win? The decision to give CSKA a penalty was appalling. But City should have had the game wrapped up long before then.