Champions League: Mourinho backs Lukaku to come good

Champions League: Mourinho backs Lukaku to come good

Cape Town – Jose Mourinho said that Romelu Lukaku is struggling for form and confidence after seeing his Manchester United side lose 1-0 to Juventus.

The Premier League club were second best for much of the Champions League tie where a Paulo Dybala goal settled the tie.

Lukaku has now not scored for eight games, but he had a tough task to get the better of Juve defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Even Mourinho had praise for the Italian defenders while admitting that Lukaku needs to raise his game.

After the game, the United boss told the press: “No criticism at all, a complete understanding the player is a fantastic pro that wants to give everything.

“But I have to agree his moment is not sweet, not just with the goals he is not scoring but in his confidence, movement, touch, he is not linking the game well with the team – but he’s our striker and he’s a good striker and a striker we believe in.

“Could I play (Marcus) Rashford there? But then I don’t have a winger because in this moment we are in this difficult situation.

“He (Lukaku) is a hard-working guy, is a good professional, but one day the goal will arrive and the confidence will be back.”

Lukaku last scored for United in a 2-1 win over Watford but netted a brace for Belgium in a 2-1 win over Switzerland two weeks ago.

Source – News 24

Zidane to take coaching  job ‘soon’

Zidane to take coaching job ‘soon’

By AFP

Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon.

Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon.

Zidane made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, five days after leading the club to a third consecutive Champions League title.

The Frenchman said he believed change was needed for the team to “keep winning” but, despite a disappointing final La Liga campaign, he left with his reputation sky-high.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zidane, with Jose Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford increasingly uncertain.

“Surely I am going to return to coaching soon,” Zidane told Spanish broadcaster RTVE on Sunday.

“Because I like it and (football) is what I have done my whole life.”

Zidane began coaching for Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, in 2014 before taking charge of the first team in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked.

He led Madrid to the league title the following year but failed to replicate that success domestically last term, as Los Blancos finished third, 17 points behind Barcelona.

Source – AFP