David Luiz accepts blame after his nightmare performance in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Comment David Luiz accepted the blame for Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City (Sky Sports)David Luiz has accepted the blame for Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City and admits he should have made an early decision over his contract situation with the Gunners.The 33-year-old, who was brought on as a first-half substitute for the injured Pablo Mari, was at fault for City’s opening goal as his inability to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s pass allowed Raheem Sterling to score from close range.But it got even worse for Luiz shortly after half-time as he gave away a penalty for bringing down Riyad Mahrez and was sent off in the 50th minute.De Bruyne converted the penalty to double City’s lead before a goal from Phil Foden wrapped up a 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter the match, Luiz insisted on speaking to the media and took the blame for Arsenal’s defeat, whilst he also accepted that he was at fault for allowing his contract situation to run down as his current deal is due to expire at the end of June.‘It’s not the team’s fault. It was my fault,’ Luiz told Sky Sports. David Luiz was sent off in the second half of Arsenal’s defeat to Man City (Getty Images)‘I take the decision to play, I should take a decision in the last two months but I didn’t.‘Today, I think the team did well, especially after the 10 men.‘The coach [Mikel Arteta] is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was my fault.‘I should have taken a different decision in the last two months, and I didn’t. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link504Sharescenter_img Advertisement David Luiz admits he’s been at fault for his contract situation at Arsenal (PA)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was all about my contract, if I stayed here or not. I have 14 more days maybe here, and that’s it, so today was my fault.‘A different decision to decide my future to decide as early as possibly but I didn’t.‘I don’t want to use that as an excuse, it’s my fault, that’s it.‘I love to be here, that’s why I continue to train hard, that’s why I came here today, that’s why I tried to do everything, that’s why I’m here [explaining], that’s why I said to the players, ‘nobody help me to speak’, it’s me, I have to show my face and be here.‘I want to stay. The coach knows, the coach wants me to stay, we are waiting for the decisions.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. David Luiz accepts blame after his nightmare performance in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester Citylast_img read more

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Wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to Stay at Real Madrid: Lionel Messi

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have come to symbolise sporting rivalry and as they climbed the pinnacle of footballing superstardom in the last decade.Yet the Barcelona star has accepted that he misses Ronaldo and also admitted that he wanted the Portuguese star to continue at Real Madrid. Ronaldo had left for Juventus last year.In a recent interview, Messi said that he used to look forward to their duel on the pitch and said that it gave him an extra push to do better.”I wanted him to continue with Real Madrid,” Messi told RAC1. “He gave a plus to the rivalry in the Clasico and La Liga.”Real Madrid will continue to challenge because they have very good players, but I already said that the team was going to feel his loss for what he meant and that the squad would notice. But they have plenty of players to allow them to fight for every title and they have a lot of history.”Messi also reflected on the recent disappointment of Barcelona’s semi-final loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.”The Liverpool thing was our fault. It came after the Roma incident. We got a mental block as the Rome defeat came to mind.”We got worse and worse and it wasn’t because of the coach,” Messi said in defense of head coach Ernesto Valverde.”The club decided that he should continue and I think that for everyone it was a joy because we support him and love him, like Luis Enrique or the coaches who came before him,” Messi added.Messi, who recently won the FIFA Best Player 2018-19 award, clarified that he is not targeting a record sixth Ballon d’Or, one more than Ronaldo.”It wouldn’t be a disappointment not to win it,” Messi said. “These awards are nice recognition, but for me they were never a priority, I would be more disappointed to spend another year without winning the Champions League – it’s been five years since we’ve done it.” argentinabarcelonacristiano ronaldofootball First Published: October 9, 2019, 4:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Weather Eye: Winter has arrived but chance of snow for holiday is slim

first_img We discussed on Tuesday cooler weather for the holiday weekend and that is still on track. The chance of a white Christmas is slim here in the lowlands but those in the foothills may have one. Snow levels will lower Friday as a low pressure system slides to our south causing a northerly and easterly flow of air to settle in. However, precipitation chances lower and there isn’t really any Arctic air to lock us in a deep freeze.There is still plenty of snow-covered ground just about everywhere east of the Cascades as seen on visual satellite photos yesterday. And speaking of visual, persistent fog was in the western valleys causing a “Bah! Humbug!” attitude for some. Meanwhile in the mountains and at the ocean beaches it was clear and sunny. Most locations along the coast had afternoon temperatures in the balmy 50s and light winds.Wednesday was a classic ‘inversion’ due to warm air aloft and colder valley surface temperatures. Long nights, moist air and calm winds are the main ingredients. The sun is so low in the sky this time of the year it does little to burn the sticky fog away.Was it a fitting arrival for the first official day of winter? Temperature-wise I guess, but the fog can disappear gladly! So expect a little rain later today with a continued chance of showers through Christmas Eve. As mentioned, those in the hilly areas may see snowflakes accumulate and any showers that fall here in the city could have a wintry mix embedded. There is always an outside chance we get a dusting as the weather pattern unfolds but as of this writing late Wednesday, it goes the way of the Grinch.We remember Christmas 2008 as the last official “White Christmas” with over a foot of the white stuff on the ground. It was a year to rejoice for snow lovers as it began to accumulate well before the holidays. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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