Friday, 4 May 2018

Champions League Final Not Just About Me And Cristiano Ronaldo – Mohammed Salah

Egyptian superstar, Mohamed Salah, believes the UEFA Champions League between Real Madrid and Liverpool will not be a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Premier League campaigners reached their first UCL final for the first time since 2007 following their 7-6 aggregate win over AS Roma at the semifinal stage of the competition.
Both players will face off in Kiev later this month as the Reds will be hoping to stop Los Blancos from winning their third straight European Cup this term.
The 25-year-old joined Liverpool from AS Roma last summer and he has scored 43 goals so far in all competitions.
Salah claims their progress to the final of the competition was the hard work of the entire team, saying it wasn’t his individual effort. The former Chelsea star has scored 11 goals in 14 UCL matches this season, four less than Ronaldo’s tally in the same championship.
“It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said “I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great team work, that I could not do alone. “I know all of the Arab people wish the best for me, and they are happy every time I win, but now at the moment, I am only thinking about the final and to bring the trophy to Anfield.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has 42 goals in all appearances this season – the same as his Barcelona arch rival, Lionel Messi.
Salah inspired Egypt to qualify for their 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1990, while also helping them to finish as runners up in the 2017 African Cup of Nations – losing narrowly to Cameroon.
He is the reigning African footballer of the year, PFA player of the year and has also won several awards in his first year with the Reds.

Arsenal Defender Suffers Serious Injury, May Miss 2018 FIFA World Cup Against Atletico

Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny, has suffered a career threatening injury against Spanish side, Atletico Madrid, and the Frenchman is now set to be out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Koscielny collapsed in agony during the Europa League semi-final to end his World Cup dreams and he now faces at least six months on the sidelines.
The Arsenal captain was in tears as he was being stretchered off the field, leaving his teammates and Gunners fans sad on Thursday night, May 3.
Arsenal was however unable to cope with Laurent Koscielny's exit on the pitch as they went on to lose 0-1 against Atletico Madrid and crashed out of the 2017/18 Europa League.
The consequence of that defeat is that Arsenal will not have the chance to campaign next season in the Champions League because they won't be able to finish among the top four this term.
Laurent Koscielny has been at Arsenal since 2010, making 324 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners. The Spaniard scored his side's lone goal in the 45th minute after receiving a clean pass from Antoine Griezmann before clinically putting the ball behind Ospina just before the end of the first half.
Both sides played 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium a week ago and needed at least a goalless draw to pull through, but they got more than a draw to seal their qualification.

By Mercy Kukah

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