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‘Money doesn’t work’ – Erik ten Hag takes swipe at Chelsea & Todd Boehly ahead of clash



Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag said Chelsea’s struggles this season show the importance of having a proper strategy as well as money.

Ten Hag said Chelsea’s dire first season since Todd Boehly took over the club in a deal worth more than £4 billion demonstrated that money alone will not guarantee success if it is not backed up by a strong strategy. United are the subject of their own takeover process right now, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani battling for the keys to Old Trafford.

“You can have money but you have to spend it in the right way and have a strategy behind it, otherwise the money doesn’t work,”

Ten Hag told a press conference ahead of United’s match with Chelsea. “In this moment a lot of good players, a lot of the best managers, a lot of the money it is all here in the United Kingdom. It is a great competition but also a hard competition. When there is no strategy or the right strategy money doesn’t work.”

Chelsea have spent more than £600 million since Boehly took the reins of Chelsea last summer, following the sanctions against previous owner Roman Abramovich.

However, the Blues have had a nightmare season, sacking two managers, and they are on course for their worst finish in the Premier League since 1993-1994.

United play Chelsea on Thursday needing just one more point to clinch a top-four finish in the Premier League and seal a return to the Champions League. They then finish the season at home to Fulham on Sunday.

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Messi Won’t Find Life Easy In MLS –Rooney



Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has warned Lionel Messi that he should braze up for tough time in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Recall that Messi confirmed this week that he is joining Inter Miami as a free agent.

Rooney, who is currently in charge of DC United, is hoping that the 35-year-old’s MLS debut could come against his side.

Inter Miami are due to face DC United in Washington on July 8.

Rooney told reporters: “It’d be nice if we were his first opponents for D.C. fans to see him up close and for us to challenge ourselves against him.

“One thing I will say is that it’s not going to be easy for him. The league’s a difficult league, and I don’t think he’s going to come over here and absolutely tear it up immediately.

“He’ll have to adapt because it’s a bit different; it won’t be an easy ride for him.”

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UCL final: Guardiola afraid of Italian teams – Di Matteo



Former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has claimed that Pep Guardiola fears Italian clubs.

Guardiola’s Manchester City will take on Inter Milan in Saturday’s Champions League final.

The Premier League champions are favourites heading into the game in Istanbul, as they close in on a treble after they also lifted the FA Cup.

But Di Matteo believes Guardiola is a little bit scared of taking on Italian sides, knowing what a challenge they can pose.

He told Football-Italia: “You go to church with the whole team and pray; jokes aside, motivation makes the difference, and we had it. We were not fully fit, but convinced we could make it. Inter have the same spirit; they don’t look like a scared team.

“Guardiola is more than a coach; he is a visionary, but he knows how competitive Italians are and fears us.”

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Transfer: Real reason I didn’t join Saudi Arabian club – Messi



Argentina captain Lionel Messi has explained why he didn’t move to Saudi Arabia.

Messi, who played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain last Sunday against Clermont Foot, had been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal.

The Argentina World Cup winner was also linked with a return to Barcelona, but he is now set to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami.

However, according to Messi, he opted not to move to Saudi Arabia because he had made his final decision to go elsewhere [Inter Miami] and not because of money.

“If it had been a matter of money, I’d have gone to Arabia or elsewhere. It seemed like a lot of money to me”, Messi told Mundo Deportivo.

“The truth is that my final decision goes elsewhere and not because of money.”

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