Don’t blame Balotelli! Other Liverpool players were worse against Madrid, claims Ancelotti

first_img Mario Balotelli warms up ahead of Liverpool v Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti has defended Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after the Italian striker was criticised for his performance in Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid last night.The Reds went down 3-0 to the Champions League holders, with a brace from Karim Benzema and one from Cristiano Ronaldo downing Brendan Rodgers’ side.On a disappointing night at Anfield, Balotelli was one player who came in for heavy criticism, especially after swapping shirts with opposing defender Pepe at half-time.However, Ancelotti has now defended the Liverpool striker, insisting other Reds’ players turned in worse displays.“He wasn’t the worst performer,” Ancelotti told Sky Italia. “Have we completely lost Balotelli? I thought in the first half he was the player who most attacked the space and tried to create problems for us.“Can he give more? I don’t know, but he wasn’t the worst performer on the evening.” 1last_img read more

Thierry Henry back in management as MLS side name him new head coach

first_img“This appointment, two months before the resumption in January, will allow us to have the time to build the team with the one who will pilot it.”The Impact finished ninth in MLS’ Eastern Conference and 18th overall under Wilmer Cabrera last season. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Thierry Henry has returned to management with a job in MLS Montreal Impact have named Thierry Henry their new head coach.The former Arsenal striker has signed a two-year contract with the option of a further season, the Major League Soccer club announced on Thursday.It is the 42-year-old’s first job since his disastrous spell in charge of Monaco, which ended in January. AFP or licensors Welcome to Montreal @ThierryHenry !📰 >> #AllezMTL— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) November 14, 2019Henry, who also played for Juventus and Barcelona and was a World Cup winner with France in 1998, lasted only three-and-a-half months in charge of Monaco after failing to rejuvenate the struggling side following the departure of Leonardo Jardim, who later returned to the role as Henry’s successor.But Impact sports director Olivier Renard is confident the 42-year-old, who previously served as assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, is the right man to bring success to the Canadian outfit.“We are very happy to have Thierry join us,” said Renard. “Young and dynamic, he is very familiar with MLS and meets the criteria we set.center_img 1 Henry finished his playing career in MLS, scoring 51 goals in 122 appearances for the New York Red Bulls from 2010 to 2014.“It’s an honour to become head coach of the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,” Henry told the club’s official website.“It’s a league that I know well [and] where I had a great time.“Being in Quebec, in Montreal, which has a huge multicultural heritage, is something extraordinary. I have always had an eye on this club and now I am there.” England vs Montenegro (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Rochdale (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Azerbaijan vs Wales (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Wycombe (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Kosovo vs England (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT LIVE on talkSPORTlast_img read more