October 21st, 2014

cat, cloak and dagger

Roma AC vs Bayern Munich: Champions League post round up

Divorce of the year: How the Benatia and Roma Love Story Came To An End

Mehdi Benatia greeted the news that Bayern Munich had been drawn in the same Champions League group as former club Roma with delight. "I'm so happy. I wished for us to play them so badly so that I could see my friends again." However, ahead of Benatia's return to the Italian capital on Tuesday night, one wonders just how many friends he has left at the Stadio Olimpico.
The defender certainly won't be greeted with open arms by Roma president James Pallotta and sporting director Walter Sabatini - both of whom have publicly berated Benatia for the manner of his departure for Bavaria just before the close of the summer transfer window.

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QPR inside drama: Redknapp vs Taarabt

SUNDAY 19 Oct: Redknapp rants about Taarabt after QPR lose to Liverpool

The former Tottenham boss slammed the 25-year-old after he was once again conspicuously absent from the QPR squad to face Liverpool at Loftus Road on Sunday

Harry Redknapp launched an astonishing attack on QPR misfit Adel Taarabt after his side were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool on Sunday, claiming that the Morocco international is “three stone overweight.”

Taarabt has played just 25 minutes of Premier League football this season and was missing from the squad for the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side at Loftus Road.

When asked about the mercurial playmaker after the match, Redknapp claimed that the 25-year-old is both overweight and unfit, before slamming his attitude in a reserve match earlier this week.

He [Taarabt] is not injured. He’s not fit,” he blasted. “He’s not fit to play football unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did. I can’t pick him.

"I can't keep protecting people who don't want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don't train?

"What's the game coming to?

Redknapp also challenged Taarabt to prove that he deserves a spot in his starting XI by excelling on the training field in the coming weeks.

I pick people who want to try, who deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, who come in every day and want to work, train and show a good attitude,” he added. “When he starts doing that, if he ever can do it, maybe he’ll get a game.

Two own goals, from Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker, plus a deflected Philippe Coutinho strike gave Liverpool victory in west London.

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this mess RME ... so embarrassing for everyone involved