Eddie Howe calls him ‘an incredible guy’ and teammates have been taken by his infectious personality. It helps, of course, that he can play - his stats show him to be the best midfielder in the country on current form.
It is a classic Shastri-ism, the same mustachioed chutzpah that has run through from his playing days like words in a stick of rock. He and Key are different characters – there is only one Ravi Shastri, let’s be honest – but both call the game as they see it. And though the 59-year-old warns there will be resentment of his slightly left-field appointment, he is adamant the volume of cricket that modern commentators consume around the world is an advantage over those who come through one system.
“I don’t regret that at all. As a manager you always have to question and ask yourself what you could have done better, if I could have played with a different formation in certain games, if a substitution could have been done earlier. This is what always happens we always ask question ourselves what we could have done better.
Carlo Ancelotti's substitutions made the difference for Real Madrid on Tuesday night as they came from behind to eliminate Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals.
“If the England call doesn’t come, I will still play here at Lancashire this season. I have never looked too far ahead in my career. It’s always game-by-game and series-by-series and season-by-season. I’ll have to take it season by season.”
Grealish will be hoping to lace up his boots for England again at the World Cup later this year, but first comes the quest for honours with City — and savouring his first season of Champions League football. Last season’s runners-up are trying to go one step further. The hope now is for an even more spectacular conclusion.
Thomas Tuchel called on Chelsea’s supporters to raise the roof when the European champions host Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.
The Qatar World Cup's top organiser, Hassan Al Thawadi, has accused the Norway FA President Lise Klaveness of failing to educate herself on the country's human rights record after she delivered a damning address at Thursday's FIFA Congress in Doha.
Florentino Perez and Real Madrid's story started back in 2000 when he won the presidency thanks to the signing of Luis Figo from Barcelona.
Jordi Alba has spoken about his personal situation at Barcelona and in the national team and discussed how his side is approaching this Sunday's Clasico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made no secret of the fact that he is looking forward to today's game against Real Madrid.
Xavi Hernandez was full of praise for his Barcelona side as they advanced to the Europa League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Galatasaray. However, he warned his side that their stunning recent form counts for nothing ahead of El Clasico on Sunday night.
Pedri evoked memories of Lionel Messi as he helped Barcelona book their place in the Europa League quarterfinals with a 2-1 win at Galatasaray, but he says comparisons with the Argentina forward are "crazy."
“My first memories from my childhood are being with him inside a dressing room, at training sessions, him taking me by the hand,” Radamel Falcao says. His is a family story, which makes it a football story too, told through photographs and in the quiet, almost gentle voice that characterises him, a hint of timidity in the man they call “The Tiger.”
Fred believes Manchester United being led by an interim manager in Ralf Rangnick is causing uncertainty that is “a little bit bad” for the team.
Antonio Conte has raised more alarm bells about his Tottenham side, claiming the club is completely different to his previous title-winning sides 'in terms of fighting to win.'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said his team's round-of-16 tie with Real Madrid "could be a Champions League final" given the quality of the players involved and backed Lionel Messi to play a "fundamental role."