Split loyalty for Klopp ahead of Dortmund-Schalke derby

first_img“This is the craziest situation in my life,” Klopp admitted recently at an event in Dortmund.“I am 100 percent black-and-yellow (for Dortmund), but now my best friend is the Schalke coach.“I still don’t know what to make of that.”Wagner, 48, a former Schalke player, fully understands the significance of the fixture having spent four years coaching Dortmund’s reserves, working alongside Klopp, before steering Huddersfield Town to the Premier League, then returning to Germany to take charge of the Royal Blues this season.“At Dortmund, they called me ‘Schalker’ for at least the first six months. I know what the derby means to everyone,” Wagner admitted with a grin.Dortmund expect to have playmaker and captain Marco Reus, who hit the winner in last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, back from illness, but striker Paco Alcacer remains sidelined by a calf injury.Either club could potentially go above table-topping Moenchengladbach with fourth-placed Dortmund just a point behind and Schalke, in seventh spot, trailing the leaders by two points.– ‘No ordinary match’ –England winger Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring the winner in Dortmund’s 2-1 win against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen last December © dpa/AFP/File / Ina FassbenderHonours were even in last season’s explosive derbies.England winger Jadon Sancho, who was dropped for last weekend’s victory over Gladbach after returning late from international duty, scored the winner as Dortmund won 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen last December.Schalke returned the favour in April when Dortmund had captain Marco Reus and defender Marcus Wolf sent off in a 4-2 defeat, which effectively ended their team’s title hopes, as Schalke picked up a key win to stave off relegation under Wagner’s predecessor Huub Stevens.This season, Schalke are a work in progress, following up a shock 3-1 win at title-contender Leipzig with a draw against Cologne, then defeat last weekend to mid-table Hoffenheim.Their playmaker Amine Harit is one to watch as is England Under-21 right back Jonjoe Kenny, on-loan from Everton.“I have experiences in this type of fixture from playing in the Merseyside derby for Everton against Liverpool,” Kenny said.“I know what the fans expect from us, and how hard we need to work.“You can tell when there’s a derby around the corner and that it’s no ordinary match.”In the wake of a lacklustre 2-0 midweek defeat at Inter Milan in the Champions League, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has the extra pressure of media speculation that Jose Mourinho is waiting to take charge if the Swiss is fired.Favre has said he is “not okay” with the rumours and sporting director Michael Zorc insisted there are no such discussions among senior club figures as “we are happy that we have Lucien Favre.”0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus (R) is shown his team’s first of two red cards in April’s derby when Schalke ran out 4-2 winners © AFP/File / INA FASSBENDERBERLIN, Germany, Oct 25 – Even former-Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admits he has split loyalty for Saturday’s hotly anticipated Ruhr Derby with both Schalke and arch-rivals Dortmund capable of going top of the Bundesliga.The current Liverpool boss led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, yet is torn over this weekend’s match in Gelsenkirchen with close friend David Wagner now head coach of the hosts.last_img read more

‘Rashford harshly treated by Man Utd’

first_imgManchester United ‘Rashford harshly treated by Man Utd’ – Mourinho’s lack of support surprises Sharpe Chris Burton 22:33 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford England Premier League World Cup The ex-Red Devils winger feels an exciting talent should be given more chances at club level but is backing him to shine for England at the World Cup Marcus Rashford has been “harshly treated” by Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with an exciting talent deserving of more support from Jose Mourinho.Despite still being a regular part of the Red Devils’ plans in 2017-18, the 20-year-old forward found Premier League starts hard to come by as the season wore on.The January arrival of Alexis Sanchez did little to aid his cause, with Mourinho often leaving Rashford and fellow frontman Anthony Martial frustrated on the sidelines. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Those calls have been questioned by Sharpe, with the former United winger of the opinion that more should be done to keep a man now sparking transfer talk settled and happy.He told PA Sport: “I think he’s been a little bit harshly treated, dipping in and out of the team has not helped him.“It doesn’t seem like Jose Mourinho is building a team around him and he’s never been one for putting young ones in.“Having been a similar age in a similar sort of position to Marcus, I know how it feels and even though you get the odd week where you get tired you need to get that rhythm and to feel the manager is backing you. Sanchez coming in and taking a place hasn’t helped him.“To be in and out just isn’t great and it’s also a little tough for him being in a team who aren’t playing fluently, moving the ball around and dominating.”While Rashford endured a testing end to his domestic campaign, a summer of international football has been opened in some style.Marcus Rashford Phil Jones Jordan Henderson England Costa Rica international friendly 2018A stunning goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica has set the youngster up perfectly for World Cup duty, with Sharpe backing a player blessed with searing pace and a keen eye for goal to “scare” the very best defences on the planet.He added: “I think he could be huge for England at the tournament.“There are a few senior international defenders who will be absolutely petrified of him if he’s given licence to just run at people and do his stuff. He should be told to go and fill his boots and express himself.“Rashford could scare people to death out there, score a few goals and win a few penalties.”Rashford end the club season with a career-best 13 goals for United, while his latest effort for England means that he now has three for his country in 19 appearances.last_img read more