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Exclusive – Shay Given: Ireland CAN upset Germany

first_imgGoalkeeper Shay Given insists Republic of Ireland are confident of causing a shock upset against world champions Germany as they prepare for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifying tie on Thursday.Automatic qualification for the finals in France is still within reach for the Irish, who going into the home clash in third place in a competitive Group D.World Cup winners Germany top the group with 19 points, Poland are second on 17 while Ireland sit one place back with 15.A draw for Germany on Thursday will see them through, but a shock three points against the world champions would see Martin O’Neill’s side pull clear of Home Nation rivals Scotland, who are still in with a shout at a play-off place.Republic of Ireland travel to face Poland – led by deadly in-form striker Robert Lewandowski – after their Germany tie, but veteran glovesman Given is sure the side can claim a result against the champions in front of a packed home crowd.“It’s going to be a difficult game, of course it is, Germany are world champions for a reason and they’ve got world class players all over the pitch,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But we all take heart from the Scottish performance, they scored two goals past them, so you never know on the night.“If we all put in a real a 10/10 performance we can maybe upset them. We’ll try and get a result, that’s all you can do against the world champions.“We do not fear the game, we’re looking forward to it. It’s an exciting game to be involved in as a player, to play the best team in the world in Dublin in your home stadium, it’s fantastic to be involved in and we’re all looking forward to it.“We’ve got some good attacking players in the team, we can’t just sit back for 90 minutes as they will punish you, so we will need to get at them.“The crowd will play a huge part as well, it’s a sell out at the Aviva Stadium and we need the 12th man behind us.”last_img read more

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Bundesliga chief admits £37m Arsenal and Liverpool target could leave if price is right

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sport Max Eberl has admitted midfielder Granit Xhaka could leave the club, if a tempting offer is received.The Swiss midfielder has attracted interest from a host of clubs, with Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly among the admirers – but he still has three and a half years left to run on his contract in the Bundesliga.That does not mean he does not have a price, however, with Eberl saying the Foals would be unable to turn down a substantial bid for the 23-year-old.“It depends a bit on our own sporting success, it depends on Granit’s own performances and of course it depends on the figures,” Eberl told WDR 2 radio.“If they reach a certain dimension, then you could get dizzy. There are always situations in which every club would have to make considerations.”Eberl says Gladbach do not have to sell, though, and he hopes a bid does not arrive.“It is all in our own hands,” he said. “As things stand, we are happy to have him with us and hopefully he will stay with us for a long time.”Xhaka has scored three goals in 15 games for the Foals this season and was recently appointed club captain.However, he will miss their next three games due to a red card he picked up in their final fixture of 2015 against Darmstadt. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka last_img read more

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Chelsea £25m for Brazilian teenager rejected by Santos

first_img1 Chelsea have had a £25m offer for Santos winger Gabriel Barbosa snubbed by the player, according to reports in Brazil.Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to be a huge admirer of the 19-year-old and had ordered officials of his new club to stump up a mega fee.However, according to UOL Esporte, Barbosa is holding out for a dream move to Real Madrid in the future and is reluctant to move to Stamford Bridge.Santos have apparently accepted the bid from Chelsea but have informed the Premier League club that Barbosa wants to stay put in his native Brazil.Chelsea are not the first club to have been turned down by Barbosa, with Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune also receiving a similar response earlier this year. Blues boss Antonio Conte is understood to be a huge admirer Gabriel Barbosa last_img read more

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