Solskjaer: Tan is a winner

first_img He feels City can achieve an astonishing feat, as long as they do not become fixated by the idea. He said: “It’s possible for them to win all four. They will go for it and want to win it. “When you get into that position the thing is you don’t talk too much about it at all, because you are in such a great frame of mind. “You get into the rhythm of playing a game and performing, winning and playing and performing and winning. “That was what we felt for the last five months of 1999. It was just game after game after game. We rotated and didn’t have to make too many changes. “We had won so many games and Peter Schmeichel’s penalty save (in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal) was a key moment because Arsenal would have won the double. “That’s the margins in football.” Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes owner Vincent Tan can help the club become a Premier League force. Malaysian businessman Tan has caused controversy by changing the club’s kit from blue to red and sacking manager Malky Mackay after a series of disagreements. But Tan claims to have ploughed more than £120million of his own money into the club and has already backed Solskjaer in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli. There were also three club-record signings during the summer and Solskjaer is confident Tan can help the Bluebirds become a top-10 side, and re-iterated he will have control over all football matters. Solskjaer, whose side dropped into the relegation zone after defeat to West Ham last weekend, said: “The owner is a winner and he wants all of his businesses to be successful. Now he trusts me to make the football decisions. “In the short term it is important that we stay in the Premier League, but then again he has reassured me that we are looking to strengthen if the right people are available. “It is not like I have X amount of money. It is my job to find value for money and put it to him. He has been very open for discussion. “It is a great football club and a top 10-place is the medium and long-term aim, and who knows what can happen in the long, long term?” On Saturday, Solskjaer takes his side to the Etihad Stadium to face a Manchester City side with 10 wins from 10 at home in the league and 99 goals scored in all competitions so far this season. The Citizens remain in contention for a trophy quadruple. Solskjaer famously helped Manchester United to the treble in 1999, scoring the winner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Press Associationlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Croatia score late to stun Spain 2-1 and win group

first_imgIvan Perisic scored in the 87th minute as Croatia stunned Spain in a 2-1 comeback victory Tuesday to finish top of Group D at the European Championship.His winning goal gave Croatia its first victory over in 22 years and ended Spain’s unbeaten run at a European Championship that stretched back to 2004. Defeat means that Spain will now meet Italy in the round of 16 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Croatia will play one of the third-place teams in the northern French city of Lens.It had all started so well for Spain, when striker Alvaro Morata put his side ahead in the seventh minute, redirecting the ball into the net after a shot by midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Spain playmaker David Silva had split open the Croatia defense with a through-ball to create the chance.Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime with a nice back-heel flick that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at the near post after Perisic delivered the cross from the left. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.It proved to be a costly miss when Perisic fired in the winner with a few minutes left in the match. Perisic scored with a low left-foot shot, beating Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post to finish off a fast counter attack.Both teams had entered the match at the Stade the Boardeaux guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. However, both teams wanted to win especially as the runner-up in the group meets Italy.advertisementCroatia’s surprise victory came despite playing without star midfielder Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic, both out with muscle injuries.Spain was at full strength despite having already qualified, playing with the same 11 that won its first two group games.The result ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten streak at the European Championship over two tournaments. It also ended the team’s run of seven straight games without conceding a goal. The last time it had conceded was in a 1-1 draw against Italy in its first match in the 2012 tournament, 734 minutes ago.Croatia hadn’t beaten Spain since a 2-0 result in friendly in Valencia in 1994. The teams had also met in the final group game at Euro 2012, when La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.last_img read more