Ronaldo slammed for lacking sharpness, Solskjaer gives Angel Gomes contract update, and UEFA relax FFP rules

After missing a penalty during the semi-final of the Coppa Italia against AC Milan last Friday, the Portuguese once again failed to deliver on Wednesday night.

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri slammed forward Cristiano Ronaldo for lacking sharpness after the Old Lady’s Coppa Italia final defeat to Napoli .

Ronaldo had the chance to put his semi-final’s penalty miss against AC Milan behind him as Juve took on Gennaro Gattusso’s Napoli in the final on Wednesday night.

However, after a goalless 90 minutes during which the former Real Madrid forward managed only 1 shot on target, Ronaldo watched from afar as his teammates missed two of their opening four penalties to allow Napoli clinch their first trophy in six seasons.

His performance during the match attracted the ire of Sarri, who claimed following the game that while Ronaldo is ‘in the same shape as the others’, the Portuguese isn’t able to do what ‘works best for him’ as he lacks ‘sharpness’.

Ronaldo slammed for lacking sharpness
The Portuguese wasn't at his best against Napoli (Image Copyright: imago images / inside photo Federico Tardito / inside photo federicoxtardito)

Top News 2: Solskjaer gives Angel Gomes contract update

Solskjaer gives Angel Gomes contract update
The 19-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona (Image Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images xAndyxRowlandx PMI-1752)

With the midfielder’s contract with United set to come to an end later this month, his future at Old Trafford is up in the air.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed he’s confident teenage midfield prodigy Angel Gomes will sign a new deal with the Old Trafford outfit, as per Metro.

Gomes, 19, has been regarded as one of the finest products to have come out of United’s academy in the past few years. His future at the club, however, is a matter of conjecture as the midfielder is yet to put pen to paper on a contract that will see him begin the next season in a United shirt.

However, with reports in recent weeks claiming that the Red Devils are making a steady progress to convince the Englishman to sign the £25,000-a-week contract they have offered to him, Solskjaer also looked confident while talking about the future of the teenager.

The Norwegian claimed that the England Under-20 international isn’t ‘too far’ from signing a new deal with the Red devils amid interest from the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea.


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Top News 3: UEFA relax Financial Fair Play rules

UEFA relax FFP rules
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The amendment has come at a time when clubs across Europe are struggling to balance their books in the wake of the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

UEFA announced Wednesday it has relaxed Financial Fair Play rules to allow club to include their COVID-19 losses in this year’s accounts without the danger of getting banned from next year’s European competitions.

The rules, which were introduced by the European football governing body in 2009, are designed to prevent clubs that qualify for European competitions from spending beyond their means.

They limit the maximum losses that sides can incur over a three-year-period to €45m, with clubs who record more losses facing a wide range of punishments including a potential ban from European competitions, transfer window ban, points deduction, among others.

Daily Mail reports that under the amendment to FFP rules, no break-even assessment of the club’s finances will be carried at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Instead, it will be alongside the 2021 financial year that the financial figures for this year will be assessed.

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