Premier League: Brighton and Hove Albion rope in Nantes as replacement for cancelled friendly against Sporting Lisbon
Sporting Lisbon's internal troubles resulted in the cancellation of a friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion. the English club managed to get Ligue 1 side Nantes to play against them on the same day, avoiding ticket refunds.
London: Brighton and Hove Albion expect "as tough a test if not tougher" from Nantes after announcing the French club had stepped in to replace Sporting Lisbon as their final pre-season opponents.
South coast club Brighton were preparing to welcome Portuguese giants Sporting to the Amex Stadium on 3 August ahead of the new English Premier League campaign. Sporting, however, have been engulfed in turmoil recently and last month they sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after just nine days in charge following his appointment by former club president Bruno de Carvalho.
They've now told Brighton they wish to play at home on the first weekend of August. But, fortunately for the Seagulls they will face French top-tier side Nantes instead, with Seagulls fans who've already purchased tickets for the 3 August fixture able to use them for the visit of the Ligue 1 side.
"Firstly, we are extremely grateful to FC Nantes for coming over to play us at such short notice," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton, adding, "it was important for us to have top-level opponents in our final warm-up match ahead of the new season, and we are delighted FC Nantes have stepped in to play the match in two weeks' time."
"They'll represent just as tough a test, if not tougher, and from a footballing point of view the change of opponents will not affect our preparations for the new season," said Hughton.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Manchester United's revenue drops 19 percent due to COVID-19, inability to qualify for Champions League in previous season
The Premier League club, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, generated 509 million pounds ($665 million) in the year to 30 June — a drop of 19%. Debt soared 133% to 474.1 million pounds ($619 million), while there was a loss of 23.2 million pounds ($30 million).
Pogba was due to be out of contract at the end of this season and recently ramped up speculation that he could leave United by admitting it would be a "dream" to play for Real Madrid.
Alessandro Florenzi scored PSG's second on 77 minutes and Pablo Sarabia notched a fourth for the reigning champions as PSG climbed above Rennes on goal difference after a fifth successive win.