Steven Gerrard has no truck with metaphors within the run-as much as Sunday’s joust with Celtic. “What do you mean using lion’s den?” he answered while requested about the ecosystem spherical Celtic’s way. “ There’s no longer going to be any lions there, is there? It’s a soccer pitch, the identical size as the only we play on at Ibrox. It’s eleven guys as opposed to eleven men.”
“I have in no way recognized a fan to win soccer in shape. A set of fanatics can make noise and make the surroundings very thrilling for each person that we can all revel in. But it’s not a lion’s den. A lion’s den is in case you jump over a cage, and you’ve got 4 lions chasing you, and you fear for your life.”

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ 21-12 months wait to play a FA Cup semi-very last will not distract from their Premier League awareness over the next few days, reports the Press Association.
Ahead of a closing-4 date with Watford at Wembley subsequent Sunday, Wolves head to Burnley on Saturday, and face Manchester United at Molineux on Tuesday.
Nuno has harassed the importance of taking a recreation at a time and is adamant the membership’s first FA Cup semi-final look because 1998 will now not come into their thinking till after the game with United.
“We don’t consider that, we best have a look at the Burnley game and how we need to play and the matters that we want to do towards a totally hard crew,” stated Nuno.
“Burnley is a very good team at domestic, bodily, organized, aggressive, and it’s far a very difficult recreation for us.
“I expect a tough sport among teams who compete well. I can make most effective consciousness on myself and the gamers, the things we want to do. But we realize how difficult it’s miles going to be the day after today. We have to be switched on.
“The fine manner of competing is that you have a look at the subsequent undertaking ahead people – you don’t consider some thing else. Game by way of the game. Training consultation by using the schooling session. This is how we work, and we need to retain like that.”
Reports this week have cautioned Wolves are near finalizing an everlasting cope with Benfica for striker Raul Jimenez, who has been on mortgage this season from the Portuguese club.
Nuno, however, insists there are loose ends to be tied up for the 27-12 months-antique, who has scored 15 goals.
“It is the equal scenario. We understand we’ve time to determine,” said Nuno.
“I recognize we have to make a selection but the proper moment will be the instant to contain all the components after which we are able to announce it for positive.
“We are very satisfied with Raul together with his performances, so when matters are carried out, there will be a statement.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s await a primary Premier League start is set to hold with Maurizio Sarri having opted against looking the youngster’s complete England debut in its entirety and set to lean on extra experienced campaigners for Chelsea’s journey to Cardiff City, write Dominic Fifield.
The winger was a marvel name-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad from the under-21s at some point of the international ruin and duly went on to turn out to be his USA’s youngest debutant in an aggressive healthy in opposition to the Czech Republic before starting in Montenegro. After a gradual start, Hudson-Odoi excelled in Podgorica as the traffic ran out five-1 winners. Yet Sarri, with 14 gamers away on global duty this month, simplest watched snippets of that overall performance as he attempted to keep song on diverse individuals of his squad, and recommended the 18-12 months-old, who boasts most effective 119 minutes of top-flight soccer, and no starts, this term, and one hundred ten minutes for England, remains at the back of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro inside the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Asked if he had watched Hudson-Odoi’s display on the Podgorica City stadium, Sarri said: “No, no. No, simplest 20 minutes because I had 14 players in the national teams, and I had no time to look at 20 matches. So I saw the English countrywide team-best for 20-25 minutes, and Callum didn’t begin thoroughly within the first 20 mins at the proper. He did thoroughly at the left, without delay. The first time he went to the left. But I recognize him very well, and I understand he prefers to play at the left.


“I don’t recognize [if he will start at Cardiff on Sunday]. I recognize very well the situation because, remaining season, Callum changed into best 17 and performed three or 4 matches. This season, he’s virtually very younger – handiest 18 – however, in the interim, he has played for… I don’t recollect exactly, however 19 or 20 matches. So I assume the evolution is the proper evolution. Probably, he will play 30-35 fits following season. And so I think that, with Callum, we are in the proper direction. We have to play eight matches in 28 days, and so I am positive that Callum will begin in two or three suits.”