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Richarlison writes Thiago an apology letter after seeing red for wild lunge on Liverpool midfielder in Everton draw

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EVERTON’S Richarlison has made a public apology to Thiago following his heavy challenge on the Liverpool ace.

Thiago was later whisked to hospital for scans with the extent of the damage yet to be revealed.

Richarlison issued a public apology to Thiago following this tackle during the Merseyside derby

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Richarlison issued a public apology to Thiago following this tackle during the Merseyside derbyCredit: BT Sport

The Toffees star claims his “over-dedication” led to the late lunge on the Spain international which resulted in a red card for the forward in the Merseyside derby. 

The Brazilian insists he had no intention of hurting Jurgen Klopp’s newest superstar – who was sent to hospital for a scan following the 2-2 thriller.

In the letter on his website Richarlison wrote: “What happened today was a fatality from sheer over-dedication. 

“I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago. 

“When I saw that the crash was going to happen, I picked up my foot and hit him with my knee in the pass, which was inevitable due to the speed of the play.

“I already sent a message to him apologising and I also do it here publicly. I hope he hasn’t been hurt and that everything is fine. 

“I also apologise to my team-mates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less at the end of the game. 

“Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on.”

Richarlison and Thiago were involved in a brutal collision in the closing stages of the dramatic Goodison Park encounter

Replays show the ball bouncing in the middle of the pitch, with the Everton attacker arriving late with his studs crunching Thiago’s shin.

Both players were left injured on the turf following the collision, with referee Michael Oliver giving the Goodison ace his marching orders in the 89th minute. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was left dismayed by the challenge and flagged concerns about Thiago’s condition after the game. 

Klopp told BT Sport: “It’s not only a red card for Richarlison but a massive foul on Thiago.

Everton's 2-2 draw at Liverpool has seen them remain top of the table

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Everton’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool has seen them remain top of the tableCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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“It doesn’t look good and we don’t know what he has.”

Everton managed to avoid another of their players seeing red with Jordan Pickford remaining on the pitch after crashing into Virgil van Dijk

The 2-2 draw left Carlo Ancelotti’s side top of the table ahead of their match against Southampton next Sunday.

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AC Milan vs Roma FREE: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Serie A game

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AC MILAN are aiming to extend their lead at the top of Serie A as they take on Roma.

It has been a perfect start for Stefano Pioli’s team so far with four wins out of four, including the scalp of fierce rivals Inter with a 2-1 win last week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are top of Serie A

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are top of Serie ACredit: Reuters

Roma have seven points from their first four games but haven’t lost on the pitch this season.

Their one defeat came when a 0-0 draw at Verona was turned into a 3-0 loss due to an administrative error in registering Amadou Diawara’s age.

What time does AC Milan vs Roma kick off?

  • AC Milan take on Roma on Monday, October 26.
  • Kick-off is at 7.45pm – 8.45pm in Italy.
  • The match takes place at the San Siro.

What TV channel is AC Milan vs Roma on and can I live stream it?

Can I watch AC Milan vs Roma for free?

  • Yes. The LiveScore app is FREE to download.

Team news

Roma have a defensive crisis as Chris Smalling has a knee sprain and Gianluca Mancini has tested positive for coronavirus.

However, Roma are hoping to have Mancini back as the result has been confirmed as a ‘false positive’.

Amadou Diawara is also out as he continues to observe quarantine rules.

For AC Milan, Ante Rebic is out with an elbow injury but Stefano Pioli will be hoping Hakan Calhanoglu is fit enough to at least come off the bench.

Latest odds

AC Milan 11/10

Draw 13/5

Roma 23/10

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Andrea Pirlo ALREADY at a tactical crossroads at Juventus… with question marks over his formation

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Five games into the new season and his first management role and Andrea Pirlo is staring at a tactical crossroads.  

His side have already dropped points with three draws alongside their two wins and have struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala leading the line up front. 

Dybala returned at the weekend but his presence was not enough to earn Juventus all three points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hellas Verona.

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Andrea Pirlo is facing a tactical crossroads just five games into the new Serie A season

Juventus have struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been missing with coronavirus

Juventus have struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been missing with coronavirus

Juventus have struggled without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been missing with coronavirus

Pirlo has tried out different formations during his opening fixtures with the manager alternating from a 3-5-2 to a 3-4-1-2 and then to a 3-4-3 set-up. 

The visit of Barcelona on Wednesday provides the manager with an opportunity to employ a 4-2-3-1 system, but there are still a number of tactical dilemmas facing him across the pitch.

Sportsmail break down the issues from back to front that are plaguing the rookie Juventus boss right now.  

DEFENCE

On the advice of his former team-mates Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, Pirlo moved away from Maurizio Sarri’s overly complicated system.

Pirlo returned to a three-man defence with two attacking full-backs in Danilo and Juan Cuadrado, with a strong centre back pairing of veterans Chiellini and Bonucci.  

But with Chiellini joining Matthijs de Ligt on the injury list, rising star Merih Demiral will likely come in to the back four to face Barca this week.

Danilo and Cuadrado have proven to be excellent full-back options and will add solidarity to Pirlo’s defence.

Pirlo reverted back to a strong centre back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci

Pirlo reverted back to a strong centre back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci

Pirlo reverted back to a strong centre back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci

MIDFIELD

Pirlo has failed to settle on a midfield two so far with the manager struggling to find the right balance of attack and defence from the options available to him.

Weston McKennie started the first two games alongside Frenchman Adrien Rabiot before Pirlo switched to Arthur and Rodrigo Bentancur for the draw against Crotone.

Aaron Ramsey played alongside Arthur and Rabiot against Hellas Verona but McKennie will be available to return following his recovery from coronavirus. 

US international McKennie will be useful for his aggression while Arthur can operate as a pivot to provide to link up the play against his former side. 

Rabiot would provide more energy but Bentancur possesses the strength and technique to play alongside any of the other midfielders. Decisions, decisions. 

Weston McKennie's aggression could be an asset for Pirlo against Barcelona

Weston McKennie's aggression could be an asset for Pirlo against Barcelona

Adrien Rabiot would provide more energy in the midfield than Rodrigo Bentancur

Adrien Rabiot would provide more energy in the midfield than Rodrigo Bentancur

Weston McKennie (left) and Adrien Rabiot (right) started the first two games in central midfield

WINGS

Two of the wide players available to Pirlo, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa, are probably the best in Serie A right now. 

Kulusevski was introduced off the bench against Hellas Verona on Sunday and the Sweden international caused all sorts of problems before firing in the equaliser that spared Pirlo his first defeat as Juve boss.

Chiesa was suspended for the match following his red card against Crotone but will likely start against Barca. The former Fiorentina winger can take players on but also possesses incredible strength and endurance which makes him an even bigger threat going forward.

The 4-2-3-1 formation is perfect for the players at Pirlo’s disposal. The only problem he faces is who to start in attack…

Dejan Kulusevski has shown he can cause opposition defences problems going forward

Dejan Kulusevski has shown he can cause opposition defences problems going forward

Dejan Kulusevski has shown he can cause opposition defences problems going forward

ATTACK

Ronaldo is so, so fundamental to Juventus. The forward can win games on his own and Pirlo looks to have created a role for him similar to the one afforded to Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo would play as a false nine but with the goalscoring numbers of a traditional No 9. 

The Champions League tie with the Catalans, a game against Ronaldo’s arch-rival in Lionel Messi, is the perfect chance for Pirlo to use the 4-2-3-1, which could become a 4-4-2 when out of possession.

With a hectic schedule and Ronaldo still unavailable due to contracting coronavirus, Pirlo may need to rotate his forward options but in Alvaro Morata and Dybala he has plenty of attacking threat to choose from. 

Paulo Dybala can offer Pirlo another attacking threat in Ronaldo's absence up front

Paulo Dybala can offer Pirlo another attacking threat in Ronaldo's absence up front

Paulo Dybala can offer Pirlo another attacking threat in Ronaldo’s absence up front 

Ronaldo can play in the false nine role but with the goalscoring talents of a traditional No 9

Ronaldo can play in the false nine role but with the goalscoring talents of a traditional No 9

Ronaldo can play in the false nine role but with the goalscoring talents of a traditional No 9

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Ex-Tottenham and Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm announces retirement

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Former Tottenham, Swansea and Netherlands goalkeeper Michel Vorm has announced his retirement at the age of 37.

Vorm left Spurs at the end of last season after making 48 appearances in six years at the north London club, following a spell at Swansea.

He was part of the successful Swans team who won the League Cup in 2013 after becoming the first Welsh team to be promoted to the Premier League in 2011. 

Former Tottenham and Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 37, has announced his retirement

Former Tottenham and Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 37, has announced his retirement

Former Tottenham and Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 37, has announced his retirement 

The goalkeeper spent much of his career at Spurs playing second fiddle to number one Hugo Lloris, but was a popular figure at the club and was re-signed for the 2019-20 season following an injury to the Frenchman. 

Vorm also made 15 appearances for the Netherlands between 2008 and 2014, and was part of their 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.

The shot-stopper began his professional career at Dutch side FC Utrecht in 2005. 

Announcing his retirement on his Instagram, Vorm said: ‘I couldn’t possibly imagine as a little kid growing up in Nieuwegein that it was possible to sign my first professional contract at Utrecht.

‘And if that wasn’t enough, I got the opportunity to play in the Premier League for Swansea City (and be part of their history by winning their first ever point in the Premier League). 

Vorm (top-left) made 15 appearances for Netherlands national team between 2008 and 2014

Vorm (top-left) made 15 appearances for Netherlands national team between 2008 and 2014

Vorm (top-left) made 15 appearances for Netherlands national team between 2008 and 2014

The shot-stopper came to Premier League in 2011 and spent three successful years at Swansea

The shot-stopper came to Premier League in 2011 and spent three successful years at Swansea

The shot-stopper came to Premier League in 2011 and spent three successful years at Swansea

‘Playing with and against the best players around me gave me the opportunity to keep developing myself and sign for Tottenham and made me be able to be part of their history and especially the (incredible) road to the Champions League final.  

‘I am thankful to play for all these clubs and honoured that I was able to represent my country on international tournaments. 

‘Being part of such great history of my country is something I am truly grateful for as well. A gold medal at the U21 European Championship with the Netherlands a silver medal during the World Cup 2010 and a bronze medal at the World Cup 2014.’

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