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Joey Barton slams Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard: I doubt he will be good coach

Ex- Rangers player Joey Barton is doubting Steven Gerrard's managerial abilities and feels, the former Liverpool and England captain lacks the tactical acumen to succeed as a coach. 

According to Liverpool Echo, Steven Gerrard will become Liverpool's youth team manager after announcing his retirement from football that spanned two decades. 

But Barton is skeptical of the method Gerrard will use in transmitting his knowledge of the game to the younger players.

Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Barton said: d“We’ve got to be careful as footballers. Just because we’ve played the game, sometimes we’ve got a blinkered view on it.

“I deal with young players now and I speak to players, and the days of shouting and bawling – the old-school way where someone gives you a rocket at half-time and you respond to it – it’s a totally different landscape out there now.

“There’s a lot of mollycoddling, there’s more coaching expertise.

“Steven Gerrard could well become a top football manager in the future, but he’s a novice.”

Alert! Real Madrid star Pepe to leave Santiago Bernabeu

According to Don Balon, Real Madrid defender Pepe will leave the Santiago Bernebeu when his contract expires in June after finding difficult to break into Zinedine Zidane's squad or negotiate a 2-year contract. 

Pepe has a loud mouth and has attacked the Real Madrid board for refusing to give him a better contract after all he has done for the club.  

Madrid have reportedly offered Pepe a one-year contract with the option of another 12 months. For his part, Pepe wants a two-year contract.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger says: We are not scared of Real Madrid or Bayern Munich

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger believes his team strong enough to eliminate either Real Madrid or Barcelona from the round of 16 if paired. 

The Gunners will face the likes of Benfica, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla who all finished as runners up in their respective groups. 

Talking to reporters, Arsene Wenger said: "You look at the teams we can get, some look more prestigious, more difficult, and you would like me to say 'I don't want this team or that team' but that would put us already in an inferior position if it happens.

"You can take Real Madrid, one of the favourites to win the competition, even against them we will have a chance of qualifying."

Arsenal is yet to win a champions league trophy under Arsene Wenger but hopefully, they will win the title this season due to the quality of players in the team. 

"Another inconvenient fact for us, we have not qualified for the last six years for the quarter-finals. That will be a huge challenge for my group and they will relish that."

The Gunners will play Stoke City next and win will propel to the top of the premier league table.