Rangers boss Gerrard ‘disappointed’ by UCL qualifying defeat to Malmo

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Rangers boss Gerrard ‘disappointed’ by UCL qualifying defeat to Malmo

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was “disappointed” by his side’s performance as they lost 2-1 in their Champions League qualifying first leg against Malmo on Tuesday.

conceded twice in two minutes in the opening stages of the second half and struggled to test the opposition goalkeeper despite putting on the pressure in the final 20 minutes of the first leg in Sweden.

But Davis struck with the last kick of the ball to keep the third qualifying round-tie in the balance.



The Northern Ireland midfielder fired a left-footed shot that took a deflection and flew into the top corner with seconds remaining of five minutes of stoppage time.

“I’m disappointed with the result and the goals we conceded but that was a big moment at the very end of the game, and it sets it up for next week,” said.

“It’s not the position we wanted to be in but it’s obviously a lot better than going in at 2-0 and we were also on the verge of maybe going in even worse as well.

“The injury time has been very big for us but our performance over 90 minutes hasn’t been enough. So we are going to have to go up levels individually and collectively next week.

“I’m going to call on the Ibrox crowd. I’ve never done it before but we are going to need them next week, for a full 90 minutes, in full voice. And with that behind us, and a mentality change, then that injury time could be a big moment.”

Rangers boss Gerrard added: “We had two magnificent performances. Fil Helander I thought played at Champions League level, he was outstanding, and Steven Davis.

“I’m running out of plaudits for Davo but he’s someone who doesn’t give up, keeps going to the end and he has provided a real big moment that’s given us an important lifeline.”

Gerrard, who hopes to have Joe Aribo back for Saturday’s trip to face Dundee United after the midfielder missed out in Malmo, added: “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game 2-0 because at half-time we were in a good shape and looking more likely but we lost our way for four-five minutes and lost two goals.

“We never really cleared our heads after the first goal and were punished again.

“I’ve just said to the boys in there, my honest opinion is there’s six or seven who need to raise their level and raise it sharply.”

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Leboeuf backs Chelsea to make move for ‘warrior’ this summer

Frank Leboeuf has described Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as a “fantastic player” amid rumours linking him to Chelsea.

The Sevilla man has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea over the last few weeks, while there had been speculation that both Tottenham and Man Utd were interested.

Fabrizio Romano said last week that the Blues had offered Sevilla €30-35m and Kurt Zouma for Kounde, while personal terms were already in place if Chelsea were to get the green light from the Spanish side.



 but it is understood that Chelsea will .

And former Chelsea defender Leboeuf is backing the Blues’ pursuit of Kounde, who he has watched numerous times for the French national team.

“He’s (Kounde) a fantastic player,” . “He has everything. He is a warrior. He never gives up. He has everything. He is the future for sure.

“Maybe it’s an opportunity for Chelsea to get him maybe not this season, but next season.

“I don’t know what Kounde wants to do in his life, if he’s ready to be on the bench more than he thinks he will be. It’s up to him. It would be a good signing for Chelsea.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has praised Ruben Loftus-Cheek – who spent last season on loan at Fulham – but still wants to squeeze more out of the midfielder.

After Sunday’s friendly victory over Arsenal, Tuchel said: “I’m generally happy with him and that why he’s been playing. He deserves to play at this point of the preparation but I believe he can do even more.

“He can show up more, he can show more physical capability, he can drive more with the ball. I’m never satisfied with him. I have the feeling that we need to push him to the absolute limit but it’s too early to judge Ruben.

“He has everything in his hands so it’s on him to decide his own future, like it is for every player. He has to keep on going 150 per cent because 100 per cent is not enough.”

 

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