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Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona
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Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted it is the referee’s prerogative to award penalties or not. Zidane was reacting to comments by Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman. Koeman feels Barca should have gotten a spot kick, after Ferland Mendy appeared to pull down Martin Braithwaite in the dying minutes of the game. However, referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. When asked about Koeman’s comments, Zidane said: “They’re the feelings of each person. “The referee did not give a penalty because it wasn’t a penalty. As for the time added on, he is the one that decides. The important thing for us is what we did on the pitch. “We had a lot of chances to score. Barcelona are a really good team, they were ahead of us befo...
Graeme Souness Identifies club with Best Squad in Premier League history
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Graeme Souness Identifies club with Best Squad in Premier League history

  Former Liverpool manager, Graeme Souness has named the current Manchester City squad as the best in the history of the English Premier League. Souness hailed Pep Guardiola, City manager, for having assembled and parading an ‘incredible’ array of players. City were defeated 2-1 by Leeds United at the Etihad on Saturday but still maintain 14 points lead on the Premier League table. Apart from the Premier League title, City are still in the race to clinch the Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup trophies this season. And Souness, who noted that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have the second best squad in the league at the moment, insisted that City are simply operating on another level. “They’re in a great position,” Souness told Sky Sports of Chelsea. When you look a...
Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted they can still win the LaLiga title this season, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Blancos the lead, before Mingueza pulled one back for Koeman’s men. Barca were denied a late penalty, as Real clinched the maximum points in the title race. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men go top with 66 points, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona remain third with 65 points with eight matches left. “I am [still] really optimistic,” Koeman said of Barca’s title hopes. “We’ve shown that we are fighting. We have lost to a rival also fighting for the league, but there are [eight] games to go and every match for the top three will be tough.”
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang Won’t Play in EPL Clash
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Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang Won’t Play in EPL Clash

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , will be unavailable for selection when they play Sheffield United on Sunday evening. The Athletic reports that Aubameyang is down with flu and is out of the game. Midfielder, Emile Smith-Rowe will also miss the match with an ankle problem. Ahead of this weekend’s clash against the relegation-threatened Blades, Arsenal released an injury update. Mikel Arteta will have Calum Chambers available for selection, after he recovered from a slight knock. David Luiz has been ruled out, after undergoing a small operation on his right knee last weekend. Martin Odegaard continues to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match regarding his availability. Kieran Tierney will miss a few weeks with a sustained ligament damage to his left knee du...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized the referees for not awarding his side a late penalty, as they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid on Saturday. Ferland Mendy appeared to pull Martin Braithwaite down in the last 10 minutes. But referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. “Everyone has seen the game and if you’re a Barca fan, you’re angry; you’re not happy with some of the referee’s decisions,” Koeman told Movistar after the final whistle. “First of all, I just want to say that in the first half, we weren’t good, attacking or defending. In the second half, we improved. “I only ask that referees get decisions right. It’s a penalty and then, after that, to only add four minutes of stoppage time when the referee had spent three ...
Thomas Tuchel Plays own Chelsea’s chances of finishing top four
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Thomas Tuchel Plays own Chelsea’s chances of finishing top four

  Thomas Tuchel has played down Chelsea’s chances of ending the Premier League campaign in the top four. This is despite his side’s dominant 4-1 away win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Chelsea bounced back from their disgraceful outing last weekend and were in fine form at Selhurst Park with Kai Havertz firing them in front very early before a Pulisic’s brace and a Kurt Zouma’s header. Thomas Tuchel’s team moved into the top four with the win and are now two points clear of Liverpool after the Reds beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield. Chelsea are in a strong position to end the season on a brighter note and book a Champions League place for next season but Tuchel says it is a tough job ahead. “Everything was bad against West Brom,” Tuchel said after the win against C...
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table

Real Madrid are now top of the La Liga table after doing the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2007-08 by winning 2-1 on Saturday night, April 10. It was a very entertaining game as Madrid’s counter-attacking tactics worked well, particularly in the first half as Karim Benzema put Madrid 1-0 ahead. 33-year-old Benzema was first to meet Lucas Vazquez's low cross towards the near post, squeezing a backheeled flick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his 25th goal in 35 appearances this season. Barcelona fell further behind when Kroos' free-kick took a deflection off Sergino Dest on its way past Ter Stegen. Federico Valverde could have made it 3-0 before half-time, but his shot across goal came back off the inside of the far post. In the second half Coach Ro...
Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea : Blues move back to fourth with Commanding Win
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Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea : Blues move back to fourth with Commanding Win

Chelsea moved back up to fourth in the Premier League table after a blistering 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Friday, April 9. Before kick-off of the London derby, both teams observed a two-minute silence for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on Saturday April 9. Then in quick transition the Blues were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes and before Crystal palace could recognize what was going on, Chelsea were already 3-0 ahead on the 30th minute. Kai Havertz scoring his first Premier League goal since October, guided the ball into the net from an angle. Christian Pulisic soon scored after Havertz’s opener, before Kurt Zouma beat former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill in the air to add Chelsea's third from a Mason Mount free-kick. Palace s...
Marina Granovskaia Makes First Move to Secure Key Summer Signing for Chelsea
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Marina Granovskaia Makes First Move to Secure Key Summer Signing for Chelsea

Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia, has already made the first move in order to seal Erling Haaland transfer from Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to The Athletic. Granovskaia is working on smoothening the relationship between Chelsea and Mino Raiola, the agent of Haaland, in a bid to land the striker this summer transfer window. Raiola has developed the prestige of being too hard to work with during transfer negotiations. However, his clients boast of some of the biggest players in football, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, as well as Haaland. Tensions have been there between Raiola and Chelsea since the Stamford Bridge club was left enraged by the agent’s actions after they were beaten to the signature of Lukaku in 2017. Granovskaia wil...
Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp
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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he benched Sadio Mane in his side’s Premier League 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.   Klopp said Liverpool’s next week’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid did not influence his decision to drop Mane to the bench against Aston Villa at Anfield. According to him, he made the decision based on performance. Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool all three points against Aston Villa. Asked if the game against Real Madrid played a part in his team selection, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “No, not it’s pure coincidence that you brought up at that moment. “Well, not you personally, but the media brought up Sadio didn’t score f...
Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola
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Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has explained that 10-man Leeds United defeated his team 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon because his players lacked aggression during the encounter. Guardiola said that Man City failed to create chances against Leeds, adding that the visitors’ performances were fantastic. Stuart Dallas opened scoring for Leeds in the first half, before adding another in stoppage time to rule out Ferran Torres’ equaliser. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference: “11v11 was tight and we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. We were not aggressive enough in these areas. “We were in the final positions but we couldn’t score the goal and after the sending off, we did not create enough maybe a little mor...
Rio Ferdinand Blames John Stones after Man City’s 2-1 Defeat to Leeds United
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Rio Ferdinand Blames John Stones after Man City’s 2-1 Defeat to Leeds United

Rio Ferdinand has blamed John Stones for Manchester City defeat to Leeds United in the Premier league on Saturday. Leeds stunned the league leaders at the Etihad on Saturday, with Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas putting up outstanding performances in the visitors’ 2-1 win. Dallas scored netted his second in the game in stoppage time to seal three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side after Ferran Torres had levelled for City in the 76th minute. Leeds played with 10 men after Liam Cooper was sent off for a reckless challenge on Gabriel Jesus on the stroke of half-time. “We asked before the game whether Leeds United can adapt. Will Bielsa adapt his tactics to play against a top-notch team like this?” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He was forced to go down to 10 men and then he ada...
Kenyan, Emmanuel Naibei Wins Lagos City Marathon 2021
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Kenyan, Emmanuel Naibei Wins Lagos City Marathon 2021

Emmanuel Naibei of Kenya has won the 6th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Naibei beat thousands of marathoners on Saturday morning to win the 42km race in 2 hours 11 minutes and 37 seconds and also claim the grand prize of $30,000.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without Three Key Players for EPL clash
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Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without Three Key Players for EPL clash

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, could be without up to three key players for Sunday’s trip to Sheffield United in the Premier League. The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Liverpool in their league outing. Arteta’s men also threw away a late advantage to draw 1-1 with Slavia Prague on Thursday. Ahead of this weekend’s clash against relegation-threatened Blades, the club has released an injury update. Calum Chambers is back in full training and available for selection, after missing Thursday’s match against Slavia Prague due to a slight knock. David Luiz is ruled out, after undergoing a small procedure on his right knee last weekend. Martin Odegaard has been experiencing discomfort to his right ankle since being on international duty and continues to be assessed ah...
Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season
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Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season

  Former Super Eagles attacker, Victor Moses, has named his parent club, Chelsea as best positioned to win this season’s Champions League. Moses, who is on loan to Spartak Moscow from Chelsea, noted that the Blues are doing very well this season. Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition, giving themselve a huge advantage going into the second leg slated for next week at their neutral grand, Sevilla. The Blues have been in fine form since the coming of Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Frank Lampard who was sacked in January following a series of poor results. “Chelsea they are doing very well at the moment. Hopefully they can go all the way to win the Champions League,” Moses told Spartak Moscow’s YouTube channel. “I...
Harry Kane Gives Condition to Leave Mourinho’s Men
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Harry Kane Gives Condition to Leave Mourinho’s Men

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, will only leave Jose Mourinho’s men this summer if they fail to secure Champions League football next season, according to The Athletic. Kane, who came through the academy at Tottenham, has become, ‘frustrated’ with the club’s lack of progress and is beginning to see his future elsewhere. The 27-year-old is desperate to start winning major trophies, and Tottenham could be persuaded to let him go if they receive a massive nine-figure offer. This is coming ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League tie with Manchester United on Sunday evening. Kane has drawn the interest of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG in the past. The England international has scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists in 28 Premi...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ‘I’ll be a Sevilla player until I die’ – Sergio Ramos
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ‘I’ll be a Sevilla player until I die’ – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has opened up on his relationship with his former club, Sevilla. Ramos said he will always be a Sevilla player until he dies. He also admitted that he has been left emotionally pained by the fallout from his move to Real Madrid. The 35-year-old defender swapped his boyhood club, Sevilla for Real Madrid in 2005. Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga El Clasico clash with Barcelona on Saturday evening, the Spain international said in his Amazon documentary, The Legend of Sergio Ramos, that “I know what Sevilla is and how the fans feel. “Nobody can tell me because I have experienced it since I was young. “All of the information was manipulated, and they lied to Sevilla. It was painful, not only for me but for my family. I’ll nev...
Man City vs Leeds: Guardiola explains why he dropped Aguero, Laporte
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Man City vs Leeds: Guardiola explains why he dropped Aguero, Laporte

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed he left out Sergio Aguero from his squad to face Leeds United on Saturday, because he had “niggles”. Guardiola has shuffled his pack for the Premier League clash, making seven changes from the team that beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League. Only Ederson, Bernardo Silva, John Stones and Joao Cancelo all keep their places. In come Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy, Feran Torres, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Rodri and Phil Foden start from the bench, but there was no place for Aguero in the squad. “[Aguero] has niggles. He had problems the last three, four days and couldn’t train,” Guardiola said. Aymer...
Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo
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Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo

  Former Bulgaria striker, Dimitar Berbatov has named three players that will dominate world football in the coming years. They are Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). Rashford has scored 20 times this season and provided 10 assists. Haaland, 20, has become the hottest property in Europe and is expected to leave Germany this summer. He has netted 32 goals this season. Mbappe, 22, scored a brace against Bayern Munich in midweek to match Haaland’s tally. Berbatov told Betfair: “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football. “He has been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just ...
Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League
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Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League

Following his impressive debut campaign in Scotland, Rangers have confirmed the extension of Leon Balogun’s contract which will keep him at Ibrox Stadium until the summer of 2022. The 32-year-old Nigeria international joined Rangers on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic last July and he has been a key part of Steven Gerrard's side as they marched to the premier league title with a 33-match unbeaten streak. “Today is a very happy day and a very proud day announcing my contract has been extended for another year,” Balogun told the club website. “I am proud to be a part of this amazing club and I felt that pretty early on I had fallen in love with the club and the working environment, the way the players and the management staff work and the way the club is a big family, I am ha...
Nigeria’s Umar Sadiq Linked With €60m Move To Bayern Munich
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Nigeria’s Umar Sadiq Linked With €60m Move To Bayern Munich

Almeria striker Umar Sadiq could be heading for a big-money move to Bayern Munich in the summer. AS claims the reigning world champions are interested in the former Nigeria youth international who has four years left on his contract. Sadiq moved to Spain last October and he has been in fine goalscoring form with 15 goals in 29 matches as Almeria aim to return to La Liga. The 24-year-old is said to have a release clause of €60 million on his contract, which could rise to €80m if Rojiblancos gain promotion to the top-flight.
Traffic Advisory: Lagos Marathon Holds Today; See List Of Blocked Roads
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Traffic Advisory: Lagos Marathon Holds Today; See List Of Blocked Roads

LASTMA @followlastma TRAVEL ADVISORY ACCESS BANK LAGOS CITY MARATHON The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon shall hold within the Lagos Metropolis on Saturday, 10th April, 2021 starting from 6:00am. MARATHON DEDICATED ROUTES The race shall commence from Stadium Underbridge on Funsho Williams Avenue, and shall go through Barracks >>> Ojuelegba on the main expressway >>> Dorman Long Bridge >>> Fadeyi on Ikorodu Road >>> Obanikoro >>> Anthony >>> Gbagada... . >>> Third Mainland Bridge >>> Osborne Road >>> Alfred Rewane (Old Kingsway) Road >>> Falomo Roundabout >>> Bourdillion Road >>> Cable Bridge (Ikoyi Lekki Link Bridge) >>> Admiralty Way >>> Lekki 1st R...
Ajax Ball Boy Throws Ball Angrily At Roma Player For Time Wasting
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Ajax Ball Boy Throws Ball Angrily At Roma Player For Time Wasting

Here is the moment an Ajax Ball Boy expressed his anger by throwing the ball hard at a Roma player for time wasting. In the closing stages of the Europa League match, Roma were ahead 2-1. One of the Ajax ball boys took out his anger on Roma substitute Riccardo Calafiori for time wasting. He aggressively threw the ball at Calafiori’s chest for time wasting before the throwing. The ball boy again stood his ground when Calafiori turned his anger on him. A few minutes later, the Referee gave Calafiori a yellow card for time-wasting. The match ended in a 2-1 win for AS Roma in the Europa League Quarter-final 1st leg. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/VVkjQcpleg4
We are Ready to Avenge 6-1 Thrashing by Mourinho’s Players – Man United’s Solskjaer
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We are Ready to Avenge 6-1 Thrashing by Mourinho’s Players – Man United’s Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has warned his players not to be deceived by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham team on Sunday. Solskjaer, speaking ahead of the game admitted that his men will be fired up to avenge the 6-1 thrashing they suffered at Old Trafford six months ago. United were already 2-1 down when Anthony Martial hit out after provocation from Erik Lamela and got sent off by Anthony Taylor. Solskjaer’s side then collapsed to an embarrassing defeat. “We got conned into a red card. We gave ourselves a difficult game by having ten men. “And that is something we have to be aware of, that we can’t react like this because we know in games like this we will be wound up,” Solskjaer said. Solskjaer also feels Mourinho will be telling his players...
Lampard Speaks on Rejecting new Jobs Since he was Sacked at Chelsea
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Lampard Speaks on Rejecting new Jobs Since he was Sacked at Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that he has rejected several management offers. Lampard was sacked at Stamford Bridge after only 18 months in charge. He has since been replaced by former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss, Thomas Tuchel. However, Lampard is still being eyed by a few teams, but the ex-England midfielder feels the opportunities have not been quite right. “Nobody wants to lose their job. But when you go into this career, it can happen, no matter how good you think you are. “It’s given me a lot more time to be at home. It’s been great to be around the family. “I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering, but not the right thing. They were not quite right,” Lampard s...
Kelechi Iheanacho’s Goal Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi in Burnley Clash wins Leicester City Goal of The Month
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Kelechi Iheanacho’s Goal Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi in Burnley Clash wins Leicester City Goal of The Month

Super Eagles and Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho has another individual accolade for his impressive performances last month. The Nigeria international, 24, was announced as the winner of the Leicester City Goal of the Month award for March. Kelechi scored a beautiful volley against Burnley after a pass by his compatriot and teammate Wilfred Ndidi to help the Foxes share the points in the clash which ended in a draw. The goal saw off competition from Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, U23 star Kasey McAteer and Leicester City Women's stars Shannon O'Brien, Esmee De Graaf and Sam Tierney to clinch the prize. The striker, who was called on after injuries to Harvey Barnes and James Maddison scored five goals including a hattrick against Sheffield United last month. He w...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Zidane names Madrid squad for El Clásico tie on Saturday 
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Zidane names Madrid squad for El Clásico tie on Saturday 

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has named his squad for the LaLiga El Clásico clash with Barcelona on Saturday night, April 10. The French manager released a list of 19 players to face Barcelona at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in a post via the club’s website on Friday. Real Madrid will be without their captain Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, Marcelo, and Daniel Carvajal. The Los Blancos are currently in the third position on the LaLiga table with 63 points from 29 games, while Ronald Koeman’s side are in the second position with 65 points from the same number of games played. See the squad list below.  Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola and F. Mendy. Midfielders: Kroos, Modri?, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco. ...
Bayern Munich confirm veteran defender, Jerome Boateng will leave the club after 10 years
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Bayern Munich confirm veteran defender, Jerome Boateng will leave the club after 10 years

Bayern Munich veteran defender, Jerome Boateng will leave the club in the summer after a decade at the club, the German club have confirmed. The Germany international's deal at the Allianz Arena runs out at the end of the season and he won't be given a new contract, meaning he can sign for another club on a free transfer. "Jerome's contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended," the club sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky in Germany "That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved. I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door - hopefully with titles." Austria's David Alaba will also leave Bayern in the summer upon the expiry of his contract to join Real Madrid. Boateng has pla...
Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada
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Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without three of his key players for the return leg of their Europa League quarter-finals clash against Granada next week United won the first leg 2-0 in Spain with goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes but Solskjaer noted that it was “not a perfect night” after three bookings ruled out three players through suspension. Manchester United look well set for a place in the semi-finals after goals in each half from Rashford and Fernandes secured a 2-0 victory against the Spanish side. However, defender, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw will not be available for next week’s return game after they all picked up bookings. Speaking with BT Sport after the game, Solskjaer said he was happy with th...
Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for late substitutions during 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague
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Mikel Arteta Gives Reasons for late substitutions during 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has insisted that he made his substitutions at the right time during his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday night. This is despite coming under fire for his decisions that have now seen Arsenal’s Europa League chances hang in the balance. Arsenal conceded an injury-time equaliser with Tomas Holes header which cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s opener. The Gunners are now in a dicey situation going into the second leg in Prague next Thursday. Arteta introduced Gabriel Martinelli in the 73rd minute and both Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang five minutes later and many Arsenal supporters were disappointed by Arteta’s decision to wait for so long. Ian Wright had tweeted his frustration saying: “Take the chanc...
Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves
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Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves

  Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has described Marcus Rashford as a blessing to the club after their Europa League victory over Granada. Rashford fired United in front in the first-half to set the English side on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Bruno Fernandes scored the second from the penalty spot for United, who now have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals. “Marcus Rashford has been absolutely fantastic, he’s been magic for Manchester United,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “He looks like he prefers that position off the left-hand side where he can run into space. “He just gives Manchester United so much. His touch is good, he can run in behind or come short. Marcus is a blessing for this ...
Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta
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Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal in front late in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but the visitors hit back with a dramatic injury-time goal through Tomas Holes. The result means that the Gunners will hope for a better result in the second leg with Slavia now in a more advantageous position. Arteta’s side failed to take a number of opportunities during the game and the Gunners’ Europa League ambition is now hanging in the balance. Arteta told reporters after the game, “It’s difficult [to beat them] because they were a good opponent. They have beaten some big teams and are really difficult to play against. “They have a lot of man-to-man si...
Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain
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Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes for special praise after Manchester United beat Spanish side, Granada 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday. The 2-0 away win gave the Premier League giants a huge advantage towards the semi-finals. Lindelof assisted Marcus Rashford for the first goal with his superb through ball on 31 minutes. And Bruno Fernandes won and scored a late penalty to make it 2-0 for the Red Devils in the first leg of the quarter-final ties. The second leg takes place at Old Trafford next week and the winners will face either Ajax or Porto in the semi-finals. Solskjaer was asked whether there was a player he was particularly impressed with and he said, “Yeah definitely, Victor. “He kept us gl...
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates
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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has criticised manager, Mikel Arteta and his players after their deflating 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night. Nicolas Pepe almost secured a narrow win for Arsenal at the Emirates in the first leg of their quarter-final tie after he fired the hosts ahead with a late goal. But the visitors shocked the English side with a dramatic injury-time equaliser through Tomas Holes, a result that has now given Slavia an advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Arteta’s side failed to take a number opportunities before the two late goals and the Gunners Europa League ambitions are now hanging in the balance. Wright expressed his disappointment with the result and Arsenal’s finishing during the match and also cri...
Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague
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Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has explained why he dropped several players for the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague. Gunners captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli all started from the bench. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all came back into the team, as well as Granit Xhaka, Willian, Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares. “We had to pick the right team to try and start the game in the best possible way and as well have the options to change the game. “In Europe we have the possibility to make five subs and that’s a big thing. We want to use our full squad in the best possible way,” Arteta told BT Sport. The Gunners missed a host of great chances to score, before Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to score what looked like a l...
Chelsea Star Thiago Silva Reveals how he Almost Died from Tuberculosis When he was 21
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Chelsea Star Thiago Silva Reveals how he Almost Died from Tuberculosis When he was 21

Over a decade ago, Brazil and Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva was almost snatched by the hands of death after catching tuberculosis, he has revealed. Silva, 36, was diagnosed with the bacterial infection while at Dynamo Moscow in 2005. And at the tender age of 21, he was hospitalised for six months while Russian doctors treated him for the condition. According to Silva who spoke to AP News, the tuberculosis was so advanced, that doctors even considered removing part of his lungs to ensure he survived. But his mother, Angela, and wife, Isabelle advised him against removing it. "That would have ended my career, I needed guardian angels to take me away," Silva told AP. Silva was signed by Dynamo from Porto in January, 2005 for a fee of around £3.5m. Despite not pla...
Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy
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Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy

Chelsea hero, Frank Lebouef, has named Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as the favourites clubs to win the Champions League ahead of the Blues this season. Leboeuf feels Chelsea is far away from winning the Champions League this season despite beating Porto 2-0 in the quarter-final first-leg on Wednesday. “You can say you have a feeling, but you cannot say Chelsea has a chance to win the Champions League, You have to be far away from really thinking that,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “Of course, in one game, you do not know what can happen and it happened for them when they played Bayern Munich in 2012, playing the final in Munich. It is possible. “But they’ll have to be more consistent up front, stronger in the middle of the park to just hope of winning someth...
Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada
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Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has cemented a place in the history books of the club after scoring in the 2-0 win over Granada in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, April 8. The 56-year-old Manchester United record was set by Sir Bobby Charlton but on Thursday night, April 8, Rashford put United 1-0 up against the Spanish outfit in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes . The 23-year-old's strike in continental competition has seen him emulate former Red Devils midfielder Bobby Charlton. Rashford is now the first English player to score eight goals in Europe in one season since Charlton way back in the 1964-65 season. Rashford had recorded six goals in the Champions League and just one in the Europa L...
Why I’ll always be grateful to Harry Redknapp – Yakubu Aiyegbeni
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Why I’ll always be grateful to Harry Redknapp – Yakubu Aiyegbeni

Former Everton striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has disclosed he will always be grateful to former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, for believing in him and allowing him to play. Redknapp signed Aiyegbeni from Israeli club Maccabi Haifa to then Championship side Portsmouth in January 2003. Aiyegbeni eventually led Portsmouth to promotion to the English Premier League, EPL. The former Nigerian international went on to become a prolific striker, scoring 95 EPL goals while starring for the likes of Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough under different managers. “I will always be grateful to Harry Redknapp for giving me the opportunity to play,” Aiyegbeni told Planet Football. “He always believed in me. He always motivated me, and his man-management was unbelievabl...
FG Counters Edo Government, Says Sports Festival Continues
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FG Counters Edo Government, Says Sports Festival Continues

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has said it is not aware of plans by the Edo State Government to cancel the 20th National Sports Festival. The ministry further clarified that the ‘+’ will go as planned with competitions going on as scheduled. It will be recalled that the Edo State Government had threatened to end the event abruptly over the failure of the Federal Government to release funds. They took the decision at the end of a meeting of the Local Organising Committee of the Sports Festival Wednesday night. According to the Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, the Federal Government has failed to fulfil its promise to make funds available for the festival. However, in a statement, the Ministry and the Main Organizi...
Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto
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Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has warned Thomas Tuchel’s men following their Champions League quarter-final first-leg 2-0 victory over FC Porto on Wednesday night in Spain. Mount, who scored a goal against Porto, cautioned the Blues players that it was ‘only half-time’ and their work was far from complete in the Champions League last-8. Two goals from Mount and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea the first-leg advantage ahead of the second-leg next Tuesday. “A very important game for us and me personally, to get my first goal in the Champions League,” Mount told Virgin Media Sport. “It was probably a long time coming, I have been waiting for the moment, and I am delighted it’s come tonight in a big win. “To keep a clean sheet as well going into the second leg, it’s a big perfor...
Barcelona striker, Antoine Griezmann Becomes a Father for the Third time with all his Children born on April 8
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Barcelona striker, Antoine Griezmann Becomes a Father for the Third time with all his Children born on April 8

Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann and his wife, Erika Choperena have welcomed their third child together, a baby boy named Alba. The France international, 30, took to his Instagram official page on Thursday, April 8,  to announce the birth of his new child with the caption; “Alba 08.04.21 ” Uniquely, Griezmann’s three children all share the same birthday. The Barcelona star’s eldest daughter Mía Griezmann was born on April 8, 2016, and brother Amaro Griezmann arrived on the same day in 2019.
This is the worst Arsenal team ever – Merson
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This is the worst Arsenal team ever – Merson

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has labelled the current squad as the worst he has seen. The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Liverpool last weekend, leaving them in 10th place in the league. Arsenal face Slavia Prague on Thursday night in the Europa League, knowing they must win, if they want to stand any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. But it has been a disappointing season for Mikel Arteta’s men, one that has left Merson shocked. “They’ve taken that chance now to be completely and utterly judged on five more football matches. What I watched against Liverpool the other day was as bad as I’ve ever seen. “People will say about the times under Unai Emery and at the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, but I never saw anything like that. “All I saw was rolling ...
LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos
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LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has said they would have won more titles if Lionel Messi was not playing for Barcelona. The Spanish defender claims Messi made Los Blancos suffer over the years. Ramos has won four Champions League crowns and five league titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi has helped Barca to 10 title triumphs and made a habit of dashing the dreams of their little rivals down the years. Ramos told his documentary series, ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’: “We’ve suffered against Messi during these years. “Perhaps if Barcelona didn’t have him, we would have won more titles. “There was a time when we faced the best Barcelona in history. We had a great coach like [Jose] Mourinho, but it was hard for us to beat them. “We didn’t...
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Arsenal Given Names of Five Players to Sign for Arteta
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Arsenal Given Names of Five Players to Sign for Arteta

  Former Arsenal midfielder, Michael Thomas, has urged the club to sign five new players for their manager, Mikel Arteta, this summer transfer window. The five players are Achraf Hakimi, Ryan Bertrand, Yves Bissouma, Martin Odegaard, and a left-winger. Thomas stated this ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Slavia Praha on Thursday night. “I don’t think Arsenal need to be thinking about a new manager just yet,” Thomas told CaughtOffside. “A new manager will experience the same issues until they have their own team of players in place to produce what they want. “I think Arteta needs to finish the season on a high with the Europa League and try and get more of his own players integrated into the team. “If then he cannot get his group of players to perf...
Frapapa Signs Nigerian Rapper Reminisce as its Chief Frapstar
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Frapapa Signs Nigerian Rapper Reminisce as its Chief Frapstar

Frapapa, is the Naija bred revolutionary sports betting brand, which commenced operations only recently. As part of its lineup of activities, Frapapa has officially introduced the multitalented Nigerian rapper, Remilekun Safaru AKA Reminisce as its celebrity brand ambassador. Being the face of the brand, Reminisce will be tagged as the “Chief Frapstar” to his highly energized fans as he will represent the brand's distinctive identity and what it stands for. Speaking at the unveil, Charles Dungor, Chief Marketing Officer of Soloti Gaming Limited, said “the partnership between Reminisce and Frapapa is laudable as Reminisce embodies what Frapapa stands for; empowerment for grassroot and his brand resonates with the different levels of our target audience. Reminisce is an avid punter, a...
Tiger Woods Was Driving Almost Twice the Speed Limit before Car Crash, L.A. sheriff says
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Tiger Woods Was Driving Almost Twice the Speed Limit before Car Crash, L.A. sheriff says

Golfer, Tiger Wood's crash report has been revealed and he was more seriously injured than initial reports indicated. The 15-time major champion was involved in a single-car crash on  February 23, in California, and was rushed to a hospital, where he underwent successful surgery over multiple leg injuries. His gruesome wounds were detailed in an incident report filed by Los Angeles first responders, obtained by TMZ Sports. “Knocked unconscious, laceration to the lower front jaw, bruised right and left rib cage, fractured right tibia and fibula, possible right ankle injury,” the report read, under the section labeled “describe injuries.” The report also gives more detail about Woods’ leg injury, reading “open fracture, mid-shaft on his right leg, below knee,” according to th...
Sprinter, Leon Reid charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession of firearms and money laundering
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Sprinter, Leon Reid charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession of firearms and money laundering

Track and field sprinter, Leon Reid, who sprinted for Britain before switching to Ireland, has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession of firearms and money-laundering offences. Reid, who ran 20.55sec on the Gold Coast to become Northern Ireland’s first Commonwealth Games track medal winner in 28 years, appeared last week in Bristol magistrates’ court. The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who is planning to run at the Tokyo Olympics, was among a group of five men charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, permitting premises to be used in the production of crack cocaine, concealing criminal property, and acquiring criminal property. In a statement the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit said the investigation was focused on “the large-scale...

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