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‘It’s not about 10 players serving one player’ – Thomas Tuchel rejects calls to change tactics to suit Romelu Lukaku
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‘It’s not about 10 players serving one player’ – Thomas Tuchel rejects calls to change tactics to suit Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel had warned record signing, Romelu Lukaku that the team always comes ahead of the player, urging the Belgian to get in form. Chelsea is still yet to get the best out of the £98 million signing, but Tuchel says he will not be tinkering with the team's tactical approach to suit the Belgian . Having helped to fire Inter to the Serie A title last season, while proving himself as one of the most fearsome strikers in world football, the 28-year-old Lukaku was expected to spearhead a challenge for Premier League glory in 2022. But he caused controversy with an interview in which he suggested that he never wanted to leave Italy and has registered only eight goals through 22 appearances. Tuchel admitted on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Premier League leader...
Ten-man Arsenal hold Liverpool after Xhaka red
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Ten-man Arsenal hold Liverpool after Xhaka red

Arsenal held Liverpool to a battling goalless draw despite Granit Xhaka's early red card in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. With the tie finally getting under way seven days after its original date, following last week's postponement, Xhaka managed to last just 24 minutes at Anfield before being sent off for a reckless last-man challenge on Diogo Jota. But thanks to a brilliant defensive display, and a somewhat underwhelming Liverpool performance, Arsenal will have a real spring in their step ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium in seven days.
Afcon 2021: Nigeria beat Cameroonian champions Coton Sport in final preparatory match
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria beat Cameroonian champions Coton Sport in final preparatory match

The Super Eagles intensified preparations to challenge for a fourth Afcon title in Cameroon with a victory on Friday   Nigeria defeated Cameroonian top-flight champions Coton Sport 2-0 in their final preparatory match ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. A goal in each half of the encounter that was held behind closed doors on the practice pitch of the Roumde Adjia Stadium boosted the preparations of Austin Eguavoen’s men before they face Egypt in their opening Group D match on Tuesday. Ahmed Musa opened the scoring for the Super Eagles in the first-half before Samuel Chukwueze doubled their lead to seal the win in the second 45 minutes.
Chelsea Outclass Spurs to take First-leg lead
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Chelsea Outclass Spurs to take First-leg lead

Chelsea took a big step towards Wembley as they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Kai Havertz struck early for the Blues and a Ben Davies own goal doubled their lead, as Antonio Conte was beaten on his return to Stamford Bridge. Spurs now face an uphill battle to overturn the deficit at home in the second leg next Wednesday night, while Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel will feel supremely confident of reaching the final of a competition they last won in 2015. Thomas Tuchel made the surprising decision to switch to a back four and it led to Chelsea's utter dominance of the first half. They were well worthy of their two-goal lead at the break, but from a Tottenham perspective, both goals were entirely preventable. Japhet Tanganga,...
Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City
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Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Ferran Torres has tested positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona following a £55m signing from Manchester City. The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal. Torres had hoped to be back in action for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12, but his debut could be delayed after the Catalan club announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 along with team-mate Pedri. A Barca statement on Monday evening read: 'Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are isolated at home.' ...
Emmanuel Essiam: Swiss giants Basel sign Ghana U20 star
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Emmanuel Essiam: Swiss giants Basel sign Ghana U20 star

FCB have secured the services of the 18-year-old, who impressed at the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations Swiss club Basel have announced the acquisition of Ghana U20 star Emmanuel Essiam. The midfielder joins FCB on a long-term contract which runs until 2026. He was on the books of Ghana Premier League outfit Berekum Chelsea. “Emmanuel signed a long-term contract with Rotblau until the summer of 2026,” Basel wrote on their official website on Monday. “Emmanuel Essiam joins FCB from Berekum Chelsea FC of the Ghana Premier League. He is an U20 national player in his home country and takes on his first challenge abroad in Basel with great development potential. “FCB will carefully introduce him to the new environment and give him the best possible support in developing his skil...
Michael Owen, Hoddle disagree with Azpilicueta on Mane foul
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Michael Owen, Hoddle disagree with Azpilicueta on Mane foul

Chelsea and Liverpool legends, Glenn Hoddle and Michael Owen, have disagreed with Cesar Azpilicueta’s call for Sadio Mane to be given a red card when both clubs clashed in the Premier League last night. Azpilicueta feels that Mane should have been sent off when he caught him with his arm in a challenge for the ball in the opening minute of the match. After the match, the Spaniard blasted the referee Anthony Taylor, the video assistant referee and the Premier League for being inconsistent in their decision. However, Owen believes Mane’s actions did not warrant a red card. ‘Well I disagree with him, I don’t think at any point Sadio Mane looks at him, I don’t think he swings his arm, I think it’s more he pushes it into his face,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “I don’t...
I don’t understand it – Azpilicueta slams Ref Taylor, VAR for not giving Sadio Mane red card
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I don’t understand it – Azpilicueta slams Ref Taylor, VAR for not giving Sadio Mane red card

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta has said that he did not understand why the referee failed to send off Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after the Senegalese’s elbow on him during their 2-2 draw on Sunday. The Spaniard insisted that it was a ‘clear red’ and slammed Premier League officials for their lack of consistency. Just six seconds into the match, Azpilicueta was floored and referee Anthony Taylor showed the Liverpool forward a yellow card. Azpilicueta told Sky Sports after the match that, “It’s a clear red, I don’t mind if it’s five seconds into the game and the first actions, it’s a clear red. “He doesn’t want to challenge, he doesn’t want to see the ball, he just wants to hit with the elbow. Honestly I don’t understand it. “The other day we had two penalties where VAR didn...
Man City beat 10-man Arsenal after VAR drama
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Man City beat 10-man Arsenal after VAR drama

Manchester City scored in stoppage time to sensationally win 2-1 at Arsenal, who had Gabriel Magalhaes sent off during a game-changing and remarkable five minutes of play. Arsenal took a first-half lead when Bukayo Saka scored his fourth goal in three Premier League games, but they could have been in front earlier had they been awarded a penalty after 10 minutes. City keeper Ederson appeared to foul Martin Odegaard, but having been checked by VAR, it was decided Edersen had touched the ball and no penalty was given. The Gunners remained in control of the match until an incredible five minutes of action after half-time. Bernardo Silva went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Granit Xhaka that was originally waved away by Stuart Attwell but he overturned h...
Thomas Tuchel names Chelsea star that surprises him after draw with Brighton
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Thomas Tuchel names Chelsea star that surprises him after draw with Brighton

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has identified Romelu Lukaku as the Blues player that surprises him following their Premier League 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday night. Lukaku had put Thomas Tuchel’s side in front, but a late equalizer from Danny Welbeck ensured both teams played a 1-1 draw. The Belgium international has been brilliant since returning from a positive COVID-19. “I’m surprised what he’s [Lukaku] doing,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference after the game. “I don’t know how long he can do it. We will try it and then we will see. Nobody knows. “He was eight weeks out, and when he was trying to come back, he caught covid, and then after that training and then playing. “That’s what we do at the moment.” Chelsea’s title challenge is now on life s...
‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season
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‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season

Chelsea star, Jorginho, has given his “honest” verdict regarding the Blues’ Premier League title chances this season. Chelsea have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, dropping points against West Ham United as they try to challenge leaders Manchester City for the title this term. Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently six points behind Man City on the log but are level with Liverpool. But Jorginho is now saying that he prefers Chelsea to be labeled as underdogs in terms of the title race. Asked about Tuchel’s men becoming the hunters, sitting six points behind Pep Guardiola’s side on the log, Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website: “I prefer to be the underdog and let people talk about others and we just keep working and pushing, and in the end, we will see where we can be. ...
Manchester Utd reject Sevilla’s offer to sign Martial
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Manchester Utd reject Sevilla’s offer to sign Martial

Manchester United has rejected an approach from Sevilla to sign their forward Anthony Martial on loan, GOAL reports. Sevilla is interested in taking Martial on loan until the end of the season but their initial offer would not cover the player’s wages and Man United have rejected it. The LaLiga club does not have the budget to pay all of Martial’s wages and it is understood their budget is between €3-4 million. However, Man United have not made a final decision over whether or not to send the France international out on loan in the January transfer window. Martial had already told Man United manager, Ralf Rangnick, he is looking for a new challenge after struggling for regular game time this season. Rangnick confirmed a few days ago that Martial had asked to leave Old Traf...
This style is strange to us – Rashford speaks on Rangnick
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This style is strange to us – Rashford speaks on Rangnick

Marcus Rashford has said that the style of play being introduced at Manchester United by interim boss, Ralf Rangnick is strange and totally different from what Manchester United have ever played before in their history. Following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Rangnick was appointed to take charge of the team for six months. United have not lost a game since the 63-year-old, known as the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’, took charge at Old Trafford. The Manchester giants could move up to fifth place in the table with three points away to Newcastle this evening. “He’s done a good job…” Rashford told Sky Sports. ‘It’s tough but it’s fun. But it’s good, it’s what it takes to win big games. “This style of play that we’re playing right now is different to anything that we’ve ...
Mikael Silvestre reacts to comments of Ronaldo creating problem for Man Utd
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Mikael Silvestre reacts to comments of Ronaldo creating problem for Man Utd

Former Manchester United star, Mikael Silvestre, has rubbished suggestions that forward Cristiano Ronaldo has created a problem for the Red Devils on the pitch. Ronaldo returned to Man United last summer from Juventus. The Portugal captain has scored 13 goals in 18 games across all competitions for Man United so far this season. But some have questioned his work rate and pressing, with pundits such as Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool star, suggesting that Ronaldo can be a ‘passenger’ during games. Speaking on the development, Silvestre told the Daily Star: “This comment about him [Ronaldo] being a problem is absolute rubbish. Look at the ratio of goals scored; chances created since the start of the season. “He wants to help, wants to win trophies. He didn’t come to Unit...
FA told to ban Liverpool for 10 matches after 2-2 draw with Tottenham
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FA told to ban Liverpool for 10 matches after 2-2 draw with Tottenham

Italy World Cup winner, Marco Tardelli has called for Liverpool to be handed a 10-match ban over their “arrogant” play against Tottenham on Sunday. According to the former Italy international, the Reds were fortunate not to receive punishment for their tackling against Tottenham. The Reds played out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and much of the post-match discussion has centred on referee Paul Tierney’s handling of the game. Liverpool’s Andy Robertson was red-carded for a wild challenge on Tottenham’s Emerson Royal in the second half, while Harry Kane got just a yellow for arguably a worse challenge earlier in the match. While Robertson and Klopp may feel aggrieved, Tardelli says the Reds should count themselves lucky and claims the Reds are given “protection”. Tardelli, who w...
Kane Wasn’t red-carded against Liverpool because he’s England captain – Perry Groves
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Kane Wasn’t red-carded against Liverpool because he’s England captain – Perry Groves

Former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves has said that Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s status as England captain was the major reason referee, Paul Tierney did not give a red card for a late tackle on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson during their Premier League clash on Saturday. Kane was only yellow-carded after leaving the Reds left-back in a heap and many believe the punishment should have been far more severe. Groves said the challenge could’ve broken Robertson’s leg and referee Tierney ‘bottled’ the decision. “It should’ve been a red card,” Groves said on talkSPORT. “Harry Kane hasn’t been sent off because he’s England captain. “Paul Tierney, the referee, has bottled it. “Kane’s slid in, Robertson’s done well because he knows he’s going to be late so he just ...
Serie A: Mourinho to sign another Chelsea star for Roma
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Serie A: Mourinho to sign another Chelsea star for Roma

Chelsea midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is being linked with a move to AS Roma in January. According to Marca, AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, is believed to be keen on making a move for Loftus-Cheek in the forthcoming January transfer window. Roma are enduring a tough run of form in the Serie A and Mourinho wants to bring in reinforcements in January to bolster his ranks to mount a challenge for a top-four finish in the Italian top-flight league. Mourinho is weighing up a move for the England international, who has been key to Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea this season. Loftus-Cheek, however, remains a top name on the wishlist for Mourinho, with the Portuguese gaffer hoping to use former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to convince the midfielder in making the m...
Referee Hackett slams Paul Tierney for not giving red card to Harry Kane
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Referee Hackett slams Paul Tierney for not giving red card to Harry Kane

Former Premier League referee, Keith Hackett has lambasted referee Paul Tierney for not sending off Harry Kane during Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool on Sunday. He said the England striker does not deserve to remain on the pitch after his ‘reckless’ tackle on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson. Kane was fortunate to remain in the game following his studs-up challenge on Liverpool’s left-back in the first half. Referee Tierney only showed the England captain a yellow card for the incident, which was not deemed as a clear and obvious error by VAR. Then later on in the game, Tierney gave Robertson a red card for his swipe on Tottenham full-back Emerson Royal. But Hackett, who is the former head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), believes Kane should have also be...
It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool
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It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has insisted that his tackle on Andy Robertson was not a red card offence. The England striker even believes he won the ball during the challenge, which is not certainly the situation. He feels the march officials led by referee Paul Tierney were right not to send him off for a tackle on Liverpool defender, Andy Robertson. The incident took place during the first half of the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Tottenham on Sunday. The England striker had lunged into the ball before catching Robertson’s ankle with his studs, with referee Paul Tierney only showing him a yellow card. Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp believed the England captain should have been sent off. But Kane is adamant that a yellow card was more than suff...
What’s your problem with me – Jurgen Klopp reveals what ref Paul Tierney told him
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What’s your problem with me – Jurgen Klopp reveals what ref Paul Tierney told him

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that referee Paul Tierney told him that Diogo Jota does not deserve a penalty during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Klopp also said that Tottenham striker, Harry Kane should have been sent off by Tierney in the first half after his challenge on Robertson. Referee Tierney decided to only give Kane a yellow card for his studs-up tackle on Andy Robertson but later sent off the Liverpool right-back for almost the same offence. Jurgen Klopp’s side were also denied a penalty when Diogo Jota was barged inside the area by Emerson Royal. “Yes definitely”, Klopp told Sky Sports when asked if Kane should have been sent off. “You can give Robbo a red card, it is not the smartest challenge of his career but that is definitely a red card. No doubt about i...
Schools in the U.S are taking precautions over disturbing TikTok threat for December 17
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Schools in the U.S are taking precautions over disturbing TikTok threat for December 17

Some schools in the United States are taking precautionary measures following a disturbing TikTok threat. There's an anonymous threat on TikTok that seemingly warns against students attending class on Friday December 17. The threat or challenge has been tagged "National Shoot Up Your School Day." Though there's no mention of a specific school or district, there are however hundreds of other TikTok posts referencing the challenge and warning students to take precautions. A user on the platform wrote; "Idk if this is true or not but apparently there is a threat on December 17 2021, schools in America are going to have a school shooting or bombing. "[Once] again idk if this is true but if it is, stay safe. My mom called and told me so I looked it up. ... stay safe America." ...
Jorginho penalties punish Leeds in thriller
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Jorginho penalties punish Leeds in thriller

Jorginho scored two penalties – the second in injury-time – to nab Chelsea an important and dramatic 3-2 win over a spirited Leeds. The victory leaves Chelsea in third but just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the table After conceding six goals in their last two games, Chelsea's defence were breached again when Raphinha netted from the penalty spot on 28 minutes following a challenge on Dan James by Marcos Alonso Thomas Tuchel's side looked nervous as they staged a response, but Mason Mount scored what looked a crucial equaliser just before the break when turning home Alonso's cross. They were ahead on 58 minutes when Jorginho converted from the penalty after a VAR review had deemed Raphinha's challenge on Antonio Rudiger a foul that was originally missed by r...
Martial wants to leave Man Utd in January as agent reveals Old Trafford exit plan
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Martial wants to leave Man Utd in January as agent reveals Old Trafford exit plan

The France international forward has been struggling for game time with the Red Devils and is looking to take on a new challenge   Anthony Martial is looking to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window, the French forward’s agent has revealed, with regular game time being sought by a man that has been frozen out at Old Trafford. The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order with the Premier League heavyweights, with just two top-flight starts for the Red Devils taken in this season. With five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line and Edinson Cavani providing an experienced alternative in a central striking berth, Martial is ready to take on a new challenge elsewhere.
West Ham boss Moyes: Top agents in contact offering their players
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West Ham boss Moyes: Top agents in contact offering their players

West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed he's fielding calls from top agents ahead of the January market. Moyes admits he expects to be busy next month. He said, "We're trying to challenge the 'Joneses' at the top of the league and at the moment I think we're doing okay but we're mindful of stepping above our station too soon. I think we have a bit to do to before we prove to the people out there that we can be up there all the time.. We're certainly competitive at the moment and if we can keep that going all season that 'inconsistent' title might go away a little bit. , "What I will say is that I've had plenty of top agents putting their players to me and that tends to be a sign that people are beginning to think you're attractive. "I think West Ham is a huge club in London a...
White paper on Lagos #EndSARS panel report is illegal – Femi Falana
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White paper on Lagos #EndSARS panel report is illegal – Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has said that the White Paper the Lagos state government released over the #EndSARS panel report is illegal. Falana maintained that the report of the judicial panel is as effective as a judgment of the Lagos state high court and can only be challenged in a competent court. He backed the claim by citing section 15 (2) of the Tribunals of Inquiry Law of Lagos State. The senior lawyer also stated that there were contradictions in the White Paper report. He said; “It was my view that since the committee is unknown to law, the members were not competent to edit, modify, alter, edit or reject the report of the commission. “More so, that the members of White Paper committee did not have the opportunity of taking evidenc...
Embarrassing’ – Paul Scholes, Ian Wright slam De Gea over Arsenal’s first goal in Man Utd 3-2 win
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Embarrassing’ – Paul Scholes, Ian Wright slam De Gea over Arsenal’s first goal in Man Utd 3-2 win

Manchester United and Arsenal legends,Paul Scholes and Ian Wright have slammed David de Gea, branding him ’embarrassing’ for his role in Arsenal’s opening goal during the Premier League clash on Thursday. Emile Smith Rowe gave the Gunners the lead in the 13th minute, after David de Gea went down after a corner. Replays showed De Gea was stamped on by team-mate Fred, but play went on and Smith Rowe slammed home from the edge of the box with the Spanish goalkeeper still on the floor. Referee Martin Atkinson, appeared to be considering intervening but eventually awarded the goal after making contacts with VAR. “That’s embarrassing,” Scholes told Premier League productions. ‘You protect your goal, you do anything to stop a goal. “To turn away, to not even look, there’s clearly...
Benitez: Everton must learn to sell best players at right time
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Benitez: Everton must learn to sell best players at right time

Everton boss Rafa Benitez has hinted they may sell a top line player to boost their coffers. Benitez was restricted to spending just £1.7m in transfer fees in the summer and expects to have 'not too much' money to use in January. "It means we have to get the best from our players from now till the end but at the same time thinking about the long-term future," he said. "It is important to do the right thing at the right time. "If not, you can't allow to spend money every year so you have to manage [that]. "Some clubs have been selling players at the right time and with the money they received they improved the squad. "That is something we have to learn. "The owner is ready to spend money but we can't spend all the time without bringing money back in. "So I think we h...
Tottenham manager Conte: I didn’t ask about January transfers when I took this job
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Tottenham manager Conte: I didn’t ask about January transfers when I took this job

Antonio Conte says he didn't discuss transfers when he took over as Tottenham Hotspur manager last month. Eyes have turned towards the January transfer window as Spurs look to challenge for a top-four spot. But Conte insists he is still focused on improving his current squad. Speaking ahead of Thursday's League game against Brentford, the Italian said: "Honestly when I decided to become Tottenham manager I didn't speak about [January]. "When you take a job, you have to make your evaluations and you have to feel your sensations. And honestly I felt Tottenham was the right club to work at and to bring my ideas and philosophy of football. For this reason, I accepted the job. "I didn't talk about January or the way to improve the team. I repeat: I'm here because I have great ent...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Michael makes honest confession about Premier League game
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Michael makes honest confession about Premier League game

Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick has admitted that the Red Devils don’t have a great record against Chelsea even when they are winning silverware. Carrick explained that Chelsea are a real team over the period of time and a good team currently under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. The former England midfielder stated this ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening. “We didn’t actually have a great record, to be honest, for quite some time, even when we were winning things,” Carrick said, as quoted by Man United’s official website. “Maybe we were winning leagues at times and going up against Chelsea, but we didn’t have a great record. “Of recent times, that’s changed a little bit but, at the time, for whatever reason… I remem...
Moyes names player that’ll hurt Man City more than Lionel Messi
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Moyes names player that’ll hurt Man City more than Lionel Messi

West Ham boss David Moyes has warned Manchester City that Michail Antonio would give them a multitude of problems in their Premier League clash on Sunday more than Lionel Messi did in the Champions League during the week. Antonio was one of several players excused from West Ham’s Europa League win away to Rapid Vienna on Thursday night. On the other hand, Man City defeated PSG 2-1 in their Champions League tie, overcoming threats from Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Antonio, a Jamaica international, has been impressive this season under Moyes’ well-drilled side, providing a powerful attacking threat that has helped West Ham climb into the top four. Moyes is very much aware of the challenge in front of them this weekend. “Mich will probably cause them different problems th...
Buhari’s government is the first to propose workable solution to herder-farmer clashes – Garba Shehu
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Buhari’s government is the first to propose workable solution to herder-farmer clashes – Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says the Buhari-led government is the first to “put forward a workable solution to the herder-farmer” clashes. Garba said this while presenting a paper at the 10th anniversary of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), Katsina state on Friday, November 26. According to the presidential spokesman, no other administration has been able to effectively tackle the issue since Nigeria gained independence in 1960. “It is a fact that the Buhari administration is the only government of Nigeria that has put forward a workable solution to the herder-farmer challenge in all the years since independence. The threat to civilians and peaceful co-existence between different ethnic and religious groups from fa...
Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games
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Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier League, EPL, matches. Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Burnley in an away Premier League tie. Liverpool will host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening, while Manchester City will tackle West Ham United on Sunday. Arsenal will clash with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “Arsenal were doing pretty well at Anfield last week until their manager Mikel Arteta reacted to a Sadio Mane challenge and woke the crowd up. “That defeat ended the Gunners’ long unbeaten run, but I can see them bouncing straight back here because they ...
37 days After Court Order, Immigration Yet To Release Ex-Gov Peter Odili’s International Passport
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37 days After Court Order, Immigration Yet To Release Ex-Gov Peter Odili’s International Passport

The federal government is still yet to release the passport of ex-Rivers State governor, Peter Odil, 37 days after Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, to do so. The release order was issued on October 18 following the findings by the court that Odili’s passport was unlawfully seized in July this year. 37 days after refusal to obey the court order, the Immigration on Tuesday, November 23 returned to the same court seeking an order to stay execution of the judgment earlier delivered in favour of the former Rivers State governor. Represented by a counsel, Ibrahim Etsu, Immigration Service informed the court of its intention to challenge the judgment of the high court at the Court of Appeal in Abuja. However infuriate...
BBA star, Tayo Faniran, calls out one campaign for failing to redeem the $100k ambassadorial deal promised him during the reality TV show
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BBA star, Tayo Faniran, calls out one campaign for failing to redeem the $100k ambassadorial deal promised him during the reality TV show

Days after calling out billionaire businessman, Ayiri Emami, for failing to fulfill the $350, 000 allegedly promised him while in the Big Brother Africa show, Tayo Faniran, has now called out one campaign organiser for failing to fulfill the $100, 000 ambassadorial deal they promised him while in the BBA house. Apparently, Tayo won a challenge in the house and his reward was a $100, 000 ambassadorial deal from one campaign. Tayo in a post shared on his Instagram page this afternoon said he is yet to receive the deal. Read what he wrote below
Mikel Arteta explains fight with Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool
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Mikel Arteta explains fight with Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has explained his touchline fight with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, during their English Premier League, EPL, match on Saturday. Arsenal was defeated 4-0 by Liverpool and at some point in the game, a fight ensued between both benches. Arteta was furious following a tackle from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu, prompting an angry exchange on the touchline because the Liverpool bench did not see anything wrong with the challenge. Arteta and Klopp got cards from Michael Oliver, with the Liverpool boss reluctant to pin his side’s improved display on his scuffle. The two managers had to be physically held back as they screamed and shouted at each other just after the half-hour mark during the encounter at Anfield. Asked about the fight, Arteta sai...
Klopp explains fight with Arteta during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool
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Klopp explains fight with Arteta during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained his touchline fight with Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta during their Premier League match on Saturday. Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s side and at some point in the game fight ensued between both benches. Klopp ended up receiving a yellow card for the referee over the incident and the German admitted that he crossed a line and deserved to be punished. The two managers had to be physically held back as they screamed and shouted at each other just after the half-hour mark. Arsenal boss was furious following a tackle from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu, prompting an angry exchange on the touchline because Liverpool bench did not see anything wrong with the challenge. Both Klopp and Arteta got cards from Michael Oliver with th...
Wolves youngster Dexter Lembikisa pens pro terms
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Wolves youngster Dexter Lembikisa pens pro terms

Wolves youngster Dexter Lembikisa has signed his first professional contract at Wolves after turning 18 earlier this month. The wing-back has been part of the club's academy for five years and impressed this season after stepping up to the under-23s team. Wolves' technical director, Scott Sellars, said: “Dexter came to us from London as a 13-year-old when he was only a young boy, but in the last 15 months, he's really kicked on with his development. “He has progressed really well and is now playing regularly with the under-23s having started with the under-18s, and his performances have been excellent. “Dexter has always worked really hard on all aspects of his game, and it's always pleasing to have young players who have a good work ethic and really want to learn. “It's bec...
Ghislaine Maxwell to challenge claims she groomed underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, says her accusers have ‘faulty memories’
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Ghislaine Maxwell to challenge claims she groomed underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, says her accusers have ‘faulty memories’

Socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell will challenge claims that she groomed underage girls for the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Ms Maxwell, the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, has been accused of helping to recruit and groom four underage girls for Epstein to abuse from 1994 to 2004, and also charged with sex trafficking. Epstein killed himself in a New York prison cell on 10 August as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges. According to a letter by her lawyer, her defence will say her accusers might have faulty memories. The letter says that leading experts in psychiatry and memory would be brought in to testify in her defence. Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.   She has been in a New York ...
Thousands sign petition to cancel Travis Scott’s Coachella performance
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Thousands sign petition to cancel Travis Scott’s Coachella performance

American singer, Travis Scott is facing yet another challenge as more than 5,500 people have signed a petition to stop him from performing at next year’s Coachella Festival following Friday’s Astroworld crowd crush tragedy. The 30-year-old singer came under fire after eight people died at his Astroworld event in Houston following a stampede. Fans screamed for help shortly after Scott stepped onstage, but it was reported that he continued performing for more than 30 minutes and completed his set. While Scott has insisted he had no idea what was occurring in the crowd, music lover Sendero Secretos started a Change.org petition to block the star from appearing at Coachella in April. Secretos in the petition addressed to Coachella’s official organizers, AEG, Paul Tollet and Goldenvo...
VAR referee explains why Cresswell wasn’t given red card in Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham
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VAR referee explains why Cresswell wasn’t given red card in Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham

VAR referee, Stuart Attwell has explained why Aaron Cresswell was not sent off for his tackle on Jordan Henderson in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday. According to the VAR referee, the challenge on Henderson by Cresswell ‘didn’t have the required force or intensity’ for a player to be sent off. The defeat on Sunday was Liverpool’s first in the Premier League this season which also put them four points behind league leaders, Chelsea. Cresswell flew in on Henderson in the eighth minute of the game but referee Craig Pawson did not even award a free kick for Liverpool, despite Henderson remaining on the ground for several minutes. Attwell, who was the VAR referee in charge of the West Ham vs Liverpool game, decided not to step in and overturn Pawson’s dec...
VAR saves Spurs on Conte PL bow at Everton
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VAR saves Spurs on Conte PL bow at Everton

Antonio Conte oversaw a 0-0 draw with Everton in his first league game as Tottenham boss as VAR overturned a penalty decision for a foul by Hugo Lloris. After a scrappy affair low on quality, the key moment came on 64 minutes when Lloris raced out to Richarlison and brought down the Everton forward. Referee Chris Kavanagh originally awarded the penalty but VAR intervened with a replay suggesting Lloris got a touch on the ball. Kavanagh and VAR had a busy afternoon as Mason Holgate was sent-off in injury-time after his dangerous challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was upgraded from a yellow to a red following a review. Despite Everton arriving on the back of three straight defeats, Spurs never stamped their authority on the game under their new boss. Giovani Lo Celso hit the pos...
W/Cup qualifiers: You’ve missed an opportunity – Southgate reacts as Hudson-Odoi turns down England call-up
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W/Cup qualifiers: You’ve missed an opportunity – Southgate reacts as Hudson-Odoi turns down England call-up

Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi has rejected call-up to the England Under-21 national team. The 20-year-old Chelsea star has been in excellent form for Thomas Tuchel’s side in recent weeks. But his recent performance for the west London side could not secure a place in the Gareth Southgate’s England senior squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino. Hudson-Odoi, who is still eligible to represent Ghana rejected the chance to play for the Under-21 side. This did not go down well with Southgate, who believes that the player has missed an opportunity by turning down the call-up. Southgate has revealed that the winger is keen to force his way into the senior squad by impressing at Chelsea. “…So by not being in the Under-21s he[Callum]misses a bit...
Villas-Boas tells Conte who to avoid at Tottenham
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Villas-Boas tells Conte who to avoid at Tottenham

Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Antonio Conte that it would be very difficult for him to work with the club’s Chairman, Daniel Levy. The Portuguese alerted the Italian that Levy would be his only obstacle to success at the North London side and he has to learn how to deal with him. Conte, a former Chelsea manager, was appointed Spurs’ new manager on an initial 18-month deal following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday. Villas-Boas spent an 18-month stint that ended in 2013 after a fall-out involving the Director of Football, Franco Baldini. “I think he [Conte]can be a good fit, depending on that link up with the top,” Villas-Boas said at Web Summit in Lisbon. “In football, you always reach stages where that link up to the top has to be there a...
Anthony Joshua announces he is willing to fight Deontay Wilder next year
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Anthony Joshua announces he is willing to fight Deontay Wilder next year

Anthony Joshua has revealed he's willing to take on a challenge with Deontay Wilder next year if the opportunity emerged after his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The British-Nigerian boxer will seek immediate redemption early next year in a rematch with Usyk after suffering a devastating defeat in London last month. A victory against Usyk could set up either an undisputed clash with Fury or even a shot at Wilder upon his return from injury. But the 31-year-old has promised to fight "anyone" and would be keen to take a fight with the 'Bronze Bomber if any challenge comes up. "If the fans can't see I would take these fights with the fighters like Wilder in a heartbeat," Joshua told IFL TV. "And I want people to know that I would fight anyone in their prime or anytime. Give me a mand...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Pogba breaks silence after EPL 5-0 loss
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Pogba breaks silence after EPL 5-0 loss

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has broken his silence following his side’s Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Pogba, who was sent off in the second half of the game following a reckless challenge on Naby Keita, insisted it’s time to ‘wake up’ and ‘step up’ after Man United’s defeat to Liverpool. The France international disclosed this in a post via his Instagram page on Monday. Recall that Liverpool defeated Man United at Old Trafford, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal each from Keita and Diogo Jota. Reacting to the development, Pogba said, “No time to feel sorry for ourselves. “Wake up, step up and make the next days better.” Meanwhile, Pogba was blasted by the club’s legend Paul Scholes after the defeat. Scholes suggested that...
Real reason I left Chelsea – Kurt Zouma
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Real reason I left Chelsea – Kurt Zouma

West Ham United defender, Kurt Zouma, has revealed the real reason why he left Chelsea this year to join the Hammers. Zouma said he left Chelsea for West Ham because he wanted a different challenge. The centre-back joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 under Jose Mourinho’s regime. He hardly cements his place in the heart of Chelsea’s defence under a succession of managers. The 26-year-old spent time out on loan at the likes of Stoke City, Saint-Etienne and Everton in a bid to get his career back on track. Zouma had started to make significant progress under former Blues manager, Frank Lampard, but after he was sacked in January, the France international struggled to win the faith of Thomas Tuchel. He was left out of the team which won the Champions League at the end of ...
Last-gasp Rodrigo pen rescues point for Leeds
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Last-gasp Rodrigo pen rescues point for Leeds

Rodrigo's stoppage-time penalty rescued a point for a spirited Leeds United as they eased the pressure on Marcelo Bielsa with a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Elland Road. Hwang Hee-chan's early strike looked to have fired Wolves to four successive victories in the Premier League for the very first time, but Leeds youngster Joe Gelhardt was the catalyst for the dramatic late comeback. With talisman Raphinha forced off with an ankle injury, 19-year-old Gelhardt had two attempts on goal before his driving run in stoppage-time drew a rash challenge and penalty from Nelson Semedo. Rodrigo kept his cool from 12 yards, converting a pressure spot-kick as Leeds salvaged a point from the jaws of defeat to maintain the three-point buffer between themselves and the relegation zone. Wolves, meanwh...
Chelsea facing striker crisis with Lukaku, Werner injured
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Chelsea facing striker crisis with Lukaku, Werner injured

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel is facing a striker crisis after Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both went off injured against Malmo on Wednesday night. The Blues went on to win 4-0 in the Champions League clash, thanks to goals from Jorginho (2), Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz. However, their emphatic victory was marred by the knocks picked up by their key frontmen. Lukaku was forced off with a suspected ankle injury in the 20th minute, as he went down under a challenge inside the box. Werner soon followed him off the bench, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Tuchel will be hoping that either or both strikers are fit for this weekend’s Premier League game against bottom team Norwich City.
Sterling advised by De Bruyne amid Manchester City exit rumours
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Sterling advised by De Bruyne amid Manchester City exit rumours

The Belgian midfielder can appreciate why his team-mate is feeling frustrated, but is hoping to see him stick around at the Etihad Stadium Kevin De Bruyne can appreciate why Raheem Sterling may be asking questions of his future at Manchester City, but the Belgian midfielder has urged his team-mate to accept rotation and see the bigger picture. Speculation regarding a move away from the Etihad Stadium for Sterling is starting to build heading towards the winter transfer window, with starting berths under Pep Guardiola proving hard to come by. The England international has admitted that, amid talk of interest from Barcelona, he may be tempted to take on a new challenge outside of the Premier League, but De Bruyne is hoping to see the 26-year-old stay put.  
Man United must fix ‘mentality and tactics’, says Pogba
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Man United must fix ‘mentality and tactics’, says Pogba

Paul Pogba delivered a withering assessment of the state of Manchester United’s form after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester left the Red Devils already five points adrift in the Premier League title race. United have not won an English top-flight title since 2013, but were expected to challenge this season after splashing out to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the transfer window. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have taken just one point from a possible nine against Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester in their last three league games. United also crashed out of the League Cup last month and are under pressure for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Atalanta after losing their opening group game to Swiss side Young Boys. “If we want to win the title,...

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