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Rejuvenated Abraham loving life with Jose in Rome
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Rejuvenated Abraham loving life with Jose in Rome

Tammy Abraham is loving life under Jose Mourinho after answering the Roma manager's call to spurn Premier League interest for a fresh start in the Italian sunshine. The 24-year-old this summer became the latest English talent to head abroad as a lack of opportunities under Thomas Tuchel saw him bring down the curtain down on his long association with Chelsea. Abraham scored a hat-trick in what proved to be Frank Lampard's final match in January and only played seven more times for the club, with the striker left out of the victorious Champions League final squad. He subsequently swapped Stamford Bridge for the Stadio Olimpico in search of game time, joining Roma in a £34m deal and scoring four goals in his first 10 matches under Mourinho. He said: "Why Italy? Good question....
Jesus Clinches key City Win in Thriller at Chelsea
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Jesus Clinches key City Win in Thriller at Chelsea

Gabriel Jesus struck a potentially significant blow in the Premier League title race for Manchester City, as his goal helped them defeat their Champions League final conquerors Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. The meeting between the European and English champions, four months on from their clash on the big stage in Porto, lived up to its billing, with City at first dominant, grabbing their deserved goal when Jesus swivelled and shot into the bottom corner on 53 minutes. It was the first goal Chelsea had conceded from open play in the league this season and it transformed the contest into a furious end-to-end battle. Jack Grealish had a shot tipped around the post and Jesus was denied a second by Thiago Silva's goal-line clearance, before Romelu Lukaku's tap-in was ruled out for ...
Joe Cole predicts club to reach final this season
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Joe Cole predicts club to reach final this season

Former Chelsea right-back, Joe Cole, is confident that his old club will be at the Champions League final this season. Cole said that Chelsea can already begin ‘scouting hotels and venues’ in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the final of this season’s Champions League will hold after discovering their group stage opponents. Chelsea won the Champions League last season beating Premier League rival, Manchester City in the final in Porto. The Blues are drawn in Group H by Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmo on Thursday. And while Tuchel will be especially wary of two-time European champions Juventus, Cole feels his former club will book their place in the knockout stage with ease. “Juventus, they’re not the threat that they would have been two or three years...
Willy Caballero Confirms Thomas Tuchel’s Goalkeepers’ perking order at Chelsea
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Willy Caballero Confirms Thomas Tuchel’s Goalkeepers’ perking order at Chelsea

Chelsea ex-goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, has revealed where manager, Thomas Tuchel thinks he (Caballero) is better than the club’s first and second choice goalkeepers, Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Argentine also stated reasons he refused to sign a new deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit this summer. Tuchel believes Caballero is better than the others in stopping penalties and had flipped his goalkeeping group for such duties after taken over as the club’s boss – making Caballero first choice, Kepa second and Mendy in third. The Blues manager substituted No.1 Mendy for Kepa in extra-time during the European Super Cup against Villarreal last week as part of the master plan. And the veteran goalkeeper revealed that Tuchel was even willing to substitute ...
Mourinho wants Kelechi Iheanacho at Roma
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Mourinho wants Kelechi Iheanacho at Roma

AS Roma are looking at Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, as an ideal option if they fail to sign Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, according to Sky Sports. Iheanacho only signed a new three-year deal with the Premier League side in April. However, the Nigerian is now a target for Roma, who will be coached by Jose Mourinho from next season. The Serie A club have already agreed a £34million deal with Chelsea for Abraham, but the 23-year-old is not very keen about the move. Abraham fell out of favour after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as head coach in January. He was left out of the squad for the Champions League final against Manchester City, despite being fully fit. Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge is set to push Abraham further down the pe...
Arsenal vs Chelsea: All you need to know about Sunday’s preseason friendly, TV schedule
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: All you need to know about Sunday’s preseason friendly, TV schedule

Arsenal will take on Chelsea in a pre-season friendly game this afternoon. The two Premier League giants go head-to-head again, exactly one year after they clashed in the FA Cup final. On that occasion, the Gunners saw off their London rivals 1-0. The Blues were managed by Frank Lampard for the defeat at Wembley. Lampard has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who went on to win the Champions League final against Manchester City. Tuchel however lost to Mikel Arteta’s men at Stamford Bridge as the 2020/2021 season wrapped up. Today’s game is part of a mini pre-season round robin tournament called the Mind Series, which also features Tottenham Hotspur. Funds raised from the three games will be split between mental health charity, Mind, and the clubs’ respective founda...
UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025
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UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025

  UEFA on Friday, confirmed that Wembley Stadium will host the Champions League final in 2024. This decision comes less than a week after there was a security breach during the Euro 2020 final at the same stadium. The stampede saw over five thousand ticketless supporters force their way into the concourses and take up empty seats and corridors inside the ground. It will be the first time Wembley will host the final, after it hosted the 2013 clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, has been awarded the 2023 Champions League final by UEFA. The venue had been due to stage the match in 2020 and 2021, but UEFA was forced to make changes in both years due to COVID-19. Munich’s Allianz Arena will now host the fina...
Euro 2020: Belgium to be Without key Players against Russia
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Euro 2020: Belgium to be Without key Players against Russia

Belgium will be without two key players, Kevin de Bruyne and Axel Witsel, when they face Russia in their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday due to injury. The Belgian team made the announcement in a post via their Twitter handle on Friday. De Bruyne fractured his eye socket and nose in Manchester City’s Champions League final 1-0 defeat to Chelsea last month. The playmaker had minor surgery last week, only joining up with his Belgian teammates on Monday. Axel Witsel, meanwhile, is also recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. “Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne did not travel to Russia. They stayed in (the Belgian training camp) Tubize to continue their recovery,” the Belgian Red Devils Twitter account said. Belgium are in Group B alongside Denmark, Finland and Russia.
Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award

France manager, Didier Deschamps has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Deschamps believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his excellent performances for Chelsea this season. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month. “N’Golo, he doesn’t have the record of a striker. He can score a few goals, but because of what he does, everyone must have watched his last games, especially the Champions League final, N’Golo is also a driving force,” Deschamps told a press conference ahead of Euro 2020. “The Ballon d’Or? He deserve...
Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or
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Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or

  Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, has opened up on winning the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante, who produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month, was backed by Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, to win this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Reacting to the development ahead of Euro 2020, Kante told a press conference that the talks of him winning the Ballon d’ Or this year are premature, adding that there is a long way to go. “It is a bit early to talk about it now,” Kante told reporters when asked about winning the Ballon d’Or. “We’re in the middle of the year, there are six months l...
Guardiola Cried Fake tears – Aguero’s father
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Guardiola Cried Fake tears – Aguero’s father

  Sergio Aguero’s father, Leonel del Castillo, has accused Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, of crying fake tears over his son’s departure. Aguero signed for Barcelona as a free agent this week, after his contract with City was not renewed. Guardiola broke down in tears when talking about Aguero, after the striker’s final Premier League appearance for his side. Aguero then played his last game for City in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on May 29. When asked about Guardiola’s emotions, Aguero’s father told Argentinian station Radio La Red: “I don’t believe him. No, I don’t. I believe he never wanted him [Aguero].” Asked if the tears were for the cameras, he added: “Of course. He wants to be the star of all the teams he is in instead of the players....
Premier League Releases Six-man Shortlist for Young Player of the Year
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Premier League Releases Six-man Shortlist for Young Player of the Year

  The Premier League on Wednesday, released a six-man shortlist for the 2020/2021 Young Player of the Year award. Manchester City’s Phil Foden could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale by being voted the men’s PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season, as he has been shortlisted to win both awards. In the Young Player of the Year section, Foden will battle it out with Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold who won it last year, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and Chelsea’s Mason Mount. Foden won the Premier League and Carabao Cup with City this season, as well as helping Pep Guardiola’s team reach the Champions League final where they lost 1-0 to Chelsea. T...
Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero joins Barcelona on a two-year Contract
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Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero joins Barcelona on a two-year Contract

Sergio Aguero has completed a move to Barcelona after his exit from Manchester City, the Spanish club have announced. The Argentina International left Manchester City following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season and has joined Ronald Koeman’s side on a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season. The 32-year-old striker will be presented at the Nou Camp with club president Joan Laporta on Monday evening, May 31, and will officially join on July 1. He will have a release clause of €100 million. Barca have said in a statement on their official website: "FC Barcelona and Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club from 1 July when his contract with Manchester City expires. "The player will sign a contract until the end of the 202...
Guardiola told to Apologise to Man City Players after Losing Champions League final
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Guardiola told to Apologise to Man City Players after Losing Champions League final

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has been told to apologize to every member of his squad after losing the Champions League final to Chelsea. Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, has said Guardiola displayed “arrogance” in his team selection for the game in Porto. City lost 1-0 in their first European final, thanks to Kai Havertz’s 42nd minute strike. Guardiola, who has been lauded for evolving City’s style this season, was accused of overcomplicating his selection on the big stage by pundits and supporters alike. “I couldn’t believe what I was watching. “It’s one of the worst performances I’ve seen from Manchester City in a long time. Bottle jobs. And an absolute disaster of a team selection from Pep Guardiola. “I cannot believe he got i...
UCL final: Tuchel expresses shock at Guardiola’s action
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UCL final: Tuchel expresses shock at Guardiola’s action

  Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, has said that he was ‘surprised’ by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave out Fernandinho for the Champions League final against the Blues on Saturday. Guardiola omitted Fernandinho from Man City’s starting line-up in their defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto. The Spaniard opted to play Ilkay Gundogan in a deeper role instead of Fernandinho as Kai Havertz’s first-half goal ensured Tuchel’s men defeated the Premier League champions 1-0. “We were a bit surprised, I expected Fernandinho in the line-up to start,” Tuchel admitted at his post-match press conference. “He [Pep Guardiola] chose a very offensive line-up, a very technical line-up, it was very hard to steal the ball and recover the ball. ...
UCL final: Arsene Wenger highlights why Chelsea Defeated Man City again
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UCL final: Arsene Wenger highlights why Chelsea Defeated Man City again

  Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has praised Thomas Tuchel for creating a ‘tactical problem’ for Pep Guardiola in last night’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy in history and a first for Tuchel as Blues manager with Kai Havertz’s first-half goal in Porto. It was indeed a difficult night for Pep Guardiola’s side as they struggled to break down Chelsea throughout the game. Chelsea on the other hand, missed a couple of excellent chances in each half through Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic. Wenger, a Premier League legend, praised Tuchel’s decision to tuck Mason Mount and Havertz inwards when Chelsea were out of position in order to force City to attack in wider areas. “I would still sa...
Champions League final: Rio Ferdinand, Fabregas hail Mount
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Champions League final: Rio Ferdinand, Fabregas hail Mount

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand and ex-Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, were full of praise for Chelsea’s Mason Mount, after his assist set up Kai Havertz to score the winner in the Champions League final. Havertz rounded Ederson to score in the 42nd minute against Manchester City in Porto on Saturday. Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “The way that Mason Mount turns on this ball, faces the game and just sees it. “It’s a good run from Havertz, the ball from Mason Mount is absolutely on the money, but it’s lazy defending from Zinchenko.” Former Blues playmaker Fabregas tweeted: “What a ball!! Mason Mount that’s what I’m talking about!” This is the second time Chelsea are winning Europe’s biggest prize, after they lifted it in 2012....
Champions League final: Tuchel Reacts as Chelsea beat Man City
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Champions League final: Tuchel Reacts as Chelsea beat Man City

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, was left speechless following his side’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game three minutes before half time. It is redemption for Tuchel, who lost last year’s final to Bayern Munich by the same scoreline. Speaking after the game, the German described the feeling as “incredible” and explained what they planned to do in the game. “To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel. “I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final]. I felt different. We were somehow… You could feel it getting closer. “The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged eve...
Champions League final: Guardiola Explains Why Man City Lost to Chelsea
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Champions League final: Guardiola Explains Why Man City Lost to Chelsea

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has given reasons why they could not beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday night. According to him, Thomas Tuchel’s men defended strongly and were quick with their counter attacks. However, Guardiola is hopeful his side have learnt their lessons and will come back one day to win the trophy. “It’s an exceptional season we’ve had. It’s an honour to be here. “In the second half, we were brilliant and brave. But they defended so strongly and were so fast on the counter-attack. We will come back maybe one day again. On starting without a recognized defensive midfielder and striker, Guardiola added: “I did what was best for the team [on selection]. “He [Kevin de Bruyne] was injured but this happens. In these...
UCL: Kante Plays down on Contending for ballon d’Or after winning MOTM Against Man City
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UCL: Kante Plays down on Contending for ballon d’Or after winning MOTM Against Man City

  Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, has played down calls that he should be nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or. The calls calling from pundits and Chelsea supporters intensified after Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday. Chelsea triumphed in Porto with Kai Havertz’s first-half goal being enough to beat Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao. Kante delivered another sublime display during the game and was named Man of the Match for his commanding performance. Kante, no doubt, is one of Chelsea’s key performers this season and is now being tipped as an early contender to win the individual most prestigious award. “It’s amazing,” Kante told RMC Sport. “It’s the result of a lot of effort, after a lot of difficultie...
Champions League final: Chelsea Practising Penalties after Man Utd’s Heartbreak – Tuchel
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Champions League final: Chelsea Practising Penalties after Man Utd’s Heartbreak – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted his players have been practising penalty kicks, ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City. Tuchel also mentioned the marathon penalty shoot-out between Manchester United and Villarreal last Wednesday in the Europa League final as inspiration. According to the German, he has “never seen anything like” it, with all 20 takers finding the net. Villarreal beat United 11-10, with goalkeeper, Geronimo Rulli firing home the winning spot-kick. When asked if Chelsea keepers Edouard Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga would be ready to step up to the spot if called upon, Tuchel replied: “Well I hope so. “We always practise penalties when we face a match where it’s possible it could go to penalties. “Can we si...
Champions League final: Man City Suffer Injury Scare ahead of Chelsea Clash
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Champions League final: Man City Suffer Injury Scare ahead of Chelsea Clash

  Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, limped out of their final training session ahead of today’s Champions League final against Chelsea. Gundogan bumped into team-mate Fernandinho as he tried to execute a diving header at the Estadio do Dragao on Friday. The injury appeared to be a straightforward knock, rather than a more concerning muscle problem. Gundogan had been Pep Guardiola’s only injury worry going into the final, but insisted earlier this week he was feeling fine. The Germany international was substituted as a precaution early in the second half of the 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on May 18. He also sat out of the final day 5-0 win over Everton last week.
Champions League final: Tuchel Confirms Double injury Boost for Chelsea
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Champions League final: Tuchel Confirms Double injury Boost for Chelsea

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that both Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante, are fit to play in the Champions League final against Manchester City. The two players joined full training on Wednesday, before the squad flew out to Portugal ahead of Saturday’s clash. Neither Mendy nor Kante has since experienced any setbacks and Tuchel reported a clean bill of health on Friday. “No injuries and I hope it stays like this until after the training today – Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante are fit,” he said. Mendy suffered a rib issue after colliding with the post during their 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa and was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga at half time. Kante missed the game at Villa Park as a precautionary measure.
Man City vs Chelsea: Guardiola names Squad for Champions League Final
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Man City vs Chelsea: Guardiola names Squad for Champions League Final

  Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola has named his side’s squad to tackle Chelsea in the Champions League final tie on Saturday night in Portugal. Guardiola released a 24-man squad to face Chelsea at the Estádio do Dragão in a post via Man City’s website. Man City had knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League semi-final stage earlier this month, while Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid. The Premier League champions head to the game following a 5-0 victory over Everton in their last fixture, while Chelsea was defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa. Below is Man City’s squad against Chelsea: Kyle Walker, Rúben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Aké, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gündogan , Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Agüero, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, ...
UCL final: Tuchel names Chelsea Squad to Tackle Man City in Portugal
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UCL final: Tuchel names Chelsea Squad to Tackle Man City in Portugal

  Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final tie has been revealed. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named 25 players to tackle Man City at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal. Tuchel released the list in a post via Chelsea’s website on Friday. Chelsea had eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League semi-final, while Man City knocked PSG out of the competition earlier this month. The Blues head to the game following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League campaign, while Pep Guardiola’s side whitewashed Everton 5-0. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Man City: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham, Christ...
Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final
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Man City vs Chelsea: Wesley Sneijder Predicts Winner of Champions League final

  Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, has predicted the winner between Chelsea and Manchester City when both teams clash in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Chelsea and Man City will face each other in Portugal on May 29 in what will be the first all-English Champions League final since Liverpool’s victory against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. The Blues have not won the Champions League since their famous victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012, while Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to win a Champions League crown. Thomas Tuchel’s side will be desperate to win the Champions League after failing to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup final earlier this month. Providing his prediction, Sneijder backed Chelsea to beat Ma...
Chelsea vs Man City: Eto’o Predicts Champions League final
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Chelsea vs Man City: Eto’o Predicts Champions League final

  Former Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o, has predicted his former club Chelsea to win Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City. Eto’o, who featured for the Blues in the 2013/2014 season, is delighted that Thomas Tuchel’s side has qualified for their first Champions League final since 2012. Although City is considered overwhelming favourites for the game, Eto’o feels Chelsea have every chance of leaving the city of Porto as European champions. “I am happy to see my old club Chelsea qualify for the Champions League final once again,” Eto’o told Goal. “For some, Manchester City is the favourites to lift the trophy, but in my opinion when it comes to a final, there is no such thing as favourites. It is just one game, so anything is possible. “Time an...
Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering leaving PSG to return to Tottenham and could convince Harry Kane to snub summer transfer’
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Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering leaving PSG to return to Tottenham and could convince Harry Kane to snub summer transfer’

PSG boss, Mauricio Pochettino could make a stunning return to Tottenham, according to a new report. The Argentine was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 after the team's dramatic decline following their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, with chairman Daniel Levy forced to swing the axe after a string of miserable results. Jose Mourinho replaced him but failed to deliver on the promise of silverware as players and fans quickly grew tired of his negative approach - with Spurs slipping away from the top four and failing to qualify for European football. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is considering trying to persuade their ex-boss to leave Paris Saint-Germain and he has revealed to his close associates that sacking Pochettino is the greatest mistake he's made in his career. ...
Europa League final: Sir Alex Ferguson Flies with Man Utd Squad
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Europa League final: Sir Alex Ferguson Flies with Man Utd Squad

Legendary Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has flown with the team to Gdansk ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League. Current Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is 90 minutes away from securing his first silverware since he replaced Jose Mourinho. The squad left the UK on Monday afternoon, with Ferguson joining the travelling party. While Ferguson oversaw the most trophy-laden spell at Old Trafford, Solskjaer played his part on the field under the Scot. Solskjaer’s most famous moment came in 1999, as United scored twice in injury time to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League final, with the Norwegian netting the winner.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola has been named the League Managers' Association manager of the year. Guardiola led City to a third Premier League title in four seasons, 12 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United, and a fourth consecutive League Cup. The club also won this season's Carabao Cup and will face Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday. The five other managers in contention were Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa, Norwich City's Daniel Farke, Chelsea Women's Emma Hayes, David Moyes of West Ham and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers. "I am delighted to win the LMA manager of the year award for the second time," said Guardiola, who previously won it in 2017-18. "It is, for me, such a special trophy to win because it is voted for by my fellow managers. An award lik...
Champions League Final: Tuchel worried over Mendy’s injury Ahead of Man City Clash
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Champions League Final: Tuchel worried over Mendy’s injury Ahead of Man City Clash

  Chelsea goalkeeper, Eduoard Mendy, could miss the team’s Champions League final against Manchester City, after suffering a rib injury during the defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday. Thomas Tuchel’s men lost 2-1 at Villa Park but still managed to finish in fourth place after Leicester City lost 4-2 at home to Tottenham. Mendy was forced off at the break after he collided with the post and Kepa Arrizabalaga replaced him for the second half. Tuchel admits he is ‘worried’ that Mendy could be ruled out of the Champions League final next Saturday. “He fell on the frame [post] from the goal net when he landed and hurt his ribs. “We are worried. We don’t know if it’s an impact injury or it’s more serious. We have to wait for the scans later.” Mendy will undergo a scan t...
Sheikh Mansour, Man City owner pays for fans’ trip to UCL final
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Sheikh Mansour, Man City owner pays for fans’ trip to UCL final

Manchester City have announced that owner Sheikh Mansour will pay for the flight and transfer costs for supporters on the official club trip to the Champions League final. City are set to fly out to Portugal to meet Chelsea on May 29, with costs already soaring through the roof because of the extra costs of COVID-19 tests and precautions. A recent ruling in Portugal means fans travelling from England must arrive and depart within 24 hours of the final, and the limited number of flights means tickets prices would be more expensive. Wary that the inflated costs could make a trip to the match impossible for some fans, City confirmed on their official website that Mansour is prepared to personally pay for flights and transfers for the thousands of City fans on the club’s travel pa...
Chelsea vs Leicester City: This is my Unluckiest Season – Timo Werner
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Chelsea vs Leicester City: This is my Unluckiest Season – Timo Werner

  Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has claimed that this is his unluckiest season as a footballer. Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer in a £47.5m deal from RB Leipzig. Although he started well for the Blues, he lost form and has scored only 12 times for the Blues. During the 2-1 win over Leicester City on Tuesday night, the German striker saw two goals chalked off and was denied a penalty. Werner however won the spot kick that Jorginho converted to make it 2-0 in the second half. “The first half was the picture of the whole season for me. “I think it’s the unluckiest season I have ever had and will have maybe. Offside, a clear penalty and then I want to make a header, I get a little push and I head it against my arm. “But when you are so unlucky but...
Mason Mount Named 2020-21 Chelsea Player of the Year
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Mason Mount Named 2020-21 Chelsea Player of the Year

Mason Mount has been announced as Chelsea's Player of the Year for the 2020/21 campaign by the fans. The 22-year-old England international was confirmed as the winner of the Player of the Year award on Tuesday morning, May 18, making him the first Chelsea academy graduate to win the award since John Terry in 2006. Mount has already reached 100 senior appearances for the club in less than two seasons at the club, an incredible achievement for an academy graduate. The attacking/central midfielder has bagged nine goals and eight assists this term in all competitions and his season could be completed with European success if they defeat Manchester City in the Champions League final and secure a top-four finish.
Champions League final: Man City Suffer major Injury Doubt Ahead of Chelsea Match
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Champions League final: Man City Suffer major Injury Doubt Ahead of Chelsea Match

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has expressed doubt that Sergio Aguero will be fit in time for the Champions League final. Guardiola is hoping the striker recovers from injury, so he can bid farewell to the fans on the last day of this Premier League campaign. Aguero, who has missed much of the season recovering from a knee injury before testing positive for COVID-19, was unavailable for the win over Newcastle on Friday night. The 32-year-old will leave City at the end of the season as a free agent and is in a race to be fit for the final home match against Everton, when 10,000 fans are expected at the Etihad Stadium. “If Sergio is fit he is going to help us, that is for sure. “If he is going to help us score goals he is going to play, but it’s the fina...
Harry Kane reportedly tells Tottenham he wants to leave club this summer with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to battle to sign him
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Harry Kane reportedly tells Tottenham he wants to leave club this summer with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to battle to sign him

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave this summer. According to Sky Sports, the reason is said to be the fact that Spurs aren't competing for titles. The 27-year-old England international has spent his entire professional career at Tottenham but has yet to lift a trophy. The closest he has come is losing a Champions League final against Liverpool in 2018–19 and two League Cup finals in the last six years, including last month's loss to Manchester City. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea have all reportedly been in contact with Kane's representatives with Sky Sports reporting that Kane prefers to remain in England and have his future sorted out before this summer's European Championship. Kane was recently named as the ...
Arsenal Increased Pressure on Chelsea ahead of Leicester Clash – Tuchel
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Arsenal Increased Pressure on Chelsea ahead of Leicester Clash – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has claimed Arsenal increased the pressure on his players ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Leicester City. The Blues lost 1-0 to Mikel Arteta’s men last Thursday, denting their chance to cement a top-four place. Tomorrow they face Leicester, who have already beaten them in the FA Cup final and remain ahead of them in third place on the table. “Arsenal increased the pressure for the game on Tuesday. Today was an isolated game, it has nothing to do with the race for the top 4 or the Champions League final. “Arsenal increased the pressure, unfortunately, for Tuesday not this game. This was a different competition. “If you have a group that arrives in the final, a Champions League final and arrives from ninth placed to...
Chelsea Women Realising their Champions League Final Dreams
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Chelsea Women Realising their Champions League Final Dreams

After a string of near misses, Chelsea Women will finally realise their dream of playing in a Champions League final when they face Barcelona Femeni in Sweden on Sunday, and are eager to prove themselves as winners. It is no secret that manager Emma Hayes has long targeted a spot in the European showpiece, having twice been knocked out at the semi-final stage in recent seasons. But after an incredible semi-final second leg performance against Bayern Munich, Chelsea Women's staff and players will finally be involved in arguably the biggest game in the team's history with one aim - to bring home the trophy. They will be hoping to add the silverware to an already growing collection this season, having secured their second successive WSL title last weekend and the Wo...
UCL Final: It’ll be Totally Different – Ziyech Warns Chelsea Players ahead of Man City Clash
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UCL Final: It’ll be Totally Different – Ziyech Warns Chelsea Players ahead of Man City Clash

  Chelsea winger, Hakim Ziyech, has warned his Blues teammates that their Champions League final tie against Manchester City will be totally different. Ziyech, who scored a goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Man City in the Premier League last weekend, wants Thomas Tuchel’s men not to take anything for granted, adding that they must be fully focused on the game. Chelsea will face Man City in the Champions League final on May 29 in Istanbul. The west London club had eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League semi-final, while Pep Guardiola’s side knocked PSG out of the competition. “It gives confidence, of course, but in three weeks, it will be a totally different game [Chelsea’s Champions League final against Man City], and three weeks is still long, we have some ...
Uefa to set to switch Champions League final game to Wembley
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Uefa to set to switch Champions League final game to Wembley

Uefa is set to decide by Wednesday whether to switch the Champions League final to Wembley from Istanbul because of travel restrictions. European football's governing body will meet with UK government officials and the Football Association on Monday to discuss options for the final. Chelsea face Manchester City in the final on 29 May. But fans have been told not to travel after Turkey was put on England's travel red list. There is a fixture issue to resolve, as Wembley is scheduled to stage the Championship play-off final on 29 May. However, it is understood the EFL would consider moving the match if asked by Uefa, and its board would make the final call. UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days. ...
UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final
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UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final

UEFA will decide whether to change the venue of the Champions League final on Wednesday, according to the UK Times. The European football governing body will meet with the FA and UK government officials on Monday. The discussion will centre around arrangements for the match between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29. Currently, the game is scheduled to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but Turkey is on the UK’s travel red list and fans have been told not to travel, “except in the most extreme circumstances”. The UK government wants the match to be moved to London, but a stumbling block is that the Championship play-off final is also due to be held on 29 May. However, the EFL have said they would consider moving the fixture to accommodate the Champions...
Man City vs Chelsea: What Guardiola told me About Champions League Final – Thomas Tuchel
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Man City vs Chelsea: What Guardiola told me About Champions League Final – Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola has told him the tactics he (Pep) would deploy when both sides clash in the Champions League final later this month. Pep Guardiola and Tuchel have met twice since the German replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January. And the former PSG boss has had the upper hand guiding Chelsea to a 1-0 win over City in their FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley last month, and coming from behind to beat them 2-1 in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium. Tuchel will now be hoping that the same outcome occurs when they clash on May 29, which, of course, will be the biggest of the victories. Ahead of the kick-off of the Premier League game on Saturday, both Tuchel and Guardiola w...
Tuchel make claim about Champions League final after 2-1 win over Man City
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Tuchel make claim about Champions League final after 2-1 win over Man City

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has claimed their 2-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday, will give them an edge over their rivals, ahead of the Champions League final later this month. The Blues came from behind to beat City on Saturday. Raheem Sterling gave the champions-elect the lead, before Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso sealed victory for Tuchel’s men. The two sides will meet again on May 29 in Istanbul, with Chelsea having won the last two encounters between the teams. Speaking about the importance of today’s result, Tuchel told Sky Sports: “It gives us confidence because it’s all about the performance. “This result won’t change much as the (Champions League) final is a very unique game, you can’t predict what will happen and we need to be prepared. We...
Chelsea Delay City’s Title Party with Stunning Comeback
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Chelsea Delay City’s Title Party with Stunning Comeback

Chelsea tormented Manchester City once again by delaying their title-winning party and boosting their own top-four hopes with the help of an awful Panenka penalty miss by Sergio Aguero during their 2-1 comeback win at the Etihad on Saturday. Hakim Ziyech, who had ended City's Quadruple dreams in a FA Cup semi-final last month, was on target again to cancel out Raheem Sterling's opener for the much-changed hosts, before Marcos Alonso (90+2) grabbed a deserved stoppage-time winner for the visitors against a side they will meet in the Champions League final on May 29. A mis-control from Aguero - City's most-famous title-clincher of all - had allowed Sterling to find the net for the first time in 13 games on 44 minutes but another error from the striker moments later proved far more ...
EPL: Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, other fixtures
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EPL: Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, other fixtures

Former Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier Leagues, EPL, fixtures. Manchester City will host Chelsea on Saturday evening at Etihad, while Manchester United will face Aston Villa in an away Premier League tie on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal will host West Brom at Emirates on Sunday night, while Liverpool will tackle Southampton on Saturday night at Anfield. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “It’s a dress rehearsal of the UEFA Champions League final at the Etihad as Chelsea make the trip north. “This should be another intense tactical battle between two of the best managers in the game. What makes it more interesting, is that both have contrasting styles. “We saw that in their FA Cup tie when Chelsea took the s...
EPL: Harry Kane Names ‘Special’ Player in Chelsea Squad
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EPL: Harry Kane Names ‘Special’ Player in Chelsea Squad

  England striker, Harry Kane, has identified Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, as a ‘special’ player. Kane, a fellow international teammate with Mount, explained that the 22-year-old is a fantastic player that has a great worth ethic. According to him, Mount played very well for Chelsea against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final encounter earlier this week. “Mason [Mount] is a fantastic player, great on the ball, great worth ethic,” the Tottenham Hotspur forward told beIN SPORTS. “He wins balls back, makes tackles. It’s an underrated part of his game. “He’s a truly special player, and it’s great for him to playing in a Champions League final in a few weeks’ time. He was great again against Real Madrid.”
Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad
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Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad

Manchester City will be hoping to wrap up the Premier League title today as the Citizens welcome Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in what has been tagged a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on May 29. Manchester City and Chelsea have already locked horns twice this season, with the Citizens getting the better of the Blues in the reverse fixture before Thomas Tuchel’s charges handed them a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-final last month. Pep Guardiola & co. will be buoyed by the win over PSG, which confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League final. And joining Manchester City in the grand finale in Istanbul later this month will be Chelsea, who eased past Real Madrid to set up the date with their rivals. However, the London club have been transformed under the...
Champions League final: Tuchel Told not to Play Chelsea star Against Man City
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Champions League final: Tuchel Told not to Play Chelsea star Against Man City

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has told Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, not to play Timo Werner for the Blues’ Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29. Werner scored Chelsea’s opening goal in their 2-0 semi-final second-leg win against Real Madrid on Wednesday. But Merson wants Tuchel to instead feature Christian Pulisic against Man City because the American international is a better finisher and can cause Pep Guardiola’s men more problems. “Timo Werner scored a big goal for Chelsea against Real Madrid. But he shouldn’t play in the Champions League final,” Merson told Starsport. “Christian Pulisic should start against Manchester City – because he is a better finisher. “I’d be shocked if Pulisic doesn’t play. He can beat two or three players, and he’s better ...
Champions League Semi-Final Heroes Riyad Mahrez And N’Golo Kante Cost Leicester City Dirt-Cheap £6 Million
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Champions League Semi-Final Heroes Riyad Mahrez And N’Golo Kante Cost Leicester City Dirt-Cheap £6 Million

The Champions League final will feature two English teams on May 29 but it will also see two of Leicester City's greatest ever gems go head to head on the biggest stage. Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante were signed for a combined total of just over £6 million and are the two most notable examples of the Foxes' superb scouting and recruitment over the years. The pair were the definition of unknown quantities prior to their arrival at the King Power Stadium. Mahrez, who cost £450,000, had been plying his trade with Le Havre - while Kante, a bargain £5.6 million buy just over a year later, was at Caen. At 21, both players were playing amateur football in France. Two years later and they were still playing in the second division of French football. By 2016, the duo were getting £10 ...

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