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LaLiga: Real Madrid suffer major injury blow ahead of first El Clasico
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LaLiga: Real Madrid suffer major injury blow ahead of first El Clasico

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has said he can’t put a timeframe on Gareth Bale’s latest injury, with reports suggesting the player could miss up to two months of action. Bale picked up a muscle problem in his right leg during a training session last week. The Welshman has missed both of Madrid’s wins over Celta Vigo in LaLiga and Inter Milan in the Champions League. He now looks set to sit out the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona on October 24. “We don’t know how much time he needs, the injury is pretty serious and it is hard to give a time. “He was doing quite well, he was working hard, we have to wait,” Ancelotti explained to reporters on Saturday.
Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season
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Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season

Ruben Dias will be one of five Manchester Cty players sharing the captain's armband this season, says manager Pep Guardiola. Dias, who signed a new six-year deal in the summer, joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title. The Portugal defender, named Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign, led the team in Wednesday's 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Everyone has to be their own leader," Guardiola told the club website on Friday. "Every season we make the selection of captains. The players and backroom staff make the decision.Eleven months and one week we are all here together, and they know who are the bes...
Liverpool boss Klopp concerned by Crystal Palace frontman ahead of Premier League showdown
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Liverpool boss Klopp concerned by Crystal Palace frontman ahead of Premier League showdown

  The Reds boss looks ahead to their matchday five encounter with the Eagles at Anfield Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of Jordan Ayew and the Crystal Palace attack ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday. Fresh from a 3-2 comeback win over AC Milan in the Champions League, the Reds are set for a matchday five showdown against the Eagles at Anfield. Palace, under new coach Patrick Vieira, are no pushovers, having stunned Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Selhurst Pak on the previous matchday, with two goals coming from new French striker Odsonne Edouard.      
Mbappe can be convinced to stay at PSG as summer transfer was never on the cards, says Herrera
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Mbappe can be convinced to stay at PSG as summer transfer was never on the cards, says Herrera

A current team-mate of the World Cup winner believes success in 2021-22 could persuade the superstar forward to remain in the French capital Ander Herrera believes Kylian Mbappe can be convinced to sign a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, with a summer transfer away from Parc des Princes never on the cards for the World Cup-winning forward. Real Madrid did look into prising the 22-year-old away from PSG, with Goal confirming that a €220 million (£189m/$260m) offer was tabled as the last recruitment window ran down. That was knocked back, with efforts being made in the French capital to tie a prized asset to fresh terms, and Herrera believes success in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season will tempt the superstar frontman into staying.
Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Legendary Germany and Bayern Munich striker, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Barcelona have no soul without Lionel Messi. The former Bayern Munich CEO stated this as he praised his former club over the way Bayern thrashed Barca 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening group game of the 2021/22 UEFA Champion League match. He said Barca look different without Messi , a player who has been a key figure for the club in the last two decades. “They [Bayern] played outstandingly well and deserved to win,” he told German publication Bild. “It’s too early to talk about favourites. [The competition] only really starts with the knockout phase. “If you look at the team, the way they [Barca] performed tactically. Without Messi, their souls have been ripped out. They are facing difficul...
Ake’s father dies minutes after Champions League goal
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Ake’s father dies minutes after Champions League goal

Manchester City’s Nathan Ake revealed Thursday that his father passed away just moments after the Dutch international had scored his first Champions League goal. Ake opened the scoring in the 16th minute of Wednesday’s 6-3 rout of RB Leipzig. However, the 26-year-old’s golden moment was tinged with sadness after his father Moise, who was believed to be suffering from a terminal illness, died shortly after. “The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life, my dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible,” Ake wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side. “Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him...
Champions League: Cech warns Tuchel about Chelsea’s title defence
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Champions League: Cech warns Tuchel about Chelsea’s title defence

Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech has warned Thomas Tuchel that it will be “really difficult” to retain the Champions League trophy. The Blues won the competition for the second time ever in May. Tuchel’s men beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final. Chelsea also began their title defence with a narrow 1-0 win over Zenit on Tuesday night.
Solskjaer offers likely Cavani return date as he outlines Man Utd role after Ronaldo signing
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Solskjaer offers likely Cavani return date as he outlines Man Utd role after Ronaldo signing

  The Red Devils boss is looking forward to welcoming an experienced striker back into his plans, while contract talks continue with Jesse Lingard Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Edinson Cavani to make a return to full training at Manchester United next week, with the Uruguayan striker in line for a recall when the Red Devils face West Ham in the Carabao Cup. United will face the same opponents on Sunday, meanwhile, with a trip to the London Stadium up next ater the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League. Cavani, who has been nursing a "slight strain" suffered in a behind-closed-doors friendly outing against Stoke, will not make the first meeting with the Hammers, but he could be back in contention for the second instalment of back-to-back meetings with Davi...
Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display
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Sowah: Club Brugge manager Clement hails Ghanaian winger after fine PSG display

  The 21-year-old made a mark on his Champions League debut as his side held the French giants on Wednesday Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement has praised the performance of Ghanaian attacker Kamal Sowah in their 1-1 home stalemate with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. The winger saw 92 minutes of action as the Belgian giants came from behind to hold a Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappe-led side to a stalemate. Ander Herrera shot PSG in front in the 15th minute before captain Hans Vanaken responded for the hosts in the 27th minute in the Group A matchday one tie at Jan Breydel Stadium.      
Chelsea star Reece James releases videos showing burglars invaded his home to steal his Champions League & Euro 2020 medals while he played football
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Chelsea star Reece James releases videos showing burglars invaded his home to steal his Champions League & Euro 2020 medals while he played football

Chelsea defender, Reece James has released CCTV footage showing at least four burglars invading his home to steal his Euro 2020 and Champions league medals. The Chelsea full-back says he was robbed of his possessions while he was with his club playing against Zenith in the UEFA champions league groupstage match on Tuesday, September 14. On Thursday afternoon, September 16, he posted four CCTV clips calling for help from the public and authorities to identify those involved. He wrote alongside the videos; "On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house. They managed to collectively lift a heavy safe containing some personal items of mi...
Goretzka extends Bayern deal until 2026
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Goretzka extends Bayern deal until 2026

Leon Goretzka has committed his long-term future to Bayern Munich until 2026, after summer interest from Manchester United. The Germany international had entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and was on a list of midfield targets for United during the last transfer window, along with Eduardo Camavinga, who signed for Real Madrid, and Chelsea recruit Saul Niguez. Gortetzka arrived at the Bavaria club in 2018 from Schalke and played a key role in Bayern's Champions League triumph last year under their former head coach Hansi Flick. The 26-year-old has won three Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal twice, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time at Bayern. He also featured in their 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in August in the ...
Champions League: Michael Owen names favourite clubs to win trophy this season
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Champions League: Michael Owen names favourite clubs to win trophy this season

Former Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has named Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United as the favourites clubs to win the Champions League ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. Owen feels all the four Premier League clubs are far ahead of other clubs to win the Europe top-flight competition this season, including the PSG, despite the French Ligue 1 giants having Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The former England international said this while giving his verdicts on Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe combination as PSG drew 1-1 with Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Messi started PSG’s opening Champions League group game against Club Brugge on Wednesday night in a front three with Neymar, Mbappe, but none of the club’s all-star forw...
Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge
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Champions League: Conte reacts as PSG fail to beat Club Brugge

Former Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has defended Mauricio Pochettino after Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Ligue 1 side took the lead through Ander Herrera, but Hans Vanaken equalized for the hosts. Lionel Messi was making his first start for PSG since leaving Barcelona, but had a quiet game, missing a great chance to win it ahead late on. Former PSG striker, Nicolas Anelka, told French TV: “Brugge were better in terms of intensity, the midfield battle, shots on target, in every area, so congratulations to them.
Man Utd list three Managers that Could Replace Solskjaer
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Man Utd list three Managers that Could Replace Solskjaer

Manchester United have identified three managers that could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the UK Mirror. The Norwegian is under pressure following a 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League. Solskjaer’s decisions during the match have been widely criticised, as he took off Jadon Sancho for Diogo Dalot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were substituted with 20 minutes left, when the game was still 1-1. United have now lost seven of their 11 Champions League matches under Solskjaer and there are already calls for the Norwegian to be replaced. And there are three obvious candidates who could be available. They are: Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers. Conte and Zidane are immedia...
Liverpool boss Klopp shocked ‘proper offer’ didn’t come in for Origi this summer
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Liverpool boss Klopp shocked ‘proper offer’ didn’t come in for Origi this summer

The forward nearly left the Reds this summer, but his manager is happy to have him still at the club Jurgen Klopp admits he was shocked that a 'proper offer’ did not arrive for Liverpool striker Divock Origi this summer. The Belgian made his first appearance of the season, and his first start since January, in the Reds’ 3-2 Champions League win over AC Milan on Wednesday night. He marked it in style, too, providing a sumptuous assist for Liverpool’s second goal, scored by Mo Salah, before departing shortly after the hour mark with cramp.
Salah equals Gerrard’s Liverpool record for most European goals at Anfield
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Salah equals Gerrard’s Liverpool record for most European goals at Anfield

The Egypt star made a bit of history with his second-half strike against AC Milan Mohamed Salah equalled Steven Gerrard's Liverpool record for most Champions League/European Cup goals at Anfield with his strike against AC Milan on Wednesday. Salah netted in the 48th minute of the Champions League encounter, levelling the match at 2-2 after finishing an assist from Divock Origi. The goal was Salah's 14th in the Champions League at Anfield, going level with Reds legend Gerrard.
Ajax hand Haller Champions League debut vs Sporting CF
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Ajax hand Haller Champions League debut vs Sporting CF

  The Cote d’Ivoire international will make his bow in the European club competition having been handed a starter’s role against the Lions Sebastien Haller has been handed his Champions League debut as Ajax face Sporting CF on Wednesday night. The 27-year-old joined the Johan Cruyff Arena giants from West Ham United on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee in the region of €22.5 million, which will keep him at the Dutch elite division side until 2025. In a 4-3-3 formation, Haller will lead the Sons of the Gods attack alongside Antony and Dusan Tadic, while counting on support from midfielders Edson Alvarez, Steven Berghuis and Ryan Gravenberch.      
Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games
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Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games

      The England international made it two straight European matches with a goal and in the process broke a record set by the PSG star Jude Bellingham surpassed a record held by Kylian Mbappe by scoring in Borussia Dortmund's Champions League win over Besiktas on Wednesday. The teenager opened the scoring before providing an assist for Erling Haaland just before half-time as the Bundesliga outfit held on for a 2-1 victory. With his goal, Bellingham became the youngest-ever player to score in consecutive Champions League appearances.
Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener
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Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener

Jordan Henderson's superb finish gave Liverpool a 3-2 victory from behind over AC Milan in a thrilling opening-night clash in Champions League Group B. Liverpool burst out of the traps and were 1-0 up early on through Fikayo Tomori's own goal from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross (9), before Mo Salah saw his penalty saved by Mike Maignan (14), his first miss in 17 for Liverpool. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going into half-time. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going...
Champions League: Rudiger delivers Chelsea verdict after Zenit victory
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Champions League: Rudiger delivers Chelsea verdict after Zenit victory

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has given his thoughts regarding his side’s Champions League 1-0 victory over Zenit on Tuesday night. Chelsea secured three points as they began their defence of Europe’s most coveted trophy, thanks to a second-half goal from Romelu Lukaku. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website after the game, Rudiger discussed the result and performance of Thomas Tuchel’s men. “It was one of those types of games where if you don’t find an early goal, it becomes difficult but we kept going,” Rudiger said. He added: “The only threat that was coming from them was the counter-attack and we did very well with that. We played well, defended so well and got the one goal.” Chelsea will face Juventus in their next Champions League fixture on September 29 in Turi...
Don’t promise what you can’t deliver – Milito tells Chelsea striker, Lukaku
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Don’t promise what you can’t deliver – Milito tells Chelsea striker, Lukaku

Former Inter striker, Diego Milito, has urged Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku, not to promise what he can’t deliver. Milito said this ahead of Inter Milan’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Lukaku returned to Chelsea in the summer but Milito was not impressed, insisting that Inter Milan fans are disappointed in the 28-year-old’s loyalty before joining the English Premier League, EPL, giants. “As for Lukaku, there is one thing you should never do: promise what you can’t deliver,” Milito told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s normal for a player to leave and go somewhere else, but the fans are disappointed with his declarations of loyalty before joining Chelsea.” “I was close to Real Madrid and PSG, but Inter was a life choice for me,” Milito added. ...
Champions League: Man Utd told to sack Solskjaer, hire Conte after defeat to Young Boys
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Champions League: Man Utd told to sack Solskjaer, hire Conte after defeat to Young Boys

Former Chelsea star, Jason Cundy, has said Manchester United should sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after their 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Cundy described the loss as an “absolute disaster”. United took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, but they conceded twice after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card. The pressure is on Solskjaer after last season’s defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final, but the club backed him this summer by signing Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. Antonio Conte is available after leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season and the Italian could provide the type of short-term success that United so badly need. Cundy told talkSPORT: “United got exactly what they deserved and he’s been exposed agai...
NPFL: Finidi George appointed new Enyimba manager
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NPFL: Finidi George appointed new Enyimba manager

Enyimba FC on Wednesday unveiled former Nigeria international, Finidi George, as their new head coach. In a social media post, the club confirmed the appointment with a bit of excitement in the caption, “How great is it to have a legend as an Elephant”. George has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Aba side. He replaces Fatai Osho whose contract expired at the end of August. The eight-time Nigerian champions finished second in the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). This means George and his new team will play in the lucrative CAF Champions League next season.
Champions League: Koeman reveals why Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich
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Champions League: Koeman reveals why Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that the gulf in talent between his side and Bayern Munich was apparent following their 3-0 defeat on Tuesday. The LaLiga giants began their quest to win the Champions League without Lionel Messi with a home defeat to the Bundesliga champions. Thomas Muller scored once before Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace ensured an emphatic victory. Koeman also pointed out that his side played without injured stars like Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati. “I can’t complain about the team’s attitude, but there’s a quality difference. One team that have played together for a long time [against] us, with a lot of young players who in two, three years will be better. It’s really difficult to accept, but we hope to i...
Pique ‘hurt’ by Barcelona fan treatment of Sergi Roberto in Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich
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Pique ‘hurt’ by Barcelona fan treatment of Sergi Roberto in Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich

Spectators at Camp Nou jeered their own player amid a 3-0 loss on Tuesday Gerard Pique said he was "hurt" to hear the jeers directed at Barcelona team-mate Sergi Roberto on Tuesday in a 3-0 Champions League group stage defeat to Bayern Munich. Fans at Camp Nou grew impatient with Sergi Roberto as he struggled in his wing-back role and whistled at him when he was substituted off in the 59th minute. In his defence of his compatriot, Pique noted that the Spaniard was playing outside of his more natural role as a midfielder.
Rio Ferdinand tells Ronaldo to “sit down” after his actions during Young Boys defeat
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Rio Ferdinand tells Ronaldo to “sit down” after his actions during Young Boys defeat

BT Sport pundit, Rio Ferdinand, has said he would have told Cristiano Ronaldo to “sit down” when the Portugal captain started barking instructions from the touchline during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Young Boys. Ronaldo opened the scoring against the Swiss side in the Champions League, although United went on to lose. The game turned around after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card shortly before half-time. Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were withdrawn in the 72nd minute of the match. But rather than take his place on the bench with the rest of the team, Ronaldo stood up and shouted instructions from the technical area, standing side-by-side with Solskjaer, while Fernandes also joined in. His former United teammate Ferdinand was not impressed ...
Chelsea’s Mendy next to Navas in Champions League ranks
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Chelsea’s Mendy next to Navas in Champions League ranks

The Senegal international’s clean sheet record was close to the feat achieved by the Costa Rican during his spell at Real Madrid Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy is the second-fastest goalkeeper to earn 10 Uefa Champions League clean sheets. The Senegal international put up an incredible performance on Tuesday night as the Blues recorded a 1-0 win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at Stamford Bridge. With the game looking destined for a goalless draw, Belgium international Romelu Lukaku scored the decisive goal in the 69th minute thanks to an assist from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again
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Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller’s deflected opener and Lewandowski’s double. When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year’s 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real. Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca’s fans expressed their anger, dismay and final...
Chelsea vs Zenit: Tuchel Warns Players as Champions League Campaign begins
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Chelsea vs Zenit: Tuchel Warns Players as Champions League Campaign begins

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his players to forget they are the trophy holders, as the new season of the Champions League begins. The Blues beat Premier League rivals Manchester City 1-0 in last season’s final. Tuchel’s men begin their defence on Tuesday night, at home to Zenit St Petersburg. Chelsea are strong favourites to cruise through Group H against Russian champions Zenit, Swedish title holders Malmo and a Juventus side struggling without Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Tuchel is not giving room for complacency. He said at his press conference: “It’s absolutely necessary to forget it and start from scratch, to show this mentality again. This is what I demand from myself and from everybody else around, that we don’t change in terms of hunger. ...
Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed
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Young Boys vs Man Utd: Solskjaer’s squad for Champions League opener confirmed

Manchester United have named a 22-man squad to face Young Boys on Tuesday, as they begin their Champions League campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo is included in the Red Devils’ travelling party, while Edinson Cavani misses out due to injury. Anthony Elanga makes the trip along with young goalkeeper, Matej Kovar. Injured England forward Marcus Rashford is also missing. Full Squad: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Matej Kovar Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek Forwards: Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Champions League: Joe Cole Predicts team that will win trophy
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Champions League: Joe Cole Predicts team that will win trophy

Ex-England midfielder, Joe Cole has tipped his former club, Chelsea to win the Champions League this season. Cole, speaking with SportsMail, also said he expects at least two Premier League clubs to reach the semi-finals of the competition. Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are flying England’s flag this year. “I would be stunned if we don’t get at least two teams in the semi-finals, possibly three and maybe even four. “I just think we are so much stronger than the other leagues,” Cole said. When asked which of the English teams could lift the trophy next May, he added: “It’s so hard. If you want me to make a prediction, then Chelsea (to win it). But that’s more out of loyalty. “Any of the four teams can beat anyone else and we’ve g...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself ‘the best player in the world,’ says it’s irrelevant to compare players with each other
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself ‘the best player in the world,’ says it’s irrelevant to compare players with each other

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has again declared himself the best player in the world while discussing the long running debate over who is the world's greatest player. The 39-year-old Swedish and AC Milan striker has enjoyed a hugely successful career at nine clubs in seven countries, scoring 502 goals. Despite never winning the Champions League or the Ballon d'Or - honours won multiple times by both Ronaldo and Messi, Ibrahimovic still believe he's the best player. 'If you're talking about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them,' he told France Football magazine. 'If you look at the trophies… yes, I didn't win the Champions League. 'But I don't know how you calculate it. I'm not obsessed with it because when you do good things collectively, the individual follows. The ...
Arsenal want to win Champions League within two years – Odegaard
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Arsenal want to win Champions League within two years – Odegaard

Arsenal playmaker, Martin Odegaard, has said the club wants to win the Champions League “within a couple of years”. The Gunners have not played in Europe’s biggest club competition since 2017. This season, they failed to qualify for any European competition entirely. Odegaard, who has signed a permanent deal with Arsenal this summer, is however confident that they will begin their rise again. When quizzed on his ambitions, he told Sky Sports : “To get the club up the table, near the top of the league and fight for European football and fight for trophies. “I think for this season obviously we want to get back to European football. That will be important for us, the players, the club and the fans. “Then hopefully with time, win trophies, Champions League an...
Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Ligue 1: Ronaldo issues Warning to PSG over Messi, others
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Ligue 1: Ronaldo issues Warning to PSG over Messi, others

Former Real Madrid striker, Ronaldo Nazario has warned Paris Saint-Germain that having a star-studded squad with the likes of Lionel Messi and others does not translate to trophies. The Brazilian legend does not think that PSG are sure of winning the UEFA Champions League this season, despite the addition of former Barcelona captain Messi. The former striker, who is currently Real Valladolid president, used his time at Real Madrid as evidence that a squad packed with stars will not necessarily translate into winning the Champions League. “It is still too early to say who will win the Champions League,” Ronaldo said in an interview with DAZN as part of the ‘El Presidente’ series. “The picture begins to take shape at the quarter-final stage. Paris Saint-Germain ar...
Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira
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Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira

Barcelona captain, Gerard Pique has opened up on the pressure of playing under Pep Guardiola at the club and how he changed towards him when he started dating superstar singer, Shakira. Pique and Guardiola enjoyed a successful time at the LaLiga giants between 2008 and 2012, winning three LaLiga titles, two Champions League trophies together at a time when Barcelona and Real Madrid were at the top of their games. Speaking about how strenuous working under Guardiola can be, he claimed the coach's rivalry with then-Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was tiring for the players - to the point that he started targeting him when he started dating pop star, Shakira, at the start of 2011. Pique also claimed that Guardiola tried to 'control everything' and nearly forced him out of the Ca...
Why Ronaldo may not start for Man United against Newcastle on Saturday
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Why Ronaldo may not start for Man United against Newcastle on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo would be left on the substitutes’ bench against Newcastle United at Old Trafford, The Sun, UK reports. The player has a little time to prepare for the game against Newcastle after international duty with Portugal and self-isolation. Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after Portugal’s game against the Republic of Ireland but faced five days of isolation at home in Cheshire due to COVID protocols. The 36-year-old had just one day to train with his new teammates ahead of Saturday and this is unlikely to be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to throw him into the starting XI against Newcastle. The Sun reports that the Portugal international will be left on the bench for the 3pm kick-off. The newspaper WDI that although he will likely still make ...
Christensen drops Chelsea contract hint as he enters final year of current deal
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Christensen drops Chelsea contract hint as he enters final year of current deal

The Danish defender is only tied to terms at Stamford Bridge through to the summer of 2022, but an extension could be on the cards Andreas Christensen has hinted that his time at Chelsea could be extended beyond the summer of 2022, with the Danish defender optimistic his contract situation "looks good". As things stand, the 25-year-old is due to become a free agent next summer when his current deal expires. However, Christensen is in favour under Thomas Tuchel and talks are being held regarding fresh terms for a man enjoying being in the trophy hunt with the Champions League winners.
Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season
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Solskjaer names Man Utd’s biggest title rivals this season

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rated Chelsea as their biggest rivals for the title this season, ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City, according to the UK Sun. Solskjaer is desperate to lead the Red Devils to league success for the first time since 2011. In a bid to win the league, United have added Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer. Solskjaer’s men finished second last campaign, 12 points behind champions, City. So far, in the 2021/2022 season, they have taken seven points from their first three games. Even at this early stage, it appears as though United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool, are a level above the rest. But Solskjaer privately fears Thomas Tuchel’s team more than City and Liverpool. Under Tuchel, the Blues ...
Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Premier League trophy, charges teammates
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Cristiano Ronaldo eyes Premier League trophy, charges teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Manchester United teammates one of the trophies they must win this season. This follows the 36-year-old’s return to Old Trafford. The Portugal captain told the team that, “we need to win the Premier League,” The Sun, UK reports. Ronaldo made his way back to Old Trafford last week after spending 12 years away at Real Madrid and Juventus. During Ronaldo’s first six years at Man United, the Portuguese scored more than 100 goals, won three Premier League titles and the Champions League. The Sun, UK says that the Portugal international has contacted the United squad after his return was confirmed and told them: “We need to win the Premier League.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led Man United to a second place finish in the league last season, twelve poi...
‘Beating Guardiola probably hurts Tuchel’ – Man who discovered Klopp and Chelsea boss ‘proud’ of their success
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‘Beating Guardiola probably hurts Tuchel’ – Man who discovered Klopp and Chelsea boss ‘proud’ of their success

Christian Heidel, sporting director of Mainz, says Champions League winner Tuchel will take little satisfaction from winning against a coaching mentor Thomas Tuchel has claimed three successive victories over Pep Guardiola during his time as Chelsea manager, including in the Champions League final, but Christian Heidel claims success against his coaching idol "probably almost hurts" the German tactician. Heidel can claim some credit for having put Tuchel on the path to the very top of the game, having handed him his big break at Mainz. It was during that stint that Tuchel first crossed paths with Guardiola and sought to pick the brains of a managerial master who has enjoyed trophy-laden spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.        ...
Solskjaer warned Ronaldo Won’t Play every Game for Man United
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Solskjaer warned Ronaldo Won’t Play every Game for Man United

Former Manchester City star, Trevor Sinclair has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not to see Cristiano Ronaldo as a youngster who will play every game of the season. Sinclair pointed out that the Portugal international will get tired at some point in the Premier League, urging the manager to arrange his team so as to allow Edinson Cavani have some minutes. Ronaldo’s arrival from Juventus was announced by Juventus last week, before the two sides concluded a £12.86million signing on deadline day. The five-time Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner has rejoined United on a two-year deal worth £480,000 per week. The Portugal captain has been handed the iconic No.7 shirt at Manchester United and Sinclair believes Solskjaer should still have to rely heavily on Cavani des...
EPL: ‘He lacks class to manage Man United’ – Ronaldo after facing Mourinho’s 2018 team
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EPL: ‘He lacks class to manage Man United’ – Ronaldo after facing Mourinho’s 2018 team

It has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo once angrily told his former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, that he lacks the ability to handle the affairs at Manchester United when he faced the Red Devils in a Champions League encounter at Old Trafford in October, 2018. Manchester United had in December 2018 announced that manager Mourinho had left the club with immediate effect. ESPN reports that Ronaldo was angry with Mourinho’s style of managing the club. ESPN also reports that the Portuguese forward was very unimpressed by Mourinho’s time at the club and took a swipe at the ‘Special One’. The sports site quoted a source as saying that “He walked past and said, ‘Mourinho doesn’t have the class to manage Manchester United.'” This particular comment was taken as a sign of how much...
Pele reacts as Ronaldo returns to Man Utd
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Pele reacts as Ronaldo returns to Man Utd

Brazil football legend, Pele, has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo following his return to Manchester United. Ronaldo’s return to United from Juventus was officially confirmed on Tuesday. In a comment under Ronaldo’s social media post, Pele wrote: “There is no better feeling than conquering the world and returning home. “Always be happy, Cristiano.” Ronaldo left Old Trafford 12 years ago to join Real Madrid in a then world record transfer. During his first stint at the club, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. The 36-year-old also won the Premier League title three times and the Champions League in 2008.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Responsibilities at Manchester United highlighted
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Responsibilities at Manchester United highlighted

Graeme Souness, a former Newcastle United manager, has highlihhted the responsibilities of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Manchester United dressing room. The former manager also labelled Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘courageous’ for moving back to Old Trafford. Souness believes the 36-year-old Portuguese will have a transformative effect on the dressing room. Manchester United announced a surprise deal that saw the former Real Madrid and Juventus boss back to Old Trafford as they snatched him from the Italian giants and out of the clutches of their rivals, Manchester City. The 36-year-old left United a legend in 2009 after winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League. He went on to cement his status as one of the greatest of all time at Real Madrid and the...
Chelsea boss Tuchel explains why Chilwell has yet to play this season
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Chelsea boss Tuchel explains why Chilwell has yet to play this season

The left-back has not made a competitive appearance since the 2020-21 Champions League final against Man City Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said Ben Chilwell is still getting up to speed with the Blues as the left-back looks to make his first competitive appearance since last season's Champions League final. Chilwell was named in England's squad for Euro 2020 this summer but did not see the field as the Three Lions fell in the final to Italy. The 24-year-old then returned to Chelsea but has yet to play for the Blues this term with Marcos Alonso preferred at left-back.  
Cristiano Ronaldo’s £19.4m move to Manchester United sees shares soar by eight percent
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s £19.4m move to Manchester United sees shares soar by eight percent

Manchester United's shares have soared by 8 percent following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club. On Friday afternoon, Friday 27, United announced that they have agreed on a deal to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford. This gave a major boost to the shares of United, which is publicly traded in the United States, as reported by CNN. Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has 334 million Instagram followers and 93.7 million Twitter followers. In the two hours after the announcement regarding Ronaldo United saw their amount of Instagram followers rise from 43.1 million to 44.3 million. Ronaldo enjoyed much success during his first spell at United from 2003 to 2009, winning the Champions League, three Premier League titles, the FA Cup,...
Europa League group stage draw confirmed
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Europa League group stage draw confirmed

The draw for the group stage of this season’s Europa League was conducted on Friday. The event took place in Istanbul, Turkey a day after the Champions League’s version was made. Leicester will face Napoli, while Celtic will come up against Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencváros. Monaco are in Group B along with PSV, Real Sociedad and Sturm graz. 2021/22 Europa League group stage draw Group A: Lyon, Rangers, Sparta Praha, Brøndby Group B: Monaco, PSV Eindhoven, Real Sociedad, Sturm Graz Group C: Napoli, Leicester, Spartak Moskva, Legia Warszawa Group D: Olympiacos, Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Antwerp Group E: Lazio, Lokomotiv Moskva, Marseille, Galatasaray Group F: Braga, Crvena zvezda, Ludogorets, Midtjylland Group G: Leverkusen, Celtic, Real Betis, Ferencváros...

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