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FIFA 2021 awards: All you need to know about men’s best player, coach, Puskás, others
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FIFA 2021 awards: All you need to know about men’s best player, coach, Puskás, others

The 2021 FIFA awards will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, today, Monday, January 17. The awards will be streamed live on FIFA’s official website and YouTube from 19:00 CET. The final three-man shortlists for FIFA Men’s Best Player Award are: Lionel Messi, (Barcelona and Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland). The final three-man shortlists for FIFA Men’s Best Goalkeeper Award are: Manuel Neuer (Germany / Bayern Munich), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy / AC Milan / Paris Saint-Germain) and Édouard Mendy (Senegal / Chelsea FC). The final three-man shortlists for this year’s Puskas Award include: Érik Lamela (ARG) – Arsenal FC v. Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (14 March 2021), Patrik Schick (CZE) – Czech Republic v....
Ex-Manchester United winger, Nani joins Serie A side Venezia on a one-year deal after his contract ended with Orlando City
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Ex-Manchester United winger, Nani joins Serie A side Venezia on a one-year deal after his contract ended with Orlando City

Former Manchester United star, Nani has joined Serie A strugglers Venezia on a free transfer after signing a one-year deal after his contract ended with Orlando City in MLS The 35-year-old Portuguese superstar spent three seasons with Orlando, during which he scored 28 goals and provided 23 assists in 77 appearances. He was named an MLS All-Star in both 2019 and 2021. Venezia have agreed an 18-month deal with Nani through until the end of the 2022/23 season, and will hope he can lift them from their current dire predicament. Upon ending his contract with Orlando, Nani said: 'I shall never forget how the fans and community supported me and my family ever since the moment we arrived in Florida. 'You will have in me a friend and a fan for the future. I wish you all the best.' ...
‘I’m not asking for crazy stuff’ – Footballer, Mo Salah says as his negotiation for mammoth £300,000 per week salary with Liverpool continues
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‘I’m not asking for crazy stuff’ – Footballer, Mo Salah says as his negotiation for mammoth £300,000 per week salary with Liverpool continues

Liverpool and Egypt forward, Mohamed Salah says he is not asking for "crazy stuff" in any new contract he signs with the club but wants the deal saying he has made a huge contribution at Anfield. The Egypt international has fewer than 18 months remaining on his current deal and has reiterated his desire to sta . According to Salah who is looking for a weekly salary of more than £300,000 ($408,000), whether he stays or goes remains in the hands of Liverpool. Salah has won the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool and if given the deal it would smash the club's wage structure and would represent a significant policy change by the club. The club's board is reluctant to hand out lucrative contracts to players once they reach 30, and Salah will be 30 in June. Salah, w...
Patrice Evra snubs Rooney, Ronaldo, names best player he ever played with
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Patrice Evra snubs Rooney, Ronaldo, names best player he ever played with

Former Manchester United left-back, Patrice Evra has identified the club’s legend Ryan Giggs as the best player he has played with during his career, snubbing both teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The Frenchman said he picked Giggs ahead of Rooney and Ronaldo because sometimes the Welsman will pass the ball where nobody would see it and because of his legacy. Evra made a total of 273 appearances during his time at Man United and won various trophies, which included five Premier League titles and a Champions League. Speaking to news outlet 433, the 40-year-old surprised fans by insisting his best player would be Giggs. “People always ask me the best player you played with after you signed for United [Manchester United], and they expect me to say Wayne Rooney and C...
​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move
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​Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves warned against Man Utd move

Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills believes that Ruben Neves should not go to Manchester United. The central midfielder is again being linked with a move to the Old Trafford club, given their midfield woes this season. Mills, who played for City and Leeds United, believes that moving to United is no longer a guarantee of silverware and success for players. "Wolves have got as much of a chance at winning the Carabao Cup or the FA Cup," he said on talkSPORT. "Manchester United aren't going to win the Premier League, and they're not going to win the Champions League. "Wolves might get into the Europa League, and they'll have a better chance of winning the Europa League than Manchester United will have at winning the Champions League."  
You’ll not win any trophies at Old Trafford – Danny Mills tells Man United-bound Ruben Neves
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You’ll not win any trophies at Old Trafford – Danny Mills tells Man United-bound Ruben Neves

Former Manchester City right-back, Danny Mills has told Wolves midfielder, Ruben Neves that signing for Manchester United would not guarantee him winning trophies. Manchester United lead the race to sign creative midfielder this January, according to talkSPORT. Mills said that making the move to United would not enhance the 24-year-old’s chances of winning trophies. The Portugal international still has two years remaining on his deal and Wolves are said to be demanding at least £50million for the midfield maestro. Wolves defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday and are now just three points below the Red Devils in the Premier League. And Mills says there are more reasons why Neves should remain in the Midlands. “Wolves have got as much of a chance at win...
Chelsea star, Edouard Mendy named on final three-man shortlist for 2021 FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper
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Chelsea star, Edouard Mendy named on final three-man shortlist for 2021 FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper

Chelsea goalie, Edouard Mendy has been named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2021 FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper, meaning he will go head-to-head with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer later this month in a bid to be named FIFA's Best Men's Goalkeeper for 2021. Blues stopper Mendy won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, while finishing runner-up in the FA Cup as well. While, Donnarumma, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan and had an incredible summer with Italy at the Euros, beating England to lift the trophy at Wembley. The virtual ceremony in Zurich on January 17. For women, Chelsea's Ann-Katrin Berger will face competition from Lyon's Christiane Endler and PSG's Stephanie Lynn Marie Labbe for The Best FIFA Women's Goalkeeper. The two awards - in...
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva delighted with new contract
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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva delighted with new contract

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is delighted with his new contract. The veteran has extended his contract to the end of next season. He told the club's website: "I'm very good here. That's also thanks to the career I had at Milan, and PSG. It means I arrived at Chelsea as an experienced player. "Also, the supporters are always by my side. That's very important because they're there even if we're losing, and if they support it's also because I've been playing well. Now the club have given me this opportunity to continue to do this, and I'm going to give everything to keep playing at this level. "For me it's great, I never imagined that I would live this experience in my career. I felt it a bit at Milan, also in Paris, but here it's been like this since the first day. When you see ...
His season is over – Tuchel delivers worrying update ahead of Liverpool clash
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His season is over – Tuchel delivers worrying update ahead of Liverpool clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted “it seems like the season is over” for Ben Chilwell. Chilwell underwent a knee operation to repair anterior cruciate ligament damage this week. The 25-year-old suffered an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in their 4-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge in November. Chelsea are also facing late fitness tests on Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Tuchel has seen his squad stretched by illness and COVID-19 during a run of four wins in 10 games in all competitions. “It is like squeezing the same lemon over and over again and we always expect fresh juice out of it,” he said. “It is hard because we are so ambitious and it is hard for the team to take these result...
Dimitar Berbatov names club to win Champions League this season
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Dimitar Berbatov names club to win Champions League this season

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has named Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as the favourite club to win the Champions League this season. The Champions League last-16 fixtures will resume in February and Man City will face Sporting. Recall that the Premier League champions finished runner up in the Champions League last season after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the final. Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said, “We always expect the English teams to dominate [the Champions League this season], but let’s not forget there are still some very strong European teams out there, like Bayern Munich, they’ve always been a great team and they know how to play. “Looking at the Premier League teams, I know that City, Liverpool, Chelsea and United are the teams that the rest of ...
Saka to join Arsenal’s rivals
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Saka to join Arsenal’s rivals

Arsenal winger, Bukayo Saka is ‘interested’ in the possibility of joining Liverpool in the near future. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is keen to make a sensational move for Saka. The Reds have placed Saka on a shortlist of transfer targets as they look to bolster Klopp’s attacking options. According to the Transfer Window Podcast, Saka and his representatives are ‘interested’ in the prospect of a move to Liverpool, who could offer immediate Champions League football and the chance to win major trophies. Saka has quickly developed into one of the most sensational players in the Premier League over the past three seasons. The 20-year-old has made over 100 appearances for Arsenal and played 14 matches for England national team. He has scored six goals and registered fou...
Rangnick to give approval for Man Utd to terminate midfielder’s contract
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Rangnick to give approval for Man Utd to terminate midfielder’s contract

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, will give the club the approval to terminate Juan Mata’s contract, the UK Sun reports. Mata has six months left on his current deal at Old Trafford, after signing an extension in the summer. But the Spanish midfielder will not be offered fresh terms, after making only two starts for United all season. He could leave as early as January, with a return to Spain looking increasingly likely. Real Sociedad are keen on a move for Mata, who has not featured at all in the Premier League this season. And La Real are looking to convince United to “tear up” Mata’s contract so they can bring him in for free. The Basque club are currently sixth in LaLiga flight and have a big chance of making the top four and Champions League qualifi...
Champions League: Mbappe predicts team to win trophy
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Champions League: Mbappe predicts team to win trophy

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe has backed Mauricio Pochettino’s side to win the Champions League this season. Mbappe believes PSG have the team to win the Champions League this season. PSG will tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 fixtures in February and March 2022. Speaking about this season’s Champions League resumption in February, Mbappe told CNN, “We have to be ready, it is time. “It is the most important part of the season. Of course, we want to step up now. It’s been two years where we made a final and semi-final, but now we want to win. “We have the team to do this. It is really important for the club, fans and city. “It’s not the moment to talk about [playing for Real Madrid in 2022/23]. The only thing I have in my mind is to beat...
Pulisic names best player in Premier League this season
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Pulisic names best player in Premier League this season

Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic has named Liverpool superstar, Mohamed Salah, as the best player in the Premier League this season. The USA international also revealed his toughest opponent in the English top flight. Pulisic said that while Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is the best player he has faced since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Salah is the best player in the Premier League this year. Salah has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and has helped Liverpool climb to second in the league table and cruise into the knockout stages of the Champions League. Asked to name the best player in the Premier League this season, Pulisic told Amazon Prime: “I think if you’re looking at our team there’s been some incredible performances, you look at Jorginho and N’Go...
​Man Utd, Real Madrid alerted as Coman & Bayern Munich remain apart
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​Man Utd, Real Madrid alerted as Coman & Bayern Munich remain apart

Bayern Munich and Kingsley Coman are not getting any closer to agreeing on a new contract. The winger is out of contract at the end of the 2022/2023 season, and may be sold by Bayern in the upcoming summer transfer window. According to Sky Sports Germany, Coman's entourage wants a lot more money than Bayern are willing to offer. They are seeking €5 million to €6 million a year more than Bayern's offer, which appears to suggest that an exit is the likeliest outcome of these negotiations. Coman has experienced his share of injury problems during his time in Germany, but did score the winning goal for Bayern in the Champions League two seasons ago.  
Julian Rijkhoff: Dortmund’s Dutch wonderkid who is likened to Lewandowski
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Julian Rijkhoff: Dortmund’s Dutch wonderkid who is likened to Lewandowski

The 16-year-old has scored 17 goals in his first 20 games for the German club's U19s after controversially leaving Ajax in January 2021   When Ajax beat Borussia Dortmund home and away during the group stages of the 2021-22 Champions League, it was not only significant in terms of the European fates of two of the continent's biggest clubs. It was a battle between two sides whose reputations of late have been built on their ability to develop young players, and whom some would consider as being the teams that have the best conditions and in-built pathways for elite talents to make their way into first-team football anywhere in world football. That Ajax came out on top on both occasions was, then, a feather in the cap for the Dutch outfit, while those victories also allowe...
Romelu Lukaku to make sudden return to Inter Milan from Chelsea
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Romelu Lukaku to make sudden return to Inter Milan from Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku will leave Chelsea for a sudden return to Inter Milan sooner rather than later, according to Mirror. The 20-year-old has so far only scored five goals in 16 appearances in all competitions since leaving Inter Milan for Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Belgian has lost his form scoring only one goal in his last 12 outings. The Belgium international, who cost Chelsea £97.5million, has had some bad luck since returning to his boyhood club Sources close to the striker say he is yearning to return to Italy, where he helped Inter Milan to last season’s Serie A title with a prolific campaign in front of goal. A year ago, Lukaku had already scored 14 goals in the league and Champions League, and he went on to end the campaign with 30 goals. Lukaku scored 34 goal...
Champions League: Why draw was repeated – Iker Casillas
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Champions League: Why draw was repeated – Iker Casillas

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, Iker Casillas has provided the reason the Champions League draw was repeated. The former goalkeeper said the draw was repeated because “something did not go well”. He believes European football’s governing body eventually made the right decision to repeat the procedure after an error was spotted the first time. “[The draw] was repeated because something did not go well. In the interests of the club, the first ball is not the next. “It is clear that they repeat it, because it was the most normal thing to do,” he said at the LaLiga TwentyNine event. Casillas’ former club, Real Madrid, will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the competition in February.
Xhaka Issues Strong Warning to Arsenal Teammates after Win over West Ham
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Xhaka Issues Strong Warning to Arsenal Teammates after Win over West Ham

Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka has warned his teammates against losing focus on the target of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. The Switzerland International said they must be more streetwise away from home if there is any chance of them securing their target. Arsenal swatted aside West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday thanks to second-half goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe. The Gunners leapfrogged West Ham in the league table to move into the final Champions League qualifying spot for the first time this season. Arsenal’s form on the road could undermine their target of returning to Europe’s elite club competition with recent defeats at Everton, Manchester United and Liverpool. “We are looking much much better at hom...
Thomas Tuchel confirms return of two Chelsea top stars
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Thomas Tuchel confirms return of two Chelsea top stars

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that N’Golo Kante will return to the squad for Thursday’s Premier League clash with Everton. Thomas Tuchel spoke at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Everton on Thursday. Kante has not played since Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Juventus in November, with the Blues winning just two of their five games in that period. Chelsea have also been without former Real Madrid ace Mateo Kovavic and Italy international Jorginho in recent weeks with the German gaffer forced to call upon Reece James to play in midfield in their recent Champions League clash against Zenit St Petersburg. Kante alongside Trevoh Chalobah are now returning to the squad who was forced off injured against Watford earlier this month. “N’Golo Ka...
PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie
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PSG vs Real Madrid: Pochettino Predicts Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino has predicted a ‘tough’ game when his team tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 fixture in February. PSG was drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. But Pochettino is confident that PSG can beat the LaLiga giants and secure progress to the quarter-final. “It will be a difficult tie because they are a team with a super coach and super players,” Pochettino told PSG’s official club media. “We will be facing Real Madrid, who are a team used to winning the Champions League, a team with history and plenty of experience. It’s clear that we face a very tough tie. “It starts in February, so the current form will count for little. The important thing will ...
Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid
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Champions League: Toni Kroos names Toughest team that can hurt Real Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has identified Paris Saint-Germain as the toughest team in the Champions League that can hurt his side this season. Kroos said this while reacting to the Champions League round of 16 draws that was announced on Monday. Recall that Real Madrid was drawn against PSG in the Champions League last-16 that will be played in February. Reacting, Kroos, in a video posted on his Instagram account, said, “We have a very interesting opponent for the next round. “I think they are the toughest opponent of the five that could touch us. “They are the games for which we play. We look for these games, with a lot of quality on the field. “Let’s see what will happen – at the end of the day, we are Madrid.”
I’m Going to Die – Ramos Reacts as PSG Draws Real Madrid
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I’m Going to Die – Ramos Reacts as PSG Draws Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain defender, Sergio Ramos has said he’s “going to die” for his club when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 in February. Ramos was asked about his emotions upon drawing his former club, Real Madrid in Europe, and he left no doubts about his allegiance for PSG. The Spaniard has only managed to play in one match this year for PSG amid prolonged muscular injuries. But he will hope to be available for the important Champions League two-legged clash. “Fate is capricious. I would have liked another team to have played us,” Ramos was quoted by Marca as saying. “You know the affection and love I have for Real Madrid. “Now it’s my turn to defend PSG and I’ll do everything possible to do it. It’s the team that bet on me. I’m going...
Champions League: John Terry Names Four Teams to win Trophy after Round of 16 draw
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Champions League: John Terry Names Four Teams to win Trophy after Round of 16 draw

Former Chelsea captain, John Terry, has named four clubs he feels can win the Champions League this season following the round of 16 draw on Monday. According to him, they are: Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool. The last-16 fixtures have been confirmed after a controversial redraw in Nyon. https://dailypost.ng/2021/12/13/champions-league-new-round-of-16-ties-confirmed-full-fixtures/ Paris Saint-Germain will face Real Madrid, while RB Salzburg were drawn against Bayern Munich. Chelsea take on Lille, while Liverpool play Inter Milan. Manchester City face Sporting Lisbon, while Manchester United will take on Atletico Madrid. And sharing a picture of the full draw, Terry gave his verdict as to who he thought would lift the trophy. “Who’s...
Champions League: Supercomputer names club to win trophy after last 16 draw
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Champions League: Supercomputer names club to win trophy after last 16 draw

A supercomputer has predicted that this season’s Champions League trophy would be won by Manchester City after the last-16 draw was confirmed on Monday. Manchester City were pitted against Sporting Lisbon in what seems like a favourable draw in the last-16 and are being tipped to go all the way in the competition to land a long-awaited first Champions League title. The betting expert supercomputer also sees all Premier League teams, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United beating their last 16 opponents, Inter Milan Lille and Atletico Madrid, respectively. Also tipped to go through to the next stage are Bayern Munich and Ajax who are faced with RB Salzburg and Benfica respectively. The computer believes Real Madrid would be dumped out of the competition by Paris Saint Germai...
I’m not mad but Man Utd could win Champions League – Paul Ince
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I’m not mad but Man Utd could win Champions League – Paul Ince

Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince, has made a rather shocking prediction that the club could win the Champions League this season. Ralf Rangnick’s men have booked a date with Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the competition. United had played a LaLiga outfit, Villarreal in the group stages, beating Diego Simeone’s men home and away and topping the group after losing their first game. And Ince, a two-time Premier League title holder, reckons that the Red Devils could go all the way due to the nature of knockout football. “They can win the Champions League, people will think I’m mad, but they can,” Ince told The Mirror. “United can beat anybody on their day. Anybody, no matter who they are. “In knockout football, if you are on your game and on form and with th...
Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League: New Round of 16 ties confirmed [Full fixtures]

UEFA has conducted a fresh draw for the Champions League round of 16. The European football governing body was forced to declare Monday morning’s process void, after a series of mistakes. Manchester United had been handed a mouth-watering last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain but only after being erroneously paired with Villarreal in the first instance and then mistakenly left off the list of possible opponents to face Atletico Madrid. The Red Devils will now take on Atletico, while PSG plays Real Madrid. Chelsea retain their tie against Lille, Inter Milan face Liverpool and Manchester City have been paired against Sporting Lisbon. Draw in full: Salzburg vs Bayern Munich Sporting vs Man City Benfica vs Ajax Chelsea vs Lille Atletico Madrid vs Man Utd Vi...
Chelsea close to agreeing deals with two players
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Chelsea close to agreeing deals with two players

Chelsea have made a major breakthrough in their bid to tie down defenders Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen to new deals. Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the Premier League side are “close” to agreeing new deals with the two players Silva, 37, arrived at Stamford Bridge on a free transfer in August 2020 from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian centre-back has since silenced his doubters, playing a key role as Thomas Tuchel’s men won the Champions League. However, there has been uncertainty surrounding Silva’s future, with Chelsea already resigned to the fact they may lose Antonio Rudiger. Christensen, 25, is also set to become a free agent at the end of the season as it stands. But Chelsea are increasingly confident both players will still be on board next term. It is...
Champions League round of 16 draw confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Champions League round of 16 draw confirmed [Full fixtures]

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 has been conducted on Monday. Holders Chelsea have been paired against Lille in the first knockout round. In other games, Manchester City will take on Villarreal, Salzburg face Liverpool and Juventus play Sporting Lisbon. Real Madrid will clash with Benfica, Atletico Madrid take on Bayern Munich and Inter Milan face Ajax. Draw in full: Benfica vs Real Madrid Villarreal vs Man City Atletico vs Bayern Munich FC Salzburg vs Liverpool Inter Milan vs Ajax Sporting vs Juventus Chelsea vs Lille Man Utd vs PSG
Big blow for Liverpool as Adeyemi decides club he’ll play for next season
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Big blow for Liverpool as Adeyemi decides club he’ll play for next season

RB Salzburg’s midfielder, Karim Adeyemi has decided to remain at the club amidst interests from Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Adeyemi has caught the eyes of many top European clubs after a blistering season in front of goal. The 19-year-old scored a hat-trick on Saturday (being his first) as Salzburg demolished WSG Wattens 5-0. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are among the plenty of clubs interested in the striker, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund. The Germany international was quizzed about his future immediately after his hat-trick on Saturday. He said: “As is so often the case, nothing is decided yet and, as I have said, I’ll also be at Salzburg next year, and that’s where my focus is on. “As I have said, I have no tend...
Leicester thrash Newcastle 4-0
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Leicester thrash Newcastle 4-0

Leicester left Newcastle still rooted in the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-0 thrashing of the Magpies on Sunday, while West Ham’s Champions League ambitions were dented by a 0-0 draw at Burnley. Despite being hit by a coronavirus outbreak that left Brendan Rodgers without seven players, the Foxes gave Eddie Howe another reminder of the task he faces to keep Newcastle in the top flight as Youri Tielemans struck twice at the King Power. Howe will be able to call on the resources of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund in the January transfer window and results elsewhere this weekend mean they remain just three points adrift of safety. But Newcastle face Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in their next three games and, on this form, will be lucky to escape that...
He’s super important – Tuchel names Chelsea player who sacrifices himself for club
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He’s super important – Tuchel names Chelsea player who sacrifices himself for club

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has identified Jorginho as the Blues player who sacrifices himself for the club. According to Tuchel, Jorginho is super important in Chelsea’s squad. The German stated this following Chelsea’s Premier League 3-2 win over Leeds United on Saturday. Chelsea defeated Leeds United at Stamford Bridge, thanks to Mason Mount’s strike and Jorginho’s penalty brace. “He [Jorginho] is super important,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference. “He sacrifices himself for many weeks actually. I knew this moment would come where he suffers because he played [UEFA] Champions League, then played in Europe with Italy, then qualifiers for the World Cup, so it wasn’t only physical effort for him but it was mentally very demanding. “He had no...
Tuchel names four Chelsea players that will not play against Leeds
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Tuchel names four Chelsea players that will not play against Leeds

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said he will not have four players available for Saturday’s clash against Leeds United. Tuchel admitted he has particular concerns about midfielder, N’Golo Kante. Kante hasn’t played since a 4-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League on November 23. Tuchel is hopeful the France midfielder will return to training next week. “We are always worried when we have to live and play without N’Golo because he is an exceptional and unique player all over the world. “In my personal opinion you cannot find a second N’Golo so of course, we are worried, but I’m also worried if he’s just missing some days. “Now it is a slightly too long break again and we hope that he comes back to team training on Tuesday,” he said. Tuchel also confirmed he w...
Champions League: Real Madrid vs Chelsea ‘most likely’ Round of 16 tie
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Champions League: Real Madrid vs Chelsea ‘most likely’ Round of 16 tie

Chelsea have almost a one in three probability of drawing Real Madrid, when the draw for the Champions League Round of 16 is conducted on Monday, according to MisterChip. The Blues, who are the current holders of the trophy, could only finish second in their group, following a disappointing 3-3 draw at Zenit. Thomas Tuchel’s men will now be paired against top European opponents in the next round. Liverpool, on the other hand, have a marginally higher chance of being paired against Villarreal or Inter Milan. Manchester United and Manchester City, who finished top of their groups, have a slightly higher chance of playing Atletico Madrid or Inter Milan next. The eight group winners – Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Lille, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real ...
Salah gives Conditions to Sign new Liverpool Contract
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Salah gives Conditions to Sign new Liverpool Contract

Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, wants assurances about the Premier League club’s plans for the coming years before he signs a new deal. According to Sky Sports, financial terms are not the only issue holding the 29-year-old back from extending his deal with the Reds. While Salah indeed wants more money, he also wants to ensure he will play for a club that challenges for major honours. The Egypt international wants to know that Liverpool will bring in the best players to build a team that will compete for league titles and Champions Leagues. Salah has publicly stated his desire to stay at Liverpool, telling MBC Masr TV: “I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool. “But the decision is in the hands of the management and t...
Salah holding out for squad assurances before signing Liverpool extension
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Salah holding out for squad assurances before signing Liverpool extension

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah wants assurances about the club's plans for the coming years.   According to Sky Sports, financial terms are not the only issue holding back Salah from extending his deal at the Anfield club. While he does want to earn a higher wage than is being offered, Salah also wants to ensure he will play for a club that challenges for major honours. The 29-year-old wants to know that Liverpool will invest in the best players in the world to build a team that contends for league titles and Champions Leagues. Fans will be hoping that Salah renews, given his vital goalscoring contributions this season. The former Roma forward has bagged 20 goals in 21 appearances so far. Salah has publicly stated his desire to stay at Liverpool, telling MBC Masr ...
Azpilicueta urges Chelsea response after slip-ups
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Azpilicueta urges Chelsea response after slip-ups

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has urged his teammates to show an immediate response after falling off the top of the Premier League and finishing a disappointing second in their Champions League group. The European champions twice surrendered the lead in Russia on Wednesday to draw 3-3 with Zenit Saint Petersburg and end their Group H campaign as runners-up, meaning they could face Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. The frustrating result came after they dropped to third in the Premier League table following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham, spoiling their impressive defensive record so far this season. Thomas Tuchel’s men, who host Leeds on Saturday, have now failed to win three of their past five Premier League games. Azpilicueta has demanded a reaction...
​Chelsea players ‘bewildered’ over Azpilicueta contract situation
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​Chelsea players ‘bewildered’ over Azpilicueta contract situation

Chelsea's players are not happy that club captain Cesar Azpilicueta may leave in the summer.   The veteran Spaniard, who has played as a right back and right sided centre-back to great effect over the past nine years, has won nearly everything with the team. Azpi has won the Premier League twice, Champions League, FA Cup and the Europa League. According to Eurosport, some Chelsea players are "bewildered" that the club is not doing more to keep Azpi for next season and beyond. While he is no longer first choice, his teammates believe that he still plays an important role on and off the pitch. Barcelona continue to be linked with Azpilicueta, who can sign a pre-contract agreement with the Spanish club next month.
Owen Compares Reece James with Chelsea icon, Michael Essien
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Owen Compares Reece James with Chelsea icon, Michael Essien

Former Manchester United and Manchester City star, Owen Hargreaves has compared Chelsea defender, Reece James, with Blues icon, Michael Essien, in terms of power, strength and quick feet. Hargreaves made the comparison following Chelsea’s Champions League 3-3 draw with Zenit on Wednesday night in Russia. Chelsea drew against Zenit, thanks to a brace from Timo Werner and a strike from Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had played James in an unusual central midfield role against Zenit, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic injured and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rested. Speaking about James, Hargreaves told BT Sport: “He reminds me of Essien playing in there [defensive midfield]. “Powerful. He can cover ground, play on his own, get up against people one-vs-on...
Tuchel Slams Chelsea Players after 3-3 Draw against Zenit
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Tuchel Slams Chelsea Players after 3-3 Draw against Zenit

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has criticized the attitude of his players after their 3-3 draw with Zenit in the Champions League on Wednesday. Zenit’s stoppage-time equalizer cost Chelsea the top spot in the group and meant they go into the knockout stage unseeded. Two goals from Timo Werner and a strike from Romelu Lukaku ensured Chelsea drew against the Russian club. Speaking during his post-match press conference, Tuchel: “We had a very good first 15 minutes and then we stopped doing the things we did in the first 15 minutes. “In my opinion, we had a feeling that ‘This is OK. We are in charge. We are the better team’. “But we were forgetting why we were the better team – (it was) because of the investment, the level of concentration. The level was high enoug...
Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit
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Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has identified defender Reece James as a ‘ridiculous talent’ in Chelsea’s squad following the Blues’ Champions League 3-3 draw with Zenit at St Petersburg on Wednesday night. A brace from Timo Werner and a strike from Romelu Lukaku ensured Chelsea played a draw against Zenit. However, Claudinho, Sardar Azmoun and Magomed Ozdoyev did score for the host in Russia. During the encounter, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, featured right-sided defender, James in an unusual central midfield role, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic injured and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rested. But Ferdinand believes James was dominating, passing and breaking things up during the encounter. Speaking about James, Ferdinard told BT Sport, “He’s a ridicul...
Champions League round of 16: Timo Werner Calls for Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich
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Champions League round of 16: Timo Werner Calls for Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich

Chelsea striker, Timo Werner has said he would like the team to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16. The Blues have finished runners-up in Group H following their 3-3 draw at Zenit on Wednesday. Werner scored twice, as the current holders lost their top spot to Juventus in the final round of games. After the game, Werner was not afraid to pick the next club he wants Chelsea to face in the competition. “Who do I want to play next? Why not go back to Germany [to play Bayern] and show how good we are,” he said. Chelsea will not be paired against Juve, but they can face non-English clubs who topped their groups. That includes Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Ajax.
Watch: Greenwood breaks Rashford’s Man Utd record with stunning scissor kick
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Watch: Greenwood breaks Rashford’s Man Utd record with stunning scissor kick

The 20-year-old made the most of his starting opportunity by netting a spectacular early goal at Old Trafford   Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood opened the scoring in style on Wednesday with a brilliant acrobatic effort that put his side 1-0 ahead of Young Boys in their final Champions League group match. With the Reds safely through to the last 16, Ralf Rangnick gave the 20-year-old the chance to shine as part of a reserve-heavy lineup at Old Trafford. Greenwood wasted little time in taking advantage of that opportunity with a scissor kick that also helped him snatch a club record from Marcus Rashford.
Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain: AC Milan victory shows our progress
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Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain: AC Milan victory shows our progress

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Liverpool's win over AC Milan shows they have progressed as a side.   The Reds came from behind to win 2-1 despite having already clinched top stop in their Champions League group. They are now the only English team ever to win all six Champions League group stage games. "We are a better team than we have been in this point in time (in the season)," said the midfielder. "That comes with playing together or years, having moments of success, understanding what we needed to do to get that, the level we had to set and how relentless we had to be to achieve those things. "The big difference is something like this game. Maybe in recent seasons when we have made so many changes it doesn't always go the way we wanted and the performance dro...
Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named three favourite clubs to win the UEFA Champions League this season. Ferdinand was asked to name the main Champions League contenders for this season after Liverpool became the first Premier League side to win all six of their Champions League group games on Tuesday night. Recall that Liverpool defeated AC Milan 2-1 at San Siro last night, thanks to Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi’s goals. But Ferdinand believes Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are the three favourites to win this season’s Champions League. “I don’t see past the three English teams, Bayern might stake a claim, but they [Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool] are so powerful and have who I think are the three best managers,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “When you...
Champions League: Rangnick adds six new players to Man United’s squad
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Champions League: Rangnick adds six new players to Man United’s squad

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick has added six new young players to his side’s squad ahead of their Champions League tie with Young Boys on Wednesday night. Manchester Evening News reports that the six Manchester United academy prospects are in contention to make their debut against Young Boys in the Champions League tonight. The players are defender Bjorn Hardley, midfielders Charlie Wellens, Sam Mather, Charlie Savage, and Zidane Iqbal and forward Shola Shoretire. The Man United Under-19s have already qualified for the knockout stage of the UEFA Youth League, so they could start against Young Boys at Leigh Sports Village. Savage, 18, is the son of Man United academy graduate, Robbie Savage, while Mather, 17, turned professional earlier this year. Shoretire, 17, m...
Champions League: Five key players missing as Tuchel announces Chelsea’s squad against Zenith
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Champions League: Five key players missing as Tuchel announces Chelsea’s squad against Zenith

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has announced his side’s squad to face Zenith in today’s Champions League fixture in Russia. Tuchel excluded Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho from the 20-man squad to tackle Zenith in a post via the club’s website. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-2 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend. The kick-off time for Zenith vs Chelsea is 6.45 pm. Below is Chelsea’s squad against Zenith: Kepa Arrizabalaga Antonio Rudiger Marcos Alonso Andreas Christensen Thiago Silva Romelu Lukaku Christian Pulisic Timo Werner Ruben Loftus-Cheek Marcus Bettinelli Edouard Mendy Saul Niguez Ross Barkley Mason Mount Callum Hudson-Odoi Hakim Ziyech Reece Jam...
Champions League: Mbappe breaks Messi’s record as PSG hammer Club Brugge
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Champions League: Mbappe breaks Messi’s record as PSG hammer Club Brugge

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, achieved another milestone on Tuesday, as he became the youngest player to score 30 times in the Champions League. In doing so, the 22-year-old broke the previous record held by current team-mate, Lionel Messi. Mbappe opened the scoring against Club Brugge within 70 seconds at Parc des Princes. The goal means the France international hit Champions League 30 goals at the age of 22 years and 352 days. Messi was 23 years, 131 days old when he reached that milestone in 2010. Mbappe’s opener was also PSG’s quickest goal in the competition since September 2016, when Edinson Cavani took just 42 seconds to score against Arsenal. He went on to score one more, before Messi’s brace saw the Ligue 1 side win 4-1. Mbappe now has 11 goals an...
Pique reveals why Bayern Munich are better than Barcelona
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Pique reveals why Bayern Munich are better than Barcelona

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has said the difference between them and Bayern Munich is how the two clubs have been run. The Spanish defender was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash between the two sides. Bayern have won the last two matches between the two clubs by an aggregate score of 11-2. Barca travel to Munich this week in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages for the first time since 2000, if they fail to register a win. “The running of the club, it’s as simple as that,” Pique simply said, when asked why Bayern have been so much better than Barca in recent years. Bayern won the Champions League in 2020 after defeating Barca 8-2 in the quarter-final, while they have also lifted nine Bundesliga titles in a row. ...
Champions League: Owen predicts Man United vs Young Boys, Zenit vs Chelsea
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Champions League: Owen predicts Man United vs Young Boys, Zenit vs Chelsea

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has predicted today’s Champions League match between Manchester United and Young Boys at Old Trafford. Owen also predicted Chelsea’s away Champions League clash against Zenith in Russia. Providing his prediction, Owen told BetVictor: “It wasn’t emphatic, but Ralf Rangnick will have been delighted to start his tenure in charge with a win on Sunday. “United lost away to Young Boys, so will take this one seriously. I can’t see them slipping up again here, 2-1 United.” Commenting on the Zenit St Petersburg vs Chelsea game, Owen said, “This won’t be an easy away trip for the Blues, but they have been in very good form in Europe this season. “A win would seal top spot in the group and I fancy them to get it. I am going for 1-0.” ...

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