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Why I’ll not speak with Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel – Ralf Rangnick
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Why I’ll not speak with Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel – Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United boss, Ralf Rangnick has said that there is no need speaking with Liverpool and Chelsea managers about life in England. Rangnick said he hasn’t and is not looking forward to reaching out to Klopp and Tuchel for advice because they are ‘busy enough’ in their own jobs and he already got experience of living in England. Rangnick was given his work permit on Wednesday and he watched from the stands as his new club defeated Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford on Thursday. He is now set to oversee United’s next game which comes up on Sunday against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. The 63-year-old, nicknamed the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’, arrives in Manchester with a stellar reputation among Europe’s coaching elite. Rangnick is widely regarded as a mentor to Julian Na...
West Ham vs Chelsea: We want to make Tuchel’s men suffer – Kurt Zouma
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West Ham vs Chelsea: We want to make Tuchel’s men suffer – Kurt Zouma

West Ham defender, Kurt Zouma, has said they can make former club Chelsea suffer when they meet in a London Derby on Saturday. David Moyes’ side is looking to end a run of three games without a win against the Premier League leaders. Zouma left Stamford Bridge to join the Hammers in a £29.8 million deal in the summer, after seven years and 151 appearances for Chelsea. The Frenchman has made an impressive start in East London but expects a tough afternoon against Thomas Tuchel’s men. “It will feel special in a way because I’ve been there for so many years. “I want to beat Chelsea because I want to beat everybody. I play for West Ham now and I’m very happy to be here. It’s going to be a tough game as we know they have a lot of strength, but we have to use our strength to mak...
Chelsea get double boost ahead of West Ham clash
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Chelsea get double boost ahead of West Ham clash

Chelsea has been handed an important double injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham United on Saturday afternoon at London Stadium. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed that James Reece and Jorginho have returned to the club’s training ahead of their clash with West Ham this weekend. Tuchel described Reece and Jorginho’s return as ‘massive’. Both players had sustained knocks ahead of the West Ham clash. “It is massive [to have James Reece and Jorginho back]. Reece is the specialist on the side and Jorginho is the guy left from Jova, NG and him from the midfield three in a central role. “We are happy that Jorgi is back in training and we can’t wait for NG and Kova to come back,” Tuchel said. The kick-off time for West Ham vs Chelsea is 1.30 pm...
Saul not giving up at Chelsea
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Saul not giving up at Chelsea

Saul Niguez is determined to make a success of his Chelsea career. Saul came off at half-time in Chelsea's 2-1 win against Watford. Both his Premier League starts have now ended with him being taken off at the interval. His loan deal included a £30m option to buy but Atletico Madrid sources expect him to return next summer. With injury issues in midfield and a busy spell coming up Saul is hopeful of further opportunities to try and prove his worth, says the Daily Mail. Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday with additional concerns over Reece James, who missed the Watford game with an ankle injury, and Trevoh Chalobah, who came off with a suspected hamstring injury.  
What Ronaldo did in dressing room after being dropped from Man Utd XI – Carrick
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What Ronaldo did in dressing room after being dropped from Man Utd XI – Carrick

Outgoing Manchester United Caretaker coach, Michael Carrick has explained how Cristiano Ronaldo reacted after the Portuguese was dropped for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Carrick surprisingly kept the 36-year-old goal machine on the bench for their trip to London. Man United went ahead through Jadon Sancho but Jorginho equalised for the home side from the spot. Ronaldo, meanwhile, was brought on in the 64th minute but had little impact on the game. Carrick said Ronaldo’s reaction to being dropped was ‘perfection’. “[Dropping Ronaldo] seems like it was a big decision but really, between us and [for] me personally, it wasn’t. You can ask Cristiano. The way he responded was perfection really. “Around the dressing room he was incredible, he supported the players. I...
Watford star Dennis equals Deeney’s Premier League record with goal against Chelsea
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Watford star Dennis equals Deeney’s Premier League record with goal against Chelsea

The Nigeria striker scored the Hornets' only goal but it was not enough to grab maximum points at home Emmanuel Dennis has become the first Watford player to score in three Premier League games in a row since February 2017. The 24-year-old scored Watford's only goal in their 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Wednesday. Dennis overcame an injury scare after he was substituted in the Hornets' 4-2 loss against Leicester City on Sunday. He then featured against Thomas Tuchel's side in midweek.  
Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again
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Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again

Hakim Ziyech was delighted to prove Chelsea's matchwinner for victory over Watford. His goal was superbly taken, swept in from Mason Mount's clever cutback, and proved to be the 28-year-old's second winner of the season. "This is one of the reasons why the coach brought me on so I have to be happy to score that decisive goal," he told the club's website. "It was a difficult game from the beginning, not easy from the first minute, and it was not our best day but the most important thing is we got three points. All the other stuff is better to forget." Ziyech added: "We were always trying to find the spaces and we knew our moment would come. That's also one of the strengths of this team because no matter if we play good or bad, we always find a way to score. "During a season, ...
Thomas Tuchel names only Chelsea star that performed well in 2-1 win over Watford
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Thomas Tuchel names only Chelsea star that performed well in 2-1 win over Watford

Thomas Tuchel has said that Kai Havertz was the only Chelsea player to have impressed him in Wednesday’s Premier League victory over Watford. Mason Mount’s opener was cancelled out by Emmanuel Dennis but second half substitute, Hakim Ziyech made sure the Blues ran away with a 2-1 win win over Claudio Ranieri’s side. The win keeps them top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City and Liverpool. Despite his frustration over his team’s poor performance, Tuchel singled out Kai Havertz for praise. Havertz provided the assist for Mount’s opener with his manager claiming he was the only one that ‘reached his level’. “Havertz was very strong today,” Tuchel told Amazon Prime. “I felt he was the one player reaching his level today. We missed some players.” He added, “We ...
Chelsea had many faults – Thomas Tuchel cries out after 2-1 win at Watford
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Chelsea had many faults – Thomas Tuchel cries out after 2-1 win at Watford

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed his frustration with his team’s performance after they suffered to beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday. Tuchell said it was ‘so unusual’ for his side to fail to reach their normal high standards, adding that his team had many faults during the game. The German boss told his post-match press conference, “That’s not us. We were absolutely not ready today for this match. “I missed maybe to find the right approach to make my team ready. We did not cope with the pressure, with the first ball, second ball. “We had a lot of changes but too many faults. It did not get better. The only thing we could do was hang in there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky win. “I see this totally as an exception from the rule. I will not ins...
EPL: Thiago Silva reveals player that’s future of Chelsea
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EPL: Thiago Silva reveals player that’s future of Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has identified Trevoh Chalobah as the ‘future of Chelsea’. Silva believes Chalobah will be a mainstay at Chelsea for years to come. Chalobah has quickly established himself as a first-team regular player under manager Thomas Tuchel, making 12 appearances in all competitions for the west London club so far this season. Recall that the 22-year-old centre-back impressed Tuchel during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign and was given his first-team debut against Villarreal in the Super Cup in August 2021. “He [Chalobah] is a player despite being so young who plays like an experienced professional,” Silva told Chelsea TV. “And that makes me really happy because I am there alongside him playing the same position and I can see how he is performing, how he ...
EPL: Carrick opens up on speaking to Rangnick before Arsenal game
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EPL: Carrick opens up on speaking to Rangnick before Arsenal game

Stand-in Manchester United manager, Michael Carrick, has claimed he has not spoken with newly-appointed interim boss, Ralf Rangnick, ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game against Arsenal. Carrick will take charge of his third game against the Gunners, after Rangnick’s official arrival was delayed by work permit and COVID-19 regulations. United are however hopeful the 36-year-old will be in charge for Sunday’s game at home to Crystal Palace. Carrick, who denied claimed Rangnick had input into his team selection for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea, has again insisted he is yet to speak to the German. Asked if he had spoken to Rangnick, Carrick said: “No, because of the process and work permit, we haven’t been able to. “So we’ve carried on. It’s worked well the last two games an...
Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top
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Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top

A much-changed Chelsea weathered the storm to navigate their way past a tricky Watford side and stay top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. With Liverpool and Manchester City also winning on Wednesday, Chelsea found themselves third in the Premier League with 20 minutes remaining, but regained top spot on a difficult night through Hakim Ziyech's clinical winner against the run of play. Play was halted for half an hour early in the first half for a medical emergency in the stands, with officials being alerted to the situation by players. Watford later confirmed a fan was stable after suffering a cardiac arrest. Chelsea took the lead just before the half-hour mark as two of their six changes combined, Mason Mount converting at close range from an unselfish as...
Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency
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Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency

The Premier League game between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road, has been suspended temporarily. This is due to a medical emergency in the stands involving a fan. Chelsea’s medical staff ran across the field to attend to the victim, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack. The players were then ordered to leave the field and returned to the dressing room to keep warm while medics administered CPR to the fan. Watford’s official Twitter account wrote: “There is a break in play due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Both teams have left the field.”
‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict
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‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict

The PSG superstar claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or crown on Monday, a few weeks after he clinched the GOAL50 prize African legend Samuel Eto’o has defended Lionel Messi’s emergence as the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or - a record seventh win. The 34-year-old forward pipped Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to the crown while Chelsea's Jorginho and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished in the third and fourth spots respectively. In the year under review, he led Argentina to Copa America glory and he also won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona before he clinched La Liga's top scorer award for the eighth time after scoring 30 goals in 35 games last season.  
Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?
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Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?

The ex-Chelsea wideman is rumoured to be primed for a Nigeria return; are fans happy? Victor Moses is currently in fine form and is rumoured to be in Gernot Rohr's preliminary Africa Cup of Nations squad. Nigerian fans predictably have a lot to say about the news, and Kolade Daniel picks out some of the highlights. Moses played a prominent role in the Super Eagles' qualification for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Russia, and retired from international football after Nigeria left the tournament in the group stages.  
Barcelona in Chelsea talks for Ziyech and Werner
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Barcelona in Chelsea talks for Ziyech and Werner

Barcelona are maintaining contact with Chelsea for attacking pair Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.   Sport says there has been contact between the clubs in recent days and the Blues are open to talk about Werner or Ziyech leaving, and under conditions that suit Barcelona. Negotiations are open.   Barcelona contacted Chelsea in October to ask about the options. The second, Ziyech, seems to fit better but Barcelona have contacted representatives for both players. They want to have more minutes and feel more important for their teams. Werner and Ziyech are not regulars for the Blues although both did start against Man United. Chelsea drew at home and the players were not particularly impressive. The Blues might even be willing to pay some part of their salaries if the...
Former Chelsea player, John Sillett is dead
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Former Chelsea player, John Sillett is dead

Former Chelsea player, John Sillett, is dead at the age of 85. John Sillett’s family announced his death in a statement on Tuesday. The statement read in part: “Obviously the family are really saddened by Dad’s passing but we are all so proud of him and what he achieved. “His ability to spot things tactically, change them during a game and enhance the abilities of players was top class, the respect he had from top people in the game and the kind words we have already received already underline the high regard in which he was held by the football world.” Sillett was a full-back who started his career at Chelsea in 1954. The Southampton-born played over 100 games for Chelsea and won the First Division title at Stamford Bridge in the 1954-55 season. He later played for Cov...
Two Chelsea Premier League games postponed
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Two Chelsea Premier League games postponed

Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures against Brighton and Arsenal in February have been postponed. The games were postponed due to Chelsea’s involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. Chelsea disclosed this in a post via their website on Tuesday ahead of their Premier League clash with Watford on Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel’s side head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in their previous Premier League encounter last weekend. Recall that the FIFA Club World Cup draw was announced on Monday. Chelsea will take part in the Club World Cup in February 2022, having qualified courtesy of winning the Champions League. The Blues will face one of Al Hilal, Al Jazira or Auckland City at the semi-final stage. A new date for both league games will be announced in due ...
EPL: Watford to be without eight key players for Chelsea clash
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EPL: Watford to be without eight key players for Chelsea clash

Watford will be without eight key players when they host Chelsea in Wednesday’s Premier League tie at Vicarage Road due to injuries. The players are Ismaïla Sarr, Nicolas Nkoulou, Ben Foster, Emmanuel Dennis (doubt), Ken Sema, Francisco Sierralta (now running), Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah. Watford disclosed this in a statement via their website on Tuesday ahead of the Chelsea clash. Claudio Ranieri’s men head to the game following a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City in their last game. The statement partly read: “Ismaïla Sarr has a knee ligament injury which will require a further scan in around a month’s time. “Nicolas Nkoulou will be sidelined until into the New Year, after picking up a hamstring injury towards the end of the Manchester United match. “Having been nursing a...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea named Club of the Year
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea named Club of the Year

Chelsea have just been announced as Club of the Year – comprising the achievements of both their men’s and women’s team. Emma Hayes is there as manager of the Women’s team and makes the point she hopes the team can be there in future – it’s the international break for women’s football so they are unable to be present. Thomas Tuchel is also in attendance and praises the achievements of his side, the women’s team – WSL winners – and the academy sides, too.
Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United
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Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United

Former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara has hailed Michael Carrick for keeping Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, describing it as the right tactics. Many football lovers were shocked when the team list came out to indicate that Ronaldo was starting from the bench in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. O’Hara told talkSPORT that Ronaldo does not see anything wrong in the Portugal international sitting on the bench or not playing at all as the case may be. Manchester United had earlier on Monday announced that Ralf Rangnick will now be in charge at Old Trafford till the end of the season. He took over from Michael Carrick who was there in an acting capacity following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a week ago. “They finishe...
‘Ronaldo has not come back to Man Utd to sit on the bench’ – Keane rows with Carragher over Portugal star
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‘Ronaldo has not come back to Man Utd to sit on the bench’ – Keane rows with Carragher over Portugal star

The former Red Devils captain was stunned to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner named among the substitutes for the Premier League trip to Chelsea Roy Keane has questioned Manchester United’s decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for their Premier League clash with Chelsea, with caretaker coach Michael Carrick opting to name the Portuguese superstar among his substitutes at Stamford Bridge. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was introduced in the 64th minute as he replaced goalscorer Jadon Sancho in the 1-1 draw, but eyebrows were raised when the team sheets dropped in west London. Former Red Devils captain Keane was baffled by the selection, with the Irishman adamant the 36-year-old forward remains the best player at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo Snubs team mates, Coaches after being Benched for 1-1 draw at Chelsea
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Ronaldo Snubs team mates, Coaches after being Benched for 1-1 draw at Chelsea

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel following their 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday. Ronaldo was dropped for the game at Stamford Bridge by caretaker manager, Michael Carrick. However, the 36-year-old came on in the 64th minute to replace goal scorer, Jadon Sancho. After soaking up all the pressure in the first-half, Sancho put United in front when he pounced on a Jorginho mistake before slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy. However, the league leaders drew level, after Jorginho converted from the spot following a foul on Thiago Silva inside the box. It was a disappointing evening for Ronaldo, who appeared to be unhappy with the decision to drop him. He clapped sarcastically at referee Anthony Taylor, over his decision to awa...
Thomas Tuchel blames Stamford Bridge’s floodlight for Jorginho’s error
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Thomas Tuchel blames Stamford Bridge’s floodlight for Jorginho’s error

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has blamed the Stamford Bridge floodlights for Jorginho’s error that gave Jadon Sancho his first Premier League goal for Manchester United on Sunday. Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home by United with Jorginho scoring a penalty to make amends for his error. Jorginho found himself as the last line of defence when dealing with a high ball that’d been booted clear by Bruno Fernandes. He failed to control the ball and Sancho punished him as he raced clear to slot past Edouard Mendy. But Tuchel reckons the Euro2020 winner was blinded by the lights as the ball came down. “It’s very unusual a mistake like this and to concede a goal like this for us in general, especially with Jorgi,” he told Sky Sport. “He misjudged the situatio...
Michael Carrick reacts to Rangnick helping Man United in 1-1 draw with Chelsea
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Michael Carrick reacts to Rangnick helping Man United in 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Manchester United interim boss, Michael Carrick has denied claims that incoming interim boss, Ralf Rangnick had a hand in Manchester United’s team selection for their Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday. Former United captain, Gary Neville had said he was sure Rangnick had a hand in the game against Chelsea. United picked up a point against Chelsea with Jadon Sancho putting the visitors ahead before Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot. Neville had suggested that the incoming interim manager made the United team selection rather than Carrick, who is in caretaker charge at the moment. And Gary Lineker chimed in and was in complete disagreement with Neville, writing: ‘No chance of this being true. Zero.’ And after the match Carrick was asked abou...
It was penalty – Roy Keane hits Carrick after Man Utd 1-1 draw with Chelsea
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It was penalty – Roy Keane hits Carrick after Man Utd 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Former Man United captain, Roy Keane has hit hard on the club’s caretaker boss, Michael Carrick for saying the referee made a mistake in awarding Chelsea a penalty during the 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Keane said he disagreed with ‘everything’ Carrick said after the Premier League draw. Jorginho’s penalty earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, after the Italy International gifted Jadon Sancho the first goal with an error early into the second half. Carrick said he was ‘proud’ of the team after the game, also claiming Chelsea were fortunate to be awarded a penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva in the box. “I don’t think it was a penalty at all,” Carrick told Sky Sports. But Keane slammed his former teammate, saying, “I dis...
Roy Keane names Club to Win Premier League title this Season
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Roy Keane names Club to Win Premier League title this Season

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane and Jamie have both predicted that Manchester City would win the Premier League this season ahead of title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool. While Chelsea settled for a 1-1 with Manchester United on Sunday, Manchester City brushed aside stubborn West Ham United 2-1 to close the gap in the Premier League to just one point. Chelsea still maintain their lead at the summit with just one point ahead of Manchester City while Liverpool are just two points off the top after their empathic 4-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday. Keane said he has been impressed by the form of Chelsea and Liverpool but still believes City will defend their title and become English champions for an eighth time. Keane told Sky Sports, “I kind of wrote off M...
I Don’t think it was Penalty – Carrick Reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea
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I Don’t think it was Penalty – Carrick Reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea

Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Carrack claimed that the penalty awarded to Chelsea against Man United during the encounter was not a penalty. Jadon Sancho had opened the scoring for Man United in the second half before Jorginho equalized for Chelsea from the spot a few minutes later. Wan-Bissaka had caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg and kicked the Brazilian on the ankle. The referee immediately points to the spot-kick. Speaking after the game, Carrick said at his post-match press conference, “I don’t think it was a penalty, that was disappointing. “It’s been a tough, tough week, and I am immensely proud of the effort the players put in.” Man United’s next game...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: You’ve to prove – Fernandes hints at why Carrick benched Ronaldo
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: You’ve to prove – Fernandes hints at why Carrick benched Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has hinted why caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, against Chelsea. Carrick raised eyebrows with his decision to drop Ronaldo to the bench for the Premier League clash with Chelsea, despite the Portuguese scoring a goal in Man United’s Champions League win over Villarreal a few days ago. But Fernandes has now insisted that Manchester United players must prove they deserve to start matches every day as he returned to the starting XI against Chelsea and Ronaldo was dropped. When asked by Sky Sports whether he had a point to prove on his return to Man United’s starting XI against Chelsea, Fernandes declared that all players at Old Trafford must prove they deserve to start, regardless of reputation. “We have to prove something every ...
Cautious Man Utd frustrate leaders Chelsea in draw
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Cautious Man Utd frustrate leaders Chelsea in draw

Premier League leaders Chelsea were left frustrated as Manchester United's conservative game plan earned them a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. With Cristiano Ronaldo benched, United redefined the idea of caution in the first half, taking 21 minutes to touch the ball in the final third and 44 minutes to have a touch in Chelsea's box, but the hosts struggled to break them down. Callum Hudson-Odoi saw an effort well saved by David de Gea, and later in the half the goalkeeper tipped Antonio Rudiger's long-range shot onto the crossbar, but United stunned Chelsea to take the lead moments after half-time as Jadon Sancho feasted on Jorginho's mistake to run through on goal unopposed and finish (50) for his first Premier League goal. But Jorginho had a chance to redeem himself as Aaron Wan...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: I give Ronaldo, others energy – Eric Baily talks tough
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: I give Ronaldo, others energy – Eric Baily talks tough

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly has insisted that he gives his teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘energy’ ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening. Bailly believes Man United can turn around their ‘difficult’ run of results against Chelsea at Stamford, adding that the Red Devils are ready for the game. According to the former Villarreal centre-back, Man United have trained well and have a good feeling ahead of the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge. “Yeah, very difficult,” Bailly told the club’s website when asked about their form. “You know, we lost important games, but that is the past. Now for me, it’s very important to focus on the future. “The future is Sunday and we had a good week, Tuesday against Villarreal, we have a good game. ...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Michael makes honest confession about Premier League game
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Michael makes honest confession about Premier League game

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

Chelsea’s squad for the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday has been confirmed. The Blues made 3 changes from the squad that defeated Juventus 4-0 in Champions League during the week. According to Football London, injuries to N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell mean they will not be part of Thomas Tuchel’s 23-man squad to tackle Man United. Romelu Lukaku is, however, back to the team to tackle his former club. The Blues head into Sunday’s EPL game on the back of 3-0 victory over Leicester last weekend and 4-0 thrashing of Juventus in the midweek. Here is Chelsea’s full squad against Manchester United: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Marcus Bettinelli, Lucas Bergstrom Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christens...
Owen Hargreaves predicts Chelsea vs Man United game
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Owen Hargreaves predicts Chelsea vs Man United game

Owen Hargreaves has predicted the outcome of Manchester United’s Premier League tie against Chelsea on Sunday. The former Manchester United star does not see his former club coming out of Stamford Bridge with a result. But he, however, thinks that the Red Devils would have a run of really good results after the London visit. He envisaged the Red Devils going on a winning streak over the coming weeks but feels they will be defeated 2-1 by Thomas Tuchel’s side on Sunday. “The fixtures are very kind to them so you could see them going on a really big run and then I think his position is significantly improved,” told Premier League Production. “Forget the Chelsea one! [laughs] They’re not going to win that!” Asked for his score prediction, Hargreaves replied: “I think Chels...
Tuchel backs Lukaku to retain top spot as Chelsea continues to roll without injured striker
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Tuchel backs Lukaku to retain top spot as Chelsea continues to roll without injured striker

The Blues boss insists his side is stronger with the former Manchester United man in the team Thomas Tuchel insists that Chelsea are not better without Romelu Lukaku as he says he's looking forward to getting the Belgian star back in the squad. Lukaku has missed the last five games with an ankle injury, but Chelsea's attack has continued to roll to the top of the Premier League. But Tuchel says that he believes his side will still benefit from the return of the former Inter star, who has scored three goals in seven Premier League games so far.
Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games
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Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier League, EPL, matches. Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Burnley in an away Premier League tie. Liverpool will host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening, while Manchester City will tackle West Ham United on Sunday. Arsenal will clash with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “Arsenal were doing pretty well at Anfield last week until their manager Mikel Arteta reacted to a Sadio Mane challenge and woke the crowd up. “That defeat ended the Gunners’ long unbeaten run, but I can see them bouncing straight back here because they ...
Chelsea vs Man United: I’m happy we can play without Lukaku – Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man United: I’m happy we can play without Lukaku – Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has said that he is happy that his Chelsea team can survive without their top striker, Romelu Lukaku and other top stars who are injured at the moment. The German also lambasted some people who are claiming that the team is better without Lukaku, who has been injured for weeks now. Lukaku has missed The Blues last seven matches due to an ankle injury but is now on the verge of returning. Chelsea have been unbeaten in Lukaku’s absence and their latest display was a 4-0 thrashing of Juventus in the Champions League this week. And this has led to claims that the west London side are more of a threat without their £97.5 million striker. “I understand why people say this as people always look for easy solutions,” Tuchel said at his press conference on Friday. “...
‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season
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‘Only Ronaldo and I leap like that’ – Leicester City’s Ndidi celebrates maiden goal of the season

  The Nigeria midfielder sealed the Foxes' victory on Thursday with his header off a corner-kick in the first-half   Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi said that it is only him and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo who have the jumping ability he displayed in their 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in Thursday's Uefa Europa League match. Ndidi leapt high to score the Foxes’ third goal in the 33rd minute by heading home James Maddison’s corner-kick. The effort was the Super Eagles midfielder’s first goal in the 2021-22 season and it ended his goal drought since January when he found the back of the net in Leicester City's 2-0 victory over Chelsea in a Premier League fixture.
Manchester Utd to be without three key players for Chelsea clash
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Manchester Utd to be without three key players for Chelsea clash

Manchester United have confirmed that their caretaker manager, Michael Carrick will be without three key players when they take on Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening. Man United, in a post via their website on Thursday, said captain Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane would miss the Chelsea clash this weekend at Stamford Bridge. Maguire was shown a red card in Man United’s 4-1 defeat to Watford last weekend, meaning the England centre-back is suspended for the clash with Chelsea. Meanwhile, Pogba remains sidelined with an injury he picked up while on international duty with France national team. Varane, on the other hand, picked up a thigh injury against Atalanta in the Champions League at the start of November and remains out for this we...
What Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp learnt from new Man United boss, Rangnick
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What Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp learnt from new Man United boss, Rangnick

German football expert, Kevin Hatchard has said that Chelsea and Liverpool managers, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp respectively, actually learnt their style of football from incoming Manchester United interim boss, Ralf Rangnick. Following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager, Manchester United are set to appoint Rangnick as an interim boss, a move that could bring about a fresh start at Old Trafford. The club has already reached Rangnick to become their interim manager. “This was a guy who was very much a pioneer when he was bringing his vision of pressing and counter-pressing, that very quick vertical style,” Hatchard said. “There’s a lot of coaches who have taken a leaf out of his book – Thomas Tuchel is one of those. “Their paths crossed very early on in ...
Chelsea gets major boost ahead of Manchester Utd clash
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Chelsea gets major boost ahead of Manchester Utd clash

Chelsea has been handed a major injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United this weekend, The Athletic reports. Chelsea attacking midfielder, Mason Mount, is said to be on the mend and in line to face Man United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after undergoing dental surgery that forced him to miss a couple of games for the Blues and England national team. Mount is ‘coming closer to feeling 100 % again’ following his dental trauma, a report said. The England international had problems with his wisdom teeth, which had been bothering him for months rather than days, as previously supposed. Mount was ‘unable to eat regularly for several days after the operation and lost weight.’ In October, Mount was forced to miss Chelsea’s Premier League victory at ...
De Jong names strongest team in the world
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De Jong names strongest team in the world

Former Manchester City midfielder, Nigel de Jong has identified Chelsea as one of the strongest teams in the world. De Jong said this on Wednesday following Chelsea’s Champions League 4-0 victory over Juventus on Tuesday. The former Netherlands international also warned Manchester United that their Champions League 2-0 victory over Villarreal is nothing more than a warm-up before their Premier League clash against Chelsea this weekend. “It will be a massive test,” De Jong told Sky Sports. “I think that you know the game from yesterday was a warm-up for the game that is coming up over the weekend. “Chelsea’s completely different team, we saw that yesterday destroying Juventus in the Champions League and they are by far one of the strongest teams in the world. “So he [Car...
Juventus happy Chelsea only scored four goals – Joe Cole hails five players
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Juventus happy Chelsea only scored four goals – Joe Cole hails five players

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole has insisted that Juventus players will be happy that Chelsea only scored them four goals following both sides’ Champions League tie on Tuesday night. Cole also hailed five Chelsea academy graduates, Trevor Chalobah, Mason Mount, Loftus-Cheeks, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, following their impressive performances against Juventus. Chelsea defeated Juventus at Stamford Bridge thanks to four goals from Trevor Chalobah, Reece James, and Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner. “Champagne football, it’s a beautiful performance,” Cole said on BT Sport. “Look at the smiles, unbelievable. Look at the goal-scorers and you add your Loftus-Cheeks and Mason Mounts to that, the academy graduates. The last goal summed it up. “The confidence of the pass wi...
Why Chelsea goal against Juventus wasn’t handball
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Why Chelsea goal against Juventus wasn’t handball

Chelsea’s first goal against Juventus in Tuesday’s Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge was not handball because of this season’s new handball rules. During Chelsea’s clash with Juventus, the ball hit Antonio Rudiger on the arm as an assist for Trevor Chalobah. Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot flicked the ball onto Rudiger’s arm from point-blank range. Rudiger also had his arm across his chest, so arguably, if the ball had not struck him on the hand, it would have hit his torso anyway. Recall that the new rule has been designed to not penalise attackers if they accidentally commit a handball in the build-up to a goal. The rule was introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) back in March. Last season, the rules stated that any touch of the arm ...
Chelsea caused us so many problems – Bonucci says after Juve’s 4-0 defeat
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Chelsea caused us so many problems – Bonucci says after Juve’s 4-0 defeat

Veteran Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci has admitted that Chelsea caused them ‘so many problems’ in their 4-0 defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday. Chelsea delivered a command performance with Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner scoring for the home side at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s side have now secured their place in the knockout stage of the competition and are on course to finish top of Group H ahead of Juve. And Bonucci wants his teammates to ‘learn lessons’ from their humbling against the Blues. “It’s a heavy defeat, certainly, we have to take the lesson that against these teams you must always go at 1,000km/h, because the moment you slow it down, they punish you,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. “We tried in the second hal...
Drogba tells Salah: You need to leave Liverpool and return to Chelsea
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Drogba tells Salah: You need to leave Liverpool and return to Chelsea

Chelsea great Didier Drogba has urged Mohamed Salah to leave Liverpool and return to Stamford Bridge. Drogba and Liverpool star Salah were teammates at Chelsea in 2014. And Ivorian great Drogba admits he'd like to see the Egyptian return to his former club amid speculation over his future at Anfield. “If I am selfish, I will tell Salah to leave Liverpool and return to Chelsea," Drogba joked when speaking on Al-Axis TV. “My opinion is that Salah will remain the best, no matter if he continues at Liverpool or if he moves. “Any other team would perform better [with him] because he understands what he is doing, is good at scoring and creating goals, and only needs the confidence of the coach. “I do not know what his decision would be. This is his decision alone and his future...
​Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris thought Lampard sacking was ‘super, super harsh’
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​Ex-Chelsea assistant Morris thought Lampard sacking was ‘super, super harsh’

Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris still believes the club were very harsh in sacking Frank Lampard last season. Lampard lost his job midway through last term, and was replaced by German coach Thomas Tuchel. The latter led the team to a top four finish, the FA Cup final, and the Champions League trophy. Speaking on the Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast, former Chelsea assistant boss Morris said: "The way the season had gone for most teams, unusually for many teams at the top of the table, they went through some really bad spells. "We definitely went through a six-week period where we underperformed, totally. Arsenal and Everton away was really poor. But we absolutely believed we could turn it round. "At Chelsea, things like that [sackings] can happen. Do I th...
Chelsea thrash Juventus to reach CL last 16
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Chelsea thrash Juventus to reach CL last 16

Holders Chelsea thrashed Juventus 4-0 to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages in stunning style at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel's side, already three points clear at the top of the Premier League, jumped above Juventus at the top of Group H with a display of utter dominance in west London. The Blues took the lead midway through the first half when Trevoh Chalobah fired home from an Antonio Rudiger knockdown following a Hakim Ziyech corner (25), before ramming home their superiority with a rampant second-half performance. The outstanding Reece James scored their second, and his fifth of the season, with a stunning, angled drive from the right-hand side of the box (55), with Callum Hudson-Odoi becoming the third homegrown scorer of the night when he finishe...
EPL: Trevoh Chalobah reveals his ‘idol’ in football, gives reason
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EPL: Trevoh Chalobah reveals his ‘idol’ in football, gives reason

Chelsea defender, Trevoh Chalobah, has named teammate, Thiago Silva, as his ‘idol’ in football. According to Chalobah, he wants to follow in the footsteps of Silva, who has so far had a successful career. The 22-year-old played alongside Silva in a three-man defence as Chelsea defeated Leicester City 3-0 in a Premier League tie on Saturday. Chalobah, who made his seventh Premier League appearance of the season for Chelsea against Leicester over the weekend, also expressed his gratitude for sharing the pitch and training sessions with the Brazilian international. “Thiago Silva was one of my idols growing up as a kid, and with how successful he’s been,” Chalobah told Chelsea’s official website ahead of their Champions League tie with Juventus on Tuesday. “It is great sharing t...
Liverpool demolish Arsenal after Anfield bust-up
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Liverpool demolish Arsenal after Anfield bust-up

Liverpool kept pace with Premier League leaders Chelsea thanks to a thrilling 4-0 demolition of Arsenal in which Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta nearly came to blows. After 33 largely uneventful minutes at Anfield the game sparked into life when Liverpool boss Klopp and Arsenal counterpart Arteta were involved in a heated altercation in the dugout. It proved the catalyst for an emphatic display of Liverpool's attacking might as they harnessed the fevered Anfield atmosphere to take a half-time lead through Sadio Mane's header before running riot in a devastating second-half blitz. Diogo Jota brilliantly punished a costly defensive error within five minutes of the restart, Mohamed Salah finished a counter from close range and then substitute Takumi Minamino added a fourth with his...

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