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‘What a career, what a man’ – Ferdinand and De Gea lead tributes as ex-Man Utd star Valencia announces retirement
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‘What a career, what a man’ – Ferdinand and De Gea lead tributes as ex-Man Utd star Valencia announces retirement

The former Ecuador international, who won two Premier League titles while at Old Trafford, has called time on his career aged 35 Rio Ferdinand and David De Gea have been among the stars to pay tribute to former Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia, who has announced his retirement from professional football aged 35. Valencia spent 10 years at Old Trafford, between 2009 and 2019, where he was converted from a winger into their first-choice right-back, and went on to win two Premier League titles and make 339 competitive appearances in all competitions. The 99-cap Ecuador international, who also played in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic, decided to call time on his professional days following a stint in Liga MX with Queretaro.
Werner was working like a dog’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel pleased with ‘relentless’ forward
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Werner was working like a dog’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel pleased with ‘relentless’ forward

Timo Werner may have found goals hard to come by in his debut season at Chelsea, but boss Thomas Tuchel is nevertheless delighted to see the forward working non-stop for his club. The German's haul of 12 strikes in all competitions during 2020-21 is significantly down from the 34 he plundered for RB Leipzig during his final season in the Bundesliga. According to his compatriot, though, his contribution cannot solely be measured on how many times he has put the ball in the net.
Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad
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Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad

Manchester City will be hoping to wrap up the Premier League title today as the Citizens welcome Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in what has been tagged a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on May 29. Manchester City and Chelsea have already locked horns twice this season, with the Citizens getting the better of the Blues in the reverse fixture before Thomas Tuchel’s charges handed them a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-final last month. Pep Guardiola & co. will be buoyed by the win over PSG, which confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League final. And joining Manchester City in the grand finale in Istanbul later this month will be Chelsea, who eased past Real Madrid to set up the date with their rivals. However, the London club have been transformed under the...
Man.U. Owner Joel Glazer Writes Emotional 708-word letter to Fans Apologizing for the Way he’s run the Club in Wake of Failed European Super league
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Man.U. Owner Joel Glazer Writes Emotional 708-word letter to Fans Apologizing for the Way he’s run the Club in Wake of Failed European Super league

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer has written a 708-word letter to fans asking for forgiveness while vowing to work with them in order to take the club forward. Following the recent angry protests at Old Trafford in the wake of the clubs failed European Super league bid, Manchester United's Supporters Trust sent the Glazers a four-point plan outlining how they want the club run. The fans are angry that while the owners make so much money from the club they invest so little on players, increase the debt profile of the club and do not engage with fans. The fans also feel that the club's involvement in the failed European Super League was a stab to fans who made the club what it is today . Joel Glazer, who hardly makes speeches and avoids the spotlight or press, has ...
NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos
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NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos

The atmosphere synonymous with the Nigeria Open will be re-enacted from May 18 when the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships kick off at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium. The tournament which would serve as another test for the home-based players will be contested by states and clubs across the country from May 18 to 22 in 12 events including veterans above 50 years. According to the prospectus, players are expected to compete for the top prize in team (men and women), singles (men and women), doubles (men and women), doubles, U-21 (men and women), cadet (boys and girls) and veterans singles above 50. NTTF Technical Director who is also the Tournament Director, Adesoji Tayo said the tournament would help to unearth new talent...
Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca
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Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca

Chelsea have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The former PSG star, who has played 41 times in all competitions for the Italian giants this season, would be available for around £17million in the summer transfer window. According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique has already begun negotiations with Barcelona, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. The 14-cap international, 26, signed for Juventus on a free transfer from Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side in July 2019. Tuchel said back in 2018: “For me he is a great player and can become a top player,” and although Rabiot was frozen out due to contractual reasons, the German is still keen on a reunion....
N’Koudou scores as Besiktas hit Hatayspor for seven
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N’Koudou scores as Besiktas hit Hatayspor for seven

The French winger of Cameroonian background was among the scorers as the Black Eagles strolled past the Star of the South on Saturday evening Georges-Kevin N'Koudou capped a fine outing with a goal as Besiktas silenced Hatayspor 7-0 in Saturday’s Turkish Super Lig outing. Inspired by four goals by Cyle Larin, the Black Eagles proved too hot to handle by visiting Star of the South at the Vodafone Park. Still basking in the euphoria of their 3-2 away win at Rizespor – which saw them extend their unbeaten run to six across all competitions, Sergen Yalcin’s men got off to a flying start against Omer Erdogan’s side.
Havertz Hits Double to Leave Fulham on Edge
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Havertz Hits Double to Leave Fulham on Edge

Kai Havertz doubled his Premier League goals tally with a brace as Chelsea edged rivals Fulham closer to the relegation trap door with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Havertz handed Chelsea a 10th-minute lead with a delicate, lofted finish after Mason Mount's sublime control and through pass. The German added his second four minutes into the second half with another composed finish after combining with compatriot Timo Werner. With an eye perhaps on Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel made five pre-match alterations. Despite Fulham's valiant efforts, Chelsea were rarely tested and could have made the victory more handsome had it not been for a number of inspired saves from Alphonse Areola. Chelsea's 15th victory in al...
Iheanacho Replaces Kane As Most In-Form Player In Premier League 
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Iheanacho Replaces Kane As Most In-Form Player In Premier League 

This is according to football facts and statistics website whoscored.com. Iheanacho bagged an assist as Leicester held 10-man Southampton to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary, in Friday’s Premier League clash. It was his sixth assist of the season in all competitions for the Foxes. Also, he was involved in Southampton’s goal as he handled the ball inside the box which saw the home team awarded a penalty and was scored by James Ward-Prowse. The assist means he now has nine goal involvement in Leicester’s last six league games. He has scored 17 goals in 37 appearances in every competition in the current campaign.
Onuachu Scores As Genk Claim Away Win In Belgian Title Play-off 
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Onuachu Scores As Genk Claim Away Win In Belgian Title Play-off 

Paul Onuachu was on target for Genk who beat Antwerp 3-2 away, in their first game of the Belgian Championship play-off on Friday night, Rushhoursport.com reports. Onuachu scored on 73 minutes to make it 2-2 before Theo Bongonda got the winner on 88 minutes. The goal took Onuachu’s tally in the league to 30 and also he has now scored 32 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season. The win saw Genk move to second on 31 points, seven points away from leaders Club Brugge, in the four-team Championship play-off. On Sunday, Club Brugge will host Anderlecht in their opening game in the play-off. All the four teams competing in the play-off will face each other twice and the top team will qualifier automatically for next season’s UEFA Champions League. The team t...
Iheanacho Named In Emirates FA Cup Team Of The Semi-Finals
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Iheanacho Named In Emirates FA Cup Team Of The Semi-Finals

Kelechi Iheanacho has been named in the Emirates FA Cup Team of the Semi-finals that is dominated by Chelsea players. The best team of the last four was unveiled on the verified Twitter handle of the Emirates FA Cup. Iheanacho who has been in red-hot form was the hero for Leicester City as he netted the goal, which saw them beat Southampton 1-0 and seal a first FA Cup final appearance since 1969. He leads a three-man forward line in the Team of the Semi-final which is in a 4-1-2-3 formation. He will hope to take his superb form into the final when Leicester face Chelsea next month. On Monday, he continued his impressive scoring form as he bagged the winner in Leicester’s 2-1 home win against Crystal Palace on Monday. The goal means he now has 10 goals in the Premier L...
Iheanacho Stunner Keeps Leicester on Track
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Iheanacho Stunner Keeps Leicester on Track

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a sensational goal and set up another as Leicester came from behind to boost their Champions League qualification hopes with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha shocked Leicester when he put Palace ahead inside 12 minutes - his fourth goal in four games at the King Power Stadium. But Iheanacho sparked the Foxes' spirited second-half fightback, setting up Timothy Castagne for the equaliser within five minutes of the restart, before emphatically rifling in his 14th goal in 14 games in all competitions to complete the turnaround 10 minutes from time. Having threatened to leave the door to Champions League qualification ajar for their top-four rivals, the victory sees Leicester consolidate third spot, seven points clear of fifth-placed West Ha...
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny Takes Swipe at Unai Emery
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Villarreal vs Arsenal: Mohamed Elneny Takes Swipe at Unai Emery

  Arsenal star, Mohamed Elneny, has taken a veiled swipe at the club’s former manager, Unai Emery, ahead of the Gunners’ UEFA Europa League semi-final tie with Villarreal on April 29. Elneny said he is now happy at Emirates under current Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, adding that Emery didn’t give him a chance to play. The midfielder made 17 appearances in all competitions during Emery’s regime at Emirates. The 28-year-old was loaned out to Besiktas last season but was offered an opportunity to resurrect his Arsenal career at the start of the current campaign under Arteta. “If you are good, you will play, if you are not good, you will be on the bench, or you will be out of the squad,” Elneny told Sky Sports. “This is what I love from Mikel Arteta because it is fa...
Premier League: Iheanacho Strikes Again As Leicester Thrash West Brom To Boost Top-Four Hopes 
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Premier League: Iheanacho Strikes Again As Leicester Thrash West Brom To Boost Top-Four Hopes 

Kelechi Iheanacho continued his goal scoring run as he netted in Leicester City’s 3-0 home win against relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion in Thursday’s Premier League tie to boost their top-four ambitions, Rushhoursport.com Iheanacho’s compatriot Wilfred Ndidi saw action for 90 minutes while Semi Ajayi was brought on for the Baggies before the start of the second half. The in-form striker got on the score sheet in the 36th minute to put Leicester 3-0 ahead after he was set up by Jamie Vardy. He has now scored 11 goals in his last eight games in all competitions for Leicester. Also he has taken his tally to 16 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions so far in this campaign. Vardy had opened the scoring on 23 minutes before Johnny Evans doubled their lead in th...
Iheanacho, Ndidi Get Very Good Ratings In Leicester Win Vs West Brom 
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Iheanacho, Ndidi Get Very Good Ratings In Leicester Win Vs West Brom 

Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi got very good ratings for their displays as Leicester City gave their Champions League pursuit a big push with a comfortable 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion. The ratings, which was for every Leicester players that featured against the Baggies, was done by English publication Leicester Mercury. And analysing their performances, both Iheanacho and Ndidi each got eight out of 10. Commenting on Iheanacho, Leicester Mercury wrote:”The streak goes on, even if Iheanacho’s individual performance wasn’t quite as good this time. His touch ranged from excellent to heavy, while he blew two very good chances, and was too selfish at times. Still, he scored and was a threat throughout.” And for Ndidi: “He could do it all day. He wins the ball and o...
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Warns that Players Involved in the European Super League Could be Banned from Playing Champions league & the World Cup
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UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin Warns that Players Involved in the European Super League Could be Banned from Playing Champions league & the World Cup

UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin has stated that clubs and players involved in the proposed breakaway European Super League could be banned 'as soon as possible' from all of its competitions and the World Cup. Addressing an emergency meeting on Monday, April 19, after 12 of Europe's top clubs announced the European super league the European Super League, Ceferin launched a scathing attack on the plan, which could change the game of football forever. Ceferin has now refused to rule out that players could be banned from the Euros. When asked about when the ban would begin, he said: 'I do not know when.' 'We're still assessing with our legal team but we will take all the sanctions that we can and we will inform you as soon we can,' he said. 'My opinion is that as soon as pos...
UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea
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UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea

  Eden Hazard is now ready to face his former club, Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee of around £100m after seven trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. However, the Belgium International has struggled with injuries and form since moving to the Spanish capital, making only 14 appearances in all competitions this season. The La Liga giants will face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals after overcoming another Premier League side, Liverpool, 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final with Thomas Tuchel’s seeing off FC Porto to reach the stage first time in seven years. Zidane said that Hazard is now back and ready, starting with Real Madrid’s clash against Getafe tonight. “He is feeling very better...
Premier League: Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough As Leicester Lose Away To West Ham 
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Premier League: Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough As Leicester Lose Away To West Ham 

Super Eagles in-form striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals but it was not enough as Leicester lost 3-2 away to West Ham United, Mycelebrityandi.com reports. Iheanacho now has eight goals in the Premier League this season and has taken his tally to 14 in 30 appearances in all competitions. Also in action for Leicester was Iheanacho’s compatriot Wilfred Ndidi. A brace from Jesse Lingard (29th, 44th minutes) and a solitary strike from Jarrod Bowen (48th minute) saw West Ham race to a 3-0 lead. With 20 minutes left Iheanacho pulled a goal back for Leicester as he turned and scored from distance. And in the 91st minute Iheanacho grabbed his second to make it 3-2 but West Ham held on for the points. West Ham move up to fourth place on 55 points usurping Chelsea while L...
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates
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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has criticised manager, Mikel Arteta and his players after their deflating 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night. Nicolas Pepe almost secured a narrow win for Arsenal at the Emirates in the first leg of their quarter-final tie after he fired the hosts ahead with a late goal. But the visitors shocked the English side with a dramatic injury-time equaliser through Tomas Holes, a result that has now given Slavia an advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Arteta’s side failed to take a number opportunities before the two late goals and the Gunners Europa League ambitions are now hanging in the balance. Wright expressed his disappointment with the result and Arsenal’s finishing during the match and also cri...
Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada
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Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has cemented a place in the history books of the club after scoring in the 2-0 win over Granada in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, April 8. The 56-year-old Manchester United record was set by Sir Bobby Charlton but on Thursday night, April 8, Rashford put United 1-0 up against the Spanish outfit in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes . The 23-year-old's strike in continental competition has seen him emulate former Red Devils midfielder Bobby Charlton. Rashford is now the first English player to score eight goals in Europe in one season since Charlton way back in the 1964-65 season. Rashford had recorded six goals in the Champions League and just one in the Europa L...
Morrison tells Tuchel Chelsea player that shouldn’t make starting XI again after 2-0 over Porto
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Morrison tells Tuchel Chelsea player that shouldn’t make starting XI again after 2-0 over Porto

  Former Premier League star, Clinton Morrison, has told Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel to keep Timo Werner out of the team. Morrison said the Germany International ‘needs time out’ of the Chelsea team after the striker struggled again in the game against Porto in Sevilla last night. Werner has endured a difficult season at Chelsea, scoring just eight goals in 38 appearances for the Blues in all competitions. The 25-year-old was subbed off by Tuchel in the second-half of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday. “Chelsea have got other attacking options – it just depends on how long Tuchel wants to stick with Timo Werner,’ Morrison told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Listen, Werner is not a bad player. You don’t become a bad player overnight. It’s just at the moment, he’s gett...
Chelsea Players “Confused” by Tuchel’s Treatment of Abraham
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Chelsea Players “Confused” by Tuchel’s Treatment of Abraham

Some Chelsea players have been left “confused” by manager Thomas Tuchel’s treatment of striker, Tammy Abraham. Abraham was a key player during former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s regime. The England international scored 18 goals in all competitions last season under Lampard. Abraham has fallen out of favour since Tuchel replaced Lampard last January. The 23-year-old has been left out of a number of matchday squads, most recently on Saturday for Chelsea’s 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom. Explaining Abraham’s absence in Chelsea’s defeat to West Brom, Tuchel said: “He was not in the squad. I have to nominate 18 players. “So we have to leave three players out, and Tammy [Abraham] was one of the three players. It’s nothing personal or nothing big.” However, according t...
What I told Chelsea players after 5-2 defeat to West Brom – Thomas Tuchel
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What I told Chelsea players after 5-2 defeat to West Brom – Thomas Tuchel

  Thomas Tuchel haa revealed what he told Chelsea players after their shock 5-2 defeat in the Premier League at home to West Brom on Saturday. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss said he had some quick words with the players which was majorly to calm them down and prepare them for more to come. Being their first loss in 14 games, the manager said he made the player understand that they have to accept and find a away to deal with it. Since taken over from Frank Lampard towards the end of January, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues kept over 7 clean sheets and had 14 matches unbeaten run in all competitions. The German gaffer also said that he will digest the game later once they are less ‘emotional’. Chelsea took at Stamford Bridge through Christian Pulisic but the game flippe...
PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat
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PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has criticized his players, including Neymar, after his side’s Ligue 1, 1-0 home defeat against Lille on Saturday. Pochettino explained that PSG players didn’t create enough chances against Lille, adding that they showed a lack of aggression in the final third of the encounter against the visitors. Jonathan David’s first-half goal gave Lille all three points against PSG at the Parc des Princes as Neymar, and Tiago Djalo were sent off late in the second half of the match. The result means PSG are in the second position on the Ligue 1 table with 3 points behind leaders Lille after 31 games. “We didn’t score, and they did. They created fewer chances than us, but they were more clinical in front of goal,” Pochettino said at his ...
Kurt Zouma Gives reasons for Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge
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Kurt Zouma Gives reasons for Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge

  Chelsea defender, Kurt Zouma has suggested that the Blues suffered a shocking 5-2 defeat at home to West Brom on Saturday because they were not focused. The Frenchman admitted that the defeat was ‘difficult to swallow,’ but urged his teammates to quickly bounce back. The defeat on Saturday ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions since he took over from Frank Lampard in January. The Blues looked on course for another victory after Christian Pulisic fired them ahead in the 26th minute at Stamford Bridge. However, Thiago Silva’s second yellow card in the 28th minute turned the game on its head with Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson both completing braces. Mbaye Diagne fired in the 5th for the relegation battling visitors shortly before Ma...
Kelechi Iheanacho signs new four year contract at Leicester City worth £100,000 (N52.6m) per week (photos)
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Kelechi Iheanacho signs new four year contract at Leicester City worth £100,000 (N52.6m) per week (photos)

Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new contract with Leicester City that will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2024. He was handed a new deal following his impressive performances for the side this season, scoring 12 goals and providing five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions. He was previously earning £60,000 weekly but his new deal sees him earn £100,000 per week (about N52.6m) Iheanacho has been at the club since the summer of 2017 when he joined from Manchester City. “I can’t express how I’m feeling. I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a great moment and I’m happy that Leicester City gave me a new contract,” Iheanacho told the club website on Saturday, April 3. “It’s been a great time here. It’s not been easy, b...
Salah to Leave Liverpool this Summer
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Salah to Leave Liverpool this Summer

  Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, could leave Anfield ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign. The 28-year-old has again been in fine form for the Premier League champions this season. Salah has netted 25 times in 40 appearances in all competitions, including 17 goals in 28 league outings. His current deal with Liverpool only has a little over two years left to run and he has again been speaking about a potential move to Spain recently. According to ESPN, there is a growing belief within the Liverpool squad, that the Egypt international could decide to seek pastures new during this summer’s transfer window. It is also understood that intermediaries who have worked closely with the Reds, feel a move could be possible in the upcoming transfer market.
Dean Henderson Names Man United’s Best Finisher
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Dean Henderson Names Man United’s Best Finisher

Manchester United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, has named Mason Greenwood as the club’s best finisher ahead of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. According to Henderson, Greenwood is up there with Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane. The Red Devils shot-stopper said this ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Sunday. Asked if Mason Greenwood is certainly the ‘best finisher’ at Man United, Henderson told the UMM YouTube channel: “Yeah, by far… By far. “Both feet as well. He is up there with Harry Kane, you know. Kane is the best finisher I have ever seen in my life.” Greenwood has endured an underwhelming 2020/21 season at Old Trafford so far. The 19-year-old was terrific during the 2019/20 campaign, scoring 17 goals in all competitions for Man U...
What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona
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What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona

  It has been revealed that Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was so worried about losing his spot when Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the club in 2008/09. Messi, according to the report, had to message manager Pep Guardiola about his position. Guardiola, then Barca manager, signed Ibrahimovic from Inter, with Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o moving in the opposite direction. However, Ibrahimovic lasted just one season in Catalunya before moving back to Italy to join AC Milan. The Swede’s arrival at Camp Nou worried Messi, who complained to the manager that his spot for Barca was no longer secure. A book, ‘The Messi Mystery’ written by Sebastian Fest and Alex Juillard, explains that the arrival of Ibrahimovic forced Messi into messaging manager Guardiola. According to...
Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich in Champions League Semi-final
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Chelsea to Play Bayern Munich in Champions League Semi-final

Bayern Munich beat FC Rosengard 1-0 in the second leg of their women’s Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to qualify with a 4-0 aggregate. Lea Schueller netted the only goal of the encounter for the German side. The result in Malmo extended the Frauen-Bundesliga leaders’ winning streak in all competitions to 26 matches. Schueller scored in the 22nd minute, heading in defender Carolin Simon’s cross from the left, following a slick passing move by the visitors. Bayern will now face Chelsea in the semi-final. Chelsea secured a 3-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg yesterday, to progress with a 5-1 aggregate win. Lyon will take on Paris Saint-Germain in their rescheduled quarter-final second leg on April 18 after a string of COVID-19 cases within the Lyon squad. The win...
FC Porto not Interested in Signing Chelsea’s Malang Sar on Permanent Deal
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FC Porto not Interested in Signing Chelsea’s Malang Sar on Permanent Deal

Chelsea has been dealt a blow, with FC Porto not interested in signing Malang Sarr on a permanent deal, Record reports. Sarr joined Porto on loan from Chelsea last year in order to gain regular first-team action. But the 22-year-old French star has endured a mixed spell at Porto, playing just 14 matches in the starting XI and five substitute appearances across all competitions for the Portugal giants. However, neither Porto nor Sarr have any desire to turn the loan agreement into a permanent deal. Sarr will now return to Chelsea in the summer after his loan spell at Porto expires. He joined Chelsea from French Ligue 1 side, Nice last summer transfer window. Sarr will hope to break into Thomas Tuchel’s first team at Stamford Bridge next season.
UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020
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UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020

UEFA has confirmed that five substitutes will be allowed at this year’s Euro 2020, as the football world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement today, European football’s governing body explained that the decision to allow five subs at the delayed tournament, had been taken as “the rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022.” “The reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement continued. UEFA added that the rule would continue to be in place for the Nations League finals in October and its relegation “play-outs” in March next year. The move to incr...
Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition
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Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku will only accept interest from Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid if the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, departs the Nerazzurri, according to the Daily Mail. Inter Milan have rejected all interest in Lukaku, who is understood to be keen to stay at the San Siro, providing Conte remains in charge of Serie A leaders with the pair sharing a strong relationship. Lukaku has enjoyed the best football of his career under the guidance of Conte and has formed a fine partnership with Lautaro Martinez  for Inter. The former Chelsea and Manchester United star has been impressive since signing for Inter from Manchester United in 2019 in a £73m deal. The Belgium international has become the fastest player in Inter’s history to r...
Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games
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Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games

Bayer Leverkusen has sacked coach Peter Bosz after a poor run of results left them sixth in the Bundesliga. His departure comes after Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin, Leverkusen's fourth loss in their last five games in all competitions. Bayern Leverkusen have 40 points after 26 games, seven points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and the Champions League qualifying places. Hannes Wolf, who was in charge of Germany's Under-18 side, will replace Bosz, while former Leverkusen midfielder Peter Hermann has been appointed assistant coach. 'Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reacted to the negative trend of the past few weeks and released head coach Peter Bosz with immediate effect,' the club said in a statement. 'Given the developments on the pitch over recent weeks, we ha...
Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out
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Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has hailed Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi, for putting Nigeria’s name on the football map. Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester City beat Manchester United 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday. The Nigerian forward, who was making his 15th start of the campaign, also set up another goal for Youri Tielemans. “Bravo 4 tonight, @Kelechi72 & @Ndidi25 are maybe on the way to bringing Nigeria back to Top club football, Makes me proud,” Oliseh tweeted. Iheanacho is now one of only two players, along with Sergio Aguero, to score 20 or more goals in England’s cup competitions over the last six years. He has bagged 12 goals in total and provided five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions this season, amid oth...
Aguero ready to join Man City’s rivals
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Aguero ready to join Man City’s rivals

  Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, is ready to sign for another Premier League side, if the Citizens don’t offer him a new contract. Aguero has enjoyed a successful 10-year stint at the Etihad. However, the Argentine’s current deal is due to expire in June, and there has been little indication that fresh terms will be offered. Barcelona are believed to be leading the race to sign Aguero. He has also been tipped to return to boyhood club Independiente del Valle. But Aguero could end up joining one of City’s rivals in the Premier League, the UK Sun reports. Although the 33-year-old is keen to extend his stay with Pep Guardiola’s side, he would not rule out a move to another English side. The former Atletico Madrid man has endured a nightmare season with i...
Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta Names who to Blame for Martinelli’s Snub
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Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta Names who to Blame for Martinelli’s Snub

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has accepted full responsibility for Gabriel Martinelli’s recent absence. The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season, where he netted 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners. But he picked up a serious knee injury in June, which ruled him out of action until December. Since returning to action he is yet to complete 90 minutes and has largely had to settle for cameo appearances off the bench. Ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos, Arteta was asked if Martinelli was to blame for his lack of minutes. But he replied: “No if anything it’s my fault. He’s done everything perfect. “His attitude cannot be any better. He needs to be a little bit patient and he will get his chance.”
I Can Play as Goalkeeper for Guardiola – Ilkay Gundogan
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I Can Play as Goalkeeper for Guardiola – Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan has declared that he would be happy to play as a goalkeeper or a fullback if manager, Pep Guardiola so desires. Gundogan has been playing in a more advanced role for Manchester City this season from where he has been scoring goals. Manchester City secured a 4-0 victory on aggregate against Borussia Monchengladbach to cruise into the last-eight with Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogan on the scoresheet on Tuesday. City now join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Porto in the quarter-finals line-up. Gundogan’s goal was his 15th for Manchester City this season in all competitions and after the match, Guardiola was left ‘delighted’ with the Germany international’s latest contribution. The midfielder said tha...
I’ve been told to win Champions League title with Man City – Guardiola
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I’ve been told to win Champions League title with Man City – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has not forgotten the message he received when he arrived at the club from Bayern Munich in 2016, to win the Champions League or you cannot be considered wholly successful. Guardiola revealed this after they saw off Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 on Tuesday, to qualify for the quarter-final. City have now won 24 of 25 matches in all competitions, but will likely encounter a top-tier continental giant in the last-eight. “Since the first year I arrived they told me that you have to win the Champions League. “I’m not thinking to get to the semi-finals. I am thinking to do a good first game and a good second game. “When you are thinking about what you are going to win, you forget what you have to do – analyse the opponent, our shape, the...
Guardiola Names most Intelligent, Wisest Player he has Seen
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Guardiola Names most Intelligent, Wisest Player he has Seen

  Pep Guardiola has singled out one player among his star-studded side for praise after their 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. The Spaniard hailed Ilkay Gundogan as one of the ‘most intelligent’ players he’s ever worked with in his career. Manchester City secured a 4-0 victory on aggregate against the German side to cruise into the last-eight with Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogan on the score sheet. City now join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Porto in the quarter-finals line-up. It was Gundogan’s 15th goal for Manchester City this season in all competitions and Guardiola was left ‘delighted’ with the Germany international’s latest contribution. “He’s always had a sense of goa...
Thierry Henry Compares Haaland to Ex-Man United striker, Van Nistelrooy
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Thierry Henry Compares Haaland to Ex-Man United striker, Van Nistelrooy

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has compared Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Henry believes Haaland is similar to Van Nistelrooy, adding that the 20-year-old has a killer’s instinct when it comes to scoring goals. Haaland has scored 33 goals in 30 games in all competitions for Dortmund so far this season. The Norwegian has drawn the interest of many top European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus. When Jamie Carragher asked Henry on Sky Sports whether he felt Haaland was comparable to Van Nistelrooy, Henry replied: “Yes. Yes, him, Van Nistelrooy was a great goalscorer. “Not so much in our day but Pele, the des...
Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca
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Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has equalled the club’s legend Xavi Hernandez’s record for the most appearances for the Blaugrana. Barcelona made this known in a post via its website on Monday. Messi achieved the record after featuring in Barcelona’s LaLiga 4-1 win over Huesca last night. The match was Messi’s 767th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions so far. Xavi also featured 767 times for Barca before he left the LaLiga giants in 2015. Meanwhile, a brace from Messi and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s men all three points against Huesca at Camp Nou. The win over Huesca means Barcelona are now in the second position on the LaLiga table, with 59 points from 27 games. The Catalan club are four points behind league leaders...
Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad
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Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad

Former Super Eagles player, George Finidi, has faulted coach Gernot Rohr's squad list for Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. On Tuesday, March 9, the German coach released a 24-man list that included Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, who has been without a club since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr last October. Genk striker Paul Onuachu, who has scored just once in seven appearances, has failed to replicate his club form for the national team. For his club, he has scored 26 goals with three assists in 30 games across all competitions. Speaking with Punch, George Finidi admitted that Musa is a quality player who has done a lot for the country but should not be on the list on the basis of form or fitness. The 49-year-old f...
De Gea vs Henderson: Somebody Will Have to Leave Man United – Ben Foster
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De Gea vs Henderson: Somebody Will Have to Leave Man United – Ben Foster

  England goalkeeper, Ben Foster has backed Dean Henderson to take over David De Gea’s position at Manchester United. According to him, between the two goalkeepers, somebody is going to have to leave and somebody is going to stay and play. The Watford shot-stopper said that Henderson has the right mentality to make the grade at Old Trafford. Henderson has been forced to back up De Gea this season, managing 16 appearances in all competitions. Foster a former United goalkeeper praised Henderson, warning that either he or De Gea will eventually be forced to leave Old Trafford. “Dean is a proper goalkeeper. You ask anybody in football nowadays that has watched him play and you can just see that he has got it. He has got the ability,” Foster told Sky Sports News. “...
Olympiacos vs Arsenal: Partey Names Two Games he Played at 100% For Gunners
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Olympiacos vs Arsenal: Partey Names Two Games he Played at 100% For Gunners

Thomas Partey has said Arsenal have only seen him at 100% two times since he arrived in England. The Ghana midfielder  joined the Gunners last summer in a £45 million ($58m) deal from Atlético Madrid. But Partey has been plagued with a number of injuries since he arrived at the Emirates, which have limited him to just 16 appearances in all competitions so far. When asked, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against Olympiacos, whether Arsenal have seen him at 100 per cent yet, the Gunners midfielder said: “Yes, I had a few games. “I think against [Manchester] United at their home and against Wolves [away] also I was able to show what I can do. “Due to less games and less training, I think I have to keep working, keep trying to get back to that level a...
Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract
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Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract

Bruno Fernandes is refusing to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Manchester United, unless he is given assurances about future transfer plans, the UK Sun reports. Fernandes has become one of United’s most important players since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2019. The Portugal international has scored 35 goals and provided 21 assists in 63 appearances in all competitions. Fernandes, 26, signed a five-and-a-half year deal worth £100,000-a-week when he joined United and he has been offered a new five-year contract which would see his wages increase to £200,000-a-week. However, it is believed that Fernandes wants to know how the club plans to continue making progress before he commits. United will continue their hunt for silverware this Thursday, whe...
Cavani’s Father Confirms Striker Wants to Leave Man Utd
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Cavani’s Father Confirms Striker Wants to Leave Man Utd

Edinson Cavani’s father, Luis, has admitted the striker “does not feel comfortable” in England and wants to leave Manchester United for Boca Juniors, when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 34-year-old joined United last summer on a free transfer, after seven years at Paris Saint-Germain. Cavani has gone on to prove himself at Old Trafford, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances in all competitions. While United are open to the idea of extending his stay beyond this summer, his father has come out to say his son’s future lies in South America. “My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again. “Edinson is going to end up playing in South America. “I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important. ...
Chelsea vs Everton: ‘Many Doubt me but I Will Prove Them Wrong’ – Kai Havert
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Chelsea vs Everton: ‘Many Doubt me but I Will Prove Them Wrong’ – Kai Havert

  Chelsea forward, Kai Havertz has revealed that many people doubt his ability to perform at a top-level at Stamford Bridge but vowed to keep working hard to prove them wrong. Havertz was among the three German youngsters brought in by the former manager, Frank Lampard last summer. The German had admitted a difficult beginning to his Blues career, interrupted by injury and Coronavirus. And despite his involvement in Chelsea’s opener, which has initially been recorded as an own goal, Havertz brushed aside claims that he is back to his best. Godfrey’s own goal and a spot-kick converted by Jorginho in the second half ensured that Thomas Tuche’s men extended their unbeaten to 11 games in all competitions. “Many people doubt me, this performance will give me a lot of ...
Champions League Clubs to be Banned From Signing Players From Each Other
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Champions League Clubs to be Banned From Signing Players From Each Other

European football clubs are looking at new rules that would ban Champions League sides from selling players to each other. The Idea was raised by Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the European Clubs Association, following the organisation’s 25th General Assembly. Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Juventus, said that this creates a more competitive balance in European football. Answering a question following the ECA meeting about salary caps, Agnelli talked about finding alternative ways to secure financial fair play within football. “Clubs qualifying to specific tiers in international competitions would not be allowed to buy each other’s players. “That would improve indirect solidarity towards other clubs. So, no triple figure transfers among Champions League participatin...
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Solskjaer Gives Rashford Injury Update Ahead of AC Milan Clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed Marcus Rashford will need a scan on his ankle. Rashford provided his 10th assist in all competitions to set up Luke Shaw, as United defeated Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday. But the England forward went down holding his left ankle with 20 minutes left at The Etihad. Solskjaer will be hoping Rashford makes a quick recovery ahead of their Europa League last-16 first-leg clash with AC Milan on Thursday night. When asked about the severity of Rashford’s injury at his post-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “I don’t know. It’s something with his ankle. “When he sprinted 70 yards to save a goal, it showed the attitude of the boy. “I think he went over on his ankle, but we need to do a scan. I have not had time ...

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