Wednesday, October 27

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Townsend reveals details of his chat with Ronaldo after copying his celebration
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Townsend reveals details of his chat with Ronaldo after copying his celebration

Everton winger, Andros Townsend, has said he pestered Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt after copying his Siu celebration during their 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend. After equalizing from a counter-attack, Townsend celebrated by running over to the corner flag and copying Ronaldo’s trademark goal celebration. The Portuguese superstar appeared to storm off furiously towards the tunnel after the final whistle, with Townsend seen trying to talk to him before his exit and the Toffees winger has now revealed the details of their brief conversation. “I made it my goal that I was not leaving Old Trafford without Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt,” Townsend told talkSPORT. “You saw after the final whistle, I ran straight to him, I don’t know what he was muttering but it wasn’t E...
Owen names Man United star that wouldn’t play again after 1-1 draw with Everton
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Owen names Man United star that wouldn’t play again after 1-1 draw with Everton

Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has said Fred wouldn’t have played for the club for at least one month if it was the time of Sir Alex Ferguson in charge. It was Fred’s error that cost Manchester United their 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday and Hargreaves believes Ferguson would have dropped the Brazilian midfielder following the mistake. Manchester United took the lead through Anthony Martial shortly before half time but Everton came back through a quick counter attack which was finished by Andros Townsend. During Everton’s counter attack, Fred was barged off the ball by Demarai Gray, who was then able to run towards United’s goal. Fred’s attitude angered Hargreaves, and the former Bayern Munich star told Premier League Productions, “Never...
Champions League: Rudiger delivers Chelsea verdict after Zenit victory
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Champions League: Rudiger delivers Chelsea verdict after Zenit victory

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

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire says Lingard will learn from his mistake and believes there is plenty of time for United to get their Champions League campaign back on track. He said: "In terms of Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes, but it's part and parcel of the game. We're humans, every footballer makes mistakes. We'll learn from it, he'll learn from it and he'll pick himself up and be ready to go on Sunday because that's part of football. "Discipline is a huge part of tournament football. For example, if this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, I'm sure everyone would be kicking themselves. We're fortunate that it's the first game of the group and we have loads of time to bounce back from it, but discipline is a huge part o...
Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja
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Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja

  Kano Pillars on Wednesday eliminated Smart City FC from the 2021 Aiteo Cup after emerging 4-2 winners to move to the next round of the competition. The game, which was played at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium, saw Kano Pillars leading two goals in the first half. The Kano-based club added another goal in the early stage of the second half through a wonderful volley. Smart City came back into the game to reduce the goal deficit by scoring two quick goals. The Aiteo Cup defending champions sealed their victory two minutes from time through a counter-attack after wasteful Smart City failed to convert their chances to level the game. Speaking shortly after the game, the Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Musa, praised his players for their resilience in beat...
Denmark Edge into the Semi-finals
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Denmark Edge into the Semi-finals

Denmark's emotionally charged journey at Euro 2020 will continue into the semi-finals after a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Baku. First-half goals from Thomas Delaney (5) and Kasper Dolberg (42) put Kasper Hjulmand's side in command and while Patrik Schick (49) pulled one goal back there was no late equaliser. The result sets up a Wembley date with England or Ukraine for a Denmark team that lost their first two matches but have now scored 10 times in winning their last three. How Denmark won it The breakthrough came in the fifth minute when Jens Stryger Larsen's outswinging corner from the right found Delaney unmarked in the middle of the penalty box. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder did not even have to jump as he calmly directed the header beyond the right hand of goa...
Euro 2020: Ronaldo Called “a Fool” for trying to Disgrace Rudiger
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo Called “a Fool” for trying to Disgrace Rudiger

  Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been labelled “a fool” by former Liverpool midfielder, Didi Hamman, following their 4-2 defeat to Germany. Ronaldo put his country ahead in the 15th minute, finishing off a sublime counter attack. Moments later, the Juventus forward produced a stunning piece of skill, flicking the ball up with his instep and over Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, before backheeling it away without looking. Hamann, a former Germany international, however, was not impressed, claiming Ronaldo’s self-indulgence was counterproductive and would have spurred on the Germans, who came back to win convincingly. “I think it’s nonsense. He flicks the ball over, pretends he is going to catch it and backheels it across, and looks away… of course it is [a...
Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City
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Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City

  Thomas Tuchel has named three Chelsea stars he is very happy with after their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City on Saturday. The German tactician said any player who he gives the opportunity to be on the pitch must show that he deserves to play. “When you’re on the pitch you need to show you play your part, you play your role for 100%, that you’re reliable,” the former PSG boss said at post-match press conference after Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to qualify for the FA Cup final. Tuchel said he was very happy with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga because they made good use of the opportunity given to them against Pep Guardiola’s side. The Blues scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ba...
FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win
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FA Cup: Thomas Tuchel Names Players that caused Man City Problems during 1-0 win

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel singled out Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner as two players that troubled Manchester City’s defence during the Blues 1-0 triumph over Pep Guardiola’s side at Wembley on Saturday. Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup final on Saturday, beating Man City 1-0 in the process and Tuchel had Werner and Ziyech to praise for the victory. The Blues were the more dangerous side at Wembley as they exploited the space behind City’s defence time after time. The west London side scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ball found Werner, who cut the ball across the box for Hakim Ziyech to roll it into an empty net. Tuchel brought back Ziyech and Werner into the starting lineup for Christian Pulisic and Kai Ha...
Paul Scholes Tells Martial how he Can Become Man United’s Main Striker
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Paul Scholes Tells Martial how he Can Become Man United’s Main Striker

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has told striker, Anthony Martial, how he can become the club’s main striker. Scholes said the France international could establish himself as the Red Devils’ first-choice centre forward and score 30 goals per season if he develops a “ruthless streak”. Martial was impressive in Man United’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday as he won an early penalty during the encounter. “Today against Manchester City, I thought they were excellent on the counter-attack. I thought Martial was really good as he (Solskjaer) said in the interview,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “He’s not scored today, he’s had a great opportunity to score, but the other things he did meant he was a real threat. He was working hard. “He has qua...
Guardiola Reacts as Man United Defeat Man City at Etihad
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Guardiola Reacts as Man United Defeat Man City at Etihad

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 2-0 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday. Guardiola insisted that Man City were not “clinical” enough in attacking areas against Man United, adding that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was so fast on the counter attack. Man United defeated Man City at Etihad, thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw. Despite the defeat, City are still on top of the Premier League table with 11 points ahead of second place, Man United, after 28 games. “It was a fantastic game. United make incredibly high pressing, and they are so fast on the counter. We played well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t be clinical upfront, so we congratulate United, ” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “We will be the news because...
Michael Owen predicts Chelsea vs Everton, Man City vs Man United, other fixtures
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Michael Owen predicts Chelsea vs Everton, Man City vs Man United, other fixtures

  Former Real Madrid and Liverpool forward, Michael Owen, has predicted that Chelsea will beat Everton when both sides clash in the Premier League on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Owen also predicted Manchester City to defeat Manchester United on Sunday evening at the Etihad Stadium. He also suggested that West Ham United will beat Leeds United on Monday night at the London Stadium. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for a bit of criticism in recent weeks due to his side’s under-par record against the top six. However, when you look at how United set up, it’s no real surprise. They simply don’t get to dictate the territory against these sides, and ultimately that can lead to a stalemate. “However, one side that will ...
Klopp Names Player Who Made ‘Difference’ During Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea
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Klopp Names Player Who Made ‘Difference’ During Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea

  Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has named Chelsea star, Mason Mount, as the player who made the ‘difference’ during his side’s 1-0 defeat against the Blues on Thursday at Anfield. Klopp explained that Liverpool’s clash against Chelsea was a tight game, but Mount’s individual quality gave Thomas Tuchel’s side all three points against the Reds. Mount scored the only goal of the match in the first half of the encounter as Liverpool suffered their fifth consecutive defeat at home this season. “The individual quality of Mason Mount at that moment made the difference. It was a tight game, intense game,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the defeat to Chelsea. “Both teams invested a lot. That is it pretty much.” He added, “They had the goal they scored, which was offside. The...
Hasselbaink Backs Chelsea’s Top-four Position Under Thomas Tuchel
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Hasselbaink Backs Chelsea’s Top-four Position Under Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea hero, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has expressed confidence that the club would secure a top-four finish under their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this season. Chelsea are currently in the fifth position on the Premier League table with a point behind fourth-place West Ham after 26 matches. Asked if Chelsea will finish top-four, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: “I’m more convinced that Chelsea will make it because at the moment, they don’t get any goals against and that is a big thing. “They only need to score one goal to win matches. They are not getting counter-attacked that much. “Also, they are not getting goals against set-pieces, so in that aspect, it’s good. “Against Manchester United, they got the best chance in the game, and I still believe Chelsea will be in the top ...
Lampard Speaks on Kante, Abraham After Chelsea’s 1-0 Defeat to Newcastle
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Lampard Speaks on Kante, Abraham After Chelsea’s 1-0 Defeat to Newcastle

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has hailed midfielder, N’Golo Kante for his ‘outstanding’ display during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. He also said that Chelsea must not ‘absolutely rely’ on striker, Tammy Abraham alone to get the goals for the team. Chelsea wasted the chance to go clear in fourth place, as they lost, thanks to Isaac Hayden’s late goal at St. James’ Park. It was another frustrating afternoon for the Blues, who had 70 percent of the ball and 19 attempts but could not score. “We can’t absolutely rely on Tammy Abraham,” Lampard said after the game as quoted by Metro UK. “We have to have goals from across the frontline if we want to bridge the gap upwards. Tammy has been fantastic this season – it didn’t qui...
7 Atletico Madrid Players Ran Back To Defend Counter Attack In UCL
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7 Atletico Madrid Players Ran Back To Defend Counter Attack In UCL

Here is the stunning moment Atletico Madrid showcased its defensive capabilities as seven players ran back fast enough to stop a counter attack. During their 2-0 victory away to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League, the entire Atletico team was seen swarming on their opponents, who were looking to break forward. All of the Atletico players charged back, helping Simeone's side to keep a clean sheet. Atletico's defending drew widespread praise on Twitter, with Colin Millar, for instance, writing: 'Atletico Madrid players make defending a counter attack an art form.' Another user praised Simeone's philosophy, writing: 'Diego Simeone and his love for Defending. 'And most importantly, credit to these players who follow his philosophy thoroughly and execute it beautifully!'. ...
Solskjaer Fires Back at Van Gaal Over Style of Football
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Solskjaer Fires Back at Van Gaal Over Style of Football

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has responded to Louis van Gaal’s criticism of his playing style, by insisting the focus for his team is to attack. Van Gaal, sacked at Old Trafford in 2016, accused Solskjaer of “park the bus” tactics, similar to those employed by another former boss, Jose Mourinho. But Solskjaer, appointed as United’s permanent manager on a three-year deal on Thursday, has defended his style. “Louis van Gaal is entitled to his opinion. “Some games we’ve pressed really high and won the ball up there and dominated. “He’s probably talking more about the PSG game, which was a game that we had to defend really well in the circumstances and counter-attack. “It’s about where you win the ball. You want to defend to win the ball to go forward....
Lobi Moves out of Drop Zone with Defeat of MFM
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Lobi Moves out of Drop Zone with Defeat of MFM

Bashiru Monsuru denied his former club MFM FC the opportunity of leaving Makurdi with a point from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled Match-day 3 clash with Lobi Stars yesterday. That win has now brought some respite to champion Lobi who have leapt from the near bottom of the Group A table to sixth spot with 11 points from six matches. They have four more outstanding matches to catch up with the rest teams in the group. Monsuru who who joined Lobi Stars from the Olukoya Boys during the mid-season break last term, scored the winning goal for the hosts 20 minutes from time. Former Enyimba midfielder Dare Ojo gave Lobi Stars the lead in the 16th minute with a trademark long-range effort which sailed past MFM’s debutant goalkeeper Olatunji Odekunle. G...
Ronaldo Insists ‘No Secrets’ Behind His Success
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Ronaldo Insists ‘No Secrets’ Behind His Success

The former Manchester United forward insists the success he's enjoyed throughout his career is down to his dedication and hard work Crisitano Ronaldo insists there are "no secrets" behind his success and ability to maintain such a high level of performance for so many years. The 34-year-old is currently in his first season playing for Juventus in Serie A following on from his summer switch from Real Madrid. He bagged 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos in a fantastic nine-year stint playing for the for the Spanish side, and he is now aiming to achieve similar success at the Turin club. The forward already has 21 goals to his name for Juventus this season, and he insisted his love for the game enables him to keep his standard of playing to such a high level. "I...
Barcelona Eye Bernabeu Double Triumph
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Barcelona Eye Bernabeu Double Triumph

Having been beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture of the La Liga and 3-0 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid will be hoping to save their face and restore parity and they take on arch rival Barcelona today Barcelona forward Luis Suarez returns to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid just days after knocking them out of the Copa Del Rey with a double in a 3-0 win After knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona now have the opportunity to send their rivals packing in the title race too. Barca’s 3-0 victory on Wednesday means they will return to the Santiago Bernabeu today with a spring in their step, even if Madrid were the better side and had the better opportunities until the chaotic final 30 minutes, when a Luis Suarez double and Raphael Varane own go...
UEFA Slams Sergio Ramos with Two-match Ban
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UEFA Slams Sergio Ramos with Two-match Ban

Sergio Ramos has been given a two-game ban by UEFA “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” during Real Madrid’s Champions League tie at Ajax. Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute with Real 2-1 up, meaning he is suspended for the last-16 second leg. The Spain defender, 32, told reporters afterwards he would “be lying if I said I didn’t force (the booking)”. UEFA opened an investigation and gave him with an additional one-match ban for obtained a booking deliberately. By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage. But should Champions League holders Real progress to the last eight, Ramos would be unavail...
Mahrez Misses Penalty In Liverpool Vs Man City Game
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Mahrez Misses Penalty In Liverpool Vs Man City Game

Liverpool vs Man City : Manchester City’s record signing Riyad Mahrez blazed an 86th-minute penalty over the bar to preserve Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League record as both sides failed to lay down an early marker in the title race with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield. Mahrez City remain top of the table on goal difference, but both teams are now locked with Chelsea, who were 3-0 winners earlier at Southampton, on 20 points from eight games. Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark. City had the golden chance four minutes from time when substitute Leroy Sane was upended ...
It Will Be Difficult For My Son To Be Better Than Me – Ronaldo
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It Will Be Difficult For My Son To Be Better Than Me – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has said it will be difficult for his son to become better than him. The Portuguese star claimed his son will struggle to be as good as him at football. Both are currently on the books of Juventus, Ronaldo Sr joining for £99m from Real Madrid in the summer, and Ronaldo Jr linking up with the academy. Cristiano Ronaldo who finally hit his first goals for Juventus last weekend, scoring twice in a 2-1 win against Sassuolo. Meanwhile his son has already impressed with his showing for the junior sides at the famous Italian club. But the youngster will struggle to reach the levels his famous father has hit in the game – according to the man himself. Speaking to Bein Sports, the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said; “I hope that Cristiano can be like his father. ...
Allegri Fury As Costa Spitting Overshadows Ronaldo Goals
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Allegri Fury As Costa Spitting Overshadows Ronaldo Goals

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was furious at Douglas Costa for “rising to provocation” and being sent off for spitting in the face of a rival, after Cristiano Ronaldo had scored his first goals for Juventus in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday. Douglas Costa (R) sent off for spitting in the face of a rival Both Ronaldo’s goals came in the second half, but the champions’ fourth win in as many games this season was overshadowed by Brazilian Costa’s late red card for spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco — the 24-year-old son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco. “Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t matter, because these things should absolutely not happen. The one thing we must avoid is rising to provocation,” said Allegri. Ronaldo flicked in the f...

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