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Champions League: Drogba, Fabregas react as Chelsea eliminates Real Madrid, Qualify for final
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Champions League: Drogba, Fabregas react as Chelsea eliminates Real Madrid, Qualify for final

  Former Chelsea players, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas have reacted to Thomas Tuchel’s men reaching the Champions League final. Chelsea sealed a 3-1 aggregate Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night after defeating the LaLiga champions 2-0 in the second-leg at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount. It’s the first time Chelsea have reached the final stage since 2012 when they defeated Bayern Munich in the final. Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey. Reacting, Drogba, who was part of the 2012 triumph in Munich, and Fabregas both took to their Twitter handles to react to Chelsea’s progress into the final. Drogba wrote, “Let’s go @ChelseaFC. We are going ...
Champions League: Neymar Under Attack after Man City Eliminated PSG
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Champions League: Neymar Under Attack after Man City Eliminated PSG

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has come under attack after his side was defeated 2-0 by Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Man City eliminated PSG from the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie following Riyad Mahrez’s brace at Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side qualified for the final on a 4-1 aggregate win, having won the first-leg 2-1 in Paris last week. However, Jerome Rothen, a former PSG player, has now criticized Neymar for his display against Man City, adding that he expected more from the Brazilian. Rothen said PSG needs to rethink renewing Neymar’s contract after their latest setback. “[Neymar] He’s a genius, okay, I am the first to say it, but when he’s in that frame of mind, losing one out of every two balls and when he d...
UCL: Guardiola Reveals what will help Man City Win Champions League
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UCL: Guardiola Reveals what will help Man City Win Champions League

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola says his team will need destiny on their side if they are to win their first ever Champions League trophy. Man City defeated Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at the Etihad to make it to their first ever ChampionsLeague final on 4 -1 aggregate on Tuesday. They will now face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final, as both teams decide the next team to be in the final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The City boss said, “United won [the Champions League] because of John Terry’s slip and in the last minute against Bayern Munich. Real won a title against Atletico in the 93rd minute,” Guardiola told BT Sport. “It’s a competition that is so difficult and something in the stars is involved in that.” Guardiola added: “We beat a team that k...
UCL: Guardiola Issues Warning to Man City Players Ahead of PSG Clash at Etihad
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UCL: Guardiola Issues Warning to Man City Players Ahead of PSG Clash at Etihad

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has warned his players that their UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final second-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad on Tuesday will be tough. Guardiola gave the warning on Monday during his pre-match press conference. The Spaniard wants his players to face PSG without emotions, adding that they need to be calmer and know what to do against the visitors. Man City defeated PSG 2-1 in the first-leg encounter last Wednesday in Paris. “From my experience, the semi-finals are always difficult,” Guardiola said. “You play with the result of the first leg, you play with your mind on the final, and sometimes you forget what you have to do – win the game you are playing. “The semi-final second leg is always the difficul...
We think he’ll be there’ – Pochettino optimistic PSG star Mbappe will be fit to face Manchester City
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We think he’ll be there’ – Pochettino optimistic PSG star Mbappe will be fit to face Manchester City

The Ligue 1 giants are hoping their star forward can recover from a right calf injury Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic Kylian Mbappe will be fit enough to face Manchester City in a massive Champions League clash on Tuesday. Mbappe missed out on Saturday with a right calf injury as PSG defeated Lens 2-1 to keep pace in the Ligue 1 title race. PSG are looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit on Tuesday in Manchester after losing the semi-final first leg on home soil in midweek.
UEL: He Contributed Nothing – Paul Scholes Blasts Man United Star after 6-2 win Over Roma
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UEL: He Contributed Nothing – Paul Scholes Blasts Man United Star after 6-2 win Over Roma

  Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has blasted midfielder, Fred, for his part in AS Roma’s second goal during the Red Devils’ UEFA Europa League, UEL, 6-2 win at Old Trafford on Thursday night. Scholes said Fred contributed nothing for Man United against Roma, adding that the Brazilian was ‘left wanting’ in the win over the Italian Serie A side. Man United defeated Roma in the Europa League semi-final first-leg tie at home, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Edinson (2), Cavani (2), Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood. “That is what Fred is in the team for, he’s in the team to stop this type of thing,” Scholes told BT Sport when analysing Roma’s second goal. “From their best midfield player, he gets in behind them [Man United’s defence]. “Fred… please stop t...
Women Football Deserves More Attention in Nigeria – Amaju Pinnick
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Women Football Deserves More Attention in Nigeria – Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has promised to do everything to ensure women football grows in the country. Rivers Angels defeated Sunshine Queens of Akure 4-0 in Ijebu Ode to win the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Super Six Championship, crowning them as champions of the Nigerian Women’s Professional League. The win also gave the Rivers State team a ticket to represent the country in the WAFU B zone of the maiden CAF Women Champions League. While addressing journalists after the conclusion of the Super 6 tournament, Pinnick said that women’s football deserved more attention in the country. “Admittedly, we need to do even more for women football in this country because as I always insist, the women deserve more attention having ...
The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says
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The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says

Worried by the alarming spate of insecurity in the country, the Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has called for the impeachment of President Buhari. Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu recently, the clergyman wondered how the President will maintain grave silence despite the wanton killings across the country. “Let me tell you; if it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari would have resigned with what is happening. Nigerians are crying because there’s no security in the country, the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he doesn’t want to resign. A good coach cannot watch his players be defeated when he has players sitting down on the bench. It is either Buhari resigns by himself or he wi...
2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals
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2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals

Following the conclusion of Group matches (Day 6 fixtures) in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday, here is the list of qualifiers for the knockout stage/quarter-finals. Enyimba FC defeated Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Aba, thanks to Cyril Olisema’s late goal, while Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia won Salitas of Burkina Faso 2-1. From Group A: 1. Enyimba (Nigeria) 2. Orlando Pirates (South Africa) From Group B: 3. JS Kabylie of Algeria 4. Cotton Sport of Cameroon From Group C: 5. Jaaraf (Senegal) 6. CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) From Group D: 7. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 8. Pyramids (Egypt) The first leg of the quarter-finals will take place on 16 May and the second leg on 23 May.
UCL: Rio Ferdinand names team to win Champions League
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UCL: Rio Ferdinand names team to win Champions League

  Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has predicted the winner of this year’s UEFA Champions League. The Englishman is backing Ligue1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain to go on to win the trophy this season. PSG were defeated in last season’s final by German Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich and Ferdinand believes they can end their long wait for Champions League glory under new boss, Mauricio Pochettino. The French Champions knocked out Barcelona and holders Bayern Munich to reach the last four of the competition and face Manchester City in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday. Ferdinand is confident PSG have the ‘experience’ and the attacking talent to see off City and go all the way after learning from the mistakes they have made in recent years. “I think Paris S...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 22-man squad to tackle Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Spain on Tuesday night. Zidane announced the squad in a post on Real Madrid’s official website on Monday. Zidane’s men had eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League quarter-final stages, while Chelsea knocked Porto out of the competition. Real Madrid head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw with Real Betis in the LaLiga over the weekend, while Chelsea defeated West Ham United 1-0 in the Premier League. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Chelsea; Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, E. Militão, R. Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroo...
Simy Nwankwo Proud To Break Martins’ Serie A Record, Not Willing To Discuss Future Move
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Simy Nwankwo Proud To Break Martins’ Serie A Record, Not Willing To Discuss Future Move

Simy Nwankwo is thrilled to overtake Obafemi Martins as the highest scoring Nigerian in Serie A, reports Rushhoursport.com Nwankwo grabbed a brace as Crotone defeated Parma 4-3 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday. The 28-year-old now has 29 Serie A goals across three seasons in 77 appearances for Crotone, beating Martins’ record of 28 for most scored in the Italian top-flight by a Nigerian player. ” Reaching such goals in a very difficult championship like the Italian one is nice , but I can’t be 100% happy,”he told sport.sky.it. Despite his impressive scoring form for Crotone this season, the Calabrians are destined for relegation to Serie B and he is disappointed with their position on the table. “The team counts. We are struggling and I can’t be happy,”he stated. ...
France: Moffi Grabs First Ligue 1 Hat-Trick ; Simon Records Assist In Nantes’ Away Win
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France: Moffi Grabs First Ligue 1 Hat-Trick ; Simon Records Assist In Nantes’ Away Win

Terem Moffi scored thrice as Lorient defeated Girondis Bordeaux 4-1 in their Ligue 1 clash at the Stade Yves Allainmat – Le Moustoir on Sunday afternoon, reports  Rushhoursport.com Moffi scored two goals in the first half before adding the third in the second period. The forward was replaced by Pierre-Yves Hamel six minutes before the end of the game. It was the 21-year-old’s first hat-trick in Ligue 1. He has now scored 14 goals in 28 league appearances this season. Samuel Kalu made his return from injury for Bordeaux in the game. The winger replaced Jean Michael Seri in the 54th minute. Also in France, Moses Simon bagged an assist in Nantes’ 2-1 away win at Strasbourg. Simon set up Ludovic Blas for the winning goal 14 minutes from time.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Gives Injury Update on Modric Ahead of UCL clash
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Gives Injury Update on Modric Ahead of UCL clash

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has provided the latest injury update on Midfielder, Luka Modric, ahead of his side’s UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final first-leg clash with Chelsea on April 27. Modric missed Real Madrid’s LaLiga 3-0 victory against Cadiz on Wednesday. Providing an update on Modric during his post-match press conference, Zidane said the Croatia international has a back injury. The Frenchman, however, hoped that the 35-year-old would join the rest of the Los Blancos squad soon ahead of the Chelsea clash. “It’s his back,” Zidane said after Real Madrid defeated Cadiz. “But I think it’s only a small thing. I hope we can be back with us soon.” Meanwhile, Real Madrid eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League quarter-final earlier th...
LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race
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LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race

  A heavily depleted Real Madrid side were held to a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men fall three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1 last week and saw off Liverpool in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals. However, they were without nine players due to either injury, suspension or COVID-19 positives. Mariano had an early goal chalked off for offside after a VAR review, but Getafe had far more and far better chances. The draw interrupted a run of four straight league victories for Real Madrid. Los Blancos now sit in second place with 67 points after 31 games, three behind leaders Atletico who thrashed Eibar 5-0 earlier in the day.
EPL: I’m a Bad Loser – Pogba
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EPL: I’m a Bad Loser – Pogba

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has described himself as a bad loser, insisting that the club has to end the season with a trophy. According to Pogba, the Red Devils have not given up on chasing down rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. United have qualified for the semi-final of the Europa League and will face AS Roma. The Europa League is now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s only chance of winning a trophy this season. United can reduce the gap between them and rivals City to eight points if they defeat relegation-battling Burnley in their Premier League meeting on Sunday, with only six games left. “I just want to win something; I don’t like to play and not win,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “I’m a bad loser, I will alwa...
2015 Presidential election: Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fellow, I had no agreement with Northern Governors – Jonathan
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2015 Presidential election: Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fellow, I had no agreement with Northern Governors – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan has described former Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu as a ''pathetic fellow'' following his comment of the former president going against "an agreement" he had with Northern Governors in People's Democratic Party, on not seeking reelection. Reno Omokri, a former aide to Jonathan in statement he sent to THISDAY on behalf of his former principal said such agreement does not exist and also challenged the former Niger governor to name witnesses to the said agreement. Jonathan also pointed out that Aliyu gave a different claim when he was asked to give reasons he worked against him in Segun Adeniyi’s book titled: “Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was Defeated in Nigeria.” The statement read;   “Babangida Aliyu is a pathetic fel...
Pogba Reacts to Solskjaer Replacing him at Half-time against Granada
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Pogba Reacts to Solskjaer Replacing him at Half-time against Granada

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, believes the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, made the right decision replacing him at half-time in Man United’s Europa League quarter-final second-leg tie against Granada on Thursday. According to Pogba, Granada players were trying to get him sent off. The Red Devils defeated the La Liga club 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Pogba playing just 45 minutes, setting up Edinson Cavani’s opener early on. Man United eventually qualified for the Europa League semi-final on a 4-0 aggregate win. “I know if I come off, the other player who comes on will make the difference as well,” Pogba told BT Sport. “This yellow card was unfortunate, for me, it wasn’t a yellow card, but you have to accept it. “But we won the game, and that ...
Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed
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Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed

  The two Champions League semi-final ties have been confirmed, following the completion of the last-eight fixtures. Real Madrid booked their place, following a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. The Spaniah giants go through with a 3-1 aggregate and will now face Chelsea in the last four. Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park. Pep Guardiola’s men qualify with a 4-2 aggregate and will face Paris Saint-Germain next.
UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns
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UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns

  Jurgen Klopp has warned there are no guarantees Liverpool will qualify for next season’s Champions League. The warning followed their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 8 that saw the Reds tumble out of the competition. The result also means that Liverpool’s only route into next season’s tournament is via a top-four Premier League finish. Klopp’s team is currently sitting sixth on the table, three points between them and fourth-placed West Ham. The race for a top-four finish is very open but the German tactician was asked how confident he is that Liverpool will be in the Champions League next season and he said, “That has nothing to do with confidence. I would say I’m naturally confident but that doesn’t mean we will end up there. ...
UCL: Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand Predict Teams that’ll Play Champions League Final
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UCL: Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand Predict Teams that’ll Play Champions League Final

  Former England stars, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen have shared their separate opinions regarding which team will make it to the final of the Champions League. Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the four teams in the semi-finals. Chelsea will play Real Madrid while Manchester City tackle PSG in the next stage. Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate and will go on to face Thomas Tuchel’s men. Chelsea had earlier beaten Porto 2-1 on aggregate with Mauricio Pochettino’s knocking out Bayern Munich. Manchester City joined them in the other semi-final after beating Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate, fighting back from a goal down to win 2-1 on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden. Former Liver...
Owen predicts Chelsea vs Porto Chelsea, PSG vs Bayern Munich
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Owen predicts Chelsea vs Porto Chelsea, PSG vs Bayern Munich

  Michael Owen, a former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker, has predicted Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash between Chelsea and FC Porto at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Sevilla, Spain. Owen also predicted Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League home clash at the Parc des Princes Stadium in France. Recall that Chelsea had won Porto 2-0 in the first-leg last week, while PSG defeated Bayern Munich 3-2 in Germany. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “PSG hold all the aces going into this as they welcome Bayern Munich to Paris. Making last year’s final, it seems that the Parisians are ready to again push for the elusive Champions League trophy. “Prior to the first leg, all the talk was around how much Bayern would miss Robert Le...
Arteta Names Arsenal Player that’ll not Play Again this Season
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Arteta Names Arsenal Player that’ll not Play Again this Season

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Kieran Tierney is set to miss the remainder of the Gunners’ season due to injury. Tierney was forced off with a knee problem in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss against Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this month. The Scotland international was replaced by Granit Xhaka as Arsenal defeated Sheffield United 3-0 victory over the weekend. “He [Xhaka] had a specific role today for the game because we believed they were going to try to do something, and he had the right qualities to develop that role,” Arteta said at his post-match press conference after Arsenal’s win over Sheffield on Sunday. “It’s a joy to work with him because you would ask him to play as a centre forward, and he would say, ‘yeah, yeah, I will do my best’. That ...
What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Details of the interaction between Gerard Pique and referee Gil Manzano has emerged. Real Madrid defeated their fiercest rivals 2-1 in the El Clasico on Saturday and climbed top of the league table above Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Going into the game, both sides knew a win would see them go to the top of La Liga and the home side started the game composed. Zinedine Zidane’s side led 2-0 at half-time, courtesy of first-half strikes from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for the visitors 15 minutes into the second half Gerard Pique was named on the bench and did not play a single minute in the game. But that did not stop him walking onto the pitch and having a go at referee Gil Manzano, fuming at the match official after the...
Graeme Souness Identifies club with Best Squad in Premier League history
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Graeme Souness Identifies club with Best Squad in Premier League history

  Former Liverpool manager, Graeme Souness has named the current Manchester City squad as the best in the history of the English Premier League. Souness hailed Pep Guardiola, City manager, for having assembled and parading an ‘incredible’ array of players. City were defeated 2-1 by Leeds United at the Etihad on Saturday but still maintain 14 points lead on the Premier League table. Apart from the Premier League title, City are still in the race to clinch the Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup trophies this season. And Souness, who noted that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have the second best squad in the league at the moment, insisted that City are simply operating on another level. “They’re in a great position,” Souness told Sky Sports of Chelsea. When you look a...
Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola
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Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has explained that 10-man Leeds United defeated his team 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon because his players lacked aggression during the encounter. Guardiola said that Man City failed to create chances against Leeds, adding that the visitors’ performances were fantastic. Stuart Dallas opened scoring for Leeds in the first half, before adding another in stoppage time to rule out Ferran Torres’ equaliser. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference: “11v11 was tight and we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. We were not aggressive enough in these areas. “We were in the final positions but we couldn’t score the goal and after the sending off, we did not create enough maybe a little mor...
Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season
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Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season

  Former Super Eagles attacker, Victor Moses, has named his parent club, Chelsea as best positioned to win this season’s Champions League. Moses, who is on loan to Spartak Moscow from Chelsea, noted that the Blues are doing very well this season. Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition, giving themselve a huge advantage going into the second leg slated for next week at their neutral grand, Sevilla. The Blues have been in fine form since the coming of Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Frank Lampard who was sacked in January following a series of poor results. “Chelsea they are doing very well at the moment. Hopefully they can go all the way to win the Champions League,” Moses told Spartak Moscow’s YouTube channel. “I...
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Man City players named in Champions League team [Full list]

  Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on its website on Thursday following the conclusion of the week’s quarter-final first-leg games on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are César Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. Chelsea players made the list alongside Paris Saint-Germain stars, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos. Recall that Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Mount and Chilwell. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s last-8 matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) Defenders: César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Marquinhos (PSG) Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) Midfielders: ...
Porto vs Chelsea: Why I Benched Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante – Tuchel
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Porto vs Chelsea: Why I Benched Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has explained why he benched Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante in the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final clash first-leg tie against Porto on Wednesday night. Tuchel decided to name Silva and Kante among Chelsea’s substitutes against Porto at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Spain. The German said he left Silva on the bench because the Brazilian defender was not yet at full fitness after being denied the chance to earn 90 minutes against West Brom in the Premier League last Saturday. According to him, he left Kante on the bench because he wanted Chelsea to play quick and fluid attacking football against Porto. However, Tuchel eventually featured Silva and Kante late in the second half of the encounter as the pair replaced Reece James and Mas...
What Liverpool Players Discussed during half-time of 3-1 Defeat to Real Madrid
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What Liverpool Players Discussed during half-time of 3-1 Defeat to Real Madrid

  Liverpool captain, Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed the Reds’ discussion during the first half break of their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Champions League on Tuesday. The Premier League title holders were defeated 3-1 in Spain by Zinedine Zidane’s side with goals from Vinicius Junior(2) and Marco Asensio (1), giving the La Liga giants the edge going into the return leg in England. Mohamed Salah gave the visitors a lifeline with an away goal and Wijnaldum admitted it was difficult playing against Real Madrid. According to him, the team agreed during the break that they would play their football and not to make too many mistakes. “It was difficult. We played against a good side. The way we played in the first half wasn’t good,” the Dutchman told a post-match press ...
Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time
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Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has revealed Pep Guardiola’s half-time team talk as they played 0-0 with Leicester City after the first 45 minutes on Saturday. Guardiola told his players to dominate the game and be patient against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Guardiola’s men defeated Leicester, thanks to second-half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus. Asked what Guardiola said at the break to inspire Man City’s second-half display, Bruyne told Sky Sports: “To do the same [dominate the game]. Obviously, we created chances, and we should have scored, but that happens. “We knew the way they play against us, it’s going to be really difficult, they play really defensive, so we have to be patient, and I think that’s what we did. “I’m very happy fo...
Chukwueze Subbed On As Villarreal Thrash Granada Away, Extend Winning Streak
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Chukwueze Subbed On As Villarreal Thrash Granada Away, Extend Winning Streak

Samuel Chukwueze was in action for Villarreal who defeated Granada 3-0 away, in Laliga on Saturday, NGNewsHub.com reports. It was a fifth consecutive wins for Unai Emery’s side thanks to a hat-trick from Gerard Moreno. Chukwueze, who was among the substitutes, was introduced in the 63rd minute of the game. Moreno put Villarreal 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot in the 9th minute and made it 2-0 on 18 minutes. On the hour mark, Moreno completed his hat-trick also from the penalty spot to put the visitors 3-0 up. The win saw Villarreal climb to 5th place (Europa League spot) on 46 points in the league table.
Euro 2021: Coach reacts as England crashes out despite 2-1 win
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Euro 2021: Coach reacts as England crashes out despite 2-1 win

  England U21 coach, Aidy Boothroyd has reacted to his side’s exit from the ongoing European championship. England defeated Croatia 2-1 in the last game of the Group D on Wednesday but it was not enough for the Young Lions to progress to the quarter-finals. England lost their two opening games to Portugal and Switzerland and needed to beat Croatia 2-0 to secure a place in the next round. Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze opened the scoring for England with an early penalty and Curtis Jones doubled the Young Lions’ advantage as they looked on course to secure their progression But Domagoj Bradaric fired a long range shot to beat England goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale to reduce the deficit and sent Croatia to the quarter-finals. Speaking to Sky Sports in his post-match inter...
AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed

The 23 countries that qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, have been confirmed. They are Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Sierra Leone’s match against the Benin Republic was called off yesterday after the Squirrels refused to play in protest of several of their players allegedly returning positive COVID-19 tests shortly before kickoff. However, the fate of the match and teams is pending a decision from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Cape Verde defeated Mozambique 1-0 following the conclusion of the 2021 AFCON qualifying fixtures on Tuesday. Malawi ...
Ronaldo Close to Breaking Ali Daei’s Record after Portugal’s Victory against Luxembourg
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Ronaldo Close to Breaking Ali Daei’s Record after Portugal’s Victory against Luxembourg

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is closing in on the Iranian, Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals- the most ever in men’s international football after scoring in his side’s World Cup qualifier 3-1 win against Luxembourg on Tuesday night. A goal from Ronaldo and a strike each from Diogo Jota and João Palhinha ensured Portugal defeated Luxembourg at Josy Barthel Stadium. Ronaldo’s goal against Luxembourg means the Juventus star now has 103rd goal for Portugal. The former Real Madrid star has now scored for Portugal in every calendar year since his first international goal in 2004 and moved six away from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. Reacting after the game, Ronaldo, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, wrote, “Important victory towards our goal. C...
England squad: I Regret not Taking my Chances – Man Utd star, Luke Shaw
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England squad: I Regret not Taking my Chances – Man Utd star, Luke Shaw

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has admitted he used to watch England matches and regrets not taking his chances on the international stage. Shaw made a winning return for the England squad on Sunday as the Three Lions defeated Albania 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier. The match against Albania was Shaw’s first game for England since September 2018. The 25-year-old now has nine caps overall for England, nearly eight years after making his international debut. “The last two years, I have been watching the games and regretting not taking my chance when I had them,” Shaw told ITV. “I’m so happy to be back, and even if I am not playing, just to be around the [England] squad is still brilliant. Of course, I would love to be in Euros squad [this summer], I thi...
FA Shortlists ex-Chelsea Coach, Lampard, Others for England Under-21 job
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FA Shortlists ex-Chelsea Coach, Lampard, Others for England Under-21 job

The Football Association, FA, has shortlisted former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, among the names considered as a potential candidate to replace England Under-21s coach, Aidy Boothroyd, according to MailOnline. Boothroyd is expected to leave his role when his contract expires this summer, and the FA is considering its options. Boothroyd’s side are on the brink of elimination at the ongoing European Under-21 Championship after they were defeated 2-0 against Portugal last Sunday. They currently sit on the bottom position in Group D with zero points from two games. Meanwhile, Lampard has huge admirers within the FA for the work he has done during his time at Derby County and Chelsea, respectively. The 42-year-old is currently out of work after he was sacked by Chelsea at...
Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge
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Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge

  Dillian Whyte exacted revenge on Alexander Povetkin to get his world title charge back on track. Seven months, Whyte dropped Povetkin twice in the fourth round, but was brutally KO’ed in the fifth. However, on Saturday night, the Brixton man iced Povetkin in that same fourth round in Gibraltar. Whyte’s world title dreams would have been in tatters if he was defeated again, having seen his status as WBC mandatory challenger end after a 1,000-day wait. ‘The Body Snatcher’ can now prepare to pounce as soon as old rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury need a dance partner. Deontay Wilder has, however, suggested as Whyte’s next opponent by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Chelsea Named English Club of the Decade [See Top 7]
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Chelsea Named English Club of the Decade [See Top 7]

Chelsea FC have been named as the English club of the decade for 2011-2020. According to IFFHS, Chelsea beat Manchester City and Manchester United to win the prize. The Rankings are decided by rating victories and draw from each competition. The last ten years were filled with success for Chelsea, which saw them win the UEFA Champions League. The Blues defeated Bayern Munich in Germany to win Europe’s top trophy back in 2012. Chelsea clinched two Premier League [2015, 2017], FA Cup [2012, 2018], League Cup [2015], Champions League [2012] and two Europa League [2013, 2019]. Below are the standings for the English club of the decade: 1. Chelsea 2. Manchester City 3. Manchester United 4. Arsenal 5. Tottenham 6. Liverpool 7. Everton
Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Two more countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, following the conclusion of Match Day 5 fixtures. They are Guinea and Burkina Faso. Their qualification was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday via its official Twitter page. “Burkina Faso and Guinea are the latest to bag their qualification ticket,” the tweet read. Burkina Faso drew 0-0 with Uganda, while Guinea defeated Mali 1-0. Five countries had confirmed their places since 2020. They are Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Mali and Tunisia. Cameroon has an automatic slot as hosts. 17 spots are still up for grabs in the last two matchdays.
FA Cup: Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Predicts Club to Win Trophy
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FA Cup: Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Predicts Club to Win Trophy

Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has predicted Chelsea to win this season’s FA Cup. Kepa believes Chelsea can win the FA Cup this year after they lost the trophy in the final last season against Arsenal. The Spaniard said this after Chelsea defeated Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, thanks to an own-goal from Oliver Norwood and Hakim Ziyech’s strike. Chelsea will now face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final tie next month at Wembley. “We have an international break now, but when we come back to play, we must continue in the way we have been playing recently,” Kepa was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “The manager has come in, we are unbeaten, and we are in good form. We have a lot of exciting games coming up, we must prepar...
Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Skip International Break
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Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Skip International Break

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that Edouard Mendy will not be going on international this week. Tuchel said this after Chelsea defeated Sheffield United 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday. According to him, Mendy will remain at Stamford Bridge because he has an operation on his tooth. The German noted that the Senegalese goalkeeper needs to see a dentist. “Edou Mendy will stay because he has an operation on his tooth,” Tuchel told a post-match press conference while providing an update on his squad ahead of the international break. “He needs to see the dentist because it needs to be done. It’s why we do it now.” Chelsea’s next match is against West Brom on April 3 after the international break.
FA Cup Semi-final Draw: Chelsea, Man City, Southampton, others to Discover Opponents
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FA Cup Semi-final Draw: Chelsea, Man City, Southampton, others to Discover Opponents

  The FA Cup semi-finals draw will be conducted later today. A total of three clubs have booked their place in the last-4 so far. The clubs are Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City. However, the winner between Leicester City and Manchester United will join Chelsea, Southampton and Man City in the FA Cup semi-final draw. The FA Cup semi-final draw will be held at roughly around 5:45 pm at half-time of the last quarter-final tie between Man United and Leicester City. Recall that Southampton defeated Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday, while Man City defeated Everton 2-0. Chelsea won 2-0 against Sheffield United on Sunday.
Why Mason Mount Captained Chelsea against Sheffield United – Tuchel
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Why Mason Mount Captained Chelsea against Sheffield United – Tuchel

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has explained why he made Mason Mount the captain in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final tie against Sheffield United on Sunday. Mount was named Chelsea’s captain against Sheffield United despite the England international being the fourth-youngest player in the Blues’ squad. However, Tuchel is now saying that he picked the 22-year-old to wear Chelsea’s captain armband against Sheffield because of his leadership qualities. “Our captains are not on the pitch, obviously, Azpi, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, N’Golo, so Mason was already a captain in one of the FA Cup rounds, so we have kept the momentum going for him,” Tuchel told BBC One prior to kick-off. “He deserves it, leadership isn’t a question of age, and he has everything you need to lead the team out...
National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated
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National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated

The festival had suffered several setbacks from March 2020 because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled to hold from April 2 to 14, 2021. Receiving the Sports Minister at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Obaseki hailed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to support the state in hosting the National Sports Festival. The governor also led the minister on a tour of facilities for the Sports Festival, adding that “It is clear that the facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium are world-class.” According to Obaseki the state is ready to host the sports tournament, the postponement is very challenging for the state following the preparation and resources committed to hosting the games. “Hosting the games is the right thing to do despite the challenges from CO...
We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed
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We Have Evidence That PDP Defeated Buhari In 2019 – Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the 2019 presidential election. While Buhari ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku was candidate of the opposition PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared APC winner of the election. Although Atiku and his party challenged the outcome of the election from the tribunal up to the Supreme Court, they could not upturn the victory of Buhari. Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Thursday, Mohammed alleged that fraud on the part of either INEC or security operatives cost his party the election. He said Nigerians knew what transpired during the 2019 elections, adding that his party has learnt its lessons....
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16, second-leg fixtures on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are Edouard Mendy, César Azpilicueta, Emerson and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea players made the list alongside Manchester City stars, João Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. Recall that Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Ziyech and Emerson. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s round of 16 second-leg matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 7 points Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 8 points César Azpi...
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole
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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has insisted that the club’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante, looks 5 years younger after his man of the match performance against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night. Kante was naturally influential at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, snuffing out attacks and making 13 ball recoveries overall against Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old also made a significant contribution to the attacking side of the game and drew admiration from his manager, Thomas Tuchel, following a lung-busting run which helped create space for Palmieri’s goal deep in injury time. Chelsea defeated Diego Simeone’s side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri to qualify for the quarter-final on a...
Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta’s squad for Europa League tie at Emirates confirmed
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Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Arteta’s squad for Europa League tie at Emirates confirmed

  Arsenal’s squad to face Olympiacos in today’s UEFA Europa League round of 16, second-leg tie at Emirates Stadium has been revealed. Arsenal had defeated Olympiacos 3-1 in the first leg in Greece. Mikel Arteta’s men head to the game after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last weekend. According to Football London, Arsenal’s full squad against Olympiacos includes: Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Matt Ryan & Karl Hein. Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers & Kieran Tierney. Midfielders: Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos, Mohamed Elneny, Martin Odegaard & Emile Smith Rowe. Strikers: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubame...
No Club Wants to Play Against Chelsea – Tuchel
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No Club Wants to Play Against Chelsea – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted that no club in the Champions League wants to play against the Blues. Tuchel said this after Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the last-8 on 3-0 aggregate. Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri gave Chelsea the victory over Diego Simeone’s side. “The most important thing is we deserve this,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference. “They play with a special bond, and results like this give you a certain edge to achieve special things. “I’m sure no one wants to play against us. This will be a difficult challenge, but on we go, no need to be afraid. We take what we get.”

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