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Europa League: Slavia Prague Player Banned for 10 Matches Ahead of Arsenal Second Leg
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Europa League: Slavia Prague Player Banned for 10 Matches Ahead of Arsenal Second Leg

  UEFA has banned Slavia Plague defender, Ondrej Kudela for 10 matches, for “racist behaviour” towards Glen Kamara. Kamara himself has been banned for three games for his reaction during the incident. Kudela and Kamara clashed at the end of a Europa League last 16 second leg match at Ibrox. Kamara reacted furiously after he was racially abused by Kudela, before several players on both sides became involved in confrontations. A UEFA investigation has now ruled that Kudela was guilty of racism and its Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector had decided: “To suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behaviour.” The suspension has been bac...
Luka Modric Mocks Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win Over Barcelona
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Luka Modric Mocks Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win Over Barcelona

Pitchside camara has picked Luka Modric mocking Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday. Pique feels Barcelona deserved a spot kick, after Ferland Mendy appeared to pull down Martin Braithwaite in the dying minutes of the game. However, referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. Pique returned from injury but could not make Ronald Koeman’s XI for the game was only able to make the bench. At the end of the game Pique was shaking hands with Real Madrid players when Modric noticed he was queuing up for the referee. Footage picked up Modric mocking his the Spaniard, asking “You’re waiting for the ref to complain huh?” But Modric’s comment did not, however, stop the veteran defender from asking the ma...
Champions League: Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow ahead of Porto clash
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Champions League: Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow ahead of Porto clash

Chelsea have suffered a fresh injury setback after their defender, Andreas Christensen, picked up a hamstring injury in training ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with FC Porto on Tuesday night in Sevilla, Spain. Christensen sustained the injury before Chelsea’s Premier League 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. The centre-back was missing from the Chelsea squad that defeated Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park Stadium as they boosted their top-four hopes. His absence from the match was a surprise after the Blues manager, Thomas Tuchel, confirmed he had a fully fit squad. However, the 25-year-old was replaced by Kurt Zouma at the defence line. A brace from Christian Pulisic and a strike from Kai Havertz and Zouma gave Chelsea all...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ‘I’ll be a Sevilla player until I die’ – Sergio Ramos
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: ‘I’ll be a Sevilla player until I die’ – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has opened up on his relationship with his former club, Sevilla. Ramos said he will always be a Sevilla player until he dies. He also admitted that he has been left emotionally pained by the fallout from his move to Real Madrid. The 35-year-old defender swapped his boyhood club, Sevilla for Real Madrid in 2005. Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga El Clasico clash with Barcelona on Saturday evening, the Spain international said in his Amazon documentary, The Legend of Sergio Ramos, that “I know what Sevilla is and how the fans feel. “Nobody can tell me because I have experienced it since I was young. “All of the information was manipulated, and they lied to Sevilla. It was painful, not only for me but for my family. I’ll nev...
Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League
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Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League

Following his impressive debut campaign in Scotland, Rangers have confirmed the extension of Leon Balogun’s contract which will keep him at Ibrox Stadium until the summer of 2022. The 32-year-old Nigeria international joined Rangers on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic last July and he has been a key part of Steven Gerrard's side as they marched to the premier league title with a 33-match unbeaten streak. “Today is a very happy day and a very proud day announcing my contract has been extended for another year,” Balogun told the club website. “I am proud to be a part of this amazing club and I felt that pretty early on I had fallen in love with the club and the working environment, the way the players and the management staff work and the way the club is a big family, I am ha...
Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada
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Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without three of his key players for the return leg of their Europa League quarter-finals clash against Granada next week United won the first leg 2-0 in Spain with goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes but Solskjaer noted that it was “not a perfect night” after three bookings ruled out three players through suspension. Manchester United look well set for a place in the semi-finals after goals in each half from Rashford and Fernandes secured a 2-0 victory against the Spanish side. However, defender, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw will not be available for next week’s return game after they all picked up bookings. Speaking with BT Sport after the game, Solskjaer said he was happy with th...
Chelsea Star Thiago Silva Reveals how he Almost Died from Tuberculosis When he was 21
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Chelsea Star Thiago Silva Reveals how he Almost Died from Tuberculosis When he was 21

Over a decade ago, Brazil and Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva was almost snatched by the hands of death after catching tuberculosis, he has revealed. Silva, 36, was diagnosed with the bacterial infection while at Dynamo Moscow in 2005. And at the tender age of 21, he was hospitalised for six months while Russian doctors treated him for the condition. According to Silva who spoke to AP News, the tuberculosis was so advanced, that doctors even considered removing part of his lungs to ensure he survived. But his mother, Angela, and wife, Isabelle advised him against removing it. "That would have ended my career, I needed guardian angels to take me away," Silva told AP. Silva was signed by Dynamo from Porto in January, 2005 for a fee of around £3.5m. Despite not pla...
LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos
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LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has said they would have won more titles if Lionel Messi was not playing for Barcelona. The Spanish defender claims Messi made Los Blancos suffer over the years. Ramos has won four Champions League crowns and five league titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi has helped Barca to 10 title triumphs and made a habit of dashing the dreams of their little rivals down the years. Ramos told his documentary series, ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’: “We’ve suffered against Messi during these years. “Perhaps if Barcelona didn’t have him, we would have won more titles. “There was a time when we faced the best Barcelona in history. We had a great coach like [Jose] Mourinho, but it was hard for us to beat them. “We didn’t...
Tuchel Speaks on Ben Chilwell’s Performance after Chelsea’s Win Over Porto
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Tuchel Speaks on Ben Chilwell’s Performance after Chelsea’s Win Over Porto

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has commented on Ben Chilwell’s performance following his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg 2-0 victory against Porto on Wednesday night in Sevilla, Spain. Tuchel said he was pleased with Chilwell’s display against Porto, adding that the England left-back was impressive. Chelsea defeated Porto, thanks to Mason Mount’s first-half goal and Chilwell’s second-half strike. Tuchel’s men will now take on Porto in the second leg next Tuesday in the same venue. “I was really pleased with Chilly [Ben Chilwell] for applying pressure and forcing the error which gave him the opportunity to score,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. “He pushed on, finished well and scored a big away goal for us. “He showed a lot of composure becaus...
Update: Footballer, Lee Collins was found hanging in his hotel room, inquest hears
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Update: Footballer, Lee Collins was found hanging in his hotel room, inquest hears

Yeovil Town captain and defender, Lee Collins was found hanging in his hotel room, an inquest has heard. The English footballer was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on Wednesday, March 31. An inquest into the 32-year-old's death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, the senior coroner for Somerset, during a hearing in Taunton. In a statement read to the court, coroner's officer Ben Batley said Mr. Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31. 'Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club,' Mr. Batley said. 'It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on March 31 enquiries were made at the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanging. 'Also admitted into e...
UEFA Announces Slavia Prague’s player ban ahead of Arsenal clash
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UEFA Announces Slavia Prague’s player ban ahead of Arsenal clash

  UEFA have banned Slavia Prague defender, Ondrej Kudela for one match. He will not feature in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Arsenal. Kudela is under investigation for alleged racial abuse. Rangers midfielder, Glen Kamara, had accused him of racist abuse after the defender leaned into his ear and said something while covering his mouth, in the final stages their Europa League round-of-16 match. Kudela denied the allegation and Slavia stood by him, alleging a “physical assault” on the 34-year-old. UEFA said its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) was looking into Kudela for a potential violation of UEFA regulations over racism and other discriminatory conduct, and for misconduct such as insulting players. A statement read: “T...
Champions League: Pepe Predicts Club to Win Trophy this Year
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Champions League: Pepe Predicts Club to Win Trophy this Year

  FC Porto defender, Pepe, has predicted his team to win the Champions League this year. Pepe believes Porto can eliminate Chelsea from the Champions League last-8 and win the Europe top-flight trophy this season. The former Real Madrid star said this on Tuesday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Porto’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg tie with Chelsea on Wednesday night in Seville. Recall that Bayern Munich is the reigning champions after beating PSG 1-0 in the final last season. Pepe said, “If I did not believe it [that Porto can win the Champions League], I would not wake up every day to come and train at Olival [Porto’s training ground] with the passion I have for football. “I always believe that it’s possible to win the Champions League...
Tuchel Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight With Kepa in Training
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Tuchel Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight With Kepa in Training

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has spoken publicly for the first time about a training ground bust-up that involved defender, Antonio Rudiger and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Tuchel praised Rudiger for issuing an immediate apology following the incident. The two players had to be separated during a small-sided game on Sunday, after Kepa took exception to a strong tackle from Rudiger. When asked if the incident was serious between Rudiger and Kepa, Tuchel replied: “I would tell you if it was so but it was not. “It had nothing to do with the defeat. It was just an incident in training, it got heated up between Toni and Kepa. “We calmed the situation down immediately. I don’t want to play down how artificial, these are things we don’t want to accept and things a...
Real Madrid Confirm Key Player to Miss Liverpool clash
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Real Madrid Confirm Key Player to Miss Liverpool clash

Real Madrid have confirmed defender Raphael Varane will miss their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday against Liverpool, after testing positive for coronavirus. This means Zinedine Zidane will be without his first-choice central defender, as Sergio Ramos is already sidelined with a calf problem. Varane and Ramos will likely miss the second leg at Anfield next Wednesday, April 14. Zidane is set to start Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao in the first leg. Zidane also hinted over the weekend that Eden Hazard could be fit after a hip injury but the former Chelsea man was not named in the Spaniards’ squad.
Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool
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Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match. The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.” Brazilian defender Eder Militao will ...
Marcos Alonso Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight with Kepa
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Marcos Alonso Opens up on Rudiger’s Fight with Kepa

  Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso, has opened up on fellow teammates, Antonio Rudiger’s fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Rudiger and Kepa were involved in an altercation at Chelsea’s training ground after their Premier League 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom over the weekend. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had sent Rudiger away from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa. Tuchel dismissed Rudiger to calm him down after pushing and shoving with Kepa. However, reacting to the development ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Porto, Alonso played down the training ground bust-up between Rudiger and Kepa by saying it was “good for the team”. “These are things that happen,” Alonso told INSPORTS. “This shows the level of competition there is in the team, t...
Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie
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Porto vs Chelsea: Reece James clashes with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Champions League tie

  Chelsea right-back, Reece James, clashed with captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the club’s dressing room at Stamford Bridge following the Blues’ Premier League 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom over the weekend. According to the Telegraph, Azpilicueta was quick to give James a piece of his mind after Chelsea’s backline began their inquest into how they conceived five goals at home to a West Brom side that have scored just 25 all season. James was partly at fault for the visitors’ second goal and struggled to shake off the after-effects of that mistake. The 21-year-old England international was also guilty of a number of stray passes for the remainder of the encounter as Sam Allardyce’s men ended Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten run, thanks to goals from Matheus Pereira (2), ...
Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19
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Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19

  Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, will miss their Europa League quarter-final clash against Granad this Thursday, as he has tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer revealed the player contracted the virus while on international duty with Ivory Coast. Bailly was unavailable for the Red Devils’ 2-1 comeback win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Solskjaer, speaking after the game, explained that Bailly is yet to return to England and will not be available for selection for the time being. “Unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer was quoted by the club website after the game. “He’s been away with Ivory Coast and he tested positive with COVID-19 and he’s not back in the c...
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...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s dumped captain’s armband sold for $75,000
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s dumped captain’s armband sold for $75,000

  The captain armband discarded by Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal’s controversial 2-2 draw with Serbia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier, has been sold for over $75,000. The armband was auctioned to help a sick child in Serbia. Television replays showed that the Portugal captain’s shot actually crossed the line before Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared it, but the goal was denied in the absence of goalline technology. Ronaldo was also booked for dissent as officials waved play on. In anger, the former Real Madrid star stormed off the pitch at full time, tossing his armband away. The captain’s armband, which was picked up by a fireman at the Red Star’s Rajko Mitic stadium, was bought by a betting company at a charity auction to help fund life-saving surgery fo...
Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold
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Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold

  Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, has tackled the national team coach, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s latest squad. Klopp said he, “doesn’t understand,” why the Liverpool star was dropped from the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. Southgate’s decision suggested that the 22-year-old had fallen short of standard this season. The coach had already been criticised by former internationals such as Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Peter Crouch and Ian Wright for his reluctance to find a place for the Liverpool star. Alexander-Arnold is the current PFA Young Player of the Year and one of the stand-out full-backs in world football over the past three seasons. He played significan...
Champions League: Micah Richards Predicts Club that’ll Reach Final
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Champions League: Micah Richards Predicts Club that’ll Reach Final

Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, has tipped Chelsea to reach the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final. Richards stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 clash against FC Porto on April 7. According to him, Chelsea are ‘dark horses’ in the Champions League this season after being proved wrong by their manager, Thomas Tuchel. Recall that Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 in March. “Chelsea are dark horses, you know,” Richards told Super 6 podcast. “I did a piece a couple of months ago saying it is a disgrace that Frank Lampard is out the door. And then Tuchel comes in, and I was like, “how’s that? No!” “But actually, look at them now. They have only conceded like two or three goals. They have got Porto next a...
Footballer, Lee Collins Dies is Dead
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Footballer, Lee Collins Dies is Dead

Yeovil Town captain and defender, Lee Collins has died at the age of 32. The club confirmed that the English footballer passed away on Wednesday, March 31, in a statement on their website. The cause of death is yet unknown. Collins had made eight National League appearances for the Glovers this season having joined from Forest Green Rovers in 2019, and was on the bench for the Glovers' 3-1 win over Barnet last Saturday. "All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins," said the club. "Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. "We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this time. The club will make no further comment at this time. "Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has bee...
Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed
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Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed

The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad to face Lesotho in their last game of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers, has been revealed. Coach Genort Rohr named a strong side with winger Alex Iwobi returning to the starting line-up with midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and defender Tyronne Ebuehi.  Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho also starts ahead of Maduka Okoye.   The game is taking place at the National Stadium in Surulere at 5 pm today, March 30. Nigeria top Group L with 11 points from five matches and have already qualified for the 2021 AFCON, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022.
Sergio Ramos Was Shocked When I Told him I Was 15-year-old – Romero
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Sergio Ramos Was Shocked When I Told him I Was 15-year-old – Romero

  Mallorca midfielder, Luka Romero, has provided the details into his conversation with Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos following his(Luke) eye-catching performance in his first season in LaLiga. Romero, dubbed ‘The Mexican Messi’ became the youngest player in La Liga history at the age of 15 years and 219 days when he came off the bench for Mallorca against Real Madrid in June 2020. And the youngster recalled that the legendary defender was shocked when he defender found out how young he was. “As a child, you always dream of playing against Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​so seeing and being close to their players was amazing,” Romero told Goal. “(I spoke) with Sergio Ramos. He asked me how old I was, and I said 15. He was surprised.” The youngster has decided t...
Manchester United Want to sign Torres
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Manchester United Want to sign Torres

  Manchester United are willing to sign defender, Pau Torres, from Villarreal at the end of the season, according to Manchester Evening News. Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is enamored  with Torres and wants to partner Captain Harry Maguire with the Spain international in the 2021/2022 season. Solskjaer is determined to add a new centre-back in his squad whom he can rely on in fitness terms, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof proving fitness concerns occasionally so far this season. Torres has emerged as one of the stars of Unai Emery’s Villarreal this season. The 24-year-old missed out on a call-up to the Spain squad for the March internationals through injury. He has played 32 times for Villarreal this season, scoring three goals. Man United wil...
‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico
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‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico

  Former Manchester United defender and football pundit, Rio Ferdinand has told Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, that he will be ’embarrassed’ for his theatrics that played a role in getting Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic sent off in Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The German defender had thrown himself to the turf after getting an elbow into the chest from Savic, leading to the Atletico Madrid defender being promptly shown a red card. The La Liga leaders were already 1-0 down at this stage after Hakim Ziyech had put Chelsea ahead in the first half. Emerson Palmieri made it 2-0 and 3-0 on aggregate for Blues with his late effort. Ferdinand was less impressed by Rudiger’s conduct late on in the match “Rudiger, I think will...
‘PSG and Mourinho wanted me’ – Rudiger confirms outside offers but insists he wants Chelsea stay
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‘PSG and Mourinho wanted me’ – Rudiger confirms outside offers but insists he wants Chelsea stay

The defender could have departed Stamford Bridge in the fall but opted to stay and has regained his place as a vital squad member Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger said he had offers from PSG and Tottenham in the fall, but insisted that now he is fighting to earn a new contract under Thomas Tuchel. Frank Lampard dropped the Germany international down to fifth in the centre-back pecking order, which led to offers from Jose Mourinho's Tottenham and Tuchel's former club PSG. There was further interest from Barcelona, Roma and AC Milan but ultimately, the Blues opted to keep their 28-year-old central defender. He rose up to third in the pecking order but only became a regular starter after Frank Lampard was sacked in January and replaced by Tuchel.
Gary Neville Names Only two creative players at Man United
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Gary Neville Names Only two creative players at Man United

Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has suggested that the club only have two creative players, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. According to Neville, Fernandes and Pogba are the only players at Man United that may open up defences in tight situations, while the rest players need space to do that. He said this following Man United’s Premier League 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday night at Old Trafford. Neville told Sky Sports, “You know how Man Utd are. They struggle to break down teams. They have got to be better against teams in those deep blocks with ten men behind the ball. That is where the next stage is. “It is about being more higher quality in the final third. There are more organised and compact teams around now, especially teams in the botto...
Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition
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Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition

  Real Madrid is ready to sell defender, Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer on one condition, AS reports. Varane has drawn the interest of Man United in the past. The France international currently has less than 18 months in his contract with Real Madrid. The former Lens star is believed to be keen to experience life away from Santiago Bernabeu. Varane must first inform Real Madrid of his decision to leave the club before the La Liga champions open negotiations with Man United for the centre-back. Real Madrid is keen to keep Varane but they will not allow the player to enter the last season of his contract without extending his deal. Zinedine Zidane’s side are presently under huge financial pressure and they can’t afford to lose Varane cheaply in ...
De Gea vs Henderson: Rio Ferdinand Names Man United’s Number One Goalkeeper
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De Gea vs Henderson: Rio Ferdinand Names Man United’s Number One Goalkeeper

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has named David de Gea ahead of Dean Henderson as his Red Devils’ number one goalkeeper. De Gea travelled to Spain for the birth of his first child and will miss Man United’s next five matches. The Spaniard is expected to return to Old Trafford after the international break. However, Henderson has already performed well in De Gea’s absence, keeping clean sheets in games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City, respectively. Asked if Henderson can be Man United’s future number one goalkeeper, Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube series: “Listen, it’s a battle. But you have got to listen to what Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] said in the press conference after: he’s got the shirt for now until De Gea is back. That...
Chelsea vs Everton: Abraham Told to Leave Stamford Bridge After Tuchel Snubs
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Chelsea vs Everton: Abraham Told to Leave Stamford Bridge After Tuchel Snubs

Former Manchester City defender, Joleon Lescott, has backed Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, to leave Stamford Bridge after being sidelined by the club’s new head coach, Thomas Tuchel. Abraham has fallen behind Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner in Tuchel’s pecking order of forwards at Chelsea. The England international, who scored 18 goals in 47 appearances last season, was a key player for Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard. However, Tuchel left Abraham out of his Chelsea’s squad that drew with Manchester United last weekend and also the squad that defeated Liverpool on Thursday, leading to speculation over the 23-year-old’s future at the West London club. “I think he [Tammy Abraham] has made it known that he’s not convinced about signing a new contract. Obviously, players wa...
Man City vs Man Utd: Maguire Plays Down ‘Fight’ with Rashford
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Man City vs Man Utd: Maguire Plays Down ‘Fight’ with Rashford

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has downplayed his on-pitch clash with team-mate Marcus Rashford during the goalless draw with Crystal Palace. With United searching for a breakthrough at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, Maguire fumed at Rashford after he was caught offside, telling him to “f****g stay onside”. Rashford immediately snapped back at the defender, telling him to “shut the f*** up, f*****g nobhead”. But Maguire, speaking ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday, insists the incident was “nothing” but part of the game. “You pick up these things as there is no crowd in the stadium,” Maguire told The Sun. “But we are always shouting at each other in games. “I have full respect for Marcus and he has full respect for myself. We did not even confront e...
Champions League: Micah Richards Names Club that will Win Trophy
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Champions League: Micah Richards Names Club that will Win Trophy

Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, has named reigning champions, Bayern Munich, as the club that will win this season’s Champions League. Richards believes Bayern Munich are favourites to win the Europe top-flight tournament, followed by Man City and then Paris Saint-Germain. Bayern Munich already have one foot in the last-8 after they thrashed Lazio 4-1 in the round of 16 first leg last month. Man City and PSG both won their first leg fixtures against Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona, respectively, putting themselves in pole positions to progress to the last-8. “My top three would be PSG third, Man City second at this moment in time and then Bayern,” Richards told CBS Sports’ ‘¡Qué Golazo Podcast! ‘. “But I don’t want to get too excited because we ha...
Jamie Redknapp Blasts Trent Alexander-Arnold, hails Mount as Chelsea Defeats Liverpool
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Jamie Redknapp Blasts Trent Alexander-Arnold, hails Mount as Chelsea Defeats Liverpool

  Former Liverpool player, Jamie Redknapp, has slammed defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, following the Reds’ 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night at Anfield. He also hailed Chelsea star Mason Mount’s ‘fabulous finish’ which helped to give Thomas Tuchel’s side all three points against Liverpool. “It’s a fabulous finish [from Mount], of course, it is. It’s a brilliant piece of play, and once they give you that invitation, you’ve got to take it,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “But I think when you have got the two there against one, you have to do your best to show him down the line. Even if he comes back inside, Trent Alexander-Arnold has got to get there quicker! He’s got to move his feet quicker. He’s got to block the ball. “At first, I was...
Thomas Tuchel Names Player to Miss Liverpool vs Chelsea Game
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Thomas Tuchel Names Player to Miss Liverpool vs Chelsea Game

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that defender, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Thursday night at Anfield. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last six games because of a muscle thigh injury. The 36-year-old sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur earlier last month. However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Tuchel revealed that the Brazilian international would not play for Chelsea against Liverpool. “Thiago [Silva] made his first training with the team but didn’t finish the last exercise, not because of any pain but just to be aware of taking a risk,” Tuchel said. “I assume he will train today, but he is not at 100 percent, so he will not join...
Gary Neville Blasts Bruno Fernandes after Crystal Palace’s 0-0 Draw with Man United
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Gary Neville Blasts Bruno Fernandes after Crystal Palace’s 0-0 Draw with Man United

  Former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, has slammed midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, following the club’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Neville said Fernandes looked “sloppy” throughout the encounter at Selhurst Park as both Man United and Crystal Palace shared a point each. “Fernandes was sloppy from the first few minutes, and he’s not been at his best these last couple of weeks,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Maybe there is a suggestion that he is running himself into the ground, and that could be true, but you have got to have things happening in front of you as well. “And I thought [Marcus] Rashford on the left, [Mason] Greenwood on the right, [Edinson] Cavani in the middle… they all stayed in their spots and when y...
Messi Doesn’t Practice how to Take Free-kicks – Victor Semedo
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Messi Doesn’t Practice how to Take Free-kicks – Victor Semedo

  The Barcelona defender, Victor Semedo, has revealed that Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi, does not train for free-kicks. Semedo spoke about Messi’s ‘natural’ ability from set-pieces, insisting the Argentina captain never practises free kicks. According to Semedo, Messi has always been “perfect” when it comes to picking out the corner of the net from long range. Semedo, who is currently on a season-long loan spell at Wolves, told The Telegraph, “Wow. I really don’t have many words that can describe how good he is,” when asked what it feels like working with Messi. “You know what makes him even more amazing? I never once saw him take a free kick in training, in all of the time I was there. I swear he never did! “We always used to practise shooting from distance...
Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona
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Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that it breaks his hearts to see his ‘son’, Eric Garcia leaving the Premier League leaders to join Laliga giants Barcelona next season. The 20-year-old Garcia began his career with Barca and is a product of the Catalans’ youth system before joining City in 2017. Garcia played for City’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides and made his first-team debut in December 2018. However, the Barcelona-born defender rejected the offer of a new contract at City last August and will be a free agent this summer. A number of clubs were keen on the talented stopper. Arsenal were heavily linked during the January transfer window. It was always thought that he would return to the Nou Camp but the Gunners seemed another option. However, Gu...
FA Takes Decision on Shaw, Solskjaer Over Comments after Chelsea, Man Utd Clash
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FA Takes Decision on Shaw, Solskjaer Over Comments after Chelsea, Man Utd Clash

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw and manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will not face any punishment from the English FA following their comments on referee Stuart Attwell after the club’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea last Sunday. Man United’s team were angry not to have been awarded a penalty in the first half of the encounter against Chelsea when Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood challenged for the ball, which bounced up and appeared to hit both players’ arms inside the 18-yard box. VAR called the attention of referee Stuart Attwell, but he decided not to award a spot-kick to Man United after consulting the on-pitch screen. After the game, Shaw, in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, claimed referee Attwell had told Man United captain, Harry Maguire, that w...
Todibo says Barcelona struggles are ‘not my problem’ as defender seeks permanent transfer
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Todibo says Barcelona struggles are ‘not my problem’ as defender seeks permanent transfer

The Frenchman is currently on loan at Nice, having struggled to make an impact in Spain, and admits to paying little attention to events at Camp Nou Jean-Clair Todibo admits to paying little attention to goings on at Barcelona after being sent out on loan again, with the defender, who is seeking a permanent transfer in the summer, saying that struggles at Camp Nou in 2020-21 are “not my problem”. The French centre-half was considered to be a hot prospect when snapped up by the Blaugrana from Toulouse in 2019, but little game time has been seen for – leading to loan moves being made elsewhere. Todibo is currently back in his homeland at Nice and admits that he would like to see a deal done that prevents him from having to head back to Catalunya at the end of the current campaign....
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has claimed that referee Stuart Attwell admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball was a penalty. Shaw reacted angrily after Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick during their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. However, after consulting with VAR, Attwell determined that the contact was not grounds for a penalty, to the chagrin of the visitors. Shaw has now claimed United captain, Harry Maguire, was told the kick should have been given. “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game,” he said to Sky Sports after the game. “The ref even said to H [Harry ...
Olympiacos vs Arsenal: ‘There are Areas We Can Hit to Harm Them’ – Sokratis
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Olympiacos vs Arsenal: ‘There are Areas We Can Hit to Harm Them’ – Sokratis

  Olympiacos defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, has expressed confidence Arsenal has areas his team can hit to harm them when both sides clash in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie on March 11 in Greece. Sokratis spent almost three years with Arsenal before leaving the Gunners in January to join Olympiacos on a free transfer. Olympiacos knocked out Arsenal from the Europa League when both sides met in the competition last year. And Sokratis believes Mikel Arteta’s side still have weak spots in their team that Olympiacos can exploit. “It is something special because until a month ago I was with them. I think it will be a difficult game. Arsenal are a very big team,” Sokratis said as quoted by Metro UK. “We have to be focused during both games to repeat last...
Mourinho Spills Discussion with Eric Dier, Identifies Carlos Vinicius Problem
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Mourinho Spills Discussion with Eric Dier, Identifies Carlos Vinicius Problem

  Jose Mourinho has revealed what Tottenham defender, Eric Dier, once told him about players’ performances during the club’s poor run of form. Speaking about his midfielder, Dele Alli during a press conference on Friday, Mourinho said, “One of my players, Eric Dier told me something like ‘individual performances are not very good when the collective performance is not good’. He’s right, that goes in both directions.” Mourinho further explained that “when the team plays well it’s easier for players to perform well and when players perform well the team plays well collectively. “So I agree with Eric and in relation to Dele, when you have players performing as he did, it’s easier for the team to play well and when the team plays well it’s easier for players to perform wel...
Eric Bailly Snubs Messi, Ronaldo, Names Best Player in Football History
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Eric Bailly Snubs Messi, Ronaldo, Names Best Player in Football History

  Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, has said Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo are not the best footballers ever. Instead, Bailly says Sergio Ramos, who is currently the captain of Real Madrid, deserves that title. In an interview with Spanish expert, Guillem Balague’s YouTube channel, the Ivory Coast centre-back revealed his affection for Ramos, who turns 35 next month. “My greatest inspiration has always been Ramos,” Bailly said. “I have admired him for a long time because of what he does in football and how he keeps going at a high level. “For me, he’s one of the best players in the history of football. Everyone has an opinion, but he is one of the best, the perfect reference point for me.” When quizzed on whether it is Lionel...
Rio Ferdinand Names Man City’s Two Biggest Threats to Winning Champions League
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Rio Ferdinand Names Man City’s Two Biggest Threats to Winning Champions League

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has named Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, as the two biggest threats to Manchester City winning the Champions League this year. City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 comfortably on Wednesday, in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored to wrap up a routine win for the Premier League leaders. Pep Guardiola’s men are now in a strong position to reach the quarter-finals with a home leg to come. Given City’s dominance in the Premier League, many are tipping them to finally go all the way in Europe’s premier competition. But Ferdinand thinks both PSG and Bayern can cause them issues in the later rounds. He said on BT Sport: “I think Bayern have got the experience and the ...
Lukaku Names his ‘Idol’ in Football, Best Defender he Ever Played Against
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Lukaku Names his ‘Idol’ in Football, Best Defender he Ever Played Against

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has named Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, as his ‘idol’ in football. Lukaku, also named Manchester City legend, Vincent Kompany, has the best defender he has ever come across in his glittering career. The 27-year-old said this on Tuesday evening during a Question & Answer session with fans on his official Twitter page, @RomeluLukaku9. Lukaku, who netted a goal in Inter’s 3-0 win over AC Milan last Sunday, has scored 17 goals in the Serie A for Antonio Conte’s side so far this season. The Belgium international is currently behind Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 18 goals for Andrea Pirlo’s men. Lukaku will now hope to lead Inter to victory when they host Genoa in the Serie A this weekend.
Barcelona Defender, Lenglet In Tears After Foul Caused Late Penalty In Draw
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Barcelona Defender, Lenglet In Tears After Foul Caused Late Penalty In Draw

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet broke down in tears when fans approached his car, after his foul gave away a penalty to Cadiz. In the match against Cadiz, Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead through a penalty early on. Barcelona appeared to have won the match and secured all points before Clement Lenglet's poor tackle. In the closing stages of the match, Lenglet's poor tackle challenge gave Cadiz a penalty in the 89th minute. Alex Fernandez scored from the spot for Cadiz to make it 1-1. In the video; Lenglet was leaving the Barcelona stadium when he was approached and he broke down in tears. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/DG7O9T-l-fI
Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match
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Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that defender, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in Bucharest. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last four games because of a muscle thigh injury. The 36-year-old sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Tuchel revealed that the Brazilian international again will be missing from his squad. ‘He [Thiago Silva] is not available,” Tuchel said. “He is training right now. We are leaving and he is not available.” Chelsea head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Southampton over the weekend. The kick-off time for Atl...
EPL: Christensen Reveals Changes Tuchel has Made to Chelsea Team
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EPL: Christensen Reveals Changes Tuchel has Made to Chelsea Team

  Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen, has revealed some of the changes Thomas Tuchel has implemented since he replaced Frank Lampard, to make the Blues watertight at the back. In Tuchel’s first six matches in charge at Stamford Bridge, his side had conceded only once. That record stands in stark contrast to the one that contributed to Lampard’s sack. Christensen has now given an analysis of how the German wants the Blues to play now. “If you don’t need to play the ball, you don’t have to,” Christensen told Chelsea’s official website on the message from Tuchel. “Wait for someone to come and take the ball, don’t take last-second decisions, know what you’re going to do and make it happen. “He just said to us to be comfortable and believe in ourselves. I have p...

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