Wednesday, October 27

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Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title
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Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has said Chelsea will not win the Premier League title, because they don’t have enough goals in the team. The Blues are the current European champions, after they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final in May. Many have tipped Thomas Tuchel’s men to also give City a run for their money this campaign domestically. Chelsea currently top the table, having won five of their first seven matches of the season. But Scholes believes they will fall short. “I think Chelsea have got the manager to challenge. I’m just not sure, not convinced there’s enough goals in the team. “I think Romelu Lukaku will score goals but are there enough people around him to score goals. I’m not sure Timo Werner will. When he plays for Germany he sco...
Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season
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Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has revealed the club’s major weakness under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this season. Scholes believes Man United’s lack of balance in midfield is their major weakness this season, adding that it may cost them the Premier League title because their two title rivals play more ‘aggressive’ systems. He also backed Man United midfielder, Scott McTominay, to play in the holding role in Solskjaer’s midfield. “You mention McTominay, I think he is the best one for that role out of the four of them, I would definitely go for him,” Scholes told Webby and O’Neill. “I think he has got everything, he is athletic, he can get around the pitch, he has got great ability as well. He is capable of sitting in that position. “Ole doesn’t seem to...
Solskjaer Exposes Man Utd’s major Weakness this Season
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Solskjaer Exposes Man Utd’s major Weakness this Season

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has exposed the club’s major weakness this season. Solskjaer believes Man United’s defense has been their biggest weakness so far this season, adding that the Red Devils have to work on it going forward. The Norwegian disclosed this during his post-match press conference following Man United’s Premier League 2-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday. Man United defeated West Ham at the London Stadium, thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard. “We have to work better defensively, no doubt,” Solskjaer said at his post-match press conference after Man United defeated West Ham. “In the first half, we were too easy to play through. “We will work on it because there is no respite when you play foo...
Arsenal Sign Ben White from Brighton
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Arsenal Sign Ben White from Brighton

Arsenal have signed Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion on a long-term contract, the club announced on their website on Friday. The 23-year-old defender joins the Premier League side after spending the summer with the Three Lions of England at the Euro 2020. He had spent the 2019/2020 season on loan with Championship-winning side, Leeds United, who are now promoted to the Premier League. Speaking about the player, Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu said, “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.” Manager Mikel Art...
England vs Italy: Jamie Carragher predicts result of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Jamie Carragher predicts result of Euro 2020 final

Liverpool hero, Jamie Carragher, has predicted England to beat Italy on penalties when both teams clash in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. England booked their place in the Euro 2020 final with a 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. Italy, meanwhile, defeated Spain on penalties to qualify for the final. Providing his prediction, Carragher expects England to get a narrow win over Italy, adding that it will be a very tight game. “I think it will be a very tight game,” Carragher told Sky Sports. ‘I think it may go to penalties and England come out victorious. “We have done a lot of work on penalties, so let’s not let that go to waste! I don’t think there will be too many goals in the game. “Italy are very strong defensively, so are England. I think it will b...
Arsene Wenger names country to reach Euro 2020 finals
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Arsene Wenger names country to reach Euro 2020 finals

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has backed England to reach the Euro 2020 final. Wenger said this following England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final 4-0 victory against Ukraine over the weekend. England will play Denmark in the European championship semi-final on Wednesday. “It was the perfect night for English football, a perfect night for England,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “They didn’t concede a goal, they qualified easily and they could rest important players. “Ukraine conceded three poor goals and the second goal killed the game. It became an easy game for England but they did it well and what was important for them tonight is that they didn’t concede a goal. “That will be an important quality to go to the final and win it. They look more stable, defensiv...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona Drew 3-3 With Levante – Koeman
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona Drew 3-3 With Levante – Koeman

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has claimed their intensity dropped and his team switched off defensively in the second half of their 3-3 draw with Levante on Tuesday night. Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead, before Pedri doubled their advantage before the break. However, quick-fire goals from Gonzalo Melero and Jose Luis Morales in the second half, saw Levante level for the first time in the game. The Catalans went in front again through Ousmane Dembele and looked to have gone provisionally top of the table. But they conceded again with seven minutes left. “Analysing the game, in the first half we were good, there was a good rhythm with the ball, good intensity. We created chances to score and we went in 2-0 up. “At the start of the second half, we lost the b...
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Klopp Criticizes Salah, Others after Liverpool’s 1-0 Win Over Wolves

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has criticized his players, including Mohamed Salah, following the Reds’ Premier League 1-0 victory over Wolves on Monday night at Molineux Stadium. Klopp said his players were ‘not active enough’ during the encounter against Wolves, adding that he didn’t like the start. A first-half goal from Diogo Jota gave Liverpool all three points against the host. “It’s all about the result,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It was a big fight. We won three dirty points, and I am fine with that if that is what it takes to try to get back on track. “We had very good moments where we should have done better offensively. Defensively the whole game was really good. “I did not like the start; we were not active enough. But we improved a lot and defended well, and t...
Guardiola Identifies Five Man Utd Players who will be Threats to Man City
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Guardiola Identifies Five Man Utd Players who will be Threats to Man City

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named playmaker Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Dan James and Edinson Cavani, as the biggest threats in Manchester United’s team, ahead of Sunday’s Derby. Guardiola feels United are “so strong in all departments”, but named Fernandes and Cavani as players to watch out for. Both Manchester clubs face each other with City looking to maintain their 28-match unbeaten run. United, however, are on a 21-match unbeaten streak in away Premier League matches. “They are so strong in all departments. “Defensively. Bruno Fernandes, the speed upfront with [Dan] James, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial. “The experience of Cavani, a player I admire the most for what he’s done with his career. It’s Manchester ...
Chelsea vs Man United: Michael Owen Disagrees With Solskjaer’s Comments
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Chelsea vs Man United: Michael Owen Disagrees With Solskjaer’s Comments

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen , has disagreed with manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s comments following the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Chelsea last weekend. Man United and Chelsea played a 0-0 draw on Sunday night at Stamford Bridge, with both clubs having only a few chances during the match. After the game, Solskjaer had claimed that Man United delivered an almost “perfect away performance” against Thomas Tuchel’s side. Reacting to Solskjaer’s comments, Owen told Sky Sports ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, “Defensively, energy, application, attitude, pressing. Spot on. “With the ball, we weren’t good enough. Not enough quality. We did not create the chances we hoped for. “If we scored on th...
Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 1-0 Win at Atalanta
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Zidane Reacts to Real Madrid’s 1-0 Win at Atalanta

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has admitted it was difficult to beat 10-man Atalanta in their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night. Los Blancos came away with a 1-0 away win, with Ferland Mendy scoring a stunning late winner. Remo Freuler was sent off for the Serie A side in a controversial decision, before Casemiro picked up a booking that will see him miss the second leg. Madrid were unable to capitalise on their extra man advantage, until Mendy’s late effort went in with five minutes left. “It was difficult for us. But in the end it’s a good result. “It’s an important result with an away goal. But we know there’s a return leg and we have to win. It wasn’t easy, even 10 against 11. We played against a very physically strong team who were d...
EPL: Tottenham, Worst Team to Watch in Premier League – Merson Mocks Mourinho
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EPL: Tottenham, Worst Team to Watch in Premier League – Merson Mocks Mourinho

Former Arsenal and England midfielder, Paul Merson has labelled Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham as the worst team to watch in the Premier League at the moment. Merson, a Sky Sports pundit stated this following Tottenham’s 1-0 home loss to Chelsea on Thursday. Mourinho’s side who occupied the Premier League top spot in December have rapidly fallen away and are now 14 points behind league leaders, Manchester City. The north London side is eight on the table and 7 points away from 4th place with the pressure cranking up on Mourinho. And Merson questions Mourinho’s style of play and whether the Portuguese gaffer can turn things around at the club. “Some Tottenham fans will see this, while some might think I’m being harsh, but Tottenham are the worst team in the Premier League to w...
Nicol Reveals Chelsea’s Biggest Problem Under Lampard
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Nicol Reveals Chelsea’s Biggest Problem Under Lampard

Former Liverpool star, Steve Nicol, has revealed Chelsea’s biggest problem under their manager, Frank Lampard, so far this season. According to Nicol, the Blues’ biggest problem under their Lampard was the vulnerability of their defence. On Sunday, Chelsea came from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Premier League to move five points clear ahead of fifth-place Manchester United. “Chelsea’s biggest problem is not going forward, it’s defensively,” Nicol told ESPN FC. “They are going to create chances and put teams under pressure all day long, every time they step onto the field, regardless of the opposition. “But I tell you what, and they give me a heart attack at the back. “They go a goal down, and there were three Aston Villa pla...
What Pique Said After Barcelona Beat Man Utd 1-0
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What Pique Said After Barcelona Beat Man Utd 1-0

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has described his return to Old Trafford as “special” following their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday night. Luke Shaw’s own goal was enough for the LaLiga champions, to take a slim advantage ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp. Pique, who spent four years at United as a youngster, before moving back to Barca in 2008, told the BBC: “It was special to come here after so many years, we are defensively at the best moment of the season. “I feel comfortable, very well because of my age and experience.” The second leg will be played April 16.
Banyana Goalkeeper Backs S’Africa to Beat Nigeria in AWCON Opener
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Banyana Goalkeeper Backs S’Africa to Beat Nigeria in AWCON Opener

Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Kaylin Swart believes her team can be victorious when they take on arch-rivals Nigeria in their opening Group B match at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, at Cape Coast, in Ghana on Sunday. Banyana have been drawn into what many call the ‘group of death’, which besides South Africa and Nigeria, also includes quality opposition in Equatorial Guinea and Zambia. “Nigeria has always been one of our rivals and we know what to expect from them, but our coaches will hopefully put some puzzles together before Sunday,” said Swart, who won her first Banyana cap earlier this year against Sweden.“Whichever way we look at it, it’s going to be a battle.” Referring to the hot and humid conditions in the Cape Coast, Swart said that the heat factor will be the same for bo...
Rohr Happy For Omeruo
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Rohr Happy For Omeruo

“I am really impressed with his performances,” Rohr started, adding, “playing against a team like Athletico Madrid and he was able stay defensively focused and consistent shows his great quality as a defender.” An obviously excited Rohr observed that Omeruo’s performance was a good development for the Eagles and also for his Spanish team as well. “We hope he continues in that manner and for me that gives a stiff competition in the first line of the Super Eagles.” Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has expressed his delight over Kenneth Omeruo’s recent form in the Spanish League.
Xherdan Shaqiri Reveals Jurgen Klopp’s Fury At Liverpool Players After Win vs Huddersfield
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Xherdan Shaqiri Reveals Jurgen Klopp’s Fury At Liverpool Players After Win vs Huddersfield

Klopp was furious (Picture: PA) Liverpool players were on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing courtesy of manager Jurgen Klopp on Saturday, after a disappointing 1-0 win over Huddersfield, according to Xherdan Shaqiri. The Reds were far from their best against David Wagner’s Premier League strugglers and although they secured the three points, Klopp was furious with the performance of his players. Shaqiri confessed that the German coach had ‘shouted’ at his players and demanded a much improved display against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in midweek. ‘Of course, he is very emotional,’ Shaqiri said. Shaqiri and co. came in for some criticism from Klopp (Picture: Action Images via Reuters) ‘He wants the best from you and always that you give 100%. If he s...
Premier League – Matchday 3: Arsenal win over West Ham (3-1)
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Premier League – Matchday 3: Arsenal win over West Ham (3-1)

FIRST LEAGUE – Arsenal finally opens its counter. Defeated in his first two outings, the London club scored their first win of the season against West Ham in the derby (3-1), Saturday on the third day. Friable defensively, Unai Emery’s men did not show a great level. Arsenal finally launches its season, without shining. At first domineering, the Gunners quickly fell back in their sidelines to let West Ham take control of the game. Players, Manuel Pellegrini’s men logically opened the scoring with a superb strike from Marko Arnautovic (25th). We thought Arsenal on the brink but the Gunners were quickly able to get back in the game thanks to Nacho Monreal who took advantage of a center Hector Bellerin to equalize (30th). At half-time Unai Emery took out Alex Iwobi to bring in Alexandre L...
Belgium Ace Lukaku Picks Out Brazil’s Weakness
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Belgium Ace Lukaku Picks Out Brazil’s Weakness

The Manchester United forward believes his side can win through to the semi-finals, but they will have to be clever with the way they attack. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku believes his team can punish Brazil's defence in their World Cup quarter-final. With eight teams remaining, Tite's men are World Cup favourites heading into their meeting with Belgium in Kazan Friday. In eight games this year, including four at the showpiece tournament, Brazil have kept seven clean sheets and conceded just one goal. Despite that, Lukaku – who has netted four goals at the World Cup – feels Belgium can threaten. "Weakness in Brazil? Not really," he said Thursday. "I think offensively they're very strong. They've players who can make the difference, they have good box-to-box players who ar...

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