Thursday, December 9

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Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj
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Europa League: Nabouhane propels Red Star Belgrade past CFR Cluj

The Comoros international got a goal and two assists as the Red-Whites strolled past the reigning Romanian champions Red Star Belgrade defeated CFR Cluj 4-0 in Tuesday’s Europa League first leg play-off round, with El Fardou Ben Nabouhane finding the net. The Comoros international got a second-half goal as the Red-Whites saw off the Romanians, who have failed to win any of their last four games in the tournament. Having crashed out of the Champions League following a 2-1 aggregate loss to FC Sheriff, the Serbian Super Liga side were demoted to the Europa League.
Mikel Arteta Hurt me at Arsenal – Saliba
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Mikel Arteta Hurt me at Arsenal – Saliba

On-loan Arsenal defender, William Saliba, has admitted Mikel Arteta “hurt” him by not giving him enough chances to show his worth. The 19-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2019 from Saint-Etienne in a £27 million deal. He then spent the 2019/2020 season on loan at the Ligue 1 club under the terms of the transfer. But when he came to London, he found opportunities limited under Arteta. Saliba failed to make a single appearance for Arsenal and has now returned to France to join Nice on loan. “I really, really, really didn’t think that I would be transferred for almost €30m,” the youngster explained to TF1. “To think that I would arrive, where people were expecting a lot from me, the fans were excited about me and you find yourself in the reserves, playing zero –...
Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign
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Stoke City boss O’Neill banking on Mikel’s experience for 2020-21 Championship campaign

The Potters fortified their team with the former Nigeria international in the summer in their quest to return to the English top-flight Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill is hoping John Obi Mikel will bring his experience to bear when the 2020-21 Championship campaign gets underway. The 33-year-old teamed up with the Bet365 Stadium outfit in August as a free agent after mutually parting ways with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor. The former Nigeria captain made his name while playing for Chelsea, where he spent 11 years and won a number of accolades including the Champions League, Premier League and Europa League titles, among others.
Ancelotti pushing Everton to bid big for Torino striker Belotti
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Ancelotti pushing Everton to bid big for Torino striker Belotti

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is chasing a deal for Torino striker Andrea Belotti. Tuttosport says Ancelotti wants the Toffees to make a bid worth around €60m for Belotti. The 26-year-old has 15 goals from 31 games in all competitions for Torino this season, including six goals from his six Europa League outings, and Ancelotti is said to be keen to bring him to Goodison Park. Despite interest from Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma, it is Everton's offer which is currently the most attractive to Torino. However, the Serie A side remain reluctant to lose their star man.
Progres Niederkorn 0-0 Rangers (0-2 agg)
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Progres Niederkorn 0-0 Rangers (0-2 agg)

A 2-0 first-leg win proved enough for Rangers as they played out a goalless draw with Progres Niederkorn in the reverse match to advance. Rangers claimed a goalless draw away to Progres Niederkorn in Thursday's second leg to win 2-0 on aggregate and book their place in the Europa League third qualifying round. Having won last week's first leg at Ibrox courtesy of goals from Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo, the visitors saw the job through in a quiet affair at the Stade Josy Barthel to set up a tie with Danish side FC Midtjylland in the next round. There was to be no repeat of the embarrassing 2-0 loss to the same opponents in this fixture two years ago for Rangers, who came closest to scoring across the 90 minutes with Scott Arfield's shot against the post in the first half. ...
‘We want to win it for Mkhitaryan’ – Mustafi frustrated over Arsenal team-mate’s Europa League final absence
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‘We want to win it for Mkhitaryan’ – Mustafi frustrated over Arsenal team-mate’s Europa League final absence

The winger will not feature against Chelsea due to concerns for his safety if he were to travel to Azerbaijan as an Armenian national Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says it's a shame Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play the Europa League final and that his team-mates want to win for the 30-year-old. Mkhitaryan will not travel to Azerbaijan to face Chelsea next Wednesday due to fears over his safety because of his Armenian nationality. The two countries have been at war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh mountains since 1988, although a ceasefire has been in place since 1994.
What Mesut Ozil Said After Arsenal’s 2-0 win Over Napoli
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What Mesut Ozil Said After Arsenal’s 2-0 win Over Napoli

Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil, has spoken on his side’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg 2-0 victory over Napoli on Thursday. Aaron Ramsey and a deflected Lucas Torreira strike gave Arsenal all three points against Napoli at Emirates Stadium. Ozil said Unai Emery’s men got what they wanted against the Serie A side, adding that it was a good result in the first leg. He, however, warned his teammates that they still have a long way to go when they tackle Napoli in the second leg tie in Italy next week Thursday. Speaking, Ozil wrote on Twitter: “We got what we wanted. A good result in the 1st leg. “But still a long way to go next week…! #YaGunnersYa #COYG #M1Ö #UEL.”
Arsenal Squad Against Rennes
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Arsenal Squad Against Rennes

Arsenal travelled with a strong squad for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Rennes. Unai Emery put his players through their final training session on Wednesday at London Colney, before flying out for the last-16 tie. Other than Alexandre Lacazette who is suspended, the only players missing for the Gunners should be long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. Lucas Torreira was sent off at the weekend and will serve a three-match Premier League ban, but is available to feature against Rennes. Stephan Lichtsteiner, who was not in the matchday squad against Spurs, also trained on Wednesday at London Colney. As did Eddie Nketiah, who will travel to France in the absence of Lacazette. Petr Cech will start in goal for the Gunners, returning to ...
Sarri Concerned By Hazard’s Injury Woes
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Sarri Concerned By Hazard’s Injury Woes

Belgian star Eden Hazard’s recent struggles with injury is giving Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri cause for concern the Italian admitted on Wednesday. Hazard The 27-year-old playmaker — who played a pivotal role in Belgium finishing a best ever third in the World Cup in Russia earlier this year — is out of the Europa League match with Greek outfit PAOK on Thursday with an ankle problem. Chelsea are already guaranteed a place in the knockout stages — they need a point to win Group L with one match to go — but Sarri will want Hazard fighting fit come Sunday’s Premier League match with struggling Fulham. “I am worried because 25 days ago he had a back injury,” said Sarri at his eve of match press conference. “Now an ankle. He has lost a lot of training. “It’s normal at the m...
Pogba: I’m At Man Utd To Win Silverware
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Pogba: I’m At Man Utd To Win Silverware

  Paul Pogba insists he's determined to win silverware with Manchester United. The midfielder is determined to add to his personal haul in the near future. “Obviously, we want to win trophies that's for sure, but, like I said, in the first year we won three trophies," he said. “We won the Europa League, that was the main objective, like I said before, and this is the third one [season]. We did not start in the best way, but this season is not finished yet, so we will see at the end. " "I wouldn't say I'm comfortable [with the situation after winning the World Cup]. I am a challenger. I want to win trophies. It's my third season, so it's still ongoing, it's still on and hopefully we will win something this year. “Obviously, as a football player, we want...
UEFA Reveals Nine Historic Records Ronaldo And Messi Are Yet To Break
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UEFA Reveals Nine Historic Records Ronaldo And Messi Are Yet To Break

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, has revealed nine records Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo have not yet broken in the history of Europe’s topflight competitions, (Champions League and Europe League). UEFA took to their official website today to release the records, indicating that Messi and Ronaldo are yet to break the following feats in the Europe topflight leagues: 1. Most appearances – Messi has 126, while Ronaldo has 158, but the record is being held by Porto goalkeeper, Iker Casillas (179). 2. Most final goals – Messi has scored only two final goals (in 2009 and 2011), while Ronaldo has four (one apiece in 2008 and 2014, and two in 2017) but is still three shy of the record shared by two Real Madrid legends, Alfredo Di St...
Mourinho Set To Admit To Tax Dodging In Spain
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Mourinho Set To Admit To Tax Dodging In Spain

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to admit to a Spanish court investigating him that he evaded 3.3 million euros ($3.8 million) in tax while coaching Real Madrid, Spanish daily El Mundo reported Tuesday.   Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho reacts after the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna outside Stockholm. / AFP PHOTO The 55-year-old Portuguese is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said last year. He has reportedly accepted to pay a fine corresponding to 60 percent of the amount he allegedly hid from the taxman and to a one-year prison sentence that should be commuted into another fine, the newspaper said. That should come t...

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