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Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy
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Champions League: Chelsea hero, Frank Names Favourite Clubs to win Trophy

Chelsea hero, Frank Lebouef, has named Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as the favourites clubs to win the Champions League ahead of the Blues this season. Leboeuf feels Chelsea is far away from winning the Champions League this season despite beating Porto 2-0 in the quarter-final first-leg on Wednesday. “You can say you have a feeling, but you cannot say Chelsea has a chance to win the Champions League, You have to be far away from really thinking that,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “Of course, in one game, you do not know what can happen and it happened for them when they played Bayern Munich in 2012, playing the final in Munich. It is possible. “But they’ll have to be more consistent up front, stronger in the middle of the park to just hope of winning someth...
Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto
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Mason Mount Warns Chelsea Players after Victory Over Porto

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has warned Thomas Tuchel’s men following their Champions League quarter-final first-leg 2-0 victory over FC Porto on Wednesday night in Spain. Mount, who scored a goal against Porto, cautioned the Blues players that it was ‘only half-time’ and their work was far from complete in the Champions League last-8. Two goals from Mount and Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea the first-leg advantage ahead of the second-leg next Tuesday. “A very important game for us and me personally, to get my first goal in the Champions League,” Mount told Virgin Media Sport. “It was probably a long time coming, I have been waiting for the moment, and I am delighted it’s come tonight in a big win. “To keep a clean sheet as well going into the second leg, it’s a big perfor...
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: ...
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...
PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games
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PSG Star, Neymar Banned for two Games

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed. Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended. PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table. Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victor...
What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich
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What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has heaped praises on his players, including Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, for their “enormous sacrifice” after beating Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night in Germany. Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG before Marquinhos made it 2-0 for the visitors, thanks to Neymar’s assists. However, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller then equalized for Bayern before Mbappe netted again to give Pochottino’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week. “I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, who found themselves in difficult situations against the best side in Europe,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference after the game. “We ne...
Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich
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Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich

  Julian Draxler has said that his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe has ‘quality like no-one else in the world.’ Draxler said this after Mbappe netted twice to help the French champions to a memorable 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. Mbappe opened the scoring for the visitors and Marquinhos made it 2-0, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller had equalised for Bayern before Mbappe netted again. PSG now have a huge advantage going into the second leg in France with three away goals and Draxler had no doubts who they had to thank for the fine win. He said the prolific Frenchman possesses quality that no other player in the world can match. “That’s what [Mbappé] is there for becau...
Why I’m Scared of Checking my Phone – Arsenal’s Willian
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Why I’m Scared of Checking my Phone – Arsenal’s Willian

Arsenal forward, Willian has said that he is too scared to look at his phone at times for fear of racial abuse on social media. The Brazilian said this following the racial attacks on Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.. The Liverpool stars were sent racist emojis on Instagram ahead of their Champions League quarter-finals first leg clash with the Real Madrid game on Tuesday. Willian is calling for the handlers of the social media platforms to take more responsibility for their output. “Does it frighten me to look at my phone? Yes, sometimes, to be honest,” Willian said, according to Express. “We are human. I want to understand who these people think they are to come to speak like that to us. “It really affects me when they talk about my fam...
Tuchel vs Lampard: Michael Essien Names right Manager for Chelsea
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Tuchel vs Lampard: Michael Essien Names right Manager for Chelsea

Former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, has named Thomas Tuchel as the ‘right’ manager for the Blues ahead of his predecessor, Frank Lampard. Essien disclosed this ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against FC Porto on Wednesday night in Sevilla. Tuchel replaced Lampard at Stamford Bridge after the Englishman was sacked by Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, last January. “I have to be proud of him [Frank Lampard] for what he did because I think he did a very good job [at Chelsea],” Essien told talkSPORT. “He brought several young players through, so I think he did a good job. He did very well. “But it’s the business of football. If the results aren’t coming, then the manager pays for it, but he should be very proud of himself. “Knowing Fr...
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...
Owen Predicts Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs Dortmund
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Owen Predicts Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs Dortmund

  Michael Owen, a former Manchester United striker, has predicted tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. Owen also predicted Manchester City’s clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester City welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad ahead of a match, which on paper has the potential to be a classic. “Although a few years have passed, Pep Guardiola is no stranger to the Germans after going head-to-head with them on multiple occasions whilst manager of rivals Bayern Munich. “This time around, Guardiola’s City side are on the cusp of greatness as they remain on course in all competitions. It’s 26 wins in their...
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 ...
Chelsea Suffers Injury Blow Ahead of Porto Tie after West Brom Loss
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Chelsea Suffers Injury Blow Ahead of Porto Tie after West Brom Loss

Chelsea will not have Christian Pulisic available for their Champions League clash against FC Porto in midweek. The American winger was taken off at half time, during their 5-2 defeat to West Brom on Saturday. Pulisic started the season still recovering from a hamstring strain he picked up in last year’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal. He has struggled to maintain his fitness ever since his return in October. Pulisic was allowed to impress from the start against the Baggies and registered only his second Premier League goal of the season to put his side ahead. He was, however, replaced by Mason Mount at the start of the second half. According to NBCSN pundit, Robbie Earle, Tuchel confirmed Pulisic had complained of a hamstring niggle which would likely render him...
What i told Tottenham players before 3-0 defeat to Dinamo – Mourinho
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What i told Tottenham players before 3-0 defeat to Dinamo – Mourinho

  Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho has said that his players ignored the instruction he gave them before their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday. Having won the first leg 2-0 in London, the Premier League side suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to minnows Dinamo Zagreb who knocked them out of the Europa League. The Portuguese gaffer claimed that his players ignored the tactical instructions he gave them before the kick off. Mislav Orsic scored a hat-trick for Dinamo to take the Croatian side through to the Europa League quarter-finals. “I believe that by surprise we were not caught,” said the former Chelsea boss after the game that left him frustrated. “Before the game I told the players to play to win. Play the game to be dominant “Don’t go i...
AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Agg 1-2) : Paul Pogba to the Rescue as United cruise to Europa League Quarterfinals
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AC Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Agg 1-2) : Paul Pogba to the Rescue as United cruise to Europa League Quarterfinals

Paul Pogba's second half cameo was all Manchester United needed to secure a quarter final berth at the expense of a dogged Milan side intent on frustrating Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's team. Milan got a vital away goal in last week's first leg at Old Trafford and with the availability of star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic many expected them to disturb United's party on Thursday night, March 18. Paul Pogba came off the bench in the second half to score the decisive goal, picking his spot from a tight angle in the left inside channel to give United a 0-1 win and secure a 2-1 aggregate triumph in the tie. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had Milan's best opportunity, but Dean Henderson was on point to deny the veteran forward. United despite facing pressure, comfortably held out at the end t...
Why I Played Ziyech in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid – Tuchel
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Why I Played Ziyech in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid – Tuchel

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has given reasons he featured Hakim Ziyech in Chelsea’s Champions League round of 16 second-leg 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Tuchel said he played Ziyech against Atletico Madrid because the Moroccan international has good experience in the round of 16 during his time at Ajax. Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri got the goals on the night at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea progressed on a 3-0 aggregate, having won 1-0 in the first leg. “He played today because he did it with Ajax, and he came to a semi-final. “He has good experience in the round of 16. He knows how it feels to arrive in the Knockout round and go through to the last eight. “The second reason he played is because he deserved it,” Tuchel said at his post-match press confe...
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie

Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has predicted victory for Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday. Hargreaves said that even though Atlético Madrid are not a team to write off at this point of the competition, Chelsea stand a better chance of progressing. Chelsea have not tasted defeat since January when Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard and got a 1-0 lead after Olivier Giroud’s spectacular winner in the first leg. They have also not conceded a single goal in their past five matches. Hargreaves believes that the Thomas Tuchel’s experience of guiding PSG to last season’s Champions League final could also prove valuable. “I think he got that PSG team to the final. Pep spoke about experience, you see ...
Dinamo Zagreb Manager, Zoran Mamic Jailed ahead of Tottenham Clash
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Dinamo Zagreb Manager, Zoran Mamic Jailed ahead of Tottenham Clash

  Dinamo Zagreb boss, Zoran Mamic has resigned after being sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. The manager resigned ahead of the teams’ Europa League clash with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham leaving his boys in disarray. The manager and his brother Zdravko were convicted of corruption charges in 2018. Mamic tendered his resignation as Dinamo Zagreb boss immediately after Croatia’s Supreme Court upheld the initial rulings on Monday. In a statement on the club’s official website, Mamic, said, “Although I don’t feel guilty, I resign as I said before I would do if the sentence was confirmed. “I wish all the good luck to the club.” His resignation was accepted immediately by the club’s board and Damir Krznar was swiftly appointed as his successor. Di...
Michael Owen Predicts Olympiacos vs Arsenal, Tottenham vs Dinamo, Man Utd vs Milan
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Michael Owen Predicts Olympiacos vs Arsenal, Tottenham vs Dinamo, Man Utd vs Milan

  Michael Owen, a former Liverpool striker, has predicted Manchester United to beat AC Milan when both teams clash in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first-leg fixture at Old Trafford on Thursday evening. Owen also predicted Arsenal to defeat Olympiakos at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece. According to him, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur will beat Dinamo Zagreb in England. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Manchester United and AC Milan have shared quite a few memorable ties in years gone by. Often this has been in the Champions League, but now they reacquaint in the Europa with both sides at similar stages of rebuilding after a few years of transition. “United will no doubt be happy to let Milan come at them. However, the Italians are a clever...
Fabio Capello Blasts Ronaldo for Turning Back as Porto Eliminate Juventus
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Fabio Capello Blasts Ronaldo for Turning Back as Porto Eliminate Juventus

  Former Juventus manager, Fabio Capello, has slammed forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, over the way he failed to defend FC Porto’s free-kick in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Tuesday night. Ronaldo was in the Juventus wall but turned his back at a key moment, allowing Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick from a distance to go under as Porto knocked Andrea Pirlo’s side out of the Champions League. Juventus were eliminated on a 4-4 aggregate, having lost 2-1 in the first-leg in Portugal. Reacting, Capello was not impressed with Ronaldo as he called the 36-year-old’s error ‘unforgivable’. “Certain goals cannot be conceded,” Capello said in his role as Sky Sport Italia pundit. “Cristiano Ronaldo jumping and turning in the wall… whoever is in the wall cannot be ...
PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash
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PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been ruled out of their Champions League tie against Barcelona, after failing to recover from a thigh problem. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since picking up the injury against Caen on February 10. Neymar returned to light training, but PSG confirmed on Tuesday that this week’s second leg against Barca in the round-of-16 comes too soon. “He’s very sad. He was really looking forward to going to Barcelona. He loves Barcelona. “He’s a player who loves to play these games, he’s made for them,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. Neymar, who joined PSG from Barca for a world record €222million fee in 2017, also missed the first leg at Camp Nou, which the French champions won 4-1.
Liverpool Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of RB Leipzig Clash
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Liverpool Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of RB Leipzig Clash

Premier League champions, Liverpool, look set to be without striker, Roberto Firmino, when they take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night in Budapest, Hungary. Firmino was absent from Liverpool’s training in Kirkby on Tuesday ahead of the game against Leipzig on Wednesday night due to a sore knee, Sky Sports report. Recall that the Brazilian missed Liverpool’s defeat against Fulham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the first-leg last month. However, speaking during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, expressed confidence that his team can make their way through to the last-8 despite their recent bad form in the Premier League. Klopp said, “Two t...
UEFA Confirms Venue for Liverpool’s Champions League Clash with Leipzig
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UEFA Confirms Venue for Liverpool’s Champions League Clash with Leipzig

Liverpool and RB Leipzig will return to Budapest to play their Champions League round-of-16 second leg match, UEFA confirmed on Thursday. The first leg ended 2-0 in the Reds’ favour. Liverpool cannot play Leipzig at Anfield because the Bundesliga club players would have to undergo 10 days of isolation upon returning from the UK. “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and RB Leipzig will now be played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest,” UEFA said in a statement. The first leg was originally scheduled to be played at the Red Bull Arena in Germany. It was shifted to Budapest after German authorities denied Liverpool entry into the country due to COVID-19 protocols .
Chelsea vs Man Utd: I Was in a Dark Place After Losing to Solskjaer – Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: I Was in a Dark Place After Losing to Solskjaer – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat to Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League, left him in a ‘dark place’. In March 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side arrived at the Parc des Princes 2-0 down after a first-leg home defeat and amid an injury crisis. However, they went on to win 3-1 and qualify for the quarter-final. Tuchel faces Solskjaer again with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, in a match that will have implications in the battle to finish in the top four. “I can be very honest after that match I was two days in a very dark place and I can tell you I was not able to speak to anybody and to think about anything else [other] than this defeat,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash. “Th...
Michael Owen Predicts Atalanta vs Real Madrid, Monchengladbach vs Man City
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Michael Owen Predicts Atalanta vs Real Madrid, Monchengladbach vs Man City

  Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has predicted Real Madrid to beat Atalanta in tonight’s UEFA Champions League last-16, first-leg clash at Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo, Italy. Owen also predicted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at Puskás Aréna in Budapest, Hungary. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “After racking up four wins in a row, Real Madrid are starting to resemble the Los Blancos’ we’ve all become accustomed to. Messrs Modric, Kroos and Casemiro have all come alive and despite being on the brink of exiting this tournament in the group stages, they now must be considered as outright contenders. “However, first, they must overcome a tricky knockout tie against Atalanta. The Serie A si...
Why I Love Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku
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Why I Love Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said that he loves Chelsea because the Stamford Bridge club gave him an opportunity to play in the English Premier League when he was a kid. Lukaku made this known on Tuesday evening during a Question & Answer session with fans on his official Twitter page before Chelsea’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid. The Belgium international while responding to @Nelson6544 who wanted to know how he feels towards Chelsea. The Twitter user asked, “What do you feel towards Chelsea?” And in response, Lukaku said, “Nothing but love. They gave me an opportunity to come to the @premierleague as a kid. “You can’t have everything in life, and I’m cool with that. “I’m glad that experience got me to where I am t...
Champions League is Not My Priority – Chelsea Manager, Tuchel
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Champions League is Not My Priority – Chelsea Manager, Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said the Champions League is not a priority for him. Tuchel stated this on the eve of their last-16 first leg against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday. According to the German who reached the final last season with Paris Saint-Germain, the competition will not take precedence over others. “My priority is the next game we play. “That has never been different and hopefully will never change. It is exactly what I expect from my players and my teams: that when we wear a Chelsea shirt, we play a Chelsea game and that means we play to win and give 100 per cent of effort and intensity. “It’s very nice and exciting to play Champions League games in the knockout stages, but there is no preference,” Tuchel said.
Thomas Tuchel Singles Out Kante, Zouma for Praise
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Thomas Tuchel Singles Out Kante, Zouma for Praise

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has singled out N’Golo Kante and Kurt Zouma for praise ahead of his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at National Arena in Romania. Tuchel said he was very pleased with Kante and Zouma’s performances so far for the club. The German handed Kante and Zouma their first Premier League starts under his tenure over the weekend in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Atletico Madrid, Tuchel was quoted by the Blues’ official website as saying: “It is a process and I have learnt a lot of positives about Zouma. I was very happy with Kurt’s performance. “He performed his role at a top-level, which pleased me.” “With N’Golo, I saw how well he’s been playi...
Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona
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Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has revealed that captain, Lionel Messi, will join Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer. Rivaldo believes Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat against PSG would be Messi’s last Champions League game for the La Liga giants at Camp Nou. Recall that PSG thrashed Barcelona in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe. “This heavy defeat against PSG will almost certainly be Messi’s last Champions League game with Barcelona at the Camp Nou,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “[Barcelona cannot give Messi] the real possibility of fighting for big trophies. “His future will be PSG, even more so given his display at the Camp Nou. They are a team that can give him the opti...
Champions League: UEFA Announce new Venue for Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City
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Champions League: UEFA Announce new Venue for Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City

UEFA has confirmed that the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie between Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City, has been moved from Germany to Budapest due to COVID-19 protocols. The match will still be played on February 24. “UEFA would like to thank Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach and Manchester City FC for their close cooperation and support, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for their assistance and agreeing to host the match in question,” an official statement read. Liverpool’s Champions League tie against RB Leipzig next week has also been moved from Germany to Budapest. This comes after German authorities refused to give Liverpool an exemption from restrictions limiting travel from the UK, where an aggressive variant of COVID-19 is sp...
Champions League Squad: UEFA Confirms Changes for Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, other clubs
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Champions League Squad: UEFA Confirms Changes for Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, other clubs

UEFA has disclosed that the sixteen clubs in the Champions League round of 16 have confirmed their squad changes ahead of the first-leg tie on February 16 and 17. The Europe top football body disclosed this in a post via its website on Wednesday. The sixteen teams in the Champions League round of 16 are Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Lazio, Leipzig, Liverpool, Manchester City, Mönchengladbach, Porto and Sevilla. Recall that each club left in the competition was permitted to register three new eligible A list players by midnight on Tuesday 2 February. Below are the changes made by each clubs: Atalanta: In: Joakim Maehle, Boško Šutalo Out: Fabio Depaoli, Alejandro Gómez, Johan Mojica, Cr...
Paul Pogba Will be a Manchester United Player Next Season – Ole Solskjaer Dismisses Exit Rumors Despite Public Spat With Pogba’s Agent
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Paul Pogba Will be a Manchester United Player Next Season – Ole Solskjaer Dismisses Exit Rumors Despite Public Spat With Pogba’s Agent

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has revealed that star player Paul Pogba won't be sold and will remain a Manchester United player next season despite recent online spats made by Pogba's agent against Solksjaer and the club. Pogba's multi-millionaire agent, Mino Raiola last month entered into a war of words with Solksjaer claiming that the Pogba was being held against his will and that the player will reaccess his options this season despite not playing regularly due to an ankle injury. Pogba who has two years left in his contract now reportedly wants a new contract but could stay at the club having seen first hand how good the club's football has been since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in January.        United were planning to sell him this sum...
U-17 W/Cup Qualifier: Flamingoes Thrash Guinea In Conakry
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U-17 W/Cup Qualifier: Flamingoes Thrash Guinea In Conakry

Nigeria’s U-17 Flamingoe defeat Guinea 6-1 in the first-leg first round of the 2020 FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier in Conakry on Saturday. Yemisi Samuel scored 3 goals in the 11th, 85th and 91st minutes of the encounter. Also, Rofiat Imuran scored two goals in the 38th and 65th minutes while Chinyere Kalu opened scoring on three minutes.
Coronavirus: Juventus to Play Inter Milan Behind Closed Doors
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Coronavirus: Juventus to Play Inter Milan Behind Closed Doors

Sunday’s Serie A fixture between Juventus and Inter Milan will be played behind close doors because of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. DAILY POST recalls that confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has been reported in Italy as more than 400 people have been infected. Almost all the cases are reported in northern Italy. Juventus confirmed this in a statement on its official website on Thursday. Maurizio Sarri’s men head to the game following a 1-0 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter on Wednesday. “Juventus vs. Inter, scheduled for 20:45 on Sunday 1 March at the Allianz Stadium, will be played behind closed doors,” a club statement read. “Lega Serie A communicated, in compliance with the Decree of the President o...
Aubameyang Reveals what Caused Late Miss as Arsenal Crash Out Against Olympiacos
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Aubameyang Reveals what Caused Late Miss as Arsenal Crash Out Against Olympiacos

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has blamed fatigue and cramps for his late miss, as they crashed out of the Europa League to Olympiacos on Thursday night. The Gunners led 1-0 from the first leg, but were forced to go to extra time after Pape Abou Cisse put the Greek side ahead in the 53rd minute at the Emirates Stadium. Aubameyang equalized with a superb overhead kick, to put his side back in front. But Youssef El-Arabi netted late on to restore Olympiacos’ lead with a minute remaining. Aubameyang was handed a clear-cut chance from seven yards out in the closing stages of the match, but he lashed his effort wide of goal. “Yeah… I don’t even know, I feel very, very bad, yeah that can happen, I don’t know how I missed this chance, I was tired, I had some cramps...
Lampard Wants 8 Chelsea Players to Leave Stamford Bridge after Heavy Defeat to Bayern Munich
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Lampard Wants 8 Chelsea Players to Leave Stamford Bridge after Heavy Defeat to Bayern Munich

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard wants eight players of the club to leave Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun. Lampard was angered after his side crashed to a 3-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat at Stamford Bridge to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has recently lost his starting place to Willy Caballero is among those the former England international no longer needs at the club. The Englishman wants to overhaul the club and bring in his own reinforcements. Others are midfield pair Ross Barkley and Jorginho. According to the newspaper, Lampard also wants left backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson out while Kurt Zouma, Willian and Pedro will be assessed between now and the end of the season. With the heavy defeat to Bayern, Lampard ...
Wenger Reveals why Barcelona Will not Win Trophy
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Wenger Reveals why Barcelona Will not Win Trophy

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said Barcelona are not good enough to win the Champions League this season. Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday night. Although a lot of pundits and bookies have installed the Spanish giants as favourites, Wenger does not agree. When it was suggested Barcelona were not good enough to lift the trophy, Wenger told beIN Sports: “I would agree. “This Barcelona side has similar numbers to Napoli. On average they have 13 shots on goal, but they concede as well 13 shots on goal. “And I knew Barcelona when they had 27 shots on goal and conceded two.”
Messi does stuff you only see on a PlayStation – Napoli boss Gattuso
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Messi does stuff you only see on a PlayStation – Napoli boss Gattuso

The Serie A giants are being charged with the task of trying to contain the Argentine in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 showdown. Lionel Messi cannot be stopped, admits Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso, with the Barcelona superstar capable of doing things that “you only see on a PlayStation”. While talking up the obvious qualities of the Argentine forward, Gattuso is being charged with the task of trying to contain them. La Liga giants Barca are due in Naples on Tuesday for the first leg of an eagerly-anticipated Champions League last-16 encounter. Messi will be expected to lead the charge for the visitors in surroundings once graced by his fellow countryman Diego Maradona. Napoli need no reminding of what they are up against, with the toughest of challenges fa...
Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool
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Simeone Reveals Why Atletico Madrid Defeated Liverpool

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, has disclosed that his side defeated Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg encounter on Tuesday night because his players started very well and got an early goal. He also hailed his players for their impressive performances against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Simeone’s men defeated the Premier League leaders at the Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to an early goal from Saul Niguez. Speaking after the match, Simeone was quoted by Atletico Madrid’s official website as saying: “We started very well and found a goal against Liverpool, and then we understood that we could defend well against them regardless of where the match took us. “This is one of those nights that you never forget, beating the best team in the world. “My player...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Michael Owen Predicts Champions League Clash

Former Premier League and La Liga striker, Michael Owen, has given his prediction for tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Atletico Madrid will host Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg fixture. Diego Simeone’s side head to the match following a 2-2 draw with Valencia in La Liga last weekend, while the Reds defeated Norwich City 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Providing his prediction, Owen was quoted by Sport Review as saying: “Liverpool goes into Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium with almost fully fit squad where they won their sixth Champions League trophy last June. “Diego Simeone’s side is unbeaten in their last t...
Juventus Squad Against AC Milan Released
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Juventus Squad Against AC Milan Released

Juventus have released their squad to face AC Milan in the Coppa Italian semi-final first leg tie on Thursday night. Maurizio Sarri’s side announced a 21-man squad to tackle the Rossoneri at San Siro through their official website on Wednesday night. The Serie A champions head to the game following a 2-1 defeat to Verona in their last fixture. Juventus squad against AC Milan: Danilo, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Higuain, Rugani, Rabiot, Bentancur, Pinsoglio, Olivieri, Coccolo, Wesley, Buffon, Szczesny, De Sciglio, De Ligt, Pjanic, Ronaldo, Ramsey, Dybala and Alex Sandro. The match kick-off time is 8:45pm.
Victor Moses Explains Why Napoli Defeated Inter Milan
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Victor Moses Explains Why Napoli Defeated Inter Milan

Inter Milan winger ,Victor Moses, has revealed why his side was beaten 1-0 by Napoli in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg encounter on Wednesday night at the San Siro. Napoli defeated Inter Milan, thanks to Fabian Ruiz Pena’s second-half strike. But Moses believes Antonio Conte’s men were tired during the match following their 3-2 victory over AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday. “We were kind of tired after the match against AC Milan on Sunday,” Moses told Inter TV after the match. “We are upset at the outcome, but Inter needs to start winning again in our next match and look forward. “We will try to improve against Lazio in our next fixture and do our best, but we are disappointed with today’s result. “Football in Italy is so tactical, we have a fantastic manager [Con...
De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd
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De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd

  f Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has said Pep Guardiola spent only 15 minutes preparing the false-nine tactics, that helped to blow Manchester United away in the first half of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie. City went 3-0 up in 38 minutes during the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford, thanks to Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal. Marcus Rashford then pulled a goal back for United after half-time. Pep Guardiola often used a false nine, when he was in charge at Barcelona but has rarely done so at City. But despite their lack of experience with the tactic, De Bruyne told Sky Sports: “We did 15 minutes on it in the morning, that’s about it. “We didn’t train that but it’s not like we never did it before – we did it sometimes agains...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Rashford Reveals what he Expects from Guardiola’s Man City

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has revealed what he expects from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City when his side take on the Premier League champions in tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg clash. Rashford said he expects Guardiola to “change something” in his formation that will face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford. Man United recently defeated Man City 2-1 in the Premier League last December when both sides clashed at the Etihad Stadium. “It’s two big games against City but we’re one step away from Wembley,” Rashord told MUTV. “That’s the objective for us. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we know what that means for the club, and for the players and staff as well. Hopefully, we can perform well and get results in these ...
Sudan Defeats Nigeria 1-0 In The First Leg Of The 2019 Africa U23 Cup Of Nation
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Sudan Defeats Nigeria 1-0 In The First Leg Of The 2019 Africa U23 Cup Of Nation

Sudan defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the first leg of the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Al-Merreikh Stadium. Walaa Eldin Musa scored the only goal that separated both teams as Sudan held on to a crucial first-leg advantage. Nigeria started the game on the stronger foot but failed to convert their chances with Mainz forward Taiwo Awoniyi and Genk attacker Stephen Odey coming closest to firing them ahead. The West Africans paid for their missed opportunities when Eldin Musa placed his effort past goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar on the stroke of half-time. Despite making three changes in the final 20 minutes of the encounter, Sudan fought off the challenge from the Olympic Eagles to bag a crucial first-leg victory in front of their home fans. Nigeria face an uphill ta...
Klopp: Liverpool were like wolves that hadn’t eaten in eight weeks vs Barca
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Klopp: Liverpool were like wolves that hadn’t eaten in eight weeks vs Barca

The German boss says his team were "madmen' in the last four Champions League tie, as they managed to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit Liverpool were like a pack of food-deprived wolves in their Champions Leaguesecond leg semi-final tie against Barcelona, according to Jurgen Klopp. The Reds beat the Spanish champions 4-0 at Anfield on May 5, thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, completing one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the competition. Barca won the first leg 3-0 at Camp Nou and were favourites to reach the final in Madrid, but nothing went to plan for Ernesto Valverde's men on Merseyside.  
Keown Hands Emery List of Starting XI for Europa League Second leg tie
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Keown Hands Emery List of Starting XI for Europa League Second leg tie

Former Arsenal star, Martin Keown has given manager, Unai Emery, the list of starting XI to use against Valencia when both sides clash in the Europa League semi-final second leg tie next week Thursday at Mestalla. Keown wants Emery to use the same XI that finished the first leg against Valencia when the two teams clash in the second leg next week. The ex-defender said this following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Valencia in the Europa League semi-final first leg tie on Thursday at Emirates Stadium. A brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, gave Unai Emery’s men all three points against Valencia at the Emirates. “That third goal is so important,” Keown said on BT Sport. “Valencia, in fairness, I thought they were trying to settle for 2-1 and i...
Why I Played Wijnaldum as Top striker against Barcelona – Klopp
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Why I Played Wijnaldum as Top striker against Barcelona – Klopp

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has explained why he played midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum, as a top striker during his side’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. Klopp said he decided to play Wijnaldum as a centre-forward against the La Liga champions because Liverpool needed a player between the lines who is good enough to keep and pass the ball. A goal from Luis Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi gave Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points against the Reds. Speaking on his decision to play Wijnaldum as a top striker against Barcelona, Klopp was quoted by Metro UK as saying on Friday ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Newcastle on Saturday: ‘It was quite a big task’. I said to him: ‘What does it say about you?...
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Chelsea 1: Pedro on target as Sarri’s men impress
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Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Chelsea 1: Pedro on target as Sarri’s men impress

Luka Jovic gave Eintracht Frankfurt a first-half lead against Chelsea but Pedro levelled in the Europa League semi-final first leg. Pedro netted a potentially crucial away goal as Chelsea quelled Eintracht Frankfurt in a 1-1 Europa League semi-final draw at Commerzbank-Arena. Luka Jovic enhanced his growing reputation by scoring his 26th goal of the season, a fabulous header that put Eintracht ahead after 23 minutes of the first leg. But Maurizio Sarri's men turned the tide and Pedro struck amid a flurry of late first-half pressure. David Luiz hit the crossbar with a free-kick and the rested Eden Hazard was sent on after the hour mark to try to force an elusive winner, although the Premier League side remain well positioned to seal their place in the final in Baku. Roa...

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