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Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City
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Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that his side will come back stronger in next season’s Carabao Cup. Guardiola said this while reacting to Man City’s Carabao Cup round of 16 defeat against West Ham United on Wednesday night. West Ham defeated Man City 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after normal time. Reacting after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference, “An incredible run has finished (but) we finished in a good way. “We played in a really good way, creating chances against a team who defended deep. “On penalties, they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. “Next year we will be back.”
Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov
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Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the right manager to take the club forward, judging on the Red Devils’ 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Berbatov also said that Solskjaer is going to be in trouble if Man United don’t win their next match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Recall that Liverpool thrashed Man United 5-0 last weekend at Old Trafford, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and two goals each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. “Judging on the Liverpool match, Solskjaer isn’t the right man to take the club forward,” he told Betfair. “For some fans, that’s the most important game of the season and we want to beat Liverpool maybe more than we want to beat City. “That being said, we have to look at the bigger p...
‘I’m tired of f*cking losing ‘ – Anthony Joshua says
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‘I’m tired of f*cking losing ‘ – Anthony Joshua says

Anthony Joshua has stated he is tired of losing, a month after he lost his heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua, 32, lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to the Ukrainian southpaw in September at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, with the Briton comprehensively outclassed over 12 rounds. AJ has activated his rematch clause and is expected to face Usyk again in March next year, with pundits and fans doubtful that the British-Nigerian boxer can refine his style in such a short space of time to avenge his defeat in north London. Speaking to iFL TV, he said; I'm done with f***ing losing,' 'I'm done with trying to learn the sweet science. The referee might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war. It's just straight war, I'm annoyed. I'm boiling up even ...
Super sub Chambers helps Arsenal into last eight
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Super sub Chambers helps Arsenal into last eight

Calum Chambers scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute to help Arsenal secure a 2-0 victory over Leeds in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Just seconds after replacing the injured Ben White 10 minutes into the second half, Chambers made an instant impact heading Nicolas Pepe's knockback inches over the goal line despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Illan Meslier. The Gunners made the game safe when former Leeds loanee Eddie Nketiah pounced on Liam Cooper's poor defensive header before lifting the ball over the onrushing Meslier. Nketiah, who made just two league starts in 17 appearances for Leeds during the 2019/20 season before having his loan spell cut short at Elland Road, almost fluffed his lines in front of an open goal, but his scuffed shot found ...
Alex Ferguson blocks Man Utd from sacking Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat
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Alex Ferguson blocks Man Utd from sacking Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat

Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has influenced the club’s decision over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future. According to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, senior officials at Old Trafford were in an urgent meeting on Monday. The meeting took place 24 hours after United were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool at home in the Premier League. However, during the discussions, Ferguson made a case for Solskjaer to continue as the team prepares for a trip to Tottenham Hotspur next. Romano tweeted: “Manchester United internal talks. Main part of board [Sir Alex Ferguson too] wants to give Solskjær another chance to be in charge for Tottenham game. “Pressure still high around Ole. No official talks with Antonio Conte – but he’d accept the job in the next days too.” It ...
Mourinho has given Man Utd board ‘fear’ over appointing Conte
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Mourinho has given Man Utd board ‘fear’ over appointing Conte

Manchester United’s hierarchy are concerned about hiring Antonio Conte as they feel his style is “too similar” to Jose Mourinho’s, according to the UK Telegraph. Conte is believed to be keen on replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss is currently out of work. United are considering Solskjaer’s future following a disastrous 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday. Solskjaer indicated after the game that he wants to continue in the role, but members of United’s squad now have major reservations over his tactical nous and decisions regarding team selection. Conte is among the frontrunners to replace Solskjaer, but United’s hierarchy are “wary” of his man-management and fear his methods are “too similar” to that of Mourinho. ...
Chelsea vs Southampton: Tuchel confirms changes for Carabao Cup tie
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Chelsea vs Southampton: Tuchel confirms changes for Carabao Cup tie

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that he will make some changes when his side host Southampton in tonight’s Carabao Cup round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel said this during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Southampton clash. Chelsea head to the game following a 7-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend. “There will be some changes, how much I don’t know yet,” Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying. “Sometimes you can never be fully sure, do you interrupt a good flow, is it better to keep everybody in there and playing to keep the momentum going or is it the moment to give some players a rest? “But we have an excellent department at Cobham that helps us take these decisions – the guys who do the analysing, the guys who do the...
Mourinho exposes Napoli’s game plan with Osimhen
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Mourinho exposes Napoli’s game plan with Osimhen

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Napoli initially tried to play a direct game through Victor Osimhen, during their 0-0 draw on Sunday. The two Serie A teams settled for a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico. It was the first time Osimhen and his team mates had failed to score in the league this season, after a 100 percent winning record in their previous eight matches. “The game had a lot of transitions in it – they tried to play really directly through Osimhen and then bring others into play around him. “When we dropped a bit deeper then Insigne started to play in central areas, and that was when it became important for [Jordan] Veretout and Bryan Cristante to close that space down. “[On Sunday] I liked the organisation, and the way we controlled – in a certain sens...
EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

Barcelona have condemned the ‘violent’ attack on their manager, Ronald Koeman, following their LaLiga El Clasico 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday. A group of angry Barcelona fans surrounded Koeman’s car, as he drove away from the Nou Camp after their defeat to Real Madrid. Koeman’s men lost to Real Madrid at home following goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez as Sergio Aguero’s late goal was not enough. Reacting to the development, Barcelona, in a tweet via their Twitter handle, said they would implement measures to ensure “such unfortunate events do not happen again”. Barcelona tweeted, “FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. “The Club will take security and disciplinary measures so tha...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he will not resign following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford, as the Reds outclassed their hosts in the Premier League encounter. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool, as they inflicted a huge defeat on Solskjaer’s men. The game saw United fans walk out of the stadium as early as the 50th minute, amid calls for the Norwegian to resign or be sacked. The 46-year-old has however made it clear he will be sticking around. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. “It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. “We know we are rock bottom, we can’t ...
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti names squad for El Clasico
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti names squad for El Clasico

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has named his side’s squad to face Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Ancelotti released a list of 23 players to tackle Barcelona in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Saturday. Real Madrid head to the game following a 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Barcelona: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Luis López. Defenders: Carvajal, E. Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Camavinga and Blanco. Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo and Mariano. The kick-off time for Barcelona vs Real Madrid is 3.15 pm.
Arteta gives fresh injury update on Aubameyang, Lacazette as Arsenal defeat Aston Villa
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Arteta gives fresh injury update on Aubameyang, Lacazette as Arsenal defeat Aston Villa

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has provided the latest injury update on strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Arteta withdrew Aubameyang at the stroke of full-time for Gabriel Martinelli during his side’s Premier League 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Friday night. Aubameyang had picked up an injury at full-time during Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa. His teammate, Lacazette, also limped off during the clash. Arsenal defeated Arsenal thanks to goals from Thomas Partey, Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe. “No, no he [Aubameyang] was just cramping,” Arteta was quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying after the game. He added, “Laca was fatigued. He hasn’t played that many minutes. He worked so hard and at some stage, he just said ‘I’ve had enough’ a...
Chelsea vs Norwich City: Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash confirmed
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Chelsea vs Norwich City: Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash confirmed

Chelsea’s squad to face Norwich City in today’s Premier League tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel named a 21-man squad to tackle Norwich at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s men head to the game following a 4-0 victory over Malmo in the Champions League in midweek. Below is Chelsea’s full squad against Norwich: Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Edouard Mendy. Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta. Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount. Forwards: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz. The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Norwich is ...
What Man Utd needs to become a better team – Ronaldo opens up
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What Man Utd needs to become a better team – Ronaldo opens up

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has said the team will get better if the players know their role and make “sacrifices”. Ronaldo stated this while speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s clash at home against Liverpool. The 36-year-old who returned to Old Trafford this summer, believes United need time to gel as a team. The Red Devils go into the game five points off leaders Chelsea after eight fixtures. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have not won in their last three league fixtures, with just one clean sheet to show from their last 13. “The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible. “Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the ...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was not ‘rubbing his hands together’ watching Manchester United’s display against Atalanta in Wednesday’s Champions League. Klopp said this while responding to Man United legend Paul Scholes’s suggestion that the Reds coach would have been delighted to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men played in midweek against Atalanta. Recall that Man United came from 2-0 down to beat the Serie A side 3-2. Scholes had told BT Sport, “If you do that against Manchester City or Liverpool, it would be 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time and you would be out of the game and you are not coming back. “Go and do that on Sunday against Liverpool and see what happens. “Imagine Jurgen Klopp at home watching that game in the first half. He’ll be rubbing his ...
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arteta’s squad for EPL clash confirmed
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Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arteta’s squad for EPL clash confirmed

Arsenal’s squad to face Aston Villa in today’s English Premier League, EPL, tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has named a 25-man squad to tackle Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head to the game following a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in their last match on Monday. Arteta’s men are currently in the 12th position on the Premier League table with 11 points from eight games. Below is Arsenal’s squad against Aston Villa: Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno Defenders: Ben White, Gabriel Magalhães, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares, Sead Kolasinac, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaa...
Mourinho reveals who is to blame for Roma’s 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt
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Mourinho reveals who is to blame for Roma’s 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has taken responsibility for his side’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. Mourinho noted there were “limitations”, as he only had 13 players of real quality. The Serie A side came into the game with a 100% record in the competition, but the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach decided to make changes to his starting XI. It was the first time ever that a Mourinho team conceded six goals in one game. “I decided to play with this line-up, so the responsibility is mine. “I did it with good intentions, to give an opportunity to those who work hard and to rotate the squad on a synthetic pitch in cold weather. I decided to rest many players. “We lost against a team that showed more quality on th...
Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt
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Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in his managerial career, as Roma were demolished 6-1 by minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. The Serie A came into the game looking to extend their 100% start in Group C. However, Mourinho’s much-changed side were embarrassed on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion in Norway. Erik Botheim and Patrick Berg put the hosts two goals up inside 20 minutes. Carles Perez pulled one back, but Roma imploded after the break. Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken netted a brace, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike. This is the first time a Mourinho side has conceded six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game mana...
Arteta gives update on Saka, Lacazette ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa
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Arteta gives update on Saka, Lacazette ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has provided the latest update on Bukayo Saka and Alex Lacazette ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Friday at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal head to the game following a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in their last game. Arteta’s side are currently in the 12th position on the Premier League table with 11 points from eight games. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Arteta said, “He [Saka] hasn’t trained yet, so again we have to assess him today and see how he is. “I am not a betting man and it is down to the doctors and himself to see how he recovers and how he feels when he trains today and tomorrow.” On Lacazette, Arteta added, “Keep doing what he’s doing, he had a good impact as well when he came on again...
Chelsea facing striker crisis with Lukaku, Werner injured
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Chelsea facing striker crisis with Lukaku, Werner injured

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel is facing a striker crisis after Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both went off injured against Malmo on Wednesday night. The Blues went on to win 4-0 in the Champions League clash, thanks to goals from Jorginho (2), Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz. However, their emphatic victory was marred by the knocks picked up by their key frontmen. Lukaku was forced off with a suspected ankle injury in the 20th minute, as he went down under a challenge inside the box. Werner soon followed him off the bench, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. Tuchel will be hoping that either or both strikers are fit for this weekend’s Premier League game against bottom team Norwich City.
Solskjaer reveals what he told Man United players at half-time in 3-2 win over Atalanta
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Solskjaer reveals what he told Man United players at half-time in 3-2 win over Atalanta

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed his half-time talk with the players during the Red Devils Champions League clash with Atalanta. It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s late header that won the game for the home side after Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire had levelled for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Atalanta went into the break with two goals advantage having taken the lead through Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral. But Solskjaer noted that his players never stopped believing, but kept on going. The Norwegian praised his players after yet another Champions League comeback at Old Trafford and revealed that he warned them against conceding another goal at half-time. Asked what he told the players leading to their comeback, Solskjaer said, “[I told them] make sure...
Man City Football  Five arrested after Man City fan attacked in Belgium service station
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Man City Football Five arrested after Man City fan attacked in Belgium service station

Five people have been arrested after a Manchester City fan was attacked while travelling home from Tuesday's Champions League game against Club Brugge. The Belgium-based supporter was attacked at a service station on the E40 motorway in Drongen. He was taken to a hospital in Ghent. Man City said they were "shocked and saddened" by the incident, while Club Brugge said they were "horrified". A statement from the East Flanders public prosecutor said: "A man wearing a Manchester City scarf had stopped his car at the highway parking in Drongen after the match and had gone to the shop. "According to the first findings of the investigation, his football scarf was taken in the shop by a suspect and he walked outside with it. Subsequently, the victim came into confrontation with so...
Man Utd vs Atalanta: No excuses, prove yourselves – Ronaldo tells team mates
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Man Utd vs Atalanta: No excuses, prove yourselves – Ronaldo tells team mates

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his teammates to “prove themselves to the world” and silence their critics as they take on Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Red Devils come into the game in the midst of poor form, having won just two matches out of seven. In the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won one and lost one. Ronaldo has now issued a rallying cry to his team mates, as they seek to bounce back against the Serie A side. The 36-year-old wrote on Instagram: “Our time is coming. “We have to show what we are made of and the Champions League is the perfect competition to prove ourselves to the world. “No excuses! Let’s go!”
El Clasico: Koeman to be without three key players for Barcelona, Real Madrid game
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El Clasico: Koeman to be without three key players for Barcelona, Real Madrid game

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, will be without three key players when his side tackles Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico. According to Marca, the three players are Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo. The trio will miss the El Clasico at Camp Nou due to injuries. Koeman was hoping to have Pedri back for the El Clasico after he missed their game against Valencia and he is also expected to miss Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Pedri had suffered a thigh injury ahead of the recent international break. Dembele, on the other hand, is yet to make an appearance for Barcelona this season after sustaining a knee injury during France’s European Championship campaign in the summer. Araujo was a casualty of the latest international ...
UCL: Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face RB Leipzig
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UCL: Pochettino names PSG’s squad to face RB Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has named his side’s squad to face RB Leipzig in tonight’s Champions League fixture in Paris. Pochettino named a 22-man squad to tackle RB Leipzig in a post via the club’s website. PSG head to the game after beating Angers 2-1 in a French Ligue 1 encounter last Friday. The kick-off time for PSG vs Leipzig is 8 pm. Below is PSG’s squad against the German side: 1.Keylor Navas 2.Achraf Hakimi 3.Presnel Kimpembe 5.Marquinhos 6. Marco Verratti 7.Kylian Mbappé 9.Mauro Icardi 15.Danilo Pereira 17.Colin Dagba 18.Georginio Wijnaldum 20.Layvin Kurzawa 21.Ander Herrera 22.Abdou Diallo 23.Julian Draxler 24.Thilo Kehrer 25.Nuno Mendes 27. Idrissa Gueye 28.Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe 30. Leo Messi 39.Nathan Bitumazala 50.Gia...
Barcelona star Oshoala & Ellis named on Fifa technical advisory group
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Barcelona star Oshoala & Ellis named on Fifa technical advisory group

The football body has named the Super Falcons captain and the Banyana coach as part of the stakeholders to advance the course of women’s football Nigeria international and Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala and South Africa women national team coach Desiree Ellis have been named in the Fifa technical advisory group. The duo joins the likes of Kelly Smith, Mark Parsons, Jorge Vilda, Pia Sundhage and Ricardo Rambo in the forum created by the football governing body, hoping to address the progression of the women's game. The Fifa technical advisory group - that boasts active players, coaches, retired players, referees, administrators as well as sports scientists from across all six confederations – will be headed by two-time Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis.  
England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley
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England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley

The Three Lions have been punished by UEFA for fan behaviour this summer England have been ordered to play without fans for their next two home matches, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two years. The punishment stems from this past summer's Euro 2020 final, which saw ticketless England fans clash with police and stewards as they forced their way into the stadium. With the decision by UEFA, there will be no fans at England's opening game of their 2022-23 Nations League campaign, while the FA has also been fined €100,000 (£85k/$116k) as part of the punishment  
Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 20
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Norwich goalkeeper Dan Barden diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 20

The promising shot-stopper, who had been taking in a loan spell at Livingston this season, is set to spend time away from the game Norwich City have announced that the club’s 20-year-old goalkeeper, Dan Barden, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. The youngster has undergone a number of follow-up tests following his initial diagnosis and will now begin a treatment programme. He will be taking time away from the game during that process, with a loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Livingston being put on hold.  
England set for Wembley stadium ban over Euro 2020 final trouble
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England set for Wembley stadium ban over Euro 2020 final trouble

England are expected to be ordered to play at least one home game behind closed doors when UEFA's disciplinary body meets on Monday to look into crowd trouble inside and outside Wembley Stadium at this summer's Euro 2020 final. There were serious disturbances when England played Italy on Sunday, July 11 as ticketless fans fought with stewards and police officers and forced their way into the stadium. UEFA's disciplinary investigators have been looking at the behaviour of England fans amid what appeared to be an ineffective security operation around Wembley for England's in a major final since 1966. &nbsp As well as the disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters inside and around the stadium, the FA is facing another four charges relating to the behaviour of ...
Serie A: Osimhen reacts as his goal sends Napoli top of table
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Serie A: Osimhen reacts as his goal sends Napoli top of table

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has reacted after his goal saw his Italian side beat Torino 1-0 on Sunday. Osimhen netted the crucial goal with 10 minutes left, rising highest to head in a deflected clearance. The victory is Luciano Spalletti side’s eight consecutive win in Serie A. It was also Osimhen’s fifth goal in seven games played in the league and eighth in nine appearances in all competitions. ”Unbelievable atmosphere, thank you for your support, we keep going like this @sscnapoli,” Osimhen tweeted after the game. Sunday’s win saw Napoli overtake AC Milan to go top in the league table
No team will like to play against them – Gary Neville names club to win title
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No team will like to play against them – Gary Neville names club to win title

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has backed Chelsea to win this year’s Premier League title. Neville said this following Chelsea’s Premier League 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday. According to him, no team in the Premier League would like to play against Thomas Tuchel’s side this term. Chelsea are presently on top of the English Premier League table with 19 points from 8 games. “I think Chelsea can win the title. I know people say [Manchester] City and Liverpool, you can’t disagree with that after what they have done over these last three or four years,” Neville told Sky Sports. “City’s performance at Chelsea a couple of weeks ago was incredible. But I do think this Chelsea team are resilient and they are tough to play against. “I can’t think that any te...
Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller
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Leicester end Man Utd run in 4-2 thriller

Leicester came from behind to win 4-2 against Manchester United and end their opponents' 29-game unbeaten run away from home. Mason Greenwood had opened the scoring with a stunning strike but Youri Tielemans produced one of his own before Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester ahead late in the game. Marcus Rashford looked to have salvaged something but Jamie Vardy immediately restored the advantage before Patson Daka ensured the result in stoppage time. It was no more than Leicester deserved as Brendan Rodgers' side played the more proactive football throughout to end a run of four games without a win. The defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under further scrutiny as United's own winless run extends to three games as they continue to look less than the sum of their expensive parts.
Bencharki hands Zamalek SC first-leg advantage against Tusker
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Bencharki hands Zamalek SC first-leg advantage against Tusker

The Moroccan scored the only goal of the game as the visitors dominated more in the second half than it was before the half-time break Zamalek SC managed to defeat Tusker 1-0 in a Caf Champions League first round, first leg encounter at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. Achraf Bencharki was the scorer for the Egyptian giants, who approached the game with a defensive approach in the first half before changing tact in the second half to secure the slim win. Tusker could have punished Zamalek in the seventh minute when Daniel Sakari dispossessed an opponent in midfield, found Jackson Macharia with a slick pass, and the dreadlocked star laid the ball in Shami Mwinyi's path, but the new signing ended up shooting over the bar from close range.  
Romania’s FCSB left with 13 players and no coach as owner Becali insists he doesn’t ‘forbid’ Covid-19 vaccinations
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Romania’s FCSB left with 13 players and no coach as owner Becali insists he doesn’t ‘forbid’ Covid-19 vaccinations

The Romanian giants will have to call on youth players and a temporary manager to guide them through Saturday's game Romanian club FCSB have been left with just 13 players available for Saturday's match against Mioveni after their side was ravaged by Covid-19. As many as 14 players have tested positive for Covid-19, meaning the Liga I side will have to call on youth players to step into the starting XI. Meanwhile, the entire coaching staff have contracted the virus, too, so Edward Iordanescu will not be allowed to lead his team from the dugout.
I must play every game except I say otherwise – Ronaldo warns Solskjaer
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I must play every game except I say otherwise – Ronaldo warns Solskjaer

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was disappointed with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to drop him against Everton before the international break. Ronaldo has told Solskjaer to play him in every Premier League game, except he is not fit enough. Solskjaer received criticism for his decision to rest the 36-year-old in the 1-1 game, with Sir Alex Ferguson caught on camera saying that the United manager “should always start with your best players”. According to The Sun, Ronaldo has told Solskjaer that he will let him know when he needs a rest. “Ronaldo was extremely disappointed for being benched. “Ole presumed that he was tired after the Villarreal game, so he decided to only put him on early in the second half. “But Cristiano told him that he will tel...
LaLiga: El Clasico still best game in football without Messi – Benzema
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LaLiga: El Clasico still best game in football without Messi – Benzema

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has insisted that the El Clasico is still the best game in club football, despite Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona. Both LaLiga rivals clash at the Camp Nou on October 24. Madrid are currently top of the table, while Barca are in ninth place. Messi’s exit, following that of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid in 2018, has led some to question the current level of the two Clasico giants. But Benzema still feels there is enough quality left in the two squads to put up a show. “For me, it’s still the same. It remains the best match that exists in football. “It doesn’t matter about the players who are there, who have left or who will join. Real-Barca is historic. The names change but before there was [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronald...
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...
Leicester City vs Man Utd: Solskjaer provides team update
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Solskjaer provides team update

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed the latest update on his team ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday evening. Solskjaer said that Raphael Varane is injured, while Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are in contention to feature for Man United against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Norwegian also provided the latest update on Fred and Edinson Cavani ahead of the Leicester clash. He said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Man United head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Everton in their last game. Solskjaer said, “Because as we see with Raphael, he’s got an injury, out for a few weeks, but then again Victor and Eric played in the internationals and got good game time so that was go...
Watford vs Liverpool: Klopp confirms player to miss EPL clash, gives update on Jota, others
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Watford vs Liverpool: Klopp confirms player to miss EPL clash, gives update on Jota, others

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will miss the Reds’ away Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Klopp also provided the latest update on Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of the Watford clash. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. “Yes, Trent and Diogo are available, at least they were yesterday,” Klopp said. “Thiago, I don’t know [when he will be available]. It still takes a little bit of time. That is a bit disappointing, but we know that as well for a few days now that it will not go that quick. We have to wait.” Klopp’s side head to the game following a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in their last Premier League tie on October 3. The kick-off time for Watfor...
Arteta reacts as Thierry Henry questions Arsenal’s progress under him
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Arteta reacts as Thierry Henry questions Arsenal’s progress under him

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has labelled remarks made by club legend Thierry Henry as “just another opinion”. Henry, in an interview this week, questioned the Gunners’ progress under Arteta. Arsenal have won 10 points from their last four Premier League fixtures, but Henry doesn’t feel things are going in “the right direction”. When asked whether he had read Henry’s comments, Arteta told a press conference on Thursday: “I haven’t. I am just hearing them from you.” Henry also said Arsenal had “suffered” in their 0-0 draw at Brighton in their most recent league game. Pressed on whether it was helpful for a former player to make such remarks, Arteta added: “It’s just another opinion. You have to respect that.”
Roy Keane blasts Harry Kane as England fails to beat Hungary at Wembley
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Roy Keane blasts Harry Kane as England fails to beat Hungary at Wembley

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has slammed England captain, Harry Kane, for his poor display during his side’s 1-1 draw with Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Keane said that Kane was unable to get up to the speed of the match. Kane barely had a clear cut chance during the encounter as England failed to beat Hungary at Wembley Stadium. “There is no middle ground with Kane,” Keane told ITV. “When he’s on fire he is fantastic and when he is off – and we have seen many times before. “It’s like he is on his heels and he can’t get up to speed with the game. “Whatever is going on at club level he does need to do a bit more when he’s not at his best in terms of general play.” England’s next World Cup qualifier is against Albania on November 12....
Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’
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Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’

In a game in which both teams had numerous goalscoring chances, an 11th minute own goal from Getaneh Kebede settled an evenly-balanced contest On the back of a tough trip to Ethiopia last weekend for Bafana Bafana, Tuesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over the same opponents saw the South Africans stretched to their limits at FNB Stadium. While conceding that his side made heavy weather of the victory, Broos was pleased that his men found a way to grind out the three points. "We tried to neutralise the midfield, but we didn't really succeed. And therefore the danger was always there," the former Cameroon manager told Safa media.  
Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba
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Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba

The 48-year-old former star insists the Super Eagles are not well equipped to dominate African football at the moment Former Nigerian forward Victor Ikpeba has claimed the Super Eagles are not the best team when it comes to African football now. The 48-year-old, who made 31 appearances for the Super Eagles during his playing time and managed to score seven goals, was reacting to the team’s mixed results in the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. Nigeria under coach Gernot Rohr came up against the Central African Republic losing the first meeting 1-0 at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos but they recovered to beat them 2-0 three days later courtesy of goals from Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen.  
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac on potential starting spot for Jordan Ayew
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Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac on potential starting spot for Jordan Ayew

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to Tuesday's encounter with The Warriors in Group G Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is unable to guarantee misfiring striker Jordan Ayew a starting spot ahead of their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on Tuesday. The Black Stars are set to take on The Warriors in a Group G matchday four fixture in Harare, three days after registering a 3-1 home win in the reverse fixture. Ayew has come under criticism for his shyness in front of goal in recent times, but he did ensure an assist in the first game against the same side on Saturday.  
He’s fundamental – Messi hails Argentina goalkeeper
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He’s fundamental – Messi hails Argentina goalkeeper

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has named Aston Villa shot-stopper, Emiliano Martinez, as ‘one of the best goalkeepers in the world’. The Paris Saint-Germain forward also described Martinez as ‘fundamental’, adding that he has established himself in the game. Messi said this following Martinez’s impressive display for Argentina in their 3-0 win over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier in the earlier hours of Monday. Martinez made two stunning saves to keep out Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez in the first half before goals from Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez gave Argentina the win over Uruguay. “Dibu [Emiliano] Martinez is fundamental,” said Messi, via TNT Sports. “When they come to him, he always responds. “He established himself in goal and we have one of the ...
Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince
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Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince

Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince, has insisted that manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ‘blatantly lying’ to midfielder, Donny van de Beek, about his role at Old Trafford. Ince believes that Solskjaer is not telling Van de Beek the truth that he is not in his plans at Man United. Van de Beek has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Solskjaer’s team. The Netherlands star is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. He joined Man United in the summer of 2020 but played just 511 minutes in the Premier League last season. Speaking on Van de Beek’s situation at Man United, Ince told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “If I am going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, “Am I going to play? Where do yo...
Female fans barred from World Cup qualifier in Iran
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Female fans barred from World Cup qualifier in Iran

Iranian women fans hoping to attend a football match for the first time in two years will have to wait — Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier is to be played behind closed doors. The match at Tehran’s Azadi stadium against South Korea is to be played “without the presence of spectators”, the Iranian football federation announced Sunday, in a statement carried by the state news agency IRNA. No reason was given for the decision, which came just days after the state television-linked Young Journalists Club had said Iranian women would be allowed into the stadium for the South Korea match. A year-long ban had previously been in force on all fans entering stadiums in Iran because of the coronavirus pandemic. The last time women were able to watch a game at the 80,000-seat Azadi stadium w...
Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win
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Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win

Nigeria on Sunday avenged their 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic, with a 2-0 victory. The three-time African champions were shocked at home by the Wild Beasts on Thursday, in a 2022 World Cup qualifying game. However, on Sunday, Gernot Rohr’s men made their superiority count in Douala, Cameroon. Leon Balogun volleyed the Super Eagles into the lead in the first half before Victor Osimhen doubled their advantage just before the break. Osimhen failed to add another goal, as he saw his effort blocked on the line. With this win, Nigeria remain top of Group C with nine points from four games while CAR remain on four points
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala

Players and officials of the Super Eagles, on Saturday arrived in Douala, where they will play the Central African Republic in a World Cup qualifier. The Nigerian delegation touched down with a chartered flight which flew in from Abuja, the country’s capital. They will take on the Wild Beasts three days after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the same side in Lagos. Karl Namnganda’s 90th-minute effort proved to be the winner, as CAR claimed their first victory in the series. Ahead of the game, Gernot Rohr’s men remain top of Group C with six points from three matches. CAR and Cape Verde are level in second place with four points. Liberia sit bottom of the group with three points.

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