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Thank you for saving us again’ – Klopp tells Liverpool star after 3-1 win over Palace
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Thank you for saving us again’ – Klopp tells Liverpool star after 3-1 win over Palace

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed what he told ‘world-class’ goalkeeper, Alisson Becker after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to nine points with a 3-1 win over Palace. First-half goals from Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool the comfortable lead in the first half. But Odsonne Edouard fired one back for the home side after half-time and Patrick Vieira’s side pushed for an equaliser before Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty. Alisson made a number of saves to keep Liverpool in control of the game and Klopp said he thanked his number one afterwards. “I said to him just now, ‘thank you for saving our backside again’. He said, ‘that’s my job’, Of co...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic names best goalkeeper in the world
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic names best goalkeeper in the world

Veteran striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has named Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma as the best in the world. The Swede is surprised that the Italy No.1 goalkeeper is warming the bench at Paris Saint-Germain. Donnarumma was Ibrahimovic’s teammate at AC Milan before the Euro2020 winner left Italy on a free transfer to PSG last summer. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino has kept faith in former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, making the Italian only a second choice. Donnarumma was the best goalkeeper in the European championship, during which he helped Italy lift the trophy “I am very surprised. I know it’s not easy for the coach, I don’t know Navas but he’s a great goalkeeper too,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe. “They have two phenomena in goal. In my ...
You’ll be disappointed – Keane slams Man Utd after 2-2 draw with Aston Villa
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You’ll be disappointed – Keane slams Man Utd after 2-2 draw with Aston Villa

Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United continued with their lacklustre performance on Saturday, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa. United looked all set to win the game 13 minutes remaining after two Bruno Fernandes goals. But Jacob Ramsey and Coutinho, who came off the bench with 20 minutes to go having joined on loan from Barcelona in midweek, created a famous comeback at the Villa Park. Despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo due to a hip injury, the Red Devils started with great intent with Fernandes giving the lead after his tame strike from range somehow bobbled through the legs of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. However, United could not hold on to their lead as Ramsey got the Villa Park crowd rocking with a well-taken finish with 13 minutes left. And Roy Keane was disappointed...
AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah

Former Chelsea star, Ola Aina, has reacted to Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, 1-0 win over Egypt at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Tuesday. Aina, who featured for Nigeria in the match, also described Mohamed Salah as a world-class player. Salah was relatively quiet during the encounter until the 72nd minute when he got his first effort but was denied by goalkeeper Maduka Okoye. Speaking to reporters after the game, Aina said: “Mohamed Salah wasn’t really on my side today, but sometimes we had some encounters and everyone knows he’s a world-class player, likewise the whole team is very good.” He added, “I feel the team is very happy, we are very happy to play against Egypt, they are a tough side, they have great players, and for us to get the first three poin...
Rangnick names outstanding player after Man United defeated Aston Villa
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Rangnick names outstanding player after Man United defeated Aston Villa

Manchester United interim coach, Ralf Rangnick has named goalkeeper, David de Gea, as the outstanding player following his side’s FA Cup third-round 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night. De Gea was impressive as Man United defeated Aston Villa at Old Trafford, thanks to Scott McTominay’s first-half header. The victory means Man United have now qualified for the FA Cup fourth round where they will take on Middlesbrough. “We have to develop the team into a clean sheet team and that was another one today, but still David de Gea was outstanding again for me today,” Rangnick said at his post-match press conference. “I would have wanted him to have less saves in total, I think we had four or five shots on goal, but again we can still improve even in that area.” Man United’s ...
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Onana calls on Cameroon improvement despite opening Afcon triumph

The Ajax goalkeeper has demanded improvement from his teammates, despite their victory over Burkina Faso Andre Onana is delighted with Cameroon’s opening triumph over Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations, but has called on the Indomitable Lions to improve after their unconvincing showing against the Stallions. The Afcon hosts required a pair of Vincent Aboubakar penalties to defeat Burkina Faso 2-1 on Sunday, having initially fallen behind to Gustavo Sangare’s volleyed goal. Despite the victory, the hosts were less than convincing—looking nervy, jittery and rash—as they struggled to manage the emotion of the occasion.
FIFA reveals final three-man shortlist for Best Men, Women’s Coach
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FIFA reveals final three-man shortlist for Best Men, Women’s Coach

FIFA on Thursday announced the final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach for 2021. The winner will be chosen by an international jury comprising a panel of FIFA Legends and registered fans across the world on FIFA’s official website. Recall that FIFA had on Wednesday announced the final three nominees for Men’s and Women’s Best goalkeeper for 2021. The virtual awards ceremony will take place in Zurich on January 17 and it will be broadcast live from the home of FIFA. The final three nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach are (in alphabetical order): Lluís Cortés (Spain / FC Barcelona) Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea FC Women) Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team / English national team) The final three nominees...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Tuchel reveals only regret after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Tuchel reveals only regret after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has bemoaned his side’s failure to kill off their Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Tottenham. The Blues created many chances against Antonio Conte’s men, but were only able to win 2-0. Kai Havertz opened the scoring, before Ben Davies put the ball past his own goalkeeper. Tuchel is disappointed that the tie is not over before the second leg. “We could have created a bigger cushion, because we created a lot of big chances for a third or a fourth goal. “Everyone knows it’s not decided. We have to arrive with full focus and in top shape for the second leg, because we need another 90 minutes of top football if we want to go through to Wembley. “It was a well-deserved win in a big match against a very strong opponent,” Tuchel said. The win...
Afcon 2021: Super Eagles’ camp swells with 13 players in Abuja
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Afcon 2021: Super Eagles’ camp swells with 13 players in Abuja

The three-time African champions are gradually getting ready to challenge for continental glory in Cameroon Nigeria have confirmed the arrival of 13 players in their training camp ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon which will start on January 9. Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye joined Porto's Zaidu Sanusi, Nantes' Moses and Simon, AC Omonia's Francis Uzoho, Olympiacos' Henry Onyekuru, Slavia Prague's Peter Olayinka as the latest players to join Austin Eguavoen's group in Abuja. The Super Eagles are currently preparing in the nation's capital before they fly out to Cameroon later this week where they will battle for a fourth Afcon title.  
Senegal’s Mendy and Mane jet out for Afcon 2021 after Chelsea draw Liverpool
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Senegal’s Mendy and Mane jet out for Afcon 2021 after Chelsea draw Liverpool

The African stars featured for their clubs in Sunday's top-flight match at Stamford Bridge Liverpool striker Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have departed England to link up with their Senegal teammates for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations that will start in Cameroon on January 9. Mendy was in goal for the Blues during their 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool on Sunday while Mane scored the opening goal for the visitors with his ninth-minute strike at Stamford Bridge. A few hours after the match in London, Mendy shared a post of himself and the 2019 African Footballer of the Year onboard a plane to Senegal as they shift their attention to the continental tournament.  
Afcon 2021: Super Eagles’ camp swells with 13 players in Abuja
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Afcon 2021: Super Eagles’ camp swells with 13 players in Abuja

The three-time African champions are gradually getting ready to challenge for continental glory in Cameroon Nigeria have confirmed the arrival of 13 players in their training camp ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon which will start on January 9. Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye joined Porto's Zaidu Sanusi, Nantes' Moses and Simon, AC Omonia's Francis Uzoho, Olympiacos' Henry Onyekuru, Slavia Prague's Peter Olayinka as the latest players to join Austin Eguavoen's group in Abuja. The Super Eagles are currently preparing in the nation's capital before they fly out to Cameroon later this week where they will battle for a fourth Afcon title.  
Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision
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Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said it is “crazy” that this weekend’s match against Mallorca will go ahead, despite a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. The Catalan side has 10 confirmed positive cases among their first-team squad. Also, a further seven players are either suspended, injured or are a doubt for the game at San Moix. However, LaLiga rules stipulate that fixtures must be played if clubs have at least five first-team players fit and available and can name a 13-man squad, with at least one goalkeeper, by drawing on the reserve team. “We will turn to the B team and we will go there to win the game, but we have 17 players missing. “I am worried. It seems crazy to me that [LaLiga] won’t suspend it. It makes no sense to play. We’re at the very limit. Common sens...
Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season
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Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has named four best Manchester United players so far this season. The Frenchman is of the opinion that goalkeeper, David de Gea has been just as important as Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United this season. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table following their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night. Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net, alongside a Ben Mee own goal to give Ralf Rangnick’s side all three points Henry lauded De Gea, as well as Bruno Fernandes and Fred for their displays at the halfway stage of the campaign. “Still I think, Bruno Fernandes can be in there,” the Arsenal legend told Amazon Prime when asked who has delivered for United this season alongside Ronaldo and De Gea. “Fre...
Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Maguire after 1-1 draw with Newcastle
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Gary Neville blasts Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Maguire after 1-1 draw with Newcastle

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has hit out at three players in the current squad, following a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night. The Red Devils had to fight back to take one point at St James Park, after Alan Saint-Maximin gave the hosts an early lead. Substitute Edinson Cavani prodded in the equalizer in the second half, although United had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank, as his saves prevented Newcastle from winning. Neville, speaking on Sky Sports after the game, singled out Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire for criticism. He said: “It’s annoyed me for about two months. The best players in your team, it’s devastating when they’re showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have to help them. They have to b...
Newlymarried footballer, 28, dies on pitch after being cleared to continue minutes after collision
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Newlymarried footballer, 28, dies on pitch after being cleared to continue minutes after collision

An Algerian footballer died on the pitch on Christmas Day after collapsing while captaining Mouloudia Saida in a second division match. Sofiane Lokar was involved in a collision with his goalkeeper in the 26th minute of an Algerian Ligue 2 meeting against ASM Oran on Saturday, Dec. 25 Lokar received treatment at the scene, and he was cleared to re-enter the action. However, ten minutes later, Lokar suddenly collapsed. Medics had attempted to resuscitate Lokar on the pitch with CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before transferring him to a local hospital. According to Reuters, Lokar was pronounced dead as a result of a heart attack on the way to the hospital. According to various reports, Lokar had only been married last week. Lokar's teammates were left in tea...
Arsenal vs Wolves, Leeds vs Aston Villa cancelled
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Arsenal vs Wolves, Leeds vs Aston Villa cancelled

Arsenal’s Premier League fixture against Wolves on Tuesday, December 28, has been called off due to injuries in the visitors’ squad. The game at the Emirates became the second game scheduled for that day to be postponed. Leeds’s home clash against Aston Villa was also canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The two cancellations takes the number of postponed Premier League fixtures to 15. “The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolverhampton Wanderers does not have the required number of players available for the match [13 outfield players and one goalkeeper] as a result of a number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club,” the league said in a statement. The Premier League only approves the postponement of a match, if a club has less than 14 pla...
De Gea lists two big changes Rangnick has made to Man United’s squad
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De Gea lists two big changes Rangnick has made to Man United’s squad

Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, has listed two big changes the club’s interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has made to the Red Devils’ squad. Rangnick was in charge as Man United defeated Crystal Palace 1-0, drew 1-1 against Young Boys and defeated Norwich City 1-0. But De Gea is impressed with the progress made under Rangnick in terms of ‘energy and pace.’ Speaking ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Monday night, De Gea was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying, “It is good to have the whole team back to train properly altogether and then, of course, see they’re all safe. “They are back, they are all training, they are fine, so it is great to be together again. “We have been training hard, of course. It ...
Carabao Cup: Tuchel names player that helped Chelsea defeat Brentford 2-0
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel names player that helped Chelsea defeat Brentford 2-0

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has identified goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, as the player that helped his side defeat Brentford 2-0 in the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie on Wednesday night. Tuchel said Kepa was a big factor for Chelsea, particularly in the first half of the encounter against Brentford, adding that he was surprised by his display. Kepa made wonderful saves during the encounter as Chelsea defeated Brentford, thanks to an own goal from Pontus Jansson and a penalty from Jorginho. Chelsea will now face Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final. “I am super impressed and very happy with Kepa,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference. “It’s not a surprise anymore because he is in that state of mind as a person and a character and sportsman where he del...
Drama as Enugu Rangers goalkeeper refuses to leave pitch after red card
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Drama as Enugu Rangers goalkeeper refuses to leave pitch after red card

The first match of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2021/2022 season played at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina on Sunday between Katsina United and Enugu Rangers International was nearly marred with drama in the second half as the visiting side goalkeeper refused to leave the football pitch after he was awarded red card by the officiating referee. The tall lanky goalkeeper instead of working out of the pitch ran to the centre of the field, beating his chest while facing the direction of the home team fan in protest to the referee’s decision and apparently to waste playing time as his team were already in the lead with two goals to one. The fans responded in equal frenzy by booing him and daring him to come out of the pitch and face them. ...
Liverpool’s second goal should have been cancelled – Conte
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Liverpool’s second goal should have been cancelled – Conte

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has insisted that Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-2 draw on Sunday, should not have stood. Conte claimed members of his coaching staff saw Mo Salah handle the ball, before Andy Robertson headed the ball in to put the Reds ahead in the game. “My staff said to me the second [Liverpool] goal was a clear handball. Clear, a clear handball. “I think it’s not right to comment on refereeing decisions after the game. I don’t know if Jurgen wanted to comment on this, but I can tell you my staff said to me it was incredible to give the second goal and not to disallow it, because there was a clear handball from Salah. “But it was an exciting game with great emotions for the people who saw it and I don’t like that we have to speak about referee...
Heartland United captain Ezenwa underlines importance of education after unpaid salaries
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Heartland United captain Ezenwa underlines importance of education after unpaid salaries

The new Nigeria top-flight campaign starts on Friday with questions raised over player welfare Heartland United captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa has stated he is prioritizing education over the Nigeria Professional Football League this season if he is not paid his outstanding salaries. Ezenwa in a chat with GOAL, claims Naze Millionaires are owing him wages ahead of the commencement of the 2021-22 campaign on Friday. The Super Eagles goalkeeper is currently studying Political Science in Imo State University and he is in his penultimate year.  
David James names club to win Premier League title this season
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David James names club to win Premier League title this season

Former England goalkeeper David James has named Chelsea as the club to win the English Premier League title this season. He believes Chelsea is the ‘team to beat’ ahead of title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City who are currently above the Blues in the league table. Chelsea won nine of their first 12 league games to move ahead of defending champions Man City and 2020 winners Liverpool but have dropped points at home to Manchester United at the end of last month and suffered a 3-2 defeat to West Ham last week to fall behind their title rivals. “I’m glad Chelsea won today [against Leeds] because they are the team to beat for me,” ex-goalkeeper James told Stadium Astro. “I’ve actually tipped them not to be top of the table come Christmas based on the games they’re got comin...
Gary Neville names ‘man of the match’ as Man United defeat Norwich
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Gary Neville names ‘man of the match’ as Man United defeat Norwich

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named goalkeeper David De Gea as his man of the match as the Red Devils defeated Norwich City 1-0 in a Premier League tie on Saturday night. Neville believes De Gea deserved the man of the match award for the couple of saves he made during the encounter against Norwich. Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty gave Ralf Rangnick’s men all three points against Norwich at Carrow Road. “They [Man United] have been well below their best here,” Neville said during commentary on Sky Sports. “Norwich have been very unlucky.” He added, “I am going to give it [the man of the match award] to David De Gea for a couple of saves he’s made that maintained that Man United clean sheet.” The win against Norwich left Man Unite...
Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea
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Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea

Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr starred as Chelsea completed a belated domestic treble with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in a landmark FA Cup final at Wembley. Kirby's third-minute goal belied the Blues' dominance by half-time but Kerr made up for a series of squandered chances with a second-half double (57, 77) - including a brilliant chip - as Emma Hayes' side claimed the trophy for the first time since 2018 in a 50th anniversary fixture delayed by the pandemic. Hayes declared Kirby and Kerr, who both hit the crossbar, "out of this world," and the damage would have been greater had Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger not pulled off a further string of saves. The Gunners had claimed a statement victory against the defending WSL champions on the opening day of this season but were outclasse...
I Don’t Know why Mendy has lost Confidence – Tuchel
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I Don’t Know why Mendy has lost Confidence – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted goalkeeper Edouard Mendy seems to have lost some confidence. Mendy’s two errors on Saturday led to two goals in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham United. With the Blues leading 1-0, the Senegal international gave away a penalty that Manuel Lanzini converted. However, Mason Mount put Chelsea back in the lead before the half-time break. A strike by Jarrod Bowen made it 2-2 before Arthur Masuaku caught Mendy out of position to win it for the Hammers. “[Mendy] is going through a rough period, I don’t know why exactly but he seems to have lost a bit of confidence. “His decision making was not on the highest level [on Saturday] but with the first goal we also put him in a really awkward situation. “He could have saved the situation, he...
Man City’s Ederson names Premier League star better than Ronaldo, Salah
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Man City’s Ederson names Premier League star better than Ronaldo, Salah

Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson has named his teammate Bernardo Silva as the best player in the Premier League. Ederson believes Bernardo is better than Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Portuguese Silva has registered five goals and an assist in the Premier League this season to help City displace Chelsea at the top of the table. His manager, Pep Guardiola had last week, told reporters that Silva is the best player in the league and now Ederson rates Portuguese above top stars such as the legendary Ronaldo and Salah. “Of course, I agree,” the Brazil international told talkSPORT when asked if he really is better than Ronaldo and Salah. “I’m with Bernardo every day, I have known him for a long time, since our time at Benfica. “I kn...
Embarrassing’ – Paul Scholes, Ian Wright slam De Gea over Arsenal’s first goal in Man Utd 3-2 win
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Embarrassing’ – Paul Scholes, Ian Wright slam De Gea over Arsenal’s first goal in Man Utd 3-2 win

Manchester United and Arsenal legends,Paul Scholes and Ian Wright have slammed David de Gea, branding him ’embarrassing’ for his role in Arsenal’s opening goal during the Premier League clash on Thursday. Emile Smith Rowe gave the Gunners the lead in the 13th minute, after David de Gea went down after a corner. Replays showed De Gea was stamped on by team-mate Fred, but play went on and Smith Rowe slammed home from the edge of the box with the Spanish goalkeeper still on the floor. Referee Martin Atkinson, appeared to be considering intervening but eventually awarded the goal after making contacts with VAR. “That’s embarrassing,” Scholes told Premier League productions. ‘You protect your goal, you do anything to stop a goal. “To turn away, to not even look, there’s clearly...
De Gea issues warning to Ronaldo, others after Rangnick arrival
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De Gea issues warning to Ronaldo, others after Rangnick arrival

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea has issued a serious warning to Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and the rest of the team following the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s manager. The Spain International gave the warning ahead of Man United’s game against Arsenal on Thursday. The goalkeeper said the players must raise their game to beat an ‘improving’ Arsenal. Manchester United won one and drew one of their last two games under caretaker manager, Michael Carrick who has now been replaced by Rangnick. The club announced the arrival of Rangnick on Monday a few hours after the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Red Devils host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday, with the club looking for just their second victory in the league in their last eig...
He’s not good enough – Roy Keane, Hasselbaink Slam Chelsea star after 1-1 with Man Utd
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He’s not good enough – Roy Keane, Hasselbaink Slam Chelsea star after 1-1 with Man Utd

Ex-Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Man United legend, Roy Keane have said Timo Werner is not good enough to be in the Blues’ team. They both slammed the German attacker after Chelsea’s frustrating draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho’s mistake gave the Red Devils their first goal from the boots of Jadon Sancho but the Italy international made amends 20 minutes later with an equaliser from the penalty spot. Despite their dominance, Chelsea lacked a cutting edge with Werner missing two big chances much to the frustration of Hasselbaink and Keane. When asked to rate Werner’s performance after the 1-1 draw in west London, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: ‘Poor, poor.’ “With the ball, without the ball, he was poor today. Normally he is...
Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho
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Chelsea vs Man United: It was arrogance – Hasselbaink Slams Jorginho

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has slammed midfielder, Jorginho after his error led to Manchester United’s goal. Jorginho gifted Jadon Sancho his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, with Chelsea having to come from a goal down to take a point at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian-Italian was at fault for the Red Devils’ goal after failing to deal with a high ball that was sent forwards by Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder’s attempt to bring down the high ball with his foot backfired with Sancho racing on goal before calmly slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy. And Hasselbaink wondered why Jorginho did not just clear it or head it back to his goalkeeper. “He should head it, he should head it back. You can’t take that chance and if you d...
Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic admits ‘talks not easy’ with Newcastle target Sule
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Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic admits ‘talks not easy’ with Newcastle target Sule

Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is excited to be joining Watford. The Nigeria international will move formally to Watford at the end of the season, with the deal settled last week being a record for Sparta. Watford could yet be relegated by the time Okoye joins up, but he says: "I'm not afraid of that. This team has a lot of quality. But of course it is the Premier League, the best competition in the world. I am now a big Watford supporter and hope they stay in the Premier League." Before Okoye moves to London, he wants to end the season at Sparta Rotterdam as well as possible. He hopes to keep them in the Eredivisie. "I want to end it nicely here and I am sure that we will remain in the Eredivisie," he added.  
Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture
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Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture

Jordan Pickford insists he's enjoying his football at Everton. The England goalkeeper is being linked with Tottenham today. But he told the club's website: "For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that. That's what I thrive off - seeing the fans having a good time. "It's what makes me hate losing so much as well, because, obviously we're losing as individuals and as a team but we're also losing for them. "When I'm out on the pitch and I'm shouting, it is just passion. It's not negative vibes - it's about being positive and trying to help my teammates, to give them that motivation and be determined. "If I didn't have that passion and desire to win, then what's the point in playing football? I'm not going to be sat there like laid-back Luk...
Andre Ayew: Brother Jordan can score a lot of goals
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Andre Ayew: Brother Jordan can score a lot of goals

he Al Sadd attacker shares his opinion on the form of his brother who has struggled to score in recent times Ghana captain Andre Ayew believes Jordan Ayew’s struggle in front of goal is not a result of a loss of confidence as widely stated. The Crystal Palace forward is enduring a difficult time putting the ball in the back of the net for both club and country. On Sunday, he missed a glorious chance to put Ghana 1-0 up when he went one-on-one with the goalkeeper in a 2022 World Cup qualifier against South Africa, adding to what is now a long list of goal failures in recent times.  
Manchester United goal-keeper given one condition to leave Old Trafford in January
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Manchester United goal-keeper given one condition to leave Old Trafford in January

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been given only one condition to make an exit from the club in January, according to The Sun, UK. The 24-year-old will only be allowed to leave if he agrees to an 18-month loan move away from Old Trafford. The goalkeeper only returned from a two-year loan spell with Sheffield United in 2020. David De Gea has improved his form sharply this season and Henderson has started just once in all competitions after the England international was almost taking over the number one spot last season. However, Manchester United still believe Henderson could be the long-term first choice at Old Trafford. The Red Devils feel a loan spell would benefit both the goalkeeper and the club but the newspaper claimed Henderson must agree to an 18-mon...
PSG’s Donnarumma ‘disturbed’ by intense Navas battle amid exit rumours
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PSG’s Donnarumma ‘disturbed’ by intense Navas battle amid exit rumours

The Italy star has admitted he's not used to fighting for the starting goalkeeper role Gianluigi Donnarumma has admitted his battle with Keylor Navas for the starting goalkeeper role at PSG has taken a toll on him. After signing from AC Milan on a free transfer in the summer, Donnarumma and the Costa Rica international have split time for the Ligue 1 giants this season. The Italy star's struggle to cement the starting job has led to rumours he could seek an exit in the summer.  
PSG’s Donnarumma ‘disturbed’ by intense Navas battle amid exit rumours
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PSG’s Donnarumma ‘disturbed’ by intense Navas battle amid exit rumours

The Italy star has admitted he's not used to fighting for the starting goalkeeper role Gianluigi Donnarumma has admitted his battle with Keylor Navas for the starting goalkeeper role at PSG has taken a toll on him. After signing from AC Milan on a free transfer in the summer, Donnarumma and the Costa Rica international have split time for the Ligue 1 giants this season. The Italy star's struggle to cement the starting job has led to rumours he could seek an exit in the summer.  
Liberia vs Nigeria: Super Eagles edge closer to World Cup qualification with 2-0 win
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Liberia vs Nigeria: Super Eagles edge closer to World Cup qualification with 2-0 win

Nigeria have defeated Liberia 2-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifying game played Saturday evening in Tangiers. Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa both scored from the spot, as the Super Eagles boosted their chances of qualifying for the tournament. Referee, Youssef Essrayri first pointed to the spot in the first half after goalkeeper Boison Wynney brought down Kelechi Iheanacho in the area. Osimhen stepped forward and converted his kick in the 15th minute. Musa then wrapped up the points late in the game with another penalty. Nigeria continue to lead Group C with 12 points from five games, two more than Cape Verde who they will meet in their final qualifier.
Pulisic’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ hidden shirt celebration explained as USMNT star trolls Mexico & Ochoa
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Pulisic’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ hidden shirt celebration explained as USMNT star trolls Mexico & Ochoa

The Chelsea star revealed a message, seemingly in response to comments made by the El Tri goalkeeper, during Friday's 2-0 win Christian Pulisic's 'Man in the Mirror' celebration that trolled Mexico has been explained, with the United States men's national team star having scored in the 2-0 win over El Tri before unveiling a hidden shirt. Team-mate Timothy Weah has revealed how he, and DeAndre Yedlin, asked the equipment manager to make the special shirt for Pulisic, with the message appearing to be a response to comments made by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The Chelsea star was able to reveal the message when he headed the USMNT in front in the 74th minute of the World Cup qualifying victory.  
Manchester United star told to leave Old Trafford immediately
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Manchester United star told to leave Old Trafford immediately

Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Mark Bosnich has told Dean Henderson to leave the club immediately amid interest from Newcastle United. England goalkeeper, Henderson, has made just one appearance for Manchester United this season, and that was in the club’s Carabao Cup third round against West Ham in September. Henderson was about taking the club’s number one spot at Manchester United until COVID-19 struck and presented an opportunity for fellow goalkeeper David de Gea to cement his No.1 spot at Old Trafford. The 24-year-old wants to be part of the England team for next year’s World Cup in Qatar but will need to play regularly to achieve that and it currently seems impossible for him at Man United. Newcastle are interested in the goalkeeper, but United would be reluctant...
Ex-Celtic striker Hartson: Aston Villa move huge step down from Rangers for Gerrard
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Ex-Celtic striker Hartson: Aston Villa move huge step down from Rangers for Gerrard

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has scoffed at former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's move to Aston Villa. Gerrard was named new Villa manager this morning. Hartson responded, stating: "People down south are saying that Aston Villa is a bigger club than Rangers. Rangers would fit Aston Villa in their back pocket. "No disrespect. Aston Villa have won a European Cup, but Rangers and Celtic are massive clubs. "I don't go anywhere in the world without bumping into a Celtic fan. Nowhere. Rangers are the same. "Steven has done a good job,' he added. 'He built and built and won the league. They conceded 13 goals and that's great defensive play. "But last season, Rangers should have won the Treble. The way they lost to St Johnstone at home by not handling the goalkeeper coming u...
Liberia vs Nigeria: Ahmed Musa talks tough ahead of World Cup qualifier
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Liberia vs Nigeria: Ahmed Musa talks tough ahead of World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has said the team is focused on taking three points off Liberia in their FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Musa said that Nigeria can’t afford to lose against Liberia at the Stade Grande de Tangier this weekend. Recall that Gernot Rohr’s men recently defeated the Lone Star 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. “As you can see everyone is happy and we are ready for the game. We have 22 players here. Tomorrow, we are expecting the goalkeeper (John Noble) and Odion Ighalo,” Musa told the Super Eagles media. “We know the importance of the game, we can’t afford to lose. We have to go for the three points. At the end of the game on Saturday, we hope to celebrate another important win.” The match will kick-off at 6 pm Nigerian time....
Chelsea star Mendy ‘motivated’ by surprise Ballon d’Or snub
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Chelsea star Mendy ‘motivated’ by surprise Ballon d’Or snub

The goalkeeper was a notable absence from the award's 30-man shortlist Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy admits he was puzzled to see his name left off the Ballon d'Or shortlist, but the omission has only inspired him to achieve greater things in the future. Mendy enjoyed a dream debut season at Stamford Bridge last term, leading the Blues to Champions League glory for the second time in the club's history. But the ex-Rennes man was a conspicuous absentee when the final candidates for the traditional end-of-year award were released.  
Okoye: Watford confirm signing of Sparta Rotterdam and Super Eagles goalkeeper
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Okoye: Watford confirm signing of Sparta Rotterdam and Super Eagles goalkeeper

The 22-year-old will continue his career at Vicarage Road and he will become the fourth Nigerian in Claudio Ranieri's team Watford have announced the signing of Nigeria goalkeeper Maduka Okoye on a five-and-a-half-year deal from Eredivisie club Sparta Rotterdam. Okoye is expected to complete the switch in the January transfer window but he will return to Rotterdam on loan for the rest of the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old has established himself in Hendrikus Fraser's team since he joined the club from German club Fortuna Dusseldorf on a free transfer in July 2020.  
Chelsea’s Mendy reacts to Ballon d’Or snub: ‘If I had played for France…would we have this debate?’
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Chelsea’s Mendy reacts to Ballon d’Or snub: ‘If I had played for France…would we have this debate?’

The Senegal international made a great start to life at Stamford Bridge last season and his performances helped the Blues win a European title Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy thinks he could have made the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist if he were a France international. He was the first African goalkeeper to play in the European competition final since 1985 and he kept nine clean sheets in the tournament last campaign - the most ever by a goalkeeper in his debut campaign. Despite his fine displays for Chelsea, Mendy was not recognised for the prestigious individual honour for the best players in the world and he has reacted to the snub.  
Carragher, Redknapp criticise Becker after Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham
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Carragher, Redknapp criticise Becker after Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham

Former Liverpool stars, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp, have criticised goalkeeper Alisson Becker following Liverpool’s Premier League 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Sunday. An own goal from Becker and a goal each from Pabio Fornals and Kurt Zouma ensured West Ham defeated Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi did score for Jurgen Klopp’s side at the London Stadium. But Carragher and Redknapp believe Becker was partly to blame for all three goals the team conceded. “Oh yeah, he’s got to save it. He [Alisson] should have done better on all three goals, no doubt about that,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “In some ways, I’m thinking, “You know what, I would rather run back”. What do we gain out of an offside? Nothing, we’ve just got the ball 60 yards fr...
Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 Tusker: Brewers’ winning run ends
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Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 Tusker: Brewers’ winning run ends

After winning their last two matches, the Brewers’ march to the top of the table was stopped by the Sharks at Kasarani Stadium Tusker’s bid to make it three wins out of three ended after they lost 3-0 to a well-drilled Kariobangi Sharks side in an FKF Premier League fixture at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday. Heading into the fixture, Tusker had picked two straight wins against FC Talanta and Wazito FC, but they could not break down a resilient Sharks side, who scored through Felix Oluoch, Sydney Lokale, and Patrick Otieno in the 66th, 77th, and 80th minutes respectively to take home maximum points. The Brewers started the game with intensity and they almost took the lead with only five minutes played when lead striker Ibrahim Joshua combined well with Shami Kibwana, to set up Jackson ...
Super Eagle Okereke silences Mourinho’s AS Roma in Venezia’s 3-2 Serie A win
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Super Eagle Okereke silences Mourinho’s AS Roma in Venezia’s 3-2 Serie A win

The Nigeria international found the back of the net in the last quarter to help his team bag maximum points at home David Okereke scored the winner in the 74th minute to steer Venezia past AS Roma in a Serie A assignment that ended 3-2 in favour of the former on Sunday. It was the Wolves who came into the game as favourites at Pierluigi Penzo Stadium. But it took the hosts just three minutes to pass the message to the visitors that it was not going to be an easy outing for them. Gianluca Mancini conceded a free kick in the danger zone which was well taken by Mattia Aramu. Mattia Caldara managed to control the ball before firing past the goalkeeper to get an early advantage.  
Crystal Palace’s Zaha: Why I did not celebrate like ‘a mad man’ against Wolves
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Crystal Palace’s Zaha: Why I did not celebrate like ‘a mad man’ against Wolves

The Ivorian winger reveals why he put hold to his celebrations after putting the Eagles ahead in the clash at Selhurst Park Stadium Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed why he was forced to stall his celebrations after notching the opener in their 2-0 Premier League win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast player put the Eagles ahead in the 61st minute before Conor Gallagher’s 78th-minute strike earned them maximum points at Selhurst Park Stadium. Zaha’s goal was scored after a sensational through-ball from James McArthur and after putting the ball past Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa, he stopped his celebrations as VAR assessed an offside call.  
Guardiola reveals why Man City beat Man Utd 2-0
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Guardiola reveals why Man City beat Man Utd 2-0

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has revealed his tactical plan following their 2-0 win at Manchester United on Saturday. The champions went in front within seven minutes, thanks to an Eric Bailly own goal. On the stroke of half time, Bernardo Silva saw his effort pushed into the net by goalkeeper David De Gea. Guardiola, speaking after the game, said his team looked to exert control in a bid to control the pace of United’s players. He said: “They [Manchester United] are so dangerous. That is why we had a game with a lot of control. If you let them run at Old Trafford it is a little bit like Anfield. They are built for that. “We played the game we needed today. You have to play quick, to move the ball and do the touches every player needs b...
City far too good for Limp United in Manchester derby
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City far too good for Limp United in Manchester derby

A dismal first-half performance consigned Manchester United to a 2-0 defeat by Manchester City at Old Trafford, their fourth defeat in six Premier League games. After the nightmare of that 5-0 Liverpool defeat nearly a fortnight ago, it was looking ominous for United as City took the lead on seven minutes through Eric Bailly's own goal as he stretched to intercept Joao Cancelo's dangerous cross. United could have gone level on points with City with a win, but the chasm between them at Old Trafford was enormous as the hosts put in another low-grade display that will put pressure back on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. David De Gea made no less than five excellent saves in seven first-half minutes as City peppered United's goal, but the goalkeeper should have kept out Bernardo Sil...

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