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Azpilicueta Gives Chelsea Condition to Sign new Contract as Barcelona looms
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Azpilicueta Gives Chelsea Condition to Sign new Contract as Barcelona looms

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, has asked the club for a two-year deal to extend his stay at the club, according to SportsMail. Azpilicueta is now expected to make a decision on his future at Stamford Bridge after the international break. There are speculations that the Spaniard has agreed to join Barcelona but the defender wants to speak to the club again before finalising his plans. Barca remain favourites to land Azpilicueta because of Chelsea’s policy of only offering players over 31 one-year renewals. The LaLiga club will give Azpilicueta a two-year contract with the option of a third year if he joins this summer. But Azpilicueta has strong ties with Chelsea, the club he joined in 2012 from Marseille. He has three children all born in England and his wife and fami...
Carabao Cup semi-final: Conte to be without two key players for Tottenham vs Chelsea game
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Carabao Cup semi-final: Conte to be without two key players for Tottenham vs Chelsea game

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Antonio Conte, will be without two key players when his side tackles Chelsea in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg tie. The two players are Heung-Min Son and Cristian Romero. Conte said this while providing an update on Son and Romero ahead of the Chelsea clash. Conte’s men had lost 2-0 against the Blues in the first-leg at Stamford Bridge last week. “The update on Sonny, for sure, we will have to wait until after the January international break [24 January – 2 February],” Conte was quoted by Tottenham’s official website as saying. “It’s a muscular problem. I repeat, it was strange because he came off during the game [the first leg at Chelsea] with no problem, but the day after, he felt a bit of pain, and he was injured. It’s a pity becau...
Watford vs Chelsea: Tuchel reveals player dropped for failing to sign new contract
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Watford vs Chelsea: Tuchel reveals player dropped for failing to sign new contract

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Andreas Christensen is not currently being selected because of his contract stand-off with the club. Tuchel has now challenged the Danish defender to prove his commitment to the Premier League club by signing a new deal Christensen’s current deal expires next year and an extension remains unsigned after the player changed his demands. The 25-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since the international break, having been left on the bench for the last three games. “We have the hope that it (Christensen’s lack of action) influences the contract situation a little bit. “My understanding weeks ago was that Andreas wants the same as me and the club. But we have been waiting a long time for confirmation. “How he acts on the pi...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea named Club of the Year
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Chelsea named Club of the Year

Chelsea have just been announced as Club of the Year – comprising the achievements of both their men’s and women’s team. Emma Hayes is there as manager of the Women’s team and makes the point she hopes the team can be there in future – it’s the international break for women’s football so they are unable to be present. Thomas Tuchel is also in attendance and praises the achievements of his side, the women’s team – WSL winners – and the academy sides, too.
Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games
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Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea vs Man United, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, other games

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier League, EPL, matches. Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Burnley in an away Premier League tie. Liverpool will host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening, while Manchester City will tackle West Ham United on Sunday. Arsenal will clash with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “Arsenal were doing pretty well at Anfield last week until their manager Mikel Arteta reacted to a Sadio Mane challenge and woke the crowd up. “That defeat ended the Gunners’ long unbeaten run, but I can see them bouncing straight back here because they ...
‘What’s that’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Man United over Solskjaer’s sack
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‘What’s that’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Man United over Solskjaer’s sack

Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester United is justified over their decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former England defender, however, slammed his former club for lack of decisiveness over the sacking of the Norwegian. Rio Ferdinand had maintained that Solskjaer should be sacked following the lack of attitude among Manchester United players which had led to a series of bad results. There were shocking defeats against Aston Villa, Leicester City and Young Boys, followed by embarrassing losses to Liverpool and Manchester City before the international break. But the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday appeared to be the final straw. Solskjaer was shown the exit door at Old Trafford on Sunday morning, leaving the Red Devils 8th in the league table having won just one ga...
Man Utd players in tears as fear of Solskjaer’s sack looms
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Man Utd players in tears as fear of Solskjaer’s sack looms

Manchester United players and staff on Saturday broke down in tears in the dressing room, after their 4-1 defeat to Watford, according to the Manchester Evening News. The squad is now expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked after the embarrassing loss at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Some members of the United entourage were overwhelmed by the loss and were reduced to tears. Solskjaer was already under immense pressure after a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this month. The 48-year-old then watched on helplessly, as the Red Devils were outclassed by Manchester City before the international break. But he was still in the job for the trip to Watford this weekend. However, he may not survive after their latest setback, as it is und...
Inter Milan vs Napoli: Osimhen recognized as most Impressive striker in Serie A
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Inter Milan vs Napoli: Osimhen recognized as most Impressive striker in Serie A

Italy and Inter Milan legend, Giuseppe Bergomi has described Victor Osimhen as the most impressive striker in the Italian Serie A. Napoli face Inter Milan in a Serie A cracker on Saturday at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and Osimhen is expected to lead the attack for Luciano Spalletti’s men. Osimhen has not scored in his last three matches in the Serie A before the last international break. Bergomi singled out the Nigeria International as the striker who has impressed him the most in the Italian top flight. “Mine was another football, but Osimhen gave me a good impression, he has speed and physical strength,” he told Stylo24 when asked if it would have been hard for him to mark Osimhen. “I have to admit that he is the striker who has impressed me the most in this ch...
It’s going to be Hungry, Angry Liverpool – Martin Keown makes prediction on Anfield battle
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It’s going to be Hungry, Angry Liverpool – Martin Keown makes prediction on Anfield battle

Arsenal legend, Martin Keown has predicted that Arsenal would be facing a hungry and an angry Liverpool side in the Premier League today. Keown noted that the Gunners can prove to their fans and Liverpool they have returned to the ‘real Arsenal’ with victory at Anfield. But the former defender swiftly admitted that an ‘angry’ Liverpool side will have ‘too much’ this weekend. Arsenal have improved from their first three games in the Premier League this season and are now fifth in the table, six points behind league leaders, Chelsea going into today’s encounter. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be desperate to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the season to West Ham before the international break. “I can see this is going to be a hungry,...
Gary Neville reveals only way Man Utd will sack Solskjaer this season
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Gary Neville reveals only way Man Utd will sack Solskjaer this season

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has claimed the club will not sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, excerpts. However, he warned that things could be “ugly” if the team fails to produce an immediate response to their humiliating defeats before the international break. United was crushed 5-0 by rivals Liverpool and then played off the park by Manchester City in a 2-0 defeat in early November. This leaves them nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea at the 11-game mark. A make-or-break run of fixtures into December begins with away trips to Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League, either side of a vital Champions League trip to Villarreal, which could determine United’s passage to the knockout phase as group winners or runners-up. “Mancheste...
Kevin De Bruyne to miss three games for Man City after catching Covid-19 while away with Belgium
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Kevin De Bruyne to miss three games for Man City after catching Covid-19 while away with Belgium

Manchester City have announced they will be without Kevin De Bruyne for their next three games as the Belgian midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with Belgium as he helped them book their place at next year’s showpiece in Qatar. Asked for a fitness update ahead of a meeting with Toffees at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola said: "Jack is getting better after the international break. Phil Foden came back with a disturbing knock in his leg but he is getting better. "Unfortunately Kevin got positive from Covid in Belgium so he will be isolated for 10 days. Jack I don’t think so. Phil, we’ll see." Guardiola added on De Bruyne: “Two days ago he told me he got positive. He is here (in England). “Forget ...
Mark Lawrenson predicts Leicester City vs Chelsea, Liverpool vs Arsenal, Man United, other games
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Mark Lawrenson predicts Leicester City vs Chelsea, Liverpool vs Arsenal, Man United, other games

Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson has predicted some of this weekend’s English Premier League, EPL, games. Chelsea will face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the King Power Stadium. Watford will host Manchester United in an away Premier League tie on Saturday. Liverpool will tackle Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening, while Man City will face Everton on Sunday at Etihad. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “Chelsea are still top of the table, but they hit a little bump before the international break when they were held at home by Burnley. “I think they might drop more points here too. Leicester 1, Chelsea 1.” Commenting on the Watford vs Man United, Lawrenson said, “If United drop any points here, the heat would be ...
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Graeme Souness predicts EPL clash at Anfield
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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Graeme Souness predicts EPL clash at Anfield

Former Liverpool boss, Graeme Souness, has said the team will be “angry” when they host Arsenal this weekend. The Reds’ unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign ended before the international break, after they lost at West Ham. Jurgne Klopp’s side were defeated 3-2 and have dropped four points behind league leaders Chelsea after 11 games. Arsenal visit Anfield on Saturday, unbeaten in the league since the end of August. But Souness believes Liverpool’s frustration from their last defeat will blow the Gunners away. He told Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast: “I think Liverpool will be the angry team having lost last time out where they were not at their normal standards. “So I’m expecting a full throttle Liverpool against an Arsenal team who will b...
Man United board members split on sacking Solskjaer
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Man United board members split on sacking Solskjaer

The Manchester United boardroom is now divided over the issue of sacking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to ace journalist, Romano Fabrizio. The embarrassing losses at Old Trafford to Manchester City and Liverpool have been left to fester over the international break. Solskjaer although seems to have a majority backing, despite others in powerful positions demanding change. Solskjaer is currently under intense pressure with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane and Eric ten Hag being mentioned to take over his job at Man United. Many pundits, ex-players and supporters of the club are calling for his sacking and some board members also want him replaced. Fabrizio Romano told the United Stand YouTube channel: “The Manchester United board are not stupid, t...
Osimhen makes me lose sleep – Mazzola warns Inter Milan ahead of Napoli clash
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Osimhen makes me lose sleep – Mazzola warns Inter Milan ahead of Napoli clash

Former Inter Milan director, Sandro Mazzola, has warned the club about the threat posed by Victor Osimhen ahead of their Serie A clash with Inter Milan this weekend. Mazzola said Osimhen makes him lose sleep, adding that every time the Super Eagles forward touches the ball, he amazes him. Inter Milan will on Sunday host Napoli in their first game after the international break, on Sunday, November 21. Osimhen has scored nine goals in 13 games for Napoli so far this season. “Spalletti’s team is not to be underestimated. There is that center forward there, Victor Osimhen, who is really strong,” Mazzola told Radio Kiss Kiss. “It makes me lose sleep. Every time he touches the ball, he manages to amaze me; it’s surprising.” Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille in 20...
Man United’s senior players take decision on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position
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Man United’s senior players take decision on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position

Senior players at Manchester United reportedly want the club to sack under fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to ace journalist, Duncan Castles. The Red Devils sit sixth in the Premier League having won just one of their last six games in the domestic league. Most recently the former league champions have suffered heavy home defeats in the hands of arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane from Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively for more than £130million during the summer. Their Champions League hopes still lie in the balance being faced with the task of beating Villarreal and Young Boys to guarantee their progression. Castles was quoted by the Mirror, UK, as saying that ...
Pochettino in line to take over Solskjaer’s job at Man United
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Pochettino in line to take over Solskjaer’s job at Man United

Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino, could be heading to Manchester United to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the Argentine has provided a huge boost as Manchester United weigh up potential alternatives to Solskjaer. The report says that Pochettino is keen on returning to the Premier League after he was sacked by Tottenham. Manchester endured a difficult start to the 2021-22 season with their recent defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City. With the recent results, Solskjaer’s position at the club is currently under immense scrutiny. Things are expected to change after the international break or the Norwegian may lose the backing of United board. Man United’s next games are against Villarreal and Chel...
Alisson: Liverpool Want More Than PL Title
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Alisson: Liverpool Want More Than PL Title

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says the team will not be satisfied with just regaining the Premier League title this season. The 2019-20 champions went into the international break four points behind leaders Chelsea after their unbeaten start to the season ended at West Ham last weekend. However, the defeat has not dampened Alisson's ambitions, with the Brazil 'keeper urging Liverpool to make the most of strong starts to their Champions League and Carabao Cup campaigns. "It's about more than that, to be honest. We want more," Alisson told Liverpool FC magazine, when asked if 2021-22 is all about regaining the Premier League title. "Of course we want to win all the tournaments that we play in. We want to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup - al...
Why I chose to play for Germany over Nigeria, England – Ex-Man City forward, Nmecha
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Why I chose to play for Germany over Nigeria, England – Ex-Man City forward, Nmecha

Former Manchester City forward, Lucas Nmecha, has said that he chose to represent Germany ahead of Nigeria and England because he was born in the country. Nmecha, who currently plays for Wolfsburg, was born in Hamburg to a Nigerian father before moving to England at the age of seven. The 22-year-old is eligible to play for any of the three countries as a result of this. Nmecha represented England at the youth level before he decided to switch international allegiance to Germany. He recently received his first call-up to the Germany national team in the latest international break. “I was born here, I just have more of a connection with the German national team,” Nmecha told the Bundesliga media channel. He added, “Also, at the time, the coach Stefan Kuntz really convin...
It will not be a two-horse title race – Petr Cech warns Chelsea
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It will not be a two-horse title race – Petr Cech warns Chelsea

Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has said it will “not be a two-horse race” for the title this season. The Blues’ rivals, Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham have all impressed so far in the Premier League. Chelsea leads the table currently, having won eight of their 11 league games and are three points ahead of defending champions City during the international break. Liverpool, who won the title in 2020, are level on points with City despite losing to third-placed West Ham on Sunday. Cech told talkSPORT: “We’ve been having a brilliant season. “The coaching staff has done a great job because we had a lot of players on international duty and pre-season was really affected by that. “To be in the position we are now, it’s a great credit to everyone. ...
Barcelona manager, Xavi puts up 3 players for sale [Full list]
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Barcelona manager, Xavi puts up 3 players for sale [Full list]

Barcelona new manager, Xavi Hernandez, is reportedly set to get rid of three players in the January transfer window. Xavi was appointed as Barcelona’s new manager last Friday following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. The former midfield maestro was unveiled by Barcelona on Monday at Camp Nou. The 2010 World Cup winner signed a two-and-half-year deal with Barcelona after saying his goodbyes to Qatari side, Al-Sadd. According to Fichajes, the three players Xavi wants Barcelona to offload are Samuel Umtiti, Luuk de Jong and Neto, as he looks to bolster his squad. The report added Xavi has communicated his plans to sell the trio to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, hoping that their sales would create room on the wage bill to bring in a few players of his liking. U...
Ronaldo is minus one to Man Utd team, he should be benched – Ikpeba
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Ronaldo is minus one to Man Utd team, he should be benched – Ikpeba

Former Nigeria International, Victor Ikpeba has described Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘a minus one’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team. The former Nigerian striker went ahead to advise Solskjaer to drop the Portuguese superstar on the bench. Manchester United’s last game before the International break was a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City and Ikpeba also questioned the tactics deployed by Solskjaer. The former African Footballer of the Year questioned the contribution of Ronaldo to the team despite the Portugal International scoring 9 goals in 12 appearances this term. Ikpeba blamed United attackers for the defeat to Man City, saying they failed to play a high-pressing game whereas the City players defended as a unit. The Monaco ex-winger noted that Ronaldo has excel...
Man Utd take decision on sacking Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat to Man City
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Man Utd take decision on sacking Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat to Man City

Manchester United have no plans to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. Sky Sports today reports there is no indication coming from the club that Solskjaer would lose his job. As things stand, the 48-year-old is expected to be in charge when United face Watford after the international break. Speculation was intense following the 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool, but Solskjaer survived despite strong links to Antonio Conte, who is now manager of Tottenham. A United victory at Spurs together with a draw at Atalanta, which kept them top of their Champions League group last week, seemed to have calmed the situation. However, the 2-0 loss to City reignited the questions over Solskjaer’s future. Speaking following that Cit...
Kanu reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford
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Kanu reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford

Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has reacted to the club’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the match to give Mikel Arteta’s side all three points against Claudio Ranieri’s men. The win over Watford means Arsenal are now in the 5th position on the Premier League table with 22 points from 11 games. Reacting after the game, Kanu posted a picture of himself at Emirates Stadium on his Twitter handle, with the caption: “3 points in the bag. Common Arsenal. Congratulations. #arsvswatford @arsenal @premierleague.” Arsenal will now face Liverpool in their next game after the international break on November 20.
Man Utd told to sack Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat to Man City
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Man Utd told to sack Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat to Man City

Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has urged Man United to sack their manager following the Red Devils’ Premier League derby 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday at Old Trafford. Murphy said if Man United want to compete with the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea for the Premier League title, they need to let Solskjaer leave Old Trafford and bring in a new manager. Solskjaer’s side was defeated at home against Man City, following an own goal from Eric Bailly and a strike from Bernardo Silva. Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Murphy said: “If they [Man United] want to compete with the big boys now – Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea – they need to change the manager.” Meanwhile, Solskjaer, who replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford three years ago, admitted he ...
EPL: I’m not blind or deaf – Solskjaer tells critics after Man Utd 2-0 loss to City
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EPL: I’m not blind or deaf – Solskjaer tells critics after Man Utd 2-0 loss to City

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has told his critics that he is neither blind nor deaf and could clearly understand their criticisms. Solskjaer said this after Manchester United suffered another dismal 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on Saturday. The defeat to City at Old Trafford followed a 5-0 bashing by Liverpool a forthright ago. City’s two goals, an own goal from Eric Bailly and a second half strike from Bernardo Silva did not reflect Pep Guardiola’s side’s utter dominance of the game. The pressure once again mount on Solskjaer over the upcoming international break. He told talkSPORT: “I understand the critics, of course. We’ve lost two games against Liverpool and City and we weren’t close to winning either of them. I’m not blind or deaf, I’ve s...
You’re a joke – Souness blasts Fernandes after Man Utd’s 2-0 defeat to Man City
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You’re a joke – Souness blasts Fernandes after Man Utd’s 2-0 defeat to Man City

Former Liverpool player, Graeme Souness, has slammed Bruno Fernandes as a ‘joke’ following the Red Devils’ Premier League 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. Souness said Fernandes neglected the ‘fundamentals’ in the build-up to Man City’s first goal. Man City defeated Man United at Old Trafford following an own-goal from Eric Bailly and a goal from Bernardo Silva. “Watch Fernandes here. ‘Why don’t you cross the ball here I’m not going to close you down,” Souness told Sky Sports. “It’s a simple thing, but it’s a fundamental thing, stop the crosses. Stop the crosses, do your mates in the middle of the goal a favour by putting the ball under pressure to stop the cross. “That is a joke and the second goal is brought about by people doing the same thing an...
Solskjaer Speaks on Man Utd Sacking him after 2-0 Defeat to Man City
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Solskjaer Speaks on Man Utd Sacking him after 2-0 Defeat to Man City

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he is not living on borrowed time at the club, following a 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday. An Eric Bailly own goal and Bernardo Silva goal condemned the Red Devils to their second consecutive defeat at Old Trafford. The last time United played at home, they were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool. However, Solskjaer avoided the sack, before beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 and drawing 2-2 with Atalanta. Following the latest setback, Solskjaer has vowed to bounce back. When asked if he thinks he’s living on borrowed time, Solskjaer said: “No I don’t. I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest. “I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. As long as I...
Chelsea gets Lukaku injury boost ahead of Man Utd clash
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Chelsea gets Lukaku injury boost ahead of Man Utd clash

Romelu Lukaku has handed Chelsea a major boost after he began running again following an injury lay-off. The Belgium striker has been out of action since he limped out against Malmo in the Champions League. However, on Friday, the club’s record signing took to social media, to give fans a positive update. Lukaku tweeted: “Running today let’s see how that goes.” The 28-year-old is not expected to be available for selection this weekend when Chelsea hosts Burnley on Saturday. But he will be in contention when the Blues take on his former club Manchester United. United visits Chelsea after the international break.
Newcastle vs Chelsea: Tuchel confirms three top players to miss EPL clash
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Newcastle vs Chelsea: Tuchel confirms three top players to miss EPL clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that Mateo Kovacic is facing “some weeks” on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in training. Kovacic has enjoyed an impressive season so far, scoring once and providing five assists in nine Premier League appearances. The 27-year-old midfielder has started eight of the games but could now be ruled out until after the international break in November. It is a fresh blow for Tuchel, who is already missing forwards Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. “We had very sad news on Thursday. He injured himself in the last minute of training. “He suffered a hamstring injury and will be out for some weeks. He will be out for the next week, for sure. Hopefully, after the international break he will be back,” Tuchel told reporters a...
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 ...
Champions League: Ancelotti gives fresh update on Eden Hazard
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Champions League: Ancelotti gives fresh update on Eden Hazard

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has provided the latest update on winger Eden Hazard’s condition ahead of his side’s away Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night. Ancelotti suggested that Hazard will not be fit for Los Blancos’ clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, adding that the Belgium international has an ‘overload’. Hazard has missed Real Madrid’s last two matches due to a muscular injury but did end up appearing for his country over the latest international break. Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with the Ukrainian outfit, Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference: “Hazard is tired of having these problems. “He is not injured, he has an overload, but I think he will be available for Barcelona [on October 24] or Osasuna [on October 27].” ...
Ronaldo will ‘disrupt’ Man Utd’s dressing room – Gary Neville
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Ronaldo will ‘disrupt’ Man Utd’s dressing room – Gary Neville

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has said Cristiano Ronaldo will cause disruption within the dressing room. However, Neville insists Ronaldo wouldn’t do it “maliciously”. United’s 29-match unbeaten run in away Premier League fixtures ended on Saturday, following a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. It leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with two wins in their last six games. Ronaldo hit the headlines after United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break, as the 36-year-old stormed down the tunnel after the match and was clearly visibly furious. It led to suggestions that the Portugal superstar has requested a change of tactics from Solskjaer. “I don’t think Cristiano will disrupt the dressing room at all, purposely,” Neville said on Instagram. ...
Real Madrid ready for Hazard-Salah swap with Liverpool
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Real Madrid ready for Hazard-Salah swap with Liverpool

Real Madrid are considering an audacious move for Liverpool’s Mo Salah, that will see them part with Eden Hazard and cash, ESPN reports. The LaLiga giants have long been admirers of Salah, who is still involved in a contract standoff with the Reds. Madrid could look to tempt Liverpool with a player-plus-cash swap deal involving former Chelsea forward, Eden Hazard. Hazard has struggled since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019. His first two seasons were plagued by injuries and this campaign, the Belgian has been in and out of Carlo Ancelotti’s team. He is yet to register a goal in eight appearances so far. Madrid are ready to let Hazard leave and are eyeing Salah as his replacement. It could be difficult though for Los Blancos to tempt Liverpool to sell Salah, wh...
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...
Pulisic and Lukaku in mixed injury news for Chelsea as Tuchel gives updates on USMNT and Belgium stars
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Pulisic and Lukaku in mixed injury news for Chelsea as Tuchel gives updates on USMNT and Belgium stars

The Blues will be without the American forward once again in their derby with Brentford on Saturday, but the Belgian striker is raring to go Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has delivered mixed injury news ahead of facing Brentford, with Christian Pulisic “still injured” but Romelu Lukaku ready for Premier League action. The Blues will be making a short trip to face west London neighbours on Saturday aiming to cement their place at the top of the table. That cause will be aided by the availability of the prolific Belgian striker, who picked up a slight knock during the October international break, but the American forward remains sidelined with an ankle complaint and Thiago Silva is unlikely to be risked following an epic journey back from Brazil.  
Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has admitted Wilfred Ndidi will not return to action until next month’s international break. This rules him out of Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Liberia. Ndidi was unavailable for the Foxes’ 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace and the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic, after picking up a hamstring injury. Rodgers has now hinted Ndidi might be out for a longer period. Speaking ahead of their game against Manchester United on Saturday, Rodgers: “He’ll (Ndidi) probably join the group, I would say, in the next international break. “Over the course of this section of games, he probably won’t be available. We’re hoping that by then he’ll be back.” Rodgers however confirmed that ...
Alonso Predicts what’ll happen to Saul Niguez Chelsea
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Alonso Predicts what’ll happen to Saul Niguez Chelsea

Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso, has predicted that teammate, Saul Niguez, will turn out to be ‘very good’ for the Blues despite his slow start at Stamford Bridge. Niguez joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. But the 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact under Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, so far this season. The midfielder was hauled off at halftime during his Premier League debut against Aston Villa last month. Speaking on Niguez’s slow start at Chelsea, Alonso told Cadena SER: “Well, he’s a newcomer. “He’s in the adaptation phase, but he is a great player and he is going to be very good for us.” Niguez will hope to feature for Chelsea in their next game against Brentford after the international break.
Your job now on line due to two Man Utd stars – Paul Merson tells Solskjaer
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Your job now on line due to two Man Utd stars – Paul Merson tells Solskjaer

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has told Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that his job is now on the line because of how he has handled Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek so far this season. Merson believes Solskjaer cannot get away with it anymore, adding that the only way to get the best out of Sancho and Van de Beek is to keep playing them. Van de Beek has played just two matches for Man United this season, while Sancho is yet to hit the ground running since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund. But Merson believes Solskjaer must continue to give both players opportunities instead of having them sitting on the bench during Man United matches. “Time wasn’t so long ago when playing poorly and having two players you forked out £110m for on the bench was a recipe...
EPL: Arsenal tipped to finish in top four this season
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EPL: Arsenal tipped to finish in top four this season

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has said Arsenal are the outsiders to watch in the race for the Premier League’s top four this season. Despite the Gunners starting the campaign with three straight defeats, Carragher feels they are still in contention for Champions League spots. Before the season began, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were tipped to finish in the top four. But Carragher believes Arsenal should be “watched closely”, as they have recovered with victories over Burnley, Norwich and Tottenham, before drawing with Brighton before the international break. Mikel Arteta’s side are in 11th place, having taken 10 points from their first seven games. “We can already see which are the top four strongest Premier League teams. “The team that...
Brentford vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives update on Thiago Silva ahead of EPL clash
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Brentford vs Chelsea: Tuchel gives update on Thiago Silva ahead of EPL clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that Thiago Silva will not be able to play against Brentford on October 16 upon his return from international duty with Brazil national team. Chelsea will tackle Brentford in an away Premier League clash after the international break, but Silva won’t feature in that derby clash after heading to South America for Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay. The last game of that triple-header, Brazil’s home clash with Uruguay in Manaus, is not scheduled to kick-off until 01:30 am BST on Friday. Providing an update on Silva, Tuchel was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying: “He will go and then he will play for Brazil and then he will come back on the matchday versus Brentford. “This is the life of in...
Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach
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Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach

Claudio Ranieri has arrived at Watford's training ground after agreeing to become the club's head coach. According to Sky in Italy, Ranieri is expected to sign a contract to take over at Vicarage Road on Monday. The Italian, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season. Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening seven games. Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club to automatic promotion from the Championship last season. Munoz's last match in charge was a defeat against Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday, with Ranieri set to become Watford's ...
Leicester City can revive season with away win against Crystal Palace – Daka
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Leicester City can revive season with away win against Crystal Palace – Daka

The 22-year-old forward calls on his teammates to transfer what they do in training to matches as they travel to London Leicester City striker Patson Daka is confident they can kick-start their Premier League season with the away game against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Foxes will travel to Selhurst Park to face the Patrick Vieira-led side and ahead of the game, the Zambia international believes everyone in the squad knows the importance of that visit to south London, with Leicester looking for three points ahead of the next international break. “It’s another exciting game,” the 22-year-old told LCFC TV after the team lost 1-0 against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.  
Brentford stun West Ham as Wissa strikes late
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Brentford stun West Ham as Wissa strikes late

Yoane Wissa scored a dramatic late winner for Brentford as they beat West Ham 2-1 and continued their impressive start to Premier League life. It was hard to know who were the newly-promoted side and who were playing in Europe as Brentford pummelled West Ham in the first half, grabbing a deserved lead when Bryan Mbeumo's strike was awarded by the goal-line technology on 20 minutes. West Ham responded after the break and Jarrod Bowen's pure, half-volleyed finished drew them level with 10 minutes remaining. An assault on the Bees' goal was expected but, led by Pontus Jansson, the visitors managed the situation and created one last chance for themselves when Jansson's header was saved and the rebound was brilliantly hammered home by Wissa. The win means Brentford head into the...
Tuchel rates Timo Werner’s display after Chelsea win against Southampton
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Tuchel rates Timo Werner’s display after Chelsea win against Southampton

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that he was happy with Timo Werner’s display for Chelsea against Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel said Werner’s goal for Chelsea against Southampton was fantastic, adding that the striker was in the right position. Chelsea defeated Southampton at home in a Premier League tie, thanks to three goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Werner and Ben Chilwell. “I’m happy for Timo and I’m happy for the team. There was some relief when he scored for sure because it was 1-1 at the time with not too long to go and we came into the game off the back of two defeats,” Tuchel said at this post-match press conference. “It was a fantastic goal and he was there in the right position, which he needs to be as a striker. “We have the f...
Defences on top as Arsenal held by Brighton
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Defences on top as Arsenal held by Brighton

Arsenal’s three-game winning run came to an end at Brighton as the teams played out a 0-0 draw in wet and windy conditions at The Amex. In a game that produced 29 shots, 21 of those from Brighton, both teams were guilty of lacking a clinical final finish as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post for the Gunners and Shane Duffy squandered the hosts' best chance late on. It means it was another clean sheet for the Arsenal defensive axis of Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White, who have only conceded one goal in their last four Premier League games. Ramsdale had to be at his best in the final 10 minutes, making three saves to help his team to a gritty point. The result leaves Brighton in fifth place ahead of the international break and Arsenal in ninth.
Alisson, Thiago Silva & other Premier League stars in Brazil squad as talks continue over quarantine restrictions
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Alisson, Thiago Silva & other Premier League stars in Brazil squad as talks continue over quarantine restrictions

Brazil are confident there will be no repeat of the previous international break, when Premier League clubs refused to release their players Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva are among eight Premier League players included in the Brazil squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers as talks continue over quarantine regulations that could see them miss games upon their return to England. Under current UK Government rules, anyone travelling to a country on the red list is required to quarantine for 10 days upon their return, due to high coronavirus spread in those countries. A number of Premier League clubs refused to release their players for the international break earlier this month, which sparked a row with the national associations that was onl...
Liverpool midfielder Thiago ruled out of key Premier League & Champions League games
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Liverpool midfielder Thiago ruled out of key Premier League & Champions League games

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Spain international will not figure again for the Reds until after the October international break Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Thiago Alcantara will likely be ruled out of his plans until after the October international break, with the Spain international set to sit out key Premier League and Champions League games through injury. The 30-year-old playmaker picked up a calf problem during the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace and now finds himself stuck on the treatment table. He will not be seen again any time soon, with a creative influence for the Reds due to miss domestic meetings with Brentford and Manchester City along with a European trip to Porto.
Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta
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Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said the club’s current boss, Mikel Arteta, has a “quality” squad. Wenger, however, expressed sympathy over the Gunners’ difficult start to the new season. Arsenal faced both the reigning European and Premier League champions in two of their first three fixtures. Before Saturday’s narrow 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta’s side endured the club’s lowest point. The north London club went into the international break with a record of three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded. However, the victory over the Canaries lifted the Gunners off of the foot of the table and into 16th. Wenger told beIN Sport: “First of all, I like to usually say what I think – I believe in...
Berbatov predicts Man Utd vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Norwich, Chelsea vs Villa
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Berbatov predicts Man Utd vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Norwich, Chelsea vs Villa

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted some of the games that will be played in the Premier League this week. All eyes will be on Old Trafford and Cristiano Ronaldo after the international break. Ronaldo has returned to United and should make his second debut against Newcastle. Berbatov told BetFair: “This is it. Nothing else to say here but a United win. The club will be boosted by the Ronaldo factor and he will be playing some part in the game. The fans at Old Trafford are going to be going crazy and it is going to be some atmosphere. “I hope they can top it with a strong performance. I expect Varane and Sancho to be playing in this one too, United will have too much for Newcastle. Prediction: 3-0.” On the bottom-of-the league clash between Ars...

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