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Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season
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Paul Scholes exposes Man Utd’s major weakness under Solskjaer this season

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has revealed the club’s major weakness under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this season. Scholes believes Man United’s lack of balance in midfield is their major weakness this season, adding that it may cost them the Premier League title because their two title rivals play more ‘aggressive’ systems. He also backed Man United midfielder, Scott McTominay, to play in the holding role in Solskjaer’s midfield. “You mention McTominay, I think he is the best one for that role out of the four of them, I would definitely go for him,” Scholes told Webby and O’Neill. “I think he has got everything, he is athletic, he can get around the pitch, he has got great ability as well. He is capable of sitting in that position. “Ole doesn’t seem to...
Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset
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Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset

Against lowly visitors, the unwillingness to speculate in search of midfield options came back to bite the Super Eagles coach hard in Lagos In order to undertake this post mortem of Nigeria’s first defeat at home in a World Cup qualifier for 40 years, it is necessary to deploy a germ of wisdom that, while obvious, seems lost on Gernot Rohr. It is this: it is impossible to play good football without midfielders. Sure, it is the attackers who, at least principally, score goals; yes, it is the defenders who are primarily tasked with keeping them out.  
LaLiga: Why Espanyol beat Real Madrid – Ancelotti
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LaLiga: Why Espanyol beat Real Madrid – Ancelotti

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that Espanyol defeated his team 2-1 in a LaLiga clash on Sunday because his players played “badly”. Ancelotti explained that Real Madrid lacked balance and was not well-positioned against Espanyol during the encounter. Real Madrid suffered a second straight defeat against Espanyol following their 2-1 midweek loss at the Santiago Bernabeu to Champions League minnows Sheriff Tiraspol. Goals from Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal gave Espanyol all three points against Ancelotti’s side. Karim Benzema did score a goal for the visitors at Cornellà-El Prat. Speaking after the game, Ancelotti said at his post-match press conference: “We played badly, nothing much else I can say. “When we conceded, we became confused on the pitch. I have ...
Tuchel names Chelsea Player ‘everyone is Looking for’
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Tuchel names Chelsea Player ‘everyone is Looking for’

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has identified midfielder, N’Golo Kante as the player in his squad that ‘everyone is looking for’. Tuchel disclosed this on Sunday following Chelsea’s Premier League victory against Tottenham Hotspur. The German believes Kante, who scored a goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 win against Tottenham, is a top player that has everything a team needs in midfield. “He is a top player. If you have N’Golo, you have something everyone is looking for. You have everything that you need in midfield with work rate, intensity, ball wins, skilful play, off the ball, with the ball, dribbling and even a goal,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference after Chelsea defeated Tottenham on Sunday. “I see this every day in training and it’s hard to bel...
Messi makes first start as PSG draw Club Brugge
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Messi makes first start as PSG draw Club Brugge

Lionel Messi finally made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday but the French giants had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in Belgium to start their Champions League campaign. Ander Herrera gave PSG an early lead at the Jan Breydel Stadium only for Hans Vanaken to equalise for the home side, who were excellent and thoroughly deserved their point. Messi — who had played just 24 minutes as a substitute prior to this game — is still looking for his first goal for his new club although he hit the bar in the first half and tested Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the break before picking up a yellow card for a foul on Mats Rits. However, it was not a convincing performance from the Parisians as coach Mauricio Pochettino lined up his star attacking trio of...
Dele Alli reveals why he had Problem with Mourinho at Tottenham
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Dele Alli reveals why he had Problem with Mourinho at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, has claimed his former manager Jose Mourinho always focused on the opposition when preparing for matches. Alli fell out of favour while Mourinho was in charge of the North London side. However, he is now a regular pick under the new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo. The 25-year-old has taken up a role as part of a midfield three, under Nuno and has played every minute in the Premier League so far. Alli has now spoken on the difference between the two coaches. He told BT Sport: “It’s been about us, what we’re going to do and how we are going to set up rather than worrying about the opposition. “With Mourinho, there was a lot of meetings analysing the opposition. “The formation we are playing at the moment allows me to...
Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop
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Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named Chelsea as the team that will be difficult to stop in the Premier League this season. Neville was left very impressed following the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel only made one permanent signing this summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Saul Niguez also arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid. But, despite a slightly quieter summer than their rivals, Neville still feels Chelsea could be the team to beat this season. He said on his Gary Neville Podcast: “It was interesting because I’d expect Manchester United to beat Newcastle the way in which they did – with or without Ronaldo. “But then I went home from Salford to watch the Chelsea-Villa game and Villa played well, and Villa ...
Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move
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Saul Niguez reveals Promise Tuchel made to him before Chelsea Move

Saul Niguez has revealed that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, promised he will play in his preferred midfield role if he joins the club. The 26-year-old arrived on a one-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day. During his time under Diego Simeone, Saul was deployed in various positions across the pitch. The Spaniard has been used as a No.10, wing-back and almost everywhere in between. Speaking on Twitch, Saul said: Chelsea has promised me to train in my position [midfield], but to play we will see. To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision. “This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me. I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new [better] place.” ...
Ronaldo’s arrival at Man Utd is bad news for Van de Beek – Albers
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Ronaldo’s arrival at Man Utd is bad news for Van de Beek – Albers

Guido Albers, the agent of Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek, has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival is bad news for his client. Ronaldo has returned to United for a second stint following three seasons with Juventus. But it appears that not everybody is overjoyed to see the 36-year-old back at the club. Van de Beek could see his playing time reduced even more, despite receiving assurances he would feature in 2021/2022. “Cristiano arrived on Friday which we knew was bad news for us. “Pogba plays on the left, and with Cristiano’s arrival it means another extra player in midfield, with Pogba moving away from the left,” Albers told Ziggo Sport. United take on Newcastle in their first Premier League game after the international week. ...
Transfer deadline day: Saul Niguez reveals who convinced him to join Chelsea
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Transfer deadline day: Saul Niguez reveals who convinced him to join Chelsea

Saul Niguez has admitted that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, convinced him to join the club He also noted that the opportunity to play in midfield once again was key in his decision to join the Blues. Saul arrives at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan with an option to buy. The deal was finalized in the final hours of the summer transfer window on Tuesday. Speaking on his Twitch channel following confirmation of the move, Saul said: “I don’t know if I would endure a season like last year or two years ago. I know I could have been happy for a few days or a few weeks at home. “But I needed to find myself again and the possibility of Chelsea arose, a true European champion. It is the most complicated thing, the decision to leave, because I am leaving alone without my w...
Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately
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Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately

Rio Ferdinand has said that Brazilian midfielder, Fred lacks skills in positional control and decision-making to be in Manchester United’s squad. He wants the club to sign an upgrade to play at the base of midfield. Fred has been in Manchester United first team since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the team. The South African has made 124 appearances for Solskjaer’s side but has never really won over fans and pundits since arriving in the Premier League. But the former Manchester United defender feels the Brazil international lacks positional awareness. “Fred, his attributes physically to be able to cover the ground and make tackles are really good,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE. “In that role, for me, you need someone who can orchestrate. Not only with ...
Chelsea star Jorginho named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
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Chelsea star Jorginho named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

The midfielder lifted both the Champions League and Euro 2020 in a memorable season Chelsea star Jorginho has been named UEFA Men's Player of the Year following his heroics for both club and country in the 2020-21 season. The Brazil-born midfield ace was a vital part of the Blues engine room as they fought to Champions League glory. And he repeated the feat over the summer to help deliver the Euro 2020 trophy to Italy.
Saul Niguez in Shock move to Chelsea
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Saul Niguez in Shock move to Chelsea

Atletico Madrid midfielder, Saul Niguez is set for a shock move to Premier League giants, Chelsea. The Telegraph reports that Chelsea are planning a last-ditch loan move for Niguez this summer. The report added that Chelsea’s bid to sign the Spain international hinges on whether the Blues can trim manager Thomas Tuchel’s other midfield options who are not part of the first-team plans for this season. Chelsea will have to battle Manchester United, who are also interested in signing Niguez. Atletico Madrid valued Niguez for €45million (£38million). Niguez has played in both of Atletico Madrid’s two games in the new LaLiga season so far and the Spanish champions have registered wins against Celta Vigo and Elche. Meanwhile, Chelsea have already completed their...
Keown questions Arsenal’s decision to sign Odegaard permanently
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Keown questions Arsenal’s decision to sign Odegaard permanently

Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has questioned the club’s decision to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal from Real Madrid. Odegaard returned to Real Madrid at the end of last season following a six-month loan deal at Emirates, hoping to finally establish himself as a first-team player under manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Norway international, however, failed to convince Ancelotti he was worthy of a place in his squad and eventually accepted the opportunity to return to Arsenal, who announced his return on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. Speaking on the development, Keown told talkSPORT: “Odegaard came in after Boxing Day. Yes, the results improved largely. He played 16 times, nine starts, five [substitute appearances], one goal two assists. ...
Tuchel reveals Trevoh Chalobah’s best Position in Chelsea squad
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Tuchel reveals Trevoh Chalobah’s best Position in Chelsea squad

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed Trevoh Chalobah’s best position in his squad currently. Chalobah can play in the midfield and also in the defensive positions. But Tuchel believes the 22-year-old’s best position presently is the ‘back three,’ adding that he has settled in it. Chalobah was expected to be loaned out for the fourth consecutive season but impressed Tuchel enormously in pre-season, earning a start against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup before netting on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace last weekend. On the prospect of Chalobah being used in midfield, Tuchel told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League derby with Arsenal on Sunday: “We know this. For us so far he’...
Etebo: Watford will give everything in the Premier League
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Etebo: Watford will give everything in the Premier League

The Super Eagles midfielder joined the Hornets on a season-long loan from Stoke City earlier this month Oghenekaro Etebo said Watford will ensure to give their all when the 2021-22 Premier League season begins. The 25-year-old was added as a midfield reinforcement to Xisco Munoz's side following the Hornets' promotion to the English top-flight last season. Ahead of his maiden Premier League season, the former Getafe and Galatasaray star predicted "a long campaign" for the Hornets.
Lokonga picks out his best position for Arsenal after completing £18m transfer
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Lokonga picks out his best position for Arsenal after completing £18m transfer

The 21-year-old midfielder has become the latest addition at Emirates Stadium and believes he has plenty to offer Albert Sambi Lokonga has picked out his best position for Arsenal after completing an £18 million ($25m) move to Emirates Stadium. The promising 21-year-old midfielder has become the latest addition to Mikel Arteta's ranks, with the Gunners buying into the potential of a Belgium U21 international. It remains to be seen where Lokonga will slot into Arsenal's plans, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny also competing for midfield berths, but Lokonga believes his versatility can be put to good use.
Lokonga tells Arteta his best position
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Lokonga tells Arteta his best position

  New Arsenal signing, Albert Sambi Lokonga, has said his best position is in the no6 role at the base midfield. Lokonga has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Gunners, in a deal believed to be worth £17m. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is rebuilding his midfield ahead of the 2021/2021 campaign, after Dani Ceballos returned to Real Madrid following the end of his loan spell and Granit Xhaka close to a move to Roma. Lokonga, 21, comes in to provide some steel, potentially alongside Thomas Partey next season. And while the Belgian is comfortable playing as a box-to-box midfielder, he has indicated his best position is in a deeper midfield role. “I can play both. I can play as a six and I can play like a box-to-box. “But people say that I’m better i...
France and Manchester United star Pogba joins Burna Boy’s birthday celebration in Miami
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France and Manchester United star Pogba joins Burna Boy’s birthday celebration in Miami

The former Juventus midfielder was among the friends who turned up for a surprise party in honour of the Nigerian music star Grammy Award winner and Nigerian music artist Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, celebrated his 30th birthday in good company. The African Giant was hosted to a surprise party in Miami and Manchester United midfield star Paul Pogba was among the guests in attendance. The midfield maestro turned up at the party with a signed France shirt that has his no. 6 and he handed it over to the Nigerian star after they both posed for pictures.
AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick
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AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick

AFC Wimbledon have signed Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick. It will be the Academy midfielder's third season in League One following recent loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers. The 22-year-old has been with Chelsea since Under-9s level, progressing through the ranks at Cobham in the same team as Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah. A striker and wideman in the younger age groups, McCormick eventually settled into a central midfield role when he became a scholar, quickly developing both his leadership skills and goalscoring ability from deep. James Simmonds, Under-18s assistant coach, is to spend part of the 2021/22 season on secondment at AFC Wimbledon. Working closely with first team head coach Mark Robinson, Simmonds will help to strengthen the relationship between...
Euro 2020: Klinsmann names six England players that Germany are scared of
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Euro 2020: Klinsmann names six England players that Germany are scared of

  Former Germany striker, Jurgen Klinsmann, has named six England stars that Germany will be scared of, ahead of their Tuesday’s last-16 Euro 2020 clash. The Three Lions are the favourites with the bookmakers, especially since they have home advantage. But the Germans have had a far superior record at the tournament so far. Klinsmann admits England have a number of excellent players and picked out six who he feels his compatriots will be fearful of in north London. “You have Raheem Sterling, and you have Mason Mount,” Klinsmann told Alan Shearer for The Athletic. “You have now Saka who played a good game against the Czech Republic. You have Phil Foden, who I really adore — I thought he had a brilliant year with Man City. “You have Harry Maguire, who kind of fr...
EPL: Guardiola Wants Chelsea Defender Reece James at Man City
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EPL: Guardiola Wants Chelsea Defender Reece James at Man City

Manchester City is keen on a stunning move for Chelsea’s right-back, Reece James, according to The Athletic. The Blues are unwilling to sell the defender, but City will not be easily deterred. It is believed Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of James and has added the defender to his shortlist of players this summer. Guardiola was particularly impressed by the 21-year-old’s performance, as City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the Champions League final. James is also versatile and can play in central defence as well as midfield. City remains keen on signing James despite the stiff competition in his favoured right-back spot including Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo. The Chelsea defender still has four years left on his contract.
New Real Madrid ace Alaba is world-class in every position – the only problem is where to play him
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New Real Madrid ace Alaba is world-class in every position – the only problem is where to play him

The 29-year-old is actually something of a problem player for his country because he is capable of playing anywhere in defence or midfield In David Alaba, Austria have their only world-class player, but national team coach Franco Foda hasn't yet settled on his captain's best position. Right now, amid numerous formation changes, Alaba is being shifted around. Over the last few months alone, he has played as a centre-back, left-back, central midfielder and left midfielder. Nonetheless, Alaba helped Austria advance to the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time by keeping Andriy Yarmolenko quiet in Monday's 1-0 win over Ukraine, which set up a Euro 2020 last-16 showdown with Italy at Wembley on Saturday.
It felt amazing’ – Adeyemo thrilled training with FC Vizela first team
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It felt amazing’ – Adeyemo thrilled training with FC Vizela first team

The 19-year-old midfield sensation revelled training with the Primeira Liga side, while hoping to seal a permanent place in Alvaro Pacheco’s squad Nigerian wonderkid Emmanuel Adeyemo is thrilled to have trained with FC Vizela first team on Monday as the Primeira Liga side stepped up preparations for the 2021-22 campaign. The 19-year-old has been impressive for the club’s U19 and U23 teams since joining them in January 2021 for an undisclosed fee. Now, he is set to go straight into Alvaro Pacheco’s squad following his promotion to the first team.
Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has identified Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice as the two excellent players in the England squad. Both Rice and Phillips were impressive for England in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend. England defeated Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, thanks to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s second-half goal. “I thought it was a very good performance by England,” Keane told ITV. “Very mature, how they managed the game and they mixed their game up well – good short passes then stretching Croatia. “What they did which was vital was winning the midfield battle. If you win the midfield battle, it gives you a foothold to win football matches. Phillips and Rice were excellent. A very good day for England,” he said. En...
Man City threaten Liverpool plans for Gladbach midfielder Neuhaus
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Man City threaten Liverpool plans for Gladbach midfielder Neuhaus

Manchester City have jumped into the battle for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus. AS says City have entered the race with Liverpool for Neuhaus. The Reds have been linked extensively with the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder with suggestions talks are underway over a potential deal with the price set at €40 million. But City manager Pep Guardiola is also interested in the player as he looks to reshape his squad and add even more depth in the midfield. The current Premier League champions are even being tipped to offload one of their star players, with Raheem Sterling one rumoured to be on his way out. And Neuhaus could arrive as his replacement.
England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of Players to Start Euro 2021 tie
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England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of Players to Start Euro 2021 tie

  Former England international, Rio Ferdinand has handed manager, Gareth Southgate names of players to start for the Three Lions against Croatia on Sunday afternoon. England will tackle Croatia today in their Group D Euro 2020 opener at Wembley. Asked for his preferred England starting XI for the Croatia game, Ferdinand was quoted by Metro UK as saying: “On the right-hand side of the back three I would play Kyle Walker, on the left I would play Luke Shaw, central, I would play John Stones,’ he told Metro.co.uk. “Right wing-back: Reece James, midfield: Mason Mount and Declan Rice, left side: Ben Chilwell. “And then I would play two No.10s inside, I am not playing them wide, two narrow No.10s: Grealish and Foden, stroke Sterling, maybe one of those, I’m undecided, and...
UCL final: Tuchel expresses shock at Guardiola’s action
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UCL final: Tuchel expresses shock at Guardiola’s action

  Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, has said that he was ‘surprised’ by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave out Fernandinho for the Champions League final against the Blues on Saturday. Guardiola omitted Fernandinho from Man City’s starting line-up in their defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto. The Spaniard opted to play Ilkay Gundogan in a deeper role instead of Fernandinho as Kai Havertz’s first-half goal ensured Tuchel’s men defeated the Premier League champions 1-0. “We were a bit surprised, I expected Fernandinho in the line-up to start,” Tuchel admitted at his post-match press conference. “He [Pep Guardiola] chose a very offensive line-up, a very technical line-up, it was very hard to steal the ball and recover the ball. ...
Monaco GP: Max Verstappen takes win and title lead as Mercedes suffer, with Lewis Hamilton seventh
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Monaco GP: Max Verstappen takes win and title lead as Mercedes suffer, with Lewis Hamilton seventh

Max Verstappen claimed a momentous Monaco GP victory on a day filled with drama in Monte Carlo, as Mercedes endured a disastrous race with Valtteri Bottas retiring and Lewis Hamilton a lowly seventh. On a glorious afternoon for Red Bull and their star driver, Verstappen inherited pole position after Charles Leclerc was cruelly forced out of his home race before even lining up on the grid - and the Dutchman then masterfully controlled proceedings to take his maiden win around the legendary streets. In doing so, Verstappen and Red Bull have taken the lead in both F1 2021 championships; Verstappen - now four points clear of Hamilton - for the first time in his career, and Red Bull for the first time since 2013. "It's so special around here to win," said a delighted Verstappen. "Y...
Tim Sherwood Snubs N’Golo Kante, names best two Midfielders at Chelsea
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Tim Sherwood Snubs N’Golo Kante, names best two Midfielders at Chelsea

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Tim Sherwood, has snubbed N’Golo Kante, and named Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho as the best two Blues midfielders presently. Sherwood said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League final day fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday at Villa Park. He also urged Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, not to feature Kante against Aston Villa. “At the beginning of the season, the two favoured were Jorginho and Kovacic,” Sherwood said, as quoted by The Chelsea Chronicle. “It was only because Kovacic picked up an injury that Kante came in and was outstanding when he came into the side. He showed Tuchel what he could deliver. “I would play my best team in the first game against Villa. “I am not sure Kante is in my best. I think Kovacic and Jorginho are my b...
Bissouma: Man United must pull out all the stops for Arsenal & Liverpool target
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Bissouma: Man United must pull out all the stops for Arsenal & Liverpool target

If they are to challenge for the title next term, Solskjaer's side cannot afford to look past the Mali international as their midfield general In one particular way, Manchester United’s season is the perfect Rorschach test for the modern fan experience. Depending on who you are or where you’re looking from, it is possible to evince unabashed enthusiasm, indifference or apoplexy toward what has been, objectively, a satisfactory season. The Red Devils are on course for a second-place finish in the league, bested only by a Manchester City side that have had consistency down to an art form in the second half of the campaign.
FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole blame one Chelsea star for Leicester 1-0 win
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FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole blame one Chelsea star for Leicester 1-0 win

  Manchester United legend, Ferdinand and former Liverpool star, Joe Cole have blamed Jorginho for Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City on Saturday They blamed the Italian international for Leicester City’s winning goal in the tight game at Wembley, which was decided by Youri Tielemans’ sublime long-range effort in the second half. Both Ferdinand and Cole criticised Jorginho over his failure to close down Tielemans quickly enough before his strike which beat Kepa Arrizabalaga and gave Leicester City their first-ever FA Cup trophy. “This is one area I don’t like in his game, he can’t get across the ground,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He should be the one getting across there [to stop Tielemans]. He shouldn’t be pointing at a defender to get out [to Tieleman...
Ndidi reveals Leicester City mission ahead of Manchester United trip
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Ndidi reveals Leicester City mission ahead of Manchester United trip

Brendan Rodgers' men have only lost just one of their last 12 away matches in the English top-flight this term Wilfred Ndidi has stated Leicester City will ‘give everything’ to get maximum points against Manchester United in Tuesday’s Premier League encounter. The Foxes are aiming to bounce back to winning ways after their 4-2 loss to Newcastle United on Friday and also continue their impressive away form in the Premier League this season – having lost once in their last 12 away outings. Ndidi, who has made himself Leicester City’s key midfield enforcer, admitted that Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford would be difficult but he believes the Foxes can match Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who are second in the table.
Bennacer: Juventus thrashing is my best AC Milan performance
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Bennacer: Juventus thrashing is my best AC Milan performance

The Algeria international was involved in the Rossoneri's second goal as they grabbed maximum points in Turin on Sunday Ismael Bennacer has picked AC Milan’s 3-0 thrashing of Juventus as his best performance since he joined the Serie A club in August 2019. The 23-year-old partnered Ivory Coast's Franck Kessie in Milan's midfield and they were influential in stopping their hosts' attacking threats at the Allianz Stadium. Brahim Diaz put the Rossoneri ahead just before half-time and they continued their dominant display after the restart.
I hope to get him on loan from Chelsea next season’ – Stoke City boss O’Neill lauds ‘brilliant’ Mikel
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I hope to get him on loan from Chelsea next season’ – Stoke City boss O’Neill lauds ‘brilliant’ Mikel

The former Super Eagles captain played a pivotal role in the middle of the park as the Potters ended their league campaign with a convincing away win Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill has praised former Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder as "a brilliant signing" after they ended the 2020-21 EFL Championship season with a 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth. The 34-year-old made his 39th league appearance on Saturday and he was on parade from start to finish as the visitors brought an end to their six-game winless run in the English second-tier division. Goals from William Forrester and Thomas Smith secured maximum points for Stoke City but Mikel was solid in the midfield with his passes and control.
Guardiola Hailed as Greatest Manager ever after Winning Carabao Cup for 4th Year
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Guardiola Hailed as Greatest Manager ever after Winning Carabao Cup for 4th Year

Former Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp, has labelled Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, as the greatest manager ever. Redknapp hailed Guardiola as a “genius” after a 1-0 win over Tottenham in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. Aymeric Laporte headed in the winning ball in the 82nd minute. The victory saw Guardiola lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row. “But they are a joy to watch, if you enjoy watching football then you love watching Manchester city play. The way they move it, the triangles, it is a joy to watch. Pep Guardiola, I think he is a genius, the players will run through brick walls for him. The football they play in midfield, from the back, its a joy and they were far superior. “Is he the greatest ever? I personally think with the style of football h...
Michael Owen Blasts Solskjaer for picking ‘negative team’ against Leeds
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Michael Owen Blasts Solskjaer for picking ‘negative team’ against Leeds

  Former Liverpool forward, Michael Owen has criticised Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his ‘negative’ tactics in Red Devils 0-0 draw with Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon Solskjaer’s side played out a 0-0 draw in the game that recorded just a few chances in Yorkshire. It was Manchester United’s seventh 0-0 draw of the season more than any other side in the Premier League. And Owen, also a former Manchester United striker, believes the Norwegian manager’s ‘negative’ move of playing Fred and Scott McTominay together in the midfield contributed to the disappointing draw at Elland Road. “I was disappointed with the team that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “I thought it was quite a negative team. Yo...
EPL: Peter Crouch Blasts Mane, Firmino, Others as Liverpool Failed to Beat Newcastle
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EPL: Peter Crouch Blasts Mane, Firmino, Others as Liverpool Failed to Beat Newcastle

  Former Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch, has slammed the club’s players, including Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, following the Reds’ Premier League 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday. Mohamed Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s side an early lead at home, but they failed to extend their lead after missing several chances. Steve Bruce’s Newcastle side grabbed a last-gasp point through Joe Willock’s deflected effort. Reacting, Crouch, who played for Liverpool between 2005-2008, said Liverpool players failed to manage the game properly, adding that they lacked composure in front of goal against Newcastle. “You could see the last ten minutes, they got nervous. After those missed chances, they didn’t manage the game at all,” Crouch said during his post-match ...
Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp
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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he benched Sadio Mane in his side’s Premier League 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.   Klopp said Liverpool’s next week’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid did not influence his decision to drop Mane to the bench against Aston Villa at Anfield. According to him, he made the decision based on performance. Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool all three points against Aston Villa. Asked if the game against Real Madrid played a part in his team selection, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “No, not it’s pure coincidence that you brought up at that moment. “Well, not you personally, but the media brought up Sadio didn’t score f...
Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto
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Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto

  Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reacted to Portugal defender, Pepe’s claims that Chelsea celebrated drawing Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Chelsea midfielder insisted that ‘it will not be easy’ for the Blues to defeat the Portuguese champions and reach this year’s semi-finals. Pepe anchored Porto’s defence when they sent Juventus out of the competition in the round of 16 and Chelsea with Kovacic in the midfield overcame Atletico Madrid to book their place in the quarter-finals. Rumours circulated last month that the Chelsea squad went into dancing on discovering that they were going to meet Porto in the quarter-finals. And ahead of their meeting on Wednesday veteran defender Pepe, insisted that Thomas Tuchel’s men celebrated the draw but warned the...
Gov Ortom reacts to death of ex-Super Eagles star, Imenger
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Gov Ortom reacts to death of ex-Super Eagles star, Imenger

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reacted to the death of Ex-Super Eagles midfielder and Lobi Stars FC manager, Barnabas Imenger. Imenger passed away at the National Hospital in Abuja on Monday morning after battling a protracted illness. Ortom, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said Imenger’s death is a painful loss to Benue State and the country at large. The governor described the late Imenger as a disciplined sportsman and administrator who brought his wealth of experience to bear on the performance of Lobi Stars in national and continental competitions. He stated that the former Super Eagles star was a true professional who related well with players and other officials of the club. According to him, Imenger will be dearly mis...
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole
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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has insisted that the club’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante, looks 5 years younger after his man of the match performance against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night. Kante was naturally influential at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, snuffing out attacks and making 13 ball recoveries overall against Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old also made a significant contribution to the attacking side of the game and drew admiration from his manager, Thomas Tuchel, following a lung-busting run which helped create space for Palmieri’s goal deep in injury time. Chelsea defeated Diego Simeone’s side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri to qualify for the quarter-final on a...
Arsenal Star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Arteta his Best Position
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Arsenal Star, Ainsley Maitland-Niles tells Arteta his Best Position

  Arsenal loanee, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, has admitted he prefers to play in central midfield. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at West Brom from Arsenal. Maitland-Niles was struggling for playing time under Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, earlier this season. The player had started just five times in the Premier League for Arteta’s side before he joined West Brom in the January transfer window. The England international has played in several positions since making his breakthrough at the Gunners, but he has been given a chance to impress in central midfield under West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce. However, Maitland-Niles has now revealed that he is keen to get more game time in that position because he feels comfortable in the central midfield. “Versatility ...
Paul Scholes Heaps Praise On Manchester United Pair Fred, Scott Mctominay
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Paul Scholes Heaps Praise On Manchester United Pair Fred, Scott Mctominay

Paul Scholes has praised Fred and Scott McTominay for their display against Manchester City, insisting that their midfield partnership was key to Manchester United's 2-0 win. United claimed bragging rights in Sunday's derby clash at the Etihad Stadium through an early Bruno Fernandes penalty and a strike from Luke Shaw early in the second half. City entered the game on a 21-game winning streak in all competitions, and unbeaten in their last 28, but their biggest attacking threats were neutralised by the Red Devils. Scholes was particularly impressed with holding-midfield pair Fred and McTominay, with lots of United's best work coming when their opponents had possession. "A big thing was getting the midfield right against Manchester City," Scholes told Premier League Product...
Mason Mount Deserves to be Chelsea Captain – Redknapp
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Mason Mount Deserves to be Chelsea Captain – Redknapp

  Sky Sport pundit, Jamie Redknapp, has spoken about his admiration for Chelsea’s Mason Mount, and believes he is in line to become the next captain of the team. Mount scored a stunning winner, as the Blues beat Liverpool 1-0 on Thursday night. The 22-year-old midfielder was a big favourite of former manager, Frank Lampard and now appears to have earned Thomas Tuchel’s trust. He has featured in 26 of their 27 matches this season, scoring five goals and producing three assists. “I think the best way to state what he is right now is the ultimate modern-day player,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “He can play in a two in midfield. He can play the No. 10. He can play wide left, wide right. He has that much quality. You could play him as a false 9 if you had to. “He sta...
Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel
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Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has exposed Chelsea’s major ‘problem’ under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. According to Merson, Chelsea’s midfield is a major ‘problem’ for Tuchel, adding that it is important for the Blues boss to find a solution before the end of the season. Chelsea have been impressive since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last January. The Stamford Bridge club has won six games and drew three so far under the 47-year-old German, but Merson believes their main issue is the midfield. Merson told Sky Sports, “The problem is the midfield. Who’s got that defence-splitting pass? “When you play Chelsea, everyone’s behind the ball – even Manchester United, a top team, and they sat behind the ball, let’s be honest, and went from a base. “You’ve got N’Golo ...
Glen Johnson Names Two Important Signings for Chelsea Under Tuchel
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Glen Johnson Names Two Important Signings for Chelsea Under Tuchel

  A former Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson, has said that Chelsea needs to sign a top striker like Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and a younger centre-back for their manager, Thomas Tuchel, this summer if they want to become title contenders next season. Johnson, who played for Chelsea between 2003 and 2007, said this ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday. “I think they [Chelsea] needs a top, younger centre half, and they need a top striker,” Johnson told Metro UK. “Obviously, they have spent a lot of money in the wide areas and in midfield. I think they are a far better side with Giroud, and he’s the guy that they have been trying to get out of the door for the last few years. It shows you that they have tried to replace him and have ...
Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool
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Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool

  Former Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger, has revealed the “problem” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has with midfielder, Thiago, at Anfield. Liverpool signed Thiago from Bayern Munich last summer for £20million. Thiago, who is one of the best midfielders in Europe, was expected to shine at Anfield but the 29-year-old has endured an underwhelming first season in the English Premier League so far. Wenger believes Liverpool are not aggressive in the midfield like before after Klopp added Thiago, a technical player in his squad. “Thiago, for me, shows the typical problem of a manager,” Wenger told beIN Sports on Tuesday night as Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie in Hungary. “Liverpool were very hungry and aggressi...
Chelsea to Continue Paying Frank Lampard £75,000-a-week Salary
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Chelsea to Continue Paying Frank Lampard £75,000-a-week Salary

  Chelsea will continue to pay their former manager, Frank Lampard, his £75,000-a-week salary till the end of the season unless the Englishman decides to take a new managerial job, according to The Sun. The Premier League club sacked Lampard on January 25, 2021, and appointed Thomas Tuchel as their new manager. The Blues didn’t decide to pay up the remainder of Lampard’s contract following his sack and have kept his weekly salary on the wage bill. Lampard would have to forfeit the wages should he decide to take up a new managerial role before the end of the 2020/21 season. Lampard guided Chelsea to a fourth-place finish last season on the Premier League table and secure a Champions League spot after spending 18 months in charge of the club. The 42-year-old was li...
FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham
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FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has defended Donny van de Beek’s performance after they struggled past West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Scott McTominay netted the winner in extra time after a drab affair at Old Trafford. Van de Beek, who arrived in a £35 million deal from Ajax in the summer, started in midfield with Bruno Fernandes benched. In the absence of their main creative outlets, United struggled to find a way through West Ham. But Solskjaer was satisfield with how Van de Beek performed. “I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well,” Solskjaer told reporters. “We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance. In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and...

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