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Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang Won’t Play in EPL Clash
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Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Aubameyang Won’t Play in EPL Clash

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , will be unavailable for selection when they play Sheffield United on Sunday evening. The Athletic reports that Aubameyang is down with flu and is out of the game. Midfielder, Emile Smith-Rowe will also miss the match with an ankle problem. Ahead of this weekend’s clash against the relegation-threatened Blades, Arsenal released an injury update. Mikel Arteta will have Calum Chambers available for selection, after he recovered from a slight knock. David Luiz has been ruled out, after undergoing a small operation on his right knee last weekend. Martin Odegaard continues to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match regarding his availability. Kieran Tierney will miss a few weeks with a sustained ligament damage to his left knee du...
Lampard Speaks on Rejecting new Jobs Since he was Sacked at Chelsea
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Lampard Speaks on Rejecting new Jobs Since he was Sacked at Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that he has rejected several management offers. Lampard was sacked at Stamford Bridge after only 18 months in charge. He has since been replaced by former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss, Thomas Tuchel. However, Lampard is still being eyed by a few teams, but the ex-England midfielder feels the opportunities have not been quite right. “Nobody wants to lose their job. But when you go into this career, it can happen, no matter how good you think you are. “It’s given me a lot more time to be at home. It’s been great to be around the family. “I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering, but not the right thing. They were not quite right,” Lampard s...
Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves
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Rashford is a blessing to Man United – Owen Hargreaves

  Former Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, has described Marcus Rashford as a blessing to the club after their Europa League victory over Granada. Rashford fired United in front in the first-half to set the English side on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Bruno Fernandes scored the second from the penalty spot for United, who now have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals. “Marcus Rashford has been absolutely fantastic, he’s been magic for Manchester United,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “He looks like he prefers that position off the left-hand side where he can run into space. “He just gives Manchester United so much. His touch is good, he can run in behind or come short. Marcus is a blessing for this ...
Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada
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Marcus Rashford equals Bobby Charlton’s 56-year-old record after scoring in Man United’s 2-0 win over Granada

Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has cemented a place in the history books of the club after scoring in the 2-0 win over Granada in the quarter-final of the Europa League on Thursday night, April 8. The 56-year-old Manchester United record was set by Sir Bobby Charlton but on Thursday night, April 8, Rashford put United 1-0 up against the Spanish outfit in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes . The 23-year-old's strike in continental competition has seen him emulate former Red Devils midfielder Bobby Charlton. Rashford is now the first English player to score eight goals in Europe in one season since Charlton way back in the 1964-65 season. Rashford had recorded six goals in the Champions League and just one in the Europa L...
Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates
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Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates

  Mikel Arteta has responded to Lucas Torreira’s emotional public plea to leave the club. Arteta is calling on the midfielder to remain calm after the Arsenal midfielder requested to be sold this summer following the death of his mother. Torreira joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and made a positive impression under former manager, Unai Emery. The Uruguay international, however, found life much difficult during his second season at the club, after Emery put him in a more advanced role. He then featured prominently during the early weeks of Arteta’s reign but was hit by an ankle injury and he is now struggling to win his place back in the team upon his return to fitness. The midfielder was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid following Arsenal’s decision to sign...
Zidane Speaks on Becoming Juventus Manager after Real Madrid’s 3-1 wWin Over Liverpool
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Zidane Speaks on Becoming Juventus Manager after Real Madrid’s 3-1 wWin Over Liverpool

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has responded to the speculations linking him to a return to Juventus as manager. The Frenchman refused to rule himself out of a return to the Italian champions. There have been speculations that the former Juventus midfielder could return to the club as replacement for Andrea Pirlo. Zidane played for five seasons for Juve before moving to Real Madrid to become the most expensive player in the world with a £47.5million move to the Bernabeu in 2001. Zidane’s position as Real Madrid manager is already under scrutiny heading into the summer with constant pressure at the Bernabeu – particularly as rivals Atletico Madrid are currently top of La Liga. This has led to rumours that the World Cup winner could return to Turin in a bid to ...
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...
Hargreaves gives verdict on Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Man City
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Hargreaves gives verdict on Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Man City

  Former England and Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has given his verdict on Jude Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss against Manchester City. Bellingham had beaten City goalkeeper Ederson to a through ball but the referee blew for a foul in favour of the English side. The referee did not also allow a VAR check which would likely have allowed the goal to stand. Kevin de Bruyne had put the home side in front with Marco Reus equalizing for the visitors in the second-half. But the German side were left frustrated as Phil Foden struck in the last minute to clinch a 2-1 victory. Hargreaves told BT Sport: “The referee had a couple of big mistakes there. This is huge. “The ref has blown his whistle too early because the goal co...
Chelsea loanee Victor Moses named in Russian Premier League Team of the Week
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Chelsea loanee Victor Moses named in Russian Premier League Team of the Week

Chelsea-owned right wing-back Victor Moses has been included in the latest Russian Premier League Team of the Week following his great performance over the weekend. The former Nigeria international got on the scoresheet as Spartak Moscow defeated FK Rostov 3-2 and has now been included in the team of the week by top football statistics website Whoscored. Twenty three minutes into the contest vs Rostov, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner carried the ball from halfway to just outside the box and unleashed a powerful shot that went in via a deflection. Against Rostov, no player made more key passes (3), completed more dribbles (2) and had more shots on target (3) than Moses. The Spartak Moscow number 8 finished with a passing accuracy of 63.3 percent and made one tackle ove...
Zinedine Zidane Wants Juventus job
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Zinedine Zidane Wants Juventus job

  Real Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane wants to join Italian giants, Juventus from Real Madrid. The Frenchman is said to be seriously considering leaving Real Madrid at the end of this season, according to Todofichajes. Zidane has been dropping hints about leaving Santiago Bernabeu and has not committed himself with a new deal. The former midfielder is one manager being considered for the Juventus bench. Juventus have so far kept faith with Andrea Pirlo but he has seen his side struggle for form and they could fire him. Juventus crashed out of the Champions League to FC Porto and are struggling in the league, dropping points in two consecutive games that they should have won against Benevento and Torino. Andrea Pirlo’s side face Napoli in their next match and the...
Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time
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Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has revealed Pep Guardiola’s half-time team talk as they played 0-0 with Leicester City after the first 45 minutes on Saturday. Guardiola told his players to dominate the game and be patient against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Guardiola’s men defeated Leicester, thanks to second-half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus. Asked what Guardiola said at the break to inspire Man City’s second-half display, Bruyne told Sky Sports: “To do the same [dominate the game]. Obviously, we created chances, and we should have scored, but that happens. “We knew the way they play against us, it’s going to be really difficult, they play really defensive, so we have to be patient, and I think that’s what we did. “I’m very happy fo...
Joe Cole Blames two Chelsea Players for shock 5-2 Defeat to West Brom
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Joe Cole Blames two Chelsea Players for shock 5-2 Defeat to West Brom

  Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole has described Jorginho and Marcos Alonso as standout flops in Chelsea’s humiliating 5-3 defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Christian Pulisic put the home side ahead but then things went south very quickly for the Blues with Thiago Silva being sent off in the 28th minute. Matheus Pereira then scored twice for the visitors shortly before half time and in the second period, Tuchel’s side became totally capitulated. Mbaye Diagne struck and Callum Robinson netted a brace either side of a goal from Mason Mount which gave Chelsea a fleeting hope. Cole blamed both players for their poor performances in an array of disappointing displays by Thomas Tuchel side at home by Chelsea. With the unsavoury result, Tuchel lost his un...
Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount
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Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount

  Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel has confessed he felt bad keeping Mason Mount on the bench for his team’s clash against West Brom on Saturday and has told him so. Mount was benched on Saturday as his team welcomed relegation battling West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. However, the Englishman came in the second half with the Blues already 2-1 down and with the veteran defender, Thiago Silva sent off in the 28th minute. Tuchel told BT Sport that he was left with a “very bad feeling” at having to bench the midfielder. Asked specifically about Mount and how important it is he is fresh to take on Porto, Tuchel said, “It’s very important that he’s with us. “I told him, ‘It’s a very bad feeling for me to leave you out, already I want you always on the pitch.’ “...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s Squad for EPL Clash Confirmed [Full list]

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, will be without midfielder, N’Golo Kante, when they host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. Kante picked up a hamstring injury while on international break with France. However, Thiago Silva will be available for selection. The Blues occupy fourth spot in the table and are facing pressure from a host of teams, including Everton, West Ham United and Liverpool, to keep hold of that final Champions League place. The kick-off time for the Chelsea vs West Brom match is 12.30 pm. Full Chelsea squad available to face West Brom: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga & Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & ...
Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel Names Key Player to Miss Champions League Clash
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Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel Names Key Player to Miss Champions League Clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed one key player that will miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against FC Porto on Wednesday night. According to Tuchel, midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the Porto clash at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Spain due to a muscle injury. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Recall that Kante had returned to Chelsea early from international duty after picking up a minor hamstring injury following France’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine last month. “With N’Golo, we will have to be patient. Will he miss the Porto game? Yes, probably. He’s doing individual training and tomorrow’s gam...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel Confirms Player to Miss, start Premier League Clash
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel Confirms Player to Miss, start Premier League Clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the player who will miss and start his side’s Premier League tie against West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Tuchel, midfielder, N’Golo Kante, will miss the West Brom clash at Stamford Bridge due to injury, while Timo Werner, who missed an open goal in Germany’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier defeat against North Macedonia earlier this week, will start for the Blues against the visitors. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Recall that Kante had returned to Chelsea early from international duty after picking up a minor hamstring injury. “Everyone was training today, and we had a good, high-quality session,” Tuchel said. “Apart from N’Golo Kante, he wasn’t with the squad, and he did some individual work.” ...
Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro Predicts Champions League Clash
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Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro Predicts Champions League Clash

Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has predicted that any team that makes fewer mistakes between Zinedine Zidane’s side and Liverpool will win on April 6. Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League last-8 first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The LaLiga champions knocked Atalanta out from Champions League last-16 last month, while Liverpool eliminated RB Leipzig from the competition. “It will be a very beautiful match [Real Madrid vs Liverpool], and it will be decided on details,” Casemiro told TVE. “Whoever makes fewer mistakes will win. Liverpool have great players, and this match could be a Champions League final. “These are very nice games that all the players want to play. We have to give everything in all the games, not only ...
Jorginho’s Agent, Santos Drops Fresh Comment on Midfielder’s Future at Chelsea
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Jorginho’s Agent, Santos Drops Fresh Comment on Midfielder’s Future at Chelsea

  Joao Santos, the agent of Chelsea’s Jorginho, has confirmed that the midfielder will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer transfer window. Santos said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Jorginho has been linked with a move to Napoli and Juventus from Chelsea in the past. His current contract with Chelsea will expire in 2023. The Italy international has become a firm favourite under current Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, in the Blues midfield’s heart. Speaking on Jorginho’s future at the West London club, Santo told TuttoMercatoWeb: “He has a two-year contract with Chelsea. “He thinks about playing the European Championship. And then the World Cup in Qatar. “He will remain at Chelsea, one hundred per c...
World Cup qualifier: Roy Keane Names Outstanding, Fantastic Player in England Squad
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World Cup qualifier: Roy Keane Names Outstanding, Fantastic Player in England Squad

  Former Manchester United star, Roy Keane has identified Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount as an ‘outstanding player’ in the England squad. The former England international also branded as ‘idiots’ those who doubt the Chelsea midfielder. Mount extended his excellent form at club level to his national team during the international break with England and now looks to have cemented his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship this summer. And the former Manchester United captain Keane believes Mount is now an integral part of the England set up. “Well that is pretty important, that your manager likes you,” Keane told ITV. “Doesn’t matter what people outside the game think, there are a lot of idiots out there. “Ultimately, I think the players...
Thiago Ignored my apology to him – Everton’s Richarlison
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Thiago Ignored my apology to him – Everton’s Richarlison

Everton forward, Richarlison has revealed that Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara ignored his apology after his (Richarlison) rash tackle on him in the Merseyside derby. Richarlison who was given a red card for the challenge on the Spaniard, says the midfielder disregarded his attempts to say sorry. The clash between the two Merseyside clubs ended in 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and was bad-tempered. While this incident happened on October 17, 2020, Richarlison admits there was extra tension between him and the Spain International during their latest encounter at Anfield in February. Liverpool lost the game 1-0 “The last game I made that challenge on Thiago and got sent off. My goodness,” Richarlison said during a live YouTube chat with journalist Thiago Asmar. “Then I went on In...
Serbia vs Portugal: Man United’s Matic Mocks Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo over Disallowed Goal
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Serbia vs Portugal: Man United’s Matic Mocks Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo over Disallowed Goal

Manchester United midfielder, Nemanja Matic, has mocked his club’s teammate and Portugal international, Bruno Fernandes over Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal during Portugal’s World Cup qualification game against Serbia. Fernandes returned to Manchester United’s training ground earlier after he was shown a yellow card during the match against Serbia and was suspended for yesterday’s clash against Luxembourg. On the other hand, Matic retired from the Serbian national team last year and watched the game between his country and Portugal from Old Trafford. Ronaldo flung his captain armband on the ground and stormed off the pitch before full-time of his side’s 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday evening, after his last minute winner was disallowed by the match officials. The ...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Ilkay Gundogan Defends Kai Havertz
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Ilkay Gundogan Defends Kai Havertz

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has defended Chelsea’s Kai Havertz ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday. Havertz has failed to live up to Chelsea’s expectations since he joined the club from Bayern Leverkusen in a £62million deal last summer. The Germany international has scored just once in the Premier League so far this season for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Havertz is the second-most expensive player in Chelsea’s history behind goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. But Gundogan, a fellow compatriot with Havertz, believes the 21-year-old has ‘sensational qualities’ and will go on to make a ‘big statement’ in the Premier League after a tough debut season at Stamford Bridge. “Kai is exceptionally good technically,” Gundogan told reporters ahe...
Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed
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Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed

The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad to face Lesotho in their last game of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers, has been revealed. Coach Genort Rohr named a strong side with winger Alex Iwobi returning to the starting line-up with midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and defender Tyronne Ebuehi.  Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho also starts ahead of Maduka Okoye.   The game is taking place at the National Stadium in Surulere at 5 pm today, March 30. Nigeria top Group L with 11 points from five matches and have already qualified for the 2021 AFCON, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022.
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Aribo Doubtful For Super Eagles AFCON Qualifier Vs Lesotho

  Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has been rated as doubtful to make his eighth appearance for the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s dead-rubber 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The former Charlton Athletic star is battling to overcome a stomach issue less than twenty four hours before the tie against the Crocodiles. Aribo has emerged as a key player for the Super Eagles since starring on his debut against Ukraine, starting every single game they have played in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers so far. Speaking at the end of training on Monday, Rohr said : “The training was okay, we had a long time to come here because of the traffic but the training was okay, we trained for one hour and fifteen minutes of good work. “Un...
Marta, Mother of Manchester United Midfielder, Mata, is dead
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Marta, Mother of Manchester United Midfielder, Mata, is dead

  Marta Garcia, Manchester United’s midfielder, Juan Mata’s mother is dead. She died following a severe illness, according to Spanish daily newspaper La Nueva Espana. According the newspaper, Marta had been suffering from the illness ‘for some time’. Mata had told Manchester United official website that he shared a very close relationship with his mother and talks to her shortly before matches. “My mother has always been more worried about my physical wellbeing during a match than the result,’ Mata said in 2019. “That’s why, even now, I always call her when I’m on the coach on the way to the stadium. Always. “It’s a ritual that we both enjoy, and which is also an extra source of motivation for me.”
World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia
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World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia

  Spain coach, Luis Enrique, has said that he was “on the verge of a heart attack” after his team needed a last-minute winner to beat Georgia in their World Cup qualification on Sunday. Spain played out a draw with Greece in their opening qualification game against Greece on Thursday and looked set for another frustrating evening in Tbilisi as the game entered stoppage-time with the scores level at 1-1. However, midfielder, Dani Olmo came to their rescue with a shot from distance to give the former World Cup winners a 2-1 win Enrique told TVE after the game, “I was on the verge of a heart attack. We have been losing confidence and you could see that in the first half. “We conceded from a slight defensive error and knew it would be complicated from that point on. Our...
Mason Mount: Thomas Tuchel has vindicated Frank Lampard – Gareth Southgate
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Mason Mount: Thomas Tuchel has vindicated Frank Lampard – Gareth Southgate

England boss, Gareth Southgate  has suggested that Thomas Tuchel’s continued use of midfielder, Mason Mount at Chelsea has vindicated sacked manager, Frank Lampard. Southgate and Lampard’s loyalty to Mount has been questioned in some quarters and the England boss noted the criticism they received for continuously fielding the player is no longer coming because new Chelsea boss, Tuchel is also a fan of the midfielder. According to Southgate, Mount is only now getting the credit he deserves because Tuchel now manages him at Chelsea and not Lampard. Southgate is a huge admirer of the 22-year-old and has named him in his starting XI for the seventh straight games for England. After managing Mount at Derby County and then Chelsea, Lampard was accused of favouritism when he conti...
Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19
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Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19

Officials of Nigeria’s National team have confirmed that midfielder Alex Iwobi has tested positive for COVID-19. Iwobi, who is with the Super Eagles in Benin Republic for the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers, has been left out of the matchday squad. MCI gathered that the mandatory matchday COVID-19 test results had been made available to the Coaches well ahead of the game on Saturday. Iwobi, 24, has played 44 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2015. He could also miss out of Nigeria’s final AFCON qualifying match against Lesotho.   The midfielder, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Everton is already in isolation.
What Mourinho Did to me at Chelsea – Obi Mikel
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What Mourinho Did to me at Chelsea – Obi Mikel

  Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has disclosed that Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, helped him to become the player he is today during their time together at Chelsea. The 33-year-old said Mourinho didn’t just help him football-wise, but the former Manchester United manager was one of the people who helped him grow up at Stamford Bridge. Mikel, who currently plays for Stoke City in the Championship, played under Mourinho in the Portuguese’s two separate spells at Chelsea. The Nigerian midfielder made 119 appearances under Mourinho, who is known for his strict management approach. “He [Jose Mourinho] didn’t just help me football-wise. He was one of the guys who helped me grow up,” Mikel told The Athletic. “Coming to Chelsea, I acted like it ...
Chelsea midfielder, Kante Picks up Injury on International Duty
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Chelsea midfielder, Kante Picks up Injury on International Duty

  Chelsea have been dealt a big injury blow, after N’Gole Kante picked up a hamstring injury, while on international duty with France. Kante will now return to Stamford Bridge early, although the issue is not thought to be serious. The 29-year-old played 90 minutes on Wednesday evening as Les Bleus were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine. He did not appear to be carrying an injury when he left the pitch at full-time. But further examinations on Thursday have revealed that he has suffered a small injury to his left hamstring. A statement from the French national team read in part: “N’Golo Kante will not take part in the next two matches of the French team on Sunday in Kazakhstan and three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the h...
Rodriguez Takes Final Decision on Joining Arsenal
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Rodriguez Takes Final Decision on Joining Arsenal

Real Betis midfielder, Guido Rodriguez, has finally ruled out any possibility of joining Arsenal at the end of the season. Rodriquez said he is very happy at Real Betis after being linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. Reports had emerged earlier this week that Arsenal have prioritised a move for the 26-year-old as they are keen to recruit a new defensive midfielder to partner Thomas Partey in Mikel Arteta’s squad. Rodriquez, who has made a quick impact in LaLiga this season, only joined Real Betis from Mexican side, Club America, for €3 million last year. Reacting to the development, Rodriguez told Estadio Deportivo: “I saw it because friends from Argentina asked me, but I told them that I knew the same as them. “I am the protagonist because I am in the news, but t...
AFCON: Mendy Denies Snubbing Senegal
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AFCON: Mendy Denies Snubbing Senegal

  Leicester City star, Nampalys Mendy, has denied claims he once snubbed the chance to play for Senegal. Mendy, who was born in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, played for the French U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams but remained eligible to represent Senegal at senior level. The midfielder was handed his first call-up to Senegalese national by coach Aliou Cisse for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and Eswatini. The 28-year-old told Galsenfoot that apart from the recent invitation by Cisse, no other Senegalese coach had ever invited him, adding that he never snubbed the Lions of Teranga. “No, never! I have never snubbed Senegal and I have never pushed Senegal away, either. I was never called,” said Mendy. “This is the first time that a coach from Senegal c...
Lazio midfielder Daniel Guerini dies at 19 after car accident in Italy
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Lazio midfielder Daniel Guerini dies at 19 after car accident in Italy

Reports in Italy say the accident took place around 8pm on Wednesday, March 24, and two others who were involved in the accident are in critical condition. Lazio tweeted on Wednesday evening: "We are shocked by the pain. The president and all the people involved with Lazio are together with the family of the young Daniel Guerini. According to Italian newspaper Gazetta, Guerini's vehicle collided head-on with a Mercedes A-Class, with two passengers in his car rushed to hospital. The driver of the A-Class, a 68-year-old man, was also transported to hospital but with less serious injuries. Police have launched investigations to establish the cause of the crash. Guerini started his career in Lazio's youth system before joining Torino on a free transfer in 2016.' He then p...
Manchester United star, Greenwood Withdraws From England Squad
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Manchester United star, Greenwood Withdraws From England Squad

  Manchester United youngster, Mason Greenwood, has withdrawn from the U21 team of England  for their European Championship group stages. The Manchester United star was initially included in the final 23-man list released by coach Aidy Boothroyd for the tournament. The tournament kicks off in Slovenia in a week’s time and the English FA has released an official statement confirming Greenwood has withdrawn through injury. He has also been replaced with Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell. “Todd Cantwell has been called into our England men’s under-21 squad for the UEFA U21 EURO Finals,” the statement on the FA’s official website reads. “The Norwich City player joins up to replace the injured Mason Greenwood in Aidy Boothroyd’s group,” the statement added....
Leeds United star, Mateusz Klich Tests Positive for Coronavirus,
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Leeds United star, Mateusz Klich Tests Positive for Coronavirus,

Leeds United midfielder, Mateusz Klich has tested positive for coronavirus on Poland duty, the Polish Football Association has announced. The 30-year-old Polish international will now miss Poland's World Cup qualifier in Hungary on Thursday, March 25, as he awaits the results of a second test. If it returns positive, he will also be ruled out of a game against Andorra on Sunday and the qualifier against England at Wembley next Wednesday. Klich has not shown any symptoms or felt unwell. Jakub Kwiatkowski, media officer of the Polish FA, tweeted: 'The Polish national team received the results of the SARS-Cov-2 test this morning. 'Unfortunately, in the case of Mateusz Klich, the result is positive. The competitor is well and shows no symptoms of illness, but his trip to Bud...
Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games
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Bayer Leverkusen Sack Coach Peter Bosz following poor run of Four Defeats in five Games

Bayer Leverkusen has sacked coach Peter Bosz after a poor run of results left them sixth in the Bundesliga. His departure comes after Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin, Leverkusen's fourth loss in their last five games in all competitions. Bayern Leverkusen have 40 points after 26 games, seven points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and the Champions League qualifying places. Hannes Wolf, who was in charge of Germany's Under-18 side, will replace Bosz, while former Leverkusen midfielder Peter Hermann has been appointed assistant coach. 'Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reacted to the negative trend of the past few weeks and released head coach Peter Bosz with immediate effect,' the club said in a statement. 'Given the developments on the pitch over recent weeks, we ha...
‘I hope to play for Galatasaray’ – Calhanoglu reveals transfer desire
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‘I hope to play for Galatasaray’ – Calhanoglu reveals transfer desire

The Turkish midfielder is in the final months of his contract with AC Milan Hakan Calhanoglu has said his desire is to join Galatasaray at some stage in his career. The Turkish midfielder is in the final months of his contract at AC Milan, and there has been speculation about his future. It has been suggested in Italy that the 27-year-old will sign a new deal with Milan, but a move to Turkey is on the cards in the future.
Fred Attacked after Man Utd’s 3-1 Defeat to Leicester City
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Fred Attacked after Man Utd’s 3-1 Defeat to Leicester City

  Manchester United midfielder, Fred, was the target of racist trolls on social media, following their 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Sunday. Fred’s error led to Kelechi Iheanacho making it 1-0 for the hosts. The Brazilian was then brushed aside by Youri Tielemans, who made it 2-1 after Mason Greenwood equalized for United. After the game, Fred’s Instagram account was filled with comments racial in nature. The Brazil international is one of several United players to be subjected to abuse in recent weeks. Marcus Rashford posted a statement about comments directed at him in late January, while Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were also targeted. Manchester United have previously condemned abuse directed at their players by “mindless idiots”.
Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out
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Oliseh Reacts as Iheanacho’s Brace Dumps Man Utd out

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has hailed Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi, for putting Nigeria’s name on the football map. Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester City beat Manchester United 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday. The Nigerian forward, who was making his 15th start of the campaign, also set up another goal for Youri Tielemans. “Bravo 4 tonight, @Kelechi72 & @Ndidi25 are maybe on the way to bringing Nigeria back to Top club football, Makes me proud,” Oliseh tweeted. Iheanacho is now one of only two players, along with Sergio Aguero, to score 20 or more goals in England’s cup competitions over the last six years. He has bagged 12 goals in total and provided five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions this season, amid oth...
Why I Benched Bruno Fernandes in Man United’s Defeat Against Leicester – Solskjaer
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Why I Benched Bruno Fernandes in Man United’s Defeat Against Leicester – Solskjaer

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained why he benched Bruno Fernandes in his side’s FA Cup 3-1 defeat against Leicester City on Sunday. Solskjaer said he benched Fernandes against Leicester because the midfielder is ‘not inhuman’ amid the hectic fixture schedule so far. Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace and a strike from Youri Tielemans ensured Leicester knocked out Man United from the FA Cup at the King Power Stadium. Explaining his decision to bench Fernandes, Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference, “Every team selection has reasons behind it. “Bruno has played very, very much football. He broke all his records on Thursday night [at the San Siro] physically statistically, and the boy is not inhuman. “He’s also a human being. He’s played a game e...
Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea
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Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the three ‘big problems’ midfielder Billy Gilmour has at Stamford Bridge. According to Tuchel, the three problems Gilmour has at Chelsea are N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. The Blues boss also insisted that the Scotland international is a vital part of Chelsea’s squad, despite his lack of regular playing time. Gilmour has featured just once for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. The 19-year-old was also snubbed by Scotland coach Steve Clarke for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands later this month. Speaking on Gilmour during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Tuchel said, “It ...
Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers
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Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers

The midfielder is back in the international fold for the first time since his big-money move to Tottenham two years ago Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rewarded for his upturn in form with a recall to the France squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Les Bleus since the summer of 2019 but now has the chance to add to his six international caps in matches against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other notable returnees include Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar, who hasn’t featured since November 2019, while Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, a member of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad, is back for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
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...
Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta
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Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta

The Egyptian midfielder spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas but has been welcomed back into the Gunners fold by a Spanish tactician Mohamed Elneny is looking to complete a remarkable turnaround at Arsenal by landing himself a contract extension. The Egyptian midfielder appeared destined to be heading for the exits when Unai Emery sent him out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, with alternative options being favoured in north London. Another Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, has found room for the 28-year-old within his plans, though, and it could be that fresh terms are now thrashed out at Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Owen Hargreaves predicts winner of Champions League tie

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

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan has declared that he would be happy to play as a goalkeeper or a fullback if manager, Pep Guardiola so desires. Gundogan has been playing in a more advanced role for Manchester City this season from where he has been scoring goals. Manchester City secured a 4-0 victory on aggregate against Borussia Monchengladbach to cruise into the last-eight with Kevin De Bruyne and Gundogan on the scoresheet on Tuesday. City now join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Porto in the quarter-finals line-up. Gundogan’s goal was his 15th for Manchester City this season in all competitions and after the match, Guardiola was left ‘delighted’ with the Germany international’s latest contribution. The midfielder said tha...
‘We are going for a win’ – Enyimba’s Oladapo reveals Orlando Pirates ambition
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‘We are going for a win’ – Enyimba’s Oladapo reveals Orlando Pirates ambition

The Aba Warriors’ star has disclosed that his team’s desire against the Buccaneers will be to secure all points at stake Austin Oladapo has disclosed that Enyimba are in South Africa to defeat Orlando Pirates in Wednesday’s Caf Confederation Cup encounter. The two-time African kings made a winning start in the competition’s group phase by defeating Al Ahly Benghazi 2-1 with the midfielder and Victor Mbaoma’s first-half goals handing them all points at stake despite the Libyans pulling one back through Abdallah Imhamed’s penalty. For Josef Zinnbauer’s men, they are eyeing their first win in Group A after playing a 0-0 draw with Algeria’s ES Setif in Accra.
Van de Beek Set to quit Man Utd
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Van de Beek Set to quit Man Utd

Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek , is set to quit the club at the end of the season, the Daily Star reports. Van de Beek joined the Red Devils from Ajax for £35million last summer. But the Dutchman has started just two games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. It is understood Van de Beek has had enough and is ready to put his nightmare spell at Old Trafford behind him. The player plans to hold showdown talks with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the end of the season. This comes amid claims Solskjaer never wanted to sign Van de Beek in the first place. Van de Beek, 23, has received much advice from his compatriots this season, with many believing he should leave, as his lack of game time could damage his chances of Euro selection...
Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Atalanta Game
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Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Atalanta Game

Real Madrid midfielder, Eden Hazard, has been ruled out of the Champions League clash with Atalanta, after suffering a fresh injury setback. Hazard returned to action after a two-month lay-off as a substitute, as Madrid beat Elche 2-1 on Saturday. But he has picked up another knock ahead of the club’s latest European outing. The Belgian sat out first-team training on Monday, with the Blancos subsequently confirming that he is suffering from a muscle issue. A statement on Madrid’s official website reads: “After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by Real Madrid’s medical team, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the right psoas. His recovery will continue to be assessed.” Madrid has already gained a slight advantage in their last-16 tie with A...
Bruno Fernandes Defends Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus Crash Out
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Bruno Fernandes Defends Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus Crash Out

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the 36-year-old was criticized following Juventus’s Champions League exit. Juventus were eliminated from the Champions League by Porto on Tuesday night in Turin. Ronaldo, who had little impact during the encounter, was heavily criticized for turning his back on Sergio Oliveira‘s free-kick, which ensured Porto knocked out Andrea Pirlo’s side from the competition. However, reacting to the development ahead of Man United’s Europa League clash with AC Milan on Thursday night, Fernandes, a fellow compatriot with Ronaldo, said the Portugal captain could not be held solely accountable for Juventus’s recent poor form in the Champions League. “Cristiano is one of the greats in football history,” Fern...

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