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“He’s just as good as Tyson Fury’ – Anthony Joshua says as he names five boxers he could fight take after fighting Oleksandr Usyk
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“He’s just as good as Tyson Fury’ – Anthony Joshua says as he names five boxers he could fight take after fighting Oleksandr Usyk

Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has named five fights he could have after Oleksandr Usyk and also claims his next opponent is ‘just as good’ as Tyson Fury. AJ’s clash with Usyk was finally confirmed on Tuesday, July 20 as a 60,000 sell-out for September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur stadium. AJ, 31, won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at London 2012 the day after Usyk, now 34, won the same medal in the heavyweight division. Usyk went on to rule the 14st 4lbs cruiserweight division as undisputed champion and has now enjoyed two warm-up fights in the blue-riband ranks. Now the WBO has ordered 24-1 AJ to face the undefeated southpaw - and the Englishman is adamant he possesses just as many skills as Fury. However, Joshua who has the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, says he...
Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced
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Man United’s Mason Greenwood names toughest player he ever faced

  Manchester United forward, Mason Greenwood, has named the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his glittering career so far. Greenwood has come up against the top defenders from Premier League clubs and also clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, AC Milan and Sevilla. When asked in a Q&A session with fans which opponent has caused him the most frustration, Greenwood picked Fulham left-back, Joe Bryan. The 19-year-old came into direct competition with Bryan, 27, when Man United defeated Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2021. “I have probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know [Joe] Bryan, the one for Fulham, ” Greenwood told Philip L in Norway on the club’s website. “He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when w...
Copa America: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final
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Copa America: Messi reacts as Argentina qualify for semi-final

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, refused to focus on personal accolades as they beat Ecuador 3-0 on Saturday, to qualify for the Copa America semi-final. Messi scored a free-kick and laid on two assists, as they progressed into the last four. The 34-year-old’s goal was his 76th goal for Argentina, taking him to within one of Pele’s South American records. “I’ve always said that individual prizes are secondary, we’re here for something else,” Messi said. “We have an objective and we’re focused on that. “It was a hard match, we know how difficult an opponent they can be. The important thing is we’ve taken another step forward.”
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...
England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match
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England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has expressed optimism about Germany’s chances of beating England to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. Klopp said it “would be crazy to write off” his country Germany at the European Championships, despite their struggles against Hungary in their final Group F tie last week. Germany will on Tuesday evening tackle England in the Euro 2020 round of 16 tie at Wembley Stadium. When quizzed on Germany’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals, Klopp told BILD, “To write off Germany now, it would be crazy. “We played well against France, Portugal. We dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years. “We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team, you need such a game. “And now we are goi...
Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule
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Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule

Israel has welcomed a new prime minister for the first time in more than a decade. Naftali Bennett, 49, was sworn in on Sunday June 13, after a new coalition government unseated longtime Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett, 49, was a former chief of staff to Netanyahu The newly elected prime minister was appointed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in a 60-59 vote, with one minister abstaining. Shortly after the votes were counted, the now former-Prime Minister Netanyahu approached his opponent and the two shook hands. He later took to Twitter to pen a message to his supporters, vowing to return. "I ask you: do not let your spirit fall," he said. "We'll be back - and faster than you think." President Joe Biden released a statement congratulating Bennett a...
Super Eagles Fail to Defeat Cameroon again in Austria
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Super Eagles Fail to Defeat Cameroon again in Austria

    Nigeria played out a goalless draw with Cameroon in a practice match on Tuesday evening. Kelechi Iheanacho missed the best chance of the game, as the Super Eagles failed to exact revenge on the Indomitables Lions. The three-time African champions had lost 1-0 to the same opponents at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium in Vienna last Friday. Fulham midfielder, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, fired in the winner in the first half of that encounter, which was classed as international friendly. Tuesday’s game was played behind closed doors and not beamed live on TV. Gernot Rohr used the two matches to continue tweaking his squad, ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.
17 year old Coco Gauff Breaks History as She Reaches First Grand Slam Quarter final at French Open
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17 year old Coco Gauff Breaks History as She Reaches First Grand Slam Quarter final at French Open

17-year-old tennis starlet, Coco Gauff, has made history again. On Monday, June 7, Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a grand slam quarter final since 2006 at the 2021 French Open. She beat Ons Jabeur in just 53 minutes at Roland Garros, 6-3 6-1, to reach her first ever grand slam quarterfinal. "I feel like all my matches have been -- I don't know how to say it, but straightforward wins, like no crazy three sets and stuff," said world No. 25 Gauff. "As we know, I have had a lot of those in the past. "I just feel like this has been the most consistent tennis I have played at this level. Hopefully I can keep that going. " At 17 years and 86 days old, Gauff is the youngest player to make a grand slam quarterfinal since Nicole Vaidisova reached the last eight at th...
Villarreal Inflict Shootout Defeat on Man Utd
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Villarreal Inflict Shootout Defeat on Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's quest for a first trophy as Manchester United manager goes on after a dramatic 11-10 penalty shootout defeat against Villarreal in the Europa League final following a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, Poland. In front of 9,500 supporters, Gerard Moreno met Daniel Parejo's free-kick to steer home his 30th goal in all competitions to give the Spanish side a first-half lead (29). United, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2017, were indebted once again to the razor-sharp finishing of Edinson Cavani, who struck his 16th goal in his last 11 Europa League starts to haul his side level (55). It was one of just two shots on target from United as extra time failed to illuminate a poor contest, but Geronimo Rulli would prove the hero during a pulsating shootout, fir...
Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot
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Brentford to battle Swansea for last Premier League spot

  This year’s Championship play-off will be played between Swansea and Brentford. Swansea were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley on Saturday. However, the Welsh club had defeated their opponents 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final tie. Matt Grimes scored in the 39th minute, before Cauley Woodrow levelled for the visitors in the 71st minute to set up a frantic finish. The Swans, who finished fourth in the Championship, last played in the top flight in 2017/2018. Earlier on Saturday, Brentford fought back from one goal down to beat 10-man Bournemouth 3-1 in the second leg and advanced 3-2 on aggregate. The Championship playoff final will be played on May 29.
UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player
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UCL final: Man City’s Phil Foden names Toughest Chelsea Player

Ahead of their Champions League final clash in Porto, Manchester City forward, Phil Foden has named Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante as his toughest ever opponent and a ‘great’ midfielder. Foden has notched in 15 goals for Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side this season, helping them win the Premier League champions. The 20-year-old England international is widely tipped to feature in this year’s Premier League team of the season and looks certain to appear in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad. However, the Englishman said he finds life difficult whenever he comes up against Kante. Both players will meet again on May 29 when Man City take on Chelsea for Champions League glory at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. “It’s probably the most obvious one but Kante, man!” he told Sky Sports ...
EPL: Ashley Cole Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel, Criticizes Havertz
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EPL: Ashley Cole Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel, Criticizes Havertz

  Former Arsenal left-back, Ashley Cole, has exposed Chelsea’s major problem under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. According to Cole, Chelsea’s inability to take their chances in front of goal against their opponent is a major ‘problem’ for Tuchel this season. He also criticized Chelsea’s Kai Havertz for missing a vital opportunity to score a goal against Arsenal on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge as Mikel Arteta’s men won 1-0 against the host. Chelsea have been impressive since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last January after the Blues legend was sacked by the club owner, Roman Abramovich. “They [Chelsea] did [have chances]. I think if Havertz takes his chance, it is a totally different game,” Cole, a former Chelsea defender, told Sky Sports. “He has to score t...
Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent
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Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran names ‘unbearable’ Neymar as most irritating opponent

The former Rojiblancos defender faced the Brazilian forward during his time at Barcelona and admits he was a nuisance to come up against Neymar has been branded "unbearable" by Atletico Madrid legend Juanfran, with the former Rojiblancos defender picking out the Brazilian forward as his most irritating opponent. The 36-year-old defender spent eight years with Atletico before departing in 2019 for Sao Paulo, with a memorable spell in the Spanish capital allowing him to line up against some of the very best in the business. Neymar fell into that category, having completed a big-money move to Barcelona in 2013, and while the South American often caught the eye with moments of magic on the pitch, he also proved to be a nuisance for those he was facing.
UCL: Kante Reveals Chelsea’s Chances of Eliminating Real Madrid
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UCL: Kante Reveals Chelsea’s Chances of Eliminating Real Madrid

Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante has revealed his side’s chances of eliminating Real Madrid from this season’s UEFA Champions League, UCL. The France international believes Thomas Tuchel’s men have created the perfect platform to knock the LaLiga champions out of the Champions League semi-final and progress to the finals. Kante was named Man of the Match as Chelsea played 1-1 with Zinedine Zidane’s side in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie last Tuesday. The 30-year-old will hope to lead the Blues to victory when they host Real Madrid in the second leg next week Wednesday. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday evening, Kante told a press conference, “We are happy for the result [against Real Madrid]. Coming into this game, we kn...
UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman Shares Special Moment With his Daughter after Defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261
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UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman Shares Special Moment With his Daughter after Defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman, 33, shared a special moment with his daughter, Samirah, after defeating Jorge Masvidal with a brutal right hand at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida. After the fight which saw 'The Nigerian nightmare' retained his UFC welterweight title to go on a 14-fight win streak, the proud father was seen celebrating with his daughter in the Arena before they left together. Usman dropped his American opponent at 1 minute, 2 seconds of the second round of their fight. It was the first time Masvidal has been finished by KO/TKO since 2008. After the fight, Usman said: 'Y'all said you wanted violence, you're welcome. First and foremost, no disrespect, thanks to Jorge. You elevated me and it's been a while since I've been nervous for a fight bu...
Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday
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Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman and his next opponent Jorge Masvidal have come face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261. Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair first met on Fight Island last year and is now looking to have another shot in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, April 24. 'I do my math on everybody,' the American said on Thursday, April 22. 'Being in there for 25 minutes it makes me know that my math is a lot more sharper. 'One thing is thinking in your head and one thing is feeling the strength level, the endurance, his rhythm, how he moves, how he is thinking, how he reacts to certain situations. 'So I take that blueprint and bring it into my next fight, execute my maths...
Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta
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Why we Couldn’t Defeat Slavia Prague – Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, has given reasons for his side’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at the Emirates on Thursday. Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal in front late in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but the visitors hit back with a dramatic injury-time goal through Tomas Holes. The result means that the Gunners will hope for a better result in the second leg with Slavia now in a more advantageous position. Arteta’s side failed to take a number of opportunities during the game and the Gunners’ Europa League ambition is now hanging in the balance. Arteta told reporters after the game, “It’s difficult [to beat them] because they were a good opponent. They have beaten some big teams and are really difficult to play against. “They have a lot of man-to-man si...
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...
Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund
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Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified areas his team must improve after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Etihad. Guardiola, who congratulated his players after securing a vital win over Bundesliga giants, said Man City must improve more on their pressing and build-up in order to qualify for the semi-final. Kelvin de Bruyne opened the scoring for Man City in the first half, but Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund in the second half, but Phil Foden’s late winner gave the Premier League leaders a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week in Germany. “I want to congratulate the players,” Guardiola told the club website after the game. “How they stuck together. The quality o...
Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa
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Chelsea’s Kovacic Opens up on Rudiger’s fight with Kepa

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has opened up on Antonio Rudiger’s training ground fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. Recall that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, had dismissed Rudiger from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa. Rudiger and Kepa were involved in an altercation at Chelsea’s training ground following their Premier League 5-2 home shock defeat against West Brom over the weekend. Reacting to the development ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Porto on Wednesday night, Kovacic insisted that the incident has been left behind, adding that it was just a competition in the dressing room. Asked about the scuffle involving Rudiger and Kepa, Kovacic told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday: “It’s not a big dea...
Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino
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Pirlo Names two areas Juventus Must Improve after 2-2 Draw with Torino

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo, has identified two areas his team must improve after their 2-2 derby draw against Torino in the Serie A on Saturday. Pirlo, who was not happy his team did not win against Torino, said Juventus must improve on occupying the space better and finding more options between the lines against their opponent. Goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Antonio Sanabria gave both teams a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. The result against Torino means Juventus are now in the 4th position on the Serie A table with 56 points from 28 matches. “Obviously, I am not happy when we don’t win, and we are dropping lots of points,” Pirlo told a post-match press conference after the game. “We have to work hard on occupying th...
It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr
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It hurts my heart to see Benin Republic lose – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr has sympathized with Benin Republic over their 1-0 loss to Nigeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. Benin thought they had made it to Cameroon 2022 with few seconds to the referee’s final whistle but were shocked by Paul Onuachu’s header. With the win, Gernot Rohr’s men also ended the Squirrels’ 8-year unbeaten record at home. “It’s easier to play if you are already qualified so the players wanted to go ahead,” Rohr explained during his post-match press conference. “The challenge was to win here since 2013, Benin has not lost a match at home and the players absolutely wanted to do so and to be the first in eight years to beat them. “It hurts my heart to see an opponent lose at the last second but it’s true the...
Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge
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Dilian Whyte Knocks Povetkin out to Gain Revenge

  Dillian Whyte exacted revenge on Alexander Povetkin to get his world title charge back on track. Seven months, Whyte dropped Povetkin twice in the fourth round, but was brutally KO’ed in the fifth. However, on Saturday night, the Brixton man iced Povetkin in that same fourth round in Gibraltar. Whyte’s world title dreams would have been in tatters if he was defeated again, having seen his status as WBC mandatory challenger end after a 1,000-day wait. ‘The Body Snatcher’ can now prepare to pounce as soon as old rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury need a dance partner. Deontay Wilder has, however, suggested as Whyte’s next opponent by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Israel Adesanya Dropped by BMW after ‘Rape’ Comments to Rival Kevin Holland
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Israel Adesanya Dropped by BMW after ‘Rape’ Comments to Rival Kevin Holland

BMW have ditched Nigerian-born UFC fighter Israel Adesanya as an ambassador after an offensive comment he made in an online video. The Nigerian-New Zealander who was to be unveiled as the face of BMW in New Zealand, had told possible future opponent Kevin Holland in an online video, "Bro, I will fu**ing rape you." According to Australian TV network Nine, he has since lost his potentially lucrative deal with the car manufacturer. A statement released by BMW read; “Due to the comments made by an athlete online, we have reviewed our pending association with said athlete and we have decided not to push forward with a specific ambassador for the brand at this time in New Zealand.” Adesanya later admitted he "crossed the line" and has since apologised. In a short statement he ...
UFC star, Israel Adesanya Apologizes for Saying he’ll Rape his Fellow Fighter
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UFC star, Israel Adesanya Apologizes for Saying he’ll Rape his Fellow Fighter

UFC star Israel Adesanya apologized after saying he'd "f--king rape" fellow fighter Kevin Holland while trash-talking him in a since-deleted video. In a statement, the Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter said he "crossed the line" and he understands the gravity of what he said. The statement on Adesanya's official Twitter account reads: "Last week fight talk escalated to a point in which I crossed the line. I understand the gravity of this word and how it can affect and hurt other people apart from my opponent, although that was never my intention. I am still growing under the spotlight, and I take this as a lesson to be more selective with words under pressure. Adesanya made the rape comments in response to trash talking by another fighter Kevin Holland, who had targeted hi...
Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Vitor Baia predicts club to qualify for Champions League semi-finals

  FC Porto Vice President, Vitor Baia, has backed his club as favourites to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals when they tackle Chelsea in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Baia stressed he is confident Porto can eliminate Thomas Tuchel’s side out of the Champions League. Porto eliminated Juventus from the Champions League last-16, while Chelsea knocked Atletico Madrid out. “When you are in the quarter-finals of a competition of this level, any opponent is of great quality”, Vitor told Porto’s official website. “We’ve to prepare because we still have a lot to give in this Champions League campaign. “There’s confidence, but we know that we’re playing against a great team, who have been on the way back to their best since Thomas Tuchel too...
Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals
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Chelsea vs Porto: Petr Cech Predicts Club to Qualify for Champions League Semi-finals

  Chelsea legend, Petr Cech, has predicted the Blues to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals ahead of FC Porto when both sides clash in the quarter-final first and second legs in April. Cech, who admitted that the tie against Porto would be tough, believes Chelsea’s confidence and strength will help them secure a semi-finals spot. The former goalkeeper said this while reacting to Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 draw against Porto on Friday. Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid from the Champions League last-16, while Porto knocked out Juventus. “When you reach the quarter-final of the Champions League, you know you will face a difficult opponent,” Cech told Chelsea’s website. “As it stands now, we play Porto as normal away and home and you can prepare for...
Klopp Happy to Avoid Man City, Chelsea in quarter-final
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Klopp Happy to Avoid Man City, Chelsea in quarter-final

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has admitted he is happy to avoid Manchester City and Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final draw. The Reds have been drawn against Real Madrid in what is a repeat of the 2018 Final. All the English sides were kept apart. Chelsea drew Porto, while City face Borussia Dortmund. Klopp told the club’s official website : “I think we are all the same: Bayern doesn’t want to play Dortmund, for example, because they are from the same country and for us, it was City and Chelsea. “If we can avoid as long as possible then you do it, but all the rest, it was clear we would face a tough opponent.”
Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents
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Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents

  All is set for the Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday, March 19, 2021. The eight teams left in the competition are: Roma, Villarreal, Ajax, Arsenal, Manchester United, Dinamo Zagreb, Granada and Slavia Prague. The draw ceremony will be staged at the House of European Football in UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It will kick off one hour after the Champions League quarter-final draw. There will be no country protection or seeding for Friday’s quarter-final and semi-final draws, so any team can face anybody else in the next two stages The first-leg matches will be played on Thursday April 8, 2021, while the second legs will take place Thursday April 15, 2021.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge

  Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has opened up on ‘fight’ with Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, ahead of both teams’ clash in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie tonight. Rudiger also insisted that he would not seek revenge when he faces Suarez at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old had a great battle with the Atletico number 9 in the first leg in Bucharest last month as Chelsea defeated the LaLiga leaders 1-0, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. During the second half of that encounter, Suarez appears to pinch the thigh of Rudiger and the Germany International square up to the Uruguayan forward, who fights back. However, Speaking during his pre-match conference on Tuesday, Rudiger was asked whether he was wary of any reven...
I’ve been told to win Champions League title with Man City – Guardiola
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I’ve been told to win Champions League title with Man City – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has not forgotten the message he received when he arrived at the club from Bayern Munich in 2016, to win the Champions League or you cannot be considered wholly successful. Guardiola revealed this after they saw off Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 on Tuesday, to qualify for the quarter-final. City have now won 24 of 25 matches in all competitions, but will likely encounter a top-tier continental giant in the last-eight. “Since the first year I arrived they told me that you have to win the Champions League. “I’m not thinking to get to the semi-finals. I am thinking to do a good first game and a good second game. “When you are thinking about what you are going to win, you forget what you have to do – analyse the opponent, our shape, the...
Thiago Silva Names Toughest Players he ever Faced
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Thiago Silva Names Toughest Players he ever Faced

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has named the toughest opponents he has ever faced in his career. According to Silva, Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Didier Drogba, Roberto Firmino, Romario, Adriano, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the ten strongest footballers he has played against. The 36-year-old, who has also played for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, said this on Thursday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Leeds United on Saturday. “The ten strongest and most difficult players that I had the chance to play against are Di Maria, because of his technical quality and his incredible left foot,” Silva told Chelsea’s official website. “Kylian Mbappe, because of his speed and as well as his technical quality. “Didier Drogba, be...
Wan-Bissaka Names Toughest Player he ever Faced
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Wan-Bissaka Names Toughest Player he ever Faced

Manchester United fullback, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, has named Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as his toughest opponent. According to the 23-year-old, facing Neymar can be “quite challenging”. Since securing a £50 million move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, Wan-Bissaka has lined up against some of the finest talents in English and European football. But when asked by United’s official website to pick out his most testing opponent, Wan-Bissaka said: “I’d say Neymar. “That was a player that was quite challenging, but I was always up for it, and I enjoyed it, the experience, to be playing against him. That meant a lot.” United was paired with PSG in the group stages of the 2020/2021 Champions League.
Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted that Manchester United want to hurt his team when both sides clash in the Premier League on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel, who has already met Man United twice during his time at PSG, said the Red Devils like to have space, counter-attack and use their speed to absorb their opponent. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Tuchel’s men head to the game after beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League 1-0 on Tuesday night. “It helps if you know the style, the strengths and weaknesses. We have a pretty good impression of the style they [Manchester United] play and the spaces they want to hurt us, and their strengths individually and as a group. That helps to prepare,” Tuchel was...
What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone
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What We Will do Against Chelsea in Second Leg – Simeone

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has said they will have a lot of work to do ahead of their second leg clash with Chelsea in the Champions League. The LaLiga side lost 1-0 to Thomas Tuchel’s side on Tuesday night. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the second half. As a result, Simeone’s side will have it all to do at Stamford Bridge in three weeks, as they seek to qualify for the quarter-final. “Looking three weeks ahead is too far. We have a lot of games until then. We will be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players. “We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important ga...
Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams Again to Deny her a Shot at Record-tying 24th Major Title at Australian Open
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Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams Again to Deny her a Shot at Record-tying 24th Major Title at Australian Open

  Naomi Osaka has just defeated Serena Williams to deny her a shot at record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the 2021 Australian Open. The Japanese tennis star, 23, defeated her American opponent, 39, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semifinals at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday morning, February 18. Osaka, who also beat Williams in the 2018 US Open final, has now reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches by claiming the last eight points. "I don't know if there's any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play," Osaka, 23, said about Williams, 39, "and just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream." No. 3-seed Osaka will face either No. 25 seed Karolina Muchova or 22nd-seeded American Je...
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Antonio Rudiger Compares Tuchel to Lampard
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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Antonio Rudiger Compares Tuchel to Lampard

  Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has revealed one of the tactical differences between the club’s former manager, Frank Lampard and his replacement, Thomas Tuchel ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Monday night. Lampard spent a year and six months at the Stamford Bridge before being sacked and replaced by Tuchel last month. The Englishman was dismissed when Chelsea was in the ninth position on the Premier League table. Chelsea have enjoyed an upturn in results since Tuchel took over, with the West London club winning their last three matches to climb to the fifth position on the log. However, Rudiger believes Tuchel knows what he wants from Chelsea players and says he differs from Lampard in how he wants the club to win the ball bac...
Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 
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Boxer Muhammad Aslam Khan Dies at 27 after Collapsing in the ring Following Brutal Knockout by Opponent 

Pakistani boxer, Muhammad Aslam Khan has died after collapsing in the ring following a brutal knockout that left him with fatal internal injuries. The 27-year-old was taking on Wali Khan Tareen during a recent charity bout when he suffered a brutal knockout in the fourth round. According to local reports, Aslam Khan was taken to a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, where he died as a result of internal injuries. BOL News said “He didn’t die in the ring, he suffered facial injuries and there wasn’t anyone there to look after him.” It has been claimed that there were no medical personnel present at ringside for the clash when Aslam Khan collapsed in the ring after being hit by Wali Khan Tareen. Aslam Khan's death is being investigated by the authorities as it h...
Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts
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Pellistri Leaves Old Trafford, Solskjaer Reacts

Manchester United has confirmed that winger, Facundo Pellistri, has left Old Trafford to join Spanish club, Alaves on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season. Man United made the announcement in a statement via its website on Sunday ahead of their Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday. The statement read in part: “We wish Facundo all the best for his spell with Alaves in Spain, and look forward to following his progress.” Pellistri, 19, signed a five-year contract with Man United in the summer of 2020. He made a series of impressive appearances for Man United’s Under-23s side over the last few months. Reacting, Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, told Man United’s official website: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe tha...
“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu
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“I Am Ready To Work With Obaseki” – Ize-Iyamu

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has declared that he is ready to work with his victorious opponent, Governor Godwin Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu disclosed this during a press briefing on Wednesday. He also had a closed-door meeting with his party’s caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mallam Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja. Ize-Iyamu at the press conference said: “We are going to talk to everybody, we will bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki. I am appealing to him to return to the party. In every family, there must be a disagreement.” Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him o...
Nigerian Boxer Efe Ajagba Beats American Opponent Jonnie Rice
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Nigerian Boxer Efe Ajagba Beats American Opponent Jonnie Rice

Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba has added another victory to his name after he overcame his American opponent, Jonnie Rice, in a keenly-contested bout Saturday night at The Bubble in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Ajagba has had it ‘easier’ in most of his other fights, he was pushed to the limits against Rice; claiming a ten-round unanimous decision over the 33-year-old. As reported by Boxing Scene, Judge Max DeLuca had the bout 98-92, while judges Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti scored it 99-91 in favour of Ajagba. This is only the second time Ajagba would be winning a fight via unanimous decision having knocked down all his previous challengers The last such occasion where Ajagba was taken this deep was against previously unbeaten Ali Eren Demirezen last July at MGM Grand Garden...
Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka
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Naomi Osaka wins 2nd US Open women’s title after defeating Victoria Azarenka

Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open title at this year's tournament after beating Victoria Azarenka.   The 22-year-old Japanese tennis star battled back from a set down against her Belarusian opponent ,31, to lift her second US Open title in three years with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.   “I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in under an hour,” Osaka said, explaining that she told herself to “stop having a really bad attitude.”   “I always see everyone sort of collapse after match point, but I always think you may injure yourself, so I wanted to do it safely,” she explained.     Naomi, who is already the highest-earning female athlete in the world, adds another £2.3million in prize money to her ...
Cesc Fabregas Names Toughest Player he Ever Faced
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Cesc Fabregas Names Toughest Player he Ever Faced

A former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has named the toughest player he played against in his career so far. Fabregas, who now plays for AS Monaco in French Ligue 1, said Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, is the toughest opponent he faced in his career. The 33-year-old disclosed that Gerrard, who is currently the coach of the Scottish Premiership club, Rangers, provided him with the most difficult challenges, adding that he was a ‘machine.’ Asked by BBC’s Match of the Day who his most difficult opponent was, Fabregas, replied: “If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say, Steven Gerrard. “He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle. “He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting fro...
Martinez ‘devastated’ for injured Leno but Arsenal goalkeeper is ‘ready’ to step up
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Martinez ‘devastated’ for injured Leno but Arsenal goalkeeper is ‘ready’ to step up

The Gunners' back-up keeper was thrown into the action 40 minutes in when their first choice was hurt and can now expect a run in the starting XI Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez admitted that he was "devastated" by the injury to Bernd Leno that threw the Argentine into the action against Brighton on Saturday. Leno was forced off 40 minutes into the Premier League clash after landing heavily on his right leg under pressure from Neal Maupay. Clearly incensed by Maupay's actions, the keeper continued to berate his opponent even after being placed on a stretcher as Martinez was sent on in his stead.
Rooney Advises Solskjaer on Best Position to Play Pogba
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Rooney Advises Solskjaer on Best Position to Play Pogba

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, has advised manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play midfielder, Paul Pogba, in a more advanced midfield role. Rooney believes Pogba can become an ‘incredible’ player for Man United if Solskjaer allows him to make more runs into the box of the opponent. According to him, playing the 27-year-old in a similar role to the one Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, was given during his playing career at Stamford Bridge would allow the Red Devils to get the best out of the France World Cup winner. “You ask any striker or central midfielder, and they will tell you one of the hardest things to deal with is a centre back who comes out with the ball,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Times. “Another nightmare is the F...
Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President
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Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President

Billionaire Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has revealed that he informed Donald Trump to prepare for pandemic weeks before Trump became the U.S. president. Gates, who is funding different companies in the production of a vaccine, has been vocal about the Coronavirus pandemic since it broke out in February in the US, and has granted numerous interviews recently to talk about the disease that has now killed over 80,000 people in the US. Gates met with then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in December 2016 and has now revealed that he made his pitch of a soon coming pandemic to Trump as well as his opponent in the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Gates speaking to the Wall Street Journal, lamented that he did not do more to alert the world of ...
Man Utd Goalkeeper Banned for Six Matches
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Man Utd Goalkeeper Banned for Six Matches

Manchester United goalkeeper, Kieran O’Hara, has been handed a six-match ban for biting an opponent. O’Hara, who is on loan at Burton Albion, has also been fined £2,500. The incident happened following their 1-1 draw with Peterborough last month. O’Hara is alleged to have bitten the arm of Peterborough forward Sammie Szmodics. “An independent Regulatory Commission has suspended Kieran O’Hara for six matches with immediate effect and fined him £2,500 for a breach of FA Rule E3. “The Burton Albion goalkeeper denied that his behaviour during the 44th minute of an EFL League One fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday 29 February 2020 amounted to violent and/or improper conduct but the charge was subsequently found proven. “The independent Regulatory Commission’s ...
Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports
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Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill that aims to ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. If signed into law, the ban would apply to all students studying in the state. The "Save Women's Sports Act," introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto this week would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons' biological sex. While Barto and others who voted for the bill agree that Is is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, "The impact will not be to protect women's sports, instead ...
Tyson Fury Fires Warning to Deontay Wilder Ahead of Their Trilogy
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Tyson Fury Fires Warning to Deontay Wilder Ahead of Their Trilogy

Tyson Fury has sent a strong warning to Deontay Wilder ahead of their trilogy bout. In 2018, their first fight ended in a draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, despite many saying Fury should have been declared the winner. At their rematch last month, the British heavyweight champion earned a well-deserved victory as he defeated Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world. While a trilogy bout has been confirmed to take place in the summer after Deontay Wilder activated his rematch clause with hope to get his WBC belt back, Fury has warned him to expect another defeat. Speaking on This Morning show, Tyson commented on his trilogy bout with Wilder, saying: "I beat him the first time and I beat him the second time and I will surel...