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Arsenal Cruise into Europa League Semi-finals after 4-0 Win Against Slavia Prague
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Arsenal Cruise into Europa League Semi-finals after 4-0 Win Against Slavia Prague

A blistering first-half display saw Arsenal cruise past Slavia Prague 4-0 to progress to the Europa League semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate. The visitors arrived in the Czech capital knowing they had to score to have a chance of qualifying against a Slavia team who had not lost at the Eden Arena for 18 months, but they had an early 'goal' ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee for the tightest of offsides against Emile Smith Rowe. However, Mikel Arteta's side soon made up for that disappointment when Nicolas Pepe's neat, close-range finish gave them a deserved 18th-minute lead, which they soon doubled thanks to Alexandre Lacazette's penalty (21). Three minutes later Arsenal were in dreamland when Bukayo Saka's low drive from the edge of the box made it 3-0, with their captain La...
Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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Barcelona Can Still Win Title – Koeman insists after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted they can still win the LaLiga title this season, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Blancos the lead, before Mingueza pulled one back for Koeman’s men. Barca were denied a late penalty, as Real clinched the maximum points in the title race. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men go top with 66 points, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. Barcelona remain third with 65 points with eight matches left. “I am [still] really optimistic,” Koeman said of Barca’s title hopes. “We’ve shown that we are fighting. We have lost to a rival also fighting for the league, but there are [eight] games to go and every match for the top three will be tough.”
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized the referees for not awarding his side a late penalty, as they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid on Saturday. Ferland Mendy appeared to pull Martin Braithwaite down in the last 10 minutes. But referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. “Everyone has seen the game and if you’re a Barca fan, you’re angry; you’re not happy with some of the referee’s decisions,” Koeman told Movistar after the final whistle. “First of all, I just want to say that in the first half, we weren’t good, attacking or defending. In the second half, we improved. “I only ask that referees get decisions right. It’s a penalty and then, after that, to only add four minutes of stoppage time when the referee had spent three ...
Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain
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Solskjaer Names 3 Players that helped Man United Beat Granada 2-0 in Spain

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has singled out Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes for special praise after Manchester United beat Spanish side, Granada 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday. The 2-0 away win gave the Premier League giants a huge advantage towards the semi-finals. Lindelof assisted Marcus Rashford for the first goal with his superb through ball on 31 minutes. And Bruno Fernandes won and scored a late penalty to make it 2-0 for the Red Devils in the first leg of the quarter-final ties. The second leg takes place at Old Trafford next week and the winners will face either Ajax or Porto in the semi-finals. Solskjaer was asked whether there was a player he was particularly impressed with and he said, “Yeah definitely, Victor. “He kept us gl...
UEFA Champion League: Porto 0-2 Chelsea : Mason Mount and Chilwell give London club hard fought victory
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UEFA Champion League: Porto 0-2 Chelsea : Mason Mount and Chilwell give London club hard fought victory

Chelsea football club of England played out a hard fought 2-0 win over Portuguese side FC Porto on Wednesday night April 7. Porto who removed Juventus in the previous stage of the Champions league came into this game as non-favorites but bamboozled Chelsea with intricate passing for large periods of the match but their lack of accuracy in front of goal was their undoing. Mount opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark. He drimbled Nigeria's Zaidu Sanusi after controlling Jorginho's pass before finishing into the far corner. Defender, Chilwell followed in Mount's footsteps with a stunning first Champions League goal as he drove into the penalty area, after intercepting a loose pass and rounded the Porto goalkeeper five minutes from time. The victory and two away goals ...
Chukwueze Subbed On As Villarreal Thrash Granada Away, Extend Winning Streak
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Chukwueze Subbed On As Villarreal Thrash Granada Away, Extend Winning Streak

Samuel Chukwueze was in action for Villarreal who defeated Granada 3-0 away, in Laliga on Saturday, NGNewsHub.com reports. It was a fifth consecutive wins for Unai Emery’s side thanks to a hat-trick from Gerard Moreno. Chukwueze, who was among the substitutes, was introduced in the 63rd minute of the game. Moreno put Villarreal 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot in the 9th minute and made it 2-0 on 18 minutes. On the hour mark, Moreno completed his hat-trick also from the penalty spot to put the visitors 3-0 up. The win saw Villarreal climb to 5th place (Europa League spot) on 46 points in the league table.
Germany vs North Macedonia: I’m sorry for Chelsea striker, Timo Werner – Ilkay Gundogan
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Germany vs North Macedonia: I’m sorry for Chelsea striker, Timo Werner – Ilkay Gundogan

Germany midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has said that he is ‘sorry’ for teammate Timo Werner after the striker’s huge miss in their side’s 2-1 home shock defeat against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night. Goals from Goran Pandev and Eljif Elmas ensured North Macedonia defeated Germany at the MSV-Arena Stadium. Gundogan scored a penalty in the 63rd minute for Joachim Löw’s side. Werner had missed a huge opportunity to score in Macedonia’s penalty area after receiving a pass from Gundogan in the second half during the encounter. Reacting to Werner’s miss after the game, Gundogan showed sympathy towards the 25-year-old forward. “I’m sorry for Timo,” Gundogan said at his post-match press conference. “He’s the one who wants to score the most. “We ha...
Guardiola Blasts VAR, Premier League after Southampton Win
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Guardiola Blasts VAR, Premier League after Southampton Win

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has demanded answers from the Premier League on the use of VAR. City were denied a penalty, after Phil Foden was felled by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy during their 5-2 win on Wednesday. Guardiola was left furious at the decision, made with the score still at 1-1. “The VAR, oh my God. The penalty is incredible. The action, I don’t understand. “Maybe they [the league] will explain one day. Hopefully they can explain what is going on. “The referees are professionals. They have to do their jobs. I don’t see how Arsenal, the handball, against Burnley, is disallowed. Fulham in the Tottenham game. Explain it. Incredible. “Tonight, the referee Jon [Moss] cannot see the foul, that can happen, but the VAR? You have to ask the rig...
Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw
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Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, opted not to swap shirts with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, following their 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Mbappe had opened scoring from the penalty spot, before Messi fired in a stunning equalizer from long range. However, the result was not enough for Barca, who had lost the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou. After the game, Mbappe asked Barcelona youngster Pedri for his jersey. Pedri had played 78 minutes before he was replaced by Miralem Pjanic. But he made his way back onto the field after the game and was approached by Mbappe, who had already removed his PSG jersey. The duo hugged and spoke to each other for a few seconds before Mbappe asked the 18-year-old for his shirt. Pedri respon...
Griezmann Subtly Blames Messi for Barcelona’s Defeat to PSG
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Griezmann Subtly Blames Messi for Barcelona’s Defeat to PSG

  Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has partly blamed teammate Lionel Messi for the team’s exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night. While the first leg ended 4-1 in favour of Paris Saint-Germain in Camp Nou, the reverse fixture ended one goal apiece between the two sides. Barcelona could not make it beyond the last 16 of the competition joining another top side, Juventus who were knocked out by FC Porto earlier on Tuesday. Messi missed from the spot in the 45th minute of the game, a goal that would have turned things around for the visitors. And Griezmann believes that Messi’s missed spot kick and a couple of other wasted opportunities did not help the team’s course of upturning the result. The Frenchman told the press, “It’s a real shame, I’d say th...
Burnley vs Arsenal: Premier League Releases Statement over Penalty Decision
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Premier League Releases Statement over Penalty Decision

  The English Premier League, EPL, has explained the decision not to award Arsenal a penalty in Saturday’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor. Arsenal was angry in the 75th minute when Nicolas Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Erik Pieters’ outstretched arm, but the Gunners were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review. Two goals from Chris Wood and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave both teams a point each. However, the Premier League has now issued a statement on the matter, which read: “The ball hit him from close proximity and he had no time to react. “It was not given on-field, and the VAR did not think it was a clear error.” The result against Burnley means Arsenal are now in the tenth position on the EPL log with 38 points from 27 games...
Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball
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Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball

  Mikel Arteta has insisted that Arsenal should have been awarded a spot-kick during their 1-1 against Burnley on Saturday. Firstly, referee Andre Marriner pulls out a red card and sends off Erik Pieters for deliberately blocking Pepe’d shot on the line, he said. After a review by the Video Assistant Ref, it was found that the ball struck the player on the shoulder and VAR overturned it. Arsenal had another penalty appeal when Pieters handled the ball inside his own box but Burnley survived the strong claim by Arsenal. Reacting to the penalty appeal after the game, Arteta told reporters, “If that is not a penalty then someone has to explain to me what is.”
Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel
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Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel

  There was a clash between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi in the tunnel after their Copa del Rey game on Wednesday,” Diario AS reports. Barcelona, who were 2-0 behind going into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals at Camp Nou, forced extra time through Gerard Pique’s goal at the death and then went ahead to win it through Martin Braithwaite’s header in the added time to reach the final. They will now face Athletic Bilbao who defeat Levante 2-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday. Monchi had called Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman “crybaby” when Sevilla met Barcelona in the LaLiga at the weekend. After the Copa del Rey match, he was noticed by several Barca players as he made his way into Sevilla dressing room. The ar...
FA Takes Decision on Shaw, Solskjaer Over Comments after Chelsea, Man Utd Clash
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FA Takes Decision on Shaw, Solskjaer Over Comments after Chelsea, Man Utd Clash

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw and manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will not face any punishment from the English FA following their comments on referee Stuart Attwell after the club’s 0-0 draw against Chelsea last Sunday. Man United’s team were angry not to have been awarded a penalty in the first half of the encounter against Chelsea when Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood challenged for the ball, which bounced up and appeared to hit both players’ arms inside the 18-yard box. VAR called the attention of referee Stuart Attwell, but he decided not to award a spot-kick to Man United after consulting the on-pitch screen. After the game, Shaw, in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, claimed referee Attwell had told Man United captain, Harry Maguire, that w...
Man Utd Should Sign Harry Kane or Haaland – Carragher
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Man Utd Should Sign Harry Kane or Haaland – Carragher

  Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has said Manchester United need a top striker like Tottenham’s Harry Kane or Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland. United extended their unbeaten away Premier League run to 20 matches with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. But the result saw the Red Devils fail to score against big-six opposition for the sixth consecutive Premier League fixture. Bruno Fernandes’ goal from the penalty spot in October’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur is the only time United have scored against any of their big-six rivals in seven games this season. “If United had [Marcus] Rashford on the left, a new centre-forward, and [Mason] Greenwood supplementing a new right winger, that would address the lack of quality. “You look at the options....
Man Utd’s Luke Shaw Criticises Referee For Hudson-Odoi No Penalty Handball
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Man Utd’s Luke Shaw Criticises Referee For Hudson-Odoi No Penalty Handball

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has revealed that referee Stuart Attwell refused to award a first half penalty against Chelsea due to fear of controversy. United believe they should have been awarded a penalty early in the first half when Callum Hudson-Odoi hit the ball with his arm. This happened after Edouard Mendy punched away a ball from Marcus Rashford. The VAR official immediately called the referee to look at the screen as it should have been a spot kick. The referee decided not go give the penalty and the match ended 0-0. After the match Shaw, spoke to Sky Sports and said: "If it isn't a penalty, there was no need to stop the match," Shaw said. "The ref even told Maguire that 'if he awards a pen then it is going to cause a lot of talks after the game'....
I’m Baffled Referee Attwell Didn’t Award Man United Penalty Against Chelsea – Mark Clattenburg
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I’m Baffled Referee Attwell Didn’t Award Man United Penalty Against Chelsea – Mark Clattenburg

  Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has said that he is baffled as to how referee Stuart Attwell did not award Manchester United a penalty against Chelsea following both sides’ Premier League 0-0 draw on Sunday. Man United were adamant they should have had a first-half penalty as the ball appeared to touch Callum Hudson-Odoi’s hand inside the box. But referee Stuart Attwell reviewed the scene on the monitor and ignored VAR as both Man United and Chelsea shared a point each at Stamford Bridge. Reacting, Clattenburg was quoted by Daily Mail as saying, “baffled… “I am amazed Manchester United were not awarded a penalty in the first half for the clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi. “The Chelsea player’s arm was up in an unnatural position, and the ba...
Tuchel Slams Referee for Checking VAR after Hudson-Odoi’s Handball
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Tuchel Slams Referee for Checking VAR after Hudson-Odoi’s Handball

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hit out at referee Stuart Attwell for checking Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor, after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball in the first half of their 0-0 draw with Manchester United. Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick after consulting the on-pitch screen. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area, while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. Tuchel, speaking to the media after the game, insisted that the incident was not worthy of a review. He said: “How can this be a VAR intervention? The player in red plays the ball with the hand and then we are checking for a penalty? Why does the referee have to see this? “I’ve seen it on the iPad, I don’t understand why the referee h...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has claimed that referee Stuart Attwell admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball was a penalty. Shaw reacted angrily after Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick during their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. However, after consulting with VAR, Attwell determined that the contact was not grounds for a penalty, to the chagrin of the visitors. Shaw has now claimed United captain, Harry Maguire, was told the kick should have been given. “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game,” he said to Sky Sports after the game. “The ref even said to H [Harry ...
Arteta, Lacazette Reacts to Arsenal 3-1 Win Against Leicester City
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Arteta, Lacazette Reacts to Arsenal 3-1 Win Against Leicester City

  Mikel Arteta has hailed his Arsenal side following their 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday. Leicester took the lead early on at the King Power Stadium after Youri Tielemans fired the home side ahead with a clinical finish after some poor defending from Arsenal. But goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Nicolas Pepe ensured that Mikel Arteta’s went home with all 3 points. Addressing the press after the win that brought the Gunners into the top half of the table, Arteta said “I’m really proud of the team, the character we showed.” Giving reasons for the win, the Spaniard added, “We looked composed, confident, the energy and the positiveness around the team was really good.” Also reacting to the victory, Lacazette, who netted from the spot, ...
Brendan Rodgers Reacts to Leicester City 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal
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Brendan Rodgers Reacts to Leicester City 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal

  Brendan Rodgers has reacted to Leicester City’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. Leicester took the lead early at the King Power Stadium after Youri Tielemans fired the home side ahead with a clinical finish after some poor defending from Arsenal. But goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Nicolas Pepe ensured that Mikel Arteta’s went home with all 3 points. Speaking on his team’s performance, Rodgers told a post-match press conference, “I credit the players. We’ve got a number of injuries, we’ve had injuries in the game. “But the spirit and the mentality… they keep going, they keep fighting and that’s what we’ll do right until the very end of the season.” Asked what he would have changed about the game, Rodgers replied: ...
Ian Wright Rejects Penalty Call Against Ndidi in Leicester 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal
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Ian Wright Rejects Penalty Call Against Ndidi in Leicester 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal

  Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has given his verdict on the first penalty call against Wilfred Ndidi in Leicester City 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Referee Paul Tierney had adjudged Ndidi to have brought down Pepe in the box and awarded a penalty but after the video assistant referee’s check the decision was changed to a freekick outside the box Wright, however, believes that both VAR and Tierney were wrong insisting that Ndidi did not make contact with the Ivory Coast winger. Arsenal beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday with goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolás Pepé for the Gunners after Youri Tielemans had opened the scoring for the home team. Kelechi Iheanacho, playing in a number 10 role, went the distance along ...
Mason Mount is Chelsea’s Next Captain – Joe Cole
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Mason Mount is Chelsea’s Next Captain – Joe Cole

  Former Chelsea forward, Joe Cole, has identified midfielder, Mason Mount, as next captain of the club. Mount has been very outstanding for Chelsea since gaining promotion from the youth team. He helped Chelsea record the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday after winning and scoring a penalty at St Mary’s. And Cole, a former England International said Mount will grow to become Chelsea’s skipper. “He’s a great player,” Cole said BT Sport. “He’s a leader in the dressing room and I think he will go on to be a Chelsea captain. “He has great feet and he drove Chelsea on and there is a reason Tuchel has taken to him straightaway and that is because of his personality and because of his quality. “He has a massive future, but forget the future, he is the present...
Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw
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Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw

  On Sunday, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, made history following his side’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz in the La Liga. Messi also surpassed the club’s legend, Xavi Hernández’s La Liga appearances for the Catalan club after Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz. A first-half goal from Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez ensured both Barcelona and Cadiz shared a point each at Camp Nou. According to OptaJose, Messi’s goal means the Argentine captain has scored in six La Liga games in a row (nine goals) for the first time since February 2019 (eight appearances). Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player with the most LaLiga appearances of 506, surpassing Xavi’s 505 appearances after the game. However, the 33-year-old is far from beating Real Betis’ Joa...
Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount
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Why I Took Chelsea’s Penalty in 1-1 Draw Against Southampton – Mason Mount

  Chelsea star, Mason Mount, has revealed why he took the penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. Mount’s penalty and Takumi Minamino’s strike ensured both Chelsea and Southampton shared a point each at St Mary’s. Jorginho has been a regular penalty-taker for the Blues, but the Italy international was off the pitch, while Tammy Abraham, who was ahead of Mount in Chelsea’s queue of penalty-takers, was replaced at half-time. But Mount is now saying that he took the penalty during Chelsea’s clash with Southampton on manager, Thomas Tuchel’s advice. “Tammy was actually taking the first one but obviously he went off at half-time, so it was either me or Timo [Werner],” Mount told Chelsea’s official website. The manager said...
Wenger Identifies What Liverpool Lacks after 2-0 Defeat to Everton
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Wenger Identifies What Liverpool Lacks after 2-0 Defeat to Everton

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said that Liverpool ‘lack belief in everything they do’. Wenger said this while reacting to Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. Everton inflicted defeat on Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield for the first time in 22 years as the Reds slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the English top-flight league. An early goal from Richarlison and a controversial late penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Carlo Ancelotti’s men all three points against Liverpool. “They are on a bad run, and this result tonight will deepen a little bit, the doubt they have,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “They lack belief in everything they do. It affects you and goes quickly through the ranks, but again tonight, th...
Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Reasons for Re-substituting Hudson Odoi in 1-1 Draw
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Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Reasons for Re-substituting Hudson Odoi in 1-1 Draw

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has criticized Callum Hudson-Odoi’s “body language” and “attitude”, following their 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday. Hudson-Odoi started the game from the bench but replaced the injured Tammy Abraham after the first half. Tuchel, however, removed the England forward and brought on Hakim Ziyech in his place. “I wasn’t happy with his energy, attitude with the counter-pressing,” the former Paris Saint-Germain coach told BT Sport about his decision on Hudson-Odoi after the game. However, Tuchel said, “it will all be forgotten tomorrow”. Mason Mount’s penalty cancelled out Takumi Minamino’s first-half goal. On the game, Tuchel added: “Yes we had all chances and all possibilities to win. “We were very good in 80 metres of the...
Police Officer Caught Kissing Woman he Arrested for Breaching Covid-19 Rules
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Police Officer Caught Kissing Woman he Arrested for Breaching Covid-19 Rules

A police officer has been suspended in Peru after he was caught kissing a woman he arrested and was going to fine for breaching a Covid curfew. In a viral video, the police officer was seen locking lips with the lady as she appeared to bribe him with a kiss to swap the penalty charge after breaking coronavirus restrictions. According to local media, the unnamed officer was forced to temporarily leave his job amid an ongoing investigation carried out by authorities in the Peruvian capital Lima.
Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG
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Champions League: Koeman Speaks on Quitting Barcelona after 4-1 Defeat to PSG

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said it was “crazy” to suggest he should consider his future, following a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Lionel Messi gave the LaLiga giants the lead from the penalty spot. But PSG responded emphatically with a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick and a Moise Kean header, to take a big advantage into next month’s second leg. The loss leaves Barca on the cusp of a second successive trophyless season. They are also eight points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid having played a game more and lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal 2-0 against Sevilla last week. “If I was someone who gets happy when we win and then after a result like today said I had no desire to continue, that would be...
Champions League: Neymar Reacts to PSG 4-1 Win Over Barcelona in Camp Nou
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Champions League: Neymar Reacts to PSG 4-1 Win Over Barcelona in Camp Nou

  The PSG and Brazil forward, Neymar has reacted to the French champions 4-1 win over Barcelona in Spain in the round of 16 of the Champions League. The Brazilian star showed his delight on Twitter at his current club’s thumping 4-1 win over his former team. The former Barcelona ace, who missed the game to injury, could not hide his delight as PSG thrashed the Catalan giants 4-1 in the first leg tie. PSG came from Lionel Messi’s penalty strike to defeat the LaLiga side 4-1 with Mbappé proving decisive with a hat-trick. After the 90 minutes, Neymar showed his love for his teammates, with particular focus on Leandro Paredes. “What a great game from the team, everyone was great. Paredes is a monster. Cracking player,” he tweeted. Neymar before the game had admitt...
West Ham vs Man United: Graeme Souness Blasts Maguire after EPL 1-1 Draw
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West Ham vs Man United: Graeme Souness Blasts Maguire after EPL 1-1 Draw

  Former Liverpool midfielder, Graeme Souness, has slammed Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, for diving following the Reds’ Premier League 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday. Souness said that Maguire went to the ground as though he had been hit with a baseball bat during Man United’s clash with West Brom at Hawthorns. Goals from Mbaye Diagne and Bruno Fernandes ensured Man United and West Brom got a point each. “It’s clearly offside and he [Harry Maguire] goes to ground as though he’s been hit with a baseball bat,” Souness told Sky Sports. “He said he thinks it’s a penalty. It’s not enough to bring him down the way he goes down. He throws himself to the ground. It’s not a penalty.” Souness added: “This is such a bad result for Manchester United. “Maguire ...
Man United Captain Maguire Fumes over Decision to Overturn Penalty after VAR Review in West Brom Draw
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Man United Captain Maguire Fumes over Decision to Overturn Penalty after VAR Review in West Brom Draw

With the match level in the second half, United were awarded a spot-kick only to have it taken away after Craig Pawson went to the monitor Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was left fuming by referee Craig Pawson's decision to overturn a penalty in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday. Maguire went down midway through the second half under a challenge from Semi Ajayi, with Pawson pointing to the spot to award United a penalty. But after a VAR review of the incident on a free kick, Pawson ruled that Ajayi didn't make sufficient contact for Maguire to go to ground.
Liverpool vs Man City: Klopp Speaks on Alisson Becker’s Errors After EPL Defeat
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Liverpool vs Man City: Klopp Speaks on Alisson Becker’s Errors After EPL Defeat

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has commented on goalkeeper, Alisson Becker’s errors against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday evening. Klopp defended Becker after the Brazilian made two massive blunders as Man City defeated Liverpool at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ikay Gundogan (2), Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden. Mohamed Salah’s penalty was not enough to give Liverpool a point against Pep Guardiola’s men as the Premier League champions lost three consecutive matches at home for the first time since 1963. Reacting to Becker’s mistakes after the game, Klopp told Sky Sports: “It is true as well we did not give him [Alisson Becker] a lot of options, especially the first one. “Second yeah, he just mishit the ball, maybe he had cold feet, it sounds funny but don’t...
EPL: Guardiola Claims Goalkeeper Ederson Could Take Man City’s Next Penalty
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EPL: Guardiola Claims Goalkeeper Ederson Could Take Man City’s Next Penalty

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he will consider goalkeeper Ederson as the next penalty taker, after Ilkay Gundogan’s miss at Liverpool. Gundogan stepped up to take the spot kick after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Fabinho late in the first half, but put his effort over the bar. The German midfielder, however, made amends by scoring twice in the second half, as City recorded an emphatic 4-1 win at Anfield. “Gundogan missed a penalty, it’s like a routine against them, but we started really really well, doing what we want to do,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. Turning his attention to the penalty miss, Guardiola added: “It’s a problem that we have. In important moments, we cannot miss it, and it doesn’t matter the taker. “Again, I’m going to think abo...
Liverpool vs Man City: Klopp Targets Top Four after Losing 4-1 at Anfield
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Liverpool vs Man City: Klopp Targets Top Four after Losing 4-1 at Anfield

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said that a top four finish is the “main target” for his team this season. Klopp said this after Manchester City thrashed Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League on Sunday evening at Anfield. Goals from Ikay Gundogan (2), Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden ensured Man City defeated Liverpool as Mohamed Salah’s penalty was not enough to give the host a point. The result against Man City means Liverpool are in the fourth position on the log with ten points behind Pep Guardiola’s men. who have a game in hand. “That [top four] is our main target, that is clear,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “We will try everything — there is enough games to play to secure that but we have to win games.” Liverpool’s next fixture is against Leicester City next weekend...
‘It is obvious he has a lot of potential’ – No limit to Mount’s talent but he needs to improve further, says Tuchel
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‘It is obvious he has a lot of potential’ – No limit to Mount’s talent but he needs to improve further, says Tuchel

The Chelsea midfielder has continued his positive performances despite seeing his manager of two-and-a-half seasons, Frank Lampard, sacked Chelsea's newest manager Thomas Tuchel is pleased to be working with Mason Mount, and believes there is no limit on his potential after his starring role in the 1-0 win away at Tottenham. The 22-year-old operated across two roles, beginning as a No10 before swapping position with Timo Werner, who played as one of two central strikers. Although Jorginho's penalty proved the difference, Mount was widely praised for his exciting display at London Stadium on Thursday night.
EPL Predictions For Week 23 – By Owolabi Marcus
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EPL Predictions For Week 23 – By Owolabi Marcus

  Aston Villa vs Arsenal - BTS Burnley vs Brighton - Draw Newcastle vs Southampton - BTS Fulham vs Westham - Away Win Man United vs Everton - Draw Tottenham vs Westbrom - Draw Wolves vs Leicester - BTS Liverpool vs Man City - BTS Sheffield vs Chelsea - Away Win Leeds vs Crystal Palace - Home Win You don't necessarily have to pick all games, you can pick some and leave the rest. Good Luck.   You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @marcusowolabi
Jose Mourinho Reveals What He Said To Referee Andre Marriner After 1-0 Defeat To Chelsea
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Jose Mourinho Reveals What He Said To Referee Andre Marriner After 1-0 Defeat To Chelsea

  Jose Mourinho slammed referee Andre Marriner's performance in Tottenham's crushing 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Thursday. Jorginho's first-half penalty was the difference as the Blues inflicted Spurs with their third consecutive Premier League defeat. A frustrated Mourinho approached Marriner following the final whistle with the Portuguese revealing what he said to him during his post-match press conference. He said: "I told him something that he knows already which is that I consider him one of the best referees in the Premier League and I care for him. "He's a referee that I have a big admiration [for] and that gives me probably a good position to tell him that I didn't like his performance so it was basically like that. "I have a very good relationship with And...
EPL: David Luiz Deserved Red Card in Arsenal’s 2-1 Loss to Wolves – Stephen Warnock
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EPL: David Luiz Deserved Red Card in Arsenal’s 2-1 Loss to Wolves – Stephen Warnock

Former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers defender, Stephen Warnock, has said that Arsenal defender, David Luiz, deserved his red card against Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday night at the Molineux Stadium Luiz clipped Willian Jose and was then given his marching orders by referee Craig Pawson late in the first half, with Ruben Neves then converting the penalty from the spot as Wolves defeated Arsenal 2-1. Warnock, a BBC Sport pundit, commentating for Football Focus, expressed a belief that the decision by Pawson to dismiss the former Chelsea and PSG centre-back was the right one. “It’s a clear penalty, David Luiz just gets the wrong side of Willian Jose, clips his heels. It’s a red card,” Warnock said. Warnock then hailed Neves for his penalty, adding: “The coolest man ...
Wolves vs Arsenal: Arteta Comments on David Luiz, Leno Red Cards after 2-1 Defeat
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Wolves vs Arsenal: Arteta Comments on David Luiz, Leno Red Cards after 2-1 Defeat

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, refused to blame David Luiz and Bernd Leno for the red cards they received during a 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday night. The Gunners took the lead in the first half, thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s fine solo goal. However, it went downhill from there. Luiz was sent off for a last-man tackle in the dying minutes of the half and a penalty was awarded. Ruben Neves stepped up to make it 1-1. Leno was then sent off for handling the ball outside the area, as he rushed off his line to stop an attack. When asked about Luiz’s sending off, Arteta said after the game: “I’ve just seen the replay ten times in five different angles and I cannot see any contact.” The Spaniard also defended Leno, saying “I ima...
Rashford moves ahead of Cantona and closes in on Beckham on Man Utd’s goalscorer list
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Rashford moves ahead of Cantona and closes in on Beckham on Man Utd’s goalscorer list

The English forward has moved up the club's ranks after firing a goal against Southampton Marcus Rashford moved ahead of Eric Cantona and closed in on David Beckham on Manchester United’s list of goalscorers with his effort against Southampton. The England international’s strike on Tuesday was his 83rd for the Red Devils and saw him go past United’s French legend. Rashford's big moment happened in the 25th minute of Tuesday's match, with Southampton having gone down a man within two minutes after Alex Jankewitz was sent off for a horror tackle on Scott McTominay. After Aaron Wan-Bissaka opened the scoring, Rashford doubled Man Utd's lead as he was picked out near the penalty spot by Mason Greenwood. Up next for Rashford on the list of scorers to tick off is Beckham, who found ...
Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat
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Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat

Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed that goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, felt the referee was wrong to award Burnley a penalty during their 1-0 Premier League defeat on Thursday night. Burnley defeated Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield, thanks to Ashley Barnes’ late penalty. Barnes won the penalty for the visitors after Becker appeared to have made contact with the striker, but the Brazilian shot-stopper says there was no contact. “We had the ball a lot, created some and did not finish the situations off,” Klopp said at the post-match press conference after the game. “That keeps the game open, and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.” The defeat against Burnley means Liverpool are now in the 4th position ...
What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1
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What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1

Atletico Madrid Coach,siego Simeone, has described striker, Luis Suarez, as an ‘extraordinary player’ after the Uruguay international scored a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Eibar in the La Liga on Thursday. Simeone said that Suarez was active for Atletico against Eibar at Municipal de Ipurua. Suarez’s second-half two goals gave Atletico Madrid all three points against Eibar, as Marko Dmitrovic’s first half penalty was not enough to give the host a point. The win against Eibar means Atletico Madrid are on top of the La Liga table with 44 points from 17 games. Speaking on Suarez after the game, Simeone said at post-match, “He’s an extraordinary player, and we are very happy that we have him with us. “He was active throughout. “He found the goal after a loss of the ball...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Shows Off Ageless Skills With Amazing Spin And No-Look Pass
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Shows Off Ageless Skills With Amazing Spin And No-Look Pass

  The 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off his ageless skills for AC Milan with a unique first touch, turn and no-look pass against Cagliari. The super Swede had already put his side 1-0 up from the penalty spot when he picked up the ball just outside the opposition area. Nothing looked on - but this is Zlatan. So of course he flicked the ball up into the air, spun and kung-fu kicked it with the outside of his boot. The ball went straight into the path of teammate Diogo Dalot as he ran towards the box. It was an amazing piece of skill and gymnastic dexterity that belied the fact that Zlatan turns 40 years old later this year. This man simply does not age. His work for the night wasn't finished there, either. In the second half, Ibra sped through onto Davide Calabri...
Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win
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Sampdoria 1-2 Milan: Kessie and Castillejo clinch gritty win

Goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo gave Milan a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to strengthen their position at the top of Serie A. Milan strengthened their grip on top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Sunday thanks to goals from Franck Kessie and Samu Castillejo. Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie gave the Rossoneri the lead from the penalty spot after Jakub Jankto handled inside the area. Spaniard Castillejo scored with his first touch of the game to notch Milan's second before Albin Ekdal ensured a tense finish when he bundled in from a corner.
‘He is in a swimming pool!’ – Favre fumes over controversial Lazio penalty in Dortmund draw
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‘He is in a swimming pool!’ – Favre fumes over controversial Lazio penalty in Dortmund draw

The Swiss coach saw his side concede a spot-kick in questionable fashion but was thankful it didn't prove too costly Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has hit out at the decision to award Lazio a penalty in their 1-1 Champions League draw on Wednesday. After Raphael Guerreiro had opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 44th minute, Lazio were handed a lifeline in the 67th minute after Nico Schulz was ruled to have fouled Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the box as he went to clear the ball. Replays showed little contact between the two as the Lazio midfielder seemingly made the most of the incident. The spot-kick was allowed to stand however, with Ciro Immobile making no mistake with his penalty.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side
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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side

Thomas Muller scored a late penalty to cancel out Joao Felix's first-half strike as Bayern Munich held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw. Atletico Madrid's hopes of qualifying from their Champions League group will go down to the final matchday after Thomas Muller scored an 86th-minute penalty to earn a weakened Bayern Munich a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. Bayern had won their previous 15 games in UEFA's flagship competition but were already assured of top spot in Group A and left the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer out of their travelling squad. With Lokomotiv Moscow losing 3-1 at home to Salzburg earlier on Tuesday, victory for Atleti would make certain of second place with a game to spare, an aim they were on course to achieve thanks to Joao Felix's eighth go...
Wolves star Jimenez stretchered off with head injury after clash with David Luiz
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Wolves star Jimenez stretchered off with head injury after clash with David Luiz

The Mexico striker collided with the Arsenal defender in the penalty area and had to be taken from the field Raul Jimenez was stretchered off the field in the early stages of Wolves' Premier League match against Arsenal after suffering a head injury. The striker clashed heads with Arsenal centre-back David Luiz during an aerial challenge in the Wolves box after a corner from Willian. The incident happened just five minutes into the encounter, but a lengthy delay followed as the players received treatment.
Arsenal boss Arteta admits ‘something is missing’ with the Gunners
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Arsenal boss Arteta admits ‘something is missing’ with the Gunners

The Gunners have now gone 476 minutes without scoring a goal from open play in the Premier League Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has admitted that "something is missing" with his side, who have gone five straight Premier League games without a goal from open play. The Gunners have only scored once in those five matches - a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty against Manchester United on November 1 in a 1-0 win for the Gunners. It has been a struggle offensively for the Gunners, who enter Sunday's match against Wolves in 14th place in the league table.
Villarreal’s Chukwueze must work on finishing, warns Adepoju
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Villarreal’s Chukwueze must work on finishing, warns Adepoju

The 21-year-old was impressive against Real Madrid, albeit, the former Los Blancos midfielder wants the youngster to be more clinical in front of goal Samuel Chukwueze may have helped Villarreal hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s La Liga encounter but Mutiu Adepoju feels the youngster must improve in front of goal. Without inspirational captain Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema due to injury, Los Blancos took the lead after just 107 second through Mariano Diaz. Nevertheless, the Yellow Submarine levelled matters from the penalty spot through Gerard Moreno after Thibaut Courtois had fouled the Nigerian in the box.

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