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Euro 2020: Eriksen discharged from hospital
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Euro 2020: Eriksen discharged from hospital

  Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has been discharged from hospital on Friday. This follows a successful procedure on his heart, less than one week after he suffered a cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 opening fixture against Finland. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and was rushed to the nearby Rigshospitalet, where he was fitted with an ICD heart-starting device earlier this week. Having visited his team-mates, he will now return home with his family as he continues to recover. “The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances. It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night. No need to say, that I will be cheering on them on Monday against Russia,” Eriksen was quoted by the Danish Football Uni...
England’s national anthem: God Save the Queen lyrics in full & explained
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England’s national anthem: God Save the Queen lyrics in full & explained

National anthems are a feature of international football and Goal takes a look at the one the Three Lions seek to take inspiration from The playing of national anthems before international football matches is a long-standing tradition of the game. Players line up on the sideline for what is effectively one final rousing gesture before battle commences on the pitch. For some - players included - the national anthem stirs up emotions and singing it is an essential component of international football. Others respectfully observe the moment in silence, while the odd few may even dislike it.
Euro 2020: You’re a Bad Captain – Fans slam Ronaldo after Hungary match
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Euro 2020: You’re a Bad Captain – Fans slam Ronaldo after Hungary match

  Some football fans have labelled Cristiano Ronaldo as being a bad captain and leader. They hit at the Juventus superstar for reacting angrily after Diogo Jota failed to pass the ball to him in their opening Group F match against Hungary at the ongoing Euro 2020 on Tuesday. Ronaldo scored two of Portugal’s three goals on the night to put them top of the group after France beat Germany by a lone goal. He missed a sitter and Jota failed to hit the back of the net with his chance – to the dismay of his captain who reacted furiously on the pitch as he felt he was in a better position to shoot. And the Juventus man appeared to carry that anger into the break with a video showing him fuming at the Liverpool star. The clip suggested that the Juventus forward was still ...
Barcelona President, Laporta reveals why Messi is yet to sign new contract
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Barcelona President, Laporta reveals why Messi is yet to sign new contract

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has insisted Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club but financial regulations are preventing them from announcing a new contract. Messi’s current deal expires at the end of June, but Laporta says the 33-year-old has been convinced to remain at Barca. “Leo Messi’s boots will continue on the Camp Nou pitch. He wants to stay. “I do not contemplate a no. It isn’t easy. We’ll do what we can,” Laporta said. Laporta however said Barca have not been able to confirm an agreement so far, because they must balance the books. “In economic terms, he has made it very easy, but financial fair play is another battleground. “We have to follow the rules, we will follow them. There will be more sales and loans. Without paying a transfer fee. W...
‘I took a real shock’ – France defender Pavard reveals he was knocked out for 15 seconds during Germany win
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‘I took a real shock’ – France defender Pavard reveals he was knocked out for 15 seconds during Germany win

The Bayern Munich defender was treated by medics on the pitch but was allowed to return to the Euro 2020 encounter France defender Benjamin Pavard ha admitted he was knocked out for "10 to 15 seconds" before returning to Tuesday's Euro 2020 match against Germany. Germany's Robin Gosens crashed full-on into Pavard's head in the second half as the France defender ducked down to win a header in the box. Pavard was treated on the pitch by France's medical staff and was allowed to return to the match, a 1-0 win for Les Bleus.
Parachuting protestor nearly crashes into fans ahead of France v Germany match at Euro 2020
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Parachuting protestor nearly crashes into fans ahead of France v Germany match at Euro 2020

German defenders Antonio Rudiger and Mats Hummels rushed to the person, a Greenpeace activist, as they landed on the pitch in Munich before the game A parachuting protestor nearly crashed into fans at Allianz Arena ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2020 matchup between France and Germany. With the teams on the field ahead of kickoff, the parachuter flew in and swung dangerously close to fans in the stands before landing on the pitch. The person was an activist from environmental organisation Greenpeace and had a message on their parachute saying "Kick Out Oil". They were taken away by stadium security and authorities after landing, and the kick-off of the game as not delayed.
Mourinho reveals what he did when Christian Eriksen collapsed
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Mourinho reveals what he did when Christian Eriksen collapsed

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed he ‘prayed and cried’ after seeing Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 1-0 defeat against Finland at the weekend. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch before the closing stages of the first half of Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday. The 28-year-old playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distress before he was taken to hospital. The Danish Football Federation had said on Sunday morning that Eriksen is “stable” and he remains in hospital. Speaking on the development, Mourinho, who was Eriksen’s manager at Tottenham Hotspur for two months, said it is a day to celebrate after the positive news about the player’s condition. “Today ...
Christian Eriksen Breaks Silence after Cardiac Arrest at Euro 2021
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Christian Eriksen Breaks Silence after Cardiac Arrest at Euro 2021

Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has broken silence following his cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2021 opener against Finland on Saturday. The 29-year-old collapsed on the pitch shortly before halftime in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to Finland. The Inter Milan playmaker was given Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, CPR, before being taken to hospital. However, In a statement via his manager to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Eriksen said: “Thank you, I won’t give up. “I feel better now – but I want to understand what has happened. “I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.” Meanwhile, Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University who worked with Eriksen during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, said footbal...
Christian Eriksen: UEFA Under Attack Over Midfielder’s Condition
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Christian Eriksen: UEFA Under Attack Over Midfielder’s Condition

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, has criticised UEFA for their ‘ridiculous’ decision to play on with Denmark’s Euro 2020 tie against Finland on Saturday after Christian Eriksen’s collapse. The Inter Milan midfielder dropped to the ground towards the end of the first half and required CPR treatment from medical staff on the pitch. Denmark players, who formed a protective shield around Eriksen even as he was treated, were visibly disturb and in pain. Eriksen was eventually rushed to hospital and UEFA subsequently confirmed that the game would continue as Finland defeated Denmark 1-0, thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s only goal of the match. But Schmeichel has now hit out at UEFA for offering the players few options. “I want to put on record that i...
Euro 2020: Danish FA Provides Update on Christian Eriksen’s Condition
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Euro 2020: Danish FA Provides Update on Christian Eriksen’s Condition

The Danish FA has provided the latest update on Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, after the player collapsed on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. Eriksen had earlier fallen to the pitch during Denmark’s opener against Finland on Saturday afternoon. The former Tottenham playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distress. The 29-year-old was conscious when he was stretchered off before they resumed their match, but Denmark eventually lost 1-0 to Finland. Providing an update on Eriksen’s condition, the Danish FA, in a statement on Sunday, said the player is stable and has ‘sent his greetings’ to his Denmark teammates from the hospital. “This morning, we spoke to Christian Eriksen, who se...
Euro 2020: Stay Strong – Cristiano Ronaldo tells Eriksen after Midfielder Collapsed
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Euro 2020: Stay Strong – Cristiano Ronaldo tells Eriksen after Midfielder Collapsed

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has paid tribute to Denmark midfielder, Christian Eriksen, after the Inter Milan star collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. Ronaldo urged Eriksen to stay strong, adding that he wants to see him back on the pitch. The Juventus forward disclosed this in a post via his Instagram account at the weekend. Recall that Eriksen had earlier fallen to the floor during Denmark’s opener against Finland. The former Tottenham playmaker was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distressing scenes. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Eriksen and his family. The world of football stands together hoping for good news. “I’m counting on finding you soon back on the pitch, Chris, ...
Euro 2020: Lukaku Pays Tribute to Eriksen as Midfielder Collapses during Match
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Euro 2020: Lukaku Pays Tribute to Eriksen as Midfielder Collapses during Match

  Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, has paid tribute to Christian Eriksen after the Denmark midfielder collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. Lukaku, who scored a brace in Belgium’s 3-0 win against Russia, sprinted over to a television camera and aimed his face into the screen and shouted: “Chris, Chris… [Christian Eriksen] I love you,”, before delivering a message of love to the midfielder. Recall that Eriksen had earlier fallen to the floor during Denmark’s opener against Finland. The former Tottenham star was resuscitated on the pitch, with players and fans watching on in distressing scenes. He was conscious when he was stretchered off, and he reportedly spoke to his teammates from a hospital bed before they resumed their match...
Euro 2020: Details of Eriksen’s Chat with Denmark team-mates in hospital emerge
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Euro 2020: Details of Eriksen’s Chat with Denmark team-mates in hospital emerge

  Denmark playmaker, Christian Eriksen, FaceTimed his teammates urging them to resume their Euro 2020 clash with Finland, the UK Mirror reports. Eriksen collapsed during the first half in Copenhagen, sparking distressing scenes on the pitch. The 29-year-old was seen receiving CPR, while his teammates formed a barrier between him and any cameras. He was down on the pitch for over 10 minutes, before being stretched away and rushed to hospital. Eriksen is now awake and stable. The player even contacted the others, telling them to finish the game as they look for a winning start to the tournament. They eventually lost 1-0 to Finland.
England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson
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England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle thinks Gareth Southgate has taken a risk by selecting Jordan Henderson for the Euros. Having suffered a groin injury in February, Henderson played for the first time in four months in the friendly win over Romania last weekend. And Hoddle is concerned about Henderson's fitness heading into the major tournament. Speaking at a Betfair event, Hoddle said: "Henderson has been brought into the squad and I think it is a risk. "But I can see Gareth saying he needs someone with that experience who can settle people off the pitch. What happens off the pitch is not as important but it is massively important. "For that down time when you're not training, having that experience around is key, and if you haven't got that to lean on and watch it can be tou...
Chelsea: Mourinho Names best Position for Mason Mount in Tuchel’s Squad
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Chelsea: Mourinho Names best Position for Mason Mount in Tuchel’s Squad

  Former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, believes ‘every’ position on the pitch is best for Mason Mount in manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad because he is a creative player. Mourinho said this prior to England’s Euro 2020 final warm-up game against Romania on Sunday evening. The Three Lions eventually won the game 1-0 against Romania, thanks to Marcus Rashford’s penalty. The Portuguese, who is now the manager of Roma, believes Mount was given ‘incredible conditions’ to thrive by former Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard. When asked to name Mount’s best position in the Chelsea squad, Mourinho told The Times: “Everywhere. I’ve to be honest, I watched him two seasons ago in his first [Premier League] match, Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and I saw the talent but I d...
Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award
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Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has identified Chelsea’s Timo Werner as the favourite player to win the Euro 2020 player of the tournament. Wenger also said that he likes the quality of the Germany international’s movement on the pitch. Werner endured a mixed first season at Chelsea, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the west London club. “I like the quality of his runs,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “I like his movement, but he’s not… we see his conversion rate with the number of chances he has. “He’s not good enough to say, but he will be absolutely the favourite to be the player of the tournament [Euro 2020].” The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July 2021. Germany is in Group F alongside France, Hungary and Portugal....
N’golo Kante Responds to Ballon d’or Nomination call after Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League Win
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N’golo Kante Responds to Ballon d’or Nomination call after Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League Win

N'golo Kante has distanced himself from suggestions from fans that he should be nominated for this year's Ballon d’Or. The Frenchman was instrumental as Chelsea ended the 2020/2021 season as Champions of Europe. He was everywhere on the pitch against Manchester City. The Former Leicester City Midfielder won the man of the match award in the second leg of the Knockout round against Atletico Madrid. He won the man of the match award in both legs of the Semi-final clash with Real Madrid. He also won the award in the Final against Manchester City at Estadio do Dragao Stadium in Porto. Ngolo Kante is now being tipped by many as an early contender to win the Ballon d'Or later this year. According to the report from Metro Sport, he said: “The man of the match award is secondary. ...
“You Should be in Charge of your Own Body” – Juventus Defender, Matthijs de Ligt Explains why he won’t get Vaccinated Against Covid-19
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“You Should be in Charge of your Own Body” – Juventus Defender, Matthijs de Ligt Explains why he won’t get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Juventus defender, Matthijs De Ligt has explained why he won't get vaccinated against Covid-19 despite contracting the disease earlier this year. The 21-year-old Netherlands international tested positive for the virus in January and missed two Serie A games while in self-isolation before recovery. The defender has now teamed up with Frank de Boer's men ahead of Euro 2020 this summer after helping Juventus finish in a Champions League spot. In an interview with ESPN.nl, he confirmed he had taken the decision not to receive a Covid-19 jab, insisting everyone should be in charge of their own bodies. "I have not taken a vaccination, it is not mandatory. I think you should be in charge of your own body. The risk of infection is always there. I try to come into contact with as fe...
Osimhen Reacts as Gattuso Quits Napoli
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Osimhen Reacts as Gattuso Quits Napoli

  Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has bid farewell to Gennaro Gattuso, after he quit the Serie A club. Osimhen only worked with Gattuso for one year, after signing from Lille. The Nigerian initially with injuries and COVID-19, but eventually found form in Italy. Gattuso’s faith in Osimhen was key to his resurgence in a new league and the player has now taken to his Instagram to wish him well. “You have been instrumental towards my development,” Osimhen wrote. “Not just as a player but also as a man. “I really appreciate all you do for me on and off the pitch, I admired you as a player and to be able to work under you and call you my BOSS is something I will never forget in a rush. “I hold you on high esteem forever. I wish you all the very best on your new ...
EPL: Guardiola Confirms Aguero’s Next club
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EPL: Guardiola Confirms Aguero’s Next club

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed that Sergio Aguero is close to signing for Barcelona. Aguero will leave Man City on a free transfer this summer after a decade at the Premier League champions. The Argentine striker scored twice in his final Premier League appearance for Man City as Guardiola’s men sealed a 5-0 victory against Everton on the final day of the season at Etihad. Speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day, Guardiola said that Aguero is likely to be linking up with his national teammate, Lionel Messi at Camp Nou next season. “Maybe I reveal a secret,” Guardiola said. “Maybe he is close to agreeing a deal for the club of my heart… for Barcelona. “He is going to be playing alongside the best player of all time, Messi.” “I am pretty sure he ...
Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Tuchel’s Men Facing Points Deduction
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Aston Villa vs Chelsea: Tuchel’s Men Facing Points Deduction

  Chelsea are facing the prospect of points deduction, after they were charged with failing to control their players, the UK Mirror reports. Towards the end of their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, players of both teams clashed on the pitch. It is the seventh time in seven years the Blues are being punished. Leicester have also been charged for their part in the brawl, which saw players and coaching staff clash on the touchline, following Ricardo Pereira’s challenge on Ben Chilwell. Chelsea’s record is so bad that they were warned in July 2016 that they faced a points deduction, after appealing against a £375,000 fine levied against them for their part in a mass bust-up during a game with Tottenham two months earlier. Since then, ...
Harry Kane reportedly tells Tottenham he wants to leave club this summer with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to battle to sign him
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Harry Kane reportedly tells Tottenham he wants to leave club this summer with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to battle to sign him

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave this summer. According to Sky Sports, the reason is said to be the fact that Spurs aren't competing for titles. The 27-year-old England international has spent his entire professional career at Tottenham but has yet to lift a trophy. The closest he has come is losing a Champions League final against Liverpool in 2018–19 and two League Cup finals in the last six years, including last month's loss to Manchester City. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea have all reportedly been in contact with Kane's representatives with Sky Sports reporting that Kane prefers to remain in England and have his future sorted out before this summer's European Championship. Kane was recently named as the ...
Tottenham hero Glenn Hoddle: Club at a crossroads
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Tottenham hero Glenn Hoddle: Club at a crossroads

Tottenham hero Glenn Hoddle says his old club faces a big rebuilding job. Hoddle has said that Jose Mourinho was sacked at the wrong time and that the team needs rebuilding. He told BT Sport ahead of Tottenham's defeat to Leeds today: "They're at a crossroads. Daniel Levy has done a wonderful job with the infrastructure at the club. "Hopefully there would have been silverware, that's why Mourinho was brought in. It didn't work out. It was a big call to sack him before the final. I'm not sure it was the right time. "There are bigger questions at Tottenham. It's not a top six team at the moment. It needs a rebuild on the pitch. There's a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done."
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.
‘I’ve Had a Decent Career,  but I Want More Trophies’ –  Super Eagles and Everton star, Alex Iwobi
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‘I’ve Had a Decent Career, but I Want More Trophies’ – Super Eagles and Everton star, Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles winger, Alex Iwobi has outlined his desire to win more trophies at Everton after enjoying a taste of success with Arsenal The Nigeria international joined Everton in 2019 after starting his career at Arsenal, where he made his debut at the age of 19. Since making his debut, the 25-year-old has made over 200 appearances for both Arsenal and Everton as well as featuring 45 times for Nigeria after making his debut in 2015. From his time at Arsenal, Iwobi added an FA Cup and two Community Shield trophies but wants to add more silverware to his CV. Iwobi told GAFFER Magazine: 'It's crazy when everyone tells me all these stats like the appearances and caps I've got. I've had a decent career so far considering my age,' though he was keen to stress his achievements so ...
Gary Neville Reveals who to Blame for Fans’ Protest as Man Utd Face Points Deduction
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Gary Neville Reveals who to Blame for Fans’ Protest as Man Utd Face Points Deduction

    Gary Neville has said Manchester United’s owners, the Glazers, are to blame for fans’ protests on Sunday, ahead of the Liverpool clash. Supporters began protesting outside The Lowry hotel, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team were preparing for the game. More protests broke out at Old Trafford and hundreds of fans broke into the stadium and reach the pitch, before being escorted out by police. It was confirmed on Sunday evening the match would be postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. “This is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago. “The Glazer family are struggling to meet the financial requirements at ...
England Legend Shearer: Okocha Made Difficult Things Look Easy 
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England Legend Shearer: Okocha Made Difficult Things Look Easy 

Legendary England striker Alan Shearer says former Super Eagles star Austin Okocha was so talented he made difficult things look easy on the pitch. Shearer made this known while commenting on Okocha after listing him in his top 10 Premier League cult heroes as part of the Match of the Day podcast alongside Gary Lineker and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards. Speaking about Okocha’s talent, Shearer confessed trying to imitate one of the former Bolton Wanderers’ skipper’s trick but failed. “He made the difficult things look easy – I must’ve tried that flicking over heads a million times and it’s never come off once. Gifted, natural ability, superb player.” Among other stars who made Shearer’s Premier League cult heroes list include Paul Gascoigne, Mario Balotelli,...
EPL: Man Utd Could have Three Points Deducted after Liverpool clash is Cancelled
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EPL: Man Utd Could have Three Points Deducted after Liverpool clash is Cancelled

  Manchester United are facing a points deduction, as Premier League and FA rules contradict one another on postponements, the UK Mirror reports. The Red Devils were set to play Liverpool by 4.30pm this Sunday, but the match was cancelled after shocking scenes at Old Trafford. Over 200 supporters invaded the pitch after attacking policemen outside the stadium. With no assurances over safety regarding driving the team bus to the stadium, for United or Liverpool, a decision was made to call the game off. The Premier League have begun an investigation into the incident and are questioning how over 200 fans got into the stadium. According to the FA’s rulebook in section 8.3.4, it states that United could be found to have been at fault for the match not going ahead and ...
Neymar: I will do anything to beat Man City, even if I have to die on the pitch
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Neymar: I will do anything to beat Man City, even if I have to die on the pitch

Neymar says he will do anything to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester City, even if it means that he has to "die on the pitch". PSG suffered a 2-1 defeat to City at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, which leaves them with a mountain to climb in the second leg at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Neymar is still optimistic that the French champions can reach their second successive final, however, and has promised to lead from the front in Manchester as Mauricio Pochettino's side seek to complete an unlikely turnaround.
Pogba Names two Toughest Opponents he ever Faced
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Pogba Names two Toughest Opponents he ever Faced

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has named the two opponents he has played against in his career so far. Pogba said Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Real Madrid’s Casemiro are the two toughest opponents he has faced. Pogba mentioned Kante and Casemiro as a part of a fan Q&A which will appear in Sunday’s United Review matchday programme when Man United host Liverpool at Old Trafford. “My toughest opponent on the pitch? To be honest, it’s tough against N’Golo Kante,” Pogba said. “Casemiro [of Real Madrid] too… he is a hard one also. “I can’t remember all of them; they are the first ones that come into mind that I had. “Yes, those are the first ones. Maybe there are a few more players, but I don’t have the names now.”
Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger
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Why I Rejected Real Madrid Twice – Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger,  has revealed that he rejected an opportunity to coach Real Madrid twice because he was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would replace Highbury during his time at Emirates. Wenger explained that he was proud of his decision to turn Real Madrid down because he showed commitment and loyalty. “When I was a kid, Real Madrid was my team,” Wenger told EFE. “I grew up watching [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Ferenc] Puskas, [Raymond] Kopa, Santamaria, [Paco] Gento… They made an impression on me. “I liked Real Madrid, and with the passing of time, I ended up facing them.” “I almost went to Real Madrid on two occasions. Not many people can say that” he added. “But I was involved in a project to build a new stadium that would repla...
LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada
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LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has bemoaned his team’s lack of efficiency at both ends of the pitch, as they lost 2-1 to Granada at Camp Nou on Thursday. The result means the Catalans blew the chance to go top of LaLiga with five matches left. Lionel Messi opened the scoring, before missing a big chance to make it 2-0. Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina were left in acres of space to turn the game on its head in the second half. Barca’s second loss in 23 matches, means they are no longer in charge of their own destiny in the title race. “We lost our focus in the second half and made errors at the back,” Koeman told Movistar. “We need to accept the fact we’ve lost, that’s the reality of things. “We had chances to win the game, but that’s that. We’ve got fiv...
UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge

  Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard, has warned Chelsea that Zinedine Zidane’s side would go ‘looking for the win’ when both teams clash in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge next. Hazard, a former Chelsea player, gave the warning following Real Madrid’s 1-1 with Chelsea in the first-leg on Tuesday night in Spain. Christian Pulisic’s fine strike put Chelsea ahead before Karim Benzema levelled for the LaLiga champions at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The result means Real Madrid must score in the return leg against Thomas Tuchel’s men to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League final this season. Speaking after the match, Hazard said at his pre-match press conference: “It could be better, and it could be worse! We will go there [...
Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe
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Arsenal vs Fulham: Arteta Set to Break Reliance on Saka, Smith Rowe

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has admitted that the team depends too heavily on Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. However, Arteta is hoping the Gunners can find a way to win when the two youngsters are rested. The Gunners’ record with Saka and Smith Rowe on the pitch, is much better to when they are left out of the starting XI. But with fixtures coming thick and fast, Arteta ahead of Sunday’s game against Fulham, is keen to avoid burnout and has called on the rest of the squad to step up in their potential absence. “They know that playing every game is impossible, so we have to change those stats. “That’s what we have to do. We have to find that solution. “It tells a lot about what has happened this season. Eight months ago, if anybody had said we were goin...
Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City
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Thomas Tuchel names three Chelsea players he’s very happy with after 1-0 win over City

  Thomas Tuchel has named three Chelsea stars he is very happy with after their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City on Saturday. The German tactician said any player who he gives the opportunity to be on the pitch must show that he deserves to play. “When you’re on the pitch you need to show you play your part, you play your role for 100%, that you’re reliable,” the former PSG boss said at post-match press conference after Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 to qualify for the FA Cup final. Tuchel said he was very happy with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga because they made good use of the opportunity given to them against Pep Guardiola’s side. The Blues scored through a rapid counter attack in the second half when Mason Mount’s through ba...
Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona
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Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted it is the referee’s prerogative to award penalties or not. Zidane was reacting to comments by Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman. Koeman feels Barca should have gotten a spot kick, after Ferland Mendy appeared to pull down Martin Braithwaite in the dying minutes of the game. However, referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. When asked about Koeman’s comments, Zidane said: “They’re the feelings of each person. “The referee did not give a penalty because it wasn’t a penalty. As for the time added on, he is the one that decides. The important thing for us is what we did on the pitch. “We had a lot of chances to score. Barcelona are a really good team, they were ahead of us befo...
Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount
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Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount

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

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has said he tells himself he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe has widely been hailed as the player to take over when Messi and Ronaldo finally hang up their boots. The 22-year-old, however, admits he already ranks himself above the two football superstars. “Every time I go on a pitch, I always tell myself that I’m the best, and yet I have played on grounds where there was Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “They are better players than me, they have done a billion more things than me. “But, in my head, I always tell myself that I’m the best because that way, you don’t give yourself limits and you try to give your best,” Mbappe told RMC Sport.
Ronaldo Under Fire for Walking Off Pitch after Disallowed Goal Against Serbia
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Ronaldo Under Fire for Walking Off Pitch after Disallowed Goal Against Serbia

  Former Portugal international, Fernando Meira, has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to walk off the field and throw his captain’s armband away, calling it “unacceptable” behaviour. Ronaldo stormed off the pitch before the final whistle, after he was denied a clear winner in their 2-2 draw with Serbia in a UEFA World Cup Group A qualifier. Stefan Mitrovic attempted to clear Ronaldo’s off the line, but despite his efforts, it crossed into the goal. However, referee Danny Makkelie waved on play, and there was no VAR or goal-line technology to check the call. “It’s a clear goal, but Ronaldo cannot throw Portugal’s captain’s armband on the floor. “Cristiano’s reaction is natural but unacceptable for the captain of the national team. You cannot throw the captain’...
Messi Always Wants to Assassinate Goalkeepers – Caballero
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Messi Always Wants to Assassinate Goalkeepers – Caballero

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, “goes out to assassinate the goalkeeper” when he is on the pitch, according to Willy Caballero, who says his compatriot is forever on a “mission” to find the target. Messi has netted a remarkable 663 goals for Barca, breaking several records along the way. Chelsea keeper Caballero has lined up against and alongside Messi down the years. He told 90min: “Facing Messi, I had to suffer. “He goes out to assassinate the goalkeeper. “The goalkeepers, the defenders – he’s going to kill [them]. And killing means scoring as many goals as possible. “He doesn’t care if you know him, if you’re Argentine or if you’re a friend. He’ll talk to you afterwards, greet you and everything else, but in those 90 minutes he’s on a mission to hit you with goals...
World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi
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World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Ben Foster, has chosen Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi of Barcelona in the debate on who is the world’s best football player. Appearing on the Happy Hour Podcast, Foster opened up on Ronaldo’s work ethics, describing him as the greatest of all time. Ben Foster spent time at United the same time Ronaldo was breaking records at Old Trafford “Animal! What a guy, seriously, and a lovely bloke as well. I’m not even joking. For example, he was the first one in every single day and he would be the last one out on the training pitch, and the last one to leave the building every day. “And when I was at United, it was the days before Instagram and Twitter, and ‘doing it for the ‘gram’, but he was doing it for hims...
Dembele Collapses During Atletico Madrid Training
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Dembele Collapses During Atletico Madrid Training

  Atletico Madrid striker, Moussa Dembele, on Tuesday, collapsed and appeared to lose consciousness during the club’s training. Mirror UK reports that Dembele was going through stretches before falling backwards and lying motionless on the ground. The 24-year-old’s teammates quickly rushed to help him before calling for assistance from the medical staff, who spent some minutes trying to resuscitate the former Fulham and Celtic star. Dembele eventually recovered and was able to leave the pitch without help. It is believed low blood pressure was the real cause of the incident. Recall that Dembele joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Lyon last January. The player has, however, made just two LaLiga appearances for Atletico. He received a warning recently from At...
Mark Hughes Names Man United’s Worst Player in 3-1 Defeat to Leicester
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Mark Hughes Names Man United’s Worst Player in 3-1 Defeat to Leicester

Former Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes, has identified Donny van de Beek as the worst player on the pitch for Manchester United when they crashed out of the FA Cup to Leicester City on Sunday. According to him, it looked like the Dutch man was ‘wandering around lost’ on the pitch after his rare start in United’s 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side. Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the team that beat AC Milan in the Europa League in Italy on Thursday with Van de Beek one of the players who was included in the starting lineup. Van de Beek has started just two games in the Premier League this season with a little more game opportunities in Cup games. Kelechi Iheanacho capitalised on Fred’s poor back pass to open the sc...
I Expect Mourinho to Get Backlash From Players – Harry Kane
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I Expect Mourinho to Get Backlash From Players – Harry Kane

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has said he expects Jose Mourinho to get a backlash from his players after recent bad results. The England captain said no words ‘can atone for the way Tottenham surrendered against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night Tottenham’s defeat to Dinamo Zagreb came in the wake of a north London derby defeat to Arsenal. There are reports of Spurs Chief, Daniel Levy being prepared to sack Mourinho unless he can secure Champions League qualification. Their defeat to Arsenal last weekend and the capitulation in Zagreb dealt a blow to their top four adventure and European dream ended in astonishing circumstances. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Spurs were outfought and largely outclassed by Dinamo, who secured their aggregate victory thanks to a stunning ha...
Tuchel Names Chelsea Player that is More than One Man after 2-0 Win Over Atletico
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Tuchel Names Chelsea Player that is More than One Man after 2-0 Win Over Atletico

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has insisted that his side played against Atletico Madrid with ‘half a man more’ due to N’Golo Kante’s presence on the pitch. It was goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri that secured a 3-0 aggregate win for the Blues over the La Liga leaders at Stamford Bridge. However, Kante turned in a sublime display against the Spanish side, back to his best, with Chelsea keeping another clean sheet. Tuchel said that Kante’s availability was a ‘big gift’ to him in his post-match press conference. “I never know the age of my players just from performance,’ Tuchel said. “If you play with N’Golo you have half a man more because he has a volume that is simply outstanding. “It is a big gift for me, a guy so, so humble and a big helper on...
A Referee Has Been Chased Off The Pitch By Players And Other Officials And The Footage Is Unbelievable
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A Referee Has Been Chased Off The Pitch By Players And Other Officials And The Footage Is Unbelievable

A match in the fourth tier of Bulgarian football had to be abandoned due to the referee being chased from the pitch by players and OTHER match officials. The referee can be seeing getting ready to book a player who begins to approach for a face to face confrontation. Eventually a yellow card is brandished, but a player who looks to be the captain enters the shot and snatches it away in an aggressive manner. Another player then swings for the referee who begins to run for his life as an angry mob forms behind him. Opposition players then try to stop the furious mob - before other match officials begin to give chase. The referee makes it to the touchline in one piece and blows for the full-time whistle, cancelling the game and urging everybody off the pitch. It didn't sto...
My Man City Teammates Don’t Pass to me – Aguero laments
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My Man City Teammates Don’t Pass to me – Aguero laments

  Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, left the pitch unhappy about his teammates’ reluctance to pass the ball to him, during the final stages of their win against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. Aguero replaced Bernardo Silva in the 75th minute, with Pep Guardiola’s side already leading 4-0 on aggregate. However, the 32-year-old did not register a single shot on goal in 15 minutes on the pitch. ESPN reports that Aguero expressed his dissatisfaction to a coach following the full-time whistle, saying: “No me pasan la pelota” which translates to “They don’t pass me the ball.” It is believed that Riyad Mahrez was the main culprit, as he opted to shoot when presented with chances in and around the box in the closing stages. The Algerian, who has ...
Kai Havertz Makes Promises, suggests Position Good for him at Chelsea
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Kai Havertz Makes Promises, suggests Position Good for him at Chelsea

  Chelsea star, Kai Havertz, has promised to improve and give his best for the club in the next few weeks. Havertz has also revealed that a false nine position will be good for him in the Blues’ squad, adding that he likes to have freedom on the pitch. The 21-year-old said this after his impressive display in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Everton in the Premier League on Monday night. “Now we are four points in front of them [Everton], and we have to secure that. That’s the plan, our goal is the Champions League,” the Germany international said as quoted by Chelsea’s official website. “You have to be strong in the next few matches as well, and that’s my goal. I will try to improve, I will try to give my best in the next few weeks, and then I hope it will continue li...
Man Utd Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of AC Milan, West Ham Matches
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Man Utd Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of AC Milan, West Ham Matches

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has not suffered ankle ligament damage, but is still expected to face a spell on the sidelines, the UK Telegraph reports. Rashford hobbled off the pitch in the 73rd minute of their 2-0 victory at Manchester City on Sunday. The 23-year-old ran back to challenge City winger Riyad Mahrez for the ball and there were fears he could have sustained ligament damage. However, he underwent a scan on Monday and it was confirmed that he has not suffered such extensive damage. His ankle ballooned with swelling bruising and he struggled to put weight on it on Monday. Rashford will ice it over the next couple of days and has surely emerged a major doubt for the first leg of United’s last-16 Europa League tie with AC Milan at Old Trafford on Thu...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah

  A former Arsenal and Liverpool winger, Jermaine Pennant, has criticized manager, Jurgen Klopp, for substituting forward, Mohamed Salah, during the Reds’ 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night. Pennant described Klopp’s decision to take off Salah, who can produce magic as ‘silly’. Recall that Klopp made a surprise decision to replace the Egyptian international with Diogo Jota after just 62 minutes during the match at Anfield. Salah was clearly sad with Klopp’s decision as the 28-year-old shook his head on Liverpool’s bench. “I am concerned that you are bringing him [Salah] off. You do not bring off a player of that stature,” Pennant told Stadium Astro. “Not because he is bigger than the club, but because of what he can do on the pitch...

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