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UCL: What Zidane told Real Madrid Players Before 0-0 Draw with Liverpool at Anfield
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UCL: What Zidane told Real Madrid Players Before 0-0 Draw with Liverpool at Anfield

  Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s conversation with his players before their Champions League quarter-final second leg with Liverpool at Anfield has now emerged. Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals on Wednesday after a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool. While the game ended 3-1 in Madrid last week, the second leg at Anfield ended a barren draw, sending the LaLiga giants through to face Chelsea. According to El Chiringuito TV, the Frenchman told the Los Blancos before the game, “We are good, we are prepared, and we will be giving everything tomorrow. Focus on the match, mentality in the game.” Addressing his pre-match press conference Zidane said his side had come to Anfield to win, not sit on their two-goal lead. “We’re not going to try and manage our eff...
Southampton Players To Receive ‘Bitcoin Bonuses’ After ‘Biggest Sponsorship Agreement’ In Club’s History
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Southampton Players To Receive ‘Bitcoin Bonuses’ After ‘Biggest Sponsorship Agreement’ In Club’s History

Southampton players will reportedly have the option to be paid bonuses in Bitcoin as part of a new sponsorship agreement. The Saints have struck a a three-year deal with Coingaming Group, following on from a one-year term with the company to have Sportsbet.io, one of their brands, on the front of their shirts in 2020/21. The deal with is said be worth £7.5 million a year, making it the most lucrative sponsorship contract in the club's history. And as per The Athletic, another key feature of the arrangement means Saints players will be able to be paid performance-related bonuses in Bitcoin. Achievements such as qualifying for Champions League or winning a domestic trophy could see members of Ralph Hussenhuttl's squad take home a healthy bonus that is paid entirely in the crypt...
Chelsea Offer West Ham Tammy Abraham, two Others to Seal Rice Deal
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Chelsea Offer West Ham Tammy Abraham, two Others to Seal Rice Deal

Chelsea has offered West Ham United, three players, in a bid to sign their defensive midfielder, Declan Rice, this summer’s transfer window. The players include Tammy Abraham, Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the UK Express. Rice has been a long term transfer target for Chelsea. The England international began his career at Chelsea. The 22-year-old later joined West Ham after he was let go by the Blues as a teenager. Meanwhile, former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, recently admitted that he truly wanted to sign Rice for the club during his time at Stamford Bridge. Lampard was dismissed by Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich in January after only 18 months in charge at the club and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Luka Modric Mocks Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win Over Barcelona
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Luka Modric Mocks Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win Over Barcelona

Pitchside camara has picked Luka Modric mocking Gerard Pique after Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday. Pique feels Barcelona deserved 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. Pique returned from injury but could not make Ronald Koeman’s XI for the game was only able to make the bench. At the end of the game Pique was shaking hands with Real Madrid players when Modric noticed he was queuing up for the referee. Footage picked up Modric mocking his the Spaniard, asking “You’re waiting for the ref to complain huh?” But Modric’s comment did not, however, stop the veteran defender from asking the ma...
Juventus Offer Everton Four First-team Players in Exchange for Kean
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Juventus Offer Everton Four First-team Players in Exchange for Kean

Juventus is so desperate to re-sign former striker Moise Kean and will offer Everton four first-team players, according to Tuttosport. It is understood that the four players Juventus will offer Everton to force the deal are Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Merih Demiral and Douglas Costa. Kean is currently on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Everton. The 21-year-old is a product of Juventus’ academy, but the Serie A champions sold him to Everton for €30million in 2019. The Italy international left Goodison Park after just one season to join PSG on a loan deal. The forward is expected to return to Everton at the end of the season. However, PSG remains interested in making Kean’s move permanent.
Tottenham vs Man Utd: Solskjaer warns Team About two Mourinho Players
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Tottenham vs Man Utd: Solskjaer warns Team About two Mourinho Players

    Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has warned his players about the threat Harry Kane and Son Heung-min carry, ahead of their trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Red Devils were thrashed 6-1 by Spurs in the reverse fixture, a defeat Solskjaer described as “a big black dot on our season”. United can cut the gap between them and Premier League leaders Manchester City if they beat Tottenham. But Solskjaer is wary about the two attackers in Jose Mourinho’s ranks. “They’re a team full of quality players from the keeper to wide left. “But of course Son and Kane have been a revelation this season and they caused us loads of problems in the first game as well and we know we have to defend well against them,” Solskjaer told MUTV....
Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola
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Why 10-man Leeds United Defeated Man City 2-1 at Etihad – Guardiola

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has explained that 10-man Leeds United defeated his team 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon because his players lacked aggression during the encounter. Guardiola said that Man City failed to create chances against Leeds, adding that the visitors’ performances were fantastic. Stuart Dallas opened scoring for Leeds in the first half, before adding another in stoppage time to rule out Ferran Torres’ equaliser. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference: “11v11 was tight and we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. We were not aggressive enough in these areas. “We were in the final positions but we couldn’t score the goal and after the sending off, we did not create enough maybe a little mor...
Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo
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Berbatov Names Three Players that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo

  Former Bulgaria striker, Dimitar Berbatov has named three players that will dominate world football in the coming years. They are Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). Rashford has scored 20 times this season and provided 10 assists. Haaland, 20, has become the hottest property in Europe and is expected to leave Germany this summer. He has netted 32 goals this season. Mbappe, 22, scored a brace against Bayern Munich in midweek to match Haaland’s tally. Berbatov told Betfair: “Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football. “He has been leading United’s attack for a while now too, I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just ...
We are Ready to Avenge 6-1 Thrashing by Mourinho’s Players – Man United’s Solskjaer
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We are Ready to Avenge 6-1 Thrashing by Mourinho’s Players – Man United’s Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has warned his players not to be deceived by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham team on Sunday. Solskjaer, speaking ahead of the game admitted that his men will be fired up to avenge the 6-1 thrashing they suffered at Old Trafford six months ago. United were already 2-1 down when Anthony Martial hit out after provocation from Erik Lamela and got sent off by Anthony Taylor. Solskjaer’s side then collapsed to an embarrassing defeat. “We got conned into a red card. We gave ourselves a difficult game by having ten men. “And that is something we have to be aware of, that we can’t react like this because we know in games like this we will be wound up,” Solskjaer said. Solskjaer also feels Mourinho will be telling his players...
Porn Star Claims she Provided Escort Service for three Manchester United Players
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Porn Star Claims she Provided Escort Service for three Manchester United Players

A Hungarian adult star has sensationally claimed that she served as an escort for three Manchester United players in the past. Shona River, 28, made the claims in her latest podcast "How To Be A Pornstar" while revealing what it was like to be an escort for a Premier League footballer. She alleged that Premier League footballers don’t like paying for sex and “expect escorts to work for free.” As reported by the Mirror, River said: “They expect you to be with them because they are famous, but they don’t want to actually date you. “They want you as a side chick in the shadows. “Just because they have a lot of money, it doesn't mean they want to be generous.” She also alleged that one of the Red Devils stars she hooked up with took back €200 from her to pay for pizza...
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates
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Mikel Arteta, Arsenal criticised after 1-1 with Slavia Prague at Emirates

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has criticised manager, Mikel Arteta and his players after their deflating 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night. Nicolas Pepe almost secured a narrow win for Arsenal at the Emirates in the first leg of their quarter-final tie after he fired the hosts ahead with a late goal. But the visitors shocked the English side with a dramatic injury-time equaliser through Tomas Holes, a result that has now given Slavia an advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Arteta’s side failed to take a number opportunities before the two late goals and the Gunners Europa League ambitions are now hanging in the balance. Wright expressed his disappointment with the result and Arsenal’s finishing during the match and also cri...
Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague
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Arteta Opens up on Dropping Aubameyang, Pepe against Slavia Prague

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has explained why he dropped several players for the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague. Gunners captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli all started from the bench. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all came back into the team, as well as Granit Xhaka, Willian, Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares. “We had to pick the right team to try and start the game in the best possible way and as well have the options to change the game. “In Europe we have the possibility to make five subs and that’s a big thing. We want to use our full squad in the best possible way,” Arteta told BT Sport. The Gunners missed a host of great chances to score, before Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to score what looked like a l...
What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich
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What Pochettino said about Mbappe, Neymar, others after PSG defeated Bayern Munich

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has heaped praises on his players, including Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, for their “enormous sacrifice” after beating Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night in Germany. Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG before Marquinhos made it 2-0 for the visitors, thanks to Neymar’s assists. However, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller then equalized for Bayern before Mbappe netted again to give Pochottino’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week. “I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, who found themselves in difficult situations against the best side in Europe,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference after the game. “We ne...
Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich
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Draxler Names Best Player in the World Following PSG’s 3-2 Win Over Bayern Munich

  Julian Draxler has said that his Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe has ‘quality like no-one else in the world.’ Draxler said this after Mbappe netted twice to help the French champions to a memorable 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night. Mbappe opened the scoring for the visitors and Marquinhos made it 2-0, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller had equalised for Bayern before Mbappe netted again. PSG now have a huge advantage going into the second leg in France with three away goals and Draxler had no doubts who they had to thank for the fine win. He said the prolific Frenchman possesses quality that no other player in the world can match. “That’s what [Mbappé] is there for becau...
Tuchel Opens up on Chelsea Players’ Reaction after West Brom Defeat
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Tuchel Opens up on Chelsea Players’ Reaction after West Brom Defeat

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has insisted his players responded immediately in the dressing room after a 5-2 defeat to West Brom and in training the next day. The Blues put behind the shock loss to Sam Allardyce’s side to beat FC Porto 2-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday night. “It was a tough match against a strong Porto side. There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result. “I was pretty sure about that [they’d react well after the WBA defeat]. I saw a response immediately in the dressing room and the next day. That wasn’t a big concern. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in sports. The bigges...
De Gea in Fight with Henderson to be Man Utd’s no1 – Solskjaer
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De Gea in Fight with Henderson to be Man Utd’s no1 – Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has told David De Gea he is in a battle with Dean Henderson to be the club’s long-term No.1 goalkeeper. De Gea has been Solskjaer’s regular first-choice for much of the season. But the Spaniard has lost his place to Henderson after flying home to attend the birth of his child. Henderson was selected for the 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday, with De Gea forced to watch from the bench. “When you are a part of Man United there is always going to be players coming in that don’t just come to fill the bench,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Wednesday. “David has had 10 fantastic years at Man United and he’s had, challengers. Of course, they want to play. Sergio [Romero] probably played fewer games than he deserv...
Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund
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Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified areas his team must improve after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Etihad. Guardiola, who congratulated his players after securing a vital win over Bundesliga giants, said Man City must improve more on their pressing and build-up in order to qualify for the semi-final. Kelvin de Bruyne opened the scoring for Man City in the first half, but Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund in the second half, but Phil Foden’s late winner gave the Premier League leaders a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week in Germany. “I want to congratulate the players,” Guardiola told the club website after the game. “How they stuck together. The quality o...
Andrea Pirlo puts up Ronaldo, De Ligt, 4 other Juventus top players for sale
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Andrea Pirlo puts up Ronaldo, De Ligt, 4 other Juventus top players for sale

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo has put up to six players for sale this summer. They include Superstar forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey, Matthijs de Ligt, Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala and Adrian Rabiot, Daily Mail reports that Ronaldo could leave Juventus if the Old Lady fails to qualify for the Champions League. Juventus is going through a difficult period under Andrea Pirlo, sitting fourth in the Serie A table, 12 points behind league leaders Inter Milan. Juventus started the current season with high hopes after appointing Pirlo but they now face a huge fight to secure Champions League qualification. And the Daily Mail claims the Italian giants have put Ronaldo, who is the club’s highest-earner, up for sale. The 36-year-old’s departure would help the cl...
Champions League: Pepe Predicts Club to Win Trophy this Year
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Champions League: Pepe Predicts Club to Win Trophy this Year

  FC Porto defender, Pepe, has predicted his team to win the Champions League this year. Pepe believes Porto can eliminate Chelsea from the Champions League last-8 and win the Europe top-flight trophy this season. The former Real Madrid star said this on Tuesday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Porto’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg tie with Chelsea on Wednesday night in Seville. Recall that Bayern Munich is the reigning champions after beating PSG 1-0 in the final last season. Pepe said, “If I did not believe it [that Porto can win the Champions League], I would not wake up every day to come and train at Olival [Porto’s training ground] with the passion I have for football. “I always believe that it’s possible to win the Champions League...
Juventus Withdraw Dybala’s new Contract
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Juventus Withdraw Dybala’s new Contract

Juventus have withdrawn Paulo Dybala’s contract extension offer, Calciomercato reports. Dybala’s current €7.5m-a-year deal expires in June 2022 and Juve had offered him a new €10m-a-year deal. The Argentine and his agents turned down the offer and demanded a new €15m-a-year deal. This has led to the Serie A champions withdrawing their latest offer, leaving Dybala’s future in doubt. It happened after the player broke COVID-19 rules last week, attending a private party at Weston McKennie’s home along with their teammate Arthur. Juventus fined all three players and dropped them for their clash against rivals Torino. Dybala is facing even more significant consequences. It is understood the club has told the player he can extend his stay at the club on the same conditio...
Chelsea Players “Confused” by Tuchel’s Treatment of Abraham
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Chelsea Players “Confused” by Tuchel’s Treatment of Abraham

Some Chelsea players have been left “confused” by manager Thomas Tuchel’s treatment of striker, Tammy Abraham. Abraham was a key player during former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s regime. The England international scored 18 goals in all competitions last season under Lampard. Abraham has fallen out of favour since Tuchel replaced Lampard last January. The 23-year-old has been left out of a number of matchday squads, most recently on Saturday for Chelsea’s 5-2 shock defeat to West Brom. Explaining Abraham’s absence in Chelsea’s defeat to West Brom, Tuchel said: “He was not in the squad. I have to nominate 18 players. “So we have to leave three players out, and Tammy [Abraham] was one of the three players. It’s nothing personal or nothing big.” However, according t...
Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players
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Guardiola blasts UEFA, FIFA for ‘killing’ players

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has hit out at UEFA and FIFA, accusing them of “killing” players with a hectic schedule. Guardiola’s men are still on track for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. However, the Spaniard has the luxury of rotating players for matches in all of those competitions, as he left Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones on the bench for the 2-0 weekend victory at Leicester City. But Guardiola says he has no option but to rotate his players. “UEFA and FIFA kill the players and it is too much,” he said after the win at the King Power. “We haven’t had one midweek off since we started. They are human beings, not machines. “Some of them want to play every day,...
Tuchel Sacks Rudiger after Fight With Kepa Following Chelsea’s Defeat to West Brom
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Tuchel Sacks Rudiger after Fight With Kepa Following Chelsea’s Defeat to West Brom

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has sent Antonio Rudiger away from training on Easter Day after a fight with Kepa Arrizabalaga. According to the Telegraph, Rudiger was dismissed to calm down after pushing and shoving between him and Kepa. The disagreement between both players was sparked by a late tackle by Rudiger on the Spain international, who reacted strongly, and things escalated into a physical confrontation. However, Tuchel quickly decided his compatriot Rudiger had not calmed down enough to finish training, so he cooled off indoors while Kepa continued the last five minutes of the training session at Cobham. Rudiger later took it upon himself to apologise unforced, with Tuchel now happy the matter is closed and not expecting any lasting fight between both ...
Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time
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Leicester City vs Man City: What Guardiola told his Players at Half-time

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has revealed Pep Guardiola’s half-time team talk as they played 0-0 with Leicester City after the first 45 minutes on Saturday. Guardiola told his players to dominate the game and be patient against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Guardiola’s men defeated Leicester, thanks to second-half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus. Asked what Guardiola said at the break to inspire Man City’s second-half display, Bruyne told Sky Sports: “To do the same [dominate the game]. Obviously, we created chances, and we should have scored, but that happens. “We knew the way they play against us, it’s going to be really difficult, they play really defensive, so we have to be patient, and I think that’s what we did. “I’m very happy fo...
Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match
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Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match

  Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, has criticized his players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side’s Serie A derby 2-2 draw against Torino on Saturday. Pirlo explained that Juventus players suffered lapses in concentration against Torino, adding that they made things hard for themselves against the host. Federico Chiesa gave Juventus an early lead, but Antonio Sanabria’s double turned the tables. Ronaldo then equalized for the Bianconeri in the second-half as both teams shared a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. “Unfortunately, we keep making things hard for ourselves. We started off well and took the lead, but then we let them back in it. We wanted to come out and play a different second half, but we fell behind, and the rest of the match was difficu...
Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss
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Arteta ‘in Shock’ and Calls on Arsenal to Show ‘big balls’ after Liverpool loss

The Gunners were crushed 3-0 by the Reds at the Emirates, and their manager was not happy Mikel Arteta has said Arsenal’s dismal loss to Liverpool left him "in shock," and has called on his players to show "big balls" and fashion a response. Arsenal’s outside hopes of making a late push for the European places suffered a huge setback with a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday. The score flattered Arsenal, as they were second best in every facet of the game.
Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad
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Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said he won’t invite new players when they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June. Nigeria rounded off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series with a 3-0 win over Lesotho. Next up for the three-time African champions, is the second qualifying round for the World Cup. They have been drawn with Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C. “The World Cup qualifiers will start soon and I think we will be able to do well, and we should expect good football again on a good pitch. “We can’t try new players now, it is too late and it is getting more serious because it is World Cup qualifiers,” Rohr told the media. Enyimba winger, Anayo Iwuala, was the only fresh face who play...
Chelsea Gets Triple Injury Boost Ahead of West Brom clash
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Chelsea Gets Triple Injury Boost Ahead of West Brom clash

  Chelsea have received a triple injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is expected to see the return of a number of his first-team players, Thiago Silva, Tammy Abraham and Jorginho, when Chelsea host West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The trio was at Chelsea’s training ground (Cobham) earlier this week with the rest of their team-mates in a bid to get ready for the West Brom clash. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last ten games due to a thigh injury. Abraham had missed Chelsea’s last seven games due to an ankle problem he picked in their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United. Jorginho was ruled out of Chelsea’s win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-final and...
Liverpool to offload 16 players [Full list]
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Liverpool to offload 16 players [Full list]

  Liverpool will offload 16 of their players this summer and are willing to listen to offers from other clubs, according to The Athletic. The Premier League title holders will embark on a major squad overhaul, with manager, Jurgen Klopp needing a major change following disastrous title defence. They are looking to bring in additions, with a deal for Ibrahima Konate already in the pipeline and expensive fringe players will be allowed to leave the club. The Athletic‘s James Pearce reports that Klopp and sporting director, Michael Edwards have already identified six players they are willing to sell. These players include striker Divock Origi and winger Xherdan Shaqiri have been told they can leave. Others are 24-year-old Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Ben...
Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job
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Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said he is “available” only if the “right project” comes his way, after being asked about the vacant manager’s job at Celtic. Henry left Montreal Impact last month citing personal reasons. Celtic are looking for a new manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February. And when asked about the possibility of becoming Celtic boss, Henry admitted he is open to the prospect and praised Steven Gerrard for the work he has done at Rangers. “With all humility, whatever is going to come my way – I’m not saying that should come my way,” Henry said on the Robbie Fowler podcast. “Whatever is going to come my way I’m going to try to evaluate. I’m sure they’re going to work on what they’re going to work on. “I don’t know what’s happening the...
Tuchel Gives Abramovich Name of Player to Sign this Summer
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Tuchel Gives Abramovich Name of Player to Sign this Summer

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given the Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, the name of the player to sign this summer transfer window, according to Spanish outlet, Sport. Tuchel has personally asked Abramovich to use Timo Werner in a player-plus-cash deal to sign Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, this summer. The German gaffer is desperate to secure the signature of Haaland at the end of the season as he has not held back with his regards to his coaching style with Werner. The former Paris Saint-Germain coach is often overheard “barking orders” at Werner from the sidelines since he replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge last January. Chelsea will face strong competitions from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City as well as LaLiga sides, ...
Juventus Put Six Senior Players for Sale this Summer [Full list]
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Juventus Put Six Senior Players for Sale this Summer [Full list]

Former Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, is among six senior players up for sale at Juventus this summer transfer window, The Daily Mail reports. Juventus will do their best to find a new club for Ramsey at the end of the season because the Walesman has been hampered by injuries this campaign and has started just twelve of the club’s twenty-seven Serie A games so far. Ramsey’s current contract with Juventus will expire in 2023, which could see him hard to move on as no other club is likely to give him anything like the wages the Bianconeri are paying him. Other senior players up for sale are Paulo Dybala, Sandro, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur and Juan Cuadrado. Dybala will have one year left on his current contract after this season. Juventus wants to cash in on the Arge...
Real Madrid to Sell Six Players to Bring in Mbappe, Haaland
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Real Madrid to Sell Six Players to Bring in Mbappe, Haaland

  Real Madrid is planning to sell up to six players, in a bid to fund the transfers for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Mundo Deportivo reports that Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Isco and Marcelo are on the chopping board. The LaLiga giants are desperate to land both Haaland and Mbappe this summer. Haaland will be available for £65 million when his release clause becomes active next season. But the Norway striker is expected to be targeted by top European clubs this summer. He could cost as much as £150 million at the end of the season. Mbappe, meanwhile, has no release clause and is contracted at Paris Saint-Germain until 2022. The French forward could cost considerably more, especially as PSG does not want to sell but Mbappe has a...
World Cup Qualifiers: I Feel Sorry for England coach, Southgate – Man City’s Phil Foden
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World Cup Qualifiers: I Feel Sorry for England coach, Southgate – Man City’s Phil Foden

  Manchester City midfielder, Phil Foden has said that he feels sorry for England senior national team coach, Gareth Southgate over the selection headache he may be facing. The 20-year-old who had his fourth cap for England after coming in as a substitute against San Marino on Thursday, is one of the numerous talents at Southgate’s disposal. Foden is also hoping to be a part of England squad for this summer’s European Championship having in mind that many injured players will return to the team. Foden who is enjoying a fine run of form with Manchester City, can, however, add to his international caps in England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland. The youngster concedes that there is competition for places in Southgate’s squad and he does not ...
:Mourinho set to expose Tottenham players who criticized his methods
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:Mourinho set to expose Tottenham players who criticized his methods

  Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, is furious that some of his players have been leaking negative stories about his training methods and he is desperate to expose them, the Daily Mail reports. Spurs went on a miserable run of form earlier this year, losing three successive Premier League games for the first time ever. They then won five straight matches, before losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the North London Derby and getting eliminated from Europe against Dinamo Zagreb. Those results have seen Mourinho’s future at the club called into question, while stories also emerged of discontent within the squad. After the defeat to West Ham, a report in The Athletic claimed players were questioning his overly reactive and defensive approach in games. They also felt training ...
Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate
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Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate

Comoros Players celebrated in the dressing room after they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the first time ever. Comoros were held 0-0 at home in Qualifier Match against Togo. After the final whistle, there was wild celebrations with player, and coaches jumping, and dancing in excitement in the stadium. They have nine points from five matches and have now secured their at the 2021 tournament in Cameroon. The Comorans use more players born abroad for their matches. Comoros are the eighth country to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Tunisia have all qualified. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/7D1P8FKq0Cg
Ortom Congratulates JM Liberty Football Team on Promotion to National League
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Ortom Congratulates JM Liberty Football Team on Promotion to National League

  Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has congratulated the management and players of the JM Liberty Football Team on their promotion to the Nigerian National League, NNL, also known as the professional league. The Governor gave the commendation during a courtesy call on him by the Chairman JM Liberty Football Team, Mr. Jeremiah Avungu, and the Chairman Benue State Football Association, Mrs Margaret Icheen. He expressed delight over the team’s capacity to emerge victorious in a competition involving 13 teams from various states of the North, hosted in Jos, Plateau State and for being the only team to be promoted in the North Central zone. Governor Ortom who encouraged the players to remain committed and aim for national and international teams, also charged the counci...
I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic
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I Can’t Control Chelsea’s Plans – Pulisic

  Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, has admitted he wants to play in this summer’s Olympics with the USA, but says he “can’t control” whether his club would give him permission The Olympics are classified by FIFA as an under-23 tournament, with three overage players per team allowed. As such, clubs are not obliged to release players. The timing of the competition means Pulisic would miss part of preseason, a time in which he would be keen to impress club boss Thomas Tuchel. “It’s something I’ve thought about, and have wanted to play in,” Pulisic said on a Zoom call with reporters about playing in the Olympics. “Obviously, I can’t control what goes on. What’s best for me at the time and what’s best for the team at the time, I obviously can’t say. But it is someth...
AFCON Qualifiers: 19 Super Eagles Players Arrive Camp
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AFCON Qualifiers: 19 Super Eagles Players Arrive Camp

No fewer than 19 Super Eagles players have arrived at camp for the remaining two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho. Update! 18 players now in camp. Musa, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Ajayi, Onyekuru, Etebor, Adeleke, Awaziem, Shehu, Iwuala, Noble, Iwobi, Balogun, Aribo, Ebuehi, Maduka, Collins, Onuachu. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong Update! Francis Uzoho has arrived. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong The Super Eagles are camping in Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Eagles play Benin Republic on March 27 in Porto Novo, before hosting Lesotho three days later at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. Nigeria lead Group L table of the qualifiers with eight points and at least a point from both games would seal their place at the Africa Cup of N...
Solskjaer Gives Reason for Man United’s 3-1 Loss Against Leicester City
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Solskjaer Gives Reason for Man United’s 3-1 Loss Against Leicester City

  Solskjaer said Man United players didn’t have the spark against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. According to him, the Red Devils tried against the Foxes but couldn’t get the right adrenaline boost against the host. Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace and a strike from Youri Tielemans ensured Brendan Rodgers’s men knocked out Man United from the FA Cup. “We did not have the spark tonight, but it is understandable. This team has been fantastic in the last three or four months,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport. “Thursday night in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We did not have the extra zip, authority and confidence today. “We tried to get on the front foot and start well. Sometimes you can get that adrenaline boost and confidence if you get a go...
Juventus vs Benevento: Pirlo criticizes Ronaldo, others after Serie A 1-0 defeat
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Juventus vs Benevento: Pirlo criticizes Ronaldo, others after Serie A 1-0 defeat

  Juventus gaffer, Andrea Pirlo, has criticized his players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, following his side’s Serie A 1-0 home defeat against Benevento on Sunday evening. Pirlo explained that Juventus players performed poorly against Benevento, adding that they lacked attitude and technique against the visitors. Benevento defeated Juventus at Allianz Stadium, thanks to Adolfo Gaich’s second-half goal. Juventus is now in the 3rd position on the Serie A table with ten points behind leaders Inter Milan. “We needed to turn in a better display, but we performed poorly in every aspect of our game,” Pirlo told a post-match press conference after the game. “Everything was off today, in our attitude and in technical situations. “We knew this would be tough because Ben...
Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai
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Rohr Must Begin To Focus On Local League – Peter Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has called on the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to beef up the team with some crop of home base players with the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Recall that Almeria’s Umar Sadiq, FC Leganes defender, Umar Sadiq, and Nantes winger, Simone Moses have been prevented by their respective clubs to honour the make or mar games due to the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by some countries in Europe. With just a few days to the crucial games against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodile of Lesotho, Rufai in a chat with Completesports stated that the withdrawal of some of the foreign-based players should signal the need for Rohr to focus more on Nigeria Professional...
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...
French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players
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French government grants exemption after Depay’s plea for full quarantine waiver for international players

The Lyon and Netherlands star had urged the powers that be in the country to allow international players to travel without requiring to self-isolate The French government and FFF (French Football Federation) will allow foreign players to join up with their international teams next week without having to quarantine upon their return but only if certain criteria is met, RMC reports. Memphis Depay had called upon the government in France to grant a waiver for all international footballers who play in Ligue 1 to be exempt from the mandatory period of self-isolation that would've been required after they arrived back in the country. That request came after the France national team, who will play away fixtures against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next two weeks, were given t...
Mourinho Blasts Players after Shock Europa League Exit
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Mourinho Blasts Players after Shock Europa League Exit

    Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has questioned his players’ attitude and apologised to club supporters, after their shock Europa League exit on Thursday. Spurs won the first leg 2-0, but crumbled in Croatia, losing 3-0 in the second leg. Mislav Orsic netted a stunning hat-trick to upset Mourinho’s team. “If I forget the last minutes of extra-time, where we did something to get a different result and go through, in the 90 minutes and first half of extra-time was one team that decided to leave everything on the pitch,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “They left sweat, energy, blood. In the end they left even tears of happiness. Very humble and committed. I have to praise them. On the other side, my team. I repeat, my team. They didn’t look like it was pl...
AC Milan’s Squad to Face Man Utd at San Siro confirmed [Full list]
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AC Milan’s Squad to Face Man Utd at San Siro confirmed [Full list]

  AC Milan’s squad to face Manchester United in tonight’s Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie has been confirmed. AC Milan manager, Stefano Pioli released a list of 20 players to face Man United at San Siro via the club’s website. The Rossoneri had played a 1-1 draw with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the first leg at Old Trafford last week Thursday. The Serie A giants head to the game following a 1-0 defeat against Napoli last weekend. AC Milan’s squad against Man United: GOALKEEPERS: A. Donnarumma, G. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu. DEFENDERS: Dalot, Gabbia, Hernández, Kalulu, Kjær, Tomori. MIDFIELDERS: Bennacer, Çalhanoğlu, Castillejo, Díaz, Kessie, Krunić, Meïte, Saelemaekers, Tonali. FORWARDS: Ibrahimović, Tonin. The kick-off time for AC Milan vs Ma...
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16, second-leg fixtures on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are Edouard Mendy, César Azpilicueta, Emerson and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea players made the list alongside Manchester City stars, João Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. Recall that Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Ziyech and Emerson. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s round of 16 second-leg matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 7 points Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 8 points César Azpi...
French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers
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French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers

  The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has confirmed that French clubs will bar their players from travelling for any international games outside Europe. The decision was reached following a meeting between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs on Wednesday. Most African countries have their top players in France and won’t have them for the final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches. Some of the affected footballers include Zimbabwe striker, Tino Kadewere (Lyon), Nigeria winger Moses Simon (Nantes), Benin goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe (Dijon), Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Senegal forward Boulaye Dia (Reims) and DR Congo’s Gael Kakuta (Lens). “In the absence of a ‘septaine’ exemption for foreign international players made available to their national team...
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...
‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi
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‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi

New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at the club, barely hours after he was sworn into office on Wednesday, March 17. He won club elections last week and has returned to the helm of the club 11 years after leaving the post in 2010. With Lionel Messi nearing the end of his contract and rumors of him leaving the club due to his unhappiness at the club, Laporta has now appealed to the Barca star in a speech he made to members. Prior to his speech, Laporta and Messi, were pictured embracing prior to the new president's speech. Speaking to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Laporta said. "In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability," Laporta explained. "...

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