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Everton’s Doucoure and Delph out for four weeks
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Everton’s Doucoure and Delph out for four weeks

Everton midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph are each expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks after sustaining injuries. Doucoure was forced off in the 65th minute of Saturday's 1-0 Premier League defeat by Aston Villa at Goodison Park due to a groin problem. Subsequent tests have revealed the 29-year-old requires a period of rehabilitation under the care of Everton's medical staff It is another setback for Doucoure, who missed four consecutive league games earlier this season due to a foot issue. He has scored two goals and registered four assists in 18 matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, Delph sustained a thigh injury during a training session this week and is now undergoing treatment with the club's medical team. The 32-year-old has not played fo...
Piers Morgan tells Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta
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Piers Morgan tells Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta

Former CNN host, Piers Morgan, has told Arsenal to sack their manager, Mikel Arteta, if he doesn’t lead the club to a top-four finish this season. Morgan, a strong Arsenal fan, said this after Arsenal failed to beat Burnley in a Premier League tie at the weekend. Arsenal currently sits in the sixth position on the Premier League table with 36 points from 21 matches. “For all his tough guy talk and endless “trust the process” bull****, [Mikel] Arteta’s so far been a demonstrable failure at Arsenal,” Morgan told The Sun. “He’s been in charge for two years and 114 matches now and has a win record of just 53 percent, less than [Arsene] Wenger’s, whose last decade was woeful, and Unai Emery’s. “Yes, he won the FA Cup within months of taking over [thanks to two goals by Pierre-E...
Ronaldo angry with Greenwood, Maguire after 1-0 win over West Ham
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Ronaldo angry with Greenwood, Maguire after 1-0 win over West Ham

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was left furious with team-mates, Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood, during their 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday. The Red Devils looked set to drop two points, but Marcus Rashford netted with the last kick of the game. The result saw United climb above the Hammers into fourth place. But according to The Athletic, Ronaldo was not entirely pleased with his team’s performance, as he was left unhappy with Maguire and Greenwood. It is believed the 36-year-old was frustrated with Maguire, after he failed to pick him out from a clearance. Ronaldo reportedly told Maguire he should have chested the ball down and controlled it rather than heading it away. The Portugal captain also fumed at Greenwood, who ignored him and opted to sh...
Watford Sack Claudio Ranieri
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Watford Sack Claudio Ranieri

Watford have sacked boss Claudio Ranieri after 14 games and less than four months in charge. The Italian, 70, was appointed on 4 October but managed only seven points from 13 Premier League games. Last Friday's 3-0 home defeat to Norwich saw Watford drop into the bottom three with 18 matches left and prompted Ranieri's departure. A club statement said a change was needed to give a new appointment time to lift Watford out of trouble. The Hornets' board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity," added the statement. "However the board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the head coach position now will give a n...
Thank you for saving us again’ – Klopp tells Liverpool star after 3-1 win over Palace
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Thank you for saving us again’ – Klopp tells Liverpool star after 3-1 win over Palace

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed what he told ‘world-class’ goalkeeper, Alisson Becker after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to nine points with a 3-1 win over Palace. First-half goals from Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool the comfortable lead in the first half. But Odsonne Edouard fired one back for the home side after half-time and Patrick Vieira’s side pushed for an equaliser before Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty. Alisson made a number of saves to keep Liverpool in control of the game and Klopp said he thanked his number one afterwards. “I said to him just now, ‘thank you for saving our backside again’. He said, ‘that’s my job’, Of co...
We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia
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We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia

Former Super Eagles captain, Austine Jay Jay Okocha, has reacted to Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat to Tunisia that marks the end of their stay at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Many football lovers all over the world would be surprised that Nigeria crashed out of the tournament in such manner after finishing from the group with comfortable nine points. The Super Eagles could not find their wings against the more resolute Carthage Eagles, who executed the game without about 12 of their main players. Okocha, who described the result as disappointing, added that it was a life lesson to football lovers. The 1994 AFCON winner suggested that Nigeria underrated their opponents. Speaking on Super Sports after the game, Okocha said, “It’s a disappointing night for us, but we have to ...
AFCON 2021 knockout: We’re not scared of you – Tunisian midfielder warns Nigeria
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AFCON 2021 knockout: We’re not scared of you – Tunisian midfielder warns Nigeria

Tunisia midfielder, Aissa Laidouni has said they are not scared of Nigeria’s Super Eagles going into their knockout game at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Laidouni said that the Carthage Eagles are battle ready and will fight from the start to the end. Nigeria would face the North Africans, who barely scraped through the group stage after picking just three points from their three group games. Mondher Kebaier’s team is depleted at the moment as 11 players are already ruled out having tested positive to Covid-19 ahead of the match at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Sunday. Despite this, the midfielder is confident the Carthage Eagles can scale through the hurdle and secure a place in the quarter-final. “Our journey to the knockout stage has not been easy because o...
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to face a 25 per cent pay cut next season should Man United fail to qualify for the Champions League
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to face a 25 per cent pay cut next season should Man United fail to qualify for the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo will have his £385,000 a week salary docked by 25 percent next season should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports. The Portuguese striker returned to Old Trafford this summer in a £20million transfer from Juventus, but both he and the club are struggling for form with United currently sitting in seventh place. The Ralf Rangnick's squad are two points behind fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand as they battle for Champions League football. And according to The Athletic, Ronaldo will see his salary docked if the club cannot breach the gap to fourth-place between now and the end of May. That would mean Ronaldo's £385,000 a week wage will be slashed below the £300,000 mark to £288,000 a week - which would be the ...
AFCON 2021: Manchester City react as Mahrez, Algeria crash out on group stages
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AFCON 2021: Manchester City react as Mahrez, Algeria crash out on group stages

Manchester City have reacted to Riyad Mahrez crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the group stages. Manchester City star, Mahrez led his Algerian side to a 3-1 defeat to Ivory Coast on Thursday, meaning that the North Africans finished bottom of their group. Goals from Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare and Nicolas Pepe gave Cote d’Ivoire all three points as they finished top of the Group E on 7 points Sofiane Bendebka scored a late consolation goal for the defending Champions. Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea are now through to the AFCON last-16. Equatorial Guinea finished in second position with 6 points after beating Sierra Leone 1-0. Reacting to the development, Mahrez’s club, Man City tweeted, “@Mahrez22 captained his side against Ivory Coast this evening, unf...
AFCON 2021: Algeria coach, Belmadi criticizes Mahrez, others after elimination from tournament
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AFCON 2021: Algeria coach, Belmadi criticizes Mahrez, others after elimination from tournament

Algeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has criticized his players, including captain Riyad Mahrez following his side’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Ivory Coast on Thursday. Belmadi said Algeria players did not manage to materialize their chances against Ivory Coast, adding that their outing at the 2021 AFCON was simply a failure. Ivory Coast eliminated Algeria out of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon with goals from Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare and Nicolas Pepe as Mahrez missed a penalty during the encounter. Ivory Coast’s victory means Algeria are now out of the 2021 AFCON, while Patrice Beaumelle’s men top Group E with 7 points. Reacting, Belmadi was quoted by CAF Online as saying at his post-match press conference: “It is simply a failure, difficult to make a rational an...
Troost-Ekong reveals Super Eagles’ agreement before 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau
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Troost-Ekong reveals Super Eagles’ agreement before 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau

William Troost-Ekong has revealed that the Super Eagles planned to do something special before the game against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday. The Super Eagles beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 to take all nine points from the Group D of the tournament in Cameroon Nigeria had beaten Egypt 1-0 and Sudan 3-1 before brushing aside Guinea Bissau 2-0 on Wednesday, with goals from Sadiq Umar and Troost-Ekong himself. The 28-year-old was named Man of the Match on Wednesday after his outstanding display against Gissau, who left the competition without winning a single game. “First and foremost I am very happy for the team,” Troost-Ekong told reporters after the game. “We said before the game we wanted to do something special, we wanted to get three out of three wins and to really make a stateme...
I’m surprised at you – Townsend slams Ronaldo for being furious after substitution
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I’m surprised at you – Townsend slams Ronaldo for being furious after substitution

Former Chelsea star, Andy Townsend says he is surprised at Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after the legendary attacker was substituted during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford. The Premier League clash between Manchester United and Brentford ended in a 3-1 victory for the Red Devils with Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford appearing on the score sheet. Ronaldo was furious when he was substituted for Marcus Rashford in the 70th minute and his manager, Ralf Rangnick had tried to calm him. Speaking to talkSPORT, Townsend said: “We can see Rangnick talking to Cristiano Ronaldo, trying to keep him on side a little bit – Ronaldo didn’t look like he was having too much of it. “I’m surprised at Ronaldo, I really am. I think he should be better than that. “It...
AFCON 2021: Nine countries qualify for round of 16 [Full list]
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AFCON 2021: Nine countries qualify for round of 16 [Full list]

At least, nine countries have qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, round of 16. Egypt became the latest country to book its place in the 2021 AFCON last-16 on Wednesday. The Pharaohs defeated Sudan 1-0, thanks to Mohamed Abdelmonem’s first-half goal. Egypt finished in the second position in Group D with 6 points, while Nigeria finished on top of the group with 9 points after beating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on Wednesday night. The other eight countries that have since booked their place in the AFCON round of 16 are Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Morocco and Gabon. Cameroon was the first country to qualify for the AFCON round of 16 after wins over Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Morocco was the second nation to qualify for the last-16 afte...
AFCON 2021: Three countries sent packing from Cameroon
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AFCON 2021: Three countries sent packing from Cameroon

At least three countries have been eliminated from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. They are Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Ghana. All the teams listed above finished bottom of Group A, Group B and Group C respectively. Ethiopia was able to muster only one point, behind Cameroon (7), Burkina Faso (4) and Cape Verde (4). Zimbabwe left the tournament with three points, below Senegal (5), Guinea (4) and Malawi (4). Debutants Comoros shocked Ghana 3-2 in their final group match, sending the Black Stars back home. The four countries who recorded the best third-place finishes, will also qualify for the knockout stages.
We are in Race for top three – Tuchel Admits Defeat in title bid
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We are in Race for top three – Tuchel Admits Defeat in title bid

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has admitted they are now in a race to finish in the Premier League top three. According to the German, he never imagined being 13 points behind leaders Manchester City in the title race. Tuchel says he is not happy with the situation, but claims he is comforted with the Blues in the Carabao Cup final, still in the Champions League and FA Cup. He will also travel with his squad next month for the Club World Cup. When asked whether when he took the job he would have thought being 13 points behind was good enough, Tuchel said: “No, of course not. We would never have accepted that before. Never. But this is the reality now and just because it is like this, not everything is bad. “If you think that to tell the story that way, it is fair enough an...
Equatorial Guinea shock holders Algeria
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Equatorial Guinea shock holders Algeria

Esteban Obiang scored 20 minutes from time as Equatorial Guinea pulled off one of the great Africa Cup of Nations finals upsets with a 1-0 win over Algeria on Sunday. The shock Group E result leaves Algeria bottom of the standings and needing a win in their last group game against the Ivory Coast on Thursday to stand any chance of advancing. Obiang struck from a corner as the tiny nation of 1.4 million ended Algeria's run of 35 unbeaten internationals, inflicting their first defeat since October 2018. Equatorial Guinea now have three points, one behind the Ivorians on four, with Sierra Leone on two and Algeria with one.
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen to make many changes for Guinea-Bissau clash
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen to make many changes for Guinea-Bissau clash

Super Eagles interim coach, Austine Eguavoen, has said he will give fringe players in the squad a chance against Guinea-Bissau in next Wednesday’s dead-rubber clash. Nigeria has qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, following a 3-1 victory over Sudan on Saturday. They top Group D with six points from two games, while Egypt is in second place with three points. Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have one point each. “Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau. “We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play. ”We will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” Eguavoen told a press conference after the game against Sudan.
De Bruyne beauty sends City 13 points clear of Chelsea
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De Bruyne beauty sends City 13 points clear of Chelsea

A superb goal from Kevin De Bruyne decided the contest between the Premier League's top two on Saturday and seemingly the destination of the championship, with Manchester City's 1-0 win over Chelsea moving them 13 points clear at the summit. It was a game billed as the last chance for Chelsea - and third-placed Liverpool - to keep the defending champions in sight but City were dominant, pinning their visitors back in their own half for long periods. They eventually produced the moment of quality to extend their remarkable winning streak in the league to 12 matches. De Bruyne - famously sold on by Chelsea - spun away from N'Golo Kante on 70 minutes and bent a brilliant, trademark swerving shot inside the far post from 20 yards, his fifth goal against his former club. ...
Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Man United vs Aston Villa, Arsenal vs Spurs, others
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Michael Owen predicts Man City vs Chelsea, Man United vs Aston Villa, Arsenal vs Spurs, others

Former Liverpool and Manchester United star, Owen has predicted the outcome of the Premier League matches to be played this weekend. This weekend, Manchester City face Chelsea, while Arsenal will lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. A win over Chelsea on Saturday would see City extend their lead in the table to 13, while the Blues can close the gap to 7 points with a win. City are currently 10 points clear of Thomas Tuchel’s side and on a run of 11 successive wins in England’s top flight. In his predictions Owen is expecting City to keep up their fine form with a victory this weekend. Owen’s Premier League predictions Brighton 2-1 Crystal Palace Man City 3-1 Chelsea Norwich 1-2 Everton Wolves 1-0 Southampton Newcastle 2-1 Watford A...
Mourinho in Showdown talks with Roma owners after worst start in 43 years
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Mourinho in Showdown talks with Roma owners after worst start in 43 years

Jose Mourinho held showdown talks with Roma owners on Monday, following their 4-3 loss to Juventus last weekend. The hosts were leading 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, before they conceded three goals in seven minutes. Juve even had Matthijs De Ligt sent off with less than 10 minutes left, but Roma were unable to draw level. The defeat was Mourinho’s ninth in his 21 games in charge thus far. Pressure is beginning to mount on the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss, who now has eight points less than predecessor Paulo Fonseca had at this stage last season. The Portuguese tactician has now presided over Roma’s worst start to a season in 43 years. However, Roma chiefs have no intention of sacking Mourinho at the moment, according to Football Italia, despite me...
British No.1,Emma Raducanu is thrashed in just 55 minutes in her first match of 2022
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British No.1,Emma Raducanu is thrashed in just 55 minutes in her first match of 2022

Emma Raducanu has suffered her first loss of 2022 to Elena Rybakina in the Sydney Classic less than a week before the start of the Australian Open. Raducanu's defeat came in the opening round of the Sydney International. She was originally meant to face Iga Swiatek, world No 9 and 2020 French Open champion. But Swaitek  withdrew from the competition with a rib injury and was replaced in her seeded position by world No 13 Rybakina Rybakina, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, five places higher than Raducanu - beat the GB star 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes of action. Raducanu, 19, who is set to take part in her first Grand Slam since her historic US Open win, was over-powered by her opponent. She won just 50 percent of her first serves and 13 percent of her second during...
They’ll always be inconsistent – John Barnes snubs Man Utd, names clubs to finish top-four
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They’ll always be inconsistent – John Barnes snubs Man Utd, names clubs to finish top-four

Former Liverpool player, John Barnes, has snubbed Manchester United and named the clubs that would finish top-four in the Premier League table this season. Barnes said Man United will always be inconsistent, adding that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur will finish ahead of Ralf Rangnick’s side. “It’s going to be very difficult for either of them [Chelsea or Liverpool] to catch Man City now,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets. “You never say it’s over, but for City to drop that many points and for Liverpool and Chelsea to get so many points will be difficult. “I have to praise Chelsea because they played really well [against Liverpool] under difficult circumstances. After the whole Lukaku situation and then going 2-0 down, it could have been a disas...
Ray Parlour predicts where Manchester United, Arsenal will finish this season
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Ray Parlour predicts where Manchester United, Arsenal will finish this season

Former Arsenal midfielder, Ray Parlour has predicted the positions Manchester United and the Gunners will finish in the Premier League table this season. Arsenal are currently in the fourth position in the Premier League table, with West Ham United one point behind Mikel Arteta’s side and Tottenham Hotspur a further point behind. Manchester United, meanwhile, are in the seventh position and are four points behind Arsenal. However, Ralf Rangnick’s side have a game in hand following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday night. But Parlour believes Man United will finish in the top four positions, while Arsenal will finish outside the top four. “If he [Rangnick] can get that little bit of a buzz around Manchester United again, they have got better players proba...
Why we defeated Man United at Old Trafford – Wolves boss, Bruno Lage
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Why we defeated Man United at Old Trafford – Wolves boss, Bruno Lage

Wolves manager, Bruno Lage has explained how his side were able to beat Manchester United and got their first ever victory at Old Trafford on Monday night. Wolves defeated a struggling Manchester United side devoid of ideas and cohesion with Joao Moutinho scoring in the 82nd minute after Lage’s side had shown a dominant performance from the blast of the whistle. It was Manchester United’s first defeat since Ralf Rangnick took over despite their not-too-good performances so far. “The most important thing is the way we played this game against this team. I think we prepared well for the game and I give a lot of compliments to my players to come here and play in our way,” Lage told Sky Sports. “The first half was very good, we controlled everything, we created a lot of chances...
You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves
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You need to bring more ideas – Luke Shaw tells Rangnick after United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves

Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw has said that manager Ralf Rangnick needs to bring more ideas of what he wants from the players on the pitch. The England defender also questioned the lack of desire and commitment among his teammates after their woeful display on Monday night that led to a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves. Ralf Rangnick’s side put up another dismal display devoid of any real quality or drive at Old Trafford and are now four points off the top four. Joao Moutinho scored a late winner for the visitors to hand Rangnick his first defeat since taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss. “Us players, we’ve been here for a long time, we played at home, we know what it is like when we have the intensity, you can feel the motivation is there,” the England inte...
Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his ‘Matrix’ salary to cancer researc
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Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his ‘Matrix’ salary to cancer researc

Hollywood actor, Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his ‘Matrix’ salary to a cancer research. 57-year-old Reeves was reportedly paid $10 million upfront for the 1999 sci-fi flick, before earning a further $35 million when the movie became a box office blockbuster. Lad Bible reported the actor donated 70% of the money, a whopping $31.5 million to leukemia research. The report said Reeves “was inspired to fund research into the blood cancer after his sister Kim, now 55, was diagnosed in 1991.” She reportedly spent a decade in and out of treatment before finally entering remission in 2001. Reeves has continued to give money to research in the years after Kim was cured, even creating his own cancer fund. In addition to his sizable donation, the Speed and Point Break star has also...
Liverpool coach reveals when title race will be decided after draw with Chelsea
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Liverpool coach reveals when title race will be decided after draw with Chelsea

Liverpool assistant coach, Pepijn Lijnders has revealed that this season’s Premier League title race will be decided on the last match-day. Lijnders said this following Liverpool’s Premier League 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool drew with Chelsea following goals from Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lijnders was quoted by the club’s official website as saying: It’s never boring with us. We never look at others. A title race is only decided on the last matchday and there are so many points to collect.” “We have this difficult situation and you never know if the opposition will get a difficult situation. We have to focus on ourselves, that’s how we always did it, that’s how we got ...
Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision
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Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said it is “crazy” that this weekend’s match against Mallorca will go ahead, despite a COVID-19 outbreak at the club. The Catalan side has 10 confirmed positive cases among their first-team squad. Also, a further seven players are either suspended, injured or are a doubt for the game at San Moix. However, LaLiga rules stipulate that fixtures must be played if clubs have at least five first-team players fit and available and can name a 13-man squad, with at least one goalkeeper, by drawing on the reserve team. “We will turn to the B team and we will go there to win the game, but we have 17 players missing. “I am worried. It seems crazy to me that [LaLiga] won’t suspend it. It makes no sense to play. We’re at the very limit. Common sens...
Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit
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Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit

Arsenal’s assistant manager, Albert Stuivenberg, has revealed that the Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was “frustrated” with his team’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Arteta missed Saturday’s clash against Man City after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week as his assistant Stuivenberg was instead in the home dugout against Pep Guardiola’s side. Riyad Mahrez canceled Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal after scoring a penalty in the second half. But Rodri scored a dramatic late winner for Man City to give the visitors all three points. “Mikel has the same feelings as me,” Stuivenberg said at his post-match press conference. “He is frustrated after the performance and seeing the development of the team from the start of the season to now.” He added, “A...
They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal
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They were better, we had no energy – Guardiola reacts to Man City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has reacted to his side’s Premier 2-1 win over Arsenal on New Year’s Day. Guardiola said that Arsenal were better against Man City at Emirates Stadium, adding that his side had no energy during the encounter. Bukayo Saka put the Gunners in front before Riyad Mahrez leveled through a penalty. However, Rodri scored a late goal to ensure Man City defeated Arsenal to go eleven points clear on top of the English Premier League table. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola said, “Arsenal were better,” he said. “We face a team that in recent years has struggled to be in the top four. They start this season at the bottom and are now in the top four. “They had six days after beating Norwich, we had two-and-a-half days. It was ...
Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season
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Thierry Henry names four best Manchester United players this season

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has named four best Manchester United players so far this season. The Frenchman is of the opinion that goalkeeper, David de Gea has been just as important as Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United this season. Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table following their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night. Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net, alongside a Ben Mee own goal to give Ralf Rangnick’s side all three points Henry lauded De Gea, as well as Bruno Fernandes and Fred for their displays at the halfway stage of the campaign. “Still I think, Bruno Fernandes can be in there,” the Arsenal legend told Amazon Prime when asked who has delivered for United this season alongside Ronaldo and De Gea. “Fre...
Ronaldo reacts to Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Burnley
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Ronaldo reacts to Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Burnley

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to his side’s Premier League 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night. In a post via his Instagram account after the game, Ronaldo expressed happiness following Man United’s win over Burnley. The Portugal captain described the victory as great and the best way to end the year. “Best way to end the year! Great victory #MUFC,” Ronaldo wrote. Man United defeated Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Ben Mee (OG) and Cristiano Ronaldo. Aaron Lennon did score for the visitors. The result means Man United are now in the 6th position on the log with 31 points from 18 games. Man United’s next Premier League game is Wolves on Monday.
Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear
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Guardiola names two teams that can catch Man City despite going 8pts clear

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has claimed Chelsea and Liverpool can still catch his team despite opening an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League. The champions claimed a narrow 1-0 win at Brentford on Wednesday night, while Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Brighton. However, Guardiola says both the Blues and Liverpool have “exceptional” quality and he cannot be too confident City are on course for a fourth Premier League title in five seasons. “We won the game, are in a good run, but it is the end of December, so there will be many games like this. “Yes, we are eight points in front, but there are 54 more points to play for. “54 points to play. 54. We were 4-0 up against Leicester and then in 20 minutes, it was a 4-3. Thanks for the nice word...
‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season
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‘We’ll keep pushing’ – Jorginho on Chelsea’s title chances this season

Chelsea star, Jorginho, has given his “honest” verdict regarding the Blues’ Premier League title chances this season. Chelsea have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, dropping points against West Ham United as they try to challenge leaders Manchester City for the title this term. Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently six points behind Man City on the log but are level with Liverpool. But Jorginho is now saying that he prefers Chelsea to be labeled as underdogs in terms of the title race. Asked about Tuchel’s men becoming the hunters, sitting six points behind Pep Guardiola’s side on the log, Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website: “I prefer to be the underdog and let people talk about others and we just keep working and pushing, and in the end, we will see where we can be. ...
Take a look at yourself – Chelsea legend slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester
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Take a look at yourself – Chelsea legend slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester

Chelsea legend, Jason Cundy told Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp he needs to look at himself too and not put all the blame on his players following their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. Liverpool displayed what their central defender, Virgil van Dijk described as a strange performance on Tuesday night, with Mohamed Salah missing a spot-kick and heading the rebound to the cross bar. Sadio Mane also wasted a couple of clear chances before substitute Ademola Lookman struck to give the home side a 1-0 win. And Jason Cundy believes Klopp needs to look at himself too, adding that the German got his substitutes wrong. “It’s always difficult when you get a microphone thrust in front of your mouth when you’ve seen City get an extra three points on you and your results are starting to look ...
Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City
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Klopp Blames his Players as Liverpool open 6-point gap between Man City

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has blamed his players for their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday. Liverpool lost 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes on Tuesday, and are now six points behind league leaders, Manchester City. Mohamed Salah’s penalty was saved and his follow-up header hit the crossbar, while Sadio Mane scuffed a one-on-one over the bar at the start of the second half. The Reds were then punished by Ademola Lookman when he burst into the box and fired past Alisson at his near post. Speaking on why his team lost against Leicester, Klopp said, “It was a very strange game. We were just not good enough. We still had enough chances. “What we did with the balls was just not right. We played a really bad game, so it was well deserved [for Leicester]. “Our decision-...
Chelsea are Hunters now – Lukaku Warns Man City, Liverpool
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Chelsea are Hunters now – Lukaku Warns Man City, Liverpool

Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku has warned Manchester City and Liverpool that the Blues are the hunters now in the race for the Premier League title. The Belgium international scored a goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Boxing Day. The win over Aston Villa means Chelsea are alive in a three-horse Premier League title race featuring Liverpool and leaders Manchester City. Chelsea are now level on points with Liverpool, who have a game in hand, and six points behind Man City. Speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s win over Aston Villa, Lukaku spoke about Chelsea’s title race: “We are the hunters now. The last results for us were not the best, and now we have to chase [Man City and Liverpool]. “Every game for us from now until the end of the season is a final; you h...
They’re masters at that – Guardiola names area Liverpool are better than Man City
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They’re masters at that – Guardiola names area Liverpool are better than Man City

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named one area Liverpool is better than his team. Guardiola said that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is better than Man City in terms of ‘quick attacking’. Liverpool and Chelsea are six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City on the log, but the Reds have a game in hand. “We cannot attack quicker. We are not Liverpool,” Guardiola was quoted by Manchester Evening News as saying. “They are masters at that, we are not. We don’t know what we have to do with that. We know we have to drive, to drive, to drive and to play with the ball.” Guardiola added, “Patience doesn’t mean lazy, slow. It’s the ball. If you have the ball, you are in order and everything is stable. “Stability is the ball. It’s not about defending 40 metres b...
Major blow for Tuchel with two Chelsea players injured during Aston Villa win
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Major blow for Tuchel with two Chelsea players injured during Aston Villa win

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante both picked up injuries during their 3-1 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday. Tuchel is already without Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Although goals from Jorginho (2) and Romelu Lukaku sealed three points for the Blues at Villa Park, they were left to rue more injuries to their squad. Silva pulled up in the 52nd minute with a hamstring problem, while Kante suffered a recurrence of a knee injury. When asked whether the duo will likely miss Chelsea’s next match with Brighton, Tuchel told reporters: “I guess so. It is only two days [away] so from today until Wednesday, it is a very short time. “N’Golo is very painful in exactly the same spot where he had his injury v...
FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]
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FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]

Nigeria’s senior national team has ended this year as the 36th best team in the world. The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking published by FIFA on Thursday. The three-time African champions amassed a total of 1478.78 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Belgium finished number one in the world, followed by Brazil, France, England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands, making the top 10. Others that made the list from 11-20 positions are the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Croatia, Colombia, Uruguay, Sweden, Wales, and Senegal. The likes of Iran, Peru, Serbia, Chile, Ukraine, Japan, Poland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Austria, Czech Republic, Korea Republic, Russia, ...
Carabao Cup: Tuchel names Chelsea’s squad to tackle Brentford
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel names Chelsea’s squad to tackle Brentford

Chelsea’s squad to face Brentford in today’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named an 18-man squad to tackle Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium. Chelsea head to the game following a 0-0 draw with Wolves in the Premier League last weekend. Tuchel’s side are currently in the 3rd position on the Premier League table with 38 points from 18 games. Below is Chelsea’s full squad against Brentford: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah Midfielders: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Christ...
Iliman Ndiaye propels Sheffield United past Kebano’s Fulham
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Iliman Ndiaye propels Sheffield United past Kebano’s Fulham

The midfielder of Senegalese descent was the Blades’ hero in Monday’s league triumph over the Cottagers Sheffield United recorded a 1-0 away victory over Fulham in Monday’s English Championship match with Iliman Ndiaye scoring the only goal. Buoyed by their 2-0 triumph over the Blades in the penultimate game, the Blades travelled to the Craven Cottage with the aspiration of picking all points against the Cottagers – who are unbeaten in their last twelve matches. As it turned out to be a productive outing for the visitors, they took the lead in the third minute through Ndiaye after he was teed up by Oliver Norwood.  
Gary Neville speaks on Chelsea’s ‘plan’ to sack Thomas Tuchel
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Gary Neville speaks on Chelsea’s ‘plan’ to sack Thomas Tuchel

Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville has noted that Chelsea may be thinking of making a managerial change because the club do things differently. The Englishman said he would ‘hate to think’ the German gaffer is already under pressure at Chelsea but admits he (Tuchel)will be a ‘little bit worried’ by his team’s recent wobble. A 0-0 draw with Wolves on Sunday meant that Chelsea have dropped more ground in the Premier League title race and are now six points behind league leaders, Manchester City. Chelsea have failed to win for the third time in four games after sitting at the top of the Premier League for several week. The Blues now find themselves in third place behind Liverpool and City. Gary Neville was asked whether the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is under press...
It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool
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It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has insisted that his tackle on Andy Robertson was not a red card offence. The England striker even believes he won the ball during the challenge, which is not certainly the situation. He feels the march officials led by referee Paul Tierney were right not to send him off for a tackle on Liverpool defender, Andy Robertson. The incident took place during the first half of the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Tottenham on Sunday. The England striker had lunged into the ball before catching Robertson’s ankle with his studs, with referee Paul Tierney only showing him a yellow card. Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp believed the England captain should have been sent off. But Kane is adamant that a yellow card was more than suff...
Souness names best team in Premier League, reveals positions Man Utd, Arsenal will finish
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Souness names best team in Premier League, reveals positions Man Utd, Arsenal will finish

Former Newcastle boss, Graeme Souness has named Arsenal as the best team in the Premier League at the moment. He also predicted the positions Manchester United and Arsenal will finish in at the end of the season Arsenal are in the fourth spot with 32 points from their opening 18 matches, they beat Leeds United 4-1 on Saturday. Manchester United on the other hand have found themselves in sixth place with two outstanding games. West Ham United currently sit in-between Arsenal and United in the table, and Souness believes the Gunners are the front runners to finish in the top four behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. “Right now they’re [Arsenal] the best of the rest. The front three for me are considerably better than any of the other teams,’ he told Sky Sports. ...
Liverpool lose ground on City after thrilling draw at Spurs
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Liverpool lose ground on City after thrilling draw at Spurs

Liverpool and Tottenham served up one of the most electrifying Premier League games in recent years in a 2-2 draw which sees Jurgen Klopp's side drop three points behind leaders Manchester City. On a weekend where Covid postponements decimated the Premier League programme, fans were treated to a thriller in north London, described by Gary Neville as "one of the best games I've ever seen," an exhilarating contest that resembled a basketball game as both sides went full throttle. Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead with a clinical finish from Tanguy Ndombele's excellent through ball (13), one of many clear-cut openings for the hosts in an end-to-end first hour where both Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli missed big openings. Liverpool's defence may have looked suspect, but their attack was a...
Covid-hit Chelsea frustrated by Wolves draw
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Covid-hit Chelsea frustrated by Wolves draw

Chelsea were left frustrated by a 0-0 draw at Wolves that saw them slip further behind in the Premier League title race. Daniel Podence's first-half finish that was ruled out following a VAR check was as close as the game to a goal with incidents at a minimum in the Molineux fog. Chelsea pushed and probed for the goal but created very little against a resilient Wolves side and the draw means they are now six points adrift of leaders Manchester City. The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by Chelsea's failed attempt to get the match postponed because of seven positive Covid-19 cases in the squad. "It is very hard for us to understand," Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports before the match. "We are very concerned about the health of the players."
Premier League Open Investigation after Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Leeds
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Premier League Open Investigation after Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Leeds

The Premier League has opened an investigation into alleged racist abuse aimed at the Arsenal bench from Leeds supporters. The incident happened on Saturday during the first half of Saturday’s match at Elland Road. Just after the half-hour mark, the Arsenal subs called over the fourth official and the Premier League has confirmed an allegation of racist abuse was reported by the visitors. Arsenal beat Leeds 4-1 thanks to a double from Gabriel Martinelli and goals from Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. The win boosts Mikel Arteta’s men chances of finishing in the top four, as they now have 32 points.
I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points
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I Didn’t Expect – Klopp reacts as Chelsea Drop Points

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has said that he didn’t expect that their Premier League rival Chelsea would drop points. On Thursday, Chelsea dropped two points after they played a 1-1 draw with Everton in a Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite scored the goals to ensure Chelsea and Everton shared a point each. The result against Everton means Chelsea maintains the third position on the Premier League table with three points behind Liverpool and four points behind leaders Manchester City. Speaking after Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 3-1, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “I didn’t expect Chelsea would drop points, it is pretty rare I don’t know five or six players of the Everton lineup so to get a point at C...
Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas predict club to win title after Chelsea’s draw with Everton
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Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas predict club to win title after Chelsea’s draw with Everton

Former Premier League stars, Joe Cole and Jermaine Jenas have backed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to defend their Premier League crown this season after Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Everton on Thursday night. Second-half goals from Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite ensured both Chelsea and Everton shared a point each at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are currently in the third position on the Premier League table with three points behind Liverpool and four points behind leaders Man City after 17 games. When asked on BT Sport who will win the league in May, Cole said: “I am gonna say Man City. That is the first time I have deviated from my [initial prediction of Chelsea]. “The fact Chelsea have dropped these points… and when I watched Man City the other night [against Leeds], ...

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