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Europa League: Unai Emery Calls Aubameyang “killer” ahead of Semi-final Second leg
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Europa League: Unai Emery Calls Aubameyang “killer” ahead of Semi-final Second leg

Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has said that his team is “expecting the best version” of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while describing the Arsenal captain as a “killer”. Emery’s men travel to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their semi-final tie against the Gunners on Thursday night, with a 2-1 aggregate lead. Aubameyang played the last few minutes of the game at El Madrigal but will be available for selection tomorrow. Emery, who worked with Aubameyang for a year-and-a-half at Arsenal before he was sacked in November 2019, is wary of the threat the Gabon international could pose to his side. “He’s a killer and always will be,” the Spaniard told a pre-match press conference. “He’s back now, and that means the alarms go off. He’s very hard to stop. “We work exp...
UCL: Guardiola Issues Warning to Man City Players Ahead of PSG Clash at Etihad
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UCL: Guardiola Issues Warning to Man City Players Ahead of PSG Clash at Etihad

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has warned his players that their UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final second-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad on Tuesday will be tough. Guardiola gave the warning on Monday during his pre-match press conference. The Spaniard wants his players to face PSG without emotions, adding that they need to be calmer and know what to do against the visitors. Man City defeated PSG 2-1 in the first-leg encounter last Wednesday in Paris. “From my experience, the semi-finals are always difficult,” Guardiola said. “You play with the result of the first leg, you play with your mind on the final, and sometimes you forget what you have to do – win the game you are playing. “The semi-final second leg is always the difficul...
UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge
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UCL: Hazard Warns Chelsea Ahead of Second-leg tie With Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge

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

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said that his team will approach their UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday night in Spain with full confidence. Tuchel explained that Chelsea players would go on the offensive against Real Madrid, adding that they will be adventurous against the Zinedine Zidane’s side at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium. Tuchel’s men had eliminated FC Porto from the Champions League last-8 earlier this month, while Real Madrid knocked Liverpool out of the competition. Chelsea head to the match following a 1-0 victory against West Ham in the Premier League over the weekend. “If you arrive in a semi-final, you arrive at pretty much the highest level in European football and to play Real Madrid ...
Kepa vs Mendy: Tuchel Picks Goalkeeper to Start West Ham vs Chelsea Match
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Kepa vs Mendy: Tuchel Picks Goalkeeper to Start West Ham vs Chelsea Match

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has picked the goalkeeper between Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga that will start his side’s Premier League clash against West Ham United on Saturday evening. Tuchel said Mendy will start for Chelsea ahead of Kepa when they tackle West Ham at the London Stadium. The former PSG coach disclosed this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Recall that Kepa started ahead of Mendy for Chelsea’s last two matches against Manchester City and Brighton. “Mendy is in goal. The change was made for Kepa for the FA Cup game and even before then, the goalkeeper coach and I decided that Kepa would stay one more game after Man City to have it as a reward and feel a bit the rhythm of playing every three days,” Tuchel said. “We wanted to reward ...
EPL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Miss West Ham Clash
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EPL: Tuchel Names Chelsea Player to Miss West Ham Clash

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the Blues player who will miss his side’s Premier League clash against West Ham United on Saturday evening. According to Tuchel, midfielder Mateo Kovacic will take no part in Chelsea’s clash against West Ham at the London Stadium. The German said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference. Chelsea head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw with Brighton in their last fixture on Tuesday. “Mateo Kovacic is still out, but everybody else is available,” Tuchel said. Tuchel added, “For me personally, I think we can hope for Fulham but don’t take that as medical advice. Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that, but I think it’s maybe possible to be back again against Fulham, which is in between the Madrid games. “...
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...
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...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel Confirms Player to Miss, start Premier League Clash
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel Confirms Player to Miss, start Premier League Clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the player who will miss and start his side’s Premier League tie against West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Tuchel, midfielder, N’Golo Kante, will miss the West Brom clash at Stamford Bridge due to injury, while Timo Werner, who missed an open goal in Germany’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier defeat against North Macedonia earlier this week, will start for the Blues against the visitors. The German said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Recall that Kante had returned to Chelsea early from international duty after picking up a minor hamstring injury. “Everyone was training today, and we had a good, high-quality session,” Tuchel said. “Apart from N’Golo Kante, he wasn’t with the squad, and he did some individual work.” ...
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta’s Team news Confirmed
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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta’s Team news Confirmed

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed the latest update on his team ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League tie with Liverpool on Saturday night at Emirates. Arteta said Bukayo Saka has not trained with Arsenal’s squad ahead of the Liverpool clash, while Emile Smith Rowe has some discomfort in his hip. Arsenal head to the game following a 3-3 draw with West Ham United in their last Premier League encounter on March 21. “Bukayo has not trained with the team yet,” Arteta said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “He has been doing some individual work. “We had to pull him out of the England squad, unfortunately. He is feeling better, but he has not trained with the team yet. “Emile has some discomfort in his hip, and that is why they decided to k...
Solskjaer Expresses Fear Over Iheanacho ahead of Leicester vs Man United
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Solskjaer Expresses Fear Over Iheanacho ahead of Leicester vs Man United

  Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho as one of the threats his side will face when Leicester City hosts the Red Devils in the quarterfinals of the Emirates FA Cup at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Iheanacho has scored in three consecutive games going into the match including a hat-trick against Sheffield United last weekend. Apart from Iheanacho, the manager also named Jamie Vaddy, Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans among the players that must be stopped. “Of course, we drew in the league against them and we know we have to defend well against them,” Solskjaer said at the pre-match press conference. “They’ve got [Jamie] Vardy and [Kelechi] Iheanacho, with the form they’re showing, and they’ve got q...
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rudiger Opens up on ‘Fight’ with Suarez, Speaks on revenge

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

  Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, wants Jurgen Klopp’s side to carry momentum from RB Leipzig win into the Premier League. Salah said this while reacting to Liverpool’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie on Wednesday. Two goals from Salah and Sadio Mane ensured the Premier League champion defeated the Bundesliga side in Hungary and qualified for the last-8 on 4-0 aggregate. “It’s a big result for us. We came here the last couple of games we lost,” Salah said at his post-match press conference. “The team is not in the best shape, but we want to fight in the CL and each game in the PL, and we will see what happens. “It’s really positive, to be fair. It’s a tough team, they make us run a lot, but we try to play our way. We won the g...
Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb: Mourinho Names Players to Miss Europa League Clash
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Tottenham vs Dinamo Zagreb: Mourinho Names Players to Miss Europa League Clash

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has named the players that will miss his side’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night in England. According to Mourinho, the players are Giovani Lo Celso and Joe Rodon. The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager said this on Wednesday during his pre-match press conference. Tottenham head to the game after beating Crystal Palace 4-1 in the Premier League last Sunday. “Gio is not ready, but it’s nothing to do with his previous big injury, that one is behind him,” Mourinho told Tottenham’s official website. “He was training normally with the team, just improving fitness levels, and now he has a back pain, which is nothing dramatic or to fear, but he’s stopped training in the last couple of da...
Man United vs AC Milan: Solskjaer Names Players to Miss Europa League Clash
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Man United vs AC Milan: Solskjaer Names Players to Miss Europa League Clash

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named the players that will miss his side’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against AC Milan on Thursday evening at Old Trafford. According to Solskjaer, the players are David De Gea, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford. The Norwegian said this on Wednesday during his pre-match press conference. Man United head to the game after beating Manchester City 2-0 in the Premier League in their previous fixture last weekend, AC Milan won Verona 2-0 in the Serie A. “I am not sure if anyone will be back,” Solskjaer said. “David [De Gea] is not available. Donny [van de Beek], no. “Paul [Pogba], no. Edinson, maybe, but probably not. Juan [Mata], no and Marcus, maybe, but probably not. “...
Liverpool manager, Klopp Speaks on replacing Low as Germany head coach
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Liverpool manager, Klopp Speaks on replacing Low as Germany head coach

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has ruled out any possibility of replacing Joachim Low as Germany head coach this summer. On Tuesday, Low, who led Germany to glory at the 2014 World Cup, announced his decision to step down as Germany head coach after Euro 2020, which is taking place at the end of the season. But Klopp, one of the early favourites to replace Low, says he will not be available to replace Low because he still has a contract with Liverpool. Klopp is currently under intense pressure at Anfield after Liverpool’s sixth consecutive home defeat last Sunday against Fulham. Reacting to the development, Klopp said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday: “If I am available for coach of the Ge...
Liverpool Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of RB Leipzig Clash
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Liverpool Suffer Fresh Injury Blow Ahead of RB Leipzig Clash

Premier League champions, Liverpool, look set to be without striker, Roberto Firmino, when they take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night in Budapest, Hungary. Firmino was absent from Liverpool’s training in Kirkby on Tuesday ahead of the game against Leipzig on Wednesday night due to a sore knee, Sky Sports report. Recall that the Brazilian missed Liverpool’s defeat against Fulham in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the first-leg last month. However, speaking during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, expressed confidence that his team can make their way through to the last-8 despite their recent bad form in the Premier League. Klopp said, “Two t...
Everton Coach, Ancelotti Warns Chelsea Over Premier League Top Four
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Everton Coach, Ancelotti Warns Chelsea Over Premier League Top Four

Everton coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has warned Chelsea that his team can now compete with Thomas Tuchel’s side for a place in the Premier League top four. Ancelotti gave the warning during his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. The Italian gaffer believes Everton are now better, having defeated Chelsea 1-0 last December at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture when Frank Lampard was in charge of the Blues. Ancelotti’s side head to the game following a 1-0 victory over West Brom last Thursday, while Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 “I think we are better. We have more knowledge and more belief in what we’re doing,” Ancelotti said. “We can compete against Chelsea [for EPL top four]. It will be diffic...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Gives Update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Diogo Jota
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Gives Update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Diogo Jota

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has provided the latest update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Diogo Jota, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Thursday night. Becker didn’t feature in Liverpool’s win against Sheffield United last Sunday on compassionate grounds. Fabinho has missed Liverpool’s last four outings due to a muscle issue, while Jota has not played for the Reds since December 9 due to a knee injury. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Klopp said: “Ali [Becker] trained now the full week and, yes, we should expect that he is able to return. “Fab has now five or six sessions in his legs, and we have to make a decision how we deal with that, but he looks good and is ready for the squad for sure. “Diogo had this li...
Crystal Palace vs Man United: We’ve Got Scores to Settle – Solskjaer
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Crystal Palace vs Man United: We’ve Got Scores to Settle – Solskjaer

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said his team has a score to settle with Crystal Palace when both sides clash in the Premier League on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace defeated Man United, 3-1 at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture last September. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Solskjaer said, “You could say patience but also you need the quality because he [Roy Hodgson] has a great record of organising his teams. “They have some very experienced players that know the game. We felt that early on in the first game of the season, of course. “They counter attacked a few times against us and scored. So we have got a score to settle, to be honest.” Man United heads to the game after playing a 0-0 draw against ...
Solskjaer Rules Juan Mata Out of Chelsea vs Man United Game
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Solskjaer Rules Juan Mata Out of Chelsea vs Man United Game

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that midfielder, Juan Mata, will miss the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening. According to Solskjaer, Mata, a former Chelsea star, will be out of action for a couple of weeks as the Spaniard aims to recover from injury. Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, Solskjaer said, “Juan will, unfortunately, be out for a couple of weeks, so he missed tonight, [Chelsea clash].” Man United head to the game after qualifying for the Europa League last-16 with a 4-0 aggregate win against Real Sociedad. They are currently in the second position on the English Premier League table with 10 points behind leaders Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The kick-off time for the C...
Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man United: They Want to Hurt Us – Thomas Tuchel

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

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has done really well at Stamford Bridge since he took over from Frank Lampard last January. Solskjaer said that the current Chelsea squad under Tuchel has the ability to keep teams away from their own goal. He also said that his job is to end Tuchel’s unbeaten run at Chelsea so far. The Norwegian spoke on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s away Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. Tuchel has won six of his last eight matches in charge of Chelsea since his appointment last month. “You can see in the results, stats and possession they have had, the ability to keep teams away from their own goal, he’s done really well,” Tuchel said. “It is n...
Solskjaer Clears Air on Juan Mata Leaving Man United
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Solskjaer Clears Air on Juan Mata Leaving Man United

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has finally reacted to reports linking midfielder, Juan Mata, with a move away from Old Trafford. Reports had emerged earlier this week that Juventus, AS Roma and Inter Milan, were all keeping a keen eye on Mata. Mata’s contract with Man United will expire at the end of the season. Nevertheless, the Red Devils have the option of extending his contract by a further 12 months. Reacting to the development on Wednesday, Solskjaer said during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s Europa League last-32 second leg tie with Real Sociedad on Thursday night that he was not surprised that Mata is being linked with a move away from the club. According to the Norwegian, the 32-year-old Spaniard is an outstanding football...
Haaland to Man United: I’m in Touch With Dortmund Striker – Solskjaer
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Haaland to Man United: I’m in Touch With Dortmund Striker – Solskjaer

  Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has suggested that the club are still interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, this summer. Solskjaer explained that he keeps in touch with Haaland, who has scored 17 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season. The Red Devils boss coached Haaland during their time at Molde, where he scored 26 goals in 18 games in all competitions. Speaking ahead of Man United’s Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday: “I think when you have had kids and players through as a coach you follow them. “I keep in touch with Erling – it is great to see him become the player he has become. “He is a...
Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match
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Tuchel Names Player to Miss Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Match

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed that defender, Thiago Silva, will not take part in his side’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in Bucharest. Silva had missed Chelsea’s last four games because of a muscle thigh injury. The 36-year-old sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. However, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Tuchel revealed that the Brazilian international again will be missing from his squad. ‘He [Thiago Silva] is not available,” Tuchel said. “He is training right now. We are leaving and he is not available.” Chelsea head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Southampton over the weekend. The kick-off time for Atl...
Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Injury Updates on Abraham, Pulisic, Silva, Havertz
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Southampton vs Chelsea: Tuchel Gives Injury Updates on Abraham, Pulisic, Silva, Havertz

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has ruled Thiago Silva out of their Premier League clash at Southampton on Saturday. However, Tammy Abraham and Kai Havertz could both play a part this weekend. Silva, 36, had missed the Blues’ last three games due to a muscle injury and while the veteran defender trained on Thursday, he is yet to return to full fitness and will not travel for the match. Havertz picked up a knock ahead of Chelsea’s win at Tottenham earlier this month and has managed just two appearances under Tuchel as a result. But the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been passed fit after returning to full training. There remains a “big question mark” over Christian Pulisic’s availability, with the American forward nursing a minor calf problem. “We’re ve...
Real Sociedad vs Man United: Solskjaer Gives Fresh Injury Update on Pogba
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Real Sociedad vs Man United: Solskjaer Gives Fresh Injury Update on Pogba

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has provided the latest injury update on midfielder, Paul Pogba, ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday night. Pogba has not played for Man United since limping out of the 3-3 draw with Everton on February 6 with a thigh injury. The France World Cup winner also missed last week’s FA Cup win over West Ham and Sunday’s draw with West Brom. Providing an update on Pogba, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference that the former Juventus star would not return to action until March at the earliest. “Paul is recovering well,” Solskjaer told reporters. “He’s starting the treatment, but it will still be a few weeks. He won’t be playing in February, that’s for sure, it’s still a few weeks before w...
Benfica vs Arsenal: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League Clash
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Benfica vs Arsenal: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League Clash

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has said that midfielder, Thomas Partey, will not feature for the Gunners when they take on Benfica in the Europa League round of 32 clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Thursday night due to injury. Arteta said this at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday. The Spaniard said Partey is still working his way back from a thigh injury, adding that he didn’t travel to Italy for the Benfica clash. Partey missed Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Leeds United last Sunday. “Thomas didn’t travel,” Arteta said. “He’s not there yet, he’s still training individually.” Partey will also miss Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday. The Ghanaian international might be fit for the return leg with Benfica next week Thursday. ...
West Brom vs Man United: Solskjaer Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash
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West Brom vs Man United: Solskjaer Confirms Player that will Miss EPL Clash

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that midfielder, Paul Pogba, will miss the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday at Hawthorns. Pogba sustained a thigh muscle injury during Man United’s Premier League 3-3 draw against Everton at Old Trafford last weekend. The France international missed Man United’s FA Cup 1-0 victory against West Ham United on Tuesday. ”Paul [Pogba] is still out [for the game],” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. He added, “We have had a rare opportunity to do a bit of training and actually some recovery. “You have got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and not a game until Sunday. That has been a rarity for us really.” The kick-off time for West Brom vs Man United is 3 ...
Leicester City vs Liverpool: Klopp Reveals Talk With Alisson Becker
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Leicester City vs Liverpool: Klopp Reveals Talk With Alisson Becker

  Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed that he had a ‘little talk’ with goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. Alisson made two massive blunders last Sunday as Man City defeated Liverpool at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ikay Gundogan (2), Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said he had a brief discussion with the Brazilian shot-stopper to help brush off the disappointment of his costly mistakes against Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Leicester. “Oh we [me and Alisson] had, of course, a little talk,” Klopp said. “If it is then about encouragement or whatever, I don’t know. It is just a little talk and he was n...
Liverpool Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Leicester City Clash
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Liverpool Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Leicester City Clash

  Liverpool has confirmed that midfielder, Fabinho, has suffered a muscle issue ahead of their away Premier League clash against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool disclosed this in a post via its official website on Friday. The Reds head to the game following a 4-1 defeat against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in their previous fixture last weekend. Confirming the development, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday that: “Fab will not be available. “He suffered again a little muscle issue, so will be out for this game [against Leicester].” After the Leicester City game, Liverpool will travel to Budapest to take on RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie next Tu...
Man United vs Everton: Solskjaer Gives Injury Update on Cavani, Bailly Ahead of EPL Clash
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Man United vs Everton: Solskjaer Gives Injury Update on Cavani, Bailly Ahead of EPL Clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has provided injury update on Edinson Cavani and Eric Bailly ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Everton on Saturday night at Old Trafford. Cavani sustained a knock during Man United’s win against Southampton on Tuesday, while Bailly did not feature in the encounter. Providing an update on his players, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Friday, “Edinson should be available, yeah, definitely. “He got a bad ankle knock there. Eric [Bailly] is a doubt. Apart from that everyone’s raring to go.” He added, “Sergio’s working hard, training. He’s in the group. Of course, he lost a lot of training early on in the season. “He joined us very late on after having some time back home, and over Christmas as...
Man Utd boss Solskjaer gives Cavani injury update ahead of Everton home date
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Man Utd boss Solskjaer gives Cavani injury update ahead of Everton home date

The experienced Uruguayan striker came off at half-time in the Red Devils' 9-0 win over Southampton after picking up a knock on his ankle Edinson Cavani should be fit for Manchester United’s clash against Everton this weekend, with the Uruguayan having been brought off at half-time during the Red Devils’ win over Southampton. The striker was replaced by Anthony Martial during the break of the 9-0 victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explaining afterwards that he had been forced into a change due to a knock. But, the 33-year-old has recovered and should be available for United’s home date with the Toffees on Saturday evening. “Edinson should be available he got a bad ankle knock,” Solskjaer explained at his pre-match press conference. “Eric [Bailly] is ...
Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club
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Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed that winger, Leroy Sane will leave his side for a new club at the end of the 2019-20 campaign or next summer. Guardiola stated this on Friday, at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash against Burnley on Monday. Sane’s current deal with Man City will end next summer. The 24-year-old has so far rejected several offers from Man City to extend his contract at Etihad. “Leroy said he does not want to extend his contract,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying. “It means he wants to leave. So that’ll happen this summer or at the end of his contract. “The club offered 2 or 3 times, and he rejected it. He wants to play at another club.” Guardiola added: “I’m ...
German Doctor Warns Footballers Of ‘Irreversible’ Damage From COVID-19
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German Doctor Warns Footballers Of ‘Irreversible’ Damage From COVID-19

Despite rigid hygiene guidelines for the restart of the Bundesliga this weekend, a leading German sports doctor has warned footballers are still at risk of suffering “irreversible” and potentially career-ending lung damage from the coronavirus. With Europe’s other top leagues at least a month away from resuming, the German Football League (DFL) has drawn up strict rules for when games restart this Saturday. Matches will be played behind closed doors, with only a limited number of media and officials allowed to attend. The key games see second-placed Borussia Dortmund at home to Schalke in Saturday’s derby and leaders Bayern Munich, who are four points clear, visiting Union Berlin on Sunday. Players have been told to limit contact, even on the pitch, and must avoid pre-match han...
Champions League: Liverpool Get Major Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid Clash
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Champions League: Liverpool Get Major Boost Ahead of Atletico Madrid Clash

Liverpool has been handed a significant injury boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night at Anfield. The Reds confirmed this in a post on their official website that captain, Jordan Henderson, has returned to Liverpool’s first-team training at Melwood after recovering from injury. Henderson is now in contention to feature against Atletico Madrid tonight. The midfielder missed Liverpool’s Premier League 2-1 win against Bournemouth last weekend due to a hamstring injury. “Henderson is ready, but what we do with that, I do not know, or maybe I know, and I do not say,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, told a pre-match press conference. Liverpool was defeated...
Chelsea Get Major Boost Ahead of Arsenal Clash
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Chelsea Get Major Boost Ahead of Arsenal Clash

  Chelsea have been handed a major boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge. This is after Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Monday that defenders, Reece James and Marcos Alonso are in contention to feature against Mikel Arteta’s men following their recovery from injuries. “Reece has got an injury to the back of the knee,” Lampard said as quoted by Football London. “Not as bad as it could have been. He’s in contention for tomorrow, but we will decide tomorrow. He has had an [ankle] injury at the beginning of the season. Hopefully he will be back tomorrow.” “Yes, Alonso is back fit,” Lampard added. “This league is so competitive. I know that they are a good team with ...
Mourinho’s Tottenham to Tackle Middlesbrough Without Five key Players – See list
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Mourinho’s Tottenham to Tackle Middlesbrough Without Five key Players – See list

Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed that their manager, Jose Mourinho will be without five key players when they take on Middlesbrough in tonight’s FA Cup clash due to injuries. Spurs made this known in a statement on the club’s official website on Monday. Mourinho’s side head to the game following a 1-0 defeat against Premier League leaders, Liverpool over the weekend. The statement read: “Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury concerns ahead of our FA Cup third-round replay against Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening (8.05pm). “Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Tanguy Ndombele (hip) all continue their rehabilitation. “Meanwhile, Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are both now recovering following surgery. “Jose hinted in his...
AccessBet Signs Davido As Brand Ambassador
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AccessBet Signs Davido As Brand Ambassador

AccessBET, a leading sports bookmaker in Nigeria has announced worldwide superstar Davido as its official brand ambassador. By this signing, Davido will represent the brand’s image as well as appear in all AccessBET's marketing campaigns. With great odds and guaranteed fast payment of winnings, sports lovers can enjoy betting on their favorite teams via pre-match, in-play and also entertain themselves with varieties of virtual games. The newly forged relationship with Davido is in line with AccessBET's vision to ultimately become a renowned bookmaker in the world as well as providing the best online, shop and mobile betting experience in Nigeria. In his reaction to the signing, the music super star expressed great de...
Man Utd: What Racist Abuse Did To Pogba – Coach
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Man Utd: What Racist Abuse Did To Pogba – Coach

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has disclosed that midfielder Paul Pogba has become ‘stronger’ after he was subjected to racist abuse on social media. It was reported that the France World Cup winner suffered racist abuses after missing his spot-kick in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves in the Premier League last Monday at Molineux. Speaking on the development ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Solskjaer told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “Paul’s fine, Paul’s a strong character. He’s a strong character and it makes him stronger.   “When you speak to him he’s fine and I just cannot believe we’re still here in 2019 talking about these instances.   “Social media is a place where people can hide behind fake id...
Afcon 2019: Tunisia not over Senegal defeat – Giresse
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia not over Senegal defeat – Giresse

The tactician is still reeling from Carthage Eagles’ semi-final defeat to Aliou Cisse’s men Coach Alain Giresse has stated Tunisia are yet to get over their 1-0 defeat to Senegal in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi-final.Dylan Bronn’s own goal into extra time shattered the North Africans’ ambition of reaching the final after Ferjani Sassi wasted a penalty to defeat Senegal. Giresse’s men face Nigeria in Wednesday’s third-place encounter. “Our target was more than just reaching the semi-final. But now we focus on the game against Nigeria and hope to win third place,” Giresse told the media during Tuesday’s pre-match conference.
Afcon 2019: Super Eagles looking to finish on a high – Iwobi
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Afcon 2019: Super Eagles looking to finish on a high – Iwobi

The Super Eagles will go head-to-head against the Carthage Eagles in the battle for bronze Nigerian playmaker Alex Iwobi is in a bullish mood ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) third-place match against Tunisia at Al-Salam Stadium on Wednesday. The Super Eagles lost to a last-gasp free-kick from Riyad Mahrez last Sunday to end their hopes of taking home the continental diadem. The Arsenal forward believes the game against the Carthage Eagles will afford the players the 'chance to go back home with their heads lifted', despite their failure to play in the final of the tournament. “We have one last game and we will try to win it,” Iwobi told the media in the pre-match presser.
Martino doesn’t see Matosas’ familiarity with Mexico as advantage in Gold Cup
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Martino doesn’t see Matosas’ familiarity with Mexico as advantage in Gold Cup

The Ticos boss won a pair of Liga MX titles and the Concacaf Champions League while in Mexico, but both coaches agree he has no extra advantage Gustavo Matosas knows Mexican football well - very well in fact. The Uruguayan has two Liga MX titles with Leon and also win the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League at the helm of Club America. Yet when Matosas enters the technical area of NRG Stadium on Saturday, coaching Costa Rica in a Gold Cup quarterfinal against Mexico, he won't be all that different from any other manager trying to knock off El Tri by outsmarting current coach Tata Martino. "I don’t think it’s an advantage," Matosas said at a pre-match news conference Friday. "There are a lot of new players and the manager’s style is always going to change. I think when (Juan Carl...
Afcon 2019: Guinea are confident ahead of clash against the Super Eagles – Paul Put
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Afcon 2019: Guinea are confident ahead of clash against the Super Eagles – Paul Put

The 63-year-old manager says his players are ‘motivated’ ahead of their second group stage game, against Gernot Rohr’s men Despite rescuing a point against debutants Madagascar in their opening Group B clash, Guinea coach Paul Put is in a bullish mood ahead of Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations showdown with Nigeria. The Syli Nationale are yet to win a match since the turn of the year – losing all their tournament preparatory games. They, however, earned a late draw in their Afcon finals opener against the Barea last Saturday. Speaking to the media in his pre-match conference, the Belgian tactician said that his side are confident ahead of the clash against the three-time champions of Africa.
Afcon 2019: Salah is not a selfish player – Egypt manager Aguirre
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Afcon 2019: Salah is not a selfish player – Egypt manager Aguirre

The Pharaohs boss defended the Liverpool star in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, before the hosts slug it out with DR Congo on Wednesday Egypt manager Javier Aguirre has stood up for star player Mohamed Salah, following the criticism he’s come under since their Africa Cup of Nationsopener on Friday. A Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan strike sealed their 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the tournament’s curtain raiser, but the Pharaohs were unimpressive for large periods of the fixture. Their talisman, Salah, was largely kept quiet by Warriors left-back Divine Lunga during the game, and has had his performance decried by critics.
Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse on the importance of starting with a win
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse on the importance of starting with a win

The Tunisia coach is keen to start on a bright note in Monday’s Group E opener against the Palancas Negras Tunisia coach Alain Giresse has declared he is targeting a winning start against Angola at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Monday. In his pre-match press conference on Sunday, the coach of the Carthage Eagles highlighted the need for his team to start well at the Afcon if they are to achieve their aim of going far in the tournament.
LMC Fines Katsina Utd N1m for Not Allowing Rangers, Four Others to Train
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LMC Fines Katsina Utd N1m for Not Allowing Rangers, Four Others to Train

The League Management Company (LMC) has fined Katsina United N1million and a possible banishment from the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium for severally not allowing visiting teams access to train on their registered home ground for matches as provided by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules. LMC announced the penalties Wednesday after reviewing the complaints by three other clubs and a similar complaint by Rangers International that they were prevented from gaining access to the Mohammed Dikko Stadium on Tuesday for a rescheduled fixture. Following a charge of misconduct in breach of Rule C1 of the Rules, the LMC exercised its summary jurisdiction to impose the fine on Katsina United. LMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, in a letter conveyin...
Man Utd Boss Mourinho Reveals Pre-match Routine Change
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Man Utd Boss Mourinho Reveals Pre-match Routine Change

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he changed their pre-match routine for victory over Newcastle United. United came from two goals down to beat the Magpies 3-2 at Old Trafford , with Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all scoring in the final 20 minutes to flatten the visitors. "I think the players in that weekend we didn't sleep in the hotel, everyone stayed at his own house," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I think the players when they woke up in the morning, from what they read, because they read and follow social media, I think the pre-match was not easy for them . "What I can do is tell them what I keep telling them: it is my problem, to cope with it (speculation over his position), because I am the man and let them enjoy their football the way they did ag...

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